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The Bethel Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare for any impact from Hurricane Jose.  Bethel Officials are monitoring the storm and believe impacts should be minimal, with winds around 20-25 miles per hour, with higher gusts Tuesday into Wednesday morning.  They expect some scattered power outages due to the wind.  Some intermittent heavy rain bands may cause small, localized flooding in the normally prone areas.  Officials say now is a good time to check flashlight batteries, clear storm drains and gutters, bring in any loose lawn furniture or wind prone items to be safe.



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A Monroe woman who pretended to be someone else on a 911 call allegedly falsely reported Wednesday that a woman was being held captive by her armed boyfriend.  The Monroe Courier reports that schools near the Royce of Trumbull apartments were placed in lockdown mode as police responded.  Police later determined that 31-year old Lauren Pires made up the report  in order to have her estranged husband arrested.  She was charged with falsely reporting an incident, breach of peace and interfering with police.  Pires is due in court on the 25th.



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A Bridgeport man has been charged by Newtown Police for a fatal crash that happened in April.  32-year old Terrelle Anderson was driving on Mt Pleasant Road April 4th when he cross the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle.  An 86-year old Southbury woman, who was a passenger in the SUV, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The Newtown Bee reports that Anderson was charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to keep right on a curve.  He was released on bond for a court appearance on the 28th.



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The United Way of Western Connecticut has extended the application period for the Danbury Collaborative Awards to October 16th.  The awards are meant to honor the work of collective efforts seeking to improve the lives of Danbury residents.  

 

A review team will choose the three top candidates.  Mayor Mark Boughton will then make the final decision about the first, second, and third place award winners. Awards will range from $20,000 to $7,500. 

 

Applications can accessed via UWWC’s website at: www.uwwesternct.org/grant-opportunities. For more information about the Danbury Collaborative Awards or the application process, please contact UWWC Community Impact Coordinator Caroline LaFleur at 203-297-6307.



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Two Danbury men have been arrested on drug related charges in an investigation that started weeks ago in response to neighbor complaints.  Danbury Police carried out search warrants on Friday at a Coalpit Hill Road apartment. 

 

47-year old William Albers was stopped near South Street and Town Hill Avenue after police saw a suspected drug transaction with 21-year old Mark Lamoureux.  Albers was found in possession of illegal drugs and placed under arrest. 

 

  

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At his apartment, Police say Sheila Servidio-Pollen was located, along with additional illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Albers was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of narcotics.  Lamoureux was charged with sale of narcotics.  Both were released on a written promises to appear in court at later dates.



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Nominations are being sought for the 6th annual Warrior Award, which will be presented to a local veteran during the 10th annual Walk of Honor in Danbury this October.  Residents of the greater Danbury area are being called on to nominate a veteran, who has served in a combat zone and who also exemplifies the values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

 

The nominations should be approximately 500 words and should include the nominee’s name, military rank, medals awarded and as many details as possible about their service.  The deadline for all nominations is September 20th.  Previously submitted nominations can be re-submitted.

 

The Walk of Honor will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Danbury War Memorial at 12pm.

 

Event organizer Mary Teicholz says the stories of bravery and heroism that people have shared with the committee have been overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

 

People submitting the nomination should also include their name and contact information. Nominations can be emailed to mteicholz61@gmail.com, or visit www.walkofhonor.us for additional information.

 

Todd Angell, who served in Afghanistan, received the inaugural Warrior Award in 2012.  Vietnam veterans Danny Mack Welch and John "Buzz" Hogan received the award during the following two years.  The next year, World War II veteran Anthony Yakacki was presented with the honor.  Last year's recipient, Roger Rua, served in Afghanistan.



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16 health centers in Connecticut are receiving grant money to fund treatment for mental health and opioid abuse.  The Connecticut Institute for Communities in Danbury was awarded $175,700.  The grant is part of a $200 million package awarded to more than 1,000 health centers and rural health organizations across the country by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Connecticut's congressional delegation says the funding is welcome, but only a small step in stopping the opioid scourge.  They say the health centers have been on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic in hard-hit Connecticut communities.



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The Connecticut State Society is hosting the 4th annual “Discover Connecticut” reception in Washington DC.  Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will help showcase more than 20 small-batch food producers, restaurants, breweries, tourist attractions, and other businesses based in Connecticut. 

 

Among the businesses featured at the “Discover Connecticut” today in the Senate Office building are Stew Leonard's, Pez Candy, Two Roads Brewing Company, Newman’s Own, and Pepperidge Farm.  Jones Family Farms and Winery of Shelton, Tea With Tracy from Seymour and Fairfield-based Bigelow Teas will also be in attendance. 

 

Blumenthal says "Discover Connecticut" showcases the energy and creativity of businesses from across the state. 

 

Murphy says "Discover Connecticut" will give people in Washington the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of products and activities in Connecticut.



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The League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County is hosting a program tonight at Western Connecticut State University about Campaign Financing in Connecticut.  The event at Warner Hall, on the midtown campus, is at 7pm and will feature Elona Vaisnys.

Since 2005, when it was signed into law, the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program has been providing publicly funded grants to run election campaigns for seats in the state legislature and for state offices.  CEP funds come from the sale of abandoned properties in the state and from donations to the Citizens’ Election Fund.

 

CEP constitutes 0.0001% of the state budget.

 

Vaisnys says state elections may sink back to pay-to-play and special interests would again fund all candidates because of the budget stalemate.  The Republican backed-budget, approved by the General Assembly over the weekend, included elimination of funding for the CEP.  Governor Malloy has threatened to veto the budget, sending the program into renewed uncertainty.

 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.



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Danbury-based Praxair has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as a world leader in sustainable industrial practices.  The company was named to the World and North American Indices and is the only U.S.-based firm in the chemical sector to be selected for those indices for 15 consecutive years.  Praxair scored highest in the North American chemical sector overall and highest in the global industrial gas sector.  The Dow Jones Sustainability Index looks at corporate governance, risk management, innovation, environmental management and strategy, supply-chain standards, and safety and labor practices.



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The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a $40.7 billion Republican-backed budget plan that the Senate approved and which Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto.  The GOP plan relies on changes in state employee pensions after the current state union deal ends in 2027. Republicans say it achieves $270 million in savings.

 

Malloy says the Republican proposal "relies on too many unrealistic savings" and is "unbalanced."

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher praised the budget for not including tolls, something included in the last version the majority Democrats presented before the vote.  She thanked her colleagues for putting party politics aside to vote for what they believe is a responsible proposal.

 

Danbury Senator Mike McLachlan says this has been a long year that saw multiple budgets and revisions, all with the goal of creating financial stability that would help grow the Connecticut economy.  He believes the approved budget is the best one to meet the state's priorities for education, municipalities, and social services.

 

Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says the legislatively-approved budget plan moves Connecticut in a new direction, generating a predictable, sustainable and transparent ecosystem where Connecticut businesses can thrive and grow.

 

Easton and Redding Representative Adam Dunsby says the approved budget combines government departments, mandates less overtime for state employees, and restricts state borrowing.  He acknowledged that there are cuts some people won’t like, but given the state’s condition, there’s no other way.

 

Danbury Representative Michael Ferguson says the budget moves Connecticut forward and stops kicking the fiscal can down the road.  He added that the budget also does not include devastating taxes or tolls.


Bethel Representative Will Duff says the legislature honored the Governor's repeated warnings not to produce a budget that was revenue driven.  He also praised the budget, which is facing a veto, for eliminating Social Security income tax.

 

New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith says the bipartisan support that the budget received in the General Assembly puts the state in a position to make the necessary structural changes to turn Connecticut’s economy around.  He also said Governor Malloy's promised veto would be a terrible move, imposing brutal funding cuts on local aid and education funding.

 

Brookfield Representative Steve Hardin says lawmakers had an obligation to pass a budget which did not raise taxes while also funding local schools, which he says they did.  Harding urged the Governor to sign it into law and end the budget stalemate.



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The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for a bank robbery in Monroe on Thursday.  A hold up alarm sounded at People's Bank on Main Street in Monroe around 6pm, just before closing. 

 

The man demanded cash and displayed a handgun. 

 

 

 

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash. 

 

Anyone who observed suspicious activity around the Rt.25/Rt.59 area, or have any knowledge of this incident, is asked to contact the Monroe Police Detective Bureau at 203-261-3622.



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Eversource Energy is conducting aerial patrols of vegetation on transmission lines in the Greater Danbury area.  Redding Police say the inspections will be conducted today through Friday using a blue and gray helicopter (Tail #N1431W), and a blue and white chopper (Tail #N411DD).



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September is No Kid Hungry Month.  Bethel Public Schools will be a part of a movement that encourages students and staff to raise awareness about the initiative called GO ORANGE.  On Friday, the schools will be holding a food drive, and administrators are encouraging students to donate a kid-friendly food item; meaning something that can be opened and consumed without adult assistance. The items will be distributed by school social workers and other agencies in Bethel.



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An animal that looks like a mountain lion was spotted roaming around the area of Danbury Municipal Airport this morning.  One resident was able to capture video of the animal.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was alerted.

 

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Off track betting will be allowed as an accessory use in a restaurant in Danbury.  The Zoning Commission met again Tuesday after approving the text amendment in May.  A downtown business owner had filed a lawsuit alleging noncompliance with notification requirements. 

 

One commissioner initially asked to table the matter because he wanted more consideration given to whether a betting parlor would be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the City.  Another member said this was not a decision made off the cuff, citing multiple hearings that went late into the night.

 

Sportech Venues has exclusive licensing rights in Connecticut and would provide 1.6 percent of gross revenue to City Center.  Currently, Sportech is allowed 18 licenses, Danbury would be the 17th location.  But the state legislature approved a bill allowing Sportech to have eight more off-track betting licenses, for a total of 24 possible locations throughout the state.

 

Sportech plans to renovate Two Steps into a sports bar and restaurant on the first floor, with OTB gaming on the 2nd floor.  The Zoning Commission was not deciding on a site specific proposal, but a city wide change.  The specific location would be subject to City Council approval.



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Both candidates for Mayor in New Milford have reportedly paid their tax bills late.  Incumbent Democratic Mayor David Gronbach averaged less than two weeks late according to the Newstimes.  Republican challenger Pete Bass paid an average seven months late. 

 

The publication also says Bass owes thousands of dollars in unpaid debts over the last decade, mostly from medical and dental services, which resulted in liens against his home and wage garnishments.  Bass explained that he gets paid by commission as a mortgage loan officer  and that he had a heart attack last year, had thyroid cancer and needs to have  lymph nodes in his neck removed next month. 

 

Bass told the Newstimes that he does not expect his health problems to interfere with his campaign or performance as mayor if elected.



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There was brief court action Friday in the case of a Danbury woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby behind a grocery store on Main Street in May.  22-year old Anny Castillo pleaded not guilty to the abandonment charge.  Her attorney said that he will seek a mental health evaluation.  The baby was found by a passerby who heard crying coming from the bushes.  Castillo previously told police that she wasn't aware of Connecticut's Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to drop newborns off at hospitals with no questions asked.  The baby is in foster care and officials say doing well.  Castillo's next court date is set for October 13th.



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A Redding contractor has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing money from a Stamford man around the time of his death.  The Newstimes reports that 37-year old John Gallo is accused of cashing checks after the death of 62-year old John Shugure last July.  Two checks totalling about $39,000 were for cleaning, fixes and repairs.  A third check, for $45,000, had the word "loan" written on the memo line.  Gallo reportedly paid back all but $5,000 of the loan check.



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WILTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities say two men have been arrested and charged in connection with illegally killing bears.

Environmental officials received an anonymous tip Saturday that an archery hunter had illegally shot and killed two black bears on private property in Wilton.

Authorities say environmental conservation officers found 28-year-old Antonio Lio carrying a bear skin, head and paws in a backpack. Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Moran was with him.

Lio told the officers he shot a bear and then killed a second that approached him. He says Moran helped him retrieve them.

Lio, of Wilton, is charged with illegally taking black bears and negligent hunting. Moran, of Norwalk, is charged with conspiracy to commit the illegal taking of a bear. Both were released on bonds.



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