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  • 2013 Crime Stats Show Drop In Burglaries, Larcenies

    The number of burglaries and larcenies that were reported to town police in 2013 dropped significantly compared to 2012, based on a set of crime/motor vehicle enforcement statistics Police Chief Michael Kehoe presented to the Police Commission this week.

  • Stats Show Queen St. Speed Bumps Diverted Traffic… But Where?

    To the Editor:

    I have been alerting Newtown residents for years that the objective of Queen Street residents was, in addition to speed control, significant traffic reduction. However when the Police Commission installed two, then three, and then five speed bumps the public was lead to believe that traffic diversion and reduction wasn’t significant.

  • Two Sergeants Retire From Police Department; Froehlich Charges "Cruel Work Environment"

    At their January 7 meeting, Police Commission members accepted the retirement of sergeants Darlene Froehlich and John Cole. In her letter of resignation, Sgt Froehlich cited a “cruel work environment” and “hatred” within the department as prompting her decision to retire.

    Ms Froehlich, 55, joined the police department in July 1984. Mr Cole, 52, joined the organization in January 1989. The full-pension vesting period for town police officers is 25 years.

  • In 12/14 PTSD Case, Police Chief Withdraws Job Termination Recommendation

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Union Pushes For Talks On Disabled Cop’s Departure

    A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer.

    Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter.

  • Enforcing Handicapped Parking Compliance

    To the Editor:

  • Residents Raise Concerns About Hazardous Traffic

    In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.

    At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.

    Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.

  • Police Commission Complimented For Queen Street Safety Effort

    Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street attended the September 3 Police Commission meeting to thank the agency for addressing traffic speed concerns on the road which links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road. Since late last year, the town has installed five permanent speed tables on the southern section of Queen Street to hold down traffic speeds. 

  • The Police Commission’s Obsession With Queen Street

    To the Editor:

  • Queen St. Residents Applaud Speed Tables For Traffic Control

    A small group of Queen Street residents attended a Police Commission session this week to thank that agency, which serves as the local traffic authority, for having had five permanent speed tables installed on the southern section of the mile-long street that links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road.

    The town recently installed two new speed tables on Queen Street, bringing to five the number of such speed-calming devices on the north-south road. The town installed the initial three speed tables late last year.