Police report they observed motorist Andrew Bolmer, 27, of 31 Swamp Road driving a vehicle erratically in Dodgingtown at about 10:40 pm on October 17, after which they stopped him on Hattertown Road, near Dodgingtown Road, to investigate.
Police said they charged Bolmer with driving under the influence. Bolmer posted $500 bail and is scheduled for a November 3 arraignment in Danbury Superior Court, police said. Read more about recent police activity in this week's report.
In an effort to learn more about what issues are on the minds of Newtown residents, and to share information about personal goals and ideas, Newtown's Democratic Town Committee is hosting a pair of events this week.
The school district announced on Monday, October 19, that its next scheduled community forum is set for Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
The one-hour discussion will focus on present practice pertaining to safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.
The design of the evening is interactive, with those in attendance expected to partner with administration to discuss the topics.
Winter is coming, and many “snowbirds” who volunteer all over Newtown are heading south. Newtown Meals On Wheels is one local organization that is experiencing a fall off in the number of drivers available to deliver meals to the housebound in Newtown/Sandy Hook.
All the candidates on the local ballot in the 2015 local elections in Newtown have been surveyed on their priorities and views on local issues. Click on the name to view more information about the candidate. Then selected the "Individual Responses" tab for the best reading format.
A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher pleaded guilty on Monday, October 19, in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. In court, Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Chickos has been free on bond since his arrest late last April. In pleading guilty, Mr Chickos admitted that he purchased anabolic steroids from another member of the conspiracy and distributed them to others. At the time, Mr Chickos was a civilian dispatcher for Newtown police, fire, and ambulance services. Federal authorities allege that former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci, 39, of Waterbury headed a 12-man drug ring which included Mr Chickos.
Normally, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members race out of their headquarters responding to emergency calls. But on November 14, volunteers and partners from Hiram Lodge No. 18 in Sandy Hook will be joining Mason and NVAC member Chris Capozza inviting local families with young children to race into the ambulance headquarters at 6 Washington Square for a program that can make a critical difference if a child goes missing. Mr Capozza is organizing an event centered around providing local parents a free CTCHIP “Purple Pack.” It will run from 10 am to 4 pm. CTCHIP, or Connecticut CHild Identification Program, is a comprehensive child identification tool designed to give families a measure of protection in the event of a missing child.
The Legislative Council will conduct a public hearing for the proposed charter changes on Wednesday, October 21. The meeting will begin at 7 pm, in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center. At its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, the council heard a synopsis of changes to the charter — the document by which the town governs itself — from Charter Revision Commission Chair Jeff Capeci. The Charter Revision Commission has been working since June 2014. Mr Capeci said the commission tried to make the charter more readable, user friendly, and accurate.
Newtown taxpayers and residents have until noon on Monday, October 19, to submit questions they may have for candidates running for the Board of Finance this coming Election Day. Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.