TORRINGTON, CONN. (AP) — TORRINGTON POLICE ARE DEFENDING THE AGREEMENT THEY STRUCK WITH A FUGITIVE WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO TURN HIMSELF IN ONCE HIS WANTED POSTER GOT 15,000 LIKES ON FACEBOOK. FUGITIVE JOSE SIMMS HAS NOT SHOWN UP, EVEN THOUGH THE SOCIAL MEDIA POST HAS FAR EXCEEDED THE NUMBER OF LIKES IN THE AGREEMENT. BUT POLICE LT. BART BAROWN SAID FRIDAY THAT THE PUBLICITY HAS LED TO NUMEROUS TIPS THAT HAS THEM CLOSING IN ON 29-YEAR-OLD SIMMS.

 

A TORRINGTON MAN WAS SENTENCED FRIDAY TO A MANDATORY MINIMUM OF 1-YEAR IN PRISON FOR IMPORTING & POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS 45-YEAR OLD DARRELL LEIFERT SHARED CHILD POORNOGRAPHY THROUGH THE INTERNET. A PROSECUTOR SAID 11 VIDEOS WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN ACCESSED BY LEIFERT DEPICTING CHILDREN AGED 2 TO 4 BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED BY ADULTS. UPON RELEASE, LEIFERT MUST SERVE 10-YEARS PROBATION AND REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR 10-YEARS.

 

THERE WAS NO REDUCTION FRIDAY IN THE $100,000 BOND HOLDING A KNOWN SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH EXPOSING HIMSELF IN 3 INCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN WALKING TO SCHOOL. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS 32-YEAR OLD KEVIN CHAPIN WAS IDENTIFIED BY TWO GIRLS AGED 13 TO 15, WHO TOLD POLICE THEY WERE IN THE BRIGHTWOOD AVENUE/EASTWOOD ROAD AREA MAY 6TH WHEN THEY ALLEGED CHAPIN PULLED UP IN A WHITE JEEP CHEROKEE, CALLED THEM OVER AND EXPOSED HIMSELF AS HE SAT INSIDE. CHAPIN DENIED BEING THERE. HE RETURNS TO COURT JUNE 4TH.

 

WELLFLEET, MASS. (AP) — AS CAPE COD’S TOURIST SEASON GETS UNDERWAY, THERE’S UNCERTAINTY AFTER TWO SHARK ATTACKS RATTLED BEACHGOERS LAST YEAR AND SPARKED A DEBATE ABOUT HOW THE VACATION DESTINATION SHOULD RESPOND. MANY ARE WONDERING IF THE REGION’S BILLION-DOLLAR TOURISM ECONOMY WILL TAKE A HIT AND WHETHER ANYTHING CAN BE DONE TO MAKE THE SEA SAFER. OFFICIALS HAVE PROMISED MODEST CHANGES, SUCH AS EMERGENCY CALL BOXES AND ENHANCED MEDICAL KITS. THEY’RE STUDYING MORE DRASTIC SAFETY MEASURES, LIKE BUILDING SHARK BARRIERS.

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS THE TRADITIONAL START TO SUMMER AND STATE POLICE EXPECT INCREASED TRAFFIC. THEY ASK MOTORISTS TO BE CAUTIOUS & COURTEOUS, PLAN FOR TRAFFIC DELAYS AND PUT SAFETY FIRST: BUCKLE UP, OBEY SPEED LIMITS, DON’T FOLLOW TOO CLOSE, STAY OFF THE CELLPHONE, AND NEVER DRINK & DRIVE. IF YOU SEE A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING 9-1-1. ALSO, THE “MOVE OVER” LAW REQUIRES MOTORISTS APPROACHING PARKED EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO IMMEDIATELY SLOW DOWN, AND IF SAFE TO DO SO, MOVE OVER ONE LANE.

 

GOVERNOR NED LAMONT IS DIRECTING U.S. AND CONNECTICUT FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF MONDAY FROM SUNRISE UNTIL NOON IN OBSERVATION OF MEMORIAL DAY. AS IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE HOLIDAY, FLAGS ARE LOWERED THROUGHOUT THE MORNING, THEN RAISED TO FULL-STAFF AT NOON. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE NO FLAG SHOULD FLY HIGHER THAN THE U.S. FLAG, ALL OTHER FLAGS, INCLUDING STATE, MUNICIPAL, CORPORATE, OR OTHERWISE, SHOULD ALSO BE LOWERED ALSO.

 

IN TORRINGTON, THERE’LL BE NO CURBSIDE PICK-UP OF TRASH OR RECYCLABLES MONDAY DUE TO THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. THERE WILL BE A 1-DAY DELAY FOR PICK UP OF ALL MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE & RECYCLABLES FOR THE REST OF NEXT WEEK FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY. FRIDAY’S COLLECTION WILL BE SATURDAY.

 

A WORKING GROUP OF RESIDENTS IN REGION-6 WARREN-MORRIS-GOSHEN RECCOMENDS MOVING 6TH GRADERS OUT OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND TO WAMOGO REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, CREATING A GRADES 6-THRU-8 MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ONE AREA OF THE BUILDING WITH SEPARATE RESTROOMS, EXITS & ENTRANCES FOR 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS. SUPERINTENDENT CHRIS LEONE TELLS WZBG THAT SHOULD THE BOARD APPROVE THE IDEA, PERHAPS THIS SUMMER, MOVING 6TH GRADERS TO WAMOGO WOULD REQUIRE A CHANGE TO THE REGION-6 CHARTER, WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE APPROVED BY VOTERS IN ALL 3 TOWNS IN A REFERENDUM.