THE ARTURO DOTA TRIAL: Accuser pleads not guilty; police warrant paints disturbing picture
Thursday, August 25, 2011 Time: 5:28 PM
During his arraignment at Danbury Superior Court, accused killer Arturo Dota plead not guilty to the stabbing death of his girlfriend Natalie Ramirez.
For those unfamiliar with the case, here's a recap of the alleged crime via WTNH.
At the court hearing, Dota's lawyer Philip Russell entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Also, according to paperwork on file at court, the prosecution objected the photographers during the arraignment. The objection was overruled by the court and the photographer was allowed in court with conditions.
Since Dota's arraignment was today, his police warrant affidavit was made available to the public…and it paints a very disturbing picture (portion of the document are redacted).
With his bond was set at 1 million dollars, Dota's next court hearing date is set for Sept. 20th.
There seems to be some dispute about what occurred at the last Board of Education meeting this past Saturday morning. “This was a board meeting, and retreat,” according to Richard Janelli, vice chairman of the Board of Education. “We utilized the retreat to see how to improve, to view new goals. And there was also a meeting on the agenda, there was a motion item, and discussion of the year end funding. It was a public posted meeting.
Much of the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent discovery of $57,000 of unspent Board of Education funds, which Mayor Mark Boughton has earmarked for freshman sports. According to Janelli, “It was unanimous. The consensus was that the money could be used for other things, books, computers, tech ed; and if it were given to the BOE, it would have to go back into the budget.”
Technically, board member Janelli is correct. Only the BOE can decide how money is to be allocated for education BUT in this case, it's rather obvious that the money should go to Freshman sports. I mean really, what else is the board going to do with 57,000? Although that figure might seem like a goof deal of money, it terms of education, it almost like a drop in the bucket. Unfortunately, according to the article, there are some members of the board who feel that the money should be used for other purposes.
Enough is enough.
I'm not in agreement with many of the stuff that spews out of our current mayor's mouth, but in this case, he has a point...
“The city cannot make decisions for the Board of Education, and we are not going to do that," said the mayor. "But I cannot think of a better way to help a lot of kids than to use this money for freshman sports. It's $57,000! What are you going to do? Hire ¾ of a teacher? This is the biggest bang for the buck, and will make the most direct contribution to the kids.”
How can any member of the board (who actually shows up to the board meetings) disagree that using the money for Freshman sports is the best use of the surplus funds?
From their HORRIBLE attendance record, questionable decision making in the hiring of former DHS principal Robert Rossi, failure to address the low moral at the high school (till the eleventh hour), and a boatload of other issues that are worthy of a separate post, to say that this current board is dysfunctional is an understatement...and the fact that there is even a debate on whether or not surplus funds should be used for Freshman sports should be the final straw.
Former Danbury resident and local access TV host gives his account of earthquake from D.C.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Time: 3:50 PM
Local Access TV Hosts Ivon Alcime (right) and Marty Heiser (left) interview 2nd Ward City Council candidate Ken Gucker (center), Ideas at Work and Beyond: August 9 2007. Alcime is now a teacher at Howard University in D.C. and gave a first-hand account of the earthquake earlier today.
Since the epicenter of the earthquake is located near the nation's capitol, I decided to contact a former Danbury resident who is currently living in Washington D.C. and get his hand account on today's event.
Ivon Alcime is the former host of the local access TV show "Ideas at Work and Beyond" (currently named the Marty Heiser Show) and is a Ph.D student/instructor at Howard University in D.C. After cell phone coverage was restored in his area, I contacted Alcime to get his take on scene in D.C. after the earthquake struck.
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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.