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.
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...
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. First Selectman Pat Llodra said the property is now in the hands of the construction teams. A sturdy composite metal gate has been erected where previously only Jersey barriers and a 24-hour security guard or police officer had been stationed to keep onlookers and curiosity seekers from getting close to the building...
Since the implications of the latest Newtown property revaluation hit home in the 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. As was previously reported, some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate property tax increases fell on over-55 condos according to Assessor Chris Kelsey. Even after canvassing and re-grading 97 percent of all Newtown properties in the early stages of the latest revaluation process, a state audit of the assessor’s property valuations was accepted and deemed fair.
Raising glasses in a champagne toast on Friday, October 4, officials and residents seated along a decorative stone wall and standing on a new stamped concrete walkway on the corner of Riverside Road and Washington Avenue cheered as antique-style lampposts suddenly lit.
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 sai...