9 hrs ago
Career criminal to serve 15 years for armed robbery
A 43-year-old man with a 20-year history of carrying out cocaine-fueled armed robberies throughout the region was sentenced this morning in New London Superior Court to 15 years in prison followed by five years of special parole. William Sheppard, who has lived in the Montville and Norwich area, had pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and violation of probation.
10 hrs ago
'Distressed' Preston? That's news to us
News that Preston has been designated one of the top 25 "distressed municipalities" in Connecticut must have come as quite a shock to the 4,688 residents - and that's just the cows.
14 hrs ago
Police logs - Sept. 16
James M. Turner, 61, of 11 Norfolk Court was charged Sunday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to obey a traffic control signal. Keith J. Lee, 47, of Colchester was charged Sunday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive in the proper lane on a multiple-lane highway and making a restricted turn.
19 hrs ago
Sex offender house surprises Norwich
The recent discovery of a two-family home on Broad Street housing serious sex offenders released from prison has rekindled a controversy that first emerged last summer, with residents and city officials complaining that the city is being unfairly targeted by state programs. The house at 152 Broad St., purchased by West Hartford business Homemax LLC in April, houses four sex offenders with convictions ranging from first-degree to third-degree sexual assault.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Best-selling Author Wally Lamb Heads to the Big Screen
Wally Lamb served as executive producer of a forthcoming feature-length film based on his novel Wishin' and Hopin', which was filmed locally in Willimantic, Jewett City, and Norwich. Even best-selling fiction writer Wally Lamb '72 , '77 MA admits he never could have envisioned it: The house in which he spent roughly 16 years penning several of his celebrated novels is now part of a movie set for a forthcoming feature-length film based on one of those books.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Police logs - Sept. 13
Joanna Cowden, 26, of 156 Dartmouth Drive was charged Friday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and speeding. William W. Wicknick, 60, of 210 Baker Ave. Extension was charged Friday with second-degree failure to appear in court.
Preston rated more 'distressed' than Norwich
Ask anyone in the region which municipality is more economically "distressed," Norwich or Preston, and you'd probably get a unanimous chorus that it's Norwich. Not so, according to a statistical ranking system the state Department of Economic and Community Development releases at this time each year that designates the top 25 "distressed municipalities" in Connecticut.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass for 40 Days for LIFE Campaign.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass for 40 Days for LIFE Campaign. The 8th Annual 40 Days for Life campaign kicks off with a Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich, CT on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, beginning at 7:00 pm.
Mohegan and Mashantucket ads: Gambling is bad
Based on the early scoring, their prospects are not looking so good and they may well lose the bidding war to Las Vegas casino king Steve Wynn. They also got the bad news this week they should pony up another $100 million in equity in the project to stay in the game.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Clean up after the chemical spill in the Yantic River.
The DEEP was alerted to the spill when someone noticed the Yantic River was discolored Wednesday morning. Investigators were able to track the source of that spill back to the Freeport McMoRan continuous copper rod facility.
Norwich holds silent, reflective Sept. 11 memorial ceremony
Norwich No speaking program, no music, no fanfare, just the solemn sound of the Norwich Freedom Bell ringing 13 times to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Q poll: Foley has the edge over Malloy
Gov. Dannel Malloy is facing Tom Foley in the general election in Nov. 2014. The latest Q Poll gives Foley an edge over Malloy.
Network School in Norwich remembers that fun is part of learning
An extended learning day and an intense focus on improving student academic performance doesn't mean the newly designed Uncas Commissioner's Network School won't have fun this year, school officials told the Board of Education Tuesday. Uncas was approved in May as one of five new state-designated Commissioner's Network Schools, which brought more than $600,000 to the school to fund added staff, parental outreach efforts, classroom interventionists and even a resident administrative intern working with Principal Jason Foster.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Scleroderma patient education forum Sept. 27 in Norwich
Norwich The Tri-State Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation will host a scleroderma patient education forum for patients, family members and those who care for scleroderma patients from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the main auditorium at The William W. Backus Hospital.
Probation violations land sex offenders back in prison
Two convicted sex offenders who had trouble making the transition back into society were sentenced to additional prison time Monday in New London Superior Court. Henry J. Brackett, 53, who was released from prison in March after serving 20 years for kidnapping and raping a Norwich woman, was sentenced to an additional nine months of incarceration for a violation of probation.
Police logs for Sept. 8, 2014
Anthony Swift, 28, of 52 Chester St. was charged Sunday with second-degree failure to appear in court, failure to respond to an infraction, driving with a suspended license or registration and two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon. Edward Cochran, 33, of 2 McKinley Court was charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license or registration.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Thames River Apartments: 'We're just barely living in here'
Benita Christian, a 49-year-old recovering addict who has been clean for 17 years, is shown Wednesday in her bedroom on the eighth floor of Building A at the Thames River Apartments complex in New London, where she has lived for two years. Christian earns $13 an hour working full-time as an addiction recovery aide at Stonington Institute, and pays $565 a month for a small kitchen/living room, one bedroom and a tiny bathroom.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Bell's palsy can mask Tom Foley's emotions
But when he faced Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy in the first debate of the gubernatorial race last month in Norwich, the Republican Foley got stuck sitting stage left, exposing a chronic physical hardship. Foley, 62, suffers from Bell's palsy, a neurological disorder that has caused partial paralysis on the right side of his face since he was diagnosed with the condition in 1994.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Norwich advertises for bids for new police station
Norwich The city announced today that it will accept bids for the "design, building and financing" for a three-story, 51,000-square-foot police station that either could be turned over to city ownership or leased to the city. The bid announcement was posted this afternoon on the city website and responses are due by 2 p.m. Nov. 3 to the city purchasing office and will be opened in Room 319 at City Hall following the deadline.