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FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

EX-FIREFIGHTER GOES TO PRISON

Kevin Wells (Plainfield police)

A former Plainfield fireman is now serving six months behind bars for sexually  assaulting a 17-year old female cadet member of the department.  28-year old Kevin Wells was led out of Danielson Superior Court in handcuffs Friday, after telling the court he was deeply sorry for his actions.  Wells agreed to a plea deal in April that will put him on probation for five years after his jail term. However, he won’t have to register as a sex offender. Wells had told police that he had three consensual sexual encounters with the victim. The victim says one of those times was not consensual.

CCSU POLICE CITED

Zulma Toro

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) – An outside investigation into the way a Connecticut university handled a female campus police officer’s allegations of sexual assault by a male officer has found multiple issues within the department. The results of the investigation were released Friday by Zulma Toro, president of Central Connecticut State University.   The report found the police chief knew about the 2016 allegation but didn’t pursue an investigation after discussing the issue with the school’s Chief Administrative Officer, who oversees the department. He was placed on leave. The investigation also found officers were hired despite a record of serious disciplinary action or disqualifying performance issues; the department has a “fraternity” type atmosphere; and required sexual harassment training wasn’t taken seriously. Toro says she is “deeply disturbed and saddened” by the findings and is taking corrective action.

STORMY PERFORMING IN THE STATE

In the words of the manager of the “Mardi Gras Two” gentleman’s club in East Windsor, “it’s going to be huge”.  Porn star Stormy Daniels, who reportedly received 130-thousand dollars to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump, takes the stage there for two shows Saturday night.  Club promoter Tony Long says tickets went for 15-dollars in advance, and sold out long ago.

EAST WINDSOR OFFICIAL ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

Steve Dearborn

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) – Police have arrested a Connecticut town official they say punched a 70-year-old man in the face. East Windsor police arrested 65-year-old Steve Dearborn on Wednesday in connection with his altercation with Gerald Wilcox. Dearborn is a deputy selectman for East Windsor. Officer Matthew Carl says  Dearborn and Wilcox have a years-long dispute about the zoning rules regarding their neighboring businesses.   Wilcox told officers he had been taking pictures of something Dearborn was doing on the property when he was struck. Wilcox, a Vietnam veteran, tells The Journal Inquirer he was standing in the street at the time. Police say Wilcox suffered bruising and swelling but declined medical attention. Dearborn refused comment. He’s charged with third-degree assault on an elderly person and breach of peace.

RI BUDGET ENACTED

Gov. Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed the state’s $9.6 billion budget. The Democrat signed it at the statehouse Friday. The budget allows the state to implement sports betting at two Twin River casinos, asks voters to authorize $250 million in bonds for school construction and restores funding for people with developmental disabilities. It increases the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay from $5,000 to $250,000. It’s about $300 million more than last year’s budget.  Raimondo says the budget protects economic progress the state has made and reflects shared values. She applauded investments in schools and job training, her top priorities. She highlighted increased spending on foster care and senior centers.  House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the budget maintains services without broad tax increases. It continues phasing out the car tax, Mattiello’s priority.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

LAMB ADDRESSES GRADUATES

Wally Lamb (WICH)

One of the more famous graduates of Norwich Free Academy was on campus yesterday to wish the newest group of alumni well. Novelist Wally Lamb spoke to the 497 members of the class of 2018 during its commencement ceremonies. It was 50 years ago this month that Lamb received his diploma. He recalled some of his disasterous efforts in science class back then. He also urged graduates to take what they’ve learned, and try to tackle some of the country’s and world’s biggest problems.  Lamb urged the new graduates not to be afraid to make mistakes, and learn from them, and to make sure their voice is heard. The 50th reunion class at NFA is invited each year to take part in the graduation exercises.

OD VICTIMS REMEMBERED AT VIGIL

A candlelight vigil is held at Wilcox Park in Westerly to honor victims of the opioid crisis. The event was organized by Jennifer Massione of Pawcatuck, whose son Steven died of an overdose back in January. She says her goal is to help raise awareness.  The vigil was hosted by the Groton-based group Community Speaks Out, which helps people get family members placed in addiction treatment facilities.

ZONE CHANGE DENIED

Stonington Town Hall (Westerly Sun)

A group of property owners on Broad­way Av­enue Ex­ten­sion and Edge­mont Street were turned down by the Ston­ing­ton Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion this week, in their request to rezone their land from man­u­fac­tur­ing to com­mer­cial use. The com­mis­sion has sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als to re­zone ar­eas of town for ex­panded com­mer­cial use, for large ar­eas, such as down­town Paw­catuck or the Me­chanic Street mills, but not when it’s come to a hand­ful of prop­er­ties. The com­mis­sion said the prop­erty own­ers could sub­mit their own ap­pli­ca­tion.

PARKING TICKETS WAIVED

Norwich Veterans’ Coffeehouse

Five people were ticketed recently for parking in Norwich city employees’ spots during a Wednesday meeting of the Norwich Veterans’ Coffeehouse. Bill Nash, a member of the Parking Commission, who attends the coffeehouses frequently, said the tickets were issued as a result of a  “misunderstanding.” Veterans attending the coffeehouse, every Wednesday morning at the United Congregational Church on Broadway, are permitted to park in any church parking spots. But, due to the high number of weekly attendees, spots often run out. Nash said he contacted the parking department to explain the situation. The tickets have since been waived.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPS VETS

Clark Lane Middle School

Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford presented a $1,000 donation and 24 hygiene kits for the New London Homeless Hospitality Center’s Veteran Transitional Housing Program. Students raised the money during a school-wide walk-a-thon on Memorial Day weekend. The New London Homeless Hospitality Project Home provides transitional housing for veterans who are struggling with mental health, substance abuse issues, unemployment or homelessness. The program helps residents find a job, access veteran’s services, benefits and permanent housing.

RESCUE TEAM BRANCHING OUT

Staff and volunteers of the Mystic Aquar­ium’s An­i­mal Res­cue Team plan to travel 45 miles of Con­necti­cut and Rhode Is­land coast­line this sum­mer ed­u­cating beach-go­ers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity about na­tive ma­rine an­i­mals, the team’s work in res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the pub­lic’s role in the process. Tomorrow,  they will be at Blue Shut­ters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., Ham­monas­set Beach State Park in Madi­son and Misquam­i­cut State Beach in Westerly.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

BODY FOUND IN NORWICH

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say the body of a man was found in the area of the Yantic River Falls in Norwich.  Police said the body was found on Thursday. Authorities say there is no indication of foul play, but a complete investigation by the Norwich Police Department and Connecticut office of the Chief Medical Examiner is ongoing. Police haven’t identified the man. They are asking anyone with information to contact authorities.

COUNSELOR ACCUSED OF FRAUD 

A Norwich counselor is being sued by the state of Connecticut for allegedly bilking the state’s Medicaid system out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.   47-year old Susan Britt ran the counseling service “An Inner Peace” out of her Nemczuk  Drive home.  The state attorney general  claims from at least January 2013 through September 2016, Britt falsely billed Medicaid for services she never provided.  The state also claims Britt says she destroyed all patient records in May or June 2016, but still submitted claims and received payments for the following three months.  Meanwhile, The Chief State’s Attorney is claiming Britt fraudently billed Medicaid from June 2013 until this month, pocketing most of the money for herself.. She’s out on 225-thousand dollars bond regarding those charges, and is due in Hartford Superior Court August 16th.

CT CONGRESSMEN TO MEET WITH DETAINED IMMIGRANTS

Rep Joe Courtney

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are traveling to Texas to meet with migrant families being held in detention facilities.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty announced Thursday they will join more than 20 other members of Congress making the trip. The group plans to speak with children and parents affected by a White House policy that had separated more than 2,300 children from their parents over the past several weeks. The practice set off an outcry. President Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday to stop the separations, but a host of unanswered questions remain. Lawmakers on Saturday will tour the McAllen Border Patrol Station and the Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, before visiting the Port Isabel ICE Detention Center in Los Fresnos.

NL IMMIGRATION PROTEST

Image result for protestors state courthouse on Broad Street in New London

(The Day)

Some 25 protestors, including former mayor Daryl Finizio, gather outside the state courthouse on Broad Street in New London this morning to protest immigration agents   going into the courthouse public areas to arrest undocumented immigrants. Protestors lined both sides of the sidewalk leading to the judicial building for about an hour before court began.  State officials says federal immigration officials have been at the courthouse when they feel an arrest is needed.  Retired state Chief Justice Chase Rogers has written to federal immigration officials urging them to stop making the arrests, but it still happens.

MORE TIME FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES  

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Overseers of Connecticut’s community college system have agreed to take some more time to follow through on a plan to consolidate the 12 schools.    The original plan to create one Connecticut Community College with 12 separate campuses within a year was rejected as unrealistic by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Connecticut Post reports the Board of Regents for Higher Education agreed unanimously on Thursday to pursue that effort over five years.    The consolidation plan calls for the 12 colleges to be grouped into three regions.   System President Mark Ojakian says the goal of the plan is to save money and improve the experiences for the 4,900 students in the state’s community colleges.

STONINGTON ROAD WORK

A major road project begins at the end of this month in Stonington.   Town officials say Hewitt Road will be improved over a five week-period, with drainage work and re-paving.  The heavily-traveled by-pass is between Mistuxet Avenue and Route 1.  Crews will be working weekdays from 7 AM to 5 PM, with work possibly  going past that time on some days.  Expect road closures and detours.

PROBATION DENIED FOR FORMER STATE INVESTIGATOR

Donald Light (Hartford Courant)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) – A judge won’t allow a former investigator for Connecticut’s public defender’s office who’s accused of intimidating a witness to enter a special program that could have resulted in his charges being erased.  The Journal Inquirer reports Superior Court Judge Stuart Rosen said denied 82-year-old Donald Light’s request Wednesday. The judge said he believes the charges against Light are too serious.    Prosecutors say Light made comments that made a witness feel afraid for her safety. The woman said she felt Light was trying to scare her away from testifying.   Light’s lawyer said he never threatened the witness.  His lawyer said the special program would be perfect for Light, who has no criminal history.  The program is designed for first-time offenders and can lead to a defendant’s charges being erased after a probationary period.