TAKE ACTION ZINKE
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been asked by the National Congress of American Indians to act on the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ amended gaming agreements with the state. The action is considered to be critical to the tribes’ ability to move forward with a casino project in East Windsor. The state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have sued the Interior Department and Zinke over the department’s inaction, and members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have asked the department’s Office of Inspector General to investigate.
DATE SET FOR ZERO CARBON AUCTION DEADLINE
State regulators are looking for proposals from zero-carbon energy producers for an auction by May 1st. And for the first time, Millstone Power Station in Waterford will be allowed to compete. Regulators want feedback on their proposed review that will determine whether an energy producer is considered at risk of shutting down. That kind of designation could give bidders like Millstone an edge over other power generators in the state-sponsored auction. Dominion had long sought to bid in the auction against solar, wind and hydropower energy producers, hinting that being excluded from the zero-carbon auction could jeopardize the plant’s continued operation in the wake of higher-than-normal costs and competition from natural gas in the wholesale market.
NEW MUNI COMPLEX VOTE SET
Putnam residents will vote at referendum in September on a $19.76 million proposal to build a municipal complex. If approved, the complex, Owen Tarr Park would house a new town hall, library, community center and historical society. Town officials plan to offset the costs to taxpayers by selling the existing town hall and library buildings, using money from the town’s ash landfill fund and possibly use a one million dollar grant that would go toward library construction.
COLCHESTER MAN DIES IN CRASH
(Portland, CT) — A 26-year-old Colchester man is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Portland. The crash happened early yesterday morning on Route 66. Joshua Ogden was treated at the scene and was rushed to the hospital, but he did not survive. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Portland police.
THANKS FOR THE RIDE
State police say they’ve arrested Oswaldo Cruz-Flores of Norwich who is accused of stabbing a coworker who was giving him a ride home. The driver told police that Cruz-Flores pulled out a knife and demanded the keys to the pickup truck, smashed the window and repeatedly stabbed the driver while hanging onto the door as he tried to drive away. Police said the driver stopped and fled to the vehicle of a coworker who was driving behind them, leaving Cruz-Flores on the side of Route 2 near Holly Green Plaza in North Stonington. The driver was transported to Backus Hospital and treated for several stab wounds. Cruz-Flores was reported to be bleeding and was also taken to Backus and committed to the hospital to undergo a mental health evaluation. Cruz-Florez was scheduled to appear Wednesday in New London Superior Court. He was being held on a $50,000 bond.
ALLEGED SHOOTER ARRESTED
Groton City detectives took custody of a 24-year-old New York man in connection with an early hours shooting on Branford Avenue March 11th. Nathan Ramos of Brooklyn is charged with shooting a person in the abdomen, possession of a firearm by a felon, and other offenses. Police had responded to multiple reports of shots fired, determined an altercation occurred in the parking lot and that one victim was at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound. Ramos is being held on a $200,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court today.