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Redding Body Identified

The body of the woman found over a week ago off Route 53 in Redding has now been positively identified. State Police say she is 26 year old Leah Chaparro and she was from Bridgeport. Police also say that their investigation now make them believe the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious. Chaparro’s body was found early on February 18th in a wooded area off Route 52 in Redding by a jogger. The investigation is ongoing.

Disturbing Book Content Not Enough To Have It Pulled From School Library

One single vote… that’s all it took to keep one controversial book on high school library shelves in Brookfield. The book is titled “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel… and because of it’s graphic sexual content many folks were in favor of having it removed from the high school library as they felt it was inappropriate for young people. A heated two-hour discussion ended with a single vote to kept the controversial book on the shelves at Brookfield High School. About 60 people came to the meeting and about 20 of them spoke during the public comment period. The book is a graphic novel that tells the story about a woman who discovers her father is gay, after she comes out as a lesbian.

Constables Now Under Microscope For Discrepencies

The Connecticut State Police are now turning their attention to constables after last year’s audit flagged at least 63 constables for discrepancies in their ticket data…. something that some argue is long overdue. The audit identified 20 constables with more than 100 potentially falsified records, including one constable who “potentially falsified at least 100 records.”

Gas Leak Results In Evacuations

In Newtown, portions of the Fairfield Hills Campus reopened late Thursday after a gas leak forced an evacuation. The incident occurred on Thursday morning, prompting authorities to close the area around Primrose Street. The Fairfield Hills Campus, once a mental health facility, now serves as a business park housing town offices and a community center. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. While walking trails, outdoor recreation areas, and fields reopened yesterday, the municipal center, senior center, and community center will reopen today. Private businesses are gradually resuming operations.

Pain At The Pump

On Leap Day, the price of a gallon of gasoline varied widely depending upon where you filled up. The national average price for a gallon of regular on Thursday was $3.32. A week ago the price was $3.27 according to AAA. Here in Connecticut, the price at the pump yesterday averaged $3.27… unchanged from a week ago. In Danbury it was a bit higher… $3.31 a gallon.

Ridgefield Notes Progress

In Ridgefield, First Selectperson Rudy Marconi delivered his annual “state of the town” address. Branchville development and capital projects took center stage in his speech. Thanks to a $2.2 million state grant, the town now has enhanced pedestrian infrastructure, including sidewalks, street lamps, and a pedestrian bridge. The intersection of Route 7 and Route 102 has been revamped to improve connectivity. The next step? Replacing the Depot Road bridge, complete with a sidewalk for pedestrians to cross Route 7. Marconi said his vision is to make Ridgefield an attractive place for people of all ages to call home.

Man Sentenced For Fatal Traffic Crash

A 26-year-old Danbury resident lost their life when a pickup truck collided with a tree in Newtown last May. The driver, 24-year-old Roger Villa, has now been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence, and evading responsibility.

New Milford School Roof Still An Issue After Nearly 6 Years

In New Milford, concerns persist over the quality and safety of repairs to the high school roof, which began nearly six years ago. The Board of Education’s Facilities Subcommittee is considering two options: a long-term fix involving disassembling and reassembling the roof, or a short-term solution with fasteners. The project initially aimed to upgrade the roof for $4.75 million, but delays due to fires have complicated matters.

New Stop Signs Going Up In Danbury

In an effort to curb speeding and prevent crashes, Danbury has installed new stop signs at the intersection of Deer Hill Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and Wilson Street. Concerns raised by Deer Hill Avenue residents prompted the move. As of now, the signs remain covered with black bags, but once unveiled, they will enforce a four-way stop. Residents have witnessed reckless driving on the road, and these measures aim to enhance safety.

Newtown Budget Proposal Includes Tax Rate Increase

In Newtown, a proposed $138 million town budget includes a 4.6% tax rate increase, reflecting the effects of spiraling inflation and the rising costs of salaries and benefits. Nevertheless, local leaders are working to try to find savings in the spending plan before the late April budget vote. The Board of Finance and Legislative Council rigth now are exploring the available options. Newtown residents vote separately on the school district’s $89.8 million budget and the town’s $48.8 million budget during the annual referendum in April.





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