SHUT UP THE PEQUOTS
AtÂtorÂneys for the DepartÂment of the InÂteÂrior, in a new court filÂing, argue that a fedÂeral judge should deny the MashanÂtucket PeÂquot Tribe’s bid to keep litÂiÂgatÂing over the departÂment’s failÂure to grant an apÂproval that would enÂable the East WindÂsor casino project to move forÂward. The tribe and the state of ConÂnectiÂcut argue that InÂteÂrior “buckÂled unÂder unÂdue poÂlitÂiÂcal presÂsure” apÂplied by NeÂvada lawÂmakÂers and the White House on beÂhalf of MGM ReÂsorts InÂterÂnaÂtional. MGM ReÂsorts, which opened a nearly a bilÂlion dollar reÂsort casino in SpringÂfield, Mass., in AuÂgust, is seeking to block the East WindÂsor project.
SECOND GOOSE SHOT
State regÂuÂlaÂtors are inÂvesÂtiÂgatÂing another alÂleged bow and arrow goose shootÂing. The belief is that it was carÂried out by a Lyme-Old Lyme High School seÂnior durÂing an archery lesÂson in gym class in October. DepartÂment of EnÂergy and EnÂviÂronÂmenÂtal ProÂtecÂtion spokesman Chris Colibee conÂfirmed DEEP is inÂvesÂtiÂgatÂing but could not proÂvide furÂther deÂtails. An email sent to the ConÂnectiÂcut Wildlife ReÂhaÂbilÂiÂtaÂtors AsÂsoÂciÂaÂtion from a classÂmate who witÂnessed the inÂciÂdent, says a stuÂdent shot at a flock of geese while the gym teacher wasn’t lookÂing.
THREAT NOT CREDIBLE
Norwich School Superintendent Abby Dolliver has requested increased police presence at Kelly Middle School today.Â It’s because of an investigation into what she described as “no credible threat” of violence by a student on Monday. Dolliver sent a message to parents and staff Tuesday night, saying police investigated a rumor of “a threat of violence to take place at Kelly this week.” Dolliver said rumors about the threat appeared on social media. Dolliver and Principal Sheri Tanner greeted arriving students and parents Wednesday morning.Â A few parents chose to keep their children home but Dolliver said attendance was about normal on Wednesday.
KIDS TO BE TRIED AS ADULTS
A 15-year-old male from NorÂwich and a 17-year-old male from New LonÂdon, involved in unrelated incidents, will be tried as adults in New LonÂdon SuÂpeÂrior Court.
Fifteen-year-old Miguel NeÂgron of NorÂwich, is acÂcused of usÂing a butÂterÂfly knife to stab three peoÂple at the Tanger OutÂlets on Oct. 20th. AdoÂnis Smith, 17, of New LonÂdon, is charged with carÂryÂing a pisÂtol withÂout a perÂmit and disÂtributÂing a conÂtrolled subÂstance. Negron faces decades in prison if conÂvicted and given the maxÂiÂmum senÂtence.
MAN LIED ABOUT PERFORMING COMMUNITY SERVICE
State Police responded to a call from an employee who verifies defendants’ community service, telling them they could account for only ten of the 90 hours submitted by 35-year-old Joshua Menard of Groton. Menard said he volunteered at the Goodwill in Groton but a Goodwill supervisor said he never worked there. Menard turned himself in to police and has been charged with second-degree forgery, a Class D felony. He was released on a $1,500 bond and is next due in court Nov. 30th.