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  • The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From June 7

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated June 7, 2013.

    The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee.

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  • Police Dog Baro Retires; New Dog Sought

    Baro, the police department’s German shepherd, is seen at a recent public demonstration of his law enforcement skills. Baro, who is nearly 10 years old, has been retired from service due to health concerns.   

  • Police Reports May 24 - June 4

    Botsford Bridge

    Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housatonic Railroad’s train overpass there had a clearance limit of 11 feet, 5 inches, police said.

    The top of the truck then smashed into the bottom on the overpass, damaging the top of the truck and ejecting some cargo onto the roadway, police said.

  • Fire Reports May 30 - June 5, 2013

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

     

    Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgingtown responded; 8:56 pm, investigation, 10 Russett Road, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, May 31: 2:17 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 66 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 5:21 pm, wires down, near 15 Algonquin Trail, Sandy Hook responded.

  • New York City Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud in 12/14 Scam

    BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.

  • $362K Transfers Cover Emergency Repairs, Storm Cleanup Shortfall, Wear And Tear

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs.

    Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.

  • On The Last Day, Lawmakers Deliver A Final Gesture To The Families Of Newtown

    The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.

  • Bolinsky, Llodra Praise 12/14-Inspired Privacy Legislation

    This report was updated with additional input from First Selectamn Llodra and the Newtown Legislative delegation since its original posting.

  • Llodra: Town Will Receive $50M Bond For SHS Replacement

    This story was updated since its first posting to reflect that Newtown has received confirmation of this state bonding initiative.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since 12/14. And her office confirmed Thursday morning that the state had committed to that bonding initiative.

  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.

    While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases,  tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.