Two women hospitalized after two-vehicle-crash on Route 34

MONROE, CT — A 32-year-old New Milford woman was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital with serious injuries Tuesday afternoon, following a two-vehicle-crash on Route 34, just east of Monroe Turnpike. The other driver, an 88-year-old Stevenson woman, was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

At approximately 2:10 p.m., police said the Stevenson woman was heading west on Route 34 in her green 2008 Honda CRV, when she attempted a left turn into the driveway at 236 Roosevelt Drive.

That’s when the New Milford driver heading east, toward Stevenson Dam, in her blue 2016 Jeep Patriot, crashed into the Honda, police said.

Both women were treated by Emergency Medical Service personnel at the scene.

Police said the Stevenson woman was issued an infraction for failure to grant the right-of-way and both damaged vehicles were towed.

Route 34 was closed until police, EMS and firefighters arrived on the scene.

‘Grease bandits’

A restaurant owner told police “grease bandits” stole used cooking grease from the back of the building at 838 Main St. Tuesday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 2:54 p.m., but the caller did not wish to file a formal complaint at this time. Tollgate Plaza has two restaurants: El Coyote and Mr. Mac’s Canteen.

The suspects were described as two males, one Black and the other Hispanic, driving a white van with New York plates.

Police said grease thieves are active. Used cooking oil can be used as biofuels and thieves sell it on the black market.

Unemployment scam

Police received two complaints of unemployment benefits scams this week.

On Monday, a 49-year-old Monroe man told police he received a letter from the Connecticut Department of Labor informing him that his application for unemployment benefits was being reviewed.

He told police he never filed an application and called the labor department immediately. He was told someone used his Social Security number to apply for benefits, according to the report.

The victim was advised to contact his local police department to report the fraud. Police said there was no financial loss.

The victim was advised to monitor is credit activity and to contact the Social Security Administration.

On Tuesday, a 46-year-old Monroe man told police he received a Connecticut Department of Labor letter about his application for unemployment benefits.

He told police he never applied for benefits and has not been out of work.

The victim did not suffer any monetary loss and was advised contact the Social Security Administration, the three major credit bureaus and his bank to notify them of the incident.

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