Day: June 18, 2019

Police Activity Log

Redding Police Department

06/15/2019: Disorderly Conduct
A West Redding Man was arrested on a warrant stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred in February 2019. The 35 yr old male was charged with Disorderly Conduct and was arraigned at Danbury Superior Court on 6/17/19. His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

06/15/2019: MVA – Private Property  
Evading Accident – a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Black Cat Grill was stuck by a unknown vehicle that left the area. Property damage reported. Incident remains under investigation.

06/15/2019: MVA – Private Property 
Two car accident –  a vehicle backing out of a parking space at the Redding Ridge Post Office struck another vehicle in the parking lot. Minor damage reported. No injuries.

 06/10/2019:  MVA – Property Damage
Two vehicle accident – a vehicle pulled out of Hopewell Woods Rd and into the path of a N/B veicle on Rte 58. No reported injuries.

06/11/2019: MVA – Property Damage
Two vehicle accident – a vehicle was rear ended as it was traveling N/B on Black Rock Tpke and attempting to turn into a private driveway. Moderate contact damage reported. No injuries.

 06/11/2019: MVA – Property Damage
One car accident – vehicle was traveling northbound on Poverty Hollow Road when it veered off the N/B shoulder and struck a guard rail. Heavy contact damage reported. Town Hwy notified of the damage to Town property. No injuries reported.

06/13/2019: MVA – Property Damage
Two car accident – A vehicle exiting a private driveway on Putnam Park Rd pulled into the path of a S/B vehicle. Moderate contact damage reported. No injuries reported.

06/15/2019: MVA – Property Damage 
Accident reported in the area of Gallows Hill Rd – Vehicles left the scene prior to police arrival.

06/14/2019: Untimely Death
The RPD is investigating the death of a 100 yr female resident of Meadow Ridge – natural causes.

06/11/2019: Trespassing
Officers discovered four Wilton youths swimming in watershed property. The youths were removed from the area and given warnings for trespassing.

06/15/2019: Youth Gathering / Party     Shady Lane
Officers responded to a call of an intoxicated youth that had arrived at a supervised graduation party intoxicated. The 17 Yr old female was transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

Pride Month in CT

State of Connecticut
By His Excellency Ned Lamont, Governor:
An Official Statement

WHEREAS, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities are an integral part of Connecticut’s population; and

WHEREAS, the fight for dignity and equality for LGBTQ people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to make this a more inclusive society; and

WHEREAS, the State of Connecticut celebrates the diversity of its people and their right to live their lives out loud, free of discrimination, fear, and prejudice; and

WHEREAS, the month of June is recognized internationally as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, when people in the LGBTQ community in New York City – at great personal and physical risk to themselves – courageously fought back against the increasing hostility and discrimination they faced from police at the Stonewall Inn, which was a refuge for queer people of color, homeless young people, and drag queens; and

WHEREAS, the Stonewall Riots gave birth to the LGBTQ rights movement, and this year marks its 50th anniversary; and

WHEREAS, Connecticut is proud to have led the nation in adopting laws supporting the LGBTQ community, including being the first state to enact a law through the legislature granting same-sex couples with the rights and responsibilities of marriage; and

WHEREAS, the State of Connecticut remains committed to protecting the civil rights of the LGBTQ community; and

WHEREAS, there remains much work to do across the world to protect the safety and security of the LGBTQ community against the threat of violence and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, every human being has the right to live their lives openly as who they are; now

THEREFORE, I, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby officially designate June 2019 as

LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH
in the State of Connecticut.

What I am Proud of….

State Senator Will Haskell

The last six months have been a whirlwind, and it’s easy for Fairfield County to feel far away from Hartford. I am proud of what we accomplished in the Senate this year, and I want to share some of the success stories from the last six months. We worked hard to build a state that we could be proud of – a state that lives up to our shared values. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be debriefing a few major legislative moments. Let’s start with three bills that will bring our workplaces into the 21st century.

Paid Family and Medical Leave
When the United Nations surveyed 185 countries to learn more about family leave policies, the United States and Papua New Guinea were the only two nations that did not offer any program to allow new parents to care for their children. As a result, 1 in 4 American mothers have to go back to work just two weeks after giving birth. My Mom was one of those mothers, and I was thinking about her when I voted to bring Paid Family Leave to Connecticut.

Specifically, we established a paid family and medical leave program for new parents, employees with serious illnesses who can’t work, and those who have a seriously ill family member. If they need to, starting in 2021, these workers can receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave to spend time with their child or address serious health issues.

Importantly, this program is self-sustaining, financed solely by employee contributions. In other words, employers will not be asked to shoulder the cost of a worker’s salary while he or she is taking time to recover from an illness or bond with a new addition to the family. With this legislation, Connecticut will catch up to our neighbors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, all of which have similar programs.

$15 Minimum Wage
It’s time to get serious about addressing economic inequality in Fairfield County. With more than 300,000 Connecticut workers earning the minimum wage, we took action to help hardworking families put food on their table and gas in their car. Starting this October, and continuing through 2023, the minimum wage will rise – first to $11, then by a dollar each year until it reaches $15. The gradual steps in increasing the minimum wage allow employers time to acclimate to the changes.

Opponents of raising the minimum wage often talk about teenagers who are working part time and might not need a raise. Data shows that this is a misconception about who minimum wage workers really are. The average minimum wage worker is 35 years old. 28% of these workers have children and 56% are women. More than half of these employees work full time. Connecticut’s economy needs more consumers who are empowered by an economic freedom that benefits us all, and I was proud to support this bill.

Time’s Up
The “Time’s Up” movement changed history, with victims of sexual assault and harassment speaking up to demand safer and fairer workplaces. Although it’s decades overdue, we made it a priority this session to strengthen our laws and help everyone succeed in their professional lives.

Under the new law, Connecticut employers will provide training for sexual harassment, making sure workers know what sexual harassment is, and what to do if they experience it. Additionally, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will put materials online to facilitate this training.

Further, the legislation extends statutes of limitations in several instances of sexual assault, giving victims greater opportunities to come forward and seek justice for the crimes committed against them. Before this bill passed, our state had one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the country.