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

Police: Darien Man Charged with Animal Cruelty; New Canaan Woman Says Her Dog Died in Care of ‘Terry’s House of Pets’

Police last week arrested a 44-year-old Darien man by warrant in connection with an unlicensed dog kennel where animals had been abused and neglected, officials said. According to one New Canaan woman, her own 13-month-old golden retriever died of heat exposure while in the care of the owner of “Terry’s House of Pets.”

Terence Burns of 259 Hoyt St. was charged with animal cruelty. The business is located at the same address, police said. According to a press release from Lt. James Palmieri of the Darien Police Department, authorities in July were notified about a possible illegal kennel operating in their town. Continue Reading →

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DUI Charge for Ridgefield Man Driving at Twice Legal Limit in Silvermine Road Crash

Police last week arrested a 22-year-old Ridgefield man by warrant and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 4:38 a.m. on Aug. 20, the man was involved in a car crash on Silvermine Road, striking a tree on the straightaway between Canoe Hill and Little Brook Roads, according to police. He was transported by the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Norwalk Hospital’s emergency room and a search warrant was obtained to determine his blood-alcohol level, the report said. It came back with a level of .16, twice the legal limit, it said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Firefighters To Visit Public Schools for Safety Demos

Each year, more than 2,500 people die in fires, most of them in residential occupancies. National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 this year and the theme is “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!” and the Fire Service throughout the country will be working to emphasize fire safety awareness as will the New Canaan Fire Department. Firefighters will be visiting schools throughout town giving demonstrations on how to stay fire safe. Also, school groups will be touring the fire house to learn about how the fire fighters live, train and work. The kitchen is the most common room in the home for a fire to start—usually related to cooking however, unsafe ash disposal is also a reoccurring problem. Continue Reading →

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Police Charge 54-Year-Old Woman with DUI


Police on Sunday night arrested a 54-year-old Westchester County, N.Y. woman late Sunday and charged her with driving under the influence. At about 11:43 p.m. on Oct. 8, an officer on patrol saw a vehicle traveling northbound on New Norwalk Road that failed to stay in the established lane, according to a police report. The vehicle crossed the double-yellow line into the oncoming traffic lane and then veered back and crossed the white fog lane, traveling on the shoulder of the northbound side, the report said. During a subsequent stop, the officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, it said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Girl, 16, Faces Alcohol-Related Charge after Underage Drinking Party on Butler Lane

Police on Friday night charged a 16-year-old New Canaan girl with an infraction offense after coming upon an underage drinking party at her house. At about 9:11 p.m. on Oct. 6, officers received an anonymous tip regarding a juvenile party at a Butler Lane home, according to a police report. Arriving, officers saw multiple juveniles run into the woods and in the back yard found 30 cans of Bud Light, an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle and several red Dixie cups arranged on a table in beer pong style, the report said. The teen was cited for failure to halt possession of alcohol. Continue Reading →

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