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Former town employee seeks accelerated rehabilitation

Published 1:46 pm, Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • Javonte Ramos, who is employed at Darien Town Hall as a custodian, was arrested Thursday, April 24, on several charges in connection with an incident involving a threatening note found April 9. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Javonte Ramos, who is employed at Darien Town Hall as a custodian, was arrested Thursday, April 24, on several charges in connection with an incident involving a threatening note found April 9. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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The former town employee accused of lying about several incidents, one of which forced the evacuation of Darien Town Hall, applied for an accelerated rehabilitation program Tuesday at Stamford Superior Court.

Javonte Ramos, who was arrested April 24, would need to undergo a mental evaluation as part of the eligibility screening for the supervised diversionary program.

Ramos, 20, of 25 Suncrest Road, Norwalk, was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, two counts of falsely reporting an incident in the second degree and one count of providing a false statement. Police said he wrote, and subsequently reported, a threatening note found in Darien Town Hall April 9 when the building was evacuated and searched by bomb squad dogs.

"There was never any malicious intent here," attorney Mark Sherman, who is representing Ramos, said. "We're hoping he'll be able to reap the benefits of this program and have the charges dismissed."

If Ramos successfully completes the program, all charges will be dropped.

Ramos has sought treatment from the Franklin S. Dubois Center in Stamford since early May.

Ramos started working for the town as a seasonal employee for the Park and Recreation Department in May 2013. He was then hired as a temporary employee for the Department of Public Works in November.

Ramos became a permanent custodian on March 24. He was terminated from his job on April 23.

Ramos is also a line officer of Engine 41 for the Noroton Heights Fire Department. He was suspended the morning of April 24 until the outcome of his case is determined, according to Noroton Heights Fire Chief Ron Riolo.

He is due back in court on Sept. 16.

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews