TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

PLEA DEAL FOR DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF

Todd Wakefield

The deputy chief of the Dayville Volunteer Fire Department will serve no prison time, after agreeing to a plea deal involving two separate cases. Todd Wakefield was sentenced Tuesday in Danielson Superior Court to an 18-month suspended sentence, and 18 months probation. Wakefield was charged back in April with assaulting a woman at a Killingly residence. Assistant State’s Attorney Marissa Goldberg says Wakefield threatened to dig a hole with a backhoe, and dump the victim’s body into it. Wakefield was then charged in June with side-swiping a vehicle on the side of the road, as he was driving a fire truck to a call. State police say he failed to stop, and neglected to notify authorities.

RABID BAT FOUND IN AQUARIUM

A bat found on a bathroom floor at the Mystic Aquarium last week has tested positive for rabies. Ledge Light Heath District officials say the bat didn’t come into contact with any animals at the aquarium, and it’s believed no humans touched it before aquarium staff found it. The bat died Friday, and was sent to be tested. The bathroom has an entrance that leads to an outside area in the aquarium’s cafe. Anyone who thinks they may have come into contact with the bat is asked to contact Ledge Light.

UCONN: GOP BUDGET CUTS WOULD BE DEVASTATING

Closing UConn health…. shutting down some regional campuses… and ending certain division one sports….. University of Connecticut officials say those would be just some of the effects of the state budget plan passed by the legislature last week, containing cuts that UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz calls “untenable”.  UConn officials note that the state has reduced its appropriation to the university by 142-million dollars since 2010. Governor Malloy vows to veto the G-O-P budget and re-start bipartisan talks.

MYSTIC HOME INVASION

A reported home invasion in Mystic is being investigated. Stonington police say they responded to a Hewitt Road residence around 10:15 this morning, with a woman there taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London to be treated for apparent minor injuries. No further information has been released.

UNCASVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MINOR

An Uncasville man is being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year old minor. 63-year old Rafael Lespier was due in Norwich Superior Court Tuesday. Montville police says the alleged incident happened last year. Lespier is being held on 100-thousand dollars bond, pending arraignment.

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