Weston finance board approves police vehicles, reviews overtime

The Weston Board of Finance has authorized the purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the police department. The specially equipped Ford SUVs should cost $45,000 each, with the money coming from the department’s Special Duty Vehicle Fund. The fund gets money from an extra $18-an-hour charge paid by utility companies and private contractors when an officer on special duty has a patrol car. Special duty can include roadwork and tree cutting, with outside entities paying the department for an officer’s time as well. The police department has three marked patrol vehicles and additional vehicles used for school campus monitoring, … Read more

Police Log for Weston, Redding, Easton

Weekly Police Log for the towns of Weston, Redding, and Easton. Weston Disorderly conduct, weapons On March 30, Richard Phillips, 56, of Kettle Creek Road was arrested by Weston police and charged with disorderly conduct after police received a phone call from a person at Phillips’ home who said he had thrown a gun at her during an argument. Police recovered an unloaded .22-caliber Ruger Mark IV pistol at the scene, along with a .22-caliber Remington rifle, an antique muzzleloader rifle, and ammunition in plain sight. The case is under investigation. Car hit in parking lot Uyenphohung Ho, an employee … Read more

Easton agencies create guide for those with opioid addiction

Two Easton agencies have joined together to produce a resource guide for people struggling with opioid addiction and for their families. The Addiction and Mental Health Services Quick Info Guide is being distributed to individuals who suffer overdoses as well as their loved ones. It also offers guidance for people who may be suicidal or those close to them. The pamphlet includes contact information on government and nonprofit programs to assist people with addiction or mental health problems. It also explains how the medication naloxone, also known by the trade name Narcan, can be used to help save someone who … Read more

Easton man charged with robbing Fairfield gas stations

An Easton man has been charged with four gas station robberies in Fairfield. Conlin William Mellen, who turns 25 April 25, was arrested at Fairfield Police Headquarters Monday on the strength of a warrant charging him with four counts each of first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny. Fairfield Police say Mellen held up Star Fuels, 350 Jennings Road, Feb. 11 and March 25, and Stratfield Mobil, 1271 Stratfield Road, March 26 and April 1. Mellen was held on a court-set $250,000 bond and transported to Bridgeport Superior Court for arraignment.

Weston to collect unwanted prescription drugs on April 28

Residents can dispose of unused prescription drugs in Weston on April 28.

The town of Weston will host a drug take back event on Saturday, April 28 in the Weston Police Department lobby, 56 Norfield Road, across from the town library. People can drop off unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs as part of National Drug Take Back Day. Items to be accepted are prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, liquid medications, vitamins and pet medicine. Not being accepted are needles and sharps, mercury (such as found in thermometers), chemotherapy and radioactive substances, pressurized containers and inhalers, and illicit drugs. No questions will be asked of people dropping off items on drug take back day. … Read more

Georgetown brush fire takes 2 hours to get under control

From left, Jeff Rees and Max Eastus from the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department operating a hose line to help put out Saturday’s brush fire in Georgetown. — Mike Smith photo

It took firefighters two hours to control a large brush fire between Portland Avenue and Peaceable Street in Georgetown on Saturday. “The fire was on half an acre that was burning in the woods,” Lt. Mike Smith from the West Redding Fire Department said. Firefighters were dispatched to the area, 80 Portland Ave., at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. The fire was in the district of the Georgetown Fire Department. However, the West Redding and Redding Ridge Fire Departments, as well fire departments from Ridgefield, Weston and Bethel, were called to the scene for assistance, according to Smith. “There … Read more

West Redding Fire Department holds open house this Sunday

On Sunday, April 15, the West Redding Volunteer Fire department is hosting an Open House Recruitment Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the community and the general area are welcome to stop by and see what it means to be a volunteer EMT or firefighter. In Connecticut, 80% of the towns have volunteer departments servicing their communities. April 15 through April 21 is National Volunteer Week. This will be the department’s third event in the past three years honoring National Volunteer Firefighter Day. This event is being held with the guidance and help from the International Association … Read more

Easton police report stolen, burglarized cars

Easton police reported one car stolen and another burglarized early Saturday morning in the Rock House Road area, near the Redding town line. According to Sgt. Jonathan  Arnold, communications division supervisor, the cars were all unlocked. Two were rummaged through and one was stolen. The stolen car was unlocked with the keys in it, he said. Both incidents occurred between midnight and 5 a.m. early Saturday morning, April 7. “We are actively working on leads with several other area police departments,” Arnold said. “The Easton Police Department asks if you see something, please report it immediately to us.” Arnold warns drivers to keep their cars … Read more

Barlow case postponed until April 19

Former Easton EMT Christopher Barlow

The case against a former Easton EMT facing gun and voyeurism charges was transferred during a hearing Thursday, April 5, in Bridgeport. State Superior Court Judge Kevin Doyle announced that the case against Christopher Barlow will be going to a gun docket, which handles firearms offenses on Thursday, April 19. Barlow, who was represented by public defender Tanisha Williams, was wearing a blue suit jacket, white dress pants, and a pink striped tie. When asked for comment as he was leaving the courtroom, located on Golden Hill Street, he politely said, “No.” Bond was set at $25,000. Barlow was arrested … Read more

Redding responds to fire on Pocahontas Road

The Redding Fire Department was called to a fire this morning around 8:30 a.m. on Pocahontas Road. According to initial reports, the fire broke out on a detached garage at the residence. Engines and tankers from all three Redding fire stations responded to the call along with assistance from Easton and Bethel. There was significant fire and smoke damage to the interior of the house, according to a Redding volunteer firefighter. There were no injuries.

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