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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

METH LAB SUSPECTED IN RI

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says a suspected meth lab was encountered in Richmond on Friday. A hazmat unit was part of the response as DEM officials said they were ready to assist in removing alleged drug-making chemicals from a home. WJAR-TV reports a 46-year-old man was arrested on unrelated domestic violence charges, and that no drug charges have been filed as of yet.

SCHOOL VOTE TOMORROW

Two years ago, Groton voters approved a referendum bonding $184.5 million to build one new consolidated middle school and renovate two other schools into “like new” elementary schools. On Tuesday, a special referendum is being held for people to vote on whether or not to approve an ordinance revising the Groton 2020 school plan that would enable the town to build two new elementary schools, rather than renovate existing buildings. Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

CONTRACTOR ARRESTED

A home improvement contractor from Thompson has been arrested. Roger Bosivert, also known as “Armand” owns “Man about the House”. He’s been charged with performing work for a Groton City couple after his state certification and registration expired. The alleged offenses are Class B misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000. Bosivert posted a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in New London Superior Court on Dec. 18th.

FIRE DISPLACES THREE

New London fire fighters were called to a fire at 115 Colman St. around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. The fire was contained to the third floor apartment of the three family home. Three people were displaced. Residents living on the the first and second floor were not affected. Firefighters had the fire contained in 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the New London Fire Marshal’s office.

LONG WAY WRONG WAY

A Newington man was arrested Saturday after he drove a pickup truck in the wrong direction on Interstate 95 from Stonington to East Lyme. Martin Casola was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving among others violations just before 2 o’clock Saturday morning. State police deployed stop sticks twice in an effort to disable the car. Casola was taken into custody then released on a $5,000 bond. He’s due in court on Dec. 26th.

NL BUILDINGS BEING SOLD

New London officials are suggesting selling off at least three of four city-owned buildings to consolidate city administrative offices. Mayor Michael Passero wants to see all city departments under one roof and he says a search for that building is already underway. Passaro said an unnamed developer is interested in buying the Richard R. Martin Center on Broad St. and leasing back the Senior Citizens Center, which is located at the Martin Center. Passero said he wants to have lease options ready to present to the City Council before the budget is prepared.

THAMES CLUB OPENING TO PUBLIC

The Thames Club in New London has been a private social club, for almost 150 years. Now the club is opening its doors on certain days for the public. Officers of the club say the rationale for the shift has to do with the fact that society has changed. They hope to get people who are younger or who aren’t members, into the Thames Club for public dining and that it will let them see what the club is like and what it has to offer. The end result is a hope they will want to become members.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

HUNDREDS BRAVE COLD FOR NIANTIC LIGHT PARADE

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Hundreds braved the cold to enjoy the fireworks and the parade at the Niantic Light Parade on Saturday night.    In its 30th year, the Niantic Light Parade is regarded as one of the largest and longest running light parade in Connecticut.   Complete with floats decorated and illuminated with thousands of lights, appearances by Santa and Mr. Claus, and singing and dancing, the holidays are made a lot brighter along the shoreline. Throughout the year, the floats are crafted by teams of builders that spent hours and hours of hard work.    East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson said the community atmosphere is what makes the event most special.   For many along the shoreline, they said it’s a tradition they made for the holidays.

48 ARRESTED AT YALE PROTEST OVER FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University police have arrested 48 people who were protesting the Ivy League school’s investments in fossil fuel companies and its Puerto Rico debt holdings.The arrests came during a sit-in demonstration Friday inside Yale’s investment office as more than 300 students and community members rallied outside the building.   Protesters demanded Yale divest endowment funds from fossil fuel companies because of concerns about climate change. They also said they wanted Yale to cancel its holdings in a fund that holds some of Puerto Rico’s massive debt and is suing the U.S. territory to be paid while the island still struggles to recover from hurricane damage.   Yale officials say a school committee has previously addressed concerns about fossil fuel investments and Puerto Rican debt, but that they support student freedom of expression.

NEWTOWN SHOOTING PSA

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An organization formed by the parents of children killed in the massacre at 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School is coming out with a public service announcement designed to help identify individuals planning mass shootings.   Officials with Sandy Hook Promise say many such shootings followed warning signs that were either ignored or misunderstood.   The PSA was shot by some big-name Hollywood filmmakers, including director Rupert Sanders and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lupbezki.   The group says the short piece will “bring to life the mind of a school shooter as he plans an attack.”  Its release is scheduled to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators.

BUSINESSES WARNED ABOUT HOLIDAY SCAMMERS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is urging businesses to verify whether charities are legitimate before allowing them to solicit donations on their property.   Commissioner Michelle Seagull says her agency often sees people outside stores impersonating charities. She says consumers often have little to no idea if an organization asking for donations outside a mall, department store or grocery store is legitimate.   Retailers can verify if a charity is registered with the state by visiting www.elicense.ct.gov and clicking on “Lookup a License” at the bottom of the page. All charities soliciting in Connecticut must be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection.  The agency also suggests retailers ask for a copy of the charity’s registration to keep on file and ask questions about the charity’s upcoming and past projects.

OFFICER ON PATROL SAVES RESIDENTS OF BURNING HOME

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer is being credited with saving nearly a dozen people from a burning house after he discovered the early morning fire on routine patrol.   Authorities say West Warwick rookie officer Brian Goetz spotted the blaze at the multifamily home shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He notified dispatch and ran into the home to help get the 11 residents out.   Two residents were seriously injured and are in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.   Firefighters were ordered out of the building at one point as the flames became too intense.   The cause of the fire is under investigation.   The American Red Cross is helping several residents with housing and other needs.

RENUMBERING HIGHWAY EXITS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon begin renumbering more highway exits.The DOT renumbered exits on Interstate 295 in Rhode Island last year. This month, it plans to renumber Route 4 in Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown and Route 78 in Westerly.   As part of the project, exit numbers will be assigned for the first time to Route 403 in East Greenwich and North Kingstown and the airport connector in Warwick.   The new exit numbers correspond to mile markers. Temporary signs will be added to show the old exit number.  Rhode Island is among the last states to change to this method of numbering highways, which is required by the federal government. The numbers currently in use were assigned sequentially.   More information about the project is online .

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

East Lyme Police are investigating an incident when a male student reported that he was approached by an older white man in a gray mini-van who verbally interacted with the student making him uncomfortable. The incident was reported as soon as the student got to school. District Security, East Lyme Police, and the bus company were all notified. Police have not release any further information and said the investigation was ongoing.

NEW LONDON POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ABUSE INCIDENT

NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – Police in New London say they are investigating a potential case of abuse that may have been caught on camera Dec. 5th in the Shop Rite parking lot on North Frontage Road. Police are trying to identify the people in the video. Anyone with information is asked to contact New London police at 860-447-5269, extension 0 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London tips 411 system by texting “NLPDTip” plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

BUSINESS OWNER SAYS HE’LL PURSUE LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW LONDON OVER FLOODING

A Jefferson Avenue business owner wants to suit the city of New London over what he claims are millions of dollars in damage to his properties caused by inadequate drainage on city streets. Jeff Suntup claims water runoff from Garfield Avenue has infiltrated not only his property but businesses nearby that include Ruby Glass and the Veterans of Foreign Wars property. And he blames the city because of work it did in 2012 to accommodate stormwater runoff from a former church.

NEW LONDON FIREFIGHTERS DELIVER BABY IN FRONT OF HEADQUARTERS

The New London fire department is always prepared and they were last night but this time it wasn’t to battle a fire. A car pulled up in front of Fire Dept headquarters on Bank Street just after 8 o’clock. The dad and expectant mother were inside. A lieutenant and four firefighters, trained in such emergencies, helped deliver their baby – a boy – in the front seat of the vehicle. The mother and baby were then transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

CHARLIE HOLLAND WINS IN A LANDSLIDE

It was a landslide victory for Charlie Holland according to the announcement. It was the result of a feel-good effort to unofficially elect Charlie as the honorary mayor of the Stonington borough. More than 2,000 people cast ballots and they all voted for Holland. A reception has been planned for Dec. 15th at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in the borough to recognize Holland as the unofficial mayor. The 93 year old Holland grew up and went to school in Pawcatuck. He was a tail gunner in World War II with the Army Air Corps and flew on 18 B-17 missions over Germany, Holland, France and Belgium.

TWO NEW LONDON OFFICIALS TAPPED FOR LAMONT TRANSITION

New London Human Services Director Jeanne Milstein and Parking Director Carey Redd, have been asked and will be joining policy committees on a transition team for Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. Milstein will join the human services and Redd is joining the transportation team.

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