Monroe Police Reports: Lines cross sparking fishing altercation

MONROE, CT — An 80-year-old Trumbull man allegedly grabbed a 55-year-old Seymour man’s arm with both hands and shook him during an argument at Great Hollow Lake Friday morning, then grabbed his fishing pole and attempted to snap it in half. He couldn’t break it, so he threw it down and walked away, according to police.

He told police both were fishing when the Seymour man cast his line over his line. The Trumbull man said he told the other angler, who denied it.

The Trumbull man told officers he didn’t touch the other man or grab his fishing pole, but police said the Seymour man recorded a video of the altercation on his cellphone.

The Seymour man told officers he got to the lake around 8 a.m. and walked to the western side of it to go fishing, when the Trumbull man approached him and said, “this is my area of the lake. Get the [expletive] out of here.”

The Trumbull man was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault. He was released after posting 10 percent of a $500 bond for a Nov. 27 court date.

Car vs. Pedestrian

The driver of a 2021 Nissan accidentally struck a pedestrian, knocking him to the ground, while backing out of a parking space at 450 Monroe Turnpike Friday afternoon. But the 73-year-old Monroe man escaped with only cuts on his arms and hands, according to police.

Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel evaluated him at the scene, but he refused transportation to a hospital, police said.

The driver, an 81-year-old Monroe woman, told officers she didn’t see the pedestrian and immediately put her car in park and got out of the vehicle when she realized she struck someone.

She was given a verbal warning for unsafe backing.

The incident occurred around 12:07 p.m.

Driver hits school bus

A 22-year-old Monroe man driving south on Elm Street Monday afternoon told officers he put his head down for a minute and looked up to see a school bus stopped in front of him with its red lights flashing and its stop sign out.

He tried to stop his 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck, but couldn’t and hit the bus from behind in the 540-block of Elm Street, according to the report.

Police said the children and both drivers were not injured.

The driver was issued an infraction for failure to stop for a school bus. Police said drivers must give a school bus at least 10 feet of space when it stops and its red lights are flashing.

The accident occurred around 3:46 p.m.

Two car crash

A 68-year-old Monroe woman was issued an infraction for failure to grant the right-of-way to oncoming traffic when making a left hand turn after hitting a blue 2006 Volkswagen Jetta with her 2017 Hyundai Sonata on Elm Street Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 4:52 p.m., police said she was heading north on Elm Street and tried to turn left onto Far Horizon Drive when she struck the Volkswagen heading in the opposite direction.

Police said the Monroe woman reported injuries to her knees and hands and a female passenger of the Volkswagen, age 58, reported knee pain. But both declined a trip to the hospital.

The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta, a 55-year-old Trumbull woman, was issued a misdemeanor summons for operating a motor vehicle without insurance when involved in an accident. She has a Dec. 4 court date.

Mail truck bumper split in two

A mail truck driver, 77, of Trumbull, was issued a verbal warning for unsafe movement of a stopped vehicle after hitting a trailer attached to a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck on Maple Drive Friday evening.

At approximately 6:28 p.m., the pickup truck driver, a 53-year-old Monroe man, told officers he was pulling his trailer while entering the driveway, and he saw the mailman had stopped at a row of mailboxes, facing north.

As he turned right, he said the mail truck moved ahead and hit his trailer. Police said the front bumper of the mail truck broke in half from the impact.

The mailman told police the pickup truck turned too far to the right, causing the trailer to hit his bumper.

Police said damage was consistent with the pickup truck driver’s story.

The accident occurred around 6:28 p.m.

Driver summons traffic infraction on Knollwood Street

Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person trespassing on the Knollwood Street property of the late ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren Monday night.

At approximately 10 p.m., officers arrived to find a 26-year-old man in his car with three other people, so he was not charged with trespassing.

However, he was issued a misdemeanor summons for misuse of a license plate, driving without a license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Minor injuries in Jackson Drive crash

A 35-year-old Trumbull woman was issued a written warning for failure to obey a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle-crash at the intersection of Jackson Drive and Cedar Lane Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 2:16 p.m., police said she was driving north on Jackson Drive in her 2023 Mazda CX-5 and tried to turn left onto Cedar Lane when she hit a 2017 Chevy Suburban coming from Cedar Lane.

The driver of the Chevy, a 38-year-old Trumbull woman, told officers the Mazda did not stop at the stop sign before entering the intersection.

The driver of the Mazda told officers she didn’t see the Suburban.

A juvenile female, who was a passenger in the Chevy Suburban was treated for “suspected minor” injuries by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel, but her mother refused a trip to the hospital for her daughter, police said.

Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

Domestic incidents

Police responded to two domestic calls recently.

On Friday night a Mill Brook Terrace woman told officers her husband thought she was having an affair and grabbed her cellphone during an argument, so he could look through it in the bathroom.

He allegedly shut the bathroom door on her hand, while she pursued him to get her phone back. The victim told police she was not injured, according to the report.

Her husband, 37, was charged with disorderly conduct and released on promise to appear in court. He was scheduled to appear last Monday.

In another domestic call, a 50-year-old Woody Crest Road man responding to a warrant for failure to appear in court Friday, was also charged with violation of a protective order, because a condition of his prior arrest that he stay away from the address he called police from, according to the report.

He was held on $5,000 for the failure to appear charge and on $1,000 bond for violation of the protective order. He was scheduled to appear in court last Monday.

Victims of domestic abuse can call the Center for Family Justice for assistance.

CFJ works with law enforcement, the legal system and public officials to break the cycle of violence and abuse – domestic, sexualand child – by providing services that create hope, restore lives and drive social change through education and community collaboration.

Monroe is among the six towns CFJ serves. For information, click here. Anyone in a crisis situation who needs help, can call its 24/7 hotlines:

  • Domestic Violence: 203-384-9559
  • Sexual assault: 203-333-2233
  • Spanish: 888-568-8332
  • Text: (888) 999-5545

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