Harassment Charge for New Canaan Man, 67

Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a 67-year-old Richmond Hill Road man by warrant and charged him with second-degree harassment. The same man had been arrested March 21 by New Canaan Police and charged with disorderly conduct. At about 6 p.m. on March 25, police received a complaint from a victim with an active protective order, officials said. The victim provided evidence that the man was actively violating that order, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police brought the new misdemeanor charge.

Feds: 36-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography 

A 36-year-old man indicted last fall for posting nude videos of a New Canaan girl on a popular video-sharing service pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Department of Justice . 

Brian Grinnell of Lakewood, Ohio, faces five to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced in July, according to a press release from the Connecticut District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In March 2020, he posed as a 15-year-old girl and met the girl, who was under age 12 at the time, on Omegle, according to court documents cited in the release. 

“Shortly thereafter, he began communicating with the minor victim on Snapchat,” it said. “Grinnell told the minor victim to take sexually explicit photos and videos of herself and send them to Grinnell over Snapchat. After the minor victim began to feel threatened by Grinnell, she unfriended and blocked Grinnell’s account.”

Grinnell then threatened to post a video of the minor victim naked on TikTok, he told a friend of the girl’s through the app, unless she got in touch with him. When that friend (also a minor) begged him not to, Grinnell said, “I want a video of you begging me to not put them up. And you have to be topless in the video.

DUI Arrest: New Canaan Woman, 41, Tests at Nearly Three Times Legal Limit

Police on Sunday morning arrested a 41-year-old New Canaan woman by warrant and charged her with driving under the influence and evading responsibility. The warrant stems from a midday crash on Feb. 20 in the area of East Maple Street, in which her vehicle struck concrete stairs and a patio stair railing, according to a police report. During an investigation, police obtained a search warrant for blood results in order to determine the woman’s blood-alcohol level, the report said. She had a blood-alcohol level of .23, the report said, compared to a legal limit of .08. 

Police served the arrest warrant on the woman at her Hoyt Street home. 

She was released on $250 bond and scheduled to appear April 29 in state Superior Court.

New Canaan Man, 51, Charged with Disorderly Conduct

Police after midnight Tuesday arrested a 51-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with disorderly conduct. At about 12:12 a.m. on April 13, officers were dispatched to a New Lane house regarding a domestic dispute between the man and another occupant of the residence, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police charged the man with the misdemeanor offense, the report said. It wasn’t clear what the dispute involved, whether it turned physical or how the other individual involved in the dispute is related to the arrested man. Police withheld details, saying it’s a domestic matter.

New Canaan Fire Marshal on ‘Burning Permits’

Recent issues regarding open burning and burning permits have raised questions regarding this practice in New Canaan. 

Open burning regulations for Connecticut are administrated by the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Air Quality Division with permits issued by the local Fire Department. Following is a list of tips to help keep us all safe when burning:

Burning permits are required when burning.  Permits are issued by the Fire Department at 60 Main Street only on the day you wish to burn. A phone call to the Fire Department on the morning of the day you wish to burn might save you a trip if a burning permit would not be issued for that day. 203-594-3140
Only brush and tree branches, up to three inches in diameter may be burned.  No leaves, trash or construction/demolition materials may be burned. Burning will not be permitted when the burn danger is “high” or “extreme” and/or high wind days.  Burning also will not be permitted when the air quality index is high according to DEEP.