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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.

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Police Receive ‘Strong Response,’ Leads After Vicious Dog Attack

Police say they’ve received a strong response from the public in the wake of a vicious dog-on-dog attack on July 11 in New Canaan, including information that could lead soon to identifying those responsible. 

A number of people “have come forward with interesting scenarios that we are working on,” according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. “We have a few leads that we have been pursuing and may have some interesting possibilities of who it is,” Halm told “They still have an opportunity to come forward and get this over with.”

Though Halm is prevented from talking specifics about an active investigation, she said the public’s “strong response” has yielded information “and a sense that there could be an opportunity soon” to home in on the identity of those who accompanied the attacking dog. At about 8:50 p.m. two Wednesdays ago, a man let a shepherd-type dog off-leash on South School grounds and the animal mauled a miniature golden doodle, Roxie, being leash-walked in the area. Confronted by Roxie’s owner, the man and a woman accompanying him declined to provide their contact information and left the scene. Continue Reading →

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‘Heat Kills’: Signs To Be Posted in New Canaan Urging Motorists Not To Leave Dogs in Hot Cars

Officials soon will post two signs in New Canaan warning motorists not to leave dogs in motor vehicles on hot days. An initiative of Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, the ‘Heat Kills’ signs are to be posted in two municipal lots as early as this week. Police each year get “several calls” about dogs in cars, Krolikowski said. “People are pretty diligent in town, but sometimes people leave animals in cars and they shouldn’t,” he said. “New Canaan fortunately has not had a tragedy in recent years but we’ve seen it happen and we want to remind people to not leave dogs in cars, especially when the weather is like it has been lately.”

One sign likely will be posted in Morse Court, the other in the Playhouse Lot, the chief said. Continue Reading →

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Felony Larceny, Forgery Charges for 65-Year-Old Man


Police on Saturday night arrested a 65-year-old West Haven man by warrant and charged him with second-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. 

On March 18, New Canaan Police took a complaint from a Forest Street business about a check that went missing and later was cashed for $20,000, officials said. Following an investigation, authorities determined that the check had been cashed at a Chase bank in Bridgeport, according to a police report. Police soon learned that the West Haven man had cashed it, the report said. New Canaan Police obtained a warrant for the felony offenses. At about 9:02 p.m. on July 21, the man turned himself in. Continue Reading →

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Harassment Charge for 44-Year-Old Man

Police on Thursday night arrested a 44-year-old Stamford man by warrant and charged him with second-degree harassment. 

On Jan. 10, police took a complaint from a victim about a harassment situation involving the man, officials said. Following an investigation, authorities determined that he’d been going onto the victim’s property leaving notes to be contacted by that person, according to a police report. Police withheld information regarding the content of the notes. 

The man turned himself in to New Canaan Police at about 9:30 p.m. on July 19. 

He was released on $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear Aug. 2 in state Superior Court in Norwalk. Continue Reading →

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Police To Step Up Enforcement at New Canaan’s Six Major Car Accident Locations

New Canaan Police say they’re ramping up enforcement at areas where they see the highest incidence of motor vehicle accidents in town. Deputy Chief John DiFederico said Wednesday night that after studying accident history in New Canaan with the department’s lead accident investigator, authorities identified one cluster of intersections downtown and another series along the Route 123 corridor. In downtown New Canaan, motor vehicle accidents occur most frequently at Elm and Park Streets, South Avenue and Cherry Street, and Cherry and Main Streets, according to DiFederico. The other high-accident areas are along Route 123 at Old Norwalk Road, Lakeview Avenue/Little Brook Road and East Avenue/Silvermine Avenue, he said. The downtown crashes involved violations such as unsafe backing on Elm Street, “which would be people backing out of spaces, and then traffic control devices, going through red lights or stop signs, and then lane violations,” DiFederico said at a regular meeting of the Police Commission. Continue Reading →

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