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.

If you would like to receive future reports as they are posted, please send a request to TheNeighborhoodWatchReport@gmail.com


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Strangulation, Unlawful Restraint, Threatening, Assault, Larceny, Possession of Narcotics, Breach of Peace, MVA's and Interfering with an Emergency Call through 3-12-15


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

FAILURE TO DRIVE UPON THE RIGHT - On Feb. 16 at approximately 10:39 a.m., Donald Mathieu, 60, of Ballahack Road, East Haddam was traveling westbound on the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike in Moodus, driving a 2009 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. Police said that Mathieu struck an unoccupied 2010 Buick Lucerne on the vehicle's front, left-hand side. No injuries were reported, but the unoccupied vehicle required towing. Police issued Mathieu a written-warning for Failure to Drive Upon the Right.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, INTERFERING WITH AN EMERGENCY CALL, ASSAULT, STRANGULATION AND UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT - On Feb. 21 at approximately 2:33 a.m., Alexei Carter, 45, of Cherry Swamp Road, Moodus was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with an Emergency Call, 3rd-Degree Assault, 2nd-Degree Strangulation and 2nd-Degree Unlawful Restraint. Carter was released on a $50,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 2/23/15.

OBJECT VS. MOTOR-VEHICLE - On March 3 at approximately 1:18 p.m., James Papallo, 58, of Allen avenue, Meriden was traveling westbound on Route 82 (Norwich Road) in East Haddam, operating a 2011 Freightliner M2 liquor delivery truck, in the area of Creek Row. Mario Lopes, 31, of Nash Road, New Bedford, MA. was traveling behind the truck in a 2012 Jeep Liberty, when a 1/4 keg container fell from the truck and struck the front end of his vehicle. No injuries were reported. Police issued Papallo a written warning for Failure to Secure a Load.

POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS - On March 7 at approximately 8:42 p.m., Gerald J. Tuttle, 27, of Sarah Baker Road, East Haddam was arrested by West Hartford Police and charged with Illegal Possession of Narcotics. Tuttle was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Hartford Superior Court on 3/19/15.

BREACH OF PEACE, THREATENING AND HARASSMENT - On March 9 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Christopher Smith, 23, of Cedar Lake Drive, Haddam was turned over by State Police, Troop F from Westbrook for warrant servicing. Smith was transported to Troop K in Colchester to be processed, and charged with Breach of Peace, 2nd-Degree Threatening and 2nd-Degree Harassment. He was released on a $2,500 bond and given a court date of 3/24/15 at Middletown Superior Court.

LARCENY - On March 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Christopher Moore, 41, of Alger Road, East Haddam was arrested, based on an outstanding warrant and charged with 1st-Degree Larceny. Moore was held on a $50,000 bond and appeared at Norwich Superior Court on the same day.

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.

If you would like to receive future reports as they are posted, please send a request to:
TheNeighborhoodWatchReport@gmail.com


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.