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.
About CVS/pharmacy
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.

 Plainfield 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 /

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.