Monroe PD: Minors and Alcohol Don’t Mix

The following comes from the Monroe Police Department: The Monroe Police Department, in conjunction with Alcohol and Drug Awareness of Monroe (ADAM), wish every student a memorable, safe time at the prom on Friday May 16, 2014. This is an exciting time for all students and their parents. We encourage …

Road Collapse Closing Part of Cutlers Farm

First Selectman Steve Vavrek says Cutlers Farm Road from Bug Hill to Pepper Street is closed to thru traffic due to a partial road collapse. Only Residents of the houses effected will have access. More details as they are announced.  

‘All Smiles’ at Meet Monroe Business Expo

Hundreds of people attended the fifth annual Meet Monroe, a business exposition by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Businesses owners and professionals, and Monroe residents flocked the Expo at the Waterview, event officials said. “Meet Monroe is an annual, unique business showcase in which the community can meet local business …

Memorial Day Parade March is May 25

The 2014 Memorial Day Parade  will step off at Elm Street starting at 2 p.m. on May 25 It will continue onto Route 111 and to the Town Green where a ceremony will take place.  If you wish to participate in the march, go and download the participation application …

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All About Monroe Is Being ‘Mothballed’

July 1, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

I want to thank all of you who visited All About Monroe, subscribed to the email newsletter and followed it on Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, I cannot continue updating the site.

When I’d launched All About Monroe, I envisioned it to be like Monroe Patch used to be, and intended to cover as much of the meetings and goings on in town as possible with constant updates. … Continue Reading

Cops: Monroe Man Had Child Pornography

July 1, 2014 Police News No Comments

ef26428796c5a68f3e0cb7bee7e82b1eA Partridge Drive man is accused of disseminating child pornography via the Internet, after police searched his home Tuesday.

Anthony Bocchino, 31, is charged with possession of child pornography in the first degree, importing child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

Police said the investigation began on May 22, 2014, culminating in the search warrant and discovery of sexually explicit images and videos of minors in his possession. State Police assisted.

“The suspected images were submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Five of the submitted suspected child pornography files were confirmed as known identified child victims.  The files are clearly of real child victims well under the age of sixteen,” police said.

“After conducting an onsite digital forensic preview, enough evidence was located to arrest Bocchino,” police said.

His bond was set at $100,000 for an appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court July 2.

Residential Waste Claims ‘Bullying’ by Competitor

July 1, 2014 Business No Comments
Credit: Residential Waste Systems

Credit: Residential Waste Systems

Locally-based Residential Waste Systems, serving Trumbull and Monroe for 32 years, thanked its customers after accusing another company of “bullying” RWS clients.

“Residential Waste Systems is a family-owned business and with your help will be passed on for generations to come. Our family was born and raised in the communities we serve. John Bria, the owner, has picked up trash in Trumbull and Monroe for 32 years, his son JR, the manager, coaches at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, his daughter, the receptionist, attended Masuk High School, and his wife and her family owned Marie’s Sandwich Shop in Trumbull for 40 years. We love the community we serve,” the letter stated.

RWS was recently approached about selling but refused, and the offering company “has begun using bullying tactics soliciting our customers door to door trying to take our business away from us. Some of our customers have been solicited and called our office immediately to let us know of the situation and we thank them.”

“This tactic has been used in two other states in order to build up a company to sell,” according to the letter.

“Residential Waste knows you have the freedom to choose and we rely on our customer … Continue Reading

Brookfield Man Charged with DUI

June 30, 2014 Police News No Comments

36b7401d543a0ff7ad3b891a8997cb01-300x225A Brookfield man allegedly drove erratically before he was stopped for drunken driving on June 28.

Christopher DeFreitas, 22, of Kimberly Drive, is charged with DUI and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Police said he was stopped late Saturday on Route 25 after swerving into the oncoming traffic lane.

Defreitas had “slurred speech, and responding officers detected the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage on his person.  Defreitas performed the standardized field sobriety testing, and based on the results, was placed under arrest,” police said.

His bond was set at $500 for a July 8 appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Self-Storage Facility Opens near Monroe

June 29, 2014 Business No Comments
The facility under construction in September 2013.

The facility under construction in September 2013.

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A self-storage facility on Spring Hill Road is open for business after its journey began eight years ago.

Trumbull Brothers Matthew and Keith Romano started the process with buying the property eight years ago, but the recession delayed construction.

According to a press release, the property is comprised of approximately 42,140 square feet of rentable storage space comprising 362 total units. The storage units include 278 temperature controlled units and 34 drive-up access spaces. This location is the first self-storage in Trumbull.

The facility also features covered loading/unloading area, complimentary wifi and business accommodations, moving supplies, advanced security and monitoring, and a spacious lobby.

For more information on Trumbull Self Storage, visit or call 203-816-0654.

The facility is locally-family owned, but managed by Storage Asset Management, Inc, of York, Penn., according to the release.


Prosecutors Warn of ‘Jury Duty’ Scam

June 28, 2014 Police News No Comments

gavelThe following comes from press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a “Jury Duty Scam” has again been reported in Connecticut.

The Clerk’s Office for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut recently learned that three people reported that they received a call from a man falsely identifying himself as “Lt. Steve Smith” with “badge number 8031” from the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.  The man referred to a case number, that the person had failed to appear for jury selection, and there was a warrant for their arrest.  The caller told the people that a bond had been set and the matter would be resolved if they gave him four Green Dot pre-paid $500 VISA cards.  In one instance, a victim purchased a Green Dot card and, at the caller’s direction, provided the card’s number to the caller.

The public is advised that this is a scam, and if a person were to receive a jury service-related call they should not provide any personal … Continue Reading

Cops: Man Crashed, Fled in Trumbull

June 27, 2014 Police News No Comments

police lightsA Monroe man is accused of reckless driving after allegedly fleeing an accident scene in Trumbull.

Justin Frederick Collins, 33, of Osborn Lane, is charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and failure to drive right.

Police said Collins was driving on Route 111 when he entered an oncoming traffic lane to pass another vehicle, and hit another car. He then failed to stop but stopped a short distance away because of the damage to his car.

Collins’ bond was set at $1,000 for an appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court.

The Wandering Black Bear is Back


Credit: Ed Risko, Monroe Police

A black bear, possibly the same one spotted recently in Trumbull and Monroe, appears to be headed to northern Connecticut.

The bear was reportedly spotted in Trumbull on Porters Hill Road on June 25 about 2 p.m., according to the Trumbull Times, and later seen in the Route 111/Route 110 area eating garbage. It was last seen that day at 7 p.m. headed north on Route 111, said Animal Control Officer Ed Risko.

And on June 26, the bear was reported on Elm Street near Johnson Place.

Risko said it may be one of two bears in the area. Bears are typically looking for mates this time of year, he added.

Anyone who sees the bear is asked to call Monroe police at 203-261-3622. He cautioned residents not to chase it into traffic.

Monroe Announces Summer Paving

June 25, 2014 Public Works No Comments

construction 2The following roads will be under construction this week in Monroe:

  • Twinbrook Terrace, between Capital Lane and Saxony Drive
  • Hattertown Road, between Route 59 and Stanley Road
  • Hattertown Road,  between Huntingtown Road and Newtown town line
  • Judd Road, between Hattertown Road and Easton town line
  • Knapp Street, between  Hattertown Road and Easton town line
  • Stanley Road, between Route 59  and Route #25

Paving is expected to start June 26, weather permitting.

High Beam Driver Charged with DUI

June 24, 2014 Police News No Comments

36b7401d543a0ff7ad3b891a8997cb01-300x225A Bridgeport man is accused of drunken driving in Monroe.

David Williams, 49, of Poplar Street, is charged with failure to drive in the proper lane, improper use of high beams, DUI and following too closely.

Police said Williams stopped in the middle of the road with his high beams near a police cruiser on Route 25. He failed field sobriety tests, police said.

Williams’ bond was set at $500 for an appearance in Bridgeport Superior Court.

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