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A Mahopac man has been arrested for violating a protective order against him. 

 

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a call from a woman last Tuesday who reported that a few weeks before she was involved in a physical dispute with her boyfriend.  The woman said that she had a protective order against 33-year old Wilfredo Reyes from the Putnam County Family Court, and she wanted to file charges against him. 

 

Last Wednesday, Reyes was arrested for criminal contempt.  He was arraigned last Thursday and ordered held at Putnam County Correctional Facility for a future court appearance.

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An armed robbery at an Oxford gas station is being investigated.  State Police responded to the Sunoco on Oxford Road around 10:30pm Tuesday on a report that a man entered, demanded cash and then fled on foot. 

 

State Police say the suspect was described by the employees as 5'10", with a medium build. The suspect wore a black coat over a dark grey hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored mask or scarf over his face.  He was armed with a black handgun.  No injuries were reported. 

 

Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200 extension 4323.  All calls will be kept confidential.

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A new round of funding from the state's Nonprofit Grant Program has been announced.  Some 34 non-profits and 26 municipalities will share $15 million in funding for investments in projects to enhance delivery of services.  Danbury-based Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism has been awarded nearly $36,000 for a generator and little more than $201,000 for other improvements.  The first two rounds of funding provided nonprofits and municipalities in the state with a combined $40 million.

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A bill eliminating prison gerrymandering in Connecticut is being proposed by a coalition, who is urging the Judiciary Committee to raise and for the full legislature to pass such a law. 

 

Hispanic Federation Connecticut State Director Ingrid Alvarez, who previously served as Executive Director of the Hispanic Center in Danbury, says inmates should be counted in the municipality of their last known address, not the town in which they are imprisoned.  Alvarez says it unfairly distorts communities of color representation in state and local politics.  She says it directly and negatively impacts the votes of Latinos and African Americans in the state by by diluting the power of their vote.

 

New York, Maryland, Delaware and California have passed legislation similar to what's being proposed here.

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A new state-of-the-art safety and bullying reporting app called Anonymous Alerts has been selected by the Newtown School District in an effort to provide the best possible learning environment for students. The app allows students, parents and other school personnel to maintain their confidentiality while calling attention to situations like bullying, safety concerns, family problems, or other situations that may warrant immediate attention by school officials.

 

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi said in a statement that in remembrance of the 2012 tragedy that struck the district, Anonymous Alerts and its advisory board sponsored the initial purchase of Anonymous Alerts for the high school and middle school.  Erardi said they encourage the reporting of mean behaviors, bullying, cyber-bullying, student depression, drug and alcohol issues, and other safety concerns.  Submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a personal and private discussion with the school administrator, but reports can remain anonymous.

 

The app can be downloaded directly from the Apple App Store, Google Play store for Android, and the Chrome store app from the Google Chrome store.  After downloading the app students, staff and parents can click to open it, and enter a simple username and password supplied to them by their schools.  Informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout the high school and middle school on how to anonymously report urgent or sensitive information to authorized school officials.

 

The system will be operational only on school days between the hours of 7am and 2pm, and reports sent after 2pm will be answered on the next scheduled school day.

 

More than 1,500 K-12 schools throughout the United States, including Greenwich High School and other Connecticut schools, have implemented the Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying app and safety reporting system.

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A police exercise is taking place Thursday in Danbury.  A Traffic Alert has been announced by Western Connecticut State University due to police training on the midtown campus.  Members of the Danbury and West Conn police departments will conduct a training exercise that will affect traffic on Eighth Avenue.  The exercise will concentrate in the Litchfield Hall residence hall.  From 7 am to 4 pm on Thursday, traffic on Eighth Avenue will be restricted to residents only.  Police officers, including members of the Danbury SWAT team, will be involved in the training.

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A public forum is being held this afternoon about the Western Connecticut State University's hazard mitigation plan.  The forum will include information on the work completed to date on a hazard mitigation plan.  The forum will also highlight some of the hazards that may present the greatest risks to campus operations.  Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend the forum to gather information and provide feedback.  Members of the planning committee will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback from stakeholders and the community.  The forum is at 4 o'clock this afternoon in White Hall on West Conn's Midtown campus.

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Governor Dannel Malloy is looking at ways to improve service at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles following a year of backlogs, long lines and other problems stemming from a major computer overhaul.

 

Malloy on Tuesday unveiled a bill that would allow the DMV to enter into contracts with private entities, such as AAA, to provide vehicle registration services. Currently, AAA only provides non-commercial driver's license services. 

 

Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher says things have gotten so bad at the DMV that it seems extraordinary measures have to be taken to relieve them of a lot of responsibilities and duties that they have to do.  She says outsourcing some of the activity to the AAA could be a good thing, because people already have positive experiences when renewing licenses there as opposed to the DMV.  But she says DMV functions are core functions of the state, and should be a part of what the state can provide to residents.

 

Malloy also wants to eliminate the ban on registering vehicles with delinquent property taxes and parking tickets.

 

Boucher says this could hit tax assessors hard.  Right now they can enforce someone paying a car property tax is by withholding their ability from registering their car.  She says in the cities, many people don't own a house so they only pay a car property tax.  Boucher is concerned that municipalities will raise the mill rate and burden homeowners and commercial property owners in an effort to make up the losses on car property taxes.

 

Boucher says the software upgrade failure has to be addressed and fixed, rather that relinquishing some responsibility or getting rid of regulations.

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The Brookfield Board of Selectmen has opted to move forward with spending $600 on a Grant Finder Program.  At their meeting last week, the Selectmen forwarded the proposal to the Board of Finance for approval of funds.  First Selectman Steve Dunn says about 15% of the town's total revenue, depending on the year, comes from grants.  All of the town's departments go out looking for funding on their own.  Dunn says some are pretty straight forward, like ones from the state including the Small Town Economic Assistance Program and Local Capital Improvement Program.

 

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has made an arrangement with Grant Finder for a substantial discount on the fee for the program.

 

Dunn says this will allow the town to look at grants being offered across the nation.  He says there are likely grants Brookfield is missing, small grants but funding nonetheless.  He says the Grant Finder program will be used for one year, and if it makes sense, a decision will be made after that whether to continue with it. 

 

Dunn called this a reasonable expenditure for something that will pay for itself if the town only gets one grant worth more than $600.

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Drug charges have been brought against a Mahopac man following a routine traffic stop.  The Putnam County Sheriff's office reports that deputies stopped a driver early Monday morning for traffic violations on Route 6 in Mahopac.  When the Deputy approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana.  A passenger in the car, 21-year old Michael Martin of Mahopac was found with pot and also heroin.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was processed at Putnam County Correctional Facility and held for arraignment.

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The Danbury Public School District has started a new program this week, an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise.  The Start with Hello program addresses social isolation.  This coupled with the Say Something program were launched in the fall in an effort to create a safer, healthier school climate. 

 

Hayestown Avenue School held an assembly and put on a skit Monday. 

 

(Phot: Danbury Public Schools, Facebook)

 

Danbury schools this week are holding assemblies and focusing on activities that encourage student involvement in the Say Hello Program commitment.  Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella, who serves as president of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents, has also encouraged implementation of the programs at schools across Connecticut.

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Danbury is reallocating funding that's not needed for the 2012 revaluation and putting it toward a street light conversion program to LED lighting.  Danbury is working with ESCO, Energy Services Company, to figure out how to develop and implement such a program.  The initial phase of the project is a comprehensive audit of the street lights in Danbury. 

 

 

The cost of the audit will become part of the conversion project if Danbury moves forward with the program.  If the City decides not to move forward, or uses a different company, Danbury will be responsible to pay ESCO up to $50,000 for the audit.  There is little more than $75,000 in the 2012 Revaluation account.

 

The study is expected to take up to six months.

 

ESCO will help Danbury obtain certain files from Eversource Energy including street light asset inventory, maintenance history and Eversource's proposed acquisition costs.

 

The audit will also look into the financial, operational, and energy analyses of the feasibility for implementing the program.  The report will include existing conditions of the lights, projected costs, expected energy and maintenance savings, financing options and a proposed implementation plan.

 

Councilman Duane Perkins noted that some lighting have power that goes to a ballaster and could be redirected to a bulb.  Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says they will likely be replacing the complete cobra head to a modern, efficient LED fixture which has a long lifespan and gives better illumination.

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A former Bethel Volunteer firefighter is among a dozen inductees this year into the State of Connecticut Firefighter Hall of Fame.  The Connecticut State Firefighters Association has released the list of firefighters who have contributed to the betterment of the Fire Service on a local state or national level.

 

Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department announced that Past Chief Jon Menti is one of the inductees.  Menti served more than 40 years in the volunteer fire service and was an adjunct Connecticut Fire Academy instructor for over 20 years.

 

Laurence Ford of Redding, who passed away in May at the age of 93, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.  He was a research engineer for the National Board of Fire Underwriters.  He served as the Fire Service Coordinator, as well as the Director of Fire Training Programs for the Connecticut State Technical Colleges.  He was appointed to the Connecticut Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services by Governor Ella Grasso.   He founded and served as the first president of the Connecticut Fireman’s Historical Society.  

 

Ford was an active member of Redding Fire Company, #1, where he began his service as a volunteer firefighter in 1940 and served as both the Company’s Fire Marshall and Fire Commissioner.  He was also an Emergency Medical Technician.  As a Chairman of the Redding Emergency Communications Board, he was instrumental in bringing “911” communications to Redding.

 

An awards ceremony is being held in April. 

 

Class of 2016 Inductees:

Fred Dudek, Jr., Killingworth

 

Laurence Ford, Redding (posthumous)

 

James E. Kiley, Newingtown (posthumous)

 

Ronald L. Littell, Sr., Tolland

 

Kevin R. McKeon, West Shore (West Haven)

 

Jon Menti, Stony Hill

 

Jeffrey Morrissette, Wethersfield (Fire Admin)

 

John E. Obier, Jr., North Haven (posthumous)

 

Gary M. Parker, Derby

 

Charles Perrotti, North Canaan

 

Kenneth W. Richards, Jr., Olde Mystic

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MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A former president of a major aircraft manufacturer was one of the two people killed after their World War II-era plane crashed and burned near the town of Maricopa.

 

Pilot Jeffrey Pino, 61, was formerly the president of Sikorsky Aircraft, a Connecticut-based aircraft manufacturer. The second victim was identified as 72-year-old Nickolas Tramontano of Brookfield, Connecticut, Mark Clark of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said.

 

"The Sikorsky family is saddened to learn of the sudden loss of former President Jeff Pino. We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers of sympathy and support to his family and friends during this difficult time," current president Dan Schultz said in a statement posted on the company's website.

 

Schultz said Pino, who last lived in Chandler, Arizona, was Sikorsky's president from 2006 to 2012, during which he "brought personal energy and passion for aviation innovation to our industry."

 

"We remember Jeff as a leader, pioneer, innovator and advocate. May his family be comforted by the lasting impression and legacy Jeff has left behind," Schultz said. Last year, Lockheed Martin bought Sikorsky Aircraft, which, among other things, makes the U.S. military's Black Hawk helicopter, for $9 billion.

 

Preliminary information on the Friday crash indicated the plane was a P-51D Mustang, a type of single-engine American fighter used during World War II, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

 

The spokesman said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash in Maricopa, which is about 35 miles south of Phoenix.

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An underage drinking enforcement operation was held over the weekend by New York State Police.  Retail establishments in Somers, North Salem and elsewhere were checked with the help of a 19-year old volunteer.  The teen was observed by plainclothes investigators and supported by uniformed troopers. 

 

Two clerks sold beer to the volunteer and were arrested.  23-year old Colin Rose of North Salem, who is employed by a Shell gas station in Lewisboro, and 24-year old Karen Monroy of Carmel, who is employed as a Shell station in North Salem. 

 

Their employers face possible civil penalties by the New York State Liquor Authority.

 

Retail establishments in Putnam County were also checked this weekend.  All seven retail establishments were found to be compliant with state laws.  The State Police were assisted by the Carmel Police Department.

 

The  New York State Liquor Authority routinely conducts underage drinking enforcement operations in an effort to curb alcohol abuse and DWI incidents among teenagers. 

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A Danbury man has been struck and killed by a car.  Danbury Police responded to the area of 14 Newtown Road on Saturday night on a report of a serious motor vehicle collision. 

 

Police determined that 44-year old Eric Lucas was walking near the center line of the roadway and was struck by a driver who reported not seeing him.  Police say 74-year old Joan Ledoux struck Lucas with the front driver's side of her car. 

 

Lucas was transported to Danbury Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

 

This collision is under investigation by the Danbury Police Department’s Traffic Division.

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Danbury officials are learning more about the unmanned aerial project the Fire Department is looking to take on.  The Department received a donation of $9,000 for the drone project.  The donor asked to remain anonymous, and was made in memory of the late Michael Kallas.  Kallas passed away in June.  He had served as President of the Lions Club, and during that tenure in 2012 the Lions raised funds to replace a broken thermal image camera for the Danbury Fire Department.

 

Councilman Warren Levy says Kallas was a model citizen, a successful businessman who provided housing for hundreds of people.  He volunteered his time to his church and the community.

 

Anonymous donations are rare on the Council's agenda, but the City does know who this donor is.  Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says he has in the past voted against some anonymous donations because the individual may have applications before land use departments or enforcement actions against them.  But he says that's not the case here, there is no conflict.  Saadi says they appreciate the efforts of this donor.

 

Fire Chief TJ Wiedl said they are very appreciative and have privately thanked the donor. 

 

The drone will be able to carry a thermal imaging camera.  Wiedl says some departments in the state have used the drones to help put fire out, but Danbury hasn't gotten to that point yet.

 

Eventually a few people on each crew will have to be trained on how to properly fly the drone.  As for repairs if something happens to the drone, it would be on the city to pay for the expense.  Danbury will own the drone outright and it will be the first municipally registered drone.

 

A drone was used during the ice rescue training operation at the Town Park on Tuesday.  Wiedl says it's useful because the Department can go back and look at the video after the fact and make improvements.  They can use the drone for possible rescues, especially at Tarrywile Park.  Wiedl says there are a lot of lost hikers there for some reason.

 

A drone was also used during the Christmas fire on Main Street.  The drone was in the air during almost all of the response.  The Fire Department got permission from the air control tower at Danbury Municipal Airport, and the device was flown at about 300 feet in the air.

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Governor Dannel Malloy's budget chief appeared before the legislature's Appropriations Committee this week after Malloy unveiled his budget.  The panel began its process of going through the revised spending plan.  Bridgewater state Senator Rob Kane questioned the across the board 5.7 percent spending cut approach.  He says it takes a larger sword to the budget versus going line item by line item. 

 

Barnes says there is a focus to the proposals, core services.  He called it a wholesale change in agency operations.

 

Kane questioned where the structural changes to the state budget were.  Barnes responded that the state is no longer looking at the future in a doomsday way that the current services model suggests.

 

Kane's district includes Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Oxford, Seymour, Roxbury, Washington, and Woodbury.

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A public hearing is being held this morning in Ridgefield.  Residents are being called on to voice their opinion about whether bikes should be allowed on the rail trail.  The public hearing is at 10am at Ridgefield Town Hall.  There will also be hearing on the 17th at 7:30pm. 

 

The plan is to make the trail safe for bicyclists, walkers and runners.  Among the expected work that's needed is barriers that would protect people who lose control from going down embankments.  The larger goal is to connect the area to other trails around the Parks and Rec property. 

 

The land is owned by Eversource Energy and there is an environmental cap on the property, and the utility has yet to say whether bicycles will be allowed on the trail.

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A Warren man has been convicted of murder for a 2012 home invasion.  28-year old Niraj Patel was convicted on all nine counts against him.  Patel and two others were charged for breaking into the Sharon home of 23-year old Lucas Vitalis, and tying up his mother.  The man was found dead of a gunshot wound.  Prosecutors accused Patel of setting up a fake drug deal in an attempt to get money to pay an attorney who was representing him on drug charges. 

 

Patel could face a total of 200 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15th. 

 

27-year old Hiral Patel, of Branford, and 29-year old Michael Calabrese, of Warren, are each charged with felony murder, home invasion, first-degree kidnapping with a firearm, first-degree robbery and hindering prosecution.

 

28-year old Shyam Patel of Warren was also arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution.

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