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Bethel Police have been conducting school bus violation enforcement this past week.  This is being done in conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week.  The Bethel Police Department conducted the enforcement in an effort to raise awareness of school bus safety.  In Connecticut, it is illegal to pass a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, and violators could face a fine of $465.

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Stratford Police have provided more details about the Danbury man who was arrested by City Police after a "be on the lookout" bulletin was issues for him.  Stratford Police say 19-year old Jeffrey Bispo was charged with home invasion and other offenses for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home.  He was allegedly armed with a gun and trying to rob her and her new boyfriend, hitting the woman in the face.  Police say a neighbor called police, who gave a description of the car, which was registered to his mother in Danbury.

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Danbury Police were searching yesterday for a red hatchback that was approaching women downtown.  Police say in one incident, the driver asked a female Western Connecticut State University professor if she would get into his car and give him directions to an address.  The woman told police that the man had his hand inside his pants at the time.  A similar complaint was also filed, though Police say it could be part of the same incident.  An alert was sent out to West Conn students about the Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s.

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A man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly stabbing another man on the Schaghticoke reservation in Kent.  Police responded to a report of two men fighting and found that one had been stabbed in the arm.  Edward Harrison was arrested without incident and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.  He was released on bond for arraignment today.  The other man was treated at the hospital.

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Design guidelines have been released by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission.  Submissions can be sent to the town starting today.  A registration form and bio must be included.  Beginning October 13th, those registered designers can send in design files. 

 

Some site walks have been set up, but interested designers must confirm their attendance with the Commission.  The dates are next Saturday and Sunday, October 4th, 7th, 8th, and 10th.  The design submission process will close October 30th. 

 

The Commission will select 3 to 6 designs by the end of November.  Presentations by those on the shortlist will be held in February.  Recommendations will then be made to the Board of Selectmen.  The Commission hopes for a June groundbreaking and December ribbon cutting.  

 

The Commission says the memorial should instill visitors with uplifting feelings of peace, love, and hope. 

 

They also provided some guidelines on elements that should be avoided.  They include religious or political connotations, play equipment, extensive use of metal and literal depictions of the victims.

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A woman has been charged with prostitution at a spa in Wilton.  Police arrested 43-year old He Lang of College Point, New York last night.  An investigation was launched recently into allegations of prostitution at the In Spa on Danbury Road.  Lang was released on bond and will be arraigned on October 2nd.

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A discussion will be held at West Conn next month about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The forum called "DACA, Dreamers and Deportation: New Developments” is planned for October 3rd at Warner Hall on the midtown campus from 2 to 5pm.  Sociology Professor Dr. Carina Bandhauer will talk about the the ramifications of the program being rescinded. The forum is part of the WCSU celebration of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month.

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The Danbury Hospital Foundation has received a $40,000 contribution from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to expand outreach capacity of the Hospital’s Greater Danbury Community Care Team by adding a peer engagement specialist.  

 

The collaboration of more than 30 community agencies and municipal stakeholders is led by a Hospital-based navigator.  The coalition works to support the area’s most vulnerable residents by helping them achieve and maintain housing and linkage to medical, psychiatric and social services. 

 

About 80-percent of their clients have a substance abuse diagnosis and 40 percent have a psychiatric diagnosis.  To date, 138 greater Danbury residents ages 23-83 have benefited from CCT services, 52 of which have at least one chronic medical condition.

 

This is the second contribution the Danbury Hospital Foundation has received from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to support the CCT.  

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A driver hit a building on West Street in Danbury early this morning.  Danbury Fire, Police, and EMS Units responded to the area of Oil Mill Road shortly before 5am.  They found a small car landed in some bushes near 152 West Street.  Danbury Fire officials say the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.  The patient was transported to the Danbury Hospital via ambulance.  Fire Department officials says the patient condition was not immediately known.  Fire Department units remained on the scene to support the accident investigation conducted by the Danbury Police Department. 

 

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With hurricanes on people's minds, Wilton Senator Toni Boucher is comparing Connecticut's fiscal situation to the destruction of a natural disaster.  She says Connecticut taxpayers were facing a category 3 storm, but the last two massive tax increases, are now in a category 5 financial mess.

 

There's not much time before October 1st, when Governor Malloy's draconian cuts kick in if lawmakers are unable to negotiate a new budget, one that he won't veto. 

 

Boucher says the Democratic plan included too many fee and tax increases.

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Two Danbury men have been arrested for trying to rob a man walking downtown late Tuesday night.  A man called police and said that he was walking near the Cowboy Bar on Wildman Street when he was approached by a car.  The passenger asked if the victim if he was from the area and when he responded that he wasn't, the passenger pulled out a gun and demanded money. 

 

The victim fled and called police. 

 

Based on the suspects descriptions, Police located 33-year old Jason Bonadio and 46-year old Julio Irizarry. 

 

  

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Bonadio was charged with interfering, breach of peace, and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held on $25,000 bond.  Irizarry was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, breach of peace and interfering.  Julio is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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A Pawling man, showing signs of intoxication, has been charged with DWI after appearing in court on a previous driving while intoxicated charge.  The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office reports that 43-year old Matthew Paul was warned by deputies on Tuesday not to drive after the proceedings.  He decided to do so anyway and was arrested.  Paul was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.  He was ordered held on bond.

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Officials in an upstate New York town are once again considering Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall's request to build an outdoor stage at his restaurant and music venue.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the town of Pawling Planning Board discussed the project during its meeting earlier this week.

Kenneth Stenger, an attorney with the law firm representing the board, says the discussion included the volume of sound live music would produce during outdoor performances at Daryl's House.

The Hall & Oates musician's business filed a lawsuit against the town earlier this year, claiming the town's effort to lower the venue's maximum occupancy would force the restaurant to close.

William Sayegh, an attorney for Daryl's House, says Hall is working closely with the town to secure approvals for the outdoor expansion.

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The Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the regional planning group for the Greater Danbury area, got an update from their Drug Task Force earlier this month. 

 

Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Chuck Herrick talked with them about the hospital's addiction and overdose programs. 

 

The hospital has created new overdose care protocol that starts with the acute care and continues after the patient has been discharged.  This new policy includes providing Narcan, an appointment with a councilor through the Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism, and other resource opportunities including Methadone. 

 

He also took questions from the Drug Task Force about the lack of addiction care providers and the dearth in Suboxone prescribers. Direct to consumer marketing of controlled substance, sober home regulations, and funding for RACs was also discussed, with intentions to address more at future meetings. 

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A Bridgeport man has been arrested for distributing heroin that lead to an overdose death in Seymour this summer.  Seymour Police responded to a home and found a 29-year old man unresponsive, without a pulse.  Investigators seized the victim's cellphone, multiple folds of suspected heroin marked with two different brand stamps, and other drugs.  They determined that 23-year old Richard Estaba supplied the heroin.  Investigators were able to make a controlled substance purchase from Estaba of the same brand.  When he was arrested yesterday, Estaba was in possession of 400 folds of heroin and $1,300 in cash.

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The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan will be available on all 16 state university and college campuses.  Western Connecticut State University spokesman Paul Steinmetz say they already Narcan in the doctor's office on campus.  The Danbury Police and Fire Departments along with EMTs all carry Narcan as well. 

 

WCSU has been sent Narcan packages from the CSCU system.  University police officers will be trained to use the overdose reversal drug.  The university is looking to obtain enough Narcan so each officer can have some on them, because often times WCSU PD is the first to respond to the scene.

 

Steinmetz says one WCSU officer saved the life of a person visiting a student who was suffering an overdose, but they haven't had to use Narcan.  He adds that having Narcan on campus is a precautionary measure because they haven't had a problem with overdoses.  But Steinmetz says WCSU wants to be ready if something happens.

 

Accidental drug overdose numbers in Connecticut are on the rise.  Chief Medical Examiner James Gill says drug overdoses in Connecticut this year are on pace to top last year’s figure by 18 percent.  There were 539 accidental drug abuse deaths from January through June. The projection for overdose deaths for 2017 is 1,078, which would be an 18 percent increase over last year.  Gill said 322 of the deaths this year were linked to fentanyl. If that rate holds up, there will be 644 fentanyl-related deaths in the state in 2017, a 33 percent increase over last year.

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An event marking Redding's 250th anniversary is being held this afternoon.  The "Walk the Walk" event allows people to meet the volunteers at the Parade Path, on Redding's Town Green at the Gazebo. Light refreshments will be served. Etched glasses will be sold celebrating Redding' 250th anniversary. Guests will be able to find out what new projects are in store for next year and learn how to volunteer or to fund new Boy Scout projects already in the planning stage.  "Walk the Walk" is from 4 to 6pm.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Famed American painter Jasper Johns wants his rural estate in the Connecticut hills to become an artists' retreat after he's gone.

The 87-year-old artist wants his estate in northwestern Connecticut to become a place where as many as two dozen artists would live, share meals together and work on their craft.

The planning commission for the town of Sharon gave its approval for his plans last week.

First Selectman Brent Colley says it's the best use of the property and fits in with the already lively local arts scene in the Litchfield County town of some 3,000 people.

Johns has been a major influence on pop, minimalist and conceptual art. His textured images of American flags are icons of modern art.

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The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department recently started their annual fund drive.  With some scam fundraiser circulating earlier this year, they wanted to draw attention to what authentic donation request looks like.  Key indicators are the local return address and watermarked photos of Monroe firefighters and apparatus.

 

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The Public Hearing for the proposed renovations of Johnson and Rockwell schools is set for Monday night. 

 

With the ongoing debate over the state budget, town leadership made the decision to move the project forward to a public hearing because reimbursement for school construction projects is separate from Education Cost Sharing grants. Bethel’s current rate of reimbursement from the state is 45% of eligible costs.  

 

School officials say construction cost escalation is 4.5 percent each year.  Without some renovation work, the town is sinking money into an aging HVAC system. 

 

Monday's meeting at 7pm will be held at Bethel High School and childcare will be provided.

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