#21 Feb 4, 2012
NORWALK, Conn. A Norwalk man was pronounced dead Friday night at Norwalk Hospital after at least three shots were fired at him behind a Norwalk apartment building in the city's first homicide of 2012, police say.
Joseph Bateman, 20, was next to the rapids of the Norwalk River when he was fatally shot, on a walkway behind the Avalon Gates Apartments at 26 Belden Ave.
Bateman was also shot a little more than a year ago, on New Year's Day 2011. He was also connected to the 2010 shooting death of Amos "A.J" Brown ...
#22 Feb 4, 2012
gone bad,took days after this and a lot of finger pointing to defend poor judgement
NORWALK, Conn. A woman accused of causing a three-car collision on Interstate 95 in Norwalk on Wednesday was being followed by Norwalk police before she got on the highway, Mayor Richard Moccia said. Police suspected Rachel Wood, 31, of Bridgeport, was involved in a drug deal shortly before the accident.
"They observed a drug deal, they followed her up onto 95 and they were in the process of wondering if they should start the chase," Moccia said Friday. "We have the tape. The sergeant said disengage, don't enter a high pursuit. Matter of fact, when they tracked her down after the accident, she then said police were not chasing her."
State police said that when Wood got on the southbound side of the highway at Exit 15, the 2004 Toyota Solara she was driving hit the side of a vehicle in the far right lane. That vehicle hit a box truck in the middle lane. The box truck flipped over, hit the concrete barrier and caught fire. Its driver was seriously injured and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition the next day. Three other people were taken to Norwalk Hospital, were treated and released.
Traffic was backed up for miles. Wood was arrested at 92 Cedar St. about two-and-a-half hours later, at 7:55 p.m. She said she was smoking crack, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. She was charged with two counts of failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and operating on a suspended/revoked license.
"She was smoking crack," Moccia said. "We never entered a high speed chase with her. We observed what we thought was a drug deal going down, followed her onto 95."
#23 Feb 12, 2012
NORWALK -- A former Norwalk Police sergeant is continuing to fight to get his job back, three-and-a-half years after he tipped off a former Norwalk lieutenant about an ongoing criminal investigation.
Stephen E. Couture has filed an order in Danbury Superior Court for the state Board of Mediation and Arbitration to vacate the December 2011 ruling that validated the city's decision to fire Couture for misconduct. Couture's lawyers claim an arbitration board member had "evident partiality" and took unethical actions during the arbitration hearing process. The lawsuit claims that the arbitration board's decision was "imperfectly executed" in that it did not find that the Norwalk Police Department's discipline of Couture met the standards of just cause.
A hearing on Couture's motion to vacate the arbitration board decision has been set for March 15 at Danbury Superior Court.
Couture was dismissed in October 2008 after a police trial board concluded that he was guilty of tipping off Lt. Thomas Cummings about an ongoing criminal investigation into sex assault allegations. Cummings was later arrested for engaging in sexual acts with teenage boys.
During his testimony, Couture admitted to contacting Cummings about the matter within minutes of receiving confidential information about the Cummings investigation from a Westport Police detective in October 2007.
Cummings was convicted in Sept. 2010 of interfering with an officer, coercion and reckless endangerment in connection with the sex misconduct. He spent a month in jail and is currently on three years probation.
#24 Feb 13, 2012
Gang-related violence is increasing in Norwalk, Police Chief Harry Rilling said after 8 years of ignoring the trend what a jackass!
This guy thought Newport was stupid and wouldn't ask for a reference?
#25 May 28, 2013
Just read the comments of the DA. I don't get what they are talkin about. The mistrial was based on tetimony from the prosecutor's side. Retry the man and not include the info. Everyone wants to let Santo go home. Why. To molest again. Read the affidavit. There is testimony from the Greenwich PD that he took photos of underage girls in their bikinis including the victim. Where are these pictures. Are they only bikinis? We don't know because the Greenwich PD never served a warrant on Santo's home. Are the girls photos on the internet? There is testimony from a girl that had sex with Santo in the affidavit. She was 12 and he was in college. Get an FOI and get the DA to send him away as a sex offender. If he gets AR he will get back pay and benefits from 2009 in the amount of $450,000. This does not sound like an investigation.
#26 Jun 4, 2013
I read the affidavit. Santo took photos of multiple underage girls in their bikinis. This was reported by the Greenwich Police Department detectives. Did the Greenwich PD detectives get a warrant from DA Cohen or DA Weiss to find those pics of these girls that Santo had access to? NO! No! No. I wonder if Weiss or Cohen will look for them. Whatever.
#27 Jun 5, 2013
Wow what a mess
#28 Jun 2, 2015
Has the Norwalk Police Department been disband yet?
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