‘We Have To Figure Out an Answer’: Need To Expand ‘Covia’ Building Complicates First Selectman’s Proposal for Combined Board of Ed-NCPD Home

The commercial building at the corner of Grove and Elm Streets downtown—a structure that New Canaan’s highest elected official has eyed as a possible future home for both the Police Department and Board of Education—isn’t big enough, as it is, to accommodate both agencies. An addition would need to be put on the ‘Covia’ building at 258 Elm St. to house them, and that may involve acquiring two properties to the south that are owned by Stamford Hospital, or else building east into the Lumberyard Lot, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. In any case, finding a way to make the 28,000-square-foot Covia building (which is for sale) work for both agencies is preferable to renovating the existing Police Department on South Avenue or building a new one while continuing to pay about $300,000 in annual rent for the New Canaan Public Schools’ administrative headquarters. 

“It’s kind of complicated,” Moynihan said Thursday during a press briefing in his office. “This [the Covia building] is my preference, it’s a modern building.

Drunk Driving Charge for Man, 31, After Striking State Police Vehicle

Police last weekend arrested a 31-year-old Norwalk man for striking a Connecticut State Police vehicle while driving drunk the wrong way through a construction zone in New Canaan. At about 10:55 p.m. on Nov. 4, police were dispatched to the area of Old Stamford Road at Exit 36 on a report of the crash, officials said. After striking the patrol vehicle, the Norwalk man drove off the roadway and into a ditch, according to a police report. On speaking to the motorist, police smelled both marijuana and alcohol, the report said.

Police: Multiple Drug-Related Charges for New Canaan Man

Police on last week arrested a 23-year-old New Canaan man by warrant on a slew of drug-related offenses after a months-long investigation. Authorities on Oct. 29 entered his Heritage Hill Road home with the New Canaan Police Department’s K-9 dog to serve a search warrant for narcotics, according to a police report. Police had obtained the warrant following an investigation into the sale of marijuana and pot-related products out of the residence, the report said. There, they found marijuana, a digital scale, marijuana brownies, about $230 in cash and drug paraphernalia including six bongs, 10 THC wax containers and Zip-loc bags.

Police Report Details ‘Football Gate’-Marked Cash Bundles Found in Office of Former Assistant to NCHS Athletic Director  [CORRECTED]

District officials declined to pursue a criminal case against a former assistant to the New Canaan High School athletic director even after more than $1,500 in cash was found in her office in bundles labeled ‘Football Gate’ from games that had taken place several months earlier, records show. The cash, found in $20 bill bundles labeled ‘Football Gate 11-6-[15]’ ($1,060) and ‘Football Gate 11-13-15’ ($500), were found in Anne Tomaselli’s office at NCHS after she’d been put on administrative leave in March 2016 for failing to report overpayments made by the district into her direct deposit account totaling more than $30,000, according to a police report. “Tomaselli did work the ticket stand during football games and was in charge of all cash coming in to pay for tickets,” Police Sgt. Peter Condos, a detective, said in an incident report at the time of the investigation, obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a formal request. “There are also allegations that she paid her workers in cash directly from the gate receipts, which is a clear violation of school policy, according to [Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan] Luizzi,” Condos wrote in a March 18, 2016 incident report. 

Condos added: “Many questions initially arise from this discovered football gate money: Why was it in her office?

NCPD

Realtor Arrested for Stealing Cash from New Canaan Home During Open House

Police on Thursday arrested a 60-year-old Westport woman by warrant in connection with a theft from a New Canaan bedroom this summer. On July 26, authorities received a report about the theft of items from a local home during a Realtor open house, police said. The theft was captured on video surveillance from inside the residence and the Westport woman was identified as the Realtor who had taken Euro currency with a U.S. value of about $136, according to a police report. Police charged her with sixth-degree larceny, a misdemeanor. 

She turned herself in at about 11:20 a.m. on Nov. 1 and was released after promising to appear Nov.