News briefs for Feb. 2


Police needs


panel to meet

PROSPECT — A Police Department Needs Assessment Subcommittee will hold a meeting today at 10 a.m. at Chapel Hall on 10 Center Street to hold a presentation and come up with proposals to ask architects and consulting firms.

The meeting will include a walk-through of the Police Station at 8 Center St.

The subcommittee, consisting of Mayor Robert Chatfield, Town Council Members Kathryn Zandri, Stan Pilat and Police Lt. Nelson Abarzua were scheduled to meet on Friday Jan. 27 to come up with the presentation.

Police apprehend

three juveniles

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck Police officers apprehended three borough juveniles— who have been since released— after being found in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Borough police was alerted to a stolen black Hyundai Tucson operating on New Haven Road on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Officers tried to conduct a motor vehicle stop with the vehicle, which was previously reported stolen out of the borough, The vehicle stopped at the intersection of New Haven Road and Cross Street, according to a Naugatuck Police Facebook post.

The three occupants followed the police officers’ verbal commands and exited the vehicle. The driver was a 16-year old male and two the passengers were 15-year old females, all from the borough.

The 16-year old and one of the 15-year old juveniles were charged accordingly and released to their parents. The other 15-year old female was not charged.

While police officers investigated the scene, they discovered a facsimile firearm which looked similar to a real firearm.

Comments sought

for Woodland job

REGION 16 DISTRICT — Through a referendum, Regional School District 16 was approved by the towns of Beacon Falls and Prospect to move forward with a $2.3 million capital improvement project for the Woodland Regional High School athletic facilities.

Since the approval last April, school officials have contracted to replace the gymnasium floor this May. Officials have not awarded the replacement of the track or drainage football field repair and minor field repairs as of yet. However, the Region 16 Board of Education has received input from community members, parents of students and students themselves to advocate for a revision to the capital improvement project.

The public is advocating for the school board to go back to referendum for town approval of a revision to the existing capital improvement project.

The public would like to see the board go to the town residents and seek additional funding to replace the grass field at Woodland with an artificial multi-purpose turf field. This would increase the funding for the WRHS athletic facilities from $2.3 million to approximately $4 million. The $1.7 million dollar increase would be an estimate of what it would cost to install an artificial turf multi-purpose field.

The school board will be discussing and taking action on this request at its next meeting. The board will meet next on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Long River Middle School Media Center. School officials encourage any resident who would like to add input to this discussion to attend the meeting.

The public comment section of the meeting affords time by any resident that would like to comment.

Residents may also email Region 16 Superintendent of Schools Michael P. Yamin at and he will convey remarks.

Two arrested

after gun fired

NAUGATUCK —Two borough men have been arrested after a gun was fired at a residence on Galpin Street on Monday.

Naugatuck police were dispatched  Jan. 23 to investigate a possible shots fired. Through the investigation, borough detectives determined that at least one round was discharged inside the residence. No injuries were reported from the gunfire, according to a police press release.

Borough police seized a 9mm handgun from the residence which didn’t contain a serial number or indentifying markings and so was referred to as a ghost gun.

The investigation resulted in the Naugatuck police arresting Janyla Harvey, 19, who was charged with interfering with an officer and failure to appear on an unrelated case.

Police also arrested Calvin Hicks, 21 and was charged with interfering with an officer.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges aren’t ruled out.

Public works

trims back brush,

collects litter

PROSPECT —Over the last several weeks, Public Works employees cut some brushes and collected over 70 bags of litter from several roads throughout town.

Some of those roads include Old Schoolhouse Road, Straitsville Road, Morris Road, Cook Road, Matthew Street, Summit Road and Scott Road, Mayor Robert Chatfield said.

The Prospect Gun Club usually plans to clean some town streets again sometime around Earth Day in the spring.


savings cards


PROSPECT —An old program to help with prescription drug savings is back through Local Government Executives and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. CCM is expecting to mail drug prescription discount cards to everyone in town regardless in town. Residents were expected to receive the cards on Jan. 27.

There is no charge to residents and they are sent regardless of insurance. CCM previously sent the cards to residents about 15 years ago.

Residents, who don’t receive the cards in the mail, can find extra cards at Town Hall, Senior Center and the Prospect Library