Easton police warn residents of ‘distraction burglaries’

The Easton Police Department has issued a statement warning residents of “distraction burglaries.” According to the release posted to the police department’s Facebook page, a distraction burglary occurs when a person with an ulterior motive tells lies to con their way into a home, or creates a diversion so an accomplice can sneak in a back door or window. As a means of avoiding these types of encounters, Easton police have advised the following: Never open your door to strangers and don’t hesitate to check with the police if you see someone you don’t recognize. Report suspicious people and vehicles … Read more

Weston finance board approves $120K for second SRO

After a roundabout discussion that was at times noisy and a bit contentious, the Weston Board of Finance approved funding for a second school resource officer (SRO). In a split vote, the board approved a $120,000 supplemental appropriation request from the Weston Board of Police Commissioners for the position. The $120,000 appropriation includes $77,312 for the police department for the new officer’s salary. The remaining $42,688 is for the new hire’s employee benefits package. The town currently has one SRO in the department. The special appropriation was passed in a 4 to 2 vote, with board members Rone Baldwin and … Read more

Police log for Weston and Redding: Accidents, DWI, crisis intervention

Weston Failure to brake Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident call shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, on Newtown Turnpike, just north of Valley Forge Road. When police arrived, the operator of one vehicle, Ryan Soto, 35, of 7 Park Avenue in Danbury, said he was traveling on Newtown Turnpike when he spied a port-a-potty in a dirt parking lot on the side of the road and pulled over to use it. He said he pulled his car in too quickly and failed to brake in time before colliding into the rear of an unoccupied vehicle … Read more

Capt. O’Donnell to become interim Redding police chief

Redding Police Capt. Mark O’Donnell will become interim Redding Police Chief, effective immediately. After an executive session Thursday afternoon at Town Hall, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton made a motion for the Board of Selectmen to appoint Mark O’Donnell to interim chief. Contract terms will be negotiated. The vote was unanimous; both Selectman Michael Thompson and Selectman Peg O’Donnell — who is not related to Mark O’Donnell — voted in favor of the motion. As soon as the motion was announced, a long round of applause broke out from the dozen people who were in attendance. Mark O’Donnell, who joined … Read more

3 cyclists injured in front of Redding middle school

Three bicyclists were injured in a road accident in front of John Read Middle School at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 1. According to Redding police Sgt. Marc DeLuca, a group of bicyclists were traveling southbound on Route 53, near John Read Middle School, when one rider stopped, and was then was struck by two that were behind. This action sent the riders to the ground with substantial but non life-threatening injuries. “One cyclist went down and then two more were trying to avoid that person,” according to personnel on the scene. The injured cyclists were identified as a man from … Read more

Redding Police Chief Fuchs gives notice of intent to resign

After a 30-minute-long executive session Friday afternoon, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton read a motion regarding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs’s intention to resign. Fuchs, who is on administrative leave of absence, is working on a resignation agreement. The Redding Board of Selectmen will accept Fuchs’s agreement, subject to the terms discussed in the executive session. These terms are not open to the public.  The settlement will be a public document once it is signed. Aside from Pemberton and Selectman Peg O’Donnell, representing the public was Redding resident Janice Meehan, former town treasurer. Fuchs was not in attendance at the meeting. … Read more

Police log for Redding, Easton, Weston: Larceny, untimely death, public indecency

Redding Larceny On Sunday, June 24, at about 6:30 p.m., a purse was reported as being stolen at the Wire Mill Grill on Old Mill Road. A debit card that was in the purse was used for a purchase in Westport. This case is under investigation. Untimely death On Thursday, June 21, at about 9:45 a.m., on Portland Avenue, a middle-aged male died from an apparent suicide. This matter is still under investigation. Easton Motor vehicle accident On Monday, June 25, at around 2:35 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 callers reported a car crashed into a telephone pole. There were no injuries. … Read more

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

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