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New Canaan Marks Anniversary of 9/11 with Memorial Ceremony on Front Lawn of Town Hall

Robin Gestal, vice president of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was in midtown Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. A safe distance from the World Trade Center, she made it home to her family that same day. Here, officials alerted New Canaan’s emergency medial service that it needed personnel in New York City. “Our EMTs gathered at headquarters,” Gestal recalled on Monday morning, addressing a crowd of residents, police, fellow EMTs, town officials and municipal workers gathered on the front lawn of Town Hall for New Canaan’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Continue Reading →

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Police Arrest 36-Year-Old Woman Following Bicyclist vs. Motorist Dispute in New Canaan

Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a 36-year-old Darien woman who failed to cooperate with authorities following up on a complaint about her hazardous bicycle riding in northern New Canaan. At about 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 9, officers were dispatched to the area of North Wilton and Smith Ridge Roads on a report of a dispute between a cyclist and motorist, police said. Please learned that the Darien woman had been riding her bike in the middle of the travel lane, obstructing vehicles seeking to drive around her and prompting the dispute, according to a police report. Responding officers found her on Smith Ridge Road but she “failed to cooperate in any capacity” when they began questioning her about the incident, refusing even to provide her name or any ID, the report said. Continue Reading →

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Police Chief: Two More Unlocked Cars with Keys Inside Stolen in New Canaan


Two more unlocked cars with the keys left in them have been stolen from New Canaan homes, officials said. New Canaan Police Department Chief Leon Krolikowski said a Range Roger and Acura MDX likely were stolen in the early morning hours Monday from Kimberly Place and Woodridge Drive, respectively. “Thus far this year, all of the vehicles stolen in our town involved unlocked vehicles with the keys were left inside,” the chief said in a press release. “In addition to these vehicle thefts, many thefts of valuables from unlocked vehicles occurred. Often, these thefts result in identity thefts.”

In recent cases, gang members from Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury have been arrested or identified as suspects in the thefts. Continue Reading →

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Positive Feedback for Re-Launched New Canaan Police Motorcycle Program

Patrol officer productivity on the New Canaan Police Department’s motorcycle in some ways has been greater than in regular cruisers in the past year, officials say. Sgt. Scott Romano told members of the Police Commission at a recent meeting that on the motorcycle he has “the ability to be a little less conspicuous when doing enforcement, and it is easier for me to sit in certain areas.”

“One of the ones before tonight was Silvermine and Valley Road,” Romano told members of the commission at their July 25 meeting, held at the department’s South Avenue headquarters. “I can tuck in and sit in driveways where definitely a patrol car can’t, and so I have the ability to view the trouble areas and take enforcement action as needed. So it certainly works better for those things than a patrol vehicle.”

The feedback from Romano—a 20-year NCPD veteran who was promoted Aug. Continue Reading →

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Officials: Opponents of ‘Merritt Village’ Project Arrested After Refusing To Leave Burial Ground [UPDATED]

Police on Thursday afternoon arrested two New Canaan residents—longtime opponents of the 110-unit ‘Merritt Village’ redevelopment on Park and Maple Streets—following what eye-witnesses call their refusal to leave a long disused burial ground adjacent to the property. Terry Spring and Jack Trifero each were charged with third-degree criminal trespass. Spring additionally was charged with interfering with an officer. According to representatives from property owner M2 Partners LLC, Spring and Trifero some time around 12:20 p.m. walked onto what has been called the “Maple Street Burial Ground” after parking in a contiguous private condominium’s lot. After New Canaan’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved the Merritt Village project last November, the question of appropriate protections for (and ownership of) the burial ground—a collection of scattered gravestones, disinterred grave shafts and even bodies that M2 itself discovered—lingered before the property owner could pursue its redevelopment project in earnest. Continue Reading →

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