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SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

BUDGET VOTE SET FOR JUNE 29TH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have set aside June 29 for a possible budget vote, despite the lack of an agreement. House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says his rank-and-file members prefer voting on a new two-year budget rather than allowing the governor to use his executive authority to temporarily run state government. If no budget is ready, he says they may instead vote on a separate continuing resolution to keep the government running.

POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE SHOOTING

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The New London police patrol division and detective bureau continue to investigate a shooting that happened around 11:15 Thursday night. Responding to a 911 call police found a male victim with a gunshot wound to the leg in the area of 62 Jay Street. He was conscious and alert and was transported to Lawrence and Memorial with what appeared to be non life threatening injuries. Police say it appears to have been an isolated incident and not a random shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the New London Police Dept. Anonymous information can be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus information to Tip411 (847411)

 

WOMAN REVIVED WITH NARCAN WITH KIDS IN HER CAR WITH HER

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NEW LONDON (AP) – A Connecticut woman has been arrested after she was found passed out at the wheel of her car with three young children in the vehicle. New London police say 26-year-old Cassidy Moniz of Norwich was found late Thursday afternoon in the driver’s seat of her idling vehicle. Police say she was unresponsive and had to be revived by paramedics using the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Moniz and the three children – ranging in age from one to six years old – were transported to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation. The state Department of Children and Families was also notified. Moniz faces at least three counts of risk of injury to a minor. She was arraigned Friday and released pending a July 21 court date. Her public defender didn’t immediately comment.

 

LEDYARD POLICE RECOVER CAR FROM HIGHLANDS AREA THEFT

Ledyard fire under investigation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

The Ledyard Police Dept has recovered one of the vehicles stolen in the Highlands area last week helped by the New London Police Dept. Several communities in southeastern Connecticut have been experiencing thefts from cars and stolen autos in recent weeks. Officials remind you to lock your cars, remove any valuables in your cars from view before retiring for the night and, report any suspicious activity to your local police dept.

DEAD HUMPBACK WHALE
Dead Baby Humpback Whale Washes Ashore in Half Moon Bay | NBC Bay Area
JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) – Environmental officials have removed the carcass of a humpback whale that beached on the rocks at a Rhode Island state park.  The state Department of Environmental Management said the 32-foot carcass found at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown last Friday has been transferred to an undisclosed location for examination and burial. Staff at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut will be performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death. State officials said retrieval of the carcass wasn’t possible until Friday because of adverse weather conditions. The department said humpback whale sightings have increased recently in local waters thanks to an abundant food supply. The whales are protected under the federal Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts and boats are required under law to stay a certain distance away from them.

FATAL CRASH ARREST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man is facing manslaughter and drunken driving charges following a motorcycle crash that killed a woman. Police say 35-year-old Carlos Perez crashed into a motorcycle with two riders late Wednesday night in New Haven and fled the scene. The 60-year-old operator of the motorcycle, Jack Benedetto, of New Haven, and his passenger, 59-yearold Diane Benedetto, were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where Diane Benedetto was pronounced dead. Police say Perez abandoned his vehicle in a nearby scrap yard and was found covered in vomit and visibly intoxicated. Police also found an 18-pack of beer in the car that was fully consumed.
Perez appeared in court Friday and was jailed in lieu of posting $100,000 bail. His next court date is July 11. The public defender’s office didn’t immediately comment.

CAMBY-WRONGFUL DEATH

Marcus Camby named in wrongful death lawsuit - The Boston Globe

HOUSTON (AP) – Former NBA player Marcus Camby has been named defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of his 9-year-old autistic nephew in a pond on Camby’s Houston-area property last Thanksgiving. The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday by the boy’s father, Marcus Kendall McGhee, alleges that Camby was aware of the limitations of his nephew, Marcus Carter McGhee, but failed to supervise the child and used no protective measures to keep him away from the pond. The boy was found dead two days after he was reported missing. He’d traveled to Texas from his home in the Hartford, Connecticut, area for the holiday. Camby’s property includes several acres in Pearland, a Houston suburb. Camby could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. He played 19 NBA seasons for six teams, including the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers. The 2012-13 season was his last.

AARON HERNANDEZ

DA Appeals Aaron Hernandez Ruling That Vacated Murder Conviction

BOSTON (AP) – Prosecutors are asking the highest court in Massachusetts to overturn a ruling that erased former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction in the 2013 killing of a semi-professional football player.  Hernandez’s conviction in the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd was voided after the former New England Patriots player killed himself in prison.
Under a long-held Massachusetts legal principle, courts erase the convictions of defendants who die before their direct appeals can be heard.  Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III filed an appeal with a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday. He called the rule “archaic” and said it “does not serve the public interest.”
Hernandez took his own life days after he was acquitted in a separate, 2012 double slaying in Boston.

MILK-JEWELRY-SCAM

(Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island company that makes jewelry from breast milk has been ordered to refund customers and return the breast milk they sent.  WPRI-TV reports a state Superior Court judge this week approved a judgment and temporary restraining order against MommyMilk Creations and owner Allicia Mogavero.  State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office sued this year after receiving several complaints from customers who said they’d sent the Westerly-based company bags of their breast milk but had been waiting as long as two years for it to send their promised creations.
The station says Mogavero must refund $15,000 to 114 customers from across the country and as far away as Singapore.  The company promises on its website, “All remaining orders are being completed.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE-ARREST

State of Rhode Island: RI Office of the Attorney General

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A staffer at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office has been fired after her arrest on charges of unlawfully accessing state computers and removing data.  Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said 41-year-old Shanice In, of Providence, had been employed at the office’s Bureau of Criminal Identification for about eight months before being terminated.  WPRI-TV reports In cleared the criminal records of two men with extensive criminal histories. In was apparently dating one of the men, the station said, citing the police report.  Kilmartin’s office said the alleged crime was an isolated incident.  In faces unlawful access to a computer for fraudulent purposes and computer trespassing, among other charges. She appeared in District Court Friday and was released pending a Sept. 15 court date.  It’s not immediately clear if she has a lawyer.

 

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

POLICE REVIVE NORWICH WOMAN

Cassidy Moniz (New London police)

A Norwich woman is charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor after being found in New London passed out behind the wheel of an idling motor vehicle. Police say 26-year old Cassidy Moniz was found near 10 Spring Street around 5 Thursday afternoon. She had to be revived with Narcan, and was then taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Police say three children, between the ages of one to six years old, were also removed from the vehicle. Moniz was also charged with possession of marijuana. She’s out on bond and is due back in court July 21st. Police continue to investigate.

NL MAN SENTENCED

A New London man involved in a gang war over drug operations that ended in murder has been sentenced to a long prison term. U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deidre Daly says 43-year-old Oscar Valentin will spend 16 years behind bars. Valentin operated a narcotics enterprise out of a series of garage bays on Walker Street in the Whaling City. In the summer of 2011, a hit was put out on Valentin by former members of his operation. Valenin turned the tables the next summer and 36-year-old Javier Reyes was stabbed to death at an apartment on Huntington Street. A jury couldn’t convict Valentin on Reyes’ death but in a deal with the feds, Valentin agreed to concede there was enough evidence to associate Reyes’ stabbing with Valentin’s drug enterprise. In exchange, prosecutors wouldn’t pursue a prison sentence against him of more than 19 and a half years.

LOCAL WOMAN NAMED TO PAROLE BOARD

A Groton woman has been nominated by Governor Dannel Malloy to the state board of pardons and paroles. Nancy Turner currently serves as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Program Coordinator for Advanced Behavioral Health, Incorporated, and is also a member of the Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. She’s also been a director with the State Coalition against Domestic Violence, and has previously worked in various administrative roles with the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Alexandria, Virginia.

MYSTIC AQUARIUM INVESTIGATING DEAD WHALE IN RI

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) – Environmental officials have removed the carcass of a humpback whale that beached on the rocks at a Rhode Island state park. The state Department of Environmental Management said the 32-foot carcass found at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown last Friday has been transferred to an undisclosed location for examination and burial. Staff at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut will be performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death. State officials said retrieval of the carcass wasn’t possible until Friday because of adverse weather conditions. The department said humpback whale sightings have increased recently in local waters thanks to an abundant food supply. The whales are protected under the federal Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts and boats are required under law to stay a certain distance away from them.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

SCRAPYARD PROP UP FOR AUCTION

The Norwich Harbor site of the former Shetucket Iron and Metal Scrapyard will go up for auction on July 29th. A bitter family dispute caused the business to close last year and resulted in several lawsuits. The winning bidder must provide a $25,000 deposit at the sale. The more than three acre property has varying levels of environmental contamination, making it difficult to develop. According to Norwich Mayor Deb Hinchey, these and other issues are why the city has not expressed interest in entering a bid.

NASCAR SAYS NO

The racing season begins tomorrow at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, but it will open without NASCAR sanctioning. The track was stripped of sanctions shortly after owner Bruce Bemer was arrested on charges relating to sex trafficking. Earlier this month, George Whitney, who is leasing the Speedbowl for the season, applied to bring the Whelen All American series back. The auto racing governing body denied that application.

SHOTS FIRED

Last night, shortly after 11, New London Police received multiple calls reporting shots fired in the area of Jay Street. Responding officers located a man with a gunshot wound to the leg, who was alert and conscious. The currently unidentified victim was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for what were thought to be non-life threatening injuries. The incident appears to be isolated and not random. The police department continues to investigate.

BUDGET PETITIONS CERTIFIED

Mayor Mike Passero

In less than a week, the New London City Council will have the option of reconsidering a 90-million dollar budget that was approved last month. A set of petitions challenging the budget has been certified by the city clerk. New London Mayor Mike Passero says he understands why people are upset with a tax increase of over nine-percent, but the city is not to blame, pointing fingers at state budget cuts and a lack of a state budget at all. Passero says further cuts to the budget would put critical city services at risk. The city council now has the option of passing a revised budget or sending it to referendum in November.

LIBRARY MAKING DO

The executive director of Otis Library in Norwich will have to make adjustments to meet city budget cuts for 2017-2018. Robert Farwell says that the library may have to defer projects, forego staff training, and “strategically” reduce materials. Something he says he won’t do is cut any of Otis’ 29 full and part-time staff members, who he describes as excellent. The $63,000 budget cut was passed by the Norwich City Council when the $123.8 million budget was adopted earlier this month.

SURPRISE!

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) – Police executing a search warrant at a Rhode Island business ran into an unexpected guest – a five-foot alligator named “Gucci.” Officers had been executing a search-and-seizure warrant June 8 at Richmond smoke shop Pass the Glass when they discovered the animal on the second floor. The alligator’s owner has been charged with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession and received a citation for failing to obtain the proper permits for the animal.