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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
(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
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.