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  • State Police Report Concluding 12/14 Investigation Expected This Afternoon

    Connecticut State Police have notified the media that an exhaustive report of "several thousand pages" concerning the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be released electronically at 3 pm Friday, December 27. A notice from Lt. J. Paul Vance states the report will be redacted according to law, but he also indicated it contains text, photos and 911 calls received by the State Police on 12/14. The release of the 7,000-plus page report indicates that the State Police investigation is officially closed. According to one source, the school district notified staff Thursday that the report was expected to be published.

  • Early Morning Crash Temporarily Closes Route 6 In Hawleyville; Lengthy Extrication Required

    Newtown Police are investigating a tractor trailer versus car crash that occurred at approximately 6:20 am on Friday morning, December 27 near the busy intersection of Mount Pleasant and Sawmill Roads. Hawleyville Fire and Rescue Chief John Basso, who handled command supervision at the scene, credited more than 20 volunteers from his department and Hook & Ladder for responding quickly to the scene. Utilizing heavy equipment from Hook & Ladder's Rescue apparatus, firefighters conducted a complex extrication of the single occupant of the car that was involved. "We had to basically take the car apart around the driver," Chief Basso said.

  • Medal of Honor Society Honored SHES Educators

    An organization composed of Medal of Honor recipients traveled to Newtown on December 23 to honor the six educators killed on 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society said it chose Rachel D’Avino,Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto to receive its Citizen Honors Medal, the highest award it gives to a civilian, after receiving dozens of nominations for their actions during the shooting. The organization also planned to honor every other member of the school’s staff with a Certificate of Commendation.

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings CSP Reports Released

    An exhaustive body of reporting by the Connecticut State Police (CSP) resulting from investigations following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, was released by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) shortly after 3 pm December 27. The collection of data includes approximately 7,000 pages of written reports, as well as photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings. Tens of thousands of hours were spent by investigators from across the country, tracking down leads, processing evidence, and "doing everything within their collective ability to provide answers for the questions that remained in the wake of the terror of that morning," DESPP Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford wrote in a letter that accompanied the reports.

  • Police Reports | December 16 - 22, 2013

    Toyota vs Chevy Police report a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Queen Street and Church Hill Road about 9:15 am on December 16. The accident involved motorist Michael Stoltz, 42, of 23 Cha...

  • Fire Reports | December 19 - 25, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, December 19: 10:57 am, fluid spill, near 107 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook and Botsford responded; ...

  • CSP Holiday Enforcement Figures Announced

    Connecticut State Police (CSP) have released their holiday enforcement figures for December 23-26. Connecticut State Troopers supplemented the normal patrol force with additional State Troopers over the Christmas Holiday weekend. Troopers patrolled all roads and highways across Connecticut and focused on drunk driving violations and targeted aggressive drivers. Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols were in place over the entire weekend. State Police will continue this preventive enforcement effort until the end of the holiday season.

  • BOE Accepts Educational Specifications For Sandy Hook School

    The Board of Education unanimously accepted new educational specifications for the proposed design of Sandy Hook Elementary School as presented by Jay Brotman and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners during a meeting on Monday, December 23. “The design team came back in and met with [Kathy Gombos, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School]… and also went down and met with the staff in what I recall as small meetings to review the [education specifications],” explained Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed, who also said he met with the design team on a few occasions...

  • At Fairfield Hills, Habitat Management Plan Helps Protect The High Meadow

    Preserved as open space, the High Meadow in Fairfield Hills will also be protected by a management plan, which the Conservation Commission members are finalizing, according to commission Chairman Mary Gaudet-Wilson. “Meadows habitat is what we have the least of in Connecticut and it’s valuable for certain species and biodiversity,” she said. The plan being drafted, which must then be approved by other town officials, will be based on a habitat management plan already written for both the High and West Meadows at Fairfield Hills.

  • BOE Accepts Hawley Principal’s Retirement

    The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Hawley Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson during its meeting on Monday, December 23. Ms Peters-Edmondson also sent a letter home to Hawley families the previous week to announce her decision. “She really began the discussion last year,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed told the school board. “She met with you, I think, in executive session. She met with [then Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson], and rather than leave us trying to be looking for a new principal at this time of year, which is not good … she has built into her plans that she will stay on as acting principal for the remainder of the school year.” Formally, Dr Reed said Ms Peters-Edmondson will be retired as of the end of December, but she will still be in place until the end of the school year. Accepting Ms Peters-Edmondson’s retirement passed the school board unanimously, and multiple members thanked her for staying for the remaining...