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Police Reports | July 1-July 28, 2022



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Civic Hits Accord

Newtown Police report Willis Ballard, 25, of Bethel, operating a 2015 Honda Civic, was traveling westbound on Mt Pleasant Road at 5:16 pm July 1. Carlos Cunha, 40, of Bethel, operating a 2009 Honda Accord, was traveling westbound on Mt Pleasant Road ahead of Ballard, and stopped behind traffic waiting to turn left onto Taunton Road. Ballard did not stop in time and his vehicle collided with the rear of Cunha’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Ballard was issued a verbal warning for following too closely.

Arrested For Threats

Newtown Police report Michael Palicz, 60, of Brookfield, was arrested on July 23 on a warrant for two counts of second-degree breach of peace and two counts of second-degree harassment.

Police state that they received a complaint in May 2022 from a business in Newtown stating that Palicz had called their business and had threatened their employees with violence. Police investigated the complaint and applied for a warrant for Palicz’s arrest.

Palicz was processed at the Newtown Police Department and released on a written promise to appear. His court date is August 11 in Danbury Superior Court.

Rear-Ended On Sugar Street

Newtown Police report Michael Ferris, 19, of Newtown, operating a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, was traveling west on Sugar Street at 3:12 pm July 23. He was traveling behind a 2018 Ford F150 operated by Lawrence Soifer, 55, of Newtown. Police say Soifer was following a line of traffic, and Ferris struck the rear bumper of Soifer’s vehicle with the front bumper of his vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Ferris was issued a verbal warning for following too closely.

Passenger Injured

Newtown Police report Anthony Jackson, 57, of Bridgeport, operating a 2011 BMW 328i, was traveling southbound on South Main Street at 7:50 pm July 26. Urooj Saira, 33, of Danbury, operating a 2022 Nissan Versa, was stopped at a traffic light facing southbound on South Main Street. The front driver’s side bumper of Jackson’s vehicle struck the rear passenger’s side bumper of Saira’s vehicle.

A passenger in Saira’s vehicle was brought to Danbury Hospital for suspected injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Jackson was issued an infraction for following too closely resulting in an accident and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Hit Car Leaving Driveway

Newtown Police report Abigail Loiselle, 21, of Wallingford, Pa., operating a 2016 Ford Escape, was exiting a driveway onto Edmond Road at 3:11 pm July 28. Tommy Harris, 51, of Wilton, operating a 2017 Nissan Maxima, was traveling southbound on Edmond Road. Police say Loiselle attempted to turn left onto Edmond Road and the front bumper of her vehicle struck the left side of Harris’ vehicle in the process.

No injuries were reported. Loiselle’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Loiselle was issued a written warning for failure to grant right of way at a private road or driveway.

At least one person went to a hospital following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Berkshire Road. Newtown Police, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue, and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps all responded to the state road, between its intersections with Old Mill and High Rock roads, around 11 am. First responders found a Nissan GXE had crashed into a Toyota RAV-4. The collision closed the eastbound lane of Berkshire Road for nearly 90 minutes. A CT DOT crew that was mowing in the vicinity quickly shifted their work and assisted the first responders with traffic control. Both vehicles were towed due to their damage. No additional details were available as this week’s Newtown Bee went to press. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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