STERLING MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING STERLING TEEN
A 20-year-old Sterling man could serve as much as 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty friday to stabbing and beating a Sterling teenager to death in 2016. He then hid the body to avoid arrest. Kevin Weismore, has been charged with one count each of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of 18-year-old Todd “TJ” Allen. The plea deal calls for Weismore to be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison on Aug. 3rd. though his lawyer can argue for a 25-year sentence, the minimum allowed under state law. Allen’s mother, Christina Moses, called the plea deal acceptable.
CAR CRASH IN PLAINFIELD WITH INJURIES
Plainfield Police responded to the area of Norwich Road and Terrace Drive for reports of a two car crash with injuries around 7:30 last night. A Volkswagen Beetle operated traveling northbound on Norwich Road collided with a Red Chevy Monte Carlo traveling southbound on Norwich Rd. One driver had to be extricated. Melissa Gordon of Jewitt City was transported to Backus Emergency Room for non-life threatening injuries. Jennifer Macdonald of New London was initially transported to Backus Emergency Room in Plainfield and then later transported to Hartford Hospital by Life Star with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
LEDYARD TO VOTE TUESDAY ON PROPOSED BUDGET
Tuesday May 22nd will be the first time the $57.2 million budget for 2018-19 is being brought before Ledyard voters. It’ll be a 3.8 percent increase over last year’s budget, and breaks down to a $25.4 million dollar general government budget and a $31.8 million dollar education budget. Individually they represent a 6.3 percent and 1.78 percent increase over last year. If the budget fails at referendum Tuesday, a new budget will be presented to voters at a second referendum two weeks later. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various polling places in Ledyard and Gales Ferry.
TWO MEN ARRESTED IN NORWICH; 218 BAGS OF FENTANYL SEIZED
Norwich police have arrested two men and seized more than 200 bags of fentanyl. Kevin Mastalerz of Lisbon, and Robert Kunkel of Jewett City, were arrested and held on bond. They’re scheduled to appear in court on May 31st.
SOMERS ENDORSED FOR RE-ELECTION TO 18TH DISTRICT SEAT
Groton Republican delegates have unanimously endorsed incumbent Sen. Heather Somers this week for the 18th District state Senate seat. She was unopposed at the Republican Convention last weekend and will not face a primary in August. The Democratic candidates looking to unseat her are Bob Statchen and Dan Kelley.
APARTMENT COMPLEX APPROVED AT NEW LONDON’S PARCEL ‘J’
New London’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a 98-unit residential complex planned for the corner of Bank and Howard streets. A.R. Building Company will build the development on city land called Parcel J. Parking will be shared with the Shaw’s Cove office complex. Parcel J was left over from the Shaw’s Cove Urban Renewal Plan that was approved by the city in 1973.
STONINGTON, GROTON TOWN POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘CLICK IT- OR TICKET’
Stonington and Groton Town police along with Waterford police will be participating in the nationwide ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign beginning Monday. Police will be watching for drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts or are speeding, intoxicated or distracted. Police also will staff checkpoints as part of the campaign, which lasts through June 3rd.
GANIM COMPLAINS DEMOCRATIC TICKET “TOO WHITE”
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he’s disappointed with the how the racial makeup of the Democratic ticket is shaping up. The Democratic gubernatorial contender said Friday the potential lineup is “too white” and he says that’s “insulting to people of color.” Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, the front-runner for the Democratic endorsement for governor, has chosen former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who also is white, to be his running mate. But Newtown labor negotiator Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a Latina, is planning to challenge Bysiewicz for the lieutenant governor endorsement on Saturday. Ganim hopes to win 15 percent of the delegates to qualify for the Aug. 14 primary. But he acknowledges he’s at a disadvantage and is optimistic he can collect roughly 15,500 signatures he needs to appear on the ballot.
SUSPECT IN OFFICER STABBING ORDERED HELD ON $2 MILLION BAIL
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A woman accused of critically injuring a veteran Hartford police officer by stabbing her in the neck several times has been ordered held on $2 million bail on attempted murder and other charges. Chevoughn Augustin was arraigned Friday in Hartford Superior Court, where dozens of officers gathered outside to show their support for Officer Jill Kidik. Kidik is a 12-year veteran of the force who was once honored for saving a baby’s life. She is in stable, but critical, condition at Hartford Hospital after hours of surgery. Police say Kidik responded Thursday to an apartment tenant disturbance where Augustin stabbed her repeatedly. The 39-year-old Augustin’s case is set to return to court on June 5. Her public defender argued for lower bail during Friday’s brief court appearance.
HASBRO TRADEMARKS PLAY-DOH’S SCENT: SWEET, SLIGHTLY MUSKY
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) – Hasbro has trademarked the scent of Play-doh. The toy company on Friday announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has recognized Play-doh’s distinctive smell with a registered trademark, something rarely issued for a scent. The Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker describes it as a “sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.” The Play-doh brand has been around since 1956. Hasbro applied for the scent trademark last year. The company says in a press release that the smell “has always been synonymous with childhood and fun” and explains that the trademark allows it to protect “an invaluable point of connection between the brand and fans.” There are already some Play-doh-scented products available online, including cologne and soy candles.