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  • Donations Double Dickinson Playground Funds

    Turning a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) request of $438,000 into a $874,162 project through donated funds from various sources, Recreation Director Amy Mangold said this week that a full scale project for a new Dickinson Park playground can take place. “It is great,” she said. “We are blessed with the kindness and giving of many.” As the existing FunSpace is “retired” as it has “exceeded its useful life,” Ms Mangold anticipates a new scope of play features, and a grand opening of the space on Memorial Day weekend...

  • Police Reports August 7 - 13, 2013

    DUI Arrest Police said that at about 11:45 pm on August 8, a 17-year-old boy was driving a Ford Escort auto in the parking lot at the Mobil gas station/convenience store at 62 Church Hill Road. The bo...

  • Local Man Dies Following One-Car Accident

    Police report that a local man died early Thursday morning following injuries that he received late Wednesday night in a one-car accident that occurred on Brushy Hill Road, about 1,000 feet south of its intersection with Platts Hill Road. Police said that motorist Gregory Layda, 45, of 25 Mt Nebo Road was driving a four-door 1997 Subaru Impreza compact car northward on Brushy Hill Road at about 10:12 pm on Wednesday.

  • Sandy Hook Foundation Responds To Llodra's Concerns About Distribution

    Dr Charles Herrick, chairman of the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation, responded to a recent letter sent to his panel by First Selectman Pat Llodra. Dr Herrick said he shared the first selectman's concerns about future unmet needs including mental health counseling and related support services to immediate victims and witnesses to the 12/14 carnage. On August 7, Mrs Llodra wrote to the foundation expressing appreciation for the foundation members' work on behalf of the community and victims, but also stating that she believes the reimbursement sanctioned for families of the survivors by the distribution committee is inadequate.

  • Few Details Released On Police Investigation Of Berkshire Road Home Invasion

    Newtown police on Wednesday continued their probe into a reported “home invasion” on Tuesday morning at a house on Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook, located near the Exit 11 overpasses of Interstate 84. Police were tight-lipped on the case, providing little additional information on the incident, which occurred at 31 Berkshire Road. The house is located on the north side of Berkshire Road (Route 34), just east of the Exit 11 on-ramp overpass.

  • Home Invasion May Have Included Sexual Assault

    On Tuesday, at approximately 8:53 am, Newtown police responded to a report of a home invasion involving a possible sexual assault at 31 Berkshire Road. “This is a two-family home [and] one of the units is currently undergoing renovation and unoccupied,” Police Chief Michael Kehoe said in a statement Wednesday, August 14. “Upon arrival, responding officers discovered that a suspect vehicle had fled the scene. A description of the vehicle was provided by the occupant that was home at the time,” he continued. Newtown police requested the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad in processing the scene for forensic evidence. Newtown police detectives are conducting the crime investigation, and have asked the public to contact the local police with additional information.

  • Rock Of Angels Dedicated In Sandy Hook

    Organizers for the dedication of the Rock of Angels granite memorial, envisioned by Florida resident Rich Gray and presented to the people of Newtown by craftspeople and residents of Maine, planned a low key ceremony. That is what was delivered early Monday evening, August 12. Approximately 100 people attended the brief dedication ceremony behind St John’s Episcopal Church, where the 10-foot by 4-foot stone memorial has found its permanent home, nestled into a natural amphitheater of trees and shrubbery.

  • Police Investigating Possible Home Invasion On Berkshire Road

    Newtown Police have been investigating a possible home invasion in Sandy Hook since early this morning. Police vehicles have been outside the residence of 31 Berkshire Road since shortly before 9 am. An ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. Yellow crime scene tape has been wrapped around the property, and police are asking anyone who may have seen a dark colored sedan, newer possibly, with four doors, that may have been in the area and traveling at a high rate of speed, to contact them.

  • Panel Urged To Add Classroom Locks

    A Connecticut panel reviewing school security standards following the Newtown massacre was urged to keep their solutions simple and focus on adding door locks for classrooms and communication devices. Ron Chivinsky, a Newtown Middle School teacher and union leader, told members of the School Safety Infrastructure Council on August 8 that every teacher must be armed with "the most basic defense."

  • Police Plan To Acquire New Dog For Canine Patrols

    Town police plan to acquire a new dog by late September to replace the police department’s German shepherd Baro, who was retired from service in early June due to health problems, and who died shortly thereafter. Police Chief Michael Kehoe said August 6, “We are in the [process] of planning for a replacement,” adding that police hope to acquire a new German shepherd by the end of next month. Baro, age 10, died on June 25, while under medical care for health problems at Newtown Veterinary Specialists. Chief Kehoe said it is yet unclear when the new dog would enter town police service, noting that the training plans for the animal are not yet final. He did, however, term the acquisition and training of a new K-9 a "high priority" matter for the department.