EMERGENCY CREWS FOUND THE BODY OF A 29-YEAR-OLD MAN BELIEVED TO BE A FISHERMAN AFTER A SEARCH OF HANCOCK BROOK LAKE IN PLYMOUTH MONDAY EVENING. CHANNEL-3 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTS THE MAN’S CAR WAS FOUND PARKED AT THE LAKE SUNDAY NIGHT BUT POLICE RAN THE PLATE AND CONTINUED ON SINCE THE AREA IS POPULAR FOR KAYAKING AND FISHING AND NO ONE HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING. BUT WHEN THE MAN DIDN’T SHOW UP FOR WORK MONDAY, THE INVESTIGATION WAS STEPPED-UP. POLICE BELIEVE THE MAN WENT SPORT FISHING, BUT AT SOME POINT WOUND UP IN THE WATER. HIS IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. PLYMOUTH POLICE ASKING ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE HANCOCK BROOK LAKE AREA ANYTIME MONDAY TO CONTACT THEM.

 

NEWTOWN, CONN. (AP) — THE 19-YEAR-OLD BROTHER OF A SLAIN SANDY HOOK FIRST GRADER SAYS HE PLANS TO RUN FOR THE CONNECTICUT SENATE. REPUBLICAN JT LEWIS OF NEWTOWN, WHO JUST COMPLETED HIS FRESHMAN YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, POSTED A VIDEO MONDAY ON TWITTER ANNOUNCING HIS PLANS TO CHALLENGE REPUBLICAN STATE SEN. TONY HWANG OF FAIRFIELD. THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE ELECTION IS IN 2020. LEWIS SAYS HE IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE TO HONOR HIS LATE BROTHER, ONE OF THE 20 STUDENTS KILLED IN 2012.

 

BRISTOL POLICE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A SUSPECT INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY LAST NIGHT. POLICE WERE CALLED TO MI TIERRA MULTISERVICES, AN INTERNATIONAL GROCERY STORE ON MAIN STREET, AROUND 6PM ON A REPORT OF AN ARMED ROBBERY. CHANNEL-3 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTS A MAN WALKED INTO THE STORE AND ROBBED A CLERK AT KNIFE POINT. THE SUSPECT GOT AWAY WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. POLICE ARE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT THROUGH SURVEILLANCE PICTURES. NO DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT WAS PROVIDED.

 

DETAILS HAVE BEEN REVEALED OF A SETTLEMENT BETWEEN TORRINGTON’S BOARD OF EDUCATION AND FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL VALERIE BRUNEAU. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS BRUNEAU, WHO CLAIMED IN A FEDERAL LAWSUIT THAT SHE WAS FIRED IN SEPTEMBER 2017, LESS THAN 90-DAYS INTO HER NEW JOB, IN RETALIATION FOR HER ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS, WAS GRANTED $140,000 AS PART OF A SETTLEMENT DEAL. THE DEAL ALSO STIPULATES BRUNEAU’S DEPARTURE BE RECOGNIZED BY THE BOARD AS A VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION RATHER THAN TERMINATION, AND THAT BRUNEAU BE PROVIDED A POSITIVE LETTER OF RECCOMENDATION BY CURRENT SUPERINTEDNENT SUSAN LUBOMSKI.

 

AFTER THE DEATH OF A PEDESTRIAN WHO WAS STRUCK BY A MOTORCYCLE LAST MONTH AS HE CROSSED HILL ROAD/ROUTE 222 IN HARWINTON TO RETREIVE HIS MAIL, FIRST SELECTMAN MICHAEL CRISS TELLS WZBG HE AND RESIDENT DAN THURSTON WILL BE SEEING WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFER ON THE STATE ROAD. CRISS SAYS THEY’LL PETITION TO SEE IF THEY CAN GET THE MAILBOXES MOVED TO THE SAME SIDE AS THE HOUSES THEY SERVE SO NO ONE HAS TO CROSS THE STREET TO GET THEIR MAIL. CRISS SAYS IT’S A SMALL STEP TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE SAFE.

 

CONCERNS OVER A BROWN ALGAE BLOOM IN WINSTED’S HIGHLAND LAKE THIS SPRING AND A SILT AND SEDIMENTATION PROBLEM WHICH AROSE LAST FALL HAS MAYOR CANDY PEREZ WORKING TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE TO BRING EXISTING AGENCIES OVERSEEING THE LAKE TOGETHER TO KEEP IT PRISTINE. THE MAYOR TELLS WZBG THE STATE HANDLED THE RECENT PROBLEMS, BUT DIDN’T COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH THE TOWN OR HIGHLAND LAKE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION. SHE’S ASKED SELECTMEN TO CONSIDER INVITING AGENCES WHICH DEAL WITH THE LAKE TO MEET TWICE PER YEAR. THE BOARD APPROVED HER IDEA UNANIMOUSLY LAST NIGHT.

 

TORRINGTON’S PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION HOLDS A HEARING WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 AT CITY HALL ON THE SPECIAL EXCEPTION & SITE PLAN APPLICATION BY FIVE POINTS CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS TO USE THE FORMER TORRINGTON/ UCONN CAMPUS AS THE NEW HOME FOR ITS GALLERY & ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS. CITY PLANNER MARTIN CONNOR TELLS WZBG THE PROPOSED USE IS EDUCATIONAL AS STPULATED IN THE WILL OF THE LAND’S ORIGINAL OWNER WHO BEQUEATHED IT TO UCONN TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL CAMPUS. WITH NO VISIBLE CHANGES EXPECTED, CONNOR RECCOMENDS THE COMMISSION APPROVE 5-POINT’S APPLICATION.