Saturday, October 08, 2005

Torturing and Killing Off of the Elderly in Connecticut?

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If you are not rich and connected in Connecticut, watch out.

Nurse's Aide Feared For Elderly Woman's Life
October 8, 2005 By ROBERTO GONZALEZ, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

SOUTHINGTON (Connecticut) -- The 87-year-old woman was "feisty."

She would swear, curse and scratch and hit the staff members at Southington Care Center who tended to her needs.

But last month, two staff members reacted to her demeanor by putting a bag over her head and choking her to the point that a witness thought they might kill her, according to an arrest warrant.

Christina Morneault, a nurse's aide, told police she was on rounds at the facility on Sept. 13 with nursing assistant Bernadeta Kielbowicz, 33, when they entered the elderly woman's room to change her. Edina Alagic, 28, another nursing assistant at the facility, came into the room to visit Kielbowicz, Morneault told police, according to an arrest warrant. The resident continued to swear at them.

Morneault told police that she was so shocked by what happened next that she froze.Kielbowicz was holding a clear plastic garbage bag in her hand, Morneault said. Then, in one swift motion, Kielbowicz raised the bag over the resident's head and pulled it over her face, the warrant states.

As the woman struggled - hitting and yelling - Kielbowicz twisted the bag around the woman's neck, Morneault told police.

Morneault told police that she could tell the woman was having a hard time breathing by the condensation that was forming on the inside of the bag.

At that point, Morneault told police, Alagic grasped the woman's hands and held them down to prevent her from struggling away from Kielbowicz. Kielbowicz continued to choke the woman, Morneault said, until they heard a knock at the door from another nurse's aide. Alagic told Kielbowicz to remove the bag, Morneault told police. When she did, the resident began to scream and curse and gasp for air, the warrant states.

Alagic turned to Morneault and said: "You better not tell anyone; we're going to get our stories right," Morneault told police.Kielbowicz, of 244 Lewis Road, New Britain, and Alagic, of 230 East St., Plainville, were arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple felonies in the alleged assault.

Reached by phone Friday, Kielbowicz would not comment on the case. Alagic could not be reached, and Morneault, who has been on paid leave since reporting the incident, also could not be reached for comment. Kielbowicz and Alagic were fired on Sept. 19, the same day Morneault reported the incident to Southington Care Center officials. After Kielbowicz released the woman, Morneault said, nurse's aide Pam Mann entered the room and said she heard screaming.

Kielbowicz had thrown the plastic bag into her garbage pail before Mann entered, Morneault said.After Alagic told Mann that nothing had happened, she and Kielbowicz left the room.

Morneault then also told Mann nothing had happened because she was in fear for her life after seeing what happened, Morneault told police.Morneault said in her statement that Kielbowicz held the bag over the victim's head for a minute or less.

According to the warrant, Morneault later told police in an interview she believed Kielbowicz put the bag over the victim's head to quiet her down and to stop her from hitting her. She also said she didn't think Kielbowicz intended to harm the elderly woman.

According to the warrant, Kielbowicz and Alagic both told police they did not intend to harm the woman and that they were both joking around when they tried to stop her from swearing at them.

Alagic described it as a "stupid joke" to police.

Kielbowicz told police she was in the process of putting a plastic trash bag into a container while the elderly woman was swearing at her, saying she was going to bite her and pull her hair.

Kielbowicz said she, Alagic and Morneault were laughing at what the woman was saying and as a joke placed the bag over her head to quiet her down, taking it off after no more than a few seconds.

Both Kielbowicz and Alagic told police that neither of them told Morneault not to say anything.Mann told police that when she walked into the room, she noticed the elderly woman was agitated but wasn't sure what she was saying. Mann also told police the woman has had a history of being difficult and abusive physically and verbally and that the staff "just suck it up" and get scratched and sworn at as they provide care for her.

Doctors at Southington Care Center said the victim suffered no injuries from the assault, police said.

Kielbowicz and Alagic were both charged with second-degree assault of an elderly person, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment, cruelty to persons and second-degree breach of peace. They posted $15,000 bail each and are scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Bristol on Oct. 17.

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$15,000 bail each, WHAT!!!???

Court Officials in Connecticut tried to place Christopher Kennedy's bail at $500,000 just after he lodged complaints against a Connecticut State Police Officer and tried to have Judge Jonathan Kaplan and Prosecutor Christopher Parakilas punished for gross misconduct and judicial citizen abuse.

The abuse pattern

Was Chris Kennedy arrested and facing 50 years in prison for lodging legitimate complaints against Judge Jonathan Kaplan of Rockville (Vernon) Connecticut Court, 20 Park St. and other officials?

The Connecticut Governor's Race is On

Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
Posted by Aldon Hynes on October 6, 2005 - 11:31 am.

The issue of public safety is on everyone’s mind. Whether you are concerned about future terrorist attacks, how prepared we are for natural disasters, or how crime is being dealt with in our state, public safety is a big issue.

Council 15, representing some four thousand police officers from around Connecticut, from Greenwich to New London, has worked hard over the years to promote public safety and they rarely get sufficient thanks for the work they do.

Today, facing concerns that the Rowland and Rell administrations have been headed the wrong direction in issues of public safety, Council 15 has broken with tradition and endorsed a Gubernatorial candidate, even before the primaries.

That candidate is Mayor John DeStefano. (website where this post was stolen from)

Mayor DeStefano is the son of a cop. He understands better than many of us the important job that our police officers do and he has worked closely with police to reduce crime and find innovative ways to make New Haven safer. We need that sort of leadership in Hartford. We are proud that Council 15 recognizes the leadership that Mayor DeStefano embodies and has endorsed him for Governor. Please join with us to help make Connecticut better. Add your endorsement here.
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Propose Civilian Oversight of police to elected officials, get harassed, threatened, and get railroaded to prison or face prison.

Try putting "Ritt Goldstein" or "Steven G. Erickson" in a search engine.

The former selectman of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, told me to sell my rental properties to one of his 'more important' than me friends for a loss of more than $100,000 when the boarded up properties that I fixed up into the historic beauties they once were and were my retirement so I didn't heed his threat.

The Connecticut State Police threatened, harassed, followed me around, and then arrested me after I was assaulted during a robbery attempt at night on my own property as an excuse to railroad me to prison.

So the police are about ripping off people that have assets and property that someone in the Connecticut Mafia wants, right? They are not about justice and fairness, right?

Connecticut corrupt officials are out to steal your property and wreck your small business if you are competition for 'connected' businesses with political clout.

I worked hard save my money, maintained credit, provided for my family paid taxes, trusted officials and police and I was the target for arrests and prison, not criminals, drug dealer, and common criminal parasites.

If you can have your home, family, and sum total of your life taken away for expecting Connecticut officials to act legally and Constitutionally, speaking out, why should anyone that is not a connecticut criminal elite blue blood move or stay in Connecticut.

I have been all over the US and some of the world and Connecticut, by far, is the most biased, racist, and unfair place I've ever had the displeasure of living.

I been helping those in Katrina devastated areas. A person here can lose their home and all their possessions and not have a place to live or anything than a day's ration of food or water and then ask a complete stranger, "Are you hungry or thirsty?"

Too many attitudes in Connecticut just plain make me sick.

Any other state, or even foreign countries I have been in are more American than Connecticut.
Posted by
Steven G. Erickson on October 8, 2005 - 12:01am.
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Friday, October 07, 2005

Blasting Connecticut out of America

From :
Steve Erickson trvl@hotmail.com
Sent :
Friday, October 7, 2005 3:58 PM

To :
governor.rell@po.state.ct.us , kevin.rasch@po.state.ct.us , trvl@hotmail.com
Subject :
Fixing corruption in Connecticut?



To Whom It May Concern:

I am working doing disaster relief in Mississippi and Louisiana.

From having chosen to invest in Connecticut downtown real estate, my life is still absolutely ruined.

I need to go on with my life.

I saved my entire life to buy a house. I worked like a dog fixing up boarded up Connecticut houses I had bought in a boarded up condition for 5 years. When I was done, instead of getting a trophy, reward, or recognition, I got ripped off by Connecticut and then put in prison for having dared to complain about by terrorized and ripped off, officially.

The former selectman of Stafford Connecticut told me to sell my rental properties that I had fixed up from a boarded up condition at a loss of over $100,000 to one of his friends that was more ‘important’ or I would suffer consequences.

Should Connecticut citizens be thrown in prison and have criminal records for life for having stood in the way of being officially ripped off of their lives and property by the Connecticut Official Mafia?

I did suffer as the Connecticut State Police maliciously investigated, stalked, harassed, and threatened me if I didn’t leave Connecticut. This is a pattern and so many others have been abused in the same way. A prominent Connecticut small business owner even fled to Sweden seeking political asylum as Connecticut courts, officials, and police are just THAT BAD.

Arresting and prosecuting people out of their businesses and homes in Connecticut if they don’t have official criminal connections is an absolute sickening disgrace. I am glad to be out of SLEAZE CENTRAL.

I was brought up on charges that no one in the history of Connecticut has gone to prison for with no previous record. Crime victims beaten on their own property don’t go to prison, except in my case of my getting in the way of others ripping off my property. I didn’t roll over and go bankrupt so they ruined my life, railroaded me to prison, and now I’m bankrupt anyway. Don Christmas of Enfield, CT, almost went to prison for a year and a half for being attacked by a police officer’s 16 year old prostitute girlfriend, and wasn’t as I exposed that injustice nationally on the internet and 100’s of letters poured into Enfield Court. Donny proposed Civilain Oversight of Police and got ‘mouthy’ to reporters about being ripped off and ALSO threatened to sue Connecticut and police, and was nearly railroaded, carboncopy, as I had been.

The Judge, Jonthan Kaplan, in my case brings up someone’s race and doles out punishments based on racist stereotypes. Kaplan, a judge, I had tried to have removed for bias against the self-employed and landlords, before my kangaroo criminal trial or false arrest, for at least 2 years before my false arrest.

I can’t get a decent job. My retirement, home, credit, dog, contracting business, Corvette, family unity, health insurance, savings, and sum total of my life were ripped off by Connecticut corruption and rogue officials making themselves and their cronies rich, arresting and throwing in prison, anyone that dared expose them, complain, or just plain get in the way of their rip off the public FEST has gone on too long, too often, and has ruined too many lives.

I would not have been ripped off and thrown in prison by ANY other State.

I am in a decent place, helping those in need. I deserve to get on with my life. I did nothing wrong, just had assets and a life to rip off and wasn’t part of the Connecticut Mafia, so I was ripped off and labeled a criminal by official criminals.

If you and your staff actually care about corruption, then please do something about corruption. I want my life back. Very few officials are investigated, never mind punished, so going after the official criminals in the courts that are rigged in Connecticut is not any way to get justice either.

It is just plain ridiculous. Where is ANYTHING AMERICAN in CONNECTICUT???

I paid my price of hell on earth for being so stupid and naïve to invest and live in Connecticut without official criminal connections, so I have paid the price for my stupidity of not listening to others that were ripped off and ruined by the Connecticut corruption machine.

I shouldn’t have to come back up to Connecticut to file a lawsuit in a Connecticut court, Federal or State, that is filled with more corrupt officials covering for other corrupt officials, not in anyway acting Constitutionally or legally. The way Rowland got a sweetheart deal is just more proof. That stain is permanent.

Too many Connecticut citizens are afraid to test Free Speech and know the courts and police are just out for retaliation and revenue collection. Eminent Domain and nationwide ripping off of property becoming precedent out of Connecticut has not evaded national scrutiny.

Please pardon me or have my record wiped clean. There was Connecticut State Police perjury that Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to investigate and threatened me for trying to make a complaint, I wasn’t offered AR for $100 as police and others were bragging I was going to be sent to prison and lose everything before any trial, and the Judge Jonathan Kaplan is known for helping to retaliate against citizens that lodge complaints against police, judges, prosecutors, and/or other officials. My lawyer was intimidated out of defending me to help prosecute and a tape was played to the jury on how to find me guilty without anything about reasonable doubt or finding me innocent. What!!!???

Connecticut courts have been violating ADA laws since 1990 or 1991, so therefore everything they have done since then is improper, illegal, and not valid.

If you are supposed to be doing something about corruption, prove it in my case.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

Cell [snipped]

P.S. I’m posting this letter to you on at least 2 websites. Please call me or email your response.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

For THIS to occur

... much more has to be going on behind the scenes in Connecticut.

2 More Charged In Attack On Psychologist
Authorities Say They Conspired With Convicted Gunman To Kill Author Derek Hopson

October 6, 2005 By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN (Connecticut) -- Two men, including a head psychologist at a nonprofit social service agency in Waterbury, were charged Wednesday with conspiring to kill a former Middlesex Hospital psychologist in May 2003.

Psychologist Ernest C. Garlington and Terrence Battle are accused of conspiring with a third man, Robbie Santos, to kill Derek Hopson, a prominent psychologist, author and stepfather of basketball star Ray Allen.

The arrests Wednesday pick up where Santos' attempted-murder trial left off and suggest strongly that Santos was a hired hitman.Santos, 33, was sentenced in May to 18 years in prison for the May 21, 2003, shooting in the parking lot of Middlesex Hospital's mental health clinic on South Main Street. The bullet from Santos' gun missed and Hopson wasn't injured.

Santos, an 11-time convicted felon, denied any role in the shooting but prosecution motions said Santos was offered $8,000 by an "unknown person to pop [shoot to kill]" Hopson.

A correction officer and an inmate testified at Santos' trial that Santos talked about the attempted shooting while he was locked up. The inmate said Santos bragged about being hired to kill Hopson by a woman he did not identify. The woman told Santos that Hopson had hurt her, according to testimony. Garlington, who is now married to Hopson's ex-wife, and Battle are charged in connection with the May attempted shooting and another alleged assault on Hopson, also in the clinic's parking lot, on Aug. 12, 2002. In that incident, Hopson was attacked with a golf club.

Garlington, 37, of 111 Old Mountain Road, in the Marion section of Southington, was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, two counts of inciting injury to a person, soliciting and/or requesting the commission of a first-degree assault and criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, police said. He was also charged with aiding in the commission of a second-degree assault, soliciting and/or requesting the commission of a murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Garlington is director of psychological services at New Opportunities Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation that administers social service programs for low-income families in Waterbury and surrounding communities. Late Wednesday, he was being held in the Middletown police lockup, with bail set at $1.7 million. Further details about the arrests were unavailable late Wednesday.

Battle, 31, of 4 Richmond Ave., Waterbury, was charged with aiding in the commission of an attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and criminal attempt to commit murder.

Battle was being held in the same lockup, with bail set at $950,000. Both men are to be arraigned this morning in Superior Court in Middletown.

At Santos' sentencing in May, Hopson, 53, of West Hartford, confronted Santos about the May 2003 attack that occurred nine days before his wedding to Flora Allen-Hopson, mother of the Seattle SuperSonics guard and former UConn star.

Hopson is a well-known psychologist who, along with his former wife, Darlene Powell-Garlington, also a clinical psychologist, wrote several books about relationships and child-rearing, and ran the former Hopson Center for Psychological and Educational Services in Middlefield. The couple divorced in October 2001. Hopson said the incident has forced him to undergo counseling and relinquish his job at Middlesex Hospital and the patients he was treating. He has hired security guards to watch over him and his family.

At the time of the trial, Hopson said he "could not divulge evidence" he had linking someone else to the shooting, but pointed to Santos' hometown of Waterbury as the place where that person or people might be. He urged the judge to give Santos a tough prison sentence to "send a message to all those who live in Greater Waterbury."

Judge Robert L. Holzberg found Santos guilty in July 2004 of the attempted murder of Hopson.

Hopson testified that as he was walking to his car, Santos approached him and asked for money.

Hopson, saying he sensed danger, got into his car. Santos then fired at him through the window, but missed. In a nod to claims of an alleged murder-for-hire, Holzberg said during Santos' sentencing the "very difficult case" still has "unanswered questions," particularly whether Santos was hired "at the behest of someone else."

The judge said putting Santos in prison does not guarantee the safety of Hopson and his family because "whoever" might have been involved in the shooting "is still at liberty."

Garlington is scheduled to lead a workshop later this month at a seminar in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the National Black Child Development Institute.

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