AFTER A 1-DAY RISE IN COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND, THAT NUMBER IS ON THE DECLINE AGAIN DROPPING BY 12 FROM MONDAY INTO TUESDAY FOR A TOTAL OF 694 HOSPITALIZATIONS. THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES ROSE BY 430 TUESDAY TO A TOTAL OF 41,303 WITH THE FATALITY TOTAL REACHING 3,769, AN INCREASE OF 27 DEATHS SINCE MONDAY. IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY, THERE ARE 1,360 CASES OF COVID-19, WITH 4 PEOPLE IN COUNTY HOSPITALS AND A TOTAL OF 129 FATALITIES SINCE MID-MARCH.

 

GOVERNOR NED LAMONT SAID TUESDAY THE MAY 20TH PARTIAL STATE REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL SHOPS WENT WELL FOR THE MOST PART. OFFICIALS REPORTED SOME INSTANCES OF PEOPLE FAILING TO WEAR MASKS OR TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, BUT FOR THE MOST PART REPORTED GOOD COMPLIANCE. LAMONT WAS PRESSED BY REPORTERS ON WHAT ACTION, IF ANY, HE’D TAKE IF THE STATE’S TWO TRIBAL CASINOS FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEIR PLANS TO RE-OPEN JUNE 1ST. LAMONT SAYS THAT’S TOO EARLY, BUT ACKNOWLEDGED THE CASINOS ARE SOVEREIGN NATIONS, AND HE PROMISED TO WORK WITH THEM ON A SAFE RE-OPENING STRADEGY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A MAN MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION OF A FUGITIVE COLLEGE STUDENT WANTED IN THE KILLINGS OF TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTICUT WAS SEEN IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, BUT AN HOURS-LONG SEARCH OVERNIGHT CAME UP EMPTY. POLICE IN DURYEA, PENNSYLVANIA, SAY A FIREFIGHTER SPOTTED A MAN WITH A LARGE BACKPACK BEHIND A BUSINESS SHORTLY AFTER 11 P.M. TUESDAY, BUT HE FLED. AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN FIT THE DESCRIPTION OF UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SENIOR PETER MANFREDONIA, WHO REPORTEDLY WAS LAST SEEN SUNDAY ABOUT 50 MILES AWAY IN EAST STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA. POLICE SAY MANFREDONIA IS WANTED FOR A MACHETE KILLING ON FRIDAY AND A FATAL SHOOTING LAST WEEKEND IN CONNECTICUT.

 

BRISTOL POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CRASH THAT OCCURRED MONDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO CHANNEL-3 EYEWITNESS NEWS, POLICE RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A TWO-CAR CRASH AROUND 9:45PM AT THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH MAIN STREET AND NORTH STREET. ONE OF THE DRIVERS WAS BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL AND LATER DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. POLICE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER AS 33-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH SCARZELLA OF BRISTOL. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH.

 

FOR THOSE WHO REGULARLY TRAVEL ROUTE-8, HERE’S A PENDING ROUTE-8 CLOSURE TO BE AWARE OF. STARTING TUESDAY JUNE 9TH, THE EXIT-38 SOUTHBOUND OFF-RAMP AND EXIT 38 NORTHBOUND ON-RAMPS WILL BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS. A POSTED DETOUR ON ROUTES 254 AND 222 THROUGH THOMASTON WILL ALERT MOTORISTS TO THE UPCOMING RAMP CLOSURES. SOUTHBOUND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXITS 40 AND 39, AND NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS SHOULD USE EXIT 39.

 

MAYOR ELINOR CARBONE TOLD THE CITY’S BOARD OF FINANCE TUESDAY THAT ANOTHER $1.5-MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS WOULD BE NEEDED TO GET THE PROPOSED CITY AND EDUCATION BUDGETS DOWN TO A ZERO TAX RATE INCREASE. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS NO VOTE WAS TAKEN ON SETTING THE TAX RATE. THAT MEETING IS SET FOR JUNE 2ND. TORRINGTON’S CURRENT TAX RATE IS 46.17 MILLS. FINANCE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE ASKED THE MAYOR TO REACH OUT TO CITY UNIONS TO SEE IF THEY’D BE WILLING TO FOREGO RAISES FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. THE MAYOR SAYS SHE’S CONTACTED ONE PUBLIC SAFETY UNION AND WILL DO THE SAME WITH THE OTHER UNIONS, BUT ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, SHE SAYS IT DOES NOT LOOK POSITIVE.

 

THE CITY OF TORRINGTON CONTINUES TO ROLL OUT ITS ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN TO HELP BUSINESSES SURVIVE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THRIVE. IT’S A SERIES OF INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC ‘TELE-TOWN HALL’ ZOOM MEETINGS. FRIDAY’S MEETINGS WILL ASSIST HOUSES OF WORSHIP AT 10AM & RETAIL STORES AT 11:30. QUESTIONS MAY BE ASKED DURING THE MEETINGS, OR EMAIL QUESTIONS TO: RISTA _MALANCA@TORRINGTONCT.ORG. THE ZOOM MEETINGS I-D’S AND PASSWORDS ARE ON THE ‘NEWS’ SECTION OF THE CITY WEBSITE ‘TORRINGTON CT.ORG.’ THE NEXT ROUND OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY ‘TELE-TOWN HALL’ MEETINGS COMES NEXT TUESDAY JUNE 2 FOR MANUFACTURERS AND OFFICES.

 

THE TORRINGTON LIONS CLUB HAS CANCELLED ITS CAR SHOW, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 29TH. THE CLUB SAYS ITS ANNUAL CAR SHOW WILL RETURN ON THE FRIDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY IN 2021.