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A Murder Haunts Christmas in Waterford

A look at the week that was.

This was a tough week for Waterford, as the main news story was the murder of a 34-year-old Waterford man in town.

Last Friday, police found 34-year-old Kyle Seidel, who was married with three young children, with a bullet wound to his neck in the parking lot of Waterford’s Family Bowl. He was rushed to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The state’s medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide on Monday. Police are now looking for your help to solve the murder. Anyone who might have observed any activity in the area of Family Bowl between 7:50 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. Friday, or might have witnessed either Seidel or his black Ford Focus traveling on Boston Post Road around that time, is urged to call the Waterford Police Department at (860) 442-9451.

All calls will be kept confidential.

That wasn’t the only news of the week, although admittedly it was a very slow week of news. On Sunday, Waterford held a vigil for the victims of the Newtown shootings. Despite being just two days before Christmas, the vigil was well attended and featured religious leaders from seven different Waterford religious organizations.

On Thursday, we had a story about an agreement between the Town of Waterford and Proact Inc that the town recently signed off on. Through the program, residents without medical insurance will be able to buy prescription drugs for much less than what they normally cost a person without insurance.

On Friday, we had our annual article, one of our favorite articles of the year. The article has a plethora of interesting statistics about Waterford, all taken from the town’s annual audit. Most interesting this year? After climbing the last five years, Waterford’s crime rate fell by nearly one-third, and the enrollment in Waterford’s schools is at a 10-year low.

In other news, Connecticut’s Senator said goodbye after 24 years on the job, prisoners gave back through a program ran by a Waterford man and the Waterford Police Department warned of a phone scam. O, and then there was this story, which might be the most inspirational one of the year…

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