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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.