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Al Almeida throws hat into mayoral race

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 11:20 PM

Yesterday, Al Almeida made his long-rumored run for mayor official.

From yesterday, here's video footage of Al Almeida's mayoral campaign announcement.

I'm feeling a little under the weather so I'll post my first impressions of Almeida's campaign soon.


Be back soon...

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 4:07 PM

Sorry for the delay folks...spending the last couple of months getting back up to speed on all things local as well as doing a MASSIVE 10TB upgrade and re-organizing of my server (yes, I actually have 10 TB worth of data to organize). Things will be back to full speed on this site soon...and trust me, I have a LOT to say about the state of political affairs in Hat City...stay tuned...

Democratic town committee member accused of non-compliance in injury case

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 1:34 PM

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

It appears that the secretary of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee will have some explaining to do in court...

In December 2015, Sherri Neptune, a third ward member of Danbury Democratic Town Committee and 2015 Democratic candidate for city council, filed a injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart in which she claimed the following (CT Judicial Branch):

3. On or about October 31 2013, the plaintiff was examining some of the items the defendant had offered for sale, when she was struck by a cart operated by an employee of the defendant.

4. The plaintiff’s injuries and losses were caused by the carelessness and negligence of the defendant Walmart’s employee acting in the course of his employment and Walmart is responsible for its employee’s negligence.


5. Due to the negligence and carelessness of the defendant’s employee, the plaintiff was caused to suffer the following serious injures, some or all of which may be permanent in nature:

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a. lower back pain

  • b. leg pain

  • c. lumbar sprain and pain;
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d. headaches;
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e. neck pain
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f. Disc bulges at 
1.) L4-L5 with moderate to severe facet arthropathy; 2.) L5-S1 with prominent central disk protrusion
g. other personal injuries.


6. Also as a result of the carelessness and negligence of the defendant, the Plaintiff was forced to expend suns for medical care, physical therapy, hospital care, diagnostic tests, surgical care, X-rays, prescriptions, and other therapeutic needs and will be required to do so in the future.



7. As a final result of the carelessness and negligence of the Dependent’s employee, the planted has lost some of her ability to enjoy life’s activities.

In response to a media inquiry regarding the lawsuit, Neptune's attorney elaborated on the incident (NewsTimes: 08.29.16).
William Burke, an attorney from Fairfield who is presenting Neptune, said his client was bending over to examine the ingredients in a product on the lower shelf when the cart struck her several times.

“She obviously didn’t expect to be hit by a shopping cart at the time,” Burke said. “She continues to suffer from the incident including headaches and back pain.”

In court documents filed at Danbury Superior Court, attorneys for Walmart denied the allegations and on January 4 2016, requested that Neptune "answer standard Interrogatories and Requests for Production."

On September 19, 2016, Wal-Mart filed a motion of compliance against Neptune in which the following was stated:

NOW COMES defendant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., by and through its undersigned counsel, and pursuant to Conn. Practice Book § 13-14 et seq., hereby move this Honorable Court for an order compelling the plaintiff, Sherrie Neptune, to fully and fairly comply with the defendant’s standard interrogatories and requests for production served January 4, 2016.

[...]

The defendant served standard discovery on the plaintiff on January 4, 2016 (please see Docket Entry 101.00). The plaintiff has never sought an extension of time, yet she has not responded at all to the outstanding discovery. The defendant would like to make efforts to resolve this matter and will of course have to prepare for trial in the event the matter does not settle, but neither can be done in the absence of plaintiff’s sworn discovery responses.

On December 13 2016, Wal-Mart filed a second motion of compliance against Neptune where the following was stated:
The defendant served standard discovery on the plaintiff nearly a year ago - on January 4, 2016 to be exact (please see Docket Entry 101.00). The plaintiff has never sought an extension of time, yet she has not responded at all to the outstanding discovery. Per the Scheduling Order (Docket Entry 103.00), all discovery was to be completed by October 1, 2016. The plaintiff is now well beyond that deadline and trial is scheduled to commence on April 18, 2017.

The defendant attempted to secure the plaintiff’s compliance through informal means. That having failed the defendant filed a motion for order of compliance on September 19, 2016 (Docket Entry 106.00). The defendant had hoped by this time to not only have secured the plaintiff’s discovery compliance, but also to have taken her deposition. That deposition has been noticed multiple tomes but canceled due to the lack of discovery compliance.

[...]

The parties appeared at a pretrial conference on October 27, 2016. The defendant had believed the plaintiff would be providing her discovery compliance at the conference or just before it. Instead, the plaintiff provided a haphazard stack of medical records at the conference. The content of these limited records confirms that they are woefully incomplete and not at all responsive to the defendant’s standard discovery requests. More importantly, the plaintiff has still provided no interrogatory responses – verified or otherwise. Follow up calls to gain said compliance have not borne fruit. This fact, plus the approaching trial date, have necessitated the filing of this motion.

In response to Wal-Mart's second motion of compliance, the judge in the case ordered all parties to be present for a hearing on the matter on January 30.
Hearing is scheduled on this motion for order of compliance for 1/30/17 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Ozalis. The plaintiff is ordered to file a status report on compliance with defendant's January 2016 discovery requests by 1/25/17.
Should make for an interesting court appearance on the 30th...stay tuned...


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AAA ends DMV service in Danbury

Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Time: 7:55 AM

Sad news to those who love the convenience of going to AAA for Department of Motor Vehicle services.

DANBURY DAILY VOICE:

The AAA offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties will no longer provide any services for the Department of Motor Vehicles such as driver's licenses renewals, the state announced Tuesday.

Fran Mayko, spokesman for AAA Northeast, confirmed Tuesday that the AAA offices in Fairfield, Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury and Milford will no longer offer DMV services for members and nonmembers.

The DMV equipment at those AAA offices were disabled by the DMV on Saturday, she said.

"We do around 160,000 transactions a year," Mayko said. Those transactions will now have to be completed at a DMV office.

The termination of services in Fairfield and New Haven counties was effective Jan. 1.

AAA offices in other upstate Connecticut locations will offer various DMV services such as driver's license and ID renewals to members and non-members, said the release.

The Department of Motor Vehicles could not reach an operating agreement with the AAA Northeast franchise that owns the offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties, according to the DMV.

The DMV had been in talks since October to keep DMV services running in these locations, but could not agree to the franchise's terms to only serve its members and exclude the remainder of the public, the DMV said.

“The Department’s responsibility is first and foremost to the general public. We need to maintain service levels while controlling costs. As such, we cannot subsidize a private organization’s provision of DMV services if that organization is not willing to find ways to serve the general public,” said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra.

As someone who has had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with the DMV, the closure of the AAA branch is a troubling to say the least.

I know, I know...

Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: 6:54 AM

...where's the analysis on Election night?

Well, I'm happy to report that I have all the info I need to give my take on election...it took a while to collect everything because in order to outline the utter nonsense that spewed from several candidates, I had to go and pull data from previous elections in Danbury that can not be obtained online.

Soon people...soon...


VIDEO: Family mourns woman in car crash on Mountainville Road

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Time: 12:08 AM

Of all of the network TV station in the state, Fox 61 has done most coverage of the recent police pursuit that ended with a crash on Mountainvile Road...unable most people are unaware of the station's news reports since Comcast dropped Fox61 was dropped from their cable line-up a while ago.

Here's Fox61's latest news segment on the crash and the family mourning the passing of Tiffany Fitzgerald.

Via Fox 61: "Family mourns death of woman killed in rollover crash following police chase"

A family in mourning during the holiday season, coping with the loss of a loved-one after a police chase ends in a rollover crash.

Tiffany Fitzgerald, 26, died Sunday at Danbury Hospital from the injuries she sustained in a crash on Thursday.

“I love her with all my heart and if I could go up there and bring her back, I'd bring her back right now,” her father Tim Fitzgerald said. “I wish it was me instead of her, I'd gladly take her place in a minute.”

The mother of three leaves behind a devastated family, including her younger sister, who considers her a best friend.

“It’s just been heartbreaking, we just lost our mother now we lost her there's really no words for how it feels,” her sister Amanda Fitzgerald said.

In January of this year, Tiffany and Amanda’s mother died in a car crash in North Carolina.

On Thursday, December 1 at 10:40 a.m. a 1997 Ford Explorer was driving on Mountainville Road, near the intersection of Mountain Road.

Danbury Police Officer Jamie Hodge, 38, a one-year member of department, was working a roadside construction assignment as an extra duty job. He was near Main Street and Center Street when he noticed the Explorer, which Officer Hodger recognized as having been reported stolen.

Police say Hodge jumped into his own personal car and began chasing the Explorer. He reportedly called the chase into Danbury Police dispatch.

The officer was unable to stop the car, and while the Explorer was on a left hand curve in the road it left the roadway, hit a State Traffic Commission sign in the right shoulder and then kept driving while straddling the roadway and shoulder. The Explorer eventually hit a utility pole support cable and utility pole, then drove over a private driveway before rolling over on the grass and coming to uncontrolled stop in the driveway.

The male driver, later identified as Ricardo Andre, 32, of Danbury, was taken to the hospital with a serious injury. Tiffany was the passenger, also transported with severe injuries, succumbing to them on Sunday.

[...]

Before being discharged from the hospital Monday, Danbury Police arrived to arrest Andre on three outstanding warrants for a slew of charges, including reckless endangerment in the first degree, interfering with police and resisting arrest, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit and larceny. He was also charged with failure to appear in court for some of those charges.

Those old charges are related to cases from 2015 and January 2016, and bond for all three combined was set at $42,000. He has not been charged yet in relation to last Thursday’s crash or in connection to the stolen vehicle he was in.

According to the CT Judicial Branch website, Andre is scheduled to appear again in court on December 13th.

RELATED POST:

VIDEO: Drive on Mountainville Road to scene of car crash.


Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie rips Danbury Dems for embracing Eriquez

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Time: 10:27 AM

As we enter the municipal election season, Hartford Counrant columnist Kevin Rennie joins the LONG list of residents, and politicos on the local and state level who continue to question the wisdom of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee under the leadership of former mayor Gene Eriquez as he faces domestic violence charges.

Rennie, DAILY RUCTIONS:

Danbury’s Democrats have fallen on hard times and will continue to have troubles mounting credible municipal campaigns as long as Gene Eriquez continues to serve as head of the local Democratic party. Eriquez, a former mayor of Danbury, was arrested in the spring for assaulting his wife. The violent attack included Eriquez pushing and punching his wife in the face, as well as preventing her for calling police for help.
As someone who, along with just about everyone who is not affliated with the city's town committee, is still scratching his head over Eriquez's inability to comprehend that his leadership is a net negative for the entire party, I wholeheartdly agree with Rennie's assessment of the Democratic party in Danbury.

If a Democraitc candidate for mayor wants to be taken seriously next year, he or she will have to keep safe distance from the town committee's current leadership and restrict Eriquez's presence with the campaign to being an effective messenger as town committee chair, work on getting candidates for office and getting out the vote. Anything outside of that simple task, or having Eriquez front and center in any large-scale campaign capacity, would risks the possibility of the former mayor inadvertently harming a candidate's mayoral campaign by being an unneeded distraction.

RELATED POSTS: Overblown?

Boughton speaks on Eriquez (and I guess pigs do fly every once and a while)

VIDEO: Eriquez temporarily steps down as Danbury DTC chairman

NEWSTIMES:

[Ted] Kennedy cancels Danbury Democratic fundraiser appearance over Eriquez’s domestic abuse charge

Danbury Democrats call on leader Gene Eriquez to resign

Danbury’s Eriquez “extremely remorseful” at arraignment on domestic violence charge

Chief: No special treatment for Eriquez


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

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

UPDATE: For clarification, according to updated postings on Facebook, Tiffany Fitzgerald was "pronounced dead" but is on life support.

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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 :-)


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