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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.

Car hits dumpster

Jeromy Hottinger, 17, of New Hartford was driving south on Greenwoods Road in New Hartford Jan. 25. At about 7 a.m., the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero went off the right side of the road. It hit a dumpster owned by Paine’s Inc., of Simsbury. The car, owned by John Carideo, of the same address, sustained front end damage. Hottinger was not injured. He was given a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

Two-car accident

Kylie Gonska, 32, of Torrington and Julie Davy, 58, of Barkhamsted were involved in a motor vehicle accident Jan. 28. The collision occurred at about 3:56 p.m. on Route 219 at Ratlum Road in New Hartford. No other details were given. The 2009 Nissan Murano, owned by Infiniti Nissan in Sacramento, Calif., had front bumper damage. Davy’s 1998 Volvo V70 had no visible damage. There were no injuries.

Vehicle damaged

A vehicle parked, locked and unattended at Campbell Falls State Park on Old Spaulding Road in Norfolk Jan. 29 was broken into. Wayne Underwood, 75, of Torrington told police the incident occurred between 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. The passenger door was damaged. The thief gained entry and stole various items. Anyone with information should call Troop B at 860-825-2500.

Jewelry stolen

The New Hartford Resident State Trooper’s office is investigating a report of the larceny of jewelry from a Hickory Knoll home. Debbie Kelly reported the incident Jan. 31. Anyone with information should call Trooper Strolis at 860-379-8621.

Traffic light hit

Salvatore Guglielmini, 49, of Monroe Township, N.J., was driving a tractor-trailer east on Route 44 in New Hartford Jan. 31. At about 10:53 a.m., the 2001 Peterbilt hit a low-hanging traffic light at the intersection of Route 219. Guglielmini was not injured. The truck had no visible damage. The traffic light was rendering inoperable. All permits for the truck and shipment were valid. No enforcement was taken.

Parked car hit

A gray 2008 Toyota Rav4 was damaged Jan. 31 while parked at Barkhamsted Elementary School on Ripley Hill Road. The left front fender was damaged. The incident was reported by George Black, of Winsted. Anyone with information should call 860-824-2500.

Car hits guardrail

Brian Watras, 25, of Granby, Conn. was driving south on Route 219 in Barkhamsted Feb. 1. At about 1:47 a.m., the 1994 Ford Probe veered off the right side of the road. It hit a guardrail. It sustained moderate damage to the front left quarter panel. Watras was not injured. He was charged with failure to maintain the proper lane.

Warrant arrest

Nicole Leguern, 28, of Torrington turned herself in on a warrant Feb. 1. Charges stemmed from a Jan. 22 motor vehicle accident on Litchfield Road (Route 272) in Norfolk. Leguern crashed a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo into a guardrail. She left the car partially blocking the road. She was charged with failure to carry insurance that meets minimum requirements, traveling too fast for conditions, evading responsibility, failure to maintain the proper lane, improper parking and interfering with police. Bond was set at $1,000. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Feb. 21.


Joanna Klosek, 33, of New Hartford was stopped by police on Route 219 in New Hartford at about 8:29 p.m. Feb. 2. She was charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive right and making a restricted turn. Bond was set at $500. She is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Feb. 21.

Unsafe passing

Edward Follet, 74, of New Hartford was stopped at a red light on Route 219 at Route 44 Feb. 3. At about 11:19 a.m., he attempted to turn right onto Route 44 by passing on the right a truck stopped in front of him. Jose Ruiz-Lorenzo, 33, of Bristol, Conn. was driving the truck; a 2002 International 4300. He proceeded to turn right. His right side mirror hit the left rear of Follet’s 2004 Ford F250. Damage was minor. There were no injuries to the driver or Ruiz-Lorenzo’s passenger, Miguel Valencia, 31, of Bristol. The accident remains under investigation.

No right-of-way

Eugene Deroode, no age given, of New Hartford entered Route 44 from a parking lot in New Hartford at about 2:04 p.m. Feb. 3. He pulled his 1998 Ford Explorer into the path of a 2011 Toyota Tacoma driven by Brett Connors, 42, of New Hartford. Both vehicles sustained front end damage. Deroode refused treatment at the scene for a minor injury. He was charged with failure to grant the right-of-way.


Brendon Kolek, 22, of Winchester was driving on Route 183 in Winchester Feb. 4. At about 8:15 a.m., a trooper observed Kolek behind him with his high beams on. He was stopped and charged with driving under the influence and improper use of high beams. Bond was set at $500. He is to appear in Bantam Superior Court Feb. 27.


Heather St. Peter, 34, of Collinsville, Conn. was driving east on West Hill Road in New Hartford Feb. 4. At about 9:46 p.m., she lost control on a curve. The 2004 Subaru Forester hit a tree. It rolled over. St. Peter was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital with leg pain. Passenger Michael Underwood, 30, of New Hartford was flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is under investigation.

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