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.
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.
With the end of 2013, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is stepping back momentarily to regroup and refocus its efforts, according to member and former Newtown state representative Christopher Lyddy, who sits on the panel. The panel met for the final time this year on December 20 to review details from the recently released state prosecutor’s report on the events of 12/14. The commissioners adjourned that meeting after calling for more information about shooter Adam Lanza’s mental state, and what level of access he had to treatment, before any substantial recommendations concerning mental health policy can be tendered. Mr Lyddy said members are regrouping "to really refocus on what we've learned ... [are] in the process of dialoguing about priorities, and what the charge is in terms of what kind of report or recommendations we out to make." The commission, he continued, is at a point where its members are starting to sift through information "to decide what kind of recommendations are on the table."
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.
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...
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; ...
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.
With winter weather settling in, State Sen John McKinney (R-28), State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), DebraLee Hovey (R-112), and Dan Carter (R-2), along with Newtown’s Social Services Department, are holding a food drive in the month of January to benefit Newtown families in need. Boxes for food donations will be set up at Newtown Municipal Center, Edmond Town Hall, C.H. Booth Library. Financial donations may also be made, and should be done directly at the Newtown Social Services office, at 3 Main Street.
Police have issued an infraction, lodging two counts of failure to grant the right of way, to a driver who injured two pedestrians with his vehicle about 6:17 pm on December 11 at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. Police said motorist Arthur M. Huffman, 47, of Waterbury was driving a 2013 Kia Forte sedan southward on Main Street and then attempted to make a left turn onto eastbound Church Hill Road, when the sedan collided with a man and an woman, both of whom were walking southward in a crosswalk on the eastbound side of Church Hill Road. Both were transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
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...