Firefighters continued to pour water on the collapsed house at 4 Aunt Park Lane more than an hour after arriving on the scene Monday morning. A stubborn fire, fueled by compressed gas within two large propane tanks close to the dwelling, destroyed the Cape-style house. All four occupants were able to escape without injury.
A Newtown Police Department sergeant and a dispatcher at the town’s emergency communications center are among eight men who have been arrested by federal officials as part of an alleged drug trafficking ring.
Among those arrested are Sergeant Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, and dispatcher Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport.
The charges against the eight men allege that they illegally distributed steroids and prescription narcotics.
Thousands of people will line the streets in the center of Newtown come Monday, September 7, eagerly awaiting the first notes of the Newtown High School Marching Band that mark the start of the annual Labor Day Parade. The stream of floats, bands, dancers, musicians, clubs, scouts, fire trucks, and tractors that follow the band flows down Main Street and onto Glover Avenue to the grandstand on Queen Street with seemingly little effort.
The First Annual Newtown Wingathlon, to benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, will take place on the morning of Saturday, May 2. Travelers can expect delays and some road closures between the hours of 8 am and noon, in and around Fairfield Hills and roads south, and are asked to watch out for runners and bicyclists. Registration is still open for those who would like to run the event’s 5K.
MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam on the Housatonic River, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam, which has been in service for nearly a century.
The bridge atop the dam will be closed to traffic starting at 6 am on Saturday, May 2. It is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 12:01 am on Wednesday, May 6. Traffic will be detoured using Route 111, Route 110, and Bridge Street in Shelton.
Along with its charge of streamlining Newtown’s charter and making it more user-friendly for residents and taxpayers, the current Charter Revision Commission is deliberating a matter outside its charge that some members believe strays from editing and housekeeping and into decidedly political waters.
The Boards of Education and Finance both recently began discussions about seating an ad-hoc committee that would pick up on work initiated in 2012, examining how the town and school district could consolidate certain services to achieve greater taxpayer savings and efficiencies.
Finance Board Chairman John Kortze told The Newtown Bee following an April 23 meeting that his panel approved a resolution to establish such a committee in cooperation with the Legislative Council, which would also involve the Board of Selectmen.
Newtown’s Municipal Buildings Strategic Plan Advisory Committee met April 27 at the C.H. Booth Library so each panel member could hear from a consultant who will be reviewing and developing recommendations on three public facilities under priority focus by the group.
The volunteers were introduced to Ken Best, representing Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA), a South Windsor firm that employs architects, planners, interior designers, and construction administrators that serve both municipal and commercial clients throughout the Northeast.
Police said they received a report that a gray 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV was being driven erratically by a motorist in a parking lot at Newtown High School at 12 Berkshire Road at about 2:18 pm on April 22, so they went there to investigate.
Police said they investigated and then charged motorist Paula King, 52, of 23 Surrey Trail with driving under the influence.