SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

BODY FOUND IN LONG ISLAND SOUND

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Police and firefighters in Connecticut have recovered a body in the Long Island Sound. Police say the man’s body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Clinton by two boaters who contacted authorities. The body appears to have been in the water for a few days. Authorities haven’t identified the body, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Clinton Police Department.

MURDER-FOR-HIRE ATTACK

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a New London man is headed to prison for his role in a fatal stabbing linked to a drug operation. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Oscar Valentin was sentenced Thursday to 16 years behind bars. Authorities say former members of the “Green Garages” operation had tried to kill Valentin in a murder-for-hire plot in 2011. Authorities say Valentin then orchestrated the killing of the brother-in-law— Javier Reyes —of a man involved in the plot. The office says a jury convicted Valentin of drug charges last year but couldn’t reach a verdict on charges related to the 2012 death. Valentin took a deal in which he agreed the government could prove Reyes’ death was related to Valentin’s operation in exchange for a sentence that couldn’t exceed 19 years.

TWO ARRESTS IN OCEAN BEACH FIGHT

Ciara Subrian, Robert Carrion-Rivera

NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – New London Police arrested two people following an altercation at Ocean Beach Park Saturday.   According to police, officials received a report of a woman striking a young child across the face in the parking lot of the park. An officer already assigned to Ocean Beach Park was immediately notified of the call and responded to the area of the parking lot.  Upon arrival in the parking lot area, the officer was approached by multiple persons informing the officer that a woman who had attempted to intervene in the situation involving a young child being struck in the face by a woman had been assaulted.   The female suspect, later identified as Ciara Subian, 25, struck the other female with a purse then punched her several times. When the officer approached her, Subrian struck the officer. The officer then attempted to arrest her which she actively resisted.   At the same time, a male later identified as Robert Carrion-Rivera, 20, began to physically interfere in situation involving Subrian and the officer. In addition, a crowd began to form around the officer so the officer requested assistance. Additional New London police officers and other area police agencies responded to assist.

WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL OPENS FOR FIRST TIME IN 2017

WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) – For a time it was uncertain whether there would even be a race season at New London’s Waterford Speedbowl this year in the wake of a sex trafficking investigation involving the track’s owner.  But last night the cars rolled out for their first race. Engines are roaring once again at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. Over the years, the track has been home to many NASCAR champions and a staple for racing fans.  The Speedbowl’s owner, Bruce Bemer admitted in court to paying mentally ill, young men for sex in a human trafficking ring based out of Danbury.  He was arrested and charged in march.  Stepping in to save the season, former driver George Whitney signed a lease agreement to operate the track and open the gates to fans.   The speedway will be open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and a full schedule is still being determined. 

SEX TRAFFICKING-HOSPITAL INDUSTRY

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new Connecticut law meant to strike a blow to human traffickers is now reaching the trenches where it could make a difference. Hospitality workers are being trained to detect and report human trafficking when they suspect the illegal activity is going on where they work. Connecticut became the first state to require the training when the law passed last year. Employees at the more than 500 hotels, motels and lodges in the state must receive anti-trafficking training by Oct. 1. The training is free. The curriculum was developed by groups including Marriott International, which is training its workers. So far, 165 workers have completed the program offered by the nonprofit Grace Farms Foundation and three other groups. They hold their largest training session to date next month.

STATE GRANTS TO NONPROFITS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is doling out $15.1 million in grants to help 50 nonprofit agencies across the state pay for one-time infrastructure improvements. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the Nonprofit Grant Program in 2013, which has helped hundreds of groups. This marks the fifth round of grants. Malloy says the capital purchases will help to improve the nonprofits’ service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as address health, safety and accessibility issues. He says that allows the groups to focus on “getting services to those who need them the most.”

GRAVE ERROR

Tiverton RI graves (Newport Daily News)

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town has reached a settlement with the families of two men who were buried in the wrong cemetery plots. A lawyer for one of the two families tells WPRI-TV the town of Tiverton agreed to pay each family $1,750 for burial and legal fees. The agreement includes an exchanging of plot deeds. In October 2015, the body of 65-year-old Lewis Chadwick Jr. was placed in the wrong family plot at the town-operated Pocasset Hill Cemetery. Last March, 87-year-old Raymond Murray, who was supposed to be buried in that plot, died. He was buried in Chadwick’s plot. All parties have since agreed to leave both men buried in their current plots. The town said in a statement to Chadwick’s family that it offers its “most sincere apologies.”

MORE VOTES, LESS MARGINS FOR GOP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An analysis shows Republican candidates for the Connecticut House of Representatives may have won more overall votes in 2016, but the Democrats won by larger margins. The Associated Press scrutinized the outcomes of 4,700 state House and Assembly seats and found a decided advantage for the GOP, including a slight one in Connecticut. But the GOP ultimately fell short of winning enough seats to control the House of Representatives.

SOLAR PERMITTING

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation designed to make it easier for people to install rooftop solar panels. The Democratic governor this week signed into law a proposal that creates a statewide solar permitting process. Towns and cities will have to start using the new permit applications in January. The state Office of Energy Resources had recommended streamlining a process that can vary by municipality. It said a statewide permit will provide predictability of costs and reduce the amount of time installers spend acquiring permits. Installers have had to get separate electrical and building permits regardless of a solar project’s size. The cost of solar equipment has dropped over the past decade but the energy agency says that “soft” costs— such as permitting and interconnection —have remained high.

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