A 9-year U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is poised to join the New Canaan Police Department as an entry-level officer. Following a 3-0 ‘yes’ vote Tuesday at the Board of Selectmen for his classification and pay, 27-year-old Owen Ochs will travel next month to train with the Connecticut Police Academy. Honorably discharged Jan. 23 from the Army as a staff sergeant who specialized in infantry, Ochs as the department’s 47th officer would bring NCPD to its full complement, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. While serving, Ochs earned his associate’s degree in general studies from the American Military University, according to a biography supplied by police. Continue Reading →
I love Rock n roll – Joan jett The Blackhearts
Rock and Roll
We hear the Youth Group at the Congregational Church of New Canaan during its mission trip ran into rock star Joan Jett (“I Love Rock and Roll”) at an airport in Memphis, and that she and her group were good enough to pose with the local teens. (Side note: First Selectman Rob Mallozzi has seen the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame inductee perform live and has an autographed LP cover from her.)
The town planner said during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission that he expects Grace Farms to submit its new application for a modified zoning permit by March 15. ***
A coyote and a medium-sized dog on Autumn Lane at about 6:45 pa.m. on Tuesday had what New Canaan’s police chief called “a close encounter” on Autumn Lane. The animal was frightened away by its owner, and the incident served as a reminder, Chief Leon Krolikowski said, “that coyote are active in the area and that they are not nocturnal. It is highly recommended that all dogs be supervised at all times and any food sources, such as bird feeders and pet food be contained and controlled.” Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Animal Control at 203-594-3510. ***
New Canaan’s first major league baseball player, Curt Casali, hit a home run in spring training on Tuesday. Continue Reading →
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New Canaan Police on Monday opened applications for a re-launched program designed to forge even stronger bonds between the department’s officers and wider community. The 2017 Civilian Police Academy will run 6 to 9 p.m., one night per week from April 18 to June 13, according to a press bulletin issued by Chief Leon Krolikowski. Billed as an opportunity for residents to gain “hands-on” experience of the department’s operations, the program will be limited to about 20 people, the chief told members of the Police Commission at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night. “We are looking to build better relations with those who attend the class,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. Applications, embedded below and available on the department’s website here (along with a program brochure), are due March 31. Continue Reading →
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Citing “icy road conditions” following a mix of snow-and-sleet that hit New Canaan through much of Sunday, district officials delayed public school openings by two hours Monday. New Canaan Public Schools will open under the following schedule, according to a bulletin posted on the district’s website:
NCHS – 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Grades 7/8 – 9:30 a.m.
Saxe Grades 5/6 – 10:20 a.m.
South – 10:15 a.m.
East and West – 11:05 a.m.
The National Weather Service put New Canaan and area towns under a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Wind Advisory through 6 p.m. Monday, as gusts are expected to hit 50 mph. “Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines,” the weather service said. “Scattered outages are expected.” (more…) Continue Reading →
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New Canaan Police Department officers have saved a heroin overdose victim’s life in town, officials said Monday. It isn’t clear when or where the incident occurred and, citing reasons of privacy, police also withheld details about the victim, such as age, gender and town of residence. According to a press release issued by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, officers once dispatched arrived on scene in less than two minutes, determined that the victim recently had used heroin and administered a drug known as ‘Narcan,’ which is designed to reverse an opioid overdose. “The victim regained consciousness and treatment was taken over by the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps,” Krolikowski said in the release. “The involved officers will be issued a life-saving medical service award.”
The chief recognized Silver Hill Hospital, which in 2014 helped NCPD become one of the first in the county whose patrol officers are trained and equipped with Narcan. Continue Reading →