Posts tagged ‘Police’

November 24th, 2013

Rash of Late Night Fires Considered Suspicious

by Christopher O'Brien

By Megan Merigan | NBC Connecticut

Residents are urged to be extra vigiliant as dozens of  late night brush fires have been set along town roads over the last few months.

Wolcott Police and the town’s Fire Marshal are  investigating the cause of nearly 25 suspicious roadside fires, which have been growing in frequency since April.

Of the 25 roadside brush fires that have occurred in town since April 27, Wolcott’s police and fire departments consider the majority of them to be suspicious, according to Police Chief Edward Stephens.

“It’s not just thunder or lightening,” Stephens said.  “Something’s going on here.”

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November 6th, 2013

2013 Election Results

by Christopher O'Brien
Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

Wolcott High was jammed with voters at 6 pm Tuesday

About 48.5% of registered voters showed up to the polls Tuesday according to data released by the Town Clerk on Wednesday. That’s about four points higher than the average for the past four municipal elections. An aggressive campaign by Democratic candidate Michael Gugliotti against five term uncumbent Tom Dunn likely fueled added interest in the race this year. In contrast, only 35% of voters showed up to vote in 2005 when Dunn ran unopposed but other local seats were up for grabs.

2013 Town Election Results

For the first time in several years, no candidate came close enough to force a recount.

Out of the 5,429 voters who turned out for the election, five candidates recieved over 3,000 votes: Mayor Dunn, Third District Councilor Roger Picard, Board of Education member Roberta Leonard, Constable Paul Gallucci, and Town Clerk Debbie Slater, who was uncontested. Dunn received 4,155 votes.

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September 19th, 2013

Stolen Car Leads to Chase, Lockdown

by Christopher O'Brien

WolcottPoliceCarFive juveniles are in police custody after leading police on vehicular and foot pursuits through the Woodtick section of town Wednesday morning. The chase caused Frisbee School to be placed under a lockdown for a period of time just after students arrived.

The morning events began when Officer Frank Schippani ran the plate of the car carrying the teens on Wolf Hill Rd. at 8:55 am. The red Toyota Corrolla had been reported stolen in Waterbury. After signaling the vehicle to stop, the operator instead sped south across Nichols Road and into the Baseball Association of Wolcott complex. The driver drove through the complex and when he realized there was no way out, turned to drive across one of the ballfields. 

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August 29th, 2013

Brown Pleads Not Guilty in Impersonation

by Christopher O'Brien

By Karen Florin | The Day

Bruce Browne, a Wolcott resident and half brother of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty in New London Superior Court on Thursday following charges from an August 8 incident in Old Lyme where he commandered a boat and stopped other vessels while wearing Coast Guard identification. He is accused of impersonating a police officer, interfering with an officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon in a motor vehicle.

Bruce W. Browne, also requested, through his attorney, the return of his car and other personal property that was seized by Old Lyme and state police.

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July 26th, 2013

Man Arrested for Postal Scare

by Christopher O'Brien

WolcottPoliceCarWolcott Police have made an arrest in connection with a bomb scare that shut down the center of town Thursday afternoon. Michael Spillane of Oakville has been charged with 1st degree Breach of Peace Friday morning after a briefcase left under a counter at the Post Office caused alarm. He was being held on a $7,500 bond, says Police spokesman Capt. Domenic Angilillo. Local police responded to the post office shortly after 4:00 pm Thursday to investigate the suspicious package while volunteer firefighters cordoned off the center of town and evacuated residences and businesses in the area. An ambulance remained in the area as a precaution as State Police bomb technicians and a specialized dog inspected and then opened the package.

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February 10th, 2013

Mayor Dunn: Stay Off The Roads

by Christopher O'Brien

Parking Ban Still In Effect

Police: “We know what roads are still unplowed – we’ll get to you”

Mall closed; Some Onramps Still Closed

Some I-84 onramps are still closed SundayAfter a blizzard dumped 36 inches of snow in parts of Wolcott, the mayor and police department are urging residents to stay home. “There’s nothing open and nowhere to go,” says Police Captain Domenic Angelillo. As of 9 am this morning, State DOT was still working on opening the downtown entrance ramps to I-84 in Waterbury and widening exits to ensure tractor trailers and delivery trucks can exit safely.

Mayor Dunn is urging resident to stay home while the town widens roads. At 10:00 town police responded to an accident on Woodtick Rd. near Wilson Rd. “The roads are only wide enough for emergencies right now and we still have a parking ban in place.” Dunn says that the town will be working on widening the roads throughout the day and that most roads should be cleared already.

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February 8th, 2013

Handgun Permitting Process Debated by Police Chiefs

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News Junkie

If you’ve never had your handgun or pistol permit denied by your local police chief, you probably aren’t aware of the state Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

In Connecticut, obtaining a permit to carry a handgun is a two-step process. First, you must apply with your local police chief or resident state trooper. The application process includes fingerprinting, a background check, and a questionnaire. The local police chief or resident state trooper has eight weeks to either approve or deny the application.

If the application is denied, then the individual can appeal to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

But local police chiefs have recently expressed reservations about…

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January 25th, 2013

Public Input Invited on School & Gun Safety Task Force

by Christopher O'Brien

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun safety will hold a hearing 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The hearing on mental health issues will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both will be held in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

Have something to add to the discussions before the task force on gun safety, mental health, or school safety? Send your testimony here. And here are general instructions on how to submit testimony for a public hearing.

January 25th, 2013

Is School Safety A Cop in Every School?

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid | CT NewsJunkie

Putting an armed police officer in every school has been a common suggestion to make schools safer in the wake of the Newtown shooting. But South Windsor Police Chief Matt Reed told lawmakers Friday that school security was not the objective of the school resource officer program.

Reed, the legislative liaison for the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association, spoke at a legislative hearing held by a committee looking to make recommendations on school security to address the shooting.

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December 25th, 2012

A Sailor in Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

On Saturday, eight Wolcott’s police officers supported Newtown police through patrol, funeral, and memorial post assignments. The town has been inundated by visitors from all over Connecticut and the nation after the tragic deaths of 26 schoolchildren and teachers as well as two other residents. Police, firemen and charities throughout the state have descended upon the town to assist during a tumultuous week of sorroe. Officer Bryan Spiotti wrote about his experience.

By Bryan Spiotti

     Today I worked in Newtown, stationed near the Sandy Hook Elementary School and also at the Town Hall. I met many wonderful people who all shared in the mourning and grief. I met firefighters who volunteer their time and police officers who are all at a loss for words. Everyone agreed that it is a senseless tragedy. Many people walking by the droves of letters, posters, stuffed animals and other memorials with teared eyes and heavy hearts. I met a Marine / Police Chaplain who prayed

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