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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plans are slowly coming together for what needs to be done to stabilize the remaining walls of Hearthstone Castle in Danbury. Residents approved $1.6 million in 2016 for design and construction plans for a walled garden. An environmental consultant has to be hired. A scope of work has been outlined for contractors to clear the structure of debris and contaminants. Engineers have said in the past that the basement would have to be filled, in order to stabilize the outer walls, which are all that remain of the castle after years of neglect. The roof and internal structure have collapse into the basement.
There are no utilities at the site, making new uses limited.
When plans were announced for a walled garden, there were questions remaining about how high the walls might be. Officials say they don't want to create a rock-climbing wall. Whether it's 15, 10, 5 or 3 foot walls has yet to be decided. Mayor Mark Boughton has called the site an attractive nuisance. Trespassers have spray painted the structure and cut through the fence many times over the years.
As often as the perimeter fence is repaired, Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says it gets damaged again. He notes that vandals got into the structure this fall, and into the chimney some 30 feet up. He says the quicker the project is done, the better it's going to be, liability wise.
Hearthstone Castle was built in 1897 and occupied until 1983. The City purchased it as part of the acquisition of the Tarrywile property in 1985.
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Republican candidate for Connecticut governor has made his first public appearance since collapsing at a meet-and-greet event.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton attended an Irish flag raising at Danbury City Hall Saturday afternoon for St. Patrick's Day. Boughton gave a short speech, saying he planned to rest Sunday and return to his campaign Monday.
Boughton collapsed Thursday night at a GOP candidates' event in Avon. He was treated and given CPR by people at the scene, including state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan who is a doctor and rival gubernatorial candidate.
Boughton was hospitalized and released Friday after receiving treatment for dehydration.
The 54-year-old says his collapse was not connected to his brain surgery last year to remove a noncancerous tumor.
Hayestown Avenue School in Danbury celebrated Pi Day on March 14th. Students celebrated participated in a pie-eating contest and a poetry contest. Students also took part in a challenge to recite the most digits of Pi. Poetry contest winners were Abhijay Singh, Viviana Rodriguez and Alina Adorno.
The following students were winners in reciting the most digits of Pi:
1. Jeremy Palma 432 digits
2. Diana Saad 162 digits
3. Nathan Palma 81 digits
3. Addison Caba 81 digits
5. Hardav Pandya 57 digits
Danbury Library is seeking input from residents on their strategic planning process, creating a roadmap for the future of the library as an institution for the next five years. Library Director Katie Pearson says a core of their mission is to be responsive to the varied needs of the city's diverse community.
Several focus groups will be held, the first on Tuesday, April 10th at 3pm. The others will take place on Tuesday, April 17th at 5:30pm, and Thursday, April 26th at 11am in the Farioly Program Room of the Danbury Library.
A focus group at WCSU’s Westside Campus Center will also be held on Thursday, April 19th at 6pm.
Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher is critical of a toll proposal up for a public hearing this week. She notes that DOT Commissioner James Redeker is already on record saying that congestion tolling would make Connecticut the most heavily tolled state in the nation. She noted that the Yankee Institute estimated that the average cost of tolls to Connecticut drivers would be about $240 a month, on top of Connecticut having the sixth highest gas taxes in the country.
Veterans yoga sessions are being held at Western Connecticut State University. Adjunct Instructor of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences and Lotus Gardens Yoga Director Lara Ward will host the classes, conducted by Tim Raftery, based on resilience and mindfulness. The classes are March 21, April 11 and May 2 at 6pm in Berkshire Hall, Studio A, on the university’s Midtown campus. Raftery is a certified yoga teacher, Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience Yoga practitioner, WCSU alumnus and military veteran.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has been released from the hospital after suddenly collapsing, suffering an apparent seizure while attending a GOP candidates' event in Avon last night. City Council President Joe Cavo says the Mayor’s illness was due to dehydration. Cavo visited with Boughton in the hospital. Unlike when Boughton underwent life-saving brain surgery last year, he did not temporarily hand over duties to Cavo. Democrat Al Almeida says despite being Boughton's adversary in last year’s municipal election, he is offering prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery.
An 83-year old man has been arrested for cocaine possession and intent to sell. An investigation was launched months ago into Juan Castano of Danbury in response to neighbor complaints. Castano was seen on several occasions engaged in drug trafficking conduct. Yesterday, Danbury Police seized 4 ounces of cocaine, packaging material, processing equipment and several hundred dollars in cash. Castano was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on the 23rd.
After the most recent storm, Easton Fire Department Chief Steven Waugh received numerous reports of residents being unsafe around downed utility lines. The incidents ranged from people removing tree limbs from the lines to walking under downed trees and close to downed utility lines. In one instance, he says a United Illuminating employee had to warn a person who was about to move a downed live primary power line from the roadway. All these instances were incredibly dangerous and could result in serious injury or death to the people involved. Waugh asked that drivers heed barricades and road closure tape directing motorists away from hazards, including downed utility wires.
The New Milford Community Center Committee had their organizational meeting last night at the former Pettibone school. Mayor Pete Bass thanked the volunteers on the committee, which elected a board. An email address will be set up so residents can communicate directly with the committee and provide input. The group will also be holding public meetings. Michelle Ligouri is Chairman, Jeff Winter is Vice Chairman, and Leigh Gill is Secretary.
Kent State Representative Brian Ohler is touting a bill up for a public hearing today, that would allow municipalities to increase their tax relief program for first responders. The proposal is for people who volunteer in Connecticut as a firefighter, EMT and other similar services. Tax relief can be an abatement of up to $1,500 in property taxes a year.
Agreements can be made to provide property tax relief to volunteers who live in one municipality, but volunteer in another.
The proposal specifically covers firefighters, fire police officer, emergency medical technician, paramedic, civil preparedness staff, active member of a volunteer canine search and rescue team, active member of a volunteer underwater search and rescue team, or ambulance driver in the municipality, or any individual who is a retired volunteer firefighter, fire police officer or emergency medical technician and has completed at least twenty-five years of service as a volunteer.