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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

March 18, 2019

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TOP STORY:

ART HEIST MYSTERY

A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison sentence for weapons crimes. Robert Gentile, 82, also maintained he knows nothing about the unsolved theft of $500 million worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. He was released from federal custody in the unrelated weapons case Friday. SENT: 540 words, photos.

With: ART HEIST MYSTERY-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ BEAR HUNTING: A contentious proposal to allow bear hunting in Connecticut has been scaled back, now focusing only on farmers whose livestock, poultry and bees are destroyed by the animals. SENT.

_ MISSING CHILDREN: Three children from Connecticut authorities say were taken by their noncustodial mother during a supervised visit last month have been found safe in Mexico. SENT.

_ RACIAL CONFRONTATION: A woman caught on video using racial epithets in an argument at a Connecticut supermarket has been identified as a school department employee who resigned after the video went public. SENT.

_ SHOOTINGS-ARREST: Police have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with several shootings in a Connecticut city. SENT.

_ STABBING SUSPECT-SHOT: A Connecticut state’s attorney has found a Norwich police officer was justified in using deadly force against a man who prompted a manhunt in October 2017. SENT.

SPORTS:

NUGGETS-CELTICS

Jamal Murray rankled Kyrie Irving in the Nuggets win over the Celtics in November. The playoffs will be on the minds of both teams Monday. Denver has won three straight and is a game back of top seed Golden State in the West. Boston is a game back of Indiana for the fourth seed in the East. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

KNICKS-RAPTORS

The New York Knicks visit the Toronto Raptors. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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