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  • Green Ribbon Ride Raised $50,000

    Checks for the approximately $50,000 in funds raised during “the one and only” Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride fundraiser and remembrance, held  on Sunday, May 5 will soon be in the mail to recipients, according to event co-organizer Anthony Capozziello. Mr Capozz...

  • Garbage Ignites In The Waste Transfer Station

    About 30 volunteer firefighters from all five local fire companies responded to the town waste transfer station off Ethan Allen Road midday on Sunday, May 12, to extinguish a garbage fire within that large steel building. Botsford Fire Rescue Company Chief...

  • Heath Murder Case Jury Selection To Start In July

    DANBURY — Jury selection in the trial of John Sherman Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, who is charged with murder in the April 1984 death of his former wife, Elizabeth Gough Heath, has been scheduled to start in mid-July. At a May 15 closed, supervised pretrial conference among Judge Susan S. Reynolds, Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray, who is the prosecutor, and attorney Francis L. O’Reilly, who is the special public defender who represents Mr Heath, it was decided to start jury selection on July 16.

  • Report: Lanza Toxicology Tests Show No Drugs Or Alcohol

    According to a published report, toxicology tests indicate that Adam Lanza, 20, of Sandy Hook had no alcohol or drugs in his body when he used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six female educators at Sandy Hook School on December 14. Thos...

  • New Home For A Local Fire Engine

    After Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue’s Engine 443 was damaged last year during October’s Superstorm Sandy, the truck was taken out of service. The cab had...

  • Memorial Commission Members Sought

    The Newtown Board of Selectmen is soliciting nominations for seven residents to serve on a Permanent Memorial Commission. The commission will provide the Board of Selectmen with recommendations on the nature, location, and financial details and ramifications of memorials for thei...

  • Finance Board, Council Cover School Security OT Costs

    The Board of Finance May 13 and the Legislative Council two days later, decided to delay using a budgeted fund balance allocation to offset some projected police overtime costs for school security. At the same time, the finance board and council approved additional transfers to more than cover overtime expenses accrued since April 1. The Bee reported last week that the Board of Selectmen approved using three sources to cover what Finance Director Robert Tait estimated could be as much as $180,000 in police school security overtime for the fiscal quarter ending June 30.

  • Lawmakers Call For Federal Funding For New Sandy Hook School

    US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty announced in a conference call Thursday, May 16, that next week they will introduce a bill into the Senate and House of Representatives to amend the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) fund, allowing it to provide funding to assist in reconstruction of school buildings.Currently, there is no federal funding available for the building of new schools. Project SERV traditionally funds “short-term and long-term education-related services for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted,” according to the US Department of Education website, ed.gov.“Since December 14, the community of Newtown has rallied together,” ...

  • Garner Inmate Arrested After Serious Prison Assault

    State police report they responded to a serious assault in which one inmate attacked another inmate within Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road. State police said this week that on the afternoon of May 8, they received a call from Garner reporting an assault that had occurred about 1:33 pm. State police said their investigation found that the altercation occurred between inmates Travis Hampton, 34, and Jeffrey Allman, 24.

  • Police Reports May 6 - 13, 2013

    Road Rage Police report they received a complaint about 10:45 am on May 12 from a woman concerning a “road rage” incident that had occurred on Queen Street near Lovells Lane. Police said t...