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No injuries reported, but several people are displaced due to a Friday afternoon house fire in Norwich.  The 2:20 pm blaze broke out in a kitchen at 103 Fourth Street in the Greeneville section of the city, and was brought under control quickly. Fire officials says there’s extensive damage to the first floor of the two-family home, and heavy smoke damge in portions of the second floor. Several pets have also been displaced.  An investigation is underway.



A convicted serial rapist and murderer has been denied parole.  The state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles Friday rejects a request to release 55-year old Edward Boyle.  Board members says they decided that Boyle should remain at the Brooklyn Correctional Institution after he failed to adequately explain why he continued to prey on women after serving 19 years in prison for killing 20-year old Louisa Scott in 1980 in Coventry, and raping several other women. Members of Scott’s family attended the parole hearing, urging the board to keep Boyle incarcerated. The board will be conducting annual reviews of Boyle’s status, as required by law.  He remains on special parole at the Brooklyn prison through 2024.



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging residents to reduce their water usage whenever possible. The governor says steps need to be taken to “stretch our water supply” given the state’s persistent drought conditions. The Democrat made the plea on Friday. It comes after the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup issued the state’s first-ever “drought watch” for Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties.
The workgroup is asking residents, businesses and local governments in those counties to voluntarily reduce water usage by around 15 percent. A watch means Connecticut is already experiencing moderate-to-severe drought conditions.
A previously announced “drought advisory” will remain for New London and Windham counties. Those counties are being asked to reduce usage by around 10 percent.



Stonington police say a scheduled sweep of the high school campus Tuesday by eight police dog teams  led to two students being charged for marijuana possession, while a third student, a female, has been charged with possessing pot, as well as an unknown substance that’s been forwarded to the state crime lab for testing. Police say the female has refused to identify the substance.  Names of the accused haven’t been released, as they’re all juveniles. School officials say established protocols are being followed in regards to the accused.




Thursday, the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative board of directors voted to create an ad hoc subcommittee to develop guidelines for board retreats. The meeting was the first for the board since controversy boiled over the last week regarding CMEEC’s lavish annual trips with local officials to the Kentucky Derby.  Utility authorities from Norwich, Groton and Jewett City attended the famous horse race.


The Preston Redevelopment Agency and the Mohegan Tribe have asked for more time to talk. The 90-day request would extend negotiations until to February 19th and is expected to conclude with the sale of the former Norwich Hospital property in Preston to the tribe for a major development totaling some $600 million. The board of selectman voted unanimously to agree to the extension.


CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) – Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium has released three seal pups in waters off Charlestown, Rhode Island, after they were rescued earlier this year.  The harbor seal pups were returned to the water at Blue Shutters Beach on Thursday.  The aquarium says the pups had been abandoned shortly after birth. Mystic’s first responders found one of the pups in North Kingstown, while two others were rescued on the coast of Maine.  The pups- named Crystal, Potch and Topaz -spent four to six months in rehabilitation. All three are between four and five months old.  The aquarium says it has successfully rehabilitated and released 20 seals so far this year.


STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man acquitted in the 2002 death of his wife has died after apparently falling from his roof.  A death certificate for Charlie Buck was filed Thursday in New London City Hall.  The certificate states the 69-year-old Buck died Oct. 12 following “complications of blunt impact injury of neck.” Buck died at a New London hospital, the newspapers reports. It’s unclear when the accident occurred.  Buck was found not guilty of murder in his 2010 trial.  His 57-year-old wife Leslie Buck was found dead in 2002 at the bottom of their home’s staircase.  Two days earlier, she had been abducted by a man who did odd jobs for her husband.  She escaped and the man was convicted of kidnapping and assault.



PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) – A top Connecticut labor union leader has resigned after a union-backed political group ran a campaign advertisement linking the survivor of a brutal home invasion to Donald Trump.The SEIU Connecticut State Council announced Thursday that Paul Filson has stepped down as executive director. The union said the online ad exhibited “poor judgment” and should never run. It apologized to the ad’s target, Dr. William Petit, a Republican running for the state legislature from Plainville.
Petit, whose wife and two daughters were murdered in 2007, threatened to sue over the ad, which reads: “Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit’s attacks on women and families.”
State Rep. Betty Boukus, Petit’s Democratic opponent, has said she was “horrified” at the ad, and Filson, who chaired the union political action committee, has publicly expressed remorse over the ad.



The public utilities commissions in both Groton and Bozrah are demanding detailed information surrounding lavish trips to the Kentucky Derby paid for by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative.  A resolution approved by both commissions is urging its CMEEC representatives to bring a  measure to the cooperative demanding that future meetings, events and strategic retreats be held-quote-in a manner and location which conveys fiscal responsibility and accountability. Media reports the past month revealed that the energy cooperative has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 4 years on so-called retreats to the Kentucky Derby, taking public utilities officials from Groton, Norwich, and Jewett  City, as well as other officials. The Norwich Board of Public Utilities Commissioners Tuesday heard public comment criticizing the trips.  The board itself didn’t discuss the issue.


Seventeen people from the local area, mostly from Norwich, are charged as part of a multi-law enforcement agency effort titled “Operation Witches’ Brew”.  Most of the suspects are accused of violating probation, or failing to appear in court.  One suspect, Timothy Stevens of Norwich, is accused of third-degree assault of healthcare personnel, and unlawful restraint.  Police departments in Norwich, New London, Stonington, East Lyme and Plainfield, along with the Connecticut Intelligence Center, were among the agencies participating in the sweep.


The war of words continues between the two candidates vying for the 18th State senate District seat. Democrat Tim Bowles is criticizing Republican opponent Heather Somers for her use of out-of-state consultants in her campaign. This after Somers took issue with Bowles hiring the Manchester-based Vinci Group as consultants for his campaign. Somers is also claiming Bowles hasn’t been clear about why he didn’t serve in the military during the Vietnam War. Bowles says he at first had a college deferment, but then later gave that up, and was classified as a conscientious objector, meaning he could’ve served in a non-combat role, if called. He says he never was.  The two candidates are vying for the seat currently held by retiring State Senator Andrew Maynard of Stonington.


Connecticut’s outlet for Obamacare, Access Health CT, begins taking applications for health care coverage on Tuesday, with the open enrollment period lasting through the end of January.  Access CEO Jim Wadleigh says only two insurers, Anthem and Connecticare, are offering policies under the program. He says there are increases in premiums, reflecting a nationwide trend under the Affordable Care Act.  You can enroll by going on-line at


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials say they will conduct a two-day emergency preparedness drill designed to simulate a major ice storm. Gov. Dannel Malloy said one of the goals of the drill is to improve communications among the state’s partners during emergency situations. The drill will be held this Saturday and on Nov. 2.  The drill will be coordinated by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. State government, local governments and utility companies will be involved. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will participate in the drill.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – There was a slight decline in the number of medical errors reported by hospitals and other medical facilities in Connecticut last year when compared to 2014. The state Department of Health report says the 450 “adverse events” in 2015 was down 3 percent from the prior year. The most common reported problem was bed sores. The second most common issue was falls. There were 14 surgery errors, eight of them fatal. There were also 42 serious medication errors, including 14 patients given the wrong dose, and 11 given the wrong drug. In 19 cases, objects were left behind following surgery.   Dr. Mary Cooper, the Connecticut Hospital Association’s chief quality officer, tells the Hartford Courant the report is critical because only by knowing what problems are can they be fixed.




A pair of surprise resignations will leave low the ranks of the Montville Planning and Zoning Commission. The Town Council unanimously accepted the resignations of Commission Vice Chairman Bart Ferrante and member Fred Yeitz during its Oct. 12 meeting. As a result of these departures, four of the commission’s 12 seats will be empty.  There are no immediate plans to replace them.


The U.S. Navy has committed $5.4 million to design and replace Pier 32 at the Groton submarine base to better serve operational needs. Additional funding is expected in the future fiscal years to construct the replacement.


The mayor of the City of Groton is moving to compel the utility cooperative that furnished a $342,000 trip for 40 people to the Kentucky Derby in May to provide more information. Officials are calling for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative to release full accounting records after public officials in the towns served by the cooperative raised ethical concerns over the trip.


Following residents’ complaints of worsening conditions, an inspection has found signs of vermin at the Thames River Apartments on Crystal Avenue in New London. An inspector from the Ledge Light Health District’s environmental health division inspected a total of six homes based on complaints. The final report has not yet been completed.  If the inspection rises to the level of a public health concern, Ledge Light could issue a public health order and insist the housing authority take corrective action.


A hearing on a proposed cell tower is slated for Tuesday in East Lyme. AT&T is asking the state Siting Council to approve either a new alternative site at The Orchards development for a replacement cell tower or a site already identified at 351A  Boston Post Road.  In a revised application, AT&T has proposed changes to the tower design. Public comments will be heard 7p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.




A woman wanted for second-degree murder in New York City is arrested Wednesday at the Fox Tower Hotel at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.  Tribal police say 21-year old Atiana Wheat was found intoxicated in a room around 10 AM.  She’s being held on half a million dollars bond, and is due in New London Superior Court Thursday.  No other details have been released.


A water supply emergency may be issued within the next three weeks or so by Norwich Public Utilities.  Chief Water Plant Operator Tom Cutler says the continuing drought means water levels in the utility’s two reservoirs could drop to 50-percent capacity soon, and that’s unprecedented. Cutler says under the emergency mandate, a 25-percent reduction in water usage would be sought, which would include a ban on all outside watering, as well as a ban on non-essential indoor usage. Emergency water sources through Mohegan Sun and a Norwichtown well would be utilized, and major users would have their water service curtailed or shut down, as necessary.  Cutler says colder, frosty weather may help ease the situation, as water more easily runs-off frozen ground, and into the reservoirs.


PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) – The survivor of an infamous Cheshire home invasion that left his wife and daughters dead says he’s considering a lawsuit over a political advertisement linking him to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and “attacks on women and families.”   Dr. William Petit  is a Republican running for the state legislature from Plainville. On Wednesday he denounced the internet advertisement, which was paid for by the Labor United for Connecticut political action committee. The group’s ad reads, “Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit’s attacks on women and families.” The group says the ad isn’t personal. It’s running identical advertisements using the names of other Republicans. Petit’s Democratic opponent is state Rep. Betty Boukus, who says she’s horrified by the ad and wants it withdrawn.  Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed in 2007.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A man whose mother is presumed dead after their boat sank off Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts held a memorial service for her Wednesday, adding though, he  holds out hope she’s still alive.  Nathan Carman organized a service for his mother, Linda Carman, of Middletown.  It was attended by about a dozen people at a Hartford church.  Her three sisters, who previously questioned the timing of the memorial with her disappearance still under investigation, did not attend.  Carman, who lives in Vernon, Vermont, left a Rhode Island marina with his mother on a fishing trip Sept. 17. He was found in a life raft eight days later about 100 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.  Carman told authorities he doesn’t know what happened to his mother.



NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Police and fire investigators say a string of fires in Norwich recently appear to be arson and are looking for the person or people responsible.  The latest blaze occurred Monday night at the former YMCA building on Main Street. That came a day after a fire vacant mill building on Franklin Street. Fire officials say both buildings are vacant and had no power, making the blazes suspicious.  The department also is looking at a mattress fire on East Main Street in the same general area.   No injuries were reported in any of the fires.  A fire at a co-work space on Franklin Street, however, has been determined to be accidental. City Manager John Salomone says officials are asking owners of vacant buildings to secure their properties.


New London’s school district is considering the creation of one of the state’s largest public school campuses at the current site of New London High School. The idea is just one of several options the city is considering as it absorbs the impact of losing a partnership with the Garde Arts Center and with it a downtown campus for performing and visual arts. In the new plan, the city may place the two facilities grades 6-12 together. The district has until Nov.1. to submit a plan to the state Department of Administrative Services.


Last night, the Water and Sewer Commission in East Lyme approved a five percent increase in water rates and an eight percent increase in sewer rates. Increases are largely due to a reduction in the prison population.  The new rates will be effective November 1st.


Todd Pomazon, a longtime Montville school board member has passed away at the age of 60.  A lifelong Montville resident and former Democratic Town Committee Chairman, Pomazon was in the middle of a term as a member of the board of education. His term was set to expire in 2017. His funeral service will be held at Uncasville’s Woyasz & Son Funeral Service Building Thursday at 11a.m.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick cemetery.


Infrastructure upgrades to the New England Central Railroad tracks will go a long way to helping frieght move around the state and country.  A groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of improvements was held in Willimantic Tuesday morning.  Amit Bose, chief counsel for the Federal Railroad Administration says the project has tremendous benefits, including providing the only rail access to the Port of New London.  Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redecker says the project will help eliminate some truck traffic on state highways.


 Connecticut College plays host to a debate between the four candidates for the Second Congressional District seat.  Immigration reform was a predominant theme during last night’s event.  Incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney says law-abiding illegal aliens deserve a path to citizenship.  Republican challenger Daria Novak says immigration reform is necessary to keep the country safe.  Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto and Libertarian Dan Reale also took part in last night’s debate.  A number of other issues were discussed last night, including climate change, student debt, and national defense.




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