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  • Police Reports May 24 - June 4

    Botsford Bridge

    Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housatonic Railroad’s train overpass there had a clearance limit of 11 feet, 5 inches, police said.

    The top of the truck then smashed into the bottom on the overpass, damaging the top of the truck and ejecting some cargo onto the roadway, police said.

  • Fire Reports May 30 - June 5, 2013

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

     

    Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgingtown responded; 8:56 pm, investigation, 10 Russett Road, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, May 31: 2:17 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 66 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 5:21 pm, wires down, near 15 Algonquin Trail, Sandy Hook responded.

  • New York City Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud in 12/14 Scam

    BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.

  • On The Last Day, Lawmakers Deliver A Final Gesture To The Families Of Newtown

    The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.

  • Bolinsky, Llodra Praise 12/14-Inspired Privacy Legislation

    This report was updated with additional input from First Selectamn Llodra and the Newtown Legislative delegation since its original posting.

  • Llodra: Town Will Receive $50M Bond For SHS Replacement

    This story was updated since its first posting to reflect that Newtown has received confirmation of this state bonding initiative.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since 12/14. And her office confirmed Thursday morning that the state had committed to that bonding initiative.

  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.

    While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases,  tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.

  • New Poll Finds Strong Support For Restricting Release Of 12/14 Crime Scene Information

    A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research finds that an overwhelming majority of voters surveyed oppose the release of graphic photos and audio from emergency calls related to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook School to the public.

    According to the poll, 68 percent of voters surveyed believe this information should be kept private. Opposition crosses party lines, with 69 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Independents, and 65 percent of Republicans rejecting the release.

  • Low-Cost Rabies Clinic Slated For Dogs And Cats

    On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. For information, contact the town clerk’s office at 203-270-4210. Shown on a stairway at Edmond Town Hall are: at top, Rakesh Vali, DVM, of Mt Pleasant Hospital For Animals; veterinary assistant Mary Simpson, who is holding Porsche, a seven-month old female brindled Great Dane; and Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia.

  • Special Olympics Torch Run Slated For June 7

    Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7.

    The event is intended to raise public awareness of the Special Olympics Summer Games which will run from June 7 through 9 in New Haven and Hamden.

    At approximately 11:15 am on June 7, Bethel police will hand off the Special Olympics torch to Newtown police at the Dodgingtown Firehouse at 55 Dodgingtown Road (Route 302).