WILD UCONN PARTY
A 21-year-old is facing two criminal charges after a state trooper was in the face with a beer can thrown at a large, off-campus party near the University ofÂ Connecticut.
Police say the incident took place at 2:56 p.m. Saturday at a party hosted by UConn students at the Carriage HouseÂ complex. . State police estimated the crowd to be about 1,000.Â Â After receiving several complaints, state police arrived to break up the party. One of the attendees, identified as 21-year-old Carmine Pannizzo, of New Fairfield, is accused of throwing a beer can in the direction of a state trooper and several party-goersÂ Â The beer canÂ hit the trooper in the face.Â Pannizzo was subsequently charged with assault on a public safety officer for hitting the trooper and second-degree reckless endangerment for hurling the can into the crowd. HeÂ is to appear in court Tuesday.
LEDYARD OFFICER INJURED, CRUISER TOTALEDÂ
LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) â€“ A Ledyard police officer has been injured by a driver fleeing a traffic stop. The officer was hurt when the driver of a BMW who had fled a traffic stop for speeding deliberately rammed the back of his cruiserÂ on Sunday afternoon on Shewville Road near Route 2.Â The officerâ€™s injuries are said to be minor. His name was not released. The cruiser was totaled. The BMW was last seen in a private driveway, but the driver fled when the homeowner confronted him. Police say the BMW has a decal on the back window and the driver was wearing what police described as a sports team jersey.