In New Canaan, the press corps that attends in-person weekly police briefings—typically four of us, from New Canaanite, NC Advertiser, NC News and Patch—receive the same information about arrests and investigations, at the same time.
Arrest information includes those charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, and may also include infractions (tickets) for certain violations, such as possession of less than .5 ounces of marijuana, passing a school bus, allowing a dog to roam, patronizing a prostitute.
Reporters also often trawl through police call logs for unusual activity, seeking more details on what’s noted there, as I did with these three incidents:
- 6:12 p.m. on Feb. 17: suspicious person on North Wilton Road near Soundview Lane
- 5:51 p.m. on Feb. 18: suspicious person on Ferris Hill Road near Pepper Lane
- 7:55 p.m. on Feb. 21: vandalism on East Avenue, just east of Summer Street
I received details from the public information officer for New Canaan police.
The first two incidents concerned trucks that pulled into a driveway. “One was turning around and the other was making a delivery,” police said. (Sort of interesting that police were notified in those cases—maybe these trucks were not branded FedEx or UPS and that’s why they seemed suspicious to someone.)
Police also responded to the East Avenue call, though officers found no graffiti as described when they checked the area.