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A Brookfield Emergency Services dispatcher has been arrested in Bethel for drunk driving.  Bethel Police responded to an accident on Castle Hill Drive late on Sunday night.  Officers determined that 27-year old Gregory Beck hit a parked car. 

 

He failed field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI and failure to keep right on a curve.  He was released on bond for a court appearance next Tuesday. 

 

In 2013, soon after being elected to the Brookfield Board of Education as a member of the A Brookfield Party, Beck made a comment on Facebook about the movement "26 Acts of Kindness".  The movement encouraged people to do one act of kindness a day for the 26 days leading up to the first anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook School.  He said he would give a box of ammunition to his gun enthusiast friends. 

 

He allegedly made the post while on duty as a dispatcher.  Beck issued an apology and resigned from the Board of Ed shortly after being sworn into office.

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As of this weekend, tax is being charged on the parking fee at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.  The 6.35 percent sales tax requirement was tucked into the state budget signed by Governor Malloy June 30th.  The three shoreline parks started collecting the sales tax around the 4th of July.  Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Spokesman Dennis Schain says they've been slowly adding to the number of parks where tax is collected.

 

25 of the 109 state parks and forests charge for parking, including Kettletown in Southbury and Kent Falls.  The tax revenue will be placed into a general fund, not necessarily going back to the parks. 

 

Fees had been based on round numbers, and staff member didn't used to need coins.  He says DEEP has made arrangements with the banks they deal with to make certain there is plenty of change on hand.  Schain says it's a little more difficult now to make change, but hasn't added too much time to the wait to get into parks.

 

Schain says parks are open year round, but for the most part fees will stop after next weekend.

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A Danbury-based gas supplier has purchased a Texas based company.  Tech Air, a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed their acquisition of Texas-based Gas & Alloy Supply Corporation.  GASCO will become part of Tech Air of Texas, Incorporated. 

 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

 

Tech Air Texas President Jeff Palmer said in a statement that the combination of GASCO and another existing business in nearby Arlington will be a benefit for the employees and customers of both companies. 

 

This is Tech Air’s 15th add-on acquisition since CI Capital Partners acquired the company in partnership with Tech Air’s management in 2010.  Tech Air now operates through 31 branch and fill plant locations.

 

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Remediation work continues at the former Schlumberger site in Ridgefield.  A Town Meeting held recently gave approval to using up to $150,000 for the remediation and demolition of the final building being taken down.  First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the money is in an account associated with Schlumberger, and came from insurance money from a flood that happened on the property last winter. 

 

The flood damaged the carpeting in the buildings and did other damage.  He says about $250,000 reimbursement came to the town from the insurance company. 

 

In the past, when other buildings were torn down, there were two major areas of concern found.  One is glue dabs used to hold panels in place contain asbestos.  Some of the foundations inside the walls also need remediation.

 

Three buildings on the site, including the Philip Johnson Building, will remain on the property.

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Connecticut's upcoming municipal primary will be held on a Wednesday, instead of on a traditional Tuesday.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded voters Monday that Sept. 16 will be Primary Day this year because of the occurrence of Labor Day on Sept. 7 and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana on the following Tuesday.

State law requires that if a primary falls on the Tuesday after Labor Day, it must be changed to the following Tuesday. However, the following Tuesday marks the second day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. State law prevents a primary from being held on a day when a religion forbids secular activity.

Primaries are scheduled in 23 cities and towns across the state. Voters have until Sept. 15 at noon to register for primaries. 

 

Bethel Republicans will be at the polls to elect a First Selectman candidate.  The party-endorsed candidate is Planning & Zoning Chair Pat Rist.  Republican Town Committee Chairman Will Dufff, a former Selectman and the First Selectman candidate two years ago, collected enough petition signatures to force a primary.  Either Duff or Rist will then face off against three-term Democratic incumbent First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker.

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Two brothers, in their 40s, have been arrested on assault charges for a fight last week at a Monroe home.  Police were called about two men fighting on Thursday night, but one left before officers arrived. 

 

Monroe Police say 47-year old Michael Ward became upset when 49-year old Raymond Ward wouldn't give him money and a fight broke out.  When Raymond returned to the house, he found that Michael had broken a window on his truck that he left at the home.  Police say each brother punched the other and Raymond left again. 

 

Michael Ward was also charged with criminal mischief, and released on a promise to appear in court on October 7th.  Raymond Ward posted bond and was ordered to appear in court on the 9th.

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State Police report there were no DUI arrests made on Friday night at a sobriety check point set up on Lake Avenue in Danbury.  State Police spokeswoman Trooper Kelly Grant says police did cite 16 motorists for not wearing a seat belt and issued a half a dozen other infractions for various motor vehicle violations. 

 

There were also roving DUI patrols on I-84 and Route 7 in the Greater Danbury and Brookfield areas last weekend. 

 

Newtown Police held a DUI check point on Friday night and made one drunk driving arrest.  Three drivers received tickets for other violations and several warnings were issued.

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A Wilton man has been arrested in Norwalk for allegedly breaking into cars.  Police were called to an apartment complex on Friday night on a report of man breaking windows of cars.  A witness told responding officers that they saw someone pulling on car door handles and going into multiple cars. 

 

21-year old Johnny Hernandez was found nearby and police say he showed signs of intoxication.  Hernandez was found with a checkbook which did not belong to him and a wrench. 

 

He was charged with criminal mischief, misdemeanor larceny and felony counts of burglary and larceny.  The Wilton man was released on a written promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on September 8th.

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There was a small fire on Franklin Street in Danbury this afternoon.  Deputy Chief Mark Omasta says there was light smoke coming from the single family home around 11 o'clock.  He says it was a small electrical fire, which was extinguished quickly.

 

Omasta says residents at 50 Franklin Street had started to evacuate themselves, and everyone did eventually get out safely. 

 

The Fire Department stayed on scene afterward to install smoke detectors.  The Health Department, Fire Marshal, Police and others also responded.

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A&P Supermarket on Padanaram Road has been sent a notice of violation from the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team.  UNIT officials say the notice was to the Danbury store to alert them of dozens of shopping carts that are in their possession as a result of collecting them off of the streetside, sidewalks and various properties.

 

UNIT officials say the inventory continues to grow with no response from the store. 

 

Danbury adopted a shopping cart ordinance several years ago when a number of carts were found in public parks and city streets. 

 

The notice says that the carts will be discarded unless the UNIT hears from A&P to arrange for the carts to be retrieved.  Shopping carts taken off city streets and elsewhere are stored at the Public Works Department, and can be picked up after paying a storage and retrieval fee.  The storage fee is $2 per week, not exceeding $50.  There is a $10 retrieval fee per cart.

 

(March 2013 photo from UNIT)

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A driver who sat through three green lights has been arrested for smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel.  The driver of the car that sat at an intersection through three cycles of the light has been arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs. 

 

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Route 312 at Farm To Market Road in Southeast last Tuesday for the 911 call about a suspicious vehicle and possibly high driver.  The driver, Nicholas Kruzykowski of Southeast, admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.  The 25-year old failed field sobriety tests. 

 

Kruzykowski was processed and released to a friend for an appearance in Southeast Town Court on Thursday.

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Danbury recently received a grant for the City's Emergency Shelter Program.  Director of Health and Human Services Scott LeRoy told the City Council that the yearly grant of $116,000 pays for the Evening Shelter Program workers, giving them a place for them to stay.  The program also houses the Homeless Veterans at the shelter.  LeRoy says what this grant can't pay for, one from the VA does.

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The first group of Danbury High School students who will simultaneously be working toward their Associate Degree have started their "school within a school" program.  The new initiative is being called the Early College Opportunity program.  Superintendent of Schools Dr Sal Pascarella says Danbury High School has partnered with Naugutuck Valley Community College for this program.

 

Freshmen will begin accelerating their high school requirements so that by sophomore or junior year they can start incorporating college-level courses.  There is no cost to complete the program while at DHS, through there is some attendance at NVCC required after graduation.

 

The Associate Degree would be in Information Technology.

 

Every students is paired with an industry mentor from New Oak Capital or Pitney Bowes. They will have in-person and over-the-internet meetings.  Students will discuss concepts learned during “Workplace Learning,” a class period during their day. The students can also see strategies in action during one-on-one meetings with their mentor in the workplace.

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WASHINGTON (AP) A George Washington University official says an undergraduate student has been missing since swimming while traveling in South Africa.

Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in a statement Monday that junior Nicholas Upton from Redding, Connecticut has not been seen since swimming in the East Cape Province on Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. local time.

Konwerski says authorities in Cape Town are searching for Upton and coordinating with the man's family, study abroad program representatives and the U.S. Embassy.

Upton has been studying abroad in South Africa and was traveling during a break from classes.

Upton is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and the university's rowing team.

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Praxair is looking for a tax break from Danbury on the company's proposed new headquarters.  Praxair, which is currently headquartered at Matrix Corporate Center in Danbury, purchased the former GE building at Berkshire Corporate Park on Riverview Drive for $20 million. 

 

The estimated cost of new construction and improvements that would be subject to the tax deferral is $33 million. 

 

Planning Director Dennis Elpern wrote to the City Council in a memo to be considered at their meeting Tuesday that he received the application for tax deferral from Praxair.  While it appear to conform to all requirements, he hasn't received a copy of plans for the proposed office building. 

 

The company is seeking a seven year deferral on 100 percent of the assessment increase.  The assessed property value is $14.35 million. 

 

Earlier this year, Praxair ditched plans to build a completely new building with the help of state funding.

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Ridgefield Police have arrested two people for vandalizing the ball field at East Ridge Middle School last month.  18-year old Cody Dingee of Florida and 20-year old John Dumke of Ridgefield were each charged this morning with criminal mischief.  Each was released on a written promise to appear in court on September 11. 

 

The damage at East Ridge was caused in July 11th.

 

(East Ridge north field)

 

Officers were called to Shadow Lake baseball field August 2nd and determined that a vehicle or vehicles drove on the field, causing considerable damage.  Police are investigating to determine an exact time frame of when the damage occurred. 

 

Police have not said if the damage is related. 

 

(Shadow Lake)

 

The Ridgefield Press reports that the cost to fix each field was about $2,800.  They were covered with top spoil and reseeded.  If the fields were resodded it would have been up to $20,000 to fix them.

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A Carmel teen has been arrested by New York State Police for felony burglary.  Troopers announced this weekend that 18-year old Patrick O'Keefe was charged on August 18th for breaking into a home in the Town of Southeast last month. 

 

Troopers responded to the home on July 26th and found that someone, later determined to be O'Keefe, stole beer from the victim's home. 

 

O'Keefe was arraigned and ordered held at Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 bond.   He is due back in Southeast Town Court on September 15th.

 

A Brewster man has been arrested for burglarizing a home in July.  New York State Police announced the arrest of 32-year old John Martin Junior this weekend.  On July 24th, Troopers responded to a Patterson home to investigate a report of a burglary. 

 

The investigation found that Martin entered the home and stole cash. 

 

He was arrested last Tuesday and arraigned on a felony charge.  He was being held on $20,000 bond and ordered to reappear in Patterson Town Court on September 10th.

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A deadly wrong-way crash caused by a Danbury woman is being investigated by New York State Police.  Troopers responded to a fatal crash on the Taconic State Parkway in Carmel around 3:30 Sunday morning. 

 

Police say their preliminary findings are that 40-year old Melida Espinal of Danbury entered the northbound lanes of the Taconic at Peekskill Hollow Road headed southbound, and crashed less than a mile later into a motorcycle headed in the proper direction. 

 

The motorcyclist, 22-year old Jeffrey Divine of Stormville New York, died at the scene.  Espinal and two passengers were treated for minor injuries. 

 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the State Police Cortlandt Barracks BCI at 914-788-8044 or after business hours at 914-737-7171.

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A Ridgefield man and a woman from from Weston have been arrested by Norwalk Police for breaking into a boat at a Norwalk marina to enjoy a fast food meal and take some selfies while a family of five slept on board.

 

The family was awoken at about 2 a.m. Sunday by the flash from a camera.  One family member confronted the intruders, but they ran away.

Police found a receipt inside a bag of still warm food from Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell and used the receipt to track down 20-year-old Julia Armijo, of Weston, and 23-year-old Renny Isaac, of Ridgefield.

They face charges of breach of peace, burglary, criminal attempt to commit larceny, criminal trespass, and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Armijo told police that neither she nor Isaac had ever been on a boat and only wanted to take some pictures.

 

Both were ordered to appear in court on September 10th.

 

A Norwalk Police spokesman says the female boat owner saw Armijo holding her husband's wallet, which had been in a backpack.  The woman's husband tried to subdue Isaac, and they struggled.  The pair dropped the wallet on the dock as they fled.  It was found by the boat owner, who determined that nothing from it was missing. 

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Improvements to Federal Road in Brookfield are being planned.  The designs for southern Federal Road from White Turkey Road to Route 133 call for 11-foot travel lanes, 5-foot shoulders, 5-foot sidewalks, pedestrian cross walks, new signals and bicycle detection at signalized intersections. 

 

Brookfield First Selectman Bill Tinsley says the top priority addresses the need for north and southbound turn lanes and traffic signals at the ShopRite/Chick-fil-A traffic signal. 

 

Since Federal Road is technically Route 202, a state road, Department of Transportation funds will be used for the work.  The improvements are planned over the next five years.

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