A judge sentenced a Naples, Fla., man on April 23 to three years of probation and 450 hours of community service for illegally possessing stolen firearms silencers. US District Judge Alvin Thompson gave Richard Sleeva, 51, that sentence, according to a statement from US Attorney Deirdre Daly. The firearms case has a link to a Newtown residence. Sleeva formerly possessed the firearms at residences in Newtown and in Pennsylvania, according to the US attorney. According to court documents and statements made in court, Sleeva was a federal firearms licensee and had obtained silencers as a member of Gemtech’s board of directors prior to his removal from that board in 2001.
On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide will participate in the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Last year, with the help of thousands of volunteers, letter carriers all across America collected more than 74.4 million pounds of non-perishable food — the second-highest amount since the drive began in 1992, bringing the grand total to just under 1.3 billion pounds. Newtown Social Services, which will benefit from the collection, is counting on residents to make this year’s collection a success.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan, whose mission is to speak to as many students as possible in order that they hear stories of the Holocaust from a survivor, will offer a public program at Congregation Adath Israel on May 18. Mrs Lazan spent six years with her family in a Nazi concentration camp. Today she asks people to be tolerant of others, and encourages positive thinking. Her program will begin at 3 pm. She will provide a moving, firsthand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany from the events preceding Kristallnacht and then imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April 1945.
A federal appeals court has ruled that William A. Trudeau, 50, who is a former owner of Newtown Oil Company and a former Norwalk land developer, will have his current prison sentence reviewed. Trudeau is serving a 15 2/3-year sentence for operating a mortgage fraud scheme in Fairfield County. Trudeau was sentenced in February 2013 in US District Court in New Haven following a jury trial. He is serving time at Devens FMC in Ayer, Mass. His current prison release date is in April 2025. The appeals court on April 15 found that Trudeau’s sentencing by US District Judge Janet Hall was “substantively reasonable,” but that one aspect of the calculations on the length of his sentence requires technical review. The review by the trial court may result in a shorter sentence for Trudeau or allowing the existing sentence to stand.
Fire officials from the town’s five volunteer fire companies are reviewing a controversial proposal to move the town’s radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, in Prospect. Town Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will, who heads the NECC, and the two members of a town study panel that is researching possibly having Newtown emergency calls dispatched from the Prospect center -- Jeffrey Capeci and Neil Chaudhary -- attended an April 28 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. First Selectman Pat Llodra ultimately will make the decision on whether local emergency services radio dispatching should be regionalized.
A changeover to a new phone system at Town Hall South will be taking place this morning around 9:30 am, according to Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will. The system change will cover the police, Parks & Rec and Social Services departments. There will be no disruption in emergency 911 service and calls during the system changeover.
While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center. When the school board returned and opened its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position. He will begin his tenure at Hawley on July 1. His salary will be set by the existing administrator’s contract, according to the board’s motion.
A changeover for the phone system at Town Hall South is complete this evening, but there are still a few technical issues being worked on, according to Newtown Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will. “Voicemail is still being worked on, so there may be an issue if anyone calls the police department, Social Services or Parks & Rec tonight,” Ms Will said Wednesday evening. “Have patience, try to leave a message, or remember that everyone will be back in tomorrow morning if you can’t reach them tonight,” she said.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) will dedicate the Memorial to Fallen Educators on June 12, at 2 pm, on the Emporia State University campus. The memorial and dedication ceremony will honor fallen educators and provide a permanent tribute to their sacrifice. The inspiration for the memorial came from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy that killed six educators on December 14, 2012. Members of the NTHF then began to research, and found reports of 112 fallen educators, dating back to 1764.