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Police Reports | August 23-September 2, 2019



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DUI Arrest

Police report that at about 2:38 pm on September 2, motorist Janet Haller, 54, of Easton, was involved in an auto accident near the intersection of Blue Spruce Drive and South Main Street.

There were no injuries. After investigating, police charged Haller with driving under the influence and with following too closely. After posting $100 bail, Haller was released for a September 17 court appearance.

Non-Existent Fight

At about 8:38 pm on September 2, police responded to a 911 call reporting a physical fight involving up to ten people occurring at a Berkshire Road residence, so they responded, but found no problem. Police said they then learned that the incident had been falsely reported by a man who may have wanted to annoy an ex-girlfriend at that address.

Police said they then tracked down the 911 caller, who was Erik Gilstad, 40, of Brookfield. Police arrested Gilstad on charges of second-degree falsely reporting an incident and also misuse of the emergency 911 telephone system.

After his arrest processing, Gilstad was released on $500 bail for a September 17 arraignment on the charges before a judge in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.

Three Vehicles

Police report a three-vehicle accident that involved a total of ten people at about 5:13 pm on September 1 on eastbound Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville.

A 2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivan driven by Lucia Caputo-Maniaci, 41, of Howard Beach, N.Y., was waiting in traffic on Mt Pleasant Road, about 500 feet east of its intersection with Hawleyville Road, while carrying five passengers.

A 2007 Buick Lucerne sedan driven by David Cavagna, 73, of Newtown, which was carrying one passenger, stopped behind the Chrysler. A 2015 Toyota Prius hatchback driven by Travis Machacek, 40, of Monroe, which carried one passenger, then struck the rear end of the Buick, pushing the Buick into the rear end of the Chrysler.

There were no injuries. Machacek received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

Truck Hits Pole

About 12:11 pm on August 31, motorist Vaughan Ali Calder, 33, of New York City, was driving a 2013 Ford E-450 truck northward on Parmalee Hill Road, near its intersection with Windy Woods Circle, when he stopped, backed up quickly, and then struck a utility pole, after which he continued traveling northward, police said.

There were no injuries. Police issued Calder an infraction for improper backing.

Hazardous Intersection

Police report a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of South Main Street and Country Club Road about 1:16 pm on August 31.

Motorist Danielle Bocher, 56, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2018 Honda Civic auto northward on South Main Street, attempted to turn left to enter Country Club Road, as motorist James Bernardi, 66, of Newtown was driving a 1998 Nissan Sentra southward on South Main Street.

The two vehicles collided. There were no injuries. Bocher received a written warning for failure to grant the right of way.


Police report a two-vehicle collision at the hazardous intersection of Queen Street and Glover Avenue about 12:08 pm on August 28.

Motorist Presley Hart, 16, of Newtown, who was driving a 2014 Honda CR-V SUV, was traveling eastward on Glover Avenue and then stopped at a stop sign at its intersection with Queen Street.

At that time, motorist Jack Duff, 20, of Newtown, was driving a 2015 Volvo XC-60 SUV southward on Queen Street and was approaching the intersection, police said. The Honda then attempted to turn left onto Queen Street and the two vehicles collided.

Duff was evaluated at the scene by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Hart received an infraction for failure to grant the right of way.

Man Sought

Police said they continue to look for a white man who sometime between 8 and 9:30 am on August 27, entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in a parking lot at 25 Commerce Road and stole some cash and a credit card.

The man later made a credit card purchase at Walmart in Shelton and attempted to make a credit card purchase at a Best Buy store in Trumbull. At the time, the man was wearing a dark hoodie jacket, cargo shorts, white socks, and black shoes. The man may have fled from the Best Buy parking lot in a small red vehicle. Police ask anyone with knowledge of these incidents to contact them at the police station at 203-426-5841 and refer to case 2019-21861.

Honda Hits Subaru

About 1:12 pm on August 23, motorist Kathleen Kirrane, 29, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2010 Subaru Impreza northward on South Main Street, was slowing in order to make a right turn into the driveway at 71 South Main Street, police report.

Northbound motorist Angela Galleano, 36, of Newtown, who was driving a 2016 Honda CR-V SUV northward, then struck the rear end of the Subaru. There were no injuries. Galleano was verbally warned for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart. Kirrane was verbally warned for failure to carry a vehicle registration card in the vehicle.

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