Police Blotter: Girls Trespass In Woods To Swim

The information in the article was provided by Newtown Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of what police allege.


On July 30, at approximately 4:20 pm, Newtown Police were dispatched to the area of the Shepaug Dam located at 72 Alberts Hill Road, Sandy Hook, for a report of four females entering the woods to go swimming. Newtown Police checked the area on foot and found the young women trespassing on the property owned by Firstlight Hydro  Generating Company.  One of the girls was identified as Tara Krehel, 19, 70 Sugar Lane.  She was accompanied by three 16 year old juvenile girls. They all received infractions for simple trespassing with an answer date of August 10, 2012. 

Lou Reda August 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
On any given hot day especially on the weekends there are cars packed in the state parking lot and anywhere else they can fit on Alberts Hill. Those cars are there because people are using the state forest as well as the power companies property either fishing, hiking, or swimming. It has been going on for the three decades plus that I have lived in the area, but over the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cars with many packing in for picnics including a fire and few if any packing out the mess. Those who use the forest should be aware that it is against the law to light a fire or litter within it's borders. The reason they are getting away with doing so is our town police do not enter the forest because it is the responsibility of the state environmental department. The state has so reduced funding for the "green shirts" that when I heard shots fired in the forest on a Sunday in hunting season, (it is against the law to hunt on Sunday), the officer who responded to my call was over 90 minutes away! That is what I call thin coverage. I don't have an answer for the problem but a suspect having the local police force patrol the area is a soild start.
Fred vili August 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
According to the town budget report the police issue warnings every day. I am assuming that a warning is a official document which indicates they did their job.
Da Face! August 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Let's think a moment. Let's say the cops gave the kids a warning. Now, after that newspaper article, wouldn't any kid say "Let's go...If we get caught, we'll just get a warning".....and the cops can go there for trespassers every day for the next 50 years. So many monday morning quarterbacks..........
patti krehel August 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I think it was disgraceful that the police put there names in the paper don't they have any more important issues to report like the drug dealers and the underage drinking that goes on all over newtown. Yes it could have been dangerous so a warning would have been sufficient kids went there all summer my kids just happen to be there when the police had to make their ticket quota for the month.Sad town
Lou Reda August 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Patti, If they went to the state forest instead of the power company property there would have been no issue. Several weeks ago the power company placed signs at the entrance specifically warning anyone who trespassed that they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Looks like they mean it! The state forest has a large parking lot at the end of Echo Valley Road. Park there and walk in the forest road until you reach the second path on the right. Follow it to a very private and sandy beach area. I shouldn't tell you folks that as it has been a nice place without litter or loud kids but it is public property so go for it.
Lucille Pieretti August 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
As a mother of one of the "offenders" of this HORRIFIC crime (what a joke!), I would like to thank the numerous people that commented that the police should have issued a warning first. But, since it was the end of the month, and they saw 4 girls (and more probably dollar signs), they each got a ticket. Instead of catching the people that I see on a daily basis talking on their cell phones and driving or going after the KNOWN drug dealing teens in this town, it's a lot easier to go after 4 innocent teens breaking the law by swimming where they shouldn't be. And a special comment to YODA -- maybe before you speak your mind about things you know nothing about -- I do have a pool in my backyard which the "criminals" use on a daily basis. And let me just say congratulations that when you were young you didn't get "caught" doing the wrong thing. Way to go!
yoda August 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Lucille, instead of looking at the glass half empty, look at it half full, your daughter could have drowned!
Lucille Pieretti August 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This situation, and my comment, has nothing to do with a glass being half empty or half full. I have raised 4 terrific, law-abiding children in this town and having to listen to ignorant people make comments on situations that have nothing to do with them is annoying to say the very least.
Sola August 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Law abiding except for that day apparently.
yoda August 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
My comment was made to let you see that we all have all made mistakes as children, that's how we learn. If something happened to anyone of those girls, this whole town would have felt each family’s loss, that’s what we do here in Newtown, we care about each other! I would chalk it up as money well spent and move on.
karen lyons August 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I am law abiding every day, except those days that I get arrested. When I get arrested , the cops should be catching other criminals! After all, there are other crimes that are more important. (and you wonder why her kids get arrested? How about saying, 'they made a mistake? Nope. Not in this day and age. If someone does something wrong, it's the cops who are wrong for doing their job. And if they let kids trespass, then they are not doing their job.) Bottom line, if you dont break the law, the cops dont have to decide if they give a warning, or arrest. Pretty simple.
tauntonlake August 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
So..parents of the trespassers .. what I'm hearing from you, is that, if anyone just got it into their heads to go swimming in your backyard pool, even if there was no one home to watch them, that would be perfectly okay ? They were just kids swimming, that's all. what harm in that ? Or are you the only landowners who have the right to restrict who trespasses on your property .. no matter how innocuous their trespassing is ... and if those people keep returning to your yard, , after warning after warning ..are you going to prosecute finally, so that everyone knows your serious about prohibiting trespassing ? or is just because it was YOUR kids in particular, that you are so bent out of shape. The landowners are perfectly within their rights to have trespassers ticketed, rather than just warned away.
yoda August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Look in the mirror and take responsibility for you own actions, how hard is it?
G August 12, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Wow... I agree with Yoda! Half the time I'm not even sure what he's saying! Every kid makes mistakes. Sometimes they get caught, and hopefully they're minor mistakes and we move on. My friend and I got caught removing 2 boards from a construction site 45 years ago. We wanted to build a tree house and didn't really know that it was illegal (to take the wood). The house was already built so we thought it was "extra". Seriously. We walked down the middle of the street with them.We weren't trying to hide anything - we were just young and maybe stupid ;-). Someone noticed and called the police. We were totally shocked when the cops came and told us we can't do that. Scared the hell out of me. Guess that's why I decided not to follow a life of crime! If your daughter(s) knew that they were trespassing, and they got caught - Okay, it's a learning experience. Don't do it again! If you knew where they were going beforehand, perhaps you should have gone with them and taken the blame? Otherwise, let 'em enjoy your pool.
Lucille Pieretti August 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Okayyyyy - well I cannot believe the shear amount of ignorant people that comment on this blog with obviously nothing else to do but spew their venom where it isn't necessary or wanted. I'm done with this conversation as I neither care about nor want to spend even another minute listening to morons. Worry about taking care of your own children and your own situations and hope that your kids don't end up in the patch so the town (or more correctly - the people that have nothing better to do) can be let out to attack. The Patch is certainly not what I thought it was. And the haters certainly do not make it "Nicer in Newtown".
tauntonlake August 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
okee doke. and you keep enabling your precious over-privileged kids (also typical of Newtown!!) there, mom, and wonder why today's generation of teens have no respect for private property, or authority.. Venom = facts you don't want to hear.
karen lyons August 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Lucille, You are part of the culture of blame everyone but yourself. Your idea of ignorance, is to label anyone with other concepts that you disagree with 'ignorant, and moronic." The actual facts and truth, are that all you needed to do was say , people make mistakes, and my child has learned a lesson. However, you chose to blame every one other than the people who actually chose the wrong path. And that, Lucille, is why your kids got in trouble, and why no one has much empathy for your kids or you. we are not the morons.
Sola August 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Your kids aren't wrong. Everybody else is! We all realize that now. Our mistake.
Christine Rose (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How many people commenting ever went swimming as a teen in places they shouldn't have? I know I did. Please show some compassion for a mother who is not happy her daughter ended up in the police blotter. And please stop calling each other morons. Please treat each other with respect and use Patch as it was meant to be used, as a place for neighbors to discuss the relevant news of the town, not as a place to bash each other. How many of you would speak this way if you were talking over a fence? These are real people, please treat each other with respect.
yoda August 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Christine, this was about a situation, the child’s mother turned it into something personal! Now if she didn’t say anything no one would have known it was her kid, due to the juvenile laws, that’s was a mistake on her part. We have all done something foolish and still do, no one is perfect, it doesn’t exist!
Susan August 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Lucille- You opened yourself up for these comments. If you don't hold your children accountable now, God help you and them in the future!
Bob August 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
No they don’t since the police force is so bloated compared to the crime rate. I think 50+ cops is way too high for this town. On one occasion, one of my headlights was shining to high. I had just put in a new bulb and messed up the adjustment and only when it was dark did I notice. On the way home, two cruisers with 3 cops total surrounded my car to tell me to lower one light. A tad heavy handed for a high light without any other violations or speeding. Yes, too many cops that are bored and quite frankly are looking for things to do. Yes, they should investigate trespassing, but often they are just bored. If we want to save serious money, cut the force by attrition to a reasonable size and make retirement 30 years and not 20 or 25.
wasabilori-newtown August 23, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Well said Lucille. Don't let the idiots in this town get to you.. I am totally with Barney Fife. and really don't think it's "Nicer in Newtown".
DAY August 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Dear Patch: You have a Newtown Police Blotter article, and a photo of a Bethel police shield. These are the little things that damage your already bruised image.
Yoloando September 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
this is for karen lyons, sola and yoda. All of your comments are ridiculous it shows how truly ignorant you are. YOU are not perfect either im sure theres been days now or as a kid that you broke the law its nearly inevitable yes some people get caught, in this case i do believe its a little ridiculous to not give out a warning. Another thing to think about now im not saying this happened in the case but im sure everyones kids have done it at some point where they tell you they're going someplace then go somewhere else even if they deny it i don't care who you are or how good of a parent you are it happens. One last thing is that its the people like sola, karen and so on that complain about officers not giving out a warning when they get a ticket for doing something wrong but when its not them they are perfect angles that can blame everything on everyone else.
yoda September 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Yoloando, Please if you are going to knock me, do it the day of, don't wait a month after the fact. I said I wasn't perfect, get with the program, this story is so old, please MOVE on!
Sola September 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Never got a ticket or even been stopped by a police officer. Nice try!
Big Family September 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Is this the same Christine Rose that has shone so much compassion for the Callahan family after they became unhappy about the fact that Liam Callahan DIED!!! What a hypocritical disgrace! They are "real people" Christine!
Christine Rose (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
While we deeply sympathize with Mr. Callahan's family and wish them peace throughout this tragedy, we have an obligation to report the news. We know that no single event defines an individual and we therefore encourage readers to continue to share their memories of Mr. Callahan and read the obituary we published: http://patch.com/A-xFHq
Big Family September 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
No, you did not "report" the news you chose to "report" the ALLEGATIONS!!! I think that this Patch has an obligation to know the difference especially when the affects are so severe.


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