Mary Tyler Moore funeral makes busy month for Fairfield cops

February 22, 2017 GMT

FAIRFIELD - From drug busts to stolen cars to the funeral of actress Mary Tyler Moore, a report from Police Chief Gary MacNamara showed January to be a busy month for the department.

The detailed report posted on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday, also shows how many accidents were investigated, a number of drug busts and even the number of dogs - 14 - that were impounded. It offers a look at the many things Fairfield police officers do to keep their community safe from handing out traffic tickets to conducting business checks.

Fairfield got national attention with the burial of actress Mary Tyler Moore, a Greenwich resident and Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, who died Jan. 25 at the age of 80. She was best known for her roles in the TV sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Moore was buried in a private funderal at Oak Lawn Cemetary on Bronson Road on Sunday, Jan. 29. The town’s police’s traffic unit provided funeral escort from Greenwich to Fairfield and kept the public out of the cemetary until the service was over.

The Moore funeral was one of 18 funeral escorts last month, including a 200-car procession from Fairfield to Monroe, for James Blomberg, the 37-year-old vice president of digital media technology for GE. He was credited with “building a preeminent team that led GE’s Digital transformation,” according to his death notice.

Criminal activity was down last month from a year ago with a total of 54 incidents with fewer larcenies, vandalism, assaults and robberies.

The report shows there were 4,072 calls for service, up slightly from the 3,978 in January 2016. The highest number of calls were for checks of businesses.

Last month also showed there were 224 motor vehicle accidents, a dozen more than January 2016.

There were also 281 parking tickets issued, 120 speeding violations and 24 citations for running a red light.

Here’s a look at some of the details included in the report that can be viewed in its entirely at https://www.facebook.com/FPDCT

Drug busts

While on a location check at Sasco Beach, Officer Wells observed a vehicle parked with two male occupants, the vehicles windows were rolled up and he observed smoke inside the vehicle. Upon approach Officer Wells immediately smelled a strong odor of both marijuana and cigarette smoke coming from the vehicle.

Officer Wells deployed his K-9 Partner Jagger, who conducted an air scent on the exterior of the vehicle. Jagger alerted and indicated to the presence of narcotic odor.

K-9 Jagger then searched the interior of the vehicle. During the search K-9 Jagger alerted to several parts of the interior.

A vehicle search resulted in the discovery of additional marijuana, paraphernalia, packaging materials, brass knuckles and several hundred dollars in cash.

One suspect was issued an E-Ticket for possession of marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia.

One suspect was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell/ weapon in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Riendeau checking on suspicious activity inside a vehicle parked near the Sky Hookah Lounge discovered nearly one pound of marijuana packaged for sale and over $2,400 in cash (small denominations).

Also discovered were similar large empty bags believed to have contained marijuana, as well as smaller plastic bags commonly used for sale of narcotics

Suspect charged with drug possession and intent to sell and held on $10,000 bond.

Traffic crash investigations

Total Accidents Investigated: 64

Arrest Warrants: 3

Misdemeanor Summons Issued: 4

Infractions Issued: 64

Traffic safety unit

Traffic Stops: 311

Infractions: 153

Speeding tickets: 120

Misdemeanor Summonses: 11

Accidents Investigated: 40

Car Seat Installations: 60

Noteworthy police work

Sgt. Paris recognized Officer Letsch for his quick response to a shoplifting incident. Officer Letsch located the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene and subsequently arrested two individuals that had been committing larcenies throughout the area.

Lt. Bloch recognized Sgt. Zdru for locating a stolen vehicle out of Norwalk and apprehending the suspect.

Lt Bloch recognized the following officers for their work in locating a stolen vehicle. Officer Chamberlain observed a suspicious vehicle on Pease Avenue and the occupants fled the vehicle. Officers searched the area and after a search and eventually the suspects were apprehended.

Officer Chamberlain, Officer Rubis, Officer Renaldi, Sergeant Gunter, Sergeant Riendeau, Officer Gorton, Officer Kaesmann, Officer Colwell, Officer Chueka, Officer Perham, Officer Fenton.

Lt. Bloch recognized Sergeant Riendeau for locating nearly one pound of marijuana packaged for sale, over $2,400 in cash and drug paraphernalia after investigating suspicious activity on Berwick Avenue.

Sergeant Koval recognized Officer Wells for his investigation into suspicious activity at Sasco Beach that resulted in the arrest of a subject for 6 ounces of marijuana, $1,400 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Animal control

Complaints: 65

Wildlife related complaints: 16

Wildlife tested for rabies: 1

Wildlife testing positive for rabies: 0

Animals impounded: 14 dogs

Animal bites: 1

Sold as pet: 2 dog, 1 cat

Animals available for adoption: 1 cat