HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT GOV. NED LAMONT IS INDICATING HE PREFERS TOLLING BOTH CARS AND TRUCKS, DESPITE OFFERING LAWMAKERS TWO OPTIONS. THE DEMOCRAT ON THURSDAY SAID TOLLING BOTH CARS AND TRUCKS IS THE “BEST LONG-TERM SOLUTION” FOR FINANCING THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION NEEDS. LAMONT’S BUDGET OFFERED LAWMAKERS TWO OPTIONS TO CONSIDER: TOLLS ON JUST TRUCKS OR TOLLS ON BOTH TRUCKS AND CARS. LAMONT SUPPORTED ONLY TOLLING TRUCKS DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING TO RETURN A POLICE-THEMED FLAG TO THE STATE CAPITOL. THE HANDMADE THIN BLUE LINE FLAG HAD BEEN DISPLAYED FOR TWO MONTHS UNTIL IT WAS REMOVED THIS WEEK OVER CONCERNS THAT IT WAS DISRESPECTFUL TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT. HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER THEMIS KLARIDES SAYS THE FLAG SHOULD BE PROMPTLY REINSTATED, AND THE SUGGESTION THAT THE FLAG IS ANYTHING OTHER THAN HONORABLE IS “CATEGORICALLY FALSE.”

 

THE FLU IS STILL WITH US AND MAY BE FOR A FEW WEEKS YET, SO HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO URGE ANYONE WHO HASN’T HAD A FLU SHOT TO GET ONE! THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCED NEW FLU STATISTICS THURSDAY AND THAT 4 MORE DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED – SO NOW A TOTAL OF 29 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM FLU SO FAR THIS SEASON, 1,668 HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED, AND A TOTAL OF 4,540 CASES OF FLU HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE TORRINGTON AREA HEALTH DISTRICT STILL HAS THE REGULAR & HIGH-DOSE FLU VACCINES, AND THE HEALTH DISTRICT TELLS WZBG SOME PHARMACIES ALSO HAVE IT. THE VACCINE TAKES 2-WEEKS TO REACH FULL IMMUNITY.

 

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (AP) — A FEDERAL COURT JUDGE SAYS A LAWSUIT THAT SEEKS TO CHANGE THE WAY CONNECTICUT COUNTS PRISONERS WHEN DRAWING UP LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS CAN MOVE FORWARD. SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE WARREN EGINTON, IN A RULING DATED FEB. 15, DENIED THE STATE’S MOTION TO DISMISS THE LAWSUIT, WHICH WAS FILED BY THE NAACP LAST JUNE. THE CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION ARGUES IT IS UNFAIR THAT INMATES ARE INCLUDED IN THE POPULATION COUNTS OF THE AREAS WHERE THEY’RE IMPRISONED RATHER THAN THEIR HOME DISTRICTS.

 

TWO MEN FACE CHARGES AFTER TORRINGTON POLICE STOPPED THEM AT A SOUTH MAIN STREET APARTMENT PARKING LOT TUESDAY. POLICE SPOKESMAN DETECTIVE KEVIN TIEMAN SAYS PLAIN-CLOTHES NARCOTICS OFFICERS, ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE ‘COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT TEAM,’ WERE CONDUCTING SURVEILLANCE WHEN POLICE APPROACHED A CAR THAT DROVE IN. THEY SAW THE DRIVER, 29-YEAR OLD STEVEN RIVERA OF NAUGATUCK, APPARENTLY TRY TO HIDE SOMETHING IN HIS PANTS. POLICE DETAINED HIM AND HIS 29-YEAR OLD PASSENGER, 29-YEAR OLD ANTHONY JACKSON OF WATERBURY. AN INVESTIGATION LED POLICE TO CHARGE RIVERA WITH POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE AND INTERFERING WITH AN OFFICER. JACKSON HAD 5 ARREST WARRANTS PENDING AGAINST HIM FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT, AND WAS SO CHARGED.

 

AT A TOWN MEETING LAST NIGHT, MORRIS RESIDENTS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SUMMER PARKING FEES FOR THE TOWN BEACH FROM MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY. IT ASKS RESIDENTS TO PAY $10 FOR A 1-DAY PERMIT AND $30 FOR A SEASON PASS. NON-RESIDENTS WOULD PAY $20 FOR A 1-DAY PERMIT AND $60 FOR A SEASON PASS. PROCEEDS WILL HELP MAINTAIN THE BEACH. FIRST SELECTMAN TOM WEIK TELLS WZBG THE GATE WILL BE MONITORED TO ENSURE ONLY PERMITTED VEHICLES ENTER, WITH VIOLATORS FACING $50 FINES. PARKING PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT MORRIS’S TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE.