Police log for Redding Easton Weston: Larceny, alarm use fee, car accidents

Redding Larceny On Saturday, June 16, at 8:20 a.m., an owner of a business on Main Street in Georgetown filed a complaint that an employee took money out of an account to the business to pay outstanding personal debt. This matter is still under investigation. There is no further information at this time. Youth gathering On Friday, June 15, at about midnight, on Newtown Turnpike near the Saugatuck Reservoir, there was a report of youths gathering. Officers located two vehicles with a total of four occupants between them. All were checked out by the responding officers and sent on their way. … Read more

Retiring Redding Captain O’Donnell reflects on 33-year career

At 2:15 in the morning on a day in 2008, Redding Police Capt. Mark O’Donnell received a call that a man on 70 Acre Road was unconscious, but breathing. “As we were responding, his condition was upgraded to not breathing,” said O’Donnell, 54, who recently announced he is retiring after 33 years. When O’Donnell and a fellow officer arrived at the man’s home, the man was sitting in a recliner with his head slumped down. “We pulled him out of the recliner and got him to a flat surface on the floor,” O’Donnell said. “I tilted his head back and … Read more

Weston finance board postpones action on second school resource officer

Weston voters approved the town, education and capital budgets today at the referendum.

After an exhaustive discussion at its June 14 meeting, the Weston Board of Finance moved to table a $120,000 supplemental appropriation request for a new school resource officer (SRO). The board will take up the measure again at its meeting on Thursday, July 12. The measure was the topic of about 90 minutes of debate among board members, representatives from the Weston Board of Education, the Weston Police Department and the Weston Board of Police Commissioners. The police commissioners submitted the special appropriation request. The proposal would add a second school resource officer to two existing police officers stationed at … Read more

Firefighters battle brush fire across from John Read in Redding

Tankers from five fire departments were called today to the scene of a small brush fire on Route 53, across from John Read Middle School. The fire, which took about 30 minutes to put out, occupied one-third of an acre, one-quarter of a mile from the entrance to the hiking trail. The cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported. According to Redding Ridge Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Van Oostendorp, at around 2:30 p.m., a passerby noticed smoke coming from the woods. Fire departments from Ridgefield, Bethel, Georgetown, West Redding and Redding Ridge all responded to the … Read more

Selectmen to discuss report on Fuchs Monday

The Redding Board of Selectmen will meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of suspended Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs. The meeting follows completion of a draft report on the investigation into actions by Fuchs on April 11, 2016, when Peter Valenti was found hanging by a noose in a shed outside his Blueberry Hill Road home in Redding. Valenti’s body was initially mistaken for a dummy by the first police officer who found it. Then, according to another complaint, Fuchs refused to allow an emergency medical technician to check on Valenti, saying he was already dead. Valenti’s … Read more

West Redding Fire Department responds to allegations made by department members

Editor’s Note: The Redding Fire District #2 Commission and the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department have issued the following statement in response to the accusations made by six anonymous members of the department, as reported on Friday, June 1. The Redding Fire District #2 Commission and the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department are aware of serious, false, and defamatory allegations made by six anonymous members of the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department.   As a general policy, neither the Redding Fire District #2 Commission nor the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department comment upon membership, personnel, and disciplinary issues. The identities … Read more

Redding police officer arrested for disorderly conduct

A Redding police officer has been arrested May 9 for disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance, according to Redding police Captain Mark O’Donnell. According to reports, Officer Ryan Alcott was released from custody on a promise to appear in court. He is under a protective order and is prohibited from having any contact with the victim, according to reports. Since his arrest, he has given up his service weapon and has been placed on administrative duty, according to reports. “There is an ongoing internal affairs investigation,” O’Donnell said. This is a developing story.

Police Log for Redding, Easton, Weston

Weston Larceny theft from building On Wednesday, May 23, police were called to an unoccupied residence at 291 Newtown Turnpike with a report that an individual was actively stealing outdoor speakers from the home. According to police, Brian Genovese, who works for Teresa Bennett, the home’s property manager, said that after he pulled into the driveway to check on the property, he observed an unidentified man coming from behind the house carrying a ladder and holding two outdoor speakers which had been pulled from the home. According to police, Genovese said the man told him he was at the house … Read more

Accusations made against West Redding Fire Department

Half a dozen firefighters from the West Redding Volunteer Fire Department have come forward anonymously with multiple complaints against Chief Glenn Johnson and the three commissioners of the department. The complaints, which the firefighters said they spent several years collecting, include having the fire department pay for an ambulance that Redding taxpayers own, getting rid of the Fire Department’s Board of Directors, and using a company pickup truck for personal use. Ambulance purchase According to the complaints, part of the cost of an ambulance that Redding taxpayers own was paid for by the fire department. In 2015 to 2016, the … Read more

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