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Lt. Scott P. Custer
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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, 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:
P201500117 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Thursday, February 19, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Robert King, age 55, of 12 Rothe Lane, Ellington, CT on an arrest warrant. He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Failure to Drive in Proper Lane. He was released on a $2500.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on March 2, 2015.
King’s charges stem from a January 14, 2015 motor vehicle accident on Ellington Road (RT 74) near the Ellington town line.  His vehicle left the roadway, struck a road sign, ulitity pole and a tree.  He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of his injuries.  Traffic Unit officers obtained his medical records via search warrant and learned that his blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was .36, which is 4 times the legal limit.  An arrest warrant was later obtained and served Thursday.

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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015:
P201400892 Larceny in the Sixth degree/Credit Card Violations: 
On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested John Taylor, age 22, of 148 Columbus Street, East Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant. He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree, Credit Card Theft, Illegal Use of a Credit Card and Receiving Goods by Illegal Use of a Credit Card.   Taylor was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 26, 2015. 
Taylor’s charges stem from a March 2014 incident in which he took and used an acquaintance’s debit card to purchase items.  An arrest warrant was later obtained and served Wednesday.

P201402783 Larceny in the Sixth degree: 
On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Stephanie Desanto, age 39, of 50 Ayers Road, South Windsor on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Sixth degree. She was later released on a $5000.00 surety bond. Desanto is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 26, 2015.
Desantos’ charges stem from a September 2014 incident at a Buckland Road retail store in which she switched price tags on items to purchase them at a significant discount.

Travel Advisory: Reduced Sight Lines:
This latest storm will add to the existing snow banks and reduce sight lines further. There are fewer areas for crews to dump the snow and that will require motorists to be aware of reduced sight lines at intersections and driveways.
Simply slow down and watch out for other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists (yes, we still see people on bikes despite our warnings and advice) - they are going to be difficult to see behind snow banks that are taller than the typical 3 foot height of a seated driver.


 

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.

Monday, February 9, 2015:
P201403864 Violation of a Protective Order/Restraining Order: 
On Friday, February 6, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Nicole Dibattista, age 32, of 158 Old Farm Road, Newington, CT on an arrest warrant.  She was charged with Criminal Violation of a Protective Order and Criminal Violation of a Restraining Order.  Dibattista was later released on a $50,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, February 9, 2015. 
Dibattista’s charges stem from a December 2014 complaint that she’d sent harassing text messages to a woman in violation of a Protective Order and a Restraining Order.  An arrest warrant was later obtained for Dibattista and served on Friday.

P201500335 Larceny in the Sixth degree: 
On Monday, February 9, 2015 at about 2:45 a.m. South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to Larceny complaint at a Buckland Road retail store.  Store staff had caught a man taking an Ipad.  The investigating officer arrested the man, Justin Gay, age 18, of 69 Alexander Drive, East Hartford, CT.  He was charged with Larceny in the Sixth degree and was later released on a $2500.00 non-surety bond. Gay is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 19, 2015.

Sunday, February 1, 2015:
P201500256 Violation of a Protective Order/Disorderly Conduct: 
On Friday, January 30, 2015 at about 11:00 p.m. South Windsor Police responded to a Brook Street home for a domestic dispute. Officers learned that during the course of an argument a man threw a cellphone that hit an infant in the room.  The man continued to argue with the female resident and was uncooperative with responding officers. The man’s conduct was in violation of a Protective Order issued against him after a previous dispute.  Following a brief investigation officers arrested the man, Jeffrey Dallaire, age 33, of 56 Brook St., South Windsor, CT.  He was charged with Violation of a Protective Order and Disorderly Conduct.  Dallaire is being held on $30,000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Monday, February 2, 2015. 

P201500254 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol: 
On Friday, January 30, 2015 at about 2:45 p.m. South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to a vehicle being operated erratically on Sullivan Avenue.  The witness kept the vehicle in sight and informed officers that it had hit a guardrail and was running with a flat tire.  The vehicle reportedly turned onto Oakland Road and ran in the wrong lane. Officers caught up to the vehicle and stopped it. Following a series of field sobriety tests officers arrested the operator, Lisa Wodal, age 48, of 18 Golway St., Manchester, CT.  She was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol, Evading Responsibility, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, and Failure to Drive in Proper Lane.  Wodal was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 9, 2015.

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!

                                       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

P201401734 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:
On Thursday, January 29, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Pamela Macon, age 53, of 42 Columbia Road, Windsor, CT on a re-arrest warrant. She was charged with Failure in the Second degree and was later released on $150.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 19, 2015.  Macon’s charge stems from a missed court date from a June 2014 shoplifting arrest.

P201500240 Larceny in the Fourth degree:
On Thursday, January 29, 2015 South Windsor Police arrested Darrell Kennedy, age 42 of 26 Three Mile Road, Glastonbury, CT.  He was charged with Larceny in the Fourth degree and was later released on $2000.00 non-surety bond. Kennedy is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on February 19, 2015.

Community Charity event: “Bundles of Love baby item collection”:
The South Windsor Police Department and South Windsor Youth & Family Services are collaborating to collect baby items throughout the month of February. We seek to collect items for families in need to supply them with essentials such a diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions,  bath soap, bottles crib sheets, pacifiers, infant toys and related supplies. 
The collected items will be donated to South Windsor residents and area shelters. Collection bins will be located at Police Headquarters, 151 Sand Hill Road, as well as the Community Center on Nevers Road and at Town Hall.
Additional information is available from Liz Langevin, Youth and Family Services Coordinator at 860-648-6361 ext. 331 or at elizabeth.langevin@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.

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.