Connecticut Man Threatens to Sue Over Release of Arrest Record to Newspaper

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(AP) A Connecticut man is seeking half a million dollars from the city of Newport, Rhode Island after police allegedly gave details of his drug arrest to a newspaper — even though the record was supposed to have been expunged.

Nicola Tarzia has filed a claim against the city. His lawyer says Tarzia plans to sue if the claim isn’t settled.

Tarzia was on the Stamford Board of Education when a local newspaper published details of his 2002 arrest for possessing cocaine. He stepped down from the post after the article was published last year.

Tarzia claims the newspaper received what he calls detailed and erroneous information from a Newport police officer. He says the officer gave out the information even though a judge had ordered the case records destroyed months before.

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