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Police: Norwalk Teens Arrested for Stealing Vehicle from South Avenue Driveway; Mercedes SUV Unlocked with Keys Inside

Police have arrested two Norwalk teens in connection with the overnight theft earlier this month of an unlocked Mercedes SUV in a South Avenue driveway with the keys left inside the vehicle. Kristian Medel, 19, who gave an address of 45 Van Zan St., was charged with first degree larceny—a felony offense—as well as conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and conspiracy. A 17-year-old male was arrested by warrant on Thursday on the same charges. Police withheld the teen’s name because of his age. At about 9 a.m. on June 11, a Sunday, officers received a complaint about the stolen SUV, according to a police report. Continue Reading →

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Police on Untimely Death: New Canaan Man, 56, Appears To Have Shot Himself in Parking Lot at Talmadge Hill Train Station

Talmadge Hill Railroad Crossing

New Canaan Police said late Wednesday that they’re investigating a 56-year-old town man’s death by what appears to be self-inflicted gunshot wound in the area of the Talmadge Hill Train Station. Police were dispatched to an upper parking lot at the station at 5:54 p.m. on June 21 “on a report of a male who might be in distress,” according to a press bulletin issued by Lt. Jason Ferraro, the department’s public information officer. There, police found the man, who appeared already to have shot himself, outside his own motor vehicle, Ferraro said. The investigation into the man’s untimely death is active and no further information will be released right now, he said. “It should be noted that this is an isolated incident and no danger exists to any other members of the public,” Ferraro said in the press bulletin. Continue Reading →

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Former New Canaan Man, 27, Arrested for Drunk Driving after Walking Away from Single-Car Crash

Police on Thursday evening arrested a 27-year-old former New Canaan man by warrant in connection with a pre-dawn drunk driving crash from two months ago. At about 3:22 a.m. on April 23, a Sunday, officers were dispatched to a single-car crash on West Road near Lost District Drive, where the vehicle had rolled over and was unoccupied, according to a police report. Arriving, police did not find the operator at the scene, but nearly two miles away, walking in the 1800 block of Ponus Ridge and still a good hike from his home on Four Winds Lane, the report said. They detected the odor of alcohol on his breath and detected signs of intoxication in the man, now a Southport resident, according to the report. Due to the extent of damage to his vehicle, the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the young man to the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Room to determine whether he had been injured, it said. Continue Reading →

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‘We Strive To Hire the Absolute Best’: New Canaan Police Department Poised To Add Fourth Female Officer to Its Ranks

Town officials on Tuesday started the hiring process for the New Canaan Police Department to take on a 28-year-old Stamford woman as its newest officer. The Board of Selectmen’s 3-0 vote in favor of the classification and compensation for Nicole Vartuli clears the way for the department to hire its fourth female uniformed officer, officials said. Vartuli, who underwent intense testing, was selected from a pool of 114 candidates, and the department is thrilled that such a decision improves the diversity of their officers, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “We strive to hire the absolute best person, and when it turns out to help diversity it is a great victory,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. He added: “It’s a very competitive market, and Stamford was actually on the cusp of hiring her, so we’re lucky that we got her.”

Vartuli has a degree in accounting, and was previously employed by the Stamford Police Department as a financial clerk, the chief said. Continue Reading →

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Complaint of Behavior on Train Leads to Arrests of Two Out-of-State Convicted Felons


Police on Saturday night arrested two New York City men wanted by other law enforcement agencies after coming upon the pair at New Canaan train station. At about 7:26 p.m. on June 17, officers went to the station on a report that two men there had been harassing passengers on the train and now were drunk on the platform, according to police. Arriving, officers spoke to the men who said they were going to their mother’s house in town, according to the police report. No charges were brought in connection with the initial complaint. However, police during a subsequent investigation discovered that one of the men—a 34-year-old from the Bronx—was in violation of his probation following an incident in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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