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Norwich tax preparer could face 75 years for allegedly filing fake returns

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A 48-year-old man could face 75 years in prison for allegedly filing 25 false tax returns, according to an announcement Tuesday from U.S. States Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery. David Etienne, of Norwich, has pleaded not guilty. He has been released on a $100,000 bond. Etienne is accused of preparing false tax […]
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Norwich tax return preparer charged with tax fraud

NORWICH, Conn. — A Norwich man was charged with tax fraud offenses on a 25-count federal indictment Monday, according to the U.S. State's Attorney. David Etienne, 48, allegedly operated as a tax return preparer through various businesses including Los Maestros Inc, Los Maestros Group, Tax Experts USA, and Tax Experts USA Inc.

Who were the Four Chaplains? Norwich remembers one of the deadliest events of World War II

We think of big personalities and events when we speak of history. Washington crossing the Delaware, Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, Eisenhower and D-Day, but the root word of history, story, is perhaps better served when we celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And traditions are important in remembering people and events, both large and small.

What are the challenges in providing affordable housing in Norwich

NORWICH — Old buildings get run down, and when you need those buildings to house people with limited funds, challenges can arise. Currently, Norwich has just under 20% affordable housing, double the state’s municipal requirement of 10%. However, Norwich would have to be at 50% affordable housing to meet the need, said Sydney Phelps, director of the Office of Community Development.

Lyman Memorial girls’ basketball team continues successful season

A win over Putnam High School on Jan. 14 continued a winning streak for the Lyman Memorial High School girls’ varsity basketball team. After early-season losses to Bolton and Killingly, the Bellringers won a game against Wheeler, followed by a loss to Coventry. That was followed by six consecutive wins for the Bellringers, who at press time had a record of 7-3. The Lyman Memorial High School ...

Approximately 100,000 chickens killed in Bozrah farm fire

Authorities in Connecticut are still investigating the cause of a massive fire at a chicken farm fire that killed approximately 100,000 egg-laying hens. Approximately 100,000 chickens killed in Bozrah farm …. Authorities in Connecticut are still investigating the cause of a massive fire at a chicken farm fire that killed...

Fire demolishes vacant building at Norwich State Hospital

Norwich ― A fire destroyed a vacant former doctor’s residence at the Norwich State Hospital on Sunday night. Laurel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief Aaron Westervelt said the fire department received a call from Mohegan Sun, where the fire could be seen on surveillance cameras. When firefighters...

NFA students talk with astronaut aboard International Space Station

Norwich ― Static over the airwaves at Norwich Free Academy’s historic ham radio station, W1HLO, in the top floor of the Cranston Building quickly cleared, as freshman club member Clark Dziavit called, “NA1SS, NA1SS, NA1SS, this is WIHLO.”. The tiny packed room silently breathed relief and excitement...

RHAM boys’ basketball team is up and down during 2022-23 season

A win over E.O. Smith on Jan. 14 left the RHAM varsity boys’ basketball team with a 5-4 record, landing the Raptors near the middle of Division II. The RHAM varsity boys’ basketball team is coached by Todd Dean, assisted by Mike Whitmore, Jacob Hall, and Jack Risley. The seniors on this year’s team are Matthew Fraleigh, Ryan Heneghan, Luke Polowitzer, and Roan Trzaskos. Catch the Raptors at ...

Staffing shortages causing challenges for EMS workers

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Staffing shortages, increased call volumes and low revenue has led to what officials are calling a depleted emergency system for emergency medical services (EMS) employees. The North Haven Fire Department is getting approximately 20 emergency calls a day with ambulance response times of up to a half-hour, according to chief […]