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New Milford Police are investigating a fraud complaint.  A Pleasant View Road resident reported that mail was removed from the mailbox on the 14th.  Three male suspects were seen in what appeared to be a newer model white Honda Accord with a New York registration. Anyone with any information is asked to contact New Milford Police at 860-355-3133.


(Photo: New Milford Police)

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An informational meeting is being held in Ridgefield Thursday night by the state Department of Transportation on proposals to ease traffic congestion on Main Street.  The $3.15 million project would revamp Main Street between Governor and Prospect streets.  


Pedestrian crossing improvements, dedicated left-turn lanes, realigning the CVS shopping plaza entrance and replacing some trees are all part of the proposal.  80-percent of the project would be funded with federal dollars, with the balance coming from the state.  Construction could begin next year, if funding is available.  


A design presentation will start at 7pm with a chance to meet with representatives at 6:30 Thursday  in the school board room of the town hall annex.  If postponement is required due to inclement weather, the public hearing will be held on April 12, at the original hour and location.

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An informational meeting is being held in Redding tonight to give an overview of train operations and horn protocol.  A summary of noise audits and noise complaint investigations will be discussed by representatives from Metro North and the state Department of Transportation.  Safety improvements planned at railroad crossings in Redding will also be discussed.  The informational event is from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Redding Community Center.  A forum called Train Horn Abuse Danbury Line was held in August.

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A Danbury man has been arrested by Norwalk Police for assault on an officer.  32-year old Juan Ramirez told officers on Saturday night that his car was disabled, but he appeared to be under the influence.  Ramirez failed field sobriety tests and resisted arrest, tripping and sustaining cuts to his face.  When he was placed into the police cruiser, he allegedly kicked an officer in the chest.  Ramirez allegedly refused to walk out of the hospital and was carried out while yelling that he was going to kill the officers.  He was also charged with threatening and interfering with an officer.  He is due in court on March 26th.

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A former Danbury mayoral candidate has paid a fine to settle an ethics code violation.  The Office of State Ethics says Al Almeida paid the $750 penalty. 


The former Investigator for the Office of the Chief Public Defender in Danbury is accused of doing work in 2013 for a private company, unrelated to his state position, while on state time.  He used his state-issued computer and other state-owned equipment to conduct business related to his outside job. 


While running for Mayor last year, Almeida reportedly used the state email system in his unsuccessful election bid. 


A public official or state employee is prohibited from using state resources to obtain personal financial gain.  Almeida served in his state position for 24 years and had no prior history of ethics violations.  He resigned his state position and is no longer a state employee.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is discussing his seizure brought on from dehydration last week during a GOP gubernatorial candidate event in Avon.  He told reporters that he doesn't remember if he took his anti-seizure medication that day and hadn't eaten enough leading up to the forum.  He also didn't drink enough, leading to severe dehydration.  


Boughton says the episode wasn't related to last year's brain surgery to remove a noncancerous tumor.  He was on the anti-seizure medication as a precaution.  When he announced his gubernatorial bid, Boughton said he would make his medical records public and repeated that offer now. 


Boughton plans to exercise more and has hired a nutritionist.

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A public hearing is being held in Bethel tonight about the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.  The Board of Finance recommended a 2.3 percent increase over the current year to pay for more projects through the operating budget, not bonding them.  The capital budget was also reduced from the $2.1 million selectmen request to $1.4 million.  The municipal plan is proposed at $30.2 million, while the schools are asking for $45.1 million.  The public hearing is at 7pm at the Bethel High School auditorium.  The annual town meeting will be held April 4th.

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An Easton man has been sentenced for possessing meth and nearly 600 Xanax pills.  26-year old Cavan Devine was sentenced to three years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Easton Police seized a bag belonging to Devine in December 2016 and found 744 grams of meth and the Xanax.  A search of the hotel room he rented turned up more meth, along with items used to process, package and mail drugs.  Police determined that he got the drugs off the the dark net, which he also used to distribute them.  A search of his seized laptop turned up more than 1,000 images of child pornography, which Devine also acquired over the dark net.

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Two Southeast residents have been arrested as a result of an underage drinking enforcement operation.  New York State Police carried out the campaign at 28 stores in Brewster, Patterson and Carmel on Friday.  An underage volunteer was sent in to try to buy alcohol and 27 stores were found in compliance.  Two clerks at Brewster Superette did not and were arrested.  65-year old Maria Lopes and 21-year old Igor Lacerda were charged with Prohibited Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage.  They were issued tickets to appear in Court on the 27th.  In addition, their employers face possible civil penalties imposed by the New York State Liquor Authority.

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A Danbury woman has been arrested for giving a fake name to New York State Police during a routine traffic stop.  Troopers pulled a car over on Route 6 in Southeast early Sunday morning and could smell alcohol and marijuana. 


The driver, later identified as 34-year old Tiela Taft, gave several names and birth dates despite being warned of the consequences.  Nearly 4 grams of pot was found in the vehicle.  Taft's blood alcohol content was more thant twice the legal limit. 


She was arraigned and ordered held at Putnam County Jail on bond.  Taft is due in court April 10th.

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The perennial problem of potholes has been made worse in the Danbury area by the rain and snow this winter, washing out temporary fill.  Three crews are out daily, when weather permits, with the cold patch material.  Danbury Superintendent of Public Services Tim Nolan says a company is being brought in this week to tackle some larger problem spots.


The truck has a mounted spray injection patcher.  It uses a hydraulic boom to clear the pothole of debris, and then to apply liquid asphalt to fill and seal it.  The company says the process is quick, doing the job within minutes.


(Photo: City of Danbury)


Most asphalt plants open in the beginning of April. 


Danbury residents can report potholes to the city's information line 311, or 203-744-4311.


If you can't avoid a pothole, AAA recommends slowing down before you hit it, and not to brake directly over a pothole, which can cause more damage to your vehicle.  Drivers are also cautioned to be on the lookout for puddles, because it might be a particularly deep pothole in hiding.

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Wilton Police have received several reports of unlocked cars being entered during the overnight.  Unlocked vehicles entered were in the area of Ambler Lane, Crosswicks Ridge, McFadden Drive, School Road and elsewhere.  The Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the individuals seen in two videos posted to their Facebook page.  Anyone with information can contact the TIPS Line at (203) 563-0256.  Police are also reminding residents to lock vehicles, remove or hide valuables from plain view, and to not leave keys in the vehicle.


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The state Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing next month on proposed intersection improvements in Newtown.  The planned improvement project for the I-84 Exit 11 interchange at Wasserman Way also includes work on Route 34 at Toddy Hill Road.


The hearing is set for April 4th at 6:30pm at Newtown High School.  The goal of the work is to reduce congestion in the area of Newtown High School. 


Newtown started the improvements around Toddy Hill, but questions have come up over the highway access portions of the project after the Governor suspended transportation projects, due to the state's budget problems.  The state's portion of the Exit 11 improvements has been engineered and the work is pending the allocation of funding, much of which is federal dollars.

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A Danbury man has been arrested for allegedly breaking his girlfriend's car window, stealing her purse and threatening her.  Danbury Police were called to a South Well Avenue home Friday night.  A woman told responding officers that 26-year old Abraham Esau Ramirez came out of the house and demanded she and a juvenile get out of the car.  He then allegedly used a snow shovel to break the side mirror off the car and smash the window.  The victim and the youth ran down the street, but later returned to see that her purse was no longer in the car.  Ramirez was charged with risk of injury to a child, criminal mischief, larceny, breach of peace, disorderly conduct and threatening.

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Two local lawmakers took a tour of Henry Abbott Technical High School last week to learn more about the programing offered to the more than 600 students from 18 different towns. Danbury State Representatives Michael Ferguson and Will Duff saw the major renovations done recently to create new, state-of-the-art shop facilities, computer labs and classrooms.  They also talked about proposed bills to promote manufacturing jobs, including establishing public-private partnerships for apprenticeship programs.  School officials told the lawmakers that one of their big issues is how difficult it is to hire teachers and staff in a timely manner due to bureaucratic red tape.

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Three Danbury High School peer leaders spent an hour a day recently teaching more than dozen middle schoolers about science, technology, engineering and math – but added the element of art to heighten creative interest.  They turned STEM into STEAM.  Before bringing their program to Broadview, the students did a pilot program with the English language learners at DHS. 


Seniors Kevin Lapaix, Yacodou Johnson and Naomi Thomas devised a weeklong plan to engage students every day of the after-school program.


The science portion involved making “elephant” toothpaste that taught exothermic reaction through combining hydrogen peroxide, soap, yeast, water and food color. To learn technology, students created an animation program that involved coding and art elements.  For engineering, the students built hurricane-safe buildings using pipe cleaners and straws that were to withstand the winds of a blow dryer.


The math portion taught students about fractions; by filling glasses with different levels of water, they were then able to use the cups to make music as each glass had a different tone. 

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A garage fire in the Candlewood Lake area of Danbury was extinguished early Saturday morning.  Danbury Firefighters responded to Indian Spring Road shortly before 1am on a report of a chimney fire.  Flames were coming through the roof of the garage when they arrived and additional units were called in because of a lack of hydrants in the area.  Fire officials say it appeared to be a gas fed fire from a gas log stove.  The future home owner and the moving crew were evaluated on the scene and had no injuries.  Two cats in the house did make it out, but ran off and are now missing.  The Danbury Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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One person was killed in a crash on Route 7 yesterday morning near Kent.  State Police say the two-car accident happened in Warren near the Kent line, closing the road for several hours.  Life Star was called to bring the injured victim to Hartford Hospital.

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Two Massachusetts men have been arrested on drug related charges after a routine traffic stop in Danbury.  State Police pulled over a car speeding over 80 miles an hour yesterday near exit 2.  Troopers could smell marijuana in the vehicle. 


A State Police K9 found pot in the center console and the trunk, along with three firearms, one of which had the serial number scratched off. 


37-year old Robert Ruiz of Springfield was charged with illegal alteration of firearm identifications, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.  24-year old Hector Martinez, also of Springfield, was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.


Each were released on bond for court appearances April 3.



(Ruiz, Martinez)

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A new executive director has been named for the Candlewood Lake Authority.  Mark Howarth, longtime director of education and outreach, had been serving as interim executive director since Larry Marsicano stepped down June 30th.  Marsicano became a partner with consulting firm Aquatic Ecosystem Research.  The Newstimes reports that Howarth was selected from a pool of about 110 applicants from across the country, Brazil and the United Kingdom.  8 people, including Howarth were interviewed by the search committee.  Howarth, who has a business management background, will be joined in the future by someone with a scientific background.  The Authority wants someone separate from the Director to focus on water quality and invasive species research.

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