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Breaking News

Breaking News
4:52 pm - April 29, 2017

Fatal motorcycle accident reported in Coventry

COVENTRY — Local police and emergency crews are investigating what is now being described as a fatal motorcycle accident this afternoon in Coventry

According to emergency radio reports, the crash occurred in the area of 769 Bread and Milk St. in town, which is also known as Route 31.

Early reports indicated emergency crews called for two ambulances and two advanced life support units.

First reports of the crash indicate it happened in the area of 3:30 p.m. today.

No further information was available this afternoon.

Breaking News
4:46 pm - April 29, 2017

Willimantic man charged with assaulting officer

WILLIMANTIC — A Willimantic police officer was assaulted while attempting to make an arrest on Valley Street Friday evening at around 7:35 p.m.

Arrested in the incident was Gregory Odonnell, 31, 54 Prospect St., Willimantic

He was charged with breach of peace, interfering with an officer and assault on a police officer.

He was processed and is being held at city police headquarters on a $10,000 bond pending a May 17 court date in Danielson Superior Court.

The officer, who is not being identified, was attempting to take a local man into custody after the man was observed creating a disturbance out in front of a local business.

During the struggle to gain control of the assailant, the officer was briefly choked, before the assailant was Tased by a second city police officer who had arrived as back up.

The assailant was arrested and received treatment at the Windham Community Memorial Hospital emergency room.

The officer was not seriously injured and returned to patrol that same evening.

"I am pleased to announce that the officer involved was not not seriously injured," said Willimantic police Lt. Stanley Parizo Jr.

Breaking News
10:50 am - April 28, 2017

Silver Alert issued for Coventry teen

A Silver Alert has been issued for a Coventry teen who was last seen earlier today.

Gregory Pena, 17, was last seen in Coventry wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants, according to an alert issued by the Coventry Police Department. He was carrying a book bag.

According to police, Pena, who is black, is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 135 pounds. He has brown eyes and red hair.

Anyone with information on Pena’s location should contact Coventry police at 860-742-7331.

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The softball fields at Willimantic’s Recreation Park were renamed Friday in memory of John Lescoe. Here, Lescoe’s daughter, Joy Fiasconaro, his grandson, Jonas Lescoe, and his son, Jay Lescoe, unveil one of the ball field signs. Photo by Roxanne Pandolfi.
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi rounds the bases following his solo home run in the bottom of the first inning of Friday night’s inter-league game against the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park. Photo by USA Today Sports.
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Bulldogs rally in seventh
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UConn stunned in ninth
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Report: Bird will step down
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Wizards win in six Guards
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State Headlines

Dabate pleads not guilty in death of wife
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National / World Headlines

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