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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

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.

P201402277 Prostitution:
On Friday, July 25, 2014, South Windsor Police arrested Shannon Allen, age 31, of 27 Chestnut St. Hartford, CT.  She was charged with Prostitution and was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond. She is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on August 7, 2014.  
Allen had been panhandling in the area of Sullivan Avenue and John Fitch Blvd. for several weeks and complaints were received regarding possible illegal behavior.  Investigators watched this activity and the investigation culminated with an arrest Friday.  Allen’s arrest is result of an investigation by members of the East Central Narcotics Task Force.

P201400948   Larceny in the Sixth degree:
On Friday, July 25, 2014, South Windsor Police arrested Francisco Ramos, age 23, of 491 Pleasant St. Willimantic, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and was held on bond at court.  He was later arraigned at Manchester Superior Friday morning.
Ramos’ charge stems from an April 2014 investigation at a Buckland Road retail store. Security officers reviewed video footage from a previous theft incident and observed a male stealing an electronic book reader on the surveillance footage.  The man (Ramos) was later identified by investigators and an arrest warrant was obtained and served Friday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014:
South Windsor Police/M.T.S. DUI Checkpoint:
On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the South Windsor Police Department will host a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with Metro Traffic Services.  The checkpoint will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Buckland Road.   Officers will be looking for operators who are under the influence of alcohol, and will be enforcing other Connecticut motor vehicle laws as well. The event is 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.

P201402183 Operating Under the Influence of Drugs:
On Sunday, July 20, 2014, at about 2:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd.  for a violation.  The officer suspected that the operator was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests, officers arrested the man, Jason Thibodeau, age 28, of 347 Scantic Road, East Windsor.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Misuse of Registration Plates, Failure to Carry Insurance and Creating a Public Disturbance.   He was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 28, 2014.  

P201402190 Breach of Peace/Interfering with an Officer:
On Sunday, July 20, 2014 South Windsor Police responded to a domestic problem at an Avery Street home. Officers learned a woman had been throwing things in the home and struck another resident in the face.  She also resisted officer’s efforts to take her into custody.  Officers arrested the woman, Alyssa Barberino, age 24, of 463 Avery Street, South Windsor, CT.  She was charged with Breach of Peace and Interfering with an Officer.  Barberino was released on $2500.00 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, July 21, 2014.

P201402204   Narcotics Violation/Weapons in a Motor Vehicle: 
On Monday, July 21, 2014 a South Windsor Police officer located a suspicious vehicle at the commuter lot on Ellington Road (RT. 30). The vehicle operator was asleep in the car and drug paraphernalia was in plain view. During a search officers found a knife, a syringe and numerous bags with Heroin residue.  Officers arrested the man, Joseph Mozzicato, age 23, of no certain address.   He was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Narcotics and Weapons in a Motor Vehicle.  Mozzicato was released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 31, 2014.

P201402215 Threatening/Interfering with an Officer: 
On Monday, July 21, 2014 at about 11:30 p.m. South Windsor Police officers responded to a domestic dispute at a Dart Hill Road home.  A woman complained that her boyfriend had been chasing her with a hatchet. The man had fled the home into a nearby wooded area.  A canine team from the Connecticut State Police responded to assist search for the man, who was located more than an hour later.  Officers arrested the man, Timothy McCarthy, age 40 of 79 Dart Hill Road, South Windsor.  He was charged with Criminal Violation of a Protective Order, Breach of Peace, Threatening, and Interfering with an Officer.  McCarthy was held on $100,000 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2014.
Note:  McCarthy was arrested on Wednesday, July 23rd for Criminal Violation of a Protective Order.  He reportedly sent the victim text messages in violation of a Protective Order issued by the court following his arraignment on Tuesday, July 22nd.   He was later released on $25,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Court on Thursday, July 24th.

P201402008 Risk of Injury to a Minor/Falsely Reporting an Incident: 
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Jessica Lazu-Spring, age 32, of 73 Ivy Lane, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident and Risk of Injury to a minor.  She was held on $80,000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior on Wednesday, July 23rd.  

P201402008 Reckless Endangerment in the Second degree/Breach of Peace:
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Santos Melendez, age 36, of 83 Main Street, Newington, CT. on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the Second degree, Breach of Peace, Risk of Injury to a Minor, and Unlawful Restraint.  He was held on $80,000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior on Wednesday, July 23rd

P201402234 Larceny in the Sixth degree:   
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 South Windsor Police officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at a Buckland Hills Drive retail store. Officers located the suspect in the parking area with the stolen item.   Officers also learned that the man was wanted by other agencies on re-arrest warrants. Officers arrested the man, Julio Ortiz, age 30, of 24 Edgewood Place, Meriden, CT.  He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and 5 counts of Failure to Appear.  He was held on bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Thursday morning.

Friday, July 18, 2014:
P201402143   6 Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, shortly after midnight, a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Ellington Road for a violation.  The operator had no identification with him and gave the officer two different names. Officers later learned that the man was wanted by East Hartford Police for Failure to Appear in the Second degree.  The man had no license and the vehicle was neither registered nor insured.  Officers arrested the man, Marco Cueva, age 49, of 34 Heath Street, Hartford.  He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree, Improper Use of Marker, No Insurance, Operation While License is Suspended, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Failure to have Tail Lamps.  Cueva was held on $5000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court later Wednesday morning.

P20140090   Narcotics Violation:
On Thursday, July 17, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Henry Garcia, age 19, of 62 Fairview Street, New Britain on an arrest warrant.  Garcia was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Sale of a Controlled Substance. Garcia was held on a $100,000 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Friday morning.
His charge stems from an investigation earlier this year that found he’d sold Ecstasy pills.  He was later identified and an arrest warrant was obtained and served Thursday.

P201402168 Narcotics Violation: 
On Friday, July 18, 2014 at about 1:00 a.m. South Windsor Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Lakewood Drive. The vehicle operator was asleep in the car with a clear plastic bag containing other small bags of white powder on his lap.  Officers woke the man and detained him. The white powder tested positive for the presence of Cocaine. During a search of the car officers found several syringes. Officers arrested the man, Michael Krautler, age 26, of 10 Labelle Drive, Springfield, Mass.  He was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Krautler was held on $75,000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior later Friday morning.

South Windsor Police/M.T.S. DUI Checkpoint:
On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the South Windsor Police Department will host a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with Metro Traffic Services.  The checkpoint will begin at 7:00 p.m. on one of the state highways (Route 5, Route 30 or Route 194).   Officers will be looking for operators who are under the influence of alcohol, and will be enforcing other Connecticut motor vehicle laws as well. The event is 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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014:
P201401681 Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Monday, July 7, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Dwight J. Benjamin, age 30, of 145 Winterwood, Windsor, CT on an arrest warrant at Manchester Superior Court.    He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and was later arraigned at Manchester Superior Court. 
Dwight’s charges stem from a June 2013 shoplifting incident at a Buckland Hills Drive retail store. He was seen walking a $300.00 mountain bike out of the store without paying for it. Dwight was arrested for a similar incident in 2014.  He was identified off store surveillance video as the suspect in the 2013 case, and an arrest warrant was later obtained for him and served Monday.

Monday, July 7, 2014:
P201402048 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at about 2:00 a.m South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to Slater Street at the cul-de-sac for a motor vehicle accident.  A car had struck the wooden barrier at the dead end; neither of the occupants was injured.  The officer suspected that the operator of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol. Following a series of roadside sobriety tests, officer arrested the man, Craig Beauregard, age 33, of 1324 South Grand Street, West Suffield, CT.   He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Failure to Drive In Proper Lane. Beauregard was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 14th.  

P201402051 Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at about 12:30 p.m a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd for a violation.  The officer learned the vehicle was neither registered nor insured and the operator’s license was suspended.  Officers arrested the man, Noel Sylvia, age 58, of 920 Branch Rd. Suffield, CT. He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while License is Under Suspension, No Insurance, and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.  Sylvia was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 14th. 

P201402056 Risk of Injury to a Minor/Possession of Heroin:
On Sunday, July 6, 2014 South Windsor Police were dispatched to a Long Hill Road home for a suspicious circumstances complaint. The owner of the home had located syringes and a white powder in the bedroom belonging to a tenant there.  Officers seized the suspected drug paraphernalia and empty heroin packaging.  Officers interviewed the tenant who admitted to using heroin and she turned over other paraphernalia and loose prescription pills.  The woman had her own young child with her, and another young child lives in the home and had access to the bedroom where the paraphernalia was found.  Officers arrested the woman, Jennifer Holtz, age 32, of 39 Long Hill Road, South Windsor, CT.   She was charged with Risk of Injury to a Minor, Possession of Narcotics (Heroin) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on $15,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Friday, July 4, 2014:
P201402028 Narcotics Violation/Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Thursday, July 3, 2014 at about 11:00 a.m a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd for a violation.  The officer learned the operator was wanted by the East Hartford Police Department on an arrest warrant.  During a search of the vehicle officers found a small bag containing cocaine.  Officers arrested the man, Charles Treat, age 39, of 26 Greenlawn St. East Hartford, CT.   He was charged with Possession of Cocaine and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle. Treat was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 17th.  He was turned over to East Hartford Police for service of their arrest warrant.

South Windsor Police Department Launches Intensive Crackdown On Impaired Driving:
America is facing an impaired-driving crisis. That’s why the South Windsor Police Department and Metro Traffic Services announce they will join other police agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving.
  All too often, innocent law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. The men and women of the South Windsor Police Department are committed to arresting violators and preventing injury and deaths due to impaired operators.  We will be intensifying enforcement during the crackdown and will be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.
  It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher in every U.S. State.  Violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use an ignition interlock device. Convictions cause insurance rates go up and other financial costs include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
  A sobriety checkpoint will be held in South Windsor on July 24, 2014 in conjunction with officers from Metro Traffic Services.

Monday, June 30, 2014:
P201401980   Larceny of Motor Vehicle/ Burglary in the Third degree: 
On Saturday, June 28, 2014 a South Windsor Police officer was dispatched to a stolen vehicle complaint on Murielle Drive.   The victim stated that her 2011 Cadillac STS had been stolen from the closed garage.  The victim suspected that a recent houseguest may have taken the car.  Officers notified the OnStar vehicle locator service and the car was located in Hartford by Hartford Police.  The man in possession of the stolen car had the title to the vehicle and two sets of keys.  The stated he’d paid $3000.00 for the car from a young male matching the suspect’s description.  South Windsor and Hartford officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect, Andre Baena, age 20, of 5 Ayreshire Court, Suffield, CT.   Baena admitted seeing the vehicle keys while staying in the victim’s home. He said that he’d loaned the car to the man in Hartford in exchange for drugs. Baena was charged with Larceny in the Second degree and Burglary in the Third degree.  Baena was held on $5000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, June 30, 2014.   

P201401970 Narcotics Violation/Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at about 9:15 p.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Rye Street for a speeding violation.  The officer smelled the odor of Marijuana in the car and later found two ounces of the drug in the console. Officers learned the car was neither registered nor insured and the license plate belonged to a different vehicle. Officers arrested the man, Chad Ransom, age 20, of 158 Kensington Street, Hartford, CT.   He was charged with Misuse of Registration Plates, No Insurance, Speeding and Possession of Marijuana (less than 4 ounces).  Ransom was later released on a $1500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on July 10th.  

P201401971 Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the area of Miller Road and Abbe Road. A pickup truck had struck a utility pole.  Officers suspected that the operator was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Kolin Minguy, age 24, of 387 Foster Street, South Windsor.    He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Failure to Drive in Proper Lane. Minguy was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court July 7th

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.