TEEN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION
A teenager has been charged in connection with a Groton home invasion. Town police say the 16-year old male was arrested Thursday afternoon, and is being held on charges of home invasion, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and second-degree larceny. He was scheduled to appear Friday in Juvenile Court. Police say two suspects wearing masks and dark clothing forcibly entered the Buddington Road home around 10 Wednesday night. One of them struck a woman numerous times with a baseball bat, while the second suspect held other residents there at gunpoint. The woman was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The suspects took various gaming systems, money, and cell phones.
MONTVILLE DRUG DEALER SENTENCED
A Montville man is going to prison for selling drugs. 22-year-old Maaseiyah Williams was arrested in late May. At the time, he was serving three years of supervised release after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Williams was charged with intent to distribute heroin after his latest arrest. He pleaded guilty in July. A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Williams to 34 months in the clink, followed by three years of supervised release.
A fire in Jewett City this morning destroys a house. Responders say they got a call around 5 for a blaze at 131 North Main Street. It was extinguished in about an hour. One person was taken to the hospital for observation. The fire is under investigation.
DANIELSON MAN DEAD ON RAIL TRACKS
A Danielson man has been identified as the victim of a deadly train accident last night. State police say 33-year-old Dustin Orr was killed when a freight train struck him at the Franklin Street crossing in Killingly around quarter till 8. He was declared dead at Backus Emergency Care in Plainfield.
GUN CONTROL RALLY
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have renewed their calls for tighter controls on guns in response to the Las Vegas mass shooting. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, all Democrats, told dozens of people at a New Haven rally Friday that they will be submitting new legislation and resubmitting old bills on universal background checks, banning high-capacity magazines and prohibiting so-called “bump stock” devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform like fully automatic weapons. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used “bump stocks” as he killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 before taking his own life Sunday night. Blumenthal said he also wants to close a loophole that allows people to buy guns without a background check, if the check isn’t done within three days.
MURDER SUSPECT NEEDS $$ FOR ATTORNEY
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A Vermont man suspected of killing his millionaire grandfather is trying to raise money to hire a lawyer to fight his family’s attempt to block him from an inheritance. Nathan Carman has been called a suspect in the shooting death of 87-year-old real estate developer John Chakalos in Connecticut. No one has been arrested. He also has been questioned about the day his boat sank with his mother on it near Rhode Island. She’s presumed dead. Her sisters sued in New Hampshire, accusing him of killing his grandfather and possibly his mother. They asked a judge to block Carman from collecting money from the estate. Carman told a judge he wants to use money from a trust in which he’s the sole beneficiary to hire a lawyer. He says one of his aunts is trustee and hasn’t allowed him any funds. A message was left Friday with the aunts’ attorney.
POLAND SPRING WANTS LAWSUITS DISMISSED
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The parent company of Poland Spring water is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses it of providing water that’s not actually from springs. The filing Friday says the matter was already litigated in 2003 in Illinois and that a federal court can’t pre-empt a state court ruling. It also says the plaintiffs should be taking up the matter with the Food and Drug Administration instead of turning to the courts. The original lawsuit filed in Connecticut and a similar one in Maine contend Poland Spring water comes from wells or municipal sources. FDA rules allow a bottler to call its product “spring water” if it is drawn from the same source as a natural spring and meets certain requirements for chemical composition. Poland Spring is owned by Nestle Waters North America.