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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

HUNDREDS BRAVE COLD FOR NIANTIC LIGHT PARADE

(WFSB)

Hundreds braved the cold to enjoy the fireworks and the parade at the Niantic Light Parade on Saturday night.    In its 30th year, the Niantic Light Parade is regarded as one of the largest and longest running light parade in Connecticut.   Complete with floats decorated and illuminated with thousands of lights, appearances by Santa and Mr. Claus, and singing and dancing, the holidays are made a lot brighter along the shoreline. Throughout the year, the floats are crafted by teams of builders that spent hours and hours of hard work.    East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson said the community atmosphere is what makes the event most special.   For many along the shoreline, they said it’s a tradition they made for the holidays.

48 ARRESTED AT YALE PROTEST OVER FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University police have arrested 48 people who were protesting the Ivy League school’s investments in fossil fuel companies and its Puerto Rico debt holdings.The arrests came during a sit-in demonstration Friday inside Yale’s investment office as more than 300 students and community members rallied outside the building.   Protesters demanded Yale divest endowment funds from fossil fuel companies because of concerns about climate change. They also said they wanted Yale to cancel its holdings in a fund that holds some of Puerto Rico’s massive debt and is suing the U.S. territory to be paid while the island still struggles to recover from hurricane damage.   Yale officials say a school committee has previously addressed concerns about fossil fuel investments and Puerto Rican debt, but that they support student freedom of expression.

NEWTOWN SHOOTING PSA

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An organization formed by the parents of children killed in the massacre at 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School is coming out with a public service announcement designed to help identify individuals planning mass shootings.   Officials with Sandy Hook Promise say many such shootings followed warning signs that were either ignored or misunderstood.   The PSA was shot by some big-name Hollywood filmmakers, including director Rupert Sanders and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lupbezki.   The group says the short piece will “bring to life the mind of a school shooter as he plans an attack.”  Its release is scheduled to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators.

BUSINESSES WARNED ABOUT HOLIDAY SCAMMERS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is urging businesses to verify whether charities are legitimate before allowing them to solicit donations on their property.   Commissioner Michelle Seagull says her agency often sees people outside stores impersonating charities. She says consumers often have little to no idea if an organization asking for donations outside a mall, department store or grocery store is legitimate.   Retailers can verify if a charity is registered with the state by visiting www.elicense.ct.gov and clicking on “Lookup a License” at the bottom of the page. All charities soliciting in Connecticut must be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection.  The agency also suggests retailers ask for a copy of the charity’s registration to keep on file and ask questions about the charity’s upcoming and past projects.

OFFICER ON PATROL SAVES RESIDENTS OF BURNING HOME

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer is being credited with saving nearly a dozen people from a burning house after he discovered the early morning fire on routine patrol.   Authorities say West Warwick rookie officer Brian Goetz spotted the blaze at the multifamily home shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He notified dispatch and ran into the home to help get the 11 residents out.   Two residents were seriously injured and are in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.   Firefighters were ordered out of the building at one point as the flames became too intense.   The cause of the fire is under investigation.   The American Red Cross is helping several residents with housing and other needs.

RENUMBERING HIGHWAY EXITS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon begin renumbering more highway exits.The DOT renumbered exits on Interstate 295 in Rhode Island last year. This month, it plans to renumber Route 4 in Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown and Route 78 in Westerly.   As part of the project, exit numbers will be assigned for the first time to Route 403 in East Greenwich and North Kingstown and the airport connector in Warwick.   The new exit numbers correspond to mile markers. Temporary signs will be added to show the old exit number.  Rhode Island is among the last states to change to this method of numbering highways, which is required by the federal government. The numbers currently in use were assigned sequentially.   More information about the project is online .

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

East Lyme Police are investigating an incident when a male student reported that he was approached by an older white man in a gray mini-van who verbally interacted with the student making him uncomfortable. The incident was reported as soon as the student got to school. District Security, East Lyme Police, and the bus company were all notified. Police have not release any further information and said the investigation was ongoing.

NEW LONDON POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ABUSE INCIDENT

NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – Police in New London say they are investigating a potential case of abuse that may have been caught on camera Dec. 5th in the Shop Rite parking lot on North Frontage Road. Police are trying to identify the people in the video. Anyone with information is asked to contact New London police at 860-447-5269, extension 0 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London tips 411 system by texting “NLPDTip” plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

BUSINESS OWNER SAYS HE’LL PURSUE LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW LONDON OVER FLOODING

A Jefferson Avenue business owner wants to suit the city of New London over what he claims are millions of dollars in damage to his properties caused by inadequate drainage on city streets. Jeff Suntup claims water runoff from Garfield Avenue has infiltrated not only his property but businesses nearby that include Ruby Glass and the Veterans of Foreign Wars property. And he blames the city because of work it did in 2012 to accommodate stormwater runoff from a former church.

NEW LONDON FIREFIGHTERS DELIVER BABY IN FRONT OF HEADQUARTERS

The New London fire department is always prepared and they were last night but this time it wasn’t to battle a fire. A car pulled up in front of Fire Dept headquarters on Bank Street just after 8 o’clock. The dad and expectant mother were inside. A lieutenant and four firefighters, trained in such emergencies, helped deliver their baby – a boy – in the front seat of the vehicle. The mother and baby were then transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

CHARLIE HOLLAND WINS IN A LANDSLIDE

It was a landslide victory for Charlie Holland according to the announcement. It was the result of a feel-good effort to unofficially elect Charlie as the honorary mayor of the Stonington borough. More than 2,000 people cast ballots and they all voted for Holland. A reception has been planned for Dec. 15th at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in the borough to recognize Holland as the unofficial mayor. The 93 year old Holland grew up and went to school in Pawcatuck. He was a tail gunner in World War II with the Army Air Corps and flew on 18 B-17 missions over Germany, Holland, France and Belgium.

TWO NEW LONDON OFFICIALS TAPPED FOR LAMONT TRANSITION

New London Human Services Director Jeanne Milstein and Parking Director Carey Redd, have been asked and will be joining policy committees on a transition team for Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. Milstein will join the human services and Redd is joining the transportation team.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

VERDICT IN GOTH TRIAL 

Kristopher Prudhomme (The Bulletin)

A guilty verdict in what has been described as the Norwich Goth strangulation case.  A New London Superior Court jury today finds 30-year old Kristopher Prudhomme guilty of three of five charges against him.  Prosecutors says Prudhomme attacked his housemate Michael Lovering in their Norwich apartment in October, 2016, after Lovering admitted sleeping with Prudhomme’s girlfriend.  Lovering lost both of his legs due to the attack.  All three were involved in the Goth lifestyle, which includes the use of dark clothing, pale make-up, and eyeliner.  Prudhomme could face as much as 30 years in prison when sentenced February 26th.

MGM HURTING MOHEGAN SUN

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Mohegan Sun is reporting that MGM’s new casino in Massachusetts is taking a bite out of its profits. The company reported Thursday that net revenues at its flagship Connecticut casino dropped about three percent in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.   Mohegan Sun, which also operates a casino in Pennsylvania, said the Uncasville casino pulled in $275 million, down from $284 million during the same period last year. Income from operations fell 22 percent from $71 million in the same period last year to $55 million.  The company acknowledged that “new competition in the New England region” was a factor, though it said the impact has been “in-line to slightly better than expected.”    MGM Springfield opened near the Connecticut state line this August as Massachusetts’ first resort casino.

IMMIGRATION ROUND-UP IN NEW ENGLAND

BOSTON (AP) – Federal immigration officials say they have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have detained some 58 people in raids this week in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.   The agency says those rounded up included citizens of Brazil, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They included 33 with pending criminal charges. ICE says about 15 of the people detained had been previously released by local authorities despite the federal agency’s request to hold them.  Boston and a number of other New England communities are considered “sanctuary cities” where local officials limit their involvement in federal immigration matters.

ALLSTATE KEEPS WINNING

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Insurer Allstate has prevailed again in a lawsuit by Connecticut policyholders seeking money to fix their crumbling house foundations.  Federal Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Richard and Denise Hyde, of Tolland, who claimed Allstate should be liable for damage to their home’s foundation caused by defective concrete.   The Connecticut Law Tribune reports it’s the 14th of 15 legal cases won by the insurer. The remaining case is pending.  An estimated 35,000 homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts are impacted by disintegrating concrete containing pyrrhotite, an iron sulfide that reacts naturally with oxygen and water. Replacing a foundation can cost $100,000 to $200,000.  Many homeowners have sued after their insurers denied their claims. The state has set up a fund to help homeowners.

BLUMENTHAL TARGETS NFL

The National Football League is being threatened by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal with a removal of its permanent anti-trust exemption, if it fails to take effective action against domestic violence.  Blumenthal is sending a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league is still not effectively dealing with the issue of domestic violence involving its players.   Blumenthal points to the recent situation involving former Kansas City Chief player Kareem Hunt, who wasn’t disciplined for an attack earlier this year against a woman until video of the incident was released just over a week ago.   Blumenthal is demanding more information from the league on the Hunt case, as well as a detailed timeline of how the NFL plans to meet its commitments to address domestic violence.

UCONN RETIRING ALLEN, LOBO UNIFORM NUMBERS

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo.  The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. The university says it’s an honor reserved for Hall of Famers.   In 2017, Lobo was the first UConn player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen was enshrined in September.  Lobo led the UConn women’s team to a 35-0 record and the first of 11 national championships in 1995. She wore No. 50 and finished her career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds and 396 blocked shots. She played seven seasons in the WNBA.   Allen was a first-team All-American in 1996. He scored 1,922 points at UConn and led the men to an 89-13 record during his three years in Storrs. He went on to play 18 seasons in the NBA, becoming the most prolific 3-point shooter in league history.
 

 

 

 

 

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