SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

RACING VETERAN ONE OF TWO DEAD IN NORTH BRANFORD PLANE CRASH

NASCAR driver Ted Christopher was killed in a North Branford plane crash on Saturday (WFSB/NASCAR)

NORTH BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) – The racing community is mourning the loss of a veteran modified NASCAR driver, Ted Christopher, they said was one of the victims in a plane crash.   Police said the 2 people on board a Mooney M20C aircraft were killed when it crashed in North Branford on Saturday.  Crews responded to a plane crash with injuries on West Street that happened around 1:53 p.m. on Saturday. Police said they do not yet know where the plane took off, or to where it was headed.  The FAA is investigating the crash.   News of the crash spread quickly to the racing community when it was learned that veteran NASCAR Whelen Modified driver, 59-year-old Ted “Teddy” Christopher was one of the victims killed in the crash.   Before a race Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl, General Manager George Whitney said racers followed Christopher’s #13 car as it was driven around the track twice in remembrance of the driver killed in the crash this afternoon. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson.

POLICE ID MAN KILLED IN I-91 ROCKY HILL CRASH

A person died after a crash on Interstate 91 in Rocky Hill on Saturday morning. (CT DOT)

ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) – Police identified the man killed after a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in Rocky Hill on Saturday morning.   Troopers said 51-year-old, Cheshire resident, Eugene Francis Misiewicz driving a 2014 Honda Pilot EX collided with another car traveling north, when Misiewicz lost control.    The crash was reported on the northbound side of I-91 near Exit 23 around 6 a.m. Upon arrival, troopers determined that two vehicles had crashed into the woods. The crash also knocked down a light pole and wires, state police said.

NL MAN ARRESTED FOR APRIL MURDER

NORTH STONINGTON – After fleeing to Missouri, a New London man was arrested Friday for a murder that occurred in April in North Stonington, according to a report in The Bulletin Saturday.   On April 12, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Troop E responded to a call of a reported shooting that had taken place at 628C Lantern Hill Road, North Stonington, police say. Troopers say they found Ralph Sebastian Sidberry, 31, of North Stonington, with a gunshot wound. Police say Sidberry was pronounced dead at the scene.  The police report said a warrant was obtained after an investigation for the arrest of James Armstrong, 30, of 12 Acorn Court, New London. However, police say they learned Armstrong had left Connecticut and was possibly at the Army National Guard Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  Officials say they contacted military police and informed them of Armstrong’s warrant, at which time he was apprehended and held at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office as a fugitive. Armstrong refused to waive extradition and police applied for a Governor’s Warrant, according to a police report.

CONNECTICUT BUDGET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a $40.7 billion Republican-backed budget plan that the Senate approved and which Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto.   The House voted 78-72 to approve the plan early Saturday after beginning deliberations on Friday night. Six Democrats supported the plan.   The GOP plan relies on changes in state employee pensions after the current state union deal ends in 2027. Republicans say it achieves $270 million in savings. It was approved on a 21-15 vote by the Senate Friday afternoon with the backing of three Democrats.   Malloy supports a $41 billion proposal by Democrats. He says the Republican proposal “relies on too many unrealistic savings” and is “unbalanced.”

RHODE ISLAND BALLOT AUDITS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill next week that would allow the state Board of Elections to perform postelection audits of paper ballots as a way to ensure voting machines have not been hacked.   The legislation pushed by the good government group Common Cause has already passed the Senate.   It’s endorsed by the Board of Elections. Board member Steve Erickson says under the current system, the board doesn’t have authorization to do such audits. He says if it’s a close race, they can perform a recount, but that would require using the machines.   The legislation would allow rules and regulations to be developed on how to perform such audits. The audits would start after the 2020 election.

ARCHITECTURAL EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON WATERFORD PROPERTY

Cass Gilbert building at Seaside (The Day)

Waterford — The Day reports a national group of experts in American landscape and architectural history, historic preservation, real estate development and hospital architecture are urging state officials to choose a future for the former Seaside tuberculosis sanatorium that keeps historic buildings there standing.  Two of the buildings at Seaside were designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect of the U.S. Supreme Court building and other national landmarks, and the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   In the decades of back-and-forth over the future of the property, which was used as a residential center for disabled people until it was closed and vacated in 1996, Gilbert’s designs have been one of several factors that town officials and prospective developers have had to consider.  According to a plan commissioned by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the state’s preferred vision for the future of Seaside looks like a joint public-private operation of a hotel at Seaside that would leave the property open to the public and provide an opportunity for the state to generate revenue by renting out rooms at about $200 per night.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Jose continues its slow northward trek but remains far from land as it generates powerful swells affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the U.S. southeast.   The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 p.m. Saturday update that tropical storm watches were possible for the U.S. East Coast over the next day or so and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose’s progress. The center says dangerous surf and rip currents are expected along the East Coast of the United States.

 

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