NPU CREW HEADS TO FLORIDA
In anticipation of those power outages, utility crews around the country are getting ready to head to Florida, including in Connecticut. Right now, four employees from the Norwich Public Utilities were preparing to leave for Orlando. The team is leaving the Norwich Public Utilities headquarters within the hour and going to Danbury where they will meet up with nine other crews from around New England before heading to Florida. The American Public Power Association, which is made up of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, put out the call for mutual aid. The crews will arrive at the command center in Orlando on Tuesday to begin restoring power to hundreds-of-thousands of customers. Norwich Public Utilities is driving down a digger truck, which is used to install utility poles.
CT SENDS AIRMEN, CARGO PLANE TO PUERTO RICO
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is sending a cargo plane and eight airmen from the state’s National Guard to Puerto Rico to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Irma. Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy says the unit, from the guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing in East Granby, will include pilots and crews who specialize in loading and delivering cargo from the C-130 Hercules plane.
GUILTY PLEA TO SPARE FAMILIES MORE PAIN
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for convicted serial killer William Devin Howell say he pleaded guilty to spare the families of his Connecticut victims further pain. They issued a statement after Howell pleaded guilty Friday to six counts of murder. Howell previously was convicted of manslaughter in a seventh victim’s killing. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 17 to 360 years in prison. The victims’ bodies were found behind a New Britain mall.
MAN CHARGED IN WATERFORD, MONTVILLE BURGLARIES
The Day reports police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of breaking into three unoccupied residences in Waterford and Montville and taking items worth thousands of dollars. According to a police affidavits from both Waterford and Montville police departments, Gabriel Cabral, 41, of Coram, N.Y., is suspected in three home burglaries that took place between April 4 and April 20, 2016. The first burglary was reported when residents of a home on Oswegatchie Road reported on April 4, 2016, that the side door to their home appeared to have been pried open while they were gone, and items including a laptop, jewelry and rare coins were missing, according to a Waterford police affidavit. Similarly, on April 6, police were informed of a similar burglary on Douglas Lane, in which jewelry was stolen.
PLAINFIELD DEM MATCHUP SET
PLAINFIELD – The race for the contested Plainfield first selectman seat is heating up with five candidates preparing to replace Paul Sweet who is retiring this year after 11 terms in office. On Tuesday, Democratic hopefuls Cathy Tendrich and Hector Rodriguez will face off in a primary battle that will decide who will represent their party in the November general election.
TWO KILLED IN SOMERS CRASH
SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say two Massachusetts women are dead after their vehicle crashed head-on into a tree. The car was headed northbound Friday in Somers when the driver left the roadway and struck the tree. Troopers say the driver, 72-year-old Ruth Chake, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and her 69-year-old passenger Bette Bradsley, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, were taken to different hospitals where they died.
HONORING DORIAN’S WISH
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — Firefighters in Rhode Island have raised thousands to honor a boy whose dying wish was to become famous in China. WPRI-TV reports that the Portsmouth Fire Department sold T-shirts this month to benefit the Dorian J. Murray Foundation in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The department presented a check for $5,200 to Dorian Murray’s mother, Melissa. Dorian died March 9, 2016 after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer
LYING ABOUT RAPE
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The case of a former Connecticut college student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players has been continued. Nikki Yovino’s lawyer says a psychological evaluation expected to have taken place wasn’t done because he was not allowed to be present. The case was continued to Oct. 11. Yovino accused two Sacred Heart football players of sexually assaulting her during an October party, but police say she later admitted making up the allegations.