International Overdose Awareness Day is on August 31st.
A coalition in Greater Danbury will be holding a Narcan Training session, talking about prevention and offering information about treatment options to mark the day. The program is being put on by the Regional Opioid Prevention Workgroup at Danbury Public Library on the 31st from 5pm to 6:30pm.
There will be a walk from library plaza to Kennedy Park where participants who lost someone to an overdose will place a pair of shoes at a memorial installation.
Members of the coalition are WCHN, Danbury Police,Facing Addiction, WCSU, Family and Children’s Aid, Town of Ridgefield, MCCA, Mountainside, CT Counseling, CNV Help, Apex, Newtown Parent Connection, CIFC, Timothy House, Green Funeral Home, STMAD, Bethel Community Care Coalition, and Americorps.
The Newtown Police Department is looking for a school traffic agent. The part time work includes directing traffic flow and school bus movement into and out of school parking lots during the school year. The job is about 15 hours a week. A uniform and training is provided. Applicants must be 18 or older, have a drivers license and undergo a background check.
A seminar is being held for new families transitioning into the Danbury school system. The free forum next week is designed to help families new to the district understand what the expectations are and the resources available to help them. Those who missed kindergarten orientation are also encouraged to attend. The seminar on Tuesday is from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Hatters Banquet Hall on East Hayestown Road.
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with recruiting young intellectually disabled and mentally ill men into a human trafficking ring and providing them to wealthy clients for sex has said he's willing to plead guilty.
Robert King, of Danbury, told a judge Wednesday that he would plead guilty in exchange for a 4 .5-year prison sentence.
Authorities say the 52-year-old King would ply the victims with drugs and then force them into prostitution when they incurred heavy debts. He's charged with trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness.
Plea negotiations appeared to have broken down before King spoke over his attorney in court and said he would take a deal.
King faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
He is due back in court Aug. 22.
A man suspected of drug sales in the Danbury area was arrested yesterday, and found in possession of a so-called ghost gun. For the second time in as many days, Danbury Police arrested a suspected dealer in the process of depositing drug proceeds in a local bank. 22-year old Cristopher Marcos and his Osborne Street home were the focus of a several week investigation.
One of the men he reportedly sold to yesterday, 22-year old Ahmad Zahran, was later arrested as he waited in the drive-thru lane of a local restaurant.
Marcos was stopped and found with several hundred dollars in cash, a substantial quantity of assorted illicit drugs, a firearm with no serial numbers, and ammunition. An 11-month old was home when police searched and DCF was notified of the incident and responded to the residence to conduct a further investigation.
Marcos was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1500’ of a prohibited place, possession of a controlled substance within 1500’ of a prohibited place,s ale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, risk of injury to a child and criminal possession of a firearm. He was held on $150,000 bond.
Zahran was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.
A toddler was freed from a Thomas the Tank Engine toy yesterday in Danbury. The fire department is called to any number of scenarios, some referred to as 'Man In Machine' incident. This one is being called a 'Tot In Toy' incident.
Early yesterday morning firefighters responded to a call of a child with his hand stuck in the smoke stack of a large train toy. The calm 2-year old didn't appear to be injured, but the few attempts to back his arm out of the opening didn't work. Firefighters decided to dismantle the Tank Engine, which seemed like it would be a simple task.
The boy's arm was caught in a some sort of 'launcher' for shooting a ball. After 20 minutes, the boy was freed uninjured. He was wearing a bracelet that got caught on the gear mechanism.
The Brookfield Board of Education has approved plans for a proposed $78-million Huckleberry Hill Elementary building. A new building would be constructed on the back field the current campus, with Center School Pre-k through first graders moving into Huckleberry. A driveway, parking and ball fields would also be added. The old building would be demolished and Center School will be turned over to the town for municipal use. Construction could begin in 2020 and take almost two years. Plans next go to the Municipal Building Committee, Selectmen and Board of Finance--and then a referendum. Renovations to Whisconier Middle School are also being eyed.
The May 15th macroburst caused immediate damage to trees in the Greater Danubry area. Then days of rainfall have been saturating the ground causing weak trees to fall. Some falling trees in Brookfield prompted officials there to close walking paths on town-owned properties until a survey can be completed on the health of surrounding trees.
Danbury officials did a cursory driveby to evaluate dangers after the severe weather. There was renewed concerns raised after a passenger in a pick up truck was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle last month.
Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says they did a couple of calls after that and a crew went to out evaluate the trees. City Councilwoman Colleen Stanely said she was on Cross Street when a tree fell in front of her. She questioned whether homeowners are being notified if it's a tree on private land, or whether the department has people to go out to take care of trees in the City right-of-ways.
A city tree has to be within 10 feet of the gutter line, where the catch basins are. Snow plow routes were used to canvas the city, but Iadarola says they didn't walk every mile of road and check every tree.
A federal grant that Newtown applied for, in order to preserve unique farmland, was not awarded. The town applied for funding from Farmland Trust, which would have been matched with local dollars, to put an agricultural easement on the Paproski family’s Castle Hill Farm. The state Department of Agriculture determined in 2016 that the farm possesses soil with unique qualities that permit it to absorb particular nutrients, hold those nutrients over time, and release them. Under an earlier proposal, the Paproski family would remain on the property and the farm would remain an active agricultural enterprise. But under the USDA grant program, many activities run on the farm would have had to stop, including the corn maze. Visitor vehicle parking including school tour buses, would have had to be eliminated. Improvements to the family's home would have needed federal permissions. The farm has been in continuous operation since 1927.
The Brookfield Board of Education is meeting tonight to talk about, among other things, the $78-million Huckleberry Hill Elementary building proposal. A new building would be constructed on the back field the current campus, with Center School Pre-k through first graders moving into Huckleberry. A driveway, parking and ball fields would also be added. The old building would be demolished and Center School will be turned over to the town for municipal use. Renovations to Whisconier Middle School are also being eyed. The meeting is at 7pm in the media center of the high school.
At Monday's New Milford Town Council Meeting, Fran Smith and family was presented with a proclamation honoring New Milford native 1st Lt. Robert J. Peagler Jr who was killed charging uphill toward two Japanese pillboxes on an island near Okinawa. His company’s machine gun had jammed, so he charged ahead alone, firing his rifle and tossing hand grenades. He killed six Japanese soldiers before he was cut down by a sniper’s bullet, and died on the battlefield. Peagler was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Mayor Pete Bass says due to his color, he was not given the Medal of Honor. Bass is working with the American Legion and federal officials to get Lt. Peagler the Medal Of Honor.
A New Milford man has been arrested on drug related charges, and also risk of injury because there was a toddler in the car. 25-year old Ryan Santos was the focus of a several week investigation related to drug sales throughout the Danbury area. He was stopped yesterday afternoon after police saw him engage in suspicious activity.
Santos was followed to a local bank drive-thru and apprehended.
A 20-month-old was in the rear passenger area, where police also found heroin packaged for sale, a substantial amount of U.S. currency and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was towed and the toddler was turned over to DCF.
Santos was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and risk of injury to a child.
A sediment removal operation has been started in the Still River in Danbury. The contract was awarded to EnviroConsultants & Recyclers. Danbury Public Works officials say the project is on schedule and within budget. The contractor has completed the segment north of the Casper Street Bridge, both East and West sides of the Still River. Sediment is currently being removed from the river bank on the west side of the Still River between Casper Street and Triangle Street. This project has a fall completion date.
Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a fellow wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November.
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|Bysiewicz (D)||Zimmerman (D)||Markley (R)||Stevenson (R)||Stewart (R)|
|Wooden (D)||Bhargava (D)||Gray (R)||Linares (R)|
|Tong (D)||Doyle (D)||Mattei (D)||Hatfield (R)||Shaban (R)|
|Miller (R)||Greenberg (R)|
|Corey (R)||Rapini (R)|
|Glassman (D)||Hayes (D)||Santos (R)||O'Neill (R)||DuPont (R)|