Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Arrest
On April 1, 2016 at approximately 11:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department arrested Chad D. Whitehead (Age 27) of 15 Margaret Henry Road in Danielson for the charges of Manslaughter 2nd Degree with a Motor Vehicle and Felony Evading Responsibility involving a Death stemming from a lengthy investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash.
On August 2, 2015 at approximately 2:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Snake Meadow Road in the Moosup Village of Plainfield. The occupant, Michael J. Shong (age 29) of Dudley, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene. It was determined at the scene that the vehicle, a 2003 Honda Civic, was traveling southbound on Snake Meadow Road when it traveled off the road while negotiating a curve subsequently overturning the vehicle. At the time of the accident, it was believed that only Shong was in the vehicle.
The Plainfield Police Department initiated the investigation and determined that Shong was in fact the passenger and that the operator was Whitehead. Whitehead survived the crash and immediately fled the scene prior to police arrival leaving his friend, Shong, in the vehicle. DNA evidence inside the vehicle and video surveillance from locations visited by Whitehead and Shong immediately before the crash assisted the Plainfield Police Department in determining that Whitehead was in fact the operator. An arrest warrant for Whitehead was applied for and granted.
Whitehead was held at the Plainfield Police Department on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Chad D. Whitehead (w/m DOB 05/05/1988)
Violent Fugitive Arrest
Members of the Plainfield Police Department received information that a convicted felon with active felony arrest warrants was hiding out at 289 Gendron Road in Plainfield. The convicted felon, Benjamin A. Cook (Age 26) of 26 Second Street in Norwich, had 3 active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear First Degree. The warrants were stemming from multiple arrests by the Norwich Police Department for Robbery, Burglary, Sale of Narcotics, Assault, and Strangulation. Benjamin Cook had been on the run for almost a year.
On March 23, 2016 at approximately 9:00 A.M., the Plainfield Police Department with its K9 Unit and the Norwich Police Department with its K9 Unit teamed up to apprehend Cook. Cook was subsequently located in the residence of 289 Gendron Road and was placed under arrest. During the arrest, Cook was found to be in possession of over 1 ounce of cocaine prepackaged for sale and marijuana.
Cook was transported to the Plainfield Police Department where he is being held on a combined bond of $127,000 for the following charges:
Failure to Appear 1st Degree (3 Counts)
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell
Possession of Marijuana
Cook is schedule to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on March 24, 2016. The Plainfield Police Department is urging anyone with information about the sale of narcotics to contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or at our anonymous tip-line at 860-564-7065.
Benjamin A. Cook (b/m DOB 08/01/1989)
Citizens Bank Robbery
On January 15, 2016 at approximately 9:50 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the Citizens Bank located at 16 Railroad Avenue in Plainfield. Witnesses reported that a lone white male entered the bank and demanded money. No weapons were displayed. The suspect is described as follows:
White male approximately 6’0”-6’4” tall
Carhartt type dark colored vest jacket and matching pants
Dark navy blue hooded sweatshirt under Carhartt vest
Age: Early 30’s
The suspect entered thru the rear door of Citizens Bank and exited thru the same door. He then walked to a parked vehicle which was located Village Square Complex parking lot closest to Windsor Avenue. The vehicle is described as a light colored small car with a spoiler. The vehicle is believed to have Connecticut plates. The Plainfield Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating this suspect and vehicle. The Plainfield Police Department can be reached at 860-564-0804 or on the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065. Please view attached photographs.
Plainfield High School Threat in Indiana Prompts Lockdown
On December 17, 2015 at approximately 8:30 A.M., the Plainfield Police Department received a call from the Vernon Connecticut Police Department reporting a threat directed at the Plainfield High School. The Plainfield Police Department subsequently received a copy of a detailed social media posting indicating that a person was going to open fire and set pipe bombs throughout the high school.
The Plainfield Police Department immediately took the threat serious and positioned officers at all schools throughout the town. The Plainfield Police Department instantly issued a lockdown for both the Plainfield High School and the Shepard Hill Elementary Schools while actively investigating the threat.
With the assistance of the South Windsor and Vernon Police Departments, it determined that this threat was allegedly re-posted by a resident in the Town of South Windsor, CT prompting multiple agencies to contact the Plainfield Connecticut Police Department. The Plainfield Police Department confirmed with the F.B.I Field Office in Indiana that the FBI, Plainfield Indiana, and Danville Indiana Police Departments are still actively investigating this threat and believe this threat is solely directed toward the Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Indiana as well as in Danville, Indiana. Once this information was confirmed, all lockdowns were lifted. The student’s and the staff’s safety will always remain a priority for the Plainfield Police Department.
It should be noted that the South Windsor Police Department is investigating the repost pertaining to the High School in Indiana. At this point, it does not appear the South Windsor resident made any of the threats himself.
Plainfield High School Investigation
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Administration of the Plainfield High School reached out to the Plainfield Police Department concerning what they believed to be inappropriate content that was distributed by some students at the school. At that time, the Plainfield Police Department advised the Administration the State Laws regarding minors possessing or transmitting pornography. Due to the lack of information as to the exact content and lack of persons coming forward with information, the Plainfield Police Department did not initiate an investigation and only offered guidance to the Administration.
On October 22, 2015, members of the Plainfield Police Department met with the Superintendent of the Plainfield Schools and the Plainfield High School Principal. During this meeting, the Administration advised the Plainfield Police Department of a separate incident discovered while school officials investigated the previous incident that now warrants an investigation by the Plainfield Police Department. At this time, the Plainfield Police Department is investigating an incident concerning video content which may be inappropriate depending on the age and knowledge of those persons involved.
Due to the unknown ages of the participants, no further information pertaining to this investigation will be publicized nor will the Administration be involved from a law enforcement perspective except for the assistance pertaining to student safety and confidentiality.
Sexual Assault Arrest: Keith T. Coolidge
On August 18, 2015 at approximately 11:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were notified by the Quinebaug Valley Dispatch of an alleged sexual assault victim that had just been transported to the hospital. Plainfield Detectives were immediately called out and initiated the investigation with Patrol.
Investigation revealed that an adult female victim had been sexually assaulted for several hours from August 17, 2015 to August 18, 2015 in different locations in the forests located off of Snake Meadow Hill Road in the Moosup village of Plainfield.
After securing an arrest warrant, the suspect, Keith T. Coolidge (Age 33) who often resides in the forests in Moosup but has a last known address of 260 Snake Meadow Road (Moosup, CT) was arrested without incident on September 18, 2015 at approximately 12:00 P.M. on Village Center Circle in Moosup. Coolidge was charged with the following:
*Sexual Assault First Degree
*Unlawful Restraint First Degree
*Assault Third Degree
Coolidge is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Danielson Superior Court on September 21, 2015.
Keith T, Coolidge (DOB 12/31/1981)
Arrests Made: Vicious Dog Attack/Mauling of 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.
Investigation revealed that the victim, Lynne Denning (Age 56) of 521 South Canterbury Road in Canterbury, a self-employed Healthcare Worker, was viciously attacked by 2 dogs while caring for an elderly patient at the home.
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 was treated for her injuries.
On September 14, 2015 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Corey M. Beakey (Age 29) and Jenna E. Allen (Age 29) both of 379 Putnam Road in the Wauregan Village of Plainfield turned themselves in to the Plainfield Police Department based on the arrest warrants obtained by Plainfield Detectives.
Jenna Allen was charged with Reckless Endangerment Second Degree, Possession of a Nuisance Dog (2 Counts), and Failure to Comply with Dog License Requirements (5 Counts). Jenna was processed and released on a $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on September 28, 2015.
Corey Beakey was charged with Reckless Endangerment Second Degree. Corey was processed and released on a $10,000 bond. He is also scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on September 28, 2015.
Corey M. Beakey
Jenna E. Allen
CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids Help the Town of Plainfield Combat Drug Abuse and Safer Disposal of Unused Medication
The Plainfield Police Department receives grant for Drug Collection Unit
The Plainfield Police Department announces today, June 11, 2015, that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy for a Drug Collection Unit. The new Unit has been installed and is located in the lobby of the Plainfield Police Department and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
The new Unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
The new Unit will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.
“Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” The Plainfield Police Department is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.”
The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
"CVS/pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Health. “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”
CVS/pharmacy also assists law enforcement by supporting local drug take back events and promoting local drug disposal collection sites. CVS/pharmacy has conducted drug collection campaigns utilizing their retail locations, including several National Drug Take Back Day events. Law enforcement agencies which operate their own on-going collection site programs can also arrange to have the address and hours of their operations posted in local CVS/pharmacy stores.
The Plainfield Police Department’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number 1-866-559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,700 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores in the U.S. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.
About the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction. We develop public education campaigns that drive awareness of teen substance abuse, and lead teen-targeted efforts that inspire young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol. On our website, drugfree.org, and through our toll-free helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), we provide families with direct support and guidance to help them address teen substance abuse. Finally, we build healthy communities, advocating for great access to adolescent treatment and funding for youth prevention programs. As a national nonprofit, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and are thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.
PLAINFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING
Music Lady Cafe'
Photo Courtesy of www.google.com
On April 18, 2015 at approximately 3:15 A.M., the Norwich Police Department contacted the Plainfield Police Department to report that a victim had been stabbed in the Town of Plainfield and was currently being treated at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.
The victim, a 43 year old male from Versailles, CT, reported that he was stabbed in the parking lot as he was leaving from the front doors of the Music Lady Café (6 Green Hollow Road, Central Village, CT) at around 2:00 A.M. During the altercation, the victim suffered a stab wound to his abdomen and a laceration to his face. The victim was then driven to Norwich Backus Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. His injuries were not life threatening.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 21-28 years of age, approximately 5’6” tall, skinny build, black hair, goatee, and wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt. It is unknown if the suspect fled on foot or in vehicle.
If anyone has information pertaining to this stabbing, they are asked to contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860.564.0804 or call the anonymous tip line at 860.564.7065.
PLAINFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
CANTERBURY ROAD (ROUTE 14A)
On April 17, 2015 at approximately 12:57 P.M., Officers from the Plainfield Police Department along with members of the Plainfield Fire Department responded to the area of 274 Canterbury Road in Plainfield, CT, for a motorcycle accident.
Upon arrival, officers located a male approximately 30 feet off the eastbound portion of the roadway in a wooded area. The male, later identified as John R. Duerr (age 24) of 11 Cornell Road, Plainfield, CT, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
Through investigation, this motorcycle accident was believed to have occurred during the evening hours of April 16, 2015 through the early morning hours of April 17, 2015. The deceased operator was operating a 2013 Suzuki GSX-R 600L motorcycle at the time of the accident.
Anyone with information pertaining to this motorcycle accident is asked to please contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804. This investigation remains ongoing.
Breaking News… Home Invasion
70 Pond Hill Road, Moosup, CT
On April 7, 2015 at approximately 12:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to a reported Home Invasion at 70 Pond Hill Road in the Moosup Village of Plainfield. The victim reported that she heard a knock on the door and went to answer when two suspects entered her home. One suspect held the victim down while the other suspect stole items from inside the residence. As a result, the victim suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
A CSP K9 Unit was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspects without success. It is believed that the suspects fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle in the area of Snake Meadow Road and Pond Hill Road. The suspects are described as two white females one being between 40-50 years of age weighing approximately 170-190lbs and the other being between 20-30 years of age weighing approximately 130-140lbs. Both female suspects were wearing hoodies and dark clothing
The Plainfield Police Department is requesting that if anyone has any information pertaining to this home invasion to contact the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or on the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065.
Police Department’s K9 Vader has been awarded
a bullet and stab proof vest
Officer Kenneth Davidson
K9 Vader (April 2015)
Retired K9 Riker (March 2015)
The Plainfield Police Department’s K9 Vader has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization; Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Robert Truken, Danielson, CT resident provided $950.00 for the vest. The vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “From my dogs to yours”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1320 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7” plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, "Cesar", and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15.00 at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.
SEVERE CHILD ABUSE ARREST
(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 /