NCPD Officer Kelly Coughlin and the ‘Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run’ [Q&A]

New Canaan Police Officer Kelly Coughlin is a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics, and in recent years she’s arranged for the New Canaan Police Department to participate in a popular fundraiser for the organization, the Law Enforcement Torch Run. We put some questions to Coughlin about the event itself, scheduled for May 31, as well as additional ways that locals can support the Special Olympics. Here’s our exchange. ***

New Canaanite: What is the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run? Officer Kelly Coughlin: The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run first started in 1981 as a way for law enforcement to become active in the community and to support the Special Olympics cause by carrying the Flame of Hope, hence the Torch Run name, through communities in every state.

Breach of Peace Charge for 19-Year-Old Man

Police last week arrested a 19-year-old Norwalk man and charged him with second-degree breach of peace. At about 7:37 p.m. on April 2 (a Tuesday), officers responded to 228 Elm St. to investigate a harassment complaint that involved the arrested man and a victim, according to a police report. Through an investigation, probable cause was established to bring the misdemeanor charge, the report said. Under state law, a person is guilty of second-degree breach of peace if he or she “with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or (2) assaults or strikes another; or (3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property; or (4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture,” among other reasons.

Firefighters Put Out Blaze on White Oak Shade Lane Late Monday

Firefighters late Monday responded to a residential house fire on White Oak Shade Lane, officials say. No one was hurt in the blaze, which originated around 11:40 p.m. in the rear of a two-car garage and extended into an attic area above it, according to a press release from the New Canaan Fire Department. “The three occupants in the home were alerted to the fire when the smoke detector activated,” the press release said. “All the occupants were able to self-evacuate without injury. New Canaan firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire and stop any extension into the living area of the house.

DUI Charge for 65-Year-Old Man

Police late Saturday arrested a 65-year-old South Salem, N.Y. man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 11:58 p.m. on April 6, an officer on patrol saw a vehicle traveling north on Route 123 cross the double-yellow centerline several times, according to a police report. The officer conducted a stop near the Michigan Road intersection and noticed signs of impairment from alcohol in the driver, the report said. After conducting field sobriety tests, the officer brought the misdemeanor charge, it said. Back at police headquarters for processing, the man supplied two breath samples that established his blood-alcohol level at .1772 and .1619, more than twice the legal limit.


Town To Acquire 15-Month-Old German Shepherd ‘Lito’ as New Police K-9 Dog

The New Canaan Police Department’s new K-9 dog is a 15-month-old German shepherd who’s already working well with his handler here. K-9 Officer Sebastian Obando chose the name “Lito” for a special reason, according to Deputy Chief Andrew Walsh. “They leave the naming up to us,” Walsh told the Board of Selectmen during its regular meeting Tuesday, held in Town Hall and via videoconference. “Officer Obando’s father’s nickname was ‘Miguelito’ and he passed away when Officer Obando was on field training with us. So he would like to name the dog Lito, and we think that’s a great thing to do.”

The comments came as Walsh asked for permission from the selectmen to spend $10,000 from a special account for the K-9 program to acquire the new dog.