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Police Reports | September 26-October 10, 2017

Published: October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

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This Nissan received front-end damage in a two-vehicle collision on Berkshire Road (Route 34), near Nighthawk Lane. Police said motorist Charles Russell, 47, of Hamden, who was driving a 2015 Volkswagen GTI auto westward on Berkshire Road at about 2…
This Nissan received front-end damage in a two-vehicle collision on Berkshire Road (Route 34), near Nighthawk Lane. Police said motorist Charles Russell, 47, of Hamden, who was driving a 2015 Volkswagen GTI auto westward on Berkshire Road at about 2:36 pm on October 6, slowed in preparing to turn right onto Nighthawk Lane, after which the Volkswagen was struck from behind by westbound motorist Victor Genin-Netto, 21, of Danbury, who was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima sedan. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the accident to evaluate those involved for possible injuries, but they declined medical transport, police said. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue members also responded to the incident. Police said they verbally warned Genin-Netto for following too closely. (Bee Photo, Gorosko)
Chrysler Vs Hyundai

Police report that at about 5:27 pm on October 10, motorist Matthew Tyler, 20, of Newport News, Va., who was driving a 2002 Chrysler 300 sedan northward on South Main Street, near Ricky's Plaza, struck the rear end of a northbound 2015 Hyundai Accent auto driven by Taylor Miller, 16, of Sandy Hook.

There were no injuries. Police said that Tyler received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

 

DUI Incident

Police said they responded to a report of a two-vehicle, non-injury sideswipe accident about 7:33 pm on October 10 on The Boulevard, near its intersection with Hall Lane.

After investigating, police said they charged motorist Robert Stilson, 55, of Newtown with driving under the influence. After processing, Stilson was released on $500 bail for a October 24 appearance in state Superior Court in Danbury, police said.

 

Sedan Vs Sign

State police report that motorist Alexander Hutcheon, 34, of Newington was driving a 2007 Nissan Maxima sedan with three passengers on wet pavement on the Exit 11 off-ramp for eastbound Interstate 84 at about 11:13 am on October 8, when the vehicle went out of control while on a curve and then struck a traffic sign.

There were no injuries. State police said they warned Hutcheon for failure to maintain the proper lane.

 

Four Charges

Police said they received a report concerning suspicious activity occurring along Berkshire Road, near Chestnut Hill Road, early on the morning of October 7, so they went to the area to investigate.

Police said they charged Dajon Stevenson, 25, of Ansonia, with driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to have automotive insurance, driving a vehicle in violation of a license classification, and interfering with police.

Stevenson was released on a written promise to appear in state Superior Court in Danbury on October 24.

 

Camry Crash

At about 1:21 am on October 7, motorist Katherine Diamond, no age given, of Nashua, N.H., was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry sedan eastward on Interstate 84, near Exit 10, when Diamond turned the steering wheel in order to avoid striking a deer, but lost control of the auto and crashed, damaging the vehicle's front end, state police report. There were no injuries.

Diamond received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane, state police said.

 

Warrant

Police report they encountered a group of several men outdoors at Fairfield Hills late on the night of October 7, after which they investigated and learned that there was an arrest warrant pending on one of the men.

Police charged Thomas Bynes, 33, of Norwalk, with second-degree failure to appear in court in connection with an incident that had occurred in Norwalk in July 2016. Bynes had not made a scheduled court appearance in that case, resulting in the warrant being issued on January 31 for his arrest.

 

Rollover

Police report that motorist Rachael Burgess, 33, of Shelton was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot SUV southward on South Main Street, north of its intersection with Swamp Road, about 12:07 pm on October 6, when while negotiating a sweeping left curve on the wet roadway, the vehicle skidded, and then struck an embankment along the right road shoulder, causing the SUV to roll over and land on its roof.

Neither Burgess nor a passenger were injured. Police said they issued Burgess a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

 

Intersection Crash

A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Schoolhouse Hill Road about 4:06 pm on October 5.

Motorist Keith Rogers, 22, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westward on Schoolhouse Hill Road, stopped at a stop sign at its intersection with Main Street. At that time, motorist Keith Fitchett, 69, of Newtown, who was driving a 1992 Toyota Cressida auto southward on Main Street, started turning left onto Schoolhouse Hill Road, after which the Toyota struck the Chevrolet, according to police.

There were no injuries. Police issued Fitchett an infraction for driving an unregistered vehicle.

 

Rear-Ender

About 6:30 pm on October 5, motorist Carmen Parisi, 29, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV eastward near 51 Church Hill Road, stopped for traffic conditions, after which the Jeep was struck from behind by eastbound motorist Stephen Gerak, 77, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2013 Hyundai Sonata sedan, police report.

There were no injuries. Police issued Gerak an infraction for following too closely. They gave Parisi an infraction for driving an unregistered vehicle.

 

Nissan Vs Toyota

At about 10:03 pm on October 5, motorist John B. Greco, Jr, 66, of Bethlehem, who was driving a 2015 Toyota Scion westward on Interstate 84, about 100 feet east of the Exit 10 off-ramp, slowed for heavy traffic, after which the Toyota was struck from behind by westbound motorist Jane Vecca, 22, of Waterbury, who was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra, state police said.

There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Vecca for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

 

Intersection Accident

Police report a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Church Hill Road and Edmond Road about 2:35 pm on October 4.

The collision involved motorist Brenda Lino, 51, of New Milford, who was driving a 2001 Lexus RX-300 SUV on Edmond Road, and motorist John McKenney, 50, of Bridgewater, who was driving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV on Church Hill Road. There were no injuries.

Police said they issued Lino a written warning for failure to grant the right of way.

 

Three Vehicles

A three-vehicle accident occurred on westbound Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 off-ramp, about 7:45 am on October 3.

State police report that due to the presence of heavy traffic, motorist Jaspirit Sidhu, 35, of Milldale, who was driving a 2016 Honda Accord, was slowing down, as was motorist Thomas Vollano, 57, of Milford, who was driving a 2009 Nissan Sentra, and was traveling behind the Honda. Motorist Christopher Fusco, 26, of Madison, who was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, then struck the rear end of the Nissan, pushing the Nissan into the rear end of the Honda.

Vollano and Sidhu received possible injuries. Fusco received an infraction for following too closely, according to state police.

 

Two Trucks

State police report that at about 3:49 pm on October 3, a 2017 Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Denis Demiri, 28, of Bethel on eastbound Interstate 84, west of Exit 10, was slowing down amid heavy traffic and was then struck from behind by a 2009 Freightliner Sprinter 3500 van driven by Scott Roth, 37, of Gilbertsville, Penn.

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

 

VW Vs Cables

About 12:02 am on October 2, motorist Brian Geer, 33, of Bristol, who was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Passat sedan westward on Interstate 84, about one-half mile west of Exit 10, veered to the right road shoulder and then struck some guardcables, state police said.

There were no injuries. Geer received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane.

 

Traffic Signal

At about 7:47 am on October 2, motorist Antonina Lombardo, 64, of Sandy Hook was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Venture minivan westward on Church Hill Road, as motorist Robert Griffin, 39, of Newtown was driving a 2012 Kia Sorento SUV southward on The Boulevard, police said.

After reaching the intersection of those two streets, the Chevrolet did not obey the traffic signal and entered the intersection, resulting in the Chevrolet and Kia colliding.

There were no injuries. Police report Lombardo received an infraction for failure to obey a traffic control signal and for driving an unregistered vehicle.

 

Toyota Crash

Motorist Jose Remigio Lliquizaca, 41, of Danbury, who was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris westward on Interstate 84 at about 5:33 pm on October 2, drove off the left road shoulder and then struck some guardrailing on the median, state police said.

There were no injuries. Lliquizaca received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane and for driving without a license.

 

Bogus Bill Passed

Police report that at about 12:13 pm on October 2, they received a call from the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Center at 6 Queen Street regarding a criminal incident.

Police said that on investigating, they learned that at about 10 am on August 12, an approximately 40-year-old white man entered the store and then selected several pieces of merchandise, paying for them with a counterfeit $50 bill. Police described the man as having a beard, standing about 5'8" to 5'10" tall, and weighing about 160 pounds.

Police are investigating and ask anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact Officer William Crone at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203 426-5841.

 

Key Found

Police report that at about 11:52 am on September 30, they received for safekeeping a black key for a Ford vehicle that had been found near Dere Street Restaurant-Bar-Bakery at 33 Main Street, near the flagpole.

Police said the key's owner may claim it by contacting them in reference to Case #2017-19310.

 

Truck Vs Bridge

Police report that at about 11:12 am on September 26, Phillip Barone 43, of Sparta, N.J., was driving a Penske rental truck southward on Botsford Hill Road and then attempted to drive under the Housatonic Railroad's rail freight bridge, which is posted with a 11'5" bridge clearance sign.

But the truck was too tall to fit under the bridge and smashed into it, damaging the truck.

There were no injuries. The truck was towed away. Police issued Barone an infraction ticket for failure to obey a bridge clearance warning sign.

 

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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