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  • Facing Post-12/14 Expenses, Staffing, Police Assess The ‘New Normal’

    As time passes following the December 14 Sandy Hook School massacre of 20 children and six adults, town police officials are assessing the implications of the event in terms of future police staffing and the security levels that will be required at local schools.

    They also are considering the prospect of police activity returning to normal, as adaptation to new conditions occurs.

    The Police Commission and police command staff members discussed the many ramifications of the 12/14 incident at a March 5 session.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • Local Man Charged With Sex Offenses

    After learning that police held a warrant for his arrest, William Bruno, 43, of 1 Borough Lane turned himself over to police at the police station about 1 pm on February 26 and was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and with risk of injury to a minor through illegal sexual contact, police said.

    Police said they held Bruno on $100,000 bail for arraignment on February 27 at Danbury Superior Court.

  • Leave School Protection To The Police

    To the Editor:

    As a former Newtown Police Commissioner I believe it is Newtown's responsibility to protect our residents, all our residents, whether they are in school or at the Senior Center.

    The Police Department is the best trained and where the responsibility should be. If our leaders believe that there is a real danger to our students, then school resource officers can accomplish much more than security guards: they are true professionals.

  • New Canaan Woman Awaits Arraignment in Newtown Man’s Death

    STAMFORD – The arraignment of a New Canaan woman, who has been charged in the death of a Newtown man in connection with a two-vehicle head-on motor vehicle accident on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford last April, has been continued in Stamford Superior Court.

    Alexandra E. Orteig, 19, had been scheduled for court arraignment on three charges on February 26, but that arraignment has been rescheduled to March 13, according to a court official.

  • Misleading Figures On Police Car Replacements

    To the Editor:

    From the article “Parents Want Armed Security While Officials Wait For Security Recommendations,” February 22, 2013, I am going to assume that the following note by the first selectman is a misprint (taken directly from the article):

  • Dispatcher’s Work Saves A Life

    On the evening of Friday, December 21, dispatcher Sheri Citrone, along with others, were working a 12-hour shift at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South.

    It was just one week after the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left more than two dozen people dead. The call volume at the dispatch center was high.

  • Former Newtowner Pleads Guilty In Elaborate Fraud Scheme

    NEW HAVEN — Garrett L. “Denny” Denniston, 62, formerly of the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, has waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on February 14 before US District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to one count of wire fraud stemming from his operation of a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme.

  • Has Newtown’s Budget Hard Line Shifted?

    If the Town of Newtown were to run on the currency of goodwill and compassion, the 2013-2014 budget would be easy to construct and even easier to pass. The town seems to be amassing substantial reserves in both accounts in the wake of 12/14. But when it comes to cash on the barrelhead for public services rendered, the munificence of local taxpayers has traditionally been a little more measured.

  • Police Chief Meets With Obama To Discuss Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and other law enforcement officials Monday as part of the White House’s policy to reach out to the public in the hopes it pressures Congress to approve gun control measures.