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Will New Leadership At State Police Be Enough To Fix State PD?

Daniel Loughman was formally sworn in as Colonel of the Connecticut State Police, succeeding his role as Interim Colonel since November 1, 2023. The ceremony took place at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden, where DESPP Commissioner Ronnell Higgins administered the oath. Expressing gratitude and humility, Colonel Loughman emphasized his dedication to the men and women of the Connecticut State Police. He lauded their excellence, not only within the state but across the nation, highlighting the agency's 120-year legacy of citizen protection. "I am honored to lead the Connecticut State Police and serve alongside our committed troopers," stated Loughman. "Having visited each of the 11 barracks during my interim tenure, I've gained valuable insights into our troopers' needs and aspirations.…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BIDEN’S APPROVAL OF NEW FEDERAL RULE EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is applauding an announcement made today by the White House that the Biden-Harris administration has approved a new federal rule implementing a key provision of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 that clarifies who must register as a federally licensed firearms dealer and requires anyone who sells firearms to conduct criminal and mental health background checks on potential buyers, regardless of how a sale is conducted. The requirement addresses a loophole in federal rules that up until now did not require background checks for firearms that are sold online and at gun shows. Connecticut already requires universal background checks for gun sales, however many states do not. By implementing this new federal rule, these background…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT, CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION APPLAUD EPA AWARDS TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION AND INVEST IN GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation are applauding an announcement made today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that $5 billion from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which was created under President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, is being awarded to the Coalition for Green Capital, a consortium of organizations from throughout the country that includes the Connecticut Green Bank. The Connecticut Green Bank will use the funding to catalyze public-private investments in the creation of environmental infrastructure in vulnerable communities to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs for consumers, and increase resilience against climate change. Priority projects will include infrastructure in areas such as green schools, green school buses, green homes,…

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Arrest Made in Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Risk of Injury to Minors Case

(New London, CT) - Joshua Peikert was apprehended and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Risk of Injury to Minors while attending a hearing at New London Superior Court for unrelated charges. This arrest comes after a thorough investigation, which included inquiries in Texas where the accused's accomplice provided a full confession. The accomplice, taken into custody by law enforcement officials in Azle, TX, on 04/02/2024, awaits extradition back to Connecticut to face identical charges. Despite being unable to post the court-set $500,000 bond, Joshua Peikert has been remanded to the custody of the CT Department of Correction.

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GOVERNOR LAMONT REMINDS CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS: LOW-TO-MODERATE INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNIFICANT BOOST IN INCOME TAX CREDITS THIS YEAR

Newly Enacted Rate Change in the Earned Income Tax Credit Comes in Addition to the Recent Cut in Income Tax Rates for Middle-Income Workers (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents that thousands of low-to-moderate income individuals and families in the state are eligible to receive a significant boost in tax credits when they file their personal income tax returns this year due to a newly enacted rate change in the Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which has increased from the most recent rate of 30.5% for the 2022 income year to the new rate of 40% for the 2023 income year. The rate change – which was enacted as a result of the state…

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STATE POLICE WARN OF INVESTMENT/ROMANCE SCAMS KNOWN AS“PIG BUTCHERING”

Transnational criminal organizations targeting Americans in complex investment scams,older Connecticut residents at increased risk.(MIDDLETOWN CT – March 26, 2024) – According to the FBI’s Internet CrimesComplaint Center (IC3), cryptocurrency investment fraud grew more than 53% in 2023 toapproximately $4.5 billion. But it may be far worse, as a recent study suggests that the total since2021 may actually be $75 billion.What is causing this loss? Law enforcement has identified this scam as “pig butchering.”In pig butchering investment scams, also known as sha zhu pan (杀猪盘) in Chinese, thefraudster initially contacts the victim through dating apps, social media, or professionalnetworking platforms. They build trust with the victim over several weeks or months, oftenfeigning romantic interest or establishing a friendly rapport. Once the…

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF MICROTRANSIT SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT

Customers Can Request, Schedule New On-Demand Ride Services (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto today announced that new microtransit services will begin in various communities throughout Connecticut between March 26, 2024, and July 30, 2024. These services are part of a pilot program in which nine transit districts and municipalities were awarded funding through the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to develop and pilot on-demand microtransit service. Microtransit service is an accessible, on-demand mode of transportation that allows customers to use a smartphone app or telephone number to request and schedule a ride within designated service areas. The pilot program will last for two years with the possibility of two one-year extensions exercisable by CTDOT,…

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BLUMENTHAL, MARKEY, & WARREN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CAR BUYERS & BOLSTER SAFETY OF USED CARS

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation today to ensure the safety and reliability of used cars. The legislation, the Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act, requires car dealers to repair any outstanding safety recalls in used cars prior to selling, leasing, or loaning them to consumers. Current federal law does not prohibit car dealers from selling cars with open recalls, threatening the safety of everyone on the road. The Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act addresses this gap in consumer protections and better safeguards car buyers who often believe they are purchasing a vehicle with safety assurances. “This bill makes sure that used cars with dangerous defects are repaired before they are driven…

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MURPHY, BROWN, BALDWIN, KING, CASEY, KAINE, SINEMA INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, ENSURE COOPERATION BETWEEN STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ON IMMIGRATION WARRANTS

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Angus King (I-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) on Thursday introduced the Improving Public Safety Through Immigration Warrant Issuance Act, legislation to improve public safety and ensure strategic cooperation between state and federal governments by creating a mechanism that would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to obtain a judicially authorized warrant for a noncitizen who has been charged or convicted of committing a felony or violent crime in the United States. Under the current system, when a noncitizen is charged by state or local law enforcement, ICE often issues an administrative request, known as a detainer, to hold the person in…

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