FUNDS FUNKY BUSINESS
The local union representing health care workers at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London is under investigation by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. A spokesman for AFT said the union is looking into the possible misuse of the L&M affiliate’s treasury funds. The union’s former President Harry Rodriguez resigned for personal reasons in February after 15 years in the post but said it was not related to any allegations of misuse of funds by members, and declined to comment whether he was aware of the investigation or whether he is the subject of an investigation.
BUMP STOCK BAN APPROVED
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut House has passed a bill banning rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks. Lawmakers voted 114-35 Tuesday night to approve legislation that will ban enhancements like bump stocks that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons. Bump stocks were used in the October 2017 shooting at a Las Vegas concert that left 58 people dead and more than 800 others injured. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed the ban earlier this year. Proponents say the bill is needed to protect the public, but opponents call it unnecessary. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.
LOCALS GET A BREAK UNDER TOLL BILL
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers are planning to give state drivers a financial break if electronic tolls are eventually installed on certain highways. A document highlighting aspects of the draft legislation shows Connecticut drivers with an E-ZPass would receive an approximate 30 percent discount. Connecticut commuters or frequent users with an E-ZPass could receive an additional 20 percent reduction. Lawmakers also are considering a state income tax rebate for drivers and other breaks, including gas tax cuts. Supporters say the bill would be two-part, requiring a study before the General Assembly approves or rejects tolls. Such a bill could come up in the House as early as today. But opposition and skepticism remain as to whether Connecticut should have tolls, making it questionable whether a bill can pass before the session adjourns May 9.
ALLEGED VOODOO KILLER GETS NEW LAWYER
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A new lawyer has been appointed to defend a Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing his pregnant wife because he thought she was a voodoo priestess who planned to kill him. Patrick Antoine is charged with fatally stabbing 37-year-old Margarette Mady in June, then setting their apartment on fire. The 41-year-old told investigators that Mady said he would be sacrificed before the child was born. Mady was eight months pregnant. Antoine appeared in court Tuesday with his new lawyer, Robert Kappes, for the first time. His previous lawyer withdrew, saying trust issues had developed between the two. Antoine is being held on $2 million bail.
LAWYER WANTS NO PART OF CHYUNG
An attorney for accused murderer Chihan Eric Chyung has asked the court he be allowed to withdraw. Manchester Attorney Dennis McMahon said the relationship between him and Chyung had broken down and Chyung no longer wished to be represented by McMahon. The judge is scheduled to consider McMahon’s request at a May 7th hearing. Chyung is being held on a three-million-dollar bond and is scheduled for a second trial in August for the murder of his wife, Paige Bennett Chyung.
PLAYER CARD FRAUD ALLEGED
Mohegan Police arrested a Massachusetts woman for fraudulent use of nine Mohegan Sun Player’s Club cards to redeem $70,430 in slot play bonuses over six months. Lisa Onderdonk of Auburn, Massachusetts was charged Monday with first-degree larceny. Police say Onderdonk began redeeming the bonuses after her pet cat left her with a $7,000 veterinarian bill. Police began investigating the incident in February, when a card member realized his account had been used to redeem $2,500 in slot play bonuses while he was out of the country. Officials set Onderdonk’s bond at $50,000 and scheduled a Norwich Superior Court date for May 10th.