SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

NORTH STONINGTON RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON MONDAY

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North Stonington, Ct. -North Stonington residents will be asked to weigh in on two questions involving town property that have been put to a town-wide referendum.  One question will determine the fate of a building that once housed a school and noted photographer, and one that could lead to the sale of an unopened town trail to residents of the abutting Chester Maine Estates subdivision for their exclusive use.  Voting will take place on Monday between noon and 8PM at New Town Hall. 

5 ARRESTED FOR PATRONIZING A PROSTITUTE

Norwich, Ct. – 4 Norwich men and a Lisbon man were arrested Friday on charges of patronizing a prostitute. Norwich Police conducted an undercover operation after officers and residents observed suspicious activity – consistent with prostitution – around Central Avenue, North Main and East Main streets. Each was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond. They’re scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on Oct. 12th. 

FUNDRAISER TO HELP PUERTO RICO HURRICANE IRMA VICTIMS

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Norwich, Ct. – The Iglesia Hispana de Norwich Las Buenas Nuevas Church will host a luncheon fundraiser today at the church on Hunters Road from 10:30am-1:00pm to support efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  The menu will be fried chicken, fried green plantain with green salad, and soda and water will also be available.  Pastor Jorge Morales said the money raised will be donated to the organization ‘One Great Hour of Sharing’ as part of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies effort to assist Puerto Rico.

HOOTIES IS CLOSING

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Hootie’s Good Times Cafe, will close af­ter last call tonight.  Hoodies has been an iconic part of the down­town Paw­catuck-Westerly bar scene for close to a decade. The bar had a bit of a neg­a­tive rep­u­ta­tion when Har­ri­son took over, but he said he tried to “make a lot of changes for the good,” such as up­grad­ing the menu and do­ing a lot of vol­un­teer work in the com­mu­nity.

POLICE: 2ND VICTIM OF HARTFORD SHOOTING DIES

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Hartford police say a second person has died from a shooting that left four men lying in the street nearly a week ago.  The man, Jovan Wooten, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Friday. Police say an autopsy will be performed on Saturday.   Wooten and three others were found shot just after 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 23. One victim was declared dead at the scene and the others were taken to the hospital.   Investigators believe the victims were involved in a gunfight. An investigation is continuing.

FELON WHO GRADUATED FROM YALE ALLOWED TO BECOME LAWYER

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A convicted felon who turned his life around, won acclaim as a published poet and graduated from Yale Law School has received approval to practice law in Connecticut.  The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee admitted Reginald Dwayne Betts to the state bar Friday. The panel had flagged his file after he passed the bar exam to investigate whether he lacked “good moral character and/or fitness to practice law.”   The 36-year-old Betts has three felony convictions for a carjacking he committed in Virginia two decades ago as a teenager. Connecticut and most other states do not prohibit felons from becoming attorneys, but they must prove they have good moral character.
Betts says he is happy with the committee’s decision and appreciative of the support many people gave him.

STUDY; AGRICULTURE CONTRIBUTES $4B TO CONNECTICUT ECONOMY

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A study by researchers at the University of Connecticut has concluded that the agriculture industry’s impact on the state economy is worth between $3.3 billion and $4 billion. The researchers at the school’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy say that is slightly down from when a similar analysis was done in 2010.  They say the contraction owes to a movement toward specialty crops and some decline in traditional sectors such as tobacco farming. The industry accounts for some 21,000 jobs in the state. The study says farmland also accounts for nearly 14 percent of all the land in the state. Forests cover more than half of the state.

LANDLORD SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN TEEN PORNOGRAPHY CASE

Landlord Who Solicited Sex With Tenants for Rent Sentenced to 16 Years: Officials

(Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut landlord who admitted to producing a pornographic video of a 17-year-old tenant has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.   The Day reports 47-year-old Richard Bruno Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 years in federal prison. Bruno had previously pleaded guilty to producing child pornography in May. Prosecutors say Bruno met the 17-year-old tenant who lived in his New London property in 2015. Authorities say he recorded himself in a warehouse he owned engaging in sexual activity with the 17-year-old. Authorities say Bruno offered the teen cash and marijuana in exchange for sex. The victim has received a $190,000 settlement from Bruno. Bruno has been ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo mental health treatment upon his release.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN AMBUSH, KILLING OF FOOD DELIVERY PERSON

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man faces 45 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a food delivery person last year. The Republican-American reports that under a plea deal, 21-year-old Anthony Wright, of Waterbury pleaded guilty Thursday to felony murder in the August 2016 death of 59-year-old Helena Vargas. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1. Authorities say Wright, a teenage boy and two teenage girls participated. They say one of the girls placed an order with the Golden Wok Chinese restaurant in Waterbury, and when Vargas and a man arrived to deliver it, Wright and the boy ambushed them. The male delivery person was assaulted and robbed of $150, a cellphone and the food. Vargas was shot in the neck when she struggled with the suspects. The other defendants await trial.

PRISON FOR STAMFORD NIGHTCLUB SHOOTER WHO WOUNDED 5

(Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com)
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – A man who said he was defending himself when he was caught on video spraying gunfire into a crowd outside a Connecticut nightclub, wounding five people, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.  The Stamford Advocate reports 25-year-old Dayron Wills was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to first-degree assault charges last year.  Wills told the judge he feared for his life when he opened fire outside a Stamford nightclub in 2014. His lawyer said Wills was shot the year prior and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.  Prosecutors say the video showed a brawl around Wills, but no one was closer than 10 feet when he fired. Four men and a woman were wounded. Prosecutors say they were “completely innocent.”

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