DRIVER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THREE CAR ACCIDENT
CASINO POLICE SHOOTING
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have identified the tribal police officer who shot a man on the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. State police identified the officer as Mashantucket Tribal police Sgt. Kevin Leach. Leach is a three-year veteran of the department. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the Fox Tower parking garage at the resort. State police say 23-year-old Michael Goodale, of Groton, was wanted by police for violating his probation. Tribal police attempted to arrest Goodale in the parking garage, where police say Goodale pointed a firearm at officers. State police say at least one officer discharged at least one round. Goodale fell to the pavement below. It wasn’t clear whether he died from the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.
GROUP HOME LAWSUIT
The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a 22-year-old man at the center of three separate lawsuits against a Salem group home operator accused of disregarding the safety of neighbors was still not competent to stand trial on assault charges and ordered him held at the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Middletown. Records filed Friday in regard to Nicholas Benner’s mental health depict a troubled childhood for Benner, who was exposed to drugs while in his mother’s womb and was placed in foster care at the age of 2 where he was abused before he was adopted. Benner was expected to enter a plea Friday to charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a June 16 incident at a residential facility run by the Department of Developmental Services in Meriden. Court records said Benner poked a staff member twice with a paring knife after he was told not to unplug an ankle monitor.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital. The CDC said Saturday that the outbreak of E. coli, which can cause intestinal illnesses, likely is linked to beef products from Adams Farms Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts. People from 1 year old to 74 years old have become sick. They’re from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. No deaths have been reported. The CDC says five people who were interviewed said they’d eaten ground beef in the week before getting sick and that tests conducted in Connecticut on leftover ground beef from an ill person’s home and a restaurant found E. coli.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding boaters to take steps to prevent a newly discovered, highly invasive aquatic plant from spreading further. DEEP officials say they’ve found the plant, called hydrilla, in the main stem of the Connecticut River in Glastonbury. DEEP staff recently spotted several patches of hydrilla growing near Glastonbury’s Riverfront Park and Boathouse. The plant was previously identified in a portion of Keeney Cove in East Hartford. William Hyatt, DEEP’s chief of natural resources, says managing the infestation “exceedingly difficult” because the Connecticut River traverses the length of the state. Boaters are being urged to clean all visible plant material, fish, mud and other debris before leaving a launch and to drain all water.
BABY LOBSTERS-WARMING OCEAN
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean’s waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate. That is the key finding of a study performed by scientists in Maine, the state most closely associated with lobster in the U.S. The scientists found that lobster larvae struggled to survive when they were reared in water 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the current temperatures typical of the western Gulf of Maine. That’s how much the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expects the Gulf of Maine to warm by the year 2100.
POST OFFICE DEDICATION
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A post office in North Kingstown will be named in honor of one of the first black women to serve in Rhode Island’s General Assembly. Melvoid Benson was a teacher and a community activist. She represented residents of North Kingstown for seven terms. Benson died June 11 at the age of 86. Benson’s niece will join Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and the state’s congressional delegation at the dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon at the post office. Congressman Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat, introduced the bill to name the post office after Benson. Langevin told Benson before her death that the bill awaited the president’s signature.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Technology and bio-medical companies looking to start and grow in Connecticut can take advantage of new laboratory space at the University of Connecticut. Eighteen companies have taken up residence in the new labs at the school’s Cell and Genome Sciences building on the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The laboratories are part of the school’s Technology Incubation Program, designed to help these startup bioscience companies become successful. School officials say many of the companies are run by former UConn students or faculty.