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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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vandalism, Criminal Mischief, Tractor-Trailer Vs. Stone Wall, DUI, Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct and Assault through 7-29-14


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 - On July 3 at approximately 5:35 p.m., Richard Barth, 58, of East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike, Moodus was arrested and charged with DUI and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart. Barth was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 7/16/14.

TWO-CAR COLLISION - On July 12 at approximately 1:12 p.m., Amber Albee, 28, of Exeter Road, Lebanon was traveling northbound on Falls Road (Route 149) in Moodus in a 2014 Mazda 6, as Fred Tuttle, 83, of North Moodus Road, Moodus was pulling out onto Falls Road from the Moodus Post Office parking lot in a 2001 Buick Century. Police said Tuttle struck Albee's vehicle, but that no injuries were reported.

FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT - On July 14 at 11:55 a.m., Michael Higbie, Jr., 32, of Neptune Avenue, Moodus turned himself in to Troop K in response to an active warrant for his arrest for the above charge. Higbie was released on a $2,500 bond and given a court date of 7/22/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - Sometime during the early morning hours of July 21, someone caused damage to the ATM machine at the Liberty Bank on W.F. Palmer Road in Moodus. 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.

TRACTOR-TRAILER VS. STONE WALL - On July 21 at approximately 2:51 p.m., a 2013 International tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Route 149, attempting to make a right turn onto Plains Road when it impacted a stone wall along the side of the road. The driver of the truck, Carl Booker, 54, of Patrick Henry Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada was issued a written warning for Making an Improper Turn. No injuries were reported.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND RECKLESS DRIVING - On July 24 at approximately 8:35 a.m., Devan Joy, 22, of Kelseytown Road, Clinton was traveling northbound on Route 151 near the intersection with Route 82 in East Haddam, driving a 2000 Saab 93. Police said that as Joy was attempting to turn left onto Route 82, the vehicle traveled over the traffic island dividing east and westbound traffic on Route 82, and struck two state traffic control signs, up-rooting them and tearing the front bumper off of the vehicle. Joy was arrested and charged with the above violations and held on a $500 bond. Police turned Joy over to the Willimantic Police Department due to a prior outstanding warrant for an arrest. Joy was scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 8/5/14.

TWO-CAR COLLISION - On July 25 at approximately 1:01 p.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to respond to an accident on Leesville Road in Moodus. Molly Beer, 31, of Colchester Avenue, East Hampton was traveling northbound on Leesville Road, operating a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country. Robert Lawrence, 70, of W.F. Palmer Road, Moodus, driving a 2004 Toyota Rav-4, was stopped on Moodus-Leesville Road, and police said that he struck Beer's vehicle as he subsequently attempted to turn right onto Leesville Road. Police issued Lawrence a written warning for Unsafe Start of a Stopped Motor-Vehicle. No injuries were reported.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT - On July 26 at approximately 4:30 a.m., Rebecca Lennon, 45, of Bashan Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and 2nd-Degree Assault. Lennon was released on a $1,000 bond and given a court date of 7/28/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

BREACH OF PEACE AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On July 28 at 8:35 p.m., Joshua Martin, 21, of Horse Pond Road, Salem turned himself in based on an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the above violations. Martin was released on a Written Promise To Appear and given a court date of 8/19/14 at Middletown Superior Court. 

LARCENY - On July 29 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Marshall Allen, 26, of Banner Road, Moodus turned himself in based on an active warrant for 3rd-Degree and 6th-Degree Larceny. Allen was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 8/12/14.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On July 29, Steven Mims, 36, of AP Gates Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with the above violation. Mims was released on a $1,000 bond and given a court date of 7/30/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

BURGLARY, VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - At an unknown date prior to July 29, unknown person(s) broke into a home on Clark Hill Road and turned the water on, flooding the entire house. Nothing appeared to be missing or stolen, according to police. Anyone with possible information may contact Trooper Christopher Briganti at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-465-5400.

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, July 16, 2014

Carrying a Firearm While Under the Influence, Stolen Truck, Criminal Impersonation, Burglary, Larceny, Drinking While Driving, Disorderly Conduct and Violation of a Protective Order through 7-10-14


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 - On June 14 at approximately 10:41 p.m., Shane McGrath, 40, of Rachael Drive, East Hampton was stopped at a DUI spot-check and subsequently arrested and charged with the above violation. McGrath was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 7/2/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION, OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED MOTOR-VEHICLE, OPERATING UNDER SUSPENSION, MISUSE OF PLATES AND OPERATING WITHOUT INSURANCE - On June 20 at approximately 9:48 p.m., James Davis, 57, of Weiss Road, Haddam was pulled over by police for a routine traffic stop and arrested and charged with the above violations. Police said that there was also an active warrant out for his arrest through Middletown Police for 2nd-Degree Failure to Appear in Court. Davis was later released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 7/3/14.

BURGLARY AND LARCENY OF COPPER PIPING - On June 23 at 10:07 a.m., East Haddam Police report that copper piping was removed from a vacant dwelling located on Sipple's Hill in Moodus. Anyone who may have any 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-message on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On June 23 at approximately 7:31 p.m, State Police responded to a disturbance between several family members that was reported on Falls Road in Moodus. Joshua Pollard, 25, of Falls Road, Moodus was subsequently arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Pollard was later released on a $500 bond and given a court date of 6/24/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

VIOLATION OF CONDITIONS OF RELEASE - On June 23 at approximately 9:29 p.m., State Police returned to the scene of a domestic disturbance that had occurred earlier in the evening on Falls Road in Moodus. Joshua Pollard, 25, of Falls Road, Moodus had returned to the home, was taken into custody and charged with 2nd-Degree Violation of Conditions of Release. He was held on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 6/24/14.

LARCENY OF COPPER PIPING - Sometime between Wednesday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 24, copper piping was stolen from a Powerhouse Road, East Haddam residence. Police said that the house is listed for sale, and various contractors have been in and out of the dwelling. The case is under investigation, and anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Trooper Stacy Clark at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-465-5400, Ext.# 4000.

POSTAL VEHICLE VS. TRUCK - On June 25 at approximately 11:35 a.m., Stephen Moore, 62, of Bartkiewicz Road, Chester was traveling northbound on Landing Hill Road in East Haddam, operating a 2003 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck, owned by the Goodspeed Opera House. Police said that Barbara Wade, 59, of Gristmill Road, Moodus was driving a 1988 Chevy LLV postal vehicle, and had been traveling westbound on Porges Road when she struck the pick-up truck. Wade was issued a written warning for Failure to Grant the Right-of-Way at an Intersection. No injuries were reported.

FAILURE TO GRANT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AT AN INTERSECTION - On June 29 at approximately 4:43 p.m., a 16-year-old driver of Ridge Road, East Haddam was traveling southbound on Orchard Road in East Haddam, operating a 2008 Ford Taurus. Lorelei Richey, 31, of Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill was traveling eastbound on Creek Row in a 2002 Chevy Blazer, and was in process of performing a turning manuever. Police said that Richey failed to grant the right of way to the other driver, causing the juvenile driver to strike the rear left quarter-panel of Richey's vehicle. No injuries were reported, but police issued Richey an infraction for the above charge.

MOTOR-VEHICLE INVOLVED IN PRIOR ACCIDENT STRUCK BY PASSING MOTORIST - On June 29 at approximately 5:21 p.m., a 2008 Ford Taurus that had not yet been removed from the scene of an earlier accident was struck a second time by a passing vehicle. Aaron Moroch, 30, of Meadow Drive, Colchester was traveling southbound on Orchard Road in East Haddam, just north of Creek Row, operating a 2001 Ford SE. Police said that Moroch struck the rear end of the vehicle that was unoccupied and parked on the side of the road. No injuries were reported.

CARRYING A LOADED FIREARM WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LIQUOR OR DRUG - On July 2 at approximately 9:38 p.m., Colchester Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop on Lake Hayward Road in Colchester, near the East Haddam town line. Police said that Scott Olearnick, 23, of Shanaghan Road, East Haddam had consumed alcohol prior to operating his vehicle. Although Olearnick had initially passed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and an open container of beer within the driver's compartment. Olearnick was placed under arrest and transported to the barracks at Troop K in Colchester without incident. Police charged Olearnick with Carrying a Loaded Firearm while Under the Influence of a Liquor or Drug, Drinking While Driving, Failure to Have Tail Lamps Illuminated and Operating a Motor-Vehicle without Fenders or without Wheel Protectors. The handgun was seized and Olearnick's Connecticut Pistol Permit was revoked and sent back to the Special Licensing & Firearms Unit. Olearnick was released on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 7/17/14.

STOLEN MOTOR-VEHICLE - On July 3 at approximately 6:16 p.m., State Police responded to a Falls Road, Moodus address for the report of a stolen 2007 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, silver in color, bearing CT registration plate 63CW68. The truck was described as having (3) magnetic signs that read "www.easternrentaltent.com" with telephone numbers listed on them. The vehicle was reportedly taken from the premises sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Anyone with possible information on this incident is asked to contact Trooper Philip Soucy at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-465-5455, Ext.# 4015.

CRIMINAL TRESPASS - On July 7 at approximately 12:14 p.m., East Haddam Police were called to a Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam address, near the intersection of Ballahack Road #1. The homeowner reported that unknown person(s) entered her shed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon. 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 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-message on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER - On July 7 at approximately 10:24 p.m., Eugene Harding, 40, of Leesville Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with the above violation. Harding was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 7/8/14.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION - On July 10 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Elvin Ortiz, 24, of Henry Street, Hartford was arrested and charged with the above violation. Ortiz was held on a $20,000 bond and presented at Middletown Superior Court on the same day.

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