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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

January 4, 2019

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TOP STORY:

HERB FARM DISPUTE

More than two decades after the death famed herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons, her once-acclaimed Connecticut farm has fallen into disrepair and her widower is fighting an eviction order. Simmons was credited with popularizing the use of herbs in American cooking and one of her many books, “Herb Gardening in Five Seasons” is still considered to be the standard reference for herb farming. Her widower, accused of neglecting the property and racking up back taxes, has been ordered to leave the property by Sunday but is appealing the eviction. By Dave Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING LAWSUIT: A lawyer for the Connecticut woman injured when police shot and killed her son has filed notice of intent to sue the city of Danbury. SENT.

_ HOUSE FIRE-FATALITY: One person has died and another has been critically injured in a house fire in Torrington. SENT.

_ BICYCLE KILLING: A Connecticut man who had his murder conviction vacated after an appeal won’t be getting a new trial after all. SENT.

_ HAZING ARREST: Police in Connecticut have arrested a former high school football player in connection with what authorities are calling a team-related hazing incident that occurred in 2015. SENT.

_ PUPPIES RESCUED-FIRE: Firefighters were joined by passers-by to rescue nearly 100 puppies from Connecticut pet store threatened by a fire. SENT.

_ NOT VERY CLEVER ROBBER: A serial bank robber who didn’t wear a disguise when he robbed three Connecticut banks and who paid for a motel room with dye-soaked bills has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. SENT.

_ PEDESTRIAN DEATH: A Milford police officer has been charged with negligent homicide in connection to an off-duty car crash that killed a pedestrian in Hamden. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-UCONN’S STREAK SNAPPED

UConn All-America players Katie Lou Samuelson and Naphessa Collier won a national title and went to two other Final Fours before experiencing this. The team’s only seniors are coming off a loss in the regular season for the first time. The top-ranked Huskies’ 126-game regular-season winning streak that stretched over five seasons ended with a 68-57 loss at No. 8 Baylor. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKW--T25-BAYLOR-BEATING NO. 1

All-America forward Kalani Brown can only imagine how far Baylor could go by always playing with the same kind of energy that the Lady Bears had in ending 11-time national champion UConn’s 126-game regular-season winning streak. After their first win over a top-ranked team, they try to turn their attention to Big 12 play and trying to sustain that energy. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. ET.

MAVERICKS-CELTICS

The Dallas Mavericks visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but by Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year sensation. A look at all six teams’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,400 words.

DOLPHINS COACHING SEARCH

The Miami Dolphins have begun their search for a coach who’s ready to lose this year. New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, the first candidate to interview for the Dolphins’ job, met with them Friday. Owner Stephen Ross is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, and wants to rebuild after a 7-9 season. SENT: 420 words.

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