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Redding approves capital items, Region 9 votes on new roof

Redding residents have approved bonding for two capital projects.  $300,000 for a new 120-foot communications tower at the police department was approved on a vote of 325 to 197.  $6.73 million over four years has been proposed for an additional 20-miles in the road reconstruction plan was approved on a vote of 375 to 148. 


Redding and Easton also approved funding for a partial roof restoration for Joel Barlow High School. 


A second vote was held yesterday for the Region 9 issue after the first decision had to be thrown out.  During a budget referendum, residents did approve the funding, but a technical error meant a new vote had to be taken.  The Region 9 Board of Ed held a hearing in March a day too late for public notice.  The total appropriation is $1.4 million.  Redding's share is 54-percent based on school population with Easton picking up the remaining cost. 


The vote passed overall by nearly 300 votes.

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Cops: Ohio man from NY killed wife in 1995

Authorities say they've cracked a cold case dating back nearly two decades with the arrest of a 70-year-old Ohio man.

Robert Honsch, formerly of Brewster, was charged with murder Tuesday. Authorities say he shot his 53-year-old wife Marcia. Her body was found by a hiker in October 1995 near an entrance to a Massachusetts park.

A week earlier, the body of a female, also shot, had been found in a parking area behind a strip mall in New Britain, Connecticut.

Authorities say a tip to New York state police led to Honsch, who was living with his current wife and children, and the identities of the victims.


DNA testing determined the second victim was Honsch's 16-year-old daughter Elizabeth.  Both victims had been shot in the head. Neither had identifying information on them.

Honsch has been charged so far in Massachusetts. It wasn't initially known if he has a lawyer.

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Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.


Sealed Air has about 175 positions in Danbury.  A company spokesman sauid in published reports that manufacturing operations will remain in Danbury, with fewer than 50 non-manufacturing positionsbeing relocated

A North Carolina committee that approves corporate tax breaks on Wednesday approved up to $36 million over 12 years if the company meets job and investment targets. The Elmwood Park, New Jersey, company was expected to announce the move with North Carolina officials later Wednesday.

North Carolina Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the company will consolidate some operations from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey into a new headquarters complex in the Charlotte area costing more than $50 million.

Genardo said the company also considered Greenville, South Carolina, before choosing Charlotte.

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Toddler banned from Monroe's Doughnut Inn

A 4-year old has allegedly been banned from a sweet shop in Monroe.  A woman has told Channel 3 that her son was banned from Doughnut Inn in Monroe after an incident on Monday. 


Rebecca Denham says her son asked a customer if she was pregnant.  The woman said she was not and the boy reportedly apologized.  The next day Denham says she was told by management that her son is not allowed at Doughnut Inn because he was rude. 


The establishment has not returned calls for comment, but said on a Facebook Page that is now private, the televised report was not an accurate description of the incident and didn't have vital information. 


The owners of the Doughnut Inn located in Monroe are not the same as an owner of stores in Fairfield and Stratford.

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HVCEO towns start process of merging with another regional planning group

A town meeting was held in New Fairfield Tuesday night and the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night to discuss merging the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials with another regional group.  The South Western Regional Planning Agency is made up of lower Fairfield County towns up to Wilton and Weston. 


HVCEO covers 10 towns in the Greater Danbury area up to New Milford and Sherman.  


A state initiative passed recently calls for the 13 planning agencies in the state to merge into no more than eight.  If larger councils of governments are not created, the current ones risk losing funding.

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Probable cause hearing set for Danbury man wanted for murder

A probable cause hearing has been schedule for a Danbury man facing a murder charge.


20-year old Garfield Sanderson made a court appearance Tuesday on the felony charge.  He previously pleaded not guilty to the May shooting of 23 year old Jeliel Kingston of Bridgeport.  A Danbury Superior Court clerk says a probable cause hearing has been set for August 1st. 


A large fight broke out by Mambo Cafe on Elm Street and shots fired around closing time.  Kingston was found on White Street by the parking lot of 301 Main Street and later died at Danbury Hospital.  Sanderson was found with two handguns in his possession after his arrest, a little more than a week after the shooting.


He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bond.

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Three men arrested in Danbury on drug charges

Three Danbury men have been arrested on drug related charges.  Police were carrying out a search and seizure warrant for 21-year old Kevin Gallardo at his Harrison Street home Monday.  Spokesman Lt Christian Carroccio says a man walking up to the house abruptly changed directions when he saw the officers.  20-year old Julio Bispo was found with drugs, money and a .32 caliber revolver on him at the time.


Both Kevin Gallardo and his brother, 22-year old Lenny Gallardo was found with various quantities of illegal drugs and paraphernalia.  In May, the elder Gallardo was arrested on a number of charges for selling drugs. 


All three men were arrested Monday and held on bond.


Kevin and Lenny Gallardo were each charged with two counts each of Possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1500’ of public housing and possession of marijuana within 1500’ of public housing.  They were each also charged with possession of Marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The brothers were each held on $100,000 bond.


Bispo was charged with carrying a revolver without a permit, possession of Marijuana with intent to sell, possession within 1500’ of public housing, possession of Marijuana with intent to sell within 1500’ of public housing, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.  He is being held on $150,000 bond.


In May, Lenny Gallardo was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1500' of public housing, possession with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on bond at that time and pleaded not guilty.  He is due in court next Wednesday on those charges.


Kevin Gallardo was arrested in February during a motor vehicle stop for operating without a license, failing to have headlights on and possession of marijuana.  He was released on a written promise to appear in court on those charges and will answer for them on August 8th.  He was also arrested in May for criminal mischief and breach of peace.  He was released on $500 bond for those offenses and will be in Court on Tuesday.

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Kent to create 'town green' with STEAP funding

A $500,000 grant has been awarded to Kent.  The Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant money from the state will be used to purchase a vacant 1.6 acre lot in the center of town.  Kent is looking to build public restrooms, parking  and a village green.  Tourism is a significant driver of Kent’s economy.  Governor Dannel Malloy says this project would make the town an even more attractive tourist destination. 


The vacant lot sits on Route 7 and was once a Chevrolet dealership.  First Selectman Bruce Adams says it's a blighted property and will greatly benefit the town once it's put to good use.


Adams says a green would be a great place to host events such as craft fairs or movie nights.  He says right now people people stop at the railroad tracks, turn around and go back because it looks like nothing if beyond that.


$100,000 in STEAP funds will go to Cornwall for structural repairs to the North Cornwall Meeting House, including reconstruction of the steeple and repairs to the building itself.


$500,000 in STEAP funds will be used to repair two bridges that cross Beaver Brook on Park Road in Barkhamsted.  The bridges and road incurred significant damage from past storms.  The Department of Transportation rated one of the bridges “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete”.  The other bridge was damaged when Beaver Brook flooded during Hurricane Irene.

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Ridgefield VNA relicensed by state

The Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association has been relicensed by the state Department of Public Health.  According to the RVNA website, the home health care agency received a deficiency free report from the state. 


Every three years, agencies must be relicensed, with an on-site, in-depth survey of clinical practices, policies, documentation and procedures.  Two Department of Public Health surveyors spent a week evaluating RVNA and found that it not only met the stringent criteria required by the state, but did so completely. 


The agency is currently marking its 100th anniversary.

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Connecticut man accused of sexting with teen

BANTAM, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man faces extradition to New York where he is accused sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a teenager in the small town of Esperance, outside of Schenectady.


43-year-old Jason Callahan of Washington, Connecticut, waived extradition Monday in Bantam Superior Court and will be handed over to New York authorities on Friday.

Police say a relative notified police in June that the teen had been receiving nude photos of Callahan.

Prosecutors say New York authorities are still trying to determine how Callahan met the victim and if there may be additional victims. They have seized two cell phones as evidence in the case.

Callahan is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He did not address the charges in court Monday.

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Air defense drill for 4 Northeastern states

The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit have conducted an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.

Officials say the exercise took place from 10 am until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise was run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.

The drill involved two F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane and a C-5 cargo plane from Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.

Officials say most of the activity during the exercise was not visible from the ground.

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DOT meeting in Newtown on intersection realignment

The state Department of Transportation is holding a hearing tonight in Newtown on a proposed intersection realignment.


State officials are hosting an informational session tonight about a plan to create a four-way intersection for Church Hill Road, Commerce Road and Endmond Road.  The proposal was made to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection and to ease congestion on Church Hill Road, Route 6. 


Side walks would be added to increase pedestrian access as well.  A left turn lane would be created on Endmond Road, Route 6 would be widened a bit and the stop lights would be synchronized. 


The project is estimated to cost about $4 million.  It would be paid for mostly with federal funds and only about 20-percent of state funding.  The construction work, if approved and funding secured, would start in 2016 and take a little more than a year to complete.


The meeting starts at 6:30pm with a presentation at 7pm at the Newtown Municipal Center.

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Bethel, Danbury come to agreement on water storage tank

After six years of a stalemate between Bethel and Danbury, an agreement could be near for a water tank being placed near Long Ridge Road.  Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says they need to build a water storage tank on town-owned land within Danbury city limits at Eureka Lake.  He says it's needed to handle what the state health department says is a water shortage in the downtown district. 


The City's Planning Commission has time and again denied the request saying the area is designated as scenic. 


No new industrial development can take place in Clarke Park because of the storage issue.  It's a fragile system, sensitive to any kind of disruption.  Knickerbocker says any kind of pressure change causes rust to dislodge. 


Bethel filed a lawsuit, but agreed to drop it if Danbury approves new plans to build the 750,000 gallon tank further into the woods.  An out-of-court- settlement offer put together by Bethel officials was tentatively agreed to by the Danbury Planning Commission Thursday night.


Knickerbocker says that option is more costly than the original design, but less costly than going to an alternative site.  That would have involved underground mains being moved and elevated tanks being constructed that could be seen for many miles.


A public hearing would have to be held in Danbury for final approval.

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Ceremony in Weston marking emergency first aid administration

During a ceremony in Weston Monday morning, Governor Dannel Malloy, advocates and state lawmakers marked the enactment of  "An Act Concerning the Storage and Administration of Epinephrine at Public Schools''.  The bill was signed into law last month and allows certain school employees to administer emergency first aid medication to children or teenagers who appear to be experiencing severe allergic reactions, even if an allergy wasn't previously documented. 


The ceremony was held at Weston High School.  The bill was co-sponsored by Redding Representative John Shaban and Cecilia Buck-Taylor of New Milford among others.


The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities submitted testimony against the bill saying there are concerns about potential liability exposure on school personnel and school districts from well-intentioned, but improperly administered medicine.  A substitute nurse from Westport also submitted testimony, but hers was in favor of the bill and cited her son's allergic reactions.

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Prescription drug discount cards saving NY residents $850,000

Discount prescription drug cards provided to Putnam County residents are resulting in big savings.  Officials report that residents in Putnam county have saved over $850,000 on nearly 13,000 prescriptions. 


It's a program similar to one in Danbury and elsewhere that allows residents of any income, age or existing health care coverage to participate in. 


The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is anonymous and can be used at most pharmacies in the region.  Residents can receive a discount of between 10 and 20 percent on name brand medication, with larger savings on generic medication.  But the card cannot be used to reduce co-pays or deductibles.

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Kids train ride injures 3 in Ridgefield

Three people sustained minor injuries during Ridgefield's Summerfest 64 street fair on Saturday.  A kid's train ride tipped over and the three were transported to the Hospital as a precaution.  The Ridgefield Press reports that the train was giving rides to people when the back two cars flipped sideways. 


A boy receive cuts to his hand, a woman bumped her head and a man sustained cuts to his ankle. 


Officials say the Thomas the Tank Engine train is trackless.  It was operated by the Roaming Railroad company.

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29-year old shot in Danbury on Saturday

A 29-year old was shot over the weekend in Danbury.  Police spokesman Lt Christian Carroccio says officers were called to the area of Patch and Main Streets around 1:30am Saturday on a report of gun shots fired.  Police found the City man with a single gun shot wound to the lower abdomen.


Carroccio says the injuries appear to be non-life threatening. 


The Detective Bureau is investigating.  Anyone with information is asked to call Danbury Police at 203-797-4662.

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Danbury businessman participates in White House meeting on exports

A Danbury businessman has attended a White House roundtable discussion about boosting U.S. exports.  Dr. Robert Bedoukian was a guest of 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for the event hosted by the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative Ambassador.  Only three other Representatives and one Senator were invited to participate in the event.


Bedoukian Research, founded in 1972, is a supplier of specialty aroma and flavor ingredients to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and specialty chemical industries.


Esty says the Secretary of Commerce and others heard about the importance of intellectual property rights.  Currently, 55-percent of Bedoukian Research's sales are exports.  Federal officials discussed best practices and available federal tools for businesses looking to expand their exports. 


Esty says they heard the real world experience of the business owners challenges and opportunity for selling to the 95 percent of customers who don't live in the United States.  Esty is looking to bring some of those experts and resources back to the district and host an event for local businesses to learn about opportunities they have to get their products and services more easily exported around the world.


Last year, Connecticut set a record $16.4 billion worth of exports.  In 2011, a little more than 27-percent of all manufacturing workers in Connecticut depended on exports for their jobs.

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Redding goes to the polls on cell tower, road reconstruction

There is a referendum tomorrow in Redding about borrowing for two items.


One of the proposals Redding residents will be deciding on is an emergency communications tower.  The other is a road reconstruction plan.  Originally there was going to be a vote at an informational meeting, but residents instead will be voting tomorrow.  That machine vote coincides with a referendum on the roof replacement project at Joel Barlow High School. 


Redding officials are proposing $300,000 for a new 120-foot communications tower at the police department.  $6.73 million dollars over four years has been proposed for an additional 20-miles in the road reconstruction plan. 


Both projects would be funded through short term borrowing pending long term financing.

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Easton, Redding to re-vote on JBHS roof restoration

A special Region 9 Board of Education meeting was held in June about a technical error that is delaying the roof restoration project at Joel Barlow High School.  There was a problem with the public notification.  The referendum date was set at a meeting four days after notice was given of the meeting, not five days as required. 


The $1.4 million project would have started in late July, but has been pushed back to August. 


The Region 9 district is holding a referendum tomorrow.


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