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Connecticut State Police Troop B Police Blotter

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.

Pickup hits pole

William Smith, 77, of Kent was driving west on Route 4 in Cornwall Sept. 28. At about 9:46 p.m., he lost control on a curve near the intersection of West Road. The 2008 Ford F150 swerved onto the right shoulder. It crossed back over both lanes. It hit a utility pole on the left shoulder. The truck had severe front-end damage. Smith was taken to Sharon Hospital as a precaution, and later released. He was given a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Disturbance investigated

A report of criminal mischief and a disturbance in the area of Route 112 was investigated by Torrington police Sept. 28. Once it was determined to have occurred in Salisbury, the case was turned over to State Police at Troop B. The complainant was Kayla August, 18, of Harwinton. The incident remains under investigation.

License plate stolen

Police are investigating a report of a license plate stolen from a trailer parked at a White Hollow Road residence in Salisbury. Owner Maureen Dell told police the theft occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30.

Evading driver

An unknown driver was traveling west on Amenia Road in Sharon Oct. 2. The vehicle hit a tree on property owned by Samuel Gorkofsky, of 137 Amenia Road. The 2000 Dodge with Pennsylvania plates was left on the property. It is registered to Joaquin Landa. No vehicle insurance was found. It sustained heavy rear end damage. The accident is under investigation.

Truck hits rock wall

Jeremiah Jeffries, 23, of Hartford was driving a FedEx delivery truck north on Cream Hill Road in Cornwall Oct. 4. At about 9:38 a.m., near the intersection with Rattlesnake Road, a small four-door, dark-colored sedan crossed the center line of the road. Jeffries took evasive action. The 2005 Freightliner slid off the right side of the road. It hit a rock wall. The driver of the car did not stop. Jeffries was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. Anyone with information should call Troop B at 860-824-2500.

Downspouts stolen

Police are investigating the theft of copper downspouts from the Sharon Historical Society building. The three missing downspouts are about 10 feet long. The theft was reported Oct. 5. It is under investigation.

Pickup hits wall

Derek Ford, 32, of East Canaan was driving east on Route 44 in North Canaan Oct. 6. At about 7:54 p.m., near the intersection of Deely Road, the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck went into a spin. It hit a retaining wall on the westbound shoulder. Ford parked the truck nearby and went home. He was found there with no injuries. He was charged with evading responsibility, having no vehicle insurance and failure to drive right.

Rear-end collision

Sarah Divine, 30, no address given, was driving north on Route 7 in North Canaan Oct. 6. At about 4:56 p.m., 200 feet south of the Lower Road intersection, her 2003 Jeep Liberty hit the rear of a 2001 GMC Savannah driven by Justin Lavertue, 37, of Norfolk. Lavertue had stopped for traffic. Damage was minor. There were no injuries. Divine was charged with following too closely.

Warrant arrest

Mikaela Ware, 19, of Salisbury was arrested at her Cobble Road home Oct. 6 on a warrant. She allegedly stole, forged and cashed two checks. The victims are Salisbury Bank and Trust Co. and Michael Ware of Salisbury. Mikaela Ware was charged with three counts of larceny and two counts of forgery. Bond was set at $500. She was to appear in Bantam Superior Court Oct. 7.

Drug and weapon charges

Ronald Spriggs, 54, of Patterson, N.J., was arrested Oct. 7 after troopers responded to a 12:38 a.m. report of a disturbance on Keeler Road in Sharon. Spriggs was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and carrying a dangerous weapon. No bond was noted. He was to appear in Bantam Superior Court Oct. 8.

Cow hit and killed

A dairy cow standing in the middle of Route 41 in Sharon was struck and killed at about 9:06 p.m. Oct. 7. The 2005 Mercury Sable, driven by Daniel Wright, 83, of Sharon sustained moderate front end damage. Wright and passenger Mary Wright, 82, of the same address, were not injured. The cow belonged to Philip Grindrod, 52, of Sharon.

Car hits tree

Andrew Irkliewskij, 21, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was driving south on Low Road in Sharon Oct. 7. At about 8:33 p.m., near the intersection of Lover’s Lane, he lost control on a curve. The 2011 Nissan Sentra hit a tree on the right shoulder. Vehicle damage was moderate. Irkliewskij was not injured. He was given a written warning for making a restricted turn.

Car hits guy wire

Hana Ames, 22, of Lakeville was driving west on Route 112 in Salisbury Oct. 7. At about 3:19 p.m., she lost control. The 1987 Volvo 244 hit a utility pole guy wire. Ames was taken to Sharon Hospital for evaluation. She was charged with failure to drive right.


Gerald Todice, 82, of Wassaic  was driving north on Salmon Kill Road in Salisbury Oct. 7. At about 1:15 p.m., near the intersection of Brinton Hill Road, he veered too far to the right. The 1991 Toyota SR5 pickup truck went up an embankment. It rolled onto the driver’s side. Todice was not injured. No enforcement was noted.


Troop B was notified of a minor motor vehicle accident on Ashley Falls Road (Route 7) in North Canaan at 9:10 p.m. Oct. 8. The driver, Lauren Taylor, 58, of Salisbury was not injured. She was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain the proper lane. Bond was set at $500. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Oct. 17.

The Lakeville Journal will publish the outcome of police charges. Contact us by mail at PO Box 1688, Lakeville, CT 06039, Attn: Police Blotter, or send an email, with “police blotter” in the subject line, to cynthiah@lakeville journal.com.

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