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  • 2013 Crime Stats Show Drop In Burglaries, Larcenies

    The number of burglaries and larcenies that were reported to town police in 2013 dropped significantly compared to 2012, based on a set of crime/motor vehicle enforcement statistics Police Chief Michael Kehoe presented to the Police Commission this week.

  • New Warden In Place At Garner Prison

    Garner Correctional Institution, the state Department of Correction’s (DOC) high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road, which opened in 1992, now has its sixth warden, a man who served as a deputy warden there before being promoted late last year.

    Henry Falcone, 51, who grew up in Bridgeport, is the new warden. Warden Falcone became a captain when he was assigned to Garner in 2006. He then became a deputy warden there in 2011.

    Earlier in his career, he had worked at the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

  • Library Reopens To The Public March 8

    Final preparations were under way at the C.H. Booth Library this week, as staff worked long hours to prepare for the reopening of the library, Saturday, March 8, at 9:30 am. The library has been closed since flooding from broken sprinkler pipes caused extensive damage the afternoon of Saturday, January 4.

  • March 7: Fairfield County Giving Day Offers Financial Support, Incentives For Non-Profits

    UPDATE: This story has been updated to include Ben’s Bells Newtown and The Resiliency Center of Newtown, which will also benefit from Fairfield County Giving Day.  The story has also been updated to indicate the correct number of Newtown-based groups that will benefit from the 24 hours of online donations.

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    Every hour of March 7 could prove to be beneficial for area non-profits.

  • Facebook Announcement Meets With Approval From Gun Violence Prevention Groups

    On Wednesday, March 5, Facebook announced a “series of new educational and enforcement efforts for people discussing the private sale of regulated items.” Offers posted on Facebook that indicate a “willingness to evade or help others evade the law, including private sellers of firearms in the US specifying ‘no background check required’” will be prohibited.

  • 9/11 Memorial Representatives Advise: Input And Process Vital To Permanent 12/14 Memorial

    Newtown Permanent Memorial Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy and members of the commission met Thursday evening, February 27, with Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and 9/11 Memorial Project Manager Abigail Mullins for what Mr Lyddy called a continuation of the information gathering process.

  • Police Reports | February 19-March 3, 2014

    Interstate Crash

    At about 7:38 am on February 19, motorist Ian McIntyre, 52, of 76 Marlin Road, who was driving a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner SUV, stopped for traffic during heavy traffic conditions on westbound Interstate 84 near Exit 10 and was then struck from behind by motorist Lawrence Arpino, 67, of Torrington, who was driving a 2009 Nissan Maxima sedan, state police said.

    There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.

  • Fire Reports | February 27-March 4, 2014

    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, February 27: 1:50 pm, wires down, near 84 Alpine Circle, Sandy Hook responded. 

  • Independently Owned Newtown RadioShack Staying Open

    If you’re looking for fuses, speaker wire, a prepaid cellphone, walkie-talkies, a flat screen TV, a remote controlled helicopter, or any of the other thousands of products available at Newtown’s RadioShack store in Sand Hill Plaza, have no fear.

    Responding to a call from The Newtown Bee, the operators of Newtown’s local electronics retailer said on March 4 they will remain open even as its corporate owners are announcing the closure of about 1,100 other company-owned stores across the country.

  • Llodra Wants To See Armed School Guards In Municipal Budget

    First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during a budget meeting February 27 that she is planning to budget a contingent of nine armed, retired police officers who will serve as armed school security officers (SSOs) in local schools beginning this September.

    Mrs Llodra told finance officials that she expects virtually all expenses for armed and unarmed school guards, as well as a number of other measures from surveillance equipment to building hardening initiatives, to be offset by grants in the coming year.