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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

FISHERMAN MISSING

Lyle Dagenais hasn't been heard from since Sunday morning. Crews have been searching the Thames River in Montville. (WFSB/state police photos)

Lyle Dagenais hasn’t been heard from since Sunday morning. Crews have been searching the Thames River in Montville. (WFSB/state police photos)

A kayaker reported missing late last night or early this morning has been identified.  State Police say he is 31-year-old Lyle Dagenais of Montville.  They say he left about 11 yesterday morning to go fishing on his kayak in the Thames River and never returned.  Dagenais is white, 5’8, 140 pounds, brown hair, and clean shaven.  He was last wearing an I Love NY hooded sweatshirt.  State police, the Coast Guard, and the Montville Fire Department are searching for Dagenais.  His vehicle has been located at a boat launch in Montville.

RAIL OPPOSITION OFFICIAL

Town officials in Old Lyme have expressed their opposition to the Federal Railroad Administration and their proposed Old Saybrook to Kenyon, RI rail bypass. The 82 page response challenges the plan’s impact on the local environment. Other issues cited include noise and vibration and dangers to the town’s culture and historic landmarks. The town argues that the state and federal government’s first priority should be to upgrade current rail service.

CMMEC MESS GOES TO HARTFORD

On Tuesday, a public hearing will be held by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee addressing several bills that would affect the Connecticut  Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. Most of the bills are being proposed because of controversial retreats that CMEEC has hosted for the past four years at the Kentucky Derby. The trips, for board members,staff,officials and guests have cost more than one million dollars in total. Several of the bills address expanding public information and provide transparency. Senate Bill 79 is suggesting disbanding the cooperative.  Norwich Public Utilities opposes that action.  NPU, Groton Utilities and Jewett City at CMEEC members.

SNOW REMOVAL HINDERED

The region’s last big snowstorm was Feb. 9th, but the effects are still being felt on the streets of Norwich.  The clearing has not been completed as many cars covered in snow still sit on roads in the city. Parking bans were enacted by the police department but ignored by some.  Between 30 and 40 tickets for parking ban violations have been issued since the storm. The fine is 25 dollars.

MAKE HOUSE NUMBERS VISIBLE

Voluntown’s fire chief is calling on residents to clearly display their house numbers so they are visible from the street. Chief Jody Grenier points out the seriousness of this lapse. Emergency response time is directly affected when the home is not marked properly. According to the chief, the issue exists throughout all of Voluntown not just one area.  Even with GPS, the department cannot always find exact locations.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

NORTH STONINGTON MAILBOXES SET ON FIRE

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NORTH STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) – Police are investigating a string on intentionally set fire in mailboxes in the Town of North Stonington on Saturday.  The incidents happened early Saturday morning and were reported to police by residents on Wintechog Road. North Stonington resident Dave Feede told Eyewitness News that he first noticed something was wrong when he went to get his newspaper at about 8 a.m.  Anyone with information is to contact Trooper Abely at Troop E in Montville at 860-848-6500 or the North Stonington Resident State Trooper’s Office at 860-535-1451.

DERBYGATE DEVELOPMENTS

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NORWICH — The city’s Ethics Commission has ruled that five Norwich officials violated the city’s ethics policy when they went on a trip in May to the Kentucky Derby.   The Bulletin reports the commission’s recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council for review and possible action.  But those officials could face further ethics reviews for previous trips – either by the Ethics Commission or the City Council itself.  The city’s charter gives aldermen broad powers to investigate, even beyond those which the Ethics Commission has used to investigate and rule on the 2016 trip.   The commission is limited to receiving complaints only up to 18 months after the occurrence of the action that’s the subject of the complaint. The rule is set in the portion of city ordinances describing the code of ethics.   That’s what allowed the commission to investigate and find probable cause for a violation tied to complaints filed by two residents late last year.

MISSING NORWICH TEENS FOUND

NORWICH – Silver Alerts have been cancelled for two Norwich teens reported missing on Saturday, according to the Norwich Police Department’s Facebook page.   The boys – Richard Taylor, 12, and Dave Desir, 13 – have been located, according to police on Sunday.

HARTFORD HOMICIDE

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford Police are investigating an overnight shooting in the city’s North End that left one man dead.   The Hartford Courant reports that 27-year-old Hartford resident Chace Hernandez was found behind the wheel of a black Audi A4 new Winchester and Auburn streets with multiple gunshot wounds just after midnight. Hernandez was taken to Saint Francis Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday.   Police said the investigation began with the report of an unconscious man behind the wheel of a vehicle that had crashed into a snowbank.   The killing is the city’s sixth homicide of the year.

FINANCIAL INTERESTS-BILL

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Senator Jack Reed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress from Rhode Island and Massachusetts are pushing legislation that would require the president to publicly disclose any personal financial interests that would be at stake before acting on trade matters.  Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said he wants to make sure that the interests of the country are protected by law and don’t take a back seat to the personal financial success of the president.   If the president fails to submit a timely financial report, the trade agreements would be disqualified from expedited consideration.  The House version of the bill is co-sponsored by 31 members, led by Rep. Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat and the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee.   The Senate version has over a dozen co-sponsors.

HEALTH CARE FORUMS

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Democratic members of Congress from Connecticut are meeting with constituents to discuss the impact of former President Barack Obama’s health car law.   Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have pledged to repeal and replace the 2010 law.   Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro plans to host a round table discussion Saturday with those who have pre-existing medical conditions. Obama’s Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.   The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Manjares Restaurant in New Haven.   Congressman Joe Courtney is also hosting a 12:30 p.m. forum Saturday with patients, small business owners, and local health care experts to discuss what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean for eastern Connecticut families at Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CONNECTICUT

Image result for Access Health CT imagesHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s health insurance exchange says more than 25,000 households have not yet taken the final steps necessary to have health insurance coverage for 2017.   Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Access Health CT, says customers must pay their first bill to their insurance company and send various documents verifying their identity, household income, citizenship or immigration status, in order for their coverage to begin. Customers have 90 days from the time their application was submitted to send in the documents.   Wadleigh says filling out an application is only the first step to having coverage and not all customers are taking the necessary final steps.   More than 111,000 people enrolled this year for coverage through the state’s insurance marketplace.  For more information, call 1-855-805-4325 or visit Learn.AccessHealthCT.com/Manage..

JAPANESE INTERNMENT-CONNECTICUT

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a proclamation designating Sunday as Japanese-Americans Day of Remembrance in Connecticut.   The Democratic governor said the proclamation is meant to honor the victims of Japanese internment camps, which were created 75 years ago this Sunday.   The action resulted in the forcible removal and incarceration of about 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans living in the western coast of the United States during World War II.   Malloy said it’s important not to forget the victims of the Japanese-American internment camps and “reflect upon our own humanity and the need to respect all peoples.”   Malloy said the anniversary is also a good time to make sure “these kinds of failings that were once forced upon groups of people in our country are not repeated in the future.”

RAIMONDO-FACEBOOK SUMMIT

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Rhode Island’s governor is attending a Silicon Valley summit sponsored by the same company she sharply criticized days earlier for the faulty rollout of the state’s new public benefits system.   Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo was scheduled to speak at the Girls Who Code Female Governor’s Summit on Friday at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The event is sponsored by Deloitte, the company Raimondo blamed Wednesday for delivering the state a defective computer system for public benefits. Raimondo’s office says she spoke privately at the summit with Deloitte Consulting CEO Janet Foutty and committed to keeping in personal contact and remaining directly engaged in holding Deloitte’s team accountable.  The office says Deloitte didn’t pay for any of Raimondo’s travel or expenses.   Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg convened the summit.

STATE POLICE-CONSULTANT

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is being hired as a consultant to help the Rhode Island State Police improve its recruitment and training and help build a more diverse department.   State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico said Friday that Terrance Gainer and his team of experts will conduct a six-month assessment to help guide future policies. The team’s work will cost $225,000.  Gainer was director of the Illinois State Police before moving to Washington in 1998.

MUSIC HALL OF FAME

RI Music Hall of FamePAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced its newest inductees.  The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes Artie Cabral, Phil Greene, Dan Moretti, Neutral Nation, Billy Osborne, Plan 9, Frank Potenza, Rizzz, Throwing Muses, and The Wild Turkey Band / Hometown Rockers.   The induction ceremonies and concert events will take place on three days: April 23, 29 and 30.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

LISBON MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Timothy Miceli Jr.

STAFFORD, CT (WFSB) –A 27-year-old man was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter.  According to Connecticut State Police, on February 10, 2017, an 11-year-old reported a sexual relationship with her mother’s live in boyfriend. The girl told police that it had been going on for several months. The boyfriend, Timothy Miceli Jr., was charged with sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.  Miceli is being held on a $750,000 bond and will appear in Rockville Superior Court on February 21. 
 
TWO ARRESTED FOR BRANDISHING FAKE FIREARMS
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New London Police say two men carrying fake guns, one an airsoft gun that apears to be an AR-style rifle and a .45 caliber pistol were arrested following a report of a disturbance involving firearms around 9:30 Thursday night. The day reports police responded to the area of 195 Pequot Ave. to investigate the disturbance, set up a perimeter and detained Travis Stedman of North Stonington, and Kyle Peiczarek of New London. Police said the two men were both brandishing facsimile firearms: each were charged with carrying a dangerous weapon.
 

CT DEPT. OF REVENUE SERVICES AND IRS WARN OF TAX PREPARER SCAM

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning that scammers may try to prey on tax preparers with a new phishing email scam impersonating software. The scam email comes with the subject line, “Access Locked.” It tells recipients that access to their tax prep software accounts has been “suspended due to errors in security details.” The scam email asks the tax professional to address the issue by using an “unlock” link provided in the email and to provide their user name and password. The cybercriminals then use the stolen credentials to access the preparers’ accounts to steal client information.  More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov or by contacting the dept of revenue services at (860) 297-5962 or outside the Hartford calling areas at (800) 382-9463.

FIRE IN GALES FERRY DESTROYS HOME, SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

Gales Ferry firefighters were called just before 7 o’clock  Friday morning to put out a fire that destroyed a home and sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire at 5 Warbler Way was under control around noon. Everyone else inside the house made it out safe. Many surrounding area fire departments helped to battle the blaze. The fire’s cause has not yet been determined.

ACCUSED NORWICH DOCTOR ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL

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A 46 year old Connecticut doctor charged with inappropriately touching four female patients in a Norwich Clinic in 2015 is facing 18 months in prison and 10 years probation.  The Norwich Bulletin reports that Dr. Manoj Saxena agreed to a plea deal Thursday to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and three counts of second-degree sexual assault. He remains free on bond pending formal sentencing scheduled April 13.

SCCOG PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

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Two remaining public information sessions for the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments to present the draft Regional Plan of Conservation and Development will be held next week. Topics addressed include the economy, housing, conservation of open space, resiliency and historic preservation. The information sessions will be held at 6:30 Tuesday evening, Feb. 21st, at Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton; and at 6:30 on Wednesday evening, the 22nd at Otis Library in Norwich. A public hearing is planned for April 3 at SCCOG, 5 Connecticut Ave., Norwich.

 LEDYARD MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG SALES

Acting on a search and seizure warrant Ledyard police went to 14 Lake Street following a three week investigation and seized marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, cash, scales and packaging materials.  James BREDEWEG of that address was arrested around 9AM Friday and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with intent to Sell, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  BREDEWEG was released on a $1500.00 Non-surety Bond and scheduled for a court appearance on March 2nd. 

TWO RHODE ISLAND MEN ARRESTED FOR DIAPER THEFT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men have been arrested in connection with the theft of $90,000 worth of diapers. Police say 59-year-old Aubrey Bettis was supposed to drive a truckload of diapers from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts earlier this month. Instead, he sold the diapers in Rhode Island and abandoned the truck. Police recovered about 800 boxes of diapers but 1,200 are still missing. Police are also searching for a third suspect.

CONNECTICUT HOSPITALS LAUNCH ADS TO FIGHT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s hospitals have launched a new TV ad campaign to fight Gov. Malloy’s proposal to end the local property tax exemption that hospitals have enjoyed for years. The ad warns, the plan will “jeopardize life-saving care.” A spokesman for the governor’s budget office notes how the budget increases state funding for hospitals by $28 million.

CONNECTICUT DEMS WANT FURTHER MINIMUM WAGE HIKES

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut Democrats want the state to further increase its minimum wage from $10.10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022. They also unveiled plans on Thursday to push for a new paid family medical leave system. Both bills are working their way through the General Assembly.

MALLOY;  XL CENTER RENOVATIONS DEEDED WITH OR WITHOUT TEAM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the XL Center facility still needs to be either overhauled or closed.  The Democrat has proposed borrowing $250 million over several years to renovate the downtown Hartford arena, built in 1975.  During a tour on Friday, Malloy noted the arena is not getting its share of concerts and other events because of problems ranging from faulty air conditioning during the summer to the lack of luxury seating.  Malloy recently wrote to New York Islanders NHL team, urging them to consider moving to a renovated XL Center. He says “other groups” hoping to own teams have since contacted him.  But Malloy stressed the renovations are not about luring a team.

CONNECTICUT AUTHORITIES WARN OF INCREASED BOBCAT SIGHTING

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WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) – Police and state environmental officials are cautioning Connecticut residents about possible encounters with bobcats.  The Connecticut Post reports that several of the animals have been sighted in Woodbridge during the past few weeks. Three women were attacked by a rabid bobcat in Colchester on Jan. 17 and suffered minor injuries.  Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Environmental Protection wildlife division say attacks on humans are extremely rare, but the bobcat population in Connecticut has been increasing over recent years. The bobcat is the only wild cat found in Connecticut.  The DEEP says it you see one, keep your distance, make a lot of noise and back away slowly.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

DEADLINE ALMOST HERE

This Sunday is the deadline for Preston and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority to finalize a purchase and sale agreement for the former state hospital property.  Both sides say the deadline will not be met, but add a final plan is expected to be adopted very soon.  A closed-door meeting on Monday is scheduled to iron out some remaining technical issues.  Town First Selectman Bob Congdon says Preston, after Sunday, will be obligated to inform other interested parties about the available property, but expects a final deal with the tribe will be reached. A public hearing on Thursday by the Preston Redevelopment Authority is still scheduled regarding the tribe’s conceptual design plan.

MORE CHARGES FOR DANIELSON DRIVER

FOSTER, R.I. (AP) – A 39-year-old Danielson driver involved in a fatal three-car crash in Rhode Island has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of child pornography. James Beattie was seriously injured in the Jan. 29 crash on Route 101 in Foster. State Police investigating the crash say they found the pornography on Beattie’s cell phone. Police say the accident occurred when Beattie’s westbound car crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 40-year-old Orlando Colon of Southbridge, Massachusetts, which then struck another vehicle. Colon was killed. Two people in the third vehicle and a passenger in Beattie’s car also suffered injuries. Police say Beattie remains hospitalized. He also faces charges of driving to endanger resulting in death and driving to endanger resulting in physical injury.

MURPHY PROTESTS PRUITT NOMINATION

As expected, the Republican-led U-S Senate confirms former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new head of the  Environmental Protection Agency. The vote occurred Friday after an all-night session by Democrats called for Pruitt’s nomination to be rejected.  Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says Pruitt’s numerous lawsuits filed against E-P-A when he was attorney general should disqualify him from leading the agency.  Murphy says he’s concerned that Pruitt’s close ties to the oil and gas industry will compromise his role as E-P-A chief.

NL SOBER HOUSE CERTIFICATION

An effort is underway to make sure more recovery houses in New London are properly certified.  Lawrence and Memorial Hospital is awarding five-thousand dollars to the non-profit group Community Speaks Out to establish a voluntary certification program. L&M Vice President of Development and Community Relations Bill Stanley says the hospital is honored to fund the new initiative. Stanley made the announcement Friday at a SCAAD recovery house for women.  Community Speaks Out board member Ken Edwards says a trainer will be brought in to help New London recovery houses maintain quality operating standards, with a strong focus on the health and safety of clients.

XL CENTER RENOVATIONS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Whether or not Connecticut can attract another professional hockey team to its capital city, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the XL Center facility still needs to be either overhauled or closed. The Democrat has proposed borrowing $250 million over several years to renovate the downtown Hartford arena, built in 1975. During a tour on Friday, Malloy noted the arena is not getting its share of concerts and other events because of problems ranging from faulty air conditioning during the summer to the lack of luxury seating. Malloy recently wrote to New York Islanders NHL team, urging them to consider moving to a renovated XL Center. He says “other groups” hoping to own teams have since contacted him. But Malloy stressed the renovations are not about luring a team.

FUNDRAISER HIRED

The Chelsea Gardens Foundation has hired a veteran fundraiser to get the long-planned project going.  Richard Larkin of Stonington will work part-time as director of community engagement.  His office will be in Foundry 66, the shared workplace space developed by the Norwich Community Development Corporation.  The foundation wants to build an 80 acre botanical garden in Mohegan Park.  Larkin has been a professional fundraiser for forty years, working for a variety of educational and cultural entities. 

WATCH OUT FOR BOBCATS!!! 

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (AP) – Police and state environmental officials are cautioning Connecticut residents about possible encounters with bobcats. The Connecticut Post reports  that several of the animals have been sighted in Woodbridge during the past few weeks. Three women were attacked by a rabid bobcat in Colchester on Jan. 17 and suffered minor injuries. Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Environmental Protection wildlife division say attacks on humans are extremely rare, but the bobcat population in Connecticut has been increasing over recent years. The bobcat is the only wild cat found in Connecticut. The DEEP says it you see one, keep your distance, make a lot of noise and back away slowly.

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