Newtown and Connecticut State Police (CSP) have cleared a suspicious bag that was located outside the front area of Reed Intermediate School this evening. Hook & Ladder and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members were sent to the scene as a precaution, but all had been cleared around 8:30 pm. Interim Superintendent John Reed said he was dispatching a letter to parents and staff regarding the incident, to reassure everyone that the item that was found by a school security guard was deemed harmless.
First Selectman Pat Llodra was among a number of officials issuing brief reactions in the wake of the State's Attorney's report on the 12/14 tragedy.
Mrs Llodra observed that "much of the detail in the report is presented in such a factual, neutral way that it almost felt unreal, sanitized somehow, and not really a telling of the horror that unfolded on that awful day."
The first selectman said the document for the most part offered few new insights for her, until she came to the parts that shed some light on the person of Adam Lanza, and of his mother Nancy Lanza.
As Connecticut residents prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday the Connecticut State Police has also implemented plans to enhance public safety, enforcement and visibility on all of the highways and roads in Connecticut. Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) is an As Connecticut residents prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday the Connecticut State Police has also implemented plans to enhance public safety, enforcement and visibility on all of the highways and roads in Connecticut. Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) is an intricate part of the highway safety plan. The Connecticut State Police will supplement its normal routine patrol personnel with additional troopers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers will patrol all roads and highways across Connecticut and will focus on drunk drivers while targeting aggressive and unsafe drivers.
Although it is clear that the 20-year-old local man who shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012, had “significant mental health issues” and had “an obsession with mass murders, in particular the Columbine shootings,” a motive for Adam Lanza’s horrific actions has not been established, according to a prosecutor’s summary report on the incident.
In his November 25 report, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, III, states that the investigation into the actions of Lanza is closed.
A group of about ten people, whose members want anonymity, have started a private fundraising drive with the goal of building a new police station for the town police department to replace the existing station at 3 Main Street. Over the past decade, Police Commission members have occasionally described the inadequacies of the existing police station and resolved to pursue new quarters for the 45-member police department, but to date that resolve has not translated into concrete results. Douglas Fuchs, a Newtown resident who also is Redding’s police chief, has been named the spokesman for the private fundraising group. The group’s goal is raising $18 million.
The family of Jack H. Rosenthal announced Tuesday, November 26, that Mr Rosenthal, 94 years old, had died unexpectedly the previous day, November 25, at Masonicare At Newtown, where he had resided for the last two years. A veteran of the US Army, Mr Rosenthal served six terms as First Selectman of Newtown, from 1976 to 1987. He moved to Newtown in 1953. He quickly became active in town, beginning with Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company, where he was eventually elected company president. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Honan Funeral Home of Newtown, with calling hours and services to be announced.
On Friday, November 22, Dr John Reed, interim Superintendent of Schools in Newtown, issued a message to parents and staff, notifying them that the Newtown Police Department had informed him to expect increased police presence at each of Newtown’s schools on Monday, November 25. The added police presence is in response to an expected influx of media and increased traffic in town when the State Attorney report on the 12/14 incident is released. That release is scheduled for Monday, November 25, at 3 pm.
As Newtown waits for a report on the incidents of 12/14 due to be released Monday afternoon, and a court decision on the release of 911 audio files from that tragic incident, First Selectman Pat Llodra posted the following statement on her blog:"These weeks are very difficult for our community," she stated. "We are gearing up for the...
NJWC Launches Recycling Fundraiser The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has launched a recycling fundraiser. NJWC is seeking donations of used ink and toner cartridges (laser, inkjet, fax, copier and MFP all-in-one) and used cellphones. Collection boxes have been set up at six locations in town, as well as Danbury City Hall. All proceeds from this event will be returned to the community through the support of programs such as Back-to-School Backpacks, Thanksgiving Baskets, and Holiday Tag-A-Gift. In addition, the collection will also help the environment by reducing the amount of nonbiodegradable waste in landfills.