Police Chief: Cameras at Waveny’s Entrances Would Help Deter Crime, ID Perpetrators

Though criminal activity at Waveny is rare and the 300-acre park doesn’t need surveillance throughout, it would help investigators to have cameras at entrances and exits that capture images of license plates and people in vehicles, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said last week. Such video camera systems have already helped deter crime at the New Canaan YMCA, located across South Avenue from Waveny, Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting Wednesday. “The YMCA had a big problem with people coming into their parking lot and breaking into their cars, and at our recommendation they installed camera systems that captured license plates, and that dropped off dramatically,” the chief said at the meeting, held in the training room at the New Canaan Police Department. “So it helps in that regard.”

Nearly 2,000 people have signed an online petition calling for video surveillance cameras at the park. Launched in the wake of revelations that a missing New Canaan woman’s car was found parked along Waveny on Lapham Road the day she went missing, the petition calls for cameras on specific trails as well as at the Lapham entrance. 

After Waveny user, trial lawyer and New Canaan mom Hilary Ormond presented the petition this month to the Parks & Recreation Commission, that appointed body called for a detailed proposal from police.

‘A Deeply Genuine Person’: Statement from Family of Jennifer Dulos

The family of Jennifer Dulos released on Friday the following statement through New Canaan Police:

“Four weeks have elapsed since Jennifer Farber Dulos disappeared. None of this feels real. We tell ourselves that this kind of nightmare happens to people in stories, not to those we know and love. 

“But this situation is real, and it is dire. Each passing day intensifies the impact of this tragedy on Jennifer’s children, who have not seen their mother—the guiding presence in their lives—in 28 days. 

“The New Canaan and Connecticut State police are working around the clock to find Jennifer and to solve the mystery of her disappearance. We are immensely grateful for their dedication.

New Canaan Man, 49, Charged with Operation of a Drug Factory

Police on Thursday arrested a 49-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with operation of a drug factory. Originally called April 30 to the Toby’s Lane home on a report of a domestic disturbance, officers while investigating saw a marijuana grow operation in plain view on the first floor of the residence, police said. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the domestic incident, police said. The grow operation, which occupied two rooms at the home, included heat lamps, ventilation ducts, irrigation systems and multiple marijuana plants being cultivated (see photo above). The New Canaan Police Investigative Section also obtained a search warrant and found more items related to the drug factory, officials said.

Police: 17-Year-Old Woman Found, Reunited with Family [UPDATED]

Update 1:45 p.m. Tuesday

She’s been found in New York City and reunited with her parents, police said. Original Article

A 17-year-old woman was reported missing early Friday, according to police. Melissa Cheyenne Davis, pictured at right, has a scar on her right knee, Lt. Jason Ferraro said in a press release. She had been visiting family in New Canaan with her parents and a sibling when police were dispatched to Marvin Ridge Road at 5:16 a.m. on Friday, Ferraro said. She last was seen by relatives at about 9 p.m. Thursday, he said, when she went to her bedroom at the family friend’s home on Mavin Ridge near Willowbrook Lane.

Missing Woman’s Family and Friends: Please Don’t Establish Financial Rewards or Funds in Jennifer Dulos Case

Responding to a young boy’s offer to create a Go Fund Me page in honor of Jennifer Dulos, her family and friends are asking that no such funds be established at this time, police said. New Canaan Police Deputy Chief John DiFederico said in an email Thursday to media that the missing woman’s family and friends want no financial rewards set up in connection with the case. A statement attributed to Carrie Luft described a 7-year-old Wethersfield boy’s offer to put his savings toward a reward to help find Dulos. “His selflessness and generosity have touched our hearts,” the statement said, adding a Biblical reference, “A little child shall lead them.”

“The impact of Jennifer’s disappearance on her five young children, family, and friends is affecting many people in similar ways,” Luft continued in the statement. “We urge this young man to keep his savings, but we honor his impulse.