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Ex-Firefighter Michael Farrell Scheduled to Appear in Waterbury Court Monday

Farrell has not entered a plea yet and his case is being screened for transfer to the higher court for more serious crimes.

Michael Farrell of Avon is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court Monday on first-degree larceny and workers' compensation fraud charges he faces after responding as a volunteer firefighter to at least two Avon calls and teaching Connecticut Fire Academy classes while on paid injury leave from his former full-time job as Waterbury fire captain.

He hasn't entered a plea yet.

At his last appearance on Oct. 15, Judge William Bremins approved a Waterbury State's Attorneys Office request to screen the case for possible transfer to the high court. That is the Part A division of Waterbury Superior Court for more serious crimes. The two charges against Farrell are both Class B felonies, according to the state judicial website.

As of Friday afternoon a decision on the transfer request had not yet been approved and a court clerk said that would most likely be addressed in a Part B courtroom on Nov. 5.

Farrell was terminated from the Waterbury Fire Department in October.

Separately, he was also expelled from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in October after being suspended twice in a five-year period, including once in June for responding to a call while also on medical leave from the Avon department. He was approved for retirement status at an early October fire department board meeting.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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