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  • Jury Selection Starts In Heath Murder Case

    DANBURY — Jury selection started last week in Danbury Superior Court in the trial of John S. Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, whom the state has charged with murder, alleging that he killed his wife Elizabeth, 32, in 1984 and then hid her body beneath the floor of a barn on a property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, where the couple had lived.

    Ms Heath’s remains were discovered in April 2010 when the property’s current owners were renovating that barn and found her skeleton.

  • Fire Reports July 18 - 24, 2013

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

     

    Thursday, July 18: 9:10 am, investigation, 28 Lyrical Lane, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Public Works Chief Hopes To See Danbury Hall Razed As Early As Mid-October

    From left, Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and town workers Dave Ferraro and Pete Daccolti prepare for a quick walk-through of Danbury Hall on the Fairfield Hills campus. The Board of Selectmen was poised July 24 to act on a resolution to fund the building’s remediation and demolition, which Mr Hurley said could be completed as soon as early to mid-October. 

  • School Appropriation Passes Unanimously And Without Comment

    A unanimous town meeting vote that approved the appropriation of $750,000 in funds from the state for planning and design work for a new Sandy Hook elementary school was over in 11 minutes.

    A full parking lot and line out the door at a crowded Newtown Municipal Center Wednesday found attendees packing the building’s Council Chamber, where the meeting took place. Many residents stood, while others remained in the hallway unable to find a seat or even standing room inside.

  • Sandy Hook School: Nothing To See

    Cement blocks, traffic cones, and multiple warning signs across Dickinson Drive bar the curious from gaining access to Sandy Hook Elementary School. More than seven months after 12/14, visitors continue to visit Sandy Hook Center. Many are looking for a memorial and to pay their respects. Some have less than honorable reasons to visit the location.

  • Police Reports July 14 - 21, 2013

    Knife Found

    Police report they continue to hold a found knife for safekeeping.

    The folding-style pocket knife was found on Canterbury Lane in Sandy Hook on April 15, police said. Canterbury Lane extends from Charter Ridge Road. The owner may contact police at 3 Main Street to claim the item.

     

    Vehicular Vandalism

  • Connecticut Senators Help Stall Student Loan Deal

    WASHINGTON — President Obama likes it, as do top congressional leaders, but Connecticut’s Democratic senators -– Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy -– say they can’t sign on to a deal that would reverse a sharp rate hike in a popular student loan.

    “It’s hard for me to get my head wrapped around the idea that the federal government is going to continue to make millions of dollars in profit from the student loan program,” Murphy said.

    Blumenthal is even more critical.

  • Blumenthal Signs On To McCain Cable Television Bill

    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced his “Television Consumer Freedom Act” back in May, but Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the bill’s  first Democratic co-sponsor Tuesday.

    The legislation would give Americans more control over what they watch on television by allowing them to buy individual television channels, instead of having to purchase the packages of channels offered by their cable providers.

  • Ambulance Garage Groundbreaking July 29

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters of Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be on Monday evening, July 29, at 6 pm. The event will be held at Fairfield Hills campus at the garage’s new location, across from Reed Intermediate School.

  • Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Three Motorists On DUI Charges

    During a sobriety checkpoint held on South Main Street on the night of Friday, July 19, and early morning hours of Saturday, July 20, police charged three motorists with driving under the influence, according to Newtown Police Sergeant John Cole.

    Police set up the eight-hour checkpoint on the section of South Main Street just south of its intersection with Borough Lane, using a large commercial parking lot there as a location for investigations. Police estimate that about 550 drivers passed through the checkpoint.