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WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

STEFANOWSKI VS LAMONT

Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski will go head-to-head in the governor's race in November. (WFSB)

Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski will go head-to-head in the governor’s race in November. (WFSB)

Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican nomination for governor, defeating four fellow contenders in Tuesday’s election, including the GOP’s endorsed candidate. A political newcomer from Madison, Stefanowski is a former GE executive who pitched himself as Bob the Rebuilder in his TV ads and who has pledged to eliminate the state’s personal income tax. He will face Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont in November.

GRISWOLD HIGH GRAD WINS AG NOMINATION

Sue Hatfield (CT Post)

State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.   Hatfield, A Griswold High School graduate who was endorsed by the party, defeated challenger and former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.  Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, but she says she does not agree with Trump on every issue. She has said she wants the attorney general’s office to be more pro-business.   Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut’s largest gun owners’ group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.

BOB’S MAY BE COMING BACK TO WHALING CITY

Bob’s Discount Furniture may be returning to New London. A 35,600-square-foot building proposed for construction in the back of the New London Mall, at Frontage Road may become the new home of the furniture retailer. Felix Reyes, director of the Office of Development and Planning, said he was excited to have a long-blighted area reclaimed by the development of a reputable and recognizable company. Bob’s previously had operated a retail operation on Colman Street in New London, which closed sometime after the opening of its East Lyme store in 2006.

OAKS NOT RECOVERING

After about three years of drought, and damage by gypsy moth caterpillars, state and utility officials say they’re seeing more and more trees, particularly oaks, that have been unable to recover. Experts with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Eversource say not all of their tree work is related to gypsy moth caterpillar damage. Other tree issues can include compromised root systems, disease, and rotting bases. Experts say soil in Eastern Connecticut dries out faster than in Western Connecticut and in some cases isn’t as fertile, particularly in the Voluntown area. But this spring, they say they saw “far less” defoliation from the caterpillars than last year, which is a positive sign.

MAKING THE BONDING CASE

Peter Nystrom

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom wants to make sure voters are informed about what is at stake with the $8 1/2 million dollar economic development bond ordinance. Yesterday, Nystrom and Norwich Community Development Corp. President Robert Mills held an informational session on the proposed bond program at Otis Library. Nystrom, is an an advocate for the program. One Norwich resident, Brian Kobylarz said his concern was not with the new businesses that have come into the downtown area through the existing bond program, but rather, the businesses that have come and left.

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

STAY HERE!!

Julian Rodriguez

Pleas are made  today to keep a New London father from being deported to his native Colombia.   Julian Rodriguez and his wife emigrated to the Whaling City in 2000 to avoid guerilla violence.  Their 14-year son is undergoing treatment at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for a rare genetic blood disease.  He and his mother are also part of a major research study of the illness.  Julian is now facing a September 12th deportation unless a waiver is granted  by U-S immigration officials.  His son, Santiago, hopes his dad can stay.  The Rodriguez family was joined today by supporters, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman Joe Courtney at the Children’s Medical Center to urge the feds to issue the waiver.  Doctors say it’s crucial that the treatment for Santiago and the research be allowed to continue.

COURT APPEARANCE FOR ACCUSED MURDERER

Ruth Correa

The Hartford woman accused of taking part in a Griswold triple murder last December has had her court case continued. 23-year old Ruth Correa made a brief appearance today  in New London Superior Court.  She and her brother Sergio are accused of killing Kenneth and Janet Lindquist, and their son Matthew at their Kenwood Drive residence.   Ruth Correa continues to be held on 2-and-a-half million dollars bail and is due back in court October 10th.  Her brother remains held on 3-million dollars bail, and is due in court September 24th.

FOXWOODS RAPE

A New Hampshire man admits to raping a woman in his Foxwoods Resort Casino hotel room last October.   25-year old Nicholas Soucy is to be sentenced October 17th to 8 years in prison, and 15 years strict probation.   He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge under the Alford Doctrine, meaning he doesn’t agree to the charges, but also doesn’t want to go to trial. Police say the two met at a Foxwoods bar, and he forced her into his hotel room, where he attacked her. He’s been held by police since he turned himself-in, in  November.

NO SIGN ANIMATION FOR MGM

MGM Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A casino billboard visible from a Massachusetts highway won’t use animations to draw visitors to MGM’s $960 million resort. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday unanimously denied the Las Vegas company’s request to run videos and moving images on a large, electronic billboard on the side of its parking garage facing Interstate 91 in Springfield. The five-member panel said the casino, for now, can post static images that rotate no more than every eight seconds. The commission will revisit the issue in 90 days.  Regulators are concerned bright, moving lights could distract drivers and lead to more accidents. MGM said a consultant’s study concluded there’s “no statistically significant correlation” between electronic signs and driver safety. MGM Springfield is slated to open Aug. 24 as Massachusetts’ first Vegas-style resort.

BRICK THROWN AT POLICE CAR WINDOW

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Police say a Hartford  man charged with throwing a brick through the window of a police car, narrowly missing an officer’s head, said he did it because he “hates cops.” Devon Adams-Almstad was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, assault on police, hate crime and other offenses for allegedly throwing the brick at the Hartford police cruiser just after 9 p.m. Monday. The unnamed officer was cut with flying glass, but declined medical attention. Assistant Chief Rafael Medina says Adams-Almstad, who is white, said he “hates cops and was targeting a white cop due to recent events in the news.” The 20-year-old male was held on $100,000 bail. The case was not yet listed in online court records and it could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

NOT A GREAT WAY TO SAY HI

DETROIT, Maine (AP) – Maine State Police say an unwelcome visitor dropped by a home.   Troopers say a Connecticut man faces drunken-driving charges after crashing his car into the house in the town of Detroit on Sunday. They say no one was hurt, even though several of the home’s occupants were seated in the area of the house that was hit.   Police say 48-year-old Scott Nicholson is charged with operating under the influence. It was unclear if he had a lawyer. A voice mail for Nicholson wasn’t immediately returned.

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

SPECIAL ED SOLUTIONS SOUGHT

City Hall Norwich

More discussion last night as to what can be done to bring down special education costs in the state. A public forum on the issue is held at Norwich City Hall, just over a month after a similar gathering was held there. Roughly 25 people attended, with most of them from local and state government and education. Mystic attorney Andrew Feinstein represents parents of special-ed students. He says one way to cut costs is consolidation of services.  Chaplin state representative Doug Dubitsky says the state’s minimum budget requirement for education has to be changed. Lawmakers say changes to the budget mandate are being considered. Another special-ed forum is scheduled for next month at City Hall.

UNH DROPPING LYME ACADEMY

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (NH Register)

The University of New Haven will no longer of­fer de­gree-grant­ing pro­grams at the Lyme Academy Col­lege of Fine Arts af­ter the 2018-19 school year. Stu­dents, alumni and fac­ulty are shocked, sad­dened and angry. The Lyme Board of Trustees will re­tain own­er­ship of the cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties and may at­tempt to de­velop plans to re­con­sti­tute the academy as a non-de­gree com­mu­nity arts pro­gram in the fu­ture. A Lyme Tran­si­tion Task Force is looking at op­tions for stu­dents ma­jor­ing in draw­ing, paint­ing and sculp­ture, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the univer­sity. It also has es­tab­lished a tran­si­tion of­fice.

BONDING REQUEST DISCUSSION TODAY

You can talk about a proposed $8.47 million economic development bond Norwich officials would like to get on the Nov. 6 ballot . The new bond would expand the economic revitalization program to specific areas outside downtown. It also would include $890,000 for “city guided development,” allowing city officials to target specific properties. Half the new money would be dedicated for downtown. Mayor Peter Nystrom and Norwich Community Development Corporation President Robert Mills will hold an open discussion at noon today in the Otis Library community room. A public hearing will be held Monday night before the council vote.

MAN GETS FOUR YEARS

Michael Callanan, formerly of East Lyme, had pleaded no contest to threatening to rape the foster mother of his infant child and shoot the foster father.   He was accused of called them hundreds of times, threatening police officers and their families, and to spitting on an attorney following a family court proceeding. Callanan was sentenced to four years in prison followed by three years of probation, during which he will be monitored electronically. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and treatment while on probation and prohibited from using drugs and alcohol. He was also issued a lifetime protective order that prohibits him from having contact with the victims.

FOXWOODS’ REVENUE DOWN

Foxwoods Resort Casino has reported net revenues in the quarter ending June 30th were down 3.3 percent over the same period last year. Gross gaming revenues in the quarter were also down 3.1 percent while gross non-gaming revenues were down 4.6 percent. During the quarter, a 2.1 percent increase in slot-machine revenue was offset by a 14 percent decline in table-games revenue.