• The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast From June 7

    This is The Newtown Bee's Buzzcast for the edition dated June 7, 2013. The Buzzcast is a podcast roundup of top news from each edition of The Newtown Bee. Tune in weekly.

  • Police Dog Baro Retires; New Dog Sought

    Town police said this week that Baro, their nearly 10-year-old German shepherd, has been retired from law enforcement service due to health concerns. After examination and consultation with veterinarians at Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS), Newtown Police on June 5 announced the canine's retirement, effective immediately. Baro will now live with his handler, Officer Felicia Figol, and the department will continue researching for a new police K-9.

  • Fire Reports May 30 - June 5, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgi...

  • New York City Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud in 12/14 Scam

    BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.Nouel Alba, 37, of The Bronx, pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel, according to a June 6 joint statement from Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the FBI.Alba pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, and also to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. Alba is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford on August 29. She has been free on $50,000 bail since her arrest last December 27.

  • $362K Transfers Cover Emergency Repairs, Storm Cleanup Shortfall, Wear And Tear

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs. Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.

  • Police Reports May 24 - June 4

    Botsford Bridge Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housaton...

  • On The Last Day, Lawmakers Deliver A Final Gesture To The Families Of Newtown

    The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them. In the first hours of the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.

  • Bolinsky, Llodra Praise 12/14-Inspired Privacy Legislation

    Newtown State Rep Mitch Bolinsky and First Selectman Pat Llodra were among officials to issue responses upon the passage of Senate Bill 1149, An Act Making Technical Changes to the Statutes Concerning Public Records. The new law will impose protections and limitations regarding the release of certain crime scene evidence from the Sandy Hook School shootings on 12/14 and homicide investigations statewide.According to a Connecticut Mirror report, in the first hours of June 5, the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.The Senate passed the bill, 33 to 2. The House quickly followed with a vote of 130 to 2.

  • Llodra: Town Will Receive $50M Bond For SHS Replacement

    First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since the tragic shootings of 12/14. She said the town was in line to receive funding “not to exceed $50 million.” “This is not a typical school construction bond but a special bonding provision,” she told The Bee. “And while the proposal is for $50 million, we will try to not have to use all those resources.”

  • New Poll Finds Strong Support For Restricting Release Of 12/14 Crime Scene Information

    A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research two days ago finds that an overwhelming majority of voters surveyed oppose the release of graphic photos and audio from emergency calls related to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook School to the public. Meanwhile, eight families who lost children or loved ones on 12/14 are making a final plea to Connecticut lawmakers through an online petition that has collected more than 78,500 signatures since June 1.