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Police Reports | August 12-20, 2019



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Fugitive From Justice

Town police report that on the night of August 20, they charged Christie Caruso, 32, of Newtown, on a warrant for being a fugitive from justice in connection with crimes she allegedly committed in New Jersey. The underlying charges in the extradition case are forgery and failure to appear in court.

Police held Caruso on $100,000 bail overnight for an arraignment on August 21 in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.

Main Street

A two-vehicle accident occurred on Main Street about 9:29 am on August 19.

Motorist Elaine Lipp, 47, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan, was backing out of a perpendicular parking space in front of 43 Main Street as motorist George Cameron, 56, of Newtown was driving a 2019 GMC Sierra pickup truck southward on Main Street, police said.

The two vehicles collided. There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Lipp for unsafe backing.

Four Motor Vehicle Charges

Police said that at about 9:30 pm on August 19, they spotted two vehicles next to each other on Church Hill Road, which bore marker plates with the same letter/number combinations, so they stopped both drivers to investigate.

Police learned that one of the two autos had just been purchased, and that the front marker plate from the other auto had been placed on the rear end of the newly purchased vehicle.

Consequently, police charged motorist Axel Maldonado, 31, of Waterbury, with misuse of marker plates, failure to display marker plates, failure to have automotive insurance, and failure to have a driver’s license. Maldonado is scheduled to appear in court on September 4.

Watercraft Stolen

Police report the theft of two personal watercrafts from docks alongside Lake Lillinonah on Lake Road. Such vehicles also are known as jet skis.

On August 18, a 2017 SeaDoo GTR-230 was stolen from a residential boat dock on the southern section of the road. That personal watercraft was last seen about 4:30 pm on August 11, police said. The watercraft is black and blue.

Also, police received a report on the morning of August 14 that a Bomba RXT-17DA watercraft had stolen from a dock on the northern section of the road. The vehicle is black and white.

Police ask anyone with information on the thefts to contact them at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

Five Charges

Police said they made a traffic stop about 6:10 pm on August 17 on Mt Pleasant Road, near its intersection with Whippoorwill Hill Road, to investigate.

Police then charged motorist Alfred Kendall, 41, of Bethel, with failure to display a marker plate, driving without automotive insurance, driving under suspension, driving under suspension due to a previous DUI conviction, and possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

Kendall was released from police custody on $500 bail for an August 28 court appearance on the multiple charges.

DUI Case

Police report they stopped motorist Stephanie Scott, 31, of Newtown, about 10:42 pm on August 17 near the intersection of Currituck Road and Obtuse Road to investigate.

Police then charged Scott with driving under the influence and with speeding. Scott is scheduled to appear in court on the charges on September 4.

I-84 Rear-Ender

State police said that at about 3:31 pm on August 16, on westbound Interstate 84, motorist Xiao Yun Xu, 53, of New York City, who was driving a 2018 GMC Savanna van, struck the rear end of a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Matthew Leser, 48, of Ossining, N.Y.

There were no injuries. Xu received an infraction for following too closely resulting in a motor vehicle accident.

DUI Arrest

Police report that after spotting a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck being driven erratically on South Main Street, near its intersection with Borough Lane, at about 11:52 pm on August 16, they stopped the driver to investigate.

Police said they arrested Tyler Fiorilla, 21, of Newtown on charges of driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. After processing the case, police released Fiorilla on $100 bail for a September 4 arraignment on the charges in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.


Police report that after learning that they held a warrant for her arrest, Dawn Meyers, 37, of Shelton, went to the police station on the morning of August 15 and was charged with failure to have automotive insurance.

The charge stems from a Church Hill Road auto accident in which Meyers was involved on September 17, 2018. Following processing, police released Meyers on a written promise to appear in court on August 29.

Chevy Vs Nissan

Police report that at about 5:12 pm on August 15, motorist Michaella Sava Bolesta, 17, of Newtown, who was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala southward near 5 Main Street, struck the rear end of a southbound 2017 Nissan Altima driven by Dawn Hall, 43, of Monroe.

There were no injuries. Police issued Bolesta a written warning for following too closely, resulting in a motor vehicle accident.

Interstate Collision

State police report that at about 9:07 am on August 14, on eastbound Interstate 84, about 1,000 feet east of Exit 9, Steven Torres-Garcia, 26, of New York City, who was driving a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer truck, changed travel lanes, resulting in a 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV driven by George Chelso, 57, of Brookfield, being run off the road and hitting a traffic barrel.

There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Torres-Garcia for making an unsafe lane change.


Police report that on August 13, they arrested Diane Kruzshak, 56, of Newtown, on a warrant, charging her with evading responsibility. The charge stems from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in a parking lot at 5 Queen Street on June 9, according to police. Kruzshak was scheduled to appear in court to answer the charge.

Into The Rails

Motorist Christos Vasiliou, 33, of Newington, who was driving a vehicle eastward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 11, at about 6:47 am on August 12, veered to the left and struck the median guardrail, state police said. There were no injuries. Vasiliou failed to maintain the established lane, according to state police.

SUV Vs Pickup

About 7:28 am on August 12, on westbound Interstate 84, motorist Scott Gould, 51, of Enfield, who was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, stopped for traffic conditions and was then struck from behind by a 2011 Toyota RAV-4 SUV driven by Ardita Hinkle, 35, of Tolland, state police said.

Gould reported pain, but refused medical attention. State police warned Hinkle for following too closely.

the lineup for Monday’s 58th Newtown Labor Day Parade, as provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. Step off is 10 am from the intersection of Main Street at Currituck Road.

While traveling eastward on Interstate 84, near Exit 9, at about 9:38 pm on August 12, motorist Ibelia Leonor Molina-Villavincencio, 38, of New Haven, who was driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue SUV, stopped for some traffic and was then struck from behind by a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan driven by Marleny Moreta, 31, of Waterbury, according to state police.

There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Moreta for following too closely.

Police, firefighters from Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook, and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance personnel responded to a five-vehicle collision that occurred at about 4:10 pm on August 19 in the Newtown Shopping Village parking lot at 6 Queen Street. Police said motorist Kamalini Rigas, 69, of Newtown, who was driving a 2016 Subaru Outback SUV, entered the parking lot from its northern entrance on Queen Street, after which she lost control of the vehicle, struck an unoccupied 2011 Subaru Outback SUV, then hit some curbing, drove onto a sidewalk, and struck an unoccupied 2019 Honda Pilot SUV. That impact pushed the Pilot into an occupied, parked Honda Accord sedan. The Accord then struck an unoccupied 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV. Kamalini and Ernestine Mahoney, 78, of Newtown, who was in the Accord, were medically evaluated at the scene, with no injuries reported. —Bee Photo, Voket
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