LIFESTAR TAKE OFF INTERFERENCE
NEW LONDON- The New London Day reports New London police say they’ve arrested a Norwich man who delayed a Life Star helicopter as it attempted to take off from a parking lot at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon. Jonathan Brand, was warned several times by hospital security to leave the heliport area of the Montauk Ave, hospital parking lot, as a Life Star helicopter attempted to transfer a patient to another facility. Brand initially refused, and then moved to a hospital parking lot and blocked vehicles from leaving the campus. Brand is charged with interfering with a heliport-landing field, reckless endangerment, first-degree trespass, breach of peace, and is being held on a $150,000 bond.
IRS SCAM ALERT
NORWICH-The Norwich Bulletin reports Norwich police are warning residents to remain cautious against a telephone scam where callers are telling individuals they owe the IRS money. The callers say if the residents don’t pay the money, IRS agents will come to their house to arrest them. Police said in a Facebook post that many Norwich residents have fallen victim to the scam, due to the professionalism of the callers. Norwich police reminded residents the IRS does not collect debts this way.
AMTRAK TRAIN FATALITIES
GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) Amtrak train service along the Connecticut shoreline was suspended around 8:30 Friday morning after a trespasser was struck and killed in Guilford
About 120 passengers, none of whom were hurt, were affected by the delay. Another train fatality around 2:00 Friday afternoon this time in Milford. Officials have not released the names of either victim. Both incidents are under investigation by police and Amtrak authorities.
SCHOOL EMPLOYEE INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT WITH STUDENT
PLAINFIELD-The Plainfield school district superintendents office notified the Plainfield Police Department on Wednesday, of an alleged incident that could be of a criminal nature, involving inappropriate conduct of a faculty member with a student. The unidentified employee has been placed on administrative leave. Plainfield school district has said that the alleged incident occurred outside of the Plainfield schools and school activities. There was no other information available due to the ages, and nature of the incident. Plainfield police are investigating.
ZIKA VIRUS TEST
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency authorization to medical tests maker Quest Diagnostics Inc for the Zika virus. On Thursday, Quest said that it planned to make the test available early next week to physicians for patient testing in the United States and Puerto Rico.
DRUG FATALITY ARREST
OAKDALE-Police say a 55-year-old Oakdale man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal heroin overdose back in February. Through an investigation it was learned Michael Bedard of 8 Illinois Court, texted the victim inviting him to Bedards residence to “do a couple of lines and to come on down”, typical words used by drug users and sellers. Bedard told emergency responders he thought the victim had overdosed about an hour before he called for assistance and wasn’t aware of what drug the victim took. Responders asked why it took so long for Bedard to contact them and he said he thought the victim had simply fell asleep. Bedard was released on a promise to appear and is due in Norwich superior court on May 12.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s budget problems have worsened once again. New state revenue estimates, revealed Friday evening by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director, show the current fiscal year is projected to end June 30 about $256 million in deficit. That’s up from a $141.4 million estimate released just last week. Meanwhile, the projected budget deficit for next fiscal year, which legislators and Malloy are struggling to fix before Wednesday’s legislative adjournment deadline, has grown to $960 million, up from $922 million. In January, the deficit for 2016-17 was projected to be $570 million, but income tax and other revenue collections have steadily worsened. Ben Barnes, Malloy’s budget director, said the new figures mean the fixing the deficit “got a little harder.” The new revenue projections were agreed upon by the governor’s and legislature’s budget offices.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Those who attach weapons to drones in Connecticut could soon face a serious criminal penalty. A wide-ranging bill that cleared the House of Representatives on a 131-14 vote Friday creates a new class C felony for using weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A similar proposal died last year due to inaction. The debate was reignited this year after a college student in Clinton posted videos online of a drone-mounted handgun firing rounds into the woods and a flying flamethrower lighting up a spit-roasting Thanksgiving turkey. The bill, which now awaits Senate action, also creates a new crime for launching or landing a drone near a correctional facility. The bill also allows law enforcement to use drones in certain circumstances.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A bill that would allow minors with certain debilitating conditions to use Connecticut’s medical marijuana program faces its final legislative hurdle. The proposal, which already cleared the House of Representatives, was being considered Friday by the Senate. Debate is expected to last late into the night. Sen. Toni Boucher (boo-SHAY’), a Republican from Wilton and a chief opponent, has proposed 25 possible amendments to the legislation. Boucher voiced concerns about children using “mind-damaging substances,” saying the harm could be worse than their underlying conditions. But proponents say they heard from many anguished parents about their children’s suffering from conditions such as extreme seizures being eased by the drug. Under the bill, medical marijuana dispensaries could not provide qualified children any marijuana product that is smoked, vaporized or inhaled.
LONG ISLAND SOUND-LOBSTERS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A new study says no traces of pesticides were found in lobsters collected in Long Island Sound in late 2014, boosting the belief that warming water temperatures is the main culprit in a huge lobster population decline. The findings renew questions about restrictions Connecticut passed in 2013 limiting the use of pesticides that can control mosquito populations that transmit diseases including the West Nile and Zika viruses. Lobstermen supported the restrictions, believing pesticides contributed to lobster die-offs. Some municipal and environmental officials were opposed, saying the rules would restrict the use of effective mosquito control pesticides and there was no proven connection between pesticides and lobster die-offs. The University of Connecticut and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station tested 45 lobsters collected in Long Island Sound from Stamford to Stonington in October 2014.
CAVITY SEARCH-POLICE CLEARED
(Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com)
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) – A jury has cleared six Connecticut police officers of allegations that they conducted an illegal body cavity search on a man in 2011. The federal civil rights suit was decided Thursday. The suit filed in 2013 by Derrick Bryant, who had been held on drug charges. He alleged Meriden police performed a cavity search in a station holding cell without a warrant. Under state law, a warrant is required for police to search body cavities other than the mouth. The officers maintained they never did a cavity search and simply removed drugs they found in Bryant’s buttocks. The officers’ lawyer tells The Record Journal “fine officers who were publicly defamed have been vindicated.” Bryant’s attorney says she’s “dismayed” by the verdict but has not yet decided whether to appeal.
DRUG DROP BOXES
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – After a successful campaign placing prescription drug drop boxes across Connecticut yielded 23,000 pounds of unused pills last year, 11 more boxes have been added. State officials announced Thursday that the 11 additional boxes will be located at each Connecticut State Police barracks. The 60 drop boxes placed last year are located at municipal police departments throughout the state. Gov. Dannel Malloy said certain prescription drugs can lead youths toward heroin, and the state must “do all that we can” to combat the national and statewide opioid crisis. Officials say 415 people died from heroin-related overdoses in Connecticut last year. Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris says proper drug disposal is “an important piece of the puzzle” in helping those suffering from and affected by addiction.