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Arrests and investigations out of the New Canaan Police Department as well as coverage of activity from New Canaan Fire Co. No. 1, including capital projects, staff promotions and work with community groups. We post tips and services from the New Canaan Fire Marshal as well as community events that involve police, fire and paramedics, such as the annaul Fishing Derby, talks at venues such as New Canaan Library and bulletins from officials in each organization.

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New Canaan Police Monitoring of Motorists’ Speeds Down in 2018

As it ramps up enforcement at the top motor vehicle accident locations in town, the New Canaan Police Department also will start clocking motorists’ speeds more frequently than it has so far this year, officials said. So far in 2018, NCPD has seen a nearly 50 percent drop in its use of radar from last year, members of the Police Commission noted during the group’s most recent meeting. “Are we just enforcing less?” Commissioner Jim McLaughlin asked at the July 18 meeting, held at police headquarters. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said that yes, officers “are just not setting up as much as they can, and not making as many stops as they are able to.”

“So that is part of the effort to refocus toward accident locations and giving people directions and the reason why we are doing this is that we want to reduce accidents, it’s not to stop people indiscriminately,” Krolikowski said. “That’s part of our refocus, so I am expecting to see those numbers go in the right direction as we continue to refocus the efforts.”

The increased speed enforcement comes as the department reported a drop in total motor vehicle violations cited, at the meeting, from 3,178 at this time last year to 2,237 in 2018. Continue Reading →

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Fundraising Efforts Underway for Second New Canaan Police K-9 Dog

Members of the New Canaan Police Department announced in July via social media that they are kickstarting fundraising efforts to acquire a second K-9 dog. The town first established a K-9 unit in 1985 with a German Shepherd, Ex, but the program was disbanded in 1994 when Ex retired. With the help of donations from both residents and businesses, NCPD acquired the a K-9 in 2010, and has had Apollo for more than two years. Since then, there has been a push to expand the K-9 unit to include another dog. The department’s recent post on Instagram was another push for fundraising after a successful, recent round of direct mailings, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Bald Hill Road Garage After Midnight Friday

Firefighters after midnight Friday put out a blaze that started in a garage in the northeastern corner of town, officials said. At about 12:13 a.m. on Aug. 3, the New Canaan Fire Department received a report of smoke at 140 Bald Hill Road, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Arriving units found that a refrigerator in the garage had caught fire, according to Baker. It quickly was extinguished, limiting damage to the garage and its contents, he said. Continue Reading →

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Police Field Complaint of Rise in 123 Truck Traffic

New Canaan Police officials say they may contact state authorities following a complaint from a resident regarding truck traffic on Route 123. According to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, the department received a complaint that “truck traffic is increasing substantially in noise” and the resident also attributed the change to trucks “trying to avoid weigh stations on the interstate.”

“We have no evidence of that,” Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission at their July 18 meeting, held at Town Hall. 

“We know 123 is a heavy truck route,” the chief said. 

The department may contact state police to find out whether they have the ability to weigh trucks and ensure they’re in compliance “but we can’t get rid of the truck traffic or anything like that.”

“We can make sure the trucks are as safe as possible,” the chief said. Interstate 95 has a weigh station at Exit 2 in Greenwich and Interstate 84 has a weigh station in Danbury. When they’re open, all trucks and commercial vehicles must stop to be weighed. According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, those stations were open for 181 and 26 shifts, respectively, during the six-month period that ended June 30. Continue Reading →

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Disorderly, Assault Charges After Fight on Lakeview Avenue

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Police on Saturday night arrested two residents of a Lakeview Avenue home and charged the with second-degree breach of peace and disorderly conduct. One of those arrested, a 25-year-old woman, additionally was charged with third-degree assault.

At about 9:32 p.m. on July 28, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on a report that a dispute between two people there had turned physical, police said. Following an investigation, authorities found that each “had an altercation with the victim,” according to a police report, and brought the misdemeanor charges against the woman as well as a 29-year-old man. It isn’t clear whether arrested people are related to the victim, how they’re related to each other (same last name), what the dispute involved, in what way it turned physical or what was the extent of the victim’s injuries. Police declined to provide details, saying the incident was a domestic matter. Continue Reading →

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