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Danbury Police are looking for a man who slashed someone with a machete on Friday.  The assault happened shortly before 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at Classic Car Wash on Padanaram Road.  A machete had been used by a hispanic male against the victim who was transported to the hospital with lacerations. 

 

Police say the victim sustained non-life threatening wounds. 

 

The suspect was only described as wearing a white tank top, and took off in an unknown direction.  Any witnesses are asked to contact Danbury Police Detectives at 203-797-4662 or the anonymous tips line at 203-790-8477.

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An Easton couple has been arrested for selling narcotics.  Fairfield Police began an investigation into a resident there who was selling large amounts of Oxycodone, which led to 55-year old Curtis Pistey and 54-year old Joann Pistey of Easton.  Police say the Fairfield resident, who has not yet been charged, would go to the Pistey's Adams Road home when they refilled doctor-prescribed Oxycodone and other narcotics. 

 

Fairfield Police Narcotics Unit members on Wednesday seized 750 pills and more than $5,000 in cash from the Pistey's home and arrested the couple. 

 

They each face charges of possession of narcotics, illegal distribution, sale and dispensing a prescription narcotic, sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics near a school, conspiracy  commit illegal distribution, sale and dispensing prescription narcotics; and conspiracy to commit possession of narcotics.

 

The couple is due in court June 2nd.

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Eminent domain is being used in Newtown to install underground gas utility pipes beneath Crestwood Drive, a private residential road.  The Newtown Bee reports that the town has been unable to reach an acceptable settlement with the road owner adjacent to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Eminent Domain was used to take an underground right of way.   The move was discussed by the Board of Selectmen last week after negotiations on purchasing the easement failed again.  The work would be performed by town crews and the infrastructure would be Eversource Energy material.

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The Superintendent of Schools in Bethel has given parents and the community an update on the impact of a reduced budget being approved earlier this month.  About $300,000 was cut when the budget failed at the first referendum and Dr Christine Carver says they had to eliminate some positions because of that.  

 

One music teacher, One paraeducator and half a technology support position have been cut.  Bethel also cut their position of a third Navy Junior ROTC position.  Carver said in her letter to parents that the Navy requires a third instructor when the program is larger than 151 cadets, Bethel has 220 enrolled for next year. 

 

An administrative assistant, who is a retired Air Force sgt will fill the role funded by the Navy's portion of the position.  Carver says Roxanne Everett goes above and beyond an assistant role.  Due to the shortage of qualified instructors in the Northeast region Carver said this is the best solution for the program.  Experience with military reporting, budget process, uniform inventory, etc was required. 

 

The NJROTC program has 71 female cadets and Carver noted that having a female leader with military experience as role model has significant value for the cadets. For the 12th consecutive year, Bethel Navy JROTC has earned the title “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors”.

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BETHEL, Conn. (AP) A proposed crematorium in Bethel has generated opposition over environmental concerns.

Shawn McLoughlin plans to cremate one or two bodies a day in a new building adjacent to a concrete business he owns. He says pollution is ``virtually nothing'' and that more pollution comes out of the stack of his diesel trucks than from a crematorium

John Holbrook, co-owner of nearby Holbrook Farm Market and Bakery, dismisses assurances the crematorium will not pollute. He says mercury or dioxin residue would force him to shut his business.

One concern might relate to vaporized mercury released from dental amalgam used to fill cavities in teeth.

Crematoriums are regulated by the state Department of Public Health, which requires the businesses to obtain a permit and submit to occasional safety inspections.

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 A fire early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant at 83 Lake Avenue in Danbury.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark  Omasta said flames were visible from the building when firefighters arrived on scene about 1:52 a.m. Sunday. The alarm came in as an automatic alarm. No staff remained in the building,.

The fire burned the kitchen and did extensive damage to the main restaurant area. The State Fire Marshal was called in. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Expanding Interstate 84 from the New York state border all the way through Newtown and bringing Metro North rail service into New Milford and beyond were two of the big items discussed recently with State Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redecker.  He attended the Western Connecticut Council of Governments meeting Thursday to talk with area mayors and first selectmen.

 

Redecker talked about Governor Malloy's proposed $100 billion, 30-year transportation infrastructure improvement plan.  There was some pushback from some chief elected officials to border tolls as a way to fund part of the plan, though others backed the idea.

 

A Branchville Transit Oriented Development study was also discussed during the WCCOG meeting.

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Danbury has renamed Veterans Hall at Rogers Park for the former Director of Veterans Affairs.  A ceremony dedicating the building to Pat Waldron was held yesterday after the Memorial Day Parade.  The City Council approved naming the building located on Memorial Drive in December as "Patrick R. Waldron Veterans Hall".  Waldron fought relentlessly to help veterans, their widows and dependents for almost three decades prior to his death in October at the age of 81. 

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says renaming Veterans Hall would serve as a fitting memorial to Patrick and will honor and remember him for for his great service.  Boughton says renaming Veterans Hall represents a lasting tribute and will continue to serve as such for future generations.

 

Council President Joe Cavo says Waldron, a Korean War Veteran, was dedicated to helping others.  He called it a great testament to all Waldron has done for the City.

 

City Councilman Tom Saadi, a Major in the Army Reserves, says Patrick R. Waldron Veterans Hall will be a great way to continue his legacy of his patriotism and service to veterans, and that he could think of no other person more deserving of this honor.

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A story of hope for one World War II veteran this Memorial Day.  97-year old Lou Russo has gotten a judgement in his favor by a Probate Court Judge that he be repaid after claims of mistreatment by a court-appointed conservator.  Veteran advocate Dan Gaita of Bethel became involved in Russo's case after hearing of how the man fell at his home, was transferred from the hospital to a nursing home and held there against his will for 16 months.

 

His conservator, Mark Broadmeyer, allegedly spent Russo's life savings, sold vehicles and rented out his home. 

 

The judge ordered that Russo be repaid $34,000.  He is also contesting his nursing home debt, arguing that he should have instead been placed in a Veteran Affairs facility at no charge.

 

Broadmeyer, who resigned as Russo's conservator in October, has 30 days to appeal the order.  Russo remains under probate court control and his new conservator is arguing for a reverse mortgage to pay off the nursing home debt.

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Danbury City Councilman Tom Saadi is leading a memorial ceremony this morning in honor of Memorial Day.  Saadi, a Major in the Army Reserve, was  appointed this month as General Counsel and legislative Director of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.  Saadi says Veterans should be remembered not just on holidays, but year round.

 

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is reflecting on a roundtable discussion she hosted this month.  It was held at Western Connecticut State University, where she says they have an active veteran group. Esty says she is committed to working towards a smarter, leaner government, and that there is no smarter investment or greater duty than honoring the country's commitment to veterans and military families.

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal is speaking out on this Memorial Day for better service from the Veterans Affairs Department.  He said during a hearing recently that delays in help are unacceptable.  A deal has been reached to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Colorado, even though it's an estimated $1 billion over budget. 

 

Blumenthal has been a vocal critic of the VA's funding request, saying veterans elsewhere shouldn't be forced to sacrifice for the suburban Denver project.

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Memorial Day is being marked today.  In Danbury, the day started with a service at St. Josephs Church.  There are wreath laying ceremonies taking place at several locations throughout the City.  The parade begins promptly at 9:30 at the corner of Rose and Main Streets.

 

Following the parade, Parachutists will descend into the Baseball Field behind the Review stand in Rogers Park.  A Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial to honor veterans who have died in the past year.  All awards will be presented after the services.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says there will be the traditional parade where the community can show off their pride in an ethnicity or organization.  Firefighters and the Public Works Department will also have equipment on display.

 

Veterans Hall will also be renamed in honor of the late Patrick Waldron, Danbury's longtime Director of Veterans Affairs.

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The summer get away season is off to its unofficial start this Memorial Day weekend.  

 

State Parks Director Tom Tyler says lifeguards are at 10 locations, and they are still looking for some staff members at the designated swim locations.

 

34 camping cabins are located across the state.  The two-room cabins sleep 6 people.  Two of the sites that have cabins are Kettletown State Park in Southbury and Lake Waramaug State Park in New Preston.  Both of those sites also have designated swimming areas.  There is also swim areas at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

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A 5K Raccoon Fun Run and Kids One-mile Run is being held Saturday morning at Redding Elementary School.  The 5K begins at 8:45am, the kids run starts at 10:15.  The annual Memorial Day parade in Redding is from noon to 1 pm.  Participants line up at Redding Elementary School at 11:30am.  A noon ceremony will lead off the parade, which will end at the Memorial Stone in the green at the intersection of Cross Highway and Sanfordtown Road.

 

On Sunday, Monroe will host its 2015 Memorial Day Parade with a theme of “Honoring our Heroes – Past and Present”. The parade will begin at 2pm. with participants travelling north from Elm Street and Route 111 to the Monroe Green.  Local veterans, military groups and the Monroe Police Department will be joined by local and state elected officials and volunteer fire companies.  Immediately following the parade, the town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the War Memorial in front of Town Hall.  “Taps” and patriotic songs will be played.  There will also be a presentation of the wreaths in honor of fallen heroes.

 

Also on Sunday, the Brookfield Historical Society's Strawberry Shortcake Festival will be held.  The event follows the Town's Memorial Day Parade between 12:30 and 3pm.   It will be held outside the Brookfield Museum located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center. The parade ends near the museum parking lot where strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be sold to support future public programs of the Society. 

 

Danbury hosts its 2015 Memorial Day Parade on Monday at 9:30am.  The parade route runs from Kennedy Park to Rogers Park along Main Street.  Following the parade, Parachutists will descend into the Westerner's Baseball field just past the review stand.  A Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial Garden to honor deceased veterans.

 

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department is once again participating in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, at 10:45am, with the lineup starting at 9:30.  There will be a brief ceremony at Weston Town Hall immediately after the parade.  As parade sponsor, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department will offer free refreshments at the firehouse after the ceremony.

 

The Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade starts at 11:30am Monday at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church and progresses down Main Street.

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Greater Danbury area lawmakers are hosting flag collections this Memorial day weekend.  Torn or tattered flags will be collected at sites throughout the region through June 11th.  Brookfield REpresentative Steve Harding says they are working with the Danbury Council of Veterans and various VFW posts for this effort.

 

Flag retirement codes suggest the tattered flags be burned during a special ceremony.  The Veterans Department of Affairs suggests the flags be folded in a customary triangle and while it burns, individuals at the ceremony should salute or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  A moment of silence is typically held and the ashes are buried.

 

The Danbury Council of Veterans, Catholic War Veterans Post #1042, VFW Bethel Post #935 and Joseph W. Tarrent, Jr. Memorial American Legion Post #100, are working in cooperation with the lawmakers for residents to retire their worn American Flags. 

 

Danbury City Hall, Danbury War Memorial, Bethel Municipal Center, and Brookfield Town Hall are among the collection sites.

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A bill is being considered by the state legislature to protect consumers by requiring home improvement contractors to obtain liability insurance coverage and pass a written examination or course of study. 

 

The House voted 140-2 in favor of legislation, which awaits Senate action.

 

The course must be consumer protection commissioner approved and based on information the department publishes.  Under the bill, the proof of insurance must be provided to the Department of Consumer Protection and the municipal building department in each municipality where the applicant or contractor submits building permit applications.

 

Redding Representative John Shaban, a commercial litigator, with an emphasis on construction disputes, was told that the insurance would not have to cover work done be subcontractors, just the general contractor.  He says often times that becomes the dispute, who is at fault.  If the subcontractor does sub-par work, Shaban said the fault depends on the contract, what insurance coverage each has, and if the policies are even valid.

 

Shaban says the bill is a step in the right direction in terms of scrutiny.  But he says it could produce a false sense of security.

 

While he likes the concept, he thinks the result could be a step backwards in terms of consumer protection.  Shaban says he doesn't want homeowners to think that they will be covered if a municipal building department signs off on the contractor's insurance.

 

The bill includes exemptions from the examination and course of study requirements for registered contractors who have continuously held a valid registration in Connecticut for five years before the application or renewal or $30,000 or less in gross annual receipts. It also requires the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to conduct a study and report on enforcement and complaint procedures involving registered home improvement contractors.

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New Milford has advertised for bid requests to demolish the former Century Brass mill building.  The Town Council earlier this month heard from Mayor Pat Murphy that bids are due June 18th and that she would like to see the 320,000 square foot building torn down by the fall. 

 

All interested bidders are being required to do a walk through of the site on Tuesday. 

 

New Milford received a $2.5 million grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development last year for environmental remediation work and the demolition cost.  Century Brass closed the mill in 1986 and New Milford took ownership of the 72 acre site in 1999 following a tax foreclosure.

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The liability for Newtown taxpayers over a ruling that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer will be substantially less than the $380,000 settlement .  The Newtown Bee reports that Social Security disability payments and other possible future earnings for Thomas Bean will make the local taxpayer liability no more than $31,000. 

 

Among the other factors cited was if the 40-year-old officer decides to receive pension benefits. 

 

Bean developed anxiety and depression after responding to the shootings at Sandy Hook School and hasn't worked since 12-14.  The town was ordered this week to pay Bean half his salary until retirement. 

 

The net cost would be about $289 per month for nine years.

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A Danbury man has been arrested for allegedly slashing a man in the stomach during an argument.  Officers were called last night for a report of a verbal argument that escalated.  

 

Police say 31-year old Oscar Giovanni Reyes went to a Stadley Rough Road home to collect money for landscaping work and the fight broke out.  The victim was slashed with a knife and is being treated at Danbury Hospital for non-life threatening wounds. 

 

Reyes was located and charged with assault, breach of peace, carrying a dangerous weapon and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A federal judge says former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland can remain free on bail while appealing convictions in a political consulting scam that resulted in a 2.5-year prison sentence in March.

Rowland was to report to prison June 16. But federal Judge Janet Bond Arteron in New Haven ruled Thursday that he can remain free while appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.

Arteron said some of Rowland's appeal issues could lead to a reversal of the convictions or a new trial.

The Republican former governor was convicted of charges including conspiring to hide payments for consulting on the failed 2012 5th congressional district campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.

Rowland resigned as governor in 2004 during a corruption scandal that sent him to prison for 10 months.

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The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has released the results of this year's Point in Time Count of the state's homeless, which was conducted on February 18th.  Total homeless population in Connecticut is 4,038 people.  Executive Director Lisa Tepper-Bates says the count is the lowest total since statewide counts started in Connecticut in 2007. 

 

Family homelessness showed a decline of 4 percent in shelters and similar facilities from last year.  The count found only 80 veterans in emergency shelters, most of whom are engaged in VA services.

 

The Point in Time count found Danbury 12 homeless veterans, 5 percent of those counted in the state.  One was reported as chronically homeless and one was unsheltered.  There were 22 unsheltered adults in Danbury on the night of the count.

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Boy is confused by weird object.  What is it?  It's a pay phone.

 

 

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