RV Park and Campground Briefs
A nonprofit organization is seeking the state’s permission to open a campground and cultural arts center at Sunrise State Park in the Moodus section of East Haddam.
The Sunrise Foundation Inc., a newly formed nonprofit, intends to file a proposal with the state in the next couple of weeks to operate the campground and arts center at the former 146-acre Sunrise Resort located off Route 151.
Sunrise Foundation’s officers also run or work with other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that provide services to individuals with disabilities.
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From WSVN-TV, Miami:
Officials released documents on a family detailing alleged child abuse prior to the father going on a deadly rampage at a South Florida RV park.
According to records at the Department of Children and Families, the department investigated alleged abuse occurring at William DeJesus' house dating back to 2007, but returned the children to the family.
Last month, DeJesus shot and killed the owner of a motorhome at a Deerfield Beach RV park. He then stabbed himself and his autistic 9-year-old son to death. DeJesus also wounded his wife and 7-year-old son.
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From the Mississaugo News:
A 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for the brutal 2010 slaying of Mississauga resident Bradley Van Diepen in a campground near Tweed on Victoria Day weekend.
“Kicking someone while he's down is particularly aggravating,” Belleville Judge Robert Scott told Azad Sooknanan, as he sentenced him Tuesday (Feb. 21) to what will amount to another 44 months in jail, after credit is given for time already served.
Statements filed in court show that Van Diepen got into a confrontation with another man, Brandon Gray, at the Trudeau Park campsite near Tweed.
When Van Diepen returned to the campsite of Gray and three other men, Gray head-butted him. The victim fell to the ground where he was kicked several times by the men.
All of the men, including Van Diepen, had been heavily drinking that day.
Sooknanan, who fled Canada for the Dominican after the incident, turned himself in to police there about a year later.
In a statement he provided, Sooknanan admitted kicking Van Diepen in the face. He turned himself in because he said he wanted to leave behind his criminal past and he wanted to provide some "closure" for Van Dieopen's family.
“I can't live with all that on my shoulders,” he told Dominican police.
The accused has a long criminal record. He admitted that he made a living in the past by selling drugs and robbing drug dealers. He has a previous five-year sentence for robbery.