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Wilton Board Of Education Searching For Member

In Wilton, the searching for a final member to fill out the six person Board of Education, following the retirement earlier this month of Chairwoman Deb Low. The district is now looking for a volunteer to be considered for the vacancy on the board, which acts as the governing body of the school district and the bridge between the community and the schools. Responsibilities include two monthly in-person meetings, an active membership and participation on at least one Board of Education subcommittee, and sitting in on all budget workshops and public hearings. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old and a Wilton resident.

98 Year Old Southbury Woman Files Complaint

A 98 year old woman who was banished from a Senior Center in Southbury, has filed a complaint alleging discrimination. Meanwhile, the town claims that Joyce Goodman of Southbury, repeatedly violated their conduct code. Goodman and her son, Todd Goodman, filed the complaint with the state human rights commission, alleging that her age was one factor in her being barred from the Senior Center. She also claims that she was pushed out based on a perceived disability that she says she does not have. The town’s answer to her complaint cites cognitive decline that influenced her disruptive behavior.

Check Washing Scam In Ridgefield

Police in Ridgefield are warning today, about what they say is a sharp rise in a scam known as “check washing.” It’s when checks are stolen from mailboxes and then altered, and then cashed. Police say it has been ramping up the closer we get to the holiday season. The way it works is fairly simple… Thieves swipe the checks, then erase the name of the payee and the amount, and then write in a new name… usually theirs or an alias, a new amount, and then they cash them. Ridgefield Police say they have gotten about 20 reports of this since the beginning of October. So far, no arrests.

Cat Converter Theft Arrest In Brookfield

In Brookfield, police have made an arrest in connection with their investigation into catalytic converter thefts that is now going on a year old. Brookfield detectives executed four search and seizure warrants and one arrest warrant in Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Woodbury. They say one person was taken into custody, and his vehicle was also seized and searched. Police have not yet released any names, but they say they also seized other evidence, including firearms, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The recent arrest comes after Brookfield police say they began to notice an increase in daytime catalytic converter thefts tied to other crimes in the area.

Danbury Couple Found Shot To Death

Danbury police made a grim discovery on Monday, when they showed up at a home on Clayton Road to perform a wellness check after relatives said they had not heard from the couple living there since Sunday, and found a man and a woman dead in a basement bedroom. The man and woman were found lying on the floor around 3pm Monday. Police say the two each suffered gunshot wounds to the head and both of them were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say they believe it was an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the general public. The investigation is ongoing.

Worker Injured When Cement Truck Flips

One person was hurt Monday in Danbury, when a cement mixer overturned on Crosby Street after one of its rear wheels fell through the deck of a parking garage. It happened yesterday morning around 11:45, and the truck driver, who was not in the vehicle at the time, but was standing near it, was hurt. Two other nearby workers escaped injury. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. His name has not been released and there has been no update on his condition. A crane was brought in to lift the truck out, and that took the rest of the day and into the evening to wrap up.

Gas Tax Returning… Drip By Drip

A bill was passed on Monday that will extend the gas tax holiday here in Connecticut. It also will assure that more than 150,000 Connecticut nurses, day care workers, grocery store employees, and other so-called “essential workers” will be getting a one time “hero” benefit from the state, adding up to anywhere between $100 and $1,000. The bill passed in the House yesterday, by a vote of 134 to 7. The gas-tax holiday will now remain effective through December. Beginning in the new year, it will gradually come back, at the rate of a nickel a month until it reaches the full rate of 25-cents-per-gallon on May 1st.

Local Man Credited With Life Saving Effort

An off duty White Plains, NY firefighter, who also happens to be a resident of Brookfield, is being credited with saving the life of a woman whose car burst into flames early Saturday morning. Brookfield emergency responders were called out just after 3am Saturday, for a single vehicle accident on Route 7 North near the Junction Road Overpass. Working quickly without any protective gear, Nicholas Perri Jr. was able to successfully remove the badly injured woman from where she was trapped in her vehicle as flames were entering the passenger compartment. Perri then carried the woman to EMS, who treated her and then rushed her to Danbury Hospital. Perri was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Brookfield Salaries Questioned

Some people in Brookfield are now raising some questions over how much money municipal employees are paid. Some say too much, others say not enough. The controversy comes after some recent turnover among the staff at the Town Hall, while at the same time, an executive assistant was hired at a salary of $75,000 a year. According to a review from the Brookfield finance board, there are some important departments that remain understaffed. $20,000 has been earmarked for a study of municipal employees’ salaries, but that study has yet to begin because now, some Brookfield officials say they may need to hang on to those dollars to pay rapidly rising fuel costs. At the same time, it is believed that higher salaries may actually help retain current employees and attract new ones.

Connecticut State Police Have A Busy Thanksgiving

Connecticut State police responded to more than 5,600 calls for emergency service, and almost 340 crashes… including 3 fatal crashes… over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend that began at 12:01am Wednesday, and ran through Sunday. Police say they responded to more than 1,300 of those emergency calls on Friday and Saturday alone. Troopers handed out a lot of tickets during that time frame too…. 787 to be exact. That number includes 247 speeding tickets and 36 arrests for driving under the influence. Other tickets were writtne for things such as seat belt violations, unsafe lane changes and distracted driving.

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