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SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

SILVER ALERT FOR ELDERLY GRISWOLD MAN

GRISWOLD, CT (WFSB) – Normand SylvestreA Silver Alert has been issued for 88-year-old Normand Sylvestre from Griswold. He was last seen Friday wearing a grey hat, black coat, yellow shirt, tan pants and black shoes.   Sylvestre is described as a man with grey hair, hazel eyes, 5’3″ tall, and 160 pounds. Anyone who may have seen Sylvestre is asked to call Troop E at 860-848-6500.

WATERFORD POLICE RESPOND TO OAKDALE MOTEL DEATH

Oakdell Motel

Waterford police are investigating the death of a 63-year-old male at the Oakdell Motel on Rt 85. Police said they received a report of an unattended death at the hotel Thursday night around 10:50. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and time of death. Lt. Tim Silva said it does not appear foul play was involved; nor was there any threat to the public.

GROTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH RACIAL INTIMIDATION

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Norwich Police arrested a Groton woman on Thursday after she allegedly destroyed and defaced photos of her adult daughter’s boyfriend and wrote racial epithets on them. Police described the incident as a domestic dispute, saying Laurie Scheetz allegedly objected to her daughter’s boyfriend. Scheetz was charged with one count each of intimidation by bigotry or bias and third-degree criminal mischief. She was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Nov. 1st in Norwich Superior Court.

EAST LYME POLICE:  MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED

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East Lyme Police responded to reports of an East Lyme Middle School student making a threatening statement toward the student body. Police found the incident to be unsubstantiated. The unidentified juvenile making the threat has been charged with second-degree breach of peace. The 14-year-old male student was immediately removed from class and taken into police custody. East Lyme Police Chief Michael Finkelstein said a police investigation revealed there was “no intent to commit harm, just verbal threats.” The case was referred to Juvenile Court in Waterford.

NEW LONDON PREMIERE DEVELOPMENT EVENT

Michael Passero

New London Mayor Michael Passero says the city has talked about its potential and highlighted its dreams and possibilities for too long. Next Thursday, the city is hosting a “premier development event,” at the Garde Arts Center. Passero says there is a shift in the way the city now sees itself because of tangible growth in the city. The event was organized,the director of the city’s Office of Development and Planning with support from the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut. It’s a public relations event and a networking opportunity for investors and real estate development firms from across the northeast. Passero said the future development of the estimated $100 million National Coast Guard Museum in downtown remains a large driver for some of the activity in New London.

ANNUAL PRISON MINISTRY

New London Community members and elected officials from throughout the state will tackle bail policies and jury selection practices in Connecticut at the upcoming eighth annual Community Prison Awareness and Prevention Gathering at Shiloh Baptist Church. The free event for adults and youths will take place Saturday, Oct. 27th from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Family Life Center. The gathering’s organizers select segments of the criminal justice system to tackle with the goal of creating systems that work for everybody, eliminate mass incarceration of individuals who could be better served by remaining in the community and empower young people to participate in the betterment of their communities.

LONG TIME HESS STATION FRACHISEE RETIRES

Michael Olsen has been the franchisee of the Hess Gasoline station in Waterford since 1972. He was 22 years old. Today at age 68, Olsen feels it’s time to retire, partly because Hess’ parent company, Marathon Petroleum, sold the station this year to Petroleum Marketing Group, which rebranded it as Citgo. Olsen says working from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week is exhausting, and he wants to spend more time with his wife. He says what he’ll miss most is interacting with his customers.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

BODY FOUND IS MISSING MAN

William Bennett (WTNH)

WINDHAM, Conn.  (WTNH)  Connecticut State Police have confirmed that the body recovered from a river in Windham is that of a missing Willimantic man.  State police say his death does not appear to be suspicious at this time.  State police recovered a body in the Shetucket River near Plains Road Thursday. Residents walking in the area spotted the body submerged in water along the shore and called for help. Police have identified the person as 87-year-old William Bennett, who has been missing for the past week.

ARMY CORPS ON CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS

Recommendations from the U-S Army Corps of Engineers have been released to tackle the problem of crumbling home foundations in Northeastern Connecticut.  Roughly 35-thousand homeowners are affected. At issue is the presence of the mineral Pyrrhotite,  which makes concrete crack when exposed to the elements.  Governor Dannel Malloy received the recommendations, saying the report calls for standardized testing of not only home foundations,  but also quarries.  The report says more needs to be done to examine ways to fix damaged foundations.  Immediate recommendations for affected homeowners include installing French drains, dehumidifiers, and waterproofing. Proposed guidelines would limit sulfur content in concrete to no more than one-tenth of one percent.

RI ROOSTER COMPLAINTS

Jeremy Palmer (Westerly Sun)

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island couple is vowing to fight the three tickets they have received from police recently after their neighbors complained that their roosters are too loud. Jeremy and Jenelle Palmer own three acres in Hopkinton. They tell The Westerly Sun it is zoned for both farming and residential and they are allowed to own livestock.   That hasn’t stopped neighbors from complaining about roosters waking them at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. every day. Police records show more than 60 complaints about roosters owned by the Palmers and other families. Police Capt. Mark Carrier says while the Palmers are properly zoned and have every right to own roosters the noise was in violation of the town’s nuisance ordinance. Police have reached out to the town lawyer for guidance.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

MEDDLING ALLEGED

The Mashantucket Pequots and the State of Connecticut allege that interference by Nevada lawmakers and the White House “tainted the administrative process” that led the U.S. Department of the Interior to withhold approval of the tribe’s amended gaming agreement with the state. That amendment is needed for the Pequots and Mohegan tribe to open a joint casino in East Windsor.  In the filing Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the state and the Mashantuckets claim Interior officials were preparing to approve gaming agreements when “the (Interior) Department buckled under undue political pressure from two Nevada Republicans.” The filing says MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas, Nevada.-based casino operator seeking to block the East Windsor project, is a major campaign contributor to Senator Dean Heller and Representative Mark Amodei of Nevada. The state and the Mashantuckets contend the tribes’ gaming agreements “function identically in the real world” and that Interior is violating federal law by treating them differently.

LEAF PICKUP KILLED

Stonington Town Hall (Westerly Sun)

After more than ten years, the Stonington Public Works Department will no longer pick up leaves raked to the edge of the properties of homeowners this fall. The Board of Finance decided not to purchase a new leaf vacuum in the 2018-19 budget. The public works department then cut funding for the entire leaf program. Residents will now be responsible to take their leaves to the transfer station leaf compost area themselves, hire someone to do it for them or find another means of disposing of them. First Selectman Rob Simmons said he has not received any phone calls complaining about the leaf pickup program ending.

PATTEN CASE CONTINUED

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Montville High School Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten has been granted a continuance of her court case involving allegations she failed to report suspected abuse after learning of slapboxing bouts taking place in a substitute teacher’s classroom in the fall of 2017. Her new appearance date in Superior Court in Norwich is Oct. 29th. Patten is on paid leave from the school district while her court case is pending. A third administrator charged, Superintendent Brian Levesque, is due back in court on Oct. 23rd. He also remains on paid leave from the school district. The state decided not to prosecute high school principal Jeffrey Theodoss since he decided to retire over the summer.

MLK SCHOLARS HONORED

Britney Toussaint is the only black girl in several of her classes at Fitch High School. Her hopes are to see young black men and women alongside young white men and women in all higher-level classes. She is one of 12 recipients this year of the $20,000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the scholarship trust fund.  A theme among the speeches at a celebration last night was experiencing discrimination or witnessing it directed toward a parent.