Wilton Police conducted a two week pedestrian safety enforcement operation in Wilton Center. A total of 32 pedestrians and drivers were cited for violations. The effort focused on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and people walking who took unsafe actions. Wilton Police hoped to educate and encourage the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and cycling throughout Wilton Center. Chief John Lynch says ensuring pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between motorists and pedestrians.
The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission released design regulations today. The 5-acre site includes some natural elements that they hope will be involved in the tribute to the children and educators killed on 12-14. One element is a pond, but it's overgrown and could be costly to clean up. The Commission wanted to start removing some of the invasive plants, but the Land Use Department suggested it be left as is for now. There are several terrace-like areas that could be used in a design, along with other open space, if the pond area isn't cleaned up. Commissioner chairman Kyle Lyddy says a water element was always in peoples thoughts since the beginning of the process.
An area legislator is cautioning against the proliferation of casinos in Connecticut. State Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says that old phrase “the house always wins” can be applied to gaming expansion. He says communities will see an increase in crime, traffic, and impaired driving. He says that would be coupled with decreased home values.
Hwang is critical of Governor Malloy for signing a bill into law allowing the two federally recognized tribes to jointly operate a casino off tribal land. He says that has opened the door to lawsuits, which could be tied up in court for years. Hwang says Malloy placed a bad bet on a bad bill.
He added that he doesn't want Bridgeport to become the next Atlantic City, citing it's financial ruin. Hwang is part of a coalition that's fighting the expansion of gambling in Connecticut, www.NoMoreCasinosInCT.
A Single Engine Cessna 180 airplane landed nose down on Runway 35 of Danbury Municipal Airport this morning. The pilot, Jeffrey Butler, was the only person on board at the time and was not injured while attempting a landing at approximately 10:30 this morning.
The Danbury Fire Department used its Ladder Tower to assist with righting the aircraft which was nose
down on the runway. The plane was then towed off the runway. The plane is registered to Butler and is based at Reliant Air in Danbury.
The airport was shut down for a brief time to allow Emergency vehicles to access the Cessna aircraft, and re-opened soon after.
The incident is being investigated by the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office out of Windsor
New car seat laws are taking effect in Connecticut on October 1st. Brookfield Police Department will be hosting a car seat installation and inspection clinic Saturday from 8am to noon. Brookfield Police will have technicians at the police station on Silvermine Road to answer questions and inspect and install car seats.
No appointment or residency required, but calling ahead is encouraged to reduce wait time.
The Danbury Police Department is hosting a Car Seat Safety and Inspection Day Saturday as well. The event is being sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and Yale New Haven Health. The inspections will be done at 114 Federal Road from 10am to 3pm.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 3 out of every 4 car seats are unsafe.
“A Walk to Remember,” a cancer awareness and prevention fundraiser sponsored by the Western Connecticut State University Police Benevolent Association, will take place Sunday. The fundraiser is open to the public. The 1.5-mile walk will begin and end at the Alumni Circle on the midtown campus.
There is a $15 entrance fee, $10 for students, with the proceeds being donated to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury.
The event on Sunday is from 10am to 3pm.
Eleanor Chance, a WCSU building and grounds patrol officer, raised the idea for the event after the chief of the WCSU Police Department, Neil McLaughlin, passed away in April 2015; Ernest Leclercq, also a building and grounds officer, passed away in September 2015; and Shirley Hatch, a secretary in the Police Department, passed away in August 2016. Chance says she got the idea for the fundraiser because Shirley would enjoy walking the Midtown perimeter during her lunch breaks.
Two Danbury residents have been arrested on drug related offenses after an investigation that began weeks ago in response to neighbor complaints of drug sales. Police obtained search warrants for 31-year old Nicole Maria Crutchfield and her Wildman Street apartment.
On Thursday night, Crutchfield was stopped in the parking lot adjacent her apartment. She was found in possession of a substantial sum of money, drug paraphernalia, suspected stolen retail merchandise and shoplifting tools.
Her ex-boyfriend, 50-year old Jacinto Andrade was found in an attic bedroom, which he shares with Crutchfield. The room was littered with drug paraphernalia and Andrade had heroin on him at the time.
Each was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. They were each released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.
Bethel Police have been conducting school bus violation enforcement this past week. This is being done in conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week. The Bethel Police Department conducted the enforcement in an effort to raise awareness of school bus safety. In Connecticut, it is illegal to pass a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, and violators could face a fine of $465.
Stratford Police have provided more details about the Danbury man who was arrested by City Police after a "be on the lookout" bulletin was issues for him. Stratford Police say 19-year old Jeffrey Bispo was charged with home invasion and other offenses for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home. He was allegedly armed with a gun and trying to rob her and her new boyfriend, hitting the woman in the face. Police say a neighbor called 911 and gave a description of the car, which was registered to Bispo's mother in Danbury.
Danbury Police were searching yesterday for a red hatchback that was approaching women downtown. Police say in one incident, the driver asked a female Western Connecticut State University professor if she would get into his car and give him directions to an address. The woman told police that the man had his hand inside his pants at the time. A similar complaint was also filed, though Police say it could be part of the same incident. An alert was sent out to West Conn students about the Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s.
A man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly stabbing another man on the Schaghticoke reservation in Kent. Police responded to a report of two men fighting and found that one had been stabbed in the arm. Edward Harrison was arrested without incident and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on bond for arraignment today. The other man was treated at the hospital.
Design guidelines have been released by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission. Submissions can be sent to the town starting today. A registration form and bio must be included. Beginning October 13th, those registered designers can send in design files.
Some site walks have been set up, but interested designers must confirm their attendance with the Commission. The dates are next Saturday and Sunday, October 4th, 7th, 8th, and 10th. The design submission process will close October 30th.
The Commission will select 3 to 6 designs by the end of November. Presentations by those on the shortlist will be held in February. Recommendations will then be made to the Board of Selectmen. The Commission hopes for a June groundbreaking and December ribbon cutting.
The Commission says the memorial should instill visitors with uplifting feelings of peace, love, and hope.
They also provided some guidelines on elements that should be avoided. They include religious or political connotations, play equipment, extensive use of metal and literal depictions of the victims.
A woman has been charged with prostitution at a spa in Wilton. Police arrested 43-year old He Lang of College Point, New York last night. An investigation was launched recently into allegations of prostitution at the In Spa on Danbury Road. Lang was released on bond and will be arraigned on October 2nd.
A discussion will be held at West Conn next month about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The forum called "DACA, Dreamers and Deportation: New Developments” is planned for October 3rd at Warner Hall on the midtown campus from 2 to 5pm. Sociology Professor Dr. Carina Bandhauer will talk about the the ramifications of the program being rescinded. The forum is part of the WCSU celebration of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month.
The Danbury Hospital Foundation has received a $40,000 contribution from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to expand outreach capacity of the Hospital’s Greater Danbury Community Care Team by adding a peer engagement specialist.
The collaboration of more than 30 community agencies and municipal stakeholders is led by a Hospital-based navigator. The coalition works to support the area’s most vulnerable residents by helping them achieve and maintain housing and linkage to medical, psychiatric and social services.
About 80-percent of their clients have a substance abuse diagnosis and 40 percent have a psychiatric diagnosis. To date, 138 greater Danbury residents ages 23-83 have benefited from CCT services, 52 of which have at least one chronic medical condition.
This is the second contribution the Danbury Hospital Foundation has received from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to support the CCT.
A driver hit a building on West Street in Danbury early this morning. Danbury Fire, Police, and EMS Units responded to the area of Oil Mill Road shortly before 5am. They found a small car landed in some bushes near 152 West Street. Danbury Fire officials say the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The patient was transported to the Danbury Hospital via ambulance. Fire Department officials says the patient condition was not immediately known. Fire Department units remained on the scene to support the accident investigation conducted by the Danbury Police Department.
With hurricanes on people's minds, Wilton Senator Toni Boucher is comparing Connecticut's fiscal situation to the destruction of a natural disaster. She says Connecticut taxpayers were facing a category 3 storm, but the last two massive tax increases, are now in a category 5 financial mess.
There's not much time before October 1st, when Governor Malloy's draconian cuts kick in if lawmakers are unable to negotiate a new budget, one that he won't veto.
Boucher says the Democratic plan included too many fee and tax increases.
Two Danbury men have been arrested for trying to rob a man walking downtown late Tuesday night. A man called police and said that he was walking near the Cowboy Bar on Wildman Street when he was approached by a car. The passenger asked if the victim if he was from the area and when he responded that he wasn't, the passenger pulled out a gun and demanded money.
The victim fled and called police.
Based on the suspects descriptions, Police located 33-year old Jason Bonadio and 46-year old Julio Irizarry.
Bonadio was charged with interfering, breach of peace, and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held on $25,000 bond. Irizarry was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, breach of peace and interfering. Julio is being held on a $25,000 bond.
A Pawling man, showing signs of intoxication, has been charged with DWI after appearing in court on a previous driving while intoxicated charge. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office reports that 43-year old Matthew Paul was warned by deputies on Tuesday not to drive after the proceedings. He decided to do so anyway and was arrested. Paul was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was ordered held on bond.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Officials in an upstate New York town are once again considering Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall's request to build an outdoor stage at his restaurant and music venue.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the town of Pawling Planning Board discussed the project during its meeting earlier this week.
Kenneth Stenger, an attorney with the law firm representing the board, says the discussion included the volume of sound live music would produce during outdoor performances at Daryl's House.
The Hall & Oates musician's business filed a lawsuit against the town earlier this year, claiming the town's effort to lower the venue's maximum occupancy would force the restaurant to close.
William Sayegh, an attorney for Daryl's House, says Hall is working closely with the town to secure approvals for the outdoor expansion.