HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A CONNECTICUT NEWSPAPER IS CHALLENGING A NEW STATE JUVENILE OFFENDER LAW THAT WOULD BAR THE PUBLIC FROM THE POSSIBLE RETRIAL OF KENNEDY COUSIN MICHAEL SKAKEL FOR A 1975 KILLING. THE HARTFORD COURANT SUED STATE OFFICIALS IN FEDERAL COURT WEDNESDAY, SAYING THE LAW VIOLATES SPEECH AND OPEN GOVERNMENT RIGHTS. SKAKEL IS A NEPHEW OF ETHEL KENNEDY WHO WAS CONVICTED IN 2002 OF MURDERING MARTHA MOXLEY IN THEIR WEALTHY GREENWICH NEIGHBORHOOD IN 1975 WHEN THEY WERE BOTH 15. HE SERVED 11 YEARS IN PRISON BEFORE HIS CONVICTION WAS OVERTURNED AND HE WAS RELEASED ON BAIL. PROSECUTORS HAVE NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER TO RETRY SKAKEL, WHO MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.

 

NEWTOWN, CONN. (AP) — SIBLINGS OF VICTIMS OF THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MASSACRE AND STUDENTS WHO LIVED THROUGH IT HAVE GROWN UP TO BECOME YOUNG VOICES OF THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MOVEMENT. IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS SINCE 20 FIRST GRADERS AND SIX EDUCATORS WERE KILLED AT THE NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, SCHOOL ON DEC. 14, 2012. NATALIE BARDEN’S BROTHER, DANIEL, DIED AT AGE 7. SHE’S NOW A 17-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO’S ACTIVE IN GUN CONTROL ADVOCACY. J.T. LEWIS LOST HIS 6-YEAR-OLD BROTHER, JESSE, IN THE SHOOTING. HE’S NOW A UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT STUDENT RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE AS A REPUBLICAN AND CALLING FOR BETTER SCHOOL SECURITY AND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS.

 

 

WINSTED OFFICIALS ARE ASKING RESIDENTS IN THE SOUTH END OF TOWN TO BOIL THEIR WATER FOR A FULL MINUTE FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS BECAUSE OF A WATER MAIN BREAK. THE NEARLY 100-YEAR OLD 10-INCH WATER MAIN NEAR MCDONALD’S ON SOUTH MAIN STREET BURST ABOUT 6PM TUESDAY, CAUSING A REDUCTION IN PRESSURE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF BACTERIA ENTERING THE SYSTEM. POLICE TELL WZBG CREWS REPAIRED THE BREAK BY ABOUT 3 THIS MORNING, BUT OFFICIALS STILL URGE PEOPLE IN THAT PART OF TOWN TO BOIL THEIR WATER FOR AT LEAST 1 MINUTE FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS FOR DRINKING, MAKING ICE, WASHING DISHES, BRUSHING TEETH AND PREPARING FOOD.

 

NINE WINSTED RESIDENTS WERE DISPLACED AFTER A FIRE AT 69-TO-71 UPSON AVENUE IN WINSTED TUESDAY MORNING. FIRE MARSHAL STEVE WILLIAMS TELLS WZBG THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A PORTABLE HEATER. HE SAYS CREWS WERE HIRED TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE FRONT STAIRWELL, AND WORKERS BROUGHT THE HEATER IN TO KEEP WARM. DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO THE FRONT STAIRWELL ON THE 1ST FLOOR. HEAT FROM THE FIRE CAUSED SOME EXTERIOR SIDING TO MELT. THE HOME IS CLOSED DUE TO THE FIRE DAMAGE AND A STRONG ODOR OF DIESEL. NO ONE WAS HURT.

 

LYNN GELORMINO HAS ANOUNCED HER DECISION TO RETIRE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TORRINGTON’S WARNER THEATRE IN THE SPRING. GELORMINO STARTED AS A VOLUNTEER NEARLY 20-YEARS AGO, BECAME INTERIM MANAGER IN 2013 AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN 2014. GELORMINO TELLS WZBG SHE’D LIKE HER LEGACY TO BE THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT SHE TRIED TO MUSTER TO TRANSFORM THE WARNER INTO A CONNECTICUT JEWEL OFFERING BOTH ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS EDUCATION. BOARD PRESIDENT BRIAN MATTIELLO SAYS  GELORMINO’S PLACE IN THE THEATER’S HISTORY IS SECURE, HAVING TAKEN OVER AT A TIME OF MANY FISCAL & OTHER CHALLENGES & LEAVING IT IN FAR BETTER CONDITION. MATTIELLO SAYS THE BOARD EXPECTS TO NAME HER SUCCESSOR BY APRIL OR MAY.

 

BRISTOL’S SALVATION ARMY THANKS WHOEVER TOSSED THREE GOLD COINS IN A RED KETTLE OUTSIDE THE PRICE CHOPPER SUPERMARKET. CHANNEL-3 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTS THE GOLD COINS WERE FOUND NOVEMBER 27TH. OFFICIALS SAY THE KRUEGERRAND SOUTH AFRICAN COINS HAVE BEEN APPRAISED AT $4,050. SALVATION ARMY DIVISION COMMANDER MAJOR GREGORY HARTSHORN SAYS IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN HIS 30-PLUS YEARS AS AN OFFICER THAT HE’S SEEN A GOLD COIN PLACED IN A KETTLE, AND WITH THE FACT THAT 3 COINS, NOT 1, WERE GIVEN, HE’S HUMBLY GRATEFUL.