Friday, June 28, 2013

Police Blotter 6/28

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from Thursday (all from Milford PD press release). 

Name: Loren Manes, 45, Milford
Arrest date: June 27, noon
Pending charge: two counts third-degree assault, second-degree larceny
Police say: They were called to a disturbance at a home on Wayland Road, and an investigation led them to accuse Manes of pushing his spouse to the ground and hitting the spouse's acquaintance. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Police Blotter 6/27

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from Wednesday (all from Milford PD press release). 

Name: Michael Esposito, 22, West Haven
Arrest date: June 26, 6:45 p.m.
Pending charge: sixth-degree larceny
Police say: Esposito took $191.88 worth of baby formula from Target and left the store without paying for it. Police arrested Esposito on a warrant. 

Name: Heather Woychowski, 34, Milford
Arrest date: June 26, 6:56 p.m.
Pending charge: third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace
Police say: They got a complaint of a dispute between two people at a home on Naugatuck Avenue. Police arrested Woychowski and another person for getting into a fight (physical, not verbal). 

Milford Police Participate in Operation Dry Water

On March 22, 1993, Cleveland Indians players Steve Olin, Tim Crews, and Bob Ojeda were on a nice boat ride on Little Lake Nellie in Winter Haven, Florida. Unfortunately, Ojeda was hammered, and drove the boat into a pier, killing Crews and Olin. Ojeda got nasty head injuries and sat out most of the 1993 season. He only pitched 43 inning that year, posting a 4.40 ERA.

Do you want to end up with a freaking 4.40 ERA and two dead teammates?

No, you don't. Drinking and boating - just like driving, biking, and sometimes walking - DO NOT mix. But in case you insist on drinking heavily while operating a two-ton, floating fiberglass death rocket, Milford police will be out to catch you.

Between June 28 and June 38, officers from the marine unit will patrol city waterways for boaters under the influence as part of Operating Dry Water (I would've called it Operation Fire Water, but no one asked me).

The allowable blood-alcohol content on the high seas is still .08. If you're over that, you'll go to jail, same as with a DUI (but it's called a BUI in this instance because of the word "boating").

Stow it, don't blow it, matey.





Wednesday, June 26, 2013

West Shore gets the hat trick

West Shore Middle School took first place at the 2013 Wynne Middle School Track Meet - the third year in a row the school has won.

West Shore scored 199 points to Harborside's 154, and East Shore's 142. Boys and girls in grades 6 to 8 competed in the 1 mile, the 100-meter run, the 400-meter run, the shot put, the long jump, and the 4 X 100 relay.

The meet was at Joseph A. Foran high school on June 12. The meet is held in honor of James Wynne, a former city phys ed department chair. The first Wynne meet happened 10 years ago.

In addition to West Shore's win, there were seven city track records broken:

1 mile 6th grade boys: Kevin Preneta/Harborside (5:45)
1 mile 8th grade girls: Tricia Gildea/West Shore (5:50)
400 meter 7th grade girls: Brianna Laggis/Harborside (1:05:29)
100 meter 6th grade girls: Samara Thacker/Harborside (:00.13.54)
100 meter 7th grade girls: Taylor Wisniewski/East Shore (:00.13.42)
100 meter 8th grade girls: Kiara Smith/Harborside (:00.13.15)
Shot put 8th grade girls: Zinnia Hall/East Shore (36 feet)

The winners, West Shore Middle School



Monday, June 24, 2013

Police blotter 6/24

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from over the weekend (all from Milford PD press release). 

Name: Christopher Rosa, 24, East Haven
Arrest date: June 21, 9:50 a.m.
Pending charge: third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree larceny
Police say: Rosa took copper grounding wires from a construction site at 185 Research Drive on April 16. He was arrested on a warrant on Friday. 

Name: Eden Weiss, 40, Woodbridge
Arrest date: June 21, 10:45 p.m.
Pending charge: violation of conditions of release 
Police say: Weiss was ordered by the court to stay away from a person whom he was involved in a domestic disturbance with; on April 29, police got a complaint that he violated that order by going to the victim's home. Police arrested Weiss on a warrant on Friday. 

Name: Paul Gaites Sr., 50, Wallingford
Arrest date: June 22, 11:53 p.m.
Pending charge: violation of a protective order, second-degree failure to appear
Police say: Responding to a Finch Street home on a report of an "unwanted male," they found Edward Gaites there. When they put him in the back of a patrol car, his brother, Paul, came over and started shouting at him. Police checked out Paul Gaites and discovered there was a protective order prohibiting Paul from talking to Edward. They also found that Paul Gaites had a warrant for failure to appear. 

MADD Honors Milford Officers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Milford officers* Christopher Doyle, William Simpson, and Alfred Mauro for their efforts to curb impaired drivers in the city. 

The officers were honored at MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony on June 19 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Here they are with their award: 



*Doyle and Simpson are patrol officers first class

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Police Blotter 6/20

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from Wednesday (all from Milford PD press release). Also, there was this.

Name: Joseph Grom, 31, Milford
Arrest date: June 19, 9:13 a.m.
Pending charge: disorderly conduct
Police say: They went to a disturbance on Summit Avenue and an investigation led to the conclusion that Grom hit a relative of his. 

Law/Foran Graduations June 20 & 21

Get our your checkbooks, uncles, aunts, and grandparents, because it's high school graduation season in Milford. But seriously, these kids worked hard and deserve a little financial stimulus for their efforts.

Tonight at 5 p.m., an expected class of 249 will graduate from Jonathan Law with speeches from the valedictorian and salutatorian, a couple of extremely accomplished young women who, frankly, make me feel embarrassed about how little I did in high school by comparison. 

Valedictorian: Anisha Manglani
-Yale Book Award recipient
-National Honor Society President
-Attending Quinnipiac University (marketing)
-Final GPA: 4.03

Salutatorian: Katherine Alling
-Dartmouth Book Award recipient
-National Honor Society member
-Attending UCONN on Presidential Scholarship (engineering)
-Final GPA: 4.0

Similarly over at J. Foran HS, are two extremely talented young women leading their class of 250. 

Valedictorian: Hamsa Ganapathi
-National Honor Society VP
-Liaison to Board of Education
-Attending UCONN (chemistry)
-Final GPA: 4.26 (!!!)

Salutatorian: Alexandra Corsi
-Yale Book Award recipient
-2013 Most Valuable Swimmer at Foran
-Attending Ohio University Scripps College of Communication
-Final GPA: 4.22

Again, both graduations are at 5 p.m. Plan on going if you want to get a preview at the future leaders of planet Earth. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Police Blotter 6/19

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from Tuesday (all from Milford PD press release)

Name: Robert Harvey, 27, Stratford
Arrest date: June 18, 12:30 p.m.
Pending charge: illegal possession of prescription drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia
Police say: They saw Harvey's car run a red light; they stopped his vehicle and found 4-1/2 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and 55 methocarbomol pills (not his). 

Name: Rowland Gill, 46, Milford
Arrest date: June 18, 4:45 p.m.
Pending charge: second-degree breach of peace, interfering with police
Police say: They got a complaint of a disturbance at a home on Village Road, and discovered that Gill had threatened one of the people inside. Police say Gill got "combative" with them. 

Name: Jacklyn Smeriglio, 22, Wallingford
Arrest date: June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Pending charge: sixth-degree larceny
Police say: They arrested Smeriglio on a warrant for stealing $140 from her workplace on June 16. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Milford Bulk Trash Schedule and Rules

Are you just burning to throw away a bunch of big pieces of garbage? OK good, because Milford just released its bulk waste pickup schedule. 

Look for your garbage day in the schedule below. The corresponding number is the date in September your bulk stuff can get hauled off. 

Monday - Sept. 4
Tuesday - Sept. 11
Thursday - Sept. 18
Friday - Sept. 25

The city does not want you to put out bulk items any earlier than the Saturday before your pickup day (but no later than 6 a.m. the day of). Bulk items tend to attract scrapers, who tend to cause a mess of bulk garbage piles. No one wants that. 

You can't bulk throw away batteries, "commercial items," logs and stumps, concrete or cement, any item requiring more than two men to pick up (highly subjective, no?), hazardous waste, liquids like motor oil, propane tanks, grass clippings, and sheetrock/demolition material. 

Bulk trash pickup is free for residents, but there are conditions. Take it away, press release FROM THE CITY:
"In order to qualify for this free pickup service, the homeowner must properly prepare and separate the bulky waste.  Metal must be separated from burnable items.  Yard waste should be placed in disposable containers or bags.  Brush and wood must be cut to four-foot lengths and tied in bundles.  No more than four passenger car tires may be included in the items set out for collection.  Where possible, similar items should be placed together in containers, which the homeowner wishes to discard.  All acceptable items placed at the curb will be taken, INCLUDING CONTAINERS."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Police Blotter 6/11

Here's what police are reporting for notable arrests from Monday (all from Milford PD press release)

Name: Austin Woods, 18, Milford
Arrest date: June 10, 9:00 p.m.
Pending charge: third-degree assault, disorderly conduct
Police say: They went to a home on Robin Lane, and an investigation led to Woods' arrest for hitting an acquaintance. There was, police say, a gathering at the home.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Police Blotter 6/10

Here are some notable arrests from this weekend (all from Milford PD press release)


Name: Joseph Vazquez, 24, Bridgeport
Arrest date: June 7, 9:30 a.m.
Pending charge: Possession of a stolen firearm
Police say: Executing a search warrant at Vazquez' residence, police say they found a stolen rifle.


Name: Thomas Chase, 27, Shelton
Arrest date: June 7, 1:30 p.m.
Pending charge: third-degree assault, second degree threatening, risk of injury, violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct
Police say: Police obtained an arrest warrant for Chase after a May domestic incident where he was accused of harming a companion in the presence of a child, and violating a condition of a protective order.



Name: Kenneth Smagala, 30, Milford
Arrest date: June 8, 1:30 a.m.
Pending charge: DUI, traveling too fast for conditions, possession of marijuana (less than 1/2 oz.)
Police say: Police observed Smagala traveling fast along Buckingham Avenue and not staying in his lane. They say a breathalyzer revealed he had an elevated blood-alcohol content.



Name: Jenna Hirsch, 28, Hamden
Arrest date: June 8, 2:19 a.m.
Pending charge: DUI, failure to signal properly, operating an unregistered motor vehicle
Police say: Police say they saw Hirsch signal improperly driving along the Boston Post Road, so they pulled her over. They say that a breathalyzer revealed she had too much to drink.



Name: David Williams, 46, Milford
Arrest date: June 8, 6:20 p.m.
Pending charge: Disorderly conduct
Police say: They say they responded to a disturbance at 534 West River St. and that an investigation revealed Williams had grabbed his spouse by the neck.



Name: Danielle O'Brien, 20, Milford
Arrest date: June 9, 6:16 a.m.
Pending charge: DUI, failure to drive right, evading responsibility, driving without insurance
Police say: They responded to a car crash on Bonseline Street and found a damaged tree. After a little searching, they found O'Brien's car along Wall Street, and they allege she was driving under the influence.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Police issue 95 tickets in "Click it or Ticket" campaign


During a two-week seat belt safety campaign, police netted a number of drivers who chose "ticket" over "click it."

Milford Police participated in the state Department of Transportation "High Visibility Safety Belt/Child Safety Seat “Click it or Ticket” Campaign" May 20 to June 2, and came back with the following results:

Seat belt infractions 95
Seat belt warnings 4
Other motor vehicle violation infractions 5
Other motor vehicle violation warnings 14
DUI 1
Criminal arrests 5

"This campaign involved high visibility enforcement efforts regarding children restrained in child safety seats, seat belt usage among vehicle occupants and compliance with the proper use of cell phones. Police efforts included safety checkpoints in various locations of the city," a police department release said.