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A party earlier this summer at a house up for sale in the town of Washington resulted in more than $100,000 in damage, and now an arrest has been made.  State Police say 18-year old James Bentley of Kent was arrested Tuesday while at his job at the YMCA in Brookfield. 

 

He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of alcohol by a minor.  State Police say more arrested are likely, but that Bentley planned the party and provided the alcohol. 

 

Police say more than 100 people were at the party on Lower Church Hill Road on May 14th.  State Police used posts on social media sites to identify the party goers.  The teens reportedly broke into the home, smashed doors and windows, tore holes in the ceiling and broke light fixtures.  Police reported several bottles of wine from the cellar were smashed and found littered around the house.

 

The 11,500 square foot home, located a considerable distance from the road, is on the market for $3 million.  The home underwent an extensive restoration as it was prepared for sale.

 

Bentley was released on bond for an appearance in Bantam Superior Court on August 1st.  He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school/daycare facility.

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There have been several car break ins where windows were smashed in Ridgefield.  Police say the larcenies happened between Sunday and Thursday of this week. 

 

On Sunday around 6pm, a car in the Parks and Rec lot on Danbury Road had its window smashed and various items reported stolen.  Last night between 6:45pm and 7:20pm, a car in the same lot was burglarized.  Around the same time, a car in the parking area of the Dog Park had its window smashed and various items reported stolen. 

 

Ridgefield Police are reminding people not only to lock car doors, but to remove valuables from the vehicle. 

 

Anyone with information about the incidents or sees any suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Ridgefield Police Department at 203-438-6531.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman charged with embezzling her local parent-teacher organization is headed to trial after rejecting a plea deal in a dispute over just how much she allegedly stole.

A lawyer for Sarah Chiarelli said in court Thursday that his client does not deny stealing money from the Monroe Parent Teacher Organization when she was treasurer, but she does deny embezzling $45,000, the amount she would have to repay under the deal.

Under the deal, Chiarelli would have not served any prison time if she repaid the $45,000 in full.

The Connecticut Post reports that a judge warned her that if she went to trial she risked a prison sentence.

Authorities say she used the stolen money to pay for personal expenses, including a trip to Disney World.

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The Department of Children and Families called Danbury Police about a disturbance involving an irate parent on Tuesday.  On Tuesday afternoon, Danbury Police Officers were told that an irate parent was in the 71 West Street building, and that two DCF employees had locked themselves in an office to avoid confrontation. 

 

Police found a woman walking and shouting outside the building.  37-year old Jennifer Walker was demanding to know where her son was. 

 

Police say Walker appeared to be highly intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.  She was also found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. 

 

She was charged with possession, risk of injury to a child, and breach of peace.  Walker was released and made a brief court appearance Wednesday. 

 

The case was continued to August 12th.

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A Connecticut man has been arrested in Danbury on a warrant for risk of injury to a minor.  27-year old Michael Morning was arrested Wednesday by Danbury Police on a warrant charging him with risk of injury for an incident that happened in July 2014. 

 

Police say officer responded to a condo complex on Padanaram Road by a neighbor who said that a 6-year old girl knocked on the door around 11pm.  The neighbor brought the child back to her apartment and found a 4-year old sleeping.  The neighbor waited with the children for more than an hour before contacting police. 

 

Morning was held Wednesday on $1,000 bond. 

 

He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to six months in prison on a misdemeanor assault charge.  He also has previous convictions for criminal mischief and burglary.

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A Danbury firm has been awarded the bid to conduct an analysis of the Octagon House.  Seventy2 Architects will assess the historic home to see what kind of restoration work is needed on the dilapidated building, now owned by the City.

 

The vacant house, which was in foreclosure, was purchased for $135,000 as a community improvement and neighborhood restoration project. 

 

The blighted property has attracted vandalism and squatting in recent years, and the area has become a magnet for drug dealers and prostitutes. Mayor Mark Boughton estimated the building needs $200,000 to $300,000 worth of work because it's fallen into disrepair. The yard also needs some upkeep, and the parking would have to be reconfigured.

 

Boughton wants to house the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team and a police substation on the property.  He says the bike patrol and other related officers would likely operate out of the substation.  He wants to convert the upstairs into a community room for residents to use. The backyard would become community garden monitored by a non-profit.

 

Seventy2 Architects work includes the Crown Point apartments in Danbury and the expanded worship space and gathering area of Walnut Hill Church in Bethel.

 

The Spring Street building is one of only a handful of 8-sided houses left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1852.  It was eventually converted to apartments, and abandoned by its owner in 2008.

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A dispute between the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and First Light Hydro Generating Company is continuing.  FirstLight wants to expand West Cove Marina on Lake Lillinonah from 25 slips to 136 slips.  DEEP rejected a November proposal to expand to 160 boat slips. 

 

At that time, DEEP wrote that they would support a smaller expansion of the marina if the applicant were to provide historical documentation about the maximum authorized operating size.  First Light supplied newspaper clippings about the permitted slips.  While it appears 75 slips were to be placed and that 100 existed, DEEP says the 1991 article was written before the slips were actually installed. 

 

DEEP again called for proof in the form of  rental documentation, slip assignment records, receipts and the like about the largest operation capacity of the marina, and when it was at that capacity.

 

A letter from DEEP to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that this branch of Lake Lillinonah is very narrow and based on current conditions there have been a number of documented reports of conflicts between rowers and motorboats in this particular section of the lake.  The state says in the interest of navigation safety and to avoid traffic congestion, the department does not support the expansion of the marina. 

 

DEEP also said there is a long history of conflicts between rowers and motorboats in this particular area of the lake.

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Aquarion Water Company has issued a message to customers in Newtown.  Due to high water demand, Aquarion says some customers may be experiencing low water pressure.  The company is again requesting that people limit outdoor watering to hand-held watering.  The request will remain in effect until Tuesday evening.

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A plea deal offer in an attempted murder case has been withdrawn by the judge.  The case against 20-year old Alexander Chadee-Sierra Jr. was continued to next month.  The Newstimes reports that his attorney asked for time to consult family members about the deal, but the judge said five years is the mandatory minimum and the case has been open since November. 

 

The man, who has addresses in Danbury and the Bronx is facing charges of attempted murder, assault and risk of injury to a minor.  They stem from an October 2015 shooting outside a Danbury apartment, where a toddler was nearby. 

 

Police say Chadee-Sierra called the victim outside, and shot him in the leg because he was allegedly upset that his friend's girlfriend was lying about her past with the victim.

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Greater Danbury area veterans will be presented with Quilts of Valor tomorrow.  The quilt presentation at New Milford Senior Center is of items created by the Quilters of New Milford.  5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will present them to Mike Zacchea of Brookfield and Robert Madorran.  Zacchea is a retired U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel who served in the Iraq War, was severely injured in the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004.  Madorran is a veteran of the U.S. Army, who was injured while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010.

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The Redding Board of Selectmen has voted not to put stop signs on Umpawaug Road.  Redding police proposed a temporary stop sign at Marchant and Umpawaug Road - making it a 3-way stop.  This would have been up through the Route 53 closure and the re-evaluated. 

 

There is increased traffic on Umpawaug Road because of the closure.  Police Chief Douglas Fuchs says only one accident has occurred since the closure.

 

But some Volunteer Fire Department members said the stop sign, temporary or permanent, would slow response time. 

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Two former Brookfield School district officials were in court Wednesday.  Former Brookfield School Finance Director Art Colley had his case continue yesterday until next month. 

 

Colley resigned in early 2014 amid accusations he overspent the district budget by $1.2 million.  He is facing three counts of larceny, one count of conspiracy to commit larceny and two counts of forgery for also allegedly trying to claim nearly $1,000 in reimbursements for iPads he never purchased. 

 

His assistant, Elizabeth Kerekes, was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars.  She was granted accelerated rehabilitation, which would eventually have the charges erased from her record.  She must repay more than $26,000 and not be charged with a crime for the next two years.

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Senator Michael McLachlan has joined other Republican lawmaker in submitting public comment to the Office of State Ethics.  The lawmakers are explaining why they believe Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s participation in the Anthem-Cigna merger is a violation of the State Code of Ethics. 

 

The Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board accepted public comment as part of their investigation into a petition filed for declaratory ruling by Common Cause Connecticut requesting a formal review of Commissioner Wade’s alleged conflicts. 

 

Wade is a former Cigna vice president and her husband is currently a Cigna attorney. 

 

They say the State Code of Ethics prohibits a public official from taking any “official action” if he or she has reason to believe or expect that such action would have a direct financial impact on such official, a spouse, a dependent child or a business with which such official is associated.  

 

Wade contends she has no conflict of interest that would prevent her from overseeing the proposed merger.

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A New Milford man is accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase.  New York State Police Troopers saw an SUV speeding along the Taconic on Monday, exit and then re-entered the parkway while trying to avoid being stopped by police. 

 

With emergency lights and sirens on, a Trooper pursued the car onto Interstate 84, where the driver ultimately was stopped and identified as 54-year old Michael Lalli of New Milford.  He had a Blood Alcohol Content of point-13 percent.  Troopers determined that his driving privileges were revoked in New York due to two prior DWI related convictions. 

 

Lalli was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful fleeing a police officer and other traffic offenses. 

 

He was released for a court appearance on the 27th.

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The Brookfield woman kicked out of the Republican party under a rarely used state statute has been readmitted to the GOP by the town's new GOP Registrar of Voters.  Jane Miller was expelled from the party about a year and a half ago over so-called lack of good faith party membership. 

 

Then-Registrar Tom Dunkerton and Town Committee chairman Matt Grimes acted on the little known statute after Miller ran unsuccessfully on the Democratic ticket in 2013 for the Board of Finance. 

 

Dunkerton resigned last month, and Grimes was not reelected to the Town Committee.  The new Registrar, Ryan Murphy, sent a letter to Miller about being added to the Republican voter rolls. 

 

Despite being reinstated, Miller says her lawsuit against Dunkerton will continue.  She lost in state court and is appealing to the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Miller has a separate suit against Dunkerton, Grimes, Selectman Marty Flynn and former Selectman George Walker.  She claims they treated her differently from other Republicans who ran as Democrats. 

 

Dunkerton is suing Brookfield claiming the town should pay his legal bills because he was acting in his capacity as a town official when Miller was erased from the voter rolls.

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Citizen complaints about illicit drug sales in the Brookfield and Danbury area have resulted in the arrest of a 39-year old man.  Danbury and Brookfield Police along with the FBI launched an investigation 7 months ago.  Ramon Monroig of Brookfield, who has a house in Danbury was arrested yesterday. 

 

His car was seized, which led to the discovery of a substantial amount of both marijuana and cocaine. 

 

A search of the man's properties turned up additional drugs, an assault rifle, a pistol, ammunition and illegal high capacity magazines for the assault rifle.  Monroig was charged with a number of related offenses including risk of injury to a minor. 

 

Monroig was also charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent To Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics With Intent To Sell, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of a Pistol, Criminal Possession of Ammunition By a Felon, and Criminal Possession of High Capacity Magazines.

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The case aganist a former Easton man charged with murdering his parents has been continued.  8-year old Kyle Navin was in court yesterday for a pretrial hearing. 

 

His attorney asked that the Judge continue the case so that his client can be examined by mental health experts.  The judge complied with the request, continuing the case to September 13th. 

 

Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin of Easton went missing in August.  Their remains were found outside a vacant house in Weston in October.  According to the arrest affidavit, the couple planned to cut their son out of their will.  Navin allegedly shot his mother in his pickup truck and then killed his father the same day in the basement of his Bridgeport home. 

 

Police allege his girlfriend, 31-year old Jennifer Valiante, conspired to plan the murders.

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The new Sandy Hook Elementary School will be unveiled at the end of the month.  Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi will open the school to the media for a press conference before the official opening at the start of the new schol year this fall. 

 

Erardi says the transition to the new school needs to be as seamless as possible for the children, asking for the space needed to allow high quality teaching and learning on the first day of school. 

 

Llodra says they are very grateful to state taxpayers for giving the town the funding to create a place of community and learning, and a place that would honor those lost.  Llodra says this new school will allow those who were left behind the chance to move forward.

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There's been a health center merger in Danbury.  The Seifert & Ford Family Community Health Center has officially become part of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center.  The Family Community Health Center had been managed by Danbury Hospital, now part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, since 1999.  But beginning in April, the clinic at 70 Main Street became part of the Greater Danbury Community Health Center.

 

Connecticut Institute for Communities CEO Jim Maloney says the clinic doubled its core staff of physicians and advanced-practice registered nurses to about two dozen.  GDCHC South has also expanded its hours and now offers eligible patients cheaper prescriptions through its subsidized pharmacy program.

 

Maloney says the acquisition marks a milestone in what has been and will continue to be a multi-year effort to reorganize and strengthen community health care in the city and the Greater Danbury area.  The community health center provides medical, behavioral health and dentistry services on a sliding scale to people of all ages.  Maloney says one of the changes is that they've created electronic health records for some of the clinic’s patients who had paper records and transitioned to new telephone and management computer systems.  More work is planned.

 

A new four-story Greater Danbury Community Health Center is under construction and set to open this fall.

 

Western Connecticut Health Network will continue to offer specialty services like cardiology, orthopedics and nephrology.

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Brookfield residents have approved a capital budget.  $2.8 million for about 50 items was passed on a vote of 615 in favor, 381 opposed.  Many of the items are infrastructure improvements for the schools. 

 

About $60,000 will go to replace portable classrooms at Huckleberry Hill Elementary school.  At Center Elementary School, funding has been set aside to renovate two bathrooms and replace chairs and tables in the cafeteria.  The same upgrades will happen at Whisconier Middle School.  At Brookfield High School, a world language lab will be created using Capital Budget funding. 

 

Some funding in the Capital Budget will go toward the purchase of patrol cars and body cameras for the Police Department.  Equipment for the volunteer fire companies is also included in the budget. 

 

Funding for restructuring Brookfield's zoning laws, re-shingling the Gurski property and a planning study of the Library is also included. 

 

 

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