• Former Dispatcher Pleads Guilty in Drug Trafficking Case

    HARTFORD – A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher pleaded guilty on Monday, October 19, in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

    In court, Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Chickos has been free on bond since his arrest late last April.

  • 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.

  • More Arrests In Drug Trafficking Probe

    NEW HAVEN — With the arrests of three more men on June 4, a drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by a former Newtown police sergeant has grown to 11 men, who are now under federal indictment on various drug charges.

    Also, new court documents expand the period during which the former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown civilian emergency services dispatcher were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, increasing it from four years to six years.

  • Talking About The Police Department

    The arrests in the middle of last week of a Newtown Police sergeant and emergency services dispatcher on federal drug trafficking charges twisted the normal proud narrative we apply to local first responders to a point of painful fracture.

  • Dispatchers, Nute Receive Awards For Outstanding Service

    The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) presented an award to the staff of the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South on April 17. The award recognizes the communications center’s expert handling of radio telecommunications traffic stemming from the December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School.