A former Danbury man has been arrested in Pennsylvania on two risk of injury charges. Bethel Police say 46-year old Nelson Medina was extradited to Connecticut Wednesday. They opened an investigation on allegations that Medina had improper interactions with a child in December.
Police carried out a search warrant and found evidence to support the allegations. Bethel police say the man fled the state when he learned of the investigation.
Medina is also facing a child pornography possession charge. He was due in Danbury Superior Court Thursday for arraignment.
The Westchester Supreme Court has ruled that Putnam County cannot legally prevent the names and addresses of pistol permit holders from being made public in electronic form. The Judge found in favor of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., the owner of The Journal News.
Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant refused to disclose the information requested by Gannett through a Freedom of Information Law. The Journal News published similar information from Rockland and Westchester Counties soon after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sant's denial cited exceptions to the law which protects from an unwarranted invasion of privacy and for withholdings in the case of protecting the life or safety of a person. That decision was upheld by County Executive MaryEllen Odell. She said publishing permit holder's addresses would create a dangerous roadmap for those with a criminal intent.
In his decision, Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary said the grounds for denial predated the 2013 amendment which would allow permit holders to file for an exemption to keep their information from becoming public record. The applicants can include active duty or retired police, peace, probation, parole and corrections officers and their spouses, and witnesses or jurors in a criminal proceeding and their spouses.
Putnam County officials say they will likely appeal the decision.c
A second arrest warrant has been obtained by Torrington Police in their investigation of threats made against high schools in Danbury and Stratford. Police say a 19-year old Torrington man is the subject.
His name has not yet been released, but police say he is receiving medical attention at a secure facility.
The man is facing the same charges as 18-year old Natalie Carpenter of Torrington who was arrested Tuesday--conspiracy and criminal attempt to commit assault. Danbury and Stratford have increased security at the schools and notified parents.
Torrington police say no additional arrests are expected.
A Torrington teen has been arrested for making threats against Danbury and Stratford schools.
Police say someone overheard 18-year-old Natalie Carpenter making verbal threats of violence at the High Schools in Danbury and Stratford, and reported it. She was arrested Tuesday at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital on charges of conspiracy to commit assault and criminal attempt to commit assault.
According to court documents, Carpenter had applied to purchase a gun. During her arraignment at Bantam Superior Court on Wednesday it was revealed that police found evidence of plans to shoot or use a weapon at schools. The arrest warrant however was ordered sealed by the courts so no other details are available.
School officials in Danbury and Stratford were notified of the threats Monday. Danbury officials say police stepped up patrols in the area and notified parents.
Carpenter is being held on $300,000 bond.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
There was a temporary lock down at Wooster School in Danbury Wednesday afternoon.
An art center teacher at Wooster School heard was sounded like shots being fired near Miry Brook Road prompting a temporary lock down around 1pm. Officers did respond to the school but determined there was no issue there.
Police say the sound was likely pyrotechnic shells fired at Danbury Municipal Airport to scare away the geese. The sound likely echoed through the woods behind the school.
Airport officials say for decades they've used this technique to scare birds from areas that could endanger air traffic because its non-lethal.
Ridgefield Library has announced their Grand Opening weekend. May 9th through the 11th has been set as when the new library will be open to the public. The Library will close for a brief period in April for the move from its temporary quarters on Governor Street back to Main Street.
Board of Directors chairman Peter Coffin said in a blog post that it's been 10 years in the works and has involved 13,00 people--planners, designers, volunteers, staff, donors and others.
The weekend will include a ribbon cutting, games, performances and other events to show off the new site.
Friday is Fairfield County Gives day. It's a 24-hour online giving day sponsored by the Fairfield County Community Foundation for non-profits in the area.
One of those participating in the fund drive is the Keeler Tavern Museum. They're hoping to attract Downton Abbey fans. The Ridgefield museum owns the court ensemble worn by architect, Cass Gilbert's wife when the couple was presented to England’s King George V in 1925.
Museum Executive Director Hildi Grob says the gown is in dire need of restoration.
The mauve silk brocade dress--mostly sewn by hand--has lace inserts, clusters of beads and rhinestones and a 6 foot train. The outfit also includes a headdress and fan made with ostrich feathers. The project, along with a custom mannequin for the display, is going to cost $5,000.
The Museum is also repurposing what is now the dining room into a Cass Gilbert Museum showcasing photos, documents and artifacts that tell the story of his life in Ridgefield. He designed the Woolworth Building in New York City and the Supreme Court Building in Washington DC and others.
160 people giving $25 each means the Museum will meet its goal because the Board of Directors has pledged a matching $1,000.
Many non-profits in the Greater Danbury area are participating in this fund drive. They have links on their websites as well as a place on the fcgives.org site to donate to the organization of choice.
CH Booth Library in Newtown has started looking for its new director. The search committee has sent out an email to patrons asking for them to fill out an online survey. The group says one of the first priorities is to have the community involved in the process. CH Booth officials are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced director to lead the library. The survey is confidential.
A date to reopen CH Booth Library in Newtown has been set.
The library is Newtown has been shuttered since a sprinkler pipe burst and caused extensive water damage to the facility. CH Booth officials say the library is currently projected to re-open Saturday, the 8th. In an updated posted on their website, officials said the shelving and furniture are mostly back in place. The computers and electronics are being installed.
The Reference Staff is no longer operating a desk at Edmond Town Hall. They thanked the Board of Managers and staff for their assistance during the library's time at Edmond Town Hall.
Librarians say the outside book drops have reopened, but all programs and activities at the Library remain canceled until the site itself reopens. Late fees will not be charged until the library reopens, and even then there will be an amnesty period.
When requesting items online through the Newtown library catalogue, patrons are asked to continue selecting a pick up location other than CH Booth Library.
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti has given Connecticut's transportation commissioner a preliminary 100-day improvement plan. Giulietti told Commissioner James Redeker on Monday the first priority is to rebuild a culture of safety. He says Metro-North's priorities are to operate safely, communicate better and restore performance.
Giulietti said Metro-North will re-establish a department to enforce safety policies, a data analysis unit to identify positive and negative trends, and improve programs to train and test employees on their knowledge of safe operations.
He promised at least six meetings with commuters during the 100 days.
Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan says the plan lacks substance and falls short. He's concerned the Federal Railroad Administration is not doing their job when it comes to Metro North oversight.
McLachlan questioned the Commissioner yesterday on the Danbury branch problems. He was told there's a task force working to fix the signal malfunctions at the grade crossings. But he called that an answer for not giving an answer. He says there is a lot of work that needs to be done.
Governor Malloy said he is disappointed that Metro-North did not provide more specifics. He said Giulietti's letter is a roadmap to better and safer service, riders need to know that there is a plan with benchmarks and deadlines.
The Danbury Public Works Department asked the City Council last night for $200,000 from the contingency fund. Their equipment needed more repairs and upkeep than anticipated because of the amount of use they've gotten so far.
Cars are required to be moved off the streets to help with plowing and the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team reported last night that 9 have been towed since the start of the year. There were six vehicles unregistered and seemingly abandoned.
Sidewalks not being cleared was another issue. In the Fairfield Ridge neighborhood, residents had to walk in the streets because sidewalks weren't cleared.
That led to 11 properties receiving a notice that tenants are responsible for clearing snow. No fines needed to be issued because all of the instances were taken care of.
A Connecticut man wanted in Florida has been arrested in New York. While on patrol in Southeast the night of February 23rd, a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy saw a man acting suspiciously in the parking lot of Brewster Ford on Route 22. The man was stopped and questioned about why he was walking around the lot at 10:30 in the evening .
46-year old Moises Valentin of Waterbury said that he was a car salesman and was looking at the vehicle.
An investigation revealed that Valentin was wanted in Florida on a warrant. He was taken into custody and held for further legal action. Police did not disclose what the out-of-state warrant was for.
Three Bethel churches are teaming up to allow people to take part in Ash Wednesday in non-church locations. First Congregational Church of Bethel interim Pastor Laura Westby says Ashes To Go was a success last year, that the Houses of Worship are expanding the traditional start of Lent.
Westby says in a world that is changing at lightning speed, this fills a need to offer the traditional gifts of faith in non-traditional ways She hopes to reach those who have lost their connection to a church, have never participated before or are unable to attend a traditional church service.
Ashes to Go will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Avenue.
Ashes to Go will also be available from 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jacqueline’s, 138 Greenwood Avenue.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A review that is expected to produce new U.S. rules for recognizing American Indian tribes as early as this summer is stirring heat in Connecticut, where the governor is leading efforts to block changes that could open the door to more tribal casinos.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy argued in a letter he delivered last week to President Barack Obama that proposals under consideration could hurt the state by boosting tribal claims to vast areas of developed land.
Alan Russell, the leader of one faction of the Schaghticoke tribe in Kent, asked in a statement whether Malloy is a ``lapdog'' for wealthy land owners in Litchfield County.
The changes proposed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are intended to streamline the process but are seen by some as watering down standards for recognition.
On Tuesday afternoon Bethel Middle School administrators received the following report from a student. This is the following letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin Smith:
"March 3, 2014, a 7th grade female student was dropped off from the late bus around 4:15pm at the intersection of 58 and 302. The middle school student began walking to her home on Putnam Park Road. While she was walking down route 58 on the left side of the road, a white industrial van with no markings stopped and made a semi U turn in the road. The student reported that she heard a door open and when she turned around, a white male was coming out of the van and began to run after her. The student then ran to her house which was just a few yards away.
When she got into her house, she saw the man get back into his van and drive away down route 58 toward Redding. The man was described as a white male in his 30's. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black, pants, and black shoes. The man was described as clean cut with no noticeable facial hair or tattoos, or other markings.
The Bethel Police Department has been notified and is investigating this incident. We have also spoken to our bus company and drivers are on alert. At this time we have no further information, but wanted you to be aware of this report. We will also be sharing this information with neighboring school districts."
An unidentified man has been found dead on a Danbury street. Police say it appears the Hispanic man in his 40s succumbed to the elements. As of Monday afternoon, the state Medical Examiner's office has not determined the cause of death for the man, who police have not identified.
The man was found dead under a railroad overpass behind Rose Street on Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 203-797-4662.
The husband of a Ridgefield Selectwoman will be in court later this month on a DUI and other charges. Danbury Superior Court records show that 60-year old Paul Masters pleaded not guilty on February 20th to assault with a motor vehicle, assault, failure to grant half the highway and DUI. The charges stem from an accident in November in Redding that injured a woman and her teenage son.
Police say the husband of Di Masters swerved into the opposite lane and crashed head on with another vehicle.
The Newstimes reports that his blood alcohol level was more than 3 times the legal limit. A police affidavit was cited that said Masters didn't know where he was or where he was coming from when police responded to the crash.
A Sherman man and a Ridgefield teen have been arrested for trying to trade a stolen gun for heroin. The Westchester County Police Department said in a press release Monday that 26-year old John McCarthy and 19-year old Timothy McLean met an undercover officer on Wednesday morning in a parking lot off Interstate 84 in Bedford.
Police say the pair tried to swap a loaded 32 caliber pistol for 50 packets of heroin worth $500.
Each were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned in Bedford Town Court. Bail was set at $25,000 for McLean and $10,000 for McCarthy.
Redding is holding a special town meeting next Monday about proposed changes to the elderly tax benefit. The Tax Collector and the Board of Selectmen are recommending that the re-application process be done in person or by mail.
The eligibility age has been proposed to rise from 65 years old to 67 years old. The application is proposed to be available from January 1st through April 15. Lastly, the proposal calls for eligible residents living in Redding for at least 5 years.
If the vote is NO, the changes will not go in to effect.
There is a primary today in New Milford. Registered Democrats will be asked to go to the polls to vote on who will be on the Democratic Town Committee. A petition was circulated around New Milford and saw more the 300 signatures added to force a primary.
Democratic Town Committee chairman John Lillis and 23 others lost their seats to the New Milford Democrats for Change slate in January. Only 12 current members of the Committee were re-elected.
All polling places are open from 6am to 8pm tomorrow.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A prison employee is facing sentencing for sexually abusing an inmate in Danbury.
Steven Wolff of the Bronx, N.Y., is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty in August to sexual abuse of a ward.
Authorities say Wolff, while employed as a utilities systems repair operator foreman by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, engaged in sexual acts with a female inmate at the prison.
Prosecutors say on multiple occasions in 2011, Wolff and the victim met in the boiler area and engaged in sexual intercourse. They say Wolff provided hair dye, candy, greeting cards and over-the-counter medication to the inmate and contraband to another inmate who acted as a lookout.
Wolff, whose sentencing was postponed from Friday, faces up to 15 years in prison.