Police in Manchester recently arrested a 30-year-old man for stealing copper from a Connecticut church. The missing metal downspouts and flashing, allegedly taken during three separate occasions in December and January, caused chaos during a church service. Parishioners rushed to contain damage caused by water gushing through the ceiling into St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
Even the most law abiding Willimantic County residents can have a run-in with the law. You don't have to be guilty of a crime to be accused of one or slapped with criminal charges. Innocent or not, how a defendant responds to an arrest, an interrogation or a judge can be crucial to a case.
Criminal charges are often based on a Connecticut defendant's alleged intent. The most serious charges involve deliberate actions. Less severe punishments are associated with reckless behavior.
Connecticut's laws dealing with driver intoxication cover impairment by alcohol or drugs. Law enforcers conduct breath tests to support alcohol-related DUI allegations, but no breath tests currently exist to measure drug use by drivers. Technology is in development that could soon arm Windham police with marijuana testing devices.