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"MADISON Police officials have posted a job description with an international organization and finalized a search process in their bid to hire a new chief."
"MADISON The Board of Selectmen tonight is expected to sign an agreement ending Police Department leader Robert Nolans service to the town Oct. 1, Nolan confirmed Tuesday."
"MADISON Administrative charges against the latest town police officer in hot water stem from an incident more than a year ago in which he allegedly failed to investigate a building alarm and lied to his supervisor about why."
"MADISON-Fired police officer Daniel Hedges has filed notice of intent to sue the town for damages in excess of $15,000 for complaints ranging from a breach of medical records confidentiality to attempts on the part of the police department and town to cause him emotional distress."
"Former police officer Daniel Hedges has filed a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CCHRO) alleging the town and the Police Department discriminated against him during his employment and in actions taken against him in their many efforts to terminate his employment."
"MADISON-Thomas Bull has been sworn in as the newest member of the Madison Police Department and completed his first day of field training Friday."
"Although their number was few, their frustration was evident. Barely a dozen taxpayers attended the special town meeting last week called to approve a $250,000 special appropriation meant to cover the towns legal costs to the end of this fiscal year."
"MADISON A $250,000 special appropriation to replenish the towns depleted legal fund passed without a quorum at a town meeting Wednesday night."
"MADISON Acting Police Chief Robert Nolan and his wife usually travel to Florida the first week of October to spend the next six or seven months in the sun."
"MADISON Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied this week that the agency is investigating Madisons Police Department."
"The Board of Police Commissioners emerged from a three-hour, closed-door session last week to vote unanimously to recommend that the boards of selectmen and finance consider entering into a settlement with former veteran police officer Timothy Heiden. The details of the proposed settlement were not disclosed."
"MADISON The police force, already strapped for officers, was dealt another blow Tuesday afternoon when veteran Detective James Daniels submitted his retirement."
"Joseph Gambardella, the Madison police officer seen on video tape leaving Lenny & Joes restaurant with a bag filled with frozen seafood, avoided prison time and a trial when he pleaded no contest in New Haven Superior Court Sept. 15."
"Three weeks ago Justin Stysly, 23, graduate of the Connecticut Police Academy, was wearing a Madison police uniform and on the road with other officers in the department, all part of his 14-week field training. Last week he resigned."
"MADISON During a fire several years ago, town firefighters saved a cat by using mouth-to-nose resuscitation, Madison Hose Company Fire Chief Robert Gerard says."
"The town spent $558,833.95 for legal expenses in the 2007-2008 fiscal yearnearly $425,000 more than was budgeted."
"MADISON - One of the 10 alleged "johns" arrested on a charge of patronizing prostitutes is chief of the Madison Ambulance Association and has been put on administrative leave, according to an ambulance board member."
"MADISON-The town will soon boast four female officers, with Army veteran Patricia Smith sworn in Monday. "The locker room's getting crowded," joked Ofc. Lori Laprise at the swearing in ceremony."
"MADISON Ongoing troubles in the Police Department and 96 revaluation appeals have depleted the towns legal budget less than two months into the fiscal year, prompting selectmen to consider a $250,000 special appropriation to replenish the fund."
"MADISON When police Officer Patricia Smith is sworn in Monday, she will be the first new hire to go through a revised process one that increases the Board of Police Commissioners control over screening and hiring candidates."
"Officials Thursday dismissed rumors that Madison and Clinton were in talks to merge their police departments, saying the plan never moved beyond discussion stages."
"Saying it was inappropriate to discuss at this time, the Board of Police Commissioners last week unanimously tabled any action on the retirement proposal presented to it by Police Chief Paul Jakubson."
"MADISON Members of the Police Departments Explorer Post have not been able to ride in cruisers with officers a staple of the program for nearly three months because of a blanket order barring all ride-alongs, acting Police Chief Robert Nolan said Monday."
"MADISON-Suspended Police Chief Paul Jakubson's retirement proposal is asking for $600 a week as a structured settlement of his heart and hypertension claim."
"MADISON The court case against a police officer charged with several motor vehicle violations was continued Wednesday to next week."
"MADISON State police investigators are not the only ones looking into goings on at the Madison Police Department."
"MADISON -- Ernest Boggs Jr. made his first appearance before a judge Wednesday morning."
"It is natural for one to be skeptical of a father's appraisal of his son; however, please hear my heart. I speak on behalf of Officer Daniel Hedges, Madison Police Department, my son."
"MADISON The ongoing scandal in the Police Department that has left eight officers fired, suspended or facing charges comes with a hefty cost to taxpayers: $337,420 in legal fees in the fiscal year that ended June 30."
"MADISON - Chief Paul Jakubson became the focus last week of growing anger and frustration over scandals at the Madison Police Department, with some residents calling on him to step down."
"MADISON Officer Matthew Sterling was fired Tuesday after the Police Commission ruled that he had frequented a known house of prostitution while off duty and had misled investigators despite his knowledge that on-duty officers were meeting with prostitutes."
"MADISON Another police officer will face unspecified administrative charges this morning."
"MADISON Suspended police Officer Bernard Durgin Jr. was fired Friday after the Police Commission upheld 50 administrative charges against him a number so great that it took an attorney more than an hour to read all the counts into the record."
"MADISON Police Sgt. Timothy Heiden, a 17-year veteran and union president, was fired Thursday after the Police Commission ruled he interfered with a state police investigation and failed to supervise officers on his shift."
"MADISON Administrative charges will be levied against another Madison police officer this morning, officials said Wednesday."
"MADISON - At the police department here it appears things have gone from bad to worse."
"The Madison Police Department is down to 18 officers. It would have more but they keep getting arrested or suspended for misconduct."
"MADISON - The Police Department has levied additional charges against one former cop and one suspended officer for crimes they allegedly committed while on the job."
"Heiden, himself, faces no criminal charges, only accusations he violated department rules and regulations related to oath of office, code of ethics, conduct unbecoming an officer and supervisory duties."
"MADISON During hearings to decide the fate of suspended police Sgt. Timothy Heiden, the lieutenant in charge of the internal investigation said recommending Heidens termination was "the hardest decision he ever made." "
"Madison (WTNH) Officer Bernard Durgin first got in trouble in August. He flashed his badge at New Haven officers who were arresting a friend of Durgin's. That friend is also a violent felon."
"MADISON A new firetruck worth about a half-million dollars is headed for Madison to replace a 30-year-old truck."
"In many cities and towns in Connecticut, from the far-reaching narcotics squad scandal in New Haven to snatched seafood in Madison, these things are happening."
"A shoreline fire department is celebrating a milestone this weekend. Madison Hose Company #1 has been fighting fires for 100 years."
"MADISON The last areas of town where cell phones can't connect with the outside world soon may be getting a power boost in the form of four new wireless towers."
"The criminal case of Joseph Gambardella, the longtime Madison police officer accused of stealing shrimp and lobster from a local restaurant, was delayed again Tuesday."
"MADISON The lone Democrat on the Police Commission says serious differences with the commissions Republican chairman and its overall operation are behind his intention to resign once a replacement can be appointed."
" A Madison police officer accused of breaking the law says he didn't do it - he is accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of seafood from a Madison restaurant."
"MADISON Frustrated with what they view as the towns lack of action on emergency dispatch problems, the chiefs of the towns two volunteer fire companies have issued an ultimatum:"
"At its Dec. 19 meeting, Madison's Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to approve a regionalization of Madison's emergency medical dispatch with Guilford's. "
"term planning issues in the Police Department. The board is inviting public comment."
"MADISON - The Board of Police Commissioners will proceed with its intention to post the new position of deputy police chief within the Police Department."
"Madison (CT) The Police Commission has submitted its proposed budget for the next fiscal year and included in it is a request for five new police officers."
"Madison (CT) The town and the union representing the nine civilian communications technicians, secretaries, and clerks of the Police Department have reached a contract agreement."
"MADISON - Since May, the town's emergency medical and fire personnel and Police Department representatives have been meeting in an effort to determine what changes are needed, if any, in Madison's present emergency dispatch system. "
"MADISON -- New state regulations that require a 911 dispatcher to stay on the phone until an ambulance arrives have town officials considering a regional dispatch service with Guilford. Madison officials are trying to determine whether it would be less costly to share 911 dispatch duties with Guilford than to continue to handle 911 calls alone. "
"MADISON - Tim Heiden, head of the town's police union, contended in an interview last week that taxpayers 'are not hearing the full story' about the union's present contract negotiations. "
"MADISON - In a special joint meeting with the Board of Police Commissioners, the Board of Selectmen has rejected a request to add four more certified officers to the Police Department. "
"After receiving authorization from the Board of Police Commissioners in August, Madison police won the approval of the Board of Selectmen Oct. 25 to purchase a $59,000 upgrade for its radio system. <br>"
"In 2005 the North Madison Fire Department will unveil its new facility, a building specifically designed to house the equipment and technology now required for a modern firefighting operation."
"MADISON -- The selectmen will not consider the Police Commissions request to bring the force up to 28 officers again until a new police contract is agreed upon, First Selectman Tom Scarpati says. Scarpati has been attending recent Police Commission meetings in his capacity of ex officio member as the power struggle between the commission and the selectmen continues."
"MADISON - The Board of Police Commissioners, in a split vote last week, approved the creation of a deputy chief position within the Police Department over the strenuous objections of Commissioner Emile Geisenheimer."
"In addition to the radios, the Department of Public Safety is installing 22 mass decontamination trailers in strategic locations around the state."