The Town of Oxford claims Karen Guillet, its tax collector for 24 years, stole $670,000 from town coffers and spent it on spa visits, vacations, home renovations and shopping sprees. Just as shockingly, until a year ago, coworkers believed that wealthy relatives were providing Guillet, who earned $53,000 a year, with the lifestyle she faulted. She wore expensive jewelry and clothing, gave frequent gifts and received packages from luxury retailers at the office, according to a police affidavit. A town staffer Guillet sometimes employed as a personal assistant even saw stacks of bills literally piled up in her home — next to town tax records — and did not report it.
State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez of Hartford once asked William A. DiBella, a former state representative who now heads Hartford's water and sewer agency, why the agency didn't hire people with criminal records — like, say, her son. Two years later, the reasons might be clearer. The Metropolitan District Commission fired Ivan Maldonado, Gonzalez's son, whose personnel file, obtained by the Hartford Courant, documented a spotty attendance record and an incident of sleeping inside a pay loader he was supposed to be operating. In 2009, Maldonado was hired over 50 other applicants.
arthritis and being “legally blind, four times over” made her physically unable to comply with police (who she claims threatened and manhandled her) — though she says she was walking to her home 1.6 miles away.
After a bar fight at the Hair of the Dog Saloon in Middletown, Robert J. Ciarlegio allegedly stood with blood dripping down his face, “screaming that his [penis] was broken and he needed Viagra to get it to work” and telling other patrons to “go [expletive] themselves,” according to the Middletown Patch website. When police tried to arrest Ciarlegio, 51, he allegedly grabbed a fence, ripping it from the ground as five officers pulled him into an ambulance.
Disguised in a black fedora and 3-D glasses, Michael Rinello entered a Greenwich gas station and pointed a toy gun at the cashier, police told Greenwich Time. The goofiness of the getup may have cost him — according to police, the cashier said his manager would be mad if he handed over money and talked Rinello, 34, down to $60 from his initial demand of $200.
New Haven Alderman Alex Rhodeen found himself in the key card exit of a city parking garage and, apparently lacking a key card, drove his Lexus through a wooden gate, police told the New Haven Register. Rhodeen, who did not seek reelection last year, heads the Board of Aldermen's Public Safety Committee.
Police were called to a Fairfield fast food restaurant to repel a customer who argued “at length” about the price of a cheeseburger and refused to leave, according to the Fairfield Citizen. “The price of food is non-negotiable at Duchess,” advises a police spokesperson.