STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE “LEAK”
State police are investigating who leaked documents about Officer Deana Nott to The New London Day last month. State police wouldn’t say why they opened an investigation into the leak of the material, about an incident in which Nott allegedly struck a handcuffed man in the face. Police did say the investigation is in the hands of Central District Major Crime detectives.
LEDYARD WOMAN CHARGED WITH DUI
A woman in Ledyard faces charges after police say she was found to be speeding and intoxicated. According to police, Diana M. Clark-Hall was clocked going 70 mph in a 40 mph zone on Center Groton Road, also known as Route 17. Officers said they pulled her over on Friday morning just before 1:30 and discovered the vehicle she was driving was not registered. Clark-Hall was arrested and charged with speeding, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. She was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on Sept. 22.
PUTNAM DISPATCHER FACING CHARGES
A dispatcher in Putnam was arrested after police said she failed to report a complaint against her son this summer and never sent officers to the location of the complaint. Eyewitnesses eventually went to the police station to report the incident to another dispatcher.Upon investigation, police determined that Bragg’s son, Timothy, had violated a restraining order and arrested him. Police charged Ruth Bragg with third-degree hindering prosecution and interfering with police. She was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled for arraignment at Danielson Superior Court on Sept. 18th.
BENNIES CLOSING ALL 31 STORES
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — “Your favorite store” is closing. Benny’s the southern New England retailer is closing its 31 stores. An announcement Friday afternoon said the Bromberg family, which owns the chain, is retiring. The company says the decision to close was “strongly influenced by the changing face of retailing today and the dominance of online retailers like Amazon and others.”
GOV. MALLOY PROPOSES TO INCREASE STATE SALES TAX
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Malloy has added a sales tax increase of 6.5 percent from 6.35 percent to his budget plan that would raise an extra $220 million over two years. He also suggested increasing the restaurant sales tax to 7 percent. Lawmakers haven’t been able to agree on budgets for the current and following fiscal years. The state’s annual budget is about $20 billion and it faces an estimated $3.5 billion deficit over two years. The governor submitted his budget plan to legislators yesterday.
EAST COAST DRIFTER PLEADS TO SIX COUNTS OF MURDER
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — William Devin Howell, a 47 year old, former East Coast drifter who authorities say killed seven people during a murder and sexual assault spree in Connecticut in 2003 has pleaded guilty to six counts of murder. Howell entered the pleas Friday in New Britain Superior Court. He is expected to be sentenced to 360 years in prison on Nov. 17th. The bodies of six women and a man were found buried behind a strip mall in New Britain. The guilty pleas confirm Howell is the most prolific serial killer in state history. Police say he drove a van he called the “murder mobile.”
TWO NORWICH MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Two Norwich men have been arrested after narcotics detectives received information that James Gorman of 90 North Street was selling narcotics. Detectives secured an arrest warrant, went to the residence and took Gorman into custody. Upon further investigation detectives seized almost 18 grams of heroin/fentanyl, almost 4 grams of crack cocaine, numerous oxycodone pills and Suboxone strips, cell phones, a small amount of cash, and a digital scale belonging to Humberto Baez. Gorman was held on a $10,000.00 bond and Baez was held on a $250,000.00 bond pending court appearances Monday.