NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (AP) — ONE MAN IS DEAD AND ANOTHER IS FACING A MURDER CHARGE AFTER A STABBING IN NEW BRITAIN. POLICE SAY 41-YEAR-OLD CARLOS GONZALEZ-OLIVER IS BEING HELD ON $1 MILLION BOND AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED IN SUPERIOR COURT ON TUESDAY. OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A NORTH STREET APARTMENT JUST BEFORE 9 P.M. MONDAY FOR A REPORT OF A STABBING. THERE THEY FOUND THE VICTIM SUFFERING FROM WHAT WERE DESCRIBED AS “SERIOUS” WOUNDS. THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL. THE VICTIM’S NAME WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY MADE PUBLIC. THE SUSPECT LIVES IN THE APARTMENT IN WHICH THE VICTIM WAS FOUND, BUT WAS LOCATED AFTER THE STABBING AT A MOTEL IN WETHERSFIELD, WHERE HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT.

 

BRISTOL, CONN. (AP) — SIX STUDENTS AND A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER WERE HOSPITALIZED AFTER THE BUS COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE IN BRISTOL MONDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 8AM WHEN THE DRIVER OF AN SUV WENT THROUGH A STOP SIGN. BRISTOL POLICE LT. RICHARD GUERRERA TELLS THE BRISTOL PRESS THE CRASH WAS AT LOW SPEEDS, AND THERE WAS MINOR DAMAGE TO THE SCHOOL BUS. THOSE HOSPITALIZED REPORTED MINOR INJURIES. POLICE SAY A TOTAL OF 64 STUDENTS WERE ON BOARD. AUTHORITIES SAY THE DRIVER OF THE SUV HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO OBEY A STOP SIGN AND DRIVING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS.

 

WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TRAVELERS ON CONNECTICUT ROADS THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND, STATE POLICE WILL HAVE EXTRA TROOPERS PATROLLING THRU SUNDAY. IN HOPES OF KEEPING CASUALTIES DOWN, THEY’LL HAVE ROVING D-U-I PATROLS FOCUSING ON AGGRESSIVE, UNSAFE & DRUNKEN DRIVERS. THEY’LL ALSO LOOK FOR HAZARDOUS MOVING VIOLATIONS LIKE SPEEDING, FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY, UNSAFE LANE CHANGES, FAILURE TO WEAR SEATBELTS AND ILLEGAL CELLPHONE USE BEHIND THE WHEEL. STATE POLICE ALSO ASK ANYONE SEEING A SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVER TO CALL 9-1-1, AS THAT IS A TRUE EMERGENCY.

 

STATE POLICE HAVED ISSUED ‘SILVER ALERTS’ FOR TWO TORRINGTON TEENAGERS REPORTED MISSING MONDAY. THEY’RE TRYING TO LOCATE JOSHUA CRUZ, A 13-YEAR OLD HISPANIC MALE WITH BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES, 5’3” 125 POUNDS, LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK & GRAY SWEATSHIRT, BLUE JEANS & BLUE SNEAKERS, AND SAMANTHA FARRELL, A 13-YEAR OLD WHITE FEMALE, BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES, 5’4”, 120 POUNDS, LAST SEEN WEARING A GRAY HOODIE AND BLACK LEGGINGS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON EITHER JOSHUA CRUZ OR SAMANTHA FARRELL SHOULD CALL TORRINGTON POLICE.

 

A 3RD REFERENDUM – LIKELY DECEMBER 6TH FROM NOON TO 8PM – WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF MORRIS’S PROPOSED $9.4 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET AND 1.46-MILL TAX INCREASE. SELECTMEN HOPED TO FINALIZE THE BUDGET IN A TOWN MEETING VOTE TOMORROW, THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING, SAYING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS LIMITED THEIR CHOICES. THEY ALSO WANTED TO AVOID THE DELAY A REFERENDUM WOULD CAUSE, WHICH HAS NOW FORCED SELECTMEN TO APPROVE SENDING OUT SUPPLEMENTAL TAX BILLS TO COVER TOWN COSTS. BUT NOW THAT THE BUDGET HAS BEEN PETITIONED TO REFERENDUM, TOMORROW’S 7PM TOWN MEETING WILL ONLY ALLOW DISCUSSION OF THE BUDGET – NO ACTION.

 

TORRINGTON OFFICIALS ELECTED OR RE-ELECTED NOVEMBER 7TH WILL TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH. MAYOR ELINOR CARBONE, ELECTED TO A 2ND 4-YEAR TERM, CITY CLERK-ELECT CAROL ANDERSON, WHO’LL BE SUCCEEDING THE RETIRING JOSEPH QUARTIERO, TREASURER-ELECT DAN FARLEY, WHO’LL BE SUCCEEDING THE RETIRING ART MATTIELLO, AND CONTINUING AND NEWLY-ELECTED CITY COUNCIL, BOARD OF EDUCATION, BOARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY MEMBERS AND CONSTABLES AND SELECTMEN WILL BE SWORN-IN MONDAY DECEMBER 4TH AT 3PM AT CITY HALL AUDITORIUM. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

 

THERE’LL BE NO CURBSIDE TRASH OR RECYCLABLE PICK-UP IN TORRINGTON THURSDAY DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. FROM THURSDAY FORWARD THIS WEEK, ALL MUNICIPAL TRASH AND RECYCLABLE COLLECTION WILL BE ONE DAY BEHIND SCHEDULE, WITH THURSDAY’S COLLECTION OCCURING ON FRIDAY, AND FRIDAY’S COLLECTION ON SATURDAY. THE REGULAR SCHEDULE RESUMES NEXT WEEK.