State police this week provided some details concerning a two-truck accident that occurred on Interstate 84 early on the morning of Thursday, October 3, resulting in major travel delays for several hours on the highway and adjacent local roads during the morning rush. The accident was caused when a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and instead hit a vehicle that was already on the side of the road, having pulled over after hitting a different deer.
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.
The eight-man, four-woman jury is slated to resume deliberations on Wednesday, October 16, in Danbury Superior Court. The eight-day testimony phase of the trail started on September 26. Deliberations started on October 10.
The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, announced it has received a contribution from The Jeff Ruby Foundation & Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Inc, a Cincinnati-based steakhouse operator.
Mr Ruby, the company's owner and president, donated more than $44,000 raised in part from an event he hosted earlier this year to support the Newtown Memorial Fund.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
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. There currently are 18 active members of Newtown’s CERT unit, which was organized last year. To expand the number of CERT members, the town plans to conduct another CERT training program in late October/early November. CERT members typically assist emergency management staffers during storms and other emergencies.
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.
Deliberations were slated to resume at 10 am on Friday, October 11. Judge Robin Pavia is presiding.
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.
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.“We are proclaiming Saturday, December 14 as Guns Save Lives Day,” Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee, said. “In the coming weeks, you can go to GunsSaveLivesDay.com and get updates on this open source national project that all freedom loving organizations are invited to be a part of.”Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra was not pleased with the announcement...
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.
The commissioner’s visit, Rep Bolinsky explained, was to hear personal stories from community members.