Friday, May 22, 2015

State Police Prepare for Memorial Day, Summer Traffic Enforcement


Connecticut State Police are preparing for increased traffic during this Memorial Day weekend and for summer 2015 celebrations and vacations.

State Troopers ask all drivers to utilize courteous driving skills, plan for traffic delays and make safety their top priority whenever they get behind the wheel.  These actions will ensure safe travel to and from destinations.

Some safety tips – and laws – to remember:  BUCKLE UP, OBEY SPEED LIMITS, DON’T FOLLOW TOO CLOSE, REMOVE DISTRACTIONS WHILE DRIVING, STAY OFF THE CELLPHONE, and NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

“Connecticut drivers are asked to serve as an example for others by obeying all traffic laws. Together, State Police and state residents can keep Connecticut’s roadways safe for all,” said Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2015, motorists should be aware that Connecticut State Police Troopers will employ all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety. State Troopers will utilize laser units for speed enforcement, as well as marked & unmarked, non-traditional police vehicles to patrol our highways and roadways.  The State Police Aviation Unit can provide an eye from the sky when they patrol travel roads across the state.

State Police Colonel Brian Meraviglia noted, “Good driving skills are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways. The enforcement efforts of our Troopers – along with drivers who follow state law – are vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers.”

As part of its efforts, the Connecticut State Police will participate in the National C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) program over this Memorial Day Weekend. The goal of this operation is to join State Police Agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.

The Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend will begin on FridayMay 22, 2015, and will continue until midnight Monday, May 25, 2015 Connecticut State Troopers are joining all State Police agencies across the country, concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.

During Memorial Day Weekend of 2014Connecticut State Police arrested 54 drunk drivers, charged 1,248 motorists with speeding954 with seatbelt violations and 4,142 with Hazardous Moving Violations. In addition, Troopers investigated 301 motor vehicle accidents, 54 of those with injury. No fatalities were reported by State Police.
      
For Memorial Day Weekend 2015, Troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use. Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at several locations throughout the state over the holiday weekend. 

A reminder to obey all traffic lawspay attention to your speed and if you plan to drink, please designate a driver. If you see a suspected drunk driver report it immediately by calling 911, as this is a true emergency.


Connecticut State Police, Troop K holiday weekend checkpoint locations:

Friday 5-22-15: Roving Patrols - Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354 in the towns of Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem, and Windham. 

Saturday 5-23-15: Roving Patrols - Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354 in the towns of Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem, and Windham. 

Sunday 5-24-15: Roving Patrols - Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354 in the towns of Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem, and Windham. 

Monday 5-25-15: Roving Patrols - Route 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316 and 354 in the towns of Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem, and Windham.


*Information provided by:

The Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Connecticut State Police, Public Information Office



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Violation of a Protective Order, DUI, Online Fraud, Breach of Peace, Motor-Vehicle Vs. Tree, Disorderly Conduct and Evading the Scene of an Accident through 5-5-15


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

EVADING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT - On April 16 at approximately 1:33 p.m., a resident of Ballahack Road # 2 in East Haddam contacted Troop K to report that a truck with a boom had impacted some overhead wires on the roadway. The complainant said that the operator of the 2003 Kenworth T-800 got onto the boom, untangled the wires and then left the scene. The incident caused phone and cable wires to hang over and onto the roadway, and the road had to be closed for a period of time. Based on a photo taken by the witness, police were later able to locate the truck on Lakeside Drive in East Haddam. The operator of the truck, Leo Valiquette, Jr., 56, of Arlington Street, Meriden was issued a misdemeanor summons for Evading Responsibility/Property Damage and is scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 5/27/15.

FAILURE TO GRANT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AT AN INTERSECTION - On April 22 at approximately 5:18 p.m., Patricia Hawthorne, 47, of Hadlyme was traveling southbound on Route 82 near Ray Hill Road in East Haddam, operating a 2014 Toyota Camry. Tadria Ciaglo, 58, of Castle Heights, Deep River was traveling northbound on Route 82, driving a 2011 Toyota Camry. Police said that as Ciaglo attempted to turn left to merge onto Ray Hill Road, the vehicles collided head-on. No injuries were reported. Police found Ciaglo to be at fault and issued her an infraction for Failure to Grant the Right-of-Way at an Intersection.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On April 22 at approximately 6:06 p.m., Justin Goodreau, 26, of Waterhole Road, East Hampton was traveling northbound on Tater Hill Road, in the area of Clark Hill Road in East Haddam, operating a 1995 Toyota Celica. Police said that Goodreau's front tire blew out, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. The vehicle reportedly veered across the roadway into the southbound lane of travel and collided with a berm. This caused the vehicle to begin to roll over, subsequently colliding with a tree along the roadside. Police said that Goodreau appeared to have minor injuries, but he refused medical attention on the scene. The vehicle's airbag had deployed, and the car had to be towed from the scene due to disabling damages.

VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER - On April 23 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Marc Grandmaison, 42, of Woodmont Circle, East Haddam turned himself in to Troop K based on an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Grandmaison was released on a Written Promise to Appear and was scheduled to appear on the same day at Middletown Superior Court.

OPERATING A MOTOR-VEHICLE WITHOUT INSURANCE, OPERATING WITH A DEFECTIVE WINDSHIELD AND OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED MOTOR-VEHICLE - On April 24 at approximately 7:10 a.m., John Pollard, 55, of  Falls Road, Moodus was issued a summons for the above violations by East Hampton Police. Pollard was scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 5/6/15.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, MAKING A RESTRICTED TURN, FAILURE TO SIGNAL AND EVADING RESPONSIBILITY - On April 28 at approximately 7:55 a.m., Paul Ferrero, 21, of Sheepskin Hollow Road, East Haddam was arrested by Bristol Police and charged with the above violations. Ferrero was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Bristol Superior Court on 5/6/15.

FAILURE TO HAVE HEADLAMPS ILLUMINATED - On April 29 at approximately 1:02 a.m., Clifford Petrizzo, 26, of Petticoat Lane, East Haddam was issued an infraction by East Hampton Police for having a non-functional headlight.

ONLINE FRAUD - On April 29 at approximately 3:27 p.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint from a Lakeshore Drive, East Haddam resident, reporting a fraudulent charge to their online banking account. The case is under investigation.

BREACH OF PEACE - On May 1 at approximately 3:26 p.m., Donna Acquaro, 49, of Petticoat Lane, East Haddam was arrested and charged with Breach of Peace. Acquaro was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 5/4/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED MOTOR-VEHICLE - On May 5 at approximately 7:51 a.m., Jeremy Bond, 32, of Leesville Road, Moodus was issued an infraction by East Hampton Police for the above violation.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On May 5 at approximately 1:16 p.m., Michael Mottolo, 37, of Trowbridge Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with the above violation. Mottolo was released on a Written Promise to Appear and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 5/6/15.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On May 5 at approximately 1:20 p.m., Samantha Mottolo, 27, of Trowbridge Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with the above violation. Mottolo was released on a Written Promise to Appear and given a court date of 5/6/15 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.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Connecticut State Troopers Win First Place for Best Uniform


On May 3, 2015 Connecticut State Troopers participated in the 2015 Aquidneck Island National Police Parade in Newport, RI.  This year’s parade honored all law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty during 2014. 
  
The parade draws tens of thousands of people who watch as thousands of Law Enforcement Officers march by.


The Connecticut State Police Honor Guard, State Troopers, a K9 team, motorcycle unit and antique Connecticut State Police cruisers all participated in this year’s parade.

As the multiple law enforcement agencies marched by they were evaluated on various aspects including their dress uniform. 


Connecticut State Troopers proudly won 1st Place for Best Uniform.



Information & photos provided by:

Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Woman's Body Discovered at the Moodus Reservoir


Environmental Conservation Officers (EnCon) from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut State Police from Troop K in Colchester were dispatched to the upper Moodus Reservoir in East Haddam on Thursday afternoon, after receiving a report of a body in the water.

Police and other emergency personnel responded to the area of the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike and Beebe Road.

A resident who had been walking along the shoreline had reportedly seen an empty kayak in the water, and had subsequently discovered the body in the area after attempting to retrieve the boat.


After a thorough investigation, EnCon Police have determined that the woman who had been found in the lake, Louise Coulombe, 55, of Westchester Hills, Colchester, CT had been the victim of an untimely death.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Breach of Peace, Intimidation Based on Bigotry or Bias, Conspiracy, Vandalism, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and MVA's through 4-10-15


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

TRAVELING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS - On March 29 at approximately 1:44 a.m., Brandon Simina, 20, of AP Gates Road, East Haddam was traveling northbound on Tater Hill Road in the area of Oriole Road in East Haddam, driving a 2001 Volvo S-40. Police said that Simina veered to the right and collided with a section of metal-beam guardrails. No injuries were reported, but police issued Simina an infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On March 31 at approximately 5:18 a.m., State Police were dispatched to a residence on Woodmont Circle in East Haddam, to investigate a report of an active dispute between a male and female. Marc Grandmaison, 42, of Woodmont Circle, East Haddam was subsequently arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Grandmaison was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 3/31/15.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On March 31 at approximately 10:16 p.m., Joshua Lonero, 25, of Petticoat Lane, East Haddam turned himself in to Troop K based on an active warrant for his arrest. Lonero was released on a court-set Written Promise to Appear and given a court date of 4/1/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

TWO-VEHICLE COLLISION - On April 1 at approximately 7:35 a.m., Edward Currie, Jr., 64, of Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam was traveling westbound on Route 82 in the area of the East Haddam swing-bridge, driving a 2000 Ford F-250. Daniel Sharpe, 31, of Somers Road, Ellington was traveling eastbound, operating a 2012 Dodge Ram. Police said that as the two vehicles were passing each other, they made contact and impacted their driver's side mirrors. No injuries were reported.

BREACH OF PEACE, ASSAULT, INTIMIDATION AND CONSPIRACY - On April 1 at approximately 1:00 p.m., John Felciano, 49, of Banner Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with 2nd-Degree Breach of Peace, Conspiracy to Commit 2nd-Degree Breach of Peace, 3rd-Degree Assault, Conspiracy to Commit 3rd-Degree Assault, 2nd-Degree Intimidation Based on Bigotry or Bias and Conspiracy to Commit 2nd-Degree Intimidation Based on Bigotry or Bias. Felciano was later released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 4/12/15.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On April 1 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Madeleine Knight-Holly, 25, of Oriole Road, East Haddam was traveling northbound on Cherry Swamp Road in Moodus, operating a 2002 Honda Civic. Police said she had traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree. Knight-Holly was issued an infraction for making an improper turn. No injuries were reported.

VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On April 4 at approximately 6:07 p.m., State Police received a complaint from a Honey Hill Road, East Haddam resident, reporting that several exterior windows of their home had been damaged. Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or have possible information about this incident is asked to contact the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-537-7500.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT - On April 5 at approximately 8:24 p.m., Arthur Lazzari, 45, of Portage Trail, East Hampton and Robert Butler, 34, of Banner Road, Moodus were both arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and 3rd-Degree Assault. State Police had been dispatched to a Banner Road address to investigate an active disturbance. Both Lazzari and Butler were later released on $500 bonds each, and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 4/6/15.

MOTOR-VEHICLE OFF THE ROAD - On April 10 at approximately 6:34 a.m., a 17-year-old driver of West Road, Colchester was traveling southbound on Millington Road in the area of Early Road in East Haddam, driving a 2003 Dodge Ram. Police said that the driver lost control of the truck on some sand in the roadway while trying to negotiate a curve, coming to a final rest in a stream-ditch. No injuries were reported, but police issued the driver a verbal warning for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.

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, April 7, 2015

UDrive, UText, UPay: Distracted Driving Campaign


During the month of April, the Connecticut State Police will participate in the national distracted driving enforcement campaign known as UDrive. UText. UPay.  This high-profile initiative will target motorists who are using hand-held cell phones and mobile devices - talking or sending text messages - while driving.
While using a hand- held cell phone or texting while driving remains illegal in Connecticut, the practice continues to be widespread.
In order to decrease highway fatalities and motor vehicle accidents, state police will lead a sustained effort over the course of the month that will focus on the dangerous behavior of distracted driving, using cell phones and mobile devices while driving.
“A driver taking his or her attention off the road to attend to a phone call or a text is an accident waiting to happen and is a true hazard. When behind the wheel, we implore all drivers to make safety their first priority – safety for themselves, their passengers and other drivers.  Keeping eyes and concentration on the road and not on a screen are essential to maintaining danger-free highways in Connecticut,” said Colonel Brian Meraviglia, Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year thousands of people are killed in distracted driving related crashes and nearly a half million people are injured.
The campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which is National Distracted Driving Month, and is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Violating Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law will cost violators between $150 and $500. Texting and using a cell phone while driving are also considered moving violations, which can be reported to insurance companies. This can result in higher premiums for violators.

~Sgt. Shane Hassett
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office

Monday, March 30, 2015

Criminal Mischief, Larceny, Motor-Vehicle Vs. School Bus, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs and Traveling Too Fast for Conditions through 3-27-15


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

TWO-CAR MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT - On March 10 at approximately 3:03 p.m., Helen Carr, 58, of Cedar Meadow Road, Moodus was traveling southbound on Route 151 (Town Street) in Moodus, driving a 2003 Honda Pilot, and was stopped to turn left into the Chestelm Rehabilitation Center. A 17-year-old driver of Shanaghan Road, East Haddam was traveling behind Carr, operating a 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle, and police said that the she struck Carr's vehicle from the rear. The 17-year-old driver and her 16-year-old passenger reportedly sustained minor injuries as a result of the air bags deploying. Police issued the 17-year-old a written warning for Following Too Close.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. SCHOOL BUS - On March 11 at approximately 8:28 a.m., Kimberlee Lake, 44, of Plains Road, Moodus was traveling along Bashan Road in East Haddam, operating a 2013 Chevy G-3500 school bus, just north of Lakeside Drive. Shea Jezek, 63, of Lakeside Drive, East Haddam was stopped at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Bashan Road, in a BMW 328-xiT wagon. Police said that as Jezek attempted to turn onto Bashan Road, she impacted the school bus, causing minor damage to both vehicles. No injuries were reported by either drivers, or the children that were passengers on the bus at the time. Police issued Jezek a written warning for Making an Unsafe Start from a Stopped Position.

LARCENY - On March 19 at approximately 2:40 p.m., Theodore Robida III, 22, of Sims Lane, East Haddam turned himself in to Troop K based on an outstanding warrant for his arrest for 3rd-Degree Larceny. Robida was held on a $3,500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 3/20/15.

TRAVELING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS - On March 20 at approximately 8:09 p.m., Scott Chapin, 30, of Country Club Road, Groton was traveling westbound on Route 82 (Norwich Road) in East Haddam, driving a 2006 Chevy Aveo. Police said that as Chapin was traveling downhill, attempting to negotiate a left curve prior to Hem Street, he lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered roadway and collided with a utility pole on the right shoulder. Minor damage was caused to the pole and vehicle. No injuries were reported, but police issued Chapin an infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT AND FAILURE TO CARRY AN INSURANCE CARD - On March 22 at approximately 7:25 p.m., State Police were called to investigate a one-car motor-vehicle accident that took place on Newberry Road in East Haddam. Police said that Richard Betts, 43, of Newberry Road, East Haddam had crossed the double-yellow line with his vehicle and subsequently struck the metal beam guardrails on the opposite side of the road. Upon further investigation, Betts was placed into custody and charged with the above violations. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene. He was later released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 4/8/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On March 26 at approximately 8:38 p.m., East Haddam Police responded to a complaint of property damage at Brownell & Company on East Haddam-Moodus Road in Moodus. The incident 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.

LARCENY - On March 27 at approximately 7:14 a.m., a resident of Tater Hill Road in East Haddam reported the theft of (2) full 5-gallon gas cans that had been left outside their home, and discovered missing on the evening of Thursday, March 26th. The case is under investigation, and anyone that may have seen anything suspicious 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.

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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