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GROTON DETECTIVES ASSIST FBI IN THREE ARRESTS

Groton, Ct. – Groton Detectives, area law enforcement and the FBI conducted surveillance at a local Groton hotel on October 13. One person, Othalia Sanchez, was arrested for prostitution. Police also arrested Christina Onorati and Rodney Rowe for drug related offenses seizing an amount of marijuana, over 23 grams of crack cocaine, 34 oxycodone pills, and almost $1,300.00 in cash. Sanchez was processed on the prostitution charge and on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear 2nd Degree. Sanchez was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Onorati and Rowe were processed and released on $5,000.00 bonds. Rowe was then remanded to custody by Parole and taken to Corrigan Correctional. All three were given court dates in New London on October 27th.

VEHICLE ROLLOVER IN PRESTON

Preston, Ct. – Emergency Responders were dispatched to a report of a rollover crash in the area of 37 Route 2 in Preston this morning. The Norwich Bulletin reports crews were working to clear the scene of the one-car crash, which occurred near the Citgo gas station. Preston Ambulance and American Ambulance were seen leaving the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m. No more information was immediately available.

MYSTIC RIVER BOATHOUSE PROJECT MOVING FORWARD

Mystic River Boathouse Park | The Trust for Public Land

Stonington, Ct. – The town of Stonington has announced that it will begin environmental testing of the Mystic River boathouse park property next week. Voters approved $2.2 million in 2016,to buy the 1.5-acre property on Route 27 and create the park after a review and testing assured the town that there were no serious environmental problems with the site. For years, a coal burning byproduct called slag, was hauled from the Rossie Velvet Mill across the street back to the property and dumped into the Mystic River. A large potion of the boathouse site park was formed by slag. The town now needs to develop a remediation plan for the site in order to acquire a permit for the work from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

PRESTON RESIDENTS WANT TROOPER REINSTATED

State Police hand out more than 4,111 tickets - GreenwichTime

Preston, Ct. – Residents of Preston have submitted a petition seeking to reinstate a second resident state trooper cut from the town budget last spring and that has renewed tensions between the boards of selectmen and finance that nearly led to a lawsuit a month ago over a similar dispute. The Board of Selectmen voted at a special meeting Thursday to send the issue to a town meeting and will set the schedule and wording for the call of the meeting next Thursday. First Selectman Robert Congdon said the town meeting likely will be held Nov. 2nd. He said the petition was prompted by several home burglaries in recent weeks.

BREWERY, “FOOD HALLS'”FOR FORMER NORWICH HUMAN SERVICES BLDG?

The city of Norwich has received two proposals to purchase and develop the former Human Services building at 80 Broadway. The city closed the building in September with a goal of selling the vacated building and placing it on the tax rolls. A proposal by Raymond Casper and Justin Smith of Norwich called for buying the building for $50,000 and creating a brewery in the building. Sofia LeWitt and Asaf Cohen of Norwich submitted a bid to buy the building for $131,300 and create a food hall in the building. They said the concept would be to have various food vendors offer breakfast, lunch and “afternoon tea” from individual booths or stations..

POLICE ARREST TRUCK DRIVER IN DEC 2106 FATALITY

I-95 north in Old Lyme Wednesday afternoon (WFSB)State police say they have arrested the man who was driving a tractor-trailer that struck and killed a 31-year-old Middletown woman on Interstate 95 south on Dec 1st 2016. Nicolae Marcu of Bedford, N.H., was charged Oct. 11th on a warrant with negligent homicide with a vehicle and failure to drive in the proper lane. Witnesses told police Ashley Ferguson had pulled her Kia Optima fully into the breakdown lane was leaning into the back seat to check on her daughter with the rear driver’s side door open when Marcu drove into the left side of the car killing her. Marcu was released on a $10,000 bond, and is due in New London Superior Court on Oct. 26th.

 

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

A person has been struck by a vehicle in Norwich. According to police, it happened at the intersection of North Main and 8th streets this morning. Eyewitnesses tell “The Bulletin,” the victim is the owner of the B&M Service Station, which is located at the intersection. The victim was reportedly taken to Backus Hospital with what eyewitnesses believe is a hip injury. No confirmation of that from police or hospital authorities.

TRUCK IN FATAL CRASH RECENTLY CITED

Federal records show that the dump truck involved in Wednesday’s double-fatal crash on a notorious stretch of Interstate 95 was cited for a brake-related violation less than two months ago. The crash happened when a dump truck driver slammed on his brakes but still crashed into the back of a stopped mustang, sending it spinning into the back of a stopped tractor trailer. The mustang burst into flames killing its two female occupants.

FUEL CELL AT SUB BASE

Navy and energy officials say a deal has been reached to site a 7.4 megawatt fuel cell park on the Groton Naval Submarine Base. The multi-million dollar fuel cell project, which has been years in the works, will supply electric power to the base and the local power grid and strengthen its energy security and reliability.

OYSTER FARM OPPOSED

Stonington Town Hall (Westerly Sun)

More than 100 Quiambaug Cove res­i­dents and their at­tor­neys packed the tiny Stonington Town Hall meet­ing room and the hall­way out­side it Thurs­day night to again let the Shell­fish Com­mis­sion know they op­pose an ap­pli­ca­tion for a com­mer­cial oys­ter farm­ing op­er­a­tion in a small sec­tion of the cove. The com­mis­sion spent about 30 min­utes answering ques­tions and con­cerns about the process for eval­u­at­ing and mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion. Cove res­i­dents say al­low­ing com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in the cove for the first time would lead to more com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions and de­crease prop­erty val­ues.

PW DIRECTOR SEEKS REHAB

A former public works director in Thompson, accused of using town money to buy a forklift for his own use, could learn next month whether he’s eligible for a pretrial diversionary program. If successfully completed, it could leave him without a criminal record. Leo Adams submitted an application on Wednesday and if granted, he would have to abide by whatever conditions the court places on him including treatment, restitution or community service.

BANK STREET CHANGES MAY BE FOR GOOD

Bank St., New London

Many in New London agree making Bank Street a one-lane road has cre­ated a much safer area to park and shop. Others have com­plained about the bot­tle­necks, es­pe­cially in the area where Bank Street meets Ocean and Jef­fer­son av­enues, cre­ated by Elec­tric Boat em­ploy­ees seek­ing other ways out of the city.   The Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion was just as con­flicted Thurs­day, when mem­bers voted 4-3 to pro­vide a pos­i­tive re­fer­ral to the City Coun­cil on mak­ing the change per­ma­nent. The city even­tu­ally plans to con­vert Eu­gene O’Neill Drive and Ma­sonic Street to two-way traf­fic, among other changes de­signed to ease the flow of traf­fic in and out of the city.

HOOKER ROUND-UP

Norwich Police have arrested one man and four women in connection with an FBI-led, nationwide effort aimed at finding underage victims who have been forced into prostitution. Police said undercover officers, detectives and members of the FBI worked together in the Oct. 13th operation, which included answering ads for prostitution posted on various websites. Police charged one of the suspects Jerome Taylor with promoting prostitution and interfering with an officer. The four women were all charged with prostitution. All five were released on $5,000 non-surety bonds, and are due in Court Oct. 26th.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

I-95 north in Old Lyme Wednesday afternoon (WFSB)

Police have identified the two people killed in that I-95 crash in Old Lyme yesterday. Eleanor McCarthy of Guilford and Iris Cooper of Pennsylvania died when a dump truck slammed into their car in the northbound lane. The two 71-year-old women where stopped in traffic when the truck driven by a man from Bristol couldn’t stop in time and crashed into the Ford Mustang’s rear-end. The accident happened just before two yesterday afternoon and the highway was closed until nearly 9:30 last night.

FATAL BOAT CRASH

A 55-year-old Connecticut man has been arrested in connection with a fatal boating collision last summer.  Police charged Mark Rudzinski, of Newtown, with failing to keep a proper lookout and first-degree reckless boating.  Authorities say Rudzinski was operating a ski boat on Lake Zoar in July when he struck a pontoon boat. The operator of the pontoon, 52-year-old Randall Pineau, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  His wife, Katherine, was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and later released.

MALLOY STILL WAITING

Gov. Malloy (WFSB)

Governor Dannel Malloy says he’s still waiting for details of the tentative budget accord reached by state legislative leaders on Wednesday.  Malloy says he’s not sure if the deal contains the structural changes he’s looking for because he hasn’t seen the document.  The Governor says he continues to reserve judgment on the agreement, and he’s not ruling out a veto if it doesn’t meet his specifications.