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Neighbor complaints of drug sales lead to Danbury man's arrest

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.

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Tribal leader unsure of next steps after ruling

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.

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Post offices to open for Sunday hours this week

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.

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Connecticut takes first steps to reach super-fast Internet

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.

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Danbury Airport agreement not unprecedented

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.

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Scrooge! the Musical comes to Danbury, ARC to benefit

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.

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Oxford Stockbroker ran Ponzi Scheme

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 .

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New Milford Man Found Innocent Of Hate Crime

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.

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Danbury Man Sentenced in Fairfield County Drug Ring Investigation

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.

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Plymouth Police Want Danbury Residents Help

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.

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Reward Set Up in Hit And Run Death of Bethel Mother

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.

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'Green' technology training comes to Henry Abbott Tech

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.

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Bond money awarded to road, building projects in Greater Danbury region

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.

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Architect selected for Newtown Communiy Center project

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.

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Wilton police investigating theft from unlocked car

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.

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Danbury Music Centre's 'Messiah' performed Friday

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.

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RI man arrested in NY for tax fraud, driving under the influence

A Rhode Island man has been arrested for tax fraud and other charges in New York.  State Police from the Brewster Barracks on Sunday pulled a car over on Interstate 84 in Patterson after seeing the driver operate erratically. 


Police say 37-year old Daniel Slader of Rhode Island was found to be driving while ability impaired by drugs.  He was also charged for criminal possession of a controlled substance and for having untaxed cigarettes in the car. 


Slader was ordered held at Putnam County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond.

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Southbury man arrested for kidnapping woman

A Southbury man has been arrested for kidnapping a Watertown woman.  Connecticut State Police say 35-year old Joao Laranjeira was arrested last week on two court issued warrants.  He faces charges of assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct for a September incident. 


He is due in Derby Superior Court on January 8th to face those charges. 


The Southbury man was also arrested Tuesday on charges of strangulation, kidnapping and two counts of unlawful restraint.  Laranjeira will be in Waterbury Superior Court on the 6th to face those charges. 


He is being held on a combined $170,000 bond.

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Father who left son in hot car allowed to travel out of CT

A pretrial hearing has been held for a Ridgefield father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving the boy in the car for hours on a hot July day.  Kyle Seitz was charged with criminally negligent homicide after her forgot to take his son, Benjamin, to day care and unintentionally left him in the car for more than seven hours while he went to work. 


The 36-year-old, who has two other children, will be allowed to travel out of the state to spend Christmas with his family.  A court clerk said Tuesday afternoon that the judge has temporarily lifted the travel ban.


Seitz's case was continued to January 20.  He remains free on bond.

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Danbury DMV open for limited hours Wednesday

The Danbury DMV office will be closed this morning for staff training.  The Department of Motor Vehicles is rolling out a new program approved by the legislature in 2013 for undocumented individuals to be able to obtain a Drive Only License. 


The facility on Lee Mac Avenue will be closed from 7:45am to 1pm.  But DMV Commissioner Melody Currey says 1pm is the latest possible reopening.  If the training is completed sooner, the Danbury branch could open before that time.  The office will close at its regularly scheduled time of 4 pm.


Currey says undocumented individuals who are 16 and older must make an appointment online only for the knowledge test--the first step for a Drive Only license.


Currey says more than 22,000 people have made an appointment since the application process was opened December 1st.  She urged applicants to study the driver’s manual and successfully pass practice tests on the DMV Mobile app before making an appointment. Failing the knowledge test means a required one-week delay before being allowed to take the test again and possibly longer if available timeslots fill.


The Drive Only license will not be valid for state or federal identification.


The first step to obtain this license begins with applying for a learner’s permit, which all new applicants for state driver licenses must hold for a minimum of three months.


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