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Connecticut school bus driver charged with DUI

Police in Connecticut claim that a Bristol woman was under the influence when she got behind the wheel of a school bus carrying 20 middle school students on Aug. 27. The incident led to a DUI charge against the woman and the termination of her employment. Questions were raised when it was revealed that the woman had been charged with drunk driving 10 years ago, but lawmakers say that the rules regarding commercial driver's license holders were tightened in January 2014.

According to police, an officer noticed the school bus being driven erratically and then followed it to a middle school in Irving. Reports suggest that the driver of the bus performed poorly during field sobriety exercises. A subsequent toxicology test allegedly discovered the woman's blood alcohol content level to be approximately three times the .08 percent limit.

Connecticut police search home and detain man

A 23-year-old New Haven man was recently detained by authorities on drug- and weapons-related charges. Reports say that the man had a previous conviction for being involved in a shoot-out, which occurred on July 7 in Farnam Courts. He also had an outstanding warrant for allegedly selling drugs.

Officers arrived at his apartment complex on the morning of Sept. 19, and they allegedly discovered 50 rounds of ammunition, a 30-round extended magazine, 3.5 grams of crack cocaine and approximately $5,500 in cash. They also reportedly found a pistol holder and a MAC-10 assault weapon in his bedroom. He was taken into custody, and police claim that the man allegedly admitted to investigators that he was involved in the July 7 incident.

Connecticut woman faces DUI charges in crash

According to authorities, police took a 55-year-old female motorist into custody on charges of driving under the influence after her involvement in a car accident in Glastonbury during the afternoon hours of Sept. 14. The report did not indicate if anyone else involved in the incident was injured.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Putnam Plaza on Main Street. Police who responded to the scene said that the suspect, who is from East Hartford, has a past record of driving drunk. She was taken into custody after police determined she was intoxicated while driving a vehicle that lacked an ignition interlock device. It was not reported if police gave the woman a field sobriety test, nor were details such as the woman's blood alcohol level revealed.

Alleged assault in Connecticut results in charges against 4

A Connecticut woman was taken into police custody on Sept. 11 after a roommate called the police claiming that she had been attacked. According to the report, the woman was accused of using a screwdriver to allegedly cut the roommate's left hand.

The roommate claimed that the assault was started because of unpaid rent and rumors that they were going to be evicted. She claimed that the accused woman and a friend approached her and began to fight with her until her husband stepped in to separate the two parties. While the woman was being treated for her injuries, the accused woman and her friend reportedly went to the police.

2 school bus drivers accused of selling heroin

Police have accused two Connecticut school bus drivers of various offenses involving heroin. The 28-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were both DATTCO drivers in South Windsor who had previously passed criminal background checks. Both of the accused individuals were taken into custody on Sept. 4 after searches of their homes allegedly uncovered 270 bags of heroin and packaging materials.

The morning of the searches, police officers stopped the man as he left the woman's apartment in Manchester at about 6 a.m. Police allegedly found the man to be in possession of a firearm at the time. Since the woman's three children were found in her apartment, both bus drivers were charged for three counts of risk of injury to a minor. They were also charged for drug possession, drug sales and operating a drug factory.

What constitutes the crime of Internet solicitation of a minor?

Hartford residents may wish to know what elements constitute the crime of Internet solicitation of a minor. All of the elements for this crime must be proven by the government beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the State of Connecticut, the crime of Internet solicitation of a minor using a computer consists of four elements. The first element required is that the person did actually entice the minor into sexual activity or to engage in prostitution. For the purposes of this element, sexual activity is any conduct involving some sort of a sexual act, and prostitution is defined as doing such an act in return for some kind of compensation. This does not necessarily have to be money. The person must have done this knowingly, meaning that they were aware that their conduct was enticing the sexual act.

Connecticut man charged with drug offenses

A 38-year-old man in Connecticut was arrested on Sept. 5 after he allegedly purchased drugs from a police informant. Police say the accused arranged a rendezvous to purchase drugs from a confidential informant at the corner of West Main Street and North First Street in Meriden. Officers say the man swallowed two cocaine bags and fled from the scene in an attempt to avoid apprehension.

Officers brought the man to the hospital for medical treatment before he was placed back into police custody. After the arrest, police allegedly recovered 6.8 grams of marijuana, 25 bags of rock cocaine, fraudulent identification and packaging materials. Local reports claim the FBI database indicates that the accused has used three Social Security numbers, 11 birthdates and 23 aliases in the past. The bail commissioner claims that the accused has a several previous drug-related convictions in New York as well.

2 charged with drug possession after alleged drug transaction

Police officers took two Connecticut men into custody after the men were allegedly found in possession of a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine on Aug. 28. According to the report, the two individuals, who were identified as a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, were allegedly observed making a drug transaction outside of a home located on Franklin Avenue in Watertown.

Following the alleged transaction, the police approached the parked vehicle. They claimed that they spotted marijuana sitting inside the vehicle. After both individuals were taken into custody, the officers reportedly seized 465 bags of heroin and 3 grams of crack cocaine. In addition, they also reportedly seized more than $4,000 in cash.

Driver of school bus with 20 kids on board accused of DUI

A 44-year-old female driver of a Connecticut school bus with 20 middle school students on board was taken into custody Aug. 27 in Farmington on suspicion of drunk driving. The Bristol woman was previously charged with DUI in her hometown in 2004, but the charges were dropped upon her completion of an alcohol education program, according to a news media report. Additional charges related to the current incident include failure to drive right and multiple counts of risking injury to a minor.

According to reports, the woman failed field sobriety tests. Additionally, two blood alcohol tests were performed that showed her blood alcohol level to be .134 and .139 percent. The legal limit for operating a commercial vehicle in Connecticut is .04 percent. The woman was released on $25,000 bond. None of the children on the bus were injured as a result of the incident.

Man says he heard voices before alleged sexual assault

A 26-year-old man in Hartford was accused of sexually assaulting a state employee as she left her office on August 11. When the man was taken into custody after the alleged assault, he reportedly explained to detectives that voices in his head had instructed him to grab the woman. The man also reportedly admitted to smoking an illegal K2 synthetic marijuana cigarette before the incident.

The incident took place near Capitol Avenue and Elm Street after the accused man says he had decided to wander around near the state office buildings. When the man noticed the 24-year-old Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee at around 3:30 p.m., he reportedly began to follow her and then grabbed her from behind. As a result of the incident, the man was held on $750,000 bail and charged with first-degree sexual assault and second-degree breach of peace.