Torrington arrests for August 31, 2017

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THREATENING: Davis Armstrong, 23, of 332 South Main St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with breach of peace and threatening. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
USE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Anthony J. Roig, 30, of 43 Brooksive Ave., second-floor apartment, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with use of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Leonard D. Prosser, 59, of 267 Litchfield St., Apartment 4, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON: Stafan Lupu, 58, of 52 Summer St., Apartment 12A, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and breach of peace. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
BREACH OF PEACE: Mya Coates, 18, of 81 Hunter Court, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 29 and charged with breach of peace. She was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 30.
LARCENY: Kimberly Dunn, 36, of 65 Eldridge St., Waterbury, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with sixth-degree larceny. She was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.

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Elderly man proves he was overcharged for his apartment – WFSB 3 Connecticut

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TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) –
An elderly man in Torrington is getting part of his security deposit back after he learned that he was being overcharged for his apartment.
Eyewitness News had an exclusive interview on how both the tenant and the landlord did not know about special rights for senior citizens when it comes to how much security deposit a landlord can charge.
The law in Connecticut is that people over age 62 are only required to pay one month’s security deposit as opposed to a typical first and last month’s rent.
Howard Beveridge, 77, is settling into his apartment on East Center Street in Torrington. Beveridge and his cat, Snoopy, just moved in in July and Howard said he was asked by the landlord to pay two months’ security deposit.
Beveridge, who is a retired widower, said he is living on a fixed income and that extra $800 was tough for him to come by. Beveridge told his son, who then let him know that two months’ deposit is against the law.
“I mentioned it to my son, he’s out in Pennsylvania. He’s out there,” Beveridge said. “He got on to the Connecticut website and it was right there plain as day.”
The problem is that he had already signed the lease. Eyewitness News reached out to the landlord and explained the law. He initially hung up on Channel 3. But, then he called Beveridge back and agreed to refund the second month’s deposit.
“He said OK,” Beveridge said. “I don’t think he knew. It shocked him I think now he’ll know.”
Apparently, a lot of people don’t know about this Connecticut law. Matthew Smith of the Connecticut Department of Banking said they get about 175 complaints a year on this matter. But, Smith added once people are educated, they work it out.
But, if you’re over 62 and your landlord won’t give your extra security deposit back. People can click here and print out a complaint form.
For Beveridge, he said he is glad his issue got resolved but hopes his story will help other seniors.
“To know the law to find out they have rights and they should find out what their rights are,” Beveridge said.
If you would like more information on security deposit rules on the Connecticut Department of Banking website, click here .

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Torrington arrests for Aug. 28, 2017

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DUI: Corey Goodrow, 20, of 37B Farnham Ave., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with driving under the influence, possession of liquor by a minor, use of drug paraphernalia, illegally operating a motor vehicle without minimum insurance, operating a motor vehicle with unsafe tires, traveling too fast for conditions and illegal possession of weapon in a motor vehicle. He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.
BREACH OF PEACE: Lewis Rygel, 32, of 198 Center Hill Road, New Hartford, was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with breach of peace. He was held on a $2,500 police-set surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court.
NARCOTICS: Lewis P. Warner, 23, of 51 Cedar Mountain Road, Thomaston, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with possession of a controlled substance — one-half to four ounces of marijuana, illegal possession of narcotics and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. He was held on a $1,000 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
PARAPHERNALIA: Curtis R. Fritz, 31, of no certain address, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
BREACH OF PEACE: Thomas Lareau, 30, of 165 Pineridge Road, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with breach of peace and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. He was released on a $1,500 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING: Oscarlee Anderson Jr., 48, of 711 East Main St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 23 and charged with criminal trespassing and creating a public disturbance. He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING: Joseph McCarthy, 32, of no certain address, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with criminal trespassing. He was held on a $2,500 cash or surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
BREACH OF PEACE: Oliver Q. Sacco, 31, of 9 Riverside Ave., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 23 and charged with breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 5.
BREACH OF PEACE: Daniel Power, 46, of 99 Auburn Way, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with breach of peace. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
PROTECTIVE ORDER: Jonathan P. Flematti, 37, of 289 Notting Hill Gate, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with violation of a protective order and criminal trespassing. He was given $5,000 bond.
ASSAULT: Mercey Faviola Lucero-Aucay, 42, of 4213 West Augusta Boulevard, Apartment U1, Chicago, Ill., was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with breach of peace and assault. She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.

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Travelers, other insurers, accused of discriminating againstlow-income tenants | The CT Mirror

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*Washington* – Travelers Insurance Co. is being sued over allegations it has refused to insure properties that house federally subsidized low-income tenants — and other insurers in Connecticut may have done the same.
Citing incidences in the poorest neighborhoods of Washington D.C., Travelers is being sued by the nonprofit National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA,) a national group that fights housing discrimination.
But “it’s much more widespread than Travelers,” said Erin Kemple, executive director of the Hartford-based Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
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Travelers Tower in Hartford.
Two other insurers have been sued for similar practices in Hartford, Willimantic and Stamford. But the lawsuit in Washington D.C. is likely to have the most impact.
Like Connecticut, Washington D.C.’s housing laws are stricter than federal law, prohibiting discrimination against a tenant’s sources of income, such as federal Housing Choice Vouchers that subsidize rent payments for the poor.
The NFHA lawsuit against Travelers alleges that the insurer declined to write policies for landlords who had voucher tenants — a policy affecting black people and women the most. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Fair Housing Act and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
Travelers, which has about 7,000 employees in its Hartford location, tried to have the suit dismissed, arguing that the NFHA has no standing. But U.S. District Judge John Bates rejected that argument this week and said the case should move ahead.
Shanna Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, said five “testers” posing as prospective purchasers of a four-unit apartment complex in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington D.C. spoke with a number of insurance brokers between July 2015 and February 2016.
Seeking coverage for the fictitious apartment building, the testers were told repeatedly that Travelers did not provide coverage for landlords whose tenants had housing vouchers.
“Travelers has a policy that they don’t insure these buildings,” Smith said. “But there is no evidence that voucher recipients are higher risks than any other tenants.”
In court filings, Travelers said it had ceased that policy by January of 2015. But Smith said the testers continued to be told by insurance brokers that it was in place after that date.
In 2015, Travelers settled a similar suit filed in San Jose, Calif.
In that case, a landlord had purchased a property insurance contract with Travelers for the period February 1, 2012, to February 1, 2013. In August 2012, Travelers allegedly learned that the landlord rented to tenants with housing vouchers. A few months later, Travelers notified the landlord that it was not going to renew the policy effective February 1, 2013. The landlord acquired new insurance from a different insurer, but alleged that the premiums were higher than those charged by Travelers.
“Even after they settled the case in San Jose, Travelers continued the policy,” Smith said.
Travelers spokesman Mark Bordonaro said “while we generally do not comment on pending litigation, we note that Travelers provides fair access to all of its insurance products.”
“The level or source of income of a building’s tenants does not factor into our underwriting decisions for commercial building owners,” Bordonaro said.
In Connecticut, discrimination against housing voucher recipients has led the Connecticut Fair Housing Center to file two lawsuits.
One, in state court, concerned a landlord who owned an apartment building on Westland Street in Hartford who sought to get coverage through Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. through a broker. He was told that Mount Vernon would not insure his building if 20 percent or more of its tenants had housing vouchers.
Mount Vernon settled the suit by agreeing to end that practice, provide its workers with fair housing training and pay the Connecticut Fair Housing Center $82,000 for legal costs and damages.
In another lawsuit, filed in federal court, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center joined landlords in Willimantic and Stamford alleging American Empire Surplus Lines refused to renew insurance policies or charged higher rates if tenants included voucher recipients.
After a judge ruled the insurer’s conduct “has a discriminatory impact on housing opportunities,” American Empire settled the case for $425,000 and a promise to no longer consider a tenant’s lawful source of income in its underwriting practices.

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Torrington arrests for Aug. 25, 2017

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BREACH OF PEACE: Aimee M. Lachance, 34, of 211 Benham St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with breach of peace. She was given $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 24.
ASSAULT: Andrew W. Scarduzio, 34, of 211 Benham St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with breach of peace and assault. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 24.
LARCENY: Kayla E.Michalak, 26, of 171 Sherman Ave., Meriden, was arrested on a warrant stemming from July 25 and charged with two counts of fifth-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, and sixth-degree larceny. She was given $5,000 bond.
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS: Pedro Rodriguez, 43, of Church St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance — one half-ounce to less than four ounces of marijuana, and use of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
USE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Richard Beck, 47, of 100 Reservoir Road, Barkhamsted, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with use of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Carmelo M. Burgos, 41, of 39 Mapleridge Drive, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with disorderly conduct. He was given $2,500 bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 25.
THREATENING: Susan C. Hebert, 31, of 240 Water St., second-floor apartment, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with breach of peace, threatening and violation of a protective order. She was held on a $5,000 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 25.

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Torrington arrests for August 23, 2017

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CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Jonathan P. Flematti, 37, of 289 Notting Hill Gate, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with violation of protective order and criminal trespassing. He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22.
CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON: William M. Nelson, 35, of 25 East Pearl St., Apartment 6, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and use of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court.
ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF NARCOTIC: Geoffrey A. Curtis, 37, of 835 New Harwinton Road, Apartment S, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with illegal possession of narcotics — heroin. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond.

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Torrington arrests for Aug. 21, 2017

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PROTECTIVE ORDER: Karissa Lamothe, 25, of 92 Beechwood Ave., second apartment, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with violation of protective order and interfering with an officer/resisting arrest. She was released on $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
DUI: Mark D. Hunter, 59, of 113 Sunny Lane, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs. He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28. Hunter was also arrested Aug. 18 and charged with the same offense, held on $500 surety bond, and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
POSSESSION: Ibrahim V. Tiburcio, 28, of 7 Pearl St., first-floor apartment, Waterbury, was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of crack cocaine. He was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
BURGLARY: Charles D. Parks, 38, of 82 James St., Apartment 2, Torrington, was arrested on a warrant stemming from April 18 and charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Sept. 1.
BREACH OF PEACE: James W. Borrelli, 29, of 31 Whiting Ave., third-floor apartment, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with breach of peace. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
DUI: Nestor O. Muy-Juca, 34, of 85 East Albert St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and improper turn/stop — no signal. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 28.
BREACH OF PEACE: Todd Bolduc, 47, of 114 Breezy Hill Road, Harwinton, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with breach of peace. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
BREACH OF PEACE: Michele Cyr, 51, of 52 Meadow St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with breach of peace. She was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
DUI: Jason T. Rolo, 40, of Surrey Lane, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with improper turn/stop — no signal, illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and operating motor vehicle with handheld telephone/electronic device/texting. He was held on a $500 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.

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Torrington arrests for Aug. 16, 2017

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BURGLARY: Jeffrey C. Riccitelli, 37, of no certain address, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with violation of a protective order, third-degree burglary, breach of peace and criminal trespassing. He was held on a $5,000 surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 15.
LARCENY: Adolph W. Spring, 46, of 1220 East Main St., Apartment A, Torrington, was arrested June 16 and charged with fifth-degree larceny. He was held in lieu of a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court.
RESISTING ARREST: Luis A. Justiniano, 47, of 31 Scoville St., first-floor apartment, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 15 and charged with reach of peace, interfering with an officer/resisting arrest and possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. He was held on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 16.
EVADING: Paul M. Odell, 52, of 189 Bunnell St., Colebrook, was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with evading responsibility. He was scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION: Erin J. Frederick, 34, of no certain address, was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with three counts of violation of probation. She was held on a $7,500 combined surety bond.

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Torrington arrests for August 18, 2017

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DUI: Joseph J. Martin, 27, of 77 Hinsdale Ave., Winchester, was arrested Aug. 12 and charged with improper turn/stop — no signal and illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs. He was released on a $2,500 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
POSSESSION: Jennifer Armillei, 44, of 12A Sharon Station Road, Sharon, was arrested Aug. 8 and charged with tampering with physical evidence, possession in a school zone, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone. She was held in lieu of $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court.
DUI: Mai L. Williams, 27, of 33 Culvert St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and following too closely — non-commercial motor vehicle. She was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28.
FAILURE TO APPEAR: David Francis Dolan, 54, of 217 Moore Drive, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with first-degree failure to appear. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

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Torrington arrests for Aug. 14, 2017

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BREACH OF PEACE: Lisa Dedon, 47, of 98 High St., Winsted, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with breach of peace. She was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
LARCENY: Richard S. Bohner, 45, of 21 Johnson Road, Litchfield, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDER: David Armstrong, 23, of 332 South Main St., Torrington, was arrested on a warrant stemming from July 25 and charged with criminal violation of restraining order. He was given a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 14.
FAILURE TO APPEAR: Anthony R. Marino, 25, of 541 South Main St., Apartment 1, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 13 and charged with failure to appear, possession of narcotics — suboxone, and possession of narcotics in a school zone. He was given $1,500 combined bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 14.
BREACH OF PEACE: Katie Hill, 61, of 560 Brandy Hill Road, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 13 and charged with second-degree breach of peace. She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 14.
POSSESSION OF NARCOTIC: Jennifer E. Sayles, 37, of 218 Bristol St., Thomaston, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with illegal possession of narcotic — heroin, possession in a school zone, and use of drug paraphernalia except less than a half-ounce of marijuana. She was released on a $2,500 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
POSSESSION OF NARCOTIC: Jesse J. Dvorovy, 35, of 7 Wall St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with illegal possession of narcotics — heroin, use of drug paraphernalia, and possession in a school zone. He was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
OUI: Peter A. Nichols Jr., 21, of 77 Hubbard St., Winchester, was arrested Aug. 11 and charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs and improper turn/stop — no signal. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
USE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: Kellie A. Mastrogiovanni, 33, of 263 Laurel Hill Road, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 11 and charged with use of drug paraphernalia except less than a half-ounce marijuana. She was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
ASSAULT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIAL: Leonard L. Rinaldi, 54, of no certain address, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 13 and charged with breach of peace, second-degree threatening, and assault of a public safety official. He was held on a $25,000 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 14.
FAILURE TO APPEAR: Dwayne Damboise, 57, of 259 Prospect St., Apartment 304, Torrington, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with failure to appear. He was given a $1,000 court-set bond.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION: Brandon Sheehan, 40, of 42 Lorenzo St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with violation of probation. He was held in lieu of $50,000 surety bond.
POSSESSION OF NARCOTIC: Kimberly A. Hazzard, 30, of 30 Mountain Ave., Winchester, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with breach of peace and illegal possession of narcotics. She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 10.
BREACH OF PEACE: Elijah D. Perry, 22, of 20 Linden St., Torrington, was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with breach of peace. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS: Patrick Harvey, 27, of 70 Oakridge Road, Waterbury, was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with possession of narcotics. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court Aug. 21.

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