FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE

BLUMENTHAL SAYS NO TO GORSUCH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he has decided to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, vowing to “do anything in my power” to block his nomination. Appearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the Democrat said Friday that “anything” includes using the filibuster, if necessary. A Senate Judiciary Committee member, Blumenthal says Gorsuch “evaded my questions at every turn” about whether he agrees with major court rulings guaranteeing rights to abortion,

 

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

FATAL CRASH

A serious crash in Groton on Route 184 last night was caused when police say a vehicle, determined to be stolen from Vermont, ran a red light while attempting to elude a trooper from State Police Troop E. The Silverado driven by Valerie Labossiere of Massachusetts collided with a Mitsubishi owned by Deion Pittman of Waterford. Pittman sustained fatal injuries after being flown by Lifestar to Hartford Hospital. Another occupant Taylor Wilkinson was injured and sent to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

 

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE

DEAD BODY IN PRESTON

PRESTON, Conn. (AP) – State police are trying to determine the identity of a body discovered on the shore of the Quinebaug River in Preston.  Troopers in Montville were notified Thursday morning that a deceased white male had been found in the area of 72 Roosevelt Avenue Extension. Detectives from Eastern District Major Crime responded to the scene and are handling the investigation. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the man’s death.

 

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

Solar Panels Considered

Stonington officials heard a presentation last night by a solar panel company that could be an option for the available land at the sewer treatment plant in the borough.  The land is presently used as an informal dog park.  First Selectman Rob Simmons had proposed a plan to formally create a dog park on the property, but lawsuits and permit issues are preventing that from moving forward.  He says that he doesn’t want to offer an opinion on the solar project,

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE

SPEEDBOWL OWNER ACCUSED OF PATRONIZING TRAFFICKED PERSON

The owner of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl has been charged with patronizing a trafficked-person.   Danbury police say 63-year old Bruce Bemer of Glastonbury was arrested Tuesday night at his petroleum business, and arraigned Wednesday morning in Danbury Superior Court.  He’s being held on a 500-thousand dollar cash bond, and is due back in court April 26th.  An FBI special agent assisted Danbury police in serving the arrest warrant.

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

UTILITIES LEADERS STAY ON

The same two people will continue to lead the Norwich Board of Public Utilities’ Commissioners despite being cited for violating the city’s ethics code.  Chairman Dee Boisclair and Vice-chairman Robert Groner are re-appointed by the board Tuesday night. Commissioner Grace Jones says she realizes the two are under investigation for going on an all-expense paid trip to the Kentucky Derby, but says they have also provided valuable leadership.  Fellow Commissioner  Steven Becker was the only one to vote against the re-appointments. 

 

TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE

UTILITIES LEADERS STAY ON

The same two people will continue to lead the Norwich Board of Public Utilities’ Commissioners despite being cited for violating the city’s ethics code.  Chairman Dee Boisclair and Vice-chairman Robert Groner are re-appointed by the board Tuesday night. Commissioner Grace Jones says she realizes the two are under investigation for going on an all-expense paid trip to the Kentucky Derby, but says they have also provided valuable leadership.  Fellow Commissioner  Steven Becker was the only one to vote against the re-appointments. 

 

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

Referendum Today

 

A referendum in East Lyme today will determine if residents are willing to spend up to $37.5 million to renovate the town’s three elementary schools. Supporters say the schools have not been updated in decades. Among other needs, the buildings have to be brought in line with the Americans With Disabilities Act.  The voting takes place at the East Lyme Community Center until 8 p.m.

 

Tribe Into Pellets

 

 

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

VETS GRANT SOUGHT

Members of the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments approves the application for a $140,000 federal grant which would allow the council to run shuttle buses to veteran’s hospitals in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Many local vets use the facilities in Worcester and Providence. The proposed service would be free.

DON’T CLOSE OUR STREET

The Town of Groton is considering closing a small street off Fort Hill Road for safety reasons. 

 

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

SOLID TRIBUTE TO HUSBAND

A massive Mississippi live oak tree, struck by lightning is on its way to Mystic Seaport to be used in the restoration of the Mayflower II.  The property owner wanted to donate the damaged tree to honor her late husband, who died in Hurricane Katrina.  Diane Brugger contacted the Seaport after hearing about the 30 month restoration of the replica of the Pilgrim’s ship from a Connecticut friend.

NORWICH GETS GRANT

A group made up of Norwich government,