Police Reports | January 3-17, 2018

Published: January 18, 2018 at 12:00 am


Larceny Charges

Police report that on learning that Richard Sosa, 46, of The Bronx, N.Y., was being released from custody at Bridgeport Correctional Center, they went there on January 17 and arrested Sosa on a warrant alleging that he committed one count of fifth-degree larceny and one count of sixth-degree larceny.

Police said the arrest stems from Sosa having allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the Big Y supermarket on Queen Street in Newtown on two separate occasions in May 2017, based on video surveillance evidence.

Police said they held Sosa on $1,000 bail for a January 18 court arraignment.



Police report that at about 4:45 pm on January 16, they encountered Adrian Ajdinoski, 18, of Newtown idling his vehicle in the police station parking lot, while waiting to give a friend a ride.

Police said a records check indicated that they held a warrant for Ajdinoski, after which they charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. That arrest stems from Ajdinoski's allegedly intentionally damaging another person's property in November, police said.

After processing, police released Ajdinoski on a written promise to appear on January 24 for arraignment in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.


Bears Hill Road

Motorist Timothy Drotar, 20, of Newtown was driving a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck eastward on Bears Hill Road about 2:39 am on January 14, when he drove off the right road shoulder and struck a curbside mailbox, after which he reentered the roadway and went off the left road shoulder and struck a fence, gate, shrubs, and plantings, police said.

There were no injuries. Police said Drotar told them that the truck's front wheel bearing failed.


Riverside Road

While traveling on Riverside Road, near Bancroft Road, on January 14, motorist Ashlee Tenk, 26, of Newtown, who was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze southward while using a cellphone, drove off the right road shoulder and then struck a utility pole, police said.

There were no injuries. Police said Tenk received a citation for driving a motor vehicle while using a mobile device and for driving without a license.


I-84 Collision

About 1:34 pm on January 13, on westbound Interstate 84, near Exit 9, motorist Kristin Kreuder, 47, of Weston, who was driving a 2016 Toyota Highlander SUV, was slowing for traffic conditions, when the Toyota was struck from behind by a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by James Carney, 31, of Bethel, state police said.

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


Botsford Accident

Police report that a two-vehicle accident occurred on southbound South Main Street, near its intersection with Button Shop Road, about 2 pm on January 11.

In that incident, motorist Patrick Hayden, 22, of Monroe was driving a 2017 Jeep Cherokee SUV in the left southbound lane, as motorist Rondell Carroll, 29, of Bridgeport was driving a commercial 2104 Nissan Versa in the right southbound lane.

The Jeep then turned to right to avoid striking a vehicle that was in front of it, but in doing so, the Jeep struck the Nissan, police report. There were no injuries. Hayden received a infraction for making a restricted turn.


Three Violations

Police said that at about 10:57 pm on January 11, they received a call reporting an erratic driver traveling on northbound Toddy Hill Road, so they responded to investigate.

Police spotted the Chevrolet Blazer SUV in question near 96 Toddy Hill Road, stopped it and then questioned motorist Brandon Hensel, 19, of Sandy Hook. Police said they learned that while traveling on Swamp Road earlier, Hensel had driven off that road and damaged a utility company's guy wire and also hit some trees and bushes.

Police charged Hensel with driving under the influence by a minor with an elevated blood alcohol content, evading responsibility, and failure to drive in the proper lane. Hensel was released on a written promise to appear on January 25 in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury.


Walnut Tree Hill Road

Police said that at about 9:07 am on January 10, motorist Meghann Freeman, 34, of Sandy Hook was driving a vehicle near 47 Walnut Tree Hill Road, when the vehicle traveled off the side of the road and then went onto a lawn at that address. Police report that Freeman was traveling too fast for conditions.


Eden Hill Road

Police said that at about 4:38 pm on January 10, motorist Jose Goncalves-DeOliveira, 46, of Newtown was driving a 2006 Toyota RAV-4 SUV southward on Eden Hill Road, about 600 feet south of its intersection with Oak Ridge Drive, when the vehicle drifted off the right road shoulder and then struck a large tree.

Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps went to the scene, but the driver refused medical transport.
Goncalves-DeOliveira received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane, according to police.


Toyota Vs Wall

At about 6:34 am on January 9, motorist Jillian Kelsey, 19, of Bethel, who was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla sedan northward on Brushy Hill Road, near Platts Hill Road, encountered an icy patch of pavement, after which the vehicle drove off the right road shoulder and struck a stone wall, according to police.

There were no injuries. Police said Kelsey received an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions.


Highway Crash

State police said that motorist Jeannette Fontano, 40, of Waterbury, who was driving a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV westward on Interstate 84, west of Exit 9, about 8 am on January 8, stopped for traffic conditions and was then struck from behind by motorist Antonio Marruso, 35, of West Hartford, who was driving a 2008 BMW 528 auto.

There were no injuries. State police said Marruso received a written warning for following too closely.


School Bus

Police report a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus carrying 28 schoolchildren at about 8:37 am on January 8, on Orchard Hill Road, about 30 feet north of its intersection with Platts Hill Road. There were no injuries

The 2018 Bluebird school bus owned by All-Star Transportation, was being driven northward on Orchard Hill Road by George Moutsis, 60, of Monroe, as a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-450 SUV was being driven southward by Michael Anstett, 55, of Bethel, police said. The Mercedes then slid on the snowy road surface and struck the bus, police said. Anstett was verbally warned for traveling too fast for conditions, according to police.


Jeep Vs Subaru

At about 3:30 pm on January 8, motorist Max Ames, 17, of Newtown, who was driving an 2011 Subaru Legacy sedan eastward on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Key Rock Road, stopped for traffic conditions, after which the Subaru was struck from behind by motorist Douglas Body, 59, of Newtown, who was driving a 2001 Jeep Wrangler SUV, police report.

There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Body for following too closely.


South Main Collision

On South Main Street, about 50 feet south of Elizabeth Street, at about 7:58 am on January 3, motorist Sara Gomez, 21, of Monroe, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion TC, struck the rear end of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Brian Rega, 51, of Shelton, police report.

Gomez was treated at the scene by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters went to the accident. Police issued Gomez an infraction for traveling an unreasonable distance apart and for driving with an expired registration.


Poverty Hollow Crash

Motorist Maria Barbosa, 47, no address listed, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy sedan southward on Poverty Hollow Road, near its intersection with Greenleaf Farms Road, about 11:38 am on January 3, when she struck a small concrete wall along the left road shoulder, police report. Barbosa was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries. The accident is under investigation.


Police report a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Susan Lane about 3:14 pm on Tuesday, January 16. Motorist Megan Sajovic, 26, of Newtown was driving a 2016 Honda CR-V SUV eastward on Mt Pleasant Road and then stopped with the Honda's left-turn signal flashing in preparing to make a left turn onto Susan Lane, police said. Eastbound motorist Katherine Bassett, 17, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2008 Nissan Versa, which held a 17-year-old passenger, then struck the Honda from behind, police report. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps checked both Nissan occupants for possible injuries and then released them at the scene, according to police. Hawleyville volunteer firefighters went to the incident. Police said they issued Bassett an infraction for following too closely and for violating passenger restrictions in effect for certain 17-year-old drivers.

-Bee Photo, Hicks 

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