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MERIDEN — Four K-9 Teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms graduated on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Connecticut State Police K-9 Training Unit as part of the very first Firearm Detection K-9 Training Class.  

The four graduating K-9s have been specially trained to detect and alert their handlers to the presence of firearms and spent ammunition shell casings. These K-9 teams will assist police in combating gun violence.

Graduating K9 Teams are as follows: Connecticut State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force Detective...

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Primary will narrow field of Senate, House candidates

Vote is Aug. 14

Republican and Democratic primaries for Senatorial and Congressional candidates will be held on Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Republican candidates for U.S. Senator are Linda E. McMahon and Christopher Shays. Republican Representative 5th District nominees are Andrew Roraback, Justin Bernier, Lisa Wilson Foley and Mark Greenberg.
Democatic candidates for U.S. Senator are Christopher S. Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz. Democratic Representative 5th District nominees are Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti.

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Malloy: response to 2011 storms was ‘unacceptable’

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a stern statement Tuesday criticizing Northeast Utilities in response to a report that Connecticut Light and Power’s (CL&P) responses to last year’s two historic storms — Tropical Storm Irene in August and the Oct. 28 nor’easter — were “deficient and inadequate.”
“Last year’s storms were a nightmare for Connecticut residents, and the response from Northeast Utilities was unacceptable,” Malloy said. “It is clear that Northeast Utilities did not prepare for outages of this magnitude and did not build adequate capacity to respond.”

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Troop B commander involved in shooting on Route 8 last week

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TORRINGTON — An elderly man was shot on Route 8 after he attacked a Connecticut State Trooper on July 12. The man died a short time later at the hospital — and it was announced the trooper was the commander of Troop B, Lt. Clayton Brown.
According to a press release issued by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Brown was driving north on Route 8 just after 9 a.m. when he heard a dispatch call for a male armed with a knife walking near traffic on Route 8 in that area.

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Still-controversial river cleanup plan inches forward

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A decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looms regarding General Electric’s (GE) responsibility toward addressing PCBs in the Housatonic River.
The Rest of River Plan is part of the federally orchestrated cleanup fund for the PCBs dumped in the river in Pittsfield, Mass., by GE just below the headwaters of the river. It is now a Superfund cleanup site. For decades, the plant dumped used oil laced with the chemicals, which are now known to be carcinogens.

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Register now to vote in Aug. 14 primaries

Republican and Democratic primaries for Senatorial and Congressional candidates will be held on Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters currently registered in either the Republican or Democratic Party may vote in the primary. Voters currently registered as unafilliated can register in either party up to and including Aug. 13.
Absentee ballots will be available from town clerks on July 24 and can be applied for ahead of time (applications can also be downloaded from the Internet; go to www.ct.gov and search for “absentee ballot application”).

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State Police Union: It’s not working

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Members of the Connecticut State Police Union continue to actively oppose the leadership of the state police and the recent consolidation of dispatch services for State Police Troops A, B and L.

In a vote taken by union members on June 18, 752 voted “no confidence” in Department of Public Safety Commissioner Reuben Bradford and 42 voted “confidence.” State Police Commander Col. Danny Stebbins received 760 “no confidence” votes and 34 votes of confidence.

The union reported that 79 percent of its 1,106 members voted.

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Summer rentals slow, but sales are strong to younger buyers

Interviews with some Northwest Corner real estate agents and brokers indicate that the summer home rental market is soft. At the same time, there are indications the long-term home rental market (that is, annual rental leases) has picked up.
While there are spots of summer home rental activity here and there, it appears 2012 is not an active market.

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Film festival turns 7 at Warner Theatre

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TORRINGTON — After running for six years at locations in Kent and New Milford, the internationally known Kent Film Festival has been renamed the Litchfield Hills Film Festival and will make its closest appearance to Winsted yet this weekend at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.
Screening approximately 80 films this year, the festival, run by Frank and Patrice Galterio of Kent, will include films from around the world and many from Connecticut in New York, with as many as 45 directors appearing at the festival to discuss their work.

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Baby, you’ve arrived

A glossary and guide for new summer visitors
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If this is your first summer renting a property here in the Northwest Corner, there are certain phrases you’ll hear and see that might not make sense without explanation. The Lake-ville Journal provides a selection of definitions and descriptions. Additional questions and other mysteries that need clarifying can be emailed to cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com.

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Urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood and platelet donors of all blood types. In June, blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the country, with 50,000 fewer pints of blood available than expected. There is almost half the amount of Red Cross Blood on the shelves now than there was at this time last year. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly.

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