Officials Vote 3-0 To Install Flashing Stop Sign at for Michigan Road Motorists at Route 123

The Police Commission voted 3-0 last week to install a stop sign with flashing lights at Michigan and Smith Ridge Roads to alert westbound traffic seeking to cross or turn onto Route 123 of the dangerous intersection. The move is one measure town officials are taking while they wait for the state to address concerns raised months ago regarding the intersection, site of “multiple serious accidents,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during the Commission’s Oct. 16 meeting, held at police headquarters. 

“We just had another one,” Krolikowski said. He referred to an Oct. 15 crash in the area.

Town to State: We’ll Fix Dangerous Sight Line Problem on 123 If You Won’t

Saying the state is not responding to New Canaan’s requests to improve sight lines along a stretch of Route 123 that’s seeing a high number of car crashes, town officials are preparing to do the necessary work themselves. 

Following two serious crashes at Smith Ridge and Michigan Roads earlier this year, traffic officials requested that the Connecticut Department of Transportation conduct a study of the area. Two months later, two people were taken to the hospital following another major collision there. Now, Public Works Director Tiger Mann said he intends to pursue a permit from the DOT to work in its right-of-way in the state road in order to remove a boulder overgrown with trees that limits sight lines for motorists. The outcropping is located on the southeast corner of the intersection. “We are getting to the point where we are just going to have to take action on our own,” Mann said during a Sept.

Police Chief: Thefts from Unlocked Cars in New Canaan 

Police on Friday received complaints of multiple unlocked vehicles that had been entered early that morning, officials said. Items stolen from the vehicles on Summit Ridge and Field Crest Roads include cellphone chargers, loose change, a laptop computer, medication, checks and clothes, according to New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “It is probable that these crimes are being committed by gang members,” Krolikowski said in a press release. “Many towns in Fairfield County are experiencing similar crimes.”

New Canaan and other are towns are regularly targeted by car thieves and others, officials have said. The latest news comes days after police arrested a pair of Connecticut residents in connection with residential burglaries in eastern New Canaan.

‘Just Because They Showed Up for Work’: New Canaan Remembers Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

On a Tuesday morning 18 years ago, New Canaan commuters Joe Coppo and Eamon McEneaney boarded a train to get to their trading desks in lower Manhattan, the town’s highest elected official recalled. While those 46-year-old men started their day “as many Wall Streeters from New Canaan do,” Brad Fetchet, 24, who grew up in town “arrived early at his trading desk at the World Trade Center at the Wall Street Street firm he had just recently joined,” according to Kevin Moynihan. Within two hours of arriving for work, all three were killed. “Three shining souls among nearly 3,000 innocent people whose lives were taken at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, just because they showed up for work,” Moynihan told more the 120 residents, police, firefighters, EMTs, municipal workers and government officials gathered out front of Town Hall on a clear, sunny morning for a ceremony honoring those who perished during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and as a result of responding to it.

Police Chief: Two Residential Break-Ins, Burglaries on Mariomi Road

Authorities are investigating two recent residential burglaries on the east side of New Canaan, officials said. Burglars broke glass panes on the rear doors in order to gain entry to Mariomi Road homes, according to New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. The first burglary occurred some time between Aug. 19 and 22, and the second one on Aug. 25, the chief said in a press release.