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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

FISH CASE CONTINUED

Ryan Fish (Hartford Courant)

There’ll be no action on the case against a former Montville High School substitute teacher until at least July 25th.  23-year old Ryan Fish made a brief appearance Wednesday in Norwich Superior Court where his case was continued to that date, so that both sides can get more time to review evidence.  Fish has pleaded not guilty to supervising and encouraging slapboxing matches among students in his math classroom.  Three Montville school administrators, including the superintendent and high school principal, face charges of failing to report the incidents to the authorities.  They are on paid administrative leave, and have plead not guilty. They’re due back in court July 23rd.

CAUSE DETERMINED IN DEATH OF FOXWOODS CEO

Felix Rappaport

The state’s medical examiner says the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foxwoods Resort Casino died of heart disease.   Felix  Rappaport  was found dead Monday in the casino hotel suite he was residing in. Rappaport spent over four years as the leader of Foxwoods. Before joining Foxwoods, he  worked at various Las Vegas casinos.

CLIMATE CHANGE BILLS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two bills into law related to climate change and renewable energy. The Democratic lawmaker says Tuesday that he signed the bills because climate change “poses a threat” to the state’s residents. The environmental bill on climate change planning contains a number of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and looks ahead to sea level rise.    One provision will implement a target to reduce emissions by 45 percent from a 2001 baseline by 2030.  The energy bill seeks to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard by 40 percent so more utility customers have access to multiple sources of energy. It also revises net metering so Connecticut pays a more affordable rate per kilowatt-hour.

DIRTY PRISONER

Corrigan Radgowski Correctional Center

An inmate at the Corrigan Correctional facility in Montville is facing charges of throwing his own feces at a corrections officer.  Police say 34-year old Maurice Snowden is serving a 54-year prison term for a 2011 Hartford murder.  Snowden is also accused of refusing to leave his cell for questioning and processing by state police.  He’s to be arraigned July 12th.

INTERFAITH SERVICE AT SANCTUARY CHURCH

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is holding an interfaith service  this Sunday morning.   A press release from the church says the 10 AM gathering is to-quote-celebrate the many friendships the congregation has established with people of other faiths through its sanctuary work, and call attention to the plight of Malik bin Rehman, his wife, and child, who continue to live in sanctuary at the church in the hopes of a stay of deportation to their native Pakistan.  The public is invited to the Sunday service.

RE-SENTENCING FOR FORMER DEATH ROW INMATE 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A former Connecticut death row inmate has been re-sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 slaying of a single mother in Hartford.  The sentence for 33-year-old Lazale Ashby was converted Wednesday as a result of the state Supreme Court decision to end capital punishment.  Ashby raped and strangled Elizabeth Garcia inside her apartment as her 2-year-old daughter watched cartoons in another room.  The Hartford Courant reports the victim’s daughter, who is now 17, spoke at the hearing and described the pain of never knowing her mother. She said Ashby “should be deprived of his freedom and he must be reminded of the horrible things he’s done.”  Ashby was linked to the crime by DNA evidence and convicted in 2008.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

NEW CUMBERLAND FARMS APPROVED

The second of two lengthy public hearing sessions leads to a unanimous thumbs-up for a planned Cumberland Farms gas station and convenience store in Norwich. The Commission on the City Plan approves the project for the corner of West Main Street and New London Turnpike. More than two hours of public comment last night followed a similar meeting about one month ago. The facility has been opposed by the owner of a nearby Mobil station. His attorney, Harry Heller, butted-heads more than once with acting Commission chairman Frank Manfredi. Manfredi urged Heller not to repeat the same arguments he made during the May Commission meeting.  Heller’s request to have the hearing continued to July, so his team can review new project data submitted this week by Cumberland Farms, was denied by the commission, prompting Heller to say that could lead to a court appeal. Manfredi responded by saying the decision will probably be appealed anyway. The Mobil owner has three pending lawsuits regarding zoning and permit concerns over the Cumberland Farms project.

COMPLAINT NOT REASONABLE

Ac­cord­ing to a 27-page re­port, Stonington High­way Depart­ment em­ployee Daniel Oliv­e­rio’s al­le­ga­tion that Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Bar­bara McKrell is un­fairly tar­get­ing him is not “ob­jec­tively rea­son­able”. Stonington La­bor At­tor­ney Mered­ith Di­ette also said Oliverio’s re­sponses to sit­u­a­tions with McKrell ap­pear to be ex­ag­ger­ated. She fur­ther wrote that while the ev­i­dence doesn’t sup­port Oliv­e­rio’s al­le­ga­tion of re­tal­i­a­tion and a hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment, it does re­veal there are wounds in the depart­ment that need to heal. She wrote that none of 16 other em­ploy­ees have com­plained about McKrell and that she has a clean dis­ci­plinary record.

SENATE PASSES DEFENSE BILL

U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate on Monday night passed an annual defense policy bill that Sen. Richard Blumenthal says makes “major investments in submarines, joint strike fighters, and helicopters to support Connecticut jobs.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the bill “supports Connecticut manufacturers and strengthens national security.” It authorizes more than $7 billion for the Virginia-class submarine program, including $4.4 billion to continue building two Virginia submarines per year and $3 billion in advance procurement money used to buy materials that take longer to produce. That is $250 million more than what President Donald Trump requested in advance procurement funding, and the extra money could be used for the addition of a third submarine in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 or to expand the submarine industrial base to support a planned uptick in production.

BLAST RULED ACCIDENTAL

Westerly quarry

Rhode Island officials have ruled the quarry blast that injured two town employees and damaged multiple buildings accidental. Yesterday, the state Fire Marshal’s Office found the blast at the Westerly quarry did not violate state law or the state fire code. The Fire Marshal’s Office has reinstated the quarry’s blasting license after the owners promised to use an air horn to warn of upcoming explosions.

WRECK ASSESSMENT POSTPONED

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the inspection and evaluation of a World War II British oil tanker will be delayed until mid-July, to finalize contracts. The Coimbra SS was sunk by a German U-boat off of Shinnecock, NY and rests about 170 feet be­low the wa­ter about 30 miles off Long Is­land’s south shore. The tanker broken into three parts and was loaded with about 2.7 million gallons of lubricating oil. The Coast Guard has only received perhaps one or two reports of oil sheens from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration that are tied to the wreck.

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

PAY-AS-YOU-THROW ON HOLD

The controversy continues over a proposal to adopt a pay-as-you-throw trash removal program in New London.  It’s unit-based pricing program in which people pay for specially marked trash bags to dispose of garbage.  New London resident Max Satti says even the city’s Public Works director has questions about pay-as-you-throw. Resident Bonnice Carr says the program is nothing more than a second tax. Mayor Mike Passero says the pay-as-you-throw system will help increase recycling and lower the cost of disposing of municipal waste.  The measure was tabled during a city council meeting this week.  It’s expected to come up for a vote again on July 16th.

NEW LEADER FOR NORWICH CHAMBER

Angela Adams

The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce hasn’t had an executive director since 2013.  They have one now.  The board of directors this morning promoted Director of Operations Angela Adams.  Adams has been with the chamber since 2012 when she was hired as marketing coordinator.  In 2013, she was promoted to Director of Membership Services and to ops director three years ago.  Membership has grown to nearly 500 businesses since Adams came on board.  The chamber is expected to make at least one more hire to accommodate Adams’ new position.

GROTON DRUG ARRESTS

Groton Town Police reporting two drug arrests.   28-year old Sasha Ann Santiago of Norwich, and 30-year old Alejandro Guerra of Hartford face multiple counts of drug possession with intent to sell, after police say they spotted them in a car parked in the lot of a Groton business at around 11:30 AM Monday. Officers seized 26 grams of crack, 133 bags of heroin, opiate pills, a gram of cocaine, as well as more than 25-hundred dollars in cash.  Both suspects are being held on 50-thousand dollars bond each.

PEOPLE’S ACQUIRING FARMINGTON BANK

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – People’s United Bank has agreed to acquire the holding company for Farmington Bank in a 100 percent stock transaction valued at about $544 million. People’s United Financial Inc., the holding company for People’s United Bank, announced the agreement to acquire First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday.   Bridgeport-based People’s United has nearly 400 locations in New England and New York with $44 billion in assets.  Farmington-based First Connecticut Bancorp has 28 branches in Connecticut and western Massachusetts with $3.1 billion in assets. People’s United CEO Jack Barnes says the partnership will “strengthen our well-established presence in the region.” Farmington Bank CEO John Patrick says the deal gives customers access to a “broader array of products.” The deal is subject to regulatory approval and approval of First Connecticut Bancorp shareholders.

FIRST PLACE FOR LOCAL BAKER  

Adam Young (NBC CT)

A Mystic pastry chef has achieved national recognition. Adam Young was named the Food Network’s “Best Baker in America” during a  competition Monday night on the cable T-V network. Young owns the Sift Bake Shop, which recently opened a second outlet in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  Young won a 25-thousand dollar grand prize, which he plans to invest into his business. The pastry chef, along with two competitors, had to make a chocolate torte and a grand chocolate cake in the televised bake-off.

LIFEGUARDS WANTED IN CT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials are offering a new perk to fill empty lifeguard chairs at state beaches: free training. Even though the first day of summer is fast approaching, Tom Tyler, the state parks director, says there’s still time for applicants to get certified before the summer beach season heats up. Tyler says it’s been a struggle to find qualified lifeguards. He says there are currently 70 guards on staff, but he says they need about 10 to 20 more to fill out the crews at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Indian Well State Park in Shelton and Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. B.J. Fisher, the American Lifeguard Association’s director of health and safety, blames the lack of available guards on an aging population and a growing number of pools.

RI BANNING TANNING PLACES FOR MINORS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers have voted to ban minors from using tanning facilities.  The House voted 69-3 Tuesday to prohibit the practice for people under 18 years old. The Senate passed similar legislation in April. The chambers have to pass each other’s bills before they go to the governor. Current law allows minors to use tanning beds if they receive a parent’s consent or have a prescription for “ultra-violet radiation.” The House bill would eliminate both of those exceptions.  Democratic Rep. Mia Ackerman, who sponsored the bill, says she spoke with dermatologists who told her they wouldn’t instruct minors to go to tanning facilities. The Senate bill kept the prescription exemption. Senators have agreed to adopt the House version. Ackerman says the World Health Organization considers tanning beds a worse carcinogen than cigarettes.