SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

RT 395 SURVEYING PROJECT TO BEGIN MONDAY

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is advising local motorists that they will begin surveying a six mile segment of I-395 in both directions in Montville and Norwich that will last through next Friday, April 27th. The work schedule for the project is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday). Motorists can expect delays as left lane closures will occur during these times on I-395 North and Southbound in the vicinity of Route 2A in Montville to Exit 14 in Norwich. Crash attenuator vehicles and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Please maintain a safe speed when driving through this area!

MONTVILLE SCHOOOL OFFICIALS ARRESTED

3 administrators arrested in Montville school 'fight club ...

Connecticut State police have arrested Montville School Superintendent Brian Levesque, Principal Jeffrey Theodoss and Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten failing to report fights that took place in a substitute teacher’s classroom last fall. Under state law, teachers and administrators are mandated reporters who must notify the state Department of Children and Families “when they have a suspicion that a child has been abused or neglected.” Failure to report is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, up to a $2,000 fine, or both. Assistant Superintendent Laurie Pallin said Levesque and Theodoss have been placed on leave pending the outcomes of an internal investigation and their criminal cases. Patten has been on leave since January.

ELECTION COMPLAINT IN NORWICH MAYORAL RACE DISMISSED

Former Norwich mayor Peter Nystrom running for City ...

Peter Nystrom

An election complaint filed by then-mayoral candidate Peter Nystrom against petitioning candidate Jon Oldfield was dismissed Wednesday. Nystrom had alleged that Oldfield used his Comcast cable access TV show, “What’s Your Gripe,” to promote his mayoral campaign and said Oldfield should have disclosed the value of what he called “free TV ads” and should have listed a disclaimer on the screen when he displayed campaign material and gave campaign speeches. But the state Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday dismissed the complaint, saying the cable company would have provided the same training and use of equipment to any candidate and did not provide the facilities and broadcast time to Oldfield to promote his campaign. Oldfield said he is considering suiting Nystrom.

NORWICH ADVANCES IN FEDERAL TAX CREDIT PROGRAM PROCESS

Three municipalities in Norwich nominated to be a part of a recently-created federal tax incentive program have advanced to the next stage. The nominations were made as part of the federal government’s recently established Opportunity Zone Program aimed at inducing long-term investments in low-income communities by offering tax credits to developers willing to invest in a designated “opportunity zone.” The program is designed to increase business, residential and commercial development in low-income areas. Three New London municipality’s and one in Groton we’re also nominated. The governor’s plan will now be sent for approval to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

NORWICH YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES TO HOST PARENT WORKSHOPS

The final two parent workshops by the Norwich Youth and Family Services, along with Norwich Public Schools, will be at the new location at 75 Mohegan Road in Norwich. The April 25th workshop, called “Cool, Calm & Connected,” will teach parents strategies on how to connect with their kids about drugs, sex and other issues children and adolescents are faced with. The May 2nd workshop, is called “Alternatives to Medication in Treating Mental Health in Children & Adolescents.”Parents attending this workshop will learn alternative and holistic methods to help support their children with mental health and behavioral challenges. Both workshops will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is encouraged by calling (860) 823-3782 or emailing ehaggancityofnorwich.org

CHARGES TO BE DISMISSED FOR GUN POSSESSION

A 72-year-old Brooklyn man was granted accelerated rehabilitation Friday accused of leaving his collection of weapons unsecured and scattered on his kitchen table. Police also noticed several loaded magazines and boxes of ammunition in a home office and an unlocked closet with two rifles and “thousands” of rounds of ammunition. Robert Olmsted will have to abide by the terms of the three- to six-month program, to have the second-degree reckless endangerment charge against him dismissed.

TWO ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING $32,000 FROM NORWICH MCDONALDS

Police arrested two Norwich residents yesterday (Friday) and charged them with embezzling $32,000 from the McDonald’s restaurant on Town Street.  Jolene Rochester and Patricia Dyer were both charged with first-degree larceny following an investigation. Both were held on $15,000 bonds pending appearances in Norwich Superior Court May 3rd.

PLAINFIELD FIREFIGHTER ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL

Kevin Wells

A 28-year-old former officer with the Plainfield Fire Co., has pleaded guilty to two counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint.  The plea deal means Kevin Wells will be sentenced to 10 years in jail, suspended after six months – and five years of probation.  The plea deal does not provide a right for Wells’ attorney to argue for a reduced sentence but he can still argue against his client being required to register in Connecticut as a sex offender.  Wells is free on a $50,000 bond.

NORTH END DELI CLOSES IN GROTON

Southeastern Connecticut residents were saddened by the sudden closure of the North End Deli, located in the Groton Shoppers Mart for nearly 30 years.  A sign taped on the door read, “We want to thank you all for 30 years of fun, memories, & patronage.” Maurice Beebe and his sister, Vivian, opened the business in 1989.  North End Deli became a staple at local festivals like Sailfest and the Taste of Mystic.

SUSPICIOUS POWDER

(Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com)
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) – Officials say a Connecticut hospital has resumed normal operations after a man with a white powdery substance on him entered the emergency room, coming in contact with several nurses.  A spokesman for MidState Medical Center in Meriden says testing Friday night determined “an inert substance” was involved. He didn’t elaborate.  Police say the medical center went on lockdown for about three hours Friday after three nurses and the man became ill. They were quarantined and treated for minor injuries.  Meriden Police Sgt. John Mennone tells the Record Journal the man came to the emergency room with the substance on him and several packages of it in his pockets.  No patients were affected. People in the emergency room were moved to other parts of the hospital.

SUPREME COURT-LITTLE PINK HOUSE

The Government Took Their Homes, All That’s Left is a Field

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Supreme Court case that involved a Connecticut woman and her little pink house is now a movie.  When Susetto Kelo took her case to the high court in 2005, all the divorced mother of five grown sons wanted was to get to stay in her little pink house in New London. The city was trying to force her out to make way for development, and Kelo didn’t want to go. The court ruled against her.  Now, however, Kelo’s story has been turned into a movie. “Little Pink House” opens Friday in limited nationwide release.
It’s a movie she and others hope will get people to think about the government’s power to take private property for public use. Governments can use that power as long as they fairly compensate owners.

CONNECTICUT BUDGET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers are at odds over how to retool next fiscal year’s budget, with a May 9 adjournment deadline approaching.
Democrats and Republicans debated dueling budget proposals in the Appropriations Committee on Friday.  Making matters more confusing, Democratic House members successfully “split” the joint committee, allowing only House members – not senators – to vote on the Democrats’ $20.8 billion plan. It passed 21-19, but its fate is uncertain.
The Republicans’ $20.4 billion budget proposal was defeated by two votes.
Ultimately, the plans may become the basis of a final budget agreement, which the full General Assembly must approve.  Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging both parties not to spend an income tax revenue windfall, saying it’s “one-time money” that should be saved in the budget reserve account.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY-PENCE

Vice President Mike Pence

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has been tapped to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s graduation ceremony next month.  Pence will deliver the keynote address at the May 23 ceremony at the campus in New London.  President Donald Trump was the speaker at last year’s ceremony. The president and vice present typically each address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis.  The ceremony will mark the 137th commencement exercises at the academy.

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