SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

USS SOUTH DAKOTA CHRISTENED IN GROTON

USS South Dakota christening (Hartford Courant)

GROTON, CT (Hartford Courant) – The USS South Dakota, the ninth Virginia-class submarine built by General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy, was unveiled and christened in Groton on Saturday.  The nuclear attack submarine, which will be home to a crew of about 130 people, was built in the early stages of a massive ramping-up for Electric Boat, which operates a shipyard in Groton and a design and engineering facility in New London.   U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, one of several Connecticut officials who participated in Saturday’s christening, called it a “renaissance area of growth and innovation” for the town, which is sometimes referred to as the Submarine Capital of the World.

HARTFORD MARATHON

Chris Zablocki and Meseret Dekebo win the Eversource Hartford Marathon and the women’s race respectively on Saturday (WFSB)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of runners have converged on Hartford for its 24th marathon and other races. Chris Zablocki of Essex was the winner of the marathon, crossing the finish line around 2 hours and 17 minutes. The top women’s finisher, Meseret Dekebo, got to the finish line around 2 hours and 37 minutes. Organizers say Saturday’s event is expected to raise $7 million for charity.

WATERFORD POLICE WARN OF CRAIGSLIST RENTAL SCAM

NBC Connecticut reports Waterford police are warning potential renters of a Craigslist scam regarding a property in New London.  According to police, someone posted a Craigslist advertisement for a home for rent at 75 Ledyard Street in New London. When potential renters contacted the phone number posted in the ad, the person instructed renters to send money via Western Union to secure the house.  The owner of the property, who lives in Waterford, is not renting the home and the ad is a scam.

TEEN HIT BY BUS UNDERGOES SURGERY

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a teen hit by a school bus in Connecticut is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Officials say the 17-year-old Wilcox Technical High School student was hit Friday while riding a skateboard in front of Platt High School. Lt. Tom Cossette tells the Record Journal that the student underwent ankle surgery and is reported to be in stable condition.

POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY OUTSIDE WESTBROOK DENNY’S

WESTBROOK, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut State Police are investigating an armed robbery in Westbrook on Friday morning.   The incident took place in the parking lot of the Denny’s, which is located at 28 Flat Rock Pl., around 11:30 a.m.   There was no word on injuries.   The suspects, who were two black men, were last seen at the rest area on the southbound side of Interstate 95 in Madison, according to state police. Troopers, police officers and K9 teams are searching the area.   Police said one suspect was in custody while one was still on the loose.

NL LION IS BACK

Lion statue (WTNH)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)–A 250-pound lion statue that was stolen from a home in New London earlier this week has been returned. Bob Paolino, the owner of the statue, told News 8 that a jogger spotted it placed in a baby stroller on Crystal Avenue. He had recognized the statue after seeing the story on Channel 8 earlier in the week.    The lion went missing sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week.

NEW BRITAIN MAN APPEALS, WIGGLES SURVIVES

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New Britain man who was convicted of shooting his neighbor’s cat with a BB gun in 2012 is taking his case to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in the appeal of Delano Josephs, who was sentenced to six months of probation for shooting Wiggles the cat. Wiggles survived a BB shot in the shoulder. Josephs’ appeal includes several arguments, including that none of the prosecution witnesses saw him shoot the cat.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH KILLING SON

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been charged with killing her son, who was found dead after a Connecticut house fire last year. Police say Karin Ziolkowski was arrested Friday in North Carolina, where she had been living. She is charged with second-degree arson and murder in the death of 8-year-old Elijah in Meriden. Police say the boy’s death was ruled “homicidal asphyxia,” which they say occurred before the house was intentionally set on fire.

JFK JR. COLLEGE APPLICATION

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has gone to court to try to block the sale of the college application for John F. Kennedy Jr., which the school says was stolen. The lawsuit filed Friday in California asks the court to bar the website MomentsInTime.com from selling the documents, which include Kennedy’s application and letters from his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, discussing his time at Brown. Kennedy graduated from Brown in 1983. He died in a plane crash in 1999.

CAPITAL PROTEST

Protesters dressed from “Handmaid’s Tale” take to the Capital

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A small group of women, outfitted in costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s book, and now popular show, “The Handmaid’s Tale” took to the Capital in Hartford on Saturday to speak out for equal rights.  The group, led by costume designer, and Handmaid’s Coalition founder, Shannan Todd told Channel 3 that the group was created to fight injustices toward women, the working class, and minority groups across the country.   The march around Capital grounds took place on Saturday afternoon.   The group donning red capes, and large white hats said they were inspired by Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel that challenges the role of women in a near future.

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