As Connecticut residents prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday the Connecticut State Police has also implemented plans to enhance public safety, enforcement and visibility on all of the highways and roads in Connecticut. Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) is an intricate part of the highway safety plan.
Although it is clear that the 20-year-old local man who shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012, had “significant mental health issues” and had “an obsession with mass murders, in particular the Columbine shootings,” a motive for Adam Lanza’s horrific actions has not been established, according to a prosecutor’s summary report on the incident.
A group of about ten people, whose members want anonymity, have started a private fundraising drive with the goal of building a new police station for the town police department to replace the existing station at 3 Main Street.
Over the past decade, Police Commission members have occasionally described the inadequacies of the existing police station and resolved to pursue new quarters for the 45-member police department, but to date that resolve has not translated into concrete results.
The family of Jack H. Rosenthal announced Tuesday, November 26, that Mr Rosenthal, 94 years old, had died unexpectedly the previous day, November 25, at Masonicare At Newtown, where he had resided for the last two years.
Mr Rosenthal served six terms as First Selectman of Newtown, from 1976 to 1987.
Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra offered her sympathies on hearing of Mr Rosenthal’s death.
First Selectman Pat Llodra was among a number of officials issuing brief reactions in the wake of the state's attorney's report on the 12/14 tragedy.
Mrs Llodra observed that "much of the detail in the report is presented in such a factual, neutral way that it almost felt unreal, sanitized somehow, and not really a telling of the horror that unfolded on that awful day."
The first selectman said the document for the most part offered few new insights for her, until she came to the parts that shed some light on the person of Adam Lanza, and of his mother Nancy Lanza.
The Newtown Turkey Trot 5K is sold out, but there are still spots open for the 2.2K Fun Walk. To register for the Fun Walk or have a name added to the waitlist for the 5K, you can register at www.newtownturkeytrot.com.
On Friday, November 22, Dr John Reed, Interim Superintendent of Schools in Newtown, issued a message to parents and staff, notifying them that the Newtown Police Department had informed him to expect increased police presence at each of Newtown’s schools on Monday, November 25. The added police presence is in response to an expected influx of media and increased traffic in town when the State Attorney report on the 12/14 incident is released. That release is scheduled for Monday, November 25, at 3 pm.
As Newtown waits for a report on the incidents of 12/14 due to be released Monday afternoon, and a court decision on the release of 911 audio files from that tragic incident, First Selectman Pat Llodra posted the following statement on her blog:
"These weeks are very difficult for our community," she stated. "We are gearing up for the release of the investigation report, will learn of the disposition of the tapes of the 911 calls, and will experience the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School."