Police Seek Help ID’ing Man Who Accosted Two Juvenile Girls Downtown

Police are calling for the public’s help in identifying a man that they say accosted two juvenile females at Dunkin Donuts on Thursday evening. At about 7:15 p.m. on March 21, officers were dispatched to Dunkin’s at 98 Elm St. on a report of a “suspicious black male” (pictured), according to a police report. The man had approached the juveniles and asked the to come into the bathroom with him, according to the report. When the girls said no, they fled on foot and the man followed them, the report said.

‘I Don’t Think the Public Knows’: Police Commission Calls for Renovation of NCPD Headquarters

Though it may look perfectly fine to those driving past on South Avenue, the New Canaan Police Department building has defective plumbing, mold, crumbling masonry, 16 broken windows, a leaking skylight, a sewer fly problem in the men’s locker room, loose and broken tiles in the women’s and poor or non-existent ventilation throughout, officials said Wednesday. Two of four men’s jail cells have been closed due to plumbing issues, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, and the old-style cell bars in them also must be replaced with flat plexiglass doors because prisoners have tried to hang themselves by the bars. 

Several offices in the building are not connected to its centralized HVAC system, and 48 windows require hardware that’s no longer available because the windows themselves are so old, he said. “There is moisture in some rooms—that’s not a good thing,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held in the training room at police headquarters. “Ventilation in processing areas is nonexistent and we often get narcotic smells in our hallways due to evidence storage and no way to ventilate that.”

The comments came during a general update to the Commission, as the police building itself—though multiple town bodies have acknowledged the pressing need for renovation—sits as-is while town officials consider a complicated, multi-transaction proposal that would see the department relocated downtown (more on that below). “I don’t think the public knows any of this,” Police Commissioner Jim McLaughlin said, referring to the problems enumerated by the chief during his brief presentation.

Did You Hear … ?

New Canaan Public Schools as of Monday night had 273 kindergarten sign-ups for the fall, compared to 231 at the same time last year, district officials said during this week’s Board of Education meeting. ***

The company hired by the town last summer to address the rat problem behind The Playhouse on Elm Street, Stamford-based Aavon Pest Control Inc., charged New Canaan $145 per month for three months to tend its “rodent safety bait stations” and inspect for “rodent burrowing activity,” according to the agreement. ***

The Rotary Club of New Canaan is now taking applications for its 2019 Grant program. Applications will be taken from registered nonprofit organizations in New Canaan and neighboring areas in two categories only: “Health and Wellness” and “Education and Literacy.” The deadline for applications is April 5, and full details can be found by clicking on “Rotary Grant Application” under the “Club Documents” tab on the left side of the Rotary Club of New Canaan website. ***

Congratulations to New Canaan’s Jaime Sneddon and The Sneddon Team on earning recognition from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as the company’s top producing agent and top producing team, based on total closed volume for the year 2018.

New Construction Planned for West Road

The town on March 18 received an application to build a new 5,344-square-foot home on West Road. The house at 534 West Road is to include 5,344 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and full bathrooms and two half-baths, according to the building permit application. Tax and building records show that the four-acre property had been purchased in May 2017 for $1,950,000 and that multiple permits have been obtained since then, including a permit issued last summer to renovate part of an existing house for an estimated $450,000. 

A full demolition permit had been obtained in June 2018, records show. The construction planned now is to cost about $1.4 million, according to the application. 

The contractor on the job is Altamura Homes of Greenwich and the architect is Robert Dean Architects of New Canaan, the application said.

Podcast: The Road Through Waveny

This week on ‘0684-Radi0’ (hit ‘Listen in Browser’ above on your smartphone), we review the history and significance of the main road through Waveny, which has come to bisect the beloved park in an important way. We talk to Caroline Garrity, chairman of the Waveny Park Conservancy, lifelong New Canaanite and longtime Town Councilman Steve Karl and local landscape architect Keith Simpson. 

This installment of 0684-Radi0 is sponsored by Fresh Green Light.