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  • Long-Awaited 12/14 Report Offers Details, But No Motive

    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. In his November 25 report, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III, states that the investigation into the actions of Lanza is closed.

  • $18 Million Goal: Private Fund Drive Launched For New Police Station

    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. Douglas Fuchs, a Newtown resident who also is Redding’s police chief, has been named the spokesman for the private fundraising group. The group’s goal is raising $18 million.

  • Former First Selectman Jack Rosenthal Dies At 94

    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. A veteran of the US Army, Mr Rosenthal served six terms as First Selectman of Newtown, from 1976 to 1987. He moved to Newtown in 1953. He quickly became active in town, beginning with Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company, where he was eventually elected company president. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Honan Funeral Home of Newtown, with calling hours and services to be announced.

  • Police Clear Suspicious Package Found Outside Reed School

    Newtown and Connecticut State Police (CSP) have cleared a suspicious bag that was located outside the front area of Reed Intermediate School this evening. Hook & Ladder and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members were sent to the scene as a precaution, but all had been cleared around 8:30 pm. Interim Superintendent John Reed said he was dispatching a letter to parents and staff regarding the incident, to reassure everyone that the item that was found by a school security guard was deemed harmless.

  • NJWC Launches Recycling Fundraiser

    NJWC Launches Recycling Fundraiser The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has launched a recycling fundraiser. NJWC is seeking donations of used ink and toner cartridges (laser, inkjet, fax, copier and MFP all-in-one) and used cellphones. Collection boxes have been set up at six locations in town, as well as Danbury City Hall. All proceeds from this event will be returned to the community through the support of programs such as Back-to-School Backpacks, Thanksgiving Baskets, and Holiday Tag-A-Gift. In addition, the collection will also help the environment by reducing the amount of nonbiodegradable waste in landfills.

  • Official 12/14 Report Released By State's Attorney

    A 48-page report detailing the investigation of the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook School and on Yogananda Street in Newtown that day has been released by the Connecticut State's Attorny's Office. The report is accompanied bymore than 200 pages of additional data is available for public review through the state Judicial website. The purpose of the report, according to the state's attorney, is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on the morning of December 14, 2012, to determine what crimes were committed, and to indicate if there will be any state prosecutions as a result of the incident.

  • State’s Attorney’s Report Undercuts Conspiracy Theories

    Since the morning of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “Truthers” and other conspiracy theorists have tried to put their own spin on the events that happened at the school. Among the biggest questions that have been raised in the past year is whether the shooter acted alone. The state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury says Yes.

  • Increased Police Presence At All Schools On Monday

    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.

  • Llodra Releases Statement Ahead Of 12/14 Report

    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...

  • NSSF Considered Leaving After 12/14

    (AP) The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). With a handful foundation employees confronted by angry neighbors and protesters appearing outside the foundation's headquarters, Steve Sanetti said he had to...