Saturday, February 18, 2012
State of New Jersey | Executive Orders
Equality. For all. Now.
Labels: Love and Marriage Equality
Friday, February 17, 2012
Death Comes Home.
Riverside Cemetery | Waterbury CT
National Historic Registry
Southington man stole bronze statues from Riverside
Jonathan Leveille, of 11 E. Summer St., appeared in Waterbury Superior Court to accept the sentence as part of a plea deal that will also call for him to serve three years of probation after he's released from prison.
Leveille was at the center of a shocking theft discovered in December by a group of veterans who went to the cemetery to lay wreaths at a memorial.
They found that two bronze sculptures — a life-size figure of a woman and a hooded figure of Death — had been pried from their mounts.
Police launched an investigation into the thefts, tracking the pieces of art to Liberty Recycling in Bristol. The Death statue, which dated back to the mid-1880s, was recovered intact, but the life-size statue of the woman had been hacked into pieces using what appeared to be a reciprocating saw.
Police tracked down the thieves after they obtained the name of the seller from the Bristol scrap yard. Although the valuable statues were worth far more, they had been sold for a mere $1,500.
After his arrest, Leveille told police that he and his accomplice, Donald Petruzzi, 22, pried the statues away from their bases using a metal bar and loaded them into an old Chevrolet Beretta.
Leveille was charged with a list of crimes, but pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny and illegal possession of a gravestone, which are both felonies.
State's Attorney Maureen Platt said the representatives of the cemetery felt the theft was serious, but didn't want to be heard in connection with the pre-arranged deal.
When asked if he had anything to say before the sentence was imposed by Judge Richard Damiani, Leveille, wearing a faded orange jumpsuit, declined to comment. He kept his head down, said little else and was escorted into nearby cell blocks after the brief hearing.
Leveille's criminal record includes convictions for third-degree larceny, failing to appear in court and use of drug paraphernalia.
Leveille's sentence is the same amount of prison time assigned to another shocking theft that occurred at the cemetery in 2007. Joseph Vecchiarelli's drug addiction led him to steal gold dentures from the mouths of skulls as he ransacked three mausoleums, according to Republican-American archives.
Vecchiarelli ripped into six coffins during the theft, including one that contained an infant.
Petruzzi is still awaiting trial.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Why I voted for Obama once, & why I'll vote for him...again.
Labels: Barack Obama for President
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Screaming Room | 2011
Straight to Video!
Freddie Mercury | Somebody to Love [A Capella]
Born this day in 1564 | Galileo Galilei
In honour of Galileo...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Gregory Hines | A sweetheart of a dancer b. 1945
Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe
St. Valentine Kneeling in Supplication
Receiving a Rosary from the Virgin
David Teniers III
Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III
Bishop and Martyr
Died: traditionally ca. 269 but see text
Honored in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism, and individual Baptist churches
Feast February 14 (Roman Catholic Church)
July 30 (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Attributes birds; roses; bishop with a crippled or a child with epilepsy at his feet; bishop with a rooster nearby; bishop refusing to adore an idol; bishop being beheaded; priest bearing a sword; priest holding a sun; priest giving sight to a blind girl
Patronage affianced couples, against fainting, bee keepers, happy marriages, love, plague, epilepsy