SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

MOTOR VEHICLE STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

James Drane & Amanda Bendixen, who were arrested for possession of heroin (Plainfield Police Dept.)

A motor vehicle stop, turned into a drug arrest around 7:30 Friday night when a Plainfield police officer observed several inconsistencies with the occupant’s stories. The Officer observed several more inconsistencies and requested to search the vehicle, which was denied. K-9 was used and discovered 75 baggies of heroin and drug paraphernalia under the drivers seat and the passenger then confessed to being in possession of 12 bags of heroin. James Drane of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with Possession of Narcotics With Intent To Sell among other charges and released on a $5000 bond. Amanda Bendixen of Sterling, CT. was charged with Possession of Narcotics and others offenses and released on a $2500. bond. Both are scheduled to appear at Danielson Superior Court on September 18th.

GROTON TOWN TO USE POLICE BODY CAMERAS

Groton Town police the latest to say yes to body cameras(New London Day) By the end of September, all of Groton Town’s police officers will be using body cameras to capture their law enforcement-related interactions with the public.  Many departments using the devices report drops in use-of-force incidents and citizen complaints. The state will reimburse the town $99,000, which is 100% of the towns cost for the cameras.

LACK OF BUDGET WOES

Connecticut’s Budget Woes Could Get Worse

With Connecticut on track to end the year nearly $94 million in the hole. Comptroller Kevin Lembo says that could grow beyond the projected $94 million if lawmakers don’t adopt a state budget soon. And it could slow Connecticut’s economic growth and ultimately lead to the state and its municipalities receiving downgrades in credit ratings that will cost taxpayers even more. Lawmakers said they did not expect to vote on a state budget until mid-September.

FUGITIVE FROM TEXAS CAUGHT AND ARRESTED FACES EXTRADITION

Fugitive From Justice Captured In Norwich: PD

Norwich police responded to a report of someone using a leaf blower on Central Avenue around 11:30 on Thursday night. Officers found Kevin Rodriguez, checked the National Crime Information Center database for warrants and discovered he had an active felony warrant out of Fort Worth Texas. Rodriguez was arrested as a Fugitive From Justice, held without bond and scheduled for a court appearance yesterday. He faces extradition to Texas.

LABOR DAY DRIVING

Texting ban goes into effect in Texas

With AAA predicting more than 35 million drivers across the country to travel this Labor Day weekend, Connecticut State Police are looking to remind drivers to to put down the cell phones and get a designated driver. Troopers will utilize both traditional and nontraditional state police vehicles on the roads searching for reckless and intoxicated drivers. State police urged people who see suspected drunk drivers to dial 911.

DANBURY POLICE MAKE 4TH ARREST IN KILLING OF 18 YEAR OLD

Gabriel Antes "Gabe" Bara-Bardo died of blunt impact to the head and neck. Two teens have been charged with felony murder in his death, and two more have been arrested on robbery charges in connection with the case.

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – Police in Connecticut say a teenage girl is the fourth person arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old. Danbury police say the teen turned herself in late Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. Investigators say she was involved in the Aug. 5 death of Gabriel Bara-Bardo. Another teenager turned himself in on Tuesday and a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old had already been arrested in the same case.

PONZI SCHEME ARREST

Ponzi Scheme

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut financial adviser has been charged with running a Ponzi scheme and defrauding clients out of over $1 million. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint at federal court in New Haven Thursday, claiming 40-year-old Leon Vaccarelli engaged in a Ponzi scheme for more than four years. The New Haven Register reports the agency is asking to freeze Vaccarelli and his investment firm’s assets, and force him to repay clients he allegedly defrauded.

POT BUST IN RHODE ISLAND ON RT 95

Eric Gaddy' s1996 Chevrolet Camaro D.A.R.E. Car .

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) – Authorities say a New York City man faces drug charges after state troopers pulled over his vehicle for following a bus too closely and found 34 pounds of marijuana. Rhode Island State Police say there was a strong odor of marijuana in 30-year-old Yin Liu’s vehicle when he was stopped Friday on Interstate 95. The pot was found in 34 vacuum-sealed, 1-pound bags. It wasn’t immediately known if Liu is represented by a lawyer.

R.I. DEPUTY SHERIFF PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Person Ordered to Be Released Left in Cell Overnight

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) – A deputy sheriff has been placed on administrative leave after a man who was supposed to be released was instead left overnight in a holding cell. State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico said the man was held at the McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield Thursday and wasn’t discovered until the building was opened Friday morning.

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