THE 2ND HALF OF SO-CALLED ‘METEOROLOGICAL WINTER’ STARTS TODAY AND WE’LL SEE IT AND FEEL IT SOON! METEOROLOGIST JOE FUREY SAYS A PATTERN CHANGE IS LIKELY TO BRING A 1 TO 2 INCH SNOWFALL FRIDAY MORNING. A BIGGER STORM SHOULD ARRIVE SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE SUNDAY WITH SNOW TO ICE, AND LIKELY BACK TO SNOW, DEPENDING ON THE STORM’S TRACK. JOE SAYS HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT ICE ON TREES AND POWER LINES, INCREASING THE POTENTIAL FOR POWER OUTAGES SUNDAY. BITTER COLD SETTLES IN MONDAY WITH HIGHS ONLY IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.

 

STAMFORD, CONN. (AP) — A TV JOURNALIST KNOWN FOR CONFRONTING WOULD-BE CHILD PREDATORS HAS BEEN SNARED HIMSELF IN A POLICE INVESTIGATION ALLEGING HE WROTE BAD CHECKS FOR $13,000 WORTH OF MARKETING MATERIALS. FORMER “TO CATCH A PREDATOR” HOST CHRIS HANSEN WAS ARRESTED IN HIS HOMETOWN OF STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, ON MONDAY. HE WAS CHARGED WITH ISSUING A BAD CHECK AND RELEASED ON A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT. HANSEN DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURN MESSAGES WEDNESDAY.

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT’S OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE IS OUT WITH A REPORT CRITICAL OF HOW THE STATE’S CRIMINAL-JUSTICE SYSTEM CONFINES AND INCARCERATES CHILDREN. THE REPORT FOUND THE STATE HAS A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF COLOR BEHIND BARS. IT ALSO FOUND THAT CHILDREN IN THE SYSTEM ARE NOT GETTING PROPER ACCESS TO EDUCATION, REHAB PROGRAMS, FAMILY THERAPY OR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. THE AGENCIES INVOLVED SAID THEY WILL WORK WITH THE CHILD ADVOCATE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES RAISED IN THE REPORT.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL IN CONNECTICUT WOULD MANDATE INSTRUCTION IN CLIMATE CHANGE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATEWIDE, BEGINNING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. CONNECTICUT ALREADY HAS ADOPTED SCIENCE STANDARDS THAT CALL FOR TEACHING OF CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT IF THE BILL PASSES IT IS BELIEVED THAT IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TO WRITE SUCH A REQUIREMENT INTO LAW.

 

A SUSPECT IN A STRING OF ROBBERIES IN TORRINGTON & WATERBURY IS SENTENCED TO 14-YEARS IN PRISON. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS 30-YEAR OLD EMMANUEL LORENZO ADMITTED TEAMING UP WITH FELIX CRUZ IN FEBRUARY 2018 TO DRIVE AROUND TORRINGTON WITH A B-B-GUN, LOOKING FOR PLACES TO ROB FOR QUICK CASH, AND ROBBED WORKERS AT DALEY MOVING & STORAGE ON MIGEON AVENUE. TWO MONTHS BEFORE, LORENZO HELD UP A CHURCH STREET GAS STATION. IN WATERBURY, LORENZO & CRUZ ARE ACCUSED OF ROBBING A LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZA AND TWO GAS STATIONS. POLICE CRACKED THE CASE AFTER DISCOVERING A BLACK HONDA SPOTTED IN THE ROBBERIES.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A BANK IN CONNECTICUT SAYS IT WILL OFFER NO-INTEREST LOANS TO ANY FEDERAL WORKERS WHO ARE WORKING AND NOT BEING PAID DURING THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. CONNECTICUT GOV. NED LAMONT ON TUESDAY ANNOUNCED THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OFFERED BY WEBSTER BANK. HE SAID HE HOPES OTHER BANKS OFFER SIMILAR PROGRAMS. THE LOANS ARE TO BE REPAID AFTER THE WORKERS RECEIVE BACK PAY. LAMONT SAID HE WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT ABOUT 1,200 ESSENTIAL FEDERAL WORKERS IN CONNECTICUT WHO REMAIN ON THE JOB WITHOUT A PAYCHECK ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. DETAILS ABOUT HOW WORKERS WILL APPLY AND HOW SOON THEY CAN RECEIVE THE MONEY ARE STILL BEING FINALIZED.

 

LITCHFIELD SELECTMEN TUESDAY BEGAN DISCUSSIONS ON WHAT TO DO IN THE WAKE OF DECEMBER’S REFERENDUM IN WHICH VOTERS REJECTED A $7.6-MILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO TURN THE FORMER COURTHOUSE INTO A TOWN HALL AND TRANSFER THE FORMER BANTAM SCHOOL TO THE LITCHFIELD HOUSING TRUST FOR AFFORABLE HOUSING. FIRST SELECTMAN LEO PAUL TELLS WZBG THEY HOPE TO HAVE A BETTER IDEA ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE BUILDINGS AFTER GETTING AN UPDATE AT THEIR FEBRUARY 5TH MEETING ON WHAT IT MIGHT COST TO BRING THEM UP TO MODERN ACCESIBILITY, FUNCTIONALITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS.