FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

STABBING VICTIM DIES

Christopher Petteway (New London PD)

A stabbing victim in New London has passed away and that means upgraded charges against the alleged killer. Police say the man who was stabbed on Brainard Street yesterday afternoon passed away just before two o’clock this morning. Police have changed an attempted murder charge against Christopher Petteway to murder. He’ll be arraigned today in New London. The victim’s identity still has not been released. Police say the stabbing appeared to be a domestic incident and that the two involved knew each other.

REELS DEFENDS CIG SALES

Former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Kenny Reels stands in his Pequot Trading Post, in the basement of his home on Ephraim's Trail on the reservation, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Reels' store was raided by Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Criminal Division on Monday of this week and seized cigarettes that Reels was selling without charging the state tax on them.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Kenny Reels (The Day)

Kenny Reels owns a tiny convenience store on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation. He’s being investigated but says he pays taxes on Marlboros and Newports, the cigarettes he sells. The former tribal council chairman who served the tribe during Foxwoods Resort Casino’s heyday said he didn’t pay taxes on other cigarettes in his store, the ones manufactured and distributed by federally recognized Indian tribes. Reels believes the sovereign status of those tribes exempts their products from state taxes. The state disagrees. But, it could take weeks for the investigation to be completed. Reels’ attorney said his client firmly believes he has complied with all state laws and requirements.

PORT AUTHORITY WANTS CRYSTAL AVE PROPERTY

The Connecticut Port Authority has identified itself as the second party showing interest in purchasing the vacant Crystal Avenue property in New London. It comes a week after a waste disposal, construction and demolition company announced its own proposal for the city-owned property, which is viewed as a potential economic driver and companion site to the nearby State Pier.

WOMAN PLUNGES INTO RIVER

The New Lon­don Fire Department responded to reports of a woman in the water next to the Cus­tom House Pier around 9:30 last night. When firefighters got there, they found the woman very cold and hy­pother­mic.  On the way to the hospi­tal, she told them her daugh­ter was with her. Fire of­fi­cials were preparing for a sec­ond per­son in the wa­ter but then learned the woman’s daugh­ter had died years ago. The name of the woman was not released nor her condition or how she fell in the water.

AQUARIUM GETS GRANT

The parent company of the Mystic Aquarium has received a $2.25 million federal grant to help fund its science, technology, engineering and math mentoring program for the next three years. The grant will allow the Mystic Aquarium to continue working with youth-serving organizations throughout the United States to not only provide young people with caring mentors but also engage them in meaningful conservation actions within their own communities.

DEALER SENTENCED IN OD DEATH

A 27-year-old East Lyme man will serve 18 months in pri­son fol­lowed by three years of su­per­vised re­lease for selling heroin with fen­tanyl that led to the June 2016, over­dose death of Fred Par­dini. Christo­pher Stevens had pleaded guilty to one count of dis­tri­bu­tion of heroin. Police found Par­dini dead and slumped over the steer­ing wheel of a car with his cellphone nearby and with his 3-year-old son sleep­ing in a car seat in the back seat. In­ves­ti­ga­tors used phone records to con­firm Stevens had ar­ranged to meet with Par­dini and sell him drugs in the hours be­fore Par­dini’s death.

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