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Teens' Alleged Illegal Parking Leads to Pot Charges

One juvenile and one adult were cited for marijuana possession, while five infractions were issued for illegal parking.


The presence of five vehicles that were allegedly illegally parked at the state DEEP property near Berkshire Road led police to a group of teenagers who were reportedly smoking marijuana in the woods.

According to a police report just released, at about 1:40 p.m. on Nov. 10, police observed numerous parking violations on Old Mill Road near the state DEEP property along Berkshire Road. Upon investigating, police observed a group on the property and subsequently located drug paraphernalia. One adult and one juvenile were reportedly in possession of marijuana, police said.

Phillip Reynolds, 18, of Mountain Laurel Lane in Sandy Hook, was issued an infraction for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. That carries with it a $150 fine.

A juvenile was also issued a summons to juvenile court for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. And five infractions were issued for improper parking, police said.

[The information in this report was provided by the Newtown Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.]

Burt November 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Harmless? At my company we test new employees for Marijuana use. You fail the test, you don't get hired. Don't like this rule, then don't apply to work for us. Good riddance. We are ranked #1 in our industry. Maybe our lack of tolerance for drug use is why.
Marisa C November 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Sorry Susan, but that study is hardly concrete evidence. I see no mention of a control group. Also, the people in the study were not kept in padded rooms for 20 years. They were growing up, maybe smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, bumping their heads playing football, or what have you. Couldn't anything in the world have contributed to a different IQ score? Hint: the answer is yes.
Lyle Murphy November 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I bet you $20, that if did a random drug test on everyone tomorrow, 3 out of 10 would fail.
John Jacob November 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM
whats yuor company called "being lame and old"
Lyle Murphy November 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
There's actually a math equation for crime we could be using. Not sure how acurate it is, BUT it is interesting. ftp://ftp.math.ucla.edu/pub/camreport/cam11-37.pdf
Susan Washburn November 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Everyone should read all the research articles at drugabuse.gov. Then comment.
Marisa C November 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Use your critical thinking skills before you believe everything you read. See my reply to you above, unless you ignore logic..
Lyle Murphy November 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM
You presented an argument that has no validity. Marijuana use has ZERO negative effects when used in moderation. I'm not a marijuana user, but if you look at ALL the facts, not just the ones you agree with, from a common sense approach, you will find that marijuana is harmless if not abused. Period. Here's some reading for you...http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000145 http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004477 http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000141 Please note, that anyone who had a bad opinion about marijuana were referring to smoking 3-4 marijuana cigs a day. Which would be considered "abuse." I agree that anyone under 18 should not be smoking pot, but after they turn into an adult, it is their responsibility to choose what kind of lifestyle they wish to live, and we should leave it up to them to decide, not the government.
Susan Washburn November 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
That procon.org study was not a scientifically arranged study. The studies that the government posts on their website are statistically significant scientific studies. If you want to find out what the effects are of moderate use of marijuana, you can find those also on the website.
Susan Washburn November 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Also, there was a control group in the New Zealand IQ study.
Joe adams November 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Most people don't even know how many kids smoke pot in Newtown, most kids in the high school have or do still smoke marijuana. Look these kids were in the wrong place at the wrong time, Every kid makes mistakes, but that doesn't mean these kids need help. personally cops in Newtown have nothing to do but bust kids for stupid little reasons. seriously You guys don't need to be ridiculing an 18 year old ADULT its his life and he can choose what he wants to do with it. also everyone there was 16 and above I'm actually friends with the people there and they are great kids who have a great life ahead of them. If any of you parents out there are trashing Phil just think back to when you were a kid, you cant say you haven't smoked Marijuana before, and if you haven't then good for you! PS: no one cares about the studies, kids do what they do and they'll live with the consequences.
ray iaizzi November 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM
susan,marijuana is just about the least dangerous drug there is.it is easier to harm yourself with advil.i feel bad for you skewed views
Art November 28, 2012 at 01:13 AM
i know no less than 50 people who have been smoking pot for 20 + years. None of them have testicular cancel, they all have good jobs making a good living. If you think the government studies aren't biased then you also probably think congress is doing a great job! There are 15 states who are attempting to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Is alcohol a better choice with no bad effects?
Youth November 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Everyone here who is talking about studies needs to take a second to step out of there box and smell the fresh air of the world. ya its illegal, so is going 26 mph on hanover rd, our judicial system is a joke. All you soccer moms and helicopter dad's are the losers of the world and the ones who raise losers. There is more to life then a middle class lifestyle and love handles. Reaping enjoyment out of How I met your mother re-runs and being 30 minutes early to pick there kids up from basketball practice are the type of people that god himself feels bad for. He put pot on this earth for people to enjoy it, thats why it grows and is not created in a ghetto kitchen, it isn't poison and that has been proven to us through musical legends like Bob Marley, movie producers like Jerry Weintraube and oh ya our first president of the United States George Washington. Its an amenity of our world that BILLIONS use on a daily basis, which makes all of those "heavy users" love life unlike you moms and dads who fall asleep every night miserable thinking of how much your life has become a joke. No one has ever died from marijuana or hurt anyone on it or robbed a house,but ya I forgot people die by the minute in this country from drunk driving and cigs, which is ok for you
Youth November 28, 2012 at 02:06 AM
CEO dad's to do thinkin you got the world figured out when all you really have is pot-head kid you think is an angel who secretly hates you and if you have to ask the question about your own, yes i'm a teenager in Newtown high school and yes they do smoke pot and yes they hide it from you, so open your eyes, please. And for every mom in this town who is going to gossip about Phil in your 11-12 tuesdays pilates class where you think your burning calories when in actuality your gunna be fat till the day you die and say he is bad news and you dont want your kids hanging out with him you deserved to be slapped, he is one of the most fun loving kids and at the age of 18 has learned to love others and have fun, which makes me know that he will go far in this world. So for all who will read this, don't think your better then anyone. Figure out your own life before you take shots at a plant you've never smoked, and 16-18 year old kids you have never had a conversation with because your the people who should have the $150 fines, you ruin natures path and the evolution of this country and the future of children and quite frankly your already tarnished one. All you do is sit on your computer and get brainwashed by bullshit studies on something you couldn't even recognize if it hit you in the face. So really smoke a joint, open your eyes, and shut up because you don't know a thing about your sons and daughters, the joys of life your missing, or the world that is growing around you.
Youth November 28, 2012 at 02:41 AM
alright mike thats good for you but what are you fighting for right now, nothing, your not gunna stop kids from smoking pot or make new laws, your arguing with a teenage kid over the Newtown patch. your the type of person i was referring to who deserves the $150 fine. If no one ever broke the law America would not have 50 states and African Americans would still be sitting in the back of the bus. All i'm saying is in 10 years when you see a pack of marlboro greens at you local gas station you should think about buying them because the world is changing and in this cynical town we live in where parents don't even know there children we have bigger problems then kids being with there friends smoking something that grows out of the ground we walk on everyday, listening to music, with smiles on there face, capitalizing on the gifts our god gave to us. (:
Youth November 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM
you seriously need to smoke weed before you can start talking about its affects and an incident you clearly don't know a thing about
ben dover November 28, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I love ignorant people who only see one side of things. I'm 72 years old, and I have a terrible time keeping up with this ever changing society. Time has truly changed, and for some one who is still 72 and self-employed I do my best to keep up. As someone who grew up being told that marijuana is a terrible drug, well i believed every bit of it. Now, because of accurate research and multiple tests, every day something i was told about marijuana as a kid is now coming to realization to me that, it was all a lie. I didn't take it to heart or anything, but there was once a day where somebody said, "No, the sun doesn't revolve around the earth, the earth orbits around the sun, with also 7 other different planets." we called that person crazy, well look at us now, he was right.
Cody Zeller November 28, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Mike and Ben Dover, life goes on move on from this. Is it really that important to you, grow up and stop commenting on articles where kids made mistakes. You cant say you have never made a mistake growing up.
2CHAINZ November 28, 2012 at 04:49 AM
They were smoking pot.. Along with 60% of the country. Newtown housewives need to calm down.
Waka Flocka Flame November 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yo the police just ain't bout that life
Bear November 29, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Thank god the citizens of Colorado and Washington are brighter than these folks
Grandmaster Flash November 29, 2012 at 04:56 AM
This is what is newsworthy in Newtown?
WaxyGordon November 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
They break into my house, they will leave with a hole the size of a grapefruit in their chest.
Tom Bittman November 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM
WaxyGordon, too much "Rambo" and not enough real life. Let's hope you never get the opportunity to make the mistake of your lifetime with your big toy. Sure, you MIGHT get the career bad guy who's out to hurt you. That's the Rambo dream. But you are more likely to get the 15-year old kid making bad decisions, or the guy pranking the wrong house, or maybe even something like this: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-09/news/chi-cops-retired-detective-fatally-shoots-son-after-mistaking-him-for-intruder-20121009_1_michael-griffin-james-griffin-stephen-griffin.
Susan Washburn December 03, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I feel sorry for you kids. I can see the effects the pot has had on your thinking. I call it the propaganda drug. It makes you angry and hateful. It makes you think some people don't want the best for all of you and themselves. It makes you think all things that grow on the earth, "natural" things, are not poisonous to us. That's just not true. Marijuana can be found in the body after just smoking part of a joint within a year afterwards. That is a very powerful substance. I feel sorry for the U.S. if more people start or keep using it. I care about those kids and don't want anything bad to happen to them, ever. They should only have the best, happiest life they can possibly have, and they will have it, if they stop using drugs. And so will we all.
Bill December 05, 2012 at 03:28 AM
The patch should be removed. Just people ripping on eachother
Why? December 05, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I agree with you, Phil is a great kid, he is always friendly, he is really smart, and he's going to have a great future. If any of you got to know him, you would feel the same. This town can seem really small and unsophisticated, which is reflected in the adults here commenting about kids. It goes on in the police blotter "comments" and sometimes in the sports "comments". I am an adult and I would love to see other people start acting like adults. Share your opinions without calling kids out.
G December 05, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Good topic for discussion. I'm guilty for ripping on others and making snide comments now and again. I'm trying to do better. But the Patch is not responsible. The internet and our freedom of speech and anonymity make this possible. In my own case, I don't publish my own name because I have been vandalized numerous times since I moved to Newtown - my front window was shot out within the first month, and I didn't even know anyone in town! I have certain opinions which I express, but I am concerned about repercussions to my family, our privacy, and our property. Therefore, I choose to remain anonymous. Some of these discussions on Patch certainly get carried way too long, but they may be just a part of the cost we pay for the freedom of speech. I think an "ignore user" would be helpful in some cases, Kinda like we have in real life. ;-) Have a nice night/day. I'm sure certain others will be offering their opinions soon!
Dan January 31, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Why don't you look at the countless studies (those with no agenda) that prove exactly the opposite. The federal government likes to use such scare tactics to influence you to buy in. You should not speak of what you do not know. It is your choice not to indulge, but it is up to no person to tell another what they can put in to their body. Especially with the effects of Alcohol and Tobacco (both legal) being as devastating as they are, not to mention the huge prescription drug problem in Fairfield County. Yet we want to spend our time and money enforcing victim less crimes.

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