Groton jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Connecticut man has been charged in what federal authorities say is a $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store. Gerald Kent, 51, of Groton, Connecticut, was ordered detained Thursday on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence. Kent owns Kent Jewelry in Johnston, Rhode Island, which sells jewelry online using flash sale websites, such as Groupon and Zulily. […] Read more of  Groton jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

Blight ordinance gets resident approval in Preston

PRESTON — After an at times contentious debate of almost an hour, voters in Preston on Thursday approved a blight control ordinance that would establish a blight enforcement officer able to issue fines of up to $100 for violations.The ordinance passed on a show-of-hands vote, 24-11, at Town Hall. Selectman Lynwood Crary crafted the ordinance, based on similar rules in Groton and Columbia. “Somebody has to file a written complaint with their name, […] Read more of  Blight ordinance gets resident approval in Preston

Connecticut man, jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. >> A Connecticut man has been charged in what federal authorities say is a $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store. Gerald Kent, 51, of Groton, Connecticut, was ordered detained Thursday on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U. Read More of  Connecticut man, jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

Jeweler accused of $5M fraud scheme, using fake invoices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged in what federal authorities say is a $5 million fraud scheme using his Rhode Island jewelry store. Gerald Kent, 51, of Groton, Connecticut, was ordered detained Thursday on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence. Kent owns Kent Jewelry in Johnston, Rhode Island, which sells jewelry online using flash sale websites, such as Groupon and Zulily. Prosecutors said Kent struck a deal with a firm that buys unpaid invoices at a Read More …

Part of New London Ledge Lighthouse is in the dark

GROTON & NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The only way to get to New London Ledge Lighthouse is by boat so if there is a problem it can become quite a project. Especially if the problem lay at the bottom of the Thames River. The historic lighthouse is powered by a mile long underwater cable which comes from Avery Point. “We think there was a lightning strike back at the end of April that sent a charge down the cable,” said Todd Gipstein with the Ledge Light Foundation which maintains Read More …

Groton Public Library to host banking series

The Groton Public Library will host a series of banking seminars beginning with “Credit Dos and Don’ts” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the library,  52 Newtown Road.Liberty Bank representatives will present topics pertaining to banking tips to assist individuals in all stages of life.The first seminar will describe what credit is, how to read a credit report and how to build and repair credit history. Individuals will […] Read more of  Groton Public Library to host banking series

Chelsea Groton Bank names assistant secretary, community education officer

Chelsea Groton Bank recently named Miria Toth as assistant secretary, community education officer.Toth will be responsible for overseeing and expanding the community education program.Toth served as the Norwich Community Development Corp. marketing director for six years, where she developed public events with other community organizations and city agencies, oversaw economic development activities and managed the […] Read more of  Chelsea Groton Bank names assistant secretary, community education officer

Arrests made in separate New London robberies

NEW LONDON – New London police arrested two men in connection with separate Friday robberies on Bank Street.Reynaldo Cartagena, 35, of 50 Smith St. in Groton, was charged Saturday with stealing liquor bottles from the back of a delivery truck, police said.At approximately 11:33 a.m. on Friday, police said a delivery person pursued Cartagena after witnessing the alleged theft in the area of 345 Bank Street. Police said Cartagena assaulted the delivery person before […] Read more of  Arrests made in separate New London robberies

New London Police arrest 2 people involved in separate robberies

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people are facing charges after two different robberies in New London on Friday. On Friday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m., a liquor delivery person chased down an individual who he saw stealing liquor bottles from his delivery truck on Bank Street. As the delivery person attempted to get the stolen bottles back, he was allegedly assaulted by the individual. The delivery person suffered a superficial injury to his eye. Officials say the bottles were recovered and the suspect fled the area. Approximately two hours Read More …

Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative expands training

The Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative has expanded its training offerings to include design and drafting.The class will be a five-week, 150-hour program. The first class will be held July 17 at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, 189 Fort Hill Road, Groton, and administered by Three Rivers Community College. The curriculum will focus on design and drafting skills, blueprint reading, technical writing, math and Six Sigma. The Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline […] Read more of  Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative expands training

4 state swimming areas, including Rocky Neck, closed due to bacteria

NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– For the past three days, News 8 has been telling you about severe weather toppling trees and knocking out power across Connecticut. Now, heavy rain is being blamed for producing dangerously high bacteria levels at some state parks, including Rocky Neck, Gay City, Mashamoquet and Pachug. “I’m thinking to bring my kids to the beach for swimming,” said Carmen Llamos, of Groton. But those plans have been washed out after the temporary swimming ban. “We are a little bit upset about it. We want to have fun. Read More …