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New Danbury Officers

On Tuesday, Mayor Dean Esposito appointed nine new Certified Police Officers to the Danbury Police Department… bringing nearly 30 years of experience with them, and bringing the department’s strength to 142 officers. The City is also actively looking to hire additional certified and entry-level officers in the coming weeks with the goal of meeting the department’s authorized capacity of 160 sworn officers. The Mayor said the new additions already have experience working in larger, diverse environments, and he believes that they will fit in well with the current officers and supervisors in the Danbury Police Department.


Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations

The American Red Cross asks donors to set aside a time to give blood or platelets for patients waiting for care over the holidays. They say it’s important for donors to give now to ensure hospitals have the blood they need through the end of the year. As a thank-you, all who give blood through December 15th will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Those who come to give December 16th through January 2nd will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. For a constantly updated list of donation opportunities near you, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.


Danbury Festival Of Lights A Success

CityCenter Danbury announced Wednesday, that the annual “Light the Lights Winter Festival” held last Sunday was a great success. More than 1,000 children and their family members gathered on the Green to enjoy a festive event celebrating the holiday with a wide variety of vendors, live performances, and many holiday decorations. With the enthusiastic and generous support from local businesses, organizations and individuals, the event helped kick off the holiday spirit in Downtown Danbury. Mayor Dean Esposito said he looks forward to continuing the tradition for years to come.


Missing Newtown Man Found Dead In New York

A man who was reported missing here in Connecticut more than 9 years ago has been found…. DEAD… in New York State, where police say he had been living under an assumed name for years. Robert Hoagland was found dead in a home in Rock Hill, New York… that’s in Sullivan County. Investigators with the sheriff’s office there say Hoagland had been living in Sullivan County since around November 2013. They say he was using the name Richard King. He was last seen on July 28, 2013 at a gas station in Newtown. Police say his roommate called 911 Monday afternoon, saying the man was experiencing a medical emergency. That roommate only knew Hoagland as Richard King, and they say there were no signs of foul play.


Will Sandy Hook Families Ever See Any Money From Alex Jones??

Following Alex Jones’ third bankruptcy filing this year, a procedure in which the Chapter 11 process will determine whether Jones is personally worth no more than $12 million as he claims, or whether his worth is closer to the $270 million an expert testified to at his first defamation trial in August in Texas, families of those lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy now wonder just how much of the $1.4 Billion jury award they will ever see. The next bankruptcy court date is approaching… it’s December 16th.


Ridgefield Town Hall Employee Now On Administrative Leave

An employee at the Ridgefield Town Hall now faces a misdemanor charge of disorderly conduct, after she wacked Josh Abrams with a file folder as the self proclaimed “YouTuber” was video recording what he calls a “First Amendment Audit” inside the town hall. Police say Patricia Pacheco told officers that she became frustrated when she was video-recorded by Abrams, who says he records videos of public officials in their work settings and then uploads them to his YouTube channel. The 57 year old Pacheco was released on a written promise to appear at state Superior Court in Danbury on December 16. She was also placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.


Disturbing Literature Distributed In Southbury

Some Southbury residents say they were recently targeted with White Supremacy literature. They say the booklets of material were distributed in their driveways about two weeks ago, and one Southbury resident said they found similar flyers near a public park. The incidents in Southbury are similar to those in at least seven other Connecticut towns so far this year. Connecticut State Police and local authorities are asking anyone who might have any information about who may be behind it, to contact them.


Flu Cases Spiking Locally

If you haven’t been feeling well recently, you are not alone. City officials say the city of Danbury Lab has seen more than 180 confirmed cases of flu so far just this month… since December 1st. Now they say they believe Danbury may be a major contributor to what they refer to as a massive spike in flu cases so far this year in Connecticut. In just the first week of December, there have been more than 12,000 positive cases of flu reported statewide. If you haven’t already done so, you can call the Danbury Health Department to schedule an appointment to receive the Flu vaccine.


Rising Inflation Pushing Up Homeless Numbers

According to a new report by the Connecticut State Department of Housing, there has been what they refer to as an ‘extremely concerning’ increase in homelessness across Connecticut. The report shows that homelessness has surged recently, with 76% more people without a place of their own now, compared to this time just two years ago. They say the number of people that are currently sleeping outside, including family and children, has skyrocketed, and it is still growing. A big part of the problem is that over the past to years, inflation has driven prices up, making parents who are already struggling fall even more behind.


Prison Drug Smuggler Facing Felony Charges

A man is now facing charges after authorities say he tried to smuggle drugs into the Putnam County Prison during a visit back in October. 32-year-old Joseph Garguilo of Rockland County, New York brought a controlled substance into the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel. Following an investigation that has been underway since then, Garguilo is now facing felony charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.


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