Newtown police are attempting to find a missing man, Robert Hoagland, 50, no address given, who was last seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 5:30 am on Sunday, July 28.Hoagland is white, six feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts.
Roughly 1,000 “alumni” from Newtown’s schools from the past several decades gathered at the Fairfield Hills grounds for the 12-hour Great Newtown Reunion on Saturday, July 27.
The event, which was held in a cluster of tents arrayed on a sprawling athletic field just west of Kent House, provided ample opportunities for people to meet again, reminisce, and talk about the future.
Shortly after noon Monday, police and emergency crews responded to Berkshire Road in the area of the Misty Vale Deli for a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival responders and police found a single vehicle had hit and snapped a utility pole, which caused subsequent power loss and fluctuations to homes in the area.
Six museums in Maine are raising funds for The EverWonder Children’s Museum. The museums will be offering free admission and accepting donations Thursday, August 1, to support construction of the EverWonder Children’s Museum. The museums will be offering free admission and accepting donations Thursday, August 1, to support construction of the EverWonder Children’s Museum. Plans to build the museum predate 12/14, but the effort has gained momentum since the shooting.
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing a four-pronged application from a developer concerning some zoning modifications for a Hawleyville parcel, a proposal that has drawn strong opposition from residents living at an adjacent age-restricted condominium complex. The Liberty at Newtown residents’ objections largely focus on quality-of-life issues. About 50 residents from Liberty at Newtown, a 96-unit condo complex at 178 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6), attended a July 18 P&Z public hearing to lodge their objections to the four zoning proposals from Toll CT III Limited Partnership. The partnership represents Toll Brothers, a residential developer.
Frustrated by what they consider a lack of clarity from the federal government on how to enforce a landmark mental health parity act, some Connecticut officials want the state to issue its own guidance for interpreting the law. The federal government issued an interim regulation in 2010, two years after the law passed. It hasn’t yet produced a final rule.
The proposed Sandy Hook Stables project, initiated by Fayette, Maine, resident George Mason, officially has a local connection now as Sandy Hook’s Rick Bayuk has been named by Mr Mason to the board of directors. Mr Bayuk, who contacted Mr Mason after The Bee’s June 28 article on the possible project, is taking the steps necessary to finding out if Mason’s proposed $30–$50 million Sturbridge Village-like horse park will comply with the town’s zoning and land use regulations.
The state’s Bond Commission announced its approval of $100 thousand in grants for upgrades to school security at the Newtown Children’s Adventure Center on Friday, July 26. The Office of Early Childhood grants-in-aid are for various capital improvements and facility repairs at state-funded early childhood facilities including CAC. CAC will use the money to install a comprehensive school alarm, silent alarm buttons, and to further secure doors and windows, according to the Department of Economic Community Development.
Jury selection started last week in Danbury Superior Court in the trial of John S. Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, whom the state has charged with murder, alleging that he killed his wife Elizabeth, 32, in 1984 and then hid her body beneath the floor of a barn on a property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, where the couple had lived. On Tuesday, July 16, Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray, who is the prosecutor, and attorney Francis O’Reilly, who is Mr Heath’s special public defender, selected two people to serve on the 12-member jury – a Bethel man and a Danbury woman. Judge Robin Pavia is the trial judge. On Wednesday, an additional three jurors reportedly were chosen, bringing the number of jurors to five.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Along with answering questions like “Do you have hash browns or home fries?” the counter help at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering have become adept at answering “How can I see Sandy Hook School?” or “Where is the Sandy Hook memorial?” The answers, said Deli cashier Zandra Thompson, are “There is no reason to go there” and “There is no memorial.” Employees continue to see people from as far away as Georgia or the Carolinas. The lazy summer days bring in three to four people a week seeking to explore the scene of the 12/14 tragedy; higher numbers of people visit Sandy Hook Center on weekends. Most visitors are looking for a memorial and wish to pay their respects to those killed that Friday morning. A few have less than honorable reasons to visit. Access to Dickinson Drive, which leads to Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been limited to officials since the shootings. On January 4, 2013, Public Works employees placed huge cement blocks across the driveway to increase security at the crime scene. Those barriers remain in place, along with surveillance equipment and numerous signs warning that trespassers will be prosecuted.