HOUSE NARROWLY PASSES CASINO-PROPOSALS BILL 77-73
Some are fearful that the first step in a two-part process, passed by a narrow margin last evening could jeopardize the state’s share of the slot-machine revenues generated by Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The bill, which passed in the state House of Representatives, 77-73, will now move on to the Senate. Members of the southeastern Connecticut delegation were against the bill, that will establish an application process for those interested in developing “a possible casino gaming facility in the state.” The tribes’ payments to the state totaled more than $270 million in the fiscal year that ended in June.
EVERSOURCE CUSTOMERS TO SEE LOWER RATES THIS SUMMER
(WFSB) – Eversource customers who signed up for the company’s Standard Service generation rate will see a decrease in their electric bill this summer. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the new rates on Friday. As of July 1st, the average residential customer using 700-kilowatt-hours per hour will see a decrease of about $3.84 per month in their bill. The new rate will be in effect from July 1st to December 31st.
MOTORCYCLE DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH
(WFBS) – State Police say one person was killed in the the crash of a motorcycle in Lisbon. It happened on Route 169 around 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. Police say Rayshawn Cooper, 24, of Norwich lost control of a Suzuki motorcycle as he was approaching a left-hand curve at the intersection of Route 169, and Blissville Road. Police say Cooper was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead on scene. Cause of that crash is under investigation.
POLICE SEEK MAN WANTED FOR MURDER
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – New London Police are searching for a man wanted in connection to a murder last December. Police say 18 year-old Jamir Johnson shot and killed Quvonte Gray on Orchard Street. Following their investigation police issued an active arrest warrant for Johnson for Murder, Possession of a Pistol without a Permit, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm. Johnson’s court set bond is $1,500,000. Johnson is considered “Armed and Dangerous” and should not be approached. If seen, police are urging residents to contact the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269, ext. 0.
WATERFORD BOY HAD BEEN MISSING FOR TWO HOURS
The 5-year-old child who died tragically in Quaker Hill on Thursday was last seen about two hours before his mother called 911. Police say the boy was last seen in his home around 12:30 p.m. His mother called 911 at 2:28 p.m. Police have confirmed the child’s last name was Bosselman. Two responding officers first searched the home, the yard and the driveway before locating the boy, unresponsive in a family vehicle, 19 minutes after arriving. They began CPR immediately but were unable to revive the boy. Police continue to investigate and ask anyone who saw an unattended child near Maple Avenue between 12:30 and 2:28 p.m. Thursday or anyone who has other information about the case can contact the Waterford police at 860-442-9451.
COUPLE WANTS TO SUE NAVY DAYCARE OVER ALLEGED CHILD ABUSE
A Groton couple wants to sue the Navy over alleged abuse of their three-year-old daughter by a former employee at the Child Development Center, in Groton, run by the Naval Submarine Base. Brandy and Francisco Balzac are seeking $150,000 in damages related to an incident in January, in which their daughter was injured at the daycare. Speaking for the parents, their lawyer said that they’re concerned about proper training of staff and supervision at the daycare.
LOCAL NON-PROFIT WORKS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LEDYARD ANIMAL CONTROL
The failing roof at the Ledyard Animal Control, the town’s local animal shelter needs replacing and the estimate to replace will be around $10,000 dollars. C.H.A.I.N. the Ledyard Citizens Helping Animals in Need has offered to help raise the money to offset the cost of the roof overhaul estimated to be around $10,000 dollars. And they’ve already raised $5,500 dollars. Mayor Fred Allyn III said without the help of CHAIN, the project would have been put on the back burner due to the town’s current financial state. But now the goal is to replace the roof in September or early October.
NORWICH HOUSING AUTHORITY HIRES NEW DIRECTOR
The Norwich Housing Authority has hired Jeffrey Arn as its new executive director. Arn will assume his duties on June 4th succeeding 18-year Norwich Housing Authority Executive Director Charles Whitty. Arn who will turn 50 on June 5th will step into the $145,000 annual salary position after serving as executive director of the Vernon Housing Authority since January 2009.
NEW LONDON POISED TO START WORK ON A HARBOR MGMT PLAN
The city of New London will begin work on a Harbor Management Plan, that officials expect to be a blueprint for future activity on its waterfront. Mayor Michael Passero, a voting member of the Port Authority, said the city might be the only shoreline community without such a plan, which he likened to a Plan of Conservation and Development for the waterfront. An expert in the field, Geoffrey Steadman, a land and water resources planning consultant chosen by the city, said the benefit of having a harbor management plan is a stronger city role in planning management and regulation of in-water and waterfront activities.
MOXLEY FAMILY WEIGHS NEXT STEPS IN SKAKEL CASE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A brother of the girl whom Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was accused of bludgeoning to death as a teenager says it is too soon to say what the family would want to have happen next in the case.The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Skakel’s murder conviction in the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley. The ruling calls for a new trial. John Moxley says that hours before the ruling was issued, he had been talking with his elderly mother about how the case had been going on for half her life. He says he is not sure how much more strength she can put into pursuing the case. Moxley says he was disappointed with the ruling and disagrees with the court opinion that Skakel had not received adequate assistance from a defense attorney. The court issued a 4-3 ruling Friday that Skakel’s trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to present evidence of an alibi. The decision reversed the court’s previous ruling that reinstated Skakel’s conviction after a lower court had ordered a new trial. Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy. He was convicted of murder in 2002 in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers.He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, but another judge granted him a new trial in 2013, citing mistakes by his trial lawyer.
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT LEGISLATION CLEARS SENATE, MOVES TO HOUSE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Legislation to update Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws in light of the #MeToo movement now awaits action in the House of Representatives. Early Friday morning, the Senate voted 31-5 in favor of the package, initially pushed by the Senate Democrats. The bill expands sexual harassment training requirements for employers, eliminates or extends the statute of limitations for various sexual assault crimes, and expands the length of time to file sexual harassment complaints with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, from six months to a year. The latest version of the bill scales back parts of the original proposal. For example, it no longer includes language barring settlement agreements that prohibit a party from disclosing information about sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The session adjourns on Wednesday.
CONNECTICUT LAWMAKER CLARIFIES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut lawmaker is clarifying comments he made about legislation that aims to reduce the number of domestic violence victims who get arrested, along with their abuser. Republican Rep. Craig Fishbein of Wallington on Thursday cast the lone vote against a bill requiring police to arrest the person determined to be the dominant aggressor. A divorce attorney, Fishbein says “sometimes domestic violence is arranged” and “many times it is real.” On Friday, Fishbein issued a statement saying he didn’t “illustrate my point to a level appropriate for this sensitive subject.” Fishbein says he’s seen proceedings where there’s a “clear aggressor” and those where false accusations have been made “to sway both police and prosecutors.” Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says he was “personally appalled” by Fishbein’s comments.
BILL ENCOURAGES COOPERATION TO HELP PUERTO RICAN STUDENTS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut Senate wants to allow school districts to share resources to help students who’ve fled Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage.
Lawmakers have agreed to place the bill on their consent calendar, which is expected to be approved Friday night. The bill allows two local and regional districts to enter into a memorandum of understanding, allowing them to work together on ways to accommodate the students. Republican Sen. Len Suzio of Meriden says his community has received about 168 students from the island. While many do not speak English, he says the district has been able to work with them because it has enough staff fluent in Spanish. Suzio says other districts that don’t have diverse populations could take advantage of what a community like Meriden has to offer.
COURT RECORDS REVEAL PLOT TO KILL NEW ENGLAND MOB BOSS
BOSTON (AP) – New court filings are revealing a plot to execute a former New England mafia boss using a remote control plane rigged with explosives during the 1990s.
WPRI-TV reports that documents filed ahead of the May 9 murder trial of Francis “Cadillac Frank” include a 2016 FBI report detailing the alleged scheme.
The report says mob enforcer Kevin Hanrahan planned to fly an explosives-laden plane into Salemme’s home in Sharon, Massachusetts. He also wanted to detonate a suitcase with explosives at a restaurant in Providence frequented by Rhode Island mobster Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio. Hanrahan was murdered in Providence in 1992 and never carried out the plot. Salemme and co-defendant Paul Weadick are accused of killing Boston nightclub owner and federal witness Steven DiSarro, whose remains were found in Providence in 2016.
CITY ACCIDENTALLY RELEASES FIREFIGHTERS BANK INFORMATION
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s capital city has accidentally released the accounts and bank routing numbers of firefighters to a local reporter. WJAR-TV reports Providence officials released the banking information in response to a request for public information. The city says at least 331 current firefighters and 50 who were retired were affected. Firefighters’ union president Paul Doughty wrote to firefighters Wednesday saying he has been assured that the information has since been deleted. Doughty says he has no reason to believe the information was released to another person or entity.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says he wrote to all affected firefighters and retirees personally apologizing for the breach.
Pare says credit monitoring services will be provided if needed.