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FUNERAL HELD FOR CONNECTICUT STATE TROOPER KILLED IN CRASH

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Police from across the country have gathered in Connecticut for the funeral of a state trooper killed in a highway crash last week.
The service for Trooper 1st Class Kevin Miller was held Friday at the Rentschler Field football stadium in East Hartford. Miller’s family and friends were joined by hundreds of police officers on a cold, snowy April day.  The 49-year-old trooper was a 19-year veteran of the force who also served in the Marines. He died on duty March 29 when his cruiser rear-ended a slow-moving tractor-trailer on Interstate 84 in Tolland. The cause remains under investigation.  Trooper David Piela said Miller was a Marine, a trooper, a friend and amazing father to his two children, ages 10 and 13.  Burial plans were private.

DOT: EXIT 84 OFF RAMP IN NEW LONDON TO BE CLOSED WEEKNIGHTS APRIL 9-20

The state Department of Transportation reminds motorists Exit 84, the I-95 Southbound off-ramp to Route 32 and downtown New London will be closed weekday nights, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday starting April 9th and running through April 20th. The exit will be closed as DOT works on the southbound span of the Gold Star Bridge. Exit 84 traffic will be detoured to Exit 83 (N. Frontage Road) to Briggs Street. The $26 million project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 30th.

LYME-OLD LYME STUDENTS RALLY BEHIND TEACHER

After learning a popular science teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, was not having her contract renewed Old Lyme Students showed up to Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting and presented a petition with more than 200 signatures. Students also put up posters at school on Friday supporting Jessica Ninteau. The board voted on Wednesday to not renew nontenured staff. Ninteau would have been eligible for tenure next year. It appears she will not be teaching at the high school in September.

POLICE:  ARGUMENT OVER CHILD CARE LED TO GROTON ASSAULT

Groton Police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday at Hickory Drive when dispatchers heard a woman saying, “Put down the knife, you don’t need the knife.” Arriving officers found Scott Brown without a knife, huddled in a kitchen corner next to an open drawer, aggressive and inconsolable and had to use a Taser to subdue him. Two adults who were in the residence, told police Brown was at the home to visit his child, became aggravated over child care and said he wanted full custody. Both residents of the home said Brown was emotional and threatening to kill himself with a knife he had grabbed from the kitchen. Officers took him into custody “for a police emergency exam” and remains in custody on a $5,000 bond. He’s due in Court May 9th.

GROTON CITY TO ADOPT AUTISM SOFTWARE BEING USED IN STONINGTON

Groton City soon will have software to help it better respond to individuals who have an autism spectrum disorder. The software, launched two years ago in Stonington, helps keep track of where people with autism are. Entry into the database is voluntary, but it can be beneficial to families because first responders will approach their homes knowing what to expect.

PO­LICE AR­REST MAN ON DRUG, SEX OF­FENDER REG­IS­TRA­TION CHARGES

New Lon­don Po­lice Fri­day ar­rested a man on Col­man Street and charged him with drug pos­ses­sion and fail­ing to reg­is­ter an ad­dress as a sex of­fender. The Day reports Reinaldo John­son was ar­rested around 3:30 Fri­day afternoon in a park­ing lot when he was found in possession of almost 18 grams of heroin pack­aged for street sales, almost 3 grams of crack co­caine and 4 grams of mar­i­juana. Po­lice said John­son was be­ing held on $100,000 cash surety bond.

LAMONT RECEIVES SIGNS OF SUPPORT FROM LABOR FOR GOVERNOR BID

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Greenwich businessman and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont is receiving signs of early support from organized labor, leading an unofficial straw poll of Connecticut AFL-CIO delegates.  Lamont was one of five Democratic contenders who spoke Friday at the union organization’s multi-day political convention.
When delegates reconvene June 22, they’re expected to make endorsements for U.S. Senate, 5th Congressional District, various General Assembly seats and potentially governor, attorney general and treasurer.  Gubernatorial candidates will need support from two-thirds of the delegates to receive the AFL-CIO’s endorsement. Lamont received 48 percent Friday.  Final considerations for endorsements won’t happen until Aug. 31, the last day of the convention.  Convention delegates on Friday did endorse the four incumbent Democratic U.S. House members seeking re-election, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA BILL CLEARS LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A bill that would help Connecticut prepare for the possibility of legalized recreational marijuana has cleared a legislative hurdle.   The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted 27-24 in favor of the legislation, which now awaits further action by the House of Representatives.  It’s unclear how far the bill will get in the current session that ends May 9. A supporter, New Haven Democratic Rep. Juan Candelaria, calls the measure “a work in progress,” to help prepare Connecticut for possible legalization.   Retail sales of recreational marijuana are expected to begin in neighboring Massachusetts in July.   Some Connecticut lawmakers are voicing concern about the expected cost of regulating marijuana.   The bill requires various state agencies to develop a plan for regulating the drug and submitting it to the General Assembly by Oct. 1.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STEVE WYNN-MASSACHUSETTS
(Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com)

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts casino regulators are stepping up their probe of Wynn Resorts in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that led to the departure of the company’s former chairman, Steve Wynn.  The Boston Herald reports the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has asked a consultant to examine whether the scandal has impacted the financial stability of Wynn Resorts.  The company is building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, just outside of Boston.  The commission began a review of Wynn’s suitability for the project after the allegations involving Steve Wynn surfaced in January.  The consultant, HLT Advisory, has previously worked with state regulators. The Canadian firm provided financial and economic analysis that contributed to Wynn’s selection for the only resort casino license in eastern Massachusetts.  The new contract is initially valued at $30,000.

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