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A Norwich woman is arrested on DUI charges after injury crash

Police arrested a 46-year-old Norwich woman on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) on Dec. 27. Law enforcement officers took her into custody after determining that she was intoxicated at the time she caused an injury crash in July 2019.

The collision that she is alleged to have caused occurred at the intersection of Dixell Avenue and Hartford Turnpike. Investigators say that the woman struck another vehicle after running a stoplight at the intersection in July. The driver of that vehicle suffered serious rib and shoulder injuries. A police report shows that her car ultimately came to a stop after striking a metal utility pole.

Let your Connecticut attorney advocate for you in your divorce

January is a time for people to make New Year's Resolutions. While many individuals are busy making plans to lose weight, to quit smoking, to get a better job or something of the sort, countless others weather the holidays then decide to walk away from their marriages.

The number of individuals that choose to divorce in January is at least one-third higher than it is any other month according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. If you're heading for a marital split, then there are some things that you'll want to do right now to prepare.

Foreclosure rates decline, bank repossession ones soar

A report published by the real estate data company ATTOM Data Solutions captures how foreclosure rates declined across the United States during November of this year. They decreased 13% from what they were in October. Those same statistics show that there were 11% fewer foreclosures this year than at the same time last year. The one index that hasn't experienced as much of a decline is the bank repossession rate. It's currently 22% higher than it was a year ago.

The number of homes that became real estate owned (REO) properties, or taken back over by lenders, in November of this year was 13,996 units. The number of properties recovered by banks went down 27% last month from what it was the previous year.

Late winter is a time of increased driving risk in Connecticut

Those who live in the New Haven area already understand that Connecticut winters are relatively harsh, especially as the end of the season approaches. Winter technically begins on December 21, on the day of the winter solstice. Winter ends on the Spring Equinox, which in 2020 will be on March 19.

Although it might seem reasonable to assume that weather becomes milder as the season gets closer to spring, in reality, late winter tends to be the time of year when Connecticut has the coldest temperatures and highest levels of snowfall. The increased frozen precipitation and low light levels can combine to make driving unsafe in late winter.

What are an unmarried man's rights to see their child?

Judges presiding over most family law courts throughout the United States realize just how important it is for a child's biological parents to be in their lives. This is why most every state including Connecticut has laws on the books that all parents must follow to establish their parentage and seek out visitation or custody of their kids.

]Babies who are born to married parents are automatically assumed to be the biological offspring of both the mother and the father. Under the law, a married father's paternity is "presumptive," or valid until somehow disproven. When a child's parents aren't married, however, the father has to establish paternity before being eligible to formally request visitation or custody of their child through the court.

Distracted drivers are an ongoing risk on Connecticut roads

There are many different distractions that can keep someone from focusing fully on the road as they drive. Distracted driving has been a problem for as long as motor vehicles have been available, but modern mobile devices have certainly exacerbated the issue, making the roads around New Haven a little less safe.

Our society has become addicted to the idea of constant connection. Bosses can't wait for their workers to arrive at the office to begin sending emails. Students feel the need to post social media updates about every moment of their daily life. People headed home from work can't wait to make plans, so they do so while driving.

What's considered as exempt and nonexempt property?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy generally involves liquidation of a filer's assets. This leads many people to think that they're required to turn over all of their belongings to the court to be sold off to pay creditors. This isn't the case though. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court classifies the property as either exempt or nonexempt when deciding what can be kept or what must be sold.

Property that falls into the exempt category is anything that would generally be referred to as necessities. A portion of the equity in your home, unpaid wages, personal injury damages and pensions all are considered as exempt property. Unemployment, Social Security and public assistance that may be accumulated in a bank account may be exempt as well.

A Norwich man is sentenced to 4 years for drug trafficking

A 30-year-old Norwich man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine and heroin on Dec. 5. His sentencing happened at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Hartford.

The defendant first came on law enforcement's radar back in 2018 when a joint task force of the Norwich Police Department, Connecticut State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Waterford and Groton police forces was formed.

What to expect between contract signing and closing on your house

If you've ever wondered why it takes so long to close on a property between the contract signing to the closing is finally scheduled, it's because there's a lot that happens in between one step and the other.

Before you signed your purchase agreement, your realtor should have explained that your buyer's contract contains three primary contingencies in it.

What happens if I slip and fall this winter in New Haven County?

It's that time of year once again! Soon all of us here in New Haven County can expect to see upticks in daily snow amounts. One of the dangers that come with increased snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures is the risk of slip and falls on icy sidewalks. There are some things that you should know to if you've you're injured in such an incident this year here in Norwich or elsewhere in Connecticut.

First, you must know that it's the responsibility of property owners to keep the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses clear for pedestrians. If either party fails to do this, and someone gets hurt, then the injured party may sue the homeowner's insurance company or file a claim against the business owner's liability carrier.

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