Today in history: Nov. 26

November 26, 2018

90 years agoBusiness houses to have extra police guardingExtra police protection for the business houses of Stamford was started by Chief of Police John B. Brennan on Saturday night and will continue until Christmas. Seven men were detailed to night duty, four to patrol the business section on foot and three in an automobile to be on watch for any criminal gangs that may invade the city by auto. The latter unit known as the “night patrol” will probably be a permanent member squad of the local department if the plan works as successfully here as in other cities.Policemen Clary, Mulreed, Robin and Maracco form the business section patrol, which is in addition to the regular policemen on the center beats. The shift works from 8 at night to 4 in the morning.The “night patrol” in charge of Detective Sgt. Hayes also works the same hours. Policemen Clarence Smith and Thomas Hogan are detailed with Hayes. This unit travels about the city in a police car, seeking suspicious automobiles or characters. A report is made to police headquarters every 30 minutes and the patrol can be ordered to any part of the city in quick fashion if the occasion warrants it.60 years agoBoard to study revision of lawA revised “anti-begging” ordinance, designed to meet objections to some of the provisions in the ordinance as originally drafted will be presented to the Board of Representatives for action Dec. 9.The ordinance is listed on the board’s agenda as coming up for final adoption. However, in view of the revisions, it may be necessary to republish the ordinance before it can be finally enacted.The revisions, drafted by Clement L. Raiteri’s legislative and rules committee, eliminates two provisions concerning licensing of door-to-door salesmen who solicit orders for future delivery. It had been proposed that such solicitors be required to wear a badge issued by the city, and to present references from three local businesses before they could obtain a permit. Both provisions met with opposition from local businesses engaged in door-to-door sales.30 years agoBus firm didn’t know driver was suspendedThe state Department of Motor Vehicles violated state law when it neglected to tell a bus company that a Darien school bus driver’s license was revoked in 1987 after a background check revealed public indecency arrest the year before, a department spokesman said.But the Nov. 14 arrest of Eugene Howard on charges that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old Stamford girl has prompted the department to institute new notification procedures, DMV spokesman Andrew Nelson said.Darien school administrators and bus company officials, meanwhile, have assailed the DMV for failing to comply to the law.“You can have the best hiring procedures in the world, but if there’s no communication between DMV and bus company, you’re going to get nowhere,” Darien Schools Superintendent James Loughran said this week.erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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