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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

CONCERN ABOUT ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTIONS

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(The Day)

Residents in the Crystal Avenue neighborhood of New London are being a little more cautious after reports of two attempted child abductions over the past two weeks.   City police say a black male driving a silver four-door Honda, possibly with Florida license plates, approached a 12-year old boy Tuesday afternoon near State Pier Road, grabbed the boy’s wrists, and dragged him toward a parked car.   The boy ran away.  Last week, police say a man driving a truck approached a 9-year old girl in a State Pier Road driveway, claiming he was there to pick up the child.  She ran away.  City Police are investigating, and patrolling the area.  They ask that anyone who may have information on the incidents to contact them.

BODY FOUND NEAR CITY PIER

City Pier

New London police and the state chief medical examiner are investigating the discovery of a dead female found floating in the water near City Pier this morning at about 10:30 AM.   The woman has been determined to be in her mid to late fifties.   The body was removed from the water by the Southeast Connecticut Regional Dive Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact city police.

PLAINFIELD SCHOOL FIRE

Students may not return to their school until December due to fire damage (WFSB)

(WFSB)

More than 350 fourth and fifth grade students will need a temporary place to attend classes in Plainfield, after fire hit the Memorial School building just before midnight.   Fire crews say the blaze was contained to several administrative rooms but there is considerable damage throughout the Canterbury Road structure, including a hole in the roof.   The fire was brought under control by about 1:30 AM. No injuries reported.  School officials say they’re working on temporary locations for the displaced students with the new school year scheduled to start in just a few weeks. Town police and fire investigators, along with state personnel are investigating.

LOTS OF OVERDOSES IN NEW HAVEN

(WFSB)

(WFSB)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say more than 30 people have overdosed from suspected synthetic marijuana at or near the New Haven Green.  Officials say most of the overdoses happened  throughout the day today. No deaths have been reported, but authorities say two people had life-threatening symptoms. Some people fell unconscious and others vomited. Police said they arrested a man believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses. The suspect’s name wasn’t immediately released. Synthetic marijuana is plant material sprayed with chemicals that has been blamed for overdoses nationwide. More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana at the same park on July 4.

SLOTS DOWN

Slots revenues are down in the latest numbers released by the two local casinos.    Mohegan Sun reports a 1-and-a-half percent drop last month compared to July 2017, while Foxwoods revenues are  down 4-point-9 percent for the same time frame. July of last year had one more Saturday than July, 2018.     The two casinos will send the state 24-point-7 million dollars as part of the slots agreement.    Next  month’s figures will begin to reflect the impact of the MGM casino opening August 24th in Springfield, Massachusetts.

STEFANOWSKI GETS WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT

Bob Stefanowski (Facebook)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – President Donald Trump has given his endorsement to Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski. The former GE executive, who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday’s five-way Republican primary for governor in an upset. The Republican president tweeted Wednesday morning that “It is about time that Connecticut had a real and talented Governor” and touted Stefanowski as being tough on crime and a “big cutter of Taxes.”   Stefanowski has never held public office. The Madison businessman skipped the party convention process and became the first major-party candidate in Connecticut history to win a nomination after getting onto the ballot through petitions. He ran ads promising, among other things, to eliminate the state’s income tax.  He will face another wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November

NL SENTENCING

Sentencing today  in a New London fatal manslaughter  case.    Edgar Sanchez-Valencia will serve 10 years in prison for severely beating 38-year old Marlon Beasley early Thanksgiving morning, 2016 at the Williams Park apartments on Hempstead Street where they both lived. It had happened after both  attended a party there, and had been drinking. Police say the beating occurred because Sanchez-Valencia thought Beasley was disrespectful to a woman at the party.   Beasley’s family members had the victim taken off life-support four days after the attack.

SUSPICIOUS VAN IN NORTH STONINGTON

North Stonington’s resident state trooper is warning townspeople  of a suspicious white van with no markings  pulling in and out of driveways on Anna Farm East.  A black male with blonde dreadlocks, wearing a red shirt was reported driving the van.  Contact state police at Troop E in Montville if you’ve seen the van or the driver.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

STEFANOWSKI VS LAMONT

Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski will go head-to-head in the governor's race in November. (WFSB)

Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski will go head-to-head in the governor’s race in November. (WFSB)

Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican nomination for governor, defeating four fellow contenders in Tuesday’s election, including the GOP’s endorsed candidate. A political newcomer from Madison, Stefanowski is a former GE executive who pitched himself as Bob the Rebuilder in his TV ads and who has pledged to eliminate the state’s personal income tax. He will face Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont in November.

GRISWOLD HIGH GRAD WINS AG NOMINATION

Sue Hatfield (CT Post)

State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.   Hatfield, A Griswold High School graduate who was endorsed by the party, defeated challenger and former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.  Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, but she says she does not agree with Trump on every issue. She has said she wants the attorney general’s office to be more pro-business.   Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut’s largest gun owners’ group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.

BOB’S MAY BE COMING BACK TO WHALING CITY

Bob’s Discount Furniture may be returning to New London. A 35,600-square-foot building proposed for construction in the back of the New London Mall, at Frontage Road may become the new home of the furniture retailer. Felix Reyes, director of the Office of Development and Planning, said he was excited to have a long-blighted area reclaimed by the development of a reputable and recognizable company. Bob’s previously had operated a retail operation on Colman Street in New London, which closed sometime after the opening of its East Lyme store in 2006.

OAKS NOT RECOVERING

After about three years of drought, and damage by gypsy moth caterpillars, state and utility officials say they’re seeing more and more trees, particularly oaks, that have been unable to recover. Experts with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Eversource say not all of their tree work is related to gypsy moth caterpillar damage. Other tree issues can include compromised root systems, disease, and rotting bases. Experts say soil in Eastern Connecticut dries out faster than in Western Connecticut and in some cases isn’t as fertile, particularly in the Voluntown area. But this spring, they say they saw “far less” defoliation from the caterpillars than last year, which is a positive sign.

MAKING THE BONDING CASE

Peter Nystrom

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom wants to make sure voters are informed about what is at stake with the $8 1/2 million dollar economic development bond ordinance. Yesterday, Nystrom and Norwich Community Development Corp. President Robert Mills held an informational session on the proposed bond program at Otis Library. Nystrom, is an an advocate for the program. One Norwich resident, Brian Kobylarz said his concern was not with the new businesses that have come into the downtown area through the existing bond program, but rather, the businesses that have come and left.

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

STAY HERE!!

Julian Rodriguez

Pleas are made  today to keep a New London father from being deported to his native Colombia.   Julian Rodriguez and his wife emigrated to the Whaling City in 2000 to avoid guerilla violence.  Their 14-year son is undergoing treatment at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for a rare genetic blood disease.  He and his mother are also part of a major research study of the illness.  Julian is now facing a September 12th deportation unless a waiver is granted  by U-S immigration officials.  His son, Santiago, hopes his dad can stay.  The Rodriguez family was joined today by supporters, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman Joe Courtney at the Children’s Medical Center to urge the feds to issue the waiver.  Doctors say it’s crucial that the treatment for Santiago and the research be allowed to continue.

COURT APPEARANCE FOR ACCUSED MURDERER

Ruth Correa

The Hartford woman accused of taking part in a Griswold triple murder last December has had her court case continued. 23-year old Ruth Correa made a brief appearance today  in New London Superior Court.  She and her brother Sergio are accused of killing Kenneth and Janet Lindquist, and their son Matthew at their Kenwood Drive residence.   Ruth Correa continues to be held on 2-and-a-half million dollars bail and is due back in court October 10th.  Her brother remains held on 3-million dollars bail, and is due in court September 24th.

FOXWOODS RAPE

A New Hampshire man admits to raping a woman in his Foxwoods Resort Casino hotel room last October.   25-year old Nicholas Soucy is to be sentenced October 17th to 8 years in prison, and 15 years strict probation.   He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge under the Alford Doctrine, meaning he doesn’t agree to the charges, but also doesn’t want to go to trial. Police say the two met at a Foxwoods bar, and he forced her into his hotel room, where he attacked her. He’s been held by police since he turned himself-in, in  November.

NO SIGN ANIMATION FOR MGM

MGM Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A casino billboard visible from a Massachusetts highway won’t use animations to draw visitors to MGM’s $960 million resort. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday unanimously denied the Las Vegas company’s request to run videos and moving images on a large, electronic billboard on the side of its parking garage facing Interstate 91 in Springfield. The five-member panel said the casino, for now, can post static images that rotate no more than every eight seconds. The commission will revisit the issue in 90 days.  Regulators are concerned bright, moving lights could distract drivers and lead to more accidents. MGM said a consultant’s study concluded there’s “no statistically significant correlation” between electronic signs and driver safety. MGM Springfield is slated to open Aug. 24 as Massachusetts’ first Vegas-style resort.

BRICK THROWN AT POLICE CAR WINDOW

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Police say a Hartford  man charged with throwing a brick through the window of a police car, narrowly missing an officer’s head, said he did it because he “hates cops.” Devon Adams-Almstad was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, assault on police, hate crime and other offenses for allegedly throwing the brick at the Hartford police cruiser just after 9 p.m. Monday. The unnamed officer was cut with flying glass, but declined medical attention. Assistant Chief Rafael Medina says Adams-Almstad, who is white, said he “hates cops and was targeting a white cop due to recent events in the news.” The 20-year-old male was held on $100,000 bail. The case was not yet listed in online court records and it could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

NOT A GREAT WAY TO SAY HI

DETROIT, Maine (AP) – Maine State Police say an unwelcome visitor dropped by a home.   Troopers say a Connecticut man faces drunken-driving charges after crashing his car into the house in the town of Detroit on Sunday. They say no one was hurt, even though several of the home’s occupants were seated in the area of the house that was hit.   Police say 48-year-old Scott Nicholson is charged with operating under the influence. It was unclear if he had a lawyer. A voice mail for Nicholson wasn’t immediately returned.