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Breaking News
11:13 am - March 26, 2017

Man killed in tree-cutting accident

CANTERBURY — A 32-year-old Canterbury resident was killed during a tree-cutting accident Saturday.

Emergency services were called to the address of 74 Goodwin Road, Unit 2, at about 4 p.m. on Saturday by the wife of resident Matthew Veloce.

Veloce had been cutting down a tree with a chainsaw by himself when the tree fell on him, trapping him beneath the branches.

His wife found him and called 911 and local police, fire and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.

The emergency medical services freed Veloce from the tree branches before 4:30 p.m., but could not revive him.

“He was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel,” said state police Sgt. Eric Haglund out of Troop D in Danielson, which was one of the units that responded to the fatality. “There was no criminal aspect to this incident.”

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In a few months, Walt and Nancy Tabor’s Australian cattle dog ‘Rupert’ will be the face of their new wine-making and vineyard business. The Tabor’s plan to open their winery in July in the hopes of attracting tourists and wine-lovers to the small town of Columbia. They plan on putting the image of their dog on their wine bottles./Roxanne Pandolfi photos.
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Windham County car chase ends in arrest
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Mansfield applies for preservation grant
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D11 super proposes flat budget
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Sports

University of Connecticut sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson puts up a shot during a shooting drill at the beginning of practice Friday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Huskies (34-0) take their NCAA record 109-game winning streak into today’s NCAA tournament regional semifinal against UCLA (25-8) at 2 p.m./Rich Zalusky photo
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History made for South Carolina
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Career over for Plum
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Redemption tour marches into Elite Eight for UNC
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State Headlines

Sentence delayed for woman who killed daughter
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Speaker: Tolls ‘inevitable’ in Connecticut
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Obituaries

Mary Walling Beardsley (STORRS)

Sanford E. LaVoy ‘Butch’ (WILLIMANTIC)

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The case should be closed on open carry
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National / World Headlines

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