There were reports yesterday of a woman throwing a baby into the Still River in Danbury, which turned out to be unfounded. A woman called 911 yesterday morning to report seeing someone throw a blanket off the White Street bridge the day before, prior to the heavy rain storms. Police and firefighters searched the Still River area downtown, but didn't find any evidence an infant. They did however find a blanket that matched the witness description. A thermal sensing camera mounted to a drone was also used in the search. Searchers looked between the reported site and the rail yard.
Over 90 municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Connecticut executed a “Statewide Warrant Sweep Operation.” Danbury Police helped in the operation. State Police developed intelligence packages were distributed and the operation started pre-dawn yesterday. The targets were all wanted on outstanding felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants.
The Danbury Police Department served 17 warrants, one of which resulted in the arrest of a suspect involved in a very large illegal marijuana operation. 29-year old Thomas Pryce was held on $150,000 bond. Pryce was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory.
About 9 pounds of raw marijuana, more than two pounds of marijuana oil, tens of manufactured marijuana cigarettes, tens of disposable vape type pens containing marijuana, hundreds of empty disposable vape type pens and more than $17,000 was seized.
About 285 arrest warrants were served statewide.
Ali Wakeman,24, of Danbury, Keith Brandon,37, of Danbury, Daniel Pannell,32, of New Fairfield, Donna Walker,53, of Danbury
Freddi Almonte,46, of Danbury, Ian Picerno,36, of New Haven, Juan Duque-Pauta, 65, of Danbury, Patrick Brusca, 49, of Danbury
Julio Bispo, 24, of Danbury, Peter Ward, 52, of Danbury, Ricardo Castenda, 18, of Danbury, Robert Morehouse, 63, of Danbury
Roman Cruz, 30, of Danbury, Tanya Chambers, 35 of Danbury, Tracey Bricker, 45, of Bethel, Thomas Pryce, 29, Danbury
A committee of the Danbury City Council is recommending Danbury modify a lease with The Danbury Music Centre. The organization wants to take over the rest of the old Danbury Library building on Main Street. The organization is looking to expand its office and rehearsal space, beyond the Marian Anderson Recital Hall.
The Danbury Social Services Department used to occupy part of the first floor of the building, and a portion of that space will house the Cultural Commission. The Commission would be able to hold their monthly meetings in the building, in a space to be designated by the Music Centre.
The Danbury Music Centre's long-term, $1 per year lease, runs through 2024. The part of the lease dealing with the second floor of the building was signed in 2014. If the Council approves the committee's recommendation, the end date of the lease would not change.
Brookfield's insurance company will pay for lights at the high school football field damaged by the May 15th macroburst. One pole was broken and another is failing. But since they are currently wooden poles, that is what the company will pay for when it comes to replacements. The old poles are about 40 feet high.
Brookfield officials have been talking about putting in modern metal poles. They would be 80 feet high, will last longer and have better light disbursement because the lights can be aimed at different points. One of the current wooden poles is located right by the press box, preventing ADA compliance upgrades.
Brookfield officials have decided to allocate $75,000 to replace all four poles. The insurance company will pay $361,000, so First Selectman Steve Dunn says the town will basically be getting a $435,000 light system at a fraction of the cost because of the insurance reimbursement.
Dunn says it will take 10 to 12 weeks to install the poles, noting that right now there are lacrosse, soccer and football games that can't be played at night.
A Ridgefield High School student has been selected by a foundation created by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for its inaugural Courage Fellowship. Lane Murdock helped organized the National School Walkout.
The 28 student leaders will travel to Washington DC next week, for a three-day team building and organizing workshop meeting. The program, launched this year, gives students the resources and opportunities to continue their efforts to improve gun safety laws where they live.
Currently, Murdock works on amplifying young voices who advocate for gun violence prevention.
Courage Fellows will take part in a number of activities where they’ll be provided the opportunity to network, learn from one another and expand their knowledge of gun policy. They’ll also be challenged to create an end of the year “Take-Action project.”
The New Fairfield Board of Selectmen has discussed the potential sale of the small town-owned municipal water system to Aquarion. First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says the system provides water to six commercial customers in addition to Town buildings. The sale has been discussed for the past several years. Del Monaco says the town doesn't have the infrastructure or staffing to continue to operate the system. She says the equipment is aging and presents a liability for New Fairfield, as the municipality is responsible for providing potable water to all customers in the event of a system failure. Such failure could include an extended power outage or water main break. Two water systems in New Fairfield are currently owned by Aquarion. Prior to any sale, there will be opportunity for public comment at a Public Hearing. A date will then be set for a Town meeting to vote on approval of the sale.
A car crashed into a utility pole in Newtown yesterday morning. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company Chief Halstead says the driver blacked out while driving in the area of Wasserman Way at the Exit 11 ramps. The driver hit a pole in front of the commuter lot shortly after 8am, hard enough that it was severely damaged near its base. The male driver was able to self-extricate from his vehicle, and declined transport to the hospital. Three transformers were mounted to the pole so an Eversource crew was called to the scene. The vehicle sustained significant front end damage as a result of the crash.
According to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has returned about $350,000 in donations to individuals and PACs, but still has more than a million dollars in the account. Esty opted not to run for reelection amid a controversy over her handling of a sexual assault complaint involving her former Chief of Staff. Contributions earmarked for the November election must be returned while money left from previous campaigns or undesignated doesn't have to be. The money can be used to wind down campaign operations or donated to other candidates, but can't be spent on personal use.
The Easton Police Department is putting out some safety information for residents as more people are home during summer months.
Police say so-called distraction burglary occurs when a bogus visitor tells lies to con their way into a home, or creates a diversion so an accomplice can sneak in a back door or window. Police recommend never opening the door to strangers, and not to hesitate checking with police if it's someone you don't recognize. Demand and verify identification of utility company associates, poll takers and sales people.
Police suggest having window casement locks or a locking pin to keep windows “cracked” only a bit. Air conditioners should be secured to the window sill and ladders should not be left outside.
If you're going to be away for a few days, police suggest arranging mail pick up.
Danbury-based FuelCell Energy plans to increase annual production to 55 megawatts from the current 25 megawatts run-rate. The company will also add over 100 manufacturing jobs at its Torrington facility to support the 120-percent increase in production rate. CEO Chip Bottone says they have seen a steadily building momentum commercially, and DEEP awarded FuelCell two projects for 22.2 megawatts. The company has approximately 85 megawatts of new projects slated for production over the next 18 months. The products being manufactured and delivered today have electrical efficiencies of up to 60-percent and a cell life of seven years. Deployments range in size from 1.4 megawatt university and hospital campus installations to a 60 megawatt utility scale fuel cell park.
Yesterday's storms knocked out power to some in the Greater Danbury area.
Traffic lights in certain areas were not functioning after the storm, including the intersection at the exit 5 ramps in Danbury. Stop signs have been placed at North Main Street and Golden Hill. In Brookfield the state Department of Transportation made quick work of an outage to traffic lights at the intersection of Candlewood Lake Road, Federal Road and White Turkey Extension.
West Conn summer classes on the Westside campus had to be canceled after 5pm because of a power outage.
A motorcycle that blew past a stop sign, and a stopped car, at the Danbury rest area was stopped and found with dangerous weapons. A State Police Trooper saw 48-year old Anthony Memoli make the traffic violation Saturday as the motorcyclist was headed onto I-84 eastbound.
The Kingston, New York man cut across all lanes of travel and allegedly started speeding in the left lane. He was stopped just before exit 3. Troopers located two sets of brass knuckles and a blackjack club-like weapon.
Memoli was charged with three counts of carrying a dangerous weapon and issued an infraction for a motor vehicle violation. He is due in court on August 3rd.
The Kent Conservation Commission is working to raise awareness about a natural gas-fired electric generation facility just over the state line in Dover Plains, New York, which is slated to come online in 2020. The Commission called the 1,100 megawatt facility a toxic neighbor that will negatively impact air quality. Cricket Valley Energy Center will have three 282-foot high smoke stacks, which will emit spent gases. While an improvement over older coal-fired electricity, the Commission says it is still fossil-fuel based.
The Kent Conservation Commission is working with officials from Sherman, Gaylordsville, Sharon, Washington, Cornwall and Warren to call on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health to provide oversight. Neither agency filed briefs with New York State during the application process, which started in 2009.
The group says the 8 current air quality monitors in Connecticut aren't close enough and the monitors at the base of the smokestacks won't account for wind drift to accurately show ground level measurements in Kent.
The Commission is looking into a legal basis to require changes in Cricket Valley's operation, including more advanced scrubbing technologies, temporary shutdowns during smog alerts, and other protective measures.
Two Waterbury men have been arrested following Southbury and Roxbury burglary and larceny investigations. 20-year olds Malachi Johnson and Kayson Langhorn were charged and arraigned yesterday. Troopers responded to a Roxbury home on Sunday on a report of two men rummaging through a parked car. The suspects fled, but were later located and detained.
Troopers found burglary tools, numerous credit cards, small electronics, fishing gear, driver’s licenses and women’s pocketbooks in the possession of the suspects.
Johnson was charged with six counts of Burglary, four counts of Larceny and five counts of Illegal Possession of a Credit Card. Langhorn was charged with six counts of Burglary, five counts of Larceny and two counts of Illegal Possession of a Credit Card.
Each man was arraigned on Monday and ordered to appear back in court on Friday. Both remain held on bond.
Ventura Law is representing a number of cities against the manufacturers of opioids, but is expanding it's support in the fight against the epidemic. The law firm is donating $20,000 to the Western Connecticut Health Network for the purchase of Naloxone. The funding will be able to buy 270 Narcan kits.
The opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan is a life-saving drug which can combat the effects of opioids on the brain and revive a person.
Ventura Law CEO Augi Ribeiro says the firm is dedicated to helping fight this crisis, and aiding the medical facilities in the local communities.
10 people have been arrested in Connecticut as part of a federal drug investigation. Waterbury Police officials say the men arrested Tuesday morning range in age from 20 to 45, and all except two are from Waterbury. Among those arrested was Thomas Moruzin of New Fairfield and Alexander Calderon of Oakville. The 10 men were each charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base. The U.S. Attorney's office says Waterbury police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all participated in the seven-month investigation into the alleged drug ring. The men each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
The New Fairfield Board of Selectmen recently voted to extend the town debris collection to private roads. Selectman Kim Hanson said in a comment on the town's Facebook page that he voted in favor of the public road collection after being promised the private road debris collection would be put out to bid. He says by not getting competing prices, town is paying $18.50 per cubic chipped yard. He notes that in the last storm where New Fairfield picked up debris and received FEMA reimbursement, the town paid $10.37 per cubic chipped yard. Debris from private roads will be collected separately from debris on Town roads to ensure that if FEMA funds become available, work on Town roads remains eligible for reimbursement.
Two Waterbury men have been arrested following Southbury and Roxbury burglary and larceny investigations. 20-year olds Malachi Johnson and Kayson Langhorn were charged yesterday and arraigned. Troopers responded to a Roxbury home on Sunday on a report of two men rummaging through a parked car. The suspects fled, but were later located and detained.
Nearly two dozen drunk drivers were removed from the roadways in the Putnam County area this past weekend, including one who hit a police cruiser. 60-year old John Woytowicz of Greenwich was on I-84 in Southeast when he hit the cruiser, which had its emergency lights active conducting an unrelated traffic stop on the shoulder of the road.
Also among the 23 people arrested was 42-year old Jason Hahnen of New Jersey. He was pulled over for questioning about a domestic dispute at a residence on Harmon Road in Patterson on Friday. Troopers determined that he was intoxicated. Hahnen was charged for DWI with a previous conviction, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
39-year old Nugra Guzman of Danbury was charged under Leandra's Law for being intoxicated and behind the wheel while children were in the vehicle. He was pulled over on 684 in North Salem on Sunday. On Friday, 42-year old Wilson Supliguicha of Danbury was pulled over on 684 in Bedford. He was also charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation.
There have been a number of vehicle break-ins in New Milford. Police responded to the areas of Jotham Road, Crest Lane, Ridge Crest Drive and Meadowood Drive on Sunday to investigate the reports. Police are asking that anyone who sees something suspicious to report it. Residents are also reminded to lock vehicles and take out valuable items.