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    A 62-year-old woman has been charged with risk of injury to a child after police in Fairfield County received notice from a hospital of suspected child abuse. Lisa Piccerillo, of New Canaan, was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 10 for an incident that involved a 4-month-old in May. In May, New Canaan Police were notified by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding a report of suspected child abuse they received from Norwalk Hospital, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. Piccerillo was identified as a relative of the infant victim at the time of the incident, Ferraro said. A joint investigation with the New Canaan Police and DCF occurred, and as a result, Piccerillo was identified as the suspect in the case, he added. As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was secured for Piccerillo for risk of injury to a child, police said. Following her arrest, Piccerillo was processed and held on a $50,000 bond. 
    A 36-year-old woman who was wanted on an extraditable warrant was apprehended in Fairfield County. An officer in New Canaan saw Rachael Corrian shivering and walking barefoot on Elm Street and believed she was in need of assistance at about 4:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, according to the New Canaan Police Department. Police later determined that Corrian was wanted by the New York City Police Department on an extraditable warrant, with unknown charges, authorities said. Corrian was arrested and held without bond for a court date pending her extradition to New York State, police said. 
    Police in Fairfield County issued an alert following a string of vehicle thefts. The New Canaan Police Department said the thefts and suspicious incidents took place between Friday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 30. Officers first responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from a driveway in the area of Weed Street and Richmond Hill Road in New Canaan at about 1:20 a.m. on Friday, according to the report. The owner said the keys to their 2016 Land Rover had been left in the vehicle, along with a checkbook, a laptop, and work-related paperwork, police said. Another resident of Weed Street then reported an unknown vehicle was parked in their driveway at about 7:15 a.m. Officers learned that the vehicle was the stolen Land Rover. Then at about 7:35 a.m. police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Park Street, police said.  The complainant said a 2012 Audi A4 was stolen from outside of the home and that the car was locked and the key fob was inside of their home by the front door. The Audi...
    A 47-year-old man is facing charges in Fairfield County after two people reported that they received harassing phone calls and emails from him. The New Canaan Police Department reported that officers received complaints from two separate victims about Jason Newport, of Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Sept. 1. Police said both victims reported that they received harassing text messages, emails, and phone calls from Newport. An investigation was conducted, and arrest warrants were issued for both incidents, according to the report.  New Canaan Police traveled to Stamford Superior Court to take custody of Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 18, police said.  Police said Newport was charged with second-degree harassment and is set to appear in court on Monday, Oct. 31.
    A 59-year-old woman was accused of driving in Fairfield County while intoxicated at more than twice the legal limit. An officer saw a vehicle fail to obey a red traffic signal while traveling on New Norwalk Road in New Canaan, nearly striking another vehicle at the intersection with Silvermine Road at about 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, according to the New Canaan Police Department. Police conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as Lois Adams Miller, of Darien, authorities said. The officer detected signs of impairment while speaking to Miller, and standardized field sobriety tests were administered, authorities said. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and a traffic control signals charge, police said. Police said Miller's BAC was found to be .2237.  Miller posted bond and was released, according to the report.  Police said she is set to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 27.
    Three men and two juveniles were arrested for allegedly having two guns after being stopped for following each other at a high rate of speed in Fairfield County. The incident took place in New Cannan around 3:10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 17 northbound on New Norwalk Road. According to Lt. Jason Ferraro of the New Canaan PD, an officer on patrol spotted the two vehicles, a Honda CRV and a Jeep Wrangler traveling at a high rate of speed, very close to each other on New Norwalk Road. The officer began to follow the two vehicles as they turned onto several roadways, ending up on Raymond Street, Ferraro said. When the vehicle stopped, the officers spotted to occupants of the Jeep jump out of the vehicle and run behind a house on Raymond Street, he added. One was identified as Richard Warthen, age 21, of the Bronx, who was hiding behind a tree and later taken into custody. The second occupant of the Jeep was not located, police said. Ferraro said the Honda was still occupied by four males as officers approached. Peter...
    A 43-year-old man was charged with burglarizing a Fairfield County home. Police responded to a report of a burglary with forced entry through the door of a New Canaan home on Park Street on Tuesday, Oct. 4, according to the New Canaan Police Department. Investigators identified David Gannalo, of Norwalk, also the suspect in the burglary that happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, authorities said. Gannalo surrendered himself to New Canaan Police on Friday, Oct. 7, police said. Police said he was charged with: Third-degree burglary Third-degree criminal mischief First-degree burglary Gannalo is set to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 20, according to the report.
    A Fairfield County woman was arrested for alleged DUI after police received calls of a possible intoxicated driver. The incident took place in New Canaan around 9:20 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 22 in the area of Frogtown Road and Weed Street. According to Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police, responding officers found the vehicle stopped on Frogtown Road near Hanford Lane.  Upon speaking with the driver, identified as Christina Lynette Furniss, age 43, of Stamford, officers detected signs of impairment, Ferraro said. Furniss was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence. She was released after posting a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 6.
    A woman is facing charges for her alleged role in stealing a sports car valued at over $200,000 from a Connecticut home. In Fairfield County, New Canaan Police were called just after 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, with reports that a 2020 McLaren GT sports car had been stolen from inside the garage of a home located in the northwest section of New Canaan. Investigators were able to identify a suspect vehicle believed to be tied to the theft, which led them to 26-year-old Deasia Foster, of Newark, New Jersey, police said. Detectives questioned Foster about the theft and later determined that she had given them false and misleading information, according to police. An arrest warrant was issued and on Friday, Sept. 9, Foster surrendered to the New Canaan Police Department on a charge of interfering with a law enforcement officer. Police also obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect believed to have stolen the McLaren, but did not release their name. The department noted that the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. 
    Police in Fairfield County are investigating after a severed deer head was left in a town official’s driveway. New Canaan Police confirmed that the head was found just before 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 27, but have released few other details, including the town official's identity.  “At this time, we are investigating this incident,” New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said. “No further information will be released at this time.” This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
    A man who was found burning in a park in Fairfield County has been identified by the medical examiner's office. The incident took place in New Canaan around 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 in the area of Lapham Road near Waveny Park. On Thursday, Aug. 25, the medical examiner's office positively identified the man as Howard Alan Fletcher, age 71, of Norwalk, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. A cause of death has not been determined, Ferraro said. Earlier report: Man Found Burning In New Canaan Park Has Not Been Identified, Police Say This remains a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
    Police in Fairfield County issued an alert to residents about a string of mail thefts. Officers investigated reports of personal checks being stolen from residential mailboxes in New Canaan on Ferris Hill Road and West Road, the New Canaan Police Department reported on Monday, Aug. 22. According to police, the checks were "washed" and made payable to individuals who weren't the intended payees.  Those who steal mail can "wash" the checks by erasing the ink with chemicals and rewriting the checks to themselves. Police offered the following tips to prevent mail thefts: Get to know your neighbors, watch out for them, and report suspicious activity in your neighborhood immediately. Avoid leaving mail in your residential mailbox. Bring sensitive outgoing mail to the post office rather than leaving mail in your residential mailbox for pick-up. Consider getting a locking residential mailbox. There are many residential mailbox options that allow mail to be delivered, but require a key to retrieve the mail. Report mail theft to police and to USPS. Request a vacation hold, even if you're only away for a...
    A man who was found burning in a park in Fairfield County has not yet been identified by the medical examiner's office. The incident took place in New Canaan around 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 in the area of Lapham Road near Waveny Park. Related Story: Man Found Burning Near Busy Roadway In New Canaan Members of the New Canaan PD were dispatched to the area of Lapham Road near the town mulch pile on a report of a possible fire in the woods, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. When officers arrived on the scene they found a human body fully engulfed in flames in the supine position, Ferraro said. On Friday, Aug. 19, Ferraro said the man has not been yet identified by the Medical Examiner's Office. Police said at the time of the incident they did not suspect any foul play and preliminary evidence "does support that this incident is most likely a suicide." The investigation is ongoing. This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
    Authorities shared the results of tobacco compliance inspections at a group of Fairfield County businesses.  Police conducted unannounced compliance inspections at New Canaan businesses that sell tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes on Wednesday, Aug. 10, according to the New Canaan Police Department. The inspections were done in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, police said.  Police said L&A Cigars and Tobacco, located at 13 South Ave., was found to be non-complaint with the state law to inspect the photo ID of anyone who appears younger than 30 before selling a tobacco product or e-cigarette. According to the announcement, the following retailers were found to be compliant: Mobil Mart, located at 16 South Ave.  Veggie Barn Deli and Pizza, located at 22 Cross Street  Gulf, located at 36 South Avenue  Walgreens, located at 36 Pine St.  ACME, located at 288 Elm St.  A-1 Cellars, located at 282 Elm St.
    A man lying horizontally was found burning after police in Fairfield County responded to a call for a possible fire near a popular park. The incident took place in New Canaan around 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 in the area of Lapham Road near Waveny Park.  Preliminary evidence "does support that this incident is most likely a suicide," New Canaan Police said. Members of the New Canaan PD were dispatched to the area of Lapham Road near the town mulch pile on a report of a possible fire in the woods, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. The report of a fire in the woods was called in by a passerby who indicated that a fire was observed off the road and in the woods, he said. Responding patrol officers did observe a fire in the woods and as they entered the woods and got closer to the fire, a human body was observed fully engulfed in flames in the supine position, Ferraro said. Members of the New Canaan Fire Department assisted in extinguishing the fire and...
    A 32-year-old man was accused of driving under the influence after police said his vehicle was found partially blocking a Fairfield County roadway. An officer saw a vehicle parked and partially blocking Lapham Road in New Canaan at about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, the New Canaan Police Department reported. Police said the officer spoke to the driver, identified as Jacob Iorfino, of Stamford, and detected signs of impairment. Iorfino was arrested after he was administered a standard field sobriety test, according to the report. He was processed on a charge of illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, police said. Police said he refused to provide a BAC sample. His court date is set for Wednesday, Aug. 10, authorities said.
    Police are searching for suspects after five vehicles had items stolen at two parks in Fairfield County. The incidents took place in New Canaan beginning around 12:30 p.m., Sunday, July 24 at Irwin and Waveny parks. According to New Canaan Police, the chain of incidents began when a Subaru Forester was reported forcibly entered around 12:30 p.m. at Irwin Park. Officers met with the New Canaan resident who that after walking for 30 minutes she returned to the car and found a window smashed out and a medical bag with medical equipment and supplies missing, said Chief  Leon Krolikowski, of the New Canaan Police. About a half-hour later officers responded to Waveny Park where the owners of a Subaru IMprez reported their vehicle had been entered through a smashed window and a purse was stolen, the chief said. Minutes later, another New Canaan resident's Jeep Cherokee was reported broken into at the park with the owner's purse stolen, Krolikowski said. Two additional break-ins were reported at 2 and 2:20 p.m. with a Honda Pilot being forcibly entered and again, a purse...
    Another luxury vehicle was stolen in Fairfield County after the keys were left in an SUV. The incident was reported in New Canaan around 7 a.m., Sunday, July 3 on Cheese Spring Road. Officers responded to the home on a report of a stolen 2014 Audi Q5 had been stolen, said New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. The owner’s Ring doorbell captured the vehicle being driven out of the driveway at 4:15 a.m. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside, Krolikowski said. The vehicle was recovered in New Haven County about 50 miles away, in Waterbury, on Monday, July 4th around 5:45 a.m. There was no damage to the vehicle and it was found locked, but the car keys were not in the vehicle, Krolikowski added. "Please remember to always lock your vehicles and take the keys with you," Krolikowski said. For information or to report a crime, contact New Canaan Police at 203-594-3500 for assistance. For an emergency, dial 911. 
    A Fairfield County man was injured after being struck by a police vehicle in front of a local department's headquarters. The incident took place in New Canaan around 9 p.m., Monday, June 27 in front of the New Canaan Police Department at 156 South Ave. The New Canaan Police vehicle was exiting the parking lot of 156 South Ave., to turn right onto South Avenue to head north, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. "As this vehicle was turning right out of the parking lot a bicyclist was struck by the front of the vehicle," Ferraro said. The cyclist, a 68-year-old male New Canaan resident, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Ferraro added. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation and treatment by New Canaan EMS, police said At this time this incident is under investigation and no additional information will be released, Ferraro said. 
    A woman was accused of driving while under the influence after authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash in Fairfield County. Police responded to a report of a crash in the area of Frogtown Road and Parish Road North in New Canaan at about 10:10 p.m. on Friday, June 17, according to the New Canaan Police Department. Responding officers found that one of the drivers, identified as 57-year-old Wendy Pratt, of New Canaan, showed signs of impairment, police said. Field sobriety tests were administered, and Pratt was arrested on a charge of illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, authorities said. Police said Pratt refused to provide a BAC sample. She posted $250 bond and is set to appear in court on Tuesday, June 28, authorities said.
    A 61-year-old man is facing charges after police said he broke the window of a FedEx truck during an argument with the driver in Fairfield County. Police responded to a report of a dispute in the 300 block of Ponus Ridge Road in New Canaan at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, the New Canaan Police Department reported. Authorities said Robert Muller, of New Canaan, was driving south on Ponus Ridge Road when another vehicle entered his travel lane because a FedEx truck had stopped to make a delivery. Muller told officers he was upset about the way the truck was positioned on the road, and he stopped his vehicle to talk to the driver, police said. Police said an argument ensued, and Muller yelled at the FedEx driver and slammed his hand into the window, which caused it to shatter. Police later contacted Muller at his residence at gave him a misdemeanor summons for charges of second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, authorities said.
    A Fairfield County man was arrested for reckless driving after allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing into a tree, police said. In New Canaan, a driver crashed into a tree near the intersection of Cherry Street and Locust Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Police said that the driver, New Canaan resident Jonathan Whitehead Old, age 62, called the crash into the department and said that he had fallen asleep while driving through the intersection before crashing into the tree. Old was evaluated at the scene by paramedics, but was not transported to an area hospital for treatment, investigators noted. The investigation into the crash led to Old being taken into custody and transported to New Canaan Police Headquarters, where he was charged with reckless driving, a violation. Old was released on a $250 bond and scheduled to make a court appearance on Friday, June 3. 
    An 80-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly painting over her Fairfield County neighbor's surveillance camera. The incident took place in New Canaan on Saturday, April 9. Linda Aysseh, of New Canaan and Naples, Florida, turned herself in to police on Tuesday, May 24 on a warrant in connection with the April incident, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. According to Ferraro, New Canaan Police took a complaint of a neighbor dispute involving Aysseh. The complaint was that Aysseh had damaged a video surveillance camera by placing paint over the lens. A subsequent investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being obtained for Aysseh, Ferraro said. Aysseh was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. She was released after posting a $10,000 bond. 
    A man asleep behind the wheel of a parked car in Fairfield County was busted with an illegal weapon when officers went to check on his well-being, police said. In New Canaan, officers investigating a motor vehicle crash shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the intersection of Cherry Street and East Avenue were approached by a pedestrian who advised them of a person asleep in a car on Burtis Avenue. A New Canaan Police Department spokesperson said that officers were able to locate the sleeping man - later identified as New Canaan resident Christian Arita, age 25 - on Burtis Avenue, and when they made contact with him, they noted a 12-inch K-bar knife on the passenger seat. According to police, Arita was then taken into custody and charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle because the blade was longer than four inches in length. Arita was transported to New Canaan Police Headquarters and processed on the weapon charge. He was released on $2,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court in...
    An employee was arrested for allegedly sending threatening text messages demanding money to his employer in Fairfield County. On Friday, April 15, the business owner in New Canaan told police that they were receiving harassing text messages from an employee identified as Kelvin Rodriguez, age 33, of Bridgeport, said the New Canaan Police Department. An investigation was initiated and it was determined that Rodriguez had sent over 50 text messages demanding money and a percentage of the business and if he was not paid the business would be ruined, police said. As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was secured for Rodriguez for disorderly conduct and harassment, police added. On Monday, May 9, the New Canaan Police took custody of Rodriguez at Norwalk Hospital on the active arrest warrant.  He was transported and charged and held on a $35,000 bond. 
    A suspended Connecticut K-9 officer and another man have been charged with killing at least 10 dogs and burying them on his business property. New Canaan PD Officer David Rivera Jr., age 34, a Fairfield County resident in Stratford, turned himself in to Naugatuck Police in New Haven County on Monday, May 2, Department on an active warrant for events that took place at his business Black Rock Canine Training: Conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals Reckless endangerment  Conspiracy to commit euthanization of a canine Rivera was arrested along with his general manager New Haven County resident David Luna, age 33, of Waterbury, for shooting and killing at least 10 dogs and burying them on the property of the business when they were no longer "viable" for the business, said Naugatuck Police Chief Colin McAllister. See Earlier Story: New Canaan Officer Suspended After Arrest On Explosives, Weapons Charges An investigation by Naugatuck detectives found that numerous canines of all ages and breeds, including German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador Retrievers, had been abused and injured during their time at...
    A police officer in Fairfield County charged with illegally possessing explosives and an assault weapon has been placed on leave. David Rivera of the New Canaan PD was charged on Thursday, April 28, in his hometown of Stratford after quantities of high explosives were found improperly stored in his home, said Joseph T. Corradino, Fairfield State's Attorney. Following the search and charges, the New Canaan Police Department placed Rivera on leave on Wednesday, April 27, said Chief Leon Krolikowski, of the New Canaan Police. He is prohibited from serving as an active-duty New Canaan officer, the chief said. "Mr. Rivera will remain on leave pending adjudication of any criminal case and the completion of an internal investigation," Krolikowski said. Rivera is alleged to have used the explosives in his business training working dogs for various organizations, the State Attorney's Office said.  The warrant states that Rivera had no permit for the possession of the high explosives and that he was also found to have been in possession of an assault weapon, they added. The investigation began in New Haven County after...
    Two Fairfield County residents were arrested for allegedly leaving a 2-year-old unattended in a smoke-filled apartment with a smoke alarm going off for more than 20 minutes. The incident took place in New Canaan on Friday, April 15 at 40 Seminary St. The New Canaan Police along with the New Canaan Fire Department were dispatched to an apartment for a report of an active fire alarm that had been going off for approximately 20 minutes and smoke emanating from inside.  The fire department forced entry into the apartment and determined that burnt food was the cause of the smoke and active fire alarm, said Lt. Jason Ferraro, of the New Canaan Police. In addition, the apartment was showing high levels of carbon dioxide and needed to be ventilated, he added. An investigation determined that a 2-year-old child was left unattended in a separate room during the time of the active fire alarm and was not cared for during this time period, Ferraro said. An arrest warrant was obtained for Vanessa Giannico, age 28, and James Robinson, age 28, both of New Canaan, in...
    A Northern Westchester man was charged after police said he was found in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop in Connecticut. An officer in Fairfield County pulled a vehicle over on New Norwalk Road in New Canaan after seeing that the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, according to the New Canaan Police Department. During the traffic stop, police found that the driver, identified as 36-year-old Liandro Cardenas Avalos, of Pound Ridge, was in possession of cocaine, authorities said.  He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance - first offense, police said. He is set to appear in court on Thursday, May 5, authorities reported.
    A 43-year-old Massachusetts woman was arrested and accused of making harassing and threatening phone calls to a victim in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The New Canaan Police Department received a report on Tuesday, Feb. 15, that a victim had received harassing calls from an unknown person. Investigators later identified Abbie Stafford as the person who left the messages, authorities said. Police said Stafford is a resident of North Easton, located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Stafford surrendered herself to New Canaan Police on Friday, April 22, and she was charged with second-degree harassment and second-degree threatening, police said.
    A man whose license was suspended is accused of resisting arrest after a traffic stop in Fairfield County, according to police. An officer on patrol saw a vehicle that wasn't displaying a valid registration plate traveling in New Canaan on New Norwalk Road at about 4:10 p.m. on Friday, April 8, according to authorities. Police pulled the vehicle over and the driver, identified as Northern Westchester County resident Timothy Richardson, of South Salem, did not cooperate when asked to provide his driver's license, according to the New Canaan Police Department. It was later determined that his license was suspended, and the vehicle was not registered, police reported. While speaking with Richardson, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage, according to police. The officer asked Richardson to exit the vehicle, and he refused and resisted attempts by officers to arrest him, police said.  Richardson also refused to take sobriety tests, police said.  Police said Richardson was arrested on the following charges: Interfering with officer/resisting Illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension Failure to take a sobriety test Operate/parks...
    A 30-year-old man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence and crashing into a fence in Fairfield County. Police responded to a crash in the 400 block of Silvermine Road in New Canaan at about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, according to the New Canaan Police Department.  Authorities said the vehicle was reported to have traveled off the road and crashed into a fence. Officers spoke to the driver, identified as Hartford County resident Harsh Karshanbhai Patel, of Newington, and observed signs of impairment, authorities said.  Standardized field sobriety tests were given, and Patel was arrested on charges of illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to keep right, police said.  Patel refused to provide a BAC sample, police said.  He posted bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, April 14, authorities reported.
    A Fairfield County landlord is facing charges for allegedly turning off utilities on one of his tenants in the dead of winter, according to police. On Friday, Jan. 21, the New Canaan Police Department received a complaint from a Garibaldi Lane resident who reported that a landlord had turned off utilities at the residence, including heat and electricity. Police said that the investigation into the incident determined that the landlord at the property, Dinesh Parmar, age 63, of New Canaan, had been responsible for the utilities being turned off to the apartment, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Parmar surrendered himself at New Canaan Police Headquarters on Thursday, March 10 on the active warrant, where he was arrested and charged with violation of home or office health requirements. He was processed and released with a return court date set for Thursday, March 31.
    A Fairfield County man was allegedly drunk when he lost control of his Audi and crashed into a tree, police said. Officers from the New Canaan Police Department responded to a reported crash in the area of Oenone Ridge Road near Lukes Wood Road shortly before 1 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2021 after a driver struck a guard rail and then crashed into a nearby tree. According to police, the driver was identified as New Canaan resident Douglas Ray Knight, age 64, who was the only occupant of the vehicle. While speaking with Knight, investigators said that officers detected the smell of alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred. He was subsequently transported to the Norwalk Hospital by paramedics due to the nature of the crash. The investigation into the crash led to a warrant being issued for Knight’s arrest, and he turned himself in at New Canaan Police Headquarters on Monday, March 7. Knight was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and cited for failing to drive in...
    A 20-year-old man was taken into police custody after allegedly stealing a BMW in Fairfield County and later abandoning it in New Haven, officials said. The New Canaan Police Department received a report of a stolen BMW from a North Wilton Road resident on Tuesday, Jan. 18 after it had been taken from his home. Police said that the BMW was located following a brief search and the vehicle was recovered in New Haven. Investigators noted that while the BMW was being stolen and returned to New Canaan, another vehicle was also stolen in Wilton. The investigation into the stolen BMW by the New Canaan, Wilton, and New Haven police departments led them to identify New Haven resident Keisean Dwayne Chavis as their main suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, police from New Canaan traveled to New Haven to take custody of Chavis, who was being detained by his probation officer on the arrest warrant. Chavis was transported to New Canaan Police Headquarters, where he was charged with first-degree larceny. He’s being held...
    Authorities helped rescue a cat found abandoned in the cold at a highway rest stop in Fairfield County. Connecticut State Police and New Canaan Animal Control assisted after a cat was found abandoned in a cat carrier at the I-95 rest stop on Monday, Jan. 24, according to the New Canaan Police Department. The cat was taken to a veterinarian, who found that the animal had suffered trauma to an eye and two broken legs, police reported. The cat was named "Highway," police said. PAWs, an animal shelter in Norwalk, agreed to provide medical assistance.  "Despite the suspected abuse 'Highway' remains a sweet and trusting animal," police said.  Those with interest in helping with Highway's surgeries and rehabilitation can contact PAWS at 203-750-9572, authorities said.
    A driver was hospitalized with serious injuries following a head-on crash in Connecticut.  A 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 was westbound on East Canaan Road in Litchfield County in the town of North Canaan when it crossed the double yellow centerline and struck an eastbound 2012 Volkswagen Jetta at about 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, according to Connecticut State Police. The Mercedes then traveled across the eastbound lane and exited the roadway, striking a wooden telephone pole, police reported.  The telephone pole reportedly split and fell into the eastbound travel lane. The Mercedes came to a stop about 20 feet off the roadway, police said. State Police said the Volkswagen was redirected across the eastbound lane and came to a stop about five feet off the roadway. The driver of the Volkswagen, a 57-year-old man from Danvers, Massachusetts, was extricated from the car by North Canaan Fire Department and taken to a hospital for treatment of suspected serious injuries, police said. The driver of the Mercedes, a 21-year-old man from Holyoke, Massachusetts, was extricated by Norfolk Fire Department Vehicle and hospitalized with suspected...
    Connecticut State Police returned to a park in southwestern Connecticut to search for missing mother of five Jennifer Dulos on Monday, more than two years after she disappeared.  Detectives were following up on "previous investigative information" related to the Dulos' disappearance, a state police spokesperson said.  "This is being done out of an abundance of caution to explore every avenue related to the case," the spokesperson said. "These follow-ups are standard procedure as our detectives thoroughly investigate any and all leads." Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished after dropping her children off at school in New Canaan, Conn. on May 24.  (New Canaan Police Department) Dulos vanished on May 24, 2019, after dropping her five kids off at school. Her SUV was found that day near the Waveny Park that officers were scouring on Monday.  FAMILY OF ‘OTHER WOMAN’ IN JENNIFER DULOS MISSING PERSON CASE CLAIMS ‘INJUSTICE’ IN NEW STATEMENT Her remains have still not been found, but authorities arrested her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and charged him with murder and kidnapping in January 2020. He committed suicide just weeks later. ...
    Police in Fairfield County are investigating a weekend crime spree that saw an SUV, mail, and packages stolen in a pair of neighboring towns. Officers from the New Canaan Police Department were dispatched to Rosebrook Road early on Friday, Dec. 17, where there was a report of a stolen 2020 Ford Explorer that was taken overnight after it was left unlocked with the keys inside. Later that day, officers were also called to investigate a reported vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen on Turtleback Lane West. The following day, on Saturday, Dec. 18, officers investigated numerous reports of stolen mail and packages in New Canaan, including a Wachackme Road resident who found a pile of mail belonging to various residents of Mayanos Road, Chichester Road, and Wahackme Road. According to police, investigators also received a call from a US Postal worker who reported found mail scattered along Toquam Road and Windrow Lane. Officers checked surrounding neighborhoods and discovered several pieces of mail scattered on various lawns on Weed Street, Windrow Lane, and West Road. The...
    Connecticut State Police and K-9 dogs returned to a park in New Canaan on Monday to conduct another search for Jennifer Dulos, who has been missing since May 2019.  Monday's search was focused on a plot of land adjacent to Waveny Park, not far from where Dulos' SUV was found abandoned more than two years ago. The mom-of-five has not been seen or heard from since, and she has been presumed dead.  Officers and police dogs were observed scouring New Canaan's mulch dump in a wooded area. Officials said they anticipated this latest phase of the investigation to be lengthy.  'The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes detectives and K-9s are in Waveny Park on a standard follow-up investigative effort out of an abundance of caution to explore every avenue related to the case. These follow-ups are standard procedure as our detectives thoroughly investigate any and all leads,' said State Police official Brian Foley. Connecticut State Police returned to Waveny Park in New Canaan on Monday and searched this adjacent mulch pile as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance...
    NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut State Police are reportedly searching a park in New Canaan in connection to the disappearance, and presumed death, of Jennifer Dulos. State police were seen at Waveny Park, which they searched in the past, CBS2’s affiliate WFSB reported Monday. Stay with CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com for updates on this developing story.
    A 47-year-old woman has been charged after authorities said she stole a package at a Fairfield County apartment complex. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Tammy Platt, of New Canaan, surrendered herself to police on an active arrest warrant for charges of sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a child, the New Canaan Police Department reported. New Canaan Police received a complaint on Thursday, Sept. 30, of a package theft inside the apartment complex at 59 Millport Ave.  Video surveillance showed Platt and a child taking the package, putting it in a bag, and walking away, police said. Platt is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
    A woman is facing charges after police in Fairfield County said she opened cellular accounts using a victim's identity.  Annedlasia Porter, of Hartford, was arrested by New Canaan Police on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for two counts of conspiracy and four counts of third-degree identity theft, according to the New Canaan Police Department.  Police said Porter also uses the alias Jennifer Johnson, and on separate occasions told police that she is 28 years old and 21 years old. Police said investigators found that Porter had opened multiple cellular accounts at T-Mobile and Verizon wireless using a victim's identity. Her court appearance was set for Wednesday, Dec. 8, authorities said. 
    A 62-year-old woman was allegedly intoxicated when she was stopped by officers speeding and swerving in and out of her lane in Fairfield County, police said. In New Canaan, an officer on patrol shortly before 9:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 reported that he saw a vehicle traveling north on Smith Ridge Road “at an unreasonable speed and failing to stay in the proper lane," according to New Canaan PD Lieutenant Jason Ferraro. During the subsequent stop, police said that it was determined the driver, New Canaan resident Mindy Tarlow was allegedly showing signs of impairment, and she was taken into custody. Tarlow was charged with the illegal operation of a motor vehicle under alcohol or drugs and cited for failure to stay in the right lane. She was released on a $250 bond and scheduled to return to court in January to respond to the charge.
    A 61-year-old man was charged after police in Fairfield County said he was involved in a larceny of exercise equipment worth more than $68,000. Police received a report on Nov. 24, 2020, from an individual who said they paid $68,562.57 for exercise equipment and never received it, according to the New Canaan Police Department.  The victim said they made multiple attempts to get the equipment delivered, authorities said.  Investigators determined that Kevin Rourke, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was involved in the larceny, police said.  Authorities said Rourke surrendered himself to New Canaan Police on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and was processed for charges of conspiracy and first-degree larceny. He posted $50,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Tuesday, Dec. 14, police said.  Police said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are anticipated.
    Residents in one Fairfield County town have been receiving threatening text messages demanding money. On Thursday, Nov. 11, New Canaan residents reported receiving unsolicited text messages from 203-571-3124, said New Canaan Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski. The scammer demanded payment or the residents’ family members would be harmed. "These messages are scams and are a part of a national trend," Krolikowski said.  The chief said residents should: Never give personal information to unknown persons over the telephone or electronically. Be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, and e-mails. Never communicate with scammers and block the scammer’s telephone number and e-mail address. Never wire or send money in response to an unknown person who makes an unexpected demand. To reach the New Canaan Police Department, call 203-594-3500.
    Police in one Fairfield County town are warning residents that mail was stolen from numerous mailboxes after finding mail along a roadway. The incident took place on Sunday, Nov. 7, when Wilton Police contacted the New Canaan Police department to report finding mail on the side of a road. According to New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski the mail was from mailboxes located on the following New Canaan roads:  Butler Lane Hoyt Farm Road Long Lots Road Shagbark Road Stoneleigh Road Darien experienced similar mail thefts, he added. Krolikowski offered the following tips to prevent these mail thefts: Be a good neighbor: Get to know your neighbors, watch out for them, and report suspicious activity in your neighborhood immediately. Check your mail often: Avoid leaving mail in your unsecured residential mailbox. Bring sensitive outgoing mail to the post office rather than leaving mail in your residential mailbox for pick-up. Consider a locking mailbox: There are many residential mailbox options that allow mail to be delivered, but require a key to retrieve the mail. ...
    A 17-year-old girl was charged after police broke up a party involving underage drinking in Fairfield County. The New Canaan Police Department reported that officers responded to a home on Carter Street at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, after receiving a report of a loud party. Upon arrival, officers saw young people running from the home and into the woods and found open and unopened containers of alcohol in the area, police said. Following an investigation, the girl, a New Canaan resident, was issued a juvenile summons for a charge of failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor.
    A swerving driver was allegedly drunk after she was caught by police crossing over the double-yellow line on a busy roadway in Fairfield County. An officer from the New Canaan Police Department on patrol shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 initiated a traffic stop on Old Stamford Road when the driver was caught swerving and veering into the southbound lane while traveling northbound. Police said that during the subsequent traffic stop, officers determined that the driver, New Canaan resident Aurelia Heagle, age 41, was allegedly intoxicated, and she was taken into custody without incident. Heagle was arrested and charged with the illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs after refusing to provide a BAC sample.  She was also cited for failure to drive on the right side of the road, said police. Following her arrest, Heagle was released on a $400 bond and scheduled to return to court in New Canaan on Monday, Nov. 15.
    Police are searching for the owner of a dog that bit a person who was attempting to remove the dog from the roadway in Fairfield County. The incident took place in New Canaan in the area of Ponus Ridge Road and Bennington Place. A small white dog with a black electric fence collar bit the person at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, and then ran off, according to New Canaan Police Department. New Canaan Animal Control wants to find the dog's owner to confirm if the dog is rabies vaccinated. Anyone with information is asked to call New Canaan Animal Control at 203-594-3510.
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