Compiled by Timmy Semenza and Steven Wyman-Blackburn
10:08 AM EST, January 25, 2012
David Walshe, 44, was charged with impersonating a police officer after allegedly using a stolen credit card at a CVS in Old Saybrook. He was captured after allegedly displaying a police badge and identification while using the stolen card, reports The New Haven Register. Walshe also allegedly used the credit card to buy a spa treatment. He also faces an additional 27 charges on top of the impersonation charge.
Jamal Welch, 36, was charged with possession of a firearm after three New Haven police officers allegedly smelled burning marijuana coming from his car. Welch allegedly had a .357 Magnum revolver in his coat pocket, which, as The New Haven Register reports, one of the officers spotted while investigating the vehicle. Welch was sitting in the passenger seat of the car, and the unidentified operator of the vehicle was also charged with alleged marijuana possession.
Over a period of 24 hours, police received reports of three alleged church burglaries in West Hartford, reports West Hartford News. The police are reviewing the cases to see if there are any connections. The pastors and staff of the churches are being advised to install alarm systems and to secure the premises.
Phillip Colapietro, 30, was arrested for allegedly possessing heroin, which was concealed in his buttocks, as reported by the West Hartford Police Department. Police say that they were able to find the alleged heroin in Colapietro's pants. Incidentally, he was also charged with failure to wear a seatbelt.
“People just don't seem to understand that hot embers will burn cardboard and melt plastic,” reported The CT Post after witnessing the aftermath of a house fire that eerily resembled the Christmas Day Fire in Stamford. Last week in Greenwich, a man allegedly put the remaining ashes from his fire into cardboard box and placed the box outside his mansion before leaving for work. The fire later ignited and destroyed the living quarters above the man's garage which included a den, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Luckily, no one was inside when the fire struck.
Apparently, Baby Jesus gets stolen a lot in Bethel. After having been allegedly stolen on Jan. 6th, the Baby Jesus statue from the Bethel creche scene in Barnum Square was most finally reported to have been stolen last week. The reason for the delay was based on the fact that past transgressors usually returned the Baby Jesus within just a few days of the crime. In fact, some people have even stolen the Baby Jesus with good intentions in mind. “One year a well meaning citizen took Baby Jesus in order to prevent someone else from taking it,” said Police Captain Robert Cedergren. As of press time, the Baby Jesus has yet to be found or returned.
It was reported that a drunk 18-year-old named Peter Cianfaglione allegedly walked into the wrong house in West Hartford. Police claim Peter broke in through the home's garage. According to WFSB, The teenager was arrested by police and was charged with burglary, breach of peace and possession of marijuana.
In Middletown, Michael Durrett allegedly assaulted his girlfriend after he learned he was not getting his pork chops for dinner. After the girlfriend told Durrett he could make his own pork, Durrett threatened the victim by “telling her he was going to punch her in the face.” According to The New Haven Register, Durrett later threw a glass of juice at her, prompting the victim to call the police. Durrett was taken to the police station and charged with a misdemeanor.
Jaled Mayki Gorra, 41, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly returning to his hookah lounge after it was closed down. The Fairfield Casablanca Hookah Lounge was shut down for alleged code violations, including underage drinking, harassment, noise complaints, larcenies, narcotics violations and breach of peace. Apparently, “several 15- and 16-year-old girls had been served alcohol there,” according to The CT Post.
In Seymour, Joseph Downs, 32, was arrested for allegedly maintaining an elaborate marijuana-growing operation in his backyard shed. He allegedly was in possession of materials to support marijuana growing, including grow lights, starter pods, and two functioning dehumidifiers. The CT Post reports that the police had apparently gone to Downs' house for an unrelated investigation when they discovered the pot factory.
A Stamford man, Henry Jara-Villamarin, 19, was charged for allegedly falsely reporting an incident when he called Greenwich police to lie about how he had killed his girlfriend. According to Greenwich Patch, he wanted to “expedite (police) response,” so he reported he had already killed her, even though he hadn't. They were in the parking lot of a Crumbs cupcake bakery when the police arrived.
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