August 2009

Head-On Crash on Route 214
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at approximately 8:36 a.m., the Ledyard Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a 2-car accident in the area of 143 Stoddard's Wharf Road (Route 214). Ledyard Police and the Resident State Trooper responded to the accident, along with the Gales Ferry and Ledyard Fire Companies and the Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad.

Investigation at the scene revealed that a 2007 Ford Focus sedan driven by Kevin C. Esposito, age 17, of Gales Ferry, crossed the center line while traveling west, and struck a 2000 Honda Odyssey van driven by Maria Lavin, age 46, of Ledyard. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage and both operators were transported to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. Route 214 was closed to traffic between Avery Hill Road and Whalehead Road while the accident was investigated and the vehicles were removed. The road was reopened at approximately 11:44 a.m.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Officer John Craig at the Ledyard Police Department, 860-464-6400

Evading Accident
On August 6, 2009, at 0505 hours, the Ledyard Police Department was advised that a vehicle with heavy damage was located on Route 12 at the intersection with Inchcliffe Drive in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard. Witnesses reported that individuals were fleeing the vehicle on foot. On the arrival of Officers a search was initiated for the individuals which was unsuccessful. The registered owner of the 1995 Lexus, Chrisandra Burgos, was contacted with the assistance of the Norwich Police Department, but indicated she was unaware that her vehicle was gone. This accident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have information or witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Ledyard Police Department at 860-464-6400.

On August 6, 2009, the operator of this vehicle was located and charged by the Ledyard Police Department. Terri L. McCullough (date of birth October 3, 1976) of 30 Cliff Street Apartment 2 in Norwich, was charged with evading responsibility, operating while under suspension, failure to drive right, and traveling too fast for conditions. Investigation revealed that McCullough shares a residence with the vehicles registered owner.

Juvenile Dog Bite
On August 6, 2009, at 1155 hours, the Ledyard Police Department received a 911 call indicating that a child had sustained a dog bit at a residence on Maple Corners in the Town of Ledyard. The Ledyard Center Fire Department, Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, American Ambulance paramedic, and Ledyard Police Animal Control Officer responded.

A 10-year-old child, who was staying at the home, received a superficial bite wound to the face. He was transported to the Backus Hospital in Norwich for treatment. The Ledyard Animal control officer is investigating the incident.

Burglary Arrest
On August 11, 2009, a Franklin man turned himself in to the Ledyard Police Department for his involvement in an April 2009 burglary. Lawrence Dorr (date of birth May 14, 1974) of 43 Eager Road in Franklin was charged with burglary 3rd degree and larceny 2nd degree. He is accused of entering the garage of a residence on Whalehead Road and stealing an ATV. He was processed and presented at GA 10 in New London.

Ledyard Police Assist Vessel in Distress
On August 16, 2009, at 1:36 p.m., the Ledyard Police Marine Patrol, while on routine patrol, located a vessel which had run aground on the Thames River just north of the Dow Chemical Allyn's Point plant. The 40-foot boat named the "Pretty Woman," out of Stoneybrook, New York, had run aground and was taking on water when located. The Ledyard Police Marine Patrol assisted in securing the vessel and its passengers, while Seatow removed it.

The Ledyard Police Department reminds those navigating the Thames River in Gales Ferry to use caution as many areas outside of the marked channel have hazards to navigation.

Ledyard Police warn of CL&P scam
The Connecticut Light and Power Corporation reported to the Ledyard Police Department that on August 11, 2009, a person representing themselves as a CL&P employee attempted to commit a fraud within a local business. An unknown person entered a Ledyard Center business indicating they worked for CL&P and that the business owed an outstanding bill. The business was told that their power would be shut off if the amount was not paid immediately. The business became suspicious and refused to make payment. Contact was made with CL&P who advised this was not their employee.

The Ledyard Police Department has been advised that all CL&P employees will display identification as a CL&P employee. The Connecticut Light and Power Corporation will be making a separate press release with information on what to look for to identify their employees.

Car vs. Pedestrian Accident
On August 27, 2009, at approximately 12:10 p.m., the Ledyard Police Department received the report of a motor vehicle accident in which a pedestrian had been struck by a postal delivery truck in the vicinity of 55 Vinegar Hill Road in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard. The Ledyard Police Department, Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, Gales Ferry Fire Department, Ledyard Fire Company, and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital paramedic responded.

Investigation found that a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck, operated by William Mitchell, was making deliveries on Vinegar Hill Road when it rolled backwards striking a pedestrian who had walked behind the truck. The pedestrian, Vincent Pollack of 55 Vinegar Hill Road Gales Ferry, was transported to the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with injuries.

This accident investigation will remain active.