Connecticut State Police Troop B Police Blotter - Winsted Area
The following information was provided by the Connecticut State Police at Troop B. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Tractor-trailer hits barrels
Andrew Przygocki, 24, of Winsted was driving a tractor-trailer on Route 318 in Barkhamsted June 16. At about 11:57 a.m., he was waved through a construction zone by a flagman. He began to turn right. The 2011 Freightliner hit three construction barrel/impact attenuators. The barrels, owned by Hartland Building and Restoration, were damaged. There was no damage to the truck. The driver and passenger David Bereza, 27, of Burlington were not injured. Przygocki was given a written warning for making an improper turn.
Megan Scanlon, 28, of Torrington was driving north on Morgan Brook Road in Barkhamsted June 18. At about 10:09 p.m., her 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan hit a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle ridden on the northbound shoulder by Steven Boyle, 54, of Meriden. Both drivers refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. Both vehicles had moderate damage. The accident is under investigation.
William Hester, 51, of Winchester backed out of a parking space on John J. Curtiss Road in Norfolk at about 9:33 a.m. June 20. His 2008 Chevrolet 3500 hit a parked and unoccupied 2010 Volvo XC70 owned by Frederick Gardiner, 71, of Norfolk. The taillight on Gardiner’s car was damaged. There were no injuries. No enforcement was noted.
Anthony Tarantello, 23, of Torrington turned himself in on a warrant June 20. The warrant was the result of an investigation into a Feb. 20 incident on Litchfield Turnpike in New Hartford, where a pedestrian was hit by a car. Tarantello was charged with evading responsibility. Bond was set at $2,000. He is to appear in Bantam Superior Court July 5.
Passenger charged with possession
Jacqueline Nelson, 19, of Winsted was a passenger in a car stopped on Route 8 in Torrington at 8 p.m. June 21. She was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $500. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court July 11.
Car hits embankment
Richard Jones, 18, of Collinsville was riding a motorcycle on Reservoir Road in New Hartford June 21. At about 5:36 p.m., he lost control on a curve. The 2001 Yamaha skidded off the road. It hit a curb and an embankment. Jones refused treatment at the scene for a minor injury. The motorcycle was heavily damaged. He was charged with failure to maintain the proper lane and speeding.
Car hits rock
Brendan Burns, 29, of Burlington was driving south on Southeast Road in New Hartford June 22. At about 1:24 a.m., the 2006 BMW X5 veered off the right side of the road. It hit a large rock. Damage was minor. There were no injuries to the driver or passengers Anthony Munchgesang, 21, Bryan Doerr, 19, and Gabriela Bottino, 19, all of Burlington. The car, registered to Ronald Bottino of Burlington, had undercarriage damage. Based on his own admission, Burns was charged with using a cell phone while driving.
Larceny at restaurant
Charles Swartwood, 32, of Canton was arrested June 23 after an investigation into an incident earlier that day when he allegedly stole money from a cash register at Tonio’s Pizza on Route 44 in New Hartford. Swartwood was charged with larceny, breach of peace and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000. He is to appear in Bantam Superior Court July 5.
Scott Holmes, 50, of New Hartford attempted to back into Main Street Extension from a parking space at about 12:32 p.m. June 24. The 2004 VW Jetta hit the side of a 2004 Chevrolet Express van driven by Ronald Grochowksi, 42, of Torrington. The van is registered to Bell Electrical Contractors of Torrington. Damage was minor. There were no injuries. Holmes was given a written warning for unsafe backing.
Police responded to a suspicious incident reported at 5:02 a.m. in Barkhamsted June 25. They found one person inside Pleasant Valley Hair Salon at the corner of routes 318 and 181. Another person was found outside. Joshua Kruse, 20, of Norfolk was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and interfering with police. John Denault, 21, of Simsbury was charged with burglary, larceny, criminal mischief and theft of a credit card. Bond was set at $5,000 each. No court date was noted.
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