FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

DEAD CHILD IN WATERFORD

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut police are investigating what they are calling the untimely death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found in a car. Waterford Chief Brett Mahoney said officers were contacted about a missing child at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Police found the child unresponsive about 19 minutes later in a family four-door sedan. Mahoney says it is unclear how long the child had been missing before police were contacted. Emergency medical technicians attempted to revive the child but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene in Quaker Hill. The state medical examiner’s office also responded to the scene. The chief says police are trying to figure out how the boy got into the car.   No names were released.

SEEKING SOLUTIONS

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal met with New London leaders and advocates Thursday afternoon in urging them to share their suggestions with him in preventing predatory practices, kickbacks and unscrupulous dealings in addiction recovery housing. Blumenthal says government is not providing enough funding to make sure sober houses are legitimate. Some 30 local sober house advocates were in attendance at the event that was held at the New London Library.

NORWICH MAY JOIN OPIOID LAWSUIT

The Norwich City Council is expected to present a resolution allowing the city to enter into a class action lawsuit against some of the country’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors. Norwich has had 32 opioid related deaths in the past year. The Rose City would be one of nearly two dozen cities and towns in the state to sue pharmaceutical companies for what they claim are deceptive practices.

TAX BILL FINALLY PAID

Montville Town Hall

The town of Montville this week took in a long overdue property tax payment totaling more than $1 million. The taxes had been due since 2010. The property was the subject of lawsuits after plans fell through almost ten years ago for condominiums and a resort by Mohegan Hill Development, a Tarragon Corporation holding company. Montville officials said the money is being deposited into the general fund.

SHOOTER GETS 22

A Norwich man was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison, suspended after 22½ years served, followed by five years of probation for the first-degree manslaughter of his wife with a firearm in 2015. James Hodgdon Jr was originally charged with murder before pleading guilty to the lesser charge.

SALEM BUDGET SENT TO REFERENDUM

About 30 residents voted unan­i­mously at this week’s Salem town meet­ing to send the 2018-19 bud­get to ref­er­en­dum next week. Res­i­dents who are el­i­gi­ble, will vote to ap­prove or re­ject the almost $15 million dollar budget next Wed­nes­day at the Town Hall between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The proposed bud­get is a 0.53 per­cent de­crease from the 2017-18 bud­get. Wed­nes­day’s town meet­ing was the town’s 200th town meet­ing.

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