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TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING WILLIMANTIC MAN

A dive team as well as police K-9 units are at Shetucket Park on Plains Road in Willimantic looking for a missing 87-year old man.  A silver alert was issued early this morning for  John Bennett, a local resident.  His car was found at the park.  The search for Bennett has been underway since 6:20 AM.    Police this afternoon confirmed the man they are looking for is Bennett.  

CANDIDATE RECEIVES THREATENNG E-MAIL

The Republican candidate for the 40th district state house seat has filed a police report with the town of  Groton after receiving a threatening anonymous e-mail.   John Scott says the message describes him as-quote- the nastiest S-O-B in the state, and that the sender warns Scott not to-quote-“knock on my door, .or I’ll deck your ass”.   Scott says it’s a bit intimidating, since he does have a lot of doors to knock-on before the Elections.  He says he hopes the e-mail won’t deter people from running for elective office.

TRIAL TO START IN NL HOME INVASION ASSAULT CASE

 Jury selection is underway in the trial of a New London man who’s accused of breaking-into the homes of two city women last Fall and sexually assaulting them at gunpoint.   34-year old Monte  White has rejected a plea deal from the state that would’ve put him in prison for 20 years.  His trial is expected to begin November 13th. Police say they have DNA evidence linking White to the crimes. Police say one woman was attacked in her Hawthorne Drive home in October, 2017, and the other attacked a month later in her home on Nautilus Drive.

BITCOIN HOME INVASION 

A disagreement over a Bitcoin account apparently led to a home invasion in Killingly.   State police say two Rhode Island women are accused of pistol-whipping a Ballouville Road resident last March, and using a cattle prod on another  one.  The suspects took money, cell phones, and a TV from the residence.  Police say the suspects claim passwords and money associated with a Bitcoin account were stolen from them.   59-year old Monique Delannoy-Jodoin of Manville, Rhode Island, and 38-year old Beatriz Viruet of Providence, are both being held on bond.   

STOP AND SHOP TO BE MORE ACCESSIBLE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Federal authorities have reached an agreement with Stop & Shop supermarkets to make checkout aisles in the chain’s more than 400 stores more accessible to the disabled to comply with federal law.  The agreement announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island comes following an investigation launched when a resident complained that three Stop & Shop stores in Newport and Middletown failed to provide an adequate number of accessible checkout aisles and didn’t have credit card readers at heights convenient for wheelchair users.  The agreement applies to Stop & Shops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
As part of the settlement, the company agreed to pay $6,500 to the resident and a $25,000 penalty.  Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop did not immediately comment.

 

 

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

FORMICA V MARX

Martha Marx, a registered nurse and former president of her nursing union and two-term Republican State Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme met in a debate last night at the Charter Oak Federal  Credit Union Headquarters in Waterford. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski wants to eliminate the state income tax. State Sen. Formica agrees, saying it could be phased out over time and is a lofty goal to purse.  Marx called the idea, “LaLa Land.”  Marx says she would welcome state employee unions to provide concessions “if” they decide to come to the bargaining table to redo their benefits deal to help trim the budget.  Formica says employees should pay more into their pension, and the state should reduce or eliminate cost of living increases and overtime into cost of living increases.  Marx favors an increase in the state minimum wage to $15/hr. Formica was non-committal.  About 180 residents packed the community room at the Charter Oak Federal Credit Union Headquarters.

BACK TO THE VOTERS

The state has approved a plan for two new elementary schools to be built in Groton but that’s not the final word. Voters will have to approve it in a referendum. Residents already approved a school plan two years ago but it called for renovating the two middle schools and converting them into elementary schools and building a new middle school next to Fitch High School. A new vote would be just for the change in the elementary school plan. The new consolidated middle school plan is a go. If approved, its expected the new elementary schools will be ready for students in the 2021-22 school year.

COUPLE FACING DEPORTATION TO LEAVE CHURCH

Malik Naveed bin Rehman, right, and his wife, Zahida Altaf, center, talk with supporters at a rally at their New Britain pizza shop. (Hartford Courant)

An illegal immigrant couple from New Britain facing deportation has decided to leave its sanctuary in an Old Lyme church.  Malik Naveed bin Rehman and his wife have lived in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme for seven months.  They have decided to emerge after federal immigration officials decided not to oppose their request to stay in the country.

OCCUM FD GETS NEW EQUIPMENT

Norwich aldermen unanimously agree to fund new equipment and station improvements for the Occum Volunteer Fire department. The more than 27-thousand dollars comes from unspent funds realized through other capital improvement projects. Part of the funding will provide vehicle-stabilization equipment that can be used during crashes on I-395. East Great Plains and Yantic departments have such equipment already. Alderman Joseph DeLucia says letting those two departments cover Occum’s portion off the interstate would unnecessarily delay response times.  The funding will also provide back-up turnout gear for firefighters battling interior blazes, and better lighting for the Occum firehouse-bay that contains the tanker engine.

MONDAY EVENING UPDATE

OIL SPILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

8th Street Bridge. (The Bulletin)

State environmental officials are investigating whether to levy any penalties against the owner of a van and trailer which spilled three 55-gallon drums of heating oil Monday in Norwich.   Town officials say the oil began spilling on the Eighth Street Bridge shortly before noon.  The trail of oil continued along Smith Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, and Roosevelt Avenue Extension in Norwich and Long Society Road and Brickyard Road in Preston. No oil spilled into the Shetucket River.  Police say they will cite the Ledyard driver of the trailer for failing to secure its load. The bridge was closed for several hours while the oil was cleaned up.

QUAKER HILL WOMAN TURNS HERSELF IN 

Whitney Bosselman (WTNH)

A 31-year old Quaker Hill woman is being charged in the death of her 5-year old son.  Whitney Bosselman turned herself in to police Monday, and is being held on 50-thousand dollars bond. Police say they found her son unconscious and with no pulse buckled in the back sear of a car on her Maple Avenue property on May 3rd. Bosselman had reported that her son was missing.  Police say the conditions that existed in the home prompted them to notify state officials about the welfare of two other children that lived there.

SLOTS DOWN LOCALLY

September slots numbers are down at the two local tribal casinos.  Foxwoods Resort Casino say slots revenues are down by 5-point-2 percent, compared to September of last year.   Mohegan Sun reports a dip of 8-point-8 percent for the same time frame.   It was the first full month of operation for MGM Springfield, which is reporting 18-million dollars in gross slots revenues in September, and another 8-point-8 million in table games.  MGM officials says the numbers are on track with company expectations. Meanwhile, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun is forwarding 21-point-6 million dollars of its slots revenues to the state.

WATERFORD SEARS CLOSING

The Sears store in Waterford’s Crystal  Mall will be closed for good by the end of this year.  Company officials announced today that 142-quote-unprofitable stores across the country are shutting down, as the retail chain is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Liquidation sales are expected to begin shortly. Another Connecticut Sears store in Milford is also closing.  The latest closures are in addition to 46 previously-announced closures of Sears and K-Mart locations by November.

FLEXOR CAN’T MAKE IT

Mae Flexor

A planned debate Tuesday between the two candidates in  the 29th district state senate race will now be a just a one-man show.  Democratic incumbent Mae Flexor says she won’t be able to attend due to previous commitments.   Her Republican challenger David Coderre will be there, to take questions from  the public and the media.   The forum begins at 5:30 PM at Windham Town Hall.

NEW LONDON SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS

New London education officials have announced two administrative appointments. Maribel Olivero is the new director of Bilingual Education, English as a second language, and World Languages. Olivero has worked in the city’s schools since 2000 when she was a bilingual teacher at New London High.    Meanwhile, Carol Paldino is the new principal of the Jennings Dual Language and International Elementary Magnet School.  She has been the assistant director of the school since 2014, as well as the director of the city’s summer school program.

ACA SCAM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A father and son from California have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme that defrauded more than $27 million from Affordable Care Act programs in at least 12 states. Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 60-year-old Jeffrey White and 33-year-old Nicholas White, both of Twin Peaks, California, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  Authorities say the Whites fraudulently enrolled people in ACA plans in states where those people did not live, often using phony documentation.The Whites then paid for those people to enroll in substance abuse treatment programs in California. Those programs paid the Whites thousands of dollars per referral. The scheme defrauded ACA programs in Connecticut, Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.  Sentencing is Jan. 4.