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A former Easton EMT has had two restraining orders added to charges against him.  Police found a cache of weapons in 20-year old Christopher Barlow's Massachusetts home in June.  The Easton Courier reports that he's been held since his arrest, but his former girlfriend requested a restraining order. 

 

The Judge also granted a request for an order of protection for the girl's 14-year old sister. 

 

The Sacred Heart University student was part of a college live-in program with Easton EMS.  A probably cause hearing is set for September 22nd. 

 

He was also charged for impersonating a police officer.  A police baton, handcuffs, a fake Homeland Security ID card, a special agent Coast Guard badge and a Connecticut special officer’s badge were also found. 

 

According to Channel 7 News in Boston, a family member turned a firearm over to Duxbury Police that Barlow had assembled.  The 20-year old reportedly later showed up at the station requesting his gun be given back.

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A Brookfield man was arrested over the weekend in Wilton for allegedly trying to strangle and assault a woman who tried to get out of his car.  The Wilton Bulletin reports that passerbys alerted police to a woman walking next to a car driven by 25-year old Donald Karagianes.  He was arrested for violating a protective order, breach of peace, strangulation and assault.  Karagianes was also charged with risk of injury to a minor because there was a child in the vehicle.

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Newtown officials have updated town ordinances about alarm systems in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms.   Home and commercial users are encouraged to keep their contact information up to date with police. 

 

Starting July 1st, all alarm systems in Newtown must be registered and renewed annually.  The Newtown Police Department, with the help of the Town IT Department, has created an online registration/renewal application.  Fees can also now be paid online. 

 

Having an unregistered alarm system could result in a $99 fine. 

 

A 2nd false alarm will cost $25.  The fee doubles for the 3rd and 4th false alarm.  It will cost $100 for a 5th, 6th, or 7th false alarm, doubling for the 8th and 9th.  If a home or business alarm system falsely goes off 10 times or more, it's a $250 fee.

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New York State Police carried out an enhanced enforcement effort yesterday, looking for distracted drivers on Interstate 684.  During a six hour time frame, Troopers issued a total of 55 tickets.  10 were for speeding, 3 for seatbelt violations, 11 for cell phone violations and 23 tickets for "move-over" law violations.  The balance of the tickers were issued for other vehicle and traffic offenses.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton anticipates being back in the City this weekend and back in the office on Monday.  Boughton plans to work a few hours a day next week and return full time after labor day.  For now, the 53-year old is in Pittsburgh waiting to have stitches taken out after a surgery to remove a benign, lemon-sized cyst from his brain. 

 

A pathologist confirmed that it was a benign epidermoid cyst. 

 

Boughton told Hearst Connecticut Media that the night before the surgery he spent hours praying, crying and thinking about what sort of person he had been.  The published report also said that Boughton suffered severe exhaustion in the afternoons, starting almost four years ago.  Recently his headaches became bad and one day last month, his vision went blurry for 25 minutes.

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The state Office of Early Childhood has sent a letter to New Milford's Mayor saying that one of his recent Facebook posts is a “breach of contract” with the state.  In the posting, Mayor David Gronbach was critical of the Children's Center giving state-subsidized day care to families earning more than $100,000 a year, meeting the state criteria for income and household size.  The Newstimes reports that the Office of Early Childhood believes he disclosed family-level personal information that is considered confidential.  The agency called on him to not post similar data.

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Schools in the Greater Danbury area will be starting up again soon and that means children will be walking to school and waiting along the street at bus stops.  Kevin Borrup of the Injury Prevention Center says it's important for parents to have a heightened awareness around safety issues. 

 

The Center formed a partnership with the state Department of Transportation to improve safety for pedestrians.  They launched the "Watch For Me Connecticut" campaign to raise awareness among drivers. 

 

The number of pedestrians killed last year increased 11-percent nationwide.  In Connecticut 1,100 pedestrians are hit by cars each year. 

 

Borrup offered tips to pedestrians.  They including using sidewalks, crossing at intersections controlled by signals and walking facing traffic.  For drivers, he is reminding motorists to keep speeds under the limit in residential areas.

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The Redding Board of Selectmen is backing an initiative proposed by second graders to install a ‘Little Free Library’ at the Redding Community Center. 

 

This project was part of the persuasive argument and writing curriculum.  The students drew  life-sized version and planned an opinion-based presentation to convince their classmates to vote for a particular presentation.

 

A Little Free Library, a worldwide organization, supports the construction of small, personally stocked neighborhood book exchanges.  Anyone cane take out a book, and replace it with one of their own. 

 

The small bookcase would be installed on a pedestal in the community center.  The students with the winning design raised money to help go toward materials.  Parents will help with construction.

 

The proposal was forwarded to the Redding Park and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission.  The castle-shaped bookshelf would be stocked with books for siblings to read while waiting for sporting activities to conclude.  Parks and Rec officials say they want some more details from the class about the size of the proposed structure and the upkeep.

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The Danbury Zoning Commission has approved an application to add the use of "municipal animal control facility" to a certain area of the City.

 

$950,000 in bond money was approved by residents in November for construction of a new dog pound, which will help Danbury be in compliance with state standards.

 

Animal Control officials say a new facility is desperately needed. Several improvements were made to the City's current building to bring it up to date with state regulations, but the facility is still sub-standard to pounds of today. The building was constructed in the early 70's, is antiquated and in need of many major updates. 

 

The current facility doesn't have heat or air conditioning, and there's no room to quarantine animals if they're sick. A new building will give the City a humane area to hold dogs before they're adopted.

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Newtown is sending $1.5 million back to the state as the Sandy Hook School rebuilding project officially closes out.  The Public Building and Site Commission recently determined that all expenditures for the newly opened school have been tallied.  Connecticut gifted $50 million to Newtown when the town determined that the best option to move forward was to tear down the site of the shooting and build a new facility on the same property.  Newtown officials say they were mindful of the generosity and were determined to be respectful with the resources.  They credit some of the savings to having very few change orders, deviations and additions because of the vast amount of planning that went into the design process.

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The Danbury Public School District has named the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.  Beth Manning is a science teacher at Westside Middle School Academy.  Manning started out as a pharmaceutical representative, tasked with training co-workers in technological changes. 

 

She earned her masters at Western Connecticut State University.  Manning was a student teacher at Danbury High School in 2001 and then started teaching at Rogers Park Middle School. 

 

Last year she was chosen by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association to receive the “Excellence in Middle School Science Teaching Award.” 

 

Manning says it's great that the district has embraced creativity in teaching the required curriculum.  New state science standards were adopted last year.  Manning said she accomplishes this by helping students – rather than telling them – find the answers through science-based questions.

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Attorneys for a Bethel businessman plan to file court papers next month about the Planning and Zoning Commission rejecting an application for a crematorium proposed for Clarke Business Park.  The Newstimes reports that Shawn McLoughlin's previous lawsuit against the town over the decision was rejected. 

 

The Commission approved the location of a crematorium in the business park the year before McLoughlin applied. 

 

Some businesses threatened to move if the application was approved.  His attorney argued that the Commission Chair was improperly influenced by that because she was running for First Selectman at the time.  The published report says that McLoughlin wanted Pat Rist to be forced to make a deposition about why she voted for the permitted use and then rejected the specific proposal. 

 

A judge denied the motion, saying they did not establish why Rist should be deposed.

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The state Department of Transportation has approved the final design submission for Newtown’s proposed replacement of the Toddy Hill Road Bridge over Curtis Pond Brook.  the DOT also authorized Newtown to send the project out for bid. The $3.1 million project replaces a deficient bridge with a wider, longer span to improve hydraulic capacity as well as traffic operations. Construction is expected to begin this year.

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A Danbury man is due in court today on charges stemming from a hit and run accident, and then a later disturbance in the lobby of the Danbury Police Station.  Officers responded to Division Street last Tuesday night on a report of a car hitting a building.  The driver, later determined to by 38-year old Calvin Ward, fled on foot.  

 

Witnesses provided a description of the driver to police, who eventually found him in their lobby. 

 

Ward called Brookfield Police after the accident to report his vehicle stolen. 

 

Danbury Police say Ward became belligerent yelling and swearing. He was charged with Breach of Peace, Interfering With Police Duties, Evading Responsibility, and Failure to Drive Right.  While being booked on those charges, officers found crack cocaine in his possession.  He was charged with possession and intent to sell. 

 

He was released on $25,000 bond.

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A family hiking in Tarrywile Park in Danbury last night got lost in the woods and were rescued by Danbury and Bethel firefighters.  A 15 year old called 911 around 8:45pm to say the family of 4 was lost.  Officials say the City has some of the most advanced technology available to first responders.

 

Using GPS mapping technology, firefighters were able to pinpoint their location and bring iPads to close the distance of a little over a mile away. 

 

Firefighters used the department's "Gator," an off road vehicle, and located the family within 30 minutes in the pitch black night.  The Bethel Fire Department responded with their Off Road Rescue vehicle to help bring the family out of the woods. 

 

The family was checked out by Danbury EMS and found to be uninjured and in good health.

 

The Danbury Fire Department is reminding hikers of some basic safety measures.  Always file a rough hiking plan with a friend, carry a fully charged cellphone, drinking water, and flashlight with fresh batteries in case it gets dark. If you find yourself lost or injured, stop moving, call 911 and give the dispatcher the nature of the problem.

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A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to distributing heroin that caused the overdose death of a Monroe man.  34-year old Careem Bentley, also known as “C-Lows,” of Bridgeport, waived his right to indictment Monday.  Monroe Police responded to a home on November 23rd on a report of a drug overdose.  An unresponsive 37-year-old man was later pronounced dead.  Investigators seized the victim’s cellphone, multiple folds of suspected heroin, and other items, and determined that he purchased heroin from Bentley the night before.  Bentley was arrested in April and is currently jailed.  He will be sentenced in November.

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Bethel officials are cautioning drivers of a week long road closure.  Maple Avenue will be closed daily from 7am until 5pm from the intersection of Maple Avenue Extension and Plumtrees Road to Main Street.  The milling and paving project is starting this afternoon and will continue until Monday the 21st. 

 

Detours will be posted.  Officials are asking drivers, if possible, to plan a alternate route to avoid delays.  Bethel residents who live within the project area will continue to have access to their driveways.

 

The Redding Highway Department will start milling and paving Sanfordtown Road and Lonetown Road beginning tomorrow. This work will take about four weeks.

 

Redding residents should expect delays and road closures. Residents who live within the work zone will be able to access their property while the reconstruction is in progress, all others are urged to take alternate routes. 

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The Danbury Council of Veterans' World War II 72nd Anniversary & Remembrance Ceremony will be held this morning.

 

As part of the ceremony the names of the Danbury area Servicemen who died in WWII will be read aloud, as will the names of the approximately 75 Danbury area World War II veterans who died over the past year.  Also recognized at the ceremony will be any WWII veterans in attendance.

 

For the first time, the Catholic War Veterans will have a display of 60 large WWII photos.  Each will be accompanied by a description covering land battles, bombing raids, naval combat and beach invasions events in Europe, Sicily, north Africa, and the Pacific covering.  This display is more than 20 feet long with 100 square feet of photos.

 

The ceremony will take place at 10am at the Rose Garden on Memorial Drive.

 

The ceremony is organized by the Catholic War Veterans Post 1042. The Host Committee Members includes Commander Richard Raymond, and members Al Mead, Al Cutler, Tom Saadi and Mindo Rebeiro.

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$6,000 was raised in Bethel on Friday night.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says Friday's Bethel Cares benefit event was a huge success.  He noted that while attendees had a lot of fun, a lot of relief money was raised for the families displaced by a July fire on Greenwood Avenue. 

 

He thanked the Bethel and Stony Hill volunteer fire companies, the CERT volunteers, the bands that performed and others.  He also thanked volunteer fireman Ira Pollack and Fire Chief Scott Murphy for their help organizing the event.

 

Some of the food trucks that participate in Bethel's Food Truck Fridays had an off night and showed up, donating their profits.  Some donations are being collected through area churches so Knickerbocker says he's sure the $6,000 number will climb higher.

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Senator Chris Murphy is holding his second “Walk Across Connecticut”.  He began in  Killingly on Sunday morning and plans to walk 103 miles through 21 towns over five days.  He's holding a series of pop-up town halls along his route, including Wednesday in Newtown.  The event is planned for the Edmond Town Hall Gym at 6:30pm.  His last stop will be at noon in Danbury at Rogers Park.

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