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Neighbor complaints about illegal drug sales form a Triangle Street apartment has led to the arrests of three city residents.  Danbury Police Special Investigations Division members carried out surveillance of 39-year old William Carrasquillo and 29-year old Ashleigh Studwell. 


A search and seizure warrant was then issued by the court.  After watching the two engage in a suspected drug transaction on Wednesday, both were taken into custody.  They were on the corner of Byron Street and White Street in the process of a drug transaction with 26-year old Chanmor Khuth. 



(Carrasquillo, Studwell, Khuth)


All three had a considerable quantity of illegal prescription drugs and powder cocaine in their possession.  Seized in the investigation was a substantial amount of currency and a vehicle used to facilitate illegal drug sales.  A search of the residence revealed no further drug evidence.


Carrasquillo was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.  Khuth was charged with possession of narcotics and of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell.  Each was released on $10,000 bond.  Studwell was charged with narcotics possession and possession with intent to sell.  She was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

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A man who owed two people money was allegedly assaulted by them in Danbury on Thursday night.  Danbury Police say the victim went to the police station to file a complaint about 22-year old Jin Lee of Ridgefield and 23-year old Terral Belin of Danbury.  The victim told police that the pair assaulted him on Liberty Street and took his money.


As police investigated, the victim's fiancee received several threatening messages because the victim went to the police.


Officers located the suspects later in the evening and they were placed under arrest.



(Belin, Lee)

Belin was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault, conspiracy to commit assault, threatening, conspiracy to commit threatening, intimidating a witness, larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Danbury Superior Court on April 6th.

Lee was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault, conspiracy to commit assault, threatening, conspiracy to commit threatening, larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Danbury Superior Court on April 6th.

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5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has issued a statement following the cancellation of a vote on the GOP health care repeal and replacement plan.  She says the Affordable Care Act has problems that need Congress to work together to fix.  But she cautioned that the American Health Care Act would solve none of those problems.  Esty called for a fresh start on a bipartisan plan that will improve access to quality health care, lower premiums, reduce out-of-pocket expenses, and bring down drug costs.

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A Danbury teen has been arrested for drugged driving in New York.  The Putnam County Sheriff's office said in a release yesterday that a Deputy on patrol last Saturday saw a car dragging its muffler on the pavement.  The Deputy stopped the driver and determined that 19-year old Eric Henry had his ability impaired by drugs.  Henry was also in possession of cocaine and Xanax pills, without having a prescription for the pills.  He was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while impaired.  Henry was arraigned and posted bail.

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Some Westside Middle School Academy students are headed to a regional Invention Convention.  10 of the 100 sixth-grade students who displayed their inventions as part of the science curriculum will move on to the regional event next weekend. 


School officials say the invention convention is meant to foster interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  The regional competition will be held at the O’Neill Center on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, on April 1.


Winners will head to the 34th annual Connecticut Invention Convention on Saturday, April 29, at UConn.  More than 130 Connecticut schools participate every year.

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Newtown Youth & Family Services is teaming up with the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury to provide an Elder Abuse and Neglect Awareness Training session.  Those who work with clientele over the age of 60 are being encouraged to attend the informational workshop on Monday afternoon.  The training will cover the prevalence of domestic violence among elderly couples, types of abuse, warning signs, physical and behavioral indicators and information about local resources.  Information about what to do if you suspect a senior may be abused or neglected will also be discussed.  The case management program at NYFS provides advocacy, referrals and support to victims of elder abuse.

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The Putnam County Sheriff's Office released details yesterday about the arrest of a woman charged with shoplifting $100 worth of items from Kohl's last week.  34-year old Laura Snyder of Southeast allegedly stole the items from the store on Independence Way in Southeast.  She was accused of putting 3 boxes of cosmetics in her purse and walking out without paying.  The items were recovered from her handbag.  Snyder was charged with petit larceny and issued a ticket to appear in court on April 4th.

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A court referee has upheld a Freedom of Information Commission ruling about teacher evaluation data in New Milford.  The Newstimes reports that it's a setback for the Connecticut Education Association, which sought to keep the information private.  The case started with former Board of Education member John Spatola requesting the data and then-Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote saying that it was not subject to FOIA laws.  The published report says Spatola asked for two years of aggregate data, not individual information, on the number of the teachers in each evaluation tier designated by the state: exemplary, proficient, developing or below-standard.

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The president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is recommending a tuition increase at all 17 schools in the system.  The four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College would see tuition hikes in fiscal year 2018 and 2019 under the recommendation. 


The Board of Regents Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday and the full Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on April 6th. 


Western, Southern, Central and Eastern students would face a $200 a semester hike.  Community college students would pay about $50 more per semester.  The increase for Charter Oak is $150 for the next two years.

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The Bethel Board of Finance will meet this afternoon to discuss the budget for the coming fiscal year.  The Board will consider community input from this week's public hearing and finalize the budget for the upcoming town meeting.  The Board is set to work starting at 4pm in meeting room A of the Municipal Center.  The previously posted Wednesday night and Saturday morning meeting times have been cancelled.

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A public hearing is being held today on three bills introduced by Danbury state Senator Mike McLachlan.


One is about removing pensions from collective bargaining agreements for state employees.  He says this would save the state money and reduce the state’s long-term liabilities.  McLachlan called it part of comprehensive pension reform proposed this session. 


Another bill would exclude overtime pay from the calculation of state employee pension benefits.  McLachlan says that measure is aimed at ending so-called "pension padding" by state employees.


The third bill being discussed today would prohibit a state employee from being able to receive a pension and a salary from the state at the same time.

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A New York woman accused of shoplifting from the New Milford Walmart will be in Bantam Superior Court next week.  New Milford Police responded to the store last Thursday.  22-year old Samantha Bahler allegedly placed some items into her bag without paying while scanning in other items at the self-check out lane.  She was stopped by loss prevention personnel.  Bahler was charged with larceny and released on bond.  Her court appearance is set for Wednesday.

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A Brookfield resident is due in court on Monday on a DUI charge after being found asleep behind the wheel of a car in New Milford.  New Milford Police received a motor vehicle complaint last Friday night on Danbury Road and canvassed the area.  A running vehicle was found in the parking lot of Lore's Plaza, and 32-year old Tony Marrone asleep.  Officers located heroin on the driver's seat.  K9 Kira was called to the scene to search the vehicle.  Kira found more heroin and marijuana.  In addition to the DUI, Marrone was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

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The Brookfield budget is due to the Town Clerk today.  The Board of Selectmen made proposals to the Board of Finance, which deliberated this week.  An $18.2 million municipal budget and a $41.39 million school operation budget have been proposed. 


This is a 2.62 percent increase in spending over the current fiscal year. 


The Selectmen included $200,000 in contingency funds that would partially support any changes in the state fund grants that typically come to Brookfield.  First Selectman Steve Dunn says the state unknowns remain a very real concern for Brookfield because municipal aid and school grants represent a large part of the town's funding.  


The grand list declined by 1.57 percent as a result of the revaluation.  The town has to change the mill rate upwards to account for this change in values.  Dunn says that is why the mill rate change is higher than the actual proposed spending increase. 

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Grass carp will once again be released into Candlewood Lake in an effort to prevent the spread of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.  The fish will also be released into Squantz Pond for the first time.  


Milfoil can get tangled in boat motors and entangle swimmers. 


Candlewood Lake Authority Executive Director Larry Marsicano says more carp than planned will be released because the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was working with outdated statistics.  The projection about the spread of milfoil initially used by DEEP was based on an average of several years, but Marsicano says it fell short of actual acreage by one-third.  About 500 acres of milfoil have been mapped in Candlewood.  Some 39 acres were spotted in Squantz Pond. 


Instead of 3,000 sterile grass carp, 4,450 will be released into Candlewood.  Squantz Pond will be stocked with 585 fish instead of 421.  


The fish will be released into Squantz at one spot in New Fairfield and one in Sherman this summer.  They will be stocked at the same locations they've been used in Candlewood for the past two years.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 24-year-old New Milford man has been sent to prison for 14 years in connection with the 2015 death of a suspected drug dealer after a prospective sale went wrong.

The Republican-American reports that Steven Vlash was sentenced Wednesday on a charge of first-degree manslaughter stemming from the death of 35-year-old Carl Brown Jr.

Police say Vlash and a co-defendant drove to a corner in Waterbury where Brown reportedly sold crack cocaine.

Witnesses testified that Brown said something about them taking "the crack" and was last seen holding onto the passenger-side window of Vlash's truck as it drove away.

Brown struck his back on a road sign and was later found in the middle of the street suffering from a head injury. He died at a hospital.

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A Danbury man has been arrested for attacking two people in Bethel last night.  Bethel Police responded to Elizabeth Street and found a man with a cut to the head, caused by a knife.  Another victim was then located who was also attacked by the suspect. 


23-year old Mitchell Gleason was found hiding nearby.  He ran from police, and was seen by officers discarding a small amount of marijuana.  Gleason was caught and taken into custody. 


He was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, interfering with police and possession of marijuana.  Gleason was held on $50,000 for arraignment today. 


One victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The other did not need medical treatment.

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The head of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce has been charged with alleged misappropriation of funds from that organization.  26-year old Erin Meagher of Brewster was arrested Tuesday on a felony grand larceny charge. 


She was CEO and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. 


Meagher was released for an April 11th court appearance.  No further details of the alleged misappropriation was provided by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

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Brookfield will have to cover the legal fees of the former Republican Registrar of Voters who was sued for expelling a woman from the GOP party.  Town officials objected to Tom Dunkerton's request saying he was acting in his role as a party official, not in his town employee position when Jane Miller was removed from the voter rolls. 


The Newstimes reports that the Judge concluded Dunkerton was acting as Registrar, and therefore the town had to cover legal fees. 


Miller was booted from the GOP in 2015 under a little used state law allowing the removal of members for alleged lack of good-faith affiliation, citing her unsuccessful run for the Board of Finance on the Democratic ticket in 2013. 


The published report says Dunkerton requested more than $26,000 in legal fee reimbursement, but the amount could be higher since litigation continued after the request was submitted.  First Selectman Steve Dunn told the Newstimes that the Boards of Selectmen and Finance will decide whether to appeal.  But Dunn said that they may also negotiate the requested amount because Dunkerton's attorney charged $400 an hour. 


Miller's appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed because by that time, the new Republican Registrar added her back to the voter rolls.

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A bill proposed by a freshman lawmaker is advancing through the committee process. There was a vote to draft this month on a bill aiming to reduce frivolous complaints to the state Freedom of Information Commission.  Redding Representative Adam Dunsby has proposed a $125 fee for filing two or more complaints with the commission each year.  He says someone filing 10s or 100s of requests are not interested in records, but rather in harassing public officials. 


Dunsby, who also serves as Easton First Selectman, says there should be a complaint process that doesn't discourage people who have conviction that they have a legal issue.  Dunsby says one person has filed 135 complaints, not requests for information, over the last two years. 


The President of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information agrees there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but believes the fine is too harsh.  He says the proposal would undermine free citizen access to the FOIC.


State FOIC executive Director Colleen Murphy opposes the proposal, saying it will discourage people who are filing legitimate complaints.  Murphy says there may be a more narrow approach that can be taken.