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Two Connecticut men have been arrested for a home invasion and burglary in Weston.  A 3rd suspect is being held at the Wilton Police Department.  Shortly after 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon Weston Police and officers from surrounding towns responded to a Hidden Spring Drive home. 

 

The homeowner interrupted the burglary when he returned, and the three suspects got into a physical altercation with him.  They fled on foot into the woods. 

 

Weston Police Chief John Troxell says the three suspects were caught in the area of Newtown Turnpike within about 20 minutes. 

 

20-year old Leequaje Jackson and 18-year old Francis Tarik, both of Bridgeport, were charged with home invasion, burglary and larceny.  The car they abandoned in the driveway was reportedly stolen. 

 

State Police Western District Major Crime Unit responded to the scene.  Troxell says Weston officers and police from Wilton, Redding, Easton and Fairfield assisted with the response and apprehension along with a New Canaan officer who was working on a forensic case in the Weston Police Department forensic lab.



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A Bethel man has been arrested for trespassing.  40-year old Jonathan Havanick was arrested Tuesday for trespassing on Simeon Road.  He previously was served paperwork by State Marshalls barring him from the property.  During the Bethel Police investigation, it was discovered that Havanick was the subject of an active warrant in Danbury for his arrest for violating his probation.  He was processed and transported to Danbury Superior Court for arraignment.



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Two Bethel men have been arrested for stealing mail out of their neighbor's mailboxes.  Bethel Police say 43-year old Dilsa Collado and 27-year old Steven Sautner were seen walking on Nashville Road taking packages from mailboxes.  Police found the two to with packages that were not theirs. Both were arrested last Thursday on larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny charges.  The pair were processed and released on a written promises to appear in Danbury Superior Court on October 4th.

 

 



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A teenager has been arrested in New York for growing cannabis.  New York State Police carried out a search warrant at a Somers home yesterday where there was a suspected marijuana growing operation.  Police seized two marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana inside the home. 

 

The 17-year old was also charged with unlawful possession.  The teen also faces a charge of criminal trespass for an unrelated burglary investigation that was launched in June. 

 

The teen was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

 



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A Connecticut man who barricaded himself in his Sharon home after police tried to serve an arrest warrant Monday has been caught in New York.  28-year old Raymond Sprague, left during the more than 18-hours standoff. 

 

He was wanted in both Connecticut and New York. 

 

New York State Police located Sprague at a home in Amenia.  He was arraigned and ordered held for a court appearance Friday.  The Connecticut arrest warrant has been lodged with Dutchess County Jail. 

 

The New York charges stem from a domestic dispute on September 3rd  in the Town of Northeast, Dutchess County, New York.  Sprague was charged with felony Criminal Mischief, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Menacing, and Criminal Trespass. 

 

Connecticut State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Sprague on assault related charges.



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A serious motor vehicle accident involving a scooter is under investigation in Danbury.  Police responded to Hospital Avenue Monday night because of the crash involving a scooter and pick up truck. Danbury Police say 53-year old Carlos Jarrin of Danbury was making a left turn onto Forest Avenue, but struck 19-year old David Figueiredo who was operating the scooter westbound.  Jarrin says he didn't see the scooter.  Figueiredo was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.  He has since been released from the hospital.

 

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Connecticut State Police say one person was killed in a fiery accident involving a tanker truck and at least one other vehicle along Interstate 95 in Westport. The crash occurred around 6 o'clock last night when a Mercedes drifted into the truck causing it to strike the metal beam guardrail, roll onto its side, and hit a light pole and a tree. 

 

The truck then caught fire.  64-year old Thomas Patrick Reynolds of Woodbury was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The Mercedes struck the concrete barrier of the Saugatuck River Bridge.  35-year old Ramses Rival of Stamford appeared to be intoxicated, and failed Field Sobriety Tests.  He was charged with DUI and released on bond.

 

The highway was closed for about 12 hours.



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Some candidates for state legislature are taking part in a meet and greet with voters during a forum at Western Connecticut State University tonight.

 

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County.  The organization invited candidates in races for the towns they cover which are: Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Sherman and Danbury.

 

Tables will set up around the room, labelled by district, and the candidates will respond to two general questions from the League.  Voters will then have a chance to ask their own questions.

 

The forum is 7pm to 8:30pm at Warner Hall on WestConn's midtown campus.

 

Candidates from House Districts 2, 107, 108, 109, 110 and 138 along with Senate districts 24, 26 and 30 were invited to attend.  The confirmed candidates as of Wednesday afternoon are as follows:

 

House Districts
2nd Raghib Allie-Brennan
108th Richard Smith
109th David Arconti
110th Bob Godfrey
138th Jeffrey Tomchik

Senate Districts:
24th Kenneth Gucker
26th Toni Boucher, Carolanne Curry
30th Craig Miner



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A list of endorsements has been released by the political arm of the National Rifle Association.

 

The NRA's political arm did not make any endorsements in Connecticut's congressional races.  Democratic incumbent 4th District Congressman Jim Himes and GOP challenger John Shaban received F grades.  The NRA was able to grade Shaban, a State Representative for Redding, in part for his vote in favor of the gun control bill approved following the shootings at Sandy Hook School. 

 

Democratic incumbent 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty garnered an F while her Republican challenger Clay Cope wasn't scored.  The Sherman First Selectman reportedly did not return the questionnaire. 

 

Democratic incumbent Senator Richard Blumenthal received an F grade.  Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel got a B . 

 

All of the challengers in state House races in the Greater Danbury area were scored with a "?" for not returning the questionnaire.  The NRA's political arm only made a handful of endorsements.  One of them went to Craig Miner who is the Republican candidate for the open 30th District Senate seat, which represents New Milford.  The Democratic candidate, David Lawson, was not scored.


State Senate - District 24
(C-) Michael A. McLachlan, Incumbent R
(?) Kenneth M. Gucker D

 

State Senate - District 26
(F) Toni Boucher, Incumbent R
(?) Carolanne Curry D

 

State Senate - District 28
(F) Tony Hwang, Incumbent R
(F) Philip Dwyer D

 

State Senate - District 30
(A) (NRA Endorsed) Craig A. Miner R
(?) David A. Lawson D

 

State House - District 2
(?) William I. Duff R
(?) Raghib Allie-Brennan D

 

State House - District 67
(?) William J. Buckbee R
(?) Mary J. Lundgren D

 

State House - District 106
(F) Mitch Bolinsky, Incumbent R
(?) Eva Bermudez Zimmerman D

 

State House - District 107 *no challenger
(F) Stephen G. Harding, Incumbent R

 

State House - District 108 *no challenger
(D) Richard A. Smith, Incumbent R

 

State House - District 109
(?) Veasna Roeun  R
(F) David A. Arconti, Jr., Incumbent D

 

State House - District 110
(?) Emanuela L. Palmares R
(F) Robert D. Godfrey, Incumbent D

 

State House - District 111
(?) John H. Frey, Incumbent R
(?) Joseph N. Dowdell D

 

State House - District 112 *no challenger
(B) J.P. Sredzinski, Incumbent R

 

State House - District 135
(?) Adam W. Dunsby R
(?) Bonnie E. Troy D

 

State House - District 138
(?) Michael S. Ferguson R
(?) Jeffrey A. Tomchik D

 

State House - District 143 *no challenger
(F) Gail Lavielle, Incumbent R



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The former Brookfield school district finance director charged with larceny has been sentenced. 

 

Art Colley was ordered today to serve three years probation and to pay $1,000 to the district's activity fund in each of those years.  A court clerk said Colley was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service in each of the three years of his probation.  He has paid $76,000 in restitution to Brookfield.

 

Colley resigned in early 2014 amid accusations he overspent the district budget by $1.2 million. 

 

His assistant was granted accelerated rehabilitation this summer, a probation program which would eventually have the charges erased from her record.  Elizabeth Kerekes paid $26,000 restitution to Brookfield.



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During an assembly in Danbury on Friday, students at Pembroke School were recognized by members of Sandy Hook Promise for their commitment to reaching out to isolated students and creating a safe and inclusive school environment.

 

Eight schools out of nearly 600 schools nationwide participating in the February Sandy Hook Promise “Call-to-Action” week were recognized, including Pembroke.  Broadview Middle School was presented with a $10,000 check for being named the top school in the nationwide initiative. 

 

Pembroke students have been participating in the "Start with Hello" program, an initiative aimed at addressing social isolation which can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.



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Tips from residents about Kenny's Wine & Spirits in Danbury selling alcohol to high school age kids has led to citations for the teens and an investigation for the permit holder.  Danbury Police conduced surveillance of the Federal Road store on Friday.  Over several hours, officers saw several teenagers enter the store and exit with purchased alcohol.

 

One car load of teens were later stopped by marked patrol units.  Police verified their ages, notified their parents and seized their alcohol.  Five teens from Brookfield and one from Danbury were issued infractions.  Two of the teens had fake IDs, but only one said they had to use the ID to make the purchase. 

 

Investigators later entered Kenny’s Wine & Spirit to talk with the permit holder and a store employee, both of whom were believed to have made illegal sales to the minors.  Danbury Police spokesman Lt. Christian Carroccio says it was alarming that several of the teens were warned by an employee when they were sold the alcohol that police were in the area. 

 

35-year old Heidi Salcedo will be referred to the state liquor commission for administrative action and further police action will follow.



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A few area lawmakers are being recognized by an advocacy work for their efforts during the legislative session.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving has announced its “2016 Legislators of the Year”.  14 Connecticut lawmakers were recognized for their contributions toward preventing drunk driving tragedies.  Brookfield state Representative Steve Harding, New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith and State Senator Tony Hwang were honored for their work on two different laws.  One was to create a law beefing up the penalty for impaired drivers who have child passengers.  Another creates a diversionary program for underage drinking and motor vehicle violations.



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Sentencing has been postponed for a Danbury man accused of running a Ponzi scheme.  Ian Bick, who was charged when he was 19, was due to be sentenced on Friday but that's been delayed.  A new sentencing date for the Tuxedo Junction owner has not yet been set.  He violated the conditions of supervision by repeatedly traveling out of Connecticut without approval of his Probation Officer.  Bick has reportedly continued to raise money for his so-called business ventures and under false pretenses.  In addition to prison time, prosecutors are seeking nearly half a million dollars in restitution for his 27 victim-investors.



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A committee of the Danbury City Council continues to work on amendments to the ordinance about pensions for non-union employees.  The committee was formed in January and will be meeting at least once more.  They gathered on Monday night to talk about what changes are being recommended.  The group is also tasked with coming up with a separate ordinance for people hired after a certain date for entry into a deferred contribution plan.  Mayor Mark Boughton says these changes would provide a more secure and balanced future retirement planning for the City.

 

He suggests a mechanism for employees to opt-out of the current defined benefit plan.  Boughton says the fewer people in the system down the road will reduce the administrative costs among other expenses.  He says that also gives employees the ability to control the destiny of their own retirement and how they structure it.

 

Boughton says he wants some of the complexity in the system to be reduced.  He notes that there are sections in the ordinance that no longer exist.  The eligible retirement age in Danbury for non-union civil servants is reached by the so-called rule of 85.  It's an addition of the employee's age and the number of years they have worked. 

 

Over the years though some employees have pointed out other parts of the ordinance which weren't clear.  Some people retired at age 54 and there was a question of if they could do that.  In trying to be a good employer, Boughton says the City agreed to various terms that were never clear and end up setting a precedent.



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A local lawmaker has ben named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.  Monroe State Representative J.P. Sredzinski, whose district also includes part of Newtown, was recognized by the group for his work on behalf of law enforcement during the 2016 General Assembly session.  The organization specifically honored Sredzinski for his work on the Public Safety Answering Points consolidation legislation. 

 

Sredzinski serves as the Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor for the Town of Stratford.  He's been a 911 dispatcher since he was 19-years old.

 

The bill originally called for regionalized dispatch centers as a cost saving measure, but Sredzinski and other opponents argued that this law punished smaller towns.  The bill ultimately was not brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

 

Sredzinski says the bill was well intended, but would have required municipalities to regionalized if they had under 40,000 people or were under a threshold of 911 calls taken per year.  He says that would have reduced the number of public safety entry points. 

 

Many of the towns already have a regional system, but for those towns that couldn't regionalized would have been penalized by the state.  Sredzinski says the legislation would have shorted funding for 911 equipment and for training.  An early version of the bill, which was changed several times, would have taken the authority of monitoring the 911 system out of that town's control.



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The New Milford Town Council did not approve a proposed ordinance to continue providing town health insurance coverage to employees of the Children's Center.  Mayor David Gronbach says a compromise previously negotiated with the Children's Center for subsidized private health insurance will be put in place in January.  Gronbach opposed continuing to offer town health insurance policies to non-town employees.  He instead suggested a compromise that included a cash payment to subsidize their health insurance at a Platinum level plan.



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Security was tight at Hofstra University for the first debate of the 2016 presidential election featuring Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. It was so secure, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who was not credentialed to be on campus, was escorted away by police after completing scheduled interviews.  Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was not on the debate stage either.  The Commission on Presidential Debates requires minor party candidates to have at least 15% in five national polls.

 

 

There were some 2,000 protestors gathered at the designated free speech area, several blocks long. Police say there were about two dozen arrests, most for disorderly conduct

Classes had been cancelled for the day, but students were out in force marching and chanting for various causes.  They also displayed their candidate of choice on tshirts and signs. Debate viewing parties were held in locations in the student center and in dorms across campus.

Some students were in the debate hall. The first 350 students were given commemorative tickets for the event, but they spelled Hillary Clinton’s name wrong, leaving out one "L". University officials say they will reprint the tickets for the students who won the lottery to be inside the debate hall.

 

More than 700 journalists from around the globe gathered in the media filing center to cover the debate.

 

 

In a first, one of the candidates came into the Spin Room after the debate.  Trump was joined by his wife and children.

 

 

 

Surrogates for each of the candidates came into the Spin Room before and after the debate to talk up their candidate.  Mark Cuban, a Clinton supporter, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence did media interviews.

 

 

4th District Congressman Jim Himes was at Hofstra early Monday morning.  He said the volleyball team was playing in the parking lot with some journalists.  The pep band also played in the media gathering area into the early morning hours Wednesday.

 

Many members of the New York congressional delegation were in attendance.  Partly because the event was held on Long Island, but also because the two candidates live in New York.

Governor Dannel Malloy was at the debate in support of Clinton.  He says there was no comparison on issues and temperament between the two candidates.

 

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano says Trump did well.  He noted that Trump hit the nail on the head when he said that Clinton has been in politics for 30 years and the country is in serious trouble.



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Jury selection started today for a Danbury man charged with murder and assault.  20-year old Emanuel Harris will be tried as an adult even though he was 17 when he was accused of stabbing another teen in 2013.  Harris and 17-year old Luan Pitol attended a dance at the Harambee Youth Center and their two groups of friends got into an argument after a soda can hit the ground near one another.  Each group went on their way, but police said at the time that the two group then came together on Wooster Street.  Harris allegedly stabbed Pitol and another teen in the backs.  Harris remains held on $1 million bond.



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There was a minor car accident involving a school bus this afternoon in Danbury.  A car rear ended a bus from St Joseph School on Main Street near Garamella Boulevard shortly after noon.  Police say the car became wedged under bus.  There were no reported injuries to the 8th graders who were on board at the time.



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