Today in history: July 30

July 29, 2018

38 years agoDevelopers win, residents loseStamford’s zoning regulations sometimes seem to have been written with the intention of favoring developers and frustrating public interest.The current public controversy over the application to construct a large office building in the Cove-East Side area illustrates the point.The owners of the 1.9-acre site for the building — Soundview Plaza — have asked the Stamford Zoning Board of Appeals for a special exception to convert a two-family residential zone on the property to commercial.21 years agoJudge explains why he denied Kelly’s appeal bondThe judge in the Alex Kelly rape case yesterday defended the stiff 16-year prison sentence he imposed last week, calling the Darien man a threat to his victim’s safety and saying he did not believe any bond could assure Kelly’s appearance in court pending appeal.Judge Kevin Tierney also wrote that Kelly “received more than a fair trial” and that Kelly’s arguments in his intended appeal of his conviction for raping Adrienne Bak Ortolano in 1986 are “not valid.”Kelly “received a fair statutory sentence,” wrote Tierney, who imposed the 20-year maximum for sexual assault but suspended four of those years.Tierney also rejected defense attorney Thomas Puccio’s claim that the 10-year probation he imposed on Kelly was illegal because it was not the allowable standard when Kelly was charged 11 years ago. But Tierney said that if he was proved wrong by an appeals court, he would adjust the probation downward to the five-year maximum that was in effect when the crime occurred.7 years agoStamford police dog injures officer during training drillA police dog bit a city officer in the leg during a Thursday afternoon training exercise, causing several wounds that needed 33 stitches to close up.Officer Lou Scarano was treated and released from Stamford Hospital and placed on injured-on-duty leave, Assistant Chief Jon Fontneau said.Scarano was injured while volunteering as a fleeing suspect during an exercise and a police dog named Titan bit his lower right leg through protective “scratch pants.” He also wore a “bite sleeve” on his right arm for protection, as well as heavy pants.“He is home and in a lot of pain,” Fontneau said.erin.kayata@stamfordadovcate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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