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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant

Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Appellate Court Upholds Fraud Finding Against Mount Caritas Monastery — The state appellate court has affirmed a jury's verdict that a self-proclaimed Benedictine monastery in Ashford defrauded a woman who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the construction of a chapel. A Superior Court jury in 2013 found that Our Lady of Mount Caritas had fraudulently misrepresented that it was a recognized Roman Catholic institution.

Yet Another Effort to Keep the Public in the Dark about the Public’s Business — It is extraordinarily well-settled law in Connecticut that personnel records related to the official conduct of our civil servants are public records that must - with rare and well-delineated exceptions - be released to members of the public, who employ those civil servants.

Military Supervisor Pays $5,500 Fine to Settle Ethics Complaint — James E. Liss, a fired Military Department supervisor, has paid $5,500 to settle a complaint brought by the Office of State Ethics. A fired Military Department supervisor accused of using state gasoline for personal use, selling scrap metal from a state facility and directing subordinates to haul state-owned firewood to his house, has paid $5,500 to settle a complaint brought by the Office of State Ethics.

Malloy: Expand Busway Service To Manchester, East Hartford — NEW BRITAIN - Doubling down on a controversial position, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced the new state budget will expand CTfastrak to East Hartford and Manchester. The busway between New Britain and Hartford has been so successful since it opened in late March that the state will use $6.5 million of bonding to extend it to communities on the other side of the Connecticut River, Malloy said.

Secrecy-Obsessed Bureaucrats Battle for Coveted “Golden Padlock Award” — When the Boston Globe sought records related to crashes involving Massachusetts State Police cars, the agency said it would be happy to comply - for a fee of $62,200. The agency was also willing to release a log of public-records requests - for $42,750.

Hartford Should Stay Course On Crime-Fighting, Experts Say — A generation ago, Hartford leaders responded to a surge in violence by flooding the streets with state and local police, stopping and searching suspected troublemakers, often with little or no probable cause. That aggressive show of force worried civil libertarians, but was mostly embraced by frightened city dwellers.

Banned Donors Skirt Law Designed To Prevent Pay-To-Play — Massachusetts developer John Fish wrote a $10,000 check to the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee last year, only to have it returned because his business, Suffolk Construction, is on a list of companies whose executives are barred from giving money to state campaigns.

Charity Fraud Charges: Four Down, Hundreds to Go — The fraud case brought against four spectacularly inefficient cancer charities is welcome news to watchdogs who have studied the fleecing of generous donors by unscrupulous nonprofits. But it is only the tip of the iceberg. Americans donate hundreds of billions of dollars each year to more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations.

Blacks, Hispanics More Likely To Be Ticketed After Traffic Stops — The most comprehensive survey ever conducted of police stops in Connecticut continues to show that black and Hispanic motorists who commit moving violations are more likely to be ticketed than are white drivers pulled over for the same offense.

Unprecendented Charter School Lobbying Effort Prompts Some To Ask: Where Is The Money Coming From? — When the state legislature's appropriations committee voted recently to eliminate a proposal by Gov. Dannel Malloy to fund two new charter schools, advocacy organizations that lobby at the state Capitol were ready. They had a television ad all set to air within 24 hours, aimed at getting that money back in the budget.
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Jun 25, 2015

Public employees. Public records. But public agencies still try to keep it all secret. #transparency

Jun 24, 2015

The Scoop: Yet another effort to keep the public in the dark about the public’s business. #FOI

Jun 22, 2015

3rd time in a week I’ve seen a lit cigarette tossed from a car. Have never understood link between that addiction and penchant for littering

Jun 15, 2015

Black bear ambling near our bike ride in Avon yesterday. Where the bears are in Connecticut:

Jun 11, 2015

HFD Police Chief: "The welfare of the city depends on communication and the timely release of information” Yep. #FOI

Jun 04, 2015

On Twitter's killing of #politwoops: "Power can only be accountable with a generous application of transparency."

Jun 02, 2015

The hunt is on for "the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States.” #IRE #GoldenPadlock

May 21, 2015

Fraud charges against "sham" cancer charities: Four down, hundreds to go.

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