By Nick Keppler
3:50 PM EST, December 13, 2011
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.
Darien police say they found Margaret Rague, the attorney/naturopathic doctor who organized the upcoming Occupy Darien protest, drunkenly hitchhiking down a busy road and she screamed at and refused to comply with officers. Rague, 61, denied the account and told the Darien Patch website two cardiac conditions, osteo-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.