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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.

Animal cruelty

Two people were arrested at their New Hartford residence on Route 202 after an investigation by the Animal Control Officer that began Oct. 19. David Fields, 24, was arrested Nov. 29. Patricia Fields, 54, was arrested Nov. 30. They were each charged with cruelty to animals and having an unlicensed dog. Bond was set at $500 each. They are to appear in Bantam Superior Court Dec. 12.


Patricia Ricci, 38, of Northfield, Conn., was stopped by police on Torrington Turnpike in New Hartford at 8:58 p.m. Nov. 30. She was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain the proper lane, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, failure to have tail lamps and risk of injury to child. Bond was set at $500. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Dec. 19.

Collision in intersection

Diane Dombeck, 61, of Avon was driving north on Steele Road in New Hartford Dec. 1. At about 4:15 p.m., she stopped at the intersection of Route 219, then pulled into the intersection. Her 2006 VW Passat hit the driver’s side of a 2004 Nissan Frontier driven south on Route 219 by Jeffrey Barter, 47, of Canton, Conn. There were no injuries. Dombeck was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign.

Rear-end collision

Ronald Palmer, 53, of Winsted was driving west on Route 202 in New Hartford Dec. 1. At about 8:25 a.m., his 1998 Kia Sportage hit the rear of a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Adam Jacques, 28, of Winsted. Jacques had stopped for a red light at the Home Depot entrance. There were no injuries. Palmer was charged with following too closely.

Medical condition blamed for accident

Jean Valette, 67, of North Canaan was driving west on Route 44 in Norfolk on Dec. 1. At about 10:20 a.m., he suffered an incident of high blood sugar that caused him to lose control of his 2011 Hyundai Accent. It swerved onto the eastbound lane. Valette oversteered back into the westbound lane. The car went into a spin. It rolled over. Valette had no apparent injury. He was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for evaluation. He was given a written warning for failure to drive right.

Warrant arrest

Taylor Smith, 18, of New Hartford turned himself in on a warrant Dec. 2. He was charged with making a false statement and making a false incident report. The complainants are Seth Phillips, 18, of New Hartford and Jackson Reidy, 18, of Winsted. Bond was set at $3,000. Smith was to appear in Bantam Superior Court Dec. 2.

Disorderly conduct

Kelley Mozelak, 25, of Newtown was arrested Dec. 3 in on Niles Road New Hartford after an argument turned physical. She allegedly hit Meghan Johnson, no age or address given, across the face. Johnson sustained a minor injury. Mozelak was charged with disorderly conduct. Bond was set at $2,000. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Dec. 5.

Driver leaves accident scene

Daniel Pazano, 21, of Winsted was driving on Route 182 in Norfolk, near the Colebrook town line on Dec. 3 or 4. At 1:30 a.m., Troop B received a report of a vehicle that had gone off the road. Troopers discovered it had hit a utility pole, crashed through a guardrail and went down a small embankment. Pazano went home without reporting the accident. He was located there by police 10 hours later. He had sustained a finger injury in the accident. Pazano was charged with evading responsibility and making a restricted turn.

The Winsted Journal will publish the outcome of police charges upon request. Contact us at PO Box 835, Winsted, CT 06098, Attn: Police Blotter, or send an email to winstedjournal@sbcglobal.net.

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