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The criminal investigation is now closed into a potential threat made against Newtown High School last month.  Newtown Police conclude that no criminal activity occurred in connection with the threat reported on April 17th.  The Newtown Bee reports there will be no arrests made. 

 

6 minors, Newtown High School students, were interviewed by police. 

 

The school's Principal said in a letter to parents on April 20th, that rumors about a potential safety threat over spring break were found to be unwarranted.  When a group of students were overheard discussing issues that had the potential to impact school safety, concerned students made sure the information was reviewed by local authorities.  The threat was learned of on the last weekday of Spring vacation. 

 

There were extra police patrols at Newtown High School the following Monday.

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Redding residents are voting on a budget today.  There are seven questions on the ballot. One is the $47.79 million budget, including the town's share of the Region 9 school budget.  The next is about Region 9's budget of $23.1 million.  Easton's share is $10.8 million, Redding's is $12.3 million. 

 

The other questions are about capital items.

 

$1.95 million allocated for repairs and improvements at Redding Elementary and John Read Middle schools is proposed.  There would be parking lot paving and curb replacement, and HVAC system engineering designs at each school.  Upgraded electrical service in two wings of the elementary school, an added security entrance and new sidewalks and steps would also be done there.  At the middle school, bleachers would be replaced, the gym floor refinished and wall padding replaced.

 

The next question is about $660,000 for converting  Redding Community Center Field #2 to turf. 

 

Question 5 is a $123,000 to replace the police Communications Tower.  Question 6 is about $47,000 for a pavilion at the Redding Community Center Fields. 

 

The last question is about appropriating a little more than $1 million to replace the roof at Joel Barlow High School.  Redding's share is about $566,000, Easton's is $477,000.  The 54-percent shouldered by Redding and 46-percent by Easton is based on enrollment in the school by each town.

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New Milford residents are at the polls today to vote on a budget.  The New Milford Board of Finance has added money to the proposed municipal spending plan.  The $38.1 million proposal includes $29,500 more than requested in order to send an additional $10,000 to the Candlewood Lake Authority, with the balance for capital items. 

 

The $61.2 million education request was unchanged by the Board of Finance.  The Board of Education added new programs to the coming school year as part of the John Pettitbone Elementary School closing plan.   The combined $99.3 million proposal represents a 1.7 percent increase in taxes. 

 

Polls are open until 8pm.

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Several stops in the region are planned today for 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.  She is starting the afternoon in New Milford with Mayor Pat Murphy.  Esty will attend the weekly New Milford Rotary Club meeting.

 

Esty has a visit planned to the Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, which opened the Center for Comfort Care and Healing in late January.  More than 1,000 patients, many of them children, are expected to come to the new, 36,000 square foot hospice center during the first year.

 

Esty will then lead a roundtable discussion at Western Connecticut State University on sexual assault in the military.  A screening of the documentary called The Invisible War will be held in Route 201 of the midtown campus Student Center.  The screening is at 4:45pm and open to the public.

 

Esty will wrap up the day with a visit to the supper program at Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School in Danbury with End Hunger Connecticut.  The statewide organization works to eliminate hunger.  According to a 2012 USDA study, 13.4% of CT residents are “food insecure.”  Esty says providing supper to students in afterschool programs ensures all students have access to nutritious meals.

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A Newtown police sergeant is among 8 people arrested on federal steroid and narcotics distribution charges.  The  long-term investigation was carried out by the FBI, DEA, and HSI, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation dubbed “Operation Juice Box.”  

 

A Newtown Police dispatcher and a Connecticut Judicial Marshal were also among those arrested as a result of the nearly two month long investigation of the alleged conspiracy to import steroids from China. 

 

The eight were arrested on April 29 and 30 on a federal complaint charging them with conspiracy to distribute, and distribution of, various controlled substances including steroids and oxycodone.

 

The affidavit says 33-year old Mark Bertanza of Shelton was a steroid distributor who obtained his steroids from 28-year old Alex Kenyhercz of Ansonia.  Wiretap interceptions of the pair, along with physical surveillance of various steroid sales, revealed that 38-year old Newtown Police Sergeant Steven Santucci, of Waterbury, was supplying steroids to Kenyhercz.  Through the investigation, agents learned that Sgt. Santucci has been receiving shipments of steroids and related materials from China since 2011 and has been manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids. 

 

Sgt. Santucci frequently used an application called WhatsApp to communicate with his customers.  46-year old Jason Chickos of Bridgeport, a civilian dispatcher with the Newtown Police Department, 32-year old Michael Mase of Sherman and 54-year old Steven Fernandez of Southington were Sgt Santucci's steroid customers who, in turn, regularly distributed the steroids in smaller quantities to their own customers.  Kenyhercz distributed quantities of steroids and prescription pills including Roxicodone, Oxycodone, Suboxone and Opana.  33-year old Jeffrey Gentile of Ansonia, a Judicial Marshal with the State of Connecticut is alleged to be a steroid distributor , and 53-year old Frank Pecora of Derby is alleged to be a prescription pill distributor.

 

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids, approximately 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, approximately 350 grams of powder cocaine, and four long guns.

 

Santucci, Kenyhercz, Bertanza, Chickos, Gentile, Fernandes and Mase have been released on bond.  Pecora remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on May 5, 2015.

 

Santucci, Bertanza, Chickos, Gentile, Fernandes and Mase are charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000.  Kenyhercz and and Pecora charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

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A Danbury man has been arrested for robbing someone at the Harambee Center for Youth on Thursday night.  Danbury Police say 20-year old Jose Anthony Torrez walked up to the victim, and told him to empty his pockets.  The man said he didn't have anything and Police say Torrez motioned that he had a weapon, and to give him everything he had or else. 

 

The victim turned over $20 and called 911.  Responding officers found Torrez still in the building, but he fled. 

 

The foot pursuit led back into the Harambee Center where the man was found hiding.  Torrez was charged with interfering with an officer, larceny, and felony robbery. 

 

He remains held on $25,000 bond.  Court records show Torrez pleaded not guilty, and is due back in Court on the 15th.

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Sherman residents have approved a budget.  During the referendum on Saturday, residents approved the $5.1 million municipal budget on a vote of 305 to 269.  Voters decided 346 to 228 in favor of the $9.3 million education plan.  The pair represent a 2.3 percent increase in spending over the current fiscal year.  A question about $20,000, from cell tower revenue and farm rental income be appropriated for repairs at Happy Acre Farms.  The vote was 414 in favor, 159 opposed.  The proposed septic tank management ordinance was rejected 250 to 308.

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A Danbury man has been arrested on a weapons charge following a routine traffic stop.  New York State Police pulled over 30-year old Kerzell Barnes on Interstate 684 in Southeast early Saturday morning for having an inadequate plate lamp.  Troopers could see a black handgun on the back seat .  Barnes has a valid pistol permit from Connecticut, but not in New York.  The Danbury man was charged with felony criminal possession of a firearm .  Barnes was issued a ticket to appear in Southeast Town Court on the 14th.

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BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) Police have charged a man for driving 107 mph on a major highway in suburban New York.

State police say officers pulled 21-year-old Besim Ukaj of Brewster over on I-684 in Bedford on Saturday.

Police said he was intoxicated and had LSD, cocaine and marijuana in his possession.

He was arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

In March 2013, Ukaj was charged with DWI after crashing a car in North Salem. At the time, police said Ukaj had driven the car without the owner's permission.

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A Newtown home collapsed after a fire this morning . Officials said two propane tanks outside made the fire tougher to fight and led to the collapse.

Firefighters were sent to 4 Aunt Park Lane in Newtown around 4 a.m. 

Three or four adults were in the house  when the fire broke out .No one was injured.

One of the neighbors said she woke up and heard screaming from the home that caught fire. The residents then ran to her home, where they called 911. The neighbor gave them clothes and blankets.

There isn't much left of the house and officials are waiting for an excavator so they can put out hot spots.

The road was closed as Bethel and Monroe firefighters helped Newtown bring  in water using tankers . The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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The annual town and budget meeting in Ridgefield is being held tonight.  The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has met to send budget recommendations to residents, with a presentation scheduled for tonight.  The Boards of Education and Finance will also make presentations followed by a question and answer period. 

 

A vote on capital items under $100,000 will also be held. 

 

$46.139 million is proposed for the municipal budget, the education plan is proposed at $86.078 million.  Some of the Capital Items being voted on this evening include interior locks at the schools, tree replacement, and building repairs and improvements at Yannity Gym and the Venus building. 

 

Tonight's meeting is at 7:30 at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

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A new executive director has been named for the Danbury Police Activities League.  Maura Keenan has been named to the position.  The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Vice President of Advancement has extensive experience in marketing, fundraising and organizational development. 

 

She has also been a girls basketball coach, and worked at PAL in the 1990s to raise funds to build the current facility on Hayestown Road.  Keenan will be tasked with helping to develop a strategic plan to move PAL forward and bring the next level of service to area children. 

 

The PAL was founded in 1964 to provide a drug-free, violence-free environment for Greater Danbury area children.

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The New Milford home of a widow who comes from a family of military veterans has been rehabilitated.   Rebuilding Together Litchfield County led the effort at Debbie Marquardt's West Meetinghouse Road home.  The organization provides low-income and military veteran homeowners with critical repairs.

 

New Milford state Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor visited the site last week to see the work being done by volunteers.  Rebuilding Executive Director Ceia Webb says they received the referral from the New Milford Senior Center.

 

The home had a broken furnace and a roof with three holes that leaked snow into the living room.  The house was heated by a small wood stove this past winter.

 

There are 25 items on the checklist the group has for every home they take on.  It includes things like installing smoke alarms, railings on stairs and a hard vent for the dryer.  But Webb says what each house needs is completely individual.  One bathroom was gutted and both floors of the home were insulated and sheet rocked.

 

During April, the roof was replaced, a new furnace was installed and pluming was fixed.  There were a dozen contractors at the site and the project was estimated at $11,000.  That includes donated supplies and equipment.  Eight 30-yard dumpsters full of garbage were hauled away.

 

Rebuilding Together Litchfield County is also working on 8 other area houses.

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A merger of the Charles Ives Authority and the Danbury Cultural Commission has been proposed.

 

The Cultural Commission in Danbury has been run for many years by a group of volunteers.  Mayor Mark Boughton says they've used their budget to seed both performing and visual arts throughout the city.  The Charles Ives Authority, created in partnership with Western Connecticut State University, has been promoting performing arts at the Ives Concert Park since 2007 as a way to strengthen the town-grown relationship between Danbury and the university.

 

The job of the Charles Ives Cultural Authority would be to promote arts and entertainment throughout the city, seed new cultural projects, manage the Ives Concert Park as well as engage the students at Westconn and the new performing arts center at Westconn’s campus in the teaching, appreciation, and promotion of the arts in Danbury. 

 

In an effort to link the Downtown Green with the Ives Concert Park, the new Authority is being called on to host four ticketed events at the Green during the next several summers.  Boughton says that will require an investment and work by the Public Works Department so the Green can accommodate the number of people those events will attract. 

 

He says bringing new people to the downtown during the summer months is another way to enhance the economic vitality of the area.

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An absentee balloting session is being held in Redding today for the upcoming budget referendum.  The Town Clerk's Office will be open from 9am to 11am to process absentee ballot applications.  Since the budget referendum is being held with less than three weeks notice, absentee ballots cannot be mailed by the town clerk. 

 

There are 7 questions on the ballot for Tuesday. 

 

One is the $47.79 million budget, including the town's share of the Region 9 school budget.  The next is about Region 9's budget of $23.1 million.  Easton's share is $10.8 million, Redding's is $12.3 million. 

 

The other questions are about capital items.

 

The next Question is if $1.95 million should be allocated for repairs and improvements at Redding Elementary and John Read Middle schools.  There would be parking lot paving and curb replacement, and HVAC system engineering designs at each school.  Upgraded electrical service in two wings of the elementary school, an added security entrance and new sidewalks and steps would also be done there.  At the middle school, bleachers would be replaced, the gym floor refinished and wall padding replaced.

 

The next question is about $660,000 for converting  Redding Community Center Field #2 to turf. 

 

Question 5 is a $123,000 to replace the police Communications Tower.  Question 6 is about $47,000 for a pavilion at the Redding Community Center Fields. 

 

The last question is about appropriating a little more than $1 million to replace the roof at Joel Barlow High School.  Redding's share is about $566,000, Easton's is $477,000.  The 54-percent shouldered by Redding and 46-percent by Easton is based on enrollment in the school by each town.

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Tax and spending increases have been proposed this week by two state legislative committees.  Wilton state Senator Toni Boucher is a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.  She was critical of the proposals.

 

She specifically addressed concerns with two transfers.  One sends $12 million from the Tobacco Health Trust Fund to the General Fund in each of the next two years.  $25 million is diverted from The Special Transportation Fund, despite efforts to prevent that.

 

Boucher says the lockbox proposals are backed by both parties because the needs are so great, but the transfer jeopardizes that.  She says Connecticut residents desperately need transportation infrastructure to be repaired.

 

Backers of the plan called it a balanced and fair attempt to restore cuts proposed by Governor Malloy.

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Today is Clean City Danbury Day.  The free bulky waste drop off day is held each year to help people dispose of litter and blight.  Mayor Mark Boughton says bulk garbage dumping is limited to residents only, no commercial vehicles will be allowed.  That means vehicles with any business name on them, vehicles with commercial plates and vehicles that can clearly be used for hauling.  Box trucks are also not allowed.

 

Construction debris, electronics, household hazardous waste, grass clippings and yard debris are not permitted.  Scrap metal, tires and appliances containing freon can be disposed of today, but must be kept separate from other garbage and should not be put in the dumpsters. 

 

Nearly a thousand volunteers are participating today.  The volunteers are being supplied with trash bags and safety vests before heading out to clean litter from the streets. 

 

The disposal is from 8am to noon.

 

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

City Hall (155 Deer Hill Avenue)

Rogers Park (by tennis courts)

Public Works Building (53 Newtown Rd.)

P.A.L. Building (35 Hayestown Rd.)

New Location: WCSU West Side Campus (43 Lake Avenue Ext)

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A Ridgefield man who stole more than $2 million from a Staten Island Cemetery in an effort to hide the theft of money from his law clients, continued to steal from clients while out on bail.  The New York state Attorney General's office on Tuesday announced the sentencing of Timothy Griffin to 4 1/3 years to 13 years in prison. 

 

After his February arrest in Westchester County, officials say Griffin diverted $175,000 from a client's escrow account into his own.  In February, he pleaded guilty to charges filed in Richmond County in exchange for a 3 to 9 year sentence to run concurrently with a 6 month federal sentence in Connecticut. 

 

Griffin was also ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution. 

 

He was rearrested April 22nd on additional charges of Grand Larceny.  His next court appearance in Westchester is set for May 8th.

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Newtown Police are investigating a number of vandalism cases.  Police tell the Newtown Bee they responded to the Yogananda Street area in Sandy Hook on Sunday and found 15 separate cases of vandalism.  The incidents ranged from mailboxes being knocked off their posts, posts being removed from their footings and driveway light posts damaged and thrown to the ground.    Police estimate the damage in the 15 cases to total about $2,000.  Anyone with information on the criminal mischief is being asked to contact Newtown Police.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A 36-year-old Wolcott man who prosecutors say served as a conduit for a campaign donation from tobacco shop owners to Christopher Donovan's 5th District congressional campaign has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Daniel Monteiro was sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday after pleading guilty in March 2013 to conspiring to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and defraud the U.S. government.

Prosecutors say Monteiro served as a middleman, agreeing to donate $2,500 to Donovan's 2012 campaign while accepting the same amount in return from the real donors, tobacco shop owners.

The government says the donations were directed to the campaign with the hopes of stopping state legislation that would tax roll-your-own tobacco businesses. Eight people were ultimately convicted in a scandal. Donovan was not charged.

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