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Police Reports, September 13-30, 2015



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Motorcycle Crash

A two-vehicle accident involving a sedan and a motorcycle occurred about 7:45 pm on September 23 at the signalized intersection of Main Street, Sugar Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.

Police said motorist Meera Ann Gupta, 66, of 6 Short Hill Road was driving a 2014 Subaru Legacy sedan southward on Main Street, as motorcyclist Ricky Werden, 49, of Southbury was riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson FHX westward from Glover Avenue to Sugar Street, when the Subaru violated a red traffic signal, resulting in the two vehicles colliding.

The impact of the crash threw Werden onto the pavement, police said. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Werden to Danbury Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters responded to the accident.

Police said they issued Gupta an infraction for failure to obey a traffic signal.

DUI Accident

Police report that at about 9:30 pm on September 18, they received a report informing them that a motor vehicle accident had occurred on Hanover Road, near its intersection with Lake Road, so they responded to investigate.

Police said their probe indicated that motorist Fred Kelly, 51, of 12 Nunnawauk Road had been driving a vehicle on Hanover Road when the vehicle went off the roadway and then struck a utility pole. There were no injuries.

Police report they charged Kelley with driving under the influence and with making a restricted turn. Kelley was released from custody on $100 bail for an October 6 arraignment on the charges in Danbury Superior Court.

SUV Crash

Police report that motorist Daniel Miressi, 26, of Monroe, who was driving a 2002 Honda CR-V SUV northward on South Main Street, near its intersection with Swamp Road, about 4:40 am on September 25, struck some curbing along the right road shoulder and then struck some guard railing.

There were no injuries. Police report they issued Miressi a misdemeanor summons on charges of making a restricted turn, driving under suspension, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Three Charges

Police report they went to a Greenbriar Lane residence about 12:45 pm on September 26 to serve two arrest warrants against resident Alexander Spears, 23, and in the process of doing so, Spears became involved in a conflict with his landlord, who also lives at the residence.

Police said the warrants charged Spears with failure to respond to an infraction and also with second-degree failure to appear in court in connection with past incidents.

Police also charged Spears with second-degree threatening as a result of the conflict with his landlord.

Police held Spears on $6,250 bail for a September 28 court appearance. Spears did not plead to the threatening charge at his arraignment.

On September 29, Spears was being held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center on $6,250 bail for an October 15 appearance in Danbury Superior Court.

Warrant Served

Police report they went to a residence at 5 Pomperaug Road on September 22 and served a warrant against Ronnie Shaboo, 49, of that address, charging Shaboo with third-degree assault and with breach of peace in connection with a November 2014 incident in which Shaboo allegedly punched and injured a person.

After processing, Shaboo was released on $2,500 bail for an October 8 court appearance.

SUV Through Fence

Police report that motorist Rosemary Adwubi, 55, of Seymour, who was driving a 2005 Honda CR-V SUV, was parked in a parking apace at Masonicare at Newtown at 139 Toddy Hill Road at about 8:30 am on September 21, when she inadvertently put the transmission into “reverse” gear.

The Honda then went backward, broke through a wooden fence, rolled down an embankment, traveled between a tree and some rocks, and then came to rest next to a pond, police said. There were no injuries. Police took no enforcement.

I-84 DUI

At about 6:30 am on September 13, state police were called to investigate a three-vehicle accident that had occurred on westbound Interstate 84, east of Exit 11. There were no injuries in the incident.

State police said that motorist Awilda Alvarado, 26, of New Britain was at fault in the accident.

State police charged her with driving under the influence, reckless driving, second-degree reckless endangerment, and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. Alvarado posted $2,500 bail for a September 30 arraignment on the charges in Danbury Superior Court, state police said.

Exit 11 Ramp

At about 3:30 pm on September 25, motorist Melissa DeLorenzo-Hensel, 40, of 21 Philo Curtis Road, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Prius on Interstate 84’s Exit 11 off-ramp, was slowing and was then struck from behind by motorist Kirsten Madoule, 17, of Branford, who was driving a 2008 Honda CR-V SUV, according to state police.

There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.

Sedan Vs SUV

State police said that at about 1:30 pm on September 23, motorist Weihong Gong, 45, of Ridgefield, who was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry sedan westward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 10, struck the rear end of a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SUV driven by Jennifer Labate, 41, of 42 Grand Place.

There were no injuries. State police issued Gong an infraction for following too closely.

Interstate Rear-Ender

Motorist Linda Colby, 56, of Danbury, who was driving a 2014 Honda CR-V SUV eastward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 9, at about 10:15 am on September 23, slowed due to traffic conditions and was then struck from behind by motorist Nancy Battista, 57, of Fishkill, N.Y., who was driving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan, state police said.

There were no injuries. Battista received a written warning for following too closely, state police said.

Hyundai Crash

Motorist Sarah Minch, 23, of Mahopac, N.Y., was driving a 2009 Hyundai Elantra westward on Interstate 84, west of the Exit 11 on-ramp, at about 3 pm on September 24, when she lost control of the auto, swerved to the right, struck some guard railing, spun around, and then struck the guard railing again, state police said.

There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.

Three Vehicles

At about 3:40 pm on September 24, motorist Jessica Maiorano, 28, of 126 Alpine Drive, who was driving a 2003 Nissan Murano SUV eastward on Interstate 84, east of the Exit 9 on-ramp, stopped for traffic conditions, after which motorist Dylan Fichtenbaum, 19, of Chappaqua, N.Y., who was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry sedan, stopped behind the Nissan, state police said.

Eastbound motorist Marco Leon-Pulla, 41, of Danbury, who was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty SUV, then struck the rear end of the Toyota, pushing the Toyota into the rear end of the Nissan, state police said.

There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.

Two Warrants

Police report that on September 30, they served two arrest warrants against Justin Gaydosh, 31, of 90-A Huntingtown Road.

One warrant listed a charge of violation of probation; the other listed charges of evading responsibility, failure to drive to the right, failure to have automotive insurance, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Police allege that on the afternoon of August 12, Gaydosh, who was driving a BMW sedan eastward on Botsford Hill Road near its intersection with South Main Street, swerved into the opposite travel lane and struck a Mitsubishi Lancer sedan driven by a Southbury man and then drove away from the scene at high speed. The Southbury man was not injured, police have said.

Police processed the two arrests against Gaydosh and then released his from custody on $11,500 bail for an arraignment before a judge on the five charges on October 14 in Danbury Superior Court.

Two Incidents

Police report that on September 30, they spotted Peter Wallenta, 31, of 18 Sunnyview Terrace walking along Riverside Road, realizing that they held two arrest warrants against him.

Police stopped Wallenta to investigate and then charged him with two separate counts of sixth-degree larceny. The charges stem from incidents that occurred on July 23 and July 25 at Newtown Shopping Village at 6 Queen Street, according to police.

Police report they held Wallenta on $5,500 bail for an October 1 court arraignment on the charges.

DUI Arrest

Newtown police said they received word from Monroe police on the afternoon of September 30 regarding a motor vehicle accident that had occurred in Monroe, after which the person who caused the collision drove away from the scene, heading toward Newtown.

Newtown police then were on the lookout for that motorist on South Main Street, after which they spotted a vehicle that matched the description provided to them traveling near 25 Main Street.

After investigating, Newtown police charged motorist Brian Dougherty, 45, of Stamford with driving under the influence. Newtown police turned over Dougherty to Monroe police who charged him in connection with the accident.

Dougherty was scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges against him.

Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to a car fire on I-84 East that was reported shortly after 2 pm Sunday, September 27. Upon arriving, firefighters - including Lieutenant John Jeltema, left, and EMS Captain Karin Halstead, fighting the stubborn fire - encountered a 1999 Toyota Camry that was fully engulfed in flames, but the male driver had been able to get out and away from the vehicle without injury. The car fire also sparked a small brush fire on the embankment next to the highway, which firefighters also doused. State troopers also responded to the incident, which caused long traffic delays.                              
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