CONNECTICUT HOUSE-FINANCE SCHEME
Boughton: Refund of Foleys donations not possible
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he wants to return $750 in contributions to his exploratory committee in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor from Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley. He says the money has already been spent.
The couple pleaded guilty March 31 to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions through a scheme that hid the consulting role prosecutors say former Gov. John Rowland played h her 2012 campaign. Prosecutors say Wilson-Foley wanted Rowland to work on her primary campaign but believed that because he had been convicted of a felony his involvement would attract negative publicity to her candidacy.
The New Haven Register reports that Boughton said if there were a way to return the money, he would.
The Foleys each contributed $375 to the committee last fall.
MOTHER SLAIN-MENTAL ILLNESS
APNewsBreak: Suicidal inmate wasn't being watched
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A schizophrenic man who attempted suicide while jailed for his mother's slaying was not receiving constant supervision even though a judge ordered him placed on suicide watch.
Department of Correction spokesman Andrius Banevicius (Bahn-ah-VIH'-shis) told The Associated Press that Robert Rankin "was not under a mental health status that would require constant observation" at the time of the Feb. 12 attempt.
Surveillance video from Garner Correctional Institution, reviewed by the AP, shows the 23-year-old walking alone up an open stairway, calmly climbing a railing and plunging head-first to the floor below.
No correctional staff members can be seen near Rankin at the time of the incident.
Rankin survived, but suffered some broken discs.
During Rankin's Dec. 27 arraignment, Judge David P. Gold ordered a suicide watch and mental-health evaluation.
Father, son plead not guilty to child porn charges
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A father and son have pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography.
The Day of New London reports that 25-year-old Brian Faford and 57-year-old Donald Faford, both of East Lyme, were free on $75,000 bonds after their appearance in court in New London on Tuesday.
Police say the elder Faford told detectives he had found pornography on his son's computer account and saved it to his own account.
Police say computers seized from the home contained hundreds of images and videos of suspected child pornography.
At his lawyer's request, Brian Faford is permitted by the judge to use a word processing program for school and use his mother's computer to access two websites needed for his coursework.
The computer is subject to searches by the probation department.
Connecticut man wants guns taken in son's arrest
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Litchfield man wants his guns back after they were confiscated at his home by state police during his son's arrest on charges of selling marijuana.
Patrick C. Redmond has hired a lawyer and says some guns are his. The guns were ordered destroyed as contraband.
The Republican-American reports that State Police confiscated 16 handguns and long guns last year from Redmond's home in Kent. His son, Patrick S. Redmond, admitted he was selling marijuana from his father's home. Police say he did not have proper paperwork to demonstrate ownership.
The 26-year-old Redmond was given a suspended five-year prison term and three years' probation.
A Litchfield Superior Court judge denied Redmond's request for the guns. He says he won't order them destroyed to give the state Appellate Court time to decide.
Backers push to save Connecticut aviator's house
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Activists are stepping up their efforts to save a Connecticut aviator's house from demolition.
The Connecticut Post reports that Melanie Marks, head of Connecticut House Histories, says a title search found that Gustave Whitehead's Fairfield house dates to 1914. A town ordinance requires a 60-day stay on demolitions of homes 100 years old or older.
Town officials say their documents indicate the house was built in 1918. A demolition permit was issued last week, allowing wreckers to tear down the house as soon as Sunday.
Whitehead was credited last year in state legislation for the first successful flight. His supporters say he flew two years before the Wright brothers lifted off from Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903.
Aviation experts insist Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first to fly a heavier-than-air machine.
MERIDEN CLOCK TOWER
Time takes toll on 1907 Meriden clock tower
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden's City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost.
The Record-Journal reports that City Councilor Steven Iovanna calls it a symbol of Meriden. An architect, Iovanna says he's unsure he'd favor removing it, but says officials should consider all their choices.
Mark Zebora, director of Parks and Recreation and Building Maintenance, says weather has caused the tower's exterior to rot. He says it's a priority every year, but the cost takes it off Meriden's list of capital improvements.
City Council Deputy Majority Leader Brian Daniels said the money needed to repair or renovate the tower could be spent to pave streets or make other improvements.
The clock tower and gold leaf dome have been landmarks since City Hall opened in 1907,
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