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Daily Five: Groton Man Arrested on Porn, Drug Charges Posts Bond

Five Things To Know, Friday, Feb. 1

1.  Today is Friday, Feb. 1.  The National Weather Service predicts partly sunny skies, a high temperature of 33 degrees and a slight chance of snow showers. It’ll be breezy with 21 to 24 mph winds and gusts up to 34 mph. The temperature will drop to 20 degrees tonight.

2. A Groton man arrested Wednesday on child pornography and drug charges has posted bond and his court date has been moved to Feb. 15, police said. Mark Veroneau, 52, of 40 Spyglass Circle in Groton, was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having narcotics not in an original container, a police department news release said.

His bond was set at $25,000, and bail bondsmen typically demand 10 percent to guarantee the bond. The search warrant in his court file has been sealed.

3.  The Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will host a business breakfast about the role of tourism in the economy and changing the perspective of local lawmakers. The breakfast will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Hilton Mystic. Keynote speakers include State Sen. Don Williams, president pro tempore, and Sen. John McKinney, minority leader. The cost to attend is $17 for members, $25 for non-members. There's an additional $5 fee for walk-ins.

4.  Remember that Saturday is Take Your Child to the Library Day. All three Groton libraries have something planned. Groton Public Library will have a birthday party for “Stretch” the giraffe at 2 p.m., followed by story time and other activities during the day; Mystic & Noank Library will offer children’s Valentines crafts and a chess club at 10 a.m. and a double feature movie at 1:30 p.m.; and a scavenger hunt and a cup of hot cocoa and cookies.

5.  Fourteen Panera Bread/HBG bakery-cafes cafes in Connecticut, including the one in Groton, are taking part in a "Cookies for Kids" campaign until Feb. 14, where the store will give 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of Valentine’s cookies to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The camp serves more than 4,000 children, ages 6 to 16, and offers year-round programs. The Valentine’s shortbread cookies look like conversation hearts, and say “Love You”, “XOXO” and “Be Mine”.

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