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Bethel Disturbance

Two people hurt in Bethel in what police are calling a disturbance at a home there on Reservoir Street. When officers responded to a call from the house late Tuesday night, they found two people in need of medical care. Police have not released specifics of just how the two people were hurt. There has been no update on their conditions so far today. Police have said however, that there is no threat to the community.


6th Elmer’s Diner Shooter Arrested

A 6th person has been arrested in connection with a shooting last summer at Elmer’s Diner in Danbury. 27-year-old Shanice Cole of Waterbury was arrested January 26th, and is now facing charges including carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, and accessory to illegal discharge of a firearm in connection with the shooting that happened around 4am on July 24th of last year. Cole was identified as one of four suspects who fled after an altercation that took place inside the restaurant which led up to shots being fired. 5 others have already been charged.


Danbury Youtuber Found Guilty

The self professed “Youtuber” who was arrested about a year and a half ago while he was filming inside Danbury City Hall, has been found guilty of one of two charges he faced. 31 year old Sean Reyes of Long Island, New York, was originally charged with simple trespass and creating a public disturbance following the incident dating back to July 2021. Reyes pleaded not guilty to both charges and decided to face trial at state Superior Court in Danbury. On Monday, he was found guilty of simple trespass, but not guilty of creating public disturbance and ordered to pay a $90 fine.


Health System Plans Webinar

An update will be released next Tuesday by Nuvance Health pertaining to the latest developments at Danbury and New Milford hospitals. The announcement will come during a livestream video set for 5:30 to 7pm next Tuesday, February 7th, and it will include information on the affiliation that created the 7 hospital Nuvance Health System. Everyone is invited to join the remote webinar, and a question-and-answer period will follow. Full details are available online at www.nuvancehealth.org.


New Fairfield Directs Surplus Spending

Voters in New Fairfield on Monday, during a special town meeting, approved a $141,550 Board of Selectmen surplus money allocation that calls for spending part of the town’s surplus money on several capital projects that would otherwise have gone in the 2023-24 budget. While Board of Selectmen surplus money needs town meeting approval to be dispensed, Board of Education surplus money requires approval only from the Board of Finance. During the meeting held on January 18th, the finance board allocated $95,000 to replace flooring at the middle school and install air-conditioning units at Meeting House Hill School.


Another Spending Hike Announced

In Newtown, an $86 million proposed school budget for the upcoming 2023-24 fiscal year means a 4.7 percent spending hike which the superintendent says is mainly fueled by increases in salaries and benefits. The preliminary budget calls for $3.8 million more in spending than the current school budget, and it represents the larger half of Newtown’s annual spending plan that residents will vote on in April. The town budget portion of the spending plan will also be up for a vote, and it carries a small spending increase for the 2023-24 fiscal year as well.


Newtown Nursing Home Hit with Violations

A local nursing home is facing accusations of neglect and staffing shortages. According to a report that has been released by the state, some residents at the Newtown Rehabilitation & Health Care Center were left in their beds for hours without being taken to the bathroom or diaper changes. The report says some residents received food late and cold. It also says nursing aides had as many as 20 residents to care for during some shifts. The nursing home is owned by Athena Health Care Systems, and it was issued a finding of “immediate jeopardy”… A finding that means the violations caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death.


Small Connecticut Businesses Could Be Forced to Pay Sick Leave

In the state capitol on Tuesday, legislation was proposed that if passed into law, would mean as many as 1.6 million workers employed by small businesses here in Connecticut, would be eligible to be paid for sick days. Majority Democrats in the General Assembly said many occupations… along with many small employers… have been left out of previous requirements dating back to 2011. Current requirements for 40 hours of sick time per year cover only those employers with more than 50 workers. The new proposal would require employers with fewer than 50 workers to provide the benefit as well.


Ridgefield Burglary

Police in Ridgefield today, continue investigating a burglary that occurred last week, in which cash, along with $14,000 worth of jewelry, and a MacBook laptop were taken from a home there. Ridgefield Police say someone broke in by forcing open a locked basement window at the home on Ned’s Mountain Road sometime between 7am on January 26 and 12:30am on January 27. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridgefield Police Department.


Domestic Violence A Growing Problem

State leaders in Hartford are talking about new ways to address a growing problem… domestic violence. They include faster communications between local police and state agencies, better GPS monitoring for anyone who is convicted of violating protective orders, and better funding for domestic violence agencies that provide services for victims… mainly women and children. Currently, about a dozen victims here in Connecticut die annually because of domestic violence.


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