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Coventry crash scene (WFSB)

ONE DEAD IN COVENTRY CRASH

COVENTRY, CT (WFSB) – One person is dead in Coventry after a motorcycle crash on Route 31 in Coventry late Saturday afternoon.  Officers were called to a “serious” crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle in the 700 block of Bread and Milk Street, which is also known as Route 31, around 4 p.m.   Upon arrival, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The passenger of the motorcycle was flown by Life Star medical helicopter to Hartford Hospital with “serious injuries,” police said.   Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the female motorcycle passenger. She is being described as “a white female with brown hair, approximately 140-160 lbs, 5’3’”-5’8” tall and appears to be in her mid to late 20s.” Police said she “was not carrying any identification.”    The driver of the car was rushed by ambulance to Hartford Hospital with what police said appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.   Police are not releasing the names of those involved until notification of their families.

NORWICH REMEMBERS VETS

NORWICH – Norwich continues to remember those who served,42 years since the Vietnam War ended .   The Bulletin reports the city honored Vietnam War veterans Saturday afternoon on Chelsea Parade as veterans from all branches of the military and their families attended a memorial ceremony hosted by the Norwich Area Veterans Council.   Bob Murphy, the council’s chaplain and organizer of the ceremony, said it is important to honor all veterans, but especially those who served in Vietnam, because they were “shunned” after coming home from the war.

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WILLIMANTIC POLICE OFFICER RECOVERING AFTER ASSAULT

WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) – A Willimantic police officer is recovering after being assaulting by a suspect while making an arrest on Friday night.   The officer, whose name is not being released at this time, spotted a man, who was later identified as 32-year-old, Willimantic resident Gregory Odonnell,  “creating a disturbance out in front of a local business” on Valley Street around 7:30 p.m. Police said during “the struggle to gain control” of Odonnell, the officer was “briefly choked” before the intervention of another officer. The second officer used a Taser on Odonnell.   Odonnell was taken to the Windham Hospital Emergency Room where police said he received treatment.  The first officer did not suffer serious injuries and police said he “returned to patrol that same evening.”  

LOOKING TO SAVE BABY FOXES

COLUMBIA, CT (WFSB) –  A Connecticut woman is desperately trying to save some baby foxes after she said a neighbor shot and killed their mother.   Columbia resident Carol Williamson said she was very upset that somebody would come onto someone else’s property and start shooting, especially without looking to see if anybody was in the way the fire. .  Williamson was tending to her garden at her home on Gaulan Road on Thursday when she heard two gunshots, very close by. Williamson said she looked up and couldn’t believe her eyes as a young man was in her backyard with a red fox in his hands.   Williamson said it was “very, very heartbreaking to see” the mother fox dead. Williamson said it was clear the female fox had recently given birth.  Diane Honer, who is with the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabiliators Association, said they have been searching six holes for the foxes the past few days and time is of the essence.

CHOATE SEXUAL ABUSE RESIGNATIONS

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A prestigious Connecticut boarding school says two former headmasters have resigned as life trustees after a report that alleged teachers had sexually abused students. A spokeswoman for Choate Rosemary Hall says Charles Dey resigned from the position on Thursday. Edward Shanahan resigned on Friday. The resignations come after Choate provided a report from outside investigators this month naming a dozen educators accused of sexual misconduct while at the school.

Immigrants’ Rally in Hartford (WFSB)

HUNDREDS RALLY FOR IMMIGRANTS

HARTFORD, CT (AP) – A Hartford May Day rally was attended by hundreds of people including immigrants, top state officials and labor leaders on Saturday afternoon.  They gathered at the state Capitol to call for an end to the Trump administration’s deportation policy and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.   The “Here to Stay” immigrants’ rights rally started at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s among similar events in cities across the country over the weekend to mark May Day on May 1, a traditional day for workers’ rights demonstrations.

REGISTRATION FEE TO BENEFIT CT STATE PARKS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A proposed vehicle registration fee benefiting Connecticut parks appears to have bipartisan support amid the testy partisan budget battle. Lawmakers say both Democrats and Republicans support the Passport to State Parks, which would create a $10 surcharge on registrations. In return, anyone with a Connecticut registration could park for free at all parks. The plan is estimated to generate $14 million and be spread between the state parks and others.

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ORTIZ GETTING HONORARY DEGREE

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is getting his first honorary degree, as he delivers the commencement address to graduates of a technical college in Rhode Island. Ortiz, known as “Big Papi,” is set to speak Sunday at commencement for the New England Institute of Technology. The school is giving him a doctor of humane letters.

PROTECTING CORALS

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (AP) — Federal fishery managers will hold a host of public hearings in New England and New York about a plan to protect corals in key East Coast fishing areas. The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting seven public hearings about alternatives it is considering about the protection of corals in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The hearings will take place from May 22 to 25.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

NORWICH P.D. HOLDS DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

The Norwich Police Department is holding  a “Drug Take Back Event” today at their headquarters at 70 Thames Street from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Community Officer Bialowas tells WICH News, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes

YES:

• Over-the-counter medications
• Prescription medications
• Medication samples
• Medications for household pets
• Medicated lotions or ointments
 

 
 NO:

• Needles or other “sharps”

• Hazardous waste

• Thermometers

• Personal care products (shampoo, etc)

 

MOTORCYCLE AND PICKUP COLLIDE

Man in Critical Condition After Motorcycle, Truck Collision: Stonington Police

STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) –A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in critical condition via Life Star after police said he collided with a pickup truck in Stonington on Friday afternoon. Police said the accident happened near the intersection of Taugwonk Rd and Route 184 on Friday afternoon. The intersection is closed as crews from Stonington and Ledyard Police Departments assist in the accident reconstruction investigation. Police said the truck driver was not injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Stonington Police Department. 

NORWICH MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON

A Norwich man has been arrested for his role in the burning of an apartment building at 27 McKinley Avenue on April 20th. Police say Daniel G. Elliot-Villarreal started the fire that caused more than $50,000.00 in damages to the four family residence that injured 3 residents from smoke inhalation. A Norwich Firefighter sustained minor injuries requiring medical attention.  Elliot-Villarreal suffered burns in the fire, was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment and then transferred to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center. Elliot-Villarreal was charged with Arson in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and held on a $100,000.00 court set bond pending court appearance yesterday at Norwich Superior Court-G.A. 21.  

 GROTON MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING WITH AR-15 RIFLE

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A Groton man has been arrested after being accused of pointing an AR-15 rifle at a woman he met at a bar in New London. The unidentified woman agreed to go back to Alexander Pickett’s apartment on March 9th when he  pulled a hand gun out and allegedly made sexual advances toward her.  After hitting Pickett with a drinking glass and cutting her hand he retrieved a shotgun and threatened to shoot her. After begging him not to shoot her she asked to go to a gas station to buy cigarettes where she called police.  Following an investigation a search of Picketts apartment yielded an AR-15 rifle and information consistent with the victim’s description of events. Picket was taken into custody on April 27th, and charged Threatening 1st Degree,  Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of An Assault Weapon and Carrying a firearm while under the influence. Pickett was held on a $100,000.00 bond and presented at the Superior Court in New London on Thursday. 

MALLOY PREDICTS BUDGET PROCESS “WILL TAKE A LONG TIME”

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he expects it will “take a long time” until a final agreement is reached on a new two-year budget that addresses Connecticut’s latest deficit woes.The Democrat said Friday he understands the difficulties the legislature is facing but notes: “It’s time for everyone to step up.”  The new fiscal year that begins July 1 is projected to be approximately $1.7 billion in deficit. But that figure could worsen after new revenue projections are released Monday. Malloy’s budget office has warned that personal income tax revenue collections have fallen short of estimates.  Malloy has invited legislative leaders to meet with him early next week to begin budget talks. He is predicting the negotiation process could go into “extra innings.” The session adjourns June 7.

POLICE:  4 WOUNDED WHEN GUNFIRE ERUPTS DURING AN ARGUMENT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Hartford police say four people were wounded, one critically, after gunfire erupted in broad daylight on a city street.  Police say an argument among several people on Franklin Avenue escalated into a shootout at about 11 a.m. on Friday.   Deputy Police Chief Foley says a police officer on patrol in the area ran toward the shooting and took one man into custody. Several other people were also arrested and at least three guns seized.  Foley says three men who were shot were taken to Hartford Hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  A fourth person was in critical condition at the hospital.  The incident remains under investigation.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN MURDER CASE USING FITBIT EVIDENCE

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ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man accused of killing his wife after giving an account of her death that police say differed from Fitbit information has pleaded not guilty.
Richard Dabate (DAH’-bayt) appeared in court Friday on murder and other charges in the December 2015 slaying of 39-year-old Connie Dabate. His attorney entered the pleas.
Dabate was arrested two weeks ago and posted $1 million bail.  He told authorities a masked man entered the couple’s Ellington home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch. But police say Connie Dabate’s personal tracking device logged steps after the time Richard Dabate told them she was killed. They also say he had a pregnant girlfriend.  He declined to comment Friday. His case was continued until May 26.

HARTFORD CONFERENCE CELEBRATES PARK DESIGNER OLMSTED

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Fans of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted are gathering in the city of his birth – Hartford, Connecticut – for a conference celebrating his work. Olmsted lived from 1822 to 1903 and became known for his work designing some of America’s best known parks, including New York City’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Landscape architects, preservationists, historians and others are turning out for the conference Friday.  A bus tour on Saturday is taking attendees to visit parks in central Connecticut designed by Olmsted’s firm, including Keney Park and Bushnell Park in the capital city and New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park.  The conference is put on by the National Association of Olmsted Parks and the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

EX-CON MAYOR CONSIDERS RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT

Ex-con Joe Ganim is the mayor-elect of Bridgeport. (WFSB photo)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut mayor who spent seven years in prison on public corruption charges says he’s forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor.  Democratic Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim tells The Connecticut Post there’s a vacuum now that Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.  The 57-year-old Ganim served as mayor from 1995 to 2003. He resigned after being convicted of federal corruption charges in 2003. After his release, he won the mayor’s office again in 2015.  Ganim’s chances depend heavily on whether the State Elections Enforcement Commission grants his request to be exempted from a rule barring felonious public officials from receiving public campaign financing. A decision is expected in July.  Several others have said they’re considering a run for governor.

MASSACHUSETTS TRIBE HOPES TO RESUME BUILDING CASINO

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts tribe says it hopes to resume construction on a $1 billion casino in Taunton this summer.  The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said Friday it was encouraged by word that the U.S. Department of Interior plans to issue a new decision by mid-June on the tribe’s land status.  The Mashpee broke ground on a casino last year but after some Taunton residents sued to stop it, a federal judge ruled that the department lacked the authority to place more than 300 acres of land for the tribe into trust.  Tribal Council chairman Cedric Cromwell says the judge later said the department could issue a revised ruling clarifying the land is an established reservation.   Cromwell says the tribe still hopes to open the gambling hall in 2018.

 

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

NORWICH MURDERER SENTENCED

Lashawn Cecil (Hartford Courant)

A man convicted of killing a Norwich woman in front of her children six years ago is going to jail.  Lashawn Cecil has received a 58-year prison sentence for murdering 26-year-old Jackie Wirth.  She was gunned down by Cecil, who shot blindly through the door of Wirth’s apartment while trying to collect a drug debt.  Cecil claims he’s innocent.  He’s expected to appeal. 

GROTON CITY POLICE CHIEF LEAVING

The police chief in Groton City is retiring as of June 1st.  Thomas Davoren led the department for five years, after 27 years with the state police force and four years with East Hartford police. Deputy chief Michael Guillot will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named.

GROTON CITY VOTE MONDAY

Groton City voters go to the polls Monday to elect a new mayor and city council.  Republican Town Councilor Harry Watson is squaring off against the city’s Democratic Deputy Mayor Keith Hedrick for the mayoral spot.  The campaign has turned negative in recent weeks, with both candidates claiming the opposition is spreading false rumors about the other. A six member city council will also be elected. One of the big issues has been the strained relationship that’s developed between the city and town of Groton, mostly over budget matters.

GANIM THROWS HAT INTO RING

Joe Ganim

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut mayor who spent seven years in prison on public corruption charges says he’s forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor. Democratic Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim tells The Connecticut Post  there’s a vacuum now that Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. The 57-year-old Ganim served as mayor from 1995 to 2003. He resigned after being convicted of federal corruption charges in 2003. After his release, he won the mayor’s office again in 2015. Ganim’s chances depend heavily on whether the State Elections Enforcement Commission grants his request to be exempted from a rule barring felonious public officials from receiving public campaign financing. A decision is expected in July. Several others have said they’re considering a run for governor.

 

 

 

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

EAST WINDSOR REJECTS CASINO REFERENDUM

(East Windsor, CT)  — East Windsor residents are saying no to an effort to force a referendum on a possible casino in town.  At a town meeting last night, residents also rejected language that would have imposed strict regulations on a possible casino.  The tribal operators of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are looking to open a casino in East Windsor.  The tribes are looking to offset an expected loss in business from an MGM casino opening in Springfield next year.

BATES MAY RUN

Scott Bates

The current chair of the Connecticut Port Authority and deputy secretary of the state, Stonington’s Scott Bates, is considering seeking the Democrat’s nomination to run for governor next year.  Bates confirmed yesterday that a group of municipal leader from Southeastern Connecticut approached him, asking him to run.  He says he will give it a lot of thought. The state has not had a resident from this region serve as governor since 1883.

EMPLOYEES COULD BE SACKED

John Salomone

Norwich Republican aldermen have requested a 5% cut to the city budget, which could eliminate some city employees and cause the closure of Spaulding pond to swimming in Mohegan Park.  City Manager John Solomone submitted spreadsheets to the City Council showing spending cuts of 3, 4 or 5% from the current budget. The council sets its preliminary 2017-2018 budget on Monday.

ALLEGED CHOATE OFFENDER WORKED HERE

One of the former faculty members of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, who was named in a report of past sexual misconduct, worked locally after resigning in 2010.  Charles Timlin was cited in an independent investigation in two alleged incidents from the early 2000s.  After his resignation, he continued as an educator, teaching at several state colleges, including Three Rivers. According to State Police, the staff members accused cannot be charged criminally as the statute of limitations has expired.

MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN

Alexander Pickett (Hartford Courant)

A Groton man turned himself into police without incident yesterday, facing charges of first degree reckless endangerment and two weapons charges.  Alexander Pickett’s arrest stemmed from a March incident in which he allegedly threatened a woman with a shotgun in his home.  Groton Police issued the warrant after obtaining evidence to confirm her story.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

GETTING A LITTLE BETTER ON BUDGET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers are making some small progress in reaching a possible agreement on a new state budget. The General Assembly’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee unanimously approved a revenue package Thursday with no tax increases.  Despite that, it’s clear bad feelings between Democratic and Republican leaders remain. The two sides exchanged barbs over whether an alternative, two-year, $40.3 billion Republican budget proposal, also released Thursday, raises taxes. While Senate and House Republican leaders contend their “Confident Connecticut” plan does not rely on tax increases, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff is calling it “half-baked.” He says it ultimately increases local car and property taxes. Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano disagreed, saying, “enough is enough, get to work.” Democrats halted action Tuesday on a spending bill, blaming the lack of GOP support.

HERNANDEZ HAD NOTHING

Aaron Hernandez

BOSTON (AP) – Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero. The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison. The Boston Herald  reported that Hernandez’s fiancée and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in probate court that Hernandez’s estate is currently worth “$0.00” with “no monies available and no identifiable personal assets.”
But there is an offer to buy Hernandez’s house – worth nearly $1.3 million. The mother of a man Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2013 has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit seeking any proceeds from the sale. Hernandez was serving a life sentence when he hanged himself April 19, five days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying.

TRIBAL CASINO ON THE VINEYARD?

Aquinnah Cliffs at Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

BOSTON (AP) – The state of Massachusetts and a Martha’s Vineyard town are appealing a court decision that could pave the way for a Native American tribe to build a casino on the resort island. The appeal filed in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in Boston this week asks the panel to reconsider a decision handed down earlier this month. The appeals court had reversed a lower court decision by concluding, in part, that the federally-recognized Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe exercised sufficient government powers on its lands to be considered a sovereign tribal nation that can conduct certain gambling under federal law. The tribe wants to turn an unfinished community center into a gambling hall with hundreds of electronic betting machines. Tribal Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais dismissed the appeal as last-ditch procedural efforts.

NEW HOSPICE OFFICIAL 

Dr. Vanessa Johnson

A local oncologist has been named the new Medical Director of the Norwich-based Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern Connecticut.  Doctor Vanessa Johnson has been practicing at  Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology in Norwich.  She’s also on the medical staffs of Backus, Day Kimball,  and Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals.

 

UNIT 3 OFF A BIT 

A small leak in a heater unit means Unit 3 at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford is generating only 88-percent of its power output. Plant officials say the leak was found Tuesday, and the power decrease was ordered.  Welding repairs on the heater are expected to be completed soon, at which time Unit 3 will be ramped back-up to full power.  Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say they’re aware of the repair work, and have no concerns.

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