THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

GROTON HOME INVASION

Groton Police are investigating a home invasion. It happened just before 10 last night at a home on a lot on Buddington Road. The intruders struck one woman inside with a baseball bat. She was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Other occupants were held at bay by a man with a gun. One of the two male intruders referred to the other as Alex or Alec. They were wearing masks and dark clothes. They got away on foot with some gaming systems, cash and cell phones. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Groton Town Police Detective Division (860) 441-6712.

NORWICH VIGIL

candlelight vigil outside Norwich City Hall (WFSB)

Calls for tougher gun control measures in light of Sunday’s deadly shootings in Las Vegas, and September 24th in a Tennessee church, are heard during a candlelight vigil tonight outside Norwich City Hall. Local government, civic, and religious leaders speak to urge unity and peace. Norwich NAACP President Dianne Daniels says that can be helped by limiting the sale of multiple-assault weapons to the public. Reverend George Blair from the United Congregational Church in Norwich, says the rash of deadly shootings, and the preponderance of firearms is creating a paranoid society. Those who spoke at the vigil lit candles located around the courtyard. The city’s Freedom Bell was also rung.

GU HELPING HURRICANE VICTIMS

Groton Utilities is sending work crews to Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands to help restore power there due to the recent hurricanes. Linemen Jeffery Lyon, Matthew Cook, and Keith Lemoine, along with manager Brian Roche will be leaving Sunday. They’re expected to be there for about three weeks, and will be replaced by other crews on a rotating basis every few weeks for the next three months. Norwich Public Utilities is also sending workers to Saint Thomas.

MOVIE GOER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man has been charged after police say he shot himself in the leg with his own gun while in a crowded movie theater. 51-year-old Theo Theomopoulos of Shelton turned himself in to police Thursday for the Sept. 8 shooting at the Bow Tie Royale theater in Norwalk. He is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace. Police say they were called to the theater at 11:10 p.m. after the shooting. Theomopoulos told them he was watching the movie when he accidentally pulled the trigger and shot himself in the leg. He had a valid permit for a 9 mm handgun. Police seized the weapon. Theomopoulos was scheduled to be arraigned later Thursday in Norwalk Superior Court.

INHERITANCE DISPUTE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man who alleged his father was angry with him and adopted two adults to reduce his inheritance has lost a legal fight to have himself declared the sole beneficiary of a $1.5 million trust fund. The Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday ruled that David Eder, of New Haven, must share the proceeds of the trust fund with his father’s adopted children. Eder said he and his father, John Eder, of Provincetown, Massachusetts, had a falling out over finances in 2009 and John Eder adopted the two adult sons of his former girlfriend to reduce David Eder’s share of the trust proceeds. John Eder denies the allegation. The adoptions came a year before the trust was to expire and the funds were to go solely to David Eder.

RI TAKES GUNS FROM ABUSERS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A bill that would take guns away from domestic abusers and people under domestic restraining orders has become law. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation on Wednesday. The new law takes effect immediately. Supporters say the law will prohibit gun possession by domestic abusers convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and those subject to court-issued final restraining orders. The law also makes sure that all those subject to the prohibition actually turn in their guns when they become prohibited from possessing them. One of the sponsors of the measure, Democratic state Rep. Teresa Tanzi, said that victims of domestic abuse in Rhode Island will no longer have the constant fear of knowing that the person who abused them still has a gun. Twenty-seven states have similar laws.

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