Monday, July 11, 2011

Waterbury Man Who Police Say Stabbed Wallingford Woman Still Not Charged

While a Wallingford woman struggles to recover from multiple stab wounds she received in a Berlin, Conn. motel room last week, the man who police claim inflicted the wounds still hasn't been charged.

But Isaiah Boucher, whose last known address was in Waterbury, remains behind bars on charges of violating his probation in a previous case. State parole officials were looking for Boucher before he allegedly stabbed 21-year-old Anjelina Melillo in the Best Western Motel on the Berlin Turnpike and barricaded himself in the room after releasing her.

A Special Weapons and Tactics team from the New Britain Police Department by throwing a tear gas grenade in the room and breaking down the door.

Berlin's Deputy Police Chief John Klett said Monday that Melillo has been removed from the intensive care unit at Hartford Hospital, but still isn't well enough to speak to investigators from his department.

"We've still got some other things we need to look into and that, combined with fact that she isn't well enough to tell us what happened, means we haven't been able to charge him," Klett said. "But he's in custody on the parole violation, so we've got some time."

Boucher has at least seven criminal convictions on his record since Dec. 2001, with most recent in Oct. 2010. At that time, he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit third degree larceny and was sentenced to a year in jail, according to court records.

Boucher was on special probation stemming from a June 2000 incident in which he was involved in a brawl with three other people on Park Street in Wallingford, where he was living at the time.

Boucher was found guilty and sentenced to six years in jail for that incident as well as six years special probation, which he is still serving.

Police have said Boucher could face attempted murder charges in his alleged attack on Melillo.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cheshire Near The Top in Energy Efficiency Contest

Following the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge may never attain the popularity of following a baseball pennant race. But it has attracted enough interest in Cheshire to enable the town to move into third place in the energy efficiency competition.

Cheshire is third among the 14 towns taking part in the competition. trailing only Westport and Ridgefield. Bethany, the only other New Haven area town taking part in the competition is in last place, according to the standings listed Thursday on the Neighbor to Neighbor web site.

The goal for each of the participating towns is to get at least 1,000 people in each community to cut their energy usage by at least 20 percent. Each person enrolled in the program can score points for their community and help reduce their home energy bills by taking certain steps to reduce their energy consumption.

Towns with the highest scores will receive premiums such as electric car-charging stations and solar-powered LED lighting systems.

Despite its strong showing in the competition thus far, Cheshire isn't resting on it laurels. A workshop on how to join the program and reduce home electric bills will be held July 20th at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth David on Route 10.

Registration is required to attend this workshop. For more information, e-mail Pat Brosnahan at or call 203-272-0037 by July 18th.

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