SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN MERIDEN
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – The two people on board a small plane when it crashed in Meriden on Saturday afternoon are expected to be OK, according to police. Police, Fire, and EMS crews responded to reports of a small plane crash in the area of Hanover Road behind the American Legions Post 45 building in Meriden around 4 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said a Piper PA-28 aircraft made a crash landing with two people on board. Officials said they suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital. A bartender at the American Legions building, only several feet away from the crash site, told Eyewitness News that she heard a loud bang and ran out to help. Upon seeing the plane, she said she immediately called 911 to report that an older couple was injured.
NEW YORK MAN TRIES TO PASS HIS BROTHER’S LICENSE AS OWN
LEDYARD, CT (WFSB) – Police arrested a New York man after police determined the license he handed to officers during a traffic stop was not his own, but his brother’s identification. Ledyard Police arrested 31-year-old West Hampton Beach resident, Eric D. Parker Jr. for speeding, operating without a license, and criminal impersonation after police stopped him for driving 50 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone on Saturday at around 6:30 p.m. on Indiantown Road. It was revealed to police that Parker was a fugitive from New York on a violation of probation. Parker was brought to the Ledyard Police Department where he is held on a $5,000 bond. Parker is expected to appear in New London Superior Court on Monday.
TWO BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY
EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Two bank robbery suspects are in custody after police said they robbed a TD Bank on Saturday. Police responded to a call around 1 p.m. on Route 81 in Killingworth. A state police official said the suspects fled towards New Haven on I-95 South and were arrested outside a TJ Maxx in East Haven. No one was injured in the incident.
BLACK ICE IS CULPRIT FOR HADDAM CRASH
HADDAM, CT (WFSB) – Rescue crews are blaming slippery conditions for a crash on Saturday morning in Haddam. Police, Fire, and EMS crews responded to a crash on Beaver Meadow Rd, just before 10 a.m. on Saturday in which, they said, black ice caused a driver to lose control of her car, spin backwards, and flip the car onto its side. Fire crews said a Good Samaritan came to the aid of the driver and helped her out of the car before crews arrived. Crews said she suffered minor injuries and was taken to Middlesex Hospital. Crews said the section Beaver Meadow Rd where the crash took place was closed for a short time while crews righted the car and cleaned spilled gasoline.
2 KILLED IN WARWICK CRASH
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say two people were killed in a crash in Warwick. Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Route 4. Police say the car went off the road and struck a tree. Police say two passengers were killed. They say the driver and another passenger with taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Police identified the people were killed as 21-year-old Emma Brown age 21 of Wakefield and 33-year-old Lorenzo Smith of South Kingston. Police say the cause of the crash is under investigation.
ADVOCATES INVITED BY CT SENATORS FOR TRUMP ADDRESS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As their guests for the president’s State of the Union address, Connecticut’s senators are planning to bring a cancer prevention advocate and a child sex-trafficking survivor. The people invited by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were announced ahead of the address Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump. Theresa Leonard, of East Hampton, is a survivor who co-founded the Underground, an advocacy group that works to address sex trafficking and exploitation. She was invited by Blumenthal. The Democrat is backing legislation that would make it easier to hold websites accountable for facilitating sex trafficking. The Democratic Murphy has invited Caroline Johnson, who became an advocate for cancer research funding and early screening since the death of her husband. New Britain firefighter Scott Johnson died of colorectal cancer last year.
FIELDS MEMORIAL ROOF ON AGENDA
BOZRAH – The Bulletin reports the newly formed Fields Memorial School Roof Building Committee, tasked with planning the replacement of the school’s decades-old and leaky roof, is scheduled to meet for the first time Thursday. The five-member committee – made up of Superintendent of Schools Jack Welch, Board of Education members Jeanne Caplet and John Lewitz Jr., and Board of Finance members Raymond Barber and Annie Chambers – is set to discuss the “modified bituminous roofing system” and its price tag, which is estimated at $1.45 million, according to the Hamden-based architecture and engineering firm Silver/Petrucelli and Associates. The approximate cost to the town is estimated at $534,874, according to the firm’s project estimate. Funds to pay for the new roof would likely come from the town’s capital reserve fund, First Selectman Glenn Pianka said. According to school board documents, about 70 percent of the project is eligible for partial reimbursement through the state Department of Administrative Services.
POLAR PLUNGE RESCHEDULED IN NEWPORT
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The annual Polar Plunge in Newport that was canceled on New Year’s Day due to frigid temperatures will take place next month. The Newport Daily News reports that the event will happen Sunday Feb. 25 at noon at Easton’s Beach. Wind chills below zero prompted organizers and city officials to postpone the New Year’s Day event. Brutally cold temperatures on the East Coast forced organizers in other communities to cancel similar events. Funds raised for the Polar Plunge in Newport support a Wish Come True, a group that grants wishes for children with life-threatening diseases.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN RI SCHOOLS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to require carbon monoxide detectors in schools. A measure by Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara would require all school buildings that are frequented by students to have detectors installed beginning Jan. 1, 2019. McNamara says carbon monoxide detectors are required in homes in 27 states, including Rhode Island, but only five require them in schools. Rhode Island’s neighbor, Connecticut, is one of the five.
‘BEETLE BAILEY’ CARTOONIST MORT WALKER DIES AT 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family member says comic strip artist Mort Walker, who tickled newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy Army private “Beetle Bailey,” has died. He was 94. Walker’s son, Greg, said his father died Saturday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Greg Walker attributed the cause of death to his father’s advanced age. Mort Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including “Hi and Lois,” ”Boner’s Ark” and “Sam & Silo.” But he found his greatest success drawing Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy for more than 60 years.