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THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

MOBILE HOME EXPLOSION

A mobile home explosion injured two people at the Evergreen Springs mobile home park in Clinton early Thursday morning. (WFSB)

A married couple with severe burns had to be pulled from the burning wreckage of a mobile home that exploded in Clinton.  Police received multiple calls about an explosion at about 12:30 this morning, followed by calls about a mobile home on fire at the Evergreen Park complex.  The victims were identified as 64-year-old Leon Hinkley and 61-year-old Candace Hinkley.  They were flown to a Bridgeport hospital where they’ve been listed in critical and serious condition respectively.  The cause remains under investigation, but authorities suspect the explosion was sparked by propane.

POLICE STANDOFF

(WFSB)

A woman has been found dead and a man hospitalized following a standoff with police in a suburb of Hartford.  Newington police said they are treating the Thursday morning incident as a homicide and that the man is considered a suspect. They didn’t immediately release the names of the man and woman but said they were married.  Police say the man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

SOLAR FARMS

Groton is celebrating a public and private partnership that’s led to the production of three solar farms in the community.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning at Polaris Park, which is the largest of the solar facilities.  The other two solar farm sites are Trident Park and Pelican Park. Together, the three facilities are expected to produce nearly eight-million kilowatt-hours ever year, enough to power 587 homes.

SEALS RELEASED

Three seal pups that were apparently abandoned by their parents after birth have been released into the waters off Rhode Island. Officials at Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium say the three harbor seals named Aster, Azalea and Ivy were released this morning in Charlestown, Rhode Island. One of the seals was found in Rhode Island and the other two were found in Maine. The aquarium says they are now healthy enough to survive on their own.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

FOXWOODS’ PLANS UNDER WRAP

Fox­woods Re­sort Casino is planning an announcement on Sunday that will un­veil plans for its lat­est at­trac­tion but of­fi­cials aren’t say­ing what it is un­til then. The site of the an­nounce­ment, the New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way, may provide a clue. Fox­woods’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, joined by Richard Rawl­ings, star of the re­al­ity TV shows “Fast ‘N Loud” and “Garage Re­hab,” are sched­uled to reveal their plans be­fore rac­ing be­gins on Sun­day.

ENDANGERED BEETLE MAY IMPACT DEVELOPMENT

Land in Preston, which the Mohegan Tribe has agreed to purchase and develop, could, potentially, be home to the sand tiger beetle, an endangered species. The town of Preston had to pay $25,000 for an environmental engineering study of land, as part of efforts to clean up the Norwich State Hospital property. It was unable to find any evidence that the sand tiger beetle has ever been there. First Selectman Robert Congdon said he hopes the issue is resolved today when the town meets with the State Historic Preservation Office.

PAIN DOCTOR A PAIN

Backus Hospital leaders are working to hire a replacement for the doctor at a hospital pain management clinic on Salem Turnpike, but a nationwide shortage of pain specialists could mean a delay. The primary physician at the clinic retired recently, leaving the 150-patient Backus with a temporary physician. The hospital is actively working to hire a permanent replacement to run the clinic and planned to interview a candidate for the position this week.

MORE HOUSING

The East Lyme Gateway Commons developers say that they plan to go ahead with adding 120 apartments to the 280 units they have built. The developers told the Zoning Commission last week that the 280 apartments are 95 percent occupied. Attorney Theodore Harris, who represents the developers, said Gateway is bringing more people to town who hadn’t lived there before. He said many of the development’s residents are millennials who want something nice and affordable but don’t want to commit to a house at this stage of their life.

HURRICANE ANNIVERSARY

Palmer Boatyard Stonington after 1938 Hurricane (Westerly Sun)

Today marks the 79th anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane, one of the most powerful and destructive storms ever to strike New England. It killed almost 700 people and caused damage estimated to be over $306 million which today would equal almost $15 billion. Tracking up the Eastern Seaboard the storm hit Long Island and Southern Connecticut with sustained hurricane force winds that were felt across central and eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut. The hurricane produced a storm surge that flooded coastal communities and dumped three to seven inches of rain.

WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

ROADS OPENED AGAIN

Vauxhall Street Extension and Cross Road in Waterford are re-opened to traffic this evening, after today’s windy weather caused downed trees and power lines. Vauxhall Street Extension between Hunts Brook Road and the Montville town line was closed as of 8 AM, while police also shut down a portion of Cross Road about a couple of hours later. Traffic signals on Parkway North and South, as well as Route 85 were out. More than 500 Eversource Energy customers in the town were without power. Nearly all of them are back on-line.

DOG MAULING CO-DEFENDANT TO PAY FINE

Corey Beakey

The co-defendant in the Plainfield dog mauling case is expected to plead “no contest” in court next month and pay a fine. 31-year old Corey Beakey doesn’t admit guilt under the plea, but also doesn’t dispute the charges. Authorities say Beakey was in charge of the Rottweiler dogs that seriously attacked a home health care aide in December, 2014 in the home of Beakey’s then-girlfriend Jenna Allen. Beakey is due back in court October 3rd, when he’s expected to pay a 115-dollar fine. Allen is serving a 60-day prison sentence for her role in the attack. The dogs were euthanized.

NL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PROVIDING HEROIN

A guilty plea Wednesday from a New London man who admits providing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to the overdose deaths of two women in the local area in May of last year. 30-year old Nestor “Beans” Santana will serve between five and 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced in Federal Court in Hartford December 13th. The U-S Attorney’s Office in Connecticut says Santana provided the drug to dealers in the area that caused the death of 17-year old Olivia Roark of Griswold, and an unidentified 34-year old woman in Montville.

GRANTS FOR UCFS

Norwich-based United Community and Family Services has received a three-year federal grant to help fight the opioid crisis in the area. The 175-thousand dollar award is part of more than 200-million dollars being distributed to over 1-thousand health care centers across the U-S by the Department of Health and Human Services to deal with the opioid abuse problem. U-C-F-S says it will combine its grant money with an 85-thousand dollar grant from the C-V-S Health Foundation to hire a licensed clinical social worker and recovery coach to its staff, and to purchase a cell phone app to track prescription drug use.

GNACC SAYS NO TO MGM PLAN

Proposed MGM Bridgeport (WFSB)

MGM’S plans to build a Bridgeport casino are getting a bad review from the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce. Chairman of the Board of Directors Chris Jewell says the board thinks the plan would jeopardize the Eastern Connecticut job market, adversely affecting the local economy. Jewell says the project would also lead to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual slot revenue payments to the state from the Mashantucket-Pequot and Mohegan Tribes. Both tribes are members of the Chamber. MGM officials have announced plans to build a casino complex in the Steelpointe Harbor area of Bridgeport. It would need state legislative approval.

EAST LYME WELL OFF-LINE

A municipal water well in East Lyme has been taken off-line, after it was determined water entering the system from there prior to being disinfected was contaminated with e-coli. Public Works officials says samples taken within the distribution system and from other ground water sources indicate no contamination and the water is safe to drink. The well had supplied water to the Lillie Haynes and Middle Schools, and precautionary measures, including a boil-water order, had been put in place there, until it was determined the water was safe to drink. Officials continue to monitor the situation.

GOV’S NAME TO BE TAKEN OFF RI CONSTRUCTION SIGNS

Gov. Gina Raimondo

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island transportation officials say new construction accountability signs will not include Gov. Gina Raimondo’s name. The change comes after Portsmouth resident John Vitkevich questioned whether the signs bearing the Democratic governor’s name violated Federal Highway Administration design standards. The signs, which are located along state roads and highways, display when a project will be complete and if the project is over budget. In an email to the Newport Daily News, a Department of Transportation spokesman says the change came after consultation with the highway administration. The administration has not said whether the signs violated policy. The state transportation spokesman says existing signs with the governor’s name will not be changed.