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  • Garbage Ignites In The Waste Transfer Station

    About 30 volunteer firefighters from all five local fire companies responded to the town waste transfer station off Ethan Allen Road midday on Sunday, May 12, to extinguish a garbage fire within that large steel building.

    Botsford Fire Rescue Company Chief Wayne Ciaccia, who was incident commander, said that an about 600-square-foot pile of garbage, which was about six feet deep, was ablaze when crews arrived about 12:55 pm. There were no injuries in the incident.

  • Heath Murder Case Jury Selection To Start In July

    DANBURY — Jury selection in the trial of John Sherman Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, who is charged with murder in the April 1984 death of his former wife, Elizabeth Gough Heath, has been scheduled to start in mid-July.

  • Report: Lanza Toxicology Tests Show No Drugs Or Alcohol

    According to a published report, toxicology tests indicate that Adam Lanza, 20, of Sandy Hook had no alcohol or drugs in his body when he used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six female educators at Sandy Hook School on December 14.

  • New Home For A Local Fire Engine

    Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company saw its former Engine 443 in its new home in Guatemala recently. The company had donated the engine after it suffered structural damage in Superstorm Sandy last October.

  • Memorial Commission Members Sought

    The Newtown Board of Selectmen is soliciting nominations for seven residents to serve on a Permanent Memorial Commission. The commission will provide the Board of Selectmen with recommendations on the nature, location, and financial details and ramifications of memorials for their consideration and approval. 

  • Fire Reports May 9 - 16, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications report the following fire calls and the responders:

     

    Thursday, May 9: 10:35 am, alarm, 34 Taunton Hill Road, Hawleyville and Dodgingtown responded; 7:40 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Finance Board, Council Cover School Security OT Costs

    The Board of Finance May 13 and the Legislative Council two days later, decided to delay using a budgeted fund balance allocation to offset some projected police overtime costs for school security. At the same time, the finance board and council approved additional transfers to more than cover overtime expenses accrued since April 1.

  • Lawmakers Call For Federal Funding For New Sandy Hook School

    US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty  announced in a conference call Thursday, May 16, that next week they will introduce a bill into the Senate and House of Representatives to amend the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) fund, allowing it to provide funding to assist in reconstruction of school buildings.

  • Garner Inmate Arrested After Serious Prison Assault

    State police report they responded to a serious assault in which one inmate attacked another inmate within Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road.

    State police said this week that on the afternoon of May 8, they received a call from Garner reporting an assault that had occurred about 1:33 pm.

    State police said their investigation found that the altercation occurred between inmates Travis Hampton, 34, and Jeffrey Allman, 24.

  • Police Reports May 6 - 13, 2013

    Road Rage

    Police report they received a complaint about 10:45 am on May 12 from a woman concerning a “road rage” incident that had occurred on Queen Street near Lovells Lane.

    Police said they investigated and then arrested William A. Brusca, Jr, 46, of 27 Forest Drive on charges of second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a child.