A New Canaan woman reported having her wallet stolen from her purse at 1 p.m. on Tuesday May 11. She left the wallet in her purse, which was situated in the child-seat portion of a shopping cart at the Stop & Shop located at 148 Heights Road in Darien; she left the cart unattended while she was in the outdoor plant section, according to police. The woman noticed her Judith Lieber wallet, valued at $400, missing from her purse when she attempted to pay at the cash register; the purse contained two credit cards, which have not been used, police said.
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Two miniature stone houses were reported stolen from the stone wall of a home on Rings End Road on Tuesday, May 11. The houses are each about 1-foot-by-1-foot in size, and weight approximately 25 pounds; they are worth $350 each, police said. They were last seen about two weeks ago, and were reported stolen by the caretaker, as the owners of the home are on vacation, according to police.
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Michael Zeman, 59, of 446 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to obey a stop sign at 11:17 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, following a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Leroy Avenue and Rocaton Road, according to police. An officer observed Zeman driving a 2007 Mini Cooper westbound on Sedgewick Avenue, at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection of Sedgewick and Leroy avenues, police said. Zeman then crossed over the road at Leroy Avenue and Rocaton Road, and the vehicle crashed into a tree, according to the police report.
Zeman suffered minor cuts and abrasions, but was not seriously injured and declined medical attention, police said. The car's airbags deployed, and the vehicle sustained substantial front-end damage, police said. The officer detected the odor of alcohol on Zeman, who failed his field sobriety test. He posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, May 25.
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JoAnn Savoia, 35, of Norwalk, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 10:38 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. An officer was dispatched to the area of Park Place in Darien, where a resident reported an erratic driver driving over lawns, according to the police report. Savoia passed the officer in the opposite direction before turning left onto Noroton Avenue, toward Post Road, police said. The officer activated lights and sirens, but Savoia did not stop, and instead turned right onto Post Road; she stopped near Nearwater Lane, police said.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of alcohol on Savoia's person, police said. Savoia appeared very confused and was not sure of her name, according to police. The officer was not able to administer a field sobriety test because she could not stand, police said. She was later Breathalyzed at police headquarters.
According to Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm, Savoia was "incomprehensible," and officers thought is was in her best interest to transport her to the hospital. She was released on a promise to appear in court on Monday, May 24, and transported to Norwalk Hospital by Post 53.
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Nabella Kandake, 50, of Stamford was charged with interfering with an officer, refusal to be fingerprinted, driving without motor-vehicle insurance, driving an unregistered motor-vehicle and driving without a license at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14.
A Darien police officer ran the registration plates of a 1994 Geo Tracker at the intersection of Post Road and Mansfield Avenue, and found the registration was expired, police said. The officer pulled over the vehicle, and approached the driver, Kandake, who said she could not roll down her window or open her door, because neither worked, according to police. The officer then went to the passenger side window, which Kamdake said was broken and would not roll down further than the few inches it was already open, to speak with Kandake, police said.
When the officer asked for Kandake's driver's license and registration, she said she had neither, since they were recently stolen, according to the police report. At this point, Kandake became very agitated, police said. She presented the officer with a Connecticut commercial driver's instruction permit, which named her as Tamara Servance-Young; the permit was expired, according to police. The officer ran the license number on the permit through her computer, and found that the number corresponded with an expired driver's license issued to Nabella Kandake, with the same date of birth that had been associated with the previous name she gave, police said.
The officer also discovered a warrant for Kandake's arrest following an incident in Greenwich, police said. According to police, the warrant was in connection to a similar incident following a motor-vehicle stop in 2008, for which Kandake was arrested and failed to appear in court.
Kandake would not answer any of the officer's questions, and said that the car belonged to her sister, but refused to give her sister's name, police said.
"She was being very evasive," Komm said.
The police officer eventually opened the passenger-side door, and rolled down the window, which was working fine, Komm said.
Kandake was brought into police headquarters, where police called the phone number Kandake had given them for her niece, police said.
While at the station, Kandake refused to make comments, according to the police report.
"She was totally unreasonable and argumentative," Komm said.
When they called, Kandake's mother picked up the phone and told police that she went by both names, and had changed her name at some point, but she was unsure whether that had been done legally, according to police.
There was a $1,500 bond attached to the warrant from the Greenwich police, to which Darien police added another $10,000, Komm said. Kandake was unable to post bond, and spent the weekend in custody. Over the course of the weekend, Kandake's mother came in and verified her identity, Komm said.
At one point on Sunday morning, Kandake was crying uncontrollably, and hyperventilating, so police and Post 53 transported her to the hospital where she was examined, Komm said.
"The physician said there was nothing wrong," Komm said.
She was brought back to police headquarters, and appeared in court on Monday, May 17.
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Gemma Kenealy, 44, and Richard Gilhooly, 43, both of 224 West Avenue, Darien, were both charged with disorderly conduct in relation to a domestic dispute that took place at their home at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15. They were both released on promises to appear, and appeared in court on Monday, May 17.
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A resident of Hoyt Street reported having two red, 2001 Polaris Scrambler ATVs stolen from his driveway at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. The four-wheelers are each worth $1,500, according to police. The ATVs' owner noticed them missing while he was cutting the grass on Sunday afternoon, according to police. The quads are usually kept beneath a tarp in the driveway area, up a hill, away from the road, and are not in plain sight, according to police. The owner last remembers seeing them in March, police said.
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Gilberto Godinez, 23, of Port Chester, N.Y., was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to drive right and driving without a license at 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 16. An officer parked at Holmes School observed a 1996 Ford Explorer, operated by Godinez, drive northbound on Hoyt Street, while straddling the double-yellow line, according to police. The SUV struck the curb near Heather Lane, before straddling the line again and taking a wide turn onto Camp Avenue, where he was stopped, police said. Godinez failed his field sobriety test. He posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, May 26.