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  • Police Arrest Man On Five Felonies In Sex Assault Case

    Police said they arrested a prison inmate on July 7 on five felony charges stemming from his allegedly having had illegal sexual contact with a female under age 18 in Newtown.

    Police said they went to Danbury Superior Court that morning where they served an arrest warrant against Peter Filosi, 32, whose last known address was an unspecified residence on Sugar Street (Route 302).

  • Jury Trial Postponed In Steroids Trafficking Prosecution

    HARTFORD — Jury selection, which had been slated to start on July 14 in the federal prosecution of 11 men indicted as an alleged drug trafficking ring, has been rescheduled to October 13.

    Among those 11 men are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests in late April.

  • Police Reports, June 29-July 7, 2015

    Shoplifting Incident

    At about 10 am on July 3, police responded to the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Village at 6 Queen Street after receiving a complaint that a shoplifting incident had occurred there.

    Police said their investigation found that Yolanda Graciela Taveras, 57, of Gaylordsville had taken more than $178 worth of store merchandise without paying for it.

  • Fire Reports, July 2-9, 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, July 2: 5:08 pm, alarm, 15 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook responded; 6:25 pm, brush fire, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, July 3: No calls listed.

  • NYFS And NPC Receive Grant To Address Substance Abuse

    In a collaborative partnership, Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) and Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) have been awarded a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Connecticut Strategic Prevention Framework Coalitions (CSC) Initiative to mobilize community coalitions and implement strategies to address substance abuse.

  • Major Hawleyville Project Considered

    Representatives for a local church were scheduled to meet with town land use officials on July 9 at a “pre-application meeting” to discuss aspects of the church’s major mixed-use proposal to construct a new church, a large multifamily housing complex, and some commercial space on acreage in Hawleyville. The site is located west of Hawleyville Road (Route 25) and south of the Exit 9 off-ramp for eastbound Interstate 84.

  • Internal Leaseback Of Highway, Parks Vehicles Will Save $35,000

    The town will use its capital nonrecurring fund to purchase five heavy vehicles for the Parks and Recreation and Highway Departments, and will structure an internal leaseback arrangement that will save taxpayers in excess of $35,000 that would have gone to cover interest payments, according to Finance Director Robert Tait.

  • Supt. Erardi’s Contract Extended

    The Board of Education voted to increase the superintendent of schools’ contracted salary by three percent and to extend his contract by one year at its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.

    The decision came among a series of votes on agenda items before the board heard from the public regarding the possibility of closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment for the 2016-17 year. The board later voted not to close a school for the 2016-17 school year and to continue its discussion about the best use of district facilities.

  • New Trail Leads Through Meadows, Gardens, At FFH

    In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.

  • Packed Town Meeting Approves NHS Auditorium, Road Bonding

    One of the largest Town Meeting turnouts in recent memory drew dozens of residents to the Municipal Center July 6 for a brief but critical vote on spending for a Newtown High School auditorium renovation and bonding for local road improvements. Residents are holding up tickets, both proving they are qualified to vote, and registering their support of the motions that endorsed both spending proposals.