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Police Reports | March 30-April 14, 2021



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Summons, Verbal Warning Follow Collision

Newtown police report Sudara Z. Goodwin, 25, of Bridgeport, was traveling north on South Main Street, operating a 2017 Nissan Maxima, around 8:40 am, Tuesday, March 30.

A 2018 Honda Civic EX being operated by Nicholas D. Griswold, 25, of Milford, was also traveling north on South Main Street, in front of the Nissan.

The Nissan did not stop in time after the Honda stopped near the intersection with Elm Drive. The front bumper of the Nissan collided with the rear bumper of the Honda.

No injuries were reported.

Goodwin had a suspended Connecticut driver’s license, and was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Goodwin was additionally given a verbal warning for following too closely.

Terrain vs Elantra

On Wednesday, April 7, at 6:45 am, Newtown Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of 46 Housatonic Drive for a reported two-car motor vehicle accident.

Following a brief investigation on scene, it was determined that a 2020 Hyundai Elantra being operated by Deborah L. Kozek, 65, of Sandy Hook, which had been traveling on Housatonic Drive, began to back into the driveway of 23 Housatonic.

Meanwhile, a 2011 GMC Terrain SLE being operated by Patricia A. Palmer, 69, of West Hartford, began to back out of the driveway of 46 Housatonic Drive.

The rear of the Terrain entered the roadway and struck the front of the Elantra. The Hyundai sustained minor damage to the front passenger side, and the Terrain sustained minor damage to the rear operator side.

There were no injuries reported.

Palmer was given a verbal warning for unsafe backing.

Verbal Warnings

Ehab Farah, 56, of Newtown, was backing out of a private driveway on Williams Lane around 11:49 am, Wednesday, April 8, operating a 2004 Chevrolet Express.

After reaching the end of the driveway and backing onto the public roadway, Farah’s vehicle struck the front driver’s side of a parked, unoccupied 2007 Audi A4 registered to Juraci Barbosa-Ribeiro, no age given, of Bridgeport.

Farah, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.

Farah was given a verbal warning for unsafe backing, and Irvine Santos-Ribeiro was given a verbal warning for improper parking.

Failure To Drive Reasonable Distance Apart

Newtown police report that a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited being operated by Melanie R. Wilson, 34, of Oxford was traveling east on Church Hill Road approaching traffic near The Boulevard around 2:59 pm, Friday, April 9.

The Wrangler did not stop for traffic in time and hit the rear bumper of a 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5x Premium being operated by Kyle Godfrey, 18, of Sandy Hook. Godfrey had been slowing for traffic, as well.

The impact pushed the Forester forward into the rear bumper of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT being operated by Andrew D. Beverley, 46, of Hartford.

Wilson told police she looked down at her phone for directions before the crash.

There were no injuries reported.

Wilson was given a written warning for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

Identity Theft

On April 11, Angelina Guilfoil, 32, of Naugatuck, turned herself in at Newtown Police Department. Guilfoil surrendered on an active arrest warrant issued by Danbury Superior Court in July 2020, following an incident that occurred in November 2019 and was reported to Newtown Police Department in December 2019.

The victim reported Guilfoil had used their personal identifying information to obtain and use a credit card in the victim’s name.

Guilfoil was charged with identity theft-third degree. She was released on a written promise to appear and given an April 27 appearance in Danbury Superior Court.

Failure To Obey Traffic Control Signal

A 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck being operated by Joshua R. Snell, 18, of Orange, was traveling north on Wasserman Way around 8:17 pm, Sunday, April 11. The vehicle, according to Newtown police, failed to turn left onto Berkshire Road as originally intended.

The truck traveled across Berkshire Road, striking the curbing to the westbound travel lane of the state road, before continuing onto a grassy area and then striking a small tree with its right front bumper.

The truck sustained damage to its right front as well as a flat right front tire.

No injuries were reported.

Snell was given a written warning for failure to obey a traffic control signal.

Two Larceny Charges

Newtown police report that Mark Manley, 51, of Newtown, surrendered at Newtown Police Department around 7:20 am, Wednesday, April 14, on an active warrant.

Manley was charged with two counts of larceny in the sixth degree stemming from incidents on January 19 and January 23, 2021.

He was released on a written promise to appear and given an April 28 court appearance in Danbury Superior Court.

Police reports covering Newtown, Conn., for the period of March 30-April 14, 2021.
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