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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Road Closures, Outages; Power Restored to All But 2 Percent of New Canaan Homes

[Video footage from Nils Andersson]

Update 9:45 p.m. Sunday

Just 2 percent of New Canaan remains without power, according to Eversource, or 187 homes. All known hazards had been made safe as of about 7 p.m., according to the New Canaan Office of Emergency Management. New Canaan Public Schools are expected to open as usual on Monday, according to the OEM. Update 11 a.m. Sunday

Power has bee restored to all but approximately 317 New Canaan homes, according to Eversource—evidence, according to the New Canaan Emergency Operation Center , of the “significant progress” that crews made overnight. “Currently, we have 10 roads that are impacted with downed trees and wires—although all are passable by emergency vehicles,” the EOC said in an update on its Facebook page that also went out as a town-wide call. Continue Reading →

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VIDEO: Police Seek Public’s Help ID’ing Suspect in Attempted Vehicle Entry

Police are calling for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an attempted vehicle entry at New Canaan residence after midnight Monday. According to a press release issued by Chief Leon Krolikowski, an Orchard Drive resident on Feb. 26 contacted police regarding the attempt, which had occurred around 1 a.m.

“While reviewing home security video footage, the resident saw a suspect attempt to enter a vehicle in the driveway of the residence,” Krolikowski said. The vehicle—it appears to be a Chevy truck or SUV—had been locked and so the attempted entry was unsuccessful and nothing was stolen, the chief said. The suspect is a white male with white sneakers and a tan jacket. Continue Reading →

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Town Looking To Create Part-Time ‘Parking Ambassadors’ for the Downtown

New Canaan’s highest elected official said Thursday that the town is looking at designating new “parking ambassadors” who would help direct motorists to available spaces downtown. To be part-time and paid out the Parking Bureau budget, the parking ambassadors would be especially useful in directing out-of-towners to paid lots such as at Morse Court and Park Street, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. “Because there is parking available on any given day, and if we can encourage people to go and park either in the Park Street lot or the Morse Court lot, parking, we won’t have so many people being frustrated, saying they can’t find parking,” Moynihan said during a media briefing held in his office at Town Hall. He added: “You go to Westport on any given day, you can park. You go to Darien you can find parking to go to lunch. Continue Reading →

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Police Checks on New Canaan Public Schools Up in 2018

New Canaan Police Department checks on public schools doubled year-over-year in 2018 and will continue to increase, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Wednesday. The rise in school checks—10, year-to-date, versus five at the same time last year—as well as in contacts with schools are “because [of] everything going on with our nation” and are designed to “make sure they are as safe as possible,” Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, held at NCPD headquarters. Asked about the initiative before the commission went into executive session, the chief said the attention on schools is “more intensive.”

“I don’t want to go into specifics, but we are paying more attention and trying to be more diligent in our checks and make people feel safer,” he said. Asked whether the intensified effort follows directly from the school shooting deaths last week of 17 people in Parkland, Fla., Krolikowski said, “A little bit.”

“We have our SROs at the high school and junior high school. We also have our liaison officers that are assigned to all the other schools that are temporary part-time kind of thing, as a connection. Continue Reading →

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Officials Clear Way To Reintroduce ‘Deputy Chief’ Position at New Canaan Police Department

Town officials on Wednesday night voted unanimously to support an effort designed to change the structure of the New Canaan Police Department’s command staff. Currently, NCPD has a chief and two captains at the top. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski during the Police Commission’s regular meeting recommended that the agency’s general orders preserve that structure as an option, but change the command staff for now to a police chief with a deputy chief and captain. Asked whether change would come with a pay increase, Krolikowski said only that it would represent a promotion in rank. “We do have a history—probably 40 years ago, we had the deputy chief as part of the complement,” he said at the meeting, held in the training room at NCPD. Continue Reading →

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