It has been a long time coming, but a veteran police officer has been elevated from patrolman to supervisor, with the promotion of Scott Ruszczyk to the rank of sergeant. Sgt Ruszczyk, 46, was sworn into his new rank in May 1 ceremonies at Town Hall South attended by family, friends, and police staffers. The Police Commission promoted Mr Ruszczyk to the rank of sergeant in December, but the promotion did not take effect until May 1.
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are continuing their review of the environmental aspects of The River Walk At Sandy Hook Village, a 74-unit housing complex proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River. IWC members held the second installment of a public hearing on the application on May 13. The applicant is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit from the IWC. Much of the discussion Wednesday evening concerned the environmental protection comments made about the construction proposal by the Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is a private nonprofit environmental protection group. The Pootatuck River is a trout stream.
Town Finance Director Robert Tait released information to local officials recently detailing insurance claims paid by Newtown’s provider of municipal risk financing and risk management services. The town finance office also released its latest report on the Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund, which has received donations and contributions made to the town following 12/14.
Police Commission members, in their role as the local traffic authority, are reviewing a statistical report listing the places in town with the highest accident rates during a three-year period, with an eye toward making some traffic improvements to reduce those collision rates. According to the report prepared by police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele, the place with the highest accident rate for 2012 through 2014 inclusive is #60 through #66 Church Hill Road, where 61 accidents occurred during that period. That area is the Church Hill Road section lying between its intersection with eastbound Interstate 84’s Exit 10 ramps and its intersection with Commerce Road.
In a newly reported scam targeting older adults, callers demand money immediately to free a kidnapped relative and threaten physical harm to the relative if funds are not delivered, Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris warned residents. Victims are often ordered to stay on the phone until money is wired, often to a third party. The scammers demand "ransom" payments from $600 to $1,900 or more. In some cases, even after a payment is made, the scammers claim the money was not received and demand additional funds.
The state Freedom of Information Commission has ruled that Connecticut State Police must release personal documents seized from the Sandy Hook School shooter’s home during the investigation of 12/14. The agency ruled Wednesday, May 13, in favor of The Hartford Courant. Efforts by The Courant to obtain the documents since January 2014 had been blocked by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy on May 14 announced that he is directing US and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2015, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The national observance pays tribute to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. It is recognized annually during National Police Week, which this year runs May 10-16. The actions of the governor and lieutenant governor this week echo those made by President Barack Obama on May 8, when he issued a Presidential Proclamation announcing Police Officers Memorial Day and Police Week 2015.
About 30 residents attended a May 7 informational session sponsored by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for discussion on DOT’s plans to make a variety of improvements to the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 and surrounding roadways. The changes are intended to alleviate traffic backups in the often-congested area and reduce motor vehicle accidents. Residents posed a variety of questions to DOT planners on what effects the changes would have on the area. First Selectman Pat Llodra said that the combination of a town project planned to improve the northern end of Toddy Hill Road and the state’s Exit 11 project will significantly improve traffic flow in the area. But road improvement planning should proceed slowly, in light of concerns that have been expressed by property owners who would be directly affected by the planned improvements, she said.
The annual meeting of the Newtown Friends of Music, Inc., will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 pm, in the Board Room of Cyrenius H Booth Library, 25 Main Street. Members of record as of May 1, 2015, are invited to attend.