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A woman who was seriously injured in a boating accident yesterday on Candlewood Lake has succumbed to her injuries.  State EnCon Police say 38-year old Wanda Tirado of Waterbury was pulled from the water in New Fairfield by a Good Samaritan vessel. 

 

As Police investigated, a boat that left the scene was identified.  65-year old Gary Morrone of Oakville was charged with reckless operation, failure to help a collision victim and failure to notify law enforcement of injury. 

 

Tirado was a swimmer from the involved vessel.  Morrone was released on $10,000 bond for a court appearance on July 3rd.

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FEMA inspectors spent five hours in New Fairfield last week assessing damage from the May 15th macroburst.  One team looked at destruction of private property while another looked at town property. 
 
As part of the assessment, FEMA measured and photographed the brush piles at the New Fairfield Drop Off Center.  The material can now be chipped and disposed of.  As soon as the current piles are removed, the Drop Center will resume accepting brush, at no charge, until curbside pick up begins.  
 
New Fairfield has prepared a request for proposals for that brush removal, in accordance with FEMA guidelines.  The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting yesterday afternoon to select a debris management company and recommended an expenditure to the Board of Finance for the removal of storm debris.  A Town Meeting will be held on the 28th to approve funds. 
 
The regional FEMA office will compile damage assessment information and forward it to Washington for consideration as part of the Federal Disaster Declaration anticipated for the area.  Such a Declaration would include both the type and amount of aid available. 

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New Milford continues debris pickup from the May 15th storm, but Mayor Pete Bass is asking that residents not dump brush at the Century Brass property.  Century Brass is the staging area for the Public Works Department to bring debris from department work on storm clean up.  The site is being monitored by FEMA.  Bass says in order for reimbursement, records must be kept tracking the source of brush so it can be certified as actual storm debris.

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A New York woman is due in a Connecticut court room next week on charges that include driving under the influence and interfering with an officer.  The Goddard School in Wilton believed that 41-year old Jolene Matthews was intoxicated when she came to pick up her 4-year old on June 13th. 
 
Matthews reportedly drove off when school officials called police and led officers in a brief pursuit.  When she was stopped, Matthews allegedly refused to get out of the car, forcing officers to break the window in order to turn off the vehicle.  Police say a coffee cup filled with wine and a plastic bag that previously held wine was located in the car. 
 
The Monroe, New York woman refused to do field sobriety tests and then later to take a breath test.  Matthews was also charged with operating an unregistered vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt. She was released on a promise to appear in court June 25th. 
 
The girl was picked up by her father.

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A woman was seriously injured in a boating accident yesterday on Candlewood Lake.  State EnCon Police responded to New Fairfield to help search for a missing person.  A woman was rescued from the water by a Good Samaritan vessel and transported to Danbury Hospital.  As Police investigated, a boat that left the scene was identified.  65-year old Gary Morrone of Oakville was charged with reckless operation, failure to help a collision victim and failure to notify law enforcement of injury.  Morrone was released on $10,000 bond for a court appearance on July 3rd.

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A former Danbury man has pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the United States.  40-year old Enrique Fajardo Marin is a native of Ecuador.  He was convicted in 2011 of illegal sexual contact with a minor and sentenced to a decade in prison.  He was released from state custody in February 2016 and deported.  Fajardo was arrested last year in Massachusetts for illegally reentering the U-S after it was determined that he had been living in Danbury since December 2016.  He also failed to register as a sex offender, as required.  Fajardo has been detained for about a year and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.  He faces up to 10 years in prison for the illegal reentry charge.

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Two Danbury men are facing drug related charges after a several week long investigation into suspected drug sales.  Neighbor complaints led to the investigation into 37-year old Mean Samrith's activity, which police say was consistent with drug trafficking.   
 
Police carried out a search warrant last night after Samrith reportedly sold crack cocaine to Savuth Luch at his Woodside Avenue home.  Samrith was found in possession of crack, powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia. 
 
  
(Samrith, Luch)
 
Samrith was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, possession with 1,500 feet of a protected place, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a protected place, sale of crack cocaine, sale of controlled substance within 1500’ protected place, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia within 1500’ protected place.
 
He was also charged with three counts of risk of injury to a child and held on $50,000 bond. 
 
Luch was charged with two possession counts and released on a written promise to appear in court.  

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It took three votes, but New Milford residents have approved a budget for the coming fiscal year.  There was about 18-percent turn out yesterday.  Some 1,700 residents voted in favor of the spending plan compared to about 1,200 votes cast in opposition.  The $39-million for New Milford and $63-million for the schools will result in a 3.3 percent tax rate increase.  The Town Council originally kept school funding level in the second plan, but finally cut $300,000 from the proposal.

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The repaving of Route 6 in Carmel from Reed Memorial Library to Route 312 is complete. The $1.8 million project, which took less than three weeks to complete, was done mostly in the overnights to keep the Carmel business corridor open.  The five-mile project area is one of the most heavily traveled in Putnam County by commuters, school buses, and local businesses.  The repairing and resurfacing of Route 6, from the Putnam Trailway hub to the intersection of Route 301 in Carmel, is expected to begin in the late summer or early fall.  A majority of the work on the $1.7 million project will be done during the overnight hours as well.

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The Danbury Planning Commission is considering a gas station and convenience store for a long vacant building.  Representatives from Cumberland Farms made a presentation to the Commission last week for the 106 Federal Road property.  A special exception is needed.  The facility is expected to generate over 500 vehicle trips per day.
 
The space previously house Bennigan's Grill and Tavern, but that was more than a decade ago.  The building would be demolished to clear the way for a 5,300-square-foot convenience store, two 20,000-gallon underground gas storage tanks and six double-sided gas pumps.  Planning Department officials clarified that it's technically a grocery store because of its size, but is being referred to as a convenience store.
 
The current structure at the site is connected to a Quality Inn hotel.  That connector would be removed and replaced with landscaping.  The proposal calls for extending the sidewalk from the hotel across the gas station property to the wetlands.
 
The intersection with International Drive would be turned into a four-way traffic signal, with the driveway realigned.  The commission will take up the application June 20th.  

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An informational meeting is being held in Brookfield tonight about the next phase of the Town Center/Four Corners revitalization project.  The streetscaping project will connect the Still River Greenway to the southern end of the first phase.  Sidewalks, a bike path, lighting and other features will be added.  Two thirds of the cost is being paid for with a federal grant and the town is required to pay 450-thousand dollars.  The informational meeting is at 7pm in Brookfield Town Hall.

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The Danbury City Council has advanced a new ordinance that would give an abatement on personal property taxes on information technology.  The ordinance would abate 50-percent of the taxes for a qualified data center.  
 
City Councilman Paul Rotello wanted the ordinance modified to clarify that the legislative body would have final approval on incentives.  The City's Tax Assessor said they would have that approval. 
 
The City Council will vote on the proposal at their meeting in July.

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There was a brush fire in Redding yesterday afternoon.  The West Redding Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of John Read Middle School around 2:30pm. Arriving firefighters saw smoke in the wooded area. Mutual aid was requested from Redding Fire & EMS, Georgetown, Bethel and Stony Hill firefighters.  An area approximately 50-square feet was burning. Yesterday's forest fire danger level was high, which means even people with burn permits were not allowed to burn brush on their properties.  Today's danger level is moderate.

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In recognition of Flag Day, Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky coordinated a worn Flag drop-off event.  The flags were collected at VFW Post 308 and will be disposed of in an appropriate military ceremony.  Bolinsky says the VFW makes a flag drop-off box accessible year round at their facility on Tinkerfield Road in Newtown.

 

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Danbury Police are continuing to raise money for kids battling cancer and other serious illnesses to be able to attend The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  During an event earlier this month, team members completed over 10,000 push ups in one hour, raising a pledged $2,500.  Danbury Police say there's still time for people to donate, to help then reach their $5,000 fundraising goal.  In total, this year's Push Against Cancer event raised nearly $150,000.

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A bill providing incentives for firearm manufacturers and consumers to develop and purchase so-called smart gun technology has been introduced by 4th District Congressman Jim Himes.  He says the technology includes biometric or fingerprint locks and radio-frequency identification.  The Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology Act or SAFETY Act, provides incentives in the form of research and development tax credits.  

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A community improvement and neighborhood restoration project is moving forward in Danbury.  Emergency stabilization work on the Octagon House started this month.  Planning Director Sharon Calitro says the exterior work involves replacing some of the balconies.  It's being done so they don't lose the building.
 
The vacant Spring Street house was abandoned by its previous owner and in foreclosure.  The blighted property attracted vandalism and squatting.  It was also dilapidated, creating public safety concerns.  The City purchased it a few years ago.
 
The building is one of only a handful of eight-sided houses left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1852.  
 
Mayor Mark Boughton wants to house the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team and a police substation on the property. He says the bike patrol and other related officers would likely operate out of the substation. He wants to convert the upstairs into a community room for residents to use. The backyard would become community garden monitored by a non-profit.

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A New York man has been arrested for allegedly touching a child in a Southeast store.  State Police received a complaint on May 26th of an unidentified man pinching a child's buttock and asking the victim to follow him while in Marshalls.  An investigation led to 43-year old Jaroslav Kiskas of Southeast.  He was charged Friday with forcible touching and released for an appearance in Southeast Town Court next week.

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With the first extremely hot day in the books this summer, the Putnam County Sheriff's office is offering a seasonal reminder.  It’s estimated that hundreds of cats and dogs die each year from being left in hot cars, while even more become seriously ill.  Sheriff Robert Langley says some of the common responses they've heard when grieving pet owners return to find their cat or dog has died of heat stroke include that 'they cracked a window', 'it was just a few minutes' and 'it wasn't that hot' among others.  

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Bethel Police believe suspects who stole a car on Fathers Day, have been committing similar crimes in other towns.  Bethel Police say the same suspects may have been involved in the theft of motor vehicles from Clinton, Connecticut.  They were caught on surveillance video by police in the shoreline town.  The suspects led officers in a pursuit Monday that was ultimately called off.  Bethel Police say the same group may have also been responsible for thefts from cars in town over the weekend.

 

  

 

  

(Photos: Clinton Police)

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