MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

STATE POLICE CRACK DOWN ON DRUNKEN DRIVING

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have cited more than 500 drivers for speeding and hundreds more for other violations this holiday weekend. Police say they’ve made 26 arrests for driving under the influence during the enforcement period that began around midnight on Friday. Troopers are concentrating efforts on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding. The enforcement period will run through noon on Tuesday.

HARVEY CONTINUES TO RAISE GAS PRICES

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Gas prices continue to rise as a result of Harvey.   Industry experts told AAA that the storm’s disruption of the gas supply has spiked the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Connecticut to $2.84.   That’s up an average of 36 cents since last week and 3 cents since Sunday.   It’s also 53 cents higher than Labor Day last year.   For more on Connecticut prices, check AAA’s fuel gauge report here.   The national average is $2.64, which is up 27 cents since last week.   Experts continue to maintain that the hike will be short lived as gas stations will soon be switching to the cheaper winter blend.

WESTERLY WOMAN FACES CHARGES IN LEDYARD CRASH

LEDYARD — A woman is facing charges after police said the car she was driving hit a mailbox and a stone wall and drove across a homeowner’s lawn in Ledyard.   Police told The Bulletin Tania Wright, 35, of 18A Apache Drive, Westerly, R.I., was behind the wheel at 5:17 p.m. Friday when the crash happened at 33 Iron St. in Ledyard.  The vehicle reportedly hit a mailbox and traveled into a stone wall, then drove across a front lawn and fled, police said. Ledyard police later found the car on Route 117, near the town line with Groton.

WOMAN DIES IN I-91 CRASH

Crash on I-91 South (Donna Fritz)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say a 77-year-old woman driving the wrong way on Interstate 91 was killed in a head-on crash. Authorities say Concetta Getman, of Meriden, was driving north in the southbound lane in Wallingford when a car struck her vehicle Sunday afternoon. The other driver and his passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

GALES FERRY MAN DIES FROM LIFT ACCIDENT IN JANUARY

Wayne Dillashaw, left, pictured with his family at Mystic Aquarium in October 2016. (Courtesy Ronald Dillashaw)

Ledyard — The Day reports a man who was aboard a boom lift that tipped over and landed on an Avery Hill Road home in January has died.   Wayne Dillashaw, 55, of Gales Ferry, died Friday, his brother, Ronald Dillashaw, said.   Dillashaw broke all of the ribs on his right side and sustained brain damage and back fractures when a lift he was operating toppled onto an Avery Hill Road house on Jan. 27.   Ronald Dillashaw told The Day in February that his brother also suffered a stroke either during or immediately after the fall.

HELP FOR RI VETERAN INMATES

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state agencies are working together to help incarcerated veterans who will soon be released. The state’s director of veterans affairs has partnered with officials from other state agencies to contact veterans while they are still in jail to prepare them with information prior to their release. About 80 veterans are currently incarcerated in Rhode Island. About 20 will be released within the next year and a half.

EMERGENCY FUNDS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $8 million in federal money to pay for efforts to prepare for emergencies. The money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be used to pay for items such as safety equipment and power generators, as well as for rescue and public safety training.

MONEY FOR REC SPACES

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is offering $3 million in matching grants for communities seeking to invest in recreational spaces. DEM says the grants funded by the $35 million Green Economy Bond approved by voters last year is part of continued efforts to grow the state’s green economy and promote healthier communities. The grant application period is open through Dec. 1.

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