Police said at 3:15 pm on Friday, November 14, that security statuses put in place at three local schools have been lifted following their initial probe into a threat of harm made against St Rose School Friday afternoon.
Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said at 3:15 pm that a “lock-in closed” security status at St Rose School at 40 Church Hill Road has been lifted, as well as “lock-in open” statuses at the nearby Hawley School and Newtown Middle School.
“All schools are back to normal,” he said.
After some discussion, the Public Building & Site Commission, during its special meeting on Wednesday, November 12, approved the Phase 4 documents for the Sandy Hook School construction project.
The approval paves the way for that portion of the project to go out to bid.
“The big news is that we were at the Office of School Facilities at the state this morning for a final review of the Phase 4 construction documents package,” said Diversified Project Management’s Geralyn Hoerauf. “We did receive approval at that meeting.”
Town police have enlisted the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their investigation into a threat made against Newtown High School on Tuesday, November 11. Although it was Veterans Day, town schools were in session and a holiday commemoration program was underway in the school auditorium when it was learned that the threat had been made. The threat was received on the high school’s Facebook page. The threat reportedly was made from out of state and made reference to a gun and to shooting. NHS School Resource Officer Liam Seabrook reported the threat to police headquarters at 12:59 pm. Seven town police were involved in the investigation at the school and adjacent areas. In a statement on the incident, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said, in part, that the lock-in was put in place to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors at the school.
According to its Facebook page, the Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be screening "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in place of the originally planned "Guardians of The Galaxy." A problem with the theater’s projector has apparently led to the need to screen a Blu-Ray DVD edition of the April 2014 release in which Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, November 14, at 9:30 am. The commission announced on November 12 that it will be in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. On the agenda are presentations by three parents of children killed on 12/14.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, held a response meeting for community members on Tuesday, November 11, following a threat made on social media against the high school a few hours earlier. Dr Erardi was joined by Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. The evening event offered explanations and answers to questions voiced by parents, who wanted to know why only the high school was affected by the lock-in, how to talk to their children about the situation, and how the situation would end. Parents also sought additional information about the threat, which remains under investigation.
The ever-popular Newtown Bee calendar for 2015 is now available at The Bee’s offices at 5 Church Hill Road. Many people like The Bee calendars for their large print and simple design. The calendars are free, but the supply is limited.
Town police are warning local residents about a series of ongoing scams conducted by criminals generally via telephone calls and sometimes through interactions on the Internet. Police Sergeant Steven Santucci said that one of these scams which has been ongoing problem nationwide involves an aggressive telephone caller who falsely tells the person receiving the call that he is a US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent who requires the immediate payment of an outstanding tax debt. Police are also warning the public about another criminals who falsely claim to work for the Connecticut Light & Power Company, Yankee Gas, or some other utility company, and who have telephoned local businesses, telling them that their service will be shut off due to unpaid bills.