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Bethel Police Thanks Target & Bethel Buzz for Help With Toy Drive

DEC 10, 2012

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Bethel Police Thanks Target & Bethel Buzz for Help With Toy Drive


The Bethel Police Department had planned on holding a Stuff-a-Cruiser event at the Bethel Target to benefit local needy children this holiday season. Captain Bruckenthal of the Bethel Police sent Bethel Buzz the information to get the word out to the community and Bethel Buzz published the article on Dec. 5. (click here to read)

On a local level, Target was working with the Bethel P.D. to host the event, however on Dec. 6, Target Corporate was made aware of the Stuff-a-Crusier toy drive and canceled the event due to their “No Solicitation” policy. Following a phone call from Wendy Mitchell, owner/editor of Bethel Buzz, Target promised to donate $1,000 to the Bethel Police Benevolent Fund, who were organizing the event, and Target’s media relations department issued the following statement:

“Target partners year-round with local law enforcement across the country, including the Bethel Police Department, and annually evaluate how we can best partner to make a positive impact in the community.

This year, Target is providing a $1,000 grant to the “Stuff a Cruiser” event to enable the police department to purchase gifts for area children.  Prior to this weekend’s shopping event, additional donations will also be accepted at the Bethel Police Department.

Target is focused on creating a great shopping experience for our guests, which includes providing them with a distraction-free shopping environment. Therefore, we prohibit solicitation at our stores regardless of the cause or issue being represented. We continue to educate our stores across the country to ensure they have a thorough understanding of Target’s policies.

Target donates 5 percent of our profits to communities—more than $4 million per week—and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year to non-profit organizations across the country and continuously evaluate our partnerships to ensure they are supporting the community.”

Molly Snyder, Communications Manager, Target

Last Saturday, Captain Bruckenthal went to Target to collect the donation and purchase gifts for Bethel Social Services who will distribute them to needy families in the community.

After a successful collection, Captain Bruckenthal sent the following letter to Bethel Buzz:

Dear Wendy Mitchell, Bethel Buzz,                                                                                                                                 December, 10, 2012

Let me start by giving you a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! It was your prompting that pushed Target into the $1,000.00 donation. Several officers, along with Target employees, went  shopping at Target and spent the monies and loaded the closets for Bethel Social Services. Without your help we would not have had the success with this program with the last-minute problems we endured.

The Bethel Police Benevolent Association will continue to accept gifts for those in need, at the Bethel Police Department, 49 Plumtrees Road,  until Saturday December 15th. Thanks again for all of your help next year I may seek your expertise earlier.

Have a great Holiday Season!


Captain David Bruckenthal

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Stony Hill 4 Corners Tree Lighting is This Saturday

NOV 12, 2012

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Stony Hill 4 Corners Tree Lighting is This Saturday

This Saturday, November 17th the Stony Hill Four Corners Association will host their annual Christmas tree lighting and food drive at the Big Y supermarket. The Stony Hill and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Departments will be collecting food to benefit the Bethel and Newtown food banks from 10am – 5pm. Tree lighting festivities are from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and include music, entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive on a parade of fire trucks.

Since 2007 the Stony Hill Four Corners Association has been giving back to the community through community events and fundraisers. The association is composed of business owners between exits 8 and 9 in the Stony Hill area of Bethel and the Mount Pleasant Road area in Newtown, down Route 25 into Hawleyville. Last month the SH4C association held their annual Halloween Pancake Breakfast and raised over  $3,000.00 for the Stony Hill Fire Department’s Ambulance Fund.

For more information about the association or to become a member check out their website at www. or email

Bethel Fire Marshal Advises on Fireworks Safety

JUL 1, 2012

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Bethel Fire Marshal Advises on Fireworks Safety

From Thomas Galliford, Bethel Fire Marshal–

In advance of Fourth of July here is some important info from the NFPA regarding fireworks:

The only legal fireworks in CT are sparklers and fountains. No aerial type fireworks are allowed in CT.   You must be 16 years old to purchase and use sparklers and fountains. Sparklers burn around 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.  The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.  Nationwide, in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.
LEAVE THE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS and attend shows sponsored by local towns and organizations for the safest time!

Stony Hill Boot Drive Raises Close to $3,000 for Danbury Girl Mackenzie Newsome

APR 14, 2012

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Stony Hill Boot Drive Raises Close to $3,000 for Danbury Girl Mackenzie Newsome

Photo above by Chelsea Berg

Mackenzie Newsome has a lot of supporters in her corner. Earlier today the Stony Hill Fire Department raised close to $3,000, according to Chelsea Berg, volunteer. Danielle Demato and Doug Evanuska organized the event, along with members of the Stony Hill Fire Department, to help the Danbury three-year-old who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymph Node cancer.

Mackenzie Newsome has hundreds, if not thousands, of supporters who have rallied around her family with prayers, donations and support to help get them through this difficult time. It was reported in the News Times that the family is under a financial burden due to the expense of hospital bills and travel expenses to bring Mackenzie to treatments. On top of all that, Mackenzie’s father was, or will be soon, getting laid off from work.

Word quickly spread on Facebook that the Danbury family needed help and the community rallied with dozens of events to help raise funds. The Moose Lodge in Danbury held a fundraising dinner two weeks ago. In Naugatuck a dodgeball game fundraiser was organized. Today’s boot drive was very well attended and this evening supporters can help by attending “Meatballs for Mackenzie” at Delevina’s Deli on Hayestown Road in Danbury. They will be selling meatball wedges, meatballs with sauce and Patty’s pasta sauce all for $5.00. All proceeds will go to the Newsome family.

Tomorrow, Sunday April 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Escape Salon and Day Spa in Bethel will hold “A Day For Mackeznie” fundraiser at their salon which is located at 232 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. Area stylists will donate their time to give haircuts, manicures and pedicures. Take Time Relaxation Center in Bethel will also be available for massages. All funds will be donated to the Newsome family.

Next Saturday night “Zumba 4 Mackenzie” aims to raise even more funds to help the little girl get the treatments she needs. Tickets are now on sale for the event which is slated to take place on Saturday, April 21st from 6-8 p.m. at Wesconn. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be five instructors teaching Zumba, a 50/50 raffle and many more prizes to be raffled off. Souvenir T-shirts will be available to purchase. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets on-line. Call 203-837-8499 for more information.

For more information on upcoming events for Mackenzie please click here.

To send a donation please make a check payable to “Prayers for Mackenzie Newsome” and mail to the Newsome family, 36 Tamarack Ave., Suite 339, Danbury, CT 06811.

American Red Cross Assisting Midway Drive Family After Fire Destroys House

DEC 12, 2011

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CT Red Cross Assisting Midway Drive Family After Fire Destroys House

The following is a press release from Paul Shipman, Chief Communication Officer for the American Red Cross–

The American Red Cross is helping a family of five – two adults and three children – after a fire on Saturday in Beth on Midway Drive. The Red Cross is providing financial assistance for emergency food, clothing and household needs.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits, containing age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.  Children’s kits include a stuffed toy.

“While the family at first did not request assistance, it is often the case that needs evolve in the days following a fire,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We try to follow up with families affected by fire with a postcard that lets them know how to reach us if their needs change. We are grateful for the donations and volunteer service that allow us to be there for families affected by disaster.”

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.  For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit

Paul D. Shipman

Chief Communication Officer

American Red Cross

209 Farmington Avenue

Farmington, CT 06032

Det. Corporal Ralph DeLuca Retires From Bethel P.D.


Det. Corporal Ralph DeLuca Retires From Bethel P.D.

After over 3 decades of service to the Bethel community and our children, Det. Ralph DeLuca is hanging up his hat, so to speak. This Friday, Sept. 23 will be DeLuca’s last day on the job in Bethel after 31 years of service.

DeLuca was sworn into office at the Bethel Police Department on March 3, 1980. Originally from Bridgeport, DeLuca moved to Newtown at the age of 11 and to Bethel in when he was 16. He said his love of “all things having to do with the military and uniforms” began as a young child.

“Growing up as a kid in the 60′s I saw a lot on the news about hippies, Woodstock, Vietnam war protests and the proliferation of drugs. I thought ‘someone has to do something to make things better.,” DeLuca said.

He has spent the last 3 decades as a youth officer and D.A.R.E. instructor attempting to do just that. At the age of 14, DeLuca joined the Newtown Police Explorer Post and from there “never looked back.”

In college int he late 70′s DeLuca attended college at Moravian in Bethlehem, PA and worked part-time as an officer for the Town of Sherman. Beginning his position for the Bethel Police Department as a patrol officer, DeLuca was approached by then Chief John Basile for D.A.R.E. training.

“I was a little unsure at first if I wanted to do it but I figured I would try it and it turned out to be the one thing that has defined my career for the last 26 years as a youth officer,” he said, smiling.

The Police Commission and Chef Jeffrey Finch and the police Commission decided to cut the program last year, even after an 11-year-old girl, Lauren Messert collected over 600 signatures to save the program.

While the cut was heartbreaking for DeLuca to see, he said on Tuesday: “It’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life and I think this chapter is going to be a good one.”

DeLuca has helped countless school children over the last 3 decades to learn about making the right choices and to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Some of them, now adults,  have come to visit him, bringing along their own children. Some have followed in his footsteps, choosing to pursue law enforcement as a career themselves.

“The thing with prevention is that many times you don’t know what you’ve prevented. Sometimes you get so close with the families you end up adopting them. Other times, despite your best efforts, things don’t work out,” he said.

DeLuca was eligible to retire 6 years ago but said he could not walk away from the D.A.R.E. program. After it was cut, he said, he had to rethink his retirement plans. After taking one  week off to get things in order, it’s back to work for Det. DeLuca at his new position as School Safety Officer for Trumbull High School. He said he looks forward to the change and starting a new chapter in his life.

Bethel Police Reports 9/5/11


Bethel Police Reports 9/4/11

Sept. 5, 2011

Omalley Smith, 63, of Judd Avenue was arrested and charged on with driving under the influence of alcohol after a motor vehicle crash on Sunday, Sept. 4. He was released on a $200 bond with a court date set for Sept. 12 at Danbury Superior Court.

Sept. 4, 2011

Patrick Ness, 20, of Taylor Road was charged with driving under the influence by someone under the age of 21, possession of alcohol by a minor and speeding after police caught him traveling 58 mph in a 35 m.p.h. zone. Ness was released on a $100 bond with a court date of Sept. 15 in Danbury Superior Court.

Aug. 28, 2011

Steven Vlash, 19, was arrested and charged with larceny in the 4th degree after turning himself in to Bethel police on Aug. 23. Vlash was released after posting a $1,000 bond. His court date is Sept. 2.

Aug. 24, 2011

Bethel police recently completed an investigation into the theft of two firearms and money form a house on Midway Drive. Warrants were issued for suspects police believed to be involved in the crime including:

Amy Robbins, 19, of Midway Drive, Bethel, for theft of a firearm, conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm, larceny in the sixth degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, two counts of a false statement in the second degree, two counts of interfering with an officer.

Robert Pullum, 18, of Drummers Lane, Bethel, for conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm, theft of a firearm and criminal mischief in the third degree.

Martin Basso, 20, of Taunton Lake Road, Newtown, for conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm, theft of a firearm and criminal mischief in the third degree.

Aug. 22, 2011

Allan Lestermassman was arrested on Aug. 22 for larceny in the third degree at a Target store. He was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Bethel Police Save 47-Year-Old Bethel Man


Bethel Police Save 47-Year-Old Bethel Man ~ By Wendy Mitchell

The Bethel Police Department is proud to acknowledge that their department, along with Bethel EMT’s, saved the life of a 47-year-old Bethel man who had a heart attack.  On July 13, 2011 the Bethel Police Department received a call from the man’s wife that her husband was in cardiac arrest. Sergeant Rost, Sergeant Durkin, Officer Perun, Officer Delaney, Dispatcher Mort Gutman and Dispatcher Jason Shuttleworth all assisted in the lifesaving call.

Officers Perun and Delaney and Sergeants Rost and Durkin arrived at the home of the man whose wife was performing CPR as instructed by dispatch. The officers applied AED pads and a valve mask until paramedics arrived who then took over and transported the man to the Danbury Hospital for treatment.

Police Chief Jeffrey Finch said, “Over the years we have all seen the great majority die, despite our best efforts, or those of the emergency personnel. To my great surprise this man survived. Three days later he walked out of the hospital. I spoke with him today [July 26, 2011] and he is doing well.”

EMT Guy Minglinas said in a letter to Captain Cedergren: “I feel compelled to point out that it was because of [Bethel Police] crew’s quick, confident actions last night that this man was able to make it to the hospital with a pulse, and hopefully spend many more years with his family.”

He continued: “They really should be commended for their actions. Last night was an excellent example of the caliber of people that work for the Town of Bethel. This town is lucky to have people that are willing to take that extra step in helping others; and do it well.”

Bethel Couple Arrested For Cultivating Marijuana


A Bethel couple living right next door to the Bethel Police Station was arrested on Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00 a.m. for cultivating marijuana in their house. The Bethel Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant stemming from an investigation into the cultivation of marijuana at the home of Guy Allen, 57, and Ellen Allen, 52, of 51 Plumtrees Road, Bethel.

The pair was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of paraphernalia, cultivation, and possession within 1,500 feet of a school zone. The Allens were each released on $5,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on 8/5/2011.

The Fuzz Buzz 6/17/2011


The following is a list of police reports in chronological order, with the most current at the top:

6/17/2011: Police are on Nashville Road, where it intersects with South Street, working with cable crews. Drivers are asked to use caution and drive slowly on this narrow stretch of roadway.

6/16/2011: The Bethel Police Department us investigating a motor vehicle crash with injuries that happened at the intersection of Maple Ave. and Hickok Ave. The accident occurred at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011. the accident involved a yellow Jeep and a moped. One of the parties was transported to Danbury Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Any witness to the accident is asked to contact Officer Olmstead at (203) 744-7900.

6/13/11:  Police arrested Bette Jo Miller, 19, and Daniel Masterson, 21, both of West Grove Street, Waterbury, CT., both on charges of 3rd degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. The pair turned themselves in to police on active warrants for their arrest on charges stemming from an incident in March in which the two were accused of stealing electronics from a residence they were staying in. Both parties were released on a $1,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on June 24, 2011.

6/11/11: Adrian Fernandez, 24, of Garry Knolls, Danbury was arrested at 2:54 a.m. on 6/11/11 and charged with operating under the influence and passing in a no-passing zone. Police observed Fernandez’s vehicle traveling west on Stony Hill Road pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone and suspected he was operating under the influence. They conducted a field sobriety test which Fernandez failed. Fernandez was arrested and later released after posting $100 bond. Fernandez is
scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on June 27, 2011.

6/9/11: Michael Chatman, 19, of Main Street, Danbury was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and making an improper turn. When police pulled him over they observed small bags of marijuana inside of the vehicle. He has a court date of 6/21/11.

6/9/11: Michael Cummings, 21, of Milwaukee Avenue, Bethel was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police were called to a residence on Milwaukee Ave. regarding a domestic dispute. He was unable to post the $500 bond and was later arraigned in court on 6/10/11.


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