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Police Reports | January 23-February 8, 2017

Published: February 13, 2017

The Newtown Bee

Credit Cards Stolen

Police report that at about 11 am on January 23, a person entered NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, at Fairfield Hills, and then stole two credit cards from within a gym bag there.

The stolen credit cards were then used to purchase an i-Pad tablet computer from the Apple store and an espresso maker from the Williams-Sonoma kitchenware store, both at Danbury Fair Mall, police said.

Police provided a surveillance photo of an unidentified white man who is a suspect in the theft case as he entered the NYA complex through its main doorway.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact investigating police Officer William Hull at the police station (203-426-5841) regarding Case 17-1421.


Snowplow Gone

Police report that sometime between January 24 and February 2, it is believed that someone stole an eight-foot-long yellow Fisher-brand Minute-Mount snowplow from a parking area at an industrial property at 5 Dusty Lane in Botsford. Police received a report on the theft on February 3.

Police ask anyone with information on the missing snowplow to contact investigating Officer Stephanie Vegerano at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841, or through the department’s Anonymous Hotline, 203-270-8888


Interstate DUI

State police said they received a report at about 2:46 am on January 29, that a motorist was driving a 2006 Jaguar X-Type auto eastward on westbound Interstate 84, near Exit 5, in Danbury, so they responded to the area in seeking to find the vehicle.

A few minutes later, a motorist, who was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla westward on westbound I-84, west of Exit 9, spotted the approaching Jaguar and then swerved to the right to avoid being struck by it, but the Toyota then hit some guardcabling, state police said. There were no injuries.

State police stopped the Jaguar to investigate, after which they charged motorist Lucelia Balbino, 56, of Bethel with driving under the influence, driving the wrong way, and disobeying a police officer’s signal to stop, state police said.

After processing Balbino’s arrest, state police released her on $500 bail for an arraignment on February 16 in state Superior Court in Danbury.


Tractor Missing

Sometime between 10 am and 3 pm on January 31, someone apparently stole a green and yellow John Deere-brand lawn tractor with a snowplow affixed to it from the driveway near the street at 2 Tanglewood Lane, police said.

The vehicle is not in working order and had been parked there for a few weeks, police said. The person who removed the vehicle may have thought that it was placed there to be discarded, but that is not so, police said. Police are investigating the apparent theft and ask anyone with knowledge of the matter to contact them at 203-426-5841 or through the department’s Anonymous Hotline, 203-270-8888.


Snowy Roadway

Police report an accident on a snow-covered Church Hill Road involving two vehicles about 11:17 am on January 31.

Motorist Ralph Angell, 77, of New Milford, who was driving a 2007 Cadillac DTS sedan eastward on Church Hill Road, stopped in a left-turn-only lane near Interstate 84, after which eastbound motorist Evan Doering, 18, of Southbury, who was driving 2015 Volkswagen Jetta auto, attempted to stop, but slid on the snowy road and struck the Cadillac from behind, police said.

There were no injuries. Police report they verbally warned Doering for traveling too fast for conditions.


Slippery Conditions

A two-vehicle accident occurred on a snow-covered Berkshire Road about 12:24 pm on January 31.

Motorist Zachary Fuchs, 17, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2016 GMC Canyon pickup truck eastward on Berkshire Road, stopped and was waiting to make a left turn into a driveway, when motorist William Huegi, 17, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck eastward, could not stop in time on the slippery road and struck the GMC from behind, police said.

There were no injuries. Police said they verbally warned Huegi for traveling too fast for conditions.


DUI Warrant

State police report that at about 9:12 am on February 2, they served a warrant against Jason Menard, 27, of East Hampton at state Superior Court in Danbury.

State police said they charged Menard with driving under the influence and with failure to drive in the proper lane in connection with a motor vehicle accident that occurred on December 12, 2015, near Exit 9 on westbound Interstate 84.

Menard pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment. He is scheduled to return to court on March 14. Menard was being held on $10,500 bail at the Hartford Correctional Center on February 6 in connection with multiple pending cases at state courts in Danbury and Hartford.


Hawleyville Crash

At about 5:38 pm on February 2, motorist Joanne Knees, 62, of Newtown, who was driving a 2016 Honda CR-V SUV northward on Hawleyville Road, stopped in preparing to make a left turn onto Covered Bridge Road, after which northbound motorist Debra Rossi-Stahl, 61, of Watertown, who was driving a 201 Subaru Forester SUV, struck the Honda from behind, police report.

There were no injuries. Rossi-Stahl received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, police said.


Intersection Collision

A two-vehicle accident occurred at the four-way intersection of Hattertown Road, Poverty Hollow Road, and Key Rock Road about 5:39 pm on February 3, police said.

The accident involved motorist Carol Rowe, 56, of Newtown, who was driving a 2005 Cadillac SRX SUV, and motorist Rosemary Wright, 76, of Redding, who was driving a 2008 Volvo V-70 auto, police said. There were no injuries. Police said they issued Rowe a misdemeanor summons on charges of failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to have automotive insurance.


Alcohol Incident

Police said that at about 1:27 am on February 4, they received a report concerning a motor vehicle that was traveling at a very high speed near the intersection of Berkshire Road and Zoar Road, so they went to the area to investigate.

Police said they located the vehicle in question and stopped it to investigate. Police said they then arrested motorist Troy Goeller, 18, of Southbury on charges of driving under the influence by a minor with an elevated blood alcohol level, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, and traveling unreasonably fast.

After processing the arrest, police released Goeller on $1,000 bail for a February 16 arraignment on the charges in state Superior Court in Danbury.


DUI Arrest

After learning that police held a warrant for his arrest, Richard Sandler, 22, of Sandy Hook went to the police station early on the morning of February 5, and was arrested on three charges, police said.

Police said they charged Sandler with driving under the influence, failure to drive to the right, and traveling too fast for conditions.

Police said that Sandler was driving a 2013 Ford Escape SUV southward near 24 Philo Curtis Road at about 1 am on November 3, when while negotiating a curve in the road, he drove off the road’s left shoulder and then struck an unoccupied Toyota SUV, which was parked in a front yard there. The Ford flipped over and landed upside-down atop the Toyota’s roof.

After arrest processing on February 5, police released Sandler on $1,500 bail for a February 22 court appearance.


Two Warrants

Police report that while on patrol at about 5:30 pm on February 6, they spotted Cezary Sokol, 55, of Newtown at the Nunnawauk Meadows housing complex on Nunnawauk Road, and realized that there were two pending warrants for his arrest.

Police said they charged Sokol with two counts of second-degree failure to appear in court. Police said they held Sokol on $1,000 bail for arraignment on the charges on February 7 in state Superior Court in Danbury.

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