Family of girl in train accident considers legal action

The location at the Topstone train crossing in Redding where a car was hit by a Metro-North train.

The family of a Ridgefield woman whose car was struck on the railroad tracks at Topstone Crossing in Redding is considering legal action. “I advised her to go see a lawyer or speak to someone about this,” said Nick Triantafillou, whose 21-year-old daughter, Stephanie, followed GPS directions onto the tracks. Following directions On Friday night, Jan. 12, Stephanie was driving from her house to a friend’s house in Danbury and was trying to cut though on back roads to avoid using the highway. She was following GPS directions that told her to go in the direction of the train tracks … Read more

Police Log for Weston, Redding, Easton

Police log

DWI in Weston town center Weston police arrested Gunars Dreifuss, 63, of Orange for DWI on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:45 p.m. He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. Officers were dispatched about a vehicle crossing the double yellow line on Georgetown Road as it was traveling toward Weston Town Center. They followed the vehicle into Weston Center and approached the car. According to the police report, officers noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the inside of the vehicle.” They noted that Dreifuss’s eyes were “glassy and bloodshot” and there was an empty … Read more

Ways to volunteer

By Peter Houlahan, Contributing writer With every new year come new resolutions. For many, this includes a commitment to giving back to the community by volunteering one’s time and expertise to a good cause. “The town would cease to function without its volunteers,” said Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton. “They play an enormous role in the community.” Every town offers an abundance of organizations and clubs, whatever one’s interests, skills or time constraints. Sometimes the trick is just finding them. Here is a small sample of organizations that could use your help. Additional opportunities to volunteer are provided on each of … Read more

Vehicle rollover in Redding with minor injuries

A Redding man had minor injuries as a result of his car rolling over early this morning, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, according to police. The car rolled over on Cross Highway in Redding at about 4:30 a.m., police said. The driver, Carlos Benton of Portland Avenue, was reported to have minor injuries, police said. The vehicle, a 2011 GMC Acadia, was towed by Smitty’s Auto Body in Bethel, according to the report. This case is under investigation.

‘I heard screaming coming from the tracks’

Witness to Friday’s train accident at Topstone describes scene Mikaela Dalessio was still awake on Friday night, Jan. 12, when she heard loud screams coming from the railroad tracks beside her Ridgefield home on Topstone Road. “I was awake in my bedroom and I heard a girl screaming for help,” said Dalessio, 20. “I looked out my window and saw a car parked on the train tracks and flashing lights. It was raining and foggy and very dark out. I started screaming for my mom to wake up and call 9-1-1.” At that point, Dalessio said, she ran outside and … Read more

Train hits car at Topstone crossing in Redding

A Metro-North train hit a car at the Topstone/Simpaug Road crossing in Redding around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, according to police. The train hit the rear of the car and pushed it up the track 100 yards, a report said. According to the report, the driver got out of the car prior to impact. There were no injuries and no alcohol was involved, according to police. This case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department. This is the second Metro-North train accident to take place at this location in a month. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, … Read more

Easton Firefighters rescue deer from frozen pond

The quick actions of an Easton resident and Easton Fire Department volunteers saved a deer’s life when the animal was rescued from a frozen pond. Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, a resident of Silver Hill was walking her dog near a pond in her backyard and heard a commotion in the water, according to Steve Waugh, chief of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. The resident noticed a deer had broken through the ice in the center of the pond, and was trapped in the water, Waugh said. The resident contacted the fire department, “and we came to get it … Read more

Police Log: Attempted ID theft

Attempted ID theft A Huckleberry Road resident contacted Redding police on Jan. 2 after receiving a LifeLock alert that someone had attempted to get a credit review to apply for credit at Chase Bank. Police said the victim did not lose any money. There are no suspects, but police are investigating the attempt. Stats:  Total calls: 134 Animal control investigation: 2 Assault: 0 Untimely death: 0 Assist EMS: 7 Assist fire: 1 Home and business alarms: 13 Missing person: 0 Motor vehicle accidents: 11 Suspicious person/vehicle: 11 Crisis intervention: 0 Well-being check: 1 Traffic offenses Total traffic stops: 5 Tickets … Read more

Weston Volunteer Fire Department gives annual awards

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department honored three members for their service at the annual Fire Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Firefighter of the Year award went to Mike Zegers, while the President and Chief’s Award went to Steven Ash. A third, special award was given to Gib Shea, a 17-year-old Westonite who dedicates much of his free time to the department. The Firefighter of the Year award is given to a volunteer who has a great impact on the operations of the department. The President and Chief’s Award is given to a member who goes above and beyond … Read more

Fire in freezer sets garage ablaze

An alarm alerted emergency responders to a fire Monday, Jan. 8. The Easton Police 911 Center was alerted to an automatic alarm around 5 p.m. Monday. Police arrived to find flames coming from an attached garage at 12 Wells Hill Road, according to Easton Police Sgt. Jonathan Arnold. The fire appeared to have started behind a refrigerator located in the garage, but the cause of the fire is under the investigation of the Easton Fire Marshal’s Office. The Easton Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Weston, Fairfield, Westport, Redding, West Redding and Long Hill of Trumbull fire departments. Weston … Read more

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