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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

norwich-police-department-patchDRIVER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THREE CAR ACCIDENT

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) – The 62-year-old driver of a car involved in a three car accident in Yantic remains in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.   The accident occurred just before midnight on Friday. Police were dispatched to the area of Washington Street and Arnold Place.   Police said the driver was unresponsive, but breathing when crews arrived.   The driver of the second car involved was treated for minor injuries and later released from the hospital. The operator of the third car was uninjured.   Police are investigating the cause of the accident and are urging those with any information to contact the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561.

CASINO POLICE SHOOTING

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have identified the tribal police officer who shot a man on the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.   State police identified the officer as Mashantucket Tribal police Sgt. Kevin Leach. Leach is a three-year veteran of the department.   The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the Fox Tower parking garage at the resort.    State police say 23-year-old Michael Goodale, of Groton, was wanted by police for violating his probation. Tribal police attempted to arrest Goodale in the parking garage, where police say Goodale pointed a firearm at officers.   State police say at least one officer discharged at least one round. Goodale fell to the pavement below. It wasn’t clear whether he died from the shooting or the fall. No other injuries were reported.

GROUP HOME LAWSUIT

The Hartford Courant reports a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a 22-year-old man at the center of three separate lawsuits against a Salem group home operator accused of disregarding the safety of neighbors was still not competent to stand trial on assault charges and ordered him held at the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Middletown.   Records filed Friday in regard to Nicholas Benner’s mental health depict a troubled childhood for Benner, who was exposed to drugs while in his mother’s womb and was placed in foster care at the age of 2 where he was abused before he was adopted. Benner was expected to enter a plea Friday to charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a June 16 incident at a residential facility run by the Department of Developmental Services in Meriden. Court records said Benner poked a staff member twice with a paring knife after he was told not to unplug an ankle monitor.

ECOLI OUTBREAK

ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital.   The CDC said Saturday that the outbreak of E. coli, which can cause intestinal illnesses, likely is linked to beef products from Adams Farms Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts.   People from 1 year old to 74 years old have become sick. They’re from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. No deaths have been reported.   The CDC says five people who were interviewed said they’d eaten ground beef in the week before getting sick and that tests conducted in Connecticut on leftover ground beef from an ill person’s home and a restaurant found E. coli.

INVASIVE PLANT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding boaters to take steps to prevent a newly discovered, highly invasive aquatic plant from spreading further.   DEEP officials say they’ve found the plant, called hydrilla, in the main stem of the Connecticut River in Glastonbury. DEEP staff recently spotted several patches of hydrilla growing near Glastonbury’s Riverfront Park and Boathouse.   The plant was previously identified in a portion of Keeney Cove in East Hartford.   William Hyatt, DEEP’s chief of natural resources, says managing the infestation “exceedingly difficult” because the Connecticut River traverses the length of the state. Boaters are being urged to clean all visible plant material, fish, mud and other debris before leaving a launch and to drain all water.

BABY LOBSTERS-WARMING OCEAN

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean’s waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate.   That is the key finding of a study performed by scientists in Maine, the state most closely associated with lobster in the U.S.   The scientists found that lobster larvae struggled to survive when they were reared in water 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the current temperatures typical of the western Gulf of Maine.   That’s how much the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expects the Gulf of Maine to warm by the year 2100.

POST OFFICE DEDICATION

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A post office in North Kingstown will be named in honor of one of the first black women to serve in Rhode Island’s General Assembly.  Melvoid Benson was a teacher and a community activist. She represented residents of North Kingstown for seven terms. Benson died June 11 at the age of 86.   Benson’s niece will join Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and the state’s congressional delegation at the dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon at the post office.  Congressman Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat, introduced the bill to name the post office after Benson.  Langevin told Benson before her death that the bill awaited the president’s signature.

UCONN-BIOSCIENCE

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Technology and bio-medical companies looking to start and grow in Connecticut can take advantage of new laboratory space at the University of Connecticut.   Eighteen companies have taken up residence in the new labs at the school’s Cell and Genome Sciences building on the UConn Health campus in Farmington.  The laboratories are part of the school’s Technology Incubation Program, designed to help these startup bioscience companies become successful.  School officials say many of the companies are run by former UConn students or faculty.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

NEW LONDON PEDESTRIAN CRASH

New London, Ct. – New London Police say two pedestrians were hit by a motor vehicle around 5:49 friday evening. A vehicle crashed into the City of New London Information Center building in the area of Eugene O’Neil Drive at Golden Street. One victim was pinned between the building and stone structures outside the building, was alert and conscious and had to be extricated. The other victim was found laying on the ground next to the wreck. Both victims were transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital along with the driver of the vehicle. Their conditions were not known. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information about the accident are asked to call the New London Department Detective Bureau.

DETECTIVES SEEK PUBLICS HELP TO IDENTIFY BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT

CANTERBURY, CT (September 23, 2016) – State Police Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an early morning bank robbery.  On Friday, September 23, 2016 at approximately 9:10 a.m., Troopers from Troop D –Danielson responded to the Savings Institute located on Route 14 in the Town of Canterbury for a reported bank robbery. Upon arriving on scene and investigating, it was determined that a lone suspect entered the bank, implied that he had a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left on foot traveling west on Route 14. It’s possible that the suspect fled the area in a dark-colored SUV.  The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’7”, late 40’s to early 50’s, light brown beard wearing a Yankee baseball hat, blue jeans, maroon hooded sweat shirt and dark colored work boots. The Eastern District Major Crime Squad responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect can contact Detectives at 860-779-4900 or text “TIP711” with your information to 274637. All calls/texts will be kept confidential.

7 YR OLD GIRL STRUCK BY MOTOR VEHICLE

Coventry, Ct. – (WFSB) An unidentified seven year old girl suffered possible head and neck injuries when she was struck by a motor vehicle while riding her bicycle in Coventry, around 5:15 friday afternoon in the area of 40 Nathan Hale Dr. The girl was air lifted by Life Star medical helicopter alert and conscious. It does not appear that the operator of the vehicle was at fault. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Coventry Police Department at 860-42-7331.

HEROIN GRANT $1.5 MILLION TO FIGHT DRUGS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State police are receiving a $1.5 million federal grant to expand efforts to address heroin and opioid abuse in Connecticut.  Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that police plan to use the Department of Justice grant money to help focus on interrupting the transportation and sale of opiates in the state by dismantling drug trafficking organizations.  The funds will be spent on enhancing the current Statewide Narcotics Task Force and strengthening partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Grant money will also be used by the state’s judicial branch and prosecutors to find alternatives to incarceration for those people who need substance abuse treatment interventions.  The competitive grant was awarded through the department’s 2016 Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.

MISSING BOATERS SEARCH SUSPENDED

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two boaters missing for six days after they left a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip. The Coast Guard said on Friday afternoon it had exhausted all efforts its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan of Middletown, Connecticut.  The Carmans left Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island, Saturday evening in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.  The Coast Guard received a report around 6:30 p.m. Sunday that the two had never returned.  The Coast Guard says it searched from around Block Island off Rhode Island’s coast, to canyons off New York, an area of more than 62,000 square nautical miles, larger than the state of Georgia.

MALLOY CALL LAWMAKERS BACK TO CAPITOL FOR SIKORSKY VOTE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling Connecticut legislators back into session to approve a $220 million agreement that commits Sikorsky Aircraft to keeping its headquarters in the state.  The Democrat on Friday signed a proclamation summoning the General Assembly to convene a special legislative session, beginning on Wednesday.  Under the tentative agreement reached with Sikorsky, the company will receive $220 million of grants and tax exemptions over 14 years. In return, the manufacturer will build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters in Connecticut.  The company has also committed to retaining and growing its full-time workforce in Connecticut to approximately 8,000.  Malloy notes in his proclamation how the agreement will “sustain job growth” in the state’s “robust helicopter aerospace manufacturing sector.”  Union members also need to approve the deal.

CONNECTICUT TOPS 2 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is outpacing past years.  The Democrat announced Friday that more than 2 million people have registered to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election. In 2008, Connecticut had not registered more than 2 million people until early October. Merrill says her office is working to register people online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles, at community centers, schools and elsewhere. She says help is available for people who still want to register to vote. The deadline to register Nov. 1.  Among the state’s active voters, the majority – 783,471 – are registered as unaffiliated with any political party. They’re followed by Democrats, who number 765,471, and Republicans, who have 437,796 registered voters in Connecticut.

YALE’S ENDOWMENT OUTPERFORMS HARVARD’S; HARVARD STILL RICHER

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Yale University’s endowment outperformed Harvard’s during the latest fiscal year, giving the Connecticut school the latest victory in the longtime rivalry between the Ivy League institutions.  Yale on Friday announced that its endowment earned a 3.4 percent investment return for the year ending June 30, although the endowment’s value dropped slightly to $25.4 billion from $25.6 billion as of June 30, 2015.
Harvard on Thursday announced a 2 percent annual investment loss for the year ending June 30, while the endowment dropped in value by nearly $2 billion to $35.7 billion.  The chairman of the board at Harvard Management Co., which oversees the endowment, called the results “disappointing.”  Harvard distributed $1.7 billion in endowment funds to its operating budget last year, while Yale spent about $1.2 billion in endowment money.

RHODE ISLAND TOWN TAKES STAND AGAINST POWER PLANT

(Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com)
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island town has taken a largely symbolic vote to oppose plans for a gas-fired power plant in the community.  The Providence Journal reports that the Burrillville Town Council on Thursday unanimously voted to oppose Chicago-based Invenergy’s proposal after more than a year of refraining from taking a position.  Council President John Pacheco says town leaders have tried to stay neutral but he describes the $700 million project as a monstrosity.  The vote is largely symbolic because Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board is the lead authority that will decide the plant’s fate.  The town is also asking for support from all other Rhode Island cities and towns and nearby communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Burrillville is in Rhode Island’s rural northwestern corner.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

POKEMON CONTROVERSY IN STONINGTON

The warden of Stonington Borough has written to the maker of the popular interactive game Pokemon Go, asking that Cannon Square be removed as a hotspot for the game. Jeffrey Callahan says many residents have complained about kids congregating in the street and making noise in the middle of the night while playing Pokemon Go near the square, which is located in a residential neighborhood. On top of that, Callahan says there have been at least two instances of players sideswiping parked cars while driving. Officials from the game maker haven’t said whether Cannon Square will be removed as a Pokemon Go hotspot.

EX-TEACHER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING TEEN BOY

A former Stratford High School teacher who resigned in March after he admitted to wrestling with a student is now charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.  Gregg Alan Gustafson was charged this week with fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor.  Police say Gustafson and the alleged victim had been at the same home in February and started wrestling. The boy told police that while they were wrestling Gustafson had strangled him with his coat and grabbed his genitals.

SEX CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST DOCTOR

Prosecutors have dropped all 14 charges against a Connecticut doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female patients. The state dropped the charges on Thursday following an independent review by an outside doctor who looked at the medical records of nine women who accused Dr. Khosro Pourkavoos of inappropriately touching them.

STATE TOPS TWO-MILLION VOTERS

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is outpacing past years.  The Democrat announced that more than 2 million people have registered to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election. In 2008, Connecticut had not registered more than 2 million people until early October.  The deadline to register is November 1.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

MOLESTER COMPLAINS

A diabetic child molester from Norwich wants to shorten his 10-year sentence because he claims his starch-filled prison diet could potentially kill him. Forty-six-year old James Babulsky appeared yesterday in New London Superior Court after filing a motion to reduce his sentence on the grounds that he is being deprived the proper medical care while in prison. The judge has scheduled a tentative court date of Sept. 29 to hear a motion to modify Babulsky’s sentence.

GOLD STAR FAMILIES HONORED

Yesterday, those who’ve lost service members attended an inaugural event to recognize their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their loved ones. The Naval Submarine Base hosted the event for Gold Star Families on the pier adjacent to the historic ship Nautilus. Officials hope to make it an annual event.

NEW CONDOS FOR NEW LONDON

New condos on New London’s Howard Street could be in the works. Tony Silvestri, the project manager for several downtown developments that have transformed entire neighborhoods, now envisions a large-scale condominium project in the Shaw’s Cove Area.  Yesterday, the executive board of the Renaissance City Development Association approved a commitment to negotiate with Slivestri on his proposal.

PETITION SOUGHT ON PARK APPROVAL

The Stonington Town Clerk says an unidentified man picked up the petition forms needed to force a referendum on the $2.2 million Mystic River Boathouse project. That project was recently approved at a town meeting.  To force a referendum, a petition signed by 200 registered voters must be submitted to the town by Friday Sept. 30.

WATER’S OK

Water tests conducted by Norwich Public Utilities at six locations in the Norwich Free Academy area and both upstream and downstream of the campus have come back normal. The tests were conducted following complaints of an odor and unusual taste to the water. NFA has been using bottled water since the problem was detected and will continue to do so through the weekend.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

PLAINFIELD FIRE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

Authorities are still investigating the cause of a house fire in Plainfield. It happened around 10:45 Wednesday night at 10 Winsor Avenue. A six-year-old girl was killed in the blaze.  Plainfield Fire Marshal Paul Yellen says first responders are having trouble coping with the tragedy.  Luckily, a man, a woman, and a 1-year-old child were rescued from the house. Two police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

FORMER TEACHER GETS PROBATION

An attorney for a former Newtown, Connecticut, teacher who brought a loaded gun to school says his client bought the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre never occurred. Former Newtown Middle School teacher Jason Adams received a form of probation at a court appearance today.

RI MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN PLOT

A Rhode Island man charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, including a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston. Rovinski’s lawyer says he now renounces violence and any allegiance to the Islamic State group.

BIOSCIENCE ON THE RISE IN CONNECTICUT

The bioscience industry continues to grow in Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy says there are more than 24-thousand people employed in bioscience jobs across the state, which have generated another 40-thousand indirect jobs. The Governor says Connectuicut is making investments in bioscience that should have been made decades ago.

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