• More Arrests In Drug Trafficking Probe

    With the arrests of three more men on June 4, a drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by a former Newtown police sergeant has grown to 11 men, who are now under federal indictment on various drug charges. Also, new court documents expand the period during which former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci and a former Newtown civilian emergency services dispatcher Jason Chickos were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, increasing it from four years to six years. The drug ring was allegedly engaged in illegal anabolic steroid distribution. Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned a “superseding indictment” charging a total of 11 men. Santucci and Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. That offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

  • Selectmen Updated On Permanent Memorial Commission

    Shortly after posting new information on the town’s municipal website tracking survey responses, the chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission visited with local selectmen to update the commission’s progress toward possibly establishing one or more memorials in recognition of the lives lost on 12/14. Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy circulated a short report and survey responses.

  • Mad Dash Final Registration, Start Times Announced

    Newtown Parks & Recreation, which is co-presenting the 2015 Mad Dash Adventure with NYA Sports & Fitness, announced on June 11 the open registration times and start times for those participating in this year’s event. The fourth annual Mad Dash will take place Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, June 12.

  • Police Panel Appoints Itself As Search Committee For New Chief

    The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.

  • Police Reports, May 30-June 6, 2015

  • Fire Reports, June 5-10, 2015

  • Hawley Parents Voice Concerns And ‘SOS’ Message To Superintendent

    Within a week of a Facility and Enrollment Study Committee report presentation, the Hawley Elementary School community delivered a sharp response to the idea of closing the school.Parents and other community members gathered in the school’s gymnasium on Monday, June 8, for the first SOS meeting, a campaign endorsed by the school’s PTA, to “Save Our Schools.”The following evening, Tuesday, June 9, school advocates gathered again at Hawley to hear from and share concerns with the school superintendent and members of the Board of Education.The SOS campaign received unanimous support at the group’s Monday launch meeting, which included more than 100 school staff, parents, and Hawley School PTA members. The event introduced the initiative.The idea of seeing Hawley shut down due to declining enrollment has sparked a growing concern.

  • Llodra, Rodgers Seeking Reelection This November

    Newtown’s Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra, and her GOP running mate, Selectman Will Rodgers told The Bee June 10 that they would both be seeking reelection in November. In a prepared statement, Mrs Llodra looked back on the day she first took office as the community’s top elected leader nearly six years ago, following a successful tenure on the Legislative Council. “I knew on that first day that to serve as Newtown’s leader is an honor that must be earned and re-earned every single day,” she said – “earned through hard work, dedication to all tasks, whether small or large, commitment to people over politics, and genuine understanding of how governing is a subtle and careful mixture of leading and listening.”

  • Three Adults Safe After Boat Capsizes On Lake Lillinonah Monday Night

    Police report that three adults from Norwalk, who were traveling on the Lake Lillinonah section of the Housatonic River in a small boat at about 8:30 pm on Monday, June 8, fell into the cold water when their boat capsized. All three people — two men and a woman — made it to shore after the incident, but it was several hours before they were found by first responders and then transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention, police said. One of the men and the woman were found by a passing patrol officer around 1:35 Wednesday morning. The two had apparently wandered throug the woods for about five hours in seeking help. The second man was found by Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue team members around 2:40 am, about one mile downriver from the boat launch.

  • Newtown Invited To Support Cancer Survivors, Caregivers At Saturday’s Relay For Life

    In the weeks leading up to this Saturday’s nine-hour Relay for Life, community members and teams that will take the field at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium have been busy raising funds and attention about this significant, community-wide celebration of cancer survivors, caregivers, and the many friends, neighbors and family members who have lost the fight. There were raffles, car washes, beer and wine tastings, flocks of pink flamingos, last weekend’s “Power of Purple” arts festival, and dozens of other lead-up activities all aimed at making this year’s Relay for Life a huge success. Now 11 years strong, the local American Cancer Society fund and awareness-raising, non-sporting / non-competitive event has already raised more than $2.5 million. The June 13 relay opens at 3 pm and ends at midnight.