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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

MANSFIELD RESTAURANT EXPLOSION

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MANSFIELD, CT (AP) – Several people were injured after and explosion at the Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield on Saturday.    Around 5:10 p.m., emergency crews responded to 957 Storrs Road for a report of an explosion.   State police said six people were injured in the explosion. At this time, injuries appear to be non-life threatening.   Life Star transported at least one person to Hartford Hospital.  There was an event being held at the Spring Hill Inn hosted by the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. There were expected to be around 75 people at the event. According to witnesses, there were only around 25 people inside the building at the time of explosion.   According to witnesses inside of the building, they smelled a faint gas odor before the explosion. They said the people that were injured had burns, but were conscious and alert after the explosion.  Mansfield Fire Department said the explosion happened in the kitchen as caterers prepared food for the fundraiser.  The Fire Chief said six workers were hurt, two have more serious burns, but everyone is expected to recover.   Route 195 between Route 275 and Spring Hill was closed while crews investigated this incident. The road has since reopened.   The Mansfield Fire Marshal and State Fire Marshal are investigating what caused the explosion.

PLAINFIELD MAN ARRESTED AFTER EVADING POLICE

Ryan Johnson (Plainfield Police Department.)

PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) – The Plainfield Police Department said they have arrested 31-year-old Ryan Johnson of Plainfield after he fled from officers at his home on Friday night. Police said they were running a wanted person check for Johnson at his home on Canterbury Road when he fled on foot out the back door of his home upon the arrival of the Officers.  Johnson was placed under arrest after a short foot pursuit and was charged with three counts of violation of probation, three counts of failure to appear, and interfering with a police investigation.   Police said Johnson is being held on multiple bonds adding up to $73,000 in total and he is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN LEDYARD

A serious crash closed Route 214 Saturday afternoon.   Gales Ferry units operating with Ledyard Center Fire responded to a motorcycle accident with serious injuries at the intersection of Stoddards Wharf and Whalehead Road. Lifestar was called to the scene.

UNCASVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DUI, WEAPONS CHARGES

MONTVILLE- An Uncasville man was arrested for weapons and drunk driving charges after police observed him speeding, according to a police report.   State police told The Bulletin an officer with the Montville Police Dept. conducted a traffic stop of a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle at approximately 12:29 a.m. on Friday. According to a report, Keith Diaz, 37, of 3 Broadview Ave. in Uncasville was observed “traveling at a high rate of speed” in a 35 mile per hour zone.   Police say during the traffic stop they smelt an alcoholic odor on Diaz, and conducted a standardized field sobriety test. Diaz was also found to be in possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

STRING OF CAR BREAK-INS IN COLCHESTER

COLCHESTER- Police say six unlocked vehicles were entered, and one vehicle’s window was broken in a string of overnight car break-ins in Colchester. Several items have been reported stolen, police say.   The Bulletin reports at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, several vehicles were entered on Bulkeley Hill Road, Falls Circle, Beech Place and Davidson Road in Colchester. An area homeowner captured video of a suspect attempting to gain entry to her vehicle in her driveway, police say. Colchester police have reported an array of vehicle break-ins in the area in the preceding weeks. Police are asking anyone in the area with video surveillance to review the footage in an attempt to obtain an image of the suspect’s face, or a vehicle that may be associated with the incidents.   Colchester police are asking anyone with information to contact the none emergency line at (860) 537-7270.

STATE TREASURER CAUTIOUS ON BUDGET

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The General Assembly is making progress towards an agreement on the state budget, but few have seen the specifics of what the budget will include and because of that State Treasurer Denise Nappier is urging caution.   The State of Connecticut has been without a budget for 113 days now and Nappier, well optimistic for resolution, she is warning of possible consequences that could lie within the budget.   Nappier noted that the state may not have the cash to pay for its bills if the proposed cap on bond issuance is not accompanied by a similar cap on bond funded capital spending.  In addition, because of projects already underway the state may need to drain cash resources or borrow external to cover expenses.

CLEAN DIESEL PROJECTS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is making $183,000 in federal funds available to businesses, organizations and local and state governments that want to replace large, older diesel engines with electric or newer, cleaner-burning engines.   The funding is provided under the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act. DEEP administers the grants, designed to support green technologies while reducing air pollution.   The program covers up to 60 percent of the cost of replacing older engines with new technology, which can reduce air pollution and save money in reduced fuel consumption.   Connecticut has received $3.3 million in DERA funding since 2008. It’s been spent on projects that ultimately reduced more than 2,300 tons of diesel emissions.

STATE ARCHIVES ONLINE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Documents from the Rhode Island state archives are now online so teachers and students can access them easily.   Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says she’s making the primary source documents available in this way for the first time as part of American Archives Month, so educators can use them in their classrooms.  The teacher resources section on the Department of State website features an interactive timeline of Rhode Island’s history from 1600 to the present and themed collections of significant archival documents dating back to the 1600s.   Gorbea says the resources can complement efforts in the classroom or at home and she hopes they’ll prompt thoughtful conversations about how the state’s past relates to civic engagement today.

PRINTING 3-D ARTERIES

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Doctors at the University of Connecticut are using 3-D printing technology to help them practice delicate brain surgery.   They have figured out a way to convert blood vessel scans into files that can be read by a printer, creating a three-dimensional model of the arteries and vessels a doctor must navigate when removing blood clots from stroke patients. The models cost about $14 to create.   The doctors say this first-of-its-kind procedure provides a cheaper alternative to computer simulators and is much safer than doing the procedure for the first time on an actual patient.   The medical physicist who came up with idea said he hopes it will allow for better training in rural areas and third-world countries that don’t have access to more expensive surgical simulators.

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SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

CONNECTICUT TEACHERS ASKED TO BE PART OF BUDGET SOLUTION

State spending on retired teachers’ pensions has been the fastest growing cost in state government in recent years – so changes were seemingly inevitable when the spotlight on it intensified during this legislative session. After months of wrangling over how to begin reining in these costs, Republican and Democratic legislative leaders settled on having public school teachers and other educators pay an additional 1 percent of their salary toward the pension fund – a $775 yearly increase for the the average teacher and school administrator starting next fiscal year. The General Assembly is expected to vote on the change next week.

LAWMAKER: NO PLANS TO NAME HIGHER UP WHO CITED SEXUAL FAVORS

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker says she has no plans to give state police the name of a more senior legislator who she said told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further. Democratic state Rep. Teresa Tanzi on Friday tells WPRI-TV that police have not asked for the person’s name. Authorities launched an inquiry Wednesday. Tanzi says police told her it’s up to her whether to pursue a complaint.

NEW LONDON POLICE HAVE A NEW CONTRACT

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The New London City Council has approved a new three-year contract with city police that provides 2 percent raises to police officers each year through 2020. Steve Fields, the city’s chief administrative officer, said months of negotiations led to an agreement that he considers, reasonable and fair.

COAST GUARD TO THE RESCUE

U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock Photograph by Paul Cannon

Three people whose vessel was taking on water near Pine Island, Off UCONN Avery Point were assisted by the Coast Guard just after 1:30 Friday afternoon. A caller stated that an 18-foot vessel was taking on water and the boaters had launched two red flares. A rescue crew dewatered the vessel and towed the boat to the Groton Public Boat Ramp. There were no injuries and no pollution reported.

NORWICH PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Norwich Police were called to the intersection of North Main Street and Eighth Street for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian around 6:15 Friday morning. The victim was struck while crossing the roadway, was transported to Backus hospital and shortly after was transferred to Hartford Hospital where he remains in critical condition. The vehicle and driver involved remained at the scene cooperating fully with police. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call and report it to the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561 or contact the anonymous tip line at 860-886-5561 ext. 500.

MYSTIC MARRIOT HOSTS JOB FAIR MONDAY

Looking for a new job? a fresh start? better position or a new career direction? You’re invited to attend a free job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Hosted by TheDay.Jobs, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Hall Communications, Atlantic Broadband, American Job Center, The Day and the Groton Public Library, the Fall 2017 Job Fair is expected to attract more than 50 employers from both the public and private sectors ready to hire for immediate openings. For full event details and to pre-register, visit www.theday.com/jobfair.

THREE RIVERS C.C. CELEBRATES WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30th, at Three Rivers Community College, Room C113 it’s newly renovated Tutoring and Academic Success Center. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Three Rivers, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, Room C113. After the ribbon is cut, guests will be welcome to tour the expanded facility and enjoy refreshments.

MAYORAL DEBATE OF OCT 17 TO BE REPLAYED THIS WEEKEND

Norwich mayoral candidates square off in debate

The Norwich mayoral debate of Oct. 17 at Slater Auditorium will be aired four times this weekend on the education channels of Comcast Cable and Frontier Communications. The 90-minute debate, hosted by NFA Young Voters’ Society and the Norwich Bulletin, will air at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and again at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday on NFA-TV Education Access, Channel 12 on Comcast Norwich and Channel 99 on Frontier Communications. The debate featured five Norwich mayoral candidates.

 

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

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.