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Some Greater Danbury area residents are in Washington D.C.  Among them are Danbury City attorney Bob Yamin and his wife, Probate Court Judge Dianne Yamin.  This is the 3rd inauguration they have attended.  Bob Yamin was a delegate to the GOP convention.  The couple attended the concert on the National Mall by the Lincoln Memorial.  They will be among the crowds this afternoon attending the swearing in ceremony and the inaugural parade.  The Yamins have been invited to the Freedom Ball, one of two official dances tonight.  Dianne Yamin says as they've been walking around this week, seeing a lot of American Flags.  She says there's a positive and upbeat mood, noting that it feels very patriotic and jubilant.  Yamin added that there's a lot of visible security.

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A Redding woman has been sentenced for embezzling from her employer.  48-year old Lisa Landman of Redding has been sentenced to three months in prison for embezzling nearly half a million dollars.  She was also ordered Thursday to serve three years of supervised release, the first six months in home confinement. 


Landman was a bookkeeper for a Connecticut company when she authorized and initiated at least 33 wire transfers from the company’s business bank account into her own personal credit card account.  Landman transferred $410,410 in total between November 2010 and November 2013.  She used the funds for personal purchases including jewelry, clothing, vacations, spa treatments, fitness equipment and entertainment tickets. 


Landman pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge last September.

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Brookfield is making radon testing kits available to residents during this, National Radon Awareness month.  Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless.  It can seep into a home through cracks in the foundation, loose fitting vents and pipes which penetrate the foundation and through gaps between basement walls and floors. 


In cooperation with the Radon Program of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Brookfield Health Department is making free Home Testing kits available, for use by Brookfield residents in their homes.  They are being offered on a first-come first-serve basis at the Health Department office in Brookfield Town Hall. 


Radon gas is a leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States, second only to smoking and second-hand smoke. It accounts for approximately 20% of lung cancers detected annually.

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The Monroe Police K9 is retiring.  K-9 Gunner signed off for the last time at 11pm Wednesday.  Gunner was with the Monroe Police Department for five and a half years. He has been with his handler, Officer Jeffrey Loomis, since June 15th, 2011 and he's worked on many noteworthy cases.  Last year Gunner was rushed to the veterinary hospital with a life threatening illness and he was able to return to work just weeks later.  Monroe Police say Gunner will be sorely missed by the men and women of the department and they wished him a happy and long retirement.

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There was a fatal motorcycle accident in Newtown Thursday afternoon.  The name of the man is not being released until the next of kin has been notified.  The accident happened around 3pm on Route 25 near Reservoir Road. 


Police, Newtown Hook & Ladder and Newtown Ambulance all responded to the scene.  Officers found the heavily damaged motorcycle in the southbound lane.  The operator of the motorcycle was located down the embankment. 


Paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene. 


The Newtown Police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.  Police are asking anyone that might have witness this accident to contact the Newtown Police at 203-426- 5841.

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MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Police have launched an internal affairs investigation into a trooper over Facebook postings with graphic language about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

State police spokeswoman Kelly Grant on Thursday confirmed the investigation into Trooper Jeffrey Rogers, a 17-year veteran of the force based at Troop E in Montville.

Rogers did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

The Hartford Courant reports that postings on Rogers' Facebook page earlier this week said he responded to the Newtown school where 20 children and six educators were shot to death in 2012.

The newspaper reports the postings said Rogers watched as children were removed from the school ``stacked like cord wood'' and as the medical examiner walked through the school ``like a butcher through a slaughter house.''

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Former Senator Rob Kane, whose district includes Southbury, is being questioned today by the legislative Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee for the position of Republican State Auditor.  Some concerns were raised recently about outstanding court-ordered divorce payments for his children's expenses. 


The Hartford Courant reports that Kane owed his ex-wife $4,862 for school tuition, medical expenses and extracurricular activities.  When asked by the House Republican Leader if he was up to date on alimony and child support, he said yes.  Senator Len Fasano told the Courant this payment was different from those items. 


Kane called the outstanding month a misunderstanding with his ex-wife, different interpretations of the divorce settlement.  In the published report, Kane said he doesn't believe the issue his qualifications or ability to serve as a watchdog for state funds.

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An armed robbery suspect turned himself in to Danbury Police early this morning. 


The man, later determined to be 36-year old Michael Zemsky of Brewster, handed over a note to a teller at Union Savings Bank on North Street Wednesday saying he had a weapon, though no weapon was displayed. 


Zemsky allegedly fled on foot around 3pm with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police released surveillance photos, asking for the public's help in identifying the man. 


Police say Zemsky turned himself in at 2:30am Thursday.  He was charged with robbery and larceny.

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The nation's chief railroad regulator is using technology to make rail crossings safer as she prepares to leave office.  Sarah Feinberg says technology companies are beginning to add crossing warnings to their GPS devices and mapping applications.

Feinberg has spent her two years in office pressing the railroad industry to hasten the installation of automatic speed controls and recently urged railroads to test engineers for sleep apnea.


Her tenure ends Friday.

She had been on the job for just three weeks when a Metro North train slammed into an SUV stopped on tracks in Valhalla, killing six people.  The train was headed from Grand Central Terminal to the Brewster area.  One of the passengers killed in the crash was 41-year old Aditya Tomar, of Danbury.


It was not the first deadly crash at the site: A truck driver died after a Metro-North train struck the vehicle at the same Commerce Street crossing in 1984, according to Federal Railroad Administration records. The driver didn't stop before the collision.

The February 2015 crash highlighted a problem that has plagued the railroad industry since the invention of the automobile: the potential for danger wherever tracks and roads meet.

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Two families have been displaced by a fire in Danbury.  Firefighters initially received a report of smoke and flames coming from a second story window of 8 Cook Street, near Triangle Street.  Assistant Fire Chief Mark Omasta says there were two residents at the Cook Street home at the time. 



One resident was evaluated at the scene, but did not require hospitalization. 


Omasta says one room and its contents were destroyed by the blaze.  There is heavy smoke damage to that area of the house. 


Omasta says 6 to 8 tenants live in the two family wood-framed home.  The house in uninhabitable at this time because the electricity was cut. 


The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Tuesday questioned President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Among the questions that Murphy asked during his five minute allotment of time was whether she supports President-elect Trump’s pledge to ban gun-free zones in schools.


DeVos responded: "I will refer back to Senator Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wapiti, Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies."



Murphy said he was dumbfounded to hear her support Trump’s rollback of gun-free zones in schools and fail to say anything at all about the danger of having guns in classrooms.  He said that he was shaken to the core by her answer, and so should every American parent.  Murphy later said it's not enough to think school shootings are sad, because everyone thinks that. 


This part of his line of questioning was picked up by the late night shows, including The Daily Show.  Host Trevor Noah said that he called the school she referenced.  They responded that they have a fence and bear spray, and that works fine.

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The next step in a property assessment appeal process starts tomorrow in Brookfield.  Last November, Brookfield property owners received a notice of their new property assessment. At that time, anyone with questions concerning the revaluation process or the data collected on their property had an opportunity to discuss their property value with the Town's revaluation contractor, Vision Government Solutions.

The informal hearings which took place in late November and during December were the first step in the appeal process if a property owner felt their assessment was inaccurate.  A follow-up notice was mailed in late December to those owners, showing any change to the assessment.

The October revaluation was done to equalize property values throughout Brookfield. Current assessments represent 70% of October 1, 2016 Fair Market Value.  All assessment appeals information must be supported by 2016 market data.  That data is available on lists at the Assessor's Office in Town Hall.

The next round of appeals, to the Board of Assessment Appeals, is a formal process undertaken annually by state statute.  The Board will meet during March to hear formal appeals on the revalued Grand List.  Appeal forms will be available at the Assessor's Office in Brookfield Town Hall starting January 20.  All appeal forms must be received by the Assessor's Office by the close of business on February 17th.  Petitioners will be notified of the time and date of their hearing by the Assessor's Office.

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A lawsuit has been field against New Milford Mayor David Gronbach and the town's finance director.  The suit filed Friday by Republican Town Chairman Michael Barnes claims the pair misappropriated $225,000 for renovations to the former John Pettibone School.  Barnes filed the suit on his own behalf, not in his official capacity. 


A hearing on a court injunction being sought by Barnes is scheduled for February 6th.  The injunction would prevent the town from using any more money from the Management Landfill Settlement Fund. 


Barnes claims using the money violates Town Charter requirements that any appropriations be approved by the Board of Finance.  Barnes said in a statement yesterday that the Mayor and Finance Director have "marginalized the Board of Finance to the point that its existence is immaterial on important town financial matters." 


Mayor David Gronbach wrote in a statement on Facebook that Barnes has omitted that the money was approved by the Town Council.  He called the lawsuit an attempt to intimidate and bully, and that he will defend efforts to make Pettibone a Town and Community Center.

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The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has identified the people involved in a serious crash on Route 22 in Brewster yesterday morning.  Officials say 23-year old David Mossman of Southeast crossed the center line and hit a Verizon worktruck head on. 


Mossman was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with multiple injuries described as serious.  There was no immediate update on his condition Wednesday afternoon.  It took firefighters 40 minutes to extricated from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life tool. 


The driver of the Verizon truck, 49-year old Joseph Politi of Poughquag, and his passenger, 48-year old Giuseppe Assenza of Poughkeepsie, were transported by ambulance to Danbury Hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.  A hospital spokeswoman said the men were treated and released from the Emergency Room.


Route 22 was closed to traffic for about six hours as the wrecked vehicles were cleared and investigators examined the scene to determine the cause of the crash.  The investigation is continuing.

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4th District Congressman Jim Himes says despite some grave concerns he has about the coming Trump administration, he will attend Friday's inauguration ceremony.  Himes says he will not be there to celebrate a "cynical new President", but to witness a peaceful transfer of power. 


He says he will also be there as visible evidence that power is shared in America, and that President Trump will be checked and balanced by hundreds of people on that inaugural stage.  Himes, who has been outspoken against President-elect Trump, says Trump has not shown the temperament, integrity or wisdom necessary to run a small town. 


He then went on to quote President John F. Kennedy, who said on his inauguration 55 years ago: "only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink responsibility. I welcome it."

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Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek has decided not to seek re-election in November. 


He said in a written statement that for 28 years his family has been by his side during a marvelous era in their lives.  Before becoming First Selectman, Vavrek served as a member of the Parks and Rec Commission , the Town Council, Board of Finance, the Republican Town Committee and various community organizations.  Vavrek says much has changed in the town, region, state, country and world over the last three decades and fresh ideas must be developed and listened to. 


Monroe Town Council member Ken Kellogg has announced his intention to run for First Selectman.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) The mother of a child killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and a Connecticut State Police trooper who investigated the incident are leading a safety training session for school workers in Frederick.

The daylong event Wednesday is the second of three regional meetings that the Maryland Center for School Safety is sponsoring this week around the state. The first was held Tuesday in Cambridge, and the third is scheduled Thursday in Annapolis.

The sessions feature Michele Gay, whose daughter Josephine was among 20 children and six educators killed by a gunman at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Gay is co-founder of an organization dedicated to improving school safety.

Connecticut Trooper First Class Dan Jewiss is offering a law-enforcement perspective on lessons learned from the tragedy.

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The Brookfield Commission on Aging is looking for volunteers.  The Brookfield Commission on Aging proposes and evaluates programs and services for older citizens in an effort to enhance the lives of present and future generations of the town's seniors. The commission helps Brookfield officials in the development, initiation, coordination and implementation of those programs and services.  The Commission is specifically looking for a volunteer to help schedule FISH rides.  The program provides rides for ambulatory seniors to medical appointments. The scheduler listens to voice mail messages received by email and matches volunteer drivers with requests.  Questions can be emailed to

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The Van Transportation Program, offering rides to the senior center in Danbury, is expanding.  Danbury recently purchased a new service van for the Senior Center’s Van Transportation Program.   City officials will hold a brief dedication ceremony at Elmwood Hall Thursday afternoon for the van.  Director of Elderly Services Susan Tomanio says the new service bus for Elmwood Hall enables them to provide more rides than in the past, as the capacity to transport has been increased.  The current service van holds 8 seats, while the new van has the capacity for 10.  Schedules are given out to riders created to optimize use and allow each senior to attend the events of their choosing at the center.  The senior center made 5,624 one-way trips with their service van last year.

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Police found a dagger in a New Milford woman's car during a routine traffic stop.  New York State Police stopped a car on Route 22 in Dover last Tuesday for a routine traffic violation.  The driver, 23-year old Kelsey Vincent, was found to be in possession of a dagger.  She was issued a ticket for weapon possession and other charges.  Vincent was ordered to appear in court on the 26th.  She was then turned over to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office for an active warrant.  The Sheriff's Department says the New Milford woman was the subject of a bench warrant issued by the Town of Patterson Justice Court for failure to pay a fine.  She was arraigned, paid the balance of her fine and released.

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