New London opens cooling center as temps soar

With temperatures soaring into the 90s, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Wednesday he is opening the city’s cooling center at the Martin Center in the Senior Center at 120 Broad Street.

Accident closes Branch Hill Road in Preston

A portion of Branch Hill Road in Preston has been closed after a car struck at utility pole at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Police logs - July 30

Arrests by state and local police.

Norwich murder hearing continued while key witness remains hospitalized

The probable cause hearing for the accused killer of Jaclyn Wirth was continued again Wednesday because a key witness remains hospitalized.

Father, young son perish in fiery crash on I-95 in Stonington

The driver of a tractor-trailer and his 7-year-old son have been identified as the victims of a fiery crash on Interstate 95 northbound Monday evening.

Updated: Missing Norwich boy found safe

Police have canceled a silver alert for a missing 12-year-old Norwich boy.

Police logs - July 29

Arrests by state and local police departments.

East Lyme police charge man with trying to rape woman in boarding house

A 54-year-old man accused of breaking into a room where a woman was sleeping at a Niantic boarding house and attempting to sexually assault her made his first appearance Tuesday in the New London court where major crimes are tried.

Mystic woman gets suspended sentence in Windham arson case

"Our position was, at the time of trial, and remains, that she didn't set the fire," attorney Norman A. Pattis said. "Nobody in their right mind uses fireworks to set fire to their home. I think in the end even the state had to come to its senses."

Police logs - July 28

Arrests by state and local police

Key witness in Wirth homicide in Norwich hospitalized on eve of court hearing

As the life ebbed out of her in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2011, 26-year-old Jaclyn Wirth told a 911 dispatcher she was "pouring out blood," and begged responders to hurry. In the background, her 7-year-old son, Sergio, cried and screamed,...

East Lyme investigator Jean Cavanaugh gives voice to victims of sexual assault

Investigator Jean Cavanaugh's work is heartbreaking, but rewarding. She is a member of a regional multi-disciplinary team of professionals that collaborates on child sexual assault cases. She is a certified forensic interviewer and is sometimes...

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Arrest by local and state police departments.

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