Posts tagged ‘crime’

March 19th, 2015

Sampson Demands End to Early Release Program

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) says it is long overdue for the state to rollback its policy of early release credits for violent offenders. Sampson calls the policy “catastrophic”. The policy, put in place by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and legislative Democrats, was enacted in 2011. Since then, numerous violent crimes, including murder, have been committed by individuals released early under its provisions. Sampson has introduced legislation that would eliminate the program, known as Risk Reduction Credits.

There is an irony in naming this program ‘Risk Reduction Credits’ as their implementation has only increased the risk to public safety,” said Sampson. “Governor Malloy has issued in an era of unprecedented softness on crime in this state, particularly concerning the matter of violent offenders. Despite clear evidence that this program is a failure, the governor and his administration has doubled down on it, insisting it be maintained. It betrays the public trust, and it betrays the victims of the crimes committed by these criminals.”

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September 19th, 2013

Stolen Car Leads to Chase, Lockdown

by Christopher O'Brien

WolcottPoliceCarFive juveniles are in police custody after leading police on vehicular and foot pursuits through the Woodtick section of town Wednesday morning. The chase caused Frisbee School to be placed under a lockdown for a period of time just after students arrived.

The morning events began when Officer Frank Schippani ran the plate of the car carrying the teens on Wolf Hill Rd. at 8:55 am. The red Toyota Corrolla had been reported stolen in Waterbury. After signaling the vehicle to stop, the operator instead sped south across Nichols Road and into the Baseball Association of Wolcott complex. The driver drove through the complex and when he realized there was no way out, turned to drive across one of the ballfields. 

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August 29th, 2013

Brown Pleads Not Guilty in Impersonation

by Christopher O'Brien

By Karen Florin | The Day

Bruce Browne, a Wolcott resident and half brother of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty in New London Superior Court on Thursday following charges from an August 8 incident in Old Lyme where he commandered a boat and stopped other vessels while wearing Coast Guard identification. He is accused of impersonating a police officer, interfering with an officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon in a motor vehicle.

Bruce W. Browne, also requested, through his attorney, the return of his car and other personal property that was seized by Old Lyme and state police.

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January 11th, 2013

Rep. Sampson Calls for Death Penalty

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
Hayes and Komisarjevsky | CT State Police Wolcott State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80th) has submitted a bill to reinstate Connecticut’s death penalty law during the 2013 legislative session.
“Its the proper penalty for the types of heinous crimes that unfortunately sometimes happen in our society,” Sampson tells the Whisper.
The penalty – which was previously abolished in 2012 for any prospective crimes – was abolished at the urging of Governor Malloy. The legislature wrote the current law so that only those gound guilty prior to the repeal would be subject to the penalty. Past convictions – at least in theory – can still be carried out.

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August 8th, 2012

Risk Reduction Law Increases Risks to Public Safety

by Christopher O'Brien

Rep. Rob Sampson

Crime has been on the forefront of people’s minds and in the news headlines lately due to many violent shootings and deaths in some of Connecticut’s largest cities this summer.

Since the legislative session ended in May, I have been able to meet with many folks in the district and one of the big issues that continues to be brought up is the decision to repeal the death penalty.

Who can forget this past April when Governor Malloy and the majority in the legislature pushed to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty instead of addressing its flaws to make it a workable law? Under the repeal law no one convicted of capital felony murder would be executed prospectively except for those 11 men currently on death row.

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