West Redding firefighters are working to put out a large structure fire in Georgetown, according a report from the West Redding Fire Department. The fire, which was reported at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, is in a multi-family apartment complex at 56 Portland Ave., according to the report. One resident of the home, who had minor burns and smoke inhalation, was sent to Danbury Hospital, according to the report. No injuries have been reported as of this time. Members of all three Redding volunteer fire departments, plus members of Wilton, Weston, Bethel and Ridgefield fire departments, were called to … Read more
Easton police will be replacing their current handguns with a slightly smaller and lighter handgun. The department now uses Glock 21 full-size .45-caliber guns, which will be traded in and replaced with Glock 19 compact .45-caliber weapons. Some officers have complained that the current guns are too heavy, too big, hard to shoot at long distances, and difficult to grip correctly, according to Easton Detective Kent Lyman’s recent presentation to the Police Commission. The Glock 21 also can catch on car seat belts and ride an officer’s service belt up, Lyman said.”It’s fairly heavy on their belts,” he said of … Read more
A Redding resident pled guilty Tuesday to several sexual charges involving a minor in a case that also involved the arrests of a former Redding Board of Education chairman and her husband. Appearing in state Superior Court in Danbury, Stephen Overby pled guilty to first-degree sexual assault with a person under the age of 13, risk of injury to or impairing the morals of a child, and first-degree possession of child pornography. Overby, who now resides in Norwalk, was arrested by Redding Police on March 2, 2017. He is free in lieu of a $500,000 bond. At the time … Read more
Redding Phone Scam A New Fairfield resident reported receiving a phone call from the Redding police. The caller said the Redding Police Department was soliciting donations. The phone number of the person who called is 203-405-2958. Whitepages.com has a record of the phone number being a scam with 21 reports of fraud calls. There were 175 calls from this number and 104 searches on it. When police called the number, an answering machine picked up. Redding police are warning the public to be aware of this scam. Those who receive calls from anyone stating they are collecting for the Redding Police … Read more
Crews are working to repair a water main break in Easton. The break, off Gate Ridge Road in lower Easton, was reported around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, according to Easton Police Capt. Richard Doyle. “The water was bubbling out of the ground,” Doyle said. However, he added it is a very small street so there was “not a big disruption of water,” he said. “There is very, very minimal damage caused by this.” The cause of the break is unknown. Police called Aquarion Water Company and they are repairing the break. Doyle added Aquarion will clean up the area, … Read more
Does Redding need to reduce its police staff? There were mixed reactions to this question at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Shortly after the meeting began, Wolf Boehme — a resident who formed an online petition and Facebook page to gather support for reducing the number of police in town — stood up in his seat, faced Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton, as well as Selectmen Peg O’Donnell and Michael Thompson, and aired his concerns. Reading from his petition — on which he had collected about 175 signatures — he said he is worried about “the budget pressures on … Read more
The Redding Police Department is looking for suspects involved in fraudulent ATM withdrawals. Police are working on obtaining more photographs from the other ATM withdrawals in hopes of identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone who can identify this suspect or has information is asked to contact any officer at the Redding Police Department at 203-938-3400.
Easton Police have been receiving multiple reports of phone scams in town, according to officer Jay Festa of the Easton Police Department. “The caller says a relative has been kidnapped. The caller then threatens to hurt the victim unless he gets cash,” Festa said. “The resident is told not to contact anyone, to just wire the cash immediately.” The Easton Police Department received four reports of these calls alone on Friday, Feb. 9. Festa said if anyone receives a call of this nature to “immediately hang up.” “Never give out information,” he said, adding residents should then call the … Read more
To the town of Redding: As I follow the opinions of a handful of people interested in restructuring the Redding Police Department I find the discussion to be bittersweet. On the one hand, I pray every day that you and your family will never need me. On the other hand, I am saddened that you don’t know me or Redding’s other amazing public safety professionals that serve your community every day. Open dialogue is good. Requesting that your government is fiscally responsible is good. But, in this case, misinformation and/or a misunderstanding of the services provided to you are not. … Read more
The Redding Police Department is looking for suspects involved in fraudulent ATM withdrawals. Police are working on obtaining more photographs from the other ATM withdrawals in hopes of identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone who can identify these suspects or has information is asked to contact any officer at the Redding Police Department at 203-938-3400.