Police: Apparent Self-Immolation Near Mulch Pile at Waveny

Police say a man appeared to kill himself near the town mulch pile at Waveny on Wednesday. At about 8:46 p.m. on Aug. 10, New Canaan Police officers were dispatched to that area of Lapham Road on a report of a possible fire in the woods, according to a press release issued by NCPD. “The report of a fire in the woods was called in by a passerby who indicated that a fire was observed off the road and in the woods,” it said. “Responding patrol officers did observe a fire in the woods and as they entered the woods and got closer to the fire, a human body was observed fully engulfed in flames in the supine position.”
The incident “is most likely a suicide,” according to the police press release.

New Canaan Woman, 60, Charged in Theft of Packages

Police on Tuesday morning arrested a 60-year-old Millport Avenue woman by warrant and charged her with sixth-degree larceny. On Aug. 25, 2021, officers took a complaint regarding the theft of several packages from the common entrance area of a building at 59 Millport Ave., according to a police report. Through an investigation that included video surveillance of the area, police identified the woman as the person who had stolen the packages belonging to the victim, the report said. Police obtained an arrest warrant for the larceny of four packages valued at $125.72 for the misdemeanor charge, it said.

‘His Generosity, Interest and Professionalism Were Evident’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski presented the following letters of appreciation for officers to the Police Commission during the appointed body’s June and July meetings. ***
Officer Nicole Vartuli
“Nice work Nicole! Thank for moving this initiative forward.” 
—Leon Krolikowski (July 5), in reference to the “Stuffed Animals for Cruisers” effort, where individually wrapped stuffed animals are kept in each patrol cruiser for distribution to young children, those with special needs or for outreach when responding to calls or on routine patrol. ***
Officer Matt Blank 
“Sergeant O’Sullivan, Reaching out to let you know about our amazing experience with Officer Blank. Our family originally met Officer Blank several months ago when on a tour of the NC Police Station, offers to NC Newcomers families.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Brush Fire Danger This Summer [VIDEO]

Wildfires are any unplanned fires that burn in forests and other wild lands such as shrubs or grass communities. They are a powerful force we must understand and respect in order to best help control them. Nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by humans and could have been prevented. 

The video above from Saturday July 30, 2022 is a fire on the westbound shoulder of Route I84 between exit 6 & 7. The fire was most likely caused by a lit cigarette thrown out of a car window. Due to the wind and the dry conditions the Forest Fire Danger level in Connecticut has been high for most of the summer.

DUI Charge for 32-Year-Old Man

Police late Saturday arrested a 32-year-old Stamford man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 10:38 p.m. on July 30, an officer on patrol saw a car parked on Lapham Road that was partially blocking the roadway, according to a police report. On speaking with the driver, the officer found signs of impairment, the report said. After administering field sobriety tests, the man was taken into custody on the misdemeanor charge, it said. He refused to provide a sample to establish his blood-alcohol level, it said.