WITH THE FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON IN THE BOOKS AFTER DROPPING 6 TO 9 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER, METEOROLOGIST JOE FUREY SAYS THE OVERALL WEATHER PATTERN WE’RE IN CONTINUES TO BRING US COLD WEATHER FROM THE NORTH. HE SAYS IF WE CAN STAY STORM-FREE AND JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH WHAT FEELS LIKE MID-WINTER COLD THROUGH THANSGIVING, IN HIS WORDS “WE’LL TAKE IT.” HE FORSEES SOME POSSIBLE SNOW SHOWERS AT TIMES OVER THE NEXT WEEK, BUT NO BIG STORMS.

 

STATE POLICE HAD A BUSY THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING RESPONDING TO CALLS DURING THE SEASON’S FIRST SNOWSTORM. FROM 4 THURSDAY AFTERNOON THRU 8 FRIDAY MORNING, STATE TROOPERS RESPONDED TO 1,341 CALLS FOR STORM-RELATED SERVICE ON STATE ROADS, INCLUDING 230 ACCIDENTS, TWO OF THOSE WITH SERIOUS INJURIES, TEN WITH MINOR INJURIES, AND ONE RESULTING IN A FATALITY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — HARTFORD POLICE SAY A MAN WHO WAS WIELDING A KNIFE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING SHOT BY A CITY OFFICER RESPONDING TO REPORTS OF A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. THE SHOOTING HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 11 A.M. FRIDAY IN A SECOND-FLOOR APARTMENT. OFFICIALS SAY TWO OFFICERS WERE CONFRONTED BY THE MAN AND YELLED AT HIM TO DROP A KNIFE BEFORE ONE OF THE OFFICERS SHOT THE MAN.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A FEDERAL JUDGE IN CONNECTICUT SAYS THOUSANDS OF NAVY AND MARINE CORPS VETERANS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WHO DEVELOPED POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER BUT WERE DENIED VETERANS AFFAIRS BENEFITS CAN SUE THE MILITARY. JUDGE CHARLES HAIGHT JR. CERTIFIED A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT THURSDAY AGAINST NAVY SECRETARY RICHARD SPENCER BY VETERANS WHO SAY THEY RECEIVED LESS-THAN-HONORABLE DISCHARGES FOR MINOR INFRACTIONS LINKED TO UNTREATED MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND ARE BARRED FROM RECEIVING VA HEALTH BENEFITS.

 

TORRINGTON’S OLIVER WOLCOTT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ARE MAKING SURE NO ONE GOES WITHOUT A THANKSGIVING DINNER OR EATS ALONE THAT DAY. O-W-T-S SERVES ITS 36TH ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER AT THE SCHOOL FROM 11AM TO 1PM. THE K-OF-C HALL ON LITCHFIELD STREET WILL HOST A THANKSGIVING DINNER FROM 1 TO 4PM. THERE’S NO CHARGE FOR EITHER MEAL, HOWEVER, ANYONE REQUESTING A MEAL DELIVERED MUST CALL SAINT PAUL’S CHURCH AT (860)482-3555 BY NEXT TUESDAY AT NOON.

 

IN TORRINGTON, THERE WILL BE NO CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RECYCLABLES ON THANKSGIVING DAY NEXT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22ND. ALL MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLABLES REGULARLY SCHEDULED FOR COLLECTION NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY WILL BE 1 DAY BEHIND SCHEDULE. THURSDAY’S COLLECTION WILL OCCUR FRIDAY, AND FRIDAY’S ON SATURDAY.

 

TORRINGTON’S ‘CHRISTMAS HOUSE,’ THE HOLIDAY ATTRACTION OWNED BY THE MERRIMAN FAMILY AT 287 MAIN STREET – WHICH RECEIVED ONE BID FROM A BANK AT A NOVEMBER 3RD FORECLOSURE AUCTION – WILL BE PART OF THE CITY’S ANNUAL ‘LIGHT UP MAIN EVENT’ TO RING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON NEXT FRIDAY, BUT THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME. A $16,000 MORTGAGE DEBT LED TO THE FORECLOSURE. A COURT HEARING IS EXPECTED MONDAY ON CO-OWNER RON MERRIMAN’S MOTION TO DELAY A JUDGE FROM APPROVING THE SALE OF THE HOME TO WEBSTER BANK.

 

EVERSOURCE WANTS CUSTOMERS TO WATCH FOR SEASONAL SCAMS, SAYING SCAMMERS WILL COME TO YOUR DOOR OR CALL, POSING AS EVERSOURCE EMPLOYEES, TO GET MONEY, DEMAND PERSONAL INFORMATION OR USE DECEPTIVE MARKETING TO GET YOU TO SWITCH ENERGY SUPPLIERS. A COMMON SCAM HAS CUSTOMERS GETTING PHONE CALLS WARNING THEIR SERVICE IS ABOUT TO BE SHUT OFF BECAUSE OF UNPAID BILLS, AND TO AVOID THAT, THEY SAY YOU NEED TO PAY UP BY GIVING A CREDIT CARD NUMBER OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD. EVERSOURCE SAYS THEY’LL NEVER DEMAND AN ON-THE-SPOT PAYMENT, IN PERSON OR BY PHONE – DON’T PANIC AND DON’T PAY.