SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

POT CULTIVATION FOUND IN MOOSUP HOME

Plainfield Police Department responded to 292 Pond Hill Road in the Moosup section of Plainfield around 5 o’clock Friday afternoon to assist the Department of Children and Families on a report someone was growing marijuana in the residence. Megan Levesque advised officers that it was her her ex-boyfriend Jason Cole of Rhode Island had been cultivating the pot. Officers located a grow operation off of the resident’s bedroom and found approximately 20 mature budding plants with a watering and lighting system. Levesque showed officers to another hidden room in the basement garage where police found 65 more plants with lighting and watering systems. Multiple lights and plants were seized from the residence and the case remains under investigation. The Plainfield Police Department is committed to combating the illegal sale of narcotics and is asking residents of the community who witness any suspicious or narcotic related activity to contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or on the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065.

PELLET SHATTERS WINDOW OF OCCUPIED NEW LONDON SCHOOL BUS

New London Police are investigating who is responsible for shooting out the rear window of an occupied school bus on New London High School property around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. Police are looking for the person who fired the pellet, from a BB gun, from a moving vehicle. None of the 5 students or the bus driver reported injuries. Police believe the incident was isolated and there are no indicators that would lead them to believe that students and staff at New London High School are not safe. Police say they’ve identified everyone involved and will be making arrests.

GROTON TESTS FOR LEAD IN WATER IN SCHOOLS

In the spring of 2016, Groton school officials tested water in every school building for lead contaminents. Higher-than-ac­cept­able lead lev­els were found in a wa­ter foun­tain in the at Fitch High School, and one sink each at Claude Ch­ester and Pleas­ant Val­ley el­e­men­tary schools. Pleas­ant Val­ley has since closed. The foun­tain at Fitch was shut off while bot­tled wa­ter was pro­vided at Claude Ch­ester. School of­fi­cials know the wa­ter com­ing in from Gro­ton Util­i­ties is clean, but they don’t know where it is be­com­ing con­tam­i­nated. They re­quested $50,000 for an en­gi­neer to de­ter­mine the root of the prob­lem but re­ceived no money last year. An­other cap­i­tal im­prove­ment project re­quest was submitted this school year but coun­cilors voted against, in part be­cause they won­dered why the school ad­min­is­tra­tion couldn’t just get a com­mer­cial plumber. They also were left with the im­pres­sion that ev­ery­thing was shut off around the wa­ter foun­tain at Fitch, only to find out that the sinks in the ad­ja­cent bath­rooms still were func­tion­ing.

BETHSAIDA HONORS DAY REPORTER

Reporter Lindsay Boyle was honored Thursday at Bethsaida’s 10th Annual Gala at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Officers’ Club. An award-winning reporter for The Day, Boyle was honored with the Carol Croteau Humanitarian Award. She was recognized for her outstanding ongoing coverage of the opioid epidemic. Bethsaida Community Inc. provides housing and support for women in recovery.

TRIBES SEE WAY AROUND FEDERAL APPROVAL OF GAMING AMENDMENTS

New agreements with the state of Connecticut could enable the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to move forward with their East Windsor casino project without federal approval. State Attorney General George Jepsen says proceeding with the East Windsor casino without federal approval would jeopardize the tribes’ revenue-sharing agreements with the state. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s failure to act on the amendments threatens to further delay the East Windsor project.

MALLOY SIGNS IMMIGRANT FINANCIAL AID LEGISLATION INTO LAW

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation that allows immigrant students without legal status to be eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities.  Malloy said Friday he hopes the actions taken in Connecticut will counteract attempts in Washington, D.C. to “punish” immigrant children by ending DACA, the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He says the new law sends a message “there is another way” and people can be treated “fairly and honestly.”  Malloy signed the legislation in his Capitol office, surrounding by immigrant students. Some have worked for five years to pass the bill, which takes effect in January 2020.  Proponents say the students should receive aid from a fund they paid into with tuition. Opponents worry students living here legally could be harmed.

PARENTS OF SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS NOT RUNNING FOR CONGRESS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two parents whose children were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut have announced they’re not running for Congress.  Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley were urged by Democrats to consider running for the 5th District seat held by Democrat Elizabeth Esty, who is not seeking re-election amid criticism of how she handled harassment in her office.  Barden and Hockley said Friday they want to be with their surviving children and continue working for Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention group they founded.  Daniel Barden and Dylan Hockley were among 20 first-graders killed in the shooting, along with six educators.   Dr. William Petit Jr., a Republican state representative whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion, also declined to seek Esty’s seat.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SUSPENDS BID FOR GOVERNOR, BACKS LAMONT

Jonathan Harris (CT Post)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Former Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris is suspending his race for governor.  The Democrat made the announcement on Friday, saying it was a “tough decision” but he feels it’s best for the state and the Democratic Party to rally behind a single candidate. He says “now is the time where we all have to work together. We have to be cohesive.”  He is throwing his support to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, who ran for governor in 2010 and for the U.S. Senate in 2006. He is urging other candidates to follow suit.  Harris is a former mayor of West Hartford, a state senator and a former chairman of the Connecticut Democratic Party.  Democrats are meeting at their May 18-19 convention to choose candidates for the November elections, including governor.

NEWPORT WANTS MORE INFORMATION ON SHORT TERM RENTAL TAXES

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Newport says it wants more tax data from short-term rental programs like Airbnb and HomeAway, saying the companies aren’t detailing which properties are paying taxes.  The Newport Daily News reports Airbnb and other companies have cited client privacy in refusing to give the city documentation on who is paying what. The Newport City Council said Wednesday that the government has “improperly ceded tax authority to these hosting platforms.”  The council unanimously passed a resolution asking the state General Assembly to pass legislation requiring short-term rental programs to file tax returns based on real data.  Rental taxes are a major revenue source for Newport. On any given day, there are about 1,400 listings on Airbnb for daily, weekend or weekly rentals.

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