2013 In Review: Wilton Dog Mauling, Ramsey Sentencing Lead Year In News

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The home at 77 Range Road in Wilton was the site of a vicious dog attack in which the homeowner lost one of her arms and part of the other. Photo Credit: Contributed file

WILTON, Conn. — A Wilton woman was severely injured following a vicious dog attack at her home, Aaron Ramsey was sentenced to 50 years in a psychiatric facility and a 12-year-old Weston boy died in a bicycle accident. Here’s a look back at some of Wilton’s top stories from 2013:

Wilton’s Anne Murray lost her left arm and part of her right arm back in November after she was attacked by a pit bull-type dog at her 77 Range Road home. The dog in the Nov. 11 attack lived with Murray and her sons. She was home alone at the time of the attack. The dog was shot and killed by responding police and it is not known what caused the dog to attack.

Wilton’s Aaron Ramsey was in March sentenced to serve 50 years at Whiting Forensic Facility, a state mental hospital, for beating his father to death. In May 2012, Ramsey was charged with killing his 73-year-old father at their Wilton home, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity in December 2012.

Joseph "A.J." Cina, a 12-year-old boy from Weston, was killed in a bicycle accident on Wilton’s Cedar Road back in July. Cina was riding east on Cedar Road with two other boys from Weston when he lost control of his bicycle and rode off the east shoulder.

In September, the Wilton Board of Selectmen unanimously approved an ordinance permitting the sale of alcohol on Sundays at the town’s liquor stores.

Schools Superintendent Gary Richards in August announced his intent to retire at the end of December. He now plans to stay in his position until the end of the school year to allow the Board of Education enough time to find his successor.

Wilton’s Village Market, a community staple for the past 78 years, changed ownership in October after 24 years.

In a special November town meeting, residents voted to preserve the 39-acre Keiser property by purchasing a $2.5 million conservation easement for the land, located at the intersection of Cannon and Seeley Roads. Of this amount, the town will pay $2.2 million.

Several new businesses opened in Wilton this year. Michaels, a national arts and craft superstore, and Mrs. Green’s Natural Market both opened in the Gateway Shopping Center. Little Pub Wilton opened on Route 7 in April and Peachwave, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, opened in Wilton Center in October.

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