Archive for June, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Heavey Named Deputy Cheif

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
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June 23, 2011; 4:25 p.m. — First Selectman and Police Commissioner Peter J. Tesei named Captain James Heavey as the new Deputy Chief of the Greenwich Police Department at a Press Conference at Town Hall. This makes Heavey the heir-apparent to succeed Cheif David Ridberg when he retires in March 2012.

Here are the “vitals” on James Heavey.

Home address: Greenwich
Date of birth: December 25, 1960
Place of birth: Greenwich
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bait Heavey of Greenwich
Marital status: Married to the former Kia Tsakos
Two Children — Anna, age 11, and Jamie, age 9
Education: Attended Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. and has a BS in Criminal Justice Administration. Masters in Public Administration at Bellevue University
Military: For over 20 years served as Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. Former Commander 812th Military Police Company and Headquarters Company 3rd Bdc 98th Division. Served as Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Military Police Bn, 98th Division. Desert Storm Veteran.

Police experience:
1981 Appointed Communication Operator
1981 Special Police Officer
1986 Assigned to Patrol Division
GPD Emergency Medical Services — Instructor Coordinator 1990 to present
GPD Police Explorer Advisor 1987-1991
1999 Promoted to Sergeant, Patrol Division
2003 Promoted to Lieutenant
2010 Promoted to Captain
Police training:
Connecticut State Municipal Police Academy
Advanced FBI Instructor Development Course
IPTM: Accident Investigation, DWI and Managing the Patrol Function
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Peer Counselor
Markle School (1988)
POST First Line Supervision
FBI-LEEDA Command School

Awards:
Police Commendation Award (six)
Emergency Medical Award (eleven)
American Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action (two)
GEMS Clinical Excellence Award (four)
Meritorious Unit Citations (three)
Affiliations:
Executive Board Member, Greenwich Council Boy Scouts of America
Advisory Board Member, Greenwich Chapter American Red Cross
Cubmaster Pack 35 (Eagle Scout)
Chief, Glenville Volunteer Fire Company
Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management Team member

RTC May Put Forth 4 Board of Ed candidates.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
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The Town charter allows a political party to nominate up to four candidates for the Board of Education, but only two of those can get elected. Traditionally, each party nominates only two. (The Democrats nominated three a few years ago.)

Well, even thought the DTC nominated only two candidates this year, the RTC may nominate four. RTC Chairman Jim Campbell told the RTC tonight that the RTC Executive Committee recommends that four Republican names be put on the November ballot. While the choice of the number of nominees will be in the hands of the full RTC in their July 20 meeting, the Executive Committee will endorse four on July 13, Campbell explained.

Fake Veteran Scam

Monday, June 20th, 2011
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GREENWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Police Administration Building
11 Bruce Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone (203) 622-8000
Fax (203) 622-3240
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011
P r e s s R e l e a s e
Contact: Lt. Kraig Gray
Phone: (203) 622-3620

Fraud
Phony Veteran Scam
GPD Case # 11-101271

On June 16, 2011 members of the Greenwich Police Department Detective Division executed an arrest warrant for the below listed subject for swindling money while posing as a Veteran in need.

Jesus M.Garcia
DOB 10/10/1990
19-12 Armstrong Court
Greenwich, CT

and

484 Van Wyck Lake Road
Hopewell Junction, NY

The arrest warrant charges Garcia with the following crimes:

False Representation of Armed Force Uniform 53-378 Misd.
Fraudulent Use of Military Insignia 53-377 (4cts) Infrac.
Larceny 5th 53a-125a Felony
Larceny 6th 53a-125b(2cts) Misd

For over a year, Garcia has been falsely stating that he was an Army Ranger who was combat wounded after serving four tours in Afghanistan deceiving his friends, family, and the public. Military officials confirmed that at no time had Jesus M. Garcia been a member of the US Army. Garcia had split his living arrangements between a home in New York and a home in Greenwich, CT. During the time he was at one residence he would explain his absence from the other as military related which was patently untrue. On May 27th, 2011, Garcia met with Greenwich Police Captain James Heavey in anticipation of Garcia speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony. During conversations with Captain Heavey, it quickly became apparent that Garcia was a fraud and provided an investigating officer with a false name and date of birth. Garcia was arrested that day for Interfering with an Officer 53a-167a.

The Greenwich Police Department Detective Division continued to investigate Garcia and found two financial victims of his fraud and other instances that he posed publicly in uniform purporting to be a Soldier.

Garcia was released after posting a $2,500.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on June 24, 2011

Vote for GHS Girls LAX team

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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The Greenwich Girls Lacrosse Team has been nominated for the final FCIAC Team of the Week and voting has begun – and we’re trailing! We all know this is a popularity contest, so let’s see how popular we can make ourselves! Here’s the link, just click scroll and vote for the GHS Girls Lacosse team!

The vote runs until noon on Wednesday.

Send it on to EVERYONE YOU KNIOW and ask them to do the same.

10 Vie for RTC Endorsement for Board of Ed.

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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RTC will host a MEMBER ONLY forum Tuesday night with 10 potential candidates for the Board of Education — six of whom have been recommended by the RTC Search Committee:

Patrick Cassidy
Rosa Fini*
Lisa Harkness*
Robert Miklautsch
Barbara O’Neill
Marianna Pons Cohen*
Anna Saras Povinelli*
Lauren Rabin
Nancy Smith*
Peter von Braun*

* denotes that candidate is one of six recommended by the Search Committee

Over 100 Greenwich Charities Loss IRS Status

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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On June 9 the IRS announced that hey had revoked the tax-exempt charitable status of numerous organization who failed for the last year years to file the necessary tax returns. Over 100 organizations were in Greenwich, including: King Merritt Community Inc., Northeast Greenwich Association, Key Club International, the Jaycees, Friends of the Audubon Center, Connecticut State Dental (Association), Greenwich Civic Center Committee, Indian Harbor Sailing Foundation, K-12 Educational Foundation, Pickwick Park Foundation, Society of Real Estate Appraisers,


HERE ARE THE GREENWICH REVOKED-CHARITIES

2000 MIRACLES FOUNDATION INC
ACTION FOR PEACE FOUNDATION
AIJA FOUNDATION
AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF THE
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION LAB ANIMAL
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY
AMERICAN CAN COMPANY NON-EXEMPT
ANGELO P JOHN INDTITUTE FOR CANCER
ASSOCIATED VASSAR CLUBS OF
BOYLE CHILDRENS CANCER FOUNDATION
BRAVER JAMES STUDENTS ATHLETES
C A L M HEALING WORK ORGANIZATION
C H A N G E
CAITLIN F LONG AND FAMILY
CHILDRENS OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL
CHRISTIAN CAREER DEVELOPMENT INC
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HERITAGE
CONDEC FOUNDATION INC
CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF FIREARMS
CONNECTICUT CHARITABLE FUND INC
CONNECTICUT GASOLINE RETAILERS
CONNECTICUT INTERNATIONAL
CONNECTICUT JAYCEES INC GREENWICH
CONNECTICUT STATE DENTAL
COUNCIL FOR CABLE INFORMATION
DOGWOOD PARK ASSOCIATION INC
DOVER PARTNERS FOUNDATION INC
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
EKBLOM FOUNDATION INC
ELECTROLUX EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
FAIRFIELD BUSINESS NETWORK INC
FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE INC
FOUNDATION TO GREEN INC
FOUNDATION TO PROTECT ACADEMIC
FRIENDS OF THE AUDUBON CENTER IN
GIRLS INCORPORATED OF GREENWICH
GK TECHNOLOGIES FOUNDATION INC
GLENVILLE COMMINITY LEAGUE INC
GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS
GREENWICH ART BARN
GREENWICH CIVIC CENTER COMMITTEE
GREENWICH COMMUNITY CONCERT
GREENWICH CONNECTICUT YOUTH
GREENWICH COVE RACING ASSOCIATION
GREENWICH EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC
GREENWICH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
GREENWICH FRESH AIR COMMITTEES
GREENWICH HEALTH ASSOCIATION INC
GREENWICH HIBERNIAN ASSOC INC
GREENWICH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
GREENWICH TAX PAYERS ASSOC INC
GREENWICH WOMENS CIVIC CLUB INC
HARROW SCHOOL FOUNDATION INC
HERMITAGE FOUNDATION INC
INDIAN HARBOR SAILING FOUNDATION
INTERNATIONAL HOMOEOPATHIC
INTERSEED CORPORATION
JBL MUSIC FOUNDATION
JOINT CORP COMMITTEE ON CUBAN
K-12 EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL
KING MERRITT COMMUNITY INC
L I G H T INC
LEXI FUND
LIFE LINE INTERNATIONAL
MANANA FOUNDATION INC
MARGARET FERNALD DOLE COMTEMPORARY
MASSENET SOCIETY AMERICAN BRANCH
MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT FUND INC
MIANUS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INC
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GUARDSMEN
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MINIATURE
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN INC
NEW HOPE FOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION
NEW YORK 40 CLASS ASSOCIATION
NONVIOLENCE EMPOWERMENT
NURSES ALUMNAE OF GREENWICH HOSP
OPERATION WIPE OUT MULTIPLE
PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH
PEACE RUNS INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES TASK
PICKWICK PARK FOUNDATION INC
POPE-BROOKS FOUNDATION INCORPORATED
PROVIDE ACCESS TO HANDICAPPED INC
PUTNAM SOCCER ACADEMY INC
RESOURCES UNLIMITED
ROGER N SALEEBY MEMORIAL
SAVE GREENWICH COVE INC
SHARE INC SACRED HOOP OF AMERICA
SMITH CHILDRENS CHARITIES
SOCIETY OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS
SPECIAL TECHNICAL AQUATIC RESCUE
STATISTICAL PAPER GROUP
STREET BAPTIST SOCIETY INCORPORATED
THE CHILD CARE AND PARENTING
THE HASCOE FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE NORTHEAST GREENWICH ASSOCIATION
THREE POINTS FOUNDATION INC
U S NAVAL ACADEMY MEMORIAL
UNITED ASSN OF JOURNEYMEN &
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
W C C DAY OF GIVING
WALLACE FOUNDATION INC
WESTCHESTER & FAIRFIELD
WESTCHESTER STREET ROD ASSOCIATION
WILLIAM AND BARBARA FAMILY
WILLIAM B NOLLMAN MEMORIAL CADDY
WINDY HILL SKATING CLUB INC
WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS INC
YOUNG PLAYERS COMPANY
YOUTH FOR A COOL SUMMER INC

GPD Looking for Reported Exhibitionist

Sunday, June 12th, 2011
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PUBLIC INFORMATION: IDENTITY SOUGHT

GPD Case #11-100952

On 4/22/11, the subject pictured below reportedly exposed himself to a 12 year
old girl while inside a supermarket in central Greenwich. The subject then quickly
left the area driving an electric blue Toyota Prius with possible Connecticut
registration plates, which is also pictured below as the vehicle exited the parking
lot. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on West Putnam Ave toward the
New York state line. The Greenwich Police Department is seeking the public’s
assistance in identifying the unknown subject.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Manning at
203-622-8030. Tips may also be sent anonymously to:tips@greenwichct.org.
SUBJECT’S

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Announces Mountain Lion Killed on Wilbur Cross Parkway Early Saturday Morning

Saturday, June 11th, 2011
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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Announces Mountain Lion Killed on Wilbur Cross Parkway Early Saturday Morning

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was notified by State Police – Troop I, of a collision between a motor vehicle and a Mountain Lion Northbound in the area of Exit 55 in Milford.

The operator of the involved vehicle was driving a 2006 Hyundai Tucson SUV when it collided with the Mountain Lion. The Mountain Lion died due to injuries sustained during the collision and the driver was uninjured.

The 140-pound male Mountain Lion has been transferred to a DEP facility for further examination. The large cat may be the one sighted in Greenwich on Sunday, June 5.

The Connecticut DEP has been cooperating with the Town of Greenwich Police Department to investigate recent sightings of a large cat in the King Street area of Greenwich. Based on photographs taken of the animal and other evidence it appeared that the animal was a Mountain Lion. Mountain lions can travel long distances and may have found its way to Milford.

There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This incident is still under investigation by DEP EnCon Police, part of which will be to determine if in fact the cat killed in the collision is the same cat seen in Greenwich.

BREAKING NEWS: DEP Investigating Greenwich Mountain Lion

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
PRESS RELEASE
Further Information Contact:
Dwayne Gardner
860-424-3938
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
June 8, 2011

DEP Investigating Sightings of Large Cat in Greenwich

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it is cooperating with the Town of Greenwich Police Department to investigate recent sightings of a large cat in the King Street area of Greenwich. Based on photographs taken of the animal and other evidence it appears that the animal is a mountain lion that has been held in captivity and was released or escaped. There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Anyone that sees this animal should not approach it and immediately call the local police and the DEP 24-hour Emergency Phone Line at 860-423-3333.

“Although there is no population of mountain lions in the Northeast, we believe that this animal may very likely be a mountain lion that has been held in captivity and either escaped or was released,” said DEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette. “Our current information, which we will continue to evaluate, is based on hazy photographs we have seen and the size of the paw prints that have been left behind.”

There have been reported sightings of mountain lions in Connecticut in the past but none have been confirmed. The eastern mountain lion was declared extinct in March of this year by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service so if this animal is confirmed to be a mountain lion it will be one that has been held in captivity. The closest confirmed population of mountain lions is in Missouri.

The DEP will continue to work closely with local officials to attempt to determine the identity of the animal. Anyone spotting the animal should contact local authorities and the DEP. Anyone having knowledge of where the animal may have come from can also anonymously contact the DEP at 860424-3333 with the information.

GHS ranked 1,304 best public high school in USA. 7th best in Fairfield County

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
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The Washington Post recently ranked what it believe to be the top 1,900 public high schools in the United States.

Greenwich High School ranked 1,304.

Other Fairfield County public schools in the listing ranked better than GHS are:

Weston – 586
Staples – 592
Ridgefield – 605
Fairfield-Warde – 970
Westhill (Stamford) – 1,100
Fairfield-Ludlowe – 1,187

Other Fairfield County public schools in the TOP 1,900 List, but lower than GHS’s rank of 1,304 are:

Joel Barlow (Redding) – 1,500
New Fairfield – 1,546.