Monday, February 23, 2015

Threatening, Failure to Pay Wages, DUI, Burglary, Larceny and Criminal Mischief through 2-18-15


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

FAILURE TO PAY WAGES - On Feb. 7 at approximately 12:05 a.m., Michael Carroll, 33, of Forest Way, East Haddam turned himself in to Troop K related to an outstanding warrant for the above violation. Carroll was held on a $500 bond and given a court date of 2/9/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND MAKING A RESTRICTED TURN - On Feb. 8 at approximately 4:33 p.m., State Police received a report of a car that was stuck in a snowbank on the side of the road on Smith Road in East Haddam. Police said that the operator of the vehicle failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and was taken into custody. Joseph Bogel, 66, of Bogel Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with the above violations. Bogel was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 2/25/15.

LARCENY - On Feb. 13 at approximately 3:35 p.m., Michael Cavanaugh, 32, of Main Street, East Hampton was arrested and charged with 5th-Degree Larceny. Cavanaugh was released on a Written Promise to Appear and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 2/24/15.

TWO-VEHICLE COLLISION - On Feb. 14 at approximately 11:17 a.m., Dominick Terrence, Jr., 20, of Windham Avenue, Colchester was traveling westbound on Lake Hayward Town Road in East Haddam, driving a 2011 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck in the area of Forest Way. Joseph Raulukaitis, 50, of Parum Road, Colchester was traveling eastbound on Lake Hayward Town Road, operating a 2002 Ford F-350 pick-up truck. Police said that the trucks collided, striking both driver's side mirrors. No injuries were reported, and no action (infraction) was taken upon either driver.

FAILURE TO GRANT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY - On Feb. 16 at approximately 1:02 p.m., Zachary Giroux, 18, of Alger Road, East Haddam was exiting a private parking lot on the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike in the area of Launching Area Road, East Haddam, operating a 2007 Audi S6. A 17-year-old driver was operating a 2003 Buick Century, traveling westbound on the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike. The juvenile driver's front end struck the left side of Giroux's vehicle. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to damages, however no injuries were reported. Police issued Giroux a written warning for Failure to Grant the Right-of-Way at a Private Road or Driveway.

THREATENING - On Feb. 16, East Hampton Police arrested Rita Marie Peatie, 66, of Wickham Road, East Haddam pursuant to an active warrant, and charged her with 2nd-Degree Threatening. Peatie was released on a $5,000 bond and given a court date of 2/24/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

BURGLARY, LARCENY AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On Feb. 18 at approximately 7:16 p.m., John Sasman, 29, of Roxbury Road, Niantic was arrested, pursuant to a warrant, and charged with 3rd-Degree Burglary, 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 6th-Degree Larceny. The warrant was based on an incident that occurred in East Haddam on 9/23/14. Sasman was held on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 2/18/15.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Missing Narcotics, Larceny, Motor-Vehicle Vs. Embankment, Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, Operating an Unregistered Motor-Vehicle, Making a Restricted Turn and DUI through 2-3-15


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:


LARCENY - On Jan. 22 at approximately 3:54 p.m., Sara Suscella, 31, of Nason Road, Higganum was arrested pursuant to a warrant, and charged with 2nd-Degree Larceny and Conspiracy to Commit 2nd-Degree Larceny. Suscella was held on a $20,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 1/23/15.

FAILURE TO OBEY A STOP SIGN AND FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT - On Jan. 26 at approximately 12:16 a.m., Steven Urban, 48, of Bashan Road, East Haddam was traveling westbound on Mott Lane in Moodus, operating a 2012 Ford transit van. Police said that as Urban was approaching the intersection of Eli Chapman Road, he veered left, crossed the double-yellow center line, veered right and commenced into a clockwise yaw. While the vehicle was in a spin, the van left the roadway and collided with a stop sign. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle had to be towed as a result of disabling damages sustained in the accident. Urban was issued infractions for the above violations.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND MAKING A RESTRICTED TURN - On Jan. 29 at approximately 6:33 p.m., Eugene Harding, 41, of Leesville Road, Moodus was charged with the above violations. State Police received a report of a motor-vehicle accident on Neptune Avenue in Moodus, when a vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Harding reportedly failed the Standardized Field-Sobriety Tests and was taken into custody to Troop K. He was subsequently released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 2/18/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND OPERATING AN UNREGISTERD MOTOR-VEHICLE - On Jan. 31 at approximately 4:16 a.m., Matthew Martell, 43, of Clark Hill Road, East Haddam had reportedly driven his vehicle into a snowbank at the Westchester Shopping Plaza in Westchester, at the intersection of Routes 149 & 16.  Martell reportedly failed the Standardized Field-Sobriety Tests and was taken into custody to Troop K.  He was later released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 2/10/15.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. EMBANKMENT - On Jan. 31 at approximately 2:41 p.m., Tyler Gerber, 27, of Falls Road, Moodus was driving a 1993 Chevy K-3500 on Moodus-Leesville Road in the area of Johnsonville Road (Routes 149 & 151) in Moodus. Police said that Gerber swerved as he was attempting to negotiate a curve, striking an embankment. No injuries were reported.

MISSING OR STOLEN MEDICATION - On Feb 3 at approximately 3:10 p.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to investigate a complaint at the Oak Grove Senior Housing Center, located on William F. Palmer Road in Moodus. A visiting caretaker reported that narcotic medication was discovered missing from their client's pill container(s). The case is under investigation, and anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-891-8201. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hit-and-Run, Burglary, Larceny, Garbage Truck Vs. Passenger Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and MVA's through 1-18-15


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

GARBAGE TRUCK VS. PASSENGER VEHICLE - On Jan. 7 at approximately 12:40 p.m., Ronald Benziger, 50, of Main Street, Willimantic was operating a 1999 Freightliner FL-60 garbage/recycling truck, when he stopped along the roadway to back into a private driveway. Deanna Page-Donovan, 46, of West Road, Salem had stopped behind the truck, in a 2004 Volvo V-70. Police said that Benziger subsequently backed into Page-Donovan's vehicle, causing front-end damage. Benziger was issued an infraction for Unsafe Backing. No injuries were reported.

BURGLARY AND LARCENY - On Jan. 8 at approximately 3:35 p.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint from a Lake Hayward Town Road resident. Unknown person(s) had entered a garage and taken car stereo speakers and other miscellaneous items. Anyone who has information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office, at 860-891-8201.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. UTILITY POLE - On Jan.10 at approximately 7:17 p.m., Michael Cummings, 29, of Leesville Road, Moodus was traveling northbound on Route 149 in Moodus, operating a 1997 Ford Taurus. Police said that Cummings drove off the right side of the roadway, just prior to Eli Chapman Road, striking a utility pole with the front end of his vehicle. The airbags deployed on the vehicle and it had to be towed from the scene due to damages sustained as a result of the accident. Cummings was issued an infraction for Making an Improper Turn. No injuries were reported.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT - On Jan.11 at approximately 5:00 a.m., State Police responded to a home on Wildwood Road in East Haddam, for a report of a boyfriend-girlfriend dispute. After investigating, police arrested David Sweet, 43, of Wildwood Road and charged him with Disorderly Conduct and 3rd-Degree Assault. Sweet was transported to Troop K, processed and held on a $1,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 1/12/15.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. DEER AND UTILITY POLE - On Jan. 12 at approximately 12:35 a.m., Max Schechter, 23, of Sanford's Bridge Road, East Haddam was traveling eastbound on Clark Hill Road in East Haddam, operating a 2008 Honda Accord. Police said that Schechter veered left and entered the westbound lane to avoid striking a deer, continued in a northerly direction and collided with a utility pole. No injuries were reported.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On Jan. 12 at approximately 12:25 p.m., Kevin Hinton, 27, of Boulder Road, Colchester was traveling westbound on Beebe Road in East Haddam, driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra. As Hinton was reportedly trying to negotiate a slight curve in the road, he lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on into a tree, causing minor damage to the front end of his vehicle. Police said that road conditions were icy at the time. Hinton was transported to the Marlborough Emergency Clinic for evaluation as a precautionary measure. He was released later that day.

MAKING AN IMPROPER TURN - On Jan. 13 at approximately 2:08 p.m., Jessica Castro, 25, of Alger Road, East Haddam was traveling northbound on Route 151 (Town Street) in Moodus, operating a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. A 17-year-old driver, operating a 2001 Ford Mustang, was stopped at the end of School Drive, waiting to turn right onto Town Street. Police said that the 17-year-old pulled out in front of Castro's vehicle, and she was unable to stop before making contact with the juvenile's vehicle. Castro was transported to the Marlborough Emergency Clinic for precautionary evaluation. Police issued the 17-year-old a verbal warning for Making an Improper Turn.

LARCENY - On Jan. 16 at approximately 10:19 a.m., Daniel O'Mara, 25, of Berry Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with 6th-Degree Larceny, based on an active warrant. He was processed without incident and appeared to face the charge on the same day at Middletown Superior Court.

HIT-AND-RUN - On Jan. 17 at approximately 5:13 p.m., State Police were dispatched to the Town Tavern on Town Street in East Haddam, to investigate a complaint of damage to a motor-vehicle. The victim's vehicle was a tan, 2010 Toyota Rav-4 and was left parked in the parking lot between the hours of 3:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Police said that the evading vehicle left a white paint transfer on the victim's vehicle, and had caused damage to the driver's side door. Anyone with possible information is asked to contact Trooper Christopher Pariseau at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 860-465-5400. Please reference Case # 1500-033358.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On Jan. 18 at approximately 6:54 p.m., Kerri Ann St. Denis, 20, of Forest Drive, Uncasville was traveling southbound on Falls-Bashan Road in Moodus, in the area of Falls Road (Route 149) operating a 2005 Hyundai Accent. Police said that St. Denis drove off of the travel portion of the roadway and collided with a large tree. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Underage Drinking Party, Reckless Driving, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Motor-Vehicles Vs.Tree, Utility Pole and Guardrails, and Traveling Too Fast for Conditions through 1-4-15


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

RECKLESS DRIVING - On Dec. 31 at approximately 11:12 a.m., Hayden Cavallari, 19, of Longwood Drive, Colchester was traveling westbound on Mount Parnassus Road in East Haddam, operating a 2002 Toyota Corolla. Police said that, as Hayden was passing traffic in a no-passing zone, he had swerved to avoid striking a vehicle head-on. As he swerved back into the westbound lane, Cavallari then struck Linda Bradshaw, 64, of East Haddam-Moodus Road, Moodus who was driving a 2013 Toyota Rav-4. No injuries were reported, but police arrested Cavallari and charged him with Reckless Driving. Cavallari was given a court date of 1/14/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY - On Dec. 31 at approximately 10:32 p.m., State Police were dispatched to a residence on Beebe Road in East Haddam for a possible medical assist. A subsequent investigation determined that a group of youths under the age of 21 were in possession of and had consumed alcoholic beverages. Enforcement action was taken against the homeowner and several of the youths.

ASSAULT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On Jan. 1 at approximately 4:44 a.m., State Police were dispatched to a Catchfly Pointe, East Haddam address to respond to a request for a medical assist. After an investigation, police arrested Steven Floyd, 40, of Main Street, East Haddam and charged him with 2nd-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Floyd was released on a $7,500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 1/2/15.

FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT - On Jan. 2 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Devin Birch, 23, of Horse Pond Road, Salem turned herself in to Troop K, based on an active warrant related to a previous incident which included charges of 3rd-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct that had occurred on Grist Mill Road in Moodus. Birch was processed and released on a court-set Written Promise to Appear. She was given a court date of 1/5/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

LARCENY - On Jan. 2 at approximately 3:32 p.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint from an East Haddam-Moodus Road, Moodus resident who reportedly sold a $5,000 ring on E-Bay and did not receive payment. The case is under investigation.

TRAVELING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS - On Jan. 3 at approximately 3:42 p.m., Michael Basil, 52, of Comstock Trail, East Hampton (operating a 2003 Dodge Grand Sport Caravan) and Brandon Lukaszewski, 23, of Stanton Street, Waterford (driving a 2005 Toyota Sequoia) were involved in a two-vehicle crash on Waterhole Road. Basil was issued an infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions. No injuries were reported.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. GUARDRAILS - On Jan. 3 at approximately 5:39 p.m., Theodore Duarte, 18, of Williams Road, Wallingford was driving southbound on Falls Road in Moodus, operating a 2003 Nissan Maxima. Police said Duarte traveled off the side of the roadway, striking some guardrails. No injuries were reported, but police issued Duarte an infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. UTILITY POLE - On Jan. 3 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Malcolm Armati, 23, of Haywardville Road, East Haddam was traveling along Norwich Road (Route 82) in East Haddam, driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, subsequently striking a utility pole. Armati was issued an infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene due to damages sustained as a result of the accident.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On Jan. 4 at approximately 9:14 a.m., Elizabeth Winkelmann, 57, of Mott Lane, Moodus was traveling along Mott Lane in the area of the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike, operating a 2004 Chevy 2500 Heavy Duty pick-up truck. Police said Winkelmann lost control and struck a tree located off the left side of the roadway. She was issued a verbal warning for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions. No injuries were reported.

FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT - On Jan. 4 at approximately 5:18 p.m., Brian Peeler, 57, of Creek Row, East Haddam was traveling westbound on Route 82 in the area of Creamery Road in East Haddam, driving a 2002 Saturn SL-2. Peter Burr, 51, of North Moodus Road, Moodus was traveling eastbound on Route 82, operating a 2008 Chevy Silverado. Police said that Burr proceeded to the left on the roadway, crossed over the double yellow lines and struck Peeler's vehicle. Burr was issued an infraction for Failure to Drive Upon the Right. No injuries were reported.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stolen Animal Traps, DUI's, Harassment, Falsely Reporting an Incident, Assault, Evading the Scene of an Accident, Disorderly Conduct and MVA's through 12-31-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

FAILURE TO DRIVE A REASONABLE DISTANCE APART - On Dec. 6 at approximately 12:05 p.m., Lauren St. Onge, 25, of Maple Ridge Drive, Waterbury was traveling along Route 151 (Town Street) in Moodus, operating a 2014 Subaru Outback. Police said that as St. Onge stopped to make a left turn onto School Drive, her vehicle was struck from behind by Craig Sobolewski, 28, of Timber Trail, Cobalt, who was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. No injuries were reported, but police issued Sobolewski an infraction for Failure to Drive a Reasonable Distance Apart.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. STONE PILLAR - On Dec. 8 at approximately 9:24 a.m., Edna Balane, 60, of Moodus was traveling along Town Street, East Haddam in the area of Route 82, operating a 2004 GMC Envoy. Police said that Balane lost control of her vehicle on a patch of ice, exited the roadway and struck a stone pillar located in a private parking lot. No injuries were reported.

MOTOR-VEHICLE ROLLOVER - On Dec. 8 at approximately 10:26 a.m., Mary DiCristofaro, 22, of East Haddam was traveling southbound on Route 149, just prior to Johnsonville Road in East Haddam, driving a 1998 Jeep LRT. Police said that DiCristofaro lost control of her vehicle after crossing an extended area of ice that was coating the roadway, struck some guardrails on the southbound side of the road and rolled the vehicle over onto its side. DiCristofaro reportedly sustained some minor injuries, and the accident is under investigation.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE AND ROCK WALL - On Dec. 9 at approximately 9:45 a.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to Lake Hayward Road in East Haddam for the report of a vehicle that had impacted a tree and then a rock wall. While en route, police were informed that the vehicle had left the scene and was then parked at a private residence on Haywardville Road. Further investigation revealed that Janet Michnowicz, 54, of Haywardville Road was the driver of the 2008 Toyota RAV-4 that had been involved in the earlier accident, and was subsequently parked and located at her home address. No injuries were reported, but police issued Michnowicz a Misdemeanor Summons  for (2) counts of Making an Improper Turn and Evading the Scene of an Accident.

STOLEN ANIMAL TRAPS - On Dec. 9 at approximately 11:33 a.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint from a Powerhouse Road, Moodus resident regarding the theft of some Havahart traps that had been stolen from their property. The traps were being used to capture & relocate some feral cats in the area, with the aid of an animal rescue organization. The case is under investigation, and anyone who may have any information that could help police is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-891-8201. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT - On Dec.15 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Richard Glennon, 53, of Mill Road, East Haddam was arrested, pursuant to an outstanding warrant and charged with Disorderly Conduct and 2nd-Degree Assault. Glennon was later released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 12/16/14.

SPEEDING, FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On Dec. 20 at approximately 1:32 a.m., State Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop on Route 149 in East Haddam. A subsequent investigation developed probable cause that the operator, Justin DiGianni, 29, of Valley Road, Clinton was operating under the influence. DiGianni was arrested and charged with the above violations. He was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 1/5/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, EVADING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT AND MAKING AN IMPROPER OR RESTRICTED TURN - On Dec. 21 at approximately 5:46 p.m., a one-car motor-vehicle accident was reported on Falls Road, Moodus in the area of Andrews Road. The operator of the vehicle initially fled the scene, but was located shortly thereafter. George Neudecker, 51, of Moodus reportedly failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and was taken into custody without incident. He was processed at Troop K, released on a $750 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 1/12/15 to face the above charges.

HARASSMENT AND FALSELY REPORTING AN INCIDENT - On Dec. 30, an outstanding warrant was served for Stephanie Maciver, 34, of East Main Street, Central Village while at court in Middletown. The warrant had originally been issued in 2006 for (7) counts of 2nd-Degree Harassment and (7) counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident to the Department of Children & Families. Maciver was held on a $500 bond and appeared to face these charges on the same day at Middletown Superior Court.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND IMPROPER PARKING - On Dec. 30 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Robert Craig, Jr., 53, of Town Farm Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with the above violations. Craig was later released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 1/14/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Operation SANTA: Stop-Another-Needless-Tragic-Accident

STATE POLICE PLAN 2014 HOLIDAY ENFORCEMENT


The Connecticut State Police has launched the 2014 Holiday enforcement program in an attempt to save lives and prevent injury as the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season approaches. 

Operation S.A.N.T.AS-top A-nother N-eedless T-ragic A-ccident is the major holiday accident and injury prevention message from the Connecticut State Police.

This combined accident reduction effort (C.A.R.E.) involves all State Police Departments across the U.S. The focus of this enforcement will be on the drivers behavior that most frequently causes accidents. Enforcement will also attempt to rid the roads and highways of drivers who will drive under the influence, speed, and fail to wear seatbelts.

DUI enforcement will increase dramatically during this holiday season. Traditionally at this time of year, many holiday celebrations such as house and office parties take place. 

Many of these parties MAY include the consumption of alcohol. Some partygoers will not designate a non-drinking driver and will neglect to remember that mixing alcohol with driving any motor vehicle is unwise, dangerous and illegal.  

State Police Troopers have scheduled DUI sobriety checkpoints and enhanced DUI enforcement operations on the roads and highways all across Connecticut.

Click HERE to see list of roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said, “Our State Troopers are trying to save lives and keep all of our roads and highways safeRemember mixing alcohol with driving any vehicle is a dangerous combination for everyone, and illegal in our State.”

No one looks forward to spending time in a jail cell, a hospital, or someplace worse during the holidays. Connecticut State Troopers will be out in force to try to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Troopers are asking the public to join our effort, if you are planning to consume alcohol at a festive event, make plans in advance for a non-drinking driver to bring you home. 

If you spot a suspected drunk driver, call 911 and report it to the police, as this is a true emergency.

Distracted driving, cell phone use, speeding and not wearing seat belts will be an important part of “OPERATION SANTA” 2014 enforcement. These violations all contribute to the cause of accidents. Troopers are asking all motorists to obey the laws and help the Connecticut State Police keep all roads and highways safe. 

~Lt. J. Paul Vance
Public Information Officer
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection &
the Connecticut State Police



STATE POLICE OPERATION S.A.N.T.A. 2014
* FINAL Statistics * 
The following are the State Police Christmas (Operation SANTA) holiday enforcement statistics. 
The statistics from Tuesday, 12/23/2014 at 12:01 a.m. through Friday, 12/26/2014  at 11:59 p.m. are as follows:

Accidents:  279
Accidents with injury: 38
Accidents with fatalities:  1  Car vs. Pedestrian Beacon Falls

Moving Violations
DUI arrests: 19
Speeding: 243
Seatbelt: 13
Hazardous Moving violations (following too close, distracted driving, cell phones, etc.): 706

Troopers observed a high traffic volume over the 2014 Christmas holiday. This State Police enforcement effort will continue as we approach the New Year’s Eve Holiday Celebration. Troopers will continue to conduct enforcement patrols throughout the state on both highways and secondary roads.
In addition, sobriety checkpoints will also be set up in an effort to deter anyone from the consumption of alcohol and driving as we approach and celebrate the New Year.
     ...If anyone sees a suspected drunk driver, please call 911 and immediately report it! 

2013 Statistics:
Accidents: 249
Accidents with injury 28
Accidents with fatalities: 0

DUI arrests: 18
Speeding:  301
Seatbelts: 4
Hazardous moving violations: 601   


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Drive-By Malware, Phishing, Vishing & Phone Scams


A senior citizen from Haddam recently reported that he was victim of a cyber scam, and was accused of viewing child pornography. His computer was locked with an attached false message demanding payment.
   
The Federal Bureau of Investigation website described the scam as "drive-by malware" because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. 

Once infected, the victim's computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. 

To unlock their machines, users are instructed that they are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.  

For further information regarding this scam, go to the FBI link: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam

For FBI contact information:

 ~Trooper Enrico Milardo
 Haddam Resident State Trooper


"Phishing" is a form of Internet fraud that utilizes spoofed e-mails to lead the recipient to a false website. The false website is designed to trick the recipient into disclosing financial information such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords and social security numbers.

"Vishing", also known as "voice" phishing over the phone, is the practice of criminals whose main intent is to collect sensitive or personal information through the use of the telephone. This type of scam usually involves a spoofed (false) telephone number that appears to be a legitimate company. If you are ever in doubt of the call, hang up and call the business back using their main line and not the one they provide you.

An East Haddam resident recently reported receiving several repeat phone calls from a person claiming to be a representative from the telephone/internet company, offering to correct some recent problems that had been reported, related to the resident's internet service.

The caller went on to request that the resident would need to turn on their computer for further instructions.

The number, as it was registered on the resident's Caller ID, as 254-784-5226, was only identified as a "Wireless Caller".

An internet search on this particular phone number revealed further activity of the same nature, as reported on the following website:


If you think you have become a victim of this type of telephone-solicited fraud and that your personal and/or financial information has been compromised, you may contact the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226.


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