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

December 26, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

ODD NEW ENGLAND

Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 _ wild as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines. A Vermont family’s pet peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys. A black bear trashed a car in Connecticut after locking itself inside. Beavers flavored bourbon at a distillery in New Hampshire. And so many crows descended on one corner of Massachusetts, it took a cannon to shoo them away. There was no shortage of antics from the naked apes at the top of the food chain, either. By William J. Kole. UPCOMING: 830 words by 10 a.m., photos.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

YEAR END-CONNECTICUT-TOP STORIES

Democrat Ned Lamont prevailed in a tight contest for governor, dozens of people fell ill in a mass overdose on the New Haven Green and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel saw a ruling go his way in a decades-long legal saga. The top stories of 2018 included lots of politics as well as a dose of heartache and tragedy, including the fatal shooting of a young woman killed for trying to break away from an incestuous relationship with her father. By Michael Melia. SENT: 775 words, photos.

MONEY MULES

The FBI is grappling with a seemingly endless cycle of money laundering schemes, including a particularly concerning trend involving “money mules.” The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRIPLE SHOOTING-JUVENILE ARREST: Bridgeport police have arrested a juvenile in connection with a Christmas Day shooting that injured three, and say the suspect is the brother of another juvenile arrested in connection with a shooting this month that left a 12-year-old boy dead. SENT.

_ ROAD RESURFACING: Connecticut has resurfaced 261 two-lane miles of roadways over the past year. SENT.

_ CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR-CORRECTIONS: Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is nominating the former executive director of Utah’s Department of Corrections to oversee Connecticut’s prison system. SENT.

_ BROTHERS FOUND DEAD: Police in Connecticut are investigating whether the deaths of two brothers, whose bodies were discovered in an airport parking lot, was a murder-suicide. SENT.

_ MISSING WOMAN: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a 68-year-old Connecticut woman whose vehicle was found in a parking lot near the water in Westerly. SENT.

_ DEATH PENALTY APPEAL: A federal appeals court has set aside the death sentence given to a Connecticut man convicted of using a baseball bat to fatally beat two people who had been wrapped in duct tape. SENT.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE: A Connecticut felon already behind bars has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. SENT.

_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC ART: The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE: A 30-year-old military veteran has been identified as the victim of a deadly fire at a Connecticut condominium complex. SENT.

_ TAX INFORMATION THEFT: A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to tricking school districts around the county into sending him personal information on workers. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots prepare for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday. UPCOMING: Story on merits.

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