(65 South Main Street, Moosup, Connecticut)

On the morning of March 26, 2015, the Plainfield Police Department began an investigation into an alleged child abuse incident.  It was reported to the Plainfield Police Department that an infant, age 3 months, was severely abused.  As a result of the abuse, the infant was transported to Windham Hospital in Willimantic and then quickly transferred to Connecticut Children Medical Center (CCMC) in Hartford where she was treated for multiple fractures to her skull and arm.  The infant remains at CCMC.   
Investigation revealed that Robert P. Tarkowski (Age 36) of 65 South Main Street in the Moosup village of Plainfield was caring for an infant when he deliberately injured her.  Consequently, a search and seizure warrant was obtained for Robert’s residence which was executed on March 27, 2015.  A warrant for his arrest was also obtained.
On March 28, 2015 at approximately 5:15 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department located Robert at 14 Miller Road in the Town of Sterling.  He was placed under arrest without incident and transported back to the Plainfield Police Department. 
Robert was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Risk of Injury to a Minor, and Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree.  Robert was held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on March 30, 2015.  This investigation remains active.
Please note…the Plainfield Police Department has chosen not to release Robert’s mugshot.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Serious Injury Workplace Accident

(450 Snake Meadow Road, Moosup, Connecticut)

On March 3, 2015 at approximately 10:15am members of the Plainfield Police Department along with American Legion Ambulance and Moosup Fire Department responded to a work place accident at 450 Snake Meadow Road in the Moosup village of Plainfield. It was reported that a male, later identified as Brian Dilullo (age 43) of 157 Columbus Boulevard in Cranston, Rhode Island, was pinned underneath a payloader. At the time of the incident Brian was working for Sullivan Tire and was in the process of changing a tire on the payloader when the wooden blocks and portable hydraulic lift failed. A coworker, Raymond Magnuski (age 48) of Rhode Island, was able to remove him from underneath the payloader.
As a result of the accident Brian was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by American Legion Ambulance for serious injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Plainfield Police Department.

Driver caught Pulling Kids on sled

during snow storm

On January 26, 2015 at approximately 6:00 P.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to the area of Community Avenue in Plainfield for a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed pulling kids on a sled.  The vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Ram, was located on Community Avenue in the area of the town hall and the operator was identified as Michael W. Chauvin (Age 40) of 65 Community Avenue in Plainfield.
Investigation revealed that the operator was traveling at unreasonable speeds on the snow covered roads and pulling multiple individuals in a sled.  The bed of the pickup was also filled with children as young as 9 years of age, a juvenile, and an adult. 
As a result, Michael Chauvin was charged with Risk of Injury to a Minor (4 Counts), Reckless Engagement 2nd Degree (4 Counts), and Reckless Driving.  Michael was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on February 9, 2015.

Michael W. Chauvin

  Convicted Sexual Assault Fugitive Extradited Back to Plainfield, Connecticut to Face His Charges

On January 16, 2015 at approximately 9:15 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department took Randy A. Wright (Age 41) into custody while at Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Eastville, Virginia.  Wright was transported back to the Plainfield Police Department where he was charged with Failure to Appear in the 1st Degree.  Wright was held on a one million dollar bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on January 20, 2015 at the Danielson Superior Court.
The Failure to Appear charge stems from Wrights arrest for Sexual Assault 1st Degree of a Minor, Sexual Assault 2nd Degree of a Minor, and Risk of Injury to a Child.  During Wrights Trial in November of 2014, Wright fled the state and the jury found him guilty of all charges in abstention.  With the assistance of the United States Marshals Office, Wright was tracked across the country to include Utah, California, Colorado, and finally Virginia where he was taken into custody without incident. 

Randy A. Wright

 Earthquake Informational Session

Friday, January 16, 2014 @ 6:30 P.M.

Plainfield High School Auditorium

The Town of Plainfield Board of Selectmen in conjunction with the Plainfield Police Department and Office of Emergency Management will be holding an informational session relating to the numerous earthquakes in the eastern portion of Connecticut.
The informational session will be held at the Plainfield High School Auditorium (105 Putnam Road, Central Village, Connecticut) on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.  Guest speakers will include Doctor Alan Kafka Director of Weston Observatory at Boston College and the State Department of Emergency Management.  The session will include information pertaining to earthquakes; such as, a PowerPoint presentation and handouts.  It will also include a time block for questions and answers.
The informational session is open to all Plainfield Residents and surrounding communities.  The media is also welcome to attend.  Please arrive early as seating may be limited.  Those attending shall park at the lower level lot of the Plainfield High School.  Any questions relating to this session shall be directed to the Plainfield Police Chief, Michael Surprenant.     

 Earthquakes Shock the Town of Plainfield

On January 12, 2015 at approximately 6:30 A.M., the Plainfield Police Department has received numerous calls from the community regarding another loud explosion and subsequent ground shaking events.  The Plainfield Police Department and the Quinebaug Valley Communications have been inundated with calls from eastern Connecticut to include Plainfield, Killingly, Brooklyn, and Sterling.
The loud explosion is believed to be a 3.3 magnitude earthquake which was confirmed by the Geological Survey.

The Plainfield Police Department has deployed numerous officers throughout the town to ensure everyone’s safety.   The Plainfield Police Department is working in conjunction with the Plainfield Fire Marshal’s Office to keep the public updated throughout these incidents.  As information developed, it will be relayed to the community.  If anyone has experienced any structural damaged, they are asked to contact their local building inspector.

The Town of Plainfield was also hit with a 2.2 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, January 12, 2015 causing minimal damage to homes throughout the area.   

How to prepare yourself for an earthquake? 

Small to moderate earthquakes tend to last only a few seconds and usually represent no emergency risks.  Large earthquakes can last up to several minutes and constitute a natural disaster.

Know the risk and get prepared.

Have an emergency plan for you and your family.

Secure major appliances and heavy furniture.

Use child locks for all cabinets.

Locate beds away from fireplaces and windows.

Keep flammable items and chemicals away from heat sources.

Make sure everyone is familiar with how to shutoff electricity, gases and water lines.

Have an emergency kit to include at minimum batteries, flashlights, a radio, food and water.

Discuss earthquake insurance with your homeowner’s insurance company.

 Plainfield Police Investigate Shooting /

Interrupted Burglary

On January 2, 2015 at approximately 6:45 P.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to the Plainfield Shell (600 Norwich Road) for a report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  The male was subsequently identified as Troy A. Burek (Age 27) of 228 Spaulding Road in Plainfield.

Troy reported to the Plainfield Police Department that he arrived to care for a family member’s residence at 40 Palmer Lane when he interrupted what he believed to be a burglary.  Troy reported that he pulled out his firearm, for which he has a valid permit, and while doing so he was attacked.  During the struggle, Troy’s gun discharged and subsequently struck him in the abdomen.  The suspect(s) then fled on foot toward the Plainfield Backus Emergency Room.  Troy then left the residence and drove to the Plainfield Shell who then called the police.  He was transported to the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich with the assistance of the Plainfield Fire Department and the American Legion Ambulance where he was treated and released.  The firearm was recovered by the Plainfield Police Department.  

The suspect is described as a white male about 5’8” tall, slim build, between 14-18 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, a winter hat, and bright blue sneakers.  Troy reported that a second suspect was in the residence but he was unable to get a description.   

The Plainfield Police Department requested the State Police Major Crime Unit to assist in the processing the scene of 40 Palmer Lane.  At this time, Palmer Lane remains closed and those residing on the road will only be allowed access. 

The Plainfield Police would like to remind the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicion activity to the Police.  If anyone has any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or on the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065.