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.

 Vicious Dog Attack/Mauling on Healthcare Worker

On December 3, 2014 at approximately 11:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department along with Plainfield Animal Control were dispatched to a dog attack on a Healthcare Worker at 379 Putnam Road in the Wauregan Village of Plainfield.
Initial investigation revealed that the victim, Lynne Dennings (Age 56) of 521 South Canterbury Road in Canterbury, a self-employed Healthcare Worker, was viciously attacked by 2 to 4 dogs while caring for an elderly patient at the home.  The owner of the dogs, Jenna Allen (Age 29), and a male party were able to secure the dogs and allow medical personnel to treat the victim.
As of result of the dog attack, the victim suffered brutal injuries to her face, chest, arms and legs.  She was subsequently transported to William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and then immediately transferred to Hartford Hospital where she remains in critical condition. 
A total of 6 dogs were seized from the residence which included 5 Rottweilers and 1 Labrador.  The dogs are currently being quarantined at the Plainfield Animal Shelter and will remain there for the next 14 days pending further investigation.  The Plainfield Police Department will be assisted by the Plainfield Animal Control as this investigation continues.

 Home Invasion "Staged"

On September 30, 2014 at approximately 8:15 P.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to a reported Home Invasion at 14 Juniper Lane in the Moosup Village of Plainfield.  The caller reported that she was home with a 2 year old child and heard someone breaking into the residence.  Plainfield Officers arrived within minutes to find several open doors and a bedroom window smashed.  The officers located the child and female inside the home unharmed and observed that the home had been ransacked.

Members of the Plainfield Police spent numerous hours investigating the incident and determined that the Home Invasion was staged by the caller in an attempt to steal a significant sum of cash at the residence. 

On November 18, 2014 at approximately 1:30 P.M., the Plainfield Police Department arrested Angela J. Pearl (Age 40) of 175 North Bedlam Road in Chaplin, Connecticut on the strength of an arrest warrant and charged her with the following:
  1. Falsely Reporting an Incident 2nd Degree
  2. Larceny 3rd Degree
  3. Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
Angela was held on a $25,000 bond pending her arraignment at the Danielson Superior Court on November 19, 2014.

Angela J. Pearl (Age 40)

 Home Invasion

On September 30, 2014 at approximately 8:15 P.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to a reported Home Invasion at 14 Juniper Lane in the Moosup Village of Plainfield. The victim reported that she was home with a 2 year old child and heard someone breaking into the residence.  Plainfield Officers arrived within minutes to find several open doors and a bedroom window smashed.  The officers located the child and female inside the home unharmed and observed that the home had been ransacked. 
The Plainfield Police K9 Unit was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspect(s) without success. A neighborhood canvas was also conducted and did not result in additional information.
Through the investigation conducted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, which has yet to cease, a suspect has been identified and the Plainfield Police Department anticipates a warrant for their arrest. The Plainfield Police Department would like to advise residents that this was a targeted residence and should not be alarmed.

 Burglar Arrested

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:00 A.M., the Plainfield Police Department received a call from a concerned neighbor reporting that he heard what sounded like someone smashing a window at 47 Linnell Street in the Moosup village of Plainfield. Upon arrival, members of the Plainfield Police Department observed burglar tools around a broken basement window, as well as, multi broken locks to the sheds on the property.
The suspect, who witnessed the Plainfield Police arrive on scene from inside the house, ran to the second floor in an attempt to hide. As the Plainfield Police were going to deploy its K9 Unit inside the residence, the suspect surrendered in fear of being injured.
The suspect, Justin R. Kania (Age 19) of no certain address was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny 6th Degree.  He was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on September 16, 2014.

Justin R. Kania (Age 19)

 Serial Burglar Arrested

Since mid-July of 2014, the Plainfield Police Department had responded to and investigated over 20 (twenty) residential burglaries in the Moosup village of Plainfield.  Nearly all burglaries took place during the day while the residents were away. The suspect(s) stole large quantities of jewelry and cash by forcing entry into the homes
During the course of the investigation, members of the Plainfield Police allocated additional manpower that was strictly dedicated to solving the residential burglaries in Moosup.  The dedicated officers were able to recover multiple items of stolen jewelry as well as other valuable items of evidence. 
The Plainfield Police Department identified William R. Gibson (Age of 26) of his last known address of 176 Prospect Street in the Moosup Village of Plainfield as their primary suspect for more than half of the burglaries.  On August 21, 2014 at approximately 10:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department intercepted Gibson as he was en-route to the bus terminal in Providence, Rhode Island with a paid bus ticket to the State of Texas.  At that time, he was not found to be in possession of stolen items and refused to cooperate.  He was subsequently interviewed and released.  Later that evening, the dedicated officers obtained information from a local cab company and relatives in the State of Texas that Gibson was in Providence with another paid bus ticket to Texas. 
With the assistance of relatives in the State of Texas in cooperation with the taxi company, Gibson returned back to Plainfield where he was again interviewed.  At that time, additional evidence was obtained to charge Gibson with multiple burglaries and larcenies.  As a result, the dedicated officers obtained an Arrest Warrant for Gibson’s arrest.
On August 23, 2014 at approximately 3:45 A.M., Gibson was taken into custody without incident.  Gibson was charged with the following:

8 (eight) counts of Burglary 3rd Degree

1 (one) count of Burglary 2nd Degree

3 (three) counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3rd Degree

5 (five) counts of Larceny 6th Degree

1 (one) count of Larceny 5th Degree

2 (two) counts of Larceny 4th Degree

2 (two) counts of Larceny 3rd Degree

4 (four) counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree

Gibson was held on a $250,000 bond pending his arraignment on August 24, 2014 at the Danielson Superior Court (G.A. 11). It should be noted that more arrests are expected.
The Plainfield Police Department would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant, lock their doors, and report any suspicious activity to the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065 if the incident does not need immediate attention.

William R. Gibson (Age 26)