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SUPER SEARCH UNDERWAY

Preston’s Board of Education Superintendent Search Subcommittee has met for the first time. The committee, who is tasked with replacing current full-time superintendent John Welch, discussed the future of the position and whether to hire a full-time or part-time replacement. Welch is set to retire at the end of the next school year.

GRANT GRANTED

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, a regional planning agency, has received a $30,000 grant from the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate adaptation. The grant will help to access the impact of major storms on area firehouses, hospitals, and shelters.

MONTVILLE FORGIVING TAXES

Montville has elected to back off more than $100,000 in outstanding taxes for the closing fiscal year. Montville’s town council unanimously approved a suspense list made up of debt deemed uncollectable.

SIKH VIGIL THURSDAY

Thursday night, local members of the Sikh community will host a candlelight vigil in Norwich. The vigil will mark the anniversary of a 1984 mass killing in India. The event will also honor all who were affected by the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.  It will be held outside City Hall at 7 p.m.

AUCTION HUGE SUCCESS

Over the weekend, Mohegan Sun hosted Barrett Jackson’s inaugural Northeast collector car auction. Held in the arena, the three day event broke an attendance record drawing 90,000 spectators. The car auctions total haul was $26 million.  Ninety-six percent of the cars available for sale were sold.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

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A bicyclist was hit and killed by a car in Haddam. (WFSB)

Haddam Accident Scene (WFSB)

BICYCLIST HIT AND KILLED IN HADDAM
HADDAM, CT (WFSB) – State police said a bicyclist was hit and killed by a car in Haddam on Saturday afternoon.   They said the victim was an older male who has not yet been identified. State police are attempting to identify the man who troopers said was not carrying identification at the time of the accident.   He was riding down Jail Hill Road when he collided with a vehicle on Saybrook Road around 2:45 p.m.   Lifestar was called to transport the victim.   He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.   Police describe the bicyclist a 50 to 60-year-old white male, approximately 5’10” and 250lbs. with short gray hair.   The bicyclist was wearing a yellow t-shirt, black shorts, and yellow sneakers, troopers said.   Troopers are encouraging anyone with information to contact Troop F in Westbrook at 860-399-2100.

Barrett-Jackson Auction (The Day)

FINAL DAY OF HUGE AUCTION AT MOHEGAN SUN

Mohegan — Barrett-Jackson’s three-day collector car auction sped toward a conclusion here Saturday, another sellout crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena roaring its approval as hammer prices soared into six figures.   The Day reports more than 200 vehicles were to be sold by the time the gavel banged for the last time, most at prices well beyond those seen during the event’s first two days, when bidders spent more than $10.7 million on 368 cars.

STATE PARKS TO FEEL BUDGET CUTS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s state parks will begin to feel the effects of budget cuts after the July Fourth holiday. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it is cutting about $1.8 million from the parks system’s $18 million budget. The closure of three state campgrounds and changes in park hours and lifeguard staffing are planned.

CONNECTICUT ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES NATIONAL

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has been elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General. The 61-year-old Democrat succeeds South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. As president, Jepsen plans to focus on the changing landscape of health care delivery in the U.S.

BOATING AND ALCOHOL IN CT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will participate in a national crackdown on people who operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boaters will find more officers on the water this weekend. Over the past decade, alcohol was a factor in 26 of 61 boating accident-related fatalities in Connecticut.

RI BOAT PATROLS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials say they’re stepping up patrols to look for boaters who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The state Department of Environmental Management says that its law enforcement division started conducting the increased patrols on Friday and will continue the effort through Sunday.   This weekend is the annual “Operation Dry Water” campaign to heighten enforcement nationwide as part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.

UCONN-GUNSHOT DETECTION

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is launching a pilot program for a gunshot detection system that can identify the acoustic wave form of a gunshot.   UConn’s police department installed the technology in one high-traffic area of campus over the past month. It was developed and donated to the school by an alumnus.   The system uses acoustic sensors that resemble smoke detectors, which are programmed to identify the gunshot. If a shot is detected, the appropriate officials are immediately notified by text, email or text-to-voice phone calls.   The school says it is participating in the program proactively.

HARTFORD SHOOTING

(Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police are investigating a shooting in which at least four young people have been wounded.   Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley tells the Hartford Courant that the four suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He says details of the incident are limited. It happened around 10 p.m. Friday.   Police say two of the victims are 17-year-old twins.

PRONE RESTRAINTS BANNED

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has banned the use of prone restraints at residential care homes and other state-licensed facilities. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Thursday that she signed into law a bill passed by the state’s General Assembly. Restraining people chest-down in the prone position has been linked to several deaths nationwide.

NEWPORT POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man who was found unresponsive on a street in Newport. Police on Friday identified the man as 30-year-old Jonathan Flores. Police say Flores was found unresponsive Wednesday on Clinton Avenue. Anyone with information about Flores’ whereabouts prior to his death is asked to contact city police.

CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials say they’ve found a way to ensure thousands of needy Connecticut families will still receive a child care subsidy.   The Office of Early Childhood announced Friday that instead of cutting off coverage to existing families who didn’t meet new eligibility rules, the program will be closed to new applications for low-income working parents as of Aug. 1.   New applicants who qualify as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients, former TANF recipients from the last five years and certain 18- and 19-year-old parents will remain eligible for the child care subsidy.

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