Newtown police are continuing their search for a man who went missing almost a year ago. Robert Hoagland was last seen at a Mobil Gas Station on Church Hill Road early on July 28th 2013. He was reported missing by his wife, who was waiting for him to pick her up at the airport.
The man does not have his wallet, ID, credit cards, cell phone or blood pressure medication with him. His shoes were also found left behind at his home.
Sightings of the man had been reported in the Rhode Island area, but they all turned out to be misidentifications or unconfirmed. A possible sighting was made in Brookfield this January, but surveillance footage was not clear enough to make a positive identification.
Anyone with information on Hoagland's whereabouts is asked to contact Newtown Police at 203-426-5841.
A draft report has been submitted to the General Assembly's Appropriations and Children's committees by a Task Force studying mental health issues in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The joint meeting was held Thursday at the state capital. Yale Behavioral Health Director Dr Michael Hoge says access is a challenge.
says there are many concerns with prevention, early identification and early intervention systems. He notes that has led to a lack universal screening for mental health problems across the age continuum. There are also inadequate services to refer to once behavioral health needs have been identified.
The report found that there are some effective programs in the state, but there is an overall disconnect.
A final report is due to lawmakers in October by the state Department of Children and Families, Office of Early Childhood and others.
The leaders of 10 Greater Danbury area towns are taking steps to merge their regional planning group with one representing lower Fairfield County towns. The state recently passed an initiative calling for the 13 planning agencies in the state to merge into no more than eight. Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says his biggest concern in all of this is that it will lead to a county level of government. Marconi says he and others will stand firm that that can't happen.
The 10 towns in the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials and the eight towns in the South Western Regional Planning Agency would become the 18 towns in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments.
Marconi says the state is hoping for more regionalization efforts when it comes to a sharing of equipment and bulk purchasing power to bring the cost of government down. But he says, the HVCEO region already does a lot of that so they are entering this merger with caution.
If larger councils of governments are not created, the current ones risk losing funding.
HVCEO towns are: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman.
SWRPA towns are: Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
A roundtable discussion at Danbury Library has been held by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy about what they call the humanitarian crisis at the border. Blumenthal was asked about Connecticut's rejection of the Southbury Training School as a place to house 2,000 migrant children.
The roundtable participants included immigration activists, student leaders, and religious leaders.
Blumenthal says the children face enormous danger as they flee trafficking, rape, and psychological abuse in their home countries. He says many of the children have family members here and should be placed with those relatives instead of massive institutions.
The other side of the Doughnut Inn controversy is being told. Earlier this week a woman told broadcast media that her 4-year old son had been banned by the Monroe establishment for being rude after asking another customer if she was pregnant.
The store manager has told the Monroe Courier that Rebecca Denham's story was fabricated.
Becca Mason said in the published report that they've gotten multiple complaints from customers about the woman's rude behavior and they asked her to take her business elsewhere. Mason continued to say that Denham is a problem customer who didn't enforce any rules with her son and used this incident to get 15 minutes in the spotlight at the expense of her son.
The U-S Interior Department is extending the period for people to comment on proposed changes to the rules for granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes, citing significant public interest in the matter.
Kevin Washburn, an assistant secretary with the department's Bureau of Indian Affairs, announced Friday the comment period has been extended by 60 days.
The rules announced in May include a requirement that tribes demonstrate political authority since 1934. Previously, they had to show continuity from ``historical times.'' This could open the door for recognition of one faction of the Kent-based Scaghticoke Tribe.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen was among those seeking an extension. Despite changes made to the proposed rules, Jepsen's office claims they'll still have "serious consequences for Connecticut,'' making it easier for groups petitioning for federal recognition to gain the acknowledgement.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is also adding more consultations with tribes and public meetings.
The existing regulations overseeing the federal recognition of tribes were originally adopted in 1978. They've been updated once in 20 years. Washburn said the new rules are intended to make the process more transparent and efficient. He said the standards are no less rigorous.
A small plane has crashed near Danbury Municipal Airport. Interim Fire Chief TJ Wiedl says the accident happened around 7pm Thursday. The plane is in the marshy area on the south fields of the airport near Miry Brook Road. The small aircraft was attempting to come in for a landing.
Assistant Fire Chief Bernie Meehan says the pilot was standing on the plane when firefighters arrived. He was rescued by boat.
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A Ridgefield Fire Department Ambulance was near the airport when the incident occurred.
The single engine 1984 Beechcraft Bonanza, crashed about a quarter mile short of Runway 35. Ridgefield Firefighters were the first to locate the aircraft, which was not visible from the road. The plane was in water about 8 feet deep.
The pilot was checked by Danbury Paramedics. According to FAA records, the plane is registered to Dr. Lionel Brown of Newtown. He was uninjured and was released by EMS. Firefighters placed booms around the aircraft to contain any possibility of fuel leakage. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection was also on the scene.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Danbury Police, State Police, Danbury Airport Administration, and the NTSB.
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According to the Danbury Orthopedics website, Dr. Brown founded the Hand Center of Western Connecticut in 1989. In 2011, he merged offices with Danbury Orthopedics, where he continues to practice.
The Danbury City Council held a special meeting last night to approve a $750,000 transfer of funds to consolidate the 911 dispatch center. Currently police and firefighters staff the call center, but New Jersey-based IXP will be taking over those duties. Council President Joe Cavo says Danbury is one of the last places to still use police and fire staff to answer the phones.
Cavo says the consolidation and the use of civilians means more police and firefighters will be back on the streets doing what they were hired to do. Three police officers per shift will be back on street duty. Officials estimate that the fire department will realize a million dollar savings over the next few years.
The contract is for three years. The police station was designed to have the capacity to handle a call taker center. The space, the room and the equipment are all set to go.
There will be a six month cross over with police and firefighters sort of training IXP dispatchers.
The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has voted to move forward with a lease for some of the town-owned Schlumberger land. The lease for $3.4 million dollars in exchange for 12 acres is to an art collector, previously identified as the Chairman of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
The proposal still faces a town vote. The art collector would repurpose some of the buildings on the land and house a private art collection.
Another request for proposals would go out to buyers looking to develop 10 acres of land that voters previously rejected a $4 million dollars sale for. Toll Brothers proposed building 30 luxury condos on the site.
Five acres was previously sold to a developer for a hotel and office space. That would leave the town with 18 acres, mostly for open space. About 4.5 acres would be set aside for future town building needs.
Spray parks in Ridgefield were set to open this weekend, but that has been delayed. Work has not been completed at the Park and Recreation Center's Spray Bay because of recent rain storms.
The Ridgefield Press reports that a rubber surface still needs to be installed. The rubber surface has to dry for several days before the system can be tested.
The new grand opening has been set for August 2nd. Originally the town hoped to open the 26 fixtures on Independence Day weekend.
A man wanted in Maryland on an attempted murder charge has been arrested by Weston Police. 26-year old Jairo Gutierrez-Lopez of Maryland was founding working as a painter on a house in Weston on Tuesday and was charged as a fugitive from justice.
He appeared in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday to start the extradition process.
He is also wanted in Maryland for possession of a dangerous weapon and assault charges. A warrant was issued in that state earlier this month but the man fled the state.
The 49-year-old Thomaston man facing threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner has tried giving a watermelon to the police chief. The Register Citizen reports that Carmine Cervellino was bringing a required drug test, which was negative, to the police station and also brought along a watermelon.
Police say the woman reported finding drugs, including marijuana, in Cervellino's tool box. He was not arrested and the drugs were not found. Police say she later returned home to find the watermelon on the counter with a butcher's knife in it.
She reported that Cervellino then entered the room and began carving the watermelon in a passive-aggressive and menacing way. He will be in court next month.
An officer at the station reportedly told the man that the department doesn’t accept gifts and didn’t appreciate the “photo stunt."
Redding residents have approved bonding for two capital projects. $300,000 for a new 120-foot communications tower at the police department was approved on a vote of 325 to 197. $6.73 million over four years has been proposed for an additional 20-miles in the road reconstruction plan was approved on a vote of 375 to 148.
Redding and Easton also approved funding for a partial roof restoration for Joel Barlow High School.
A second vote was held yesterday for the Region 9 issue after the first decision had to be thrown out. During a budget referendum, residents did approve the funding, but a technical error meant a new vote had to be taken. The Region 9 Board of Ed held a hearing in March a day too late for public notice. The total appropriation is $1.4 million. Redding's share is 54-percent based on school population with Easton picking up the remaining cost.
The vote passed overall by nearly 300 votes.
Authorities say they've cracked a cold case dating back nearly two decades with the arrest of a 70-year-old Ohio man.
Robert Honsch, formerly of Brewster, was charged with murder Tuesday. Authorities say he shot his 53-year-old wife Marcia. Her body was found by a hiker in October 1995 near an entrance to a Massachusetts park.
A week earlier, the body of a female, also shot, had been found in a parking area behind a strip mall in New Britain, Connecticut.
Authorities say a tip to New York state police led to Honsch, who was living with his current wife and children, and the identities of the victims.
DNA testing determined the second victim was Honsch's 16-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Both victims had been shot in the head. Neither had identifying information on them.
Honsch has been charged so far in Massachusetts. It wasn't initially known if he has a lawyer.
North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several other states.
Sealed Air has about 175 positions in Danbury. A company spokesman sauid in published reports that manufacturing operations will remain in Danbury, with fewer than 50 non-manufacturing positionsbeing relocated
A North Carolina committee that approves corporate tax breaks on Wednesday approved up to $36 million over 12 years if the company meets job and investment targets. The Elmwood Park, New Jersey, company was expected to announce the move with North Carolina officials later Wednesday.
North Carolina Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the company will consolidate some operations from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey into a new headquarters complex in the Charlotte area costing more than $50 million.
Genardo said the company also considered Greenville, South Carolina, before choosing Charlotte.
A 4-year old has allegedly been banned from a sweet shop in Monroe. A woman has told Channel 3 that her son was banned from Doughnut Inn in Monroe after an incident on Monday.
Rebecca Denham says her son asked a customer if she was pregnant. The woman said she was not and the boy reportedly apologized. The next day Denham says she was told by management that her son is not allowed at Doughnut Inn because he was rude.
The establishment has not returned calls for comment, but said on a Facebook Page that is now private, the televised report was not an accurate description of the incident and didn't have vital information.
The owners of the Doughnut Inn located in Monroe are not the same as an owner of stores in Fairfield and Stratford.
A town meeting was held in New Fairfield Tuesday night and the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night to discuss merging the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials with another regional group. The South Western Regional Planning Agency is made up of lower Fairfield County towns up to Wilton and Weston.
HVCEO covers 10 towns in the Greater Danbury area up to New Milford and Sherman.
A state initiative passed recently calls for the 13 planning agencies in the state to merge into no more than eight. If larger councils of governments are not created, the current ones risk losing funding.
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.