Newtown K-9 Cop Helps Catch Five Vandals

Other recent police news includes an assault, larceny and DUI charges.

With the help of K-9 cop Baro, Newtown police nabbed five alleged vandals at an Albers Hill Road property on Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to the property at 12:42 p.m. and, upon arrival, heard smashing noises. Baro and officers were able to track down five individuals at a vacant building on the property.

Arrested were Garrett O’Connor, 22, of Sandy Hook, and John Hartlett, 24, of Newtown, on charges of third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespass and conspiracy.

Also arrested were Julian Wahlberg, 21, of Sandy Hook, Christopher Salvatore, 22, of Sandy Hook, and Steven Orrico, 23, of Sandy Hook, on charges of third-degree criminal mischief, criminal trespass, conspiracy and possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Police said Salvatore was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

With the exception of O’Connnor, who was released after posting a $100 cash bond, all were released on a promise to appear in Danbury Superior Court on April 10.

Warrant Arrest for Assault

Steven Johnson, 49, of Newtown, turned himself in to police headquarters at 1:30 p.m. on March 23 for an active warrant for his arrest.

He was charged with third-degree assault and reckless endangerment in relation to an incident that allegedly took place on Jan. 28 -- his birthday. He was processed and released on a promise to appear in Danbury Superior Court on March 26.

Erratic Driving Ends With OUI

A report of an erratic driver at 7:05 p.m. on March 21 resulted in the arrest of Danielle Licursi, 28, on charges of Operating Under the Infleunce and failure to drive right.

Police said the vehicle was stopped at 6 Queen Street after an officer observed the vehicle swerving. Licursi was released after posting a $100 bond and is scheduled to appear in Dabury Superior Court on April 10.

Garage Damaged

The homeonwer of an Old Hawleyville Road residence reported that the left front corner of a garage was damaged sometime between March 22-23.

The call came in at 10:12 a.m. on March 23 as a report of criminal mischief. Police said there was approximately $500 worth of damage.

Naugatuck Man Arrested

Robert E. Coffey, 28, of Naugatuck, was arrested at 10 p.m. on March 26 on charges of sixth-degree larceny and fraudulent use of an automated teller machine.

He was taken into custody at a Church Hill Road residence after a resident of the house called police to inform them that Coffey was there and police confirmed there was an active warrant for his arrest. Coffey was held on a court set bond of $10,000 and appeared in Danbury Superior Court on March 27.


Big Y Larceny

Michael Damico, 28, of Newtown, was arrested at 5:06 p.m. on March 23 on a charge of sixth-degree larceny.

Police said the alleged incident took place at , 6 Queen Street. Damico was released on a $100 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in Dabury Superior Court on April 5.

DUI Charged

George Burch, 25, of Sandy Hook, was arrested March 19 on charges of DUI, failure to maintain insurance, failure to drive right and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. His bond was set at $250 and he is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on April 3.

Mark Lurie March 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM
"Erratic Driving Ends With OUI" is that the magazine or just a French lesson?
BARBARA March 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Was expecting to see young people named at the Alberts Hill vandalism.....They are all men !! Way to go Baro!!!(and his handler). Baro has a full time job why don't the arrested 5 ????
Judy Vetare March 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Baro is an outstanding K-9 only because he has an outstanding handler! Kudos to Officer Figol for all the hard work she has contributed to our community, heading the Explorer program, community policing, K-9 unit and more. It's very inspiring to watch Officer Figol in action! Newtown she is beautiful!
Sam Mihailoff March 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Donna Monteleone Randle March 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Kudos to Baro and Officer Figol. I have heard all good things about her since she became Baro's handler. Yes, Baro is a great police dog, but like a fine musical instrument, he responds best in the hands of the right person. Well done "dynamic duo" and the Newtown Police Department!
Jim Nasium March 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
operating under the influence..duh
john pookman April 01, 2012 at 02:34 AM
less cops-more dogs!


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