Branford Adds Four to Police Ranks

10-23-2008

"There hasn’t been a rise in crime, but Branford has hired four new officers to make sure it stays that way. The hires include one new officer, three replacement officers, and the swearing in of the department’s first female sergeant."

Fire station plans expansion

02-13-2008

"BRANFORD - First Selectman Anthony "Unk" DaRos shared his plans to expand Branford's Fire Department Headquarters shortly after the New Year."

Ex-firefighter skimmed union funds, suit claims

02-08-2008

"BRANFORD — The firefighters union has sued retired firefighter and former union official Michael Manemeit, seeking to recoup at least $24,000 in union funds raised for charity that Manemeit allegedly misappropriated for personal use."

Speed, lights put fire volunteer in trouble with law

11-06-2007

"EAST HAVEN - A 19-year-old Branford volunteer firefighter was arrested after police responded to a report that he was driving at a high rate of speed, crossed a double yellow center line on Hemin"

Branford response team begins training tonight

10-18-2007

"BRANFORD — The town will begin training its first Community Emergency Response Team with a meeting at 6:30 tonight in the Police Department Community Room, said police Lt. Geoffrey Morgan, town director of emergency management."

New fireboat cruising along Shoreline

10-01-2007

"BRANFORD — Just because the fire department’s new boat is docked in Stony Creek, don’t expect it to be used only there, or even only in Branford, officials said. The $325,000 vessel, called "Marine 5," was purchased with a Homeland Security grant."

From controlled burn to canine rescue

09-26-2007

"A controlled fire conducted by Branford firefighters last Wednesday quickly turned into a rehearsal for the real thing."

3 Branford teenagers held in rash of blazes

08-17-2007

"Three Branford teenagers entered Superior Court in New Haven Thursday charged with arson in connection with two suspicious fires that broke out in Branford last November — by the time they left the courthouse they had also been charged with starting a third suspicious fire in East Haven the same week, police said."

A Safe Return Home

08-10-2007

"At that hour, the entire Branford Police Department formed full dress ranks, ready to give a final salute to their Chief, the retiring Robert W. Gill. The ceremony went off with military precision."

New Haven Register - News - 08/03/2007 - Week of appreciation and promise for Branford police

08-03-2007

"BRANFORD — This is a week of changes in the Police Department: new Chief of Police John C. DeCarlo, 55, took the oath of office Thursday, just two days after retiring Chief Robert W. Gill was saluted by two lines of officers as he walked out of police headquarters in uniform for the last time, capping a police career that spanned 44 years."

DeCarlo: A thinking man's cop

07-27-2007

"At the end of this month, Police Chief Robert W. Gill will close out his distinguished career with Branford's finest. At that time, on Aug. 1, Gill's Deputy Chief John C. DeCarlo will assume official leadership of the department."

Branford names DeCarlo chief, Fowler as deputy

07-11-2007

"BRANFORD — Deputy Chief of Police John C. DeCarlo, 54, a 29-year veteran officer, will succeed Chief Robert Gill after Gill retires at the end of the month, the Board of Police Commissioners confirmed this week."

Branford firefighter accused of embezzling

05-17-2007

"BRANFORD — Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is suing a Branford firefighter and former union official, seeking to recoup at least $24,000 in union funds raised for charity that were allegedly misappropriated for personal use."

Embezzling treasurer sentenced

04-02-2007

"BRIDGEPORT — A Branford firefighter who embezzled at least $91,000 while serving as treasurer of a union representing the Greater New Haven Transit Authority and American Medical Response was sentenced to five months in prison, followed by five months of home confinement. "

Police chief to retire next year

12-17-2006

"BRANFORD - Police Chief Robert W. Gill, who has served eight years as the guiding light of the Branford police department, has announced plans to retire next year."

Firefighter faces prison in theft of $108,000

11-11-2006

"BRANFORD - Firefighter Andrew Konspore will be sentenced Dec. 14 on federal embezzlement charges after admitting he stole $108,000 as treasurer for the union at American Medical Response, where he also works."

A Vested Interest

09-28-2006

"Branford - The Branford Police Union, in conjunction with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) recently purchased 26 bulletproof vests for the officers of the Branford Police Department."

Firefighters recall 50-year veteran

07-22-2006

"BRANFORD — During the brief lull between emergencies, members of the Fire Department spent Friday recalling the contributions and mourning the death of retired Fire Chief Peter Mullen."

COMMISSIONER SAYS POLICE CHIEF AND DETECTIVE ERRED IN FOLLOWING MARCUSíS ORDERS.

06-13-2006

"A veteran member of the Branford Board of Police Commissioners asserted last night that the chief of police and a detective compromised the integrity of the police department when they agreed to take directions from Branford town attorney Ed Marcus to initiate a criminal investigation into former First Selectman Anthony Unk DaRos when there was no basis for criminal action of any kind."

Deadly fire ruled arson; reward offered

03-10-2006

"BRANFORD — The fire that killed Kathleen A. Hardy Tuesday was declared an arson Thursday afternoon, and a $2,500 reward was offered for information to solve the case. "

Retiring Assistant Fire Chief Robert Andrew

02-09-2006

"Branford - “I'm not going to miss getting up in the middle of the night,” says retiring Assistant Chief Robert Andrew of the Branford Fire Department. He laughs as he says this and it belies how dedicated he remains to the town and the men and women with whom he works. "

Judge tosses suit against Branford,

08-31-2005

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Dispatcher saves 9 from death

07-10-2005

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Discarded ashes linked to house fire

12-02-2004

"The Deputy Chief quotation highlights the folly of cross staffing. Like luck has any proper place in strategic planning and deployment of municipal fire protection . . . "

Firefighter's dedication spans lifetime

09-29-2004

"BRANFORD - A 26-year veteran of the town's career firefighting force and a descendant of Branford's well-known Klarman-Clancy clan, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Klarman has been a virtual "fixture" within the fire department as far back as anyone can remember."

Fire department dangerously understaffed

09-29-2004

"Branford- Despite the hiring of a new fire fighter over the summer, officials stated last week that The Branford Fire Department remains dramatically understaffed and unable to adequately respond to a large incident."

Fire Commission Notes

09-02-2004

"The Board of Fire Commissioners voted last week to award Smeal Fire Apparatus Company the bid for a new fire truck. "

New Harbor Master appointed

08-20-2004

"Branford- It is not the type of job you take for money. With a stipend of about $750 a year, the Branford Harbor Master has to be someone dedicated to keeping the local waterways clean and safe."

BOF Funds New Firefighter

07-08-2004

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Branford budget talks begin

03-26-2004

"BRANFORD - The Board of Finance began the process of trying to whittle away at the town's proposed budget increase as town officials look to defend their department's requests. One of those tough decisions involves the Fire Department's request for two new full-time employees and a replacement engine for Engine 1. "

Branford firefighter suspended in gas theft case

03-16-2004

"A member of [Branford] Volunteer Fire Company 5 has been suspended after being charged with stealing gasoline from a Department of Public Works’ pump station in January, police confirmed Monday."

The Year in Review - Branford Review

01-05-2004

"2003 - Seasons of Change"

Officer amends police bias suit in promotion dispute

07-08-2003

"BRANFORD — Police Lt. Thomas Grantland recently amended a bias suit he filed last year, claiming his candidacy for deputy chief was purposely overlooked because he supported union activities that allegedly defied the police chief’s policies and positions."

Lieutenant files bias suit

12-16-2002

"BRANFORD — Police Lt. Thomas W. Grantland has sued several of his colleagues and a Bristol-based testing firm for allegedly demonstrating bias during the interview process for deputy chief."

Emergency workers probed in alleged ambulance misuse

07-18-2002

"BRANFORD — Two members of the Branford Fire Department, each a paramedic and firefighter, are under investigation after allegedly taking a local ambulance to Seymour to respond to a family emergency."

Interim chief, 'new start' for Branford Fire Department

07-16-2002

"BRANFORD — With bagpipe music and surrounded by family, friends and firefighters, Deputy Fire Marshal Jack Ahern was sworn in Monday as the Fire Department's acting chief and fire marshal."

To Fire Or Not To Fire?

05-09-2002

"BRANFORD -- The Branford Board of Fire Commissioners has been considering the charges brought against Fire Chief Peter Buonome for months now."

Worker may sue over needle

04-02-2002

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Branford Board to explain lack of discipline - New Haven Register

04-12-2001

"Fire commissioners tonight will draft a formal explanation to First Selectman Anthony "

Worker may sue over needle

04-02-2001

"BRANFORD — An employee of a local trash hauling company has filed a notice of intent to sue the town, claiming he was stuck with a contaminated needle while removing garbage behind Branford fire headquarters."

Verdicts in arson often out of reach

03-25-2001

"If a Superior Court jury had been able to convict Anthony “Gene” Bontatibus last week of arson-murder it would have been a rare verdict."

Branford misses safety deadlines

12-12-2000

"Branford's Fire Department can't adequately trained its firefighters but it has shown astonishing proficiency in missing deadlines for getting the job done."

Fire company ecstatic over new vehicle

12-07-2000

"BRANFORD — After 41 years, Indian Neck/Pine Orchard Volunteer Company 9 finally will have a brand new fire truck."

Fire safety violations remain to be fixed

12-05-2000

"BRANFORD - Fire officials say they met Monday’s deadline to correct some problems on the state’s list of safety and training violations, but they have requested an extension to fix the remainder."

OSHA proposes fines against Branford fire department

08-28-2000

"The town of Branford is facing nearly $2,600 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations in the fire department. Critics are pointing fingers at the fire chief for the department's latest troubles. "

Branford Man Set To Go On Trial For Third Time In Arson Case

07-11-2000

"NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Branford businessman is set to go on trial for a third time on charges he burned down his flooring business, causing the death of a firefighter. "

Students' activism is refreshing, but it also exposes charter flaw.

06-01-2000

"They have petitioned to strip $140,000 from the Fire Department, via a townwide referendum that will cost about $10,000."

Fire marshal may be liable in block fire

04-30-1999

"NEW HAVEN - Branford's fire marshal, who's also the chief, may be held liable for damages stemming from a 1998 fire that destroyed a downtown block, according to a Superior Court ruling. "