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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  It's aimed at providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration says this gives the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

 

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

Local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

 

Greater Danbury area drop box locations open Saturday from 10am to 2pm include:

 

Danbury Police Department

 

New Fairfield Resident State Trooper Office

 

Newtown Police Department

 

Ridgefield Police Department

 

Sherman Resident State Trooper Office

 

Southbury Resident State Trooper Office

 

Weston Police Department

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A prominent Danbury resident has passed away.  Ervie "Bud" Hawley owned the Hawley Companies and was known for his philanthropy, particularly to Danbury Hospital.  Hawley was 89.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says Hawley was one of the kindest, most gentle people he's ever met and has contributed a lot to building Danbury.  He says Hawley's philanthropy work around Danbury is long storied, but he was also always there with an idea, a word of encouragement or with resources. 

 

Hawley has been donating to Danbury Hospital since 1965.  In August, the Hawleys made a $1 million gift to establish an endowment for spinal surgery, the seventh for Western Connecticut Health Network and the fifth at Danbury Hospital.

 

Hawley has served as director of the YMCA, was a former chairman of the Danbury Housing Partnership, a previous director of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, and former honorary chairman of the Ann Olsen Foundation Golf Tournament among other roles.

 

Some of the more notable works of Hawley Construction include the Danbury Police Station and Berkshire Shopping Center off Newtown Road.  Hawley also completed several religious facility projects.

 

Since 1994, the firm has completed multiple construction assignments at both Western Connecticut State University’s Westside and the Midtown Campuses.  Hawley has renovated the main entrance at the Midtown Campus, completed a $1.8 million Ella Grasso Dormitory rejuvenation at the Westside Campus, dormitory renovations at Litchfield Hall, and the new Athletic Pavilion at the Westside Campus.

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Community activist Ken Gucker is seeking the Democratic Town Committee's nomination to run for the 24th state Senate District. 

 

The seat is currently held by Republican Michael McLachlan.  The area includes Danbury, Sherman, New Fairfield and the Stony Hill section of Bethel. 

 

Gucker is Vice Chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee.  He has lived in Danbury for 28 years, having moved to the City from New Fairfield.  He is a small business owner who has been active in land use and environmental issues in Danbury. 

 

Among the issues he cited are the effort to preserve the McLean House on Main Street and to thwart an effort to allow variances for a new business use in a two-acre residential zone in the scenic Long Ridge neighborhood.  He also fought against the Cotswold development off Clapboard Ridge Road to try to limit density and protect the environment and adjacent water sources.  The plan calls for 37 houses on steep wooded land.

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911 calls about an erratic driver led New York State Police to arrest a Brewster man for drunk driving.  Police received calls Monday in Brewster about the driver, who was eventually stopped on Main Street. 

 

53-year old Jeffery Welles had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit at .23 percent.  Welles was charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated when a criminal history revealed that he was previously convicted of a DWI charge in 2014. 

 

He was also charged with driving a motor vehicle without a court ordered interlock device and aggravated unlicensed operation because his driving privileges had been revoked. 

 

Welles was arraigned and ordered held on bond for a court appearance on Wednesday.

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The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission has ruled in favor of a former New Milford Board of Education member in a case against the school district.  John Spatola was seeking aggregate data about teacher performance so that the Board could make decisions about spending in future budgets.  The FOIA Board decided yesterday that the data for the past two years be released.  There are provisions in state law prohibiting disclosure of performance data of individual teachers, but not for aggregate data.  The Connecticut Education Association and New Milford Teachers' Association oppose the release of data on grounds that it would be unfair and discriminatory.

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The New Fairfield Board of Education is meeting next Thursday, and they will be gathering at the Meeting House Hill School cafeteria to accommodate a large number of public participants. 

 

At their meeting earlier this week, parents were joined by several teachers.  Parents have been attending the meetings to express their frustration with the Board and Superintendent Alicia Roy.

 

According to video minutes of the meeting, the head of the New Fairfield Education Association said teachers no longer feel they have a voice after being asked to implement a new standards-based grading system, contradictory to the training they took part in this school year. 

 

A State Trooper was reportedly at the meeting as a precaution.

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5th District Congresswoamn Elizabeth Esty is urging federal officials to provide more financial resources to help states protect public drinking water.

Esty said in a letter released Wednesday that Connecticut's Department of Public Health needs more money to support technical staff in its drinking water division, where staffing has been reduced from 50 to 38 employees.

She also supports the agency's request for more funding to pay for the state's certified operator program. There's one person who certifies operators of 2,500 water systems in Connecticut.

Esty called for the federal financial assistance after a recent Associated Press analysis determined dozens of water systems across the state exceeded federal lead levels at least once since January 2013.  Among the systems were Hawthorne Terrace Association in Danbury and Cedarhurst Association in Newtown.

 

The Democrat says "immediate action" is needed to ensure access to safe drinking water.

 

Lead levels of over 15 parts per billion (ppb) exceed federal thresholds and require immediate attention. According to an Associated Press analysis, tests on water drawn from Newtown found lead levels of 17 ppb. Three separate tests in Brookfield, one of which was conducted in a K-8 school, found the water to have lead levels of 17 ppb, 19 ppb, and 20 ppb.  The Connecticut Department of Public Health alerted all residents who are exposed to the water. However, if the residents choose to purchase clean water from another source, they are still expected to pay their water bills.

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A Torrington woman has been sentenced for making bomb threats against Danbury and Stratford schools in 2014.  20-year old Natalie Carpenter was sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison followed by 20 years of special parole. 

 

When she was 18, Carpenter was overheard making verbal threats of violence against the High Schools in Danbury and Stratford.  She was charged with conspiracy to commit assault and criminal attempt to commit assault, and accepted a plea deal. 

 

According to court documents, Carpenter and 20-year old Peter Thulin tried to buy a gun at Tactical Arms in Torrington, but were denied and also filled out forms at Walmart to buy a shotgun or rifle. 

 

Thulin is due in Court June 28th on the same charges.

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The Danbury City Council has discussed $3 million in bonding for the coming fiscal year.  There are a variety of projects which would be completed in the capital budget proposal.  The largest appropriation is $750,000 for the school roof replacement program. 

 

$500,000 is being allocated for the Still River project, including for the removal of vegetation, dredging and river wall repair.  $450,000 for paving, drainage and road improvements along with $100,000 for sidewalk and street improvements was discussed. 

 

Other projects include HVAC replacement at the schools and various city buildings, money toward property revaluation and replacing highway department equipment. 

 

The committee recommended approval at the Council's May meeting.

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The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that will set up a special fund for firefighters who contract work-related cancers.   The program will provide cancer stricken firefighters with wage replacement funds while they undergo treatment.  It will be funded by 1-cent of an existing small surcharge on phone bills for the state's 911 emergency system. 

 

Southbury Senator Rob Kane objects to tapping that money.  He says it could be against federal rules and if it comes back that grants are lost, a new funding source will needed.

 

Other lawmakers concede the funding mechanism is in doubt, but passed the bill anyone.  Leaders say if it's ruled improper, they'll find a new source next year.

 

Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, supports the bill.  He says there's nothing more important that protecting the men and women who protect their communities.

 

The House previously approved the bill unanimously.

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The Capital Budget in Danbury for the coming fiscal year includes money to rehabilitate the Octagon House.  $250,000 for rehabilitation of Octagon House will be voted on by the City Council next week.  The City purchased the blighted building on Spring Street several months ago from the bank holding the title to the foreclosed property. 

 

The city hopes to provide stability to the neighborhood.  Plans call for housing the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team and a police substation on the property.  The bike patrol and other related officers would likely operate out of the substation.  A community room and a community garden, monitored by a non-profit, are also in the plans. 

 

It's one of only a handful of 8-sided houses left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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An Ohio man has been arrested in Redding on charges stemming from an inappropriate online relationship with a minor.  Redding Police launched an investigation little more than a year ago on a report from the parents of 15-year old girl who found out about the explicit messages, video chats and images sent to the girl.  31-year old Mark Barrientes turned himself in to Redding Police last Wednesday on a charge of risk of injury to a minor.  He posted bond and was ordered to appear in Danbury Superior Court on May 4th.

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Danbury is continuing a fire hydrant flushing project.  The work started in late March and was estimated to take 9 weeks to complete.  The annual hydrant flushing is done to provide better water quality and fire protection.  The work being done this week is in the Newtown Road and Commerce Drive area, as well as some part of Main Street.  Residents may experience fluctuations in pressure or water discoloration during this time.  If the water is discolored, City officials recommend running the cold tap until it turns clear, and to hold off on washing clothes and using hot water until the cold water clears.

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The Ridgefield Board of Education has trimmed their proposed budget for the coming fiscal year on a recommendation from the Board of Finance that the plan be $625,000 lower.  The Board of Ed originally proposed a $91 million budget.  The largest part of the cut is being made by eliminating three contingency teaching positions, in case of a late enrollment spike bringing class size above district guidelines.  Two science paraprofessional positions will also be eliminated.  Some money for books, supplies and materials was also trimmed off the proposed budget.  The Board of Finance is hoping to hold the proposed tax increase to 2.6 percent.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Connecticut, claiming a narrow victory Tuesday over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in a state where she campaigned on pledges to address gun violence.

 

The former U.S. secretary of state had the support of top elected Democrats, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. She evoked the 2012 Newtown school shootings in appearances and television ads, including one featuring an endorsement by a daughter of the slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal.

 

Donald Trump easily won the GOP primary in a state where he drew thousands of enthusiastic voters to three boisterous rallies, in Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport.

 

On the gun issue, about 3 out of 5 voters favored Clinton, according to preliminary exit poll results. Clinton has proposed comprehensive federal background check requirements, including for gun show and Internet sales, and repealing certain immunity protections for the gun industry, among other provisions.

 

Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were vying for 25 of the state's 28 delegates, which will be distributed proportionally. The remaining three votes will be cast by J.R. Romano, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, and the state GOP's national committeeman and national committeewoman.

 

TOWN

CANDIDATE VOTES
Bethel Bernie Sanders (D) 837
(50% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 737
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 9
  Ted Cruz (R) 171
  John Kasich (R) 372
  Donald Trump (R) 1,025
  Ben Carson (R) 23
     
Brookfield Bernie Sanders (D) 620
(51% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 598
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 2
  Ted Cruz (R) 204
  John Kasich (R) 497
  Donald Trump (R) 1,090
  Ben Carson (R) 19
     
Danbury Bernie Sanders (D) 1,907
(40% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 2,319
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 15
  Ted Cruz (R) 388
  John Kasich (R) 651
  Donald Trump (R) 2,096
  Ben Carson (R) 30
     
Easton Bernie Sanders (D) 313
(50.96% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 394
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 3
  Ted Cruz (R) 70
  John Kasich (R) 288
  Donald Trump (R) 497
  Ben Carson (R) 3
     
Kent Bernie Sanders (D) 279
(60.6% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 264
  Ted Cruz (R) 33
  John Kasich (R) 93
  Donald Trump (R) 126
  Ben Carson (R) 0
     
Monroe Bernie Sanders (D) 668
(50% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 643
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 3
  Ted Cruz (R) 192
  John Kasich (R) 466
  Donald Trump (R) 1,110
  Ben Carson (R) 8
     
New Fairfield Bernie Sanders (D) 475
  Hillary Clinton (D) 425
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 2
  Ted Cruz (R) 144
  John Kasich (R) 287
  Donald Trump (R) 865
  Ben Carson (R) 9
     
New Milford Bernie Sanders (D) 1,186
(49% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 882
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 5
  Ted Cruz (R) 265
  John Kasich (R) 466
  Donald Trump (R) 1,334
  Ben Carson (R) 23
     
Newtown Bernie Sanders (D) 1,177
(54.2% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 1,362
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 8
  Ted Cruz (R) 372
  John Kasich (R) 828
  Donald Trump (R) 1,654
  Ben Carson (R) 27
     
Redding Bernie Sanders (D) 502
  Hillary Clinton (D) 678
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 3
  Ted Cruz (R) 120
  John Kasich (R) 344
  Donald Trump (R) 509
  Ben Carson (R) 9
     
Ridgefield Bernie Sanders (D) 1,039
  Hillary Clinton (D) 1,566
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 6
  Ted Cruz (R) 283
  John Kasich (R) 962
  Donald Trump (R) 1,360
  Ben Carson (R) 16
     
Weston Bernie Sanders (D) 398
(56% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 940
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 0
  Ted Cruz (R) 94
  John Kasich (R) 413
  Donald Trump (R) 454
  Ben Carson (R) 5
     
Wilton Bernie Sanders (D) 626
(50% turnout) Hillary Clinton (D) 1,216
  Roque De La Fuente (D) 2
  Ted Cruz (R) 184
  John Kasich (R) 930
  Donald Trump (R) 957

 

Ben Carson (R) 7

All numbers are unofficial results from the Secretary of the State's Office

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Newtown residents have approved municipal and school budget plans.  Overall there is a 1.6 percent spending increase.  The municipal budget of $40.5 million was approved 2,765 to 2,288.  The school portion of the budget is $73.66 million, and was approved 2,730 to 2,320.

 

Voter turnout was about 29%.  The budget vote was held in one location while residents were also voting in usual polling places in the presidential primary.

 

The municipal budget was reduced by an overall $519,000 by Finance and Legislative Council.  The Board of Education's portion was also reduced by $100,000.

 

First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Legislative Council at their meeting earlier this month that there are many initiatives they are hoping will make an impact in the next fiscal year. Items like the Hawleyville sewers, a shared services initiative and municipal spaces needs study are designed to capture operational savings and generate new revenue streams.

 

Llodra says town leaders are very cognizant of the need to reduce spending.  But she says there are several things they can't control, including the revenue stream from the state.

 

Residents can vote on the budget at the middle school until 8pm.  Primary voting takes place at regular polling locations.

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A Newtown man has been arrested after police say he returned items to the store that were purchased by the town to help him with home improvements.  60-year old George Hospodar was charged yesterday with larceny by defrauding a public community.  Police say the Newtown Social Services Department purchased the items upon his request.  Instead of making the repairs, Hospodar allegedly returned the items to the store and kept the refund.  The investigation was launched in February.  Hospodar was released on a written promise to appear in court on May 10th.

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A New York man trying to buy iPhones with a fake tax ID number at stores in the region has been arrested in Danbury for criminal impersonation.  Danbury Police responded to Staples on Newtown Road on Friday afternoon and spoke with the manager about Anthony Vucic of Queens, New York. 

 

The manager said the 35-year old was trying to pick up four iPhones, but when they called the company that supposedly ordered the phones they had no knowledge of the order. 

 

Loss Prevention pulled up previous transactions and found that Vucic used the same credit card number, but different business names, false tax ID numbers and contact information at Staples stores in Yonkers, Scarsdale and Stamford in the past 30 days.  He was also charged with forgery and attempted larceny. 

 

Vucic was released on bond for a court appearance on May 5th.

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A woman who drive her boyfriend to the Newtown Police station over the weekend so he could turn himself in on a pending warrant has been arrested for heroin possession. 

 

Police report that a woman in their lobby smelled of burnt marijuana.  Police asked 28-year old Cortney Troccolla to go to her car with the department's K9 and other officers.  The dog hit on drugs in a pocketbook.  It turned out to contain 20 bags of heroin and syringes. 

 

Troccolla was released on bail for a May 10th court appearance. 

 

Her boyfriend, 38-year old Darren Thompson, was wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

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The Ridgefield Board of Education is looking to see if there will be money left in this fiscal year's budget to replace a failing sewer line at the High School.  The Ridgefield Press reports that $125,000 is needed for the planned re-sleeving project of the sewer pipe so it could start in June, rather than waiting for the money that was slated to be in the upcoming fiscal year's budget. 

 

If the money is found, the project can start as soon as classes are out for the summer. 

 

The published report says that over the past several years the cast iron pipe has eroded, but that it's been visually inspected via video camera.  An inspection in October showed that it's dangerously close to a major collapse.

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