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.
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.