SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

ONE PERSON KILLED IN NORTH STONINGTON CRASH

NORTH STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut State Police said one person died in a one-car crash in North Stonington, on Saturday evening.   According to police, Stephon Hodge, 21, of Mystic died from injuries sustained in a crash on Route 184 around 11 p.m. Police said Hodge’s Chevy Silverado exited Route 184, went up an embankment, and struck a tree.   Hodge was transported to Westerly Hospital where he died from injuries related to the crash.   The passenger, Carston Logan, is believed to have suffered a serious injury.   The crash is currently under investigation and anyone with information should contact Troop E in Montville at 860-848-6500.

FIVE ARRESTED FOLLOWING ARMED ROBBERY

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) – A Connecticut man and four teenagers have been arrested in connection to the armed robbery of a Rhode Island convenience store.   The Providence Journal reports the Hopkinton and Richmond police departments arrested five people following a car chase Friday evening.   Police received a 911 call Friday about two men brandishing a handgun and demanding money at a convenience store.  They fled without any cash.   Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Wheeler of East Lyme, and 18-year-old Benjamin Ibbitson of New London, are being held for armed robbery and drug possession charges, while other car occupants are being investigated in connection to an armed robbery of a nail salon in West Warwick earlier that day.   Attorneys for Wheeler and Ibbitson could not be identified. The three juveniles are being held for referral Monday in Family Court.

POLICE COLLECT UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

MIDDLETOWN, CT (AP) – Connecticut, Rhode Island and federal authorities organized a statewide collection of unwanted prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and overdose deaths.   Residents were able to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at state police offices across Connecticut from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, which is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.   The drugs will be safely disposed at no cost and with no questions asked.  State police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are running the effort in Connecticut.   The agency says a 2015 survey showed 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs and most of those drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.  The last nationwide collection in October yielded nearly 456 tons (414 metric tons) of prescription drugs.

NORWICH HONORS VIETNAM VETERANS

Image result for Vietnam War vets honoredNORWICH — Local veterans, their families and others on Saturday honored those who served – and sometimes died – during the Vietnam War during a solemn ceremony on Norwich’s Chelsea Parade.   The Bulletin reports the event, now nearly a decade old, memorialized the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975 through personal recollections and a wreath-laying at the city’s POW/MIA and Vietnam War memorial monuments.  John Waggoner, U.S. Navy veteran and vice-chairman of the Norwich Area Veterans Council, which oversaw the ceremony, said acknowledging those who served during the Vietnam War is a crucial step toward rectifying the shabby treatment some veterans of that conflict endured after coming home.   “The ceremony, preceded by a color guard of Norwich police, sailors from the Groton Naval Submarine Base and others, included speeches from several local and state dignitaries, many of them veterans. Former city Alderman and U.S. Marine Tucker Braddock spoke of the difficulty he had reintegrating into civilian life after his time in Vietnam.   As the names of the 14 Norwich residents killed in Vietnam were read, individuals off to the side of the crowd echoed with the phrase, “killed in action,” as attendees, many wearing unit patches on hats, jackets and even tattooed onto arms, stood quietly.

BUSINESS GROUPS CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSED MANDATES
HARTFORD, CT (AP) – Connecticut’s largest business organization and other groups are voicing concern about pending legislation it says will threaten the economy.   The Connecticut Business and Industry Association has scheduled a news conference on Monday morning to discuss various proposed mandates and how they’ll affect the state’s business climate.   Representatives from the Connecticut Restaurant Association, Connecticut Food Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses will also be on hand.   The groups are focusing on proposed mandates regarding paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, sexual harassment prevention training and a $15 an hour minimum wage.   Monday’s news conference comes as a May 9 legislative adjournment deadline looms.   The paid family and medical leave bill recently cleared a committee by one vote. Lawmakers are still working on the final details.

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Immigrant students without legal status in the U.S. believe their personal stories helped finally pass legislation making them eligible for institutional aid at Connecticut-run colleges and universities.   The bill passed the House of Representatives on Thursday after five years of lobbying by the students and has already cleared the senate.   Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed it Friday afternoon.   CT Students for a Dream campaign manager Carolina Bortolleto says the students learned over the years to transform the issue from a political one to a personal one.   The students’ presence in the Capitol halls was noted during Thursday’s debate. One lawmaker spoke of the “amazing group of young students” who “literally camped out at the Capitol.”

RIGHT WHALE DEATHS

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BOSTON (AP) — Eleven Democratic senators are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct an urgent assessment of the impacts to the endangered North Atlantic right whale from fisheries in Canada.   The senators led by Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey said fishing communities across New England have worked to reduce impacts on marine mammals. Markey said last year most observed right whale deaths were in Canadian waters.   There are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales left, and they experienced high mortality last year.   The letter was also signed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rhode Island Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Delaware Sen. Tom Carper.

YOGA AT GILLETTE

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Maybe they’ll spike their mats in the end zone.   About 1,000 yoga practitioners will gather in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, for an event to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital Wellness Program.   Organizers say Sunday morning’s 8th annual Yoga Reaches Out rally is intended “to harness the incredible power of community to help Boston Children’s Hospital families and patients.” Participants will roll out their mats on the field and go through key yoga poses together. They’ll also hear from Shiva Rea, the founder of Prana Vinyasa, and other presenters.

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