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The Memorial Day parade hosted by the Danbury Council of Veterans has been cancelled.  A service at St. Joseph's Church is still planned.

 

Weston officials will make a decision about their annual Memorial Day parade at 7am.

 

New Milford will remember those who died serving in our country's armed forces with a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10am.   In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled, but the ceremony will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Immigrant students without legal status in the United States are making a last-ditch pitch for legislation that would make them eligible for institutional financial assistance at state-run colleges and universities in Connecticut.

A coalition of higher education institutions, labor groups, faith leaders and community organizations is scheduled to appear with students Wednesday at a state Capitol news conference to urge the General Assembly to pass the bill before this year's legislative session adjourns on June 7.

This marks the fourth year that advocates have pushed for the bill.

Danbury High School graduate Camila Bortolletto, campaign manager for the group Connecticut Students for a Dream, says "it's resoundingly clear" the state supports the proposal. She says students "can wait no longer."

Two version of the bill are awaiting action in the House of Representatives and Senate.



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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of another man in downtown Danbury three years ago.

The News-Times reports that 23-year-old Garfield Sanderson, of Bridgeport, was found guilty Friday of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in the May 2014 death of Jeiel Kingston. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Sanderson was acquitted of murder.

Authorities say the shooting happened after Sanderson and Kingston, both members of rival gangs, got into a fight inside a nightclub.

Sanderson testified that the 23-year-old Kingston and another man approached him and he saw Kingston reach for an object he assumed to be a gun. Sanderson's attorney argued his client acted in self-defense.

Authorities have said no weapon was found on Kingston.



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WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - A small Connecticut racetrack and the drivers who compete there have become collateral damage in a Danbury-based sex trafficking case.

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, which has been in operation since 1951, in in danger of not opening this season. NASCAR pulled its sanctions last month after 63-year-old owner Bruce Bemer was arrested in an investigation into the sex trafficking of boys with mental illnesses.

Bemer is charged with patronizing a trafficked person. His attorney has asked the public not to rush to judgment. He's due in court Tuesday.

The track postponed its planned May 6 opening. Officials released a statement last weekend on Facebook saying a lease deal was in the works that would allow racing. That post quickly disappeared. Speedbowl spokesman Chuck Corsey called it premature.



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A ceremony at Redding Elementary School auditorium begins at noon Saturday, with parade step-off at 12:15.

 

The Annual Strawberry Festival in Brookfield will take place Sunday between 12:30 and 3pm outside the Brookfield Museum.  The festival, located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center, follows the Town's Memorial Day parade.

 

The Monore Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday and will begin at 2pm. The parade will travel north on Monroe Turnpike up to the Town Green, where a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place. The roads surrounding the parade route will be closed at 1:45pm.  All side streets and shopping plazas will also be blocked preventing vehicles from entering onto the parade route.

 

The Danbury Council of Veterans is hosting today's Memorial Day Parade.  The morning starts with a service at St. Joseph's Church.  Wreath layings followed the church service.  In Danbury, the parade steps off at 9:30.  The theme is “Remembering Our Deceased Veterans, Honoring the Men and Women who served Our Country and displaying the American Flag”.  Honoring the sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of this nation, the Skydiving Demo Team of the Blue Sky Ranch will be parachuting into Rogers Park at the baseball field adjacent to the Junior High School and behind the Memorial Parade reviewing Stand at approximately 10:45am.

 

The Easton Memorial Day parade is at 9:30am.  Parade marchers assemble at the Easton Fire House.  The parade will proceed to Easton Town Hall, after which a ceremony will be held at town hall.  The Easton Exchange Club will be hosting its eighth annual Memorial Day Mile road race today. It will kick off from the Easton firehouse at 8:30 am. This will give runners ample time to regroup and be able to participate in the Memorial Day parade.

 

Weston will also celebrate Memorial Day with a fair at Hurlbutt Elementary School. The fair offers carnival rides and games for all ages as well as fair food, and live entertainment.  Fair hours today are noon to 4pm. The Weston Memorial Day parade is set for 10am.

 

New Milford will remember those who died serving in our country's armed forces with a Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade today.  The ceremony is slated for 10am in front of the Library. The parade will begin after the ceremony, heading south on Main St., turning right on Bridge St., down to Railroad St., right on Bennitt St. and right on Main St. to the War Memorial on the Green.  In the event of rain, the Parade will be cancelled and the Ceremony will be held at The VFW on Avery Road.  Drivers are cautioned to expect minor delays due to road closures for the parade route. 

 

Ridgefield's annual Memorial Day Parade is scheduled to start at 11:30 am from the Jesse Lee Memorial Church, marching down Main Street ending in Ballard Park where a closing ceremony will be held.  8 bands, some floats and about 2,000 participants are being featured.  Participants are urged to arrive at the Church between 10am and 11am.  King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 am until the end of the parade.



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This past weekend, Candlewood Company of the Brookfield volunteer fire department participated in the 17th annual Candlewood Lake Clean Up, hosted by the Candlewood Lake Authority.  Volunteers have participated in this event several times in the past and encouraged the public to help keep the lake clean of debris and garbage when either boating or spending time at the local beaches and picnic areas.  In total, over 150 volunteers helped clean up the shores of Candlewood Lake.



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50 students who participated in this year's pilot Student Boating Safety Ambassador Program were recognized yesterday.  It was part of National Safe Boating Week.  Students are in grades 5 through 12 will receive credit for their project as either a community service project, senior project or extra credit.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection awarded the students Certificates of Appreciation.



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New Milford State Representative Bill Buckbee voted in favor of legislation allowing veterans in Connecticut to obtain the designated veteran’s driver’s license, with the American Flag on it, at no additional fee prior to the renewal date.  The bill effectively erases the previously imposed $30 fee on the veteran indicator plate on duplicate identification card or driver’s license. 

 

The bill garnered unanimous support when it was considered in both committees of cognizance, Veterans’ Affairs and Finance. 

 

There are approximately 217,000 veterans across the state. 

 

While there is no additional cost for veterans to receive the veteran's driver's license when obtaining a license or renewing a license, Buckbee says this legislation will provide a mechanism for veterans who would like an updated license to indicate their veteran status if it is not yet due for renewal.  After being passed in the House of Representatives, with no dissenting votes, the legislation now awaits further action in the Senate.



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The Candlewood Lake Authority dedicated a new Patrol Boat this morning for the CLA Marine Patrol.  The boat is replacing a 2002 vessel which had to be taken out of service due to hull issues.  60% of the cost of the boat was paid for through a Connecticut Intertown Grant Equipment grant. Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope helped secure the grant with the support of elected officials from New Milford, Danbury, Brookfield and New Fairfield.  The dedication ceremony was held at Sherman Town Park near the boat launch.



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State Police have formally charged a man with murder for the death of a New Fairfield woman earlier this month.  32-year old Steven Flood was also charged today with aggravated sexual assault of 55-year old Susan Guido. 

 

Flood was also charged with criminal trespass, larceny, murder of a victim of sexual assault and sexual assault in a cohabitation relationship.  He was held on $1 million bond. 

 

Flood was previously found in possession of the woman's car.  State Police say a Trooper and his K9 partner located Flood camping in the woods in the Town of Union May 4th.  He was identified as a person of interest during the investigation into Guido's death in her Candlewood Road home May 2nd. 

 

New Fairfield Resident Trooper constables had responded to conduct a well-being check, forced entry and found the woman dead.



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Shortly before 1am today, Danbury Police located the mother of the newborn baby who was found abandoned late Sunday.  Police spokesman Lt. Christian Carroccio says the woman's name is not being released at this time.  She is being treated at the hospital.

 

Yesterday, Danbury Police released the 911 call from a man who found the newborn behind a grocery store on Main Street. 

 

In the call, the man tells dispatch that he’s found a little boy, someone dropped it off and it’s crying.  He pleads with dispatch to send someone to Patch and Main Streets.  The caller sounds more frantic as he tries to explain that the baby is close to the police station, behind La Polla.  The man expresses concern that if police don’t arrive, the newborn may die.  The caller tells a new dispatcher that they “just need to come, he’s crying.”

 

The newborn is still being evaluated at a local hospital.

 

Danbury Police also released photos of the clothing that the baby was found wrapped in at approximately 11:38pm Sunday.

 

 

Danbury Police were concerned that the mother may need medical attention or is a victim of a crime herself. 



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There was a fatal accident in Danbury yesterday afternoon.  Police responded to Shelter Rock Road around 12:45pm on a report of a speeding car, crossing the center line and crashing head-on into another vehicle.  Police determined that 44-year old Frankie Macnear of Brewster crashed into 85-year old Hannelore Hillebrand of Bethel.  Hillebrand later succumbed to her injuries at Danbury Hospital.  Macnear was also hospitalized.  This collision remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information is asked to call Danbury Police.



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A Southbury man was killed in a single car crash on I-84 last night.  48-year old Sevdi Coma was travelling westbound in the area of exit 17 around 9:30pm when he lost control around the curve in the road.  His car spun counterclockwise and continued off the road, striking a rock embankment.  The man's car rolled over and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Coma sustained fatal injuries.  The highway was closed for several hours.  The accident remains under investigation. 



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Ridgefield's acting fire chief has been chosen to officially lead the department.  Jerry Myers was selected by the Fire Commission Wednesday night in a unanimous vote.  The Board of Selectmen is expected to approve the recommendation at their meeting on June 7th. 

 

Myers is a 36-year veteran of the Ridgefield Fire Department.  He stepped in to the acting role about six months ago when former Chief Kevin Tappe retired after town officials completed an investigation into unspecified “policy violations”.  

 

A document, released by the town in response to Freedom of Information requests, suggested that Tappe showed up to a fire scene intoxicated. 



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A Connecticut man has been sentenced for distributing heroin that contributed to the overdose death of a Monroe woman last year.  33-year old James Hayes of Waterbury was ordered to 6 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. 

 

Hayes has been detained since his arrest on August 22.  The Judge also ordered Hayes to forfeit $710 in cash seized from him at the time of his arrest.  He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin in January. 

 

Monroe Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of a possible heroin overdose last June and found an unresponsive 32-year-old woman on the floor of her bedroom.  Investigators seized various items, including several empty wax folds and one wax fold that contained suspected heroin. 

 

The investigation revealed that Hayes distributed heroin that was consumed by the victim shortly before her death. 

 

There is an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.



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Work is under way on the new Bethel police headquarters. Crews cleared the site to prepare for foundation excavation.  The driveway for the new facility would be on Judd Avenue with an emergency entrance on Route 302.  The project will more than double the size of the current police station, built in 1974.

 

(Photo: Town of Bethel)



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Connecticut lawmakers want to ensure the Department of Transportation does not decide on its own to contribute to a multi-state study into the possibility of taxing motorists based on the amount of miles they drive.

The Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of legislation requiring the agency to seek approval from the General Assembly before spending any state money on studies and other activities looking into a mileage-based user fee.

The bill now awaits action in the House of Representatives.

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says the legislation officially puts an end to this debate.  She said the state doesn’t need to study something that Connecticut taxpayers are against.

Connecticut was awarded a federal grant to launch a pilot mileage tax program so long as the state invested a matching $300,000.  Boucher called it disturbing that, as a co-chair the Transportation Committee, she learned about this grant from an article in the Washington Post and not from the DOT or the administration.

To add insult to injury, Boucher pointed out that it ignored the Transportation committee's rejection of the 2015 Governor’s Transportation Finance Task Force's mileage driven proposal.

 

Because such a tax would involve some way of monitoring driving activity, Boucher says it not only represented another tax on an already over-taxed public, it represented a government intrusion into their lives.

 

She called for House passage, saying that Connecticut can not become the first state in the nation to monitor taxpayers’ every move and tax them on every mile they drive.



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Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra will not seek re-election in November after the 75-year-old Republican finishes her fourth term.

Governor Dannel Malloy says Llodra will be remembered as a remarkable leader who brought stability, peace and unity to her community in its darkest hours.  Llodra was a key figure in coordinating the town's response to the shooting at Sandy Hook School.

She later testified before the legislature about lessons learned in dealing with things such as the mental-health needs of the community, the massive influx of donations, and the overwhelming media coverage of the shooting.

 

Governor Malloy said, “Pat Llodra is a remarkable leader who puts the needs of her constituents and neighbors above everything else. During the town’s darkest hours, Pat worked day in and day out to bring stability, peace, and unity when her community needed it most. Having spent many hours with her in the weeks and months that followed, she became a true and trusted friend, and I thank her for her partnership during those trying times. There’s no doubt that her service to the Town of Newtown will forever be regarded as courageous, compassionate, and resilient.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I want to thank Pat for her service to the people of Newtown, particularly her tirelessness and empathy when tragedy struck the community. She is a true public servant and excellent civic leader. I wish her only the best.”



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Danbury Police have released the 911 call from a man who found a newborn abandoned behind a grocery store on Main Street. 

 

In the call, the man tells dispatch that he’s found a little boy, someone dropped it off and it’s crying.  He pleads with dispatch to send someone to Patch and Main Streets.  The caller sounds more frantic as he tries to explain that the baby is close to the police station, behind La Polla.  The man expresses concern that if police don’t arrive, the newborn may die.  The caller tells a new dispatcher that they “just need to come, he’s crying.”

 

The newborn is still being evaluated at a local hospital.

 

The Special Victims Unit is still actively investigating the discovery of the boy.  Danbury Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the mother.  They have released photos of the clothing that the baby was found wrapped in.  The child was born and shortly thereafter left behind 397 Main Street on Sunday at approximately 11:38pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danbury Police say their main concern at this time is for the mother, who may need medical attention or is a victim of a crime herself. Anyone who may have information is asked to call 203-797-4662 or the anonymous tips line at 203-790-8477.  All calls will remain confidential.



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Several area police departments are looking to hire.  The application deadline for the Brookfield Police Department is June 5th.  The deadline for Ridgefield is July 25th.  Testing will begin in August 2017. The department is anticipating one opening and creating an eligibility list.  The Danbury Police Department is holding a Recruiting Campaign Kick-Off Event.  It will take place on the 30th at 2pm in the Danbury Police Department Community Room.



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