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

Animal Cruelty: Guilty Plea, Suspended Prison Sentence for Man in Whose Care New Canaan Dog Died

The Darien man charged with animal cruelty after a golden retriever died while in the care of his pet boarding business entered a guilty plea Friday and was given a suspended jail sentence and put on probation for two years. Terry Burns, 44, was also fined and agreed to donate $1,000 to a Humane Society. Part of the conditions of his probation are to not work in any job with animals or with the treatment or care of animals. He also will be evaluated by a psychiatrist or psychologist. The father of two young children apologized in court to the New Canaan woman who owned the retriever. Continue Reading →

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Officials: Power in Town To Be ‘Substantially’ Restored by 11 p.m. Sunday

Update 4:30 p.m. Friday

Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said in a 3 p.m. announcement Friday that through the Emergency Operations Center’s coordinated efforts of the town and Eversource, all of New Canaan now is accessible by vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances. “We still have approximately 100 roadways with known hazards,” Handler said. “Please do not move any barricades or caution tape. Currently 1,338 homes or 16 percent of town are without power. Eversource is now able to estimate that ‘substantially’ all power will be restored by 11 p.m. on Sunday.”

Here’s an interactive map that shows problem areas:

Original Article

New Canaan Public Schools will be closed Friday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said, as New Canaan continues to deal with dozens of road closures and downed wires, with no firm timetable for restoration. Continue Reading →

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Power Slowly Returning in New Canaan; What’s Open & Closed

—Gallery photos by Eden Neleman

Wet, heavy snow fell rapidly on New Canaan starting Wednesday afternoon, knockng down trees and power lines, causing outages and prompting emergency responders to close roads. New Canaan Public Schools will be closed again on Thursday, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi citing very dangerous road conditions as a reason. New Canaan Library will open at 12 p.m. Metro-North Railroad service is suspended on the New Canaan branch. Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said late Wednesday that some 75 roads in town were blocked with trees and what should be assumed to be “live and dangerous” power lines. According to Eversource, outages in New Canaan jumped up to 35 percent or 2,965 homes as of 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Fire Marshal: Change Your Clocks—Change Your Batteries

As it seems that this interminable winter will never end, we look for signs that better (i.e., warmer) weather is approaching. One of those is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time which starts this weekend, officially at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. (Remember “Spring ahead—Fall back.”)

In concert with the nation wide campaign “Change Your Clocks—Change Your Batteries,” the New Canaan Fire Department wants to remind everyone to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO alarms.

“There is no greater tragedy than one that could have been prevented.” I can’t take credit for this statement however, I could not agree more and the tragedy of home fires with the devastation they create is a perfect example. And when the prevention is as easy as installing and maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, it becomes more ironic. Thanks to generous donations by New Canaan Firefighters, Local 3224, free batteries will be offered to New Canaan residents (three per household, please) at Fire Headquarters on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Continue Reading →

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Assault, Disorderly Charges for New Canaan Woman, 34

A 34-year-old New Canaan woman was arrested Sunday night and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. At about 7:41 p.m. on March 4, police took a complaint at department headquarters about an assault that had occurred earlier in the day at a Jelliff Mill Road home, officials said. Following an investigation, officers found the woman at her residence and charged her with the misdemeanor offenses. It wasn’t clear just how or how severely the victim was injured, whether the victim was related to the arrested woman or how or what the dispute involved. Police withheld further details, saying the incident had been classified as a domestic matter. Continue Reading →

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