Andy Nowicki Was 90
April 29, 2014|By CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN, Special to the Courant, The Hartford Courant
NEWINGTON – World War II veteran Andy Nowicki, who was at the center of a conflict over the Newington Housing Authority’s no smoking policy, has died. He was 90.
The housing authority tried last year to evict Nowicki for smoking. After several weeks of controversy, Nowicki’s lawyer, state Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, negotiated a settlement allowing Nowicki and his wife to stay in their home of 20 years. Nowicki, who had trouble walking due to war wounds and old age, agreed to smoke at least 10 feet from his building, in compliance with the authority’s no smoking policy.
An Old Saybrook contractor later donated labor and materials to build a 10-foot long awning so Nowicki had a place to light up in bad weather.
But the happy ending didn’t last. Early this year, the housing authority, which is independent of the town of Newington, said an employee saw Nowicki smoking in his breezeway at least three times in violation of the agreement, and threatened again to evict him and his wife, Leona.
Rather than have his client testify in court, Doyle said, he agreed to have Nowicki and his 90-year-old wife, who has advanced dementia, leave the Cedar Village complex by July 31.
“I didn’t want more stress,” said Doyle, who represented Nowicki at no charge. “I just thought it wasn’t worth it at this point.”
When Nowicki fell ill earlier this month, his relatives were in the midst of a search to find an affordable replacement for his $714-a-month apartment.
Last Friday, Nowicki died after suffering a stroke, his daughter said.
Janet Nowicki denied her father violated the agreement, and said housing authority officials “tormented” her father.
“They just did things to put undue stress on someone who wasn’t healthy, who was elderly,” Janet Nowicki said. “It’s called bullying.”
Doyle said the authority’s actions showed “a lack of common sense and common decency.”
Housing Authority Executive Director Melinda Harvey defended the authority Tuesday, saying Nowicki had been caught smoking in violation of the settlement and therefore had to vacate his apartment.
“He continued to not comply,” Harvey said. “So we contacted Paul [Doyle] and met with him.”
She also expressed regret at Nowicki’s death. “He was part of our community,” she said. “Regardless of what was going on, our community is in mourning.”
Dorris Clinard, 57, was found stabbed to death near his driveway on July 27, 2007.
Clinard was active in his church, devoted to his wife, Connie, and seemed to have no enemies.
Officer Natalie Hall said around 7 a.m. that morning, a neighbor leaving for work, spotted Clinard lying between two cars in the parking area outside his home on West Park Drive.
He had been stabbed in the chest area.
Officer Hall said there was no indication of a robbery and no one had heard anything. His wife was still asleep.
“That was the whole problem with this case. We didn’t have a whole lot to go on,” Officer Hall said.
She said the neighborhood is normally safe and quiet, even to this day.
“It is a good area to run and jog in the morning or anytime during the day, just because you feel comfortable there,” Officer Hall said.
Officer Hall said around that same time every morning, Clinard would typically step outside to smoke a cigarette before work.
That morning, she said several witnesses possibly saw one or two suspicious men walking in the area, but that never led to any suspects.
Dorris Clinard was a lifelong resident of Clarksville and had worked at Levelle Valley Creamery in La Vergne for 25 years. He had just started a new job at a fiberglass company in Clarksville, My Word is My Bond, four days prior to his murder. He had changed jobs to be closer to home.
One year after his murder, a garden monument at his church, Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian, was dedicated in his honor.
The memorial features the Ten Commandments and Dorris’ favorite Bible verse, John 3:16.
The family sent News 2 this statement this week:
“The Family of Dorris Clinard would like to extend our gratitude to the Clarksville Police Department for their resolve in the investigation of this murder case. We would like to thank News 2 for providing a platform to inform the community that this case continues to be examined and that we are looking for any possible leads. We plead for anyone with any information to contact the Clarksville Police Department. We, as a family, continue to miss him each and every day. Our hope is to find closure and justice at the end of this process.”
Posted: Nov 23, 2013 11:01 AM GSTUpdated: Nov 23, 2013 10:08 PM
The preliminary investigation reveals Mills began smoking a cigarette in a non-smoking area of the bar and the owner, Chris Ferrell, became upset.
Ferrell, 44, and Mills allegedly began to argue. Others still inside the bar at the time left.
According to a police report, witnesses outside reported hearing gunshots from inside the bar shortly after leaving and contacted police.
Mills suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died Saturday evening.
Ferrell, who has a valid handgun carry permit, told police he shot Mills in self defense. The investigation is ongoing.
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Metro Nashville police confirmed Jerald Waynes Mills died of his wounds.
Members of the Wayne Mills Band tweeted Saturday night that their frontman Jerald Wayne Mills died from his gunshot wounds Saturday night.
“Word is Wayne has passed. God be with us all in this tragedy……” the band said via their Twitter account at 6:53 p.m.
Police said Mills was shot at the Pit and Barrel bar at 515 Second Ave. South early Saturday morning. Authorities continue to investigate the shooter’s claims of self-defense.
NASHVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) Wayne Mills, lead singer of The Wayne Mills Band, has reportedly died at a Nashville hospital following a Saturday morning shooting. According to CBS station WTVF, the Arab native was shot around 5 a.m. at the Pit and Barrel Bar on Second Avenue.
WTVF reports the shooting was a result of an altercation between Mills and the owner of the bar, Chris Ferrell. They said the two were inside the bar and a struggle ensued after Mills reportedly lit a cigarette in the non-smoking section. According to police, witnesses outside the bar heard gunshots and contacted authorities.
Police said Ferrell claims he shot the victim in self-defense. They said he had a valid handgun carry permit.
Mills was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. According to his official Facebook page, Mills died Saturday afternoon.
Mills, 44, was a 1987 graduate of Arab High School.
Mills’ musical style is generally described as “outlaw country,” with influences from George Jones, Waylon Jennings and others. He leaves behind a wife, Carole, and a young son, Jack.
Murder suspect found dead in prison tried to harm self after tobacco withdrawal, Southwark Coroner’s Court hears.
A murder suspect found dead in prison tried to harm himself just days before because he was suffering from a withdrawal of tobacco, a court heard.
Father-of-two Adrian Johnson, 27, tied a TV aerial around his neck in an apparent cry for help at HMP High Down on May 8, 2010, stating his main cause of distress as a withdrawal of cigarettes, Southwark Coroner’s Court heard on Tuesday.
Just days later, on Thursday, May 13, 2010, he was found dead in his cell after he was transferred to Belmarsh Prison, in Thamesmead. The nurse that assessed him on his arrival had ranked him as low risk.
Mr Johnson who was accused of murder and ABH, on May 4, told prison staff he had no recollection of the offence and did not know when it occurred.
The former warehouseman, had been charged with stabbing to death 49-year-old Robert Anthony Lewis and with assaulting Colin Buckfield at a shared home for vulnerable adults in Cheam Road, Sutton, on May 4.
The court heard on Tuesday that Mr Johnson, a former warehouse man, usually smoked 40 cigarettes a day, suffered from schizophrenia, had a history of substance misuse and had attempted to take his own life on multiple occasions in the past.
On arrival at HMP High Down Mr Johnson saw a substance misuse doctor but she did not question him about smoking because prisoners were not denied tobacco and the healthcare staff were unable to prescribe it, the jury heard.
Daniel Craft, senior officer at HMP High Down was called out when Mr Johnson was found ligatured to a disability rail, next to the toilet, in his gated cell at 1.35pm on Saturday, May 8.
Mr Craft said he was lying on the floor and crying uncontrollably. He later told staff his main cause of distress was the withdrawal of cigarettes and he had no funds to buy more. The next time Mr Craft saw Mr Johnson, about 16 hours later, he was laughing and joking and he had managed to borrow some tobacco from another prisoner.
Mr Craft said: “He called it a cry for help – he wanted tobacco.” Mr Johnson was referred to a mental health nurse but his next of kin were not informed.
When James Comstock refused to purchase his 19-year-old son cigarettes, the teenager drive off in his father’s truck. Attempting to teach his rebellious son a lesson, Comstock phoned the police to report his vehicle stolen.
This lesson ended with the police fatally shooting the his son, Tyler, on the Iowa State University campus.
The father is angry and confused. He wonders why the police hastily used deadly force.
“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him. It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t buy him none,” Comstock told The Des Moines Register. “And I lose my son for that.”
Police began chasing Tyler shortly after Comstock called and reported the vehicle stolen. The truck belongs to a lawn care company.
As Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson pursued Tyler across the ISU campus, he allegedly rammed into McPherson’s car. The lawn care truck was eventually stopped, although police claim Tyler revved the engine and refused to turn off the vehicle.
McPherson fired six shots into the vehicle, striking the teen twice and killing him, according to the Iowa state medical examiner’s office.
October 25, 2013
Quintin Washington shot and killed another man in a drugstore parking lot on West Broad Street after Washington started yelling at the victim for smoking in front of Washington’s 6-year-old son, a Richmond prosecutor said Thursday in court.
In a bond hearing in Richmond Circuit Court, the prosecutor, Tania Stark, and defense attorney David Lassiter offered very different accounts of what led to the death of Marquis J. Richardson.
Judge Richard D. Taylor Jr. denied the defendant’s request for bond.
Lassiter argued that Richardson, 18, had brought the gun to the scene and produced it during the encounter with Washington. Lassiter said that his client, a 28-year-old truck driver, had wrestled the weapon from Richardson and shot him in self-defense.
The killing occurred on the evening of Oct. 3 in the parking lot of the Rite Aid at West Broad and Belvidere streets near Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus where Washington had gone to pick up his son.
Richardson had accompanied the mother of Washington’s son to the parking lot to drop off the boy to Washington when authorities say a dispute involving a cigarette escalated in front of witnesses.
Stark told the judge that the mother of Washington’s child — after she arrived at the Rite Aid with her son and Richardson — took the boy to Washington’s car. Stark said that Richardson stayed behind in the passenger seat of the vehicle in which he and the woman had arrived, smoking a cigarette.
Washington, spotting the cigarette, approached Richardson aggressively and started cursing and yelling at him for smoking in front of Washington’s asthmatic son, Stark said.
Stark said witnesses heard a “metal tapping sound” and saw Washington with a gun standing outside the vehicle, while Richardson was still inside. Washington fired a few shots, prompting Richardson to try to escape the vehicle, Stark said.
She said Washington started walking back toward Rite Aid and then turned and took a few steps before he unloaded more rounds into the car, killing Richardson.
“Not only did the 6-year-old boy witness the incident, he was in the line of fire,” Stark said. “The only evidence of self-defense is the defendant’s statement.”
A woman who went out to smoke on the balcony of her 17th-floor Manhattan apartment while on a first date plunged to her death early Thursday morning when she sat on the railing and it gave way, according to police sources.
Sources told NBC 4 New York that Jennifer Rosoff, 35, and her date were on the balcony at about 12:30 a.m. and when she sat on the railing’s corner, it broke and she plunged to the ground, hitting scaffolding on the way down.
A source on the scene at the Sutton Place building at 400 E. 57th St. provided a description of the railing, which appeared to be metal, and was bent and twisted, with a cigarette lighter still placed nearby.
Witnesses reported seeing a screaming man, believed to be Rosoff’s date, running from the building.
No criminality is suspected.
The Buildings Department is investigating the accident.