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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

8-YEAR OLD STRUCK BY CAR IN NORWICH

Police said an 8-year-old child was struck by a car on Saturday morning.   Norwich Police Department Captain James Veiga said the child suffered a serious leg injury after being struck by a car in the area of North Main Street and Central Avenue at about 10:30 a.m. Veiga said Norwich Police, Norwich Fire, and American Ambulance responded to the scene.   The child was taken to W.W. Backus Hospital for treatment.   Police said they are investigating the collision. The intersection was reopened to traffic at 1:30 p.m.

ONE DEAD IN PLANE CRASH IN LONG ISLAND SOUND

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are combing the waters of the Long Island Sound for remains after a plane crashed on Saturday morning (WFSB)

One body has been recovered from the water near Long Island Sound after a small plane crashed on Saturday afternoon, officials said.   The U.S. Coast Guard said crews responded to a plane crash near a beach south of Quogue, New York at about 11:10 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard said Southampton Police notified the Coast Guard when a twin-engine Piper PA-34 crashed into the water.   Connecticut Airport Authority Spokesperson Alicia Sisic told Channel 3 that the aircraft departed Waterbury Oxford Airport on Saturday, but could not specify details concerning the pilot or passengers.   CBS New York reported an oil sheen and debris were located near the crash site.   The U.S. Coast Guard said numerous crews are assisting in the search including Suffolk County Marine, Bay Constables, a commercial salvage crew, as well as multiple aircrews from the New York Air National Guard.

SINCLAIR, SCHILKOWSKY WIN IN 25TH HARTFORD MARATHON

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — David Sinclair and Rachel Schilkowsky were the men’s and women’s winners of the 25th running of the Hartford Marathon.   Sinclair, of Peru, Vermont, crossed the finish line Saturday with a time of 2:18:20, about 3 minutes longer than the course record. Schilkowski, of Providence, Rhode Island, finished with a 9th overall best time of 2:41:03, about 8 minutes longer than the women’s record.   More than 10,000 runners took to Hartford-area streets on a cool and rainy morning. There was also a half marathon, a team 26.2-mile relay and a 5K.   Police expected about 65,000 people to watch the race. Three racers continued their streak of completing every Hartford Marathon: Peter Hawley, of New Hartford, Andrew Bartlett, of Windsor, and Robert Kopac, of Shelton.

BOARDING SCHOOL SEX ABUSE

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A prestigious Connecticut boarding school has released a new report that accuses three more adults of sexual misconduct involving students. Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford hired a law firm to review new abuse allegations that arose after the release of an investigative report last year that accused 12 former faculty members of sexual misconduct involving students. Neither report names any current faculty or staff.   The new investigation corroborated allegations against two former faculty members and the wife of a faculty member. Two of the three have died. The allegations date back to the mid-1960s.   Choate officials released the report Friday and apologized to all the victims. They said the new report shows the school failed to appropriately address reports of misconduct, and officials have taken new steps to protect students.

STUDENT DEATH CANCELS BASKETBALL CELEBRATION

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The death of a student at Providence College has prompted the school to cancel an annual celebration that kicks off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons.   The “Late Night Madness Celebration” had been scheduled for Saturday night. The Rev. Ken Sicard, the acting president of Providence College, said 19-year-old Augustus Cardello, of Westport, Connecticut, died in his dorm room Thursday night. The cause of death has not been released. Providence police do not believe foul play was involved.   Athletic Director Bob Driscoll, men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley and women’s basketball coach Jim Crowley say they decided to cancel the celebration out of respect for Cardello’s family.  The school held a special Mass for Cardello Friday and has made counselors available through the weekend.

UCONN THEFTS

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A woman accused of stealing more than $29,000 worth of surplus equipment from the University of Connecticut and selling it at a scrap metal yard has taken a plea bargain and avoided jail time.  The Journal Inquirer reports that 51-year-old Lori Goza, of Stafford, was sentenced Friday in Rockville Superior Court to one year of probation. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.   A UConn spokeswoman says Goza worked at the Storrs campus and supervised the cataloging and removal of equipment from a biology classroom building. The theft investigation began after a surplus X-ray machine went missing in 2016.   Police determined the machine and other items were sold to a scrap metal yard in East Hartford.   UConn placed Goza on administrative leave in August 2016 and she resigned in December 2016.

ELECTION 2018 – RHODE ISLAND MAIL BALLOTS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is reminding eligible voters to send in their mail ballot applications.   Tuesday is the deadline for residents who want to vote by mail in the Nov. 6 general election. Voters must return their mail ballot application to their local board of canvassers.   The application is available online or voters can call their board of canvassers.   Additional funding was allocated in this year’s budget so voters won’t have to pay for postage for mail ballots.   Completed mail ballots must be received by the state Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.  If an eligible voter misses the mail ballot application deadline, they can vote by emergency mail ballot at their board of canvassers until 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.

ELECTION 2018 – CONNECTICUT VOTERS WEBSITE

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s largest organization of cities and towns is providing voters with a breakdown of where gubernatorial and legislative candidates stand on issues such as property tax reform and local education.   The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has launched its new “2018 Election Central” website , where voters can find the candidates’ answers to a host of questions about key state-local issues affecting Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.   CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong says he hopes voters use the website to “press their candidates on being accountable on the issues that will be critical to local governments and property taxpayers” when the new governor and General Assembly take office next year.   Questions range from how to address municipalities’ over-reliance on the property tax to how to fund maintenance and improvements of state and local roads.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

NORWICH RECEIVES 19 APPLICATION FOR FIRE CHIEF

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The city of Norwich received 19 applications for the Norwich paid fire chief position including at least three from within Norwich. The deadline for submitting an application was yesterday. The salary range goes from $113,000 to $122,283. A review panel of fire professionals will be appointed to review the applications to assure the candidates meet the qualifications. The city hopes to make an offer and negotiate a contract with a finalist sometime in November.

OCEAN BEACH CLOCK

The clock tower shown in this postcard was once the focal point of Ocean Beach. The 140-foot clock tower that overlooked the park for nearly 50 years was removed in 1988. (Postcard courtesy of John Ruddy)

(The New London Day) Efforts to construct a replica of the iconic clock tower at Ocean Beach Park is hoping for another boost in support. The New London City Council on Monday will vote on an ordinance creating a special revenue fun, to enable the city to accept and hold donations toward the construction and maintenance of a new clock tower. The account would allow money to accumulate without being spent on anything other than the clock tower or capital improvements at the city-owned park. Something like a “lock-box”. Jeff Suntup, has spearheaded the effort along with former City Clerk Clark van der Lyke, and says he expects support from all councilors. An approval will set in motion the start of the fundraising effort. A preliminary estimate of construction of a new clock is $400,000.

LAMONT IDEAS IF ELECTED

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Ned Lamont says if elected governor he’d likely start reigning-in state spending with health care, which makes up 25 percent of the state budget. Much of that cost is tied to the state employee health plans. Lamont says Connecticut needs to make reforms like those done in New Jersey which is expecting to save hundreds of millions on health care costs by pushing employees and retirees to use in-network doctors and generic drugs. Lamont said he’d continue efforts in favor of allowing seniors to receive care at home, which costs less than nursing homes. He also is proposing property tax relief for seniors by restoring funding for the municipal property tax credit program, and adding new funding to cover 25,000 senior renters. He also wants to increase the property tax credit against the state income tax from $200 to $300. Lamont shared his ideas with the New London Day editorial board.

STOLEN TRUCK

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CANTERBURY – State police continue to investigate a report of a stolen pickup truck last Sunday in Canterbury. It happened just before 7AM. Police describe the truck as a black 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which was missing from the owner’s driveway. The truck wasn’t registered and didn’t have a registration plate. Anyone with information is asked to call Connecticut State Police Troop D at (860) 779-4900.

FIFTH ANNUAL “MEET YOUR NAVY” EVENT MONDAY IN GROTON

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Southeastern Connecticut’s Navy commands will host the fifth annual “Meet Your Navy” event at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum on Monday Oct. 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A U.S. Navy 243rd birthday celebration at will take place at noon. The various Navy commands will highlight their jobs with demonstrations and informational tables. Various exhibits will include Navy diver equipment, a knot-tying station and drill team presentations. There will also be opportunities to interact and speak with sailors from a variety of job fields. The event is free and open to the public.

LOUNSBURY CALLS FOR RELEASE OF ANY INFORMATION ABOUT FBI PROBE

Democratic incumbent state Sen. Cathy Osten and her Republican opponent, Mark Lounsbury, shake hands Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, after their 19th District Senate debate at Kelly Magnet Middle School in Norwich. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

(The New London Day) Mark Lounsbury, the Republican challenging Democratic state Sen. Cathy Osten in her bid for re-election in the 19th District, is calling for Osten to release any information she has about an FBI investigation, to confirm the town’s finances and other matters are in order. Osten said she has nothing to release because there is no investigation. The town’s resident state trooper, Brian Sumner, announced via a facebook post, that a complaint filed against, a town official, was determined to be unsubstantiated, that the investigation is closed and referred all questions to the New Haven Field Office of the FBI. An FBI spokesman said there is no ongoing investigation in Sprague. Tenants of a town-owned apartment building and a Norwich resident whose property is being used to store granite removed from the former Baltic Mill site told The Day they were interviewed by FBI agents. Lounsbury said in a statement he released, Sen. Osten needs to explain what this investigation was about and disclose all documentation concerning it. Osten said all documents relating to the apartment building and the Baltic Mill cleanup are available for anyone to review at Town Hall. Osten has maintained that it was Lounsbury, a retired Norwich police detective, who got the FBI interested in town business. Lounsbury consistently has denied it.

NEW LONDON IMMIGRATION CENTER TO HOST FREE CLINIC

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New London’s Immigration Advocacy and Support Center will host a free clinic Oct. 20th to help people complete their citizenship applications. Trained lawyers and volunteers will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8 Washington St. Participation is free, but applying for citizenship costs $725. That fee can be waived in some situations. Those who can apply for citizenship must have been a legal permanent resident for five years or three years if married to a U.S. citizen, speak basic English and don’t have a serious criminal history. To register for the clinic call 860-629-7758

SCHOOL BUS STRIKE-THE LATEST

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says a tentative deal has been reached to end a school bus strike that has lasted more than two weeks. Elorza says bus company First Student and the Teamsters union that represents drivers say they reached a tentative agreement Friday. He says the details of the agreement are still being finalized, and that members of the Teamsters Local 251 must ratify it. The strike began Sept. 27 and affects more than 9,000 schoolchildren. The dispute centered on retirement benefits. First Student had released a statement earlier Friday calling on drivers to return to work Monday.

SCHOOL BUS FIRE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Authorities say a fire that torched several school buses in Providence is considered suspicious. A spokesman for First Student, the company that owns the buses, says six to seven buses were destroyed in the fire reported at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and others may have been damaged.Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said while the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it is considered suspicious.Pare said one firefighter suffered a minor injury.First Student has been embroiled in a labor dispute over retirement benefits with its drivers, who went on strike Sept. 27, leaving about 9,000 students without bus rides to school. The drivers’ union, Teamsters Local 251, said in a statement that it strongly condemns the fire.

FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

CAR THEFT ARREST

A Hartford man is accused of breaking-into a  motor vehicle in Montville in July, and also breaking-into the home of the vehicle’s owner.   25-year old Christofer Cruz-Morales is being held on 50-thousand dollars bond.  Police say Cruz-Morales allegedly burglarized the vehicle on July 26th, the same day that police reported other cars in town, including one belonging to former Montville Emergency Management Director Ray Occhalini being burglarized or stolen.  His car was later found in Hartford.

PRISON TIME FOR NORWICH MAN

Three and a half years is the prison sentence given to a Norwich man due to an assault that occurred in February.   36-year  old Tyshawn McKethan was also urged to get some anger management training.  McKethan was sentenced after attacking a woman at the American Legion Hall on Laurel Hill in Norwich, and then leading police on a chase through Voluntown and Lisbon, where he was eventually apprehended after jumping into the Quinebaug River.  McKethan has been known to have frequent violent outbursts. His attorney says McKethan will be seen by a social worker once he gets out of prison.

BUSINESSMAN STILL HOSPITALIZED 

An Old Saybrook businessman is still in the hospital, as he awaits sentencing for tax-evasion.  57-year old David Adams has been ordered to appear in court within 24 hours of his release from Yale-New Haven Hospital.   Adams pleaded guilty in October of last year to various tax-evasion charges.  The federal government claims the founder of USA Flowers and another internet flower business, owes some 4-point-8 million dollars in overdue taxes and penalties,  while his lawyer says it’s 2-point-6 million. Testimony from a hearing indicates Adams suffers from high blood pressure, and has needed dialysis while at Yale-New Haven.

LEARN TO BE A CITIZEN

A free citizenship clinic is scheduled October 20th at the New London Immigration Advocacy and Support Center on Washington Street.  Attorneys and volunteers will be on hand to help people with their citizenship applications.   The clinic is free, but applying for U-S citizenship carries a 750-dollar fee, which is waived under some circumstances. For more information, or to register, call 860-629-7758 or e-mail infoiascct.org.

LOCKBOX SUPPORT

Antonio Guerrera

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations is rallying support for a proposed amendment to Connecticut’s constitution, hoping to ensure transportation revenues are spent on transportation projects. Representatives from labor unions, business associations, major state employers, environmental groups and transportation organizations, as well as both Republican and Democratic state legislators, contend it’s crucial to support the proposed amendment to Connecticut’s constitution that would create a so-called “lockbox” to help prevent money in the state’s transportation account from being spent on other initiatives. Democratic Rep. Antonio “Tony” Guerrera of Rocky Hill acknowledged Friday the General Assembly has “sometimes raided that fund” and that’s why the various groups decided to come together. Records show a political action committee supporting the coalition’s effort has amassed $74,000 to spend mostly on digital marketing.

NEW TRIAL FOR FORMER STATE SENATOR

Ernest Newton (NBC CT)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the campaign fraud convictions of former state Sen. Ernest Newton II and ordered a new trial.   Justices released a 5-0 decision Friday saying the trial court judge improperly instructed the jury that it was required to find that Newton had general intent, instead of specific intent, to violate campaign finance laws. Newton, now a Bridgeport city councilor, was sentenced to six months in prison in 2015, but was allowed to remain free during his appeal. The Democrat denies allegations he submitted false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 in state public campaign funds for his failed 2012 state Senate campaign. Newton previously served prison time for taking a bribe in a case that prompted him to give up the Senate seat in 2005.