A series of thefts from cars in New York has led to the arrest of three men.
The Putnam County Sheriff's office and New York state Police started an investigation last month into a series of larcenies from cars in Somers, Yorktown and Putnam Valley. Sheriff Donald Smith says the suspects were apparently targeting unlocked parked cars. The investigation resulted in the recovery of GPS systems, credit cards, cellular telephones, laptop computers and other items which police believe are stolen.
18 year-old Nicholas Dellabate of Putnam Valley is charged with four counts of possession of stolen property and 20 year-old John Nikaj of Yonkers faces four counts of petit larceny. 20 year-old Rick Ortiz of Putnam Valley was charged with four counts each of Petit Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property, and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying recovered property. Anyone who has been victimized is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-8060.
In one case, thieves stole several pairs of recently purchased pajamas which were meant to be donated to a nationwide charity called “1 Million Good Nights Pajama Program”. The organization provides pajamas to needy children.
"Cases such as these are very disturbing, especially when thieves take donated clothing that has been collected to keep underprivileged children warm during the winter months.” said Sheriff Smith.
Danbury officials have approved renewing an interlocal agreement with Brookfield. The Danbury Treatment Plant takes in wastewater from Brookfield. Their previous agreement, which back to 1974, had been renewed with changes in 1992 and expired in 2012. Danbury Public Utilities Superintendent David Day says Brookfield has approved extending the agreement, with no changes, for 20 years.
The Treatment plant also takes in wastewater from Bethel, Newtown and Ridgefield. It has a capacity of 15.5 million gallons per day. The plant overall handles about 9 million gallons per day. City officials have estimated that the plant will deal with 11.5 million gallons per day, 30 years out.
Brookfield is authorized to send 500,000 gallons per day, but the currently rate is 270,000 gallons per day.
The board of an organization that strives to teach young people about how to succeed in a global economy is getting a new member. West Conn Ancell School of Business Dean Dr. David Martin has joined the board of Directors of Western Connecticut Junior Achievement. He previously sat on the board of the JA in Rochester New York.
Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers who give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Martin says Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut helps to bring the global economy to students in K-through-12 with a special emphasis in the high schools.
Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut reached more than 22,600 students in over 1,000 classrooms during the 2013-14 school year.
Danbury state lawmakers have raised thousand of dollars for the Salvation Army. State Senator Mike McLachlan and Representatives Dan Carter and Jan Giegler volunteered for one hour Wednesday as bell ringers at Walmart on Newtown Road.
They collected more than $14,000. The store matched their collection for a total of over $28,600. The total more than quadruples last year's $3,000 collection for the Salvation Army.
Giegler says she's always impressed with the outpouring of support from the Greater Danbury community and pleased that the money will go a long way to helping local families.
A Danbury man has been arrested on drug related charges stemming from complaints of neighbors. Police received calls from the Fairfield Ridge Road area of drugs being sold from a home.
Surveillance was set up at the home of Edwin Rivera.
Search warrants were issued by the court and carried out earlier yesterday evening. Rivera was found in possession of crack cocaine and heroin packaged for sale. Drug paraphernalia was also found. He's been charged with three counts of possession, possession with intent to sell, and possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.
Rivera is being held on $25,000 bond.
KENT, Conn. (AP) The leader of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in Kent says he's unsure what legal actions can be taken following a federal court order concluding the tribe doesn't have legal standing to claim about 2,300 acres in Kent.
Chief Richard Velky said Friday that he needs to meet with attorneys to see what legal steps they can take.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Monday that the tribe did not meet all federal criteria to be considered an Indian tribe.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the decision finally ends litigation battles and provides ``certainty and certitude to Litchfield County.''
Velky said called it ``discouraging'' that Blumenthal would take a ``victory lap'' for a decision taking tribal land.
The tribe retains its 400-acre reservation.
To help with the hustle of the holidays, select Post Offices in Connecticut has been open on Sundays leading up to Christmas. They including the Danbury Post Office on Backus Avenue opening tomorrow from 1pm to 5pm. U.S. Postal Service in Connecticut spokeswoman Maureen Marion says this will help with to make busy Mondays at the facility more manageable.
She says this gives people an opportunity for people to pick up packages, drop them off or buy stamps for cards. Marion notes that this helps them to get mail into the stream a day or two early, which helps them as well.
During Holiday 2013, the Postal Service delivered 434 million packages and 6.4 billion pieces of First-Class Mail across the nation.
46 municipalities in the state are joining together to develop ultra-high speed "gig" internet, including Danbury and Ridgefield.
The municipalities municipalities have committed to an initiative inviting telecommunications and other businesses for ideas to build and finance Internet service of up to 1,000 megabits per second. That's more than 100 times faster than home speed now.
Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz are helping to lead the state effort. They compare high-speed broadband to a critical utility, no different than electricity or home heating. They also promote it as a form of economic development to lure and keep businesses in the state.
But the president of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association says the industry is already moving fast to reach what's called the gigasphere and says government is ill-suited for the business.
Danbury's Director of Civil Preparedness is shedding some more light on the agreement made recently by the City and Entergy Nuclear, in case of an emergency at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in New York. The Federal Regulatory Commission has named Danbury Airport as a back up to drop and ship needed supplies. Director Paul Estefan says Danbury has enough area to do the cargo load and unload.
He says in the days of the Hubble Space Telescope, Danbury shut the roads down for about 15 minutes to get the cargo plane off the ground. Perkin-Elmer, using a government flight, used Danbury as a partner.
Entergy would provide security at the airport for operations, and reimburse the airport for necessary helicopter fuel.
He says the helicopters are not sitting around waiting for an emergency to happen. Estefan told City Council members that ic could be up to 48 hours before a helicopter arrives, because they move from the west coast to the east.
Danbury Airport is a back up choice for Indian Point, if Stewart Airfield is available that would be the first choice to airlift supplies.
Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is coming to life this weekend in a partnership between Musicals at Richter and The Palace Danbury. Scrooge the Musical follows the story of Ebenezer and his ghostly business partner who ushers in three Christmas ghosts.
Everyone on stage has performed at local theaters.
Richter Executive Director Bobby Bria says Christopher Basulto of Mahopac as Tiny Tim is a method actor already. Basulto would ask the director each night after rehearsals if he could take the crutch home with him to practice. Bria says the boy is perfect for the part.
In the spirit of giving, they're asking that the audience bring a canned food item to help fill ARC's food Pantry. Last year nearly 4,000 people visited the Association of Religious Communities food pantry.
There are performances today at 3pm and 8pm, and tomorrow at 3pm.
A 50 year- old Oxford man has pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and operating a Ponzi Scheme .
Robert E. Lee Jr. plead guilty in Bridgeport Thursday avoiding a jury trial.
He has been out on bond since May of of this year. He is accused of bilking his investors of over 800-thousand dollars and placing the money in his own personal bank account.
The stockbroker was fired from Rockwell Global capital in 2013 . He faces up to 20 years for each of the five counts .
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) A New Milford man who was accused of using a Nazi salute during a fight with another man has been found innocent of hate crimes and assault. A jury in Bantam Superior Court acquitted 27-year-old Chad Conway of New Milford on Wednesday.
During the trial, Nelson Zuniga testified last week that he heard Conway say "white power" several times and use a Nazi salute during their fight in May 2012. There was conflicting testimony over who started the fight and where it took place.
Defense attorney David Gronbach said the fight was not racially motivated. He said it was apparent jurors did not believe the complainant's testimony.
A Danbury man who federal authorities said headed a Fairfield County drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
67 year old Demetrios "Jimmy" Papadakos pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana and was sentenced Wednesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton to 121 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.
The sentencing ends a year-long investigation headed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Norwalk Police Department into the distribution of oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana in Fairfield County. Sixteen people were charged and convicted as a result of the investigation.
Papadakos and Alfred Catino, also of Danbury, were longtime associates who headed the narcotics trafficking ring. Papadakos made the purchase and distribution of more than 6,800 oxycodone pills and more than a kilogram of cocaine.
Papadakos bought wholesale quantities of oxycodone in Florida, and in New York he got prescriptions for oxycodone from a corrupt doctor to whom he had loaned a large sum of money. Papadakos also got oxycodone from a co-defendant who had obtained pills from people with legitimate prescriptions in exchange for cash.
Plymouth police are asking Danbury residents for help locating a man in connection with hitting a juvenile with his car and then leaving the scene.
29 year old Anthony Hernandez of Waterbury has an active arrest warrant out for his arrest in connection with evading a car accident that happened on October 25. The accident has left one juvenile with serious injuries.
Police say the mother of Anthony Hernandez lives in Danbury and he could be staying with her. Police are saying if he is spotted to not approach him and to contact local authorities.
The family of a young Bethel mother, who was killed in a hit-and-run in November, is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information about the driver of the van involved in the deadly accident.
23 year old Rachel Sack was killed when a van struck her as she was crossing the road in the area of South Street and Great Pasture Road.
Sack had 3-month-old son, Jackson, and was in the process of buying her first home.
A few days after incident, the Danbury Police Department identified a car of interest in the death of Sack. The car that has been identified is a white van with a ladder rack and passenger side windows. The van was going south on South Street at Great Pasture Road at approximately 11:57 p.m. Friday Nov. 7.
An E-House initiative bringing energy efficiency curriculum and training to Connecticut’s Technical High Schools is now in place in Danbury. Considered the first green construction learning laboratories for high school students, the initiative was launched yesterday at Henry Abbott Tech. Principal Stacy Butkus says this was supported by Energize Connecticut, with a goal to have this at all 17 technical high schools in the state.
The E-House gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on field work in these various labs, preparing them for a “green” career after graduation. Many students have obtained jobs or internships, or continued their studies in a relevant field as a result of their experience.
Elected officials on hand for the unveiling used iPads to view different segments of the construction project. The state’s first E-House was opened in 2011.
Designed and built by students and faculty, each E-House incorporates solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, weatherization and energy efficiency labs in the design of the project. Some of the state-of-the-art technology includes a Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, and energy efficient heating, lighting and insulation.
The Abbott Tech E-House also features an evacuated tube drain-back solar thermal system, the first one of its kind installed by students at a Connecticut E-House.
Some state funding is coming to New Milford for a road project. At the latest state Bond Commission meeting, some funding was approved for road and bridge replacement projects across Connecticut. One of the projects to receive funding was Mud Pond Road over Bull Mountain Brook in New Milford.
Nearly $236,000 was among the more than $12.5 million allocated through the Local Bridge Program. State funds will be matched by $13.7 million in local funding for all of the projects. In total, they will also create or retain about 560 construction related jobs.
The state Bond Commission also approved funding for a variety of renovation projects to state buildings. One of the projects is to make improvements to the Danbury Superior Courthouse. The $2.4 million will be used for window replacements. The work includes structural upgrades to support framing, carpentry, insulation, and joint sealant replacements, drywall and painting.
State officials say 40 construction related jobs will be created or retained through this project. Some of the funding will be used for hazardous materials abatement as well.
Technical High Schools in the state are also receiving Bond money. $5 million will be split between 11 schools in the state including Henry Abbott Tech in Danbury. The funding is for improvements to buildings and grounds, including new and replacement technical equipment, tools and supplies needed to update curricula. Vehicle and technology upgrades at all regional vocational technical schools will also be funded.
Abbott Tech's share of the bond money is $30,000.
The Newtown Board of Selectmen has tapped a construction firm and an architecture group to build and design the planned community center at the Fairfield Hills Campus. The Newtown Bee reports that at the Board meeting Monday night, the Selectmen chose Caldwell and Walsh of Sandy Hook to oversee construction management.
An architectural firm from Farmington was selected to design the facility which will also serve as a senior center and a multi-pool aquatic center.
The project is being funded through a $10 million grant from General Electric, donated after the shootings at Sandy Hook School. The grant will also pay for operating costs for the first five years that the facility is open.
Wilton police are investigating the theft of a backpack from an unlocked car parked in a grocery store parking lot. Wilton police were called to Caraluzzi's on Danbury Road last Thursday night on a report that someone entered the unlocked car and took a backpack that had an iPad and school books in it. Police say the textbooks were valued at $100, the iPad was worth $400. Police say the owner of the car was in the supermarket for about 15 minutes and didn't think she needed to lock the vehicle.
Another annual holiday tradition for many is coming up Friday night. The Danbury Music Centre's 57th annual performance of Handel's Messiah will be held at First Congregational Church on Deer Hill Avenue. Danbury Concert Chorus’s Music Director Richard Price will conduct the concert.
Price says the musicians come from all walks of life, and it is their devotion that have made Danbury’s Messiah a unique celebration.
There are no tickets for the event, which is often standing room only. There is also no admission for the performance, though Price says donations to the Danbury Music Centre are accepted. The concert is 7:30 pm tomorrow.