Police Chief: ‘High Likelihood’ of Drug Possession, Possible Dealing in New Canaan Schools

Getting a drug-sniffing dog access to public schools ranks high among  New Canaan Police Department priorities for this year, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Thursday. Police officials “are hopeful we will be able to get some folks in line” and finalize an agreement with the district so that the department’s K-9 unit can do its work inside schools, Krolikowski said during a budget hearing before the Board of Selectmen. 

“Because we do know as we sit here today that there’s a high likelihood that there are some kids in the school in possession of drugs and maybe distributing it,” Krolikowski said during the Board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “And what are we going to do as a town to prevent that from happening and frankly make our kids safer?”

Asked by Selectman Nick Williams where New Canaan is in the process, Krolikowski said “stalled.”

“It’s been tabled, I believe, by the superintendent and Board of Education,” he said. “It’s been a years-long effort to try to move that along and we are login to continue to do that and be a little bit more aggressive in trying to push that along. Get something in place that we are at least comfortable with.

New Canaan Teen Charged in Connection with Threat Made Through Social Media [UPDATED]

Update 2:30 p.m. Friday

Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile in connection with the threat made through social media targeting students at New Canaan High School. The teen, a New Canaan resident, was charged with breach of peace. Police withheld the teen’s name because of his or her age. The threat was determined not to be credible, police said. Update 12:30 p.m. Friday

Police say they received word at 6:50 a.m. Friday regarding a “potential threat to the students at the high school” that had been made on social media.

NCHS Student, 16, Charged with Breach of Peace After Issuing Threat

Police on Monday afternoon charged a 16-year-old male with breach of peace following a report that he had threatened fellow New Canaan High School students. At about 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 13, the New Canaan Police Department school resource officer took a complaint regarding a threat made by the teen that had been directed at other students, according to a police report. The threat “implied harm would come to other students at NCHS,” the report said. Following an investigation by the SRO and youth sergeant, police cited the teen for the misdemeanor-level offense, it said.

Police Investigate Removal of Posters Promoting New Canaan MLK Day Service

New Canaan Police are investigating the removal of two posters promoting a service to be held Monday in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Placed Jan. 7 on notice boards at the train station and at the intersection of South Avenue and Farm Road, the posters were found to have been removed five days later, according to Jennifer Zonis, president of the Interfaith Council of New Canaan, the organization that presents remembrance service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Council had obtained permits from the town prior to placing the posters on the notice boards, and each was marked with an orange sticker designating the approval, Zonis told NewCanaanite.com. Zonis said she looked into whether the posters had been blown away or removed by mistake prior to reporting the larceny to police, and discovered in communicating with past Council leaders that the same thing had happened multiple times in recent years. Vonis said that when she learned this wasn’t the first time it happened, she grew “concerned that this is ill will.”

Members of the Council are “heartbroken and upset and concerned and also frustrated,” Zonis said.