New Canaan Police ID Harassing Phone Caller

New Canaan Police on Wednesday recognized officers who took part in resolving a harassment case. 

In November of 2023, Officer Jake Somma took a complaint regarding harassing phone calls, according to Police Chief John DiFederico. The phone calls had gone on for more than six months and the number was blocked, making it “difficult to identify the caller,” the chief told members of the Police Commission during their regular meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “But Officer Somma and Sgt. [George] Caponera did a thorough investigation,” he said. “They were able to narrow the list down of the possible numbers and they were able to identify the caller as a former friend of the complainant.”

The update came as DiFederico shared a letter of appreciation from the complainant recognizing the officers’ help.

After Complaints, Police To Look Again at Parking for Officers Downtown

Following complaints from residents, New Canaan Police officers will try to avoid parking on Locust Avenue while working out of temporary headquarters downtown, officials say. The New Canaan Police Department in November moved into 39 Locust Ave.—the former Board of Education offices at the corner of Forest Street—while the station on South Avenue undergoes an extensive renovation, a project that’s expected to take about two years. During a Board of Selectmen meeting last week, officials flagged an emerging issue where residents are complaining about Locust parking taken up by police officers. “I know it’s a learning curve over there,” Selectman Steve Karl said to Police Chief John DiFederico during the Jan. 4 meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.

Police Commission Takes No Action Following Sight Line Concern at Farm and Main

Saying the intersection works as-is, members of New Canaan’s local traffic authority will take no action in response to residents’ call for changes at the Main-Old Norwalk-White Oak Shade-Farm Road four-way. The Police Commission in December received at least two letters from residents voicing concerns about a picket fence recently installed atop a stone wall on the south side of Old Norwalk Road, at the intersection. Obtained by through a public records request, the letters note that the fence appears to violate two sections of the New Canaan Zoning Regulations (see pages 154 and 161 here). In a Dec. 6 letter to the Commission, Peter Cooley notes that the fence atop the rock wall is taller than allowed and also in a public right-of-way.