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FATAL CRASH ID

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) – Authorities  have released the name of the 28-year-old man who died in a single-vehicle crash when his SUV struck a tree over the weekend.   The crash in Willimantic was reported at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. The victim was taken to Windham Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police on Monday say that the victim was Jeffrey Marquez, who lived in town. Marquez was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat. First responders pried the door open and found he was not breathing and had no pulse. No other occupants were in the vehicle. The cause remains under investigation.

NL MAN TO PLEAD INSANE

David McKeever (NLPD)

A New London man accused of murdering his long-time companion almost three years ago says he’ll be using an insanity defense again at his upcoming trial.   50-year old David McKeever has a history of mental illness. Police say McKeever stabbed his girlfriend multiple times at their Cole Street apartment in November, 2015, and left her body there for several days wrapped in towels and a blanket, before police found her.  McKeever was originally scheduled to plead the insanity defense last year, then claimed his attorney bullied him to make that decision.  He was appointed a new attorney, and has now again decided to plead insane.  His trial is set to begin October 22nd.

GRANT MONEY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS

Gov. Dannel Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut is receiving a $10 million grant that will be used to increase access to care for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Gov. Dannel Malloy says Monday the funding will also be used to address the opioid crisis by improving access to medication-assisted treatment.  Malloy, a Democrat, says the grant will be used to serve over 2,000 individuals. It will pair physical health providers with mental health and substance use providers in Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury. These areas have been identified as areas with high rates of patients who have high Medicaid expenses and behavioral health diagnoses.  The grant is through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and will be proctored by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

LUNCH LADIES ACCUSED OF TAKING $$

Joanne Pascarelli & Marie Wilson (AP)

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) – Two sisters and former cafeteria workers are being charged with stealing nearly half of a million dollars from Connecticut schools in the past five years.
Police say 61-year-old Joanne Pascarelli of Stratford and her sister 67-year-old Marie Wilson of Wilton turned themselves into New Canaan police this weekend after warrants were issued for their arrest. The two have been charged with larceny and defrauding a public community for allegedly stealing $478,588 from Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School from 2012 to 2017. Board of Education officials did not reply for comment. An attorney for Wilson says she is innocent and is “not going to be scapegoated.” The sisters have been released after each posting a $50,000 bond, and will be in court later in August. An attorney for Pascarelli could not be identified.

NO FOOTBALL CLUB FOR NOW

Rentschler Field

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – UConn has postponed plans to put a club for season ticket holders inside its football stadium, because it would have displaced a memorial statue to slain player Jasper Howard. Spokesman Pat McKenna says the school had planned to move the statue from behind the west end zone to another spot at Rentschler Field, but received some resistance to the idea from fans. McKenna says the athletic department will spend this season talking to fans and alumni in an effort to find an appropriate solution.
The club, which would have included table service and televisions, would have seated 240 people at a cost of an extra $60 per season ticket. Howard, a defensive back, was stabbed to death during an altercation on campus in October 2009, just hours after he starred in a homecoming win over Louisville.

RI LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM IN BIG DANCE 

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – A Rhode Island little league baseball team is headed to the big game. The Coventry Little League team is going to the Little League World Series after beating their Massachusetts rivals 3-2 Sunday to win the New England Regional Championship. The team had previously lost to Pittsfield, Massachusetts 9-1. The score was tied 2-2 Sunday going into the fourth inning, but the team pulled away with Jake Mather’s solo home run in the fifth inning. Coventry is the fourth Rhode Island team in five years to win the New England Regional title.  Team manager Lou Simon tells The Providence Journal the boys “battled like they’ve done all summer.” They face a Houston team Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

STORE MOVING

Planned new location of Amazing Furniture, the former Floor Covering Shop

Mark Kahlenbach, owner of Amazing Furniture & Sleep Shop, plans to move his business from Taftville into an 11,000-square-foot building in Burnham Square in Norwich.  He decided to move when he learned that the site at the corner of Main and North Main Street in Norwich was available for purchase. Mayor Peter Nystrom said that he’s happy to see a new retail presence coming to downtown. Nystrom said that he expects Amazing Furniture to use the current downtown bond program in order to make the building operational. Kahlenbach expects the new showroom to be open in early September.

CRASH BRINGS DOWN POLE

Waterford police had to shut down a section of Rt 85 after a car crashed into a utility pole, bringing down wires and starting a fire Sunday evening. It happened at the intersection of Route 85 and Douglas Lane. Police said the car came to a rest on its driver’s side. The driver was alone and was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Crews took a few hours to clear the area and replace the utility pole.

ENVIRONMENTALIST HONORED WITH NEW BEACH

More than a hundred people, and dozens of kayaks, gathered on the river near Oswegatchie Road for the dedication of Waterford’s newest beach and the 15th annual kayak regatta, in honor of Niantic River Appreciation Day. It was also a celebration of the work of local environmental advocate Fred Grimsey. The town honored Grimsey by dedicating a piece of town-owned shoreline property at 47 Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach.

WOMAN MISSING

Vicki Miller (WTNH)

Police are asking the public to help them locate a missing Colchester woman. Fifty-five-year-old Vicki Miller was last seen Sunday at Mohegan Sun . Miller is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Miller’s whereabouts is asked to call the State Police at Troop K in Colchester at (860) 465-5400.

CHILD SEAT CHECKS AVAILABLE

If you have children and have seats fitted for them in your car, you might want to get them checked out.   Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London has re-introduced child seat safety checks every Thursday at their parking garage to make sure your child seat is fitted properly.  The car seat safety checks take about 30 minutes and are by appointment only by calling 860 574 9724 and run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. L&M says they will be running this service for the next year.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

MISSING COLCHESTER WOMAN FOUND SAFE

Brooke Rafala (WFSB)

Colchester and state police have found a woman who was reported missing after not being heard from for days.    Crews were searching for 23-year-old Brooke Rafala on Friday. She was described as 5-foot-2, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen near McDonald Road in Colchester and was wearing black yoga pants.  Authorities said her family hadn’t heard from her in more than 48 hours and were concerned.   Early Saturday morning, police said Rafala was found. It is unclear what condition she was found in, but police said she has been hospitalized. Officers have not said what may have happened to her.

CRASH CLOSES ROUTE 2 FOR HOURS

EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Five cars were involved in a crash that prompted State Police to close Route 2 in East Hartford on Saturday afternoon.   State Police said at one time both the Eastbound and Westbound sides of Route 2 near Exit 4 were closed at about 3 p.m.   Injuries were reported in the crash, but State Police said the injuries were non-life threatening.

TAX-FREE WEEK

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s 18th annual sales tax-free week is fast approaching.   Consumers will not have to pay the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax on retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items that are priced under $100. The week runs from Aug. 19 through Aug. 25.   Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson says the week, which costs the state about $4.8 million in lost revenue, has become “an anticipated tradition in Connecticut.” It’s timed for back-to-school shopping.  Connecticut retailers often offer additional clothing and footwear discounts during the sales tax-free week.   The tax will be calculated on the final sales price of an item, after all reductions and coupons are applied.

GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some of the political leaders from the New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian provinces will be meeting at a Vermont ski resort while a bitter trade dispute simmers between Washington and Ottawa.   The 42nd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers will be held Monday in Stowe.   This year’s meeting comes as the U.S., Canada and Mexico are renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trump administration officials have made snarky comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  At a national level, the two countries have imposed trade tariffs on goods such as steel and aluminum.   McGill University professor emeritus Armand de Mestral says he thinks the leaders will be looking for ways to ensure trade continues within the region.

OUTDOOR CONNECTICUT

NORTH FRANKLIN, Conn. (AP) — The state’s environmental protection agency is unveiling a new event to highlight Connecticut’s fish and wildlife resources.   Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day will be held on Sept. 22 at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Franklin. The free, daylong event will include a host of demonstrations and clinics, as well as children’s activities, such as a scavenger hunt. There will also be live birds of prey and waterfowl, an outdoor skills clinic held by L.L. Bean, field dog demonstrations, an archery range, shooting clays, backyard bass casting, fly casting, fly tying, a portable sawmill and an electric vehicle.  There will also be a moose calling demonstration and competition.  The agency says families are invited to bring a picnic lunch for the event.

CONNECTICUT PRIMARY

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The real election fight in Connecticut is expected to begin after the largest primary in recent state memory is held.   Registered Republicans and Democrats will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose their nominees for numerous spots on November’s general election ballot, ranging from governor to state representative. Sacred Heart University Professor Gary Rose predicts Connecticut voters will see “a pretty vicious campaign” after Primary Day, with candidates presenting “a stark contrast” between the two major parties.   Voters have already seen such signs in this year’s crowded primary season.   There are five Republicans and two Democrats running in the gubernatorial primaries. There are also primaries for lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller and Congress.

CONNECTICUT PRIMARY-GOTV

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Candidates are rallying their supporters in the final days before Connecticut’s upcoming primary, hoping to encourage people to go to the polls. Voter turnout is traditionally low in the state’s summertime primary, which will be held on Tuesday.   This primary marks the first time there’s been an open seat for governor since 2010. That year, voter turnout was less than 25 percent among registered Democrats and less than 30 percent for registered Republicans.Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking re-election.   There are five GOP candidates and two Democrats vying for their party’s gubernatorial candidate in November. There are also primaries for state constitutional and legislative seats, as well as the 5th Congressional District.   Statewide candidates are crisscrossing Connecticut on Saturday, making appearances at rallies, festivals, carnivals, and meet-and-greet events.

RI PRIMARY VOTING

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in the Rhode Island primary is quickly approaching.   Monday is the deadline.   Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is urging voters to be prepared. She says voters should have up to date registrations and know their options if they can’t get to the polls Sept. 12 to vote in the primary.   Gorbea’s office has a website where residents can register to vote online or update their voter information if they moved or changed their names.   The registration deadline falls on a state holiday in Rhode Island, Victory Day. Gorbea says every municipality has arranged for residents to register or change their address using a paper form.   The deadline to vote by mail is Aug. 22. Voters must submit their mail ballots to their local board of canvassers.

DAIRY FARM AWARD

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — A dairy farm in Rhode Island has been named the state’s outstanding dairy farm of the year.   The state Department of Environmental Management says Breene Hollow Farm in West Greenwich was chosen by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee for its commitment to dairy farming and the community. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says it’s important to recognize farmers’ contributions to the food supply, economy and their families and communities.   The agency says Kevin Breene established the farm with 20 cows at his parents’ home in 1977 after he graduated from the University of Connecticut.   He still runs the farm. His daughter and son-in-law oversee the milking operation.   Several abutting properties have been purchased, bringing the farm to 360 acres.   Winning dairy farmers from New England will be honored Sept. 14 in Massachusetts.