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A woman has been charged with prostitution at a spa in Wilton.  Police arrested 43-year old He Lang of College Point, New York last night.  An investigation was launched recently into allegations of prostitution at the In Spa on Danbury Road.  Lang was released on bond and will be arraigned on October 2nd.

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A discussion will be held at West Conn next month about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The forum called "DACA, Dreamers and Deportation: New Developments” is planned for October 3rd at Warner Hall on the midtown campus from 2 to 5pm.  Sociology Professor Dr. Carina Bandhauer will talk about the the ramifications of the program being rescinded. The forum is part of the WCSU celebration of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month.

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The Danbury Hospital Foundation has received a $40,000 contribution from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to expand outreach capacity of the Hospital’s Greater Danbury Community Care Team by adding a peer engagement specialist.  


The collaboration of more than 30 community agencies and municipal stakeholders is led by a Hospital-based navigator.  The coalition works to support the area’s most vulnerable residents by helping them achieve and maintain housing and linkage to medical, psychiatric and social services. 


About 80-percent of their clients have a substance abuse diagnosis and 40 percent have a psychiatric diagnosis.  To date, 138 greater Danbury residents ages 23-83 have benefited from CCT services, 52 of which have at least one chronic medical condition.


This is the second contribution the Danbury Hospital Foundation has received from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to support the CCT.  

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A driver hit a building on West Street in Danbury early this morning.  Danbury Fire, Police, and EMS Units responded to the area of Oil Mill Road shortly before 5am.  They found a small car landed in some bushes near 152 West Street.  Danbury Fire officials say the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.  The patient was transported to the Danbury Hospital via ambulance.  Fire Department officials says the patient condition was not immediately known.  Fire Department units remained on the scene to support the accident investigation conducted by the Danbury Police Department. 


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Two Danbury men have been arrested for trying to rob a man walking downtown late Tuesday night.  A man called police and said that he was walking near the Cowboy Bar on Wildman Street when he was approached by a car.  The passenger asked if the victim if he was from the area and when he responded that he wasn't, the passenger pulled out a gun and demanded money. 


The victim fled and called police. 


Based on the suspects descriptions, Police located 33-year old Jason Bonadio and 46-year old Julio Irizarry. 



(Bonadio, Irizarry)


Bonadio was charged with interfering, breach of peace, and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held on $25,000 bond.  Irizarry was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, breach of peace and interfering.  Julio is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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A Pawling man, showing signs of intoxication, has been charged with DWI after appearing in court on a previous driving while intoxicated charge.  The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office reports that 43-year old Matthew Paul was warned by deputies on Tuesday not to drive after the proceedings.  He decided to do so anyway and was arrested.  Paul was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.  He was ordered held on bond.

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Officials in an upstate New York town are once again considering Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall's request to build an outdoor stage at his restaurant and music venue.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the town of Pawling Planning Board discussed the project during its meeting earlier this week.

Kenneth Stenger, an attorney with the law firm representing the board, says the discussion included the volume of sound live music would produce during outdoor performances at Daryl's House.

The Hall & Oates musician's business filed a lawsuit against the town earlier this year, claiming the town's effort to lower the venue's maximum occupancy would force the restaurant to close.

William Sayegh, an attorney for Daryl's House, says Hall is working closely with the town to secure approvals for the outdoor expansion.

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A Bridgeport man has been arrested for distributing heroin that lead to an overdose death in Seymour this summer.  Seymour Police responded to a home and found a 29-year old man unresponsive, without a pulse.  Investigators seized the victim's cellphone, multiple folds of suspected heroin marked with two different brand stamps, and other drugs.  They determined that 23-year old Richard Estaba supplied the heroin.  Investigators were able to make a controlled substance purchase from Estaba of the same brand.  When he was arrested yesterday, Estaba was in possession of 400 folds of heroin and $1,300 in cash.

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The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan will be available on all 16 state university and college campuses.  Western Connecticut State University spokesman Paul Steinmetz say they already Narcan in the doctor's office on campus.  The Danbury Police and Fire Departments along with EMTs all carry Narcan as well. 


WCSU has been sent Narcan packages from the CSCU system.  University police officers will be trained to use the overdose reversal drug.  The university is looking to obtain enough Narcan so each officer can have some on them, because often times WCSU PD is the first to respond to the scene.


Steinmetz says one WCSU officer saved the life of a person visiting a student who was suffering an overdose, but they haven't had to use Narcan.  He adds that having Narcan on campus is a precautionary measure because they haven't had a problem with overdoses.  But Steinmetz says WCSU wants to be ready if something happens.


Accidental drug overdose numbers in Connecticut are on the rise.  Chief Medical Examiner James Gill says drug overdoses in Connecticut this year are on pace to top last year’s figure by 18 percent.  There were 539 accidental drug abuse deaths from January through June. The projection for overdose deaths for 2017 is 1,078, which would be an 18 percent increase over last year.  Gill said 322 of the deaths this year were linked to fentanyl. If that rate holds up, there will be 644 fentanyl-related deaths in the state in 2017, a 33 percent increase over last year.

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An event marking Redding's 250th anniversary is being held this afternoon.  The "Walk the Walk" event allows people to meet the volunteers at the Parade Path, on Redding's Town Green at the Gazebo. Light refreshments will be served. Etched glasses will be sold celebrating Redding' 250th anniversary. Guests will be able to find out what new projects are in store for next year and learn how to volunteer or to fund new Boy Scout projects already in the planning stage.  "Walk the Walk" is from 4 to 6pm.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Famed American painter Jasper Johns wants his rural estate in the Connecticut hills to become an artists' retreat after he's gone.

The 87-year-old artist wants his estate in northwestern Connecticut to become a place where as many as two dozen artists would live, share meals together and work on their craft.

The planning commission for the town of Sharon gave its approval for his plans last week.

First Selectman Brent Colley says it's the best use of the property and fits in with the already lively local arts scene in the Litchfield County town of some 3,000 people.

Johns has been a major influence on pop, minimalist and conceptual art. His textured images of American flags are icons of modern art.

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The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department recently started their annual fund drive.  With some scam fundraiser circulating earlier this year, they wanted to draw attention to what authentic donation request looks like.  Key indicators are the local return address and watermarked photos of Monroe firefighters and apparatus.


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The Public Hearing for the proposed renovations of Johnson and Rockwell schools is set for Monday night. 


With the ongoing debate over the state budget, town leadership made the decision to move the project forward to a public hearing because reimbursement for school construction projects is separate from Education Cost Sharing grants. Bethel’s current rate of reimbursement from the state is 45% of eligible costs.  


School officials say construction cost escalation is 4.5 percent each year.  Without some renovation work, the town is sinking money into an aging HVAC system. 


Monday's meeting at 7pm will be held at Bethel High School and childcare will be provided.

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An agreement has been reached on a new two-year contract between Ridgefield and the Police Union.  The Ridgefield Press reports that the new contract allows for a 2.5 percent salary increase in each of the two years, with a 1-percent increase in the employees' premium share in each year.  The current rate of employees’ share of the health insurance premium is 12.5 percent.  The Press reports that Ridgefield's salary account for union police officers is about $3.5 million.

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The Sherman Volunteer Fire Department participated in a real-time extrication drill Monday night. The scenario was a car through the guardrails with three mock patients trapped and injured.  Responders worked together to stabilize the vehicle, cut the doors off to gain access to the volunteer patients and remove them from the car. Officials say this type of training prepares the members for the rigorous demands of being an emergency responder.


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The Radio City Rockettes are coming to Newtown to support The Ana Grace Project, a foundation named after one of the children killed on 12-14.  Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Green supports MSG’s Garden of Dreams Foundation to help positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.  The event at Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop on Church Hill Road this Friday is from 3pm to 4pm.  The Rockettes visit is part of MSG’s “Gift of Joy” program.  The Ana Grace Project is dedicated to promoting love, community and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music & arts.

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One of three men arrested for being part of a human trafficking ring made a brief appearance in Danbury Superior Court yesterday for a pre-trial hearing. 


William Trefzger was arrested in March for patronizing a male prostitution ring that police say exploited young men with mental health issues.  Authorities say the men were plied with drugs and money and delivered to wealthy clients to have sex for money after they had built up substantial drug debts. 


The state is awaiting analysis of some evidence before it can be turned over to the defense.  The Westport resident remains held on 250-thousand dollars bond.  He is due back in court on October 31st. 

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A Danbury man stopped for erratic driving on Saturday has been charged with driving while intoxicated.  New York State Troopers saw a driver, later determined to be Alvaro Matias, move from his lane on Route 6 in Southeast unsafely and cross hazard markings. 


When they were talking with the 27-year old, Troopers saw 15 small bags of crack cocaine in the vehicle.  17 small bags of cocaine were then found.  Matias was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and aggravated unlicensed operation. 


Matias was arraigned and made a brief Court appearance yesterday.

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Despite still allowing walk ins, New Fairfield officials say it was a safe summer at Squantz Pond State Park.  There were some days where the parked closed due to capacity, but the number of people parking elsewhere and walking in was down significantly.  Other than a couple of days where it was hectic, First Selectman Susan Chapman says it wasn't too bad.


A proposed regulation to ban walk-ins at state parks after parking lot capacity is reached was rejected by the state legislature's Regulation Review Committee in January.  DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain says that means they don't have any legal authority to stop people from walking in.  He added that it would be physically difficult to police the whole border area of a park to prevent it.


There's a history of drownings at Squantz, more than a dozen people in the last two decades. DEEP implemented a 250 car limit after a particularly bad summer, but local officials believe that allowing unlimited walk-ins undermines safety.  Schain acknowledged that the parking was limited in order to have a manageable crowd, and walk-ins means there will be more people than planned for.


Another concern is pedestrian safety. Route 39 is narrow, and there are no real shoulders on either side of the road.  Some people walked about two miles from the Town Park to Squantz Pond.  In an effort to prevent that, New Fairfield raised the parking fee at the Town Park two years ago for non-residents from $25 to $40.  In July, the Board of Selectman increased the fee again.  Non-residents were then required to pay a parking fee of $60.

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The 4th annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation, raised $10,000 for scholarships.  The event in Danbury on Saturday also paid tribute to Attorney Americo Ventura, who passed away this month.  He was the 2015 American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 


$15,000 raised from ticket sales will go towards Mission Health Day, a day of free health screenings and other community services for the uninsured and the income challenged.  The event will be hosted by Western Connecticut Health Network and Western Connecticut State University, on October 28 from 9am-3pm at the Bill Williams Gym at the WCSU downtown campus.

The 2017 winners of the $2,000 award are:

Person of the Year
Alvaro Tovar of Danbury, CT

Students of the Year:
Zaida Coraizaca of Danbury, CT
Hilary Albarracin of Danbury, CT
Kittikorn Sathong of Danbury, CT

Veteran's Award winner:
Paulo Barros of Norwalk, CT

The American Dream Leadership Awards recognized those who have taken the lead in the immigrant community in supporting its members, with focus on the areas of health, education, and civic engagement. The winners of the Leadership Award were Honorable Danbury Probate Judge Dianne E. Yamin, Wilson Hernandez, President of Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury, and Dina Valenti, Clinic Director of Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury.

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