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FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

CONN COLLEGE FATALITY

James Sposito (The Day)

A man who killed a Conn College student while driving home drunk has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. 27-year-old James Sposito will also serve five years probation. Sposito pleaded guilty to hitting a 20-year-old Pakistani student who was walking back to his dorm along Route 32 in December of 2015. Police say Sposito had spent the night drinking at several bars.

COMPUTER THIEF SURRENDERS

A New Haven man accused of stealing a computer from the Waterford Wal-Mart, and then leading numerous police departments on a chase, has turned himself in to Waterford police. 42-year old Daniel Hosler allegedly fled the store with the computer around 5:45 PM Wednesday in a motor vehicle. Police later caught up with the wrecked vehicle, which was still running, but no one in it, parked at the end of the exit 80 off-ramp of I-95 south. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, but to no avail. Hosler appeared early Thursday afternoon at Waterford police headquarters to be booked.

MOTORCYCLE HITS WALL

Police have opened an investigation after a motorcyclist crashed into a stone wall in Connecticut.  Police say 54-year-old Adam Kovarovics was traveling in Moosup when he crashed into the wall around 2 p.m. Thursday.  Several members from local fire and emergency departments responded to the crash.  First responders say Kovarovics was transported to the hospital by helicopter. The extent of his injuries has not been released.

BUDGET SURPLUS EXPECTED

Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget director says last fiscal year is projected to end $35.7 million in the black, and the state won’t have to raid its reserve account. The new figure marks a $142.9 million improvement from last year, when it appeared the state was facing a $107.2 million shortfall. Ben Barnes says the surplus is due to austerity measures and strong performance by several taxes, including the inheritance and corporation taxes.

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

THIRD CASINO AMENDMENTS SIGNED

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – It’s now up to the General Assembly and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve an agreement that could lead to a new satellite tribal casino in Connecticut. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal leaders on Thursday signed amended compacts and memoranda of understanding between the state and the two federally recognized tribes. The revised agreements ensure the proposed, jointly owned casino the tribes want to build in East Windsor will not compromise the state’s current revenue-sharing arrangement with the tribes, who own and operate Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. The General Assembly will next act on the amended agreements, followed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. MGM Resorts says it will continue to challenge the constitutionality of the process in court.

NEW JOBS NUMBERS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A new report shows Connecticut gained 7,000 net jobs in June, moving closer toward recovering all the jobs lost in the 2008-2010 recession. Thursday’s Department of Labor monthly employment report indicates Connecticut has recovered 84 percent of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the so-called Great Recession. The state still needs an additional 19,100 jobs to reach full recovery. Andy Condon, director of the agency’s Office of Research, notes that private sector jobs “have now completely recovered.” He says figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are preliminary and subject to revision. The government sector suffered the largest job losses in 2017. That group includes tribal casino and public higher education workers. The unemployment rate is now 5 percent, up slightly from 4.9 percent in May.

BAD POT RUN

A rash of overdoses in New London on Thursday is being traced to a bad batch of synthetic marijuana. Fire Battalion Chief Ted Sargent says six people were sent to the hospital between 8 AM and 2 PM, with none of the overdoses appearing to be life-threatening. All of the medical calls came from the area around Hobron Street, between Shaw Street and Montauk Avenue. A suspected heroin overdose was also treated.

HOME INVASION ARREST

A Griswold woman has been charged in connection with a January home invasion. 34-year old Danielle Dubicki is accused of being one of five people involved in the crime after a man sought a female escort at his Washington Street apartment in Norwich. Police say the man was beaten and robbed. The home invasion apparently stemmed from an October 2016 incident whereby the victim paid the escort for drugs that she never delivered. Dubicki was held on 150-thousand dollars bond, and is due in court August 7th.

MAN DOWN IN GREENEVILLE

A man is being treated at Backus Hospital in Norwich after suffering a serious leg injury in the woods near the Greeneville Dam. The victim was rescued Wednesday night by city police and fire officials, who used a forestry vehicle to get to the man because of the difficult terrain. He was placed in a rescue basket and carried to a waiting ambulance. No word on how the man was injured.

SALEM SAYS NO TO HOME PURCHASE

The oldest home still standing in Salem will remain in the hands of the town’s historical society. Voters at a town meeting this week reject a proposal that would turn over the Whittlesey House on Hartford Road to the town. The Historical Society’s plan was to sell the property for 50-thousand dollars, stretched out over 10 years to give the group some funding, while allowing time for a potential developer to come forth to restore the home. It was built around 1700, and was the home of the founder of the Music Vale Seminary, which is believed to be the first music conservatory in the U-S.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

GOP SELECTS CANDIDATES

Peter Nystrom (The Bulletin)

Norwich’s Republican Town Committee has endorsed its slate of candidates for the November municipal elections. Heading the ticket is Peter Nystrom, who’s seeking a second non-consecutive four-year term as mayor. He’s currently the number two person on the City Council. Nystrom says he would not seek re-election as mayor, if he wins this Fall. He was the city’s mayor from 2009 to 2013. Three other GOP incumbents are seeking another 2-year term on the City Council, including Joanne Philbrick, Aldermen Stacey Gould and William Nash are also seeking re-election, and are joined by newcomers Rob Dempsky and Margaret Becotte, who currently serves on the Board of Education.. Incumbents Al Daniels, Dennis Slopak, and Rasheed Haynes are running for another term on the school board, along with former board member Rodney Bowie, and first-timers Patricia Staley and Noreen Zercie. Norwich Democrats endorse their candidates Monday.

RATS INVADE PAWCATUCK

Rats have infiltrated two more neighborhoods in Pawcatuck. The Birdland neighborhood off Route 1 and the area of Moss and William streets are now getting attention. The Ledge Light Health District responds by inspecting 120 homes to look for what’s drawing the rodents. This after a Milan Terrace resident was discovered feeding rats. Seventy of them have been killed and the owner has been forced to clear the property of the debris drawing the rodents. Ledge Light officials are developing a plan to eradicate the rats and a pest control company has been consulting them and town officials.

ROAD CLOSED FOR THREE MONTHS

The rebuilding of a bridge will lead to the three month closure of a road in Waterford. Work on the Jordan Cove Bridge will begin August 21st and thus Jordan Cove Road will be closed. That is the main exit for two neighborhoods around the Millstone Power Station and thus an evacuation plan is part of the project. Gardiners Wood Road will be utilized and if flooded, part of the nuclear power plant’s property will be used for evacuations. The bridge is more than 80 years old and $1.5 million has been appropriated to fix it.

WORK AT THREE RIVERS

Three Rivers Community College in Norwich is one of the 2017 Great Colleges to Work For, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Three Rivers is the only college from New England recognized by the national survey in the two-year college category. Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic made the list in the four-year colleges category. This is the first time that Three Rivers has been honored.

URGO ENDORSED

Democrats in North Stonington have their candidate for first selectman. They’ve endorsed Michael Urgo. He is the chairman of the town’s School Modernization Building Committee and has served on the finance board in the past. Urgo is actually unaffiliated. Current First Selectman Shawn Murphy is not seeking re-election.

WATER’S GOOD

North Stonington customers serviced by the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority can drink from their taps again. Officials say tests taken yesterday (Wednesday) show no coliform bacteria in the water distribution system.. A boil-water order was issued Monday due to high bacteria levels.