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There is an open state House seat in the 67th District of New Milford.  The position is being vacated by Republican Cecilia Buck-Taylor, who is retiring after two terms.  The race to succeed her features a Democratic Town Council member and a Republican youth sports coach. 


Democrat Mary Jane Lundgren grew up in New Milford, worked at the Hospital for 46 years and she has a background in social work, with a specialty in legislative and political social work. After graduating from UConn with that Master's Degree, she ran for New Milford Town Council. She's been on the Council for 14 years and retired form her nursing job last year. She wants to go to Hartford to bring more resources to the community.


Republican William Buckbee is a longtime volunteer, justice of the peace and youth sports coach.  He's served on the New Milford Sewer Commission and New Milford Homeless Shelter Coalition.  The 44-year old is marketing director and fundraising coordinator for Harrybrooke Park.  He's also been a volunteer firefighter.  In that capacity, the 6-foot-3 man with a white beard has also played Santa Claus. 


Education Cost Sharing formula changes will likely be made by the General Assembly in the coming session. Lundgren says it needs to become more equitable for all towns. She also wants more funding for special education. She wants the state to step up, because special education is costing all municipalities a lot. She wants to bring vocational technical programs to the northwest corner of the state. She says vo-tech schools are training students for the types of jobs that the state is trying to attract.


Buckbee wants to find more money to be allocated for different programs.  He also wants to expand vocational schools to build on the state's workforce.


When it comes to transportation, Buckbee says the state must alleviate traffic.  He says the proposed mileage tax is not the answer, but agreed that alternative methods should be reviewed.  He says he would like to see the special Transportation Fund protected.   He also suggested the state pursue commuter rail service again to bring new revenues to downtown business.


Lundgren says transportation infrastructure needs improvement. She supports the Governor's 30 year, $100 billion improvement plan. Lundgren says good highways are key for business to come in and for people who commute. She would like to see the Danbury Branch of Metro North expanded up to New Milford. She used to commute to school in New York City and says it's a service that would be fantastic for the district.


Lundgren has the backing of the Conservation League of Voters. Lundgren is concerned about air quality and water quality. She says the area around the Housatonic River is going to become a great recreational site in New Milford soon, and wants to see that protected. Lundgren also called Candlewood Lake a jewel of the community. She wants more funding form the state to protect the tourist industry generated by the lake. She is concerned about blue-green algae and zebra mussels. Lundgren has advocated for maintaining New Milford's share of funding for the Candlewood Lake Authority.


Buckbee called for protecting natural resources.  Buckbee also would like to see an increased tourism campaign to promote the beauty of Candlewood Lake.


Heroin and opiate addiction is a topic of concern as the epidemic spreads.  Buckbee says opiate usage is causing overdoses at an alarming rate statewide.  He wants the state to continue to work with mental health professionals, hospitals and counselors along with law enforcement to stem the tide.   Buckbee also called for an increase in the penalty for opioid dealers.


When it comes to improving mental health services, Lundgren says there is a lot of room for improvement. She called for more community access, more community programs and an increase in places where people can go for counseling. She says making improvements in this area is vital.


On the topic of firearms, Buckbee says more laws on gun owners is not the solution, but enforcement is the right step.  He says greater public safety has to be done while ensuring the rights of gun owners are left intact.


While out walking in the district, Lundgren says a lot of people are talking about health care. She says people in Access Health CT are struggling to pay for insurance plans. She would like to look into how to lower the prices.


Buckbee says he's fiscally conservative and wants to work in a bipartisan manner to help New Milford residents.  He says the key to getting anything done though is compromise.  Buckbee says the only way out of the perpetual state deficit is long term structural change.  He says if that is not addressed, the state cannot sustain, let alone grow. He called for no new tax increases.  He was critical of what he called the “corporate welfare” handed out from the governor in bond issuance as an incentive for businesses to stay in Connecticut.

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Area police departments are offering safety tips for Halloween.  Residents are being urged to use care on Monday to help ensure the safety of children celebrating Halloween. 


Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith says face paint is safer than a mask for costumes, but if a child is wearing a mask parents are asked to make sure it has adequate holes for proper vision and breathing.  Trick-or-treaters are being reminded to avoid dark, unlighted houses and not to go to the door of a house that seems unoccupied or has no outside lights on. 


Trick-or-Treaters are encouraged to wear some sort of reflective clothing, carry a flashlight or glow stick, walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic and young children should always be accompanied by an adult.  Older children should always travel in pairs or groups.  They are asked to not go down dark, empty streets and let parents know their route.  Smith is urging trick-or-treaters to take safety precautions while they're out, and also when they get home.  He encouraged parents to inspect all candy and throw away all unwrapped or opened candy or suspicious looking goodies.


He also issued safety tips to avoid fire hazards.  Those tips include keeping jack-o-lanterns out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.


The Sheriff's Department, New York State Police and local departments will have an increased number of patrols on duty during the evening of October 31st.  Community organizations will also have volunteer members out to act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.  


Smith says causing mischief and damaging or defacing other people's property are negative activities that will be prosecuted.  He reminds residents that an empty house on Halloween is an invitation to trouble so if you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.

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A local police dog will be getting body armor.  Monroe Police Department's K9 Murphy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s and manufacturer Armor Express.  This is part of the incentive program for which one free vest is awarded for every 15 vests purchased by the charity. 


(Photo: Monroe Police, Facebook)


The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.


Vests were donated to K9s in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.


Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars.  All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.


The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

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A program created by the General Assembly this year has awarded grants to new entrepreneurs.  CTNext chose 12 projects for grants to support local strategic planning efforts to develop destinations for entrepreneurs and talent in Connecticut. 


A $24,000 planning grant has been awarded to the Danbury Hackerspace.  The non-profit corporation was founded in 2012 to assist start-up businesses by providing office space, equipment and other support.  The makerspace has 3D printers, prototyping tools, a mockup studio, a common work area, program space and co-working space.


Danbury state Representative Bob Godfrey championed this bill and says it will help increase economic development opportunities throughout Connecticut.  He says the state needs to continue to build up and support new and existing businesses and in the process create jobs.

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A dog biting another dog is being investigated by the Redding Police Animal Control Officer.  Police say the incident happened at Topstone Park Tuesday at about 11am. The dogs are described as pitbull looking, one grey and one black. There were two other dogs being walked, one of which was described as spotted. All four dogs were being walked by dog walkers, a male and female in their 30's.  Anyone who might know who these dog walkers are or who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Redding Police Department and ask to speak with an on duty officer by calling 203-938-3400. The on duty officer will forward the information.

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Resident complaints about a man selling drugs and carrying an illegal handgun around Danbury led to a several weeks long investigation by Danbury Police.  Members of the Special Investigations Division, the Community Conditions Unit, regional SWAT team and a representative of the FBI carried out search warrants for 24-year old Devante Laurel yesterday. 


Based on surveillance, Laurel was seen conducting activity consistent with drug trafficking.  Laurel was stopped by the SWAT team as he was about to make a drug sale in the parking lot of Millenio Barbershop on North Street, after being observed making other suspected transactions minutes before.  Laurel was followed there from Danbury Superior Court, where he appeared for unrelated offenses. 


He had a handgun and drugs on him when he was seized.  Danbury Police say markings on the handgun were intentionally altered, he had no weapons permit and he was forbidden to possess a firearm due to a prior court order. 


Laurel was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, altering markings, violation of conditions of release, and criminal possession of a firearm, narcotics, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  He was also charged with possession of both narcotics and a controlled substance with intent to sell, within 1,500 feet of a daycare and intent to sell within within 1,500 feet of a daycare.

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A 21-year old Danbury man who was convicted of running a Ponzi Scheme when he was a teenager has been sentenced.  Ian Bick was ordered Wednesday to serve three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  The first 12 months of probation must be served in home confinement.  Bick was also ordered to pay more than $480,000 in restitution. 


Bond was revoked for the Tuxedo Junction owner earlier this month after prosecutors claimed he continued to engage in the same type of conduct that underlies his conviction by raising money for his so-called business ventures under false pretenses. 


In a sentencing memo, prosecutors said this may be one of the rare white collar cases where a significant prison term is necessary as a deterrence based on post-conviction conduct.  The filing claims that Bick has shown no remorse for his conduct.  Prosecutors claim this crime was neither a minor financial crime nor a one-time mistake of judgment.  They said Bick engaged in a carefully calculated fraud scheme over the course of more than a year, which required actively lying to investors.


Bick was a principal and/or managing member of various Danbury-based entities, including This Is Where It’s At Entertainment, LLC, Planet Youth Entertainment, W&B Wholesale, LLC, and W&B Investments, LLC. Using these entities, Bick solicited investment funds from his friends, former classmates, acquaintances, and their parents by promising high investment returns over relatively short periods of time. Bick falsely represented to victim-investors that he could generate the high investment returns by using their funds to purchase electronics and electronic devices, such as iPhones, tablets and head phones, and by reselling the items for a substantial profit via the Internet. However, the electronic resale business never actually began in earnest and did not return any meaningful profit.  Bick also falsely represented to certain victim-investors that he could generate high investment returns by using their funds to organize and promote concerts at various venues in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Bick falsely represented that he had made significant profits organizing and promoting concerts in the past.

Bick failed to invest the funds he received as he had represented and instead used invested funds for unrelated and unsuccessful businesses, and to pay personal expenses, including hotel stays and to purchase jet skis. Bick also used invested funds to issue payments, purportedly as “interest payments” and as “return of principal,” to certain victim-investors.


The Government also alleged a significant level of contempt for fire safety laws at his club, Tuxedo Junction. According to a report that Federal Agents received from the Danbury Fire Marshall, the fire suppression system at Bick's club was disabled for months, which created substantial risk of injury to the patrons some of who are minors. According to the report Bick was aware it was off for months. Additionally, Bick did not pay the fees associated with the inspection as businesses are required to do. The Government says while this incident is not directly related to the financial crimes for which Bick faces sentencing now, this demonstrates Bick’s poor character, his incorrigible behavior since conviction, and his disrespect for the law.

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A public hearing is being held on Tuesday in Bethel about a proposed lease.  The Bethel Board of Selectmen is holding a public hearing on November 1st to receive public comments on a proposed lease with BSGB LLC for a portion of the land and the building located at 5 Depot Place, commonly referred to as the “Old Train Station”. 


The hearing is at 7pm in Meeting Room A of the Municipal Center. 


The space was last occupied by Bethel Cycle. 


BSGB LLC is owned by three local entrepreneurs who are looking to open a brew pub at the site, which is owned by the town.  There are 3 principal owners of the business.  Lisa Tassone owns nearby La Zingara restaurant, Chris Sanzeni of Bethel is an experienced brewer, and Paul Mannion owns the Green Grunion food truck in Danbury.

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Danbury's free Fall Leaf Pick-up Program started this week.  The leaf collection program will run for six weeks, through December 2nd. Only leaves bagged in paper leaf bags with no tape should be left at curbside for the city’s Highway Department to pick-up.  No plastic bags, large debris like tree stumps or grass clippings will be collected. 


Branches will be picked up separately.  Limbs must be cut into lengths no longer than 4 feet, no limb may be larger than 4 inches in diameter. Branches must be bundled with twine in bundles no heavier than 35 pounds. 


The Leaf Pickup Program is divided by I-84; Section A is to the south with zip code 06810 and Section B is to the north with zip code 06811.  Section A pick up continues tomorrow before switching to Section B.  This cycle will be repeated through December 2nd.

Pick-up dates are subject to change throughout the program depending on weather and the Highway Department’s work schedule. 


Ferris Mulch Products at 6 Plumtrees Road is open for Danbury residents who wish to drop off their own bags or tree and yard debris throughout the year for free. The hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 am through 3:30 pm. Saturday from 7:30 am to 12noon. Closed on Sundays.

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One of only two open State Senate seats is for the 30th District, which includes New Milford. 


Republican Craig Miner is currently serving his 8th term as state Representative for Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury. In the legislature, he is a member of the Appropriations, Environment, Labor & Public Employees, and Public Safety committee.


Democrat David Lawson teaches in Dover Plains, New York. He lives in New Milford with his wife, and that's where they raised their children. He is serving his fourth term on the Board of Education and is currently the chairman. His priorities would be economic growth and development, education, health, and the environment. He decided to run for the legislature because of the partisan bickering in Hartford. He wants to help end that and start the General Assembly working as a team.


During the last term, Miner says he worked with the outgoing Senator from the 30th District, Clark Chapin, to secure statewide municipal grants to deal with invasive species in Connecticut waterways. He supported legislation to give financial assistance to firefighters who suffer from certain diseases as a result of performing their jobs. The funding comes from the Firefighter Cancer Relief Program.


Lawson wants to protect and preserve wildlife, waterways, and air quality. When it comes to preserving open space, he says the state is not currently transparent in land transfers, and would like to change that.


Miner says he's concerned about the lack of job growth. He thinks Connecticut has a lot to offer and he'd like to turn the state's economy around. He believes the legislature should get into budget issues earlier. He says there is some wasteful spending that needs to be addressed. Miner says post employment benefits, wages and benefits for state employees should all be on the table. He says once the state gets a hand on expenses and bonding, corporations and residents will feel more secure and will stay.


Lawson agrees that the Education Cost Sharing formula needs to be reworked and more equitable. He was pleased when he first heard the judge rule that the state is not constitutionally fulfilling its role in funding education. But he says the ruling went far beyond the scope of the initial lawsuit. He says the idea of one-size fits all needs to be looked at, as do teacher evaluations.

He would advocate for the Northwest corner to expand vocational and technical opportunities. Lawson wants the state to be proactive and not reactive. He would work to keep the hospitals in the district open. He says they cover a wide area and are a big asset to the region.


Miner served on a subcommittee of the Task Force dealing with guns and ammunition. He voted in opposition to the Gun Safety Bill passed in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook School, but voted in favor of some fixes to the bill. He says he voted against the large bill because of questions that came up, including what happens if someone leaves their gun to a relative in their estate. Miner said another issue dealt with antiques and curios, a group covered under a federal license for selling high value firearms. One fix Miner introduced was allowing people to get their firearms back that were in a gun shop on consignment with a magazine larger than a certain size. The original bill didn't allow for those guns to return to their owners. Another provision gave equality to constables as to police.


The opiate, drug and alcohol issues are also a priority for Lawson. He says the state has learned that Connecticut can't arrest its way out of it. He called for more education and opportunities for people with addiction to get the help they need.

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The development of the Century Brass property in New Milford is a contentious topic.  A proposal has been made to enter into an Option Agreement with Panda Power.   Texas-based Panda Power Company has proposed a twin turbine, air cooled, natural gas electricity generation plant.  Two informational sessions have already been held and three more are scheduled. 


New Milford Mayor David Gronbach says preliminary estimated tax revenue from the tax assessor when the plant is running is between $7.5 million and $11 million.  The old Century Brass Mill property is 72 acres and designed as a brownfield site.  It was acquired by the town through a foreclosure process.


The informational session with Panda Power Plant representatives are scheduled for November 9th and 10th at 7pm at Sarah Noble School and November 10th at 1pm at Town Hall.

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A Danbury man making an appearance in Danbury Superior Court was wanted for illegal drug sales, and arrested.  Resident concerns about 29-year old Timothy Joyner selling drugs led to an investigation weeks ago and police were issued search warrants. 


When Joyner went to court on unrelated charges yesterday, police were waiting.  A search of his vehicle, parked in the Superior Court parking lot, turned up illegal narcotics packaged for sale.  SWAT team members went to his Padanaram Road home and a search resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia. 


Joyner was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.


He was held for arraignment.

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A 21-year old Danbury man who was convicted of running a Ponzi Scheme when he was a teenager has been sentenced. 


Ian Bick was ordered this morning to serve 36 months in prison.  That will be followed by three years of supervised release, the first 12 months in home confinement.  Bick was also ordered to pay more than $480,000 in restitution. 


Bond was revoked for the Tuxedo Junction owner earlier this month after prosecutors claimed that Bick continued to engage in the same type of conduct that underlies his conviction by raising money for his so-called business ventures under false pretenses. 


In a sentencing memo, prosecutors said this may be one of the rare white collar cases where a significant prison term is necessary as a deterrence based on post-conviction conduct.  The filing claims that Bick has shown no remorse for his conduct.

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The chairman of the Fairfield Board of Education is looking to unseat the incumbent Republican state Senator in the 28th District, which includes Newtown.  State Senator Tony Hwang faces a challenge from Democrat Philip Dwyer, who served the community through the YMCA and three different elected offices.


Hwang says he wants to bring greater transparency, sustainability and predictability to the state budgeting process. He says the way tax revenue and resources are managed, and how spending is allocated impacts every facet of every community. He says the current budgetary process is broken because all parties involved aren't brought to the table. Hwang says cutting school budgets, impacting municipalities and those most at risk is flawed. He says the most vulnerable; the developmentally disabled, seniors and hospitals need to be protected. He says the state is in a crisis and lawmakers need to send a message that they are working together to create an environment where businesses and people can sustain themselves in Connecticut. He says government needs to be accountable to the people they represent.


Dwyer says community engagement is important to quality of life in the state. He wants to help the legislature have a better understanding of local school districts. Job development is also a focus for Dwyer.  His top priorities are improvements in public schools, job growth, transportation and services for those most in need.


There is a court ruling making its way to the state Supreme Court about education funding fairness and other reforms to the education system in Connecticut. Dwyer says the judge made it seem like it's a question of rearranging allocations between rural, suburban and urban. But he says it goes much deeper than that, it's about closing the achievement gap in all districts. He says there are achievement gaps across the state. Dwyer says that's where the focus of the state should be when it comes to educating all children.


Hwang agrees with a state judge who ruled recently that Connecticut's education funding formula needs to be reformed. He says it's become a political doling out of favors without true application. Hwang says there's a lack of equity in the current system. But he was critical of the school construction funding part of the ruling should be allocated based upon the wealth of each community. He says schools are built for every future child who may use that school. Hwang also disagreed about special education funding reforms. He says every child deserves a quality education and should have an opportunity to live a fulfilled life. Hwang says America's greatness is predicated on the quality of educational foundations, and that shouldn't be allowed to lapse into mediocrity.


Dwyer says government works best when it takes care of those most in need. He called for better services to those who need mental health services and those who are not as financially well off as others. He says the state can't grow jobs without a strong transportation system.


Hwang says mental health is a critical component to everyone's well being. He says mental illness is no different than physical ailments, and efforts should be made to eliminate the stigma. He called for education, supportive services and counseling. He says the Be Kind Program and initiatives started by Sandy Hook parents in the wake of tremendous tragedy are making people's lives better.


Dwyer says Connecticut has a big budget problem. His career has been spent balancing budgets while preserving services for those most in need. He says there are tough decisions and prioritizations that have to be made.


Hwang says the state taxes far too much and spends too much. He believes the state has to balance needs against wants. Before tolls or a mileage tax can be taken seriously, Hwang says the Special Transportation Fund needs to be used solely for transportation infrastructure projects.


Having affordable health care costs is a concern. Dwyer says the Board of Education has found a way, working with employee groups, to make changes to health insurance plans that saves them money, saves the town money while preserving the basic services they want. He touted the state for passing Partnership 2.0 for making it possible for the Fairfield school district to $3.5 million on health insurance costs. Employees saved $800,000.


Hwang says some bills he's proud of working in a bipartisan manner include protecting the state's waterways. He says the Long Island Sound Plan maps out the topography and the shipping routes that can boost the state's commerce while protecting the waterway. He also touted legislation to give financial assistance to firefighters who suffer from certain diseases as a result of performing their jobs. He also praised the School Safety Zero Tolerance bill. He says there's been a rash of threats of violence against schools. He says the financial trauma to first responder resources and the emotional trauma to students, faculty and parents causes havoc and is not a laughing matter.


Dwyer says Connecticut's gun safety law isn't about gun control, it's about gun violence prevention. He says Connecticut is number 2 in terms of responsible actions taken. He says there are more steps that can be taken to change the gun culture in the country, and to put laws on the books that help communities be safer. He notes that a majority of those in the gun sale industry are responsible make sure people have background checks. He wants bad actors in the gun sales industry to be held accountable to higher standards.


Hwang called on his fellow lawmakers to be models of cooperation and compassion to make positive contributions to the state. In walking the district, he's learned that people don't begrudge paying their fair share of taxes. But he says they don't believe their tax dollars are being spent properly, efficiently and respectfully. He says government has a role in ensuring the most vulnerable are protected, that public safety is upheld and the infrastructure is safe. Hwang says government has a responsibility to stay out of people's lives and empower businesses, but not be the solution to growing jobs. He's also heard that the unrelenting burden of taxes and regulations are driving people from the state. He wants the state to reign in spending and treat each tax dollar coming in as any other household does.

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A jury has found a Danbury teen guilty on a manslaughter charge.  20-year old Emanuel Harris was tried as an adult even though he was 17 when he was accused of stabbing 17-year old Luan Pitol in 2013.  


The two groups of friends got into an argument after a soda can hit the ground near one another after a dance at the Harambee Youth Center.  Each group went on their way, but they came together on Wooster Street. 


Harris allegedly stabbed Pitol and another teen in the backs.  He was also found guilty of assault for slashing another teen.  Harris will be sentenced on December 13th.

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A Danbury nanny charged with dozens of counts of risk of injury to a minor will have the case decided by a judge rather than a jury.  During a court appearance Tuesday, 32-year old Lidia Quilligana opted to have a Danbury Superior Court Judge decided the case.  She was arrested last March after being allegedly recorded on a nanny camera beating and burning a 3-year old girl in her care. 


At the time, she said the child accidentally touched the hot stove while she was tending to the other children. 


Quilligana gave birth in December while being held in custody on $1 million bond.  She faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the 23 risk of injury charges filed against her, and up to 20 years in prison on the assault charge.  She rejected a plea deal in April. 


The next court appearance is set for December 6th.

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Twin brothers wanted in connection with a September bank robbery in Connecticut have been arrested in New York.


Connecticut State Police announced on Twitter that Vince Rollins and Vance Coffin were arrested in New York on Tuesday and are awaiting extradition.


The two 50-year old Norwich residents were wanted for a bank robbery in Canterbury on Sept. 23. They had last been seen driving in a black SUV in the southeastern part of the state.  State police issued an announcement Monday that said the brothers were "considered armed and dangerous" and advised anyone spotting them not to confront them but to call police instead.


(Vance Coffin, Vincent Rollins)


The Putnam County Sheriff says the pair was captured the town of Southeast Tuesday after they were found sleeping in a stolen car.  Connecticut State Police notified the Sheriff’s Office at about 11:30am that the men were believed to be somewhere in the area of Brewster.


The Sheriff’s Office dispatched about a dozen investigators and plainclothes deputy sheriffs.  They located the fugitives about an hour later in a 2010 Toyota Corolla parked off the side of Old Milltown Road in Southeast, near the East Branch Reservoir.  


The men were taken into custody without resistance.


The car had been reported stolen from Colchester, Connecticut on October 17th.  A North Carolina license plate on the car belonged on another vehicle stolen from a car in Newton, North Carolina around October 21st.


Coffin and Rollins were both charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property.

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A 30-day public water supply emergency has been declared by the state for the City of Danbury.  This follows an order locally for residents to conserve water.  At that time reservoir levels were at 66% of full capacity, which is approximately 11% below normal for this time of year. 


The City's Public Utilities Department says water supply reservoirs are approaching critically low levels. 


The state Department of Public Health declaration is valid for 30 days, but the City can apply for additional 30 day extensions, up to a maximum of 150 days.  The order means that Danbury can tap Lake Kenosia to bolster the water supply. 


Danbury also provides water to certain portions of Bethel and Ridgefield.


The current drought conditions are taxing many of the state’s reservoirs and forcing public water systems to ask for an emergency declaration to protect their supplies. This is the third such order.

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A New York woman wanted in Bethel has been arrested as a Fugitive from Justice.  New York State Police arrested 58-year old Rosemarie Castillo of Pawling on Wednesday after an investigation revealed that Bethel Police had a warrant for her arrest. 


The warrant was for a 6th degree larceny charge. 


Castillo was arraigned and ordered held at Dutchess County Jail on $50,000 bond while awaiting extradition to Connecticut.

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Monroe firefighters are reminding people of the importance of having carbon monoxide detectors in their homes after an oil burner in a Moose Hill Road home experienced an internal catastrophic failure Saturday night and led to a sudden release of highly elevated carbon monoxide. 


Monroe fire officials say the family wasn't home at the time, but their alarm company reported an activated carbon monoxide alarm.  Using gas detection meters, firefighters detected carbon monoxide levels of 450 parts per million; a level that can cause severe illness after one to two hours of exposure. 


Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, shut off the furnace and ventilated the home for over an hour. 


Fire officials say homeowners should have working carbon monoxide detectors on each level of the house, including outside of the bedroom areas.  Carbon monoxide is an invisible, colorless, and odorless gas generated when fossil fuels burn incompletely.  Carbon monoxide can begin to cause nausea, headache, dizziness, and difficulty breathing that can lead to unconsciousness and death.

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