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The following releases report arrests and other activity by South Windsor police officers.  This list is not intended to be all inclusive.   Other arrests and incidents may have been reported however, operational considerations may prevent their immediate public release.  A release is not intended to indicate guilt or conviction.  This information is released in accordance with applicable Connecticut General Statutes.  All arrested persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Thursday, September 11, 2014
P201402758 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at about 3:30 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Sullivan Avenue for a violation.  Officers learned the operator’s license was suspended and the vehicle as unregistered.  The operator was also wanted by Enfield Police on a re-arrest warrant.  Officers arrested the operator, Kyle Burton, age 36, of 6 Malucci Ridge, Bloomfield, CT.  He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under Suspension, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Failure to Obey Control Signal.  He later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September 18, 2014.

P201402762 Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell:
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at about 7:00 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd. for a violation. During the roadside interview the officer determined that the operator was in possession of marijuana.  Officers arrested Albert Lewis, age 18, of 46 Dogwood Lane, South Windsor.   He was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana and Failure to have Headlamps Lit.   He was later released on $5000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September 18, 2014.

P201402765   Criminal Violation of a Protective Order/Disobeying Officers Signal:
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 at about 1:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle on Buckland Road for a violation.  The operator of the vehicle failed to pull over for the officer, but stopped his vehicle after the officer followed him for about mile.  During the roadside interview the officers learned that the operator had just been involved in an altercation at a Barber Hill Road home. The man had grabbed a woman during an argument over a cell phone. A protective order prohibited any such behavior by the man against the woman.  Officers arrested the man, Markin Jones, age 20, of 102 Westerly Terrace, Manchester, CT.  He was charged with Criminal Violation of a Protective Order, Disobeying an Officers Signal, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under Suspension, Failure to Display Registration Plate and Breach of Peace in the Second degree.  Jones was held on $10,000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Thursday morning.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
P201402737   Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Monday, September 8, 2014 South Windsor Police officers responded to a welfare check in the parking area of a Sullivan Avenue business.  A citizen had reported the operator of a vehicle asleep behind the wheel.  Officers located the vehicle and suspected the operator was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Brian Swietlicki, age 56, of 57 Hillside Drive, South Windsor.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond.  Swietlicki is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September 22, 2014.

P201400183 Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Fifth degree:
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Brett Fischer, age 32, of 25 Glenwood Road, Ellington, CT at Manchester Superior Court on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Fifth degree, Larceny in the Fifth degree, and Larceny in Fourth degree. He was held at court on a $2500.00 surety bond. Fischer’s charges stem from a January 2014 case in which he purchased welding equipment and billed it to his former employer.  He then pawned the equipment.  Investigators located the pawned equipment and obtained a confession from Fischer.  An arrest warrant was prepared and served on Tuesday morning.
 
Monday, September 8, 2014:
P201402729 Breach of Peace:
On Sunday, September 7, 2014 South Windsor Police officers responded to a physical domestic dispute at a Farmstead Drive home.  A woman reported that a male relative had arrived at her home, began an argument, and slapped her in the face. The man fled prior to the police arrival. Officers later located the man and arrested him.  Officers arrested Joseph Strano, age 30, of 397 Toll Gate Road, Glastonbury, CT.  He was charged with Breach of Peace and was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond.  Strano is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, September 08, 2014.

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014:
P201402494 Breach of Peace:
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Justin Tomel, age 25, of 1486 Main St.  South Windsor on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Breach of Peace and was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond.  Tomel is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Thursday, September 4, 2014.      
Tomel’s charge stems from a dispute that occurred on August 17th but was reported later.  The investigating officer later obtained an arrest warrant that was served Wednesday.

 

PRESS RELEASE

September is National Preparedness Month
Be Disaster Aware – Take Action to Prepare

South Windsor – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).  This national campaign is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Ready.Gov Campaign and the Citizen Corps. The focus is to encourage all communities, households, and businesses to prepare and plan for emergencies.
 
The key weekly messages focus on:

         Week 1 – How to... Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.

         Week 2 – How to… Plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

         Week 3 – How to... Build an Emergency Kit.

         Weeks 4 & 5 – How to... Practice for an emergency.

Tips & Tools to share:

Web Resources & Content

www.ready.gov/make-a-plan www.ready.gov/publications

www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan www.ready.gov/prepare

The South Windsor Office of Emergency Management will be at the Community Center, Wapping Fair, and the Farmer’s Market during the month of September. I invite you to stop by and learn more about a whole community approach to emergency management, emergency preparedness, and awareness. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have us come and address your group or function, please email me at Jubenal.Gonzalez@SouthWindsor.org, or call me directly at (860) 648-6249.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014:
P201402625 Disorderly Conduct:
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Richard Orpheus, age 36, of 410 Benedict Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and was held on a $4000.00 surety bond.  Orpheus will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, September, 3, 2014. Orpheus’ charge stems from a domestic dispute that occurred on Friday, August 28th. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Orpheus which was served Tuesday evening.

P201402661 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol: 
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 shortly after midnight, a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Buckland Road for a violation.   The officer suspected the operator was under the influence of alcohol.   Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, David Bovi, age 66, of 1607 North Madison Street, Rome, NY.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol and was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond. Bovi is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September 15, 2014.

Start of School Year Traffic Enforcement (Summary):
The South Windsor Police Department Traffic Unit conducted focused education and enforcement efforts in the town’s 8 school zones from August 25th to September 2nd.  Traffic officers deployed radar speed signs and a radar speed trailer in 4 of the school zones. Message board signs were displayed in the area of police headquarters. Traffic Officers and Police Motorcycle Officers were deployed to the school zones during the high traffic volume hours of school opening and closing times. The results of the enforcement efforts were:
Total Traffic Stops: 115
Total Citations: 79 (Including 1 narcotics citation and 1 misdemeanor summons)
The top speed detected in a 25 mph school zone was 57 mph.

Officers from the Midnight Watch were diligent in having patrol officers monitor the high school area during the early morning hours, every morning, during this period.
During the enforcement period we did note a surprising lack of compliance in regards to seat belt usage. We would like to remind everyone of the importance of wearing seatbelts, their use is proven to reduce injury and save lives.
It is the sincere hope of the Traffic Unit that these efforts have influenced motorists to be more aware of safe operation of motor vehicles in our school zones. We will continue to monitor traffic in our school zones and the safe operation of vehicles in those areas.
It is the mission of the Traffic Unit to increase safety and reduce motor vehicle crashes on South Windsor roadways through engineering, education, and enforcement.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014:
P201402627 Assault in the Third degree/Risk of Injury to a Minor:
On Friday, August 29, 2014 at about 7:30 p.m. South Windsor Police officers responded to a domestic dispute at the Nitey Nite motel on John Fitch Blvd.  Officers learned that a woman had bitten her boyfriend during an argument and smashed a window on his vehicle.  This dispute occurred in the presence of their three children, all of whom are under the age of 10. Officers arrested the woman, Jaime Israel, age 38, of 1519 John Fitch Blvd, South Windsor.  She was charged with Breach of Peace, Criminal Mischief in the Third degree and Risk of Injury to a Minor.  Israel was later released on a $5000.00 non-surety bond and she is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Tuesday, September 02, 2014. 

Start of School Year Traffic Enforcement:
The South Windsor Police Department Traffic Unit would like to remind everyone that the new school year begins on August 27th, 2014.  With the increased number of children on or near South Windsor roadways, the Traffic Unit will have increased enforcement efforts in the town’s 8 school zones.   Motorists are asked to slow down and be alert for children and school buses in the roadway.  The fine for passing a standing school bus is $465 and the minimum fine for speeding in a school zone is $182.  Please help us make this a safe school year.
South Windsor Police Department is a member of the Metro Traffic Services regional partnership for traffic safety.  It is the mission of the Traffic Unit to increase safety and reduce motor vehicle crashes on South Windsor roadways through engineering, education, and enforcement.

Saturday, August 30, 2014:
Residential Burglaries:
We had 3 reported today - 2 on Quarrybrook drive and one on Sally drive. Entry was gained by pushing in window air conditioners- presumably when people were not home because that's going to make significant noise. If you will be away on vacation, leave lights on and perhaps a tv or radio to give the appearance that someone is home. Don't let mail or papers accumulate outside your home.
Our investigators will be following up. As always, we urge anyone who sees suspicious activity, at any hour, to call dispatch immediately at 860-644-2551.
People with window air conditioners should heed manufacturers advice about securing window units.


Thursday, August 28, 2014:
P201402595 Weapons in a Motor Vehicle/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:  
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at about 3:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer conducted a field interview of man on Ellington Road.  During that interview officers learned the man had a pair of brass knuckles in his nearby car, and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Officers arrested the man, David Kampfman, age 28, of 13 Woodlawn Circle, East Hartford.   He was charged with Weapons in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of less than ounce of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Kampfman was held on $10,000 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court later Wednesday morning.

P201401643 Sale of Narcotics/ Possession of Narcotics:  
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Abdullah Melham, age 22, of no certain address on an arrest warrant at Manchester Superior Court.   He was charged with Possession of Narcotics (2 counts) and Sale of Narcotics (2 counts).  He was held on $150,000 surety bond and was presented in court later Wednesday morning.  Melham’s charges stem from an investigation by members of the East Central Narcotics Task Force.

P201400244 Larceny in the Second degree:    
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Jennifer Zubeck, age 32, of 184 Gravel Street, Meriden, CT on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Larceny in the Second degree and was later released on a $25,000.00 surety bond.  Zubeck is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on September, 4, 2014.  Zubeck’s charge stems from a January 2014 complaint made by the owner of a Deming Street Day Care facility.  The owner believed that a former employee, Zubeck, had taken cash payments from the business.  Investigators later obtained an arrest warrant for Zubeck which was served on Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014:
South Windsor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Announcement
The South Windsor Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that we will be hosting another Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class. This volunteer program will be designed to augment our community’s operational capability following a large-scale emergency or disaster.

Volunteers who are interested will be given a basic core training class, advanced training, and educational opportunities to meet the mission of the South Windsor CERT. Much of the training and education will address disaster preparedness and response, as well as hazards that may impact our community. In addition, CERT members will learn organizational, practical, and decision-making skills, enabling them to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates, in the event of a disaster that overwhelms immediate response capabilities. All CERT members will be issued the necessary supplies, equipment, and uniforms upon completing their core training.

Applications can be obtained online at www.SouthWindsor.org, and are available at both the Town Hall, and the Police Department. The classes will be held every Thursday from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the South Windsor Fire Department Station 3 (232 West Road, South Windsor), beginning on Thursday, September 25th through November 20th. If you would like more information, or are interested in becoming a South Windsor CERT member, please call Jubenal Gonzalez at 860-648-6249 or email at CERT@SouthWindsor.org.

Monday, August 25, 2014:
Start of School Year Traffic Enforcement:
The South Windsor Police Department Traffic Unit would like to remind everyone that the new school year begins on August 27th, 2014.  With the increased number of children on or near South Windsor roadways, the Traffic Unit will have increased enforcement efforts in the town’s 8 school zones.   Motorists are asked to slow down and be alert for children and school buses in the roadway.  The fine for passing a standing school bus is $465 and the minimum fine for speeding in a school zone is $182.  Please help us make this a safe school year.
  South Windsor Police Department is a member of the Metro Traffic Services regional partnership for traffic safety.  It is the mission of the Traffic Unit to increase safety and reduce motor vehicle crashes on South Windsor roadways through engineering, education, and enforcement.

P201401511 Failure to Register as a Sex Offender:  
On Friday, August 22, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Tracy Lanier, age 49, of 2035 John Fitch Blvd, South Windsor on an arrest warrant at Manchester Superior Court.   He was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and was held at court on a $5000.00 surety bond.  Lanier was arraigned later Friday morning.
Lanier’s charge stems from a complaint from state officials that Lanier failed to register an address change, as required of sex offenders.  An arrest warrant was obtained and served at court Friday morning.   

P201400227 Criminal Trespass in the Third degree/Larceny in the Fourth degree:
On Friday, August 22, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Robert J. Lee, age 31, of 206 Twin Circle Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant at Manchester Superior Court.   He was charged with Criminal Trespass in Third degree (3 counts), Larceny in Fourth degree, Larceny in the Fifth degree, and Larceny in the Sixth degree. He was held at court on a $20,000 surety bond and was arraigned later Friday morning.
Lee’s charges stem from a January 2014 larceny complaint from a local electrical company. Surveillance footage captured Lee in a series of thefts of copper wiring which he later sold for scrap.  Investigators were later able to determine that Lee was the suspect captured on video and arrest warrants were obtained for him
 

Town of South Windsor to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant:
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—The Town of South Windsor has been selected to receive a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.   South Windsor’s application was selected from the hundreds of submissions to enhance fire prevention efforts.
FM Global representative Ted Pisciotta presented the award to Fire Marshal Walter Summers at the South Windsor Fire Headquarters at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.   The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in South Windsor, and to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires. The grant will allow the Fire Marshal Office to continue to purchase and distribute smoke alarms to community members at no charge.  The South Windsor Fire Marshal Office performs various duties, including inspections of various properties, fire cause and origin investigations, and fire safety education.
    The Fire Marshal’s office has partnered with the South Windsor Police to distribute smoke detectors at Car Seat clinics, and has visited local condominium complexes to distribute detectors and conduct fire safety education. Among the topics covered by the Fire Marshals and Fire Inspectors with citizens is:  smoke alarm age and placement, carbon monoxide alarms, home escape drills, and a home safety checklist.  The program has been an overwhelming success.
  The Fire Marshal Office has conducted over 1,500 apartment inspections over the last two years as part of a FEMA Grant.  The results of these inspections found that over 80% of the smoke alarms were either not present, or were over 15 years old and beyond their service life. Many of   the apartments also had no carbon monoxide alarms.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Connecticut-based organizations.

 “At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.

Background:
To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fmglobal.com/grants

  For more than 175 years, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks #541 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings. The company has been named “Best Property Insurer in the World” by Euromoney magazine, “Best Global Property Insurer” by Global Finance magazine and was voted “Best Commercial Property Insurer” in Business Insurance’s 2010 annual Readers Choice Awards.


Thursday, August 21, 2014:
Regional Tactical Team defends Title as 2014 SWAT Challenge Winners:
Congratulations to Sgt. Glenn Buonanducci and members of the C.R.E.S.T. team who participated and won the 2014 SWAT Challenge held this week in Simsbury.   The team successfully defended their title as the 2013 champions. The multi-day annual event, which draws more than dozens of tactical teams from around the country, has been organized by the West Hartford Police Department since 2005.
The Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) is a multi-agency Regional Tactical Team staffed by highly trained Officers from South Windsor, Manchester, Glastonbury, Vernon, Wethersfield, Enfield, East Windsor, Coventry, Rocky Hill, Cromwell and the University of Connecticut.
The mission of CREST is to provide a tactical response and hostage negotiators to critical incidents in member towns.

Start of School Year Traffic Enforcement:
  The South Windsor Police Department Traffic Unit would like to remind everyone that the new school year begins on August 27th, 2014.  With the increased number of children on or near South Windsor roadways, the Traffic Unit will have increased enforcement efforts in the town’s 8 school zones.   Motorists are asked to slow down and be alert for children and school buses in the roadway.  The fine for passing a standing school bus is $465 and the minimum fine for speeding in a school zone is $182.  Please help us make this a safe school year.
  South Windsor Police Department is a member of the Metro Traffic Services regional partnership for traffic safety.  It is the mission of the Traffic Unit to increase safety and reduce motor vehicle crashes on South Windsor roadways through engineering, education, and enforcement.

P201401800   Failure to Appear in the Second degree:  
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Ammad Khan, age 20, of 66 Sally Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Narcotics (2 counts) and Conspiracy to Commit Possession of Narcotics (2 counts).  He was held on $150,000 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on later on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. 

P201401483 Larceny in the Third degree/Failure to Appear in the Second degree:  
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Felix Ortiz, age 51, of 44 Irving Street, Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree, Larceny in the Third degree, Larceny in the Fourth degree and Criminal Trespass. Ortiz was held on a $30,000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Thursday, August 21, 2014. 
Ortiz’ charges stem from a missed court date from a previous arrest, and for two separate thefts of diesel fuel from a Rye Street business earlier this year.  

P201402526 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:  
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Johnson Wellington, age 27, of 1324 Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree was later released on a $500.00 surety bond.  Wellington is scheduled to appear at Hartford Superior Court on August 28, 2014. 

Cop on Top event to benefit Connecticut Special Olympics:
Once again, South Windsor Police Agent Ron Littell will return to his rooftop perch for a great cause. He will climb atop the roof at T.S.I. Harley Davidson in Ellington (398 Somers Rd/Route 83) at 1:00 P.M Friday, August 22, 2014 until closing, and again, Saturday August 23rd from 9 a.m. until 3p.m.). Agt. Littell will enjoy his time up on the roof and would appreciate visitors!  Please consider stopping by to offer support and perhaps make a donation.
We thank those who have made donations in the past, and appreciate all the support we get for this great cause.
The “Cop on Top” event is a fundraising effort conducted by Connecticut law enforcement units during a pre-determined weekend. To raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT), law enforcement officers, correctional officers, state troopers, etc., collect donations from customers and the general public as they are perched on the rooftops of a local business. These law enforcement personnel “cannot” come off the roof for a certain number of hours/days or until the fundraising goal has been reached. As “Guardians of the Olympic Flame”, Connecticut law enforcement is an integral part to the overall success and mission of the Special Olympics.  The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Additional information is available at:  www.soct.org 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014:
Cop on Top event to benefit Connecticut Special Olympics:
Once again, South Windsor Police Agent Ron Littell will return to his rooftop perch for a great cause. He will climb atop the roof at T.S.I. Harley Davidson in Ellington (398 Somers Rd/Route 83) at 1:00 P.M Friday, August 22, 2014 until closing, and again, Saturday August 23rd from 9 a.m. until 3p.m.). Agt. Littell will enjoy his time up on the roof and would appreciate visitors!  Please consider stopping by to offer support and perhaps make a donation. We thank those who have made donations in the past, and appreciate all the support we get for this great cause.
The “Cop on Top” event is a fundraising effort conducted by Connecticut law enforcement units during a pre-determined weekend. To raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT), law enforcement officers, correctional officers, state troopers, etc., collect donations from customers and the general public as they are perched on the rooftops of a local business. These law enforcement personnel “cannot” come off the roof for a certain number of hours/days or until the fundraising goal has been reached. As “Guardians of the Olympic Flame”, Connecticut law enforcement is an integral part to the overall success and mission of the Special Olympics.  The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Additional information is available at:  www.soct.org 

P201402490 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:   
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested, Lisa Backus, age 45, of 1519 John Fitch Blvd, South Windsor.  She was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree.  Backus was held on a $5000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Backus’ charge stems from a missed court date from an arrest on Monday, August 18th.

Monday, August 18, 2014
P201401202 Larceny in the Fifth degree:
On Saturday, August 16, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Barry Williams, age 37, of 282 High St., New Britain, CT. on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Larceny in the Fifth degree and was later released on a $1000.00 surety bond.  Williams is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 28, 2014.   
Williams charge stems from an April 2014 larceny complaint made by a resident of Summer Hill Drive.  The victim stated that Williams had been a houseguest for a period of time and they suspected he’d taken a laptop computer from the home.  Detectives later located the laptop at a pawn shop and obtained an arrest warrant for Williams, which was served Saturday afternoon.

P201402490 Breach of Peace/Interfering with an Officer:
On Saturday, August 16, 2014 at about 9:00 p.m.  South Windsor Police officers responded to a customer problem at the Nitey Nite Motel on John Fitch Blvd.  The motel manager reported that a tenant had ripped a screen and littered a sidewalk with empty beer cans. Officers learned that the woman had argued with a male resident and waved an open pocketknife at him.  The woman also resisted officer’s efforts to take her into custody.  Officers arrested the woman, Lisa Backus, age 45, of 1519 John Fitch Blvd, South Windsor.  She was charged with Breach of Peace, Threatening and Interfering with an Officer. She was later released on $5000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014:
P201402083 Burglary in the Third degree/Larceny in the Third Degree:  
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Paula Hoyt, age 49, of 437 Denslow St. Windsor Locks, CT on an arrest warrant.   She was charged with Burglary in the Third degree and Larceny in the Third degree. She was held on a $5000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on later on Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014.  Hoyt’s charges stem from a July 2014 burglary complaint by a Fairview Drive resident.  The victim stated that jewelry had been taken from her home and she suspected an acquaintance. Investigators later determined that Hoyt was the person responsible and obtained an arrest warrant, which was served Tuesday morning.

P201402442 Possession of Controlled Substance/Motor Vehicle Violation:
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at about 4:00 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd. for a violation.  During the roadside interview the officer learned the vehicle was neither registered nor insured.  The operator’s license was suspended and he was found to be in possession of a small bag of powder cocaine. Officers arrested the man, Anthony Pasquariello, age 53, of 10 Melody Lane, East Granby, CT . He was charged with Misuse of Registration Plates, Operating a Motor Vehicle while License is Suspended, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  He was later released on $5000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 21, 2014.

P201402456 Motor Vehicle Violations:   
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at about 10:00 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Buckland Road for a violation.  During the roadside interview the officer learned the vehicle was neither registered nor insured and the operator’s license was suspended indefinitely.  Officers arrested the man, Marco Cueva, age 49, of 34 Heath Street, Hartford, CT.  He was charged with Misuse of Registration Plates, Operating a Motor Vehicle while License is Suspended, No Insurance, and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.  He was held on $5000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on August 14, 2014.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014:
P201402375 Possession of a Controlled Substance:  
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at about 3:00 a.m.  a South Windsor Police officer located a suspicious vehicle on Vibert Road.   Officers located drug paraphernalia that tested positive for the presence of heroin.  Officers arrested the operator, James Stengel, age 46, of 83 Rowland Drive, East Hartford, CT.  He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was held on $5000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on later on August 5, 2014.  

 P201402397 Possession of Controlled Substance:
On Friday, August 8, 2014 at about 12:15 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer located a suspicious vehicle on Kupchunos Drive.  The three occupants were stopping at homes and the officer believed that they were engaged in criminal activity.  The men claimed to be independent tree workers soliciting business.  During a roadside interview officers found one of the men was in possession of 20 bags of heroin. Officers arrested the man, Barry Isaac, age 44, of 21 Capen Street, Hartford, CT. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and was later released on $5000.00 surety bond.  Isaac is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 21, 2014.

P201402406 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under in the Influence of Alcohol: 
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at about 1:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Buckland Road for a violation.  The officer suspected the operator was under the influence of alcohol. Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Joshua Hernandez, age 34, of 146 Colby Dr. East Hartford, CT.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Use of High Beams, and Failure to Drive in Proper Lane.  He was later released on $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 18, 2014.

P201402412 Failure to Appear in the Second:
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 South Windsor Police were dispatched to a welfare check at a home on Indian Trail.  The resident reported that a female house guest wasn’t responsive.  The woman declined medical attention and officers learned that a re-arrest warrant had been issued for the woman.  Officers arrested the woman, Kiarah Pope, age 25, of 33 Madison Ave. Hartford, CT.  She was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree and was later released on $2500.00 surety bond.   She was scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 11, 2014.

P201402413 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Sunday, August 10, 2014 at about 2:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped to check on a vehicle at Dart Hill Road and Niederwerfer Road.  The officer believed the operator was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Raymond Haydel, age 49, of 5 Stedman Circle, South Windsor, CT.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Improper Parking.  Haydel was later released on $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 18, 2014.

Sunday, August 3, 2014:
P201402350 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Friday, August 1, 2014 at about 10:15 p.m. South Windsor Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road at Wheeler Road.   Officers suspected that one of the involved operators was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests, officers arrested the man, Ralph Lindsay, age 65, of 12-1 Arthur Drive, South Windsor.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Restricted Turn, and No Insurance.  Breath tests later showed that Lindsay’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.  Lindsay was later released on $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 11, 2014.

P201401625 Breach of Peace/Criminal Mischief in the Third degree:
On Friday, August 1, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Raynette Holloway, age 24, of 105 Sherbrook Ave. Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Breach of Peace, Criminal Mischief in the Third degree and Interfering with an Officer.  She was later released on $5000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 4, 2014.
Holloway’s charges stem from a domestic dispute on John Fitch Blvd in May 2014.  During the investigation it was learned that Holloway had damaged a former girlfriend’s vehicle and lied to officers about the sequence of events.  An arrest warrant was later obtained for Holloway and served Friday afternoon.

Friday, August 1, 2014:
P201402337 Motor Vehicle Violations/Failure to Appear in the Second degree:
On Thursday, July 31, 2014 at about 5:45 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer found a suspicious vehicle on Vibert Road.  The officer learned that the operator was wanted on re-arrest warrants by Manchester Police and East Hartford Police.  Additionally, the car was neither registered nor insured and the operators’ license was suspended.  Officers arrested the man, George Anderson, age 26, of 36 Walnut Street, Manchester, CT.  He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle while License is Suspended, Misuse of a Registration Plate, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and No Insurance.
Anderson was later released on $3500.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 11, 2014.

Thursday, July 31, 2014:
P201402319 Request for Witnesses- Motor Vehicle Accident:

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:25PM, South Windsor Police and Fire Department staff responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries near the intersection of Avery Street and Country View Drive.  Responding officers located a motor vehicle that collided with a motor scooter.  The 17 year old rider of the motor scooter was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries.   The 48 year old female operator of the minivan was uninjured and remained on scene.  The roadway was closed for a short period of time while Traffic Unit officers documented the accident.
  The South Windsor Police Traffic Unit is investigating this incident.  Anyone with witness information or details that may assist with the case is asked to contact Traffic Officer Stephen Hoover at 860-644-2551 or
Stephen.hoover@southwindsor.org

Monday, July 28, 2014:
South Windsor Police/M.T.S. DUI Checkpoint Results:
On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the South Windsor Police Department hosted a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with Metro Traffic Services.  The checkpoint was on Buckland Road and officers were looking for operators who were under the influence of alcohol. Officers enforced other Connecticut motor vehicle laws as well.
Officers issued 3 Motor Vehicle Summonses, 27 Infraction Tickets, 25 Written Warnings, and 17 verbal warnings.  10 vehicles were towed for being unregistered or lacking insurance, and 3 child car seat inspections were conducted.
These events are made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  
Metro Traffic Services
is a regional traffic unit comprised of members of local police departments. The unit focuses on proactive enforcement of traffic laws, including commercial vehicle enforcement.  The regional team lends support to other towns with accident reconstructionists, manpower and specialized equipment for traffic enforcement and serious motor vehicle accident investigation.

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014:
P201402084 “Grandparent Scam”:
  The scam often referred to as the “Grandparent Scam” continues to be used both nationwide and locally.  The most recent occurrence was on Wednesday, July 9th when a local woman received a phone call from a male who said he was a Springfield police officer.  The male caller said he had the woman’s grandson in custody. The suspect directed the victim to obtain money order cards to for bail.  While at a local pharmacy the clerk warned the victim about such scams and the police were notified.  Officers determined that the grandson was not in custody and continue to investigate the incident.
  Citizens are advised to verify anything they are told over the phone and resist pressure to act quickly.  It’s a good practice to research the callback numbers for people presenting themselves as government officials, and never wire transfer money based on this type of call.
Anyone with questions about such suspicious phone calls should contact the police department for verification and assistance.
Additional information is available on the FBI webpage, http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/april/grandparent_040212

Monday, June 16th, 2014:
New Police Officer Sworn In
On Monday, June 16, 2014, Chief Matthew Reed swore in Officer Christopher J. Poehnert as South Windsor’s newest officer. Ofc. Poehnert is a certified officer, joining the South Windsor Police Department following 7 years of service to the Granby, CT Police Department.  While in Granby he served as an investigator and was part of the regional emergency services team there. Ofc. Poehnert has received the MADD Award twice and a Merit Award from Granby Police. He will now begin Field Training in South Windsor.
Officer Poehnert is a graduate of Keene State College in Keene, NH with a degree in Safety Studies and Sociology. Christopher lives in South Windsor with his family.

P201401164 Fraud “IRS Scam”:
The fraudulent activity known as the “IRS Scam” continues to be an issue nationwide.  The South Windsor Police are investigating an incident that occurred on Wednesday.  A local family received a phone call indicating that they owed the IRS $1300.00 and if it was not paid, the police would be sent to their house.   The victims are naturalized citizens of the U.S. and were fearful they may lose their immigration status.  The victims then purchased “Green Dot” cards and wired the money to a PayPal account.  The victims later contacted the police after suspecting it was a scam.  The information below is from the www.IRS.gov website:
The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
  People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile - apparently to scare their potential victims.
  Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
  Other characteristics of this scam include:

                  Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

                  Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.

                  Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.

                  Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

                  Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

                  After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

                  If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

                  If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

                  If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.