LOTS OF VOTERS VOTING
REPORTS FROM VARIOUS LOCAL CITIES AND TOWNS REPORT STRONG VOTER TURNOUT THIS ELECTION DAY.Â Â LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATEâ€™S OFFICE FROM EARLY THIS AFTERNOON SHOW 22-PERCENT TURNOUT, BUT NORWICHÂ IS REPORTING AROUND 40-PERCENT TURNOUT, GROTON ANDÂ MONTVILLE MORE THAN 30-PERCENT.Â VOTER REGISTRARS IN MANY MUNICIPALITIES AREÂ REPORTING HEAVIER THAN NORMAL TURNOUT FOR A MID-TERM ELECTION.Â Â Â NO MAJOR VOTING PROBLEMS BEING RECORDED.. A TIGHT GUBERNATORIAL RACE, AS WELL AS STRONG OPINIONS REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP, Â ARE SEEN AS THE REASONS BEHIND THE STRONG VOTER PARTICIPATION.Â POLLS ARE OPEN UNTIL 8 PM.
GRISWOLD PLEA IN SEXUAL MOLESTATION CASE
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) â€“ A 24-year-oldÂ Griswold Â man has been charged with sexually molesting two young girls whose families he knows.Â Jacob Rhoades Â pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.Â State police received complaints from the parents of the two alleged victims who are now both 10 years old. Investigators say Rhoades kissed a girl he babysat multiple times in exchange for candy. Police say he molested a second girl multiple times and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Rhoades denied the charges when interviewed by police. He asked a judge Monday for time to hire an attorney and was freed on $50,000 bond. Rhoades formerly worked at the Griswold Youth Center.
Itâ€™s taking longer than expected to get a jury together in the assault case of a former Norwich man.Â So far, only two jurors have been picked, so prosecutors will now begin presenting evidence on November 13th in New London Superior Court against 37-year old Kristopher Prudhomme.Â Â Heâ€™s accused of choking his roommate in October 2016, causing him to be in a medically-induced coma for several days, and requiring the amputation of his legs. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.Â A total of six jurors and two alternates is being sought. Prudhomme is out on 250-thousand dollars bond.
FIRE TRUCK BIDS OPENEDÂ
Norwich officials have openedÂ bids the city has received from companies interested in supplying new fire trucks..Â Â Voters last November approved more than 3-point-2 million dollars in bonding for five new firetrucks for the volunteer fire departments.Â Â Six companies have submitted bids. with one of them, North Haven-based New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus, biddingÂ on all five trucks. City Manager John Salamone says the new equipment will, most likely, not come on-line for another year as the trucks have to meet certain specifications.