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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

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Monday, March 30, 2015:
P201500708 Assault in the Third degree/ Disorderly Conduct: 
On Sunday, March 29, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Joseph Blanchfield, age 36, of 41 Orchard Hill Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Assault in the Third degree and Disorderly Conduct. He was later released on $2000.00 non-surety bond.  Blanchfield is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 30, 2015. 
Blanchfield’s charges stem from a domestic dispute that was reported to officers days later.  The investigating officers later obtained an arrest warrant for Blanchfield that was served on Sunday.

P201500818 Breach of Peace: 
On Sunday, March 29, 2015 South Windsor Police responded to a Frazer Fir Road home for a 911 hang-up call. The officers learned that a physical dispute had taken place between two residents.  Officers arrested the male, Yuqi Wang, age 43, of 16 Frazer Fir Rd, South Windsor, CT.  He was charged with Breach of Peace and was later released on a $5000.00 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, March 30, 2015.

P201500823 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol: 
On Monday, March 30, 2015 at about 1:30 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Beelzebub Road 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, Joseph Lodge, age 32, of 516 Strong Road, South Windsor, CT.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Drive in Proper Lane and a Stop Sign violation.  A subsequent breath test found his blood alcohol was over 3 times the legal limit.  Lodge was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 13, 2015.

Friday, March 27, 2015:
P201500315 Interfering with an Officer/Criminal Impersonation: 
On Thursday, March 26, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Brian Brown, age 25, of 1134 Hartford Tpke, Vernon, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Interfering with an Officer and Criminal Impersonation.  Brown was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 9, 2015.
Brown’s charges stem from a February 2015 incident in which he identified himself to officers using a relative’s identifiers.  The false identity was later discovered and an arrest warrant was obtained for Brown.

P201500789 Assault in the Third degree/Disorderly Conduct: 
On Thursday, March 26, 2015 at about 7:00 p.m.  South Windsor Police responded to a Wedgewood Lane home for an active physical dispute. It was reported that an intoxicated female had struck her mother in the face.   Officers arrested Filomena Huppe, age 25, of 17 Chickasaw Drive, East Hartford, CT.  She was charged with Assault in the Third degree and Disorderly Conduct.  Huppe was later released on bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Monday, March 23, 2015:
P201500718 Assault in the Third degree:  
On Saturday, March 21, 2015 at about 4:00 a.m. South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to a domestic violence complaint at a Henry Road home.  Witnesses stated that a man had punched a woman in the head multiple times in the driveway of the home.  Officers arrived at the home and learned the suspect had already fled the scene in a vehicle.  The victim was interviewed and officers later contacted the suspect by phone.  He was eventually located and taken into custody. Officers arrested the man, Rui Silva, age 36, of 913 Pleasant Valley Road, South Windsor.   He was charged with Assault in the Third degree and was later released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond.  Silva is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015.

P201403077   Burglary in the Third degree/Larceny in the Second degree:  
On Friday, March 20, 2015 South Windsor Police officer arrested David Barnes-Dowdell, age 26, of 22 Bay Path Drive, East Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Burglary in the Third degree, Larceny in the Second degree and Illegal Use of a Credit Card.  Barnes-Dowdell was held on $50,000 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015.
Barnes-Dowdell’s charges stem from an October 2014 burglary complaint at a Loomis Road home.  The investigation revealed that Barnes-Dowdell accessed the home while visiting a tenant and stole several pieces of jewelry.  Investigators learned that the stolen items had been pawned and that the victim’s credit card had also been used fraudulently.  An arrest warrant was obtained for Barnes-Dowdell and served on Friday.  

P201500733 Failure to Pay or Plead/Motor Vehicle Violations: 
On Sunday, March 23, 2015 South Windsor Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Sullivan Avenue at Sand Hill Road.  Officers learned one of the operators was wanted on a re-arrest warrant and had a suspended license. Officers arrested the man, Robert Jeffers, age 20, of 13 Meadowlark Road, Enfield, CT.  He was charged with Failure to Pay or Plead and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under Suspension.  Jeffers was later released on a $92.00 cash bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 30, 2015.

 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015:
P201500691 Interfering with an Officer/Evading Responsibility:
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at about 10:30 p.m. South Windsor Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Strong Road.  A car had struck a utility pole and the operator fled the area. Officers later identified and located the operator at his Neiderwerfer Road home. Officers arrested the man, Ross Jalbert, age 21, of 260 Neiderwerfer Road, South Windsor.  He was charged with Interfering with an Officer, Evading Responsibility and Failure to Drive in Proper lane.  Jalbert was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 2, 2015.

P201500679 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:  
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 a South Windsor Police officer stopped a car on John Fitch Blvd. for a violation.  Officers learned the operator was wanted on an arrest warrant. Officers arrested the man, Elvin Burgos, age 31, of 541 Zion Street, Hartford, CT on the re-arrest warrant.  He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree and was held on $250.00 cash bond.  Burgos was later presented at Manchester Superior Court.

Freezin’ For a Reason in Ellington

Hundreds will get wet for Special Olympics Connecticut ~ Are you ready to take the plunge?
On March 21, 2015 brave souls with warm hearts will once again be heating up the chilly winter waters to participate in the second annual Penguin Plunge. The Penguin Plunge will be held at Crystal Lake on Route 140 in the town of Ellington. Registration on the day of the Plunge will be at 10am-11:45am, and the penguins will take the plunge at 12 noon. To register, join a team, make donations, or volunteer please visit www.soct.org. All event proceeds benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.
The South Windsor Police Dept. is the event organizer. We are hoping to recruit 100 “penguins” from schools, businesses and civic groups to “take the plunge” and support Special Olympics Connecticut, which provides year round sports training and competition opportunities for over 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Last year with this type of event, a Tip a Cop Fund raiser and the Haunted Torch Walk, South Windsor Police Department was the top law enforcement agency in the state raising $56,712 for the Special Olympics. This was only successful with the help of the community and co-workers.
Additional information is available from Agent Ron Littell at Ronald.littell@southwindsor.org 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015:
P201500401 Larceny in the Fourth degree/Larceny in the Fifth degree:
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Alejandra Silvia, age 30, of 85 Krawski Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with four counts of Larceny in the Fourth degree, eleven counts of Larceny in the Fifth degree and fourteen counts of Larceny in the Sixth degree. She was held on an $8000.00 cash bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court later today.
Silvia’s charges stem from a February 2015 larceny complaint from a Buckland Road retail store where she was employed.  An internal investigation revealed that Silvia had credited her own credit cards from the store accounts, causing a $16,000 loss to the retailer.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015:
P200307306 Violation of Probation:
On Sunday, March 15, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Joseph Levesque, age 49, of 12 Williams St., Manchester, CT on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Violation of Probation and was held on $100,000.00 surety bond.  Levesque was presented at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, March 16, 2015.

P201500352 Larceny in the Sixth degree:
On Monday, March 16, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Justin Gay, age 18, of 69 Alexander Drive, East Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond. Gay is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 26, 2015.
Gay’s charge stems from a February 2015 complaint from a Buckland Road retail store that Gay, an employee, had admitted to stealing an Ipad on a previous occasion.  The investigating officer later obtained an arrest warrant for Gay, which was served Monday.

P201500662 Risk of Injury to a Minor:
On Monday, March 16, 2015South Windsor Police arrested Joseph Blanchfield, age 36, of 41 Orchard Hill Road, South Windsor during the course of a domestic dispute investigation. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Risk of Injury to a Minor. He was held on $75,000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Tuesday, March 17th.

Monday, March 16, 2015:
P201402739 Home Improvement Violations:
On Thursday, March 12, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Russell Burnett, age 45, of 36 Bigelow St. Manchester, CT on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Making Home Improvements without Certification and Failure to Furnish Buyer with Contract and Cancellation Statement.  Burnett was later released on a $5000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 26, 2015.
Burnett’s charges stem from a 2014 complaint from a Woodland Drive resident.  The victim had given Burnett Home Improvement a $350.00 deposit for work to be done.
No work was ever performed and the investigating officer learned that the owner, Russell Burnett, did not have a valid home improvement license.  Additionally, the contract the parties signed did not meet state standards. An arrest warrant was later obtained for Burnett and served Thursday.

P201500634 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Friday, March 13, 2015 shortly after midnight a South Windsor Police officer was on patrol on Oakland Road. He observed a vehicle pass by his location at a high rate of speed and as he began to follow the car, the car spun out.  The vehicle then struck a set of signs on Oakland Road.  The officer suspected the operator was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Allen Chinn, age 35, of 36 Walnut St. Manchester, CT. He was charged Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Traveling Too Fast for Conditions.   He was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 23, 2015.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015:
P201403694  Interfering with an Officer/Falsely Reporting an Incident:
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Caralyn Charette, age 27, of 672 Rye St., South Windsor on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Interfering with an Officer and Falsely Reporting an Incident.  She was later released on a $5000.00 non-surety bond. Charette is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 19, 2015.
Charette’s charges stem from a December 2014 motor vehicle accident on Troy Road. Charette identified herself as the operator of the car at the time of the accident.  The subsequent investigation found that another person had been operating the car at the time of the crash. An arrest warrant was obtained and served on Tuesday.

A message from Mayor Anwar:
A Harsh Winter… Late Spring and the Problem of Potholes 
                                                              
M. Saud Anwar
As the elusive spring melts the snow and ice, it has become increasingly clear that winter too has taken a significant toll on our roads. This has been a challenging winter. The sheer number of storms and severely cold temperatures has resulted in a significant increase in the number of potholes.

Public Works Department has 2 crews working on road repairs. Thus far multiple tons of patch (a mixture of asphalt aggregate bituminous material) has been applied to the roads. Unfortunately, the State remains behind in their work on Sullivan Avenue because of the overwhelming needs. You can call our town as well for state roads concerns. We will pass on the concerns to the State. This year there is good chance that parts of Sullivan Avenue, Ellington Road and Oakland will get resurfaced by State.

If you encounter any potholes on the South Windsor town roads, you may report them to our Public Works Department via the dashboard on this link 

http://dashboard.southwindsor.org/gis-web/swfv23pub/ or by calling 860-648-6366 and providing that report. 
As we continue to repair our roads, the reality is that filling potholes is like placing a Band-Aid on a major wound. In order to have a long term strategy for development and maintenance of our infrastructure, we do need to have a strong preventive strategy. I am glad that we will start major repairs on our town roads as well this year. The repaired roads and organized preventive repairs will help us in this preventive strategy.

I want to thank our Public Works Department, which continues to work diligently.  Please drive safely and remember that we are trying to improve our roads and respond to the conditions.

Monday, March 9, 2015:
P201500223 Assault in the Second Degree:
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Daniel Laflamme, age 45, of 36 Edmond Street, Newington, CT on an arrest warrant.  He was charged with Assault in the Second degree and was released on a $5000.00 non-surety bond. Laflamme is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 19, 2015.
Laflamme’s charge stems from a January 25, 2015 incident at his workplace on Chapel Road.  During the course of an argument Laflamme struck the victim in the face, causing significant injury to his eye.  The incident was later reported to police and an arrest warrant was obtained and served Saturday.

P201500581 Failure to Appear in the First Degree:
On Sunday, March 8, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Morris Mendez, age 40, of 114 Buckland Rd., South Windsor, CT on a re-arrest warrant for Hartford Police.  Mendez was charged with Failure to Appear in the First degree and was later released on a $50,000.00 surety bond. Mendez is scheduled to appear at Hartford Superior Court on March 11, 2015.

Thursday, March 5, 2015:

Daylight Savings Time & Smoke Detectors:
The South Windsor Fire Marshal reminds everyone to "Change Your Clock- Change Your Battery" to help reduce the number of nonworking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Small acts can lead to positive changes. If you did not change your batteries in November, please change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and test them when you change your clocks this weekend. Please remind friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Together we can help reduce the number of home fire fatalities as a result of nonworking smoke alarms.

P201500132 Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Jason Sheffield, age 27, of 115 Diane Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana (less than 4 ounces) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheffield was later released on a $500.00 cash bond. Sheffield is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 12, 2015.
Sheffield’s charges stem from a January 2015 incident in which another household member had called police about suspicious noises in the home.  The officers were asked to check the house for intruders and while doing so, saw a jar of marijuana in a bedroom.  Officers seized the marijuana and later determined it belonged to Sheffield. An arrest warrant was obtained and served Tuesday.

P201500508 MVA- Request for Witnesses:
The South Windsor Police is looking to speak with witnesses to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 5 (John Fitch Blvd) and Strong Road.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Hankard at 860-982-0369

Tuesday, March 3, 2015:
P201403035 Criminal Trespass in the First degree:
On Monday, March 2, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Brian Miltz, age 37, of 15 Bolton Road, Vernon, CT on an arrest warrant. He was charged with Criminal Trespass in the First degree and was later released on a $450.00 cash bond. Miltz is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 12, 2015.”
Miltz’ charge stems from a 2014 incident in which he had been trespassing on the grounds of his former employer, in violation of a warning not to return.  An arrest warrant was later obtained for Miltz and served Monday.

P201500508 MVA- Request for Witnesses:
The South Windsor Police is looking to speak with witnesses to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 5 (John Fitch Blvd) and Strong Road.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Hankard at 860-982-0369

Friday, February 20, 2015:
P201500413/00424 Fraud: “Social Security or IRS Scam”:
The fraudulent activity known as the “IRS Scam” continues to be an issue nationwide and we are investigating a variation now using a Social Security reference.   Recently two South Windsor residents received calls from a person claiming to be a Social Security Administration representative. The caller had an accent and was possibly of Indian descent, as was one of the victims.  The caller stated that the victim(s) owed money to the “Department of Social Security” and that they would be arrested if they didn’t send money via “Moneygram.”  One of the residents actually went to Walmart in Manchester and sent $500.00 via Moneygram.  The investigating officer attempted to cancel the transaction with the assistance of Walmarts’ staff however the money had been claimed shortly after it was sent.
   The information below is from the www.socialsecurity.gov website:  If someone saying they are from Social Security does contact you requesting information, don’t respond.  Instead, contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to see whether we really need any information from you.

Whatever you do, don’t fall victim to a scam. Don’t give out your personal information.

Social Security and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) take these scams very seriously. We do everything we can to stop the perpetrators and educate the public. To report suspicious activity, please call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101.) A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at OIG’s website: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm.

From www.IRS.gov:

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.

 

Freezin’ For a Reason in Ellington

Hundreds will get wet for Special Olympics Connecticut ~ Are you ready to take the plunge?
On March 21, 2015 brave souls with warm hearts will once again be heating up the chilly winter waters to participate in the second annual Penguin Plunge. The Penguin Plunge will be held at Crystal Lake on Route 140 in the town of Ellington. Registration on the day of the Plunge will be at 10am-11:45am, and the penguins will take the plunge at 12 noon. To register, join a team, make donations, or volunteer please visit www.soct.org. All event proceeds benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.
The South Windsor Police Dept. is the event organizer. We are hoping to recruit 100 “penguins” from schools, businesses and civic groups to “take the plunge” and support Special Olympics Connecticut, which provides year round sports training and competition opportunities for over 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Last year with this type of event, a Tip a Cop Fund raiser and the Haunted Torch Walk,
South Windsor Police Department was the top law enforcement agency in the state raising $56,712 for the Special Olympics. This was only successful with the help of the community and co-workers.
Additional information is available from Agent Ron Littell at Ronald.littell@southwindsor.org
 

Snowstorm Clean-up- FIRE HYDRANTS:
We ask that residents help the Fire Department out by keeping fire hydrants clear.  In an emergency, every second counts.  By keeping a 3 foot buffer area clear around the hydrants in your neighborhood you are helping firefighters get to a water supply quickly.

Friday, January 30, 2015:
South Windsor Police recognized as Top Fundraising team for Special Olympics:
We are proud to announce that the South Windsor Police Department has earned the spot as top fundraising team for the Connecticut Special Olympics for the Fourth consecutive year. Last year South Windsor raised $56,712 through the generosity and hard work of all the volunteers at events such as the Tip-A-Cop at the Red Onion Restaurant, the Haunted Torch Walk & Fall Fest and the Penguin Plunge.  These events were organized by our own Agent Ron Littell who continues to challenge himself and others to raise funds for this great organization.  Kudos to Ron and all our community and business supporters!

Overnight Parking Ban:
Residents are reminded that no vehicles shall be parked on the public streets of the town overnight for the period from November 15 to April 15. Any vehicle parked continuously between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during this period shall be deemed to have been parked overnight, and the owner may be subject to a fine.
Snow/Ice Storms:  No vehicle shall be parked on the public streets of the town during a snow or ice storm that has been in progress one hour and continuing for a period of 24 hours after the storm has ended.   Residents’ cooperation in keeping the roads free of parked vehicles allows the Public Works crews to clear and sand roadways in a timely and efficient manner, making travel safer for everyone.