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Bridgewater Man Arrested On Sexual Misconduct Charges On Missouri Warrant

A Bridgewater man was arrested after being accused of sending explicit photos to a Missouri minor. Connecticut State Police took 25 year old Carter Denlinger into custody on Friday on an arrest warrant issued in Missouri. Police say Denlinger sent a 13-year-old girl explicit photos through Snapchat. Denlinger now faces felony charges including sexual misconduct. He was last reported to be held on bond of $50,000, and is expected to be extradited to Missouri to face the charges.

Tensions In Brookfield School Board

In Brookfield, school board chair Wendy Youngblood is facing calls for resignation after canceling a livestream of a meeting last month. Former board chairman Matt Grimes alleges Youngblood acted unilaterally and outside her authority. Youngblood cited safety concerns from the police chief due to recent threats. Grimes filed new complaints against Youngblood and the vice chair. Youngblood defended her decision, stating board chairs have the authority over livestreaming. The board is now deliberating on the complaints.

Danbury Development Plans Spur More Debate

The future of a vacant 10-story hotel in Danbury has sparked a heated debate over innovation and the city’s commercial tax base. Developer Dan Bertram’s proposal to convert the defunct Crowne Plaza into 198 micro-apartments faced criticism from city planners concerned about open space and public transportation access. Bertram, emphasizing amenities like rooftop decks and creative workspace, argues his plan will revitalize the area. Supporters highlight the need for affordable housing and economic growth, while opponents fear losing commercial space. The Zoning Commission is set to vote on the contentious issue next month, with implications beyond this site for the city’s development direction.

Time To Fish!

On Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection invited all Connecticut residents to join in for Spring Fishing Day. Saturday marked the start of “catch and keep” for trout statewide, meaning anglers could legally keep their catch starting at 6am. DEEP plans to release over 500,000 trout this spring into various waterbodies, ensuring great fishing opportunities throughout Connecticut. DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes encourages everyone to embrace the arrival of spring by enjoying the state’s abundant fishing spots.

Epilepsy Foundation Planning Benefit Walks In May

New Milford’s Harrybrooke Park will be the setting for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut’s annual Walk to End Epilepsy on May 11. This event, part of a series across six Connecticut towns in May, aims to raise awareness and support for individuals and families affected by epilepsy. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration featuring food, music, and personal stories. Visit the foundation’s website to register, form a team, or make a donation.

Juvenile Charged With Newtown Mischief

In Newtown, a juvenile faces criminal mischief charges for vandalizing the historic little red schoolhouse at Middle Gate Elementary. Police identified the suspect after reviewing surveillance footage. The juvenile’s name and other details are not being released due to the suspect’s age.

Impaired Wrong Way Danbury Driver Arrested On Interstate 84

Early Saturday morning, 26-year-old Ney Carrasco-Guerrero of Danbury was arrested after police say he was driving the wrong way while intoxicated when he crashed into a police cruiser on Interstate 84 in Newtown. The incident occurred just before 1:30am Saturday. State police responded to reports of the wrong-way driver near Exit 8 in Danbury and eventually stopped the vehicle near Exit 11 in Newtown. Carrasco-Guerrero faces multiple charges including operating under the influence, reckless driving, evading, and reckless endangerment. He was taken to Bridgeport Correctional Facility where he was being held on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court today.

Grants Pushed For Danbury School Upgrades

Local State lawmakers are pushing for $10.17 million in grant funds to revamp Danbury area schools. The proposed bill includes crucial upgrades like new classroom walls at King Street Primary, air conditioning system overhauls, and a partial roof replacement at Ellsworth Avenue School. The list of 20 projects aims to enhance safety and functionality across the district, addressing neglected maintenance issues. Mayor Roberto Alves and other local officials are rallying behind the effort, emphasizing the urgent need to prioritize school infrastructure. The fate of the proposed improvements will be decided in May, pending legislative approval.

Danbury Cited Social Service Agencies Get Funding

Nearly half a million dollars in new state aid is on the way for three social service agencies headquartered in Danbury that focus on children, families, and alcoholism. Danbury Youth Services was awarded a $43,933 state grant for internet technology updates; Family and Children’s Aid of Danbury was awarded $400,000 to improve and expand its New Milford Behavioral Health Center; and the Mid-Western Connecticut Council of Alcoholism headquartered in Danbury received funding for its New Haven Behavioral Health outpatient facility improvements. The money is part of a total of $35.5 million in state funding to nonprofit providers across Connecticut for capital improvement projects.

Animal Cruelty In Brookfield

A Brookfield man faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly leaving his dog exposed to cold and rain for hours. 28 year old Melwah Campos was arrested following a neighbor’s complaint about a small dog left on a balcony in wet and shivering condition. When police arrived, they found the dog trying to seek shelter from the rain. The dog had no access to water or shelter, and there was significant damage on the balcony. This isn’t Campos’s first offense either… he has a prior conviction related to animal welfare. Campos was released on a promise to appear in court with his next hearing scheduled for May 6.