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A Monroe man has pleaded guilty to charge of voyeurism and possession of child pornography.  Police were contacted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 2015 about a child exploitation case.  Kenneth Raftery is accused of recording young boys around Monroe without their knowledge.

 

Transfers of child pornography to Raftery were traced.  Investigators then found videos of young teens recorded around Monroe, including one at a Masuk High School Football car wash and others near Wolfe Park pool.

 

Raftery is expected to be sentenced on September 8th.



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The case of a former Easton man accused of killing his parents after they threatened to cut him out of their wills has been continued.  Kyle Navin made a brief court appearance for pretrial discussions yesterday, but his case was continued to August 8th.

The 28-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. The couple's bodies were found in Weston in October 2015, two months after the couple disappeared.

Navin is being held on $2.5 million bail.

His girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, also is detained on bail on charges including conspiracy to commit murder.

 

Jeffrey Navin was co-owner of J&J Refuse of Westport.  Jeanette Navin was a paraprofessional at Weston public schools. 



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The Brookfield Board of Selectmen recently forwarded a request to the Board of Finance for appraisals of potential properties at the Brookfield Town Center for municipal purposes.  The town is looking to spend no more than $12,000 for appraisals, in conjunction with the possibility of buying property, for parking and possible buildings. 

 

First Selectman Steve Dunn says as the streetscaping in the Four Corners area is getting done, it's become apparent that there will not be enough parking in the new town center. When the work is completed, there will be 27 parking spaces on Federal Road.  Dunn noted that if they want the new town center to thrive, it has to be easy for people to have accessible parking. 

 

The Still River Greenway has been very popular, but there is no permanent parking in the town center for people who want to use the Greenway.

 

Dunn says the land could also be used for a library or police station, though the studies on the needs of both buildings are still in the very early phases.



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While state lawmakers had a big task ahead of them with a projected $5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years, there were not a lot of bills that made it through both chambers.  Danbury state Representative David Arconti says that could have been because of the slim majority of Democrats in the House and the tie in the Senate.  Arconti says that took everyone a while to figure out the new lay of the land.

 

A Special Session is on the calendar for Thursday, but it's unclear if there will be a budget to be voted on at that time.

 

Some bills were called, so debate could be held even if there were no votes.  Some bills that might not ordinarily have been called because the votes weren't there for passage were also brought forward.  Arconti says he was pleased the toll bills ended up being defeated.

 

Those bills also included having Connecticut delegates cast ballots for the national popular vote and marijuana legalization.



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Three New Milford couples have bought the former New Milford Sports Club, and the Grove Street property.  The renovated New Milford Fitness & Aquatics Club will open July 1st.  It had been operated by Dominick Donofrio III, but closed in May amid eviction proceedings and his arrest for not paying employees.  The new owners are Mike and Michelle Nahom, Lou and Sue Pereira, and Belinda and Ed Bourjeili.



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A Ridgefield realtor was in court today on allegations she stole $405,000 worth of items from a client's Wilton home.  66-year old Barbara Morris was arrested June 15th.  Wilton Police allege Morris tried to sell items from an Olmstead Hill Road home for personal gain.  The house was in a drawn-out foreclosure proceeding.  The items were recovered from a Stamford auction house and returned to the owner.



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Former Governor Jodi Rell honored attorney Fran Collins during the 14th annual Connecticut Institute For Communities Gala.  The event was held Thursday night in Danbury.  Collins recently retired from his longtime law practice.  He was recently recognized for more than 50 years of legal service by the Greater Danbury Bar Association.  Collins also once served as Speaker of the state House of Representatives.



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A Danbury man who crashed into a telephone pole Friday night has been charged with driving under the influence and for resisting arrest.  Danbury Police say 39-year old Feliciano Huisha-Charco fled after the accident and was found climbing a fence.  He allegedly kicked the officers while trying to get away.  Huisha-Charco was also charged for driving without registration, insurance or a license and failure to drive on the right.



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The New Fairfield tax collector will soon be able to waive any property tax bills less than $5.  That was one of two ordinances approved in a special town meeting Thursday.  Officials say collections sometimes cost more than the revenue being collected. 

 

An ordinance allowing the selectmen to set fees for building permits has been updated to clarify and streamline the process. 

 

The other item on the agenda, an ordinance about water discharged onto the road, was not approved.  It was aimed at preventing hazardous and icy road conditions, but it was rejected during the special town meeting.  Some said it was too vague and broadly written.  There were 20 people at the meeting, and by a hand vote, the resolution garnered 11 votes in opposition.



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A New Fairfield man was killed in a highway crash early yesterday morning.  State Police say 27-year-old Kurtis Liska was travelling westbound on Interstate 84 near exit 8 in Bethel when his car drifted into the right shoulder.  The vehicle struck a trailer that was parked on the side of the highway.  Liska was transported to Danbury Hospital, but died of his injuries.  The occupants of the trailer were not injured.  State Police are continuing to investigate the accident.  Anyone with information is asked to call Troop A at 203-267-2200.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state of Connecticut is doling out $15.1 million in grants to help 50 nonprofit agencies across the state pay for one-time infrastructure improvements.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the Nonprofit Grant Program in 2013, which has helped hundreds of groups. This marks the fifth round of grants.

The capital purchases being funded by the grant program are varied. They range from vehicles for the ARC of Litchfield County Inc. in Torrington to a case management system at the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging in Bridgeport.

Malloy says the capital purchases will help to improve the nonprofits' service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as address health, safety and accessibility issues. He says that allows the groups to focus on "getting services to those who need them the most."

 

Bethel-based Ability Beyond Disability, Inc. will receive $774,451 for Bethel renovation, Beckerle Street improvements, Tammany Trail improvements, and information technology.

 

Danbury-based CT Institute for Communities, Inc. has been awarded $130,681 for Information technology.

 

Parking lot improvements will be funded for Danbury-based MWCCA with a $78,671 grant.

 

Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. will receive $136,633 for energy efficiency projects.



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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The case of a Connecticut man accused of killing his parents after they threatened to cut him out of their wills is set to return before a judge for more pretrial discussions.

The private hearing in Kyle Navin's case is scheduled for Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

The 28-year-old Easton man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. The couple's bodies were found in Weston in October 2015, two months after they disappeared.

Court documents say the couple was upset about their son's behavior and drug use, and planned to cut him out of their wills.

Navin is being held on $2.5 million bail.

His girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, also is detained on bail on charges including conspiracy to commit murder.



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The Danbury City Council has voted to send a proposal to a public hearing that would transfer ownership of the Mallory Hat site to the Women's Center for a new transitional housing center.  The city owned property at 89 Rose Hill Avenue would be sold to the Women's Center for $1 if approved.

 

The public hearing date was not immediately scheduled.

 

The land does need an environmental remediation because of chemicals that seeped into the soil over the years.  The clean up is estimated at between $700,000 and $800,000. 

 

City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says this is a win for the City, a win for the environment, and addresses a critical need in the community in protecting women and children.  He called it a model, both physically in the structure and program support that's been developed over the years as a best practice.

 

Saadi noted that concerns with a short term flip of the property or conversion to another use are addressed in the ordinance.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton called it a big deal for every entity involved.  He noted that the Women's Center worked tirelessly on their capital plan.  Boughton told the Council they will be doing something for those people that are in a difficult position, and that's what government is supposed to do.

 

The plan would bring stability to the neighborhood while also cleaning up a blighted and contaminated property.



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FEMA funding from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program is being allocated to to support a fire department in New Milford.  Water Witch Hose Company # 2 will received 45,455 for an Air Refill – Compressor System. 

 

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says day in and day out, firefighters put their lives on the line in order to save others--and noted that they must have access to the equipment and training necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively. 

 

Since 2001, FEMA's Assistance to Firefighter grant program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.



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On Monday night, the New Milford Town Council will consider an additional expenditure to turn the former Pettibone School into a Community Center.  The Zoning Commission has required the Town to install additional lighting in the parking lots, and the estimated cost is $155,000. 

 

Mayor David Gronbach has proposed tapping the Waste Management Fund for the allocation.  He says the fund has over 11 million dollars in it and cannot be used on roads or bridges and can only be used to buy land or construct municipal public recreation, educational or library facilities.  

 

The community center would house the Parks and Rec and the Youth Agency. 

 

Gronbach says the interior work is 95% done. High speed fiber has been installed and electrical upgrades were made.  Parks and Rec has painted their offices, which he says will save New Milford thousands of dollars in the process. The Youth Agency has also prepped their space, painted and cleaned. 

 

Consultants, at no cost to the Town, are studying a plan to replace the roof, install solar and other sources to generate its own electricity.



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A young driver was injured in a car versus utility pole accident in Newtown on Monday.  The crash happened at the intersection of High Rock and Grays Plain.  The driver had minor facial lacerations following the airbag deployment. He was checked for further injury, and released into the care of a parent.  Firefighters assisted with patient care, and disconnected the car's battery as a precaution. Speedi-Dri was applied to fluids in the roadway. 

 

(Photo: Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue)



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Part of Route 7 in Ridgefield will be closed this weekend for a bridge replacement project.  The state Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge just north of Route 102.  This is the second of five scheduled weekend closures that will take place over the next several months. The next closure will take place in July.  Local traffic and those needing access to businesses on Route 7 between 35 and 102 will still be allowed access except to the area where the bridge construction is taking place. 



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A rollover accident tied up the morning commute Monday on the highway in Newtown.  A driver headed eastbound took down several feet of guardrail before rolling multiple times and landing in the median.  The man sustained multiple injuries and was transported to the hospital.  Around the same time, a rear-end accident happened near the rollover, but was unrelated.  Part of the highway was closed while emergency responders worked.

 

(Photo: Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue)



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It took Newtown fire companies about two hours to put out a blaze in an Abbotts Hill Road home last weekend.  The fire heavily damaged an apartment over the single-family dwelling's garage, but the house was spared significant damage.  No one was home when a neighbor discovered the fire Saturday afternoon.  There were no injuries to any firefighters, but Chief Murphy says a small dog died, probably due to smoke inhalation.  The apartment was uninhabitable following the blaze. Murphy estimates the fire caused $40,000 in damages to the apartment.  Southbury and Bethel provided mutual aid.

 

(Photo: Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue)



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A UPS employee has been arrested by Wilton Police on larceny and identity theft charges.  Wilton Police received two separate complaints from people living in Tolland and Southington who had their personal identifying information used to purchase cell phones online. 

 

The phones were scheduled for delivery to various Wilton addresses, unbeknownst to the homeowners. 

 

Surveillance at one of the homes showed 26-year old Jonathon McClain of Norwalk driving up for the scheduled delivery, but never dropping off a package. 

 

Wilton Police and UPS management determined that McClain was involved in a scheme to sell the fraudulently purchased phones on his truck for delivery to third parties.