No injuries reported, but several people are displaced due to a Friday afternoon house fire in Norwich. The 2:20 pm blaze broke out in a kitchen at 103 Fourth Street in the Greeneville section of the city, and was brought under control quickly. Fire officials says there’s extensive damage to the first floor of the two-family home, and heavy smoke damge in portions of the second floor. Several pets have also been displaced. An investigation is underway.
BOYLE DENIED PAROLE
A convicted serial rapist and murderer has been denied parole. The state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles Friday rejects a request to release 55-year old Edward Boyle. Board members says they decided that Boyle should remain at the Brooklyn Correctional Institution after he failed to adequately explain why he continued to prey on women after serving 19 years in prison for killing 20-year old Louisa Scott in 1980 in Coventry, and raping several other women. Members of Scott’s family attended the parole hearing, urging the board to keep Boyle incarcerated. The board will be conducting annual reviews of Boyle’s status, as required by law. He remains on special parole at the Brooklyn prison through 2024.
DROUGHT WATCH FOR PART OF STATE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging residents to reduce their water usage whenever possible. The governor says steps need to be taken to “stretch our water supply” given the state’s persistent drought conditions. The Democrat made the plea on Friday. It comes after the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup issued the state’s first-ever “drought watch” for Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties.
The workgroup is asking residents, businesses and local governments in those counties to voluntarily reduce water usage by around 15 percent. A watch means Connecticut is already experiencing moderate-to-severe drought conditions.
A previously announced “drought advisory” will remain for New London and Windham counties. Those counties are being asked to reduce usage by around 10 percent.
Stonington police say a scheduled sweep of the high school campus Tuesday by eight police dog teams led to two students being charged for marijuana possession, while a third student, a female, has been charged with possessing pot, as well as an unknown substance that’s been forwarded to the state crime lab for testing. Police say the female has refused to identify the substance. Names of the accused haven’t been released, as they’re all juveniles. School officials say established protocols are being followed in regards to the accused.