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Danbury Addiction Center Expanding

An addiction treatment center in Danbury is seeking approval for a $1.5 million expansion, adding a 14-bed rehab wing. The Mid-Western Connecticut Council on Alcoholism plans to enhance its Old Ridgebury Road campus, subject to a public hearing on June 5. The expansion aims to address the growing need for substance abuse services in the region.


Big Drug Roundup Nets 11

Eleven Connecticut residents have been arrested in a major national fentanyl trafficking ring. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the suspects were involved in distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack, not only here in Connecticut, but throughout the entire northeast as well. The arrests followed an extensive DEA investigation, which included wiretaps and controlled buys. Authorities seized drugs, firearms, and vehicles during the raids. Officials say these arrests will have a positive impact on combating drug trafficking, not only in Connecticut, but in all of the northeast and particularly in New England.


Hit And Run On Interstate 84 Near Danbury Under Investigation

Connecticut State police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run on westbound Interstate 84 near Exit 4 in Danbury last Saturday. A 2020 Subaru Forester was rear-ended around 6:50 p.m. by a vehicle that fled the scene. The Subaru’s driver, a 78-year-old man from Brewster, New York, suffered minor injuries but declined hospital treatment. Anyone with information is urged to contact Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200.


More Details On Alleged Kidnapping

More details today about what was originally believed to have been a kidnapping in our area. A girl who jumped from a moving car during a police chase in Wilton and Ridgefield suffered minor injuries and required hospital treatment. It all happened as police pursued a black Subaru station wagon last Friday. Wilton police initially believed the girl had been kidnapped but later determined she was in the vehicle voluntarily. When the car crashed, four juveniles fled the scene. They were later found. Investigations by Ridgefield, Danbury, and Wilton police are ongoing.


Motorcycle Crash In Southbury Sends One Person To Hospital

A crash involving a motorcycle in Southbury sent one person to the hospital Tuesday evening. The accident occurred around 5:50pm yesterday near Main Street South and Brown Road. The victim sustained possible serious injuries, according to state police. The road was closed as the accident reconstruction unit conducted an investigation. No names of further details have yet been released.


Ridgefield Farmers Market Returning This Weekend

The Ridgefield Farmers Market returns for its second season on June 1 at Jesse Lee Church. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday through October, the market features over 20 local farmers and producers. New vendors will make their appearances this year, while returning favorites will also be there. The market aims to support local agriculture and environmental initiatives. For more information, visit www.ridgefieldfarmersmarket.org.


New Law Changes Sick Leave Requirements

Governor Ned Lamont has signed a new law expanding paid sick days protections in Connecticut. Currently, employers with over 50 employees in specific retail and service jobs must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually. Starting January 1, 2025, this requirement will extend to nearly all occupations, except seasonal and certain temporary workers. The coverage threshold will also lower over three years, from 25 employees in 2025, to 11 in 2026, and to any employer with one or more employees by 2027. The new legislation also broadens the definition of family members for whom workers can use paid sick days and includes public health emergencies as a valid reason for taking leave.


Fairfield County Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

A Fairfield County man has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. 55 year old Vishal Dhar or New Canaan, waived his right to be indicted and entered his plea last week. The U.S. Attorney says Dhar admitted to failing to disclose significant income from his businesses, including Grey Brown, Inc., and using financial accounts under other names to evade taxes from 2013 to 2023. He also hid a $254,000 employee retention credit check during a bankruptcy case. Dhar owes over $272,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest. His sentencing is set for August 15, where he could face up to five years in prison.


Police Seeking Info After Hit And Run On Interstate 84 Near Danbury

Connecticut State police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run on westbound Interstate 84 near Exit 4 in Danbury last Saturday. A 2020 Subaru Forester was rear-ended around 6:50 p.m. by a vehicle that fled the scene. The Subaru’s driver, a 78-year-old man from Brewster, New York, suffered minor injuries but declined hospital treatment. Anyone with information is urged to contact Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200.


Kidnapping Now NOT Involved In Crash

A kidnapping was at first believed to be involved in an incident in which four juveniles were part of a police chase through Wilton and Ridgefield, ending in a crash. The juveniles fled on foot but were captured with the help of K-9 units and public tips. The incident began when Wilton police pursued the vehicle, believed to involve a female juvenile abduction. The girl got out of the vehicle safely before the crash. The captured juveniles were handed over to Wilton police. The investigation into the whole thing continues. The initial investigation has revealed that a kidnapping was likely not involved. Due to their ages, no names are being released at this time.