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Connecticut swimmer's body found in lake in New York

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The body of a missing Connecticut swimmer has been found in a lake in New York.

Police officials have recovered the body of a man in his 50s Monday morning after he was reported missing by his wife over the weekend.

The man went swimming in Lake Carmel in New York on Saturday afternoon. When he didn't return home that evening, his wife reported him missing to police.

Police have not yet released the identity of the swimmer. They say the cause of death is still under investigation.

Beaches were closed and swimming and boating were declared off-limits until further notice as well.

Lake Carmel is about seven miles from the Connecticut border.


19-year old injured in fall from cliffs in Ridgefield

A 19-year old was hospitalized after a fall from the cliffs at Richardson Park in Ridgefield yesterday afternoon.  Fire officials say the man was conscious when paramedics encountered him on the trail coming down from the cliffs.  Initial reports in the Ridgefield Press were that the man fell some 20 to 30 feet.  He was moving with help from his friends, and was in fair condition.  Witnesses said they were jumping in the water at the time of the incident.  It's unclear if the 19-year old hit rocks


Lightning strikes tree near historic home in New Milford

A small storm quickly passed over New Milford last night, with lightning striking a tree in front of a historic home on South Main Street.  The strike brought several curious neighbors out of their homes, and several more as firefighters arrived to investigate an odor of burning and a slight haze of smoke in the home. 

Northville Fire was called to provide relief manpower due to the extreme heat, and New Milford Ambulance was called as a precaution for all working.  An extensive search of the home using thermal imaging cameras determined that the damage was limited to a pair of circuit breakers and a few roof shingles. 

Some firefighters were diverted to cover a report of wires down and burning along Aspetuck Ridge Road. 

A third call came in as firefighters were leaving the home for a vehicle fire on Danbury Road.  Officials say the issue turned out to be a non emergency.


Monroe basement fire quickly extinguished

There were no injuries reported in a Monroe basement fire over the weekend.  Firefighters responded to Wheeler Road around 4:30am Saturday and quickly extinguished the flames.  Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and AMR Bridgeport, CT provided medical care to Firefighters due to the extreme heat outside.  The Monroe Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and origin.  Shelton provided a tanker, engine, and ladder company, as well as station coverage. There were no hydrants so the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue tanker was also requested, but they ultimately were not needed.


New Milford Senior Center staff work being highlighted

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass is highlighting the work of Senior Center staff.  Municipal Agents/Elder Advisors provided assistance to 45 individuals last week with food insecurity, medical, financial, and health and safety issues.  The Senior Center also partnered with the library for an evening program where an attorney spoke in depth about Estate Planning.  The Senior Center provided 115 lunches, 178 rides to 42 clients, and  67 Volunteer Hours.


New Fairfield officials launch survey about Drop Off Center

New Fairfield officials are looking to get feedback from residents about the Drop Off Center.  They've launched a brief online survey on the town's website about use of the DOC, and suggestions for improving use and convenience.  Questions include the types of items disposed of, like household trash landscape waste or recyclables, and how much time people spend at the facility when they use it.  A couple of the questions deal with the hours and days the Drop Off Center is open, whether it's convenient or if there are more convenient hours.


Household hazardous waste collection day ends early due to heat

Saturday's household hazardous waste collection event in Brookfield closed early, at noon, due to the heat and humidity.  Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says a couple of volunteers had to be taken to the hospital due to heat exhaustion.  Brookfield Police asked HRRA to close the regional event early for safety reasons.  Bethel SummerFest and CityCenter Danbury's fourth annual Country Music & Food Truck Rally had been cancelled before the events started.


Center School Use Committee appointments delayed

The Brookfield Board of Selectmen will take some more time to appoint a Center School Use Ad Hoc Committee.  During their meeting earlier this month, they noted that the applicants could have to be narrowed down.  10 people have expressed interested in being part of the group, but the Selectman were looking to keep membership at 5 to 7 participants.  The Committee will be tasked with determining the best use and purpose of the old school building, and possibly the Brookfield Library building, once the New School Project is underway.  Center School students will be moving into the new facility on the Huckleberry Hill campus.


Bridge crossing I-84 on Old Hawleyville Road closed this week

It's summer construction season.  Another road closure in the area has been announced.  Newtown Police say the bridge that crosses I-84 on Old Hawleyville Road will be closed for all traffic this week for repairs and paving.  In Danbury, Triangle Street remains closed.  Long Ridge Road in Redding is closed for 18 days for repairs to the Metro North tracks.


EMT injured in oxygen regulator explosion at hospital

There was an explosion in the Norwalk Hospital emergency room this weekend.  An oxygen regulator being transported on a gurney at the facility, which is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, was the cause.  Police say two attendants were transporting a patient when the explosion happened.  An EMT attendant was treated and released.  There were no other injuries reported.  Burn marks on the wall and ceiling resulted from the explosion.  A fire extinguisher was used at the scene.


CT Ride seeking Bicycle-Friendly Community status applications

CT Rides is looking to recognize communities that make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option.  The Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the regional planning agency for towns from Sherman down to Stamford, says applications for Bicycle-Friendly Community status are due August 8.  This program also provides a roadmap and hands-on assistance to employers and municipalities implementing bike-friendly measures.  The status is not required by Sustainable CT but can help a community achieve a higher rating under the program.


Bethel officials sign off on Chamber of Commerce event

Bethel officials have signed off on a Chamber of Commerce event, which last year drew more than 600 people.  Bethel Chamber Director Brad Koltz updated the Board of Selectmen on Beerfest 2019, which will be held Friday, July 26th from 6pm to 9pm on the Municipal Center lawn.  There's a maximum of 600 attendees, tied to the license and police commission stipulations.  Last year there was a standby area.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said the past few years the event has been well controlled.  People who've attended from out of town said they then discovered local restaurants and have returned to visit those establishments, while some restaurants reported a boost in sales on the evening of the event last year.


Republicans nominate woman for Bethel First Selectman

The Bethel Republican Town Committee has nominated candidates to run for municipal offices in November.  Patricia Rist gained the unanimous endorsement from the Republican Caucus to run for First Selectwoman.  Her running mate for Selectman will be incumbent Paul Szatkowski.


Congresswoman lets staff take over social media for the day

5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has let her district office take over her social media pages for a day.  She says it was a chance for constituents to see what staff has been up to.  They met with the U.S. Census Bureau to discuss practical initiatives to educate people about the 2020 census.  The Bureau is recruiting for full-time and part-time positions in Connecticut for the count.  On their lunch break, staffers dropped off non-perishable food items at New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, and then supported local businesses by dining out. 


Bethel officials alert residents to Yellow Pages opt out method

The Town Of Bethel has been notified that delivery of the new Fairfield County Yellow Pages books will begin in late November. Residents who wish to OPT OUT and not receive printed yellow pages books are advised to visit www.YellowPagesOptOut.com. The deadline for submitting requests is September 19th.


Himes votes to hold Administration members in contempt

4th District Congressman Jim Himes has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for their refusal to comply with subpoenas.  Congress is attempting to investigate the process of trying to add a citizenship question to the Census, but has been stonewalled.  There could be more votes soon to hold members of the Trump Administration in contempt of Congress.  Himes says advisor Kellyanne Conway has made numerous violations of the Hatch Act, a law designed to stop those in power from abusing their official positions for political purposes. 


Danbury Animal Control receives complaints of dogs left in cars

Danbury Animal Control officials say they are receiving numerous complaints of dogs being left in vehicles.  Temperatures can rise in a vehicle in a very short time. Over the next few days the state will be under a severe weather advisory.  Officials say, per state statute, all dogs should be kept inside with plenty of fresh water. 


New York State Police investigate highway crash

A van rear ended a passenger car slowing for traffic Wednesday morning in Carmel sending two people to the hospital.  New York State Police say a preliminary investigation determined that 55-year old Bubacarr Dukureh of the Bronx was headed westbound and slowing down, when his car was struck by 50-year old Christopher Saas of Patterson. Dukureh is currently being treated for serious injuries, and Saas sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The westbound lanes were closed for over an hour due to the collision with traffic moving slowly on the shoulder.  This investigation remains on-going.

(Photo: NYSP)


Detour set up in Redding for track work

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced the start of the 18 day detour for construction activities for the realignment of Long Ridge Road in Redding at the  Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing.  The detour and closure is now in place and will last until 5am August 5th. Signing and portable message boards will be in use to help direct traffic.  The Contractor is allowed to fully detour traffic around the railroad crossing using the following roads: Simpaug Turnpike, Topstone Road, Route 7(Ethan Allen Hwy), West Starrs Plain Road, Starrs Plain Road, West Redding Road, Long Ridge Road, Reservoir Road, Reservoir Street, Route 53(Grassy Plain Street, Turkey Plain Road, Redding Road), and Side Cut Road.


Ridgefield Police receive hundreds of survey responses

The Ridgefield Police Department has received more than 550 response to an online survey about crime and safety in town, along with questions about Department response to concerns.  The survey closes on Friday.  Ridgefield Police say they will then analyze the responses and create plans for the future.  So far speeding and districted driving are the top two community issues.  Police say they will continue to address these problems.  Department officials also noted that they've received positive feedback from survey participants and thanked respondents for the kind words.


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