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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.

Skis stolen

The New Hartford resident state trooper’s office is investigating the theft of a pair of skis from Ski Sundown. The incident was reported Jan. 14 by Paul Watson, 52, of Avon.

Possession charges

Dalton Zahner, 35, of Rockville, Conn., was stopped by police on West Granby Road in Barkhamsted at about 12:16 p.m. Jan. 16. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Bond was set at $5,000. He is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Jan. 30.

Credit card theft

A complaint was filed Jan. 16 of stolen credit card information used to make illegal purchases at stores throughout Connecticut.  The victim is Peggy Loeffler, 57, of Winsted.

Two-car collision

Matthew Kuskowski, 28, of Torrington was driving east on Route 202 in New Hartford Jan. 17. At about 5:58 a.m., he lost control on snow-covered road. The 2004 Dodge Dakota slid into the westbound lane. Truong Nguyen, 41, of Avon, Conn., was driving west. He turned his 2005 Audi S4 left in an attempt to avoid a collision. The vehicles impacted on their right sides. There were no injuries. Kuskowski was charged with traveling too fast for conditions.

Car hits guardrail

Patrick Alexander, 30, of New Hartford was driving east on Route 202 in New Hartford Jan. 17. At about 3:58 p.m., he lost control in snow. The 2007 Toyota Yaris crossed into the westbound lane. It hit a guardrail. The entire left side was damaged. Alexander was not injured. He was charged with traveling too fast for conditions.

Car hits tree and flips

William Haskell, 79, of Colebrook was driving east on Church Hill Road in Colebrook Jan. 17. At about 4:39 p.m., he lost control on icy road. The 2002 Dodge Stratus hit a tree and flipped over. Haskell was not wearing a seatbelt. The airbag deployed. He was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital with minor injuries. He was given a verbal warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

Car hits guardrail

Raymond Esbjerg, 18, of Winsted was driving south on Route 272 in Goshen Jan. 17. At about 8:29 p.m., the 1992 Saturn SC2 drifted off the right side of the road. It hit and knocked down about 100 feet of guardrail. It slid down an embankment and hit a utility pole. The car, owned by Kimberly Esbjerg, of Torrington, was heavily damaged. Esbjerg was given a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Accident investigated

Gertrude Gilman, 76, of Rocky Hill, Conn., was driving north on Route 27 in Norfolk Jan. 18. At about 9:52 a.m., police determined her vehicle had been in an accident at an unknown location. Gilman was not injured. Damage to her 2003 Chevrolet Impala was minor. No property damage was found.

Car hits unknown object

Hernan Duque, 64, of Stamford, Conn., was driving south on Route 183 in Colebrook Jan. 19. At about 11:22 p.m., he lost control in snow. The 1995 Ford Taurus hit something off the left shoulder. The car sustained moderate front end damage. Duque was not injured. He was given a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

Disorderly conduct

Michael Morris, 54, of Barkhamsted was arrested Jan. 20 after an investigation into an 11:11 p.m. 911 call of a domestic disturbance at his Lavander Road home. The complainant was Esther Morris, 53, of the same address. Morris was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a 911 call. Bond was set at $1,000. He was to appear in Bantam Superior Court Jan. 23.

Disorderly conduct

Kurt Olson, 42, of Norfolk was arrested Jan. 21 after a 7:42 a.m. 911 call reporting a domestic dispute at his Winchester Road home. The complainants were Holly Dustin and two juveniles, ages 4 and 7. Olson was charged with disorderly conduct and risk of injury. Bond was set at $1,000. He was to appear in Bantam Superior Court Jan. 23.

Car hits guardrail

Beatriz Stepien, 47, of Sandisfield, Mass., was driving south on Route 183 in Colebrook Jan. 21. At about 8:36 a.m., she lost control on snow. The 2010 Honda CR-V hit a guardrail on the left side of the road. It sustained minor front bumper damage. Stepien was not injured. She was given a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions because of an active snowstorm.

Car hits guardrail

Lisa Taylor, 43, of Enfield, Conn., was driving south on Route 219 in Barkhamsted Jan. 21. At about 2:07 p.m., she lost control in snow just north of Saville Dam. The 2011 Chrysler 200 went into a spin. It hit a guardrail head-on. Taylor was taken to Winsted Health Center as a precaution. She was charged with traveling too fast for conditions.

DUI

Irene Stefanski, 50, of West Hartland was driving east on Sandy Brook Road in Colebrook Jan. 21. At about 11:14 p.m., her 2004 Ford F150 veered off the right side of the road. It hit a tree. Stefanski was charged with driving under the influence and traveling too fast for conditions. Bond was set at $500. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Feb. 6.

Car hits guardrail

Toni Habetz-Cascella, 51, of Fairfield, Conn., was driving east on Bruning Road in New Hartford Jan. 21. At about 4:14 p.m., she lost control on a slight curve. Her 2005 Volvo Xc90 hit a guardrail. Damage was moderate. Habetz-Cascella was not injured. She was given a written warning for driving a vehicle with unsafe tires.

Car hits guardrail

Susan Mantie, 52, of New Hartford was driving north on Warner Road in Barkhamsted Jan. 22. At about 9:24 a.m., about a half-mile south of Ratlum Mountain Road, she lost control on snow-covered road. Her 2004 Ford Explorer hit a guardrail off the right shoulder. It sustained front end damage. Mantie was not injured. She was given a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

Car hits tree

Cord Becher, 21, of Winsted was driving south on Sandy Brook Road in Colebrook Jan 22. At about 3:11 p.m., he lost control on a curve. The 2000 Chevrolet Suburban skidded off the right side of the road. It hit a tree. Becher was not injured. He was charged with traveling too fast for conditions.

Car hits tree

Alec Wald, 18, of Northfield, Conn., was driving east on Sandy Brook Road in Colebrook Jan. 22. At about 7:28 p.m., he lost control on a curve. The 2009 Oldsmobile Cutlass skidded off the right side of the road. It hit a tree. Wald was not injured. He was given a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

The Winsted Journal will publish the outcome of police charges. Contact us by mail at PO Box 835, Winsted, CT 06098, Attn: Police Blotter, or send an email, with “police blotter” in the subject line, to winstedjournal@sbcglobal.net.

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