Officers Mark Grasso and Scott Thompson along with Anna Rycegna who organized today's food drive to benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Thank you Westport for your generous donations!
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Westport Police Department is located at 50 Jesup Road, Westport, 06880 CT. The Acting Chief of Police of the department is Dale Call. The Westport Police Department phone number is 203-341-6000.
Officers Mark Grasso and Scott Thompson along with Anna Rycegna who organized today's food drive to benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Thank you Westport for your generous donations!
This morning, Lieutenant Jillian Cabana was one of more than 80 state wide recipients of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s First 100 Award because of her leadership and work to make a positive difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in Connecticut.
Thank you Catch A Lift for giving Staples High School a great presentation today!
Compo Road South at the Railroad underpass is now open. Traffic Advisory for Wednesday November 7, 2018 As a result of steady rainfall over the last few days, Compo Road South at the railroad underpass remains closed due to flooding. All vehicular traffic south of the underpass will have to utilize Hillspoint Road to access Greens Farms Road and the Post Road. The town is working to remedy this problem as quickly as possible. Motorists are asked to be patient, and leave extra time to get to work and/or school.
Westport Police Participate in No-Shave November You may notice that some members of the Westport Police Department are looking a little hairier this month. Several officers in the Westport Police Department, along with thousands of men across the country, are putting down their razors for an entire month and letting their facial hair grow out for “No-Shave November.” The mission of No-Shave November is to grow awareness of cancer and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. In support of No-Shave November, Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas has allowed participating officers to bend the grooming regulations and allow normally clean-shaven officers to grow out their beards in exchange for a minimum donation of $50 to Team Westport PD. As of November 6, 2018 officers have raised $2,300. Their goal this year is to raise $4,000. In the four years that Westport officers have been participating, the department has raised over $11,000. “October was a huge success in raising awareness for breast cancer and we hope that this will be equally successful. We are asking others to join us and donate the money spent on shaving to help educate others on cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle” said Westport Police Benevolent Association President and Westport Police Officer Brendan Fearon. "Everybody knows someone either directly or indirectly that has battled, or is currently battling, some form of cancer. We are trying to raise awareness and give back to those in need while they go through one of the toughest fights of their life" says Officer David Scinto. Officer Scinto and Officer Fearon approached retired Chief Dale Call four years ago about participating in this event. "We've been lucky that both retired Chief Call and Chief Foti Koskinas have been so supportive of this cause and allowed us to continue taking part" says Scinto. Officer Fearon added, "It's a good conversation starter. The public is used to seeing us clean shaven and when they see an officer with a beard responding to calls, it usually generates a conversation. It allows us to talk about cancer awareness and hopefully raise donations for this cause.” To make a donation on behalf of Team Westport PD, please visit: https://www.no-shave.org/team/WESTPORTPD This year’s No-Shave November donations will support programs with the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. All donations are tax-deductible.
On 11/04/2018 at approximately 1:45 am, an officer observed a dark colored sedan traveling southbound on Main Street at an extremely high rate of speed. The officer activated his lights and siren while turning around in an attempt to stop the vehicle however, the vehicle increased speed and evaded units. The suspect vehicle description was put out to the other patrol units. Another officer observed the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Post Road West and Riverside Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed. It then turned left onto Riverside Avenue before passing other vehicles. The estimated speeds of vehicle were in excess of 85 mph. The other officer initiated a motor vehicle stop in the area of 265 Riverside Avenue. The operator was identified as Tanmay Pathre, 32, of Stamford, CT. Pathre was arrested and brought to headquarters where he was charged with 14-223(b) Disobeying the Signal of an Officer, 14-222 Reckless Driving and 53a-63 Reckless Endangerment 1st. He was released after posting $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 11/19/2018.
On 09/28/2018 at approximately 10:30am, officers were dispatched to AT&T located on Post Road East for a report of a stolen item. An AT&T retailer received an alert that merchandise had been removed from the store safe. The complainant, an employee of the AT&T retailer, contacted the project manager of a company hired to repair recent flood damage. The complainant spoke to the project manager identified as “Curtis” and another worker on scene. During the conversations, no one advised the complainant any merchandise was moved off site, nor was anyone given permission to remove anything from the safe. Upon officers’ arrival, the store was found to be closed due to the flood damage and there were no signs of forced entry. Officers responded to the address of the hired clean-up company in Fairfield. Project manager Curtis Basdeo was at another job site upon officers’ arrival. He responded to the location in his company vehicle and retrieved a box containing 12 unopened phones from his personal vehicle. Officers later learned the phones had been delivered to the store earlier in the week and were valued at over $8,900. The items were seized and the investigating officer submitted an arrest warrant application for Basdeo, which was later approved. On 10/31/2018, Curtis Basdeo, 52, of Norwalk, turned himself in at police headquarters on the outstanding warrant. He was charged with 53a-124 Larceny 3rd and released after posting $2,500 bond. Basdeo is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 11/14/2018.
On 10/31/2018 at approximately 8:00pm, officers were dispatched to the victim’s address following an anonymous complaint of two people arguing loudly outside. Upon arrival, officers learned the victim and Tariq West had been in an argument, during which he cut the victim’s mattress in several places. West was taken into custody and brought to headquarters where he was charged with 53a-182 Disorderly Conduct and 53a-117 Criminal Mischief. He was released on $500 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 11/01/2018.
Westway Road is now open. Westway Road is closed until further notice due to police activity in the area. 🚧
A message from Animal Control Officer Gambino. Big thank you and shout-out to recently-retired head State Animal Control Officer, Ray Connors and his wife Kim, who happily took home the elderly chocolate lab that we've had here at Westport Animal Control for the last week and a half. Along with Ray's passionate career and huge contributions to the animal control field in Connecticut, he has a huge love for Labradors and an extensive background in caring for elderly animals. I know that Cocoa (now named Sadie) will be well taken-care of, and I know that she will be loved during the sunset years of her life. Here's to as many years more that she has! Thank you Ray, and Kim! ❤️🤗🐾
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween tomorrow!🎃🦇
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center DVCC that serves Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien is holding their first HarvestFest event on November 3rd at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, seasonal cocktails and live music! Tickets for the event can be purchased below: ... https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dvcc-harvestfest-tickets-50372…
On 10/01/2018, the victim came to police headquarters and reported James Malone violated an active protective order. One of the protective order conditions prohibited from contacting the victim in any manner. However, between late August and the date of the complaint, Malone texted the victim twice, called the victim’s home business line twice and was seen sitting inside his vehicle outside of the victim’s house once. The investigating officer submitted an arrest warrant application for Malone, which was later approved. On 10/16/2018, officers arrested Malone at his home on the outstanding warrant. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital for medical treatment and was processed by officers on 10/22/2018, upon his discharge. Malone was charged with 5 counts of 53a-223a Criminal Violation of Protective Order. He was released after posting $30,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 10/23/2018. On 10/01/2018, a second victim reported James Malone violated an active protective order. One of the conditions of the protective order prohibited Malone from contacting this victim in any manner. However, between late August and the date of the complaint, Malone called the victim’s home business line twice and was seen sitting inside his vehicle outside of the victim’s house once. The investigating officer submitted an arrest warrant application for Malone, which was later approved. On 10/16/2018, officers arrested Malone at his home on the outstanding warrant. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital for medical treatment and was processed by officers on 10/22/2018, upon his discharge. Malone was charged with 3 counts of 53a-223a Criminal Violation of Protective Order. He was released after posting $20,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 10/23/2018.
With Halloween approaching, the Westport Police Department offers a number of suggestions endorsed by area police departments and childcare councils. Motorists are urged to drive with extra care, as trick-or-treaters will be out on Wednesday evening, October 31st. Use caution when exiting driveways and as always, don’t drink and drive. Parents or other responsible adults should accompany all elementary school-age children in their travels. Younger children should complete their rounds by 6:30 p.m., older ones by 8:00 p.m. Agree on a specific time when older youths are due home and plan a route with them in advance. Costumes should be easily visible and marked with reflectorized tape, and/or flashlights should be carried. When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric that could create a fall hazard. Opt for face paint instead of a mask, so as not to impede field of vision. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out. -Travel in small groups to increase safety. Encourage children to stay in their own neighborhoods where they are known. -Children should only go to the houses where outside lights are on. A darkened house is not prepared to receive them. The Police Department receives complaints every year regarding doorbells being rung, even though the lights are out. -Use sidewalks whenever possible. Walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if sidewalks are not available. Travel only in well lit areas. -Children should not eat any treats until they return home and an adult can inspect them. Anyone receiving treats suspected of having been tampered with should call the Westport Police Department or their local police department immediately. -Never use candles to illuminate pumpkins. Flashlights or glow-sticks are much safer. The Police Department wants children to enjoy Halloween with good, clean fun, but warns that vandalism and acts of mischief which threaten safety or result in property damage will not be tolerated. Parents are encouraged to review these safety tips with their children. Parents are also urged to monitor their children’s activities not only on Halloween night, but also on Tuesday, October 30, the traditional “Mischief Night”. The Westport Police Department will have extra evening patrols on “Mischief Night” and Halloween. These patrols will concentrate on increasing motorists’ awareness to slow down and watch for children along the roadways, as well as deterring acts of vandalism. If these suggestions are followed, the Westport Police Department is confident that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
Traffic Advisory for Monday October 29th The Westport Parks & Recreation Department in conjunction with the Westport Police Athletic League and the Westport Downtown Merchant’s Association will be holding its annual Halloween Parade in the center of town this coming Monday (10/29). This is a very popular event that attracts hundreds of people. To accommodate the large volume of pedestrian traffic, several roadways in and around the parade route will be closed during the event. The following roads will be affected: Main Street will be closed from Post Road East to Avery Place starting at 2:30 p.m.; Avery Place will be closed starting at approximately 3:00 p.m., and; Myrtle Avenue from Evergreen Avenue to Main Street will be closed starting at approximately 3:00 p.m. All roads are expected to re-open by 5:00 p.m. Motorists should expect delays in the center of town due to these closures. The police department asks that motorists use extra caution when driving through the area.
Westport Police Department Educational Forum Hosted by the Westport Police Department Youth Bureau and Westport Human Services Youth Bureau The Westport Police Department would like to invite the public to an informational session to be held at the Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00PM. With the recent launch of our School Resource Officer program at Staples High School, Chief Koskinas wants to welcome all parents, PTA representatives, RTM members, and the general public to hear more about this very important program. It is also a great opportunity to meet the Youth Bureau teams and learn more about their general functions as they relate to the youth population in Westport. “Youth work in today’s climate, now more than ever, has to be a cross-systems collaborative effort, and we want to educate local parents as to how that works and why it is taken so seriously. A presentation by the Westport Police Department Youth Bureau is just another way for us to share that message”. The Westport Human Service Department’s Youth Service Bureau will also be on hand to discuss the importance of the partnerships across agencies. Topics will include a brief overview of our Juvenile Justice System, specific Westport policies and procedures on the handling of juveniles, diversion programs, the newly launched School Resource Officer program at Staples High School, a question and answer session, and much more. Anyone interested in learning more about the programs but unable to attend can email Det. Sgt. Jill Ruggiero at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-341-6017.
On 10/20/2018 at approximately 6:00pm, officers were dispatched to a Tiffany Lane residence on a report of a woman refusing to pay her cab fare. Upon arrival, officers learned Ruth Ramos had taken a cab from Norwalk to the home and was unable to pay her cab fare. Ramos was taken into custody and charged with 53a-125b Larceny 6th. She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 10/22/2018.
On 08/28/2018, officers were dispatched to a report of a residential burglary to a home under construction. A 65” television and Samsung sound bar were stolen from the wall resulting in approximately $1,000 damage to the wall to which it was mounted. The approximate value of the television was $1,200. Detectives responded to the scene and processed the home and evidence for fingerprints and DNA. Fingerprints found at the scene and investigation by Westport detectives identified the suspect as Daniel Cabrera-Otero of Bridgeport, CT. An arrest warrant application was submitted and later approved. On 10/19/18, Cabrera-Otero was located on Soundview Avenue in Bridgeport, CT by Westport detectives. He was taken into custody and brought to Westport headquarters where he was charged with 53a-103 Burglary 3rd, 53a-116 Criminal Mischief 2nd and 53a-125 Larceny 4th. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 10/28/2018.
On 08/23/2018, the victim responded to police headquarters to report an assault that had occurred at a Hillspoint Road address on 07/02/2018. The victim reported that Ian Pearson and a friend had been asked to leave the residence multiple times. The victim and another party escorted Pearson and his friend off the property at which time a verbal argument took place before Pearson punched the victim in the face. The altercation was broken up by people passing by. The victim suffered injury to his jaw, which required reconstructive surgery. An arrest warrant application for Pearson was submitted and later approved. On 10/21/2018, Pearson turned himself in at police headquarters on the outstanding warrant. He was charged with 53a-60 Assault 2nd and 53a-182(a)(1) Disorderly Conduct: Fight/Cause/Capable of Causing Minor Injury. He was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 11/01/2018.
On 10/04/2018, officers were dispatched to a report of ongoing harassment. The victim reported John Borg had erected three stadium style lights, which were pointed directly at her property and were activated three different times that evening. Borg was the respondent of an active protective order prohibiting him from harassing the victim and was previously arrested for similar incidents of harassment against the same victim. An arrest warrant application for Borg was submitted to court and later approved. On 10/17/2018, Borg turned himself in at police headquarters on the outstanding arrest warrant. He was charged with 53a-181a Public Disturbance and two counts of 53a-223 Criminal Violation of Protective Order. Borg was held in lieu of $300,000 bond and transported to Norwalk Court later that morning for arraignment.
On 09/12/2018, Westport detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of John and Alison Borg. During the course of the search, Alison Borg was uncooperative and refused to allow investigators access to various parts of the home including an attached garage and home office. For approximately an hour, investigators attempted to reason with Borg and have her provide access to the spaces, but she refused. Borg lied to detectives stating she did not have access to the attached garage or home office, whose door bore the name, "Many Gates". She claimed to have no affiliation with "Many Gates," however a search of the Office of Secretary of the State business inquiry showed Alison Schor was the president, secretary and treasurer of the Many Gates Healing Arts Center, P.C. of Westport, CT. Schor is Borg’s maiden name. When detectives were able to access the office space, they observed certificates for Alison Borg (Schor) and John Borg. There was no evidence of the space being used by anyone else. Entry was eventually forced into the garage, which housed a car registered under the name of Borg’s business. Alison Borg’s phone was also seized and searched under the search warrant. Her phone contained photographs of the inside of the attached garage and basement home office, though she claimed not to have access. An arrest warrant application was submitted for Alison Borg and later approved. On 10/17/2018, officers who transported John Borg to Norwalk Court for arraignment, observed Alison Borg sitting in the court room. She was arrested on the outstanding warrant and brought to Westport headquarters where she was charged with 54-33d Interference with Search: Resist/Oppose/Impeded/Interfere. Borg was released after posting $10,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on 10/24/2018.
On 09/12/2018, Westport detectives arrested John Borg of Sterling Drive. Detectives had sought a search warrant for Borg’s cell phone, which was granted by a judge. Borg’s phone was seized at the time of his arrest and he was advised of the search warrant for its contents. When investigators attempted to search the contents of Borg’s phone the following day, they found it had been wiped remotely and all the contents deleted. An arrest warrant application for Borg for tampering with evidence was submitted and later approved. On 10/17/2018, Borg turned himself in at police headquarters on the outstanding arrest warrant. He was charged with 53a-155 Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, held in lieu of $50,000 court set bond and brought to court later that morning for arraignment.
During the early morning hours of 12/30/2016, a Lexus was stolen from the driveway of a Compo Road South address. The vehicle had been unlocked with the keys left inside. On 02/26/2017, the vehicle was recovered in Waterbury, CT. A handgun and cell phone, both of which did not belong to the owner, were later recovered from the vehicle. Forensic evidence later linked Earnest Owens of Waterbury, CT to an empty iced tea can found in the vehicle. Further forensic testing linked Owens to the driver’s seat area of the stolen vehicle. Text messages contained in the found cell phone referred to the owner as “JR.” According to Owen’s driver’s license, his legal name was Earnest E. Owens, Jr. An arrest warrant application was submitted for Owens and later approved. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - On 10/17/2017, the victim reported two vehicles had been stolen from his driveway overnight. One of the vehicles was a 2009 Audi Q5. The victim reported the vehicle was unlocked and keys had likely been left inside. On 11/01/2017, the vehicle was recovered in Waterbury and towed to Westport headquarters where it was processed by detectives for evidence. Crow bars, gloves and a number of other items not belonging to the vehicle owner were located inside. Forensic evidence later linked Earnest Owens of Waterbury, CT to the stolen vehicle. An arrest warrant application for Owens was submitted and approved. On 10/18/2018, officers responded to Waterbury Court where Owens was being detained on the outstanding arrest warrant. Owens was brought to Westport Police headquarters where he was charged with Larceny 1st and Larceny 3rd. He was unable to post his total bond of $100,000 court set bond and was transported to Norwalk Court the following day for arraignment