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Donovan’s Former Campaign Manager Among 7 Indicted

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The former manager of House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan’s congressional campaign was among seven people charged in a federal indictment unsealed today in connection with the continuing investigation of Donovan’s campaign fundraising.

Joshua Nassi, the manager whom Donovan fired after the FBI investigation became public in May, was charged with federal crimes related to what federal authorities say was a conspiracy to hide the identity of donors who wanted Donovan to influence tobacco legislation.

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Christopher Dononovan meets the media today in Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Those also charged in the indictment include: a detective in the Waterbury Police Department with a financial interest in a smoke shop; two others connected to smoke shops; a Watertown businessman; and a former president of an AFSCME local that represented correction officers. Also named as conspirator was Robert Braddock Jr., the former Donovan fundraiser who was previously indicted.

The U.S. attorney’s office also announced that Ray Soucy, 60, a former correction officer and union official, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to his helping arrange contributions to Donovan’s campaign. Soucy had been cooperating with investigators.

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Special Weather Statement on Predicted Storms

The National Weather Service today issued a Special Weather Statement warning of potential damaging storms approaching the Connecticut area tonight.

It said a line of severe thunderstorms is currently moving through central New York and central Pennsylvania and is on track to enter the forecast area this evening.

“These storms have a history producing wind damage and are not likely to weaken as they approach the local area,” the Weather Service said.

“This line will first enter the lower Hudson Valley, northeast New Jersey, and New York City between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m and will move east into Connecticut and Long Island between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.”

Westport, State to Drill for Worst Case Hurricane

By James Lomuscio

With a wary eye on today’s predicted storms, the hurricane season approaching, and the memory of last year’s weather events still fresh, Westport and state officials are preparing for a statewide emergency preparedness drill. WestportNow.com Image
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (2nd l) lead town officials at the Emergency Operations Center during an earlier emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who ordered a partial activation of the state’s emergency operations center as of 3:30 p.m. in anticipation of tonight’s predicted stormy weather, said the statewide emergency preparedness drill this weekend and early next week is designed to simulate a Category 3 hurricane like the one that ravaged the state back in 1938.

Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, who is also the town’s Emergency Management Director, said that his department will conduct the drill Monday and Tuesday, “more of a tabletop exercise,” that will involve town officials and first responders cooperating at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Fire Headquarters.

Statewide, the drill will be held is two sessions over four days beginning Saturday, Malloy said. The first day deals with hurricane preparedness,  the second, coping with the aftermath.

CL&P Preparing for Storms Tonight

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) said its emergency response planning is well under way in anticipation of tonight’s strong storms. 

The storms, which are expected to bring powerful winds and heavy downpours to the state, have the potential to cause extensive damage throughout the region, according to forecasters.

All CL&P employees stand ready to assist in the restoration effort and the company has already begun reaching out to other utilities, including sister companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for additional utility crews, the company said. 

“We want our customers to know that we’re closely monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared to respond quickly and safely in the event of widespread power outages,” said CL&P Senior Vice-President of Emergency Preparedness Bill Quinlan.

Going Down: 29 Marine Ave.

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The house at Westport’s 29 Marine Ave., on Saugatuck Shores, was demolished today. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch had 1,470 square feet, and was situated on a .17-acre property that changed ownership in January for $862,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 28, 2012.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Beth Van Buskirk Knapp for WestportNow.com