New Canaan Teen Arrested on Drug, Alcohol and Evading Charges

New Canaan Police on Sunday arrested an 18-year-old Bald Hill Road man and charged him with evading responsibility, possession of alcohol by a minor and six counts of possession of a controlled substance. At about 8:15 a.m. on March 19, officers were dispatched to North Wilton Road on a report of a vehicle that had been abandoned following a crash, police said. Through an investigation, the local man was identified as the driver, according to a police report. Police also found contraband on the man, the report said. He was charged with the misdemeanor offenses at about 10:30 a.m., it said.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

On March 12 clocks were turned forward for Daylight Savings time.  In concert with the nationwide campaign “Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries”, The New Canaan Fire Department and the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office want to remind everyone to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  By being proactive this also helps avoid that annoying “chirp” that inevitably starts at 2 in the morning. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10 year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps indicating a low battery, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. When replacing a battery on the alarms that allow for that, follow a list of manufacturer’s batteries on the back of the alarm or in the manufacturer’s instructions. The smoke alarm may not work properly if an incorrect battery is used.

‘They Handled the Whole Thing So Effortlessly’: Letters of Appreciation for NCPD

Police Chief John DiFederico shared the following letters of appreciation for New Canaan Police Department officers at the March 13 Police Commission meeting. ***

Officers Owen Ochs and Nick Agoglia

“Last Wednesday, Feb. 8, I was walking my dog down Stoneleigh Road, and a young, exuberant Rhodesian Ridgeback came bounding at me. He had a collar with a phone number, but it was obscured by a kerchief. He obviously wanted to play with my leashed dog, who was half his size, but I couldn’t trust that he was friendly and did not feel it was safe to reach for him.

Police: Harassment Charge for 53-Year-Old Man

Police on Friday arrested a 53-year-old Stamford man by warrant and charged him with second-degree harassment. 

Police secured a warrant following an investigation regarding the man’s harassment of a victim, officials said. It isn’t clear whether or how the man is related to the victim or in what way he broke the law. Police withheld details, calling it a domestic matter. Under state law, a person is guilty of second-degree harassment if he or she “with intent to harass, terrorize or alarm another person, and for no legitimate purpose … makes a telephone call or engages in any other form of communication, whether or not a conversation ensues, in a manner likely to cause terror, intimidation or alarm” or “communicates or shares a photograph, video or words or engages in any other form of communication to a digital, electronic, online or other meeting space, in a manner likely to cause terror, intimidation or alarm,” among other reasons. The man turned himself in to police on March 10 on the misdemeanor charge.


Drunk-Driving Charge for Man, 38

Police on March 4 arrested a 38-year-old Stratford man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 6:38 p.m. that Friday, officers were dispatched to Route 123 on a report of an erratic operator, police said. The driver was pulled over in the area of New Norwalk Road and Locust Avenue, according to a police report. After conducting standardized field sobriety tests, police brought the misdemeanor charge, the report said. While in police custody, the man declined to undergo a breath test to establish his blood-alcohol level, it said.