Police last week arrested an 18-year-old Norwalk man and charged him with third-degree forgery. At about 7:06 p.m. on June 15, an officer on patrol clocked a car traveling southbound on Oenoke Ridge at 62 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to a police report. During a subsequent stop, the officer found a fake New Jersey driver’s license in the teen’s wallet, the report said. The driver additionally was cited for speeding. He was released after promising to appear July 19 in state Superior Court.
The New Canaan man charged last month in the fatal shooting of his wife at their Down River Road home last week hired a new lawyer to represent him in the felony criminal case. Stamford criminal defense attorney Mark Sherman confirmed that he has been retained by 77-year-old Albert Kokoth, who faces charges of second-degree assault, second-degree assault with a firearm and illegal discharge of a firearm in connection with the May 6 shooting.
While he declined to comment on case specifics, Sherman told NewCanaanite.com that he expects to receive discovery, including the Medical Examiner’s reports and notes, from the state’s attorney’s office in the coming weeks. Albert Kokoth has not yet pleaded to the charges. He originally had been scheduled to appear Tuesday in state Superior Court, but that appearance was continued. His next court appearance now is scheduled for June 29.
New Canaan Police this week responded their second call in one month about juveniles riding skateboards on the roof of a well-known medical building on East Avenue, officials say. Asked about the complaints, Police Lt. Jason Ferraro confirmed that officers responded at about 12:20 p.m Monday to a call about the activity at 173 East Ave.
A prior call had come in about the skateboarding at 7:08 p.m. on May 24, Ferraro said. In both incidents, responding officers were unable to make contact with anyone skateboarding on the roof of the New Canaan Medical Group building, he said. It’s unclear which part of the two-story building the skateboarders have been using. The 8,600-square-foot medical center appears to have several roof systems.
It’s owned by a limited liability partnership and has been continuously owned since 1970, tax records show.
Police on Monday afternoon arrested a 48-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
At about 3:37 p.m. on June 14, officers were dispatched to a Smith Ridge Road home regarding a domestic dispute between the man and another occupant of the residence, according to a police report.
Following an investigation, police brought the misdemeanor charges.
It wasn’t clear what the dispute involved, how it turned physical, whether the arrested man is related to the victim or what were the extent of injuries. Police declined to provide details, calling it a domestic matter. A person is guilty of third-degree assault, according to state law, when “with intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person” or “recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person or “with criminal negligence, he causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon, a dangerous instrument or an electronic defense weapon.”
The man was released on $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear Tuesday in state Superior Court.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford provides services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence. Its 24-hour hotline is 203-588-9096. Espanol: 203-663-6641.
Officials say a group that’s been meeting out of the public eye to identify sites around New Canaan where a new Police Department could go will unveil its findings next month. Assigned to the task by First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, the group of municipal employees, including representatives from the Department of Public Works, is expected to present to the town-appointed Police Department Building Committee on July 8. While Moynihan’s staff group has studied possible new sites, the Committee has been working on a possible renovation of the existing Police Department building on South Avenue.
Committee member Jim Beall asked during the Committee’s regular meeting Thursday whether the Moynihan group might share its findings even before the next scheduled meeting on July 8. “Does it even have to wait until July?” Beall said during the meeting, held via videoconference. “Stuart, what is our expectation?