MORE CHARGES AGAINST PLAINFIELD COUPLE
Additional charges may be filed against the two Plainfield residents arrested because dogs one of them owned mauled a Canterbury home health care aide. 31-year old Corey Beakey and 30-year old Jenna Allen appeared briefly Wednesday in Danielson Superior Court, where Assistant State’s Attorney Bonnie Bentley indicated a judge is reviewing a warrant request. Details of the new charges were not revealed. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to various infractions surrounding the December, 2014 mauling of Lynne Denning in Allen’s home. The two rottweilers owned by Allen were euthanized this past June. The defendants are due back in court September 27th.
STRANGER MAKES HERSELF AT HOME
State police say a New London woman apparently made herself at home inside a Lyme residence without the homeowner’s knowledge.. 28-year old Sandra Torres-Vasquez entered a Hamburg Road home back in April, and slept, ate, and showered there before the homeowner came back. Police say Torres-Vasquez claimed she and her husband lived there, and that he told her to go there. Police say Torres-Vasquez appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The homeowner said he never gave her permission to be in the house, which had been unlocked when the suspect arrived. Torres-Vasquez is being held on 75-thousand dollars bond, and is due back in court September 2nd.
DEAD BODY IN NEW LONDON
Police say the death of an African-American man found in the backyard of a vacant home Tuesday doesn’t appear suspicious. The body was discovered behind 18 Gorton Street around 2 PM. His identity has not been released. Police say it appears he was in his ’30’s, and had been dead for about 24 hours. The New London County State’s Attorney’s office and the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact New London police.
ANOTHER LOCAL HEROIN DEATH
New London police say a local man apparently died from a drug overdose. 51-year old Kevin Myers was found unconscious in his Willets Avenue residence Tuesday night around 10:40 PM by police after receiving a call from there. Polcie administered Narcan at the scene, then took Myers to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being done, but police beleive the cause of death is an overdose. No foul play is suspected.
LOST BAND RETURNED
Waterford’s 83-year old Elias Hage, who lost his wedding ring while swimming at Waterford’s beach, was delighted to see its return. Yesterday, at Waterford’s Community Center, Hage and 29-year old Keith Wille met for a happy embrace and the return of the ring. Wille, who found the ring while at the beach Friday, was given a cash reward. Lifeguards, who also assisted, were offered a pizza by Hage for their hard work.
More than 60 years after he was declared dead, a Waterford solider has come home. Tuesday, the remains of Sergeant James Campbell, who went missing during the Korean War, arrived at Byles Memorial Funeral Home in New London. Friday, Campbell will be interred with full military honors at the West Neck Cemetery in Waterford. The public is invited to attend.
DELAYS NOT BAD
Officials say the bridge construction project at Oil Mill Road in Waterford has only made for minor delays, less than expected. Since Monday, motorists have seen various closing to one lane of the northbound side of I-95. More closures connected to the project are expected in the coming months as crews work to replace the bridge’s elements.
GRISWOLD PEEPING TOM
State police are warning residents in the vicinity of Bethel Road in Griswold to keep an eye out for a so-called “peeping Tom.” State police say the suspect has been peeking into the windows of residents’ homes, and possibly breaking into some of them, stealing underwear and other clothing. Bethel Road residents received fliers from neighbors alerting them of the situation, and to contact the authorities of any suspicious activity. Police say patrols in the area have increased.
NURSE LAYOFFS AT L & M
There’ll be fewer nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at New London’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. Spokesman Mike O’Farrell says six registered nurses are being laid off as September 18, because of a decreased need for such services. O’Farrell says the laid-off nurses will be given preferential treatment for other available positions at L-and-M. He says two R-N’s will be on duty for each shift.
NOT READY FOR TRIAL
A clinical team evaluating a Norwich man accused of murdering his wife and her unborn child determines he’s not yet fit to stand trial. Thirty-nine-year-old Patrick Antoine has been committed for 60 days to the Connecticut Valley Hospital where he will be treated in the hope his competency can be restored. Antoine has admitted to stabbing Margarette Mady in June, thinking she was a voodoo princess who was going to sacrifice him. He then told police he set their apartment on fire. Antoine has been incarcerated at Garner Correctional, held on $2 million bond, but will now be sent to Middletown. A team will try and get Antoine to understand what he’s up against and able to help in his defense.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR ALLEGED MURDERER
October 17th is the trial date for a New London man who allegedly killed his roommate Christmas Day nearly three years ago. Jury selection will begin then for Sebastian Tzampop with testimony expected to start November 1st. Tzampop is accused of beating and stabbing to death 39-year-old Antonio Chajon while Chajon slept in in their Hope Street apartment. Tzampop has blamed alcohol and an evil spirit for his actions. He has already rejected a plea deal that would have had him serve 15 years in prison.
LIQUOR LAWS BEING CHALLENGED
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A national liquor retailer is taking Connecticut to court over the state’s minimum pricing rules for certain alcoholic beverages. Total Wine & More says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court challenging Connecticut’s long-standing law prohibiting retailers from selling bottles of alcohol, excluding beer, below a minimum price. The Maryland-based company is the country’s largest independent retailer of liquor, beer and wine. Total Wine Vice President of Public Affairs Edward Cooper says it’s time for Connecticut to “enter the 21st century” when it comes to selling wine and spirits. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to end minimum pricing. Many of the state’s small package store owners have fought such measures. The Connecticut Attorney General’s Office has not yet been served with the complaint.
UNCASVILLE MAN DROWNS
A man who drowned at Billings Lake in North Stonington has been identified. 30-year-old Scott Hurne of Uncasville was pulled out of the water by bystanders around 7:00 last night. First responders arrived at the scene and transported Hurne to Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he was pronounced dead. Officials say Billings Lake is not one of the 23 designated state park swim areas.
GAS PRICES GOING UP
For the first time in nine weeks, prices at the pump have gone up in Connecticut. The statewide average price of regular gas jumped four cents in the past week to two-dollars 26-cents a gallon. AAA spokesman Fran Mako says higher crude oil prices are causing the spike at the pump. She says there’s no way to tell if gas prices will continue to go up in the coming weeks.
OLD LYME MOSQUITOES
Old Lyme residents have had just about enough of salt marsh mosquitoes. The tiny buggers have been causing all kinds of problems in town, forcing town officials to conduct a full spraying of several neighborhoods beginning at 7:30 tonight. The first spraying will take place in the Hawks Nest Beach Area. Town officials are asking residents to keep their windows closed and to make sure all children’s and pet’s toys are inside during tonight’s spraying. It’s also a good idea to avoid going outside for about 30 minutes afterwards.
UCONN FRESHMAN CLASS
The University of Connecticut’s incoming freshman class is the most diverse in school history. It includes 5,100 students, 3,800 of whom will attend the main campus in Storrs. A record 37 percent of those come from minority backgrounds. The percentage of minority students continues an upward trend from 14 percent in 1996, with the biggest growth coming in the school’s Hispanic population.