New Canaan Woman’s Animal Cruelty Charges Upgraded to Felonies

[Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Greenwich Free Press.]

Outside state Superior Court in Bridgeport Wednesday morning, protesters waved signs honoring “the Fairfield Five,” a reference to five dogs who died in the care of New Canaan resident Heidi Lueders while she was living in Fairfield last year. The protesters, many of them affiliated with dog advocacy groups, asked for animal cruelty charges lodged against the 31-year-old to be upgraded to felonies. Lueders had been charged by Fairfield Police with five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty as well as one count of criminal damage to a landlord’s property by a tenant, a felony. During an arraignment in which Lueders pleaded not guilty (see more below), prosecutors upgraded the charges as many in attendance wished. Under state law, first-time offenders found guilty of animal cruelty in cases such as Lueders’s can face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison for each offense.

Police: 47-Year-Old Man Charged with Threatening

Police on Tuesday night arrested a 47-year-old Westport man by warrant and charged him with second-degree threatening. 

At about 4:25 p.m. on Jan. 30, police took a complaint of a domestic incident that occurred between the man and a victim, officials said. They obtained an arrest warrant after conducting an investigation, according to a police report. 

The man turned himself in at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, the report said. It isn’t clear whether or how the man is threatened to the victim, where in New Canaan the dispute occurred, how it started, what threats were made or how. Police withheld details, saying it was a domestic incident.

Police: Man Asking for Money Downtown Gave False Name to Authorities 

A 54-year-old North Haven man was arrested last week and charged with interfering with an officer. At about 5:58 p.m. on Feb. 4, police were dispatched to the area of Walgreens on Pine Street on a complaint of a man asking people for money, officials said. Officers found him at the train station seeking to leave town, according to a police report. He gave police a false name when confronted, the report said.


New Canaan Man, 19, Arrested in Domestic Dispute

Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 19-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with disorderly conduct. At about 2 p.m. on Feb. 5, officers were dispatched to a Weeburn Drive home on a report of a domestic violence incident involving two occupants of the residence, police said. Following an investigation, police charged the teen with the misdemeanor offense. It isn’t clear what the argument involved, whether or how the victim is related to the arrested man, whether it turned physical or how badly the victim was hurt—police withheld details, saying it was a domestic matter.