Police: Drunk Driving Charge for Norwalk Man, 28, Found Asleep in Car

Police after midnight Friday arrested a 28-year-old Norwalk man and charged him with driving under the influence. 

At about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 13, an officer was dispatched to Kiwanis Park on a report that a suspicious vehicle was there and a man at the wheel may be drunk, police said. There, an officer found the man in the driver’s seat with keys in the ignition, according to the police report. He was reclined in the driver’s seat and was not responsive to the police officer’s attempts to wake him, it said. The man did wake up after a few minutes and police smelled alcohol on his breath, the report said.


Police: Former Caregiver in New Canaan Home Faces Dozens of Credit Card-Related Offenses

Police on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old Georgia woman by warrant in connection with credit card-related offenses committed while she worked as a caregiver in New Canaan four years ago. The woman at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 turned herself in on paperless rearrest warrant issued for crimes that had been committed in New Canaan in 2014 while the woman worked as a caregiver here, according to a police report. According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, she had pleaded not guilty in July 2016 to 31 counts of illegal use of a credit card as well as one count each of third-degree forgery, third-degree larceny, a felony offense, and credit card theft. It wasn’t clear how much she’s accused of stealing.

Police: Drunk Driving, Interfering Charges for 53-Year-Old New Canaan Man

Police on Tuesday night arrested a 53-year-old Summer Street man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 11, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling northbound on Main Street at 52 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to a police report. The officer stopped the motorist in his driveway and smelled alcohol on his breath as they spoke, the report said. The man then failed field sobriety tests and, while being handcuffed, began to resist, it said.

Officials Recommend Training in More Proactive Approach to Handling Violent Incidents in Schools

Officials who help shape school safety policy in New Canaan are recommending training for all district staff in a new way of preparing students for violent incidents. 

Members of the district’s Crisis Advisory Board, or ‘CAB,’ told the Board of Education last week that the powerful experiential training they’ve undergone in a more proactive approach to handling situations such as shootings should lead to new “lockdown” procedures at all public schools. In traditional lockdown drills, children go into a classroom and teachers all follow the same procedures, South School Principal and CAB member Joanne Rocco told the Board of Ed at its regular meeting Dec. 3. Those steps include “locking the door, pulling down the shades, turning off the lights and students would all go into one corner of the room where they weren’t visible and would just wait,” Rocco said. “So that was the traditional lockdown,” she said at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School.

Norwalk Woman To Join NCPD as New Police Officer

A 22-year-old Norwalk woman is slated to become the newest officer in the New Canaan Police Department, officials said. Annamaria Ceci, a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford who earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Victim Services from the University of New Haven, is to be sworn in Dec. 11, according to a press release issued by Police Lt. Jason Ferraro. Ceci, who most recently worked as a procurement assistant for the Stamford-based Odyssey Reinsurance Company, was one of 79 individuals who applied in September 2017 for an entry-level police officer in New Canaan. She “successfully endured an intensive testing and selection process including a written examination, physical agility testing, interview panel, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, background investigation, medical testing, and Police Commission interview,” Ferraro said in the release. 

Following next week’s swearing-in ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lapham Community Center, Ceci will commence recruit training at the Police Academy in Milford, with a tentative graduation date of July 2019.