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MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) – Norwich police say a city man was killed early Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was operating lost control and crashed.  The accident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the area of 74 West Thames Street.  When officers arrived they found the operator, identified as 37-year-old Andre Ross, suffering from serious injuries.Ross was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later.  Police said no other vehicles were involved in the accident.  Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has additional details is being asked to contact the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561.

VEHICLE DRIVES INTO OXOBOXO LAKE – OPERATOR RESCUED

Montville, Ct. – Montville police say a man was rescued around 6:30 Friday night after driving his vehicle in Oxoboxo Lake.  Emergency responders reached the unidentified driver after a good samaritan, in a private boat saw the incident and pulled the driver out of the fully submerged vehicle.  The driver was taken to Backus Hospital with unspecified injuries.  It was not known what caused him to drive off the road.

TWO-CAR CRASH – MINOR INJURIES

Plainfield, Ct. – Plainfield police reported a two car crash around 3:15 Frday afternoon when a 2001 Chevy Cavalier traveling northbound collided with a 2015 Chevy Silverado attempting to turn onto Squaw Rock Road. Both drivers were transported to Backus Hospital In Plainfield for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

THREE CAR CRASH – OPERATOR DRIVING WITH ADULT LEARNERS PERMIT

Plainfield, Ct. – Another accident in Plainfield, this time a 3 car crash around 10:30 friday morning on Norwich Road near Babcock Avenue. A car traveling northbound stopped to make a left hand turn and was struck from behind by a car that was pushed into it by a third vehicle driven by Deeonna Benoit-Bouchard. Two adults and three children were transported by ambulance to Backus Hospital in Norwich for unspecified injuries sustained. During the investigation it was learned that Bouchard was operating under an Adult Learner’s Permit with no licensed operator in the vehicle with her. Bouchard was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and Following too Closely.

GROTON MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM DECEASED IN-LAWS

Groton, Ct. –  A Groton man has been arrested after being accused of stealing from the estate of his deceased in-laws that he was in charge of. Police began investigating suspicious activity associated with the estate at the request of the Groton Probate Court and determined that more than $1.2 million dollars had been stolen. Police say 68-year-old David Burrell was charged him with first-degree larceny, was released on$50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in New London on Aug. 1st.

‘AUTISM SPEAKS’ ADVOCATE CO-FOUNDER DIES

NEW YORK (AP) – A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69.  Organization spokeswoman Aurelia Grayson says Wright died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut.  She and her husband, former NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright, founded Autism Speaks in 2005 after their grandson’s diagnosis. The New York-based organization funds research, raises awareness and spotlights the needs of people with autism and their families.  As part of her role, she appeared at events at the United Nations annually for eight years on World Autism Awareness Day. It’s April 2.  She also helped spearhead Autism Speaks’ decade-long public service announcement campaign about early signs of the disorder.

US WOMENS BASKETBALL TEAM OVERWHELMS CANADA 83-43

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women’s basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game.  After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north.  The U.S. only had a three-point lead on the select team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one Wednesday at the half. The Americans wouldn’t let that happen against Canada.  Geno Auriemma started the five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled a little offensively when they were in, but defensively they shut down Canada.  The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn’t recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and 24 at the half.

91 YEAR OLD PASSENGER DIES IN BLOOMFIELD CAR CRASH

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Police say a 91-year-old person has died and another person was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Bloomfield.  The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Friday to the area of Simsbury Road and Mountain Road. Responding officers found the vehicle off the right side of the road. The driver was out of the vehicle, disoriented and the front passenger was in cardiac arrest.  Both of the vehicle’s occupants were taken St. Francis Hospital where the 91-year-old passenger died. The 49-year-old driver was admitted to the ICU.  Both crash victims are from West Hartford, but no names were immediately released.  Witnesses told police that the driver had been exhibiting seizure-type activity.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

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CT MAN KILLED IN RI CRASH

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police have identified the truck driver who died in a crash on Interstate 95 in Hopkinton as a Connecticut man. Police say the tractor-trailer driven by 58-year-old Theodore Budkofsky, of West Hartford, was headed south at about 2 p.m. Thursday when he cut to the right in an attempt to avoid another vehicle changing lanes, lost control, and struck a tree.

FREE MEALS AT NORWICH SCHOOLS

NORWICH, Conn. (WFSB) – School may be out for the summer for most but in Norwich school is in with fun and food.   Norwich public schools are hosting a summer program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   Channel 3’s Kevin Hogan stopped in at Kelly Middle School, where low-income kids are given free meals.   Around 175 kids are involved in the program, which provides breakfast and lunch for kids at 36 sites throughout the city.   State representative Joe Courtney stopped by the school to show his support for the program.  Another appealing aspect of the program is the play time.   Courtney said the program has been a success. Last year 33,000 meals were served and this year they expect to surpass that number.   School superintendent Abby Dolliver said they are trying to increase the program in any way possible.

NEW SANDY HOOK SCHOOL

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School’s principal says she expects some tears, anxiety and a lot of excitement when staff and students return next month for the first day of classes at their new school. The media and the general public got their first look Friday at the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred in December 2012.

BLOOMFIELD FATALITY

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a 91-year-old person has died and another person was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Bloomfield. The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Both victims were taken St. Francis Hospital where the 91-year-old passenger died. The 49-year-old driver was admitted to the ICU. Both crash victims are from West Hartford, but no names were released.

38 STUDIOS

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says authorities investigating the failed deal with his video game company were sent on a “witch hunt.” WPRI-TV asked the former ballplayer on Friday for his reaction to Rhode Island authorities announcing they found no provable criminal violations” of state law after a yearslong investigation into Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

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PRESTON POSTCARDS

Preston officials are asking  “Who sent the postcards”??  Some town residents received the cards in the mail before the Tuesday vote on the school budget which was approved.  The cards seem to suggest that the budget should be defeated.  Selectmen say the town didn’t send out the postcards, and there’s no indication on them as to what individual or group sent them out, other than to list Town Hall as a return address.  Selectmen say they’ll ask the resident state troopers to investigate.  Selectman Lynwood Crary says ironically, some of the postcards weren’t received until the day after the referendum.

NEW NEWTOWN SCHOOL UNVEILED

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – The public will get its first glimpse of the Newtown school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred.   The old Sandy Hook Elementary School was torn down after the gunman’s rampage in December 2012.   The new $50 million, 86,000-square-foot school was built on the same property but not in the old footprint, and is scheduled to open next month.   A media tour will precede a public open house on Friday.   Superintendent Joseph Erardi says the district hopes that allowing everyone a look at the school this week will give students a “quiet, respectful, and appropriate opening as teachers and students return to the new school year” on Aug. 29.

TRUCK DRIVER IN RI FATAL ID

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island State Police have identified the truck driver who died in a crash on Interstate 95 in Hopkinton as a Connecticut man.   Police say the tractor-trailer driven by 58-year-old Theodore Budkofsky, of West Hartford, was headed south at about 2 p.m. Thursday when he cut to the right in an attempt to avoid another vehicle changing lanes, lost control, struck the guardrail and a tree.   Budkofsky was flown to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where he died of his injuries.   Police say the car making the lane change never made contact with the truck, and the driver stopped and called police.   The crash remains under investigation.

CHAMBER:  FIREWORKS WILL BE BACK!!!

Following this year’s cancelation, The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce says they are determined to bring back fireworks to the city’s downtown in 2017. To help pay for the show the chamber has begun fundraising efforts. The first one will be the 2016 Ron Aliano Service Awards Gala held in September. The funds will also go to help pay for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Norwich.

 

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

News BannerNORWICH MAN TAKES PLEA DEAL

A Norwich man accused of sexually assaulting two women is going to jail. 25-year-old Alexander Perry pleaded no contest to several charges in New London Superior Court on Thursday. Police say Perry attacked and sexually assaulted a woman in a small alleyway off Central Avenue in Norwich in April of 2009. A second woman accused him of orchestrating a similar attack near Mohegan Sun Casino in March of 2013. Perry is facing a six-year prison sentence, followed by ten years probation. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender upon his release.

MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM DEAD IN-LAWS

A Groton man is accused of stealing over a million dollars from the estate of his deceased in-laws. 68-year-old David Burrell was arrested last week. Groton Town police detectives began investigating Burrell after a probate judge reported suspicious activity involving the estate of Darrell and Dorothy Haynes. The investigation determined that Burrell embezzled one-point-two million dollars from the couple’s bank accounts over a period of several years. Burrell has been charged with first-degree larceny. He’s scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on Monday.

I-95 SHUT DOWN NEAR STATE LINE

Interstate 95 was closed for several hours this afternoon near the North Stonington/Rhode Island border following a crash involving a tractor trailer.  Life Star helicopter was called to the scene, although the extent of injuries isn’t yet known.  No word on what caused the crash or how many vehicles were involved.

LAWSUIT AGAINST GUN SHOP MOVING FORWARD

The Connecticut gun shop that sold Nancy Lanza the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre filed for bankruptcy this week but a lawsuit filed by family members of some victims will go forward, a judge ruled Thursday.  Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled the case against the gun shop, Riverview Sales Inc. in East Windsor, will be delayed until the bankruptcy proceedings are complete.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

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Calls for what supporters describe as common sense gun control legislation are made last night during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Among the speakers were Erica Smolgelski of Prospect, Connecticut.  Her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, when she was among the victims of the 2012 shooting there.  Also speaking was Connecticut U-S Senator Chris Murphy, who led a Senate filibuster last month in support of a vote on the gun control legislation. He says it’s frustrating that no proposals on the issue have been discussed by the full Senate.

RI LAWMAKER DOESN’T WANT TRUMP TO HAVE BRIEFINGS

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island congressman says he’s asking President Barack Obama to withhold classified materials and briefings from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the interest of national security.   U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday.   At a news conference hours earlier, Trump said he hoped that Russia would find emails deleted by Hillary Clinton from her time as secretary of state. He said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”   Cicilline says Trump’s “call for hostile foreign action” goes beyond partisan politics and “represents a threat to the republic itself.”   Since 1952, Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have traditionally received intelligence briefings after securing their party’s nomination.

LEDYARD HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

A high number of fatal crashes along Ledyard’s Shewville Road is now being addressed. In its meeting last night, Ledyard’s Town Council voted to support the proposal for the Local Road Accident Reduction Grant. Official’s hope the grant can be used to update guide rails, signage, and add reflective markers along the towns dangerous stretch of road.

NO ARMED GUARDS AT THREE RIVERS

Despite a recent state law allowing community colleges to begin hiring, Three Rivers Community College will hold off on implementing armed security guards on the school’s Norwich campus.   Three Rivers president Mary Ellen Jukoski  says the school can’t afford the change and will not seek state approval.

OLD STATE HOUSE ART WORK BEING MOVED

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State officials plan to remove tens of millions of dollars’ worth of art work from Connecticut’s Old State House, which has been closed to the public amid the state’s budget problems.   Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the agency does not have the financial resources to make sure the art can remain safe and in the proper climate-controlled environment.   The department is taking over care of the building from the Office of Legislative Management, which closed the tourist attraction to the public late last month.   Schain says the art work is currently on loan to the Old State House and will be returned to its owners, while the state comes up with a plan for the future of the building.

WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

News BannerNORWICH DOCTOR OFF TO TRIAL

A Norwich doctor accused of sexually assaulting four women has rejected a plea deal. Police say 45-year-old Manoj Saxena on Mansfield conducted unnecessary physical exams on women at the Concentra Urgent Care Clinic in 2014 and 2015. If Saxena accepted the plea offer, he would’ve received a three-year prison sentence followed by ten years probation. Now, he’s facing up to 34 years in prison if convicted at trial. Saxena is free on bond. His medical license has been suspended as he awaits his day in court.

NORWICH MAN FACING FRAUD CHARGES

A Norwich man is in hot water after being accused of illegally collecting more than four-thousand dollars in unemployment benefits. 45-year-old Carl Dean was arrested this week. A state investigation determined that he used the name and social security number of a Hartford man to fraudulently collect the money. Dean is free on bond. He’s scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on August 4th.

WORKERS HURT IN EXPLOSION CAN’T SUE

The Connecticut Supreme Court says two workers injured in a power plant explosion that killed six other people in 2010 cannot sue a contractor for damages for alleged negligence.  Justices issued a 6-1 decision saying contractor O&G Industries of Torrington is immune from the lawsuit under state law because the contractor bore the cost of workers’ compensation benefits paid to the two subcontractor workers.  The explosion occurred during construction of the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown.

REGULATORS LOOKING TO SAVE LOBSTERS

Regulators are taking another look at potential strategies to revitalize southern New England’s lobster population, which scientists say has sunk to its lowest levels on record.  The lobster management board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is planning to discuss possible solutions to the problem Aug. 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, near where the commission is based.  The commission’s members have expressed a desire to find new management options to increase egg production in southern New England lobsters by 20 to 60 percent.

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