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Republicans nominate woman for Bethel First Selectman

The Bethel Republican Town Committee has nominated candidates to run for municipal offices in November.  Patricia Rist gained the unanimous endorsement from the Republican Caucus to run for First Selectwoman.  Her running mate for Selectman will be incumbent Paul Szatkowski.


Congresswoman lets staff take over social media for the day

5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has let her district office take over her social media pages for a day.  She says it was a chance for constituents to see what staff has been up to.  They met with the U.S. Census Bureau to discuss practical initiatives to educate people about the 2020 census.  The Bureau is recruiting for full-time and part-time positions in Connecticut for the count.  On their lunch break, staffers dropped off non-perishable food items at New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, and then supported local businesses by dining out. 


Bethel officials alert residents to Yellow Pages opt out method

The Town Of Bethel has been notified that delivery of the new Fairfield County Yellow Pages books will begin in late November. Residents who wish to OPT OUT and not receive printed yellow pages books are advised to visit www.YellowPagesOptOut.com. The deadline for submitting requests is September 19th.


Himes votes to hold Administration members in contempt

4th District Congressman Jim Himes has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for their refusal to comply with subpoenas.  Congress is attempting to investigate the process of trying to add a citizenship question to the Census, but has been stonewalled.  There could be more votes soon to hold members of the Trump Administration in contempt of Congress.  Himes says advisor Kellyanne Conway has made numerous violations of the Hatch Act, a law designed to stop those in power from abusing their official positions for political purposes. 


Danbury Animal Control receives complaints of dogs left in cars

Danbury Animal Control officials say they are receiving numerous complaints of dogs being left in vehicles.  Temperatures can rise in a vehicle in a very short time. Over the next few days the state will be under a severe weather advisory.  Officials say, per state statute, all dogs should be kept inside with plenty of fresh water. 


New York State Police investigate highway crash

A van rear ended a passenger car slowing for traffic Wednesday morning in Carmel sending two people to the hospital.  New York State Police say a preliminary investigation determined that 55-year old Bubacarr Dukureh of the Bronx was headed westbound and slowing down, when his car was struck by 50-year old Christopher Saas of Patterson. Dukureh is currently being treated for serious injuries, and Saas sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The westbound lanes were closed for over an hour due to the collision with traffic moving slowly on the shoulder.  This investigation remains on-going.

(Photo: NYSP)


Detour set up in Redding for track work

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced the start of the 18 day detour for construction activities for the realignment of Long Ridge Road in Redding at the  Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing.  The detour and closure is now in place and will last until 5am August 5th. Signing and portable message boards will be in use to help direct traffic.  The Contractor is allowed to fully detour traffic around the railroad crossing using the following roads: Simpaug Turnpike, Topstone Road, Route 7(Ethan Allen Hwy), West Starrs Plain Road, Starrs Plain Road, West Redding Road, Long Ridge Road, Reservoir Road, Reservoir Street, Route 53(Grassy Plain Street, Turkey Plain Road, Redding Road), and Side Cut Road.


Ridgefield Police receive hundreds of survey responses

The Ridgefield Police Department has received more than 550 response to an online survey about crime and safety in town, along with questions about Department response to concerns.  The survey closes on Friday.  Ridgefield Police say they will then analyze the responses and create plans for the future.  So far speeding and districted driving are the top two community issues.  Police say they will continue to address these problems.  Department officials also noted that they've received positive feedback from survey participants and thanked respondents for the kind words.


New Milford Mayor nominated for reelection by GOP caucus

The New Milford Republican Town Committee has nominated candidates to run for municipal offices in November.  Incumbent Mayor Pete Bass was backed to run for reelection.  The GOP caucus also nominated 6 people to Town Council, 3 for the Board of Education and two for the Board of Finance.  Other positions on the ballot in November will be Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Planning Commission members, the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals.


Demonstration planned in Danbury for ban on animal circuses

A demonstration is planned in Danbury by people who want a ban on animal circuses adopted. Animal welfare activists from Redding and Bridgeport are organizing the tomorrow's demonstration at Danbury Library Plaza from 2 to 5pm. They protested in April when the Garden Brothers Circus held shows over three day at the Danbury Ice Arena. The facility has new owners who say animal circuses will no longer be held there.  Only two municipalities in Connecticut have a ban on animal circuses. They are Bridgeport and Stamford. 


Newtown Police investigating vandalism incidents

Newtown Police are investigating vandalism incidents along South Main Street.  Police received several complaints earlier in the week of property damage from Mile Hill Road to Main Street.  The vandalism happened between 11:30pm Saturday and 7am Sunday.  One incident involved a chair thrown through a window.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Newtown Police at 203-426-5841.


Three men charged for drug sales, possession in Danbury

Three men have been arrested on drug charges after neighbor complaints in Danbury.   Police launched an investigation months ago into 34-year old Amarpreet Sidhu of Bethel selling drugs from the area of 7 Padanaram Road and throughout the City. 

Search warrants were issued for the condo unit of 34-year old Patrick Rodrigues.  The warrant was carried out yesterday afternoon. 

  

Several ounces of powder cocaine, crack cocaine and fentanyl were seized. Packets of suboxone, a substantial quantity of LSD, several hundred dollars cash and a loaded 9mm pistol were found in the condo unit. 

A third man at the apartment,  37-year old David Snyder of Brookfield, was in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine and was charged.  He was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date. 

Sidhu and Rodrigues were each charged with five counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, possession within 1500 feet of a school, and possession with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts for possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500 feet of a school and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition.  They were each held on $250,000 bond.

Brookfield Police had an outstanding arrest warrant for Sidhu for drug sales.  He is on parole for a previous conviction and will be remanded to the Department of Corrections. 

Investigators were assisted by the Danbury Regional SWAT team, members of the Patrol Division and members of the Brookfield Police Department.


Ribbon cutting today for Newtown Community Center, new Senior Center

A ribbon cutting ceremony is being held this morning to officially open the Newtown Community Center and the new Senior Center. 

Executive Director Matt Ariniello says they're looking forward to opening the doors and showing off everything the facility has to offer.  Representatives from General Electric will be on hand for the ceremony.  The company donated $15 million to Newtown shortly after the shooting at Sandy Hook School, $10 million to build and $5 million to operate for at least 5 years.  The town bonded $5 million for the community center and $3 million for the senior center, which will then hold a ribbon cutting in their portion of the building. 

The combined center is on Simpson Street, adjacent to the Municipal Center at the Fairfield Hills campus.  

The community center has an arts and crafts room, six multipurpose activity rooms, a commercial kitchen, a cafe, a banquet room and outdoor connections to the surrounding area.  The aquatics portion includes a six-lane, 25-yard pool and a zero-entry activity pool.  The senior center is 9,450 square feet of the building.


Wilton Police investigate reports of car theft, vehicles entered

Wilton Police are investigating 5 reports of thefts from vehicles and 2 stolen vehicles in the South Wilton area.  The reports were made overnight Wednesday into Thursday in the Salem Road, Ivy Lane and Whipple Road area.  Anyone along those streets is asked to check home video systems for activity during the overnight hours and contact Wilton Police if observed.  Police also reminded residents to Lock it or Lose it.


Newtown man allegedly punched coworker

A Newtown man allegedly punched a co-worker in the face on Wednesday.  Newtown Police responded to a business complex on Dusty Lane on a report of a verbal dispute.  The incident escalated and 50-year old Brewster Eddy Heatley allegedly hit his coworker.  Heatley was charged with assault and is due in Danbury Superior Court on August 6th.


Aircraft lands safely at Danbury Airport after alert yesterday

It turned out to be a safe landing, but there was an emergency response to Danbury Airport yesterday morning.  Firefighters responded to an Alert 1, which officials say is when there is a minor incident with the aircraft.  The pilot reported the plane running rough and decided to come back to the airport shortly before 9am.  Having firefighters respond is standard protocol as a precaution.  The plane was spotted through the clouds and landed safely.


Household hazardous waste collection day Saturday in Brookfield

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day Drop-off is Saturday, from 9am to 2pm, at Brookfield High School.  First Selectman Steve Dunn says they had $8,000 in the town budget and HRRA provided a $10,000 grant.  Last time there were almost 600 people who participated.

Residents of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown and Ridgefield can load up vehicles with unwanted chemicals and paint among other items.  Volunteers will empty people's cars if needed. 

Electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical waste are among the items not accepted.


Truck fire snarled morning commute through Newtown

A truck hauling pallets caught fire early this morning on I-84 eastbound in Newtown.  The incident was reported shortly after 7:30 this morning just prior to Exit 10. 

Flames were quickly knocked down, but firefighters stayed on the scene for a while to do overhaul operations.  At least one lane was closed through the morning commute.  Traffic was stalled back to about exit 7.  Rubbernecking delays had traffic backed up to exit 14. 

The driver appears to have escaped injuries. 

During the tie ups, emergency responders also received a report of a driver possibly having a medical issue.  The car was turned off and others were moving around it.  Officials say the driver may have been sleeping waiting for the roadway to clear.


14-year old killed in ATV accident in Bethlehem

A 14-year old boy has been killed in an ATV crash in Bethlehem.  State Police responded to Wood Creek Road yesterday and say the teen was riding a quad where his father was working on a course further into the woods.  Steven Palmer and the property owner went searching for Tyler when he hadn't been seen for some time and found him pinned under the quad.  State Police say it's believed Tyler tried to jump the ATV over a ramp, lost control, was ejected and pinned by the quad.  He was unresponsive and transported to Waterbury Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  State Police declared the accident as a fatal incident this morning.
 


Lawsuit against three Danbury Police Officers can go forward

A lawsuit against the Danbury Police Department can proceed. Kelly Novo filed the suit last May, alleging three officers acted recklessly when they entered her Fleetwood Drive house in December 2016 without a search warrant.  They were responding to an alleged domestic dispute with her daughter.  Connecticut Law Tribune reports that Novo's daughter called police and let them in unbeknownst to her.  The 55-year old denied the police access, but they allegedly came in physical contact with her, injuring her arm and knee.  A breach of peace charge against Novo was later dropped.


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