RED CROSS SEEKS DONORS AT AREA BLOOD DRIVES IN MARCH AND APRIL
Bad weather in the month of March forced the American Red Cross to cancel hundreds of blood drives and now the organization is asking people help replenish the blood supply at several upcoming local drives due to a shortage of blood. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1 (800) 733-2767. Donors are asked to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors who are 18 or younger also may have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To see when and where the blood drives are being held in the next few weeks go to our website at WICH.com and click on Saturday Morning Update.
Monday, April 2
Lisbon Senior Center, 11 Newent Road, Lisbon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3
Sacred Heart School, 15 Hunters Ave., Taftville; 1 to 6 p.m.
Norwich Donor Center, 45 Salem Turnpike, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4
Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5
Hilton Garden Inn, 224 Gold Star Highway, Groton, 1 to 6 p.m.
Norwich Donor Center, 45 Salem Turnpike, 12:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Friday, April 6
Waterford Town Hall, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, 12:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Monday, April 9
Connecticut College Crozier Hall; 270 Route 32, New London, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10
Norwich Donor Center, 45 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 12
Norwich Donor Center, 45 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, 12:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11
UConn Avery Point, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Salem School, 200 Hartford Road, Salem, 1 to 6 p.m.
NEW LONDON PREPARES TO FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST BIG PHARMA
Officials in New London are preparing to launch a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies. And it’s happening elsewhere. The feeling is the pharmaceutical companies, by not telling the truth about the addictiveness of opioids, are to blame for the thousands of deaths the country has seen and the millions of dollars it is costing municipalities in response. Last year, New London saw 14 fatal overdoses and dozens more nonfatal overdoses. Of the fatal overdoses, all but two were opioid-related.
NORWICH FIREFIGHTERS HELP TRAPPED MAN, HANDLE CAR CRASH
Norwich City firefighters were kept busy responding to two calls within 10 minutes of each other Friday morning. A tractor trailer rolled over a man’s foot crushing his foot around 10:45. He was transported to Backus Hospital. The other call came in when a motorist crashed into two parked cars and part of the building containing Superior Auto Center at 92 Stonington Road. It wasn’t clear what led the driver to leave the roadway, but the driver refused medical attention. Building officials determined damage to the building was minor.
NEW LONDON SEEKS MORE REGULATIONS ON SOBER HOUSES
The city of New London is considering a change to a city ordinance that would create a licensing process to open the city’s sober houses to annual inspections. The response is to the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. The proposed ordinance would place the otherwise unregulated homes for recovering addicts into the same category that provides for an application and inspection process for hotels, rooming houses and convalescent homes. The proposed changes would authorize the fire marshal, a health official and building inspector to perform annual inspections to ensure adherence to codes and protect recovering addicts from unscrupulous landlords.
ESTY PRESSURED TO STEP DOWN BY REPUBLICANS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has found herself in an awkward position as she apologizes for not protecting female staffers who say they suffered threats, violence and sexual harassment from a former chief of staff. The Democrat reached out this week to several groups that deal with domestic and workplace violence and sexual harassment, warning them of impending news stories regarding her handling of 2016 harassment allegations. The Hartford Courant on Friday called on Esty to resign.
JUDGE RULES EXPLANATION OF NO EVIDENCE IN CAR CRASH UNNECESSARY
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Lawyers for relatives of a Connecticut attorney found fatally shot in a wrecked vehicle intend to appeal after a judge ruled a prosecutor doesn’t have to explain how he determined there was no evidence of a homicide. Gugsa Abraham Dabela was found dead in his wrecked Mercedes near his Redding home in 2014. His father believes his son was murdered.
NEW HAVEN LOOKING AT RESOLVING PARKING ISSUES
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A transportation commission is pushing a proposal aimed at spreading parking demand more evenly throughout New Haven. The New Haven Register reports that under the plan, metered spaces nearest the Green would be priced the highest to encourage quicker turnover, depending on the time of day. Spaces a few blocks out would have a cheaper hourly rate. The proposal will be presented to the Board of Alders Monday.
LEE-SEALES GOING TO PRISON FOR 15 YEARS
NEW LONDON, Conn. (THE NEW LONDON DAY, AP) – A Connecticut man who admitted shooting and killing an innocent bystander during a drug dispute will spend 15 years in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Shaquan Lee-Seales previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter during his trial in January. The Day reports he was sentenced Thursday in New London Superior Court to 25 years in prison for his role in the death of Gilberto Olivencia.
ROSA PARKS HOUSE TO BE SHOWN AFTER TRANS-ATLANTIC ODYSSEY
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be briefly displayed in Rhode Island, after a trans-Atlantic odyssey conceived by an artist and a Parks family member determined to preserve the civil rights activist’s legacy. Volunteers are working to assemble the house so it can be displayed for free Saturday and Sunday, Easter weekend. Parks moved to Detroit in 1957, two years after refusing to give up her bus seat. Years later, her niece bought the house off a demolition list for $500 then donated it to an artist who reassembled it in Germany. He returned it to America for a Brown University exhibition, but the show was canceled. The house will have to be disassembled after the weekend, and it’s not clear where it will go.
PAWTUCKET DAD CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE ABUSE
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) – A Pawtucket father has been charged with child abuse after his 2-month-old baby girl was brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a fractured leg.
WPRI-TV reported that Alfonso Acevedo, of Pawtucket, was arraigned Friday morning on three charges of first-degree child abuse. Pawtucket police said the child was brought to the hospital Wednesday with the injury to her leg. They said doctors discovered that the girl had 12 separate fractures to various bones, some in different stages of healing.
Police said the doctor determined the injuries resulted from child abuse and alerted the Department of Children Youth and Families. Police later arrested Acevedo.
LAWMAKER PROPOSES PAYING PEOPLE TO MOVE TO RHODE ISLAND
(Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island lawmaker wants to pay people up to $10,000 to move to the nation’s smallest state. State Rep. Carlos Tobon’s proposal, called the Qualified Family Migration to Rhode Island Act, would provide up to $10,000 to American families with at least three people and a household income of $100,000 or more per year willing to move to the Ocean State for at least a year. There is concern that Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. representatives at the next census, and the political clout and potential influence over federal spending that comes with it. The Pawtucket Democrat tells The Providence Journal the money to pay people to move to the state “is nothing compared to the money we would lose if we lose our seat.”
WOMAN CHARGED AFTER DOGS, CHICKENS FOUND IN FILTHY HOME
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – A Massachusetts woman is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty after 17 dogs, 16 chickens and a dead pig were found in a filthy Rhode Island home that had been condemned and was a vacant. Police in Woonsocket said Friday that 40-year-old Korina Ferreira, of Fall River, was faces arraignment later in the day. Police went to the Woonsocket home on Thursday when a neighbor reported seeing a dog on the roof. Responding officers looked in windows and saw the dogs, which included eight newborn puppies, as well as large amounts of animal waste. Police say the home smelled, and had no running water or electricity. While police were investigating, Ferreira showed up and said the animals were hers. It could not be determined if she has a lawyer.
HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED OVER BOMB THREAT
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Police say a Rhode Island high school was evacuated over a bomb threat. Authorities say East Providence High School was closed Thursday morning after the threat was called into the school. Police found what was initially thought to be a suspicious package across the street, but it was later deemed safe and returned to its owner. Students were evacuated to the nearby Providence Country Day School, where they were later dismissed for the day. Superintendent Kathryn Crowley tells The Providence Journal multiple state agencies and police departments searched the area, and no bomb was found. The threat remains under investigation.