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Ellington-Somers Police Blotter: March 15-March 21

The following arrest reports, provided by Connecticut State Police, are accurate as of March 22, 2013. Items on this list reflect charges filed, not convictions.

March 16

Brittany Garnelis, 21, of 5 Punkin Dr. in Ellington, and Nadine Ashley, 21, of 690 Neipsic Rd. in Glastonbury, were both arrested after they entered the KOHLS department store in the East Brook Mall in Mansfield and selected numerous items of merchandise and proceeded to steal the items in the changing rooms. As the women exited the store, they were stopped by loss prevention and subsequently turned over to Connecticut State Police without further incident. They were both charged with sixth-degree larceny: shoplifting.

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March 17

Richard J. Prunier, 59, of 871 Avery St. in South Windsor, was arrested after he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Pinney and Pioneer Heights in Somers and hit another vehicle. He struck the front driver's side quarter panel, causing heavy damage to both vehicles. The driver of the other vehicle was transported by Somers Ambulance to Johnson Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Prunier declined medical treatment at the scene. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Route 83 Auto and Meyer's Motors. Prunier was found at fault for the accident for failure to stop at the stop sign and was subsequently charged with DUI. He was released on a surety bond and given a Rockville Superior Court date of March 27.

March 19

Zachariah Sutherland, 22, of 124 South Rd. in Somers, entered Kaman’s Wines & Liquors on South Road in Somers and grabbed a bottle of vodka from the lower shelf and placed into his jacket. Prior to leaving store, he informed the clerk that he had forgotten his wallet and would return. After checking the surveillance video, the clerk observed Sutherland place an item into his coat. Sutherland was later located by troopers from the Somers office. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and was issued a Rockville Superior Court date of April 1.

A 26-year-old Somers man was traveling southbound on Gulf Road in Stafford when he veered off the left shoulder and collided with a tree in the left shoulder. No injuries were reported and/or observed. 

A 17-year-old Ellington woman was traveling westbound on Crystal Lake Road in Ellington when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered roadway, skidded off the right shoulder of the roadway, and struck a utility pole. The vehicle was towed from the scene with moderate damage, and the woman was transported to Rockville General Hospital by Ellington Ambulance for a complaint of pain. She was charged with traveling too fast for conditions. 

Wanda Latrelle Grant, 35, of 70 Edgemont St. in Springfield, MA, was arrested when, during the course of a motor vehicle investigation on Mountain Road in Somers, she was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. She was then subjected to a series of field sobriety tests, which she failed. During the investigation, it was revealed that a 7-year-old passenger was in the vehicle. Grant was then transported to Troop C where she was processed in accordance with state police procedure. She was charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, failure to drive right at slow speed, and risk of injury to a child. Grant was held on a $1,500 surety bond and later released with a court date of March 21 at Rockville Superior Court.

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