Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vandalism and Criminal Mischief, Burglary and Motor-Vehicle Accidents through 10-8-14


The following information was provided by the East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester:


TWO-CAR COLLISION - On Oct. 2 at approximately 7:28 a.m., Mark Mieszkowicz, 52, of Falls Circle, Colchester was traveling southbound on Sipples Hill (Route 149) in Moodus in the area of Eli Chapman Road, operating a 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer. Michael Michalski, 42, of Falls-Bashan Road, Moodus was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla in the northbound lane and crossed over the double-yellow center line, according to police, while navigating the sweeping corner of the roadway. Michalski's driver-side mirror reportedly struck Mieszkowicz's vehicle on the rear driver's side. No injuries were reported, and the accident is under investigation.

VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On Oct. 3 at approximately 10:36 a.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to a Gristmill Road, Moodus residence to investigate a complaint of unknown person(s) that had driven through the yard, causing damage to the lawn. The incident is currently under investigation, and anyone who may have information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. 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 Oct. 7 at approximately 2:22 p.m., Joseph Bartucca, 61, of Warner Road, East Haddam was traveling southbound on Warner Road, just prior to Ridgebury Road in a 2014 Chevy Cruze. Police said that Bartucca drifted off of the right side of the road, striking a utility pole and snapping it in half. No injuries were reported, but the accident remains under investigation.

BURGLARY - On Oct. 8 at approximately 4:09 p.m., State Police received a complaint from a resident of O'Connell Road Extension, near the East Haddam-Colchester town line, regarding a burglary at their home. The incident was reported to have occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a stocky-build and a full, dark-brown beard. Anyone with possible information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Trooper Kristin Coit at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-537-7500.

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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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Moodus Man Arrested after Engaging Glastonbury Police in Pursuit


On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at approximately 1:50 p.m., Glastonbury Police were on routine patrol in the area of 2875 Main Street and the Cumberland Farms store in town.

A plain-clothes officer observed an individual sitting in their vehicle, and determined that person to be acting suspiciously and believed them to be involved in illegal narcotics activity, according to the report.

When the officer approached the vehicle and attempted to identify himself, the driver then reportedly drove off at a high rate of speed, out of the parking lot and onto Main Street, almost striking the officer in the process.

The suspect then engaged police in a brief pursuit along Main Street before the officer discontinued the chase.

The driver fled the area, but was taken into custody about an hour later when police were able to locate him at his residence.

Taylor Bauer, 23, of Eli Chapman Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with Interfering with an Officer, 1st-Degree Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Failure to Bring a Motor-Vehicle to a Full Stop when Signaled and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, related to Heroin use.

Bauer was held on a $25,000 court-set bond and scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on 10/2/14.


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, September 30, 2014

Stolen Wallet, Chainsaws and Diesel Fuel, Credit Card Fraud and Motor-Vehicle Accident through 9-25-14


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

LARCENY AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD - On Sept.15 at approximately 4:29 p.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint from an employee of the Nathan Hale-Ray High School. The employee reported that their wallet had been stolen, and informed police that several transactions had taken place on a missing credit card in an adjacent town. The case remains under investigation, and anyone with possible information that could help police is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. 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 ACCIDENT - On Sept.18 at approximately 11:04 a.m., Anita Ballek, 83, of Maple Avenue, East Haddam was traveling eastbound on Maple Avenue in a 2003 Chevy Venture van. Police said that as Ballek was attempting a left turn onto Route 151 (Town Street) she struck a 2004 Chevy C-1500 pick-up truck being operated by Joshua Thompson, 26, of Lamentation Drive, Berlin, as he had been traveling northbound on Route 151 and attempting to turn left onto Maple Avenue. No injuries were reported, and the accident remains under investigation.

LARCENY FROM A MOTOR-VEHICLE - On Sept. 23 at approximately 2:10 p.m.,  the East Haddam Police and Resident Troopers' Office received a complaint that (2) chainsaws had been stolen from a vehicle as it was parked in a driveway on William F. Palmer Road in Moodus. They have been described as being (1) "Stihl" brand, model #MS-3620, orange and white in color, and (1) Husqvarna brand, model #T-435, orange in color. The case is under investigation, and anyone who may have information is asked to contact Officer Jeff Rhoades at 860-891-8200. 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 Sept. 25 at approximately 9:06 a.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to the Banner Estates on Banner Road in Moodus, to investigate a complaint of diesel fuel being stolen from a tank on the property. The incident is under investigation, and anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. 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.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Motor-Vehicle into the Water, Violation of Probation, Traveling Unreasonably Fast, Failure to Appear in Court, Improper Parking, DUI's and Burglary through 9-11-14



A pond along Daniels Road in East Haddam ( part of Succor Brook, also known locally as "the beaver pond") was the scene of a motor-vehicle accident on September 1, 2014 that resulted in a car being submerged in the water. The driver was able to escape uninjured from the driver's-side window and swam to shore, according to police.


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

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, FAILURE TO OBEY A STATE TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL AND FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT - On Aug. 25 at approximately 7:37 p.m., police initiated a motor-vehicle stop on Route 149 and determined that the driver had a prior active arrest warrant pending. Douglas Wilson, 51, of Scenic View Drive, Deep River was arrested and charged with the above violations. Wilson was released on bonds totaling $1,000 and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 8/26/14.

TRAVELING UNREASONABLY FAST - On Aug. 30 at approximately 1:35 a.m., Trevor Tuck, 26, of Haywardville Road, Colchester was traveling eastbound on Mount Parnassus Road in East Haddam in a 1993 Toyota pick-up truck. Police said that Tuck's vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole and rolled over. The truck came to a final rest in the travel portion of the roadway. No injuries were reported, but the truck was totaled and required towing. Police issued Tuck an infraction for Traveling Unreasonably Fast.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, OERATION OF A MOTOR-VEHICLE WHEN A LICENSE IS REFUSED/SUSPENDED OR REVOKED AND IMPROPER PARKING - On Aug. 31 at approximately 5:36 a.m., police said that a Good Samaritan stopped their vehicle on Route 149 in East Haddam, in front of another vehicle that was stopped facing the wrong way in traffic to protect the occupant. Police said that Ryan Fraser, 32, of  Beach Road, Old Saybrook had been asleep at the wheel, and when he woke up, let his foot off of the brake which caused his vehicle to collide with the Good Samaritan's vehicle. Fraser was subsequently arrested and charged with the above violations. He was released on a $1,000 bond and given a court date of 9/17/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

MOTOR-VEHICLE INTO THE WATER - On Sept.1 at approximately 11:02 p.m., Eric Porter, Jr., 32, of Hebron was traveling eastbound along Daniels Road in East Haddam in a 2001 Audi S4 Sedan. Police said that an unknown vehicle, described as a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, swerved into Porter's path of travel, causing him to swerve to the right and enter the pond along Succor Brook. Although the vehicle was completely submerged, Porter was reportedly able to exit through the driver's side window and swim to shore, uninjured. The operator of the other vehicle evaded the scene. The case remains under investigation.

Visible tire marks along Daniels Road in East Haddam, in the area of a September 1, 2014 accident that caused a vehicle to travel off the roadway and become submerged in the pond there.

BURGLARY - On Sept. 4, East Haddam Police were dispatched to a North Moodus Road, Moodus residence to investigate a complaint of a screen door being pried open and unknown person(s) entering a porch area. Anyone with possible information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT - On Sept. 6 at approximately 9:35 p.m., Damon Jansky, 21, of Bruce Circle, Colchester was operating a 2003 Ford Ranger pick-up truck and was involved in a one-car crash on the westbound shoulder of Clark Gates Road in Moodus, according to State Police. No injuries were reported. Jansky was issued an infraction for Failure to Drive Upon the Right.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT - On Sept. 8 at approximately 12:21 a.m., State Police observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 149 in Moodus and subsequently initiated a motor-vehicle stop on William F. Palmer Road. An investigation developed probable cause that Nicholas Fischlein, 28, of 22 William F. Palmer Road, Moodus was operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Fischlein was arrested and charged with the above violations, then later released on a $1,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 9/23/14.

IMPROPER TURN - On Sept. 9 at approximately 10:04 p.m., police said that Zachary Brodeur, 25, of Taylor Road, Colchester was traveling southbound on Ackley Road in East Haddam, driving a 2006 Volkswagen JL2 in the area of Hall-Kilbourne Road. Brodeur reportedly then left the roadway, resulting in a collision. No injuries were reported. Police issued Brodeur an infraction for Making an Improper Right Turn.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION - On Sept. 11 at approximately 9:40 a.m., Donnie Valez, 25, of Bashan Road, East Haddam was taken into custody at his residence and charged for Violation of Probation, pursuant to an active warrant. Valez was transported to Troop K, processed and held on a $10,000 court-set bond, then transported to Middletown Superior Court on 9/12/14 for arraignment.

FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT - On Sept. 11 at approximately 11:36 a.m., Sean Barry, 24, of Town Street, Moodus turned himself in to Troop K for servicing of a warrant for (4) counts of Failure to Appear in Court. Barry was held on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear the next day 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.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Body Discovered in Moodus, Entering a State Park after Sunset, DUI, Larceny from a Motor-Vehicle and Assault through 8-26-14


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

ENTERING A STATE PARK AFTER SUNSET AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS - On August 9 at approximately 1:30 a.m., DEEP Environmental Officers on assignment at Hurd State Park observed a vehicle driving into to the main parking lot after park hours (park closes at sunset). When police approached the vehicle they said they detected the odor of alcohol and suspected that the operator had been consuming alcohol. The officers administered a field sobriety test, which the driver did not pass. David Wells, 56, of Palmer-Martin Road, East Haddam was subsequently arrested and charged with the above violations. He was transported to State Police Troop K barracks in Colchester for processing and administration of a breath test for alcohol.  Results of that test showed blood-alcohol levels in excess of allowable limits while operating a motor vehicle. Wells was later released on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 8/26/14.

LARCENY FROM A MOTOR-VEHICLE - On August 14 at approximately 8:02 p.m., State Police were dispatched to the Nathan Hale-Ray High School on School Drive in Moodus, to investigate a complaint of items stolen from a motor-vehicle. Tools, cash and prescription medication were reportedly stolen. Anyone with possible information about this incident is asked to contact TFC Kristin Coit at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 860-537-7500

ASSAULT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On August 17 at approximately 9:20 a.m., Michael Robichaud, 56, of Hill Top Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with 3rd-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Robichaud was released on a $1,500 bond and given a court date of 8/18/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

ASSAULT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On August 17 at approximately 9:20 a.m., Cynthia Robichaud, 53, of Hill Top Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with 3rd-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Robichaud was released on a $1,500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 8/18/14.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On August 17 at approximately2:00 p.m., Deborah Cassella was arrested and charged with the above violation. Cassella was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 8/18/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - On August 20 at approximately 5:31 p.m., Andy Barter, 29, of Wood Acres Road, Colchester was traveling northbound on Town Street in the area of Banning Road in East Haddam, operating a 2011 Harley Davidson Night Rod Special. Police said that Barter failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and lost control of the bike. He was transported to Middlesex Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Police issued Barter an infraction for Making an Improper Turn. 

BODY DISCOVERED IN MOODUS - On August 21 at approximately 12:18 p.m., an unidentified body was reportedly discovered in the woods along the Moodus River in the area of Grist Mill Road. State Police have confirmed that the victim's death had not been determined to have any criminal aspects, but declined to provide any further information.

LARCENY - On August 22 at approximately 2:54 p.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to a Hillside Road, East Haddam residence to investigate a report that the dwelling had been entered and some undisclosed items had been removed. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. 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. TREE - On August 25 at approximately 5:39 a.m., Greg Carocari, 50, of Heritage Brook Drive, East Haddam was traveling westbound on Salem Road in East Haddam, just west of Alexander Road, operating a 2006 Chevy Trail-Blazer. Police said that Carocari lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Police issued Carocari a written warning for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. UTILITY POLE - On August 26 at approximately 4:06 p.m., Madelaine (Joyce) Robichaud, 66, of Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam was traveling along Town Street (Route 151) just north of Norwich Road (Route 82) in a 2008 Nissan Altima. Police said that Robichaud had fallen asleep at the wheel and collided with a utility pole. An eyewitness was also interviewed at the scene. No injuries were reported, but police issued Robichaud a written warning for Making an Improper Turn. 

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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Friday, August 29, 2014

Connecticut State Police Prepare for Labor Day Weekend & School Opening: Enforcement Efforts to Continue as School Bells Ring



Increased Traffic Volume Expected...

Labor Day travel volume is typically heavy and the 2014 Labor Day weekend will be no exception. 

Connecticut State Police remind motorists to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution, and allow extra time to reach their destination. It is estimated that the number of people traveling by automobile for the holiday period will increase in New England compared to last year. 

Connecticut State Troopers will be concentrating on enforcement of drunken driving, speeding, safety belt, and distracted driving laws during the entire Labor Day Weekend. Troopers will utilize both traditional and nontraditional patrol vehicles on patrol searching for reckless and intoxicated drivers. Troopers will man sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols to intercept drunk drivers. 

State Police Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia said, “As always, our Troopers will enhance safety of all roads and highways of Connecticut. We will be on alert for violators while we make every effort to protect all motorists and their passengers.” 

Enforcement efforts by the State Police will continue into the fall as more than half-a-million children return to school across Connecticut. With many children typically walking or riding the bus to school, State Police remind ALL drivers to be especially vigilant watching for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. 

The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children – over the last decade nationally, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. Troopers ask all motorists to slow down in school zones. It is also important – and it’s the law – for all motorists to stop for school buses displaying flashing red lights. 

The fine in Connecticut for passing a standing school bus is $465. 

The State Police ask that all citizens be our eyes and ears all across the state over the Labor Day holiday. 

If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, as that is a true emergency!!! 


~Lt. J. Paul Vance



2014 Labor Day Weekend DUI Roving Patrols and Sobriety Checkpoints 


Friday, 08/29/14:  Roving Patrols: Routes 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316, 354 in Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem and Windham.

Saturday, 08/30/14:  Roving Patrols: Routes 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316, 354 in Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem and Windham.

Sunday, 08/31/14:  Roving Patrols: Routes 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316, 354 in Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem and Windham.

Monday, 09/01/14:  Roving Patrols: Routes 2, 6, 11, 32, 66, 82, 85, 87, 149, 203, 207, 316, 354 in Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Marlborough, Salem and Windham.


2013 Labor Day Weekend Statistics: 

1,513 speeding violations 

237 seat belt violations 

3,513 other violations (hazardous moving, cell phone usage, etc.) 

50 arrests for driving under the influence 


Motor vehicle accidents that occurred: 

259 total accidents 

 44 with injury 

 3 fatalities



Friday, August 15, 2014

Reckless Endangerment, Breach of Peace, Burglary, Larceny, Assault and Violation of Probation through 8-11-14


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

MISUSE OF A MARKER PLATE, OPERATING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED AND UNINSURED MOTOR-VEHICLE - On July 16, East Hampton Police issued Michael Robinson, 34, of White Sands Road, Moodus a motor-vehicle summons for the above violations. Robinson was scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 7/30/14.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION, BURGLARY AND LARCENY - On Aug. 5 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Joshua Giddings, 26, of Goose Hill Road, Chester, turned himself in to Troop K based on an active warrant for his arrest for the Violation of Probation. Giddings was held on a $5,000 bond and transported to the Middletown Superior Court. While at court, Giddings was re-arrested for separate charges related to another warrant which included (2) counts of 3rd-Degree Burglary, 5th-Degree Larceny and 6th-Degree Larceny. He was held on an additional $15,000 bond and was turned over to the Middletown Sheriff's Department for arraignment on the same day.

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND BREACH OF PEACE - On Aug. 5 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Christopher Higbie, 29, of Neptune Avenue, Moodus turned himself into Troop K, based on an active warrant for his arrest for 2nd-Degree Reckless Endangerment and Breach of Peace. Higbie was released on a court-set $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 8/12/14.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. ROCK - On Aug. 8 at approximately 3:58 a.m., Wilfredo Ramirez-Delgado, 65, of Ridge Street, Waterbury was traveling eastbound on Route 434, just west of Hopyard Road in East Haddam, driving a 2000 Ford Focus. Police said that Delgado veered to the right and traveled off the side of the road, colliding with a rock. No injuries were reported, but Delgado was issued an infraction for Failure to Drive Upon the Right.

ASSAULT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On Aug. 8 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Robert Wilson, 56, of Knoll Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with 3rd-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Wilson was released on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 9/12/14.

LARCENY - On Aug. 11 at approximately 4:45 p.m., Marshall Allen, 26, of Banner Road, Moodus turned himself in to Troop K and was arrested based on an active warrant and charged with 6th-Degree Larceny. Allen was released on a $1,000 bond and given a court date of 8/26/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

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