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Two arrested in separate road rage incidents on I-684

Two people have been arrested in unrelated road rage incidents on Interstate 684.  New York State police say 42-year old Luca Racanelli of Carmel threw a quarter inch socket wrench at another driver on Thursday afternoon.  The victim was struck in the face and sustained minor injuries.  He was charged with reckless endangerment and harassment.  Shortly after, Troopers say 57-year old Monica Parker of Lewisboro threw an object at a vehicle, damaging the windshield.  She was charged with criminal mischief.  Racanelli is due in court on the 23rd, Parker is due in court on Thursday.

 


Danbury man charged for alleged drug sales

A police investigation into neighbor complaints of drug sales in Danbury has landed a City man under arrest.  On Thursday, Police saw Ronald Kenneth Scott engage in a suspected drug transaction with a driver who pulled into his Irving Place driveway. 

 

Investigators were able to stop the operator when it left the immediate area, who was found to be in possession marijuana.  An infraction was issued. 

 

Search warrants were then carried out and police found several ounces of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and suspected drug proceed.  Scott was placed under arrest and held on bond.  

 

Scott was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.  He was also charged for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Two men arrested for alleged drug sales in Danbury

Two men have been arrested by Danbury Police for drug offenses.  An investigation was launched weeks ago into neighbor complains of drug sales from a Bank Street apartment, where Christopher Kevin Maloney lives. 

 

On Thursday night, search warrants were carried out and Chevalier Terrell Purvis disobeyed orders not to move and immediately began to run to the rear of the apartment.  Investigators chased Purvis into a bathroom where he became combative and actively resisted attempts to restrain him. He also tried to swallow a substantial quantity of cocaine.  In addition to seizing the drugs, investigators seized a substantial quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia. 

 

  

 

Each was placed under arrest and held on bond.

Purvis, of Waterbury, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance within 1500’ of school, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1500’ school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500’school, and interfering with a search warrant.

 

Maloney was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance within 1500’ of school, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1500’ school, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500’school.


Brookfield Police get new External Ballistic Vest Carriers

Brookfield residents will soon begin to see a new look to the uniform worn by some Brookfield Police Officers. A new External Ballistic Vest Carrier has been authorized for officers, in an effort to reduce back injuries from carrying all of their equipment on their waist belts. The external vest carrier will also allow officers to more easily remove the vest and gear when they are working inside the police station or in an emergency situation.  Not all officers will choose to wear the new external vest but for those who do, it will feature the officer's name and badge on the front, just as the uniform shirt does now.  The back panel will display the words "BROOKFIELD POLICE" for easy identification.


New Milford swears in interim Police Chief

New Milford officials have sworn in an interim Police Chief.  As Chief Shawn Boyne's contract ended this weekend, Mayor Pete Bass thanked him for his service.  Lt Jeff Covello will be Interim Chief and Sgt. Katherine Massicotte will serve as interim Lt.  Bass says he will have an update this week on the future of the Department.  He expects the interim positions to be needed for about a month.  The 46-year old Covello joined the New Milford department in 2016 after serving 22 years with state police.


Remaining bodies recovered in plane crash off Hamptons

Authorities have recovered the remaining two bodies from a small plane that crashed into the ocean waters off of Long Island, after taking off from Danbury Municipal Airport.  The Coast Guard said divers located the bodies of a woman and a man on Sunday after finding the aircraft wreckage in about 20 feet of water about a mile south of shore. Their identities have not yet been released.  The first body, identified as 41-year-old Munidat Raj Persaud, of Waterbury was found on Saturday.  The three were in a twin-engine Piper PA-34 that left Danbury Airport Saturday morning and was heading to South Carolina when it crashed.  The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.  New York State Police said as of last night, the search has ended.  But investigators are still on scene and have not cleared yet.


Congressional debate in Danbury tomorrow

A 5th Congressional District Debate is being held Tuesday night at the Portuguese Cultural Center from 7 to 8:30pm.  Doors will open at 6:30pm.  The candidates for the open seat are Democrat Jahana Hayes and Republican Manny Santos.  This will be their second debate in the district.  After answering questions posed by a panel, the candidates will take questions submitted by the audience.  The League of Women Voters will be screening the questions from the audience to avoid duplication.  The Leagues of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County and of Litchfield County, the Newstimes and the Newtown Bee are sponsoring the forum.  WLAD will be participating as well.


Annual Danbury College Fair tonight

The annual Danbury College and Vocational Fair takes place Monday at the Danbury Mall.  Over 235 two-year and four-year schools will be represented.  The Armed Services, trade schools, business schools and the job service will also be at the fair.

5,000 students and their parents are expected to visit the college and vocational fair.  Adults interested in further training are also being urged to attend.  Chairwoman Valerie DeRubertis says this is one of the largest and most successful college fairs in the country.

Students and adults can talk with school representatives about majors, costs, entrance requirements, student life, sports and scholarship information among other topics.  Students are urged to write up a short list of questions to ask admission representatives, including what the two or three most popular majors are. That can give a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors.

Freshmen and sophomores are urged to ask admission representatives what they should do to strengthen their transcripts and activities. Juniors who attend are urged to start making a list of colleges they are interested in to learn more about heading into senior year. Seniors can make another contact with a school they're interested in or find a school they weren't aware of before the fair.

DeRubertis says college fairs can be very informative but they can also be overwhelming.  Danbury High School counselors, including Spanish speaking counselors, will be on hand to help fair attendees.  She says it's easy to get caught up in the crowds and confusion, criss-crossing the room, stopping at any booth that seems popular.

The Danbury School District website shows the list of institutions attending. There are also tips on what to ask college representatives and financial aid information on the Danbury site.


Students with access to a computer can print a few sheets of self-stick address labels with contact information, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s), and any extracurricular activities of interest. The label can then be put on information cards to save time in filling out the same information at each college’s table.

The College Fair will be held on both levels of the mall from 5pm to 8:30pm.


WCSU west side buildings experiencing water discoloration

Western Connecticut State University is experiencing water discoloration and water pressure issues in the Westside campus buildings.  The issue was first reported yesterday afternoon. Facilities Operations officials say they are working with the City of Danbury Water Department on a resolution and believe the condition will be resolved within 48 hours. Anyone encountering discolored water is asked to run the tap until it comes out clear.


Vacancy on Danbury Board of Education

There is a vacancy on the Danbury Board of Education.  Republican member Richard Hawley recently resigned, creating an open seat for a member of the same party.  Danbury residents interested in applying for this vacancy should send a letter of application to the Board of Ed's office.  This term will be until the next regular election in November 2019. Residents must be at least 18 years old and a United States Citizen.  Applications will be accepted until October 25th.


State DOT pushes back completion estimate for Route 37 work

The state Department of Transportation has pushed back their competition date of emergency roadwork in the New Fairfield and Sherman area.  The DOT's latest estimate on the reopening of Route 37 is next Friday at 5pm, a week later than originally anticipated.  road repairs were needed as the result of washout conditions threatening the road’s structure and strength.  The repairs started were slated to only take two weeks, but there were rain and other delays because of the type of ledge and bedrock found by excavators.  The closure starts slightly north of the turn for Big Trail, near the Sherman town line. 


Esty works with AmeriCorp members at Macricostas Preserve

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty met with AmeriCorp members at Macricostas Preserve in the Washington/New Preston area as the team concludes it service projects.  She and the team installed garden bed frames and transplant vegetable seedlings.  They worked with the Steep Rock Association to support a range of projects, including building and installing board walks along local hiking trails and building garden bed frames, and preparing the new garden for bed installation. 

 

As part of their service, the AmeriCorps volunteers built and expanded trails, repaired and maintained structures and infrastructure, restored habitats, and engaged in community outreach in order to improve public access.  The service project is sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, an organization dedicated to increasing the pace and quality of land conservation across northwestern Connecticut.

 

More than 460 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members have served in over 90 locations throughout central and northwestern Connecticut over the last year.


Downed trees, utility lines close Route 7 in Ridgefield

Route 7 in Ridgefield is closed due to downed trees and electric lines.  A utility pole is also involved.  The road is closed between Florida Hill Road and Route 102.  High winds are reportedly responsible for the incident, which was reported at the end of the morning commute.  Traffic is being detoured around the impacted area.  More than 350 outages were reported by Eversource, but that's down to about 50 around noon.


Newtown Police to host open house of current, proposed stations

The Newtown Police Department will hold open houses tomorrow at both their current facility at 3 Main Street, and at the site of the proposed new Police station, 191 South Main Street. 

 

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says the current building is cramped, but they're not looking to add a lot of space.  He noted that Danbury built a large space and no one has regionalized dispatching.

 

Rosenthal says there are still decisions to be made about a firing range.  In order for the town to do a range, the economics have to work.  He wants to look at the cost of overtime and using another facility now compared to debt service.  Or he wants a commitment from another community that they'll pay to use a Newtown firing range. 

 

Without a range, the estimate is $14.8 million.  That figure includes the cost of buying the land.

 

The open houses at both locations tomorrow and on October 27th are from 10am to 12pm. 


Region 12 to hold info session on AgriScience academy

The Region 12 School Superintendent will host a community conversation later this month about the new Agriscience building that will open next year on the Shepaug campus.  Megan Bennett will discuss the history, status and future of Shepaug Valley School, focusing on how Agriscience will be integrated into the school's educational program and culture to enhance learning.  Community members are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas that will help school leaders, faculty and families shape the new program and form a comprehensive profile of the Shepaug graduate.  The discussion is being held on October 25th at Roxbury Town Hall at 6:30pm.


New Milford to hold Charter revision information sessions

New Milford residents will be voting on some charter revisions when they go to the polls in November.  There will be two informational session about the proposed changes.  New Milford Town Attorney Matt Grimes will host the sessions on October 17th at the John Pettibone cafeteria and 24th at Town Hall, each at 7pm. 

 

There will be time for questions after a presentation.  The New Milford charter was last revised in 2006. 

 

Several changes have been proposed this year, including to unify terms for appointed boards and commissions, with members serving four years. 

 

New Milford residents currently vote on school and municipal spending separately, one proposed change is that only the budget that fails would be revised.  More budget advisory questions and sending a failed budget to the Board of Finance instead of Town Council are also questions on the ballot.  The Board of Finance is also proposed to add members.


Inaugural New Milford RiverFest celebration this weekend

The inaugural New Milford RiverFest celebration will be held Saturday.  The Revitalization Committee hopes the event will attract more residents and visitors to the area and better tie the Housatonic River to downtown.  The festival will feature live music, local food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, environmental education and a beer and wine garden.  There will be a tour of the riverfront's new walking loop.  It takes place Saturday from noon until 9:30pm.  Committee chair Liba Furhman says admission to RiverFest is free, but they're asking for $5 donations to help offset costs.  Kimberly-Clark, Savings Bank of Danbury and Western Connecticut Health Network are sponsoring the event.


Brewster Fire Department to host open house

The Brewster Fire Department is hosting their annual Open House on Sunday October 14th from 12 to 4pm.  Residents are being invited to meet Sparky the Fire Dog, go for a fire truck ride, look at the Fire Safety (Smoke) House and learn about school bus safety.  Members of New York State Police & Putnam County Sheriff's Office will be on hand for a Safe Child ID & Car Seat safety clinic.  A vehicle rescue demonstration is scheduled for 1pm and there will be a live burn at 3:30pm.  Fire Safety Supplies will also be handed out.


Brookfield signs FEMA documents as aid request moves forward

Brookfield officials recently went to a meeting with FEMA about reimbursement for clean up and recovery from the May macroburst.  They signed all of the documents for aid and are in the process of filing claims through their new system. 

 

First Selectman Steve Dunn hopes to get that in as quickly as possible with the recent and current hurricane activity along the eastern seaboard.  Brookfield was originally told that only the top two categories of work would be reimbursed, but after the recent meeting was notified that A-G categories would be eligible.  Brookfield is submitting claims to be authenticated by FEMA at $2.8 million. 

 

Dunn cautioned that there's no guarantee of reimbursement. 

 

Meanwhile members of the Connecticut congressional delegation are looking to change the law to encourage federal disaster relief aid to homeowners for fallen trees and debris.  The lawmakers say current federal law bars Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance, and that the cost of debris removal cannot currently be included in damage assessments provided by FEMA to the president.  That makes it harder for states to qualify for needed disaster declarations and federal relief.


Suspects in car stolen from Brookfield lead Newtown Police in pursuit

Newtown Police are asking for the public's help in identifying people who led officers in a pursuit over the weekend in a car stolen from Brookfield.  Officers spotted a vehicle around 5:30pm Sunday on Route 34 near Toddy Hill Road, with a license plate that didn't match the vehicle.  The Newtown Bee reports that police tried to stop the driver, but they engaged police in a chase.  The white 2018 Nissan Altima had 3 or 4 occupants and was later located abandoned on Sugarloaf Road.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Newtown Police at 203-426-5841.


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