MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (AP) — AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER THEY SAY INTENTIONALLY CRASHED HIS CAR CARRYING CONTAINERS OF FLAMMABLE LIQUID INTO A CONNECTICUT HOSPITAL AND SET HIMSELF ON FIRE. TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD STEVEN ELLAM, OF MIDDLETOWN, WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. COURT RECORDS SHOW HE HAS NUMEROUS CONVICTIONS, INCLUDING FOR ASSAULT AND STRANGULATION. HE WAS SENTENCED IN 2014 TO 33 MONTHS IN PRISON AFTER POLICE SAID HE ATTEMPTED TO STRANGLE A WOMAN USING PLASTIC BAGS.

 

STATE POLICE ARRESTED A 13-YEAR OLD BOY AFTER INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE THREATENING STATEMENT MADE BY A JUVENILE AT LEWIS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL IN BURLINGTON. POLICE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION TUESDAY, SAYING THE ALLEGED STATEMENTS WERE MADE SEVERAL WEEKS EARLIER, BUT THAT A CONCERNED PARENT JUST RECENTLY LEARNED OF THE COMMENTS AND REPORTED IT IN THE WAKE OF RECENT EVENTS. POLICE SAY THAT AT NO POINT WERE ANY STUDENTS OR FACULTY IN DANGER, BUT BASED ON WHAT THEY CALLED ALARMING COMMENTS, THEY SECURED A WARRANT FOR THE BOY’S ARREST FOR BREACH OF PEACE. THE BOY, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS PARENTS, TURNED HIMSELF IN WEDNESDAY. HE’S DUE IN NEW BRITIAN JUVENILE COURT MARCH 2ND.

 

EVERSOURCE ENERGY IS AGAIN USING A HELICOPTER TO CONDUCT AERIAL INSPECTIONS OF ITS HIGH VOLTAGE LINES AND OTHER EQUIPMENT ON RIGHTS OF WAY THROUGHOUT THE STATE. SPOKESMAN FRANK POIROT (PY’-ROE) SAYS THE SEMI-ANNUAL INSPECTION IS PART OF EVERSOURCE’S ONGOING COMMITMENT TO RELIABLE ELECTRIC SERVICE. THE WORK INVOLVES A BLUE & SILVER HELICOPTER WITH THE TAIL NUMBER ‘N-1-4-3-1-W,’ USING HEAT-SENSING INFRA-RED SCANNING GEAR TO DETECT EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY OCCUR. THE AERIAL INSPECTIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE STARTED THIS WEEK AND WILL CONTINUE DAILY FROM 8AM TO 4PM, WEATHER PERMITTING, THRU FEBRUARY 28TH.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — THE GOVERNORS OF CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND RHODE ISLAND ARE FORMING A COALITION OF LIKE-MINDED GUN CONTROL STATES. THE GOVERNORS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THE NEW STATES FOR GUN SAFETY WILL WORK ON ISSUES SUCH AS TRACING ILLEGAL GUNS, SHARING INTELLIGENCE AND RESEARCHING GUN VIOLENCE. THEY PLAN TO URGE OTHER GOVERNORS TO JOIN THE EFFORT AT THIS WEEKEND’S NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION MEETING.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A REQUEST BY CONNECTICUT PROSECUTORS TO REVOKE KENNEDY COUSIN MICHAEL SKAKEL’S BAIL AND SEND HIM BACK TO PRISON WHILE HIS MURDER CASE APPEAL IS PENDING HAS BEEN REJECTED. THE STATE SUPREME COURT RULED AGAINST PROSECUTORS’ REQUEST LATE WEDNESDAY BUT DID NOT ELABORATE. SKAKEL IS A NEPHEW OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY’S WIDOW, ETHEL KENNEDY, AND WAS CONVICTED IN 2002 IN THE BLUDGEONING DEATH OF TEENAGE NEIGHBOR MARTHA MOXLEY IN 1975 BUT DENIES KILLING HER.