TORRINGTON POLICE LAST NIGHT LOCATED A HIKER WHO GOT LOST IN SUNNYBROOK STATE PARK. POLICE TELL WZBG THE 44-YEAR OLD LOCAL MAN CALLED 9-1-1 TO REPORT THAT HE HAD BEEN IN THE PARK THURSDAY EVENING WATCHING RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRPLANES BEING FLOWN, AND TOLD POLICE THAT WHILE WALKING A TRAIL LATER, HE ENCOUNTERED BEARS, LEFT THE TRAIL TO EVADE THE BEARS AND COULDN‘T FIND HIS WAY BACK TO THE TRAIL. POLICE AND FIRE CREWS TRACED HIS LOCATION VIA HIS CELL PHONE AND FOUND HIM JUST BEFORE 11PM.  HE HAD MINOR INJURIES & WAS TREATED AT CHARLOTTE HUNGERTFORD HOSPITAL.

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT LAWMAKERS HAVE SET ASIDE JUNE 29 FOR A POSSIBLE BUDGET VOTE, DESPITE THE LACK OF AN AGREEMENT. HOUSE SPEAKER JOE ARESIMOWICZ SAYS HIS RANK-AND-FILE MEMBERS PREFER VOTING ON A NEW TWO-YEAR BUDGET RATHER THAN ALLOWING THE GOVERNOR TO USE HIS EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO TEMPORARILY RUN STATE GOVERNMENT. IF NO BUDGET IS READY, HE SAYS THEY MAY INSTEAD VOTE ON A SEPARATE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING.

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — TOP CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATS ARE SLAMMING THE SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL AS CRUEL, PREDICTING IT WILL INCREASE COSTS WHILE DECREASING ACCESS. LT. GOV. NANCY WYMAN SAYS IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE A $1 BILLION FUNDING HOLE IN CONNECTICUT’S BUDGET IN THE NEXT DECADE. U.S. SENS. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL AND CHRIS MURPHY PLAN TO HOLD AN EMERGENCY HEARING TODAY AT NEW HAVEN CITY HALL TO HEAR PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE BILL.

 

 
HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY 2017 IS SHAPING UP TO BE A BANNER YEAR FOR LYME DISEASE-CARRYING TICKS. NUMBERS ARE ON THE RISE ACROSS NEW ENGLAND, RAISING FEARS OF AN INCREASE IN LYME AND ASSOCIATED DISEASES. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION, THE NUMBER OF LYME DISEASE CASES OVER THE PAST DECADE HAS TRIPLED TO ABOUT 30,000 CASES NATIONWIDE EACH YEAR. HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND USING TICK REPELLENT CONTAINING ‘DEET,’ WEARING LONG SLEEEVES AND LONG PANTS IN THE WOODS, AND DOING FREQUENT TICK CHECKS.

 

 
BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT’S ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION HAS RULED THAT CONVICTED FELON AND BRIDGEPORT MAYOR JOE GANIM IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC FINANCING SHOULD HE RUN FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE. THE COMMISSION WEDNESDAY VOTED TO REJECT THE DEMOCRAT’S REQUEST TO LIFT A BAN BARRING PUBLIC OFFICIALS CONVICTED OF CRIMES RELATED TO THEIR OFFICE FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE CITIZENS’ ELECTIONS PROGRAM. GANIM, CONSIDERING A FUN FOR GOVERNOR, CALLED THE RULING “DISAPPOINTING BUT NOT SURPRISING.”

 

 
DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE A LOW-FLYING HELICOPTER OVER HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER LINES IN THE AREA NEXT WEEK. EVERSOURCE OFFICIALS TELL WZBG THAT BETWEEN MONDAY AND SATURDAY – WEATHER PERMITTING – THEY’LL USE A CHOPPER TO ASSIST CREWS IN STRINGING NEW HIGH-VOLTAGE LINES IN UTILITY RIGHTS-OF-WAY NEAR ROUTES 6 AND 8 IN WATERTOWN, IN THOMASTON & LITCHFIELD, AND ENDING AT THE CAMPVILLE SUBSTATION IN HARWINTON. THE FLIGHTS WILL OCCUR INTERMITTENTLY NEXT WEEK BETWEEN 7AM & 7PM.

 

 
CONSTRUCTION HAS WRAPPED UP ON LITCHFIELD’S NEW 38,000 SQUARE FOOT STOP & SHOP SUPERMARKET, DEVELOPER MARK GREENBERG TELLING WZBG THE STORE WILL OPEN NEXT FRIDAY JUNE 30TH. A RIBBON-CUTTING WITH STORE & TOWN OFFICIALS WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AFTERNOON. GREENBERG SAYS MANY HAVE EXPRESSED EXCITEMENT OVER THE NEW, LARGER STORE, WHICH WILL REPLACE THE CURRENT 24,000 SQUARE FOOT STOP & SHOP JUST TO THE WEST ON ROUTE 202. THE TOWN APPROVED THE PROJECT IN 2013. GROUND WAS BROKEN IN APRIL 2016.