While many found themselves in a stunned state of disbelief after the Newtown shootings, a small group has made disbelief their permanent stance on the incident. "Sandy Hook truthers" claim the government staged the event to increase support for gun control. A 30-minute "truther" video has been seen more than 10 millions times on YouTube. The conspiracy theorists say that grieving family members are actually "crisis actors" and ruthlessly scrutinize their media appearances, claiming they aren't convincingly sad. They also say they have identified "victims" alive and well in post-Dec. 14 photos, though in two cases they mistook a sibling for the deceased. As for qualifications, Jay Johnson, who runs SandyHookHoax.com, said "I am the only person in the world to solve LOST" (the TV show). A Newtown resident who sheltered a group of fleeing children at his home told the Danbury News-Times he's received an onslaught of ominous calls and e-mails from truthers, as has a Norwalk man who had parked in a fire lane that morning, sweeping his name into police radio traffic.
A cross-dressing priest who once lead St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport was arrested for his alleged role in a meth operation, reports the Connecticut Post. The downfall of Msgr. Kevin Wallin started when church officials allegedly discovered the then-pastor was dressing in drag and cavorting with other transvestites in the rectory (no jokes please). They also reportedly found sex toys in his quarters. Wallin took a leave and apparently began dealing methamphetamine from two apartments in Waterbury. Police claim an undercover officer arranged to have Wallin deliver $9,000 worth of meth each week and that the 61-year-year priest was using the drug (obviously). Want one more salacious detail? Wallin purchased Land of Oz, a sex shop in North Haven, allegedly for the purposes of laundering money.
"With the crazy shooter in Newtown who shot up the school, the court is going to have to start paying attention to me," Mark Heinonen of New Milford reportedly told a courthouse librarian. Heinonen, who has been representing himself in a string of civil and criminal cases, also allegedly called a Hartford TV station and suggested it send a camera crew to court to "keep me in line," adding, "You would think after Sandy Hook that mental health patients would get more attention." Heinonen, 55, reportedly explained to police he was not plotting murder; he just thought there should be more attention paid to his cases because of some connection to Sandy Hook-related issues, reports the Danbury News-Times. He was charged with first-degree threatening and held on bond.
Two 50-something women allegedly donned masks and egged a car belonging to one's longtime antagonist in Newington last Halloween. The Hartford Courant reports that the alleged victim and Marjorie Digirolamo were once neighbors but a feud between them grew so intense that Digirolamo moved away. Police say that on Oct. 31, she returned with Patricia Gendron, and they pelted the woman's Acura with eggs. A police officer reportedly caught Gendron leaving the scene. She allegedly said she was "only having fun" and the woman did not press charges. But months later, she discovered Gendron was friends with Digirolamo and decided to have them both hauled downtown on criminal mischief and other charges.
Late one night, a thief pried open the door of a Danbury shoe store and made off with $7,100 — $7,000 of it in quarters. Alvaro Moniz, owner of Alvaro's Orthopedic Footwear and Shoe Service, told the Danbury News-Times that he collects 1976 quarters, minted with an image of a drummer boy to mark America's bicentennial. Moniz finds them while shifting through the haul of change from another of his businesses, a laundromat. He filled two five-gallon jugs with the quarters and kept them in the backroom of the shoe store. The jugs and $100 from the register were the only money available to the thief.
Richard Burgess, president of the pro-gun group Connecticut Carry, showed he totally understands gun laws when he called police on state Sen. Ed Meyer after Meyer — for educational purposes — showed a BB gun designed to look like an assault rifle at a forum on gun control at the First Congregational Church in Guilford. While Burgess was correct that it is illegal in Connecticut to tote such an item in public, police told the Guilford Patch website that because the demonstration was on private property and the audience knew the gun was a facsimile, no laws were broken.
Ever since Sandy Hook students resumed classes at the Chalk Hill School in Monroe (temporarily renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School), media professionals have tried to get close to the school. Police told the Monroe Patch website that they have scurried away news crews from as far as Belgium, the U.K., and Turkey. In one instance, a French reporter "created a diversion" while her photographer took pictures of the school.
A hilarious Branford teenager was arrested after he allegedly shouted (as a joke), "He has a gun!" at the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall in Milford, reports the New Haven Register. Police slapped a charge of second-degree breach of peace on the little fuckface.
Drunk driver Jack Jablonski collided with eight different objects on a trek through Plainville, police told the Hartford Courant. Jablonski, 48, reportedly hit two utility poles, two mailboxes, two speed-limit signs and two parked cars before coming to a stop.
A New Britain girl suffered minor injuries after she walked into the side of a school bus while talking into her cell phone, reports the Courant. Police added that there is no indication the bus driver did anything wrong.