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Danbury police are investigating a fatal accident last night in Danbury.  Shortly before 9:30 Thursday night, a tan Hyundai Elantra travelling westbound on Lake Avenue hit two pedestrians crossing from Stop & Shop toward Stanziatos pizza. 

 

Police said in a press release that 23-year old Krista Consalva of Brookfield struck the 17 year olds. 

 

Each teen was transported to Danbury Hospital via ambulance.  The female teen was pronounced dead at the hospital, the male is listed in serious but stable condition.  The names of the victims are being withheld at this time, pending notification of family.

 

The accident remains under investigation.  Any witness is asked to contact Danbury Police Traffic Unit Officers Lance Brevard or Marcel Kruijs at 203-797-2156.

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Danbury Police have arrested two teens for breaking into a house.  Police say a neighbor called 911 around 5am Tuesday to say that people were seen entering the Whaley Street house, which is under construction.  Police arrived before the 18-year olds had a chance to take anything. 

 

Joshua Castillo and Eric Nunez, both of Danbury, have been charged with felony burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.  They made a court appearance Thursday and remain held on bond. 

 

There were also two outstanding warrants for Castillo's arrest.  One for carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, the other for interfering with an officer.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A former Mount Vernon police officer has been indicted on charges he used forged prescriptions to obtain painkillers.

Joseph Russo, of Patterson, was arraigned Thursday in Westchester County. His attorney, Andrew Quinn, said he's optimistic that all of the charges will be dismissed.

Prosecutors say that between March 2011 and March 2012, Russo used prescriptions bearing a forged doctor's signature to get at least 1,470 hydrocodone pills from five pharmacies.

They say he covered some of the cost by filing insurance claims. The insurer contacted police.

He is charged with 18 counts of possession of a forged instrument.

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WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a man looking for his missing brother found his body inside a well in western Connecticut.

Police say the man searched his brother's property in Watertown on Thursday after not hearing from him for several days and discovered the body.

Officials say it appears the 58-year-old victim was working on the well when he fell in and became trapped about five feet down. There were no signs of foul play.

The name of the man who died hasn't been released. Authorities say it appears his body was in the well for several days. An autopsy will be performed.

Police say the man lived with his 83-year-old mother, who was found lying on the kitchen floor and brought to a hospital. Her condition hasn't been released.

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A beach area at a state park is closed to swimmers today due to increased bacteria in the water.  Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent is closed to swimming. 

 

Water retesting is being done today by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to determine when it is safe to reopen.  Results are expected tomorrow. 

 

After heavy rain, storm water runoff can increase the amount of bacteria in the water.  Water quality testing is done on a regular basis by DEEP at swim areas at state parksa

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The Danbury Fire Marshal tipped off state police on Tuesday to illegal fireworks at a Danbury home.  An investigation was launched, and search and seizure warrants were carried out yesterday.  State Police spokeswoman Trooper Kelly Grant says the search of the home and a storage barn in Danbury uncovered possession, storage and sales of an extraordinary amount of illegal fireworks, explosives and IEDs, including M-Class devices.

 

Thousands of illegal product items were seized. Narcotics and cash in excess of $3,600 were also seized.

 

Four trailer loads of product were transported from the home in Danbury by Bomb Squad personnel.

 

It is estimated that the street value of the illegal fireworks and explosives is nearly $250,000.

 

Several felony arrests of multiple suspects are anticipated as the investigation continues.  Grant says the address of the home will not be released until arrests are made.

 

The Danbury Fire Marshal’s Office, the Danbury Police Department, FBI–New Haven, the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit Bomb Squad, and Detectives from the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad each played a role in the investigation.

 

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A New Milford man has been charged with larceny and unemployment compensation fraud.   Authorities say 46-year old Louis Hollister was arrested Wednesday for allegedly illegally collecting almost $13,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.  According to court documents, Hollister was employed, and collected the benefits he was not entitled to between November 2013, and April of the following year. 

 

The New Milford man was released on $10,000 bond for a court appearance on Tuesday. 

 

The case was investigated by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney following a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

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Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies will be conducting periodic security checks of religious facilities, train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping centers, and public parks.  Sheriff Donald Smith says the increased uniform presence is not because of a renewed safety threat, but rather part of the department's counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance.  Putnam County Sheriff's deputies will be out in force starting tomorrow morning, and ending Sunday night.

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Comments from Governor Dannel Malloy on Tuesday after signing a new two-year state budget into law, has drawn the ire of a local lawmaker.  Malloy said that hospitals had their best year in Connecticut history last year, with more people who are appearing at hospitals with a level of health care coverage. 

 

Bethel state Representative Dan Carter disagreed.  He says the hospitals have worked to reduce costs, including consolidation.  But he says the state has increased their property taxes, decreased Medicaid funding for them, and reduced reimbursements they get for uncompensated care.  Carter says for Malloy to say that is irresponsible at best.

 

Carter also cited the newly adopted budget including the second largest tax increase in Connecticut's history.  It's behind only the increases included in the previous budget Governor Malloy signed into law.  Carter says a lot of companies will decide in the next three to four years if they're going to stay in Connecticut.

 

He called Malloy "out of touch with reality".  Carter also accused the Governor and others of playing chicken with major corporations in the state who threatened to relocated because of proposed business tax increases.  Carter says these companies didn't issue statements lightly during budget negotiations.

 

Carter says the administration will have to answer that next year, and come up with something to help people keep their jobs.

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The start of the new fiscal year has ushered in new taxes and new laws in Connecticut. 

 

Car washes will now collect a sales tax.  The cigarette tax has gone up 25 cents, and in 2017 that will rise again.  Clothes and footwear costing less than 50 dollars used to be exempt from sales tax, but that’s no longer the case.  The state’s corporate tax structure is also changing. 

 

A three year rolling capital improvement plan for the state's technical high school system is being put in place.  That's an update from the current five year rolling plan mandate.  Renovations and repairs that each technical high school is expected to need, including to, athletic fields, heating and ventilation systems, and roofs are to be taken into account.  The state Board of Education must make recommendations for energy efficiency improvements to each school, and the specific equipment each technical high school is expected to need, based on the useful life of existing equipment and projections of changing technology.

 

The cost of textbooks for college students could soon be lowered.  The Board of Regents for Higher Education and The University of Connecticut are being ordered to establish an open-source textbook pilot program.  Digital open source textbooks are books made available on a web site to be used by students, faculty and members of the public on an unlimited basis at minimal or no cost.  The measure was approved by both the House and Senate unanimously. 

 

People who were born and adopted in Connecticut and are at least 18 will now have a chance to see their birth certificate. To be eligible, the adoption has to have been finalized after October 1st 1983.  The bill was voted on in 2014.  There were five votes opposed in the Senate , including Mike McLachlan of Danbury, Toni Boucher of Wilton and then-state Senator John McKinney.

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A Danbury man who was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car because of a DUI charge, has been arrested for drunk driving again.  Danbury Police say an officer on patrol Sunday night saw a vehicle without its headlines on and tried to pull the driver over. 

 

The car eventually stopped a short distance away and officers could smell alcohol on the breath of the driver, later determined to be 57-year old Juan Galeas-Garcia. 

 

The Danbury man was released on an earlier written promise to appear in court, provided he didn't drive without an ignition interlock device.  Galeas-Garcia was charged Sunday with DUI, driving with a foreign license, failure to drive right, failure to have lights illuminated, and illegal operation of a motor vehicle without an interlock device.

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A cell tower is being erected in Ridgefield.  The Ridgefield Press reports that the Ridgebury cell tower was being brought to the site off Ledges Road Tuesday in pieces, but the truck was too big for the access road.  Workers transferred the equipment to a smaller truck to be brought in to the site. 

 

Residents initially rejected the town purchasing open space land and building the tower, but the deal went through with a private buyer. 

 

The cell tower will help improve police, fire and town emergency radio equipment, upgrades that were approved by Ridgefield voters in May for $3.7 million.

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A Silver Alert has been issued by State police for a missing Danbury girl.  Police say 14-year old Daje Best was last seen at 11 o'clock last night at her Fairfield Ridge Road home. 

 

The black teen is 5-foot-8, weighs 190 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair in corn rows. 

 

Anyone with information on Best's whereabouts is asked to contact Danbury Police at 203-797-4611.

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A power outage hit 99 Per cent of Ridgefield customers this morning , but officials say it shouldn’t be a repeat of last week.

Deputy Emergency Manager Dick Aarons said the outage was mostly caused by Eversource Energy  transmission problems.

The outages started at 5:30 a.m. and peaked at 10,630 by 6:15, but that number quickly dropped to 6,600 by 6:30.

Last week’s storm did massive damage in Ridgefield  and full recovery of power took from Tuesday to Friday morning around 4 a.m.

 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says there was flooding in the city in the usual  places  that tend to flood.

 

 

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Roadwork being done at the Redding-Weston town line will likely effect traffic.  Route 57 in Weston near its intersection with Route 53 will be closed to traffic beginning today for a bridge replacement.  Most traffic will be diverted down Cobbs Mill in Weston, while trucks will be turned around in Redding.  Alternate ways around the closure are Route 7 or Route 53.  A Redding Police officer will be posted at Route 57 near the Weston town line to turn around all truck traffic.

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Ridgefield Police are urging people to be careful on social media sites following a scam incident reported by a town resident.  Ridgefield Police were recently informed that a resident was almost lured into sending money via a fake Facebook account. 

 

Police say while there was no money lost in this incident, it does serve as a reminder to know who you are dealing with online before disclosing personal information. 

 

A woman reported that a friend request was sent to her using the name and picture of someone she knew, and they began chatting.  The person seemed to know basic information about the woman's job and told her about a grant, sending a link to the application.  The woman was tipped off when the link requested a $1,500 down payment to process the application. 

 

Police say they should be contacted if residents believe they are the victim of a scam, and to notify Facebook or other sites about suspicious accounts.

 

Profile pictures as well as basic personal information can be easily obtained online and scammers can set up an account using Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, dating sites, etc. impersonating others very easily. 

 

Other reminders including to verify your security settings on Facebook and check them regularly to make sure they have not been changed, and to never provide any personal information or credit card information.

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The Second Chance Society legislation, proposed by Governor Malloy and approved by lawmakers in special session this week, is being criticized by a local lawmaker.  Brookfield state Representative Steve Harding, an attorney, opposed the measure, saying that substance abuse treatment on a second arrest is already practiced.  He says by the time someone gets an actual conviction on a drug possession crime, they've gone through three, four, or five diversionary programs.

 

Harding says there's a drug education program, a community service labor program--which can be used twice--and a treatment program where someone can once again walk out of court without anything on their record.

 

Harding says this could have an indirect impact on drug sale laws, if not a direct effect.  He gave the example of a plea negotiation for someone charged with sale or intent to sell, gets convicted of possession of narcotics, and walking out with a misdemeanor conviction.

 

Harding says laws should be created to deter people from using drugs rather than pardoning it.

 

He says there are many other aggravating factors for those in jail on a simple drug possession conviction.

 

Connecticut officials and policy experts say the state's drug laws will transform from some of the most draconian in the country to some of the most lenient this fall. That's when most drug possession crimes will become misdemeanors instead of felonies.  The changes include eliminating a mandatory two-year prison term for possessing drugs within 1,500 feet of a school.

State officials estimate the new law will save Connecticut about $19 million in prison costs over the next two years by decreasing the prison population.

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A local lawmaker is speaking out about funding taken from the Special Transportation Fund in the newly adopted state budget.  Danbury Republican State Senator Mike McLachlan says some of his constituents are upset because they don't feel elected officials are in touch with reality.

 

He wants a lockbox on the Special Transportation Fund. 

 

Language in the bill expands how much money can be spent from the Fund for items other than fixing roads.  McLachlan says under the bill, boating enforcement is now considered transportation.  While part of Candlewood Lake is in his district, McLachlan says that should not come out of the Special Transportation Fund. 

 

Governor Dannel Malloy signed the revised state budget into law, acknowledging he'd like to see at least one more change.  He says the state ultimately needs to amend its constitution to ensure revenues collected in Connecticut's Special Transportation Fund are spent on transportation matters, not other programs.

A bill passed during Monday's special legislative session included such a provision, but only in state statute.

Malloy, who has proposed a 30-year, $100 billion overhaul of state transportation infrastructure, said Monday's vote was the ``first step'' toward a constitutional amendment. That process typically can take two years, but Malloy contends the question could appear on the 2016 ballot.

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Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from New York on Thursday for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday.  Between noon and 4 pm, 18 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal.  On Thursday, the 5:27pm train to Brewster will not operate. 

 

On Friday, July 3rd Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule. 

 

Saturday July 4th will also be a Saturday schedule, but with an extra 11:13pm train on the New Haven line to get people home from the Macy's Fireworks display.  Sunday will be a typical Sunday schedule.  A complete list of added trains or those not operating, can be found on the MTA website.

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Connecticut's House has approved business-friendly tweaks of the state's new budget after tax increases in the spending plan drew criticism from major employers in the state. The House voted to approve the changes early this morning. 

 

Southbury Republican state Representative Arthur O'Neill says the adjustments have been modest – hardly the ‘rollback’ the GOP was assured would be on the table.  He says this budget continues to deal a massive and sustained blow to middle class families, employers, and taxpayers. 

 

O’Neill says despite the massive tax increase, budget deficits are very likely to continue materializing because the state's economy cannot support the staggering tax increases and ballooning government spending that have been the hallmark of the Malloy administration. 

 

The Senate passed the budget-related bill last night.

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Trailer for "Boulevard"...Robin Williams' final on-screen performance.

 

 

Prince George kisses sister Princess Charlotte at her christening.

(Photo courtesy Duchess of Cambridge)

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