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Adventures In ‘Open’ Government

by Eugene Driscoll | Mar 14, 2019 2:08 pm

I’ve been denied access to government documents on and off for 20 years.

Sometimes it’s justified. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it depends on who you ask. Sometimes I think it’s unjustified and I’m later proven wrong. Sometimes the Danbury mayor walks in, yells at someone, and you suddenly get what was being wrongfully denied.

It’s part of being a local reporter.

Since it is Sunshine Week — a week to celebrate the public’s right to know — I’m relaying an experience I had with Derby’s building official Thursday morning.

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Seymour High School Assistant Principal Still On Administrative Leave

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 25, 2019 7:20 am

A Seymour High School assistant principal remains on paid administrative leave after being charged with driving under the influence last month.

Paul Lucke, 43, was arrested Dec. 1 after being stopped by Naugatuck police at 12:43 a.m. on Bridge Street, according to a police arrest log. He was also cited for several motor vehicle violations.

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Ansonia Police: DUI Suspect Received No Special Treatment

by Eugene Driscoll | Dec 20, 2018 6:20 pm

ANSONIA — The officer in charge of investigating an alleged drunk driving crash involving the city’s former lawyer overlooked a key piece of evidence early on, according to an internal affairs report.

The mistake — overlooking data connected to blood alcohol content in a medical file — was eventually caught by the police chief.

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Ansonia Police Investigating Threat At High School

by STAFF | Nov 19, 2018 5:14 pm

ANSONIA A 15-year-old high school student has been suspended as police pursue an arrest warrant related to a threat made last week.

According to a letter sent to parents Friday (Nov. 16) by Principal Paul Giansanti, high school administrators were “informed of a potential threat against the high school community.”

“The threat was made by a student who was not present in the building today,” Giansanti said.

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Hearing Officer: Derby Violated FOI Act

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 26, 2018 4:36 pm

A hearing officer with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission determined the Derby Police Department and the City of Derby violated state open government laws by refusing to release an internal affairs report because the subject of the investigation objected.

The hearing officer’s report will now be the subject of a disposition hearing in front of the full Freedom of Information Commission at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hartford. If the hearing officer’s report is accepted, the city must release the report.

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Derby Internal Affairs Report Debated At FOI Hearing

by STAFF | May 31, 2018 7:21 am

The Valley Indy was denied access to an internal affairs report concerning a police officer who had been arrested in connection to a domestic violence incident.

So The Valley Indy filed a complaint with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission to force the document to be released to the public.

Click the play button to listen to testimony recorded in front of a hearing officer in April.

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