BUDGET WORK CONTINUES OVER WEEKEND
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers say work on the state budget will continue through the weekend in an effort to end the months-long impasse. Connecticut is the last state in the nation without a budget in place for the fiscal year that began July 1. Without a budget, about $900 million in cuts to cities and towns are scheduled to go into effect this month under an executive order by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have seized a 6-foot-long alligator from a home in Rhode Island. Westerly animal control officer Art Smith tells The Westerly Sun the reptile seized Friday was owned by a tenant of the home and was kept in a makeshift shelter in the backyard. Smith says it was a “public safety threat.” Smith says the alligator owner didn’t have a permit required by state law. The owner will be charged with violating a Westerly ordinance that prohibits owning dangerous animals.
TAFTVILLE FURNITURE STORE LOOKS TO MOVE DOWNTOWN
NORWICH — The Bulletin reports a Taftville furniture store is poised to move into the vacant Floor Covering Shop location at 364 Main St. in downtown Norwich. MEK Furniture Sales, the wholesale company that includes Amazing Furniture at the Ponemah Mills location at 599 Norwich Ave., has a purchase and sales agreement with the floor shop building’s owner, local attorney Bart Sayet. Sayet also confirmed the agreement Friday. MEK owner Mark Kehlenbach said the purchase “isn’t a done deal,” but that it’s “95 percent” complete, with a target closing date of Nov. 30. He hopes to have his business moved in and open by Feb. 1.
GOOD SAMARITANS HOLD DOWN SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT
KILLINGLY, CT (WFSB) – A group of people assisted an off-duty trooper who confronted a shoplifting suspect until backup could arrive in Killingly on Saturday. An off-duty trooper from Troop D confronted a man he noticed was shoplifting a TV and a sound bar on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. at the Target in Killingly. Police said when the alarm sounded as the man exited the store with the stolen goods, he took off running. Police said the trooper subsequently ran after him until he reached the nearby Lowe’s parking lot. Troopers arrived shortly thereafter and placed the man, Theodore Cyr-Patridge, 23, of Dayville and placed him under arrest. Cyr-Patridge was charged with larceny and held on a $2500 bond. He is expected to appear in Danielson Superior Court on Monday.
MALLOY – STATE FLAGS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the U.S. and state flags in Connecticut will be lowered to half-staff to honor firefighters who’ve died in the line of duty throughout the country. The Democratic governor announced Saturday that the flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Sunday in recognition of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, an annual observance that honors the sacrifices of fallen firefighters.
RI DEFIBRILLATOR LAW
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new Rhode Island law requires defibrillators in public places for large gatherings. The General Assembly says the legislation was signed into law Thursday. It requires public places in Rhode Island capable of holding 300 or more people to have an automated external defibrillator and a qualified person to administer it.
RI ACTOR RETIRING
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor James Woods says he’s retiring from the entertainment industry. The news was included in a press release issued by Woods’ real estate agent announcing that Woods’ lake house in Rhode Island is up for sale. Allen Gammons said Friday that Woods is 70 and wants to relax. Woods is known for his conservative political views, and has said that’s made it tough to find work in Hollywood.