THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

DICESARE CASE EXPENSIVE

The Town of Ston­ing­ton and its in­sur­ance com­pany have now spent more than $341,000 in le­gal fees in con­nec­tion with the 2015 fir­ing of for­mer high­way su­per­vi­sor Louis DiCe­sare II. The town re­leased the bills on Wed­nes­day af­ter “The Day” filed a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest for them. The doc­u­ment also re­veals that the Con­necti­cut In­ter­local Risk Man­age­ment Agency ex­pects to spend an­other $118,000 to cover losses and le­gal fees con­nected with the law­suit. DiCe­sare still has two union griev­ances pend­ing against the town that need to be ruled on by an ar­bi­tra­tor and a civil rights law­suit pend­ing in U.S. District Court. Set­tle­ment talks between the town and DiCesare have so far been un­suc­cess­ful, as the two sides re­main far apart on a set­tle­ment amount.

CONN COLLEGE OFFERING EARLY RETIREMENT

Connecticut College has offered eligible employees an early retirement with extra benefits. The reason they gave is the trend of a dwindling number of high school graduates.  The board of trustees approved the move in February, even after learning the small private school received a record breaking number of applications for the coming academic year. Across the country, other private colleges have also deliberately downsized in recent years.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INGEST LACED CHOCOLATE

Westerly Police are investigating a case of five school students ingesting chocolate laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The incident happened yesterday at Westerly Middle School when a 13-year-old girl was examined by a school nurse and was showing signs of marijuana ingestion. The girl admitted that she and four other girls had eaten the candy. A few pieces of the chocolate found on one of the students were seized as evidence.

WESTERLY FINED

The Rhode Island Department of Health has fined the Town of Westerly $7,500 for failing to tell Pawcatuck residents last month about excessively high pH levels in the water that Westerly provides to them. A violation letter was also issued stating that the Westerly Water Department was required to report the problem to the health department within 24 hours, and to notify the public as soon as possible after that. In his email report to the health department five days after it discovered the problem, Public Works Director Paul Corina said he “was not sure of the exact reporting requirements for that type of issue.”

TWO PEDESTRIANS RUN OVER

Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were struck by a car  walking in a crosswalk on Steward Street around 7:30 Wednesday night in New London. Police said the male pedestrian suffered injuries to his leg. Both were conscious and alert when emergency responders took them to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for treatment. Residents say the streets in that area often are dark, making it hard for drivers to see pedestrians. They said the female driver was visibly upset after the crash. Police are investigating.

BUDGET HEADS TO RTM

Following a week­-long re­view, the Water­ford Board of Fi­nance Wed­nes­day rec­om­mend­ed a $93.1 mil­lion to­tal municipal bud­get that would in­crease spend­ing by about $2.4 mil­lion.  The pro­posed bud­get rep­re­sents about a $1 mil­lion, or 3.5 per­cent, bump over this year’s spend­ing, said to be driven by higher re­tire­ment and in­sur­ance costs. The 22-mem­ber Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Town Meet­ing will con­duct a fi­nal re­view of the bud­get in May.

SCOTT QUALIFIES

John Scott, a Repub­li­can can­di­date for the 40th District House seat, has announced that his cam­paign has reached the nec­es­sary fundrais­ing thresh­old with $5,700 to qual­ify for the state Ci­ti­zens’ Elec­tion Pro­gram. Scott said more than 160 peo­ple in Gro­ton and Led­yard have made donations. Scott held the seat from 2014 to 2016.  It’s cur­rently occupied by Democratic Rep. Chris­tine Con­ley. To qual­ify for the pro­gram, a can­di­date must raise $5,100 from at least 150 res­i­dents liv­ing in the dis­trict.

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