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Metro-North Railroad says a pedestrian has been struck and killed by one of its trains in Fairfield.

The railroad says the train from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven struck the person just east of the Fairfield Metro Station at around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.  Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says train personnel reported the pedestrian had been killed.

 

A Fairfield Police spokesman said police were told by Metro North workers that the train had just departed the station when a man standing on the side of the tracks east of Black Rock Turnpike jumped in front of the train and was struck.

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A former Danbury High School teacher had a pre-trial hearing Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting one of her students. 

 

According to a March arrest report, 24-year-old Kayla Mooney was charged after an investigation into a complaint she made to school officials that she was being harassed by the boy's ex-girlfriend.  Police say the boy involved told them about the sexual relationship and they confirmed parts of his story after obtaining emails the he and Mooney exchanged. 

 

A Danbury Superior Court clerk office employee said the case was continued Wednesday to June 24.

 

Mooney had been placed on administrative leave in February, but failed to maintain her certification and has since ben fired.

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Two Hartford women have been caught, with a child in tow, taking security sensors off of merchandise at the Danbury Fair Mall.  Danbury Police say loss prevention officers called on Thursday night to say that the women were seen placing the items in their bags and trying to leave without paying. 

 

21-year old Nashana McHaney and 22-year old Destinymarie Santiago were charged with 6th degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny and possession of a shoplifting device. 

 

McHaney was also charged with interfering with an officer for initially giving police a fake name.  Santiago was also charged with risk of injury to a minor.  The child was sent off with another adult before officers arrived. 

 

Both women are due in court next Thursday.

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A public hearing Tuesday night in Bethel about a proposed crematorium was postponed to next month.  The Planning and Zoning Department said on their agenda that no testimony would be taken at this time, and the matter would be continued to June 9th.  The applicant, Shawn McLoughlin of Mono-crete, asked for the continuance for his proposal for Clarke Business Park.  Crematoriums are regulated by the state Department of Public Health, which requires the businesses to obtain a permit and submit to occasional safety inspections.

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Three people were injured in a crash Wednesday morning in Monroe on Route 25.  Police are investigating why a Chevy Malibu crossed the center line shortly after 7:30am and hit a tractor-trailer.  Monroe Police say the driver and passenger of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. 

 

They, along with the truck driver, were transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries that police say do not appear to be life threatening. 

 

Police say the tanker carrying heating fuel was not damaged, but one of the truck's fuel tanks did rupture.  Diesel fuel was being cleaned up by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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The Superintendent of Schools in Bethel has given parents and the community an update on the impact of a reduced budget being approved earlier this month.  About $300,000 was cut when the budget failed at the first referendum and Dr Christine Carver says they had to eliminate some positions because of that.  

 

One music teacher, One paraeducator and a part time technology support position have been cut.  The music teacher opening, created this month, won't be filled.  The paraeducator position could end up as a layoff. 

 

Carver says a part time technology support position has gone unfilled at this point.  She says that is critical to making sure teachers have the appropriate technology in the classroom and that everything works.  Right now the ratio of technology support to devices is 1,000 to 1.  There are already long waits if there is an issue with a device.  She called it a critical loss because keeping that wait period up means teachers won't have the same opportunity to use technology in a timely manner if there is an issue.

 

Bethel also cut their position of a third Navy Junior ROTC position.  Many of these positions were already vacant and will not be filled.  Carver said in her letter to parents that the Navy requires a third instructor when the program is larger than 151 cadets, Bethel has 220 enrolled for next year. 

 

An administrative assistant, who is a retired Air Force sgt will fill the role funded by the Navy's portion of the position.  Carver says Roxanne Everett goes above and beyond an assistant role.  Due to the shortage of qualified instructors in the Northeast region Carver said this is the best solution for the program.  Experience with military reporting, budget process, uniform inventory, etc was required. 

 

The NJROTC program has 71 female cadets and Carver noted that having a female leader with military experience as role model has significant value for the cadets. For the 12th consecutive year, Bethel Navy JROTC has earned the title “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors”.

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The state House has overwhelmingly approved legislation regulating the level of cadmium, a toxic substance, in children's jewelry.  The measure requires manufacturers of children's jewelry to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection.  Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky says cadmium-based pigments, used to decorate inexpensive children's jewelry, can cause developmental problems, cancer and bone loss in young children. 

 

Monroe Representative JP Sredzinski co-sponsored the bill and says the new law would be one of the strictest in the nation and goes a long way to protecting the safety of children. 

 

Bethel Representative Dan Carter, who served on the Legislature's Task Force to study cadmium last summer, says the toxic chemical has been known to cause cancer and long term exposure can put children at significant risk.

 

The measure, which now heads to the Senate, would impose civil and criminal penalties for violations. 

 

The measure was approved Tuesday by a vote of 136-8.  Those who voted against the bill say it's because there are no known reported cases of cadmium poisoning in Connecticut.

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Both the state House and Senate have unanimously passed a bill that would pave the way for a searchable electronic Internet database of historic Connecticut military records.  Bethel Representative Dan Carter expressed some concerns over private information being made public, but was told 75 years would have to pass before they are digitized and released.

 

The State Librarian will be required to conduct a study about creating the database, what documents would be included and what personal information should be redacted. 

 

Newtown Representative Mitch Bolinsky co-sponsored the legislation, which was voted on unanimously in both the House and the Senate.  The study must be completed and reported back to a legislative committee by January 15, 2016.

 

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, a combat veteran from Brookfield wounded in Iraq in 2004, submitted written testimony to the legislature on behalf of the Connecticut Veterans Chamber.  He said the digitalization will result in more efficiencies in the form of improved services for veterans.  He recommended that steps be taken to protect the records and identifiable information, citing concerns about potential financial exploitation or identity theft via hacking. 

 

He recommended bank-level security for these records because for national security reasons.  Zacchea said ISIS has targeted civilians and there's a concern that if the digitized records are hacked that the information could be matched with social media profiles of post-9/11 veterans, making them vulnerable to threats of and actual violence.

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Danbury Police are looking for a man who slashed someone with a machete on Friday.  The assault happened shortly before 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at Classic Car Wash on Padanaram Road.  A machete had been used by a hispanic male against the victim who was transported to the hospital with lacerations. 

 

Police say the victim sustained non-life threatening wounds. 

 

The suspect was only described as wearing a white tank top, and took off in an unknown direction.  Any witnesses are asked to contact Danbury Police Detectives at 203-797-4662 or the anonymous tips line at 203-790-8477.

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An Easton couple has been arrested for selling narcotics.  Fairfield Police began an investigation into a resident there who was selling large amounts of Oxycodone, which led to 55-year old Curtis Pistey and 54-year old Joann Pistey of Easton.  Police say the Fairfield resident, who has not yet been charged, would go to the Pistey's Adams Road home when they refilled doctor-prescribed Oxycodone and other narcotics. 

 

Fairfield Police Narcotics Unit members on Wednesday seized 750 pills and more than $5,000 in cash from the Pistey's home and arrested the couple. 

 

They each face charges of possession of narcotics, illegal distribution, sale and dispensing a prescription narcotic, sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics near a school, conspiracy  commit illegal distribution, sale and dispensing prescription narcotics; and conspiracy to commit possession of narcotics.

 

The couple is due in court June 2nd.

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Eminent domain is being used in Newtown to install underground gas utility pipes beneath Crestwood Drive, a private residential road.  The Newtown Bee reports that the town has been unable to reach an acceptable settlement with the road owner adjacent to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Eminent Domain was used to take an underground right of way.   The move was discussed by the Board of Selectmen last week after negotiations on purchasing the easement failed again.  The work would be performed by town crews and the infrastructure would be Eversource Energy material.

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BETHEL, Conn. (AP) A proposed crematorium in Bethel has generated opposition over environmental concerns.

Shawn McLoughlin plans to cremate one or two bodies a day in a new building adjacent to a concrete business he owns. He says pollution is ``virtually nothing'' and that more pollution comes out of the stack of his diesel trucks than from a crematorium

John Holbrook, co-owner of nearby Holbrook Farm Market and Bakery, dismisses assurances the crematorium will not pollute. He says mercury or dioxin residue would force him to shut his business.

One concern might relate to vaporized mercury released from dental amalgam used to fill cavities in teeth.

Crematoriums are regulated by the state Department of Public Health, which requires the businesses to obtain a permit and submit to occasional safety inspections.

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 A fire early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant at 83 Lake Avenue in Danbury.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark  Omasta said flames were visible from the building when firefighters arrived on scene about 1:52 a.m. Sunday. The alarm came in as an automatic alarm. No staff remained in the building,.

The fire burned the kitchen and did extensive damage to the main restaurant area. The State Fire Marshal was called in. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Expanding Interstate 84 from the New York state border all the way through Newtown and bringing Metro North rail service into New Milford and beyond were two of the big items discussed recently with State Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redecker.  He attended the Western Connecticut Council of Governments meeting Thursday to talk with area mayors and first selectmen.

 

Redecker talked about Governor Malloy's proposed $100 billion, 30-year transportation infrastructure improvement plan.  There was some pushback from some chief elected officials to border tolls as a way to fund part of the plan, though others backed the idea.

 

A Branchville Transit Oriented Development study was also discussed during the WCCOG meeting.

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Danbury has renamed Veterans Hall at Rogers Park for the former Director of Veterans Affairs.  A ceremony dedicating the building to Pat Waldron was held yesterday after the Memorial Day Parade.  The City Council approved naming the building located on Memorial Drive in December as "Patrick R. Waldron Veterans Hall".  Waldron fought relentlessly to help veterans, their widows and dependents for almost three decades prior to his death in October at the age of 81. 

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says renaming Veterans Hall would serve as a fitting memorial to Patrick and will honor and remember him for for his great service.  Boughton says renaming Veterans Hall represents a lasting tribute and will continue to serve as such for future generations.

 

Council President Joe Cavo says Waldron, a Korean War Veteran, was dedicated to helping others.  He called it a great testament to all Waldron has done for the City.

 

City Councilman Tom Saadi, a Major in the Army Reserves, says Patrick R. Waldron Veterans Hall will be a great way to continue his legacy of his patriotism and service to veterans, and that he could think of no other person more deserving of this honor.

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A story of hope for one World War II veteran this Memorial Day.  97-year old Lou Russo has gotten a judgement in his favor by a Probate Court Judge that he be repaid after claims of mistreatment by a court-appointed conservator.  Veteran advocate Dan Gaita of Bethel became involved in Russo's case after hearing of how the man fell at his home, was transferred from the hospital to a nursing home and held there against his will for 16 months.

 

His conservator, Mark Broadmeyer, allegedly spent Russo's life savings, sold vehicles and rented out his home. 

 

The judge ordered that Russo be repaid $34,000.  He is also contesting his nursing home debt, arguing that he should have instead been placed in a Veteran Affairs facility at no charge.

 

Broadmeyer, who resigned as Russo's conservator in October, has 30 days to appeal the order.  Russo remains under probate court control and his new conservator is arguing for a reverse mortgage to pay off the nursing home debt.

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Danbury City Councilman Tom Saadi is leading a memorial ceremony this morning in honor of Memorial Day.  Saadi, a Major in the Army Reserve, was  appointed this month as General Counsel and legislative Director of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.  Saadi says Veterans should be remembered not just on holidays, but year round.

 

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is reflecting on a roundtable discussion she hosted this month.  It was held at Western Connecticut State University, where she says they have an active veteran group. Esty says she is committed to working towards a smarter, leaner government, and that there is no smarter investment or greater duty than honoring the country's commitment to veterans and military families.

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal is speaking out on this Memorial Day for better service from the Veterans Affairs Department.  He said during a hearing recently that delays in help are unacceptable.  A deal has been reached to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Colorado, even though it's an estimated $1 billion over budget. 

 

Blumenthal has been a vocal critic of the VA's funding request, saying veterans elsewhere shouldn't be forced to sacrifice for the suburban Denver project.

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Memorial Day is being marked today.  In Danbury, the day started with a service at St. Josephs Church.  There are wreath laying ceremonies taking place at several locations throughout the City.  The parade begins promptly at 9:30 at the corner of Rose and Main Streets.

 

Following the parade, Parachutists will descend into the Baseball Field behind the Review stand in Rogers Park.  A Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial to honor veterans who have died in the past year.  All awards will be presented after the services.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says there will be the traditional parade where the community can show off their pride in an ethnicity or organization.  Firefighters and the Public Works Department will also have equipment on display.

 

Veterans Hall will also be renamed in honor of the late Patrick Waldron, Danbury's longtime Director of Veterans Affairs.

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The summer get away season is off to its unofficial start this Memorial Day weekend.  

 

State Parks Director Tom Tyler says lifeguards are at 10 locations, and they are still looking for some staff members at the designated swim locations.

 

34 camping cabins are located across the state.  The two-room cabins sleep 6 people.  Two of the sites that have cabins are Kettletown State Park in Southbury and Lake Waramaug State Park in New Preston.  Both of those sites also have designated swimming areas.  There is also swim areas at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

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A 5K Raccoon Fun Run and Kids One-mile Run is being held Saturday morning at Redding Elementary School.  The 5K begins at 8:45am, the kids run starts at 10:15.  The annual Memorial Day parade in Redding is from noon to 1 pm.  Participants line up at Redding Elementary School at 11:30am.  A noon ceremony will lead off the parade, which will end at the Memorial Stone in the green at the intersection of Cross Highway and Sanfordtown Road.

 

On Sunday, Monroe will host its 2015 Memorial Day Parade with a theme of “Honoring our Heroes – Past and Present”. The parade will begin at 2pm. with participants travelling north from Elm Street and Route 111 to the Monroe Green.  Local veterans, military groups and the Monroe Police Department will be joined by local and state elected officials and volunteer fire companies.  Immediately following the parade, the town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the War Memorial in front of Town Hall.  “Taps” and patriotic songs will be played.  There will also be a presentation of the wreaths in honor of fallen heroes.

 

Also on Sunday, the Brookfield Historical Society's Strawberry Shortcake Festival will be held.  The event follows the Town's Memorial Day Parade between 12:30 and 3pm.   It will be held outside the Brookfield Museum located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center. The parade ends near the museum parking lot where strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be sold to support future public programs of the Society. 

 

Danbury hosts its 2015 Memorial Day Parade on Monday at 9:30am.  The parade route runs from Kennedy Park to Rogers Park along Main Street.  Following the parade, Parachutists will descend into the Westerner's Baseball field just past the review stand.  A Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial Garden to honor deceased veterans.

 

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department is once again participating in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, at 10:45am, with the lineup starting at 9:30.  There will be a brief ceremony at Weston Town Hall immediately after the parade.  As parade sponsor, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department will offer free refreshments at the firehouse after the ceremony.

 

The Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade starts at 11:30am Monday at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church and progresses down Main Street.

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