A probable cause hearing has been schedule for a Danbury man facing a murder charge.
20-year old Garfield Sanderson made a court appearance Tuesday on the felony charge. He previously pleaded not guilty to the May shooting of 23 year old Jeliel Kingston of Bridgeport. A Danbury Superior Court clerk says a probable cause hearing has been set for August 1st.
A large fight broke out by Mambo Cafe on Elm Street and shots fired around closing time. Kingston was found on White Street by the parking lot of 301 Main Street and later died at Danbury Hospital. Sanderson was found with two handguns in his possession after his arrest, a little more than a week after the shooting.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bond.
Three Danbury men have been arrested on drug related charges. Police were carrying out a search and seizure warrant for 21-year old Kevin Gallardo at his Harrison Street home Monday. Spokesman Lt Christian Carroccio says a man walking up to the house abruptly changed directions when he saw the officers. 20-year old Julio Bispo was found with drugs, money and a .32 caliber revolver on him at the time.
Both Kevin Gallardo and his brother, 22-year old Lenny Gallardo was found with various quantities of illegal drugs and paraphernalia. In May, the elder Gallardo was arrested on a number of charges for selling drugs.
All three men were arrested Monday and held on bond.
Kevin and Lenny Gallardo were each charged with two counts each of Possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1500’ of public housing and possession of marijuana within 1500’ of public housing. They were each also charged with possession of Marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. The brothers were each held on $100,000 bond.
Bispo was charged with carrying a revolver without a permit, possession of Marijuana with intent to sell, possession within 1500’ of public housing, possession of Marijuana with intent to sell within 1500’ of public housing, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He is being held on $150,000 bond.
In May, Lenny Gallardo was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1500' of public housing, possession with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on bond at that time and pleaded not guilty. He is due in court next Wednesday on those charges.
Kevin Gallardo was arrested in February during a motor vehicle stop for operating without a license, failing to have headlights on and possession of marijuana. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on those charges and will answer for them on August 8th. He was also arrested in May for criminal mischief and breach of peace. He was released on $500 bond for those offenses and will be in Court on Tuesday.
A $500,000 grant has been awarded to Kent. The Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant money from the state will be used to purchase a vacant 1.6 acre lot in the center of town. Kent is looking to build public restrooms, parking and a village green. Tourism is a significant driver of Kent’s economy. Governor Dannel Malloy says this project would make the town an even more attractive tourist destination.
The vacant lot sits on Route 7 and was once a Chevrolet dealership. First Selectman Bruce Adams says it's a blighted property and will greatly benefit the town once it's put to good use.
Adams says a green would be a great place to host events such as craft fairs or movie nights. He says right now people people stop at the railroad tracks, turn around and go back because it looks like nothing if beyond that.
$100,000 in STEAP funds will go to Cornwall for structural repairs to the North Cornwall Meeting House, including reconstruction of the steeple and repairs to the building itself.
$500,000 in STEAP funds will be used to repair two bridges that cross Beaver Brook on Park Road in Barkhamsted. The bridges and road incurred significant damage from past storms. The Department of Transportation rated one of the bridges “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete”. The other bridge was damaged when Beaver Brook flooded during Hurricane Irene.
The Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association has been relicensed by the state Department of Public Health. According to the RVNA website, the home health care agency received a deficiency free report from the state.
Every three years, agencies must be relicensed, with an on-site, in-depth survey of clinical practices, policies, documentation and procedures. Two Department of Public Health surveyors spent a week evaluating RVNA and found that it not only met the stringent criteria required by the state, but did so completely.
The agency is currently marking its 100th anniversary.
BANTAM, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man faces extradition to New York where he is accused sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a teenager in the small town of Esperance, outside of Schenectady.
43-year-old Jason Callahan of Washington, Connecticut, waived extradition Monday in Bantam Superior Court and will be handed over to New York authorities on Friday.
Police say a relative notified police in June that the teen had been receiving nude photos of Callahan.
Prosecutors say New York authorities are still trying to determine how Callahan met the victim and if there may be additional victims. They have seized two cell phones as evidence in the case.
Callahan is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He did not address the charges in court Monday.
The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit have conducted an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.
Officials say the exercise took place from 10 am until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise was run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.
The drill involved two F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane and a C-5 cargo plane from Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.
Officials say most of the activity during the exercise was not visible from the ground.
The state Department of Transportation is holding a hearing tonight in Newtown on a proposed intersection realignment.
State officials are hosting an informational session tonight about a plan to create a four-way intersection for Church Hill Road, Commerce Road and Endmond Road. The proposal was made to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection and to ease congestion on Church Hill Road, Route 6.
Side walks would be added to increase pedestrian access as well. A left turn lane would be created on Endmond Road, Route 6 would be widened a bit and the stop lights would be synchronized.
The project is estimated to cost about $4 million. It would be paid for mostly with federal funds and only about 20-percent of state funding. The construction work, if approved and funding secured, would start in 2016 and take a little more than a year to complete.
The meeting starts at 6:30pm with a presentation at 7pm at the Newtown Municipal Center.
After six years of a stalemate between Bethel and Danbury, an agreement could be near for a water tank being placed near Long Ridge Road. Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says they need to build a water storage tank on town-owned land within Danbury city limits at Eureka Lake. He says it's needed to handle what the state health department says is a water shortage in the downtown district.
The City's Planning Commission has time and again denied the request saying the area is designated as scenic.
No new industrial development can take place in Clarke Park because of the storage issue. It's a fragile system, sensitive to any kind of disruption. Knickerbocker says any kind of pressure change causes rust to dislodge.
Bethel filed a lawsuit, but agreed to drop it if Danbury approves new plans to build the 750,000 gallon tank further into the woods. An out-of-court- settlement offer put together by Bethel officials was tentatively agreed to by the Danbury Planning Commission Thursday night.
Knickerbocker says that option is more costly than the original design, but less costly than going to an alternative site. That would have involved underground mains being moved and elevated tanks being constructed that could be seen for many miles.
A public hearing would have to be held in Danbury for final approval.
During a ceremony in Weston Monday morning, Governor Dannel Malloy, advocates and state lawmakers marked the enactment of "An Act Concerning the Storage and Administration of Epinephrine at Public Schools''. The bill was signed into law last month and allows certain school employees to administer emergency first aid medication to children or teenagers who appear to be experiencing severe allergic reactions, even if an allergy wasn't previously documented.
The ceremony was held at Weston High School. The bill was co-sponsored by Redding Representative John Shaban and Cecilia Buck-Taylor of New Milford among others.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities submitted testimony against the bill saying there are concerns about potential liability exposure on school personnel and school districts from well-intentioned, but improperly administered medicine. A substitute nurse from Westport also submitted testimony, but hers was in favor of the bill and cited her son's allergic reactions.
Discount prescription drug cards provided to Putnam County residents are resulting in big savings. Officials report that residents in Putnam county have saved over $850,000 on nearly 13,000 prescriptions.
It's a program similar to one in Danbury and elsewhere that allows residents of any income, age or existing health care coverage to participate in.
The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is anonymous and can be used at most pharmacies in the region. Residents can receive a discount of between 10 and 20 percent on name brand medication, with larger savings on generic medication. But the card cannot be used to reduce co-pays or deductibles.
Three people sustained minor injuries during Ridgefield's Summerfest 64 street fair on Saturday. A kid's train ride tipped over and the three were transported to the Hospital as a precaution. The Ridgefield Press reports that the train was giving rides to people when the back two cars flipped sideways.
A boy receive cuts to his hand, a woman bumped her head and a man sustained cuts to his ankle.
Officials say the Thomas the Tank Engine train is trackless. It was operated by the Roaming Railroad company.
A 29-year old was shot over the weekend in Danbury. Police spokesman Lt Christian Carroccio says officers were called to the area of Patch and Main Streets around 1:30am Saturday on a report of gun shots fired. Police found the City man with a single gun shot wound to the lower abdomen.
Carroccio says the injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
The Detective Bureau is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Danbury Police at 203-797-4662.
A Danbury businessman has attended a White House roundtable discussion about boosting U.S. exports. Dr. Robert Bedoukian was a guest of 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for the event hosted by the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative Ambassador. Only three other Representatives and one Senator were invited to participate in the event.
Bedoukian Research, founded in 1972, is a supplier of specialty aroma and flavor ingredients to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and specialty chemical industries.
Esty says the Secretary of Commerce and others heard about the importance of intellectual property rights. Currently, 55-percent of Bedoukian Research's sales are exports. Federal officials discussed best practices and available federal tools for businesses looking to expand their exports.
Esty says they heard the real world experience of the business owners challenges and opportunity for selling to the 95 percent of customers who don't live in the United States. Esty is looking to bring some of those experts and resources back to the district and host an event for local businesses to learn about opportunities they have to get their products and services more easily exported around the world.
Last year, Connecticut set a record $16.4 billion worth of exports. In 2011, a little more than 27-percent of all manufacturing workers in Connecticut depended on exports for their jobs.
There is a referendum tomorrow in Redding about borrowing for two items.
One of the proposals Redding residents will be deciding on is an emergency communications tower. The other is a road reconstruction plan. Originally there was going to be a vote at an informational meeting, but residents instead will be voting tomorrow. That machine vote coincides with a referendum on the roof replacement project at Joel Barlow High School.
Redding officials are proposing $300,000 for a new 120-foot communications tower at the police department. $6.73 million dollars over four years has been proposed for an additional 20-miles in the road reconstruction plan.
Both projects would be funded through short term borrowing pending long term financing.
A special Region 9 Board of Education meeting was held in June about a technical error that is delaying the roof restoration project at Joel Barlow High School. There was a problem with the public notification. The referendum date was set at a meeting four days after notice was given of the meeting, not five days as required.
The $1.4 million project would have started in late July, but has been pushed back to August.
The Region 9 district is holding a referendum tomorrow.
Danbury Library is hosting a workshop for high school graduates who are going off to college this fall. It's titled “Transitioning from High School to College”. The workshop will be conducted by Tom Bisogno who teaches “Decision Making in Groups” at Western CT State University.
Bisogno says many college students have difficulties or drop out within the first two years of their degrees because they are not prepared to tackle the academic requirements, adjust to different teaching styles or make good decisions about other basics of college life like finances, lifestyle choices, class attendance and study habits. The workshop will cover the key areas which students and researchers have identified as important for success in college. Some of the topics include time management, attendance, studying, and plagiarism.
The program will be held Saturday, July 26 from 10:15am to 12:45pm at the Library. Registration is required online at danburylibrary.org, click on “Events” or call 203-797-4527.
A ranking member of the General Assembly Higher Education Committee is reacting to the University of Connecticut announcing it will pay $1.28 million in a settlement with five current and former students who filed a federal lawsuit charging that the university mishandled their cases when they were raped or sexually assaulted.
Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says the victims of sexual assault carry this trauma with them for the rest of their lives and hopes they get the help they need.
Boucher says the first responders and staff at their university or college become, by default, their lifeline in a crisis because students are traditionally away from home when they are in college. When a student attends college, Boucher says he or she should expect their campus to be as safe and secure as it possibly can be.
She called Connecticut a model for the rest of the country when it comes to legislation. Connecticut now has improved services for victims, and we streamlined the often-confusing campus policies dealing with sexual assault.
“The steps taken by UConn have been commendable and should provide added safety, security and sensitivity in response to traumatic incidents. Our priority must continue to be to ensure nothing like this ever happens again, and that starts with assurances from the leaders of our universities that they are listening to students. It also requires training of employees and students on violent assault policies and there must be clear responses and consequences.”
The "Make Progress National Summit" in Washington DC held Wednesday for young people featured an address from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. He talked about what they can do to reduce gun violence saying there seems to be a growing indifference to incidences in schools and at colleges and universities.
He said patience is not an easy thing to preach when his colleagues want immediate returns on political action.
Murphy says increasing support for gun violence prevention measures could take decades, the same way it took decades for the NRA to build it's massive support system. He questioned whether member of Congress who opposed background check legislation will be able to hold on to their seats when 90-percent of Americans support the measure
Murphy says the average age of a victim of gun violence is 19, followed by 18, 16 and 17.
The Summit brings together hundreds of progressive leaders and young people from around the country to discuss ways they can make a difference now in moving our communities and the country forward. Other featured speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut officials responded Friday to concerns about the state rejecting a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at the mostly vacant Southbury Training School facility, saying no properties met the federal government's criteria.
In a letter released Friday, the governor's chief of staff, Mark Ojakian, said the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reached out to the state on July 3, seeking facilities with at least 90,000 square feet of open space for immediate use. The buildings would have to comply with federal environmental and Americans with Disabilities Act standards, with additional outdoor space for trailers holding showers, restrooms and kitchens.
But Ojakian said the state's Office of Policy and Management determined the Southbury Training School and other vacant state properties were inadequate.
"The decision OPM made was based on a factual review of state assets weighed against a list of specific criteria, including urgent time constraints," Ojakian wrote in a letter to state Rep. Juan Candelaria, chairman of the General Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus. "The state of Connecticut simply does not own appropriate facilities that can accommodate these needs."
Thousands of children from Central America have been crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and without their parents. The U.S. has been urging the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to take steps to stem the exodus of children. The volume of child immigrants has prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress to approve an emergency $3.7 billion spending bill to deal with the "urgent humanitarian crisis."
Ojakian said OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz are working with federal authorities to match some of the thousands of children with family members living in the state. Also, the administration is working with the federal government to help families that want to house some of the children temporarily.
On Thursday, Candelaria sent a letter to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asking him to reconsider housing the children, saying it's "not the time to point fingers or wait for Congress" to deal with the problem.
"We understand your concerns with the Southbury Training School and do not pretend to minimize them," Candelaria said. "However, we cannot keep our arms crossed while these detention centers continue to overflow and these children suffer in the direst of conditions through no fault of their own."
During a Republican gubernatorial primary debate on Thursday, the GOP's endorsed candidate, Tom Foley, accused Malloy of deciding too quickly not to house the children. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said the decision was out of character for Malloy, who has supported driver's licenses and in-state tuition for immigrants living in the country without legal permission.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut native has taken command of a Groton-based attack submarine.
Navy Cmdr Daniel Lombardo assumed command of USS Springfield at a ceremony Friday.
Lombardo graduated from Danbury High School in 1993 before attending the U.S. Naval Academy--earning a degree in mechanical engineering. He has been serving in Washington on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He replaces Christian Williams, who assumed command in January 2012 and led Springfield on a six-month deployment last year.
The Navy says Lombardo served aboard the USS Florida and USS Tuscon and was an executive officer of the USS Alaska.
Springfield is a Los Angeles-class attack submarine that was commissioned in 1993.