Newtown Police Department

  • Agency: Newtown Police Department
  • Address: 3 Main Street, Newtown, 06470 CT
  • Chief: Michael K Kehoe (Chief of Police)
Phone: (203) 270-4254
Fax: (203) 270-0637

Newtown Police Department is located at 3 Main Street, Newtown, 06470 CT. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael K Kehoe. The Newtown Police Department phone number is (203) 270-4254.

Newtown Police Department News

Congratulations to Officer Maryhelen McCarthy. Ofc.McCarthy received a community service award from the Southern Connecticut Agency on Aging. Ofc.McCarthy was nominated for her extensive investigative work and the successful prosecution in a case of an abused senior received from her caretakers. Chief Viadero commented that this was well deserved recognition. The service and dedication to our towns' seniors and senior related programs has been a testament to Ofc.McCarthy's compassion for that segment of our community. We thank her for all she does while on duty and off, often giving up her personal time for our seniors and their very vital programs.

**Crime Alert** On 10/23/2018 at approximately 3am Officers from the Newtown Police Department were dispatched to the area of South Main Street at Bears Hill Road to search for a stolen motor vehicle. It was reported that a blue Toyota Highlander was stolen out of Greenwich earlier in the evening and had just been in a pursuit with Bridgeport Police and the vehicle was last seen traveling north on Route 25. While checking the area, Newtown Officers observed the Highlander heading northbound on South Main Street near Pecks Lane and began to follow the stolen vehicle. The stolen Highlander turned right on to Wasserman Way when the officer activated their over head emergency lights and siren. The Highlander took off at a high rate of speed, heading westbound. In the area of 100 Wasserman Way, just prior to Exit 11, the Highlander went off the roadway on the right and hit the guardrail and came to a stop. The suspect driving the vehicle, later identified as Cameron David King (age 18) of Bridgeport CT, exited the drivers side of the vehicle and started running westbound on Wasserman Way. After a brief foot chase the suspect was taken into custody. King was charged with Larceny 3rd, Engaging Police in Pursuit, Reckless Endangerment, Traveling too Fast for Conditions, Reckless Driving, Restricted Turn, Failure to Maintain Lane and Interfering/Resisting police. King was held on a $50,000.00 Bond and will appear in court this morning.

*** Road Closure*** Due to the bridge project, Walnut Tree Hill Rd will be closed from Glen Rd to River Edge Drive on Friday 10/19/2018 from 4:00 pm until Saturday 10/20/2018 at 4:00 am. All traffic will need to use Glen Rd to Church Hill Rd to Walnut Tree Hill Rd.

**Crime Alert** Assault on Officer, Engaging in Pursuit, FTA, and more On 10/7/18 Newtown officers were conducting traffic enforcement on Rt 34 when they observed a vehicle without a front registration plate, the rear plate registration was identified as belonging to a different vehicle. While attempting to stop said vehicle it engaged in pursuit with the officers. Due to safety concerns to the community the officers disengaged the pursuit. Officer James located the vehicle a short time later on a side street. Officer James confronted the driver on foot and attempted to disable the vehicle. At that time the operator accelerated away dragging Officer James almost crushing him between his patrol vehicle and the suspect vehicle. Officer James was again able to locate the vehicle a short distance away where it was unoccupied. Newtown’s K9 did successfully track the suspects movement on foot, however it was later identified the suspects were picked up a short time later by a third vehicle. Newtown Police were able to obtain an arrest warrant with 11 charges on the suspect, John Paul Suero of Danbury for this incident. With the most serious charges being Assault on a Police Officer, Engaging in Pursuit, Reckless Operation and Larceny 1st Degree (stolen vehicle). On 10/13/2018 Newtown Police and Danbury police orchestrated a manhunt for Suero who had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. One warrant was for the above mentioned incident. The remaining three warrants were out of Bethel and Torrington on Failure to Appear in Court on other charges. Suero was held over the weekend on a combined $104,500 bond and transported on 10/15/18 to Danbury Superior Court for arraignment.

**New Police Facility Information and Open House** The Police Department is offering tours of both the existing police station and the proposed location (191 South Main St). Please join us. TOURS Oct 27th, 10am to noon at both locations (3 Main St & 191 S. Main St)

**Crime Alert** Good Morning. As many of you are aware, yesterday the Newtown Police Department investigated an incident in which a stolen car was abandoned in the area of Pole Bridge Rd. and a younger hispanic male was seen abandoning the stolen vehicle which had been stolen from Danbury. Officers converged on the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. A Code Red was sent to residents for informational purposes due to the large scale police activity in the area and abundance of caution. Based on the Code Red, our Police Department, received information on the suspect and he has been tentatively identified. The police continue to investigate this case with hopes an arrest can soon be made. We really like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation.

**CRIME ALERT** For the second time this month, Francesco Gurnari, age 20, of Norwalk CT has been arrested. Today Gurnari turned himself into the Newtown Police Department after learning that police were looking for him to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. Gurnari was arrested and charged with stalking and breach of peace. The charges stem from an earlier incident on where the suspect followed a female in his vehicle and on foot to several businesses in town and continued to follow her to her residence. The suspect and victim were unknown to each other. The victim who was being followed called police when she feared for her safety and was able to provide police with a description of Gurnari and the vehicle he was driving so police were able to track him down. Gurnari admitted to police that he had been following the victim and had followed other woman in the past. Gurnari was released on a $10,000 bond and will appear in Danbury Court on 10/12/2018. Gurnari was also arrested by Monroe Police on September 14th, after an incident where Gurnari exposed himself and masturbated in front of a female victim who was pumping gas at a local gas station. Those charges by the Monroe Police Department are also still pending in Bridgeport Superior Court.

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For those of you asking, this is the 25 year "before" picture, as you can see police work had no effect on them!😆

Congrats to Captain Vanghele and Sergeant Ruszczyk. They were both presented by First Selectman Dan Rosenthal this morning at roll call with certificates of appreciation for their 25 years of outstanding service.

**Crime Alert** Two vehicles were stolen today in the very early morning hours. One vehicle was stolen from Currituck Rd and the other one was stolen from Old Bethel Rd. Both vehicle had the keys left in them. One of the vehicles has already been recovered abandoned in Hartford and we are actively searching for the second vehicle, also in Hartford. Please remember to lock your cars.

Text to 911 is now LIVE in Newtown. This service allows residents to reach emergency services via text messages. Residents are reminded to call 911 whenever possible. Learn more at or call 203-270-4296

**Newtown Police Department** On 8/14/18, the Newtown Police Department working with the State of CT DMHAS Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP), conducted unannounced compliance inspections of the establishments in Newtown that offer tobacco and electronic-cigarette items for sale. This effort was undertaken as a joint effort with the Newtown Prevention Council as a part of their continuing efforts to prevent tobacco use and support healthy, substance-free living. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with State laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen. A trained and supervised minor deployed by the TPEP inspection team entered the retail establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco and/or e-cigarette products without identification to ensure compliance with State laws. A total of 19 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this total, 5 establishments were found non-compliant by selling tobacco or e-cigarette products to the minors. E-cigarette/vaping items were attempted to be purchased at 4 of the establishments, of which one was non-compliant and sold an E-cigarette to the minor. The offending clerks were issued infractions for either 53-344 (sale of tobacco to a minor) or 53-344(b) (Sale of e-cigarette product to a minor). Both carry a first time penalty fine of $200. In addition, non-compliant tobacco retailers are referred to the Dept. of Revenue Services for possible administrative sanctions. The following retailers were found to be non-compliant: - Bottle Stop Wine & Spirits (5 Queen St.) - Dodgingtown Market & Deli (57 Dodgingtown Rd.) - Sugar Hill, LLC – Gulf (153 Sugar St.) - Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits (228 S. Main St.) - Walgreens (49 S. Main St.) The following retailers were found to be compliant: Yankee Wine & Spirits (6 Queen St.) Big Y (6 Queen St.) Newtown Convenience (22 Church Hill Rd.) Caraluzzi’s (5 Queen St.) Newtown Mobil (62 Church Hill Rd.) Nick’s Chilled & Distilled (102 Church Hill Rd.) Wheels 67 (67 Church Hill Rd.) Hawleyville Wine & Liquor (23 Barnabas Rd.) Taunton Wine & Liquor (147 Mt. Pleasant Rd.) Dodgingtown Liquor (57 Dodgingtown Rd.) Stop & Shop (228 S. Main St.) Brand Cigars (266 S. Main St.) Cork N Barrel (266 S. Main St.) Citgo (151 S. Main St.) The Newtown Police Department and the Newtown Prevention Council wish to thank those businesses that were compliant by following the law and for doing their due diligence in keeping our youth safe by preventing their access to tobacco and vaping products.

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**Crime Alert** On 08/09/2018 at 2:30am Newtown Police stopped a vehicle traveling up Church Hill Rd with defective lightning equipment on the vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle, Patrol Ofc. Steven Siecienski detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver and his passenger were both under the age of 18. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the juvenile passenger, who resides in Newtown and the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana and packaging material. The total weight of the marijuana was over a half a pound. The juvenile passenger was charged with the following charges; Illegal possession of marijuana Possession with intent to sell The juvenile driver was issued an infraction for driving a vehicle with defective equipment and violating passenger restrictions. Both juveniles were released to their parents


**Larceny Suspect** Newtown Police Requesting Your Help CVS Larceny Suspect On 07/13/2018 a male used a stolen credit card at the Newtown CVS located at 6 Queen St to purchase over $300 of gift cards. If anyone recognizes this individual or has any information please contact Officer Pisani at the Newtown Police Department (203-426-5841) or

***Warning Graphic Video*** Last night Patrol Ofc. Timothy Schoen was called to the scene of a deer in distress. The deer had one of its hind legs tangled in the fence. Not being trained in the police academy on how to handle these situations Ofc Schoen did the best he could with what he had. After being freed the deer ran off into the woods. Thanks Ofc Schoen!

**Crime Alert** On 7/25/2018 at 11:23pm Newtown Police stopped a vehicle traveling down Church Hill Rd with no headlights on. Upon stopping the vehicle, Sgt.Matthew Wood detected an odor of alcohol coming from the car. The driver and the four juvenile occupants in the vehicle were under the age of 18. An investigation led to the arrest of the juvenile operator who resides in Newtown and the seizure of a large quantity of prescription pills and other controlled substances. The juvenile was charged with the following charges; Illegal possession of a controlled substance Possession with intent to sell a controlled substance Possession with intent to sell a hallucinogenic substance Possession of drug paraphernalia. "This was a great arrest by an alert patrol sergeant, who is also a Drug Recognition Expert, Sgt. Wood's efforts removed over 1000 Xanax pills and a large quantity of Molly crystal rock from a drug dealers hands and off the streets in Newtown" police spokesman Lt. Aaron Bahamonde. "This investigation is ongoing and the juvenile's vehicle has been seized and police will work with the Danbury prosecutors office to seek the forfeiture of the drug dealers car and his cash.

**Crime Alert** Monroe, CT. On Sunday, July 22 at approximately 6:13 PM a white male entered the subway sandwich shop located on route 111. He implied he had a gun and demanded the clerk place all the money in a sandwich bag. Attached is a photo of the suspect as he entered the sandwich shop. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Monroe police department at 203-261-3622.

Please remember to lock your cars and take your keys. Both cars stolen last night had the keys in them. This is far from over! This is one suspect of dozens. Don't be the next victim.