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  • State Review Panel Wants To Know More About Mental State Of 12/14 Perpetrator

    Members of Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission said on December 20 they need more detailed information about the killer’s mental state. Members also want to know his access to treatment before they can make any substantial recommendations concerning mental health policy. Dr Harold Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, said he was distressed by the amount of information on 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s mental health issues that was not included in the investigative report into the massacre, released last month by Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III. The commission is hoping to gain access to additional documents, and would also like to meet with the killer's father.

  • Police Reports | December 1-18, 2013

  • National Vigil Draws People Nationwide In Honoring Gun Violence Victims

    Four days after the December 12 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims in Washington, DC, conducted in remembrance of all lost to or affected by gun violence, Newtown Foundation spokesperson Dave Ackert was still emotionally moved by the event.Two buses sponsored by the Newtown Foundation had left from Newtown early Wednesday morning, December 11, carrying 90 people. Two buses sponsored by the Newtown Foundation left from Newtown early Wednesday morning, December 11, carrying 90 people. An additional bus followed, populated by clergy from Newtown and Hartford. More than 100 other people from across the nation met up with the Newtown area contingent that afternoon, and two days of volunteerism and acts of kindness began. The actions preceded a late afternoon vigil held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on Thursday.

  • In 12/14 PTSD Case, Police Chief Withdraws Job Termination Recommendation

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a brief December 5 letter to Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico, Chief Kehoe wrote that he is withdrawing his previous recommendation that Officer Bean be terminated. In the letter, the police chief did not explain his reason for withdrawing the termination recommendation. Police Commission members endorsed the police chief’s letter at a December 17 session, Mr Mangiafico said.

  • Legislative Council Unanimously Rejects Eminent Domain Option For Riverside Road Property

    As childhood friends, Riverside Road resident Susan Oberstadt and her future husband, George, used to play in the cow fields that were eventually developed to build Sandy Hook School. She became one of the first students to attend that new school back in the 1950s. Ms Oberstadt never dreamed that six decades later she would be sitting in a packed town council meeting fighting to keep her homestead from being taken by eminent domain so the town could enhance the development of a new Sandy Hook School. But after hearing some impassioned pleas from neighbors, some the Oberstadt family never met, as well as a lengthy testimonial from the long-time property owner herself at a December 18 meeting, the Legislative Council unanimously rejected the notion of taking the property.

  • ‘A Young Israeli Speaks Out,’ December 29 At Adath Israel

    Congregation Adath Israel and The Jewish Federation will present “A Young Israeli Speaks Out,” a talk by Nadav Weijel, on Sunday, December 29, at 2 pm, at Adath Israel Mr Weijel was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces for three years, including time patrolling the West Bank. In his 60-minute program, he will offer his views on the Israeli mentality, the challenges of being a soldier, and Israeli perspectives.

  • Heath Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing His Wife

    A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old. A jury convicted Heath in October of beat his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

  • Foundation Seeks Feedback On Needs, Barriers To Receiving Assistance

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is seeking residents’ input through an anonymous online survey about how to go about distributing the remaining approximately $4.3 million, which has been set aside to support unmet needs in the community in both the short and long term. Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Barahona, LCSW, told The Bee December 18 that in the first 24 hours the survey has been available to residents, more than 1,000 have already responded. But she is hoping for a much more significant representation from the community before closing out the survey in a few weeks.

  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Meet Friday

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, December 20, at 10 am, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The commission is expected to receive a presentation from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association regarding the response of law enforcement to Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. Following the presentation, the commission members will discuss the State’s Attorney’s report on the tragedy.

  • Newtown Public Schools Delayed Two Hours Wednesday

    Due to the weather, all Newtown Public Schools will be running on a two hour delay on Wednesday, December 18.