CHIEF HAS RADIO PLAN
Norwich police chief Patrick Daley has a plan to replace radios that officers have complained about for decades. The city police radios would partner with the state’s emergency broadcast infrastructure. Daly’s plan would cost $2.7 million compared to the $10 million price tag of past cost estimates. Daly will present his proposal Wednesday night to the City Council Public Safety Committee. It’s expected the city council will consider a bonding ordinance to pay for the system and will hold a public hearing on the matter August 20. If passed, it would go to voters in a November 6th referendum.
FIRE COMPANY CELEBRATING
Celebrations are underway marking the 75th anniversary of the East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company in Norwich. A re-dedication ceremony was held yesterday honoring past and present company leaders. Other events to mark the anniversary include a four day carnival at Three Rivers Community College beginning Thursday and a parade Saturday.
CANDIDATES DEBATE TOMORROW
Democrats running for the state House seat representing Waterford get together tomorrow night for a candidate’s forum. Baird Welch-Collins, Patrick Murphy and Nicholas Gauthier want the party nomination to try and unseat Republican incumbent Kathleen McCarty. A moderator will pose questions from the audience to the candidates. The forum is tomorrow night at six at the Waterford Community Center.
At tomorrow night’s Groton Town Council meeting, a beautification committee is to be established. A council committee has already approved the creation. It looks like the committee will be made up of five people to serve two years at the behest of the mayor. The committee would look into planting trees and bushes, buying park benches and spearheading cleanup days. If established, the committee’s first meeting would be September 10th.
MAN TRIED TO ABDUCT GIRL
Authorities are investigating the attempted abduction of a young girl by an unknown male in Connecticut.
Police say at around 1:20 p.m. on Friday, a nine-year-old girl was approached by a man driving a pickup truck as she walked up the driveway of her home in New London. The man, who is possibly driving a silver 2000 Dodge Ram, attempted to coax the girl in by telling her that her mother sent him to pick her up.
Police say the victim noticed he had his hands on his “private parts” when he opened the truck door to get her inside the truck. She escaped to the apartment of a family member who called police. The suspect is described as a white male of medium build, between 30-40 years old, with facial hair and sunglasses.
THAT WAS A TORNADO
The National Weather Service is confirming that a tornado touched down in Woodstock over the weekend. The tornado that touched down Saturday was eight yards wide and traveled around one block. One tree and two cornfields were damaged, with no structures affected and no injuries reported. A much more damaging tornado was reported Saturday just across the Massachusetts border in the towns of Webster and Dudley.