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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for New London.

Tuesday
Jul292014

Gov. Malloy Signs Bill to Protect CT Horse Owners, Handlers from Potential Insurance Hikes

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) -- Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday the passage of a new law to protect Connecticut horse owners and handlers from a recent court ruling which could have raised insurance rates for those individuals.

Malloy signed legislation on Tuesday that stated that horses do not possess a "naturally mischievous or vicious propensity." He noted the large population of horse owners and handlers across the state, and said he was "happy to sign this legislation so that we can ensure their operations continue without possible negative consequences."

The signing took place at Locket's Meadow Farm in Bethany, a sanctuary for at-risk farm animals.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Norwich Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

(NORWICH, Conn.) -- Officials arrested a Norwich man Friday, accusing him of sexually assaulting a minor.

Brian Reynolds, 45, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, the Day reports.

Law enforcement arrested Reynolds following two-month investigation that stemmed from a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

He is being held on $100,000 bond.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Two Arrested for Leaving 8-Year-Old in Hot Car

(GROTON, Conn.) -- Police arrested two people Monday for leaving an 8-year-old unattended in a hot car.

Groton Town officers found the child in a vehicle at a shopping center on Long Hill Road. Two windows were left partially open.

The 8-year-old had been left inside for approximately 45 minutes, with the temperature within the car ranging from 103 to 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

The child did not require medical treatment, according to officials.

Police arrested Ambiorix Rondon, 61, and Maria Rondon, 53, in connection with the incident. The individuals, both of New London, were released on $2,500 bonds.


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Monday
Jul282014

Connecticut Awards $6.6 Million in Grants to Aid Low-Performing Schools

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) -- The state of Connecticut awarded more than $6.6 million in grants to 28 low-performing schools around the state.

Schools from 10 districts were selected to receive the grants, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. Specifically, New London High School and the Jennings School in New London each received grants of over $120,000.

"Providing all our students the opportunity to receive a high-quality education requires greater investments in our schools that are struggling," Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said.

The funds will come from three grants: the high school redesign grant, which helps high schools convert themselves to smaller learning communities, the 1003(a) competitive grant, which rewards schools for pursuing innovative education strategies, and the SIG 1003(g) grant, which awards funding to increase student achievement.


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Monday
Jul282014

Malloy: New Program to Help Shoreline Homeowners Prepare for Severe Weather 

(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Shoreline homeowners and businesses, potentially affected by coastal flooding, can apply for assistance under a new state program, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Monday.

Shore Up CT, a new system, is designed to help residents elevate their homes and businesses from future severe weather and flooding. The program will provide financing for property owners in coastal areas located in Flood Zones VE and AE, with a focus on assisting people who don't qualify for receiving federal disaster funds.

Approved applicants are eligible to borrow up to $300,000 with a 15-year term. Without the program, Malloy says, individuals would have to pay "siginificant out-of-pocket expenses" for upgrades.

“With continued severe weather impacting Connecticut, ‘Shore Up CT’ is a forward-thinking approach to assist our state’s residents by taking action and fortifying our infrastructure before the next storm causes even greater damage to homes and businesses,” the governor said in a statement.  “Preparing for and adapting to a changing environment is something we must address over the long term, and that’s exactly what we’re setting out to accomplish with this loan program.”

Coastline municipalities include Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, and Groton, among several others.

For more information on the program and eligibility, visit the Shore Up CT website.


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