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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

LEDYARD SHOOTING

Ledyard police are investigating a shooting. India Robinson says she and two cousins were backing out of the driveway at 904 Shewville Road around 10 Tuesday night, when she says gunshots came at them out of nowhere. Robinson says one of her cousins was hit in the stomach, but is expected to be okay. Police say the three drove to the Preston Citgo gas station on Route 2, where they called 911.   Police detectives have been reconstructing the crime scene, with the help of state police and the Mashantucket-Pequot tribal police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ledyard police at 860-464-6400.

CAR CRASH

Two people have been hospitalized with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash this morning on Route 97 near the Norwich-Sprague town line. Rescue officials say the two had to extricated from their cars, both of which suffered front-end damage. No further information is available right now.

DEMS PUSHING SALES TAX HIKE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Democratic lawmakers have proposed increasing the state sales tax to raise more than $660 million over two years to help curb potential cuts to education aid to cities and towns. Democratic House members released a two year, nearly $39.9 billion budget plan Wednesday that calls for raising the sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.35 percent. A House vote on the budget is expected the week of Sept. 11. The state faces a two-year, $3.5 billion budget deficit. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and the following year. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn’t support increasing the sales tax. Malloy last week proposed major cuts to local school aid, if a budget isn’t approved by next month.

NEW UCONN-HARTFORD CAMPUS READY FOR STUDENTS

The historic Hartford Times Building has become part of the UConn Hartford campus. (WFSB)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut has opened a satellite campus in downtown Hartford.   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and university president Susan Herbst cut the ribbon in a ceremony at the campus Wednesday. About 2,300 UConn students and 300 full-time faculty are scheduled to begin classes Monday in the capital city. The school spent $140 million to move the satellite campus from West Hartford, much of it on a major renovation and five-story addition to the historic centerpiece building that once housed the Hartford Times newspaper. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says the new campus is a big piece in the ongoing revitalization of the city, which earlier this year opened a new minor-league baseball stadium. The state this month began a new hourly bus service linking Hartford with UConn’s main campus in Storrs.

BIG TUMOR GONE ON POODLE

Oreo the dog carried around a 6.4 pound tumor, until his recent surgery (Poodle Rescue Connecticut, Inc.)

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) – A poodle named Oreo is on the mend after having a 6.4-pound tumor removed – nearly a third of its body weight. Daryl Masone says her group, Poodle Rescue Connecticut, got custody of the 6-year-old, 26-pound poodle mix earlier this month after a neighbor noticed it was struggling with the large tumor. She says it was hard for the dog to walk or do anything else, and it was also struggling with fleas and Lyme disease. The Watertown Animal Hospital performed a 2 1/2-hour surgery to remove the growth last week. Masone said Wednesday that Oreo is doing great and now weighs 19 pounds. She says it will eventually need a second surgery to remove extra skin.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

ZONING COMMISSION ELIMINATED

The Groton Town Council voted last night to disband the Zoning Commission, designating the Planning Commission to handle planning and zoning matters. The change, which will be implemented on Jan 1, 2019, is an effort to streamline the development process and encourage growth in Groton. The town is anticipating a demand for housing, retail shops and other services as Electric Boat expands.

BASILICA APPEARS

A New London attorney, who was arrested in June and charged with second-degree assault and breach of peace, appeared in a New Britain court yesterday. Anthony Basilica is accused of attacking a Colchester man at the Black Sheep Pub in Niantic. The man, Joshua Taylor, was arrested as well, after an investigation into the incident. He was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. Basilica’s case was continued to Sept. 20th. He is expected to enter a plea.

TERRORIST TARGET COMING TO NL

The guided missile destroyer attacked by al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Yemen in 2000 will be among the ships visiting New London next month. The USS Cole will be part of the CT Maritime Heritage Festival in the city September 8th through 10th. The US Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay will be berthed with the destroyer at Fort Trumbull. Two other Coast Guard vessels and a number of other ships will dock along the New London waterfront.

GRANTS IN JEOPARDY

At a community development event held at New London High School yesterday, U.S. Representative Joe Courtney encouraged various regional organizations, who may be eligible for federally funded grants, to file applications soon with the state. Courtney expects that Congress will not pass a budget by the end of the federal fiscal year, and, because of this, the dispersal of federal grants could be postponed.

NEW CHEMO DELIVERY

Day Kimball Hospital

Day Kimball Healthcare in Putnam is one of the first 100 cancer centers nationwide to use new protocol for administering the chemotherapy drug Vincristine. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has been advocating for the drug to be delivered by IV rather than by syringe, something they feel is an important safety initiative. Vincristine is used to treat, among other cancers, acute leukemia, thyroid cancer and brain tumors.

KILLINGLY MAN CHARGED

A Killingly man is being held on 350-thousand-dollars bond after being accused of sexually assaulting a child. Police say the victim was eleven-years-old when the alleged assaults happened three years ago in Willimantic. State social workers reported the allegations to police, who investigated and arrested Shad Morin this week. He’s charged with first degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CHARGED

A longtime employee of the Westerly School District is facing multiple charges for misappropriation of funds. Police say 52-year-old Lisa Guarnieri deposited more than eight-thousand-dollars in checks intended for the town into her personal bank account. Guarnieri, who turned herself in to police yesterday, could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

NORWICH VIGIL

Rejecting the message put forth by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month is re-iterated Tuesday night during a vigil outside Norwich City Hall. More than 100 residents, including city and state officials, religious leaders, and community activists gather to say the fight against hatred and bigotry continues in the U-S. Rabbi Julius Rabinowitz from Beth Jacob Synagogue says unfortunately such anti-hatred ideas have to be learned: we are not born with them. Norwich’s Freedom Bell was rung three times in memory of the three victims of the Charlottesville demonstrations.

NO REDUCED BOND FOR CHYUNG

Chihan Eric Chyung (WTNH)

Some new developments in the on-going murder case of a Taftville man. A request to lower the 3-million dollar bond of Chihan Eric Chyung was rejected by a New London Superior Court judge Tuesday and Chyung will remain incarcerated at the state prison in Suffield. Chyung is now mulling over an offer from the state that would have him plead guilty to manslaughter with a firearm, which would mean a 40-year maximum prison term, and no second trial. Chyung’s conviction in 2014 of murdering his wife was overturned by the State Supreme Court last April. He’s to be back in court September 21st, to let the court know if he’ll accept the plea deal, or send the case to a second trial.

SEIG HEIL ARREST

East Lyme police arrest two people early Tuesday, after one of them kick out a police cruiser’s window, and the other gives police a Nazi salute. Police say they stopped a vehicle driving on West Main Street around 1 AM because of non-illuminated tail lamps. The driver, 27-year old Kathryn Schmitt of Niantic was charged with driving under the influence, and is accused of kicking out the cruiser’s window while resisting arrest. Police say a passenger, 21-year old Nicholas Alberini of Woodstock, interfered with the arrest, and at one point gave a Nazi salute, and yelled “Seig Heil” in an officer’s face. Both are out on bond, and due in court September 5th.

TACKLING NL CAR BLIGHT

Michael Tranchida

If you drive around New London on a regular basis, you’ve probably noticed several abandoned vehicles in the city. Democratic city councilor Michael Tranchida says the problem has gotten out of hand, and he wants something done pronto. He says a personal property tax declaration should be sent to each respective property owner so the city can collect revenue on the abandoned vehicles. Mayor Mike Passero says he understands the vehicles are an eyesore, but his office is concentrating most of its attention on blighted houses for the time being.

CHARTER PUBLIC HEARING IN GROTON

Residents of Groton were able to voice their opinion on the dismantling of the Representative Town Meeting to the Charter Revision Commission last night. The commission has recommended replacing the RTM with a Board of Finance. Some who spoke against the change were concerned that more power would be placed in the hands of fewer people and would not ensure that all districts in Groton have a voice. The commission must formally submit a report to the Town Council by Sept. 2nd.

YALE TO REMOVE “PROBLEMATIC” CARVING

(AP)

Yale University will remove what it calls a “problematic” doorway stone carving depicting a Puritan settler aiming a musket at a Native American. School officials announced the move Tuesday, after being criticized for covering the musket with removable stonework last year. Critics called it whitewashing history. The 88-year-old carving on Sterling Memorial Library will be moved soon to another location and made available for public viewing and study. Yale officials say covering up the musket was against principles Yale adopted last year after the alteration. The school says it has an obligation “not to hide from or destroy reminders of unpleasant history.” Yale earlier this year renamed Calhoun College after decades of debate, because its namesake was former Vice President, Yale alumnus and slavery supporter John C. Calhoun.