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Two Waterbury men have been arrested following Southbury and Roxbury burglary and larceny investigations.  20-year olds Malachi Johnson and Kayson Langhorn were charged yesterday and arraigned.  Troopers responded to a Roxbury home on Sunday on a report of two men rummaging through a parked car.  The suspects fled, but were later located and detained.



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Nearly two dozen drunk drivers were removed from the roadways in the Putnam County area this past weekend, including one who hit a police cruiser.  60-year old John Woytowicz of Greenwich was on I-84 in Southeast when he hit the cruiser, which had its emergency lights active conducting an unrelated traffic stop on the shoulder of the road. 
 
Also among the 23 people arrested was 42-year old Jason Hahnen of New Jersey.  He was pulled over for questioning about a domestic dispute at a residence on Harmon Road in Patterson on Friday.  Troopers determined that he was intoxicated.  Hahnen was charged for DWI with a previous conviction, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Governmental Administration. 
 
39-year old Nugra Guzman of Danbury was charged under Leandra's Law for being intoxicated and behind the wheel while children were in the vehicle.  He was pulled over on 684 in North Salem on Sunday.  On Friday, 42-year old Wilson Supliguicha of Danbury was pulled over on 684 in Bedford.  He was also charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation.


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There have been a number of vehicle break-ins in New Milford.  Police responded to the areas  of Jotham Road, Crest Lane, Ridge Crest Drive and  Meadowood Drive on Sunday to investigate the reports.  Police are asking that anyone who sees something suspicious to report it.  Residents are also reminded to lock vehicles and take out valuable items.



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Some enforcement changes are being rolled out at Lynn Deming Park in New Milford.  The town park on Candlewood Lake has been very popular so far this summer and that's caused safety concerns. 

 

There are now park managers, and security guards have been retrained. 

 

Non-residents are allowed in the park, only if they've purchased a $25 per person, per day, pass at the Parks and Rec office.  As of last week, only four non-resident passes had been purchased.  Non-residents are not allowed to walk into the park. 

 

Mayor Pete Bass says some people have also been sneaking into the park through the woods.  The two park managers or rangers will rotate shifts with a patrol along the edge of the woods.  Eversource is being contacted about fencing the area bordering New Milford's property. 

 

No car is allowed to enter numerous times, shuttling people in.  Additional signage and cones have been placed along Candlewood Lake Road North in an effort to stop illegal parking.  Cars will be towed. 

 

Bass noted that there have been several boaters dropping off people or illegally docking for the day.  Violators will be subject to trespass laws and have their boat towed. 

 

On the 4th of July, Bass says there was unacceptable noise levels, a generator and loudspeakers brought in.  Extra staff and/or modification of staff hours have been made.  During peak demand, New Milford Police will be making several passes through the Park as well as Addis Park.  

 

A “cheat sheet” was made for security staff of the most broken rules to focus on weaknesses. 



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Redding officials are looking into whether there should be a ban on plastic shopping bags, and eventually straws.  First Selectman Julia Pemberton has put a poll up on the town's Facebook page to garner feedback on if residents would support such a ban.  The poll ends in two days and by this morning had more than 500 votes. 

 

Westport was the first to ban plastic bags in Connecticut. Greenwich has joined them.  Beyond bags, Starbucks was the first major food seller to announce an end of plastic straws by 2020. 

 

Pemberton says most of Redding’s recyclable trash, via the regional trash authority Housatonic Resources Recovery Association, and HRRA’s contracted hauler, is either incinerated or sent overseas to China.  China is the largest purchaser of recyclable waste, and waste in general, from the US.  Pemberton says China recently enacted stricter regulations, rejecting more shipments of recycled materials for contamination.



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The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission will be hosting the three Phase II designers today.  The designers have 30 minutes to present to the commission followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.  The designer sessions start at noon and go through 4pm.  Public participation will follow the final presentation, starting around 4 o'clock.

 

One design features winding pathways with a Sycamore tree planted inside a fountain at the center.  The names of the 26 educators and children killed on 12-14 would be engraved around the stone edge. 

 

 

Another design includes 26 gardens and miniature fountains. A stone wall will include four separate dedications to the town, the first responders, the surviving school members as well as the country as a whole for support after the shooting. 

 

 

The last design includes an open green space dubbed the Breathing Field, a Memorial Grove, a Reflection Pool as well as a Belonging Bench.

 

 

The designers are visiting the site this morning.  Although none are local. the Commission says they all have local roots.  Families were invited to the presentations, as well as the Boards of Selectmen and Finance, Legislative Council, Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation, Inland Wetlands, Conservation and the Police Commission.  Newtown's Land Use director and deputy director, along with a representative of the Public Building & Site group, were also invited. 

 

A special meeting, which will be held in executive session because of financial discussions, was scheduled for July 30th.  A finalist will be selected at the August 9th meeting.  The finalist will be asked to provide information about costs for construction drawings, total project cost estimates, and readiness or time constraints.



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republican governor candidates are pushing proposals to eliminate or scale back Connecticut's income tax.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton on Monday released a 31-page plan that includes phasing out the personal income tax over 10 years. He says there will be $381 million in reductions in the first year.

Boughton, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate, faces four challengers in the Aug. 14 primary.

Former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst wants to eliminate the income tax for anyone making up to $75,000. Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman wants to reduce the number of brackets from seven to three, while lowering rates.

Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik wants a tax cut for those earning less than $100,000. Meanwhile, Madison businessman Bob Stefanowksi proposes phasing out the income tax over eight years.  



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Ventura Law is representing a number of cities against the manufacturers of opioids, but is expanding it's support in the fight against the epidemic.  The law firm is donating $20,000 to the Western Connecticut Health Network for the purchase of Naloxone. The opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan is a life-saving drug which can combat the effects of opioids on the brain and revive a person. Ventura Law CEO Augi Ribeiro says the firm is dedicated to helping fight this crisis, and aiding the medical facilities in the local communities.  A check presentation ceremony will be held at the firm's Danbury office on Main Street at 9am.


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A former Danbury Police Officer has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the City, claiming he was forced to resign after a fatal pursuit.  Former Officer Jamie Hodge was working a road construction job when he got in his private car and started chasing a vehicle he knew to be stolen.  A passenger in that vehicle was killed in a crash. 

 

The Newstimes reports that Hodge and his union-hired attorney met with Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour in March 2017 and was told that if he did not resign, he would be terminated.  The suit alleges that Hodge was coerced into resigning.  Hodge, who is black, said he was discriminated against because “Caucasian” officers with similar conduct didn’t receive such treatment.  Chief Ridenhour, who is also black, declined to comment in the published report, citing the ongoing litigation.

 

The driver of the other vehicle involved, 33-year-old Ricardo Andre, had several outstanding warrants for his arrest and was not seriously injured.  26-year-old Tiffany Fitzgerald died of injuries sustained in the December 2016 crash.  Andre pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge and is expected to be sentenced August 3rd in Waterbury Superior Court. 

 

Hodge was charged with reckless driving and received a special form of probation available to first time offenders which will result in the charge being erased from his record.



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An easement has been approved by Newtown officials for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.  The facility is named for one of the children killed at Sandy Hook School.  The Hubbard family was previously deeded a parcel of state-owned land adjacent to the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard for the sanctuary, but an access road is needed.   

 

Planning Director George Benson says an easement from Newtown is needed to develop a driveway because there is no legal access to a road.  An existing partial road is already owned by the family.  The driveway would also give access to a proposed commercial development site between Commerce Road and the animal sanctuary.   

 

The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must sign off on the driveway plans. Benson will work with the Hubbard family and a developer to complete the driveway.



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There was a brush fire in New Milford on Friday evening.  The fire was reported in the area of Dike's Point around 5:30pm.  The New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department's marine boat has water pumps and supplied water from Candlewood Lake.  Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid with boats on the scene until about 8pm, after which State resources helped fight the fire into the night.

 
FirstLight Power Resources has filed an incident report with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about a wildfire on their property Friday. 
 
The Dike was undamaged and there were no reported injuries.  Around 9 o'clock that evening, fire officials told FirstLight employees that firefighters would be onsite for a couple of more hours, and then two members of DEEP would monitor the site overnight for flare ups.  Firefighters returned at 5am Saturday to wet down the area and pick up the hoses. 
 
The fire was contained to the hillside but burned about 1.5 acres.

 



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New Milford Mayor Pete Bass is giving an update on some road projects in town.  Long Mountain Rd and Squire Hill Road reconstruction bids will be awarded this week.  Construction signs will be posted in the next few weeks and the project should begin sometime next month.  Meanwhile trees have been removed from along Town Farm Road for drainage work.  Town Farm is closed  to thru traffic between 7am and 3pm for the approximately 3 week long project. On the Still River roundabout, half of the truck apron is complete and the Lanesville splitter island is complete.  The truck apron is a red herringbone pattern and the splitter island is grey straight brick pattern.



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The Carmel Police Department has received a complaint of a scam in which phone numbers for the police and town government are being spoofed.  A victim reported that a male caller with a Middle Eastern accent was trying to gather information about cell phone software from the victim and appeared to be calling from a Town of Carmel Official Phone Line.  If information was given, Carmel Police believe the scammer would have attempted to gain remote access into the victims phone or computer and extort money.  The victim recognized the scam right away and did not lose any money or give any personal information. 



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A New Fairfield man who led police in pursuit, was tased by Troopers when they were finally able to stop his car several towns from where the chase began.  Connecticut State Police tried to stop 32-year old Edward Lasch on Newtown Road in Danbury on Friday, but the driver fled.  Stop sticks were deployed in Sherman, bringing the chase to an end. 
 
The driver resisted arrest and Troopers used a Taser to gain compliance.  Multiple firearms, numerous narcotics and paraphernalia was found in the car.  
 
 
Lasch was the subject of an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of larceny, criminal mischief and criminal trover.  For Friday's incident, he was charged with criminal possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a loaded rifle in a vehicle, four counts of a having a weapon in a car, carrying a firearm under the influence, assault on a public safety officer, reckless endangerment, engaging police in pursuit, operating with a suspended license, reckless driving, misuse of plates, criminal mischief, speeding, possession of drugs, marijuana, and paraphernalia, possession of narcotics with intent to sell. 
 
He was arraigned on Friday.


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A commemorative wreath will be presented at the Korean War Memorial in Danbury this morning.  The memorial at Rogers Park is the only Korea War Memorial in the state of Connecticut.  The ceremony is at 10am.

 

The Danbury War Memorial says the visit by Korean War Veterans’ Ambassadress Hannah Kim is part of an ambitious three-month journey visiting memorials in all 50 states, to honor and remember those who served, and to help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. 

 

The Wall of Remembrance, an addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, was approved by Congress in 2016, but a lack of funding has delayed its construction for two years. As a result, the names of the nearly 37,000 Americans who died in Korea are still waiting to be inscribed for posterity.  77 Korean War soldiers from Connecticut are still unaccounted for.



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There was a fire Saturday night in a Danbury restaurant.  Firefighters responded to El Bacano Restaurant on Railroad Place after Police reported a kitchen fire.  Smoke was seen coming from the building when firefighters arrived.  The Danbury Fire Marshals office was requested to the scene and is investigating the cause.



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There have been a number of car break ins in the Roxbury and Southbury area.  On Sunday morning, State Police Troopers responded to Southbury Road in Roxbury on a report of two black men rummaging through a vehicle in a resident's driveway. 

 

The suspects fled in a silver sedan.  As Southbury police officers responded to the area, the car was located and the suspects were stopped.  Troopers found burglary tools, numerous credit cards, small electronics, fishing gear, driver’s licenses and women’s pocketbooks, none of which belonged to either suspect. 

 

The investigation is ongoing. 

 

Anyone in the area who noticed items missing from their vehicle is asked to contact Troop A at 203-267-2200.  The car break-ins occurred in the area of River Road, Falls Road and Southbury Road in Roxbury and Perkins Road and Brown Brook Road in Southbury. 



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LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State police say they're investigating four untimely deaths in relation to heroin overdoses.

In a statement sent out Saturday evening, officials said the overdoses have been reported in Litchfield County over the past nine days, with heroin paraphernalia found at each scene.

State Police Trooper Kelly Grant says it is unknown if any of the consumed narcotics were contaminated "by any substances unknown" to the deceased.

Grant recommends knowing the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including slow or stopped breathing; blue skin or fingernails; reduced heartbeat; a limp body, or a person unable to be awakened or roused.  



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An update has been given to Bethel officials about construction progress on the new police station.  Public Site and Building Committee member Jon Menti told the Board of Selectmen recently that sprinklers will not be installed in the firing range after the Fire Marshal issued a letter saying it was not required by code.  The Town Comptroller also said the decision would not affect Bethel's insurance.  This will be a cost savings of $17,800.  The committee got an update that the communication system may delay the opening of the building. The dish is on order but may not arrive until second week of August.  The elevator contractor has pushed back work again as well. 


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Brookfield Representative Stephen Harding and New Milford Representative Bill Buckbee have earned one hundred percent voting records for all roll call votes taken on the floor in 2018.  Harding says he takes this commitment seriously and showed that by weighing in on every issue.  Buckbee says he is committed to bringing the voice of New Milford residents to Hartford.  Bethel Representative Will Duff and Danbury Representative Michael Ferguson also made all 317 votes on the floor of the state’s House in 2018.  Each year, the House Clerk’s Office releases the data on members’ votes during the Regular Session.  Only 20-percent of legislators achieve perfect attendance in any given year.



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