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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

NORTH STONINGTON CRASH

NORTH STONINGTON — The Bulletin reports a Rhode Island woman is facing drunken driving charges after police said she crashed the car she was driving into a North Stonington liquor store.  Katrina Oliver, 48, of 13 Job Drive, West Kingston, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.   Police said Oliver’s car drove into the Cork and Barrel liquor store at 270 Clarks Falls Road.  The crash happened at about 3:50 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries.   Oliver is scheduled to appear Sept. 5 in New London Superior Court.

NORWICH MOTORCYCLE FATALITY

NORWICH, Conn. (WFSB) – Norwich police said a man died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.   A motorcycle crashed into a building on Chelsea Harbor Drive around 11:30 p.m., according to officials.   Police said Anthony Caruso, 23, of Norwich, was found lying on the sidewalk alongside a motorcycle.   He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.   Chelsea Harbor Drive has since reopened.   Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact police.

GROTON HIRING FREEZE

Groton — The town of Groton has implemented a hiring freeze and other spending restrictions due to uncertainty about an expected reduction in state aid, according to The Day.   The council passed a resolution on Aug. 8 to freeze all vacant positions until they are reviewed. Any hirings would have to be approved by the Town Council. Town Manager John Burt had already moved forward with the council’s recommended change before the official action.  As of Monday, Groton will be 52 days into the 2018 fiscal year without word on how much money it will receive in state aid. The state still has not adopted a budget for the current fiscal year and there will not be one until the legislature holds a special session.   The town’s adopted budget assumed a $5 million loss in state funding, but if the state cuts more from Groton’s aid, town leaders said it would be harder to find savings the longer the fiscal year goes on.

SKULCZYCK: PUBLIC OFFICIAL TO PUB OWNER

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GRISWOLD — After serving four years for the town of Griswold and one as a state representative for the 45th District, First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck is preparing to make his exit from politics and open a pub.   The Bulletin says Skulczyck is planning to open Pub 45, a restauarant and bar, on Main Street in Jewett City in September. Skulczyck co-owns the restaurant with Zachary Wood, 23, who is a lifelong resident of Griswold and recent graduate from Bryant University with a degree in finance.   Although his term as a state representative doesn’t end until 2019, Skulczyck said he’s preparing to enter his final 90 days as first selectman next week. He also plans to maintain his vice chairman title on the newly formed Jewett City business committee.

RI WATER CHECK

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has begun checking water systems for chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. Perfluorinated chemicals have been linked to cancer and other illnesses but currently aren’t federally regulated in drinking water. Water has been contaminated near sites of industrial facilities and U.S. military bases. The state is partnering with Brown University to check more than 30 water systems across Rhode Island for perfluorinated chemicals.

RI FOUNDATION GRANTS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded grants to seven nonprofits to improve communities in the southern part of the state. Funding from its community grants program supports work ranging from creating performance spaces to keeping senior citizens healthy. The Land Conservancy of North Kingstown received $10,000 to restore a historic walking path.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

MAN KILLED IN NORWICH MOTORCYCLE CRASH

NORWICH, Conn. (WFSB) – Norwich police said a man died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.   A motorcycle crashed into a building on Chelsea Harbor Drive around 11:30 p.m., according to officials.   Police said Anthony Caruso, 23, of Norwich, was found lying on the sidewalk alongside a motorcycle.   He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.   Chelsea Harbor Drive has since reopened.   Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact police.

NORWICH POLICE ID BODY

Norwich police released these sketches of a man whose body was found in the Shetucket River last month. (Norwich police)

NORWICH- The Bulletin reports Norwich Police have identified the body of a man that was found in the Shetucket River. The body has been identified as Jay T. Oat, 54, with a last known address of 28 Curtis Street in Norwich. Norwich police had released artist sketches of the deceased on August 11.  On July 22, Norwich police say officers were dispatched to the Shetucket River at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Palmer Street at 10:37 p.m. Two individuals had been fishing on the river when they noticed the body of a white male, whom police say had been deceased for a period of time.  Police say they do not suspect foul play at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

TRIBAL CHIEF HONORED

Richard Hayward (Indianz.com)

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — A reclusive tribal leader who laid the groundwork for the Foxwoods Resort Casino is making a rare appearance this weekend. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is honoring Richard “Skip” Hayward with its first Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday evening. Hayward helped rally far-flung members of the tribe to create the country’s largest casino on its tiny reservation in southeastern Connecticut.

FISHERMEN’S BODIES RECOVERED

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say rescuers have recovered the bodies of two fishermen who went missing on Long Island Sound. Fairfield police Chief Gary McNamara tells The Connecticut Post that the two bodies were recovered after 4 p.m. Saturday. He identified the victims as 32-year-old Victor Paulino and 40-year-old Jose Cruz, both of Yonkers, New York.

JOHNSONVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD APPRECIATION

Johnsonville

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — The church that came forward last month to purchase a long-abandoned village in East Haddam is planning a neighborhood appreciation day. The collection of Victorian-style buildings known as Johnsonville had been falling into disrepair when the Filipino church, Iglesia Ni Cristo, purchased the 62-acre property. The church says the appreciation day set for next Saturday will feature arts and crafts for children, food and refreshments and entertainment.

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT OFF RI BEACH

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Divers are expected to examine a mysterious object with steel legs that has puzzled onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach. East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says divers will go underwater to get a closer look at the metal object. Crews hope to pull it out around the end of next week. The circular object located about 10 feet (3 meters) off shore at low tide has puzzled beachgoers.

WATERBURY MURDERS

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police in Waterbury are identifying a mother and young daughter found dead in their apartment as well as the man they believe killed them. Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said Friday that 28-year-old Anthony Rutherford has been charged with two counts of murder and other charges. He identified the victims as 29-year-old Chaquinequea Brodie and her 9-year-old daughter. Brodie’s 2-year-old daughter was also found in the apartment uninjured.

FREE TREES

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials are once again working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs and beautify their neighborhoods. The state Department of Environmental Management says a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs when planted properly. Online registration for the popular program opens Monday.

 

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

MALLOY PLAN WOULD ELIMINATE SCHOOL AID TO 85 DISTRICTS

Massive Education Cuts Proposed By Malloy To Hundreds Of CT Towns

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new spending plan would eliminate state education aid to 85 school districts and cut school aid to another 54 cities and towns, if the state budget impasse isn’t resolved by next month.  The Democratic governor announced a new executive order Friday that would provide $1.46 billion to school districts with the highest student needs and greatest reliance on state aid. Thirty districts designated as the state’s neediest would see no aid cuts.  State lawmakers have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and the following year. The state faces an estimated $3.5 billion deficit over two years.  The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says Malloy’s cuts would severely affect towns, and it is criticizing officials for not passing a budget.

 NORWICH-NEW LONDON AREA CONTINUES TO LEAD STATE WITH 1,200 NEW JOBS LAST MONTH

Joe Courtney

 NORWICH, CT — Congressman Joe Courtney friday hailed the release of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s latest jobs report which showed that the Norwich-New London region continued to lead the state in job growth with 1,200 new jobs during the last month.  The report also makes it clear that Norwich-New London is the fastest-growing labor market in the state in terms of percentage of jobs added. 

SUNDAY IS THE BEGINNING OF TAX FREE WEEK

Sales Tax Holiday

The state isn’t sure if people actually do more shopping during Tax Free Week, but it expects shoppers to save more than $4 million next week.  Tax Free Week in Connecticut starts tomorrow.   Most individual clothing and shoes priced under $100 will not be taxed.  Individual items over $100 will be.  ABC Connecticut reports if something is usually over $100, but isn’t because of some discount, it will not be taxed either. 

LOUISIANA FUGITIVE NABBED IN GROTON APARTMENT

Fugitive Caught In Groton: PD

U.S. Marshals captured and arrested a Louisiana fugitive in Groton Friday morning. 20-year-old Jeremire Lambero was taken into custody and held on a $1 million dollar bond for an outstanding warrant from New Orleans.  Lambero was wanted for aggravated assault with a firearm, a felony that is extraditable. Police say Lambero was staying at an apartment in Groton. He was found at that home and arrested without incident.

POLICE SEEKING VEHICLE THAT FLED WATERFORD CRASH
 
The truck police are seeking in connection with a hit & run.  (Waterford Police Facebook)Police said the evading truck had an aftermarket light kit.  (Waterford Police Facebook)
WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) –Waterford police are asking for help in locating a vehicle that fled a crash in their town.The vehicle was involved a crash that occurred shortly before midnight on Quaker Hill near the Route 32 overpass which resulted in another vehicle rolling over and several utility poles being damaged. Police said the vehicle is a dark-colored pick-up truck, possibly a Dodge.  The truck had a loud exhaust and possible a lift kit.
 
NEWTOWN PARENTS DEMANDING TO SEE EVIDENCE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school massacre are demanding to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock their classroom doors. The request comes in a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of victims Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner against Newtown for alleged inadequate security measures. They’re asking to see if two emergency folders in the teachers’ classrooms contained keys.

POLAND SPRING WATER CO. DECEIVING CUSTOMERS?

UNDATED (AP) — A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains “100 percent natural spring water” that hails from Maine. A Nestle Waters representative says the water meets all relevant federal and state regulations for spring water. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut comes as the company embarks on an expansion in Maine amid rising demand for bottled water.

FALL FOLIAGE FORECAST IS “VIBRANT”

Expect 'spectacular' autumn foliage in New England this year

BOSTON (AP) — New England’s fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it’s enough to make a maple leaf blush. For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn: There’s no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves _ largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars _ look healthy. Yankee Magazine’s annual forecast released yesterday predicts a particularly “strong and vibrant” display.

POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN KILLING OF MOM AND DAUGHTER

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Police in Waterbury are identifying a mother and young daughter found dead in their apartment as well as the man they believe killed them.
Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said Friday that 28-year-old Anthony Rutherford has been charged with two counts of murder, illegal discharge of a firearm, risk of injury to a child and other charges.  Spagnolo identified the victims as 29-year-old Chaquinequea Brodie and her 9-year-old daughter. Police have not said how the two were killed.
Brodie’s 2-year-old daughter was also found in the apartment uninjured and taken to the hospital for evaluation and care.  Rutherford is being held at the police station on a $2.5 million bond. He’ll be arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday. It couldn’t be immediately determined if Rutherford has a lawyer.

FEDS WONT RESPOND TO PETITION OVER PAYMENT OF FISH MONITORS

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The federal government has waived its right to respond to a fishermen’s group’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court about a court battle over the cost of fishing monitors.  The monitors are workers who gather data that inform fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for them to fishermen in some Northeast fisheries last year.  A group of fishermen led by David Goethel of New Hampshire filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking a review of the case last month. The suit named the U.S. Department of Commerce, which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which regulates fisheries.  Court filings say the commerce department has waived its right to respond to the filing. Justices will now consider petition.

POLICE: MAN STOLE CASH, CREDIT CARDS FROM GREIVING FAMILY

Miguel Estrada is accused of stealing from a grieving family in Vernon. (Vernon police)

VERNON, Conn. (AP-WFSB) – Police say a man stole credit cards and cash from a Vernon family grieving the loss of a relative.  Miguel Estrada faces larceny, narcotics possession and two counts of interfering with police.  Police say that on Thursday evening, the 44-year-old accompanied a friend to the home of a family that had lost a close family member earlier that day.  While the friend was comforting the family, police say Estrada took credit cards and cash from a purse as well as a change container. The family later confronted Estrada at his home, prompting the police response.  Police also arrested a 29-year old wanted in New Hampshire for violating his probation in the incident.  Estrada was slated to appear in court Friday. It couldn’t be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.

POLICE CHARGE MAN WITH IMPROPERLY TOUCHING, ASSAULTING CHILD

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP-WTNH) – A Connecticut man has been charged with improperly touching a child over the course of five years.  Meriden police say they began investigating 34-year-old Gilberto Carrillo in June and charged him with sexual assault Thursday. The Meriden Record-Journal reports that Carrillo was arraigned Thursday and freed after posting $25,000 bond.  Carrillo’s attorney has advised him not to talk about the allegations.   Police say the now 10-year-old child told authorities that Carrillo had improperly touched her on and off since she was five.  He is due back in court on Aug. 29.