Public Safety

Arrests and investigations out of the New Canaan Police Department as well as coverage of activity from New Canaan Fire Co. No. 1, including capital projects, staff promotions and work with community groups. We post tips and services from the New Canaan Fire Marshal as well as community events that involve police, fire and paramedics, such as the annaul Fishing Derby, talks at venues such as New Canaan Library and bulletins from officials in each organization.

Recent Articles

Felony Charge for 24-Year-Old Man with Police-Style Baton in Car

Police late Wednesday afternoon arrested a 24-year-old Norwalk man on a felony charge after finding a 10-inch police-style baton in his car during a traffic stop. At about 4:35 p.m. on May 24, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle traveling northbound on White Oak Shade Road displaying illgal tints in its windows, according to a police report. During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled burnt marijuana emitting from the car and saw the weapon in plain view, the report said. Police charged him with weapons in a motor vehicle—a felony-level offense—and cited him for possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 23-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car also was cited for the drug charges, and issued an infraction summons. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Safe Grilling Tips

At the first signs of warm weather many folks head directly to their barbecue grill to start that greatest of summertime traditions: grilling! (Or, if you are like me it never stops). To ensure everyone can enjoy their back yard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, following is a list of steps you can take to avoid being “well done”:

Make sure that your grill is serviced and cleaned annually, following manufacturers instructions for care and use. Leak check all hoses and fittings on gas grill with a dish detergent and water solution. If any “bubbling” appears, have the grill serviced by a certified technician. Continue Reading →

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Two Out-of-Town Men Arrested in iPhone Scam

On Saturday afternoon, police arrested two men, ages 20 and 27, on charges of conspiracy, larceny defined and third-degree larceny. Police were dispatched to Douglas Road at 11:30 a.m. on a report of suspicious males who had approached a residence five to six times in a span of 20 minutes, according to a police report. Both men—the 20-year-old from Pennsylvania, the other from New York City—said that the package had been shipped to the residence incorrectly and that they were attempting to claim it, the report said. The package was later found to contain an iPhone, and a subsequent investigation determined that inside of the vehicle that the men were driving, there were up to six new iPhones, multiple wire transfer receipts and various addresses of homes in New Canaan on an app on one of the suspect’s phone, it said. Police determined, based on the evidence and witness statements, that the suspects purchased the iPhones fraudulently and attempted to intercept them after the package had been delivered but before the homeowners became aware of the package at their front door, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Police Chief on Memorial Day: Honoring U.S. Military Veterans Who Gave Their Lives ‘For Our Great Country’

On May 29, Memorial Day, we honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our great country. Memorial Day honors their service and sacrifice. Nearly 1,000 veterans are buried in Lakeview Cemetery. As Memorial Day approaches, it’s a good time to remind the good and patriotic citizens of New Canaan to be aware of phony organizations who “solicit” on behalf of veterans. In the past and just recently, Peter Langenus, the commander of New Canaan’s Veterans of Foreign War Post 653 received telephone calls from shoppers who had been approached for a money donations in front of ACME. Continue Reading →

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Cats Turn on Gas Stove on Hoyt Street Early Wednesday, Causing Fire; No Smoke Detectors in House

Firefighters early Wednesday morning responded to a structure fire on Hoyt Street that appears to have been caused by cats climbing onto a stove, accidentally switching on the gas with combustibles nearby, officials say. Units arriving at 75 Hoyt St. reported light smoke at the 1911-built Colonial with all occupants out of the home, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. “The homeowners were extremely lucky as there were no working smoke detectors present in the home,” Baker said. EMTs from the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps treated the home’s occupants on scene for minor smoke inhalation, while New Canaan Police handled traffic control on the short residential street near the downtown, Baker said. Continue Reading →

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