Kendra Baker, The News-Times

Kendra Baker

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Danbury, CT, United States

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Recent articles by Kendra:

Danbury man takes plea deal in 2020 restaurant shooting that injured two

Andrew Fermin, the Danbury man charged in a 2020 shooting of two people at Castello Restaurant, will be sentenced in April in that case and another one. → Read More

Redding teen’s Eagle Scout project creates safe place for dogs to roam, socialize in Topstone Park

A new enclosed area where dogs can safely roam off-leash will soon open in Redding's Topstone Park, thanks to 17-year-old Boy Scout Ian Cedusky. → Read More

Traci-Marie Jones, Bethel mom killed in murder-suicide, was 'sunshine' failed by 'broken system,' friends say

Friends describe Traci-Marie Jones, a 52-year-old mother of three, as a charismatic and compassionate person, as well as a talented hairdresser. → Read More

Police: Danbury man, 49, charged with firing gun during dispute outside a Rowan Street residence

Victor Ohtoniel Rosario was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace, police said. → Read More

Waterbury woman is sixth person charged in connection with Elmer's Diner shooting in Danbury

Shanice Taylor Cole was identified as one of the suspects who fled Elmer's Diner on Padanaram Road after a brawl inside the restaurant led to gunfire last July. → Read More

YouTuber found guilty of trespassing at Danbury City Hall, but cleared on disturbance charge

SeanPaul Reyes, of Long Island, N.Y., was ordered to pay a $90 fine and found guilty of simple trespass, but found not guilty of creating a public disturbance. → Read More

Rich Straiton, if elected, chooses former Bethel principal to fill selectman seat

Rich Straiton, a Democrat, announced he would ask Pat Cosentino, superintendent of Sherman School, to join the Board of Selectmen if he wins the election. → Read More

New Fairfield voters OK $140K in surplus spending, including a tractor, well testing and a housing survey

New Fairfield voters approved a $141,550 allocation of surplus funds, including for a tractor, police department accreditation and state-mandated well testing. → Read More

How carp ‘won the race’ against invasive plants in Candlewood Lake and how plant life could return

The thousands of sterile grass carp that were stocked in Candlewood Lake to combat Eurasian watermilfoil helped contribute to the loss of plant life. → Read More

In race for Bethel's first selectman, it's Democrat Rich Straiton vs. Republican Dan Carter

The candidates vying to fill the seat vacated by Matt Knickerbocker offer differing views on what’s best for the town. The special election will be Feb. 7. → Read More

New Fairfield board OKs surplus funding for capital projects, including new school floor, tractor

The New Fairfield Board of Finance recently approved transferring $236,550 in surplus money for eight projects — six of which need town meeting approval. . → Read More

Developer shows early look into his proposed 15-apartment development on Bethel's South Street

Three buildings with three stories and 15 apartments in a development called East Station Place could be coming to South Street in Bethel. → Read More

New Fairfield launches study to gauge interest in affordable, reliable internet

New Fairfield is conducting a study, in partnership with WestCOG, to examine feasibility and interest in a community-owned broadband fiber-optic network. → Read More

New Fairfield superintendent seeks 6% budget increase as schools see 'significant academic recovery' from COVID

Superintendent Kenneth Craw is recommending a 5.99 percent school spending increase for 2023-24 to continue the progress made since the COVID pandemic. → Read More

Bethel school chief requests 5.95 percent budget increase as district sees 'a lot more' students

Bethel Superintendent Christine Carver is requesting a 5.95 percent school spending increase for 2023-24 to support students amid growing enrollment and rising costs. → Read More

Are fewer Bethel teens vaping? Survey shows 'State of our Students' mental health, risk behaviors

While open about mental health, Bethel teens may be apprehensive about disclosing — even anonymously — their participation in risk behaviors like vaping. → Read More

New plan saves most WestConn social science degree programs that were on the chopping block

Awaiting approval from the Board of Regents, the latest plan eliminates the undergraduate social sciences degree program, but redesigns other degree programs. → Read More

Should the speed limit be lowered on New Fairfield’s Warwick Road? Town to conduct traffic study

A lower speed limit may be coming to Warwick Road following the New Fairfield Traffic Authority’s recent decision to assume greater control over local roads. → Read More

Redding police: Two stores cited for liquor law violations after selling alcohol to underage buyer

Redding police said they conducted the checks after receiving complaints about alcohol sales to buyers under the age of 21 in town. → Read More

Bethel gets $2.24M in federal grants for water upgrades: 'Not your grandfather’s water treatment plant'

The Bergstrom Well and Water Treatment Plant will be near Plumtrees and Walnut Hill roads and allow Bethel to replace the subsurface water with well water. → Read More