AS PART OF A RE-STRUCTURING OF TORRINGTON’S PUBLIC WORKS & STREET DEPARTMENTS IN THE WAKE OF LAST YEAR’S ARREST OF THE FORMER STREET SUPERINTENENT ON A 1ST DEGREE LARCENY CHARGE, THE CITY HAS WELCOMED HIS SUCCESSOR. 54-YEAR OLD WILLIAM MAYERS OF NEW MILFORD TOOK OVER THE DEPARTMENT THE FIRST WEEK OF JULY. HE REPLACES ROBERT LIZOTTE, ARRESTED LAST OCTOBER FOR ALLEGED THEFT & SALE OF CITY PROPERTY, SPECIFICALLY GRANITE CURBING. MAYERS COMES TO THE JOB AFTER WORKING AS ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR IN MILFORD, AND EARLIER AS HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT IN NEW MILFORD. AFTER THE FORMER STREET BOSS’S ARREST, CITY OFFICIALS HIRED THE ‘MATRIX GROUP’ FOR $40,000 TO LAUNCH A TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF PUBLIC WORKS & STREET DEPARTMENTS AND RECOMMEND POLICY & TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS. MAYERS’ HIRING WAS PART OF THAT.

 

 
TORRINGTON POLICE HAVE ISSUED A SILVER ALERT FOR A MISSING 17 YEAR OLD MAN. PATRICK DOYLE HAS BEEN REPORTED MISSING SINCE MONDAY AND DESCRIBED AS A 17 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE WITH BROWN HAIR AND HAZEL EYES, 6 FEET TALL, APPROX 150 LBS, ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON PATRICK DOYLE’S WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CONTACT TORRINGTON POLICE AT 860-489-2000.

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A CONNECTICUT WOMAN WHO BECAME AN ANTI-VIOLENCE ACTIVIST AFTER HER SISTER’S KILLING FOUR YEARS AGO AND WHO WAS FOUND SLAIN WITH HER 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LAST WEEK IS BEING REMEMBERED AS “A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING.” AN UNCLE OF CHAQUINEQUEA BRODIE CALLS THE KILLINGS “A VERY SENSELESS ACT.” CLARENCE BRODIE SAYS THE FAMILY IS GOING TO “MISS HER DEARLY” AND IS “WAITING FOR JUSTICE.”

 

 
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — OFFICIALS SAY A 3-YEAR-OLD CONNECTICUT BOY IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE AFTER HE SHOT HIMSELF IN THE SHOULDER WITH HIS FATHER’S GUN. HARTFORD POLICE SAY THE BOY WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE SHOOTING SATURDAY AND WAS DRIVEN TO THE HOSPITAL BY HIS PARENTS. DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF BRIAN FOLEY TOLD THE HARTFORD COURANT THE BOY’S FATHER OWNS THE GUN LEGALLY AND HAD SET IT DOWN AS HE WAS CHANGING HIS CLOTHES. FOLEY SAID THE CHILD GRABBED THE GUN ON THE BED AND PULLED THE TRIGGER.

 

 
LITCHFIELD’S PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION LAST NIGHT, BY A VOTE OF 6 TO 1, REJECTED A PROPOSAL FOR A SUBWAY RESTAURANT FOR THE VACANT SPACE IN THE VILLAGE GREEN PLAZA. FEDERAL SQUARE REALTY OWNED BY MARK GREENBERG PROPOSED THE SANDWICH SHOP FOR THE BUILDING WHERE DUNKIN DONUTS, CHINA RAINBOW RESTAURANT & VILLAGE GREEN CLEANERS ARE LOCATED. ACCORDING TO THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN, GREENBERG CLAIMS A NEED IN TOWN FOR MORE SANDWICH SHOPS, BUT COMMISSION CHAIR THOMAS WATERHOUSE, CALLING SUBWAY A FAST-FOOD OPERATION, SAID THE COMMISSION WOULD SET AN UNWELCOME PRECEDENT IF IT WERE TO APPROVE THE PROPOSAL. EARLIER, THE COIMMISSION APPROVED A SITE PLAN MODIFICATION FOR THE NEW STOP AND SHOP IN VILLAGE GREEN PLAZA TO DISPLAY SEASONAL MERCHANDISE OUTSIDE LIKE FLOWERS, FIREWOOD, AND PROPANE.

 

 
WHAT’LL BECOME OF THE 129-YEAR OLD LITCHFIELD COURTHOUSE AFTER FRIDAY, WHEN OPERATIONS CLOSE AND MOVE TO TORRINGTON? THE STATE HAD PLANNED TO KEEP SOME TYPE OF JUDICIAL OPERATION THERE, BUT ATTORNEY MIKE RYBAK, REPRESENTING HEIRS OF TWO OF THE MEN WHO SIGNED A LEASE WITH THE STATE IN 1803, TELLS WZBG HE’S LEARNED THE $5 MILLION DOLLARS SET ASIDE FOR THAT WAS SPEND ON COST OVER-RUNS FOR THE NEW COURTHOUSE. RYBAK SAYS HEATING & MAINTAINING THE BUILDING WOULD BE COST-PROHIBITIVE FOR THE HEIRS, SO THEY’LL SELL THEIR INTEREST TO THE GREATER LITCHFIELD HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST. TRUST ATTORNEY PERLEY GRIMES TELL WZBG THEY HOPE TO HAVE A RE-PURPOSING PLAN IN PLACE IN SEPTEMBER TO KEEP THE COURTHOUSE ON THE TOWN’S TAX ROLLS, BUT NO SPECIFICS TO ANNOUNCE YET.

 

 
MORRIS’S BOARD OF FINANCE HOLDS A BUDGET HEARING TONIGHT AT 7 AT TOWN HALL. A HEARING PLANNED FOR LAST WEDNESDAY HAD TO BE POSTPONED DUE TO UNTIMELY NOTICE PUBLICATION. THE BUDGET DEFEATED JULY 12TH TOTALLED MORE THAN $9.6 MILLION DOLLARS AND WOULD HAVE REQUIRED A TAX INCREASE OF 2.31 MILLS. THE ONE HEADING TO VOTERS TONIGHT TOTALS OVER $9.5-MILLION DOLLARS AND WOULD REQUIRE A TAX INCREASE OF 1.79-MILLS. THE LATEST BUDGET IS $461,000 OR 5.1% HIGHER THAN THIS YEAR’S. OFFICIALS EXPECT TO SET A REFERNDUM DATE AT THE HEARING.