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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

ARREST MADE IN FATAL STABBING

Patrick McInerney (New London PD)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A man has been fatally stabbed in New London.
Police say officers responding to a 911 call Sunday night found a man with a stab wound to his chest.   The unidentified man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police later arrested 44-year-old Patrick McInerney. He’s charged with murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney. Police have not revealed a motive for the stabbing.

MAN SOUGHT IN DEADLY SHOOTING

Jamir Johnson (New London PD)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – Police in Connecticut are trying to track down an 18-year-old to ask him about a deadly shooting over the weekend. New London police say they want to interview Jamir Johnson in connection with the shooting. He has not been named as a suspect. They are investigating the death of a man who was found Saturday afternoon in a basement apartment with a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators are awaiting confirmation of the deceased man’s identity. His name will be released when family members have been notified.

COTE SWITCHES CHAMBERS

Sheri Cote (chamberect.com)

The Cham­ber of Com­merce of Eastern Con­necti­cut has announced Sheri Cote is leav­ing her po­si­tion as vice pres­i­dent to be­come pres­i­dent of the Shore­line Cham­ber of Com­merce. Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Tony Sheri­dan cred­ited Cote for be­ing a good fi­nan­cial man­ager. She will begin around Jan. 2nd. and re­places Ed Lazaru, who stepped down in Oc­to­ber af­ter ten years as pres­i­dent of the Shore­line Cham­ber.

DOMINION CRITICAL OF ASSESSMENT

Do­min­ion En­ergy is criticizing a reg­u­la­tor-hired con­sul­tant’s re­port on the Millstone Power plant’s fi­nan­cial strength, making an­other push to keep Mill­stone op­er­a­tional. In a let­ter to state reg­u­la­tors, Do­min­ion re­it­er­ated points made by a Mill­stone spokesman that the anal­y­sis failed to ac­count for Mill­stone’s dis­sim­i­lar unit types in an­a­lyz­ing the site’s to­tal op­er­at­ing costs, including a claim the con­sul­tants didn’t fac­tor in Con­necti­cut’s higher la­bor costs. The Depart­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and the Public Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity are set to re­lease a draft re­port based on their anal­y­sis of Mill­stone and the en­ergy mar­ket this week. Public hearings on their review will be held Dec 19th at 6PM at Waterford High School.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN BREASTFEEDING FIGHT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A lawsuit alleging a Rhode Island YMCA would not allow a mother to breastfeed in public has been settled. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island announced the settlement on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding, who sued the Ocean Community YMCA in May. Gooding is a mother of three who was a part-time employee and member at the YMCA. She alleged employees at the Westerly branch told her in February 2015 and again a month later she couldn’t nurse in public areas at the YMCA.   The YMCA said it took “affirmative steps” to address Gooding’s concerns at that time. It said a private area was created for employees who choose to breastfeed. Further details on the settlement haven’t been disclosed. The Ocean Community YMCA’s president and vice president couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

MAN FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING NEW LONDON SHOOTING

NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – Police in New London are investigating after a person was found dead after a shooting on Saturday afternoon.  It happened Saturday afternoon on Orchard Street.   Police said they found a young male with a gunshot wound to the head inside a basement on Orchard Street.   New London police detectives along with the Connecticut State Police-Eastern District Major Crime Squad and the New London States Attorney’s office responded to investigate the incident.   Anyone with information should contact police at  860-447-1481.

PLAINFIELD POLICE ARREST MAN FOR DUI AFTER CRASH

PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) – Police in Plainfield arrested a man for driving under the influence following a report of a head-on crash.   Michael P. Lach, 52, of Canterbury, was found to be drunk driving, according to police.  Officers said the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. on Canterbury Road in Plainfield.   While en route, they learned that one of the vehicles involved, a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, fled the scene.   A short time later, police said they received calls about a similar truck striking mailboxes, three parked cars and a house. The driver then continued down an embankment and hit several trees and a stone wall.   He finally became disabled behind a home.   Police determined that the driver, identified as Lach, was under the influence.   No one was hurt in any of the crashes.   Lach was charged with evading responsibility, failure to drive right and operating under the influence.  He’ll face a judge in Danielson on Dec. 26.

GOP LOOKING TOWARD GOVERNOR RACE 

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Connecticut’s governorship see an opportunity to win over Democratic, unaffiliated voters. GOP hopefuls say the string of state budget crises have made some voters more willing to consider a Republican candidate for governor in 2018. Some say they’ve already received strong financial support from Democrats.

CONN COLLEGE – GUEST STUDENT PROGRAM

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut College has established a guest student program for college students from Puerto Rico whose education was disrupted after Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. The New London private liberal arts college said Friday that students from the University of Puerto Rico can apply to the school for the spring 2018 semester. Interested students can apply on the school’s guest student website. The deadline is Jan. 3. Accepted students will be notified on Jan. 8.

DOMINION TAKES AIM AT STATE CONSULTANT’S MILLSTONE REPORT

Waterford — The Day reports Millstone Power Station owner Dominion Energy on Thursday critiqued a regulator-hired consultant’s initial report on the Waterford site’s financial strength and made another push for officials to take action the company claims is essential to keep Millstone operational.   In a letter to state regulators filed Thursday, Dominion reiterated points made by a Millstone spokesman in an interview with The Day earlier this week, namely that analysis by Levitan & Associates Inc. — which in October forecasted “deep-in-the-black” cashflows for Millstone between 2021 and 2035 — failed to account for Millstone’s dissimilar unit types in analyzing the site’s total operating costs.   Dominion also claimed the consultants didn’t factor Connecticut’s labor costs being higher than Virginia’s. The company operates two Virginia nuclear stations that Dominion said serve as “inappropriate” proxies for Millstone, producing “an incorrect result” in the consultant’s Oct. 30 initial progress report.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

POLICE PURSUIT INTO OLD SAYBROOK

OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) – A pursuit on Friday evening spanned four towns before Old Saybrook police were able to stop the car.   Police said a suspect fleeing from Madison Police during a traffic stop, entered Interstate 95 Northbound which prompted the Connecticut State Police to pursue the car.   Police said the driver took Exit 66 into Old Saybrook, where Old Saybrook police took over the pursuit, and was brought to a stop.  The suspect was arrested by Old Saybrook Police and Troopers from the Connecticut State Police.   Police said the pursuit and arrest did not result in any injuries.

NATHAN CARMAN INVESTIGATION

Nathan Carman (WFSB)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Vermont man whose mother and grandfather died in mysterious circumstances must turn over information related to a missing gun, as well as phone records, in a Rhode Island lawsuit over insurance on his sunken boat. A federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered Nathan Carman to turn over the information about a semi-automatic rifle he owned that court documents say is the same caliber as a weapon used to kill his grandfather in Connecticut.

YACHT CAPTAIN INDICTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A New Jersey yacht captain previously convicted of negligence in a fatal crash off the coast of Rhode Island two years ago has been indicted for manslaughter. A grand jury indicted Cooper Bacon Wednesday on a charge of seaman’s manslaughter. Bacon is accused of not paying attention when he crashed into the fishing boat of an 81-year-old Connecticut man in 2015, killing him.

EVERYBODY TO GET SOME SNOW

BOSTON (AP) — New England is preparing for the first significant region-wide snowfall. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for southern New England that takes effect Saturday morning and lasts until Sunday. Boston, Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut are forecast to get 3 to 6 inches, with the potential for 8 inches in central Massachusetts. Much of Maine and New Hampshire are expected to see several inches. There’s a small chance of snow in Vermont.

CAPITAL CITY WANTS HELP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford is preparing to seek $45 million in assistance now that a new state oversight board is in place. Connecticut’s Municipal Accountability Review Board met for the first time on Friday. It was created in the state budget to help financially distressed municipalities avoid insolvency and bankruptcy. The Hartford City Council is meeting Monday to authorize the mayor to apply for the assistance.

OVERDUE MONEY

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An audit of Connecticut’s Criminal Justice Division shows more than $520,000 in money seized by police in drug and money laundering cases did not make it into state coffers during 2015 and 2016. The audit, which covers those two years, found that more than $108,000 of the money that was supposed to be turned over from local police departments to the state was more than a year overdue. And more than $28,000 should have been received over a decade ago.

PAWSOX STADIUM GETTING COSTLY

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Revised financing legislation for the new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium indicates the initial cost of building the stadium could cost millions more than projected. The legislation introduced in the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee Thursday details $85 million as the top amount the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency could bond. The Providence Journal reports the deal continues to rely on an additional $12 million upfront payment from the team.