Drunken Rip Torn thought he was home


Drunken Rip Torn thought he was home

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Rip Torn was so intoxicated when he broke into a Connecticut bank carrying a loaded gun that he thought he was home, taking off his hat and boots and leaving them by the door, according to court records. The 78-year-old actor was wearing the same battered boots Monday when he was arraigned on several charges after spending the weekend in a police holding cell near his hometown of Salisbury, in northwestern Connecticut.

Torn, who did not enter a plea, was released on $100,000 bond a few hours later. He is expected to enter an alcohol-rehabilitation center in New York as early as today.

Torn was given probation last year in a Connecticut drunken- driving case and allowed to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken- driving arrests in New York. The “Men in Black” actor is accused of breaking into the Litchfield Bancorp branch through a window Friday night in Salisbury, where officers responding to an alarm found him wandering in the lobby and nearly incoherent.

Etta James is recovering

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Etta James’ manager said the R&B singer remains hospitalized in Southern California as she recovers from sepsis, an infection. Lupe De Leon said Monday that James is stable and he doesn’t know when the 72-year-old singer will be released from the Riverside Community Hospital. Her son, Donto James, said Friday that his mother has been hospitalized for about a week with sepsis caused by a urinary-tract infection.

Grammys are a hit

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Bell, Shepard get engaged

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Today’s birthdays

Comedian Tom Smothers is 73. Singer Graham Nash is 68. Singer Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers is 64. Actor Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 61. Model Christie Brinkley is 56. Actor Michael Talbott (“Miami Vice”) is 55. Rapper T-Mo (Goodie Mob) is 38. Singer Shakira is 33.

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