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  • Fire Reports, October 30-November 5, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, October 30: 2:42 pm, alarm, 142 Boggs Hill Road, Dodgingtown and Hook & Ladder responded; 3:19 pm, alarm, 7 Cold Spring Road, Botsford responded.

  • Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash Closes I-84, Creates Local Traffic Snarl

    An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks on eastbound Interstate 84 early on the morning of Friday, November 7, resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania trucker and his pet dog.

    The collision caused non-hazardous cargo spillage from both trucks, a six-hour closure of a section of I-84 for accident reconstruction by state police, and extensive travel delays on local secondary roads as morning-rush motorists took detours off I-84 to get around the accident scene.

  • Search For Missing Man Turns To South Carolina

    In their longstanding effort to find a missing Sandy Hook man, town police are probing a tip they received which indicates that the man may be working at a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.

    Myrtle Beach is a tourism center that has a subtropical climate and extensive beaches on the Atlantic Coast known as the Grand Strand.

  • Vandals Strike During Halloween Period

    Police report they received nine calls from residents concerning cases of minor vandalism which they  had discovered at their properties on and after Halloween.

    The incidents reported to police were typical of the vandalism that occurs during the Halloween period, including cases such as intentionally damaged curbside mailboxes, according to police.

  • Major Brush Fire Scorches Forest Floor In Sandy Hook

    Several dozen firefighters from eight volunteer fire companies mobilized midday on Wednesday, November 5, in response to an extensive brush fire of suspicious origin in Sandy Hook, which spread across about five acres of rugged terrain, blackening the forest floor near Sugarloaf Road and Sherman Street.

  • Police Reports, October 15-November 5, 2014

    Mail Truck

    Police said that at about 11:51 am on November 3, Paul Recine, 40, of Seymour, who was driving a 1987 Grumann US Mail delivery truck, stopped near 24 Toddy Hill Road to deliver some mail, after which the mail truck was hit from behind by motorist Alexci Piche Lopez, 43, of Sedro-Wolley, Wash., who was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

  • Library Board Asks Charter Panel For Flexibility On Bylaws

    The CH Booth Library Board is requesting that the current Charter Revision Commission consider several changes that will give trustees greater flexibility to adjust their by-laws. Board President Robert Geckle outlined the specifics during an October 29 charter commission meeting.

    One of the other changes being requested, is to increase the number of trustees appointed by the Board of Selectmen from as many as six to eight of its current 18 members.

  • Authority Reviews Proposals For Fairfield Hills

    Proposals for a psychiatric hospital, ice arena, and children’s museum have all come before the Fairfield Hills Authority in the past, but just one appears to be moving forward with plans to make a home at the former state hospital campus.

  • Police Probe ‘Distraction Burglary’ At Local Home

    Police are investigating a recent crime in which an elderly man was lured out of his Appleblossom Lane home and into his backyard, during which time a burglar or burglars secretly entered his house and swiftly stole an estimated $4,500 worth of valuables from within, escaping without the man realizing that crimes had occurred.

    Police Detective Jason Frank said November 3 that the crime took place at about 3 pm on Friday, October 17.

  • Many Volunteers Needed: The Newtown Fund Begins 2014 Holiday Basket Program

    For more than 50 years, The Newtown Fund has helped Newtown’s residents in need around the holidays in December. Most referrals come through the town’s Social Service Department or local clergy. It is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, which makes all donations tax deductible.