The Town of Newtown and the school district have agreed to allow two Sandy Hook families who filed a wrongful death lawsuit to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock their classroom doors.
Two emergency folders are in state police custody. Newtown's lawyers say the folders were in the classrooms and contained keys on the day of the shooting. The families may not reproduce or distribute what they find in the folders, and may only inspect the folders while defense attorneys are present.
The request comes in a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner against Newtown for alleged inadequate security measures. The town's lawyers deny the allegations.
A Bethel man has been arrested on a strangulation charge stemming from a road rage incident. Danbury Police say 29-year old Bruno Bastos was driving down Main Street Friday night when another car allegedly cut him off. Bastos allegedly followed the other driver, until they pulled over near Park Place. He reportedly hit and tried to choke the other man. The other driver declined medical attention.
Danbury residents complaints about a man selling drugs at various locations around the City have led to a 27-year old's arrest. Danbury Police launched the investigation two week ago into Elbion Barnes. Police surveyed locations he was known to frequent, and on Friday, followed him to a Newtown Road gas station. Barnes was in possession of narcotics packaged for sale.
His Main Street home was searched, and police found more narcotics, packaging material and other drug paraphernalia in a safe. He was held on a $50,000 bond.
Barnes was charged with possession of a narcotic substance, possession of a narcotic substance with intent to sell, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place.
In addition to the drug related offenses, Barnes was also charged with risk of injury to a child and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Arrest affidavits related to a homicide case in Danbury show that it appears 18-year-old Gabriel Bara-Bardo was killed when a drug deal went south. Two teens have been charged and Danbury Police say additional arrests are expected. One of the arrested youths, 15-year old Ronald Massagli, and three others went to buy a small amount of marijuana from Bardo. But Massagli allegedly jumped on the car and smashed the windshield while yelling about revenge for pot that was previously confiscated by police. The teens reportedly punched and assaulted Bardo, who lost consciousness.
The Candlewood Corners drainage improvement project in New Fairfield is ahead of schedule and under budget. Work started at the end of June to mitigate flooding that has damaged properties and caused hazardous driving conditions. First Selectman Susan Chapman says the undersized drainage was also poorly aligned. Two culverts, large enough to handle rain events without flooding properties and roadways, were installed. The 30 inch pipes were put in across Sawmill Road. The project was expected to take three to four months to complete. The project cost was estimated at $500,000.
Two new fire engines are now in service in Danbury. Fire Department officials say the new trucks have modern upgrades that will better protect the life, property and environment of Danbury residents in the most efficient and safe manner possible.
The wo new fire engines cost about $600,000 each.
Life saving equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, Hurst eDraulic tools (Jaws of Life), hazardous materials meters, iPads, and fire hose were installed. Some new features added to these apparatus are ergonomic drop down ladder racks which prevent back injuries, 750 gallons of water compared to previous models that carry 500 gallons.
Other safety features such as additional scene lighting, a larger cab with custom roll up firefighter and driver compartments, noise cancelling head sets for in-cab and radio communications, and additional compartment space for equipment storage including defibrillators, medical equipment, meters and smoke detectors that assist with life saving rescues and hazard mitigation.
A scientific, data driven analysis of New Milford roads will get underway soon. The town has awarded a Pavement Inspection Services project to Street Scan. The data will help prioritize repair operations based on available budgets and schedule long term maintenance schemes.
Street Scan uses technology to provide geophysical subsurface imaging and sensing services. Tire-induced vibrations and sound waves will determine surface texture, roughness and overall condition. A video camera is used to capture surface defects.
Mayor David Gronbach says they expect the results by December.
The Danbury Library plans to livestream NASA's four-hour "Eclipse Across America" program on Monday. The show will be broadcast through NASA Television from noon to 4pm. The images are being captured by 11 spacecraft, 50 high-altitude balloons, NASA aircraft, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The program in the library's Farioly Program Room is free and no registration is required.
A pilot reported they were landing at Danbury Municipal Airport with an issue Wednesday morning, and landed safely. The Fire Department responded as a precautionary measure.
Assistant Airport Administrator Mike Safranek says around 8:30am, the pilot reported engine trouble, it was running rough. The pilot decided to turn back and landed without incident. Safranek says the pilot was being very cautious, as they are trained to do.
It was a rental, with three passengers on board. There were no injuries reported during the event.
There are two FAA and NTSB investigations underway into flights that left Arrow Aviation and Danbury Airport. One plane had trouble getting enough lift and crashed July 30th just off Miry Brook Road, killing the pilot. Two other people on board were injured. Their names have not been released. A second plane crashed in New Milford near Candlelight Farms Airport last Friday. The flight instructor, 57-year-old Anthony Morasco, of New Milford sustained fatal injuries. The juvenile pilot and another passenger were seriously injured.
Absentee ballots in Redding will be available starting Tuesday for the primaries being held September 12th. There is a Republican primary for Board of Education candidates and a Democratic primary to fill a Board of Finance vacancy.
Absentee ballots in Newtown will be available starting Tuesday for the Republican Municipal Primary on September 12th. The primary is for First Selectman, Selectman and Town Clerk. Special hours for absentee voting will also be held on Saturday, September 9 from 9am to noon.
The Ridgefield Police Department is holding a car seat clinic on Monday in the Prospector Theater parking lot. Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Ridgefield Police Department will inspect and assist with the installation of child passenger restraint systems. No appointment is necessary. Inspections and installations will be done on a first come first serve basis, free of charge between 9am and 1pm Monday.
“Sales Tax Free Week” runs from Sunday through the 26th. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes.
Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.
New and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35 percent sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.
Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc. Accessories including jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc. are not included.
Education funding from the state to municipalities has been updated by Governor Malloy as he continues to run government by executive order due to a lack of a legislatively approved budget. He is prioritizing allocations for Alliance Districts and students with the highest needs. 54 districts will see reduced funding, while the 85 that rely on state support the least for overall district funding will be zeroed out.
Malloy says municipal aid funding as part of the executive order reflects the nearly impossible decisions Connecticut is forced to make in the absence of a budget. He acknowledged that this will force some municipalities, large and small, to make difficult decisions.
The Chairman of the Bethel Board of Education wrote an open letter on Facebook to state lawmakers about his frustrations with the budget stalemate and proposed education funding cuts. Larry Craybas said that schools will open in less than two weeks in total confusion with larger class sizes at every grade level. He notes that DRG D Districts like Bethel and neighboring New Milford face monumental cuts.
Craybas added that the problem Governor Malloy has created in his Executive Order on August 2nd affects all districts, including the Alliance Districts he anticipates helping. Alliance Districts are the 30 lowest performing. If the cuts do go through, Bethel anticipates needing to lay off upwards of a quarter of teaching and support staffs. Craybas says the damage from cutting 119 people will last for generations of students. He believes Bethel could possibly become an Alliance District.
He called the executive order an indefensible manipulation of ECS funds that will dramatically damage what Bethel has been able to achieve over many years.
In addition to larger class sizes, Craybas cautioned that intervention support for children that need this additional help to learn, grow in achievement, and eventually become productive members of society will be seriously reduced or eliminated entirely.
A Waterbury man suspected of selling drugs from his Danbury business was found in possession of a gun yesterday which had the serial number altered.
Danbury Police had been conducting surveillance for weeks of 30-year old Omar Thomas based on neighbor complaints of drug sales. The SWAT team carried out search warrants at Imperial Sound Studios on White Street yesterday.
21-year old Tyreek Wallace, who was driving another vehicle, and a known drug abuser walking in the area were also stopped. The unnamed man had $40 in his hands, as he walked straight toward Thomas. He wasn't charged. Wallace was issued an infraction for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Thomas was in possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. He was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, altering/removing ID marks of a pistol, criminal possession of a pistol and operating with a suspended license.
Danbury Public School staff are getting ready for the return of students. School information including bus routes and policies will be available on the district website after August 29th. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5th. The delay is to give some buffer time for renovations to finish at the High School. Schools are preparing to send home packets to kindergarten families. For those receiving free or reduced lunch, a new form needs to be filled out each year.
United Illuminating will be conducting system testing at an electrical substation in Fairfield tomorrow. Between 3am and 5am, customers of Easton, Fairfield and Bridgeport may experience a brief power outage. The utility says the outage is expected to last less than 5 minutes. If anyone is dependent on life-saving medical equipment and not registered with United Illuminating as a life-support customer, they are urged to contact the utility.
A portion of Lake Lillinonah Road South in Bridgewater will be temporarily closed through September 1st. Emergency repairs are needed to the culvert under the road near the Bridgewater Town Park. The closure is from the area of 9 Lake Lillinonah Road South to the intersection with Tappan Road. Residents will still be able to access their properties from Henry Sanford Road. The length of the closures is weather dependent.
The second in a series of weekend road closures for Route 7 in Ridgefield starts tonight. The intersection of Route 102 to 35 will be closed and traffic detoured between 8 o'clock this evening to Monday at 6am. Drivers are called on to take alternate routes.
A 16-year old boy has been charged in the death of an 18-year-old who was found with fatal injuries next to his vehicle earlier this month.
Danbury police say Lorenzo Santana of Danbury was arrested Thursday on charges of felony murder and other offenses. He was already in custody and detained at a Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity on August 5th on Abbott Avenue. Gabriel Bara-Bardo was unconscious in the road next to his vehicle.
The state medical examiner's office ruled that Bara-Bardo's cause of death was complications following blunt impact to the head and neck. His death was ruled a homicide.
The investigation is ongoing. Police say more arrests are expected.
15-year old Ronald Massagli of Danbury was also charged this week. Both teens also were arrested for robbery, criminal mischief, larceny, and four counts of conspiracy to commit the listed charges.
A temporary stay of deportation has been granted for a New Fairfield man who was about to board a plane for his native Guatemala. Joel Colindres was less than an hour away from self-deporting Thursday afternoon, when word came of the stay issued by the U.S. Second District Circuit Court of Appeals. The 33-year old had been told 28 days ago that he had to leave the country by August 17.
(Colindres family Facebook,)
Colindres married Connecticut native Samantha a decade ago and they've been fighting with paperwork errors since then. Joel missed a court date in 2004 in Texas because he never received the notice. ICE had his address wrong and both his first and last names were spelled wrong. The couple has two young children.
5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty called Colindres a hardworking father who pays his taxes, contributes to his community, and has no criminal record. He will now have the opportunity to make his case in court, and can remain with his wife and children while he does so.
Esty says while this reprieve is a step toward justice for the Colindres family, their experience is a perfect illustration of how broken the immigration system is.
Senator Chris Murphy says he is relieved for the Colindres family and that his office will continue to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement so that Joel can stay in Connecticut with his family. He added that targeting families like this one is an abomination.
Senator Richard Blumenthal says reason and justice have prevailed, at least temporarily so that Colindres can pursue a fair hearing.
Mayor Mark Boughton has returned to Danbury following brain surgery to remove a lemon sized benign cyst. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center published a video featuring Boughton and his surgeon, Dr. Robert Friedlander talking about the operation.
When he started suffering from exhaustion in the afternoons, Boughton sought answers. He was given variety of diagnoses ranging from needing exercise to have Lyme Disease. After he lost his vision one day for about 25 minutes, Boughton went to the Danbury Hospital Emergency Room and got an MRI, which revealed the tumor. He got four opinions and three of the four recommended Dr. Friedlander.
Friedlander says image guidance and high definition fiber tractography to target the general area. He says that demonstrated the relationship between the tumor and the important structures and the function of the brain.
Within 48 hours of surgery, Boughton was out and walking around Pittsburgh.
Boughton thanked people for their well wishes as he recovers and says he is excited to return stronger than ever. He also noted that he's still moving full steam ahead in his bid for higher office. Boughton is already planning fundraising events around the state, as early as this coming Tuesday. He plans to work a few hours a day next week before being in city hall full time after Labor Day. Boughton has two fundraisers planned during each of the next two weeks as he explores a run for statewide office.