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Woman drives car through house of estranged husband

December 24, 2014
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Jennifer Luisi

A Southington woman was arrested Tuesday night after she drove her car through the Paul Heights home of her estranged husband, reported Southington police. Jennifer Luisi, 31, of Southington was charged with criminal violation of a protective Order, reckless endangerment first degree, criminal mischief first degree, breach of peace second degree, and driving under the…

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Irate customers confront Frontier over service

December 24, 2014
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Frontier Communications officials have told utility regulators in Connecticut that they underestimated the need for more trained customer service employees after they took over AT&T’s phone, Internet and UVerse networks in October. Kathleen Abernathy, executive vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Stamford-based company, told the Public Utilities…

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Arrest made for bomb threat at SHS

December 24, 2014
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Benjamin Egan

The Southington Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the Dec. 22 bomb threat at Southington High School. Benjamin Egan, 18, of Southington was arrested at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and charged with threatening in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. In a press release, the Police…

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Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

December 23, 2014
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By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for one of his final hearings before his January trial in the 2013 killing of semi-professional…

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Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

December 23, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A board that recommends how Connecticut should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies is urging state lawmakers not to become complacent about combating smoking, insisting that declining rates don’t tell the full story. The annual report from the Tobacco and Health Trust…

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Proposal to cap electric charge to be discussed

December 23, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A key Connecticut lawmaker is joining a coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups to discuss a legislative proposal to place a cap on the residential fixed charge imposed by the state’s largest electric utility, Connecticut Light and Power. Rep. Lonnie Reed, a Branford Democrat, was scheduled to appear Monday at…

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BOE names Olander as new technology director

December 21, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education has appointed Jamie Olander as the new director of technology for the Southington Public Schools. Olander has served as the executive director of institutional data for the Hartford Public Schools since 2012. Prior to that, he worked in analytics, information, and marketing at The Hartford, an…

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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

December 21, 2014
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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the aspects of the “Legends in Concert” franchise that I have always enjoyed is that the performers never hold back. When the performers step up on stage as Elvis, Michael Jackson, etc., the audience never gets a paint-by-numbers tribute performance. The performers don’t just stand up, offer up…

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Expanding the water system in Southington

December 21, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER   The Town Council unanimously approved a bond ordinance for over $5 million, which is going to be a low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, for the Water Department to design and construct the Eastside Pressure Zone project. According to Superintendent of the Water Department Fred Rogers,…

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Five-year old starts toy drive for CCMC

December 21, 2014
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER For 5-year-old Amelia Daliga of Bristol, all she wants this holiday season is to make young patients smile at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Late last month, Amelia decided to start her own toy drive after thinking about children who may not be able to come home for the…

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