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

16-Year-Old New Canaan Resident Arrested at Underage Drinking Party

Police on Monday night arrested a 16-year-old New Canaan resident after confronting the teen at an underage drinking party at a home in the area of Oenoke Ridge and West Roads. The teen was charged with delivery of alcohol to a minor, allowing a minor to possess alcohol and failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor. At about 9:21 p.m. on July 17, officers received an anonymous tip regarding a youth party with alcohol at the residence, according to a police report. Arriving, officer saw about 20 to 30 juveniles on the back patio of the home, most of them holding cans of Bud Light or Coors Light, the report said. The kids scattered when police arrived, it said. Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed Voices Support for Proposed Emergency Communications Antenna at West School

Board of Education members on Monday night voiced support for a proposal from the New Canaan Police Department to install an approximately 10-foot radio communications antenna on a 5-foot “monopole” atop the roof of the West School gymnasium. Assured that the pole poses no health hazards—in fact, there are two existing, similar set-ups already at West School, used by the bus company and district itself, according to Police Capt. John DiFederico—Board of Ed members stopped short of a formal vote. The new one would serve public safety needs, he said. School board member Sheri West said: “It seems very straightforward to me that we would be supporting” the installation. DiFederico described the proposed antenna as an initial step toward improving portable radio communications for police, fire and public works officials as well as EMTs and members of the Community Emergency Response Team or ‘CERT.’

“The problem is that portable radios in the western side of town have a real difficult time reaching our base so that is what a receive-only antenna does—it captures the radio signals in the air and sends them back to the police department or the fire house or the public works facilities,” DiFederico said at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. Continue Reading →

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PHOTO: Fire Erupts in Vehicle at Service Station on New Canaan’s Stretch of Merritt Parkway [UPDATED]

Local fire and police responded on Monday morning to a report of a car fire at the southbound service station on the Merritt Parkway in New Canaan. No one was in the black SUV when it became engulfed in flames around 10:38 a.m., officials said. The matter is in the jurisdiction of Connecticut State Police. The engine compartment of the vehicle was fully involved, New Canaan fire officials said. The gas pumps at the service station were not involved, officials said. Continue Reading →

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Police Arrest Former Downtown Worker in Thefts of $150,000 in Rolex Watches Over Course of One Year

Police said they’ve arrested a 30-year-old man who used to work at a high-end jewelry shop on Elm Street, in connection with the thefts, over time, of $150,000 Rolex watches starting last year. Pierce Shortell of Wallingford was charged with first-degree larceny. In a complicated investigation that’s still ongoing, police say the thefts first came to light in late May when discrepancies turned up among inventory, Rolex and sales reports at Manfredi Jewels. Police Lt. Jason Ferraro, the department’s public information officer, said in a press release that further investigation revealed discrepancies going back to the period immediately after Shortell was hired last year. The problems ceased just as he resigned early last month, Ferraro said. Continue Reading →

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Attorney: Further Investigation Needed in Case of New Canaan Father Arrested after Youth Drinking Party

The New Canaan family facing criminal charges following an underage drinking party at their Oenoke Ridge Road home cooperated fully with police on the night of the incident and afterwards, according to an attorney representing the father arrested in the case. New Canaan-based attorney Matthew Maddox said that Douglas Knight, 59, and his family allowed police into their home on March 25 to capture photographs and video at the scene. The Knights “even offered to provide their own camera to police when the police camera was on the fritz,” Maddox told “This is a really complicated case with an unusually large number of witnesses interviewed, statements taken. But there remains other investigation that the defense is undertaking and that in due diligence I have to undertake for my work. Continue Reading →

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