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Police arrest suspect in the murder of ECSU student

May 18, 2013 Local News Comments Off

connstatepolice1-251x300By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

CT State Police report that the remains found with the aid of police dogs on Friday in Trumbull near the Bridgeport line is the body of the missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley.

Police also say they have arrested a suspect in connection with her death, a 30-year-old man, Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport.

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Devastating fire in Willimantic at St. Mary’s Church

May 17, 2013 Local News Comments Off
Smokes billows from St. Mary's Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m.  Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

Smokes billows from St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street after a fire broke out sometime before 6:30 p.m. Photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

While sounds of live music and other entertainment drifted from Main Street, coming from the first Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest of the season, huge clouds of brown smoke billowed from the nearby St. Mary’s Church on Valley Street.

Next door to this stately landmark, firefighters cut through the Willimantic Food Co-op fence in order to allow access to fire trucks.

Firefighters from surrounding towns – including Scotland and Storrs/University of Connecticut – as well as other departments in Windham were on the scene of the fire that was reported sometime before 6:30 p.m. on May 16.

Small crowds gathered on the Jillson Square green as well as on Maple Street – the back side of the church, which is where the majority of the smoke was pouring from.

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Statewide art contest includes four students from Mansfield

May 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

For the 2013 Secretary of the State’s annual poster contest, Secretary Merrill (last row, far right) honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community. Contributed photo.

Press Release

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined dozens of 4th graders from across Connecticut on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol in Hartford for an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Secretary of the State’s 18th annual poster contest.

Secretary Merrill honored 40 students – selected from a field of more than 500 entrants from nearly 50 participating elementary schools – for their posters depicting acts of good citizenship happening in their community.

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Want to be an extra at a Storrs Center photo shoot?

May 16, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and other promotional uses. Image source: publicdomainpictures.net

The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and other promotional uses. Image source: publicdomainpictures.net

The Storrs Center development team is having some professional photos taken on Thursday, May 16 – throughout the day – to be used on websites, marketing materials and for other promotional uses.

If you’d like to be a part of this, all you have to do is, as the Beatles said, “act naturally.”

According to an email sent by the Storrs Center team:

“Now that the first buildings are completed, trees and sidewalks are installed and businesses and restaurants are open, we’d like to capture the spirit of Storrs Center with new photography.

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Fun Run to support Mansfield Community Playground

May 15, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
You are invited to support the creation of the Mansfield Community Playground by participating in the “5K Fun Run, Walk, or Stroll” on Saturday, June 8.

You are invited to support the creation of the Mansfield Community Playground by participating in the “5K Fun Run, Walk, or Stroll” on Saturday, June 8.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

You are invited to support the creation of the Mansfield Community Playground by participating in the “5K Fun Run, Walk, or Stroll” on Saturday, June 8.

There also will be races for kids, so it’s fun for the whole family. No pets, please.

Kids’ races will start at 9 a.m. on the E.O. Smith High School track.  The (untimed) 5K will start and end at the Mansfield Community Center, beginning at 10 a.m.

Want a T-shirt to commemorate the event? Then register by May 17. After that date, specific sizes may not be available.

Also on race day, you can make your own footprint tiles that will become part of an art installation in the playground. Tiles are $25 each and must be paid for on race day.

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Paving Storrs Road – Route 195 in Mansfield

May 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Press Release

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

During this work, traffic will be restricted at times to alternating one-lane patterns.

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Flags half staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed that U.S. and Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff today (May 15, 2013) in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

“National Peace Officers Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the service of our brave men and women in law enforcement,” said Gov. Malloy.

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State Police bust ‘marijuana grow house’ in Ashford

May 8, 2013 Local News Comments Off
State Police raided a home in Ashford and seized more than 100 marijuana plants, 2.5 pounds of marijuana pre-packaged for sale, $2,100 in cash, drug paraphernalia and cultivation and packaging material. Photo source: CT State Police

State Police raided a home in Ashford and seized more than 100 marijuana plants, 2.5 pounds of marijuana pre-packaged for sale, $2,100 in cash, drug paraphernalia and cultivation and packaging material. Photo source: CT State Police

Press Release

On May 7, 2013 members of The State Police Statewide Narcotic Task Force – East Field Office with the assistance of Troop C police and the DEA Hartford Office executed a search and seizure warrant at 122 Nagy Road in Ashford, CT.

Police referred to the site as a “marijuana grow house’ and say more than 100 marijuana plants, 2.5 pounds of marijuana pre-packaged for sale, $2,100 in cash, drug paraphernalia and cultivation and packaging material were seized.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The …

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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