IN TORRINGTON, STATE AND LOCAL FIRE MARSHAL’S ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF A BLAZE THAT HEAVILY DAMAGED MARINO’S RESTAURANT AT 12 PINEWOODS ROAD THIS MORNING. FIRE MARSHAL ED BASCETTA TELLS WZBG THE 9-1-1 CALL CAME IN AT 8:58AM FROM A PASSERBY WHO SAW HEAVY SMOKE, THEN FLAMES SHOOTING THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE WELL-KNOWN FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANT THAT’S OPERATED AT THE AT THE CORNER OF WINSTED AND PINEWOODS ROADS FOR OVER 60-YEARS. THE MARSHAL TELLS WZBG THE OWNERS ARE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF THE BUSINESS, THE BUILDING AND MANY FAMILY HEIRLOOMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DESTROYED. TORRINGTON FIREFIGHTERS AND CREWS FROM SURROUNDING TOWNS BATTLED THE BLAZE UNTIL ABOUT 10:30, AND ACCORDING TO THE FIRE MARSHAL, THE BUILDING IS A TOTAL LOSS. ONE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERED A MINOR KNEE INJURY AFTER SLIPPING ON ICE. BASCETTA SAYS THE FIRE’S CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — GOV. NED LAMONT IS GETTING PUSHBACK ON HIS PLAN TO PARTIALLY FUND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS WITH TOLLS. THE DEMOCRAT MET PRIVATELY FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS ON WEDNESDAY WITH THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, DISCUSSING HIS NEW 10-YEAR, $21.3 BILLION CT2030 TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE. IT INCLUDES 14 BRIDGE TOLLS. SENATE PRESIDENT MARTIN LOONEY SAYS THE SENATORS AGREE TRANSPORTATION IS A MAJOR ISSUE, BUT THERE ARE “OTHER OPTIONS” TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS THAT DON’T INVOLVE TAX INCREASES.

 

A CANAAN MAN ACCUSED OF ALLOWING HIS ELDERLY AND AILING MOTHER TO LIVE IN SQUALOR PLEADED GUILTY TO AN INTENTIONAL CRUELTY TO PERSONS CHARGE WEDNESDAY IN TORRINGTON SUPERIOR COURT. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS 64-YEAR OLD JAMES MADSEN GOT A 2-YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE. BACK IN FEBRUARY, HIS 85-YEAR OLD MOTHER CATHERINE WAS FOUND IN HER BED, SOILED WITH URINE & FECES, WITH SORES, INCLUDING ONE ON HER HEEL WHICH WAS DOWN TO THE BONE. THE HOME WAS UNHEATED. SEEING HER CONDITION, MADSEN’S GRANDDAUGHTERS TOOK HER TO SHARON HOSPITAL. SHE DIED THE NEXT DAY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A CANADIAN MAN ACCUSED OF ABDUCTING HIS TODDLER SON IN TORONTO IN 1987 AND LIVING ON THE LAM FOR THREE DECADES IS FACING SENTENCING IN THE U.S. FOR ILLEGALLY OBTAINING GOVERNMENT BENEFITS. ALLAN MANN JR. IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED THURSDAY IN FEDERAL COURT IN NEW HAVEN. CANADIAN AUTHORITIES SAY MANN KIDNAPPED HIS SON IN 1987 DURING A COURT-ORDERED VISITATION IN TORONTO. AUTHORITIES FOUND HIM IN VERNON, CONNECTICUT, LAST YEAR. HE ALSO FACES AN ABDUCTION CHARGE IN TORONTO.

 

LITCHFIELD FIRST SELECTMEN-ELECT DENISE RAAP TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE LATER TODAY ALONG WITH OTHER NEWLY-ELECTED TOWN OFFICIALS. THE DEMOCRAT, WHO WON THE NOVEMBER 5TH ELECTION OVER REPUBLICAN SELECTMAN JON TORRANT, WILL BE SWORN-IN BY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ANDREW RORABACK AND TOWN CLERK LISA LOSEE AT 5:30 AT THE LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. RAAP SUCCEEDS REPUBLICAN LEO PAUL, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER 16-YEARS IN OFFICE.