• Police Reports, October 6-12, 2015

    Asleep At The Wheel

    State Police report that at about 8:39 am on October 6, James Damico, 31, of West Haven was operation a 2014 Nissan Altima on the Exit 11 on ramp to westbound Interstate 84 in Newtown, when he reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle then left the roadway and struck a rock wall, sustaining damage that made the vehicle inoperable. The operator was subsequently issued a citation for failure to stay in an established lane.


  • Fire Reports, October 8-14, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, October 8: 10:27 am, commercial fire alarm, 173 South Main Street, Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded; 2:24 pm, public service, 45 Main Street, Hook & Ladder covered; 7:28 pm, investigation, I-84 East Exit 10 onramp, Hawleyville responded.

  • Police Commission Delays Plans To Hire Officer

    The Police Commission’s plans to hire a person to fill vacancy for a police patrol officer position have been delayed, with that hiring now expected to occur in January.

    The person would fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Steven Santucci, 38, a sergeant who left town service after being arrested on multiple federal drug charges last April. Mr Santucci has pleaded not guilty to the eight charges, which are pending in US District Court in Hartford.

  • Conversation On Racial Justice Leads To Weekly Vigils At Trinity Episcopal Church

    Trinity Episcopal Church hosted a conversation on racial equality and racial justice on October 11. The speaker was Bishop John L. Selders Jr, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, and a leader of the Moral Monday CT movement.

    It was the second such conversation hosted by the church in recent months.

  • Police Commission Plans ‘Open Dialogue’ Session

    To promote open communications with members of the public, the Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for later this month at which the only topic on the agenda will be “open public dialogue.”

    That session is slated for 7 pm on Monday, October 26, in the lower level conference room at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street (Route 25).

  • Commission Recommends Speed Limits For 18 Town Roads

    In an ongoing, phased traffic safety review of town roads, the Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, has endorsed speed limits for 18 local residential roads and is seeking state Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for those speed limits on both sides of the affected streets.

    Police Commission members on October 6 approved submitting the data to DOT for its field review of the proposed speed limits.

  • Oakview Road Parking Ban To Be Posted

    In response to complaints about the hazards posed by motorists who park along Oakview Road, the Police Commission on October 6 approved having police post No Parking signs along that 3,000-foot-long north-south street, which lies west of the Newtown High School grounds.

    The narrow, curving, hilly Oakview Road links Wasserman Way to Berkshire Road. Oakview Road often is used by motorists as a cut-through or shortcut to avoid traffic congestion near Exit 11 of Interstate 84 and near the intersection of Wasserman Way and Berkshire Road.

  • Legislative Council Approves NHS Band Truck Fund Contribution

    After deliberation, the Legislative Council, during its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, approved a $17,540 special appropriation from the Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund for the purchase of a box truck to be used by the Newtown High School Marching Band.

    The truck will be used to transport equipment for the group.

  • ‘Violence Can Be Changed:’ A Conversation For All

    Newtown Congregational Church is extending an invitation to all residents to join them for a special program on Tuesday, October 20.

    Warren Hardy, Jr, and September Chatfield will be the guest speakers for “Actions Speaker Louder Than Words: Violence Can Be Changed Into Nice Love.” The evening will look at gun violence and how words can be turned into action.

    It will begin at 6:30 pm, and will take place in the church’s fellowship hall.

  • Former Dispatcher Expected To Plead Guilty In Drug Trafficking Case

    HARTFORD — A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher is expected to plead guilty to a federal drug charge at a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for October 19 in US District Court.

    The legal action stems from the man’s participation in a drug trafficking ring, which was allegedly headed by a former Newtown police sergeant.