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  • Police Conclude NHS Bomb Threat Was A Hoax

    Police said this week they investigated a bomb threat at Newtown High School on May 4 which they determined to lack credibility and to be a hoax.

    However, the student at the school who was found to have made that threat was arrested on two criminal charges and will be seeing a judge at Danbury Juvenile Court, according to police.

    Police said that at about noon on May 4, they arrested the student after a written bomb threat note had been found in one of the school’s student restrooms.

  • Former Police Sergeant And Dispatcher Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

    A federal grand jury has indicted a former Newtown police sergeant and a former emergency communications dispatcher on felony charges, which allege that they were part of an anabolic steroids drug trafficking ring with others.

    Indicted were former sergeant Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury and former dispatcher Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport. Santucci resigned from the police department on May 1. Chickos resigned as civilian dispatcher on May 8.

  • Botsford Man Arrested After Restaurant Incident

    Police report they arrested a Botsford man on multiple charges following an incident near King’s Breakfast & Lunch Restaurant at 265 South Main Street at about 4 pm on May 10, in which the man allegedly brandished a firearm, threatening to kill the restaurant’s owner.

    Following the incident, police arrested Collins Verstegen, 51, of 271 South Main Street, charging him with first-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree breach of peace.

  • Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Reaching Out Beyond Its Borders

    Since being deeded 34.4 acres of property nearby the Newtown Park and Bark dog park and The Brian J. Silverlieb Animal Control Center in September 2014, plans for The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary (CVHAS) have continued to develop, said Jennifer Hubbard.

    The CVHAS is the focus of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, which was created in memory of Catherine Hubbard, one of 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012. Catherine was the daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard.

  • Clothing Drive For Social Services, Saturday

    Newtown Country Club will host a clothing drive on Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 6 pm, to kick off its 100 Year Centennial Celebration.

    Donations received on Saturday will then be given to Newtown Social Services, for distribution to its clients.

    Area residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help local Social Services clients in need by doing a little spring cleaning and donating a bag of gently used clothing.

  • Several Marina Slips Still Available At Eichler’s

    With a gentle breeze pushing back her hair and early spring sunlight throwing shadows across a picnic area at Eichler’s Cove Marina, Deborah Denzel walked to the railing. Down a short slope was a small inlet on Lake Zoar where last week Parks and Recreation crews put in roughly 60-plus boat docks for the season.

  • With Senior Tax Relief Deadline Looming, More New Participants Applying

    As the May 15 application deadline approaches, officials have announced that about a quarter of Newtown’s approximately 3,500 seniors have already qualified for an average 41 percent credit through one of the state’s most generous localized senior tax relief programs.

  • Police Reach New Labor Contract With Town

    Following more than a year of negotiations, the town and the Newtown Police Union, Local 3153, Council 15, of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached a three-year labor contact, specifying the terms of employment for 43 of the 45 sworn officers at the police department.

    Since last July 1, police have been working without a contract because the previous agreement expired last June 30.  

  • Charter Commission Supports Striking Language Tied To BOE Makeup

    Charter Revision Commission Chairman Jeff Capeci said after about 45 minutes of discussion April 30, commissioners narrowly voted down a proposal to clarify a 4-3 split designating specific political minority representation on the town’s Board of Education. Commissioners, with only Eric Paradis dissenting, then voted to recommend striking one sentence from the proposed charter revision they agreed clarified “bare minority” representation locally would mirror what is outlined in state statutes.

  • Criminal Complaint Affidavit Describes Drug Trafficking Investigation

    A 104-page court affidavit, which serves as the basis for the arrests of eight men who have been charged with federal drug offenses, provides information on the drug trafficking investigation known as Operation Juice Box. Among those men are former Newtown Police Sergeant Steven Santucci and Newtown dispatcher Jason Chickos.