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‘She Even Had a Bottle of Water for Me’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Wednesday night spotlighted some of the outstanding work of the department’s officers. During the Police Commission’s regular meeting, he cited a series of letters of appreciation from the community. 

“I think it’s important to better recognize the good work of our officers which we do not do often enough,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in the New Canaan Police Department.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mom of Two Rescues Gravely Injured Goose at Kiwanis Park

Lauren Schwarmann’s only intention in entering Kiwanis Park last Friday morning was to take her two little boys, 3-year-old Lucas and 2-year-old Reece, to the small playground, a family favorite. Her plans changed quickly when, after pulling her truck into the Old Norwalk Road park, she spotted what appeared to be a dog or cat under attack by a pair of red-tailed hawks. “All I saw was wings everywhere,” Schwarmann recalled. “It was in the middle of the field and I quickly drove the car up to it and there were two hawks landing on him. There wings were on him. Continue Reading →

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Owners of Bruno the Bulldog Cited by Police for Roaming, Fined $92 After He’s Found Distressed Again on Hot Day

About one year after police saved the life of an overheating dog downtown, Animal Control on Aug. 28 issued a $92 infraction to the animal’s owners after it happened again. According to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section, a FedEx driver spotted the bulldog roaming on Locust Avenue at midday during the high heat spell and immediately picked up the dog and brought him to police headquarters. There, Halm tried to cool down the dog, Bruno, “because he was just really struggling,” she said. She identified Bruno’s family through his tags and contacted them. 

A similar incident had occurred in July 2017, when Bruno was found on the street by a police officer with significant trouble breathing and was so weak he wouldn’t take water. Continue Reading →

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Terrier’s Owner Fined Twice in One Week for Allowing Dog To Roam

Police recently took the rare step of citing the same resident twice in the same week for allowing a dog to roam. The Smith Ridge Lane woman’s Jack Russell Terrier—a culprit in the past, according to the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section—was found off-property on July 12 and again on July 14. The older dog tends to wander onto the nearby Country Club of New Canaan property, and was picked up there both times after an officer had responded to an initial call for a roaming dog, found the animal and did not ticket the owner, according to Animal Control. The citation carries a $92 fine. 

This particular dog has been found wandering on Smith Ridge Road which “is very, very dangerous,” according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of Animal Control. Police rarely issue the roaming fine and generally do so only when dogs get out often. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

The pre-American Revolution era White Oak Shade Road home that made headlines recently when its new owners started to demolish part of it without a permit—then claimed it was a misunderstanding, only to raze the whole structure—is back on social media. The owners posted on Facebook Marketplace that they’re selling the “antique original beams” from the antique house ($150 apiece). On July 13 they applied to the New Canaan Building Department for a permit on an estimated $280,000 job that will include “alteration of first and second floor of existing foundation walls” and “adding four bedrooms and 4.5 baths.”


Police on Tuesday picked up what they described as a sad-looking, lethargic crow sitting on Elm Street. Officer Allyson Halm of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section said a veterinarian who examined the bird found nothing physically wrong with it, though officials with Wildlife In Crisis said the crow most likely was suffering from West Nile Virus. ***

Congratulations to Selectman Kit Devereaux on the birth of her first grandchild. 

William Fielding Colestock entered the world July 18, born to Devereaux’s daughter Anne Devereaux (Geitz) Colestock and Mac Colestock. Continue Reading →

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