Police: Former Caregiver in New Canaan Home Faces Dozens of Credit Card-Related Offenses

Police on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old Georgia woman by warrant in connection with credit card-related offenses committed while she worked as a caregiver in New Canaan four years ago. The woman at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 turned herself in on paperless rearrest warrant issued for crimes that had been committed in New Canaan in 2014 while the woman worked as a caregiver here, according to a police report. According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, she had pleaded not guilty in July 2016 to 31 counts of illegal use of a credit card as well as one count each of third-degree forgery, third-degree larceny, a felony offense, and credit card theft. It wasn’t clear how much she’s accused of stealing.

Police: Drunk Driving, Interfering Charges for 53-Year-Old New Canaan Man

Police on Tuesday night arrested a 53-year-old Summer Street man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 11, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling northbound on Main Street at 52 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to a police report. The officer stopped the motorist in his driveway and smelled alcohol on his breath as they spoke, the report said. The man then failed field sobriety tests and, while being handcuffed, began to resist, it said.

Officials Recommend Training in More Proactive Approach to Handling Violent Incidents in Schools

Officials who help shape school safety policy in New Canaan are recommending training for all district staff in a new way of preparing students for violent incidents. 

Members of the district’s Crisis Advisory Board, or ‘CAB,’ told the Board of Education last week that the powerful experiential training they’ve undergone in a more proactive approach to handling situations such as shootings should lead to new “lockdown” procedures at all public schools. In traditional lockdown drills, children go into a classroom and teachers all follow the same procedures, South School Principal and CAB member Joanne Rocco told the Board of Ed at its regular meeting Dec. 3. Those steps include “locking the door, pulling down the shades, turning off the lights and students would all go into one corner of the room where they weren’t visible and would just wait,” Rocco said. “So that was the traditional lockdown,” she said at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School.

Norwalk Woman To Join NCPD as New Police Officer

A 22-year-old Norwalk woman is slated to become the newest officer in the New Canaan Police Department, officials said. Annamaria Ceci, a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford who earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Victim Services from the University of New Haven, is to be sworn in Dec. 11, according to a press release issued by Police Lt. Jason Ferraro. Ceci, who most recently worked as a procurement assistant for the Stamford-based Odyssey Reinsurance Company, was one of 79 individuals who applied in September 2017 for an entry-level police officer in New Canaan. She “successfully endured an intensive testing and selection process including a written examination, physical agility testing, interview panel, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, background investigation, medical testing, and Police Commission interview,” Ferraro said in the release. 

Following next week’s swearing-in ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lapham Community Center, Ceci will commence recruit training at the Police Academy in Milford, with a tentative graduation date of July 2019.

Police: Felony Sexual Assault Charge for New Canaan Man, 53

Police on Tuesday arrested a 53-year-old New Canaan man by warrant and charged him with sexual assault.

The felony charge stems from an investigation that started in September, according to a police report. 

On the afternoon of Sept. 12 (a Wednesday), police gathered information while responding to a medical call on Elm Street, the report said. It led authorities to investigate a possible domestic dispute at a Richmond Hill Road residence, the report said. At the time, police charged Noel E. Brennan, 53, of Richmond Hill Road, with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor offense. (That charge appears to have been dropped, as there is no record of it in the Connecticut Judicial Branch database.)

Following its investigation, police obtained a warrant to charge Brennan for sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship. 

Under state law, “No spouse or cohabitor shall compel the other spouse or cohabitor to engage in sexual intercourse by the use of force against such other spouse or cohabitor, or by the threat of the use of force against such other spouse or cohabitor which reasonably causes such other spouse or cohabitor to fear physical injury.” By the state’s definition, “sexual intercourse” means “vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, fellatio or cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex.