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  • Garner Inmate Charged With Dual Assault

    State police report they learned at about 2:28 pm on August 7 that an assault had occurred involving a Garner Correctional Institution inmate and prison staff members, so they responded to the high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road to investigate the incident.

    State police said that interviews and a review of prison surveillance video resulted in criminal charges against inmate Jamal Coley, 33. State police alleged that Coley had assaulted two male correction officers, ages 24 and 47. There were no injuries, state police said.

  • Dickinson Playground Is Open

    The new FunSpace II, Dickinson Memorial Park Playground is now open, but with some sections that still need work.

  • Bolinsky, McKinney Join Governor Praising New DUI Law

    Newtown Rep. Mitch Bolinsky stands behind Governor Dannel Malloy, and beside Rep. Tony Hwang and Senator John McKinney during a bill signing event at the Fairfield Police Department August 11. Officials were introducing the statute, which affects a number of changes to deter driving under the influence (DUI) and strengthens the state’s ignition interlock requirements by authorizing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to administratively require the devices be installed on cars of first-time DUI offenders. 

  • Missing Elderly Man Found After Day-Long Search

    Late Tuesday morning, after a day-long search, an elderly man who had been missing since Monday from his 162 Hattertown Road home was found uninjured, sleeping a farm field off Head O'Meadow Road.

    The search for Martin Lee Allen, 71, of 162 Hattertown Road had been underway since police learned at 12:47 pm on Monday that he was missing.

    Mr Allen had last been seen at his home about four hours before he was reported as missing.

  • McKinney, Foley Face Off In GOP Primary

    As of 1 pm August 12, only 351 of the 5,138 registered Newtown Republicans had cast ballots according to the Registrars of Voters Office.

    Local Republicans are being called to the polls Tuesday to determine which of two GOP challengers, State Senator John McKinney and Tom Foley, will face Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman for the state’s top elected offices come November.

    The primary ballot also includes a rare primary challenge between two GOP contenders for the office of state comptroller.

  • Hosts And Guests Discover New Cultures And New Friends

    Twenty-five Chinese students between the ages of 12 and 17 arrived in Newtown, Friday, July 25, for a three-week stay with host families in the area. The students are with Educational Homestay Programs, a division of Education First (EF).

  • Officials Call In CERT, Eagle One To Search For Missing Man

    The Newtown Police Department has released the name of a missing individual they have been actively searching for since earlier Monday. And officials are seeking the community's help finding the missing 71-year-old who was seen in the area of Hattertown and Eden Hill Roads Monday, August 11. 

    Police say Martin Lee Allen, 71, was last seen at his residence at about that time, and may still be in the area on foot. Mr Allen is Caucasian, 5’-9” tall, and about 118 lbs, with brown and grey hair, police said.

  • Local Conservationists Work To Preserve Habitats

    Bird habitat is dwindling, according to the Connecticut Audubon Society, and locally, town and private officials are aware of the need for its protection.

  • Police Commission Opposes Regional Dispatching Plan

    Following discussion at an August 5 Police Commission session, commission members told a two-member town study panel that they do not want the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to change its location from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to either a Prospect dispatching center, which is 25 miles away, or to a Torrington dispatching center, which is 39 miles away.

  • Ambulance Garage Completion Just Weeks Away

    A new flagpole is up, the driveway is in, new pavers are on order, and both interior and exterior work at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association’s new garage are nearly complete.

    Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney said the construction schedule runs through September 5. “That is the last day, in theory,” he said. With the way work is going now, he said, “I think we’ll make it.”