New Canaan Man, 23, Charged with Disorderly Conduct

Police last week arrested a 23-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with disorderly conduct. 

At about 4:08 p.m. on April 16, officers were dispatched to a Middle Ridge Road home regarding a domestic dispute between the man and another occupant of the residence, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police charged him with the misdemeanor-level offense. It’s not clear what the dispute was about, whether it turned physical or how the arrested man is related to the other person involved. Police withheld details, saying it’s a domestic matter. Under state law, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct when he or she, “with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or by offensive or disorderly conduct, annoys or interferes with another person,” among other reasons.

Harassment Charge for New Canaan Man, 67

Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a 67-year-old Richmond Hill Road man by warrant and charged him with second-degree harassment. The same man had been arrested March 21 by New Canaan Police and charged with disorderly conduct. At about 6 p.m. on March 25, police received a complaint from a victim with an active protective order, officials said. The victim provided evidence that the man was actively violating that order, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police brought the new misdemeanor charge.

Federal Judge Issues Warning While Giving Town, Firefighter Until Thursday To Settle Lawsuit

The town couldn’t meet an April 12 deadline to settle a firefighter’s lawsuit claiming that municipal officials for years failed to address abuse by a superior in the department, court documents show. In requesting a third extension on behalf of both parties that day, an attorney for the firefighter noted that “[t]he plaintiff has signed off and delivered all documents necessary to resolve the matter, but the Town’s attorney advised plaintiff’s counsel this afternoon that it cannot sign off, complete its process and deliver its final documents until April 21, 2021.”

“The parties do not anticipate that there will be any further extensions requested,” Shelton-based attorney Michael Lynch of Lynch Law Group LLC said in a joint motion filed in U.S. District Court. Though Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam agreed to extend the deadline for restoring the lawsuit to the docket to April 22, she wrote in her order, “The Court notes that the motion does not comply with Local Rule 7, which requires that any motion for extension of time be filed at least three business days in advance of the deadline.”

“The Court cautions counsel against assuming that the Court will generally be either able or willing to act on motions on such short notice in the future,” she said in the order. Filed in April against the town, the suit seeks damages on behalf of John Aniello, a 42-year-old white male hired as a full-time firefighter in 2006, according to a nine-count complaint. It claims that a captain in the New Canaan Fire Department over the course of nearly one dozen years made overtly racist and homomisic comments to the firefighter, while singling him out through criticisms, quashing his bids for promotion and hampering his ability to earn wages through overtime. 

Aniello’s employment with the town ended Jan.