New Haven (WTNH) - The prospect of people getting their electric bill paid for themhad people lining up in New Haven Wednesday morning. But once theygot there, they found out that it was all an alleged hoax and nowthey're 'Counting on 8' for help.
The line snaked outside the church parking lot and down thecorner; folks clutched their bills after they heard someone wasgoing to pay.
"They said they were going to pay our light bill, pay your billfor you, the higher the better," said Donnette McKenzie of NewHaven.
The sign on the door read "Energy Assistance Program."
"We don't have people giving us concrete information," saidTamika McKinnie of New Haven.
Even New Haven officers are trying to get to the bottom of itall. A representative for United Energy Partners had arranged theevent to sign up people to switch their electrical provider.
News Channel 8 sat down with the company's president; shesaid independent contractors are given liberty to get the word out,even meet with folks at a local Burger King, but there are nopromises to pay bills.
"Absolutley not. We cannot pay anyone's UI bills," saidPresident Erika Diaz.
After some had stood here for three hours, police told them tohead home because the bill was still theirs.
"We were told originally they were going to pay the UI bill butnow we get here [and] they're trying to get you to switchcompanies," said an unidentified man.
United Energy Partners is licensed with the state and theDepartment of Utility Control [DPUC] said they have no complaintsabout them.
Meanwhile, United Illuminating said it has been flooded withphone calls.
Police have identified a man who was shot in the head in New Haven Thursday, and was originally misidentified because of a fake ID in his possession.
Farmington police say an officer shot and killed a man while responding to a fight between a father and his adult son.
The treasurer of the Milford Rotary Club has been arrested on larceny charges on accusations he embezzled more than $200,000 from the Milford Rotary and two other groups.
The state Democratic Party is returning a $10,000 contribution from the chief executive of Comcast-Spectacor and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, saying it has learned he could be a state contractor.
West Haven officials say state plans to eliminate Exit 44 on Interstate 95 south will make it harder for the city to attract business.
Residents make sure to gas up your vehicles and buy any basic necessities today, as some may see nearly a foot of snow in this weekend's storm.
For residents looking for tips on how to prepare and stay safe during a weather-related emergency, the state has a Guide to Emergency Preparedness.
A Stamford man convicted of attempted murder after he unknowingly hired an undercover police officer as a hit man to kill his wife has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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