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Cats Turn on Gas Stove on Hoyt Street Early Wednesday, Causing Fire; No Smoke Detectors in House

Firefighters early Wednesday morning responded to a structure fire on Hoyt Street that appears to have been caused by cats climbing onto a stove, accidentally switching on the gas with combustibles nearby, officials say. Units arriving at 75 Hoyt St. reported light smoke at the 1911-built Colonial with all occupants out of the home, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. “The homeowners were extremely lucky as there were no working smoke detectors present in the home,” Baker said. EMTs from the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps treated the home’s occupants on scene for minor smoke inhalation, while New Canaan Police handled traffic control on the short residential street near the downtown, Baker said. Continue Reading →

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Police Chief: ‘We Are Making the Investigation of Youth Parties Where Alcohol and Drugs Are Consumed a Priority’

As parents, we worry constantly about our children’s safety, especially when they grow old enough to be influenced by friends, the media, the Internet and other adults. The State of Connecticut’s Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking estimates that high-school student drinkers consume 35 percent of all wine coolers and 1.1 billion cans of beer annually. Subsequent risks and effects of underage drinking include an increase in injuries and fatalities, sexual offenses, and youthful involvement with illegal drugs. The New Canaan Perspective

The media and some adults (including parents) regard drinking (and recently the use of marijuana) as an essential element of socializing. Additionally, some underage drinkers obtain alcohol from their parents, from their own homes or from other adults who legitimize alcohol consumption as a rite of passage for minors. Continue Reading →

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DUI Charge for 61-Year-Old Woman After Failing to Stop at Red Light


Police early Monday night arrested a 61-year old Ridgefield woman for driving a vehicle under the influence and failure to obey a control signal. At 1:25 a.m. on May 22, an officer on patrol observed her car run a red light at the intersection of Main and Cherry Streets, according to a police report. After pulling the woman over, the officer spoke with her and detected signs of intoxication. The officer then conducted sobriety tests which the woman failed, it said. She was taken into custody and refused to submit to a blood alcohol content test after arriving at the police station. Continue Reading →

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District Officials Worked Closely with Police Following Youth Party, Exercised Policies for Athletes

New Canaan Public Schools worked closely with police through the department’s recently concluded investigation into a youth drinking party in March, officials say, and suspensions for students involved followed the district’s established policies for athletes. In general, district officials including New Canaan High School’s athletic director and principal will speak to students on learning of such parties to “figure out what happened and then make decisions based on what we believe to be true and what our policies are,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi. “We have been working with police and the police have been establishing a diversionary program,” Luizzi said, referring to an initiative developed by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski under which kids found with alcohol at youth parties are offered an educational program in lieu of a possession of alcohol by a minor criminal charge. Thanks in part to strong collaboration between the schools and police, students and families were offered the diversionary program and those eligible all chose to undergo it, Luizzi said. Krolikowski confirmed that the kids referred out of the March 25 underage drinking party on Oenoke Ridge Road will form the inaugural diversionary program class. Continue Reading →

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Police Arrest Naked 65-Year-Old Man on Lapham Road


Police on Friday afternoon arrested a 65-year-old South Salem, N.Y. man who apparently took off all his clothes on Lapham Road. At about 4:29 p.m. on May 19—it was a balmy 76 degrees just then, with passing clouds, officials say—officers were dispatched to the area on a report of a naked “elderly man” near a parked car, according to police. There, officers found the 65-year-old inside his car with a shirt and shorts draped over him “and not wearing any underpants,” according to a police report. Police then determined that the man had been fully naked outside his vehicle and observed by two people who contacted the department, the report said. The man said he had medical reasons for being fully naked, it said. Continue Reading →

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