A Ridgefield man is facing a number of charges after New York State Police conducting a welfare check found him in possession of an illegal loaded firearm and a small amount of cocaine. Police responded to Route 6 at Starr Ridge Road in Southeast shortly after midnight Saturday and found 22-year old Peter Shirvell unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle, near the entrance of the Shell gas station.
When Troopers attempted to place him into custody, he physically resisted.
Shirvell was arraigned and ordered held at Putnam County Jail on bond for a Court appearance December 5th. He faces up to 15 years in State Prison if convicted of a weapons possession count.
Shirvell was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Driving While Intoxicated, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.
Former New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman has filed exploratory committee paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Chapman's term ended yesterday. She plans to focus on the 2018 Lt Governor race, but is open to looking at other positions as well. Chapman said in a statement that the current administration hasn't advocated for municipal needs. She also cited the two highest tax increases, businesses leaving the state and unfunded mandates pushed onto cities and towns. In addition to First Selectman, Chapman served on the New Fairfield Planning Commission and in a leadership role in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments regional planning agency.
The state Department of Consumer Protection and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are calling on families to check their medicine cabinets before Thanksgiving tomorrow in order to dispose of unneeded medication, and secure the medication they need.
The officials say emptying medicine cabinets is one small, but important way to make sure guests have a safe holiday.
DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon says the majority of people misusing prescription medications get them from family and friends. Local drug collection boxes to dispose of unneeded medication include ones at the Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, Ridgefield and Redding police stations. State Police Troop A in Southbury also hosts a collection box.
The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has cancelled their planned December meeting. As of their last gathering, the group received 146 registrations from people who want to submit a memorial design. The registrations are from 17 states and about a quarter coming from 18 different countries. About half of the domestic registrations are from Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Approximately 100 guided site walks have been led by the Commission for registered designers. A drone video and digital walking tour are posted on the Commission's website.
Enbridge-Algonquin Gas Transmission has donated $32,000 to the Danbury Fire Department for their Utility Terrain Vehicle project.
The money will be used to purchase a UTV which can provide a wide variety of uses and applications. It can be used for search and rescue operations for lost persons in rugged terrain, emergency medical evacuation from remote locations and wildland firefighting.
Mayor Mark Boughton joked that it's a token from the company, considering they are putting in a 70-foot wide pipe through the middle of the City. Much of the project is replacing existing pipeline with one larger in diameter.
Algonquin started the work at the Southeast Compressor Station and has extended into Danbury. The new pipeline crosses near the Still River, a railroad line, and Mill Plain Road. The replacement segment would end at their existing compressor site east of Clapboard Ridge Road.
The Danbury Fire Department has received a donation of $10,000 to fund the drone project. The donor asked the department to remain anonymous, but it was made in memory of the late Michael Kallas.
The donation will be used to equip the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a thermal imaging camera. Drones have a number of uses in the fire service with the ability to provide situational awareness such as live aerial feeds of fires or large scale incidents, pre-planning information and to search for lost persons in rugged terrain.
Councilman Warren Levy says Kallas had top secret clearance and was a team leader on the first spy satellite that came out of PerkinElmer.
Kallas was active in the raising of funds to obtain a thermal imagining camera presented to the Danbury Fire Department on behalf of the Danbury Lions Club.
He was a member of the Friends of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society and was a past board member, Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Danbury Downtown Council and a former corporator of the Union Savings Bank.
A New Jersey man sustained minor injuries in yesterday's rollover truck accident in Danbury. State Police say 40-year old Rafael Martinez was headed westbound on I-84 shortly before 5:30am when he veered left into the cement jersey barrier.
The truck rolled onto it's driver's side and Martinez had to be extricated by Danbury firefighters.
The accident between exits 3 and 2 closed multiple lanes and caused massive traffic ties ups back into Newtown. The vehicle wasn't cleared from the scene until several hours later and traffic eased around noon.
Martinez was treated and released from the Emergency Department yesterday.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to clean up a fuel leak.
Kent and Gaylordsville volunteer rescuers and EMTs responded to the scene of a hiker with a leg injury along the Appalachian Trail Sunday. The hiker was located near a remote campsite high up along the Schaghticoke ridgeline. Officials say their four-wheel drive Gator rescue vehicle significantly shorten the response times for the wilderness rescue and allowed crews to drive a patient out of the woods rather than carry the patient out.
The City of Danbury has been awarded a $1.3 million state grant to demolish and remediate the former Mallory Hat Factory on Rose Hill Avenue. The 3.7-acre site will be given to the Women's Center of Greater Danbury for $1. The organization will turn the property into a residential facility for women and children in transition.
The Women's Center hired an environmental engineer to assess the property, and it was determined that the clean up will cost $700,00 to $800,000. Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola will oversee and manage the clean up. Once it's certified for use, and the City Council gives the ok, the City can transfer the property to the Women's Center.
The Women's Center raised $4 million in capital fund to build the transitional housing. The group has provided a safe haven to victims of domestic and sexual violence since its founding in 1975. The Center serves 20,000 people in northern Fairfield and southern Litchfield Counties each year.
Governor Dannel Malloy says brownfield sites have been vacant for decades and cause blight in neighborhoods, drain local resources, and have a negative impact on municipalities. For every dollar the state has invested in brownfield redevelopment, non-state partners have invested or will invest $11.41. Since 2012, the State of Connecticut has invested more than $220 million in brownfield redevelopment, resulting in the creation of more than 3,000 permanent jobs and over 15,000 construction jobs in the state.
Mayor Mark Boughton believes a viaduct under the property is near 100 years old. He says no business is likely to be interested in the land because they wouldn't be able to build over that structure. The viaduct limits the build-ability to about 2.5 acres. Danbury issued several requests for proposals from businesses over the years, but there weren't any takers. At one point, the owner of nearby Fairfield Processing asked the City to hold off on looking into bids because they were thinking about expanding. Those plans have since changed because their business changed.
The body of a scuba diver has been recovered from in the former Tilly Foster iron mine in Southeast. 48-year old Robert Thomas of Jersey City, New Jersey, was described as a very experienced technical diver who had gone into the mine many times before. His body was recovered by the New York State Police dive team, using sonar and camera equipment. Preliminary reports indicate that Thomas may have become entangled in wires or cables on the bottom of the flooded mine shaft in about 171 feet of water. The bottom of the old mine is littered with wrecked cars and trucks, old mining equipment and other debris. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Thomas’ death. The mine was flooded after a major collapse in 1895 killed 13 miners.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several members of Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation are optimistic that bipartisan support for background check system legislation may be a sign of future cooperation on anti-gun violence legislation.
U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty all said Monday they're pleased to have Republicans from other states where mass shootings have occurred co-sponsor the Fix NICS Act. Murphy introduced it in the Senate to fill gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Murphy says he doesn't know if it's a turning point, but it is significant.
The bill creates incentives for states to submit relevant criminal history information to the database, including extra points toward receiving Department of Justice grants. It creates penalties for federal entities that don't submit data, such as the military.
The New Milford Town Council was set to take up more than 100 appointments to boards and commissions at their meeting last night. But there were three Republicans and three Democrats in attendance leading to a deadlock. Outgoing Democratic Mayor David Gronbach was replacing people whose terms are expiring next week or filling vacancies. Five of the more than 100 nominations lost positions in the municipal election, but the Newstimes reports that the most contentious was the proposed appointment of Gronbach's wife Vanessa to the Ethics Commission. She would be an “unaffiliated” appointee even though she was registered as a Democrat until recently. The published report notes that former Republican Mayor Pat Murphy made 124 appointments in her last two meetings before Gronbach took office.
The Redding Board of Selectmen has gotten an update on three investigations into Police Chief Doug Fuchs for various incidents. At last night's meeting, it was announced that one investigation into the Chief, who is on paid administrative leave, stemmed from a police union complaint on behalf of two officers. Another investigation is in response to a lawsuit filed by the family of Peter Valenti, who hanged himself at his Blueberry Hill Road home in April 2016. An EMT filed a complaint this May into the incident about whether the man would have survived if Fuchs had allowed the medic to examine him sooner. The town has hired an outside attorney.
First responders are issuing a reminder to have carbon monoxide detectors in homes as more alternative heating sources are used. Two unconscious women were rescued from their Carmel home last week and expected to recover after a neighbor called 911 and reported their carbon monoxide detector was going off.
Carmel emergency responders carried the 61 and 89 year old women out of the North Gate Road home Monday. The neighbor was alerted to a potential problem by the younger woman's daughter, who received incoherent messages and couldn't reach her mother or grandmother on the phone.
Firefighters checked for other occupants. The two women were transported to Westchester Medical Center and admitted for treatment of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carmel Police Department Officer James Terrazas and Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Kristan reported feeling light-headed after removing the victims from the house. They were administered oxygen by other first responders and did not require further treatment.
According to the Carmel Volunteer Fire Department, readings taken in the house indicated a concentration level of carbon monoxide gas in the air of 1,800 parts per million (ppm). According to some published government studies, human exposure to 1,200 ppm of carbon monoxide in the air for one hour can be fatal. The typical level of carbon monoxide in a home ranges from 3 to 6 ppm, according to official sources.
Officials believe that the high level of carbon monoxide gas in the home was caused by a faulty connection in an exhaust pipe leading from a propane gas burner used to heat the home. Inspectors from the Town of Carmel Building Department were called in to ensure that the defect is corrected and made safe within code regulations.
Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and colorless, so it cannot be smelled or seen. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may be flu-like and may include a reddened face, dull headache, weakness. dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness.
Danbury firefighters had to extricate the driver of a tractor trailer this morning. The truck rolled over just past exit 3 westbound around 5:30am. The driver was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries.
The accident blocked at least two lanes throughout the morning commute.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene to clean up a fuel spill. State Police Troopers also responded. State Police say K9 Favor shows her appreciation to Danbury Deputy Fire Chief Bernie Meehan and the Danbury Fire Department for their help.
A man who went scuba diving in the former Tilly Foster Mine is missing and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is leading a search for him. Sheriff Donald Smith say 48-year old Robert Thomas of Jersey City, New Jersey went missing Sunday in the town of Southeast.
The experienced technical diver has gone diving in the mine, also known as Simon's Quarry, many times before. Thomas was with two other people, but never emerged.
Dive teams from the New York State Police and the Brewster and Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Departments searched for Thomas Sunday. Responders continued their search Monday using sonar equipment throughout the large area, with mine shafts having underwater depths ranging from 175 to 600 feet and several side tunnels branching off.
Three places that sell tobacco failed a compliance check in Monroe on Friday. Monroe Police and the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services conducted 16 unannounced inspections. An underage youth, employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, entered tried to purchase tobacco products. Three violated state statute and sold to the volunteer under aged 18. The offending clerks at Mobil on Monroe Turnpike, Buck Stop on Main Street and Cumberland Farms on Main Street were issued infractions in the amount of $200.
A New York man has been arrested for Unlawful Dealing with a Child. New York State Police say 19-year old Donte Floyd of Patterson bought alcohol with a fake ID and provided alcohol to an underage victim in October. He was charged last week with a Misdemeanor. The 19-year old victim was taken to Putnam Hospital Center, and found to have a potentially fatal blood alcohol content of over .4 percent. Floyd was issued a ticket to appear in Patterson Justice Court on November 30th.
The oath of office was taken yesterday by the new First Selectman of Newtown. Democrat Dan Rosenthal was sworn in at Edmond Town Hall.
Rosenthal believes the local budget planning process has to start early, with a focus on controlling spending. He doesn't think Newtown has the luxury of hiking taxes any further.
With state funding, he says the expectation should be that Connecticut is not going to kick in additional revenue. Rosenthal says the goal should be, over time, to create autonomy from the state. Rosenthal says the several-month long impasse should be used as a warning shot over the bow to try to wean Newtown off of state aid.
Rosenthal wants to bring business planning to other capital projects, examining how many people each one would reach and what's the potential revenue. He doesn’t believe the town has the luxury for “wants” and building things in the hopes that people come.
A vote of no confidence has been taken against Candlewood Lake Authority chairwoman Phyllis Schaer. The move by the Marine Patrol staff comes over alleged interference in their recommendation against bringing back several officers this coming summer. The Newstimes reports that all but one of the senior staff members decided Wednesday to declare no confidence. Six officers, taking minimal shifts, had annual reviews and it was decided not to renew their contracts, which ended last week. But according to the published report, the Marine Patrol was told that 1996 bylaws require a review by the Executive Committee, something that hasn't been done in the past.