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VIDEO: Re-creation of high speed pursuit route on Mountainville Road

Saturday, December 03, 2016
Time: 5:25 PM

In order to give people now familiar with Danbury a better understanding of the recent high speed pursuit by an off-duty police officer, here's video I shot today of the route of the chase from the corner of Main and South Street, to the scene of the crash at 13 Mountainville Road.

According to postings on Facebook, one of the occupants of the vehicle, Tiffany Fitzgerald, passed away Friday night from injuries sustained from the crash.

Perrefort, NEWSTIMES 12.01.16:

Police have launched an internal investigation into an off-duty officer’s high-speed pursuit of a stolen car that led to a spectacular crash Thursday on Mountainville Road.

The driver and passenger of the fleeing car were severely injured. Wreckage from the crash was strewn across a homeowner’s yard and closed the road for several hours.

Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour cut short an out-of-town training program to visit the accident scene. Ridenhour said State Police would handle the crash investigation but the Danbury Police Department’s internal investigation unit would review the matter as well.

The chase began around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when an off-duty officer, who police have not identified, was working at a construction site on Center Street, police said. The officer spotted a Ford Explorer police said had been reported stolen, and when he approached the vehicle to investigate, the driver sped off. The officer jumped into his own car and gave chase. The pursuit continued for about two miles to Mountainview Road. A witness, who was driving in the opposite direction, said an SUV came at her at a “really high rate of speed,” lost control as it was going around a turn, crashed through a fence and a mailbox, went up a driveway, “went airborne and flipped over many times.”

The witness said she thought the Explorer might run into the house at 13 Mountainville Road. Debris from the Explorer littered the front yard, including a plastic cartop sign from Papa John’s pizza. A manager at the local Papa John’s said none of its employees had reported a car stolen.

Police said the male driver and a female passenger, who were not identified, were ejected from the Explorer. Officials said Thursday said their conditions were “extremely serious.”

The off-duty officer who pursued them was not injured, Ridenhour said.

Fitzgerald was 26 years old and a mother.


CT Dems respond to Mark Boughton exploratory committee announcement

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Time: 10:15 AM

Yesterday afternoon, the Connecticut Democratic Party released the following statement regarding Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's gubernatorial exploratory committee announcement.
"For years, Mark Boughton has been the embodiment of hypocrisy. He has been all too eager to embrace the state's policies when they benefit his own politics in Danbury, yet he has criticized the same policies when they created jobs in other areas of the state and didn't personally benefit him. Rhetorically, Boughton has recently attempted to claim high ground when it was politically expedient for him, yet he has peddled in identity politics in the past, bashing immigrants to benefit his re-election campaign. Track records are important, and Boughton's is one of flippant changes to positions and postures.

"We need a governor who will fight for the people of Connecticut, not just their own political future. Mark Boughton has proven time and time again that he puts his own political ambition above all else. Our people and our communities deserve better."


Playing catch-up

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 9:07 AM

Ugh...

Sorry for the continued delay folks! I'm dealing with a multitude of issues with the site right now...unfortunately, the streaming services I used for my audio files went out of business and now I'm dealing with re-uploading files from as far back as ten years ago!

I did a great deal of reporting on several recent events in the city and I promise to get back to full speed shortly...hang in there folks...I have a LOT to say :-)


I know, I know...the election results...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 1:25 PM

Okay...okay...okay... People have been asking me for my Election Day results and recap report...here's the deal.

Unlike in a municipal election, races for State Rep. and State Senate are a bit different because most districts covers multiple communities.

When I post election results, unlike most media outlets, my figures are based on votes per polling location (and votes done via absentee) as opposed to the total number of votes and this level of details requires me to travel to several town halls and requesting the results information.

That's a LOT of work folks!

I'm in the process of collecting all of the results material and give my take on what happened last Tuesday...and given the spin some losing candidates are giving regarding their loss, including Ken Gucker's pathetic explaination for his predictable loss, which which many are calling the equilivant of grasping at straws, it's fair to say that the sooner I get the raw numbers, the better.

Hang in there folks...it won't be long now...and as a Democrat who has seen this EXACT SAME results from Danbury Dems in the past ten years, trust me, I won't hold back.


When will we admit that we have a HATE CRIME problem in the city?

Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 3:45 PM

Will it take someone losing their life for city officials to admit the obvious...we have a HATE CRIME problem in the city! Newstimes: 11.14.16

DANBURY - Residents were shocked Monday to find a swastika that had been painted on the side of a downtown home over the weekend in a racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood - the most recent in a string of hate speech crimes being investigated by police.

“Oh my God,” said Daequan Rosado when he first saw the hate speech scrawled in black paint on a nearby house on Division Street. “I put my kids on the bus this morning and didn’t even notice it.

[...]

Further down the road, a white Mazda CX7 was also spray-painted with a black swastika.

“It’s really upsetting,” said Rosado. “This is a very ethnic neighborhood with a lot of diversity.”

He added that while he’s seen racial comments and tensions flareup both online and in other communities in the country after President-Elect Donald Trump won the recent election, he was surprised to see it in his own neighborhood.

[...]

While police don’t have any reports on the Division Street swastika, detectives are actively investigating four other similar incidents that also occurred in the same neighborhood surrounding West Street in the weeks running up to the election.

Police said a swastika was scratched onto the door of a van at the Catholic Family Charities organization on West Street - a group that also found a black swastika painted on their front door on Oct. 31. Another black swastika was painted that day on a work vans for Fish Window Cleaning, which is also located on West Street. A resident along George Street also reported Nov. 2 that a swastika had been painted in black paint on the passenger side of his truck.

How many times do we need to see incidents of hated occurring in the city until someone says ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


Words of comfort from Senator Chris Murphy

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 11:25 AM

Reading the following message from Senator Chris Murphy might help keep your food down...

Despite how it may appear to some, America is not a different place today than it was yesterday. I am uncertain of many things today, but of this I am sure.

Donald Trump won last night. He may not have won the votes of the majority of Americans, but under our system of presidential voting, he won the election fair and square. It was like a gut punch to those of us who didn’t see it coming, or who refused to allow ourselves to see it coming. I won’t lie to you – I didn’t sleep last night, and I might not sleep much tonight either.

But America is still the same place. We are a spectacularly imperfect nation. We lurch back and forth between competing visions for our future, between the natural twinned instincts of hopefulness and fearfulness. We have moments of great courage, but we are also capable at times of immense panic and worry. We take all comers, and ask everyone to keep a bit of where they came from while adopting something common to the whole of us. Our heterogeneity is our strength, but it also creates frictions and tensions. None of this is new.

Last night hurt. Never in our lifetime has a candidate for president ran a more hate-filled, bigoted campaign. It felt like we took a step backward in our progress toward a more compassionate, inclusive nation. But that doesn’t have to be our fate. We can choose to take Donald Trump at his word last night and take steps to heal the wounds caused by this bitter and divisive election. We can refuse to reflexively back ourselves into a dark, angry corner, and choose instead to be fair-minded umpires – calling the balls and strikes as we see them, working with our new President when he proposes good, and fighting him like hell when he proposes bad.

And we can put our heads down, and keep working on the things that still matter. Hell, last night, three out of the four state referendums tightening guns laws passed. Nevada, California, and Washington are safer places today because of these victories. And the top targeted Senate race for anti-gun violence groups, New Hampshire, looks like it went our way. If you are passionate about changing our nation’s gun laws, you can see a pretty bright silver lining in last night’s cloud-filled sky. It inspires me to fight on.

And so I walked into my Hartford office this morning and declared to my weary staff (who were, by the way, all at their desks at 9AM today – miraculously), “It’s another day to do good things in the world.” They awkwardly smiled at me, but I meant it.

Last night, everything changed and nothing changed. We have a new President – one that half the country didn’t want. But let’s be honest – had Hillary won, we would still have a President that half of America didn’t want. So it’s still the same complicated, imperfect nation that it was before. And our job – to do good in the world, to be good parents and spouses and neighbors and friends – that doesn’t change either.

I might not sleep tonight, just like last night. But I’ll walk out my door tomorrow morning, Diet Mountain Dew in hand as always, and get back to work. And so should you.

All my best,

Chris Murphy


Local election recap coming soon

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Time: 3:53 PM

Ugh...what an ugly day for Democrats in Connecticut...U-G-L-Y...and Democrats in Greater Danbury felt their fair share of pain and misery as well.

I'm still in the process of getting all of the numbers from last night's election but unlike municipal elections, races for State Rep and State Senate involves several municipalities and getting detailed results (ward by ward) takes a little bit of time.

I'll post the numbers, offer my two cents on last night's results, and post my video footage from Danbury and Bethel soon.


ELECTION DAY LIVE BLOG

Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Time: 10:50 AM

5:30 P.M.: About to head out to the polling locations and take photos of the turnout...MANY complaints regarding the traffic nightmare at Stadley Rough School...still scratching my head over why that polling location was moved from Broadview School in the first place.

5:00 P.M.: Sources state that turnout in Danbury is at aprox 50 percent...about a 5 percent drop from 2012.

3:00 P.M.: Contributor voting machine update. from Danbury's 5th ward (War Memorial). Count at 1435 as of 3PM.

2:30 P.M.:The latest turnout report from the Newstimes...

Polling locations were busy during the lunch hour in the Danbury area as residents cast their ballots. In Danbury, officials reported that nearly 35 percent of the city’s registered voters had cast their ballots as of noon, which is on par with the 2012 presidential election and about four percentage points behind the 2008 election.

2:00 P.M.: Keeping up with an Election Day tradition I started in 2006, I always make it a point to do a video interview the State Representative for my neck of the woods...in 2016, that State Rep, is David Arconti Jr of the 109th District...

12:30 PM Reports of several errors across the state. (Danbury Patch: Connecticut Election 2016: Long Lines and Several Glitches at the Polls Already)

Turnout at the polls is very heavy as several Connecticut communities are reporting long lines and already some towns are reporting more than 50 percent participation.

[...]

Some people were waiting up to an hour to vote at some New Haven polling locations, according to the New Haven Independent.

At least one location in Hartford is experiencing issues with the wrong ballots. Rawson School received the wrong ballots and had been using them for several hours Tuesday. Hartford Police are assisting in escorting the correct ballots to the school.

Hartford experienced numerous voting issues in the 2014 election. Voting lists weren't delivered to multiple locations by 6 a.m. and a court ordered two locations to stay open an extra half an hour.

[...]

In Naugatuck, some residents were turned away after registering via AAA or DMV and there was no record of it at the polls, NBC Connecticut reports. Those impacted residents were sent to Town Hall for same-day registration.

Moderators in Vernon said the lines were out the doors and onto the sidewalks at about 5:40 a.m., 20 minutes before the polls opened on Tuesday morning. By 6:30 a.m. at Vernon Center Middle School, 152 residents had cast ballots.

12:15 PM: Report from the Newstimes:

While turnout in Danbury is actually slightly lower than the past two presidential elections, there has been a steady flow of new voters casing ballots this morning at City Hall.

According to the registrar’s office, about 24 percent of the city’s eligible voters had already cast ballots as of 10 a.m., a two percent decline from the presidential race four years ago and a decline of four percent from the turnout in 2008 when Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States.

12:00 PM: Contribution machine count report from a reader in the 1st ward. DHS Noon 1437 and 756.

11:00 AM: The parking scene at Stadley Rough School (ward three) was horrible this morning.

Since the Registrar of Voters decided to move the polling location in the third ward from Broadview Middle School to Stadley Rough School, residents have long complained about the parking fiasco at the school.

I'm going to spend most of the day documenting the traffic nightmare at Stadley Rough because as someone who has lived in the third ward for over 15 years, parking was never a problem at the old voting location (Broadview School)...never...

10:00 AM: Report from ward three in #Danbury (Stadley Rough School). As of 9:25 AM, machine 1 count: 879, machine 2 count: 521.

Ward 4 (Shelter Rock School): Count 397 as of 10:15 AM.

9:30 AM: I'll be bringing updated reports from the voting scene throughout Greater Danbury today both here on this page and on Twitter via @hatcityblog...and I can use your help!

I want to hear about your voting experience...was it a breeze of a nightmare? Send your election day thoughts to me via twitter at @hatcityblog and I'll share your thoughts with everyone. Also, when you cast your ballots, make sure to take a note of the count on the voting machine as well as the time you casted your ballot.

Again, send your info to me via Twitter at @hatcityblog and and join in on the live-blogging experience...and no matter who you vote for, make sure to VOTE (and don't worry folks, the world will be here tomorrow :-)

We did our part...make sure you do yours...VOTE!


In honor of Nicole

Monday, November 07, 2016
Time: 4:09 PM

In honor of founder and managing director of Newtown-based Sandy Hook Promise Nicole Hockley being named one of People magazine's "25 women changing the world," from Jan 2013, here's my coverage of the group's first press conference.


Did Godfrey lose his political courage?


Time: 10:52 AM

So much for the state lawmaker who claims to support of full disclosure...

The site "Vote Smart Project" is a non-biased, volunteer based informational portal whose purpose is to inform the public where the candidates stand on issues based on their voting record.

During the election year, the project sends out a "Political Courage Test" that candidates can fill out and give their take on where they stand on a wide range of issues. This service provided by the organization has been an invaluable resource for voters and the public who want to know more about politician's stance on issues without the political spin.

In previous years, when faced with little or no competition, State Rep. Bob Godfrey had no problem filling out this survey.

This year, Godfrey does not have the luxury of a re-election as he's in the middle of a tough campaign with a challenger who has effectively highlighted the Deputy Speaker's poor voting record in matters that effect the many residents in his district.

Suddenly, the state lawmaker once endlessly bragged about leading the charge when it came to public disclosure in state government has apparently had a changed of heart when it comes to answering the Vote Smart Project's courage test.

Here's what the group had to say about Godfrey's newly AWOL status.

Bob Godfrey has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Bob Godfrey is still welcome to submit the test at any time.
Given his ever-evolving story behind his real meaning of calling cities "dumping grounds for poor and ethnic minorities," maybe we're better off that Godfrey didn't fill out the survey this year since it's getting hard for voters are having a hard time trusting the words that comes out of his mouth.

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