SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

NEW CT LAWS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New laws taking effect in Connecticut will reduce penalties for “sexting” by children, increase sentences for certain hate crimes and impose new fines for calling police or fire departments to false alarms. Dozens of bills passed during the last session of the General Assembly go into effect on Sunday. One criminal statute will reduce the penalties for pre-teens who send sexual images to one another other from a felony to a misdemeanor.

NORWICH MAN COULD FACE SIX YEARS IN AUTO INSURANCE SCAM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who federal prosecutors say was the ringleader of an auto insurance scam in involving as many as 50 staged car crashes is set to be sentenced. Mackenzy Noze, of Norwich, could face more than six years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Monday in federal court in New Haven. A jury convicted him of fraud in connection with staged car crashes in southeastern Connecticut between 2011 and 2014. Several other people pleaded guilty.

ONE KILLED IN PUTNAM CRASH

PUTNAM, CT (WFSB) – An unidentified person was killed in Putnam after colliding with a utility pole at the intersection of Grove and Tatem streets early Saturday morning.  Police said there was only one person in the car at the time of the crash and no other vehicles were involved.    The accident remains under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Putnam Police Department at 860-928-6565.

CAR HITS MOOSE IN ESSEX

ESSEX, CT (WFSB) – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said a moose was hit on Route 9 near Exit 4 around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  Environmental Conservation Police said they found the moose in the woods near Route 9 and had to put the animal down due to their injuries from being struck.   There were no injuries to people in the car.  It is unclear at this time how many people were in the car.

CATAMARAN CAPSIZES OFF RI

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says five people have been rescued after a catamaran capsized in Rhode Island. Crews responded to two catamarans in distress south of Beavertail Lighthouse around 1 p.m. Saturday. The first vessel had capsized, leaving two people with life jackets in the water and three people still on the boat. All five people were rescued. No one was badly hurt.

LISBON MAN FILES FALSE BURGLARY REPORT

LISBON- The Bulletin reports a Lisbon man has been arrested after filing a false report that his vehicle was burglarized at a farmer’s market, police say.   According to a police report, Mark Donais, 47, of 96 Paper Mill Road in Lisbon, filed a report with state police at Troop K that his vehicle had been broken into at the Bozrah Farmer’s Market. Police say they later discovered the accused lied about the burglary and had stolen a bottle of narcotics.   Donais was arrested Friday for illegal possession of narcotics and second-degree filing a false report.   Police say he was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on Oct. 10.

CHILD ABUSER TO PRISON

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who authorities say punished two young children by holding their hands over a stove’s open flame is headed to prison. A Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced 31-year-old Michael Torres to 28 years behind bars. Torres was convicted in July of assault, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor. The victims testified that Torres became angry after one of them opened a window in a New Haven apartment in 2015. Torres’ lawyer had asked for a “minimal sentence.”

A BASEBALL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Modern-day sailors and soldiers say they were honored to play baseball to recreate the U.S. Army versus Navy games from World War I. The U.S. Naval War College recognized the centennial of America’s involvement in the war by planning Friday’s game in Newport, Rhode Island. Organizers say it was a way to teach people more about the war, mark the anniversary, and have a little fun.

UNDOCUMENTED ARRESTS TRIPLE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal arrests of immigrants without criminal records but in the U.S. without legal permission have tripled in New England through mid-July compared with the same period last year. The Bangor Daily News reports U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 631 immigrants in New England without a criminal record from Jan. 20 through July 20. That’s compared to arrests of 206 immigrants during that time period in 2016.

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