Montville, CT

First Norwich cannabis store receives local permit, awaits state license

Norwich ― The city has issued its first local zoning permit for a cannabis shop. The business partnership of Derrick Gibbs and Carl Tirella received approval to place a 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot adult recreational cannabis retail store in the former Family Dollar store at 425 W. Main St. The approval is contingent on the group receiving a state retail cannabis license from the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Norwich man sentenced to five years in prison on federal firearms charge

A Norwich man arrested in 2021 after he was found with a gun and 600 bags of fentanyl was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. James Baker in June pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
NBC Connecticut

Hemorrhagic Disease Found in Several Dead White-Tailed Deer in CT

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is investigating the deaths of several white-tailed deer in the state and said three of them have been found to have hemorrhagic disease. The first positive case of 2022 was a deer found in Goshen and the second was on a property...

State Trooper Tased Man Who Later Died for More Than a Minute, Bodycam Shows

Newly released bodycam and dashcam footage shows Connecticut state troopers using a stun gun on Ryan Marzi for over a minute straight the night of Aug. 24, four days before he would unexpectedly die in his sleep. State troopers Desmond Stimson and Jessie Rainville were responding to a domestic violence incident in Canterbury in which Marzi was alleged to have damaged a victim’s cellphone and was refusing to let her leave the property. In a graphic video released by state police, Marzi cries out multiple times that he is unable to turn over onto his stomach to comply with the officers’ demands while the Taser buzzes in the background until Stimson tells Rainville “enough of that.” Marzi was taken to a hospital for evaluation before he was charged with assault in the third degree and interfering with an officer, according to a police statement. State police are conducting an internal investigation into Marzi’s death.Read it at Associated Press

Wedding guests try to save man who drove SUV into water at Connecticut marina

A 76-year-old man has died after driving his SUV into the water at a marina in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, despite efforts by witnesses to save him. The man has been identified as Steven Mark Wahle. The Old Saybrook Police Department got a 911 call at 10.12pm on Saturday, saying that a car had driven into the waters behind the Saybrook Point Inn Resort and Marina. Witnesses, including both Saybrook Point Inn employees and wedding celebration attendees, jumped into the water in an attempt to save Mr Wahle. One of the attendees springing to action was an off-duty Rehoboth, Massachusetts,...
Eyewitness News

On this day 37 years ago, Hurricane Gloria slammed into Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - On Sept. 27, 1985, Connecticut endured a direct hit from a category 1 hurricane. Hurricane Gloria swept through through the state 37 years ago. Former Channel 3 reporter Brian Garnett reported from Pequot Avenue in New London. “At probably the height of Gloria’s fury, this is...
Journal Inquirer

Windham hospital unions file charges with Labor Relations Board

WILLIMANTIC — The Windham Community Memorial Hospital unions have filed five charges with the National Labor Relations Board, the most recent of which were filed last week. The charges were filed by Windham United Employees, AFT Local 5099, the technical and support services staff union, and Windham Hospital Federation of Professional Nurses, AFT Local 5041, the nurses’ union.

Siobhan McAndrew: Going for A Walk

Suppose you had to walk 10 minutes to the well for drinkable water; 12 minutes to the river to wash clothes; two hours to the regional market. This is not a story about wagon-train pioneers settling the American West. It is a story about rural Haiti today. The walking times,...

An afternoon in the cutting garden

Waterford ― Mariah Billian, of Waterford, her grandmother Allison Farnham, visiting from Australia, and mother Cathy Taylor walk through the cutting garden at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford on Tuesday. “We all just love flowers,” said Billian, “I knew we had to come here while they were visiting.”...

Communities mourn after loss of 2 teens in Glastonbury crash

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Glastonbury community remains in mourning following a deadly car crash on Sunday night. Shocked and saddened are the only two words to describe what the community is going through after the loss of two young students in the collision. As a result, grief counselors are being called into schools to […]
The Day

Preston approves zoning regulations for cannabis facilities

Preston ― The town will allow adult-use recreational cannabis retail dispensaries and cultivation facilities in certain zones, with limits placed on the size of the facilities. The Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to approve new zoning regulations Tuesday after a public hearing that drew only one comment...
Register Citizen

Police: Man linked to crimes in Willimantic and Hartford

WILLIMANTIC — Local police say they have arrested a man who has ties to crimes in Willimantic and Hartford. Kevin Yamil Gomez-Silva, 22, of Willimantic, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment; illegal discharge of a firearm; illegal sale, delivery or transport of a long gun; risk of injury to a child; second-degree breach of peace; and tampering with physical evidence Monday. He was held on $250,000 bond and appeared in state Superior Court in Danielson on Tuesday.

Ballistic evidence links Willimantic man to 2 shooting incidents: Police

WINDHAM, Conn. — A Willimantic man was arrested Monday after an investigation linked him to two separate shooting incidents. On August 26, Willimantic police were called to Cameo Drive on the report of someone run over by a car. During an investigation by the Willimantic Accident Reconstruction Team and Detective Division, they learned that Kevin Yamil Gomez-Silva had reportedly fired at least one round from a rifle.