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  • Defense Lawyer Challenges Police Probe in Heath Case

    DANBURY – The defense attorney for John Heath, 70, the Bridgewater man who is accused of murder in the 1984 death of his wife Elizabeth, 32, challenged the thoroughness of the Newtown police investigation that was conducted after John Heath reported to police that his wife was missing.

  • Police Action Results In Schools Lock-In

    UPDATE (11:45 am): The lock-in has been lifted from both schools. Police activity continues, but one person is reportedly in custody and situation is contained.

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    Newtown Police are responding to an unspecified incident in Sandy Hook.

    Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses have been put into lock-in mode.

  • Jo-Mar Drive Incident Prompts Heavy Police Response

    At about 11:45 am on Monday, a “lock-in” security condition was lifted at both the Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses in response to a police emergency that occurred on Jo-Mar Drive in Sandy Hook.

    Interim School Superintendent John Reed said the lock-in had followed a request from police to do so.

  • Sandy Hook School Referendum Passes By Wide Margin

    A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School.

    Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding.

  • Tree Planting And Harvest Festival At Victory Garden Saturday

    With a last-minute reminder to volunteers ready to plant small fruit trees Saturday, October 5, Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin asked participants to bring a long handled round faced shovel for planting the trees, and if possible, a metal rake for spreading mulch.

    With an early glimpse at the trees which were in town and ready for planting on Friday, October 4, he said, “They’re quite beautiful.”

  • Fruit Trees Will Soon Grow In Fairfield Hills

    Fresh fruit from apple trees planted in memory of the 12/14 victims will soon add to future Victory Garden harvests.

  • Adaptive Sports Retreat Welcomes Veterans

    The Leaps of Faith Disabled Waterskiers Club hosted a successful Adaptive Water Sports Retreat for veterans September 20–22, at its lakeside location on Lake Zoar.

  • On The Road To A New Firehouse

    Kathy Holick tucked a small green and white Sandy Hook rubber duck into her leather jacket. She soon hopped onto her husband Steve’s motorcycle as the two joined the fourth annual Firehouse Ride to support the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 in its effort to build a new firehouse.

    This year’s event, which drew more than 100 motorcycles, and a larger than usual crowd for the pig roast and party that followed, was called The Ride To Remember, also benefiting the Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund.

  • With Four Weeks To Election Day, Local GOP, Dems Invoke ‘Balance’ In Messaging

    With local elections just over a month away, Newtown Democrats and Republicans have both been busy sounding a theme of balance to the party faithful and voters.

    For Democrats, the advocacy is about restoring balance, while the first of several expected Republican releases focuses on how party incumbents have worked to maintain a balanced agenda over the previous two years — work they say yielded a number of accomplishments on behalf of residents.

  • Prisoner Claims Heath Admitted to Killing His Wife

    DANBURY – A state prison inmate testified at the murder trial of John Heath on October 3 that while they were both incarcerated at the Bridgeport Correctional Center in January, Mr Heath told him that he had killed his wife in 1984 and then hid her remains inside a drainage structure at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

    Mr Heath is being held on bail and maintains his innocence.