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TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

SHOOTING VICTIM ID

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – Police have identified a Florida man who was found shot to death last weekend in a New London apartment. City police responded to a report of a shooting at the basement apartment on Orchard Street Saturday afternoon. Twenty-one-year-old Quvonte Gray was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Gray was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was a Florida resident who frequently visited New London. Police said this week they’re trying to track down an 18-year-old to ask him about the shooting. No suspects have been named. The investigation is ongoing.

CONVICTED MURDERER SEEKS NEW TRIAL

Jermaine Richards (Fox 61)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man convicted of killing and dismembering his girlfriend has asked for a new trial, citing possible juror misconduct. A lawyer for Jermaine Richards made the request Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19. A jury convicted Richards of murder in September in the killing of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, a student at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. Two previous trials ended with deadlocked juries. Wiley’s remains were found in Trumbull in 2013 about a month after she was last seen with Richards outside her Willimantic dorm room. Richards lived in Bridgeport just over a mile from where the body was found. The juror misconduct claims allege a juror posted about the case on social media and the same juror knows people who know Richards.

NPU CHIEF ON MEDICAL LEAVE

John Bilda

Norwich Public Utilities General Manager John Bilda is out on medical leave until after January 1st. NPU spokesman Chris Riley says Bilda has been out since November 24th, and didn’t disclose any details as to why Bilda took the leave, citing privacy laws. Current NPU administrators are overseeing the utility in his absence. Bilda was one of five city officials to be found by the Norwich Ethics Commission of violating municipal ethics rules in the Derbygate scandal. Bilda apologized for his role in the controversy and made a 15-thousand dollar donation to the TVCCA Energy Assistance Program in September.

NL CONSIDERING PAY-BY-BAG GARBAGE REMOVAL

New London residents may soon be paying for garbage removal “by the bag”. The city council is scheduled to discuss in January whether New London should adopt a “pay as you throw” system. City Public Works director Brian Sear says the idea has been examined over the past year and a half, and is expected to reduce garbage removal costs, while encouraging more recycling. Residents would have to purchase specially-marked bags to toss their garbage. A similar program is being used successfully in Stonington.

AUTISTIC TEEN DEATH “PREVENTABLE”

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – An investigation has found that the death of an autistic Connecticut teenager from malnutrition was preventable and there were problems with the state child welfare agency. The state Child Advocate’s Office released a report Tuesday on the February death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado, of Hartford. When he died, the 5-foot-9-inch-tall Matthew weighed less than 90 pounds. Police charged Matthew’s mother with manslaughter and cruelty to persons. The child advocate’s report says the state Department of Children and Families closed a neglect case involving Matthew Tirado a month before his death, after his mother refused for months to let a DCF worker see him. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz says her agency lacked authority to force his mother to allow access to the boy.

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

DERBYGATE 1 YEAR OLD

It was exactly one year ago today that the Norwich Ethics Commission decided to hold probable cause hearings regarding the Derbygate controversy. The decision led to a months-long investigation into the all-expense paid trips for Norwich officials, courtesy of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. Eventually, new tougher state oversight of CMEEC and similar groups was adopted, the chair and vice-chair of Norwich’s Public Utilities Commission stepped-down, and then-mayor Deb Hinchey repaid some of her trip expenses. Ethics Commission chairman Carol Menard says there’s also now an increased focus on city ethics laws. The ethics panel has requested Norwich aldermen look at some possible changes in city ethics regulations, such as an increase in the current 18-month look-back period into ethics complaints. Menard was re-elected chairman last night by the commission for another 2-year term.

ALLEGED KILLER IN COURT, VIC I’D

Patrick McInerney (New London PD)

A man is charged with murder in connection with a deadly stabbing in New London. Police say Patrick McInerney stabbed a homeless man who was staying with him following an argument over rent Sunday night. The victim is identified as 49-year-old Robert Pomerleau. McInerney is charged with murder, and was ordered held on one-million-dollars bond during a brief court appearance yesterday.

NOT GIVING UP

Three former Groton town councilors calling themselves “Groton’s Right to Vote” are leading a group of residents to begin a petition drive to get the recently rejected Charter Revision Commission report on the ballot for the Nov. 6, 2018, election. The former Town Council rejected the commission report in a 5-4 vote last month. The petition needs ten percent of the registered voters in Groton or 2000 signatures within 45 days or by the deadline of January 12th. Groton has about 19000 registered voters. “Groton’s Right to Vote” has about 15 members, but about 20 people will be circulating the petition.

WEITLAUF RETURNS QUICKLY

Jay Weitlauf

Former board member Jay Weitlauf has been officially voted in by the Groton Board of Education to fill the vacancy that occurred when Gary Baker resigned halfway through his term. Weitlauf had been officially off the board for less than a week, as the term he previously held expired Dec. 5th. Baker’s resignation letter landed in the town clerk’s office on Dec. 4. Baker, who had missed 16 of the last 17 full board meetings, cited an inability to fulfill his obligation to the board.

MUSIC SCHOOL RELOCATING

The owners of the East Lyme-based String Theory School of Music, Chris and Amy Leigh are are planning to return a New London-owned former day school into a cutting-edge music school. They’re also negotiating a lease, with an eye toward purchasing the former Clinical Day School, affectionately known as the Little Red School House. The music school owners are negotiating a lease option that gives the school the ability to establish itself in the building before buying it. The couple expects to bring their students along from the East Lyme area to New London, while expanding the offerings of the school and partnering with local arts organizations such as the Garde Arts Center and Hygienic Art. The couple is exploring the idea of an after-school program and master classes with local musical artists.

EDUCATION BUDGET PRESENTED

With a second referendum next week, the North Stonington Board of Education presented the proposed school budget at it’s town meeting Monday to a strongly divided audience. The specifics outlined about the budget was the first time this year the board was able to directly discuss the budget with the residents. The budget calls for a zero percent increase from the previous year. Since 2009, the budget has only increased by more than one percent twice. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the budget from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Town Hall.

MONDAY EVENING UPDATE

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST RIGHT-WING PUNDIT

Lucian Wintrich (Breitbart)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich over a confrontation with protesters during an appearance at the University of Connecticut. Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, was charged after grabbing a woman who took his notes from the lectern as he prepared to give a speech last month titled “It’s OK To Be White.” That woman, 33-year-old Catherine Gregory, of Willimantic, turned herself in Sunday to face charges of attempted larceny and disorderly conduct. She did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. Gregory, who is free on a $1,000 bond, is due in court on Wednesday. Wintrich, who had argued that he had every right to retrieve his property, tweeted on Monday that justice was finally being served.

NEWTOWN HOAX PROF LOSES CASE

James Tracy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A Florida college professor fired after publicly saying the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut was a hoax has lost a lawsuit claiming he was wrongfully terminated.   Local news outlets report that a federal jury on Monday sided with Florida Atlantic University. The school contended communications professor James Tracy was fired last year not because of his blog posts about the Sandy Hook school shooting but because he violated rules regarding reporting of outside work.   Tracy claimed his firing violated his free speech rights. He wrote on his blog that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax by the government to impose tougher gun control. Tracy sought reinstatement to his position, back pay and damages. Twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook in 2012.

POOR POOR RICHARDS

Poor Richard’s building demolition (The Day)

The building that once housed the popular Poor Richard’s restaurant in Waterford has been demolished. Demolition crews Monday tore down the vacant, dilapidated home on Route 1, where a new office building will be constructed for the New London public accounting firm, Ed Lorah and Associates. The new structure should be open by next Fall. Poor Richard’s restaurant opened at the site in 1977, and declared bankruptcy in 1986. The building hasn’t been occupied for at least a decade.

TWO NEW CUBS

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut zoo is welcoming the addition of two tiger cubs. Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport said Monday that its 10-year-old Amur tiger, Changbai, gave birth Nov. 25 to four tiger cubs, but only two survived. The surviving female cubs were taken from Changbai when she showed no interest in taking care of them. The 2-week-old cubs are in seclusion in the zoo hospital. Staff is hand-feeding the cubs five times a day. The zoo says one of the four kittens had been found unresponsive after birth and a second kitten died later that night. Director Gregg Dancho says every possible effort was being made to help the kittens survive. The zoo says Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are very rare.