‘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

Easton police officer suffers smoke inhalation after rescuing trapped pit bull

Easton Police officer Don Kinahan rescued a pit bull from a home on Friday, Jan. 5, at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to police reports. The homeowner initially made a 9-1-1 call to the Easton Police Department and reported that his house was on fire and he could not control it, police said. According to police, the Easton Police and Fire Department responded to the active house fire, at 25 Deerfield Drive. Fire departments from Weston, West Redding, Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport and Redding Ridge were also called to the scene, police said. Kinahan, a nine-year-veteran with the Easton Police Department, suffered … Read more

Redding Police log

Lost or stolen license plates On Tuesday, Dec. 26, at about 1 p.m., Robert Bridges of Black Rock Turnpike reported that license plates that he had taken off a vehicle and placed on the trunk to return to the motor vehicle department had been either lost or stolen. This is being investigated. Lost property A purse was found on Old Redding Road on Monday, Dec. 29, at about 5 p.m. Peggy Kaufman of Old Redding Road found the purse on Old Redding Road. It belongs to Kimberly Delevie of Naugatuck. Delevie was contacted by Redding police officers and advised that … Read more

Weston Police Log

Motor vehicle theft A car was stolen from Arrowhead Way in Weston sometime overnight on Friday, Dec. 22, into Saturday Dec. 23. The incident was reported to the police at 9:23 a.m. on Dec. 23. People in the home heard dogs barking overnight but didn’t investigate. According to Weston Police Chief Edwin Henion, the key fob was left in the car overnight. Another car on the property was rummaged through but nothing was stolen. The car, an Audi Q5 sport utility vehicle, was involved on Tuesday, Dec. 26, in an accident with a police cruiser in Westport. Five Waterbury teenagers … Read more

Easton roads blocked in snowstorm

Easton police report that high winds have brought down trees around town shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Morehouse Road is closed at Delaware Road due to a tree in the roadway. A tree is also down on Wimbledon Lane, and power outages are reported. United Illuminating reports that 10 homes in the area are without electricity. Easton police and the fire department are on the scene. Easton police advised those who must venture outside to be aware of trees and falling branches. High winds are expected to last after snow ends early this evening.

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