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STATE SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS NEWLYWED KILLING

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The case of a man convicted of killing his wife of just three weeks in 2009 is heading to the state Supreme Court.   Justices are scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether Chihan Eric Chyung should get a new trial.

The 53-year-old Chyung was convicted of murder and manslaughter in 2014 in the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Paige Anne Bennett in their Norwich home. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A judge dismissed the manslaughter conviction, saying Chyung couldn’t be convicted of two homicide charges for one act.  Chyung testified his 9 mm pistol fired accidentally while he argued with Bennett.  His appeal says the jury verdicts convicting him of murder and manslaughter were conflicting. He says murder is an intentional act and manslaughter is a reckless act.

MOHEGAN TRIBE DETAILS PLANS

PRESTON, Conn. (AP) – The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority is unveiling its plans to redevelop the site of a former psychiatric hospital in Southeastern Connecticut.  Tribal officials announced plans Saturday for a $600 million non-gambling resort on the property of the shuttered Norwich State Hospital in Preston. The resort is to include a large performance venue, a water park, hotels, a senior living center, a sports complex and other attractions.  Residents in the town of Preston voted unanimously last year to support the proposed sale of the hospital to the Mohegan Tribe. The property has been vacant since the hospital closed in 1996. The town and the tribe are now finalizing details of the sale.  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy applauded the tribe’s plan in a prepared statement, saying it would make southeast Connecticut a premier tourism destination.

VIGIL HELD FOR KILLED STERLING TEEN

(Sterling, CT)  —  Family and friends are struggling to accept the death of a Sterling teenager found stabbed to death last week.  A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for Todd Allen at the Sterling Town Hall gymnasium.  Around 200 people were on hand to remember the teen, whose body was found Friday after he was missing for three weeks.  Police have arrested Kevin Weismore of Sterling and charged him with murder in connection with the killing.

TROOPER SEEKS COUNCIL SEAT

A state police trooper who says he was unfairly denied a seat on Montville’s Parks and Recreation Commission will now make a run at town council. Jeff Rogers announced his intent to run for one of the seven open seats. Rogers, says he vows to drain the swamp.  He says his denial of the parks and rec post reflects corruption in town government.

VIGIL FOR THREE

Last night, a community vigil was held for three members of the Killingly school community who died in the first week of the New Year. The vigil, held near the high school’s athletic fields, allowed for words of remembrance and tears. Honored during the ceremony were, longtime Killingly Intermediate School Assistant Principal Steve Tagen, and students Ryan French and Emma Adams. 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

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VIGIL HELD FOR MURDERED TEEN MISSING FOR THREE WEEKS IN STERLING

STERLING, CT (WFSB) – The Sterling community mourned the loss of their own on Saturday evening after the remains of Todd “TJ” Allen were found, and a confession surfaced.  For 19 days, hundreds of volunteers searched the woods of Eastern Connecticut for a missing 18-year-old man who told his mother that he was meeting friends while dirt biking.  Gathered in the town hall, hundreds of those volunteers mourned the loss of TJ who was found stabbed to death on Friday morning.   Allen’s body was found by police on Laiho Rd. after 19-year-old classmate Kevin Weismore confessed to stabbing Allen on December 26th after a drug deal gone bad.

Former Norwich Hospital site in Preston

MOHEGAN ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REDEVELOPMENT FORMER NORWICH HOSPITAL SITE

PRESTON, CT (WFSB) – The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority announced Saturday afternoon that they plan to redevelop the former Norwich Hospital site into Preston.  The MTGA will present a development concept at an upcoming Planning and Zoning meeting, which is expected to be held on January 31.  The $600 million plan includes possibly developing an indoor water park with adjacent hotel, a large format retain and entertainment venue, marina and more.   MTGA says they expect the plan to bring at least 750 construction jobs to the area and later on hundreds of permanent jobs.  Kevin Brown, Chairman of the MTGA Management Board said, “we will stimulate growth, drive new business and help strengthen the local economy, solidifying Mystic Country in southeastern Connecticut as a top tourism destination”.  The plan is being well received by many, included the Preston First Selectman Bob Congodon who said it is needed for jobs and tax revenue.  The property has been vacant since the hospital closed back in 1996 and the building was torn down in 2014.

SILVER ALERT FOR NORWICH TEEN

NORWICH – Police were asking the public’s help in tracking down a missing Norwich teen last seen Friday.   A Silver Alert had been issued for Isaiah Araujo, 17.   He has since been located.  No further details are available.

HOMELESS YOUTH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving a $6.6 million federal grant to help with the state’s continuing efforts to end youth homelessness by 2020.   The funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. It will be used to create new and innovative housing with support services for young people.   Connecticut was one of 10 communities across the U.S. chosen by HUD from more than 130 applicants. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office says Connecticut received the largest grant.   In November, Connecticut made another round of funds available to groups willing to build supportive housing for homeless youths. State officials say there’s an estimated 3,000 unaccompanied youth in Connecticut, under the age of 25, experiencing homelessness. A statewide census of homeless youth is planned later this month.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo

TRUMP-INAUGURATION-RHODE ISLAND

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is skipping Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.   Her spokesman David Ortiz says she was invited to the ceremony but is focused on her work in Rhode Island.   Raimondo is delivering her State of the State address on Tuesday. Her annual budget plan is due to state lawmakers Thursday, the day before Friday’s inauguration.   All three southern New England governors criticized the Republican celebrity businessman during his presidential campaign but Raimondo is the only one not traveling to Washington.   Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, says he will attend the inauguration even though his first inclination was to decline the invitation.   Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who refused to endorse Trump or vote for him, is also going.

WETHERSFIELD FIRE

WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) – Emergency crews responded to a burning home in Wethersfield Sunday morning.   The fire broke out around 3 a.m. on Nott Road.  More than 40 firefighters responded to the single-family home. Nott Road is currently closed. Officials said the family was on vacation at the time of the fire.  The surrounding home have not been evacuated and firefighters believe there is no threat of the flames spreading.

BURNING BUILDING-DEATH

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — Police say a man on the fourth floor of a burning commercial building in Connecticut has jumped to his death.  Shelton police say they received calls saying the building was engulfed in flames around 5 a.m. Saturday.   When emergency workers arrived, they found a badly burned and injured man at the foot of the building. Police later identified him as 69-year-old Randol Rios of Shelton.  Detectives discovered Rios worked at Machine Builders of New England, which occupied the fourth floor of the building.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are holding a rally to save the Affordable Care Act.   Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are scheduled to join Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and Elizabeth Esty Sunday on the steps of the Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford. The rally is slated to begin at 1 p.m. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a measure that prevents Senate Democrats from derailing a future bill that would annul and reshape the 2010 law.   Meanwhile, Connecticut residents continue to sign up for coverage under the ACA using the state’s insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. Jim Wadleigh, the organization’s CEO, says 105,313 people were enrolled for 2017 coverage as of Jan. 12. More than 7,800 have enrolled for coverage beginning Feb. 1.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

POLICE ARREST 19 YEAR OLD IN DEATH OF MISSING DIRT BIKER

Kevin Weismore was charged with murder and tampering with evidence. (CT State police)

Kevin Weismore was charged with murder and tampering with evidence. (CT State police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of a dirt biker who went missing the day after Christmas.  Police say Kevin Weismore of Sterling was taken into custody Friday after he led police to the body of Todd Allen in a wooded area near Weismore’s home.  Weismore, who police say knew Allen, is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.  Police say Allen had been stabbed multiple times.  Allen, known as TJ, went missing on Dec. 26. Two friends reported the Sterling man sent text messages saying he had fallen from his motorcycle and hurt his leg.
A massive search turned up nothing.

MULTI-CAR CRASH LEAVES 1 DEAD IN SALEM (WFSB)

1 Dead, Others Injured After Serious Crash in Salem

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SALEM, CT (WFSB) – One person was killed and seven other people were injured in a crash in Salem on Friday night.  The incident was initially reported as a three-car crash on Old Colchester Road at the intersection of Witter Road around 5:30 p.m. That crash occurred when a vehicle operated by Thomas Bysko attempted to pass another car and hit the rear driver’s side bumper with his vehicle causing his vehicle to collided with a second, on-coming vehicle.  Before police arrived on scene, police said another vehicle drove into the crash scene and struck several of the initially involved vehicles, which then struck the occupants that were standing nearby. Two Life Star medical helicopters were called to the scene and took an adult and a child from one of the vehicles to area hospitals with serious injuries.  In addition, 5 other people were taken to Backus Hospital with various injuries.  Police said 79-year-old Carol McKeehan was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the vehicles involved in the initial crashed.  She was taken to Backus Hospital where she later died from her injuries. The crashes both remain under investigation at this time and anyone who may have information is being asked to call Troop K at 860-465-5400.

YALE PROVIDES MORE DETAILS OF ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Yale University

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Lawyers for Yale University are providing more details of the alleged sexual misconduct that led to the expulsion last year of basketball captain Jack Montague.  Montague has asked for an injunction that would allow him to return to school.
His lawsuit alleges a Title IX officer brought a complaint despite being told the woman did not believe Montague heard her when she tried to end their sexual encounter.
Yale, in a filing opposing Montague’s request, says the woman made it clear she did not want to have intercourse, and that when finished, Montague apologized.  The school says the panel adjudicating the case did not believe Montague’s version because of his “selective memory and his shifting recollection with respect to how he obtained consent.”
Montague does not face criminal charges.

MORE THAN 3000 POUNDS OF MISLABELED CHICKEN SOUP RECALLED

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LYNN, Mass. (AP) – Federal officials say a Massachusetts company is recalling more than 3,000 pounds of chicken soup due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The federal Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says Kettle Cuisine’s 24-ounce cups of “Mom’s Chicken Soup” with a “use by” date of Feb. 17 is actually Italian wedding soup with meatballs.  The recalled items were sent to Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.  Health officials say the soup’s unlabeled ingredients are known allergens and could harm those who consume them.  The products have the establishment number “P-18468” inside the USDA mark of inspection.  There haven’t been any confirmed reports of allergic reactions to the mislabeled soup.  The Lynn company didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

3 NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES SLATED FOR FENWAY PARK

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BOSTON (AP) – College football is returning to one of professional baseball’s most iconic venues.  Fenway Park is scheduled to host three games next fall featuring teams from New England.  The first game is scheduled for Nov. 10 when Brown plays Dartmouth. It will actually be the third time the Ivy League teams play at Fenway.  The next day, UMass will be the home team against Maine, a first for both schools.  On Nov. 18, UConn will be the home team against Boston College. It will be the 77th time the Eagles have played at Fenway, but the first for the Huskies.  The last college football game at Fenway was in 2015 when Notre Dame defeated Boston College 19-16.

LAWMAKERS SUBMIT BILLS FOR 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION (WFSB)

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Friday was the deadline for lawmakers to submit bills for this year’s legislative session.  There are hundreds of them. The focus this session will be on ways to save money and create revenue as the state faces a deficit of well over a billion dollars.  The state needs to cut its expenses and look at ways to bring in more money. Once again, they are looking at marijuana.  It’s a growing business in Connecticut. The number of marijuana dispensaries and growers have expanded to meet the demands of patients.  Connecticut allows marijuana for medical use, but lawmakers will again consider legalizing it for recreational use. Taxing it could bring in millions, which is something the state needs but it is controversial. This year there will be an informational hearing.  Tolls are also controversial, but supporters say it’s the only way to raise money to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges.  “It is a good thing because as of today we can see Massachusetts is getting rid of their toll booths. It’s all electronic, so we are in a predicament to make tolling much easier than any other state,” said State Rep. Tony Guerrera.  The state did away with tolls after a deadly crash at a toll booth in Stratford in 1983. Critics said it’s another tax on people in the state.  A number of bills are aimed at reducing overtime and pension costs for state workers.  Benefits for older state workers can not be changed. However, going forward, Republicans want state employees to pay more.  In Connecticut, the average state employee pays about about two percent towards their pension.  The national average is six percent.  The GOP also wants state contracts to be voted on by legislature.  “They should be debated and discussed and if there are any increases in salaries that are built into those contracts, or costs to the state, they should be approved. We really can’t afford to spend more money on anything at this given time,” said State Rep. Art O’Neill of the Appropriations Committee.  There was a highly controversial bill that would have taxed state workers with pensions if they moved to another state, which was quickly withdrawn.

WATCH THE PICNIC BASKET: BEAR SIGHTING SURGE IN CONNECTICUT

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Keep an eye on the picnic basket. Bear sightings are surging across Connecticut.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says there were about 6,700 black bear sightings in 2016, a 49 percent increase over the previous year. Compare that to only about 450 sightings in 2000.  State wildlife biologist Paul Rego says black bear populations in Connecticut and other states have been increasing as land once used for farming has reverted back to forest. About 58 percent of the state is forest now, compared with 29 percent in 1860.  Rego says black bears disappeared from the state in the mid-1800s and didn’t return until the early 1980s.
State officials urge residents to take precautions against attracting bears, including removing bird feeders and other sources of food from yards.


FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

The remains of missing Sterling teen Todd Allen have been found by authorities. (WFSB/CT State Police)

The remains of missing Sterling teen Todd Allen (right) have been found by authorities. Kevin Weismore (left) was charged with murder and tampering with evidence. (WFSB/CT State Police).

ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF STERLING TEEN; REMAINS FOUND

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of a dirt biker who went missing the day after Christmas. Police say Kevin Weismore of Sterling was taken into custody Friday after he led police to the body of Todd Allen in a wooded area near Weismore’s home.  Weismore, who police say knew Allen, is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.  Police say Allen had been stabbed multiple times. Allen, known as TJ, went missing on Dec. 26. Two friends reported the Sterling man sent text messages saying he had fallen from his motorcycle and hurt his leg.   A massive search turned up nothing.

LifeStar Called to Serious Crash in Salem

Salem crash scene (NBC CT)

ONE KILLED, ONE INJURED IN SALEM CRASH

SALEM, CT (WFSB) – One person was killed and another person was seriously injured in a crash in Salem on Friday night.   The three-car crash was reported on Witter Road around 5:30 p.m.   Before police arrived on scene, police said another vehicle “drove through the crash scene and struck the occupants of the three crash as they were standing outside their vehicles,” state police said.    Two Life Star medical helicopters were called to the scene and took an adult and a child to the hospital.  The victim who was killed was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.  It is unclear how many people were injured in the crash and the seriousness of their injuries.  Police did not release the names and ages of those involved in the crash. 

NL ASSAULT ARREST

Three New London residents have been charged in connection with an assault.. Police say they responded to 39 Tilley Street around 9:30 Thursday night to find a man with extensive facial injuries. Charged with assault and breach of peace is 33-year old Eric Williams of New London.  Two other city residents, 20-year old Xavier Maddox, and 33-year old Roderick Hunt, face breach of peace charges. Two pistols were recovered from the crime scene.  The victim was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for treatment. Anyone with information is asked to contact city police at 860-447-1481.

KING LUNCHEON

Local and state officials pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a special luncheon at Norwich Free Academy.  Reverend George Blair of the United Congregational Church in Norwich was the keynote speaker.  He recalled learning about Dr. King during his college days at UConn. Norwich Mayor Deb Hinchey says it’s important for young people to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.  Friday’s event was sponsored by the Norwich NAACP. Monday is the national observance of Doctor King’s birthday.

MALLOY SAYS HE’LL BE AT INAUGURATION

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel   Malloy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, says he will attend next week’s presidential inauguration even though his “first inclination was to decline” the invitation.  An active surrogate for Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign, Malloy noted Friday how President-Elect Donald Trump was not his preferred candidate or that of most Connecticut voters.  And while Malloy says Trump’s recent conduct hasn’t “assuaged my grave concern that he intends to fundamentally lead this nation in the wrong direction,” the Democrat contends “compassionate and reasoned voices” shouldn’t shrink away – “be they Democrat, Republican or independent.”  Malloy was an outspoken Trump critic during the campaign, describing him as having “fascist tendencies.”  Trump took political shots at Malloy during a Connecticut rally, calling him a “bad governor.”

GROTON SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS

Groton school officials are determining how to deal with a 247-thousand dollar mid-year state cut to its education system. Superintendent Michael Graner says the money will be taken from the site budgets of each school in the town, and from the buildings and grounds department.  The cut represents about 1-percent of Groton’s total education budget, and is the largest state aid reduction of any of the local towns.  Governor Dannel Malloy announced some 20-million dollars in state funding reductions to education late last month due to the budget deficit. Groton education officials are to discuss the cuts with the Town Council and Representative Town Meeting Tuesday night.

PAY FOR YOUR OWN MAILBOX!!!

Stonington residents will soon have to pay for their own replacement mailbox if it gets knocked down by snow pushed by a town plow.  The Board of Selectmen has enacted the change effective April 1st.  Any mailbox directly hit by a plow will be replaced with a standard mailbox and post. Public works officials say the current policy has become too costly for the town, with 40 boxes having been replaced last winter. Waterford has adopted a similar policy.

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