Police identify motorcycle rider involved in fatal crash

MONROE, CT — Police identified the man who died in a motorcycle crash on Monroe Turnpike late Friday night as Daniel Engstrom, 21, of New Milford.

At approximately 11:20 p.m., Engstrom was heading south, near the old Stevenson Lumber property, when he lost control of his bike just past Old Zoar Road, went off the road and struck a tree before coming to rest in the roadway, according to police.

An area resident who heard the crash called the police, who responded along with firefighters and Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service volunteers.

Engstrom was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Theft of retractable leashes

An employee of Natural Pet Outlet at Clock Tower Square, 477 Main St., flagged down police officers April 21 to report that a man stole four retractable leashes, before fleeing the scene in a silver or gray Mitsubishi Eclipse with a black soft top, a spoiler and black rims.

The theft was reported around 7 p.m. and the employee told police it took place about 10 minutes earlier.

The suspect was described as a thin white male in his 20s, approximately six-feet-tall, with short black hair.

The total value of the stolen merchandise was $132.

Who went to the hospital?

A Monroe man told police he received a $6,000 bill from Griffin Hospital for medical services and an ambulance ride that took place on Feb. 11. However, he says he was out-of-state that day.

Police are investigating the complaint.

Flowers from a gravesite

A woman told police April 22 that someone stole flowers she had placed in front of her father’s headstone in St. John’s Cemetery, 500 Moose Hill Road, on the 18th.

The cemetery confirmed that its groundskeepers did not remove the $160 floral arrangement, police said.

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