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  • Jury Deliberations In Heath Trial Resume Wednesday

    A 12-member jury at the murder trail of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater deliberated through the day on Friday, October 11, without reaching a verdict.

    The state alleges that Mr Heath beat his wife Elizabeth, 32, to death in April 1984 and then hid her remains in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

  • Town Planning CERT Training For Volunteers

    The town is seeking to expand the ranks of its certified emergency response team (CERT) with the goal of having sufficient volunteers available to donate their services, if needed, in times of public emergency.

    Maureen Will, a town deputy director of emergency management, said there currently are 18 active members of the town’s CERT unit. The town organized the unit last year.

  • Jury Starts Deliberations at Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – The 12-member jury in the John Heath murder trial in Danbury Superior Court deliberated for about one hour on Thursday, October 10, without reaching a verdict.

    The eight-man, four-woman panel is weighing the evidence and testimony presented during the trial that began on September 26.

    The prosecution placed more than 30 witnesses on the stand in the case which is based on circumstantial evidence. The defense called one witness to testify. Defendant John Heath did not take the witness stand.

  • Library Trustees Addresses Current And Future Items Of Interest

    At the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, October 8, board members returned to regular board business after weeks of addressing the short and controversial tenure of its recently departed library director. The meeting this week, however, did touch on some issues that have been of recent concern to members of the public.

  • First Selectman Calls Planned ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ Disrespectful, Insensitive

    The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com have announced they will join together with other groups to sponsor Guns Save Lives Day on December 14, the first anniversary of 12/14, “because crazy people, criminals and gun control extremists prefer unarmed victims,” the trio of organizations announced by way of a joint press release on October 10.

  • DOT Commissioner Hears Riverside Area Residents’ Complaints

    A group of residents from the Riverside Road area of Sandy Hook gathered around Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and First Selectman Pat Llodra on Friday, October 11.  Huddled in a circle near Center Street, residents voiced concerns about highway noise pollution and other related issues.

    Mrs Llodra said the meeting was a way to address the quality of life in the area.

  • Police Reports for October 4-10, 2013

    Sugar Street DUI

    Police said that at about 10:43 pm on October 2, they stopped motorist Dana Bennett, 68, of Monroe to investigate on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Key Rock Road.

    Police said that they then charged Bennett with driving under the influence and with failure to drive to the right. Bennett was held on $500 bail for an arraignment on October 3 in Danbury Superior Court, police said.

  • Trees Planted In Victory Garden To Honor 12/14 Victims

    Newtown’s Victory Garden was the site of a memorial tree planting ceremony and tree give-away on Saturday, October 5. Volunteers came prepared with gardening gloves, shovels, and hoes in hand to help in the planting.

    Newtown’s Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College, both in Minnesota, to plant 30 fruit trees in Newtown’s Victory Garden.

  • SHS Site Turned Over To Construction Manager, Remediation Commencing

    Following an opportunity that was provided to Sandy Hook School staff and 12/14 victims’ families to visit the school site one final time, the site has been turned over to Consigli Construction, the company chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs.

    Speaking to The Bee on October 7, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the property is now in the hands of the construction teams.

  • Senior Forum Set On Revaluation, Taxes

    Since the latest Newtown property revaluation hit home in tax bills, particularly the tax bills of local seniors, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze has been asked to attend several meetings of loosely organized senior groups to respond to their growing concerns.

    The outcome of these informal meetings is a planned senior forum that is set for 7 pm, Tuesday, October 15, at Newtown High School, presumably replacing the regular finance board meeting already scheduled that evening.