The rain is gone only to be replaced by rain. Branford Schools are closed today as the forecast calls for a possible 5 inches of the white stuff. Temperatures dropped off quickly last night as the low pressure system swirls out towards the Atlantic. The low is not going anywhere to fast hence we will have snow and snow showers throughout the day and even the weekend. Use caution on the roads there has already been an accident on Leetes Island Rd. this morning with one injury reported.
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February 24, 2010
The Branford Police Department’s Detective Division arrested Deanna Steward (DOB 7/10/197) of 252 Leetes Island Road Unit 5 today on an arrest warrant charging Steward with Larceny First Degree and Criminal Impersonation.
The investigation began in November 2009 when Oxley Inc. of Branford contacted the police department when they suspected Steward, who was their bookkeeper of embezzling company funds.
Detective Ryan Tobin, who investigated Oxley’s complaint said that the funds were discovered missing by the company’s president and their accountant during an internal audit. “An arrest warrant was issued this week for Steward after we recovered evidence and information while executing search warrants for both her bank accounts and her home that directly linked her to these crimes.” said Detective Tobin.
Detective Lieutenant William Carroll, who heads the Detective Division, said that Detective Tobin discovered Steward had been convicted in 2003 for a similar incident that occurred in Madison.
Steward was held on a $50,000.00 bond and was arraigned in New Haven Court.
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February 22, 2010
BRANFORD POLICE ARREST MAN ON ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES
Branford Police officers responded to a complaint of a man robbed at knife point just after midnight on Sunday morning. The victim told police that he was walking home, carrying an XBOX in a canvass bag from a friend’s house in East Haven. When he was near Brothers Harley Davidson on West Main Street he was approached by a black male on a bicycle. The black male displayed a knife and told the victim to give him the bag or he would “poke him”. The victim surrendered the bag and the suspect fled, heading west on West Main Street. The victim was able to flag down a motorist to call 911.
The suspect, later identified as Christian O. Isaac (DOB 1/10/1990) of 343 Poplar St., New Haven, was spotted a short time later by Officer Richard Kenney on West Main Street riding a bicycle. Isaac continued to flee from P.O. Kenney on the bike and traveled off the road toward 150 West Main Street. Isaac then struck a retaining wall and toppled off the wall with the bicycle which broke into pieces. The knife and XBOX were recovered by P.O. Kenney by the base of the wall however Isaac fled on foot into the Lake Saltonstall property and officers were unable to immediately locate him.
As police surrounded the property waiting for a police K-9 to arrive, Officers Lue Sobieraj and Rashaad Roach heard movement in the immediate area and were later able to capture and take Isaac into custody.
As a result of falling off the retaining wall, Isaac injured his arm and was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Chief John DeCarlo credits the swift capture of Isaac to the hard proactive work of the officers. “P.O. Kenney was working an extra, grant funded detail to reduce drunken drivers in the West Main Street area. Because he was in the area, he along with the other officers was able to capture this dangerous person.” DeCarlo said.
Christian Isaac was charged with Robbery First Degree, Larceny Fifth Degree, Criminal Trespass Third Degree and Interfering with an Officer. Isaac is held on a $75000 bond.
The forecasters are going crazy with this one as the computer models are all over the place. Simply put this will be a stormy week with what looks like mostly rain along the coast and a chance for plowable snow in the hills and to the north. There just does not seem to be enough cold air in place to deliver snow in any substantial amounts from central CT south. As always keep an eye on the forecast and updates will be posted as needed!
Enjoy this weekend with sunny sky’s and warm temperatures, it looks as though it will be followed by some more winter weather! Saturday temps will be in the mid 40′s and with the sun shining brightly snow will be melting quickly. As we are close to two thirds done with winter the sun angle and daylight hours increase every day! Daylight is fast approaching eleven hours with the sun rising at almost 6:30am and setting at about 5:30pm.
Next week’s weather is another story however, with the possibility of a large storm with substantial snow. Right now the chance of heavy snow is minimal however an eye to the forecast is definitely warranted. Believe it or not the Mid-Atlantic States could end up with another pounding! What is known right now is that chances are high for a storm, the track and the type of precipitation will be hashed out in the upcoming computer models!
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Another Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Southern New Haven County and a Winter Storm Watch for most of the rest of the State. As with most storms model differences are making the forecast tricky and forecasters are a bit more careful after the last storm’s disastrous outcome.
It looks right now that 2-4″ of the white stuff will fall near the immediate shore with 3-6″ towards the central/northern tier of the State. There may even be some mixing of sleet/rain along the coast, it depends on the winds during the day tomorrow. The rest of the week looks calm so far with seasonable temperatures throughout.