Ellington-Somers Police Blotter: Sept. 7-Sept. 13

The following arrest reports, provided by Connecticut State Police, are accurate as of Sept. 14, 2012. Items on this list reflect charges filed, not convictions.

Sept. 7

Jenny Kelly, 28, of 23 Weston St. in Wilbraham, MA, was traveling east on Route 190 in Somers. Troop C received a phone call from a motorist explaining that Kelly was driving erratically. A trooper was dispatched to the area, at which time the trooper observed Kelly erratically driving and stopped the vehicle. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Kelly for following too close, failure to maintain lane, failure to carry a license, and DUI. She was processed at Troop C in Tolland and is scheduled to appear at Rockville Superior court on Sept. 24. 

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Sept. 9

William Schaeneman, 23, of 47 Tingley St. in Willimantic, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Route 83 in Ellington. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Schaeneman was subjected to a series of field sobriety tests that he failed, at which time he was arrested. He was transported to Troop C Tolland where he was processed according to state police policy. He was charged with failure to carry registration/insurance card, failure to notify of change in registrant’s address, operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and failure to driver right. Also, a NCIC/COLLECT query revealed that Schaeneman was also wanted on an active PRAWN warrant issued by Enfield Superior court on July 18, 2012. He was charged with second-degree failure to appear. Schaeneman was separately processed for the PRAWN and held on bond. While processing him for the active PRAWN warrant, the Schaeneman refused to submit to fingerprinting and was separately processed for this violation.

Sept. 10

At about 11:50 p.m., Troop C investigated a on Four Bridges Road in Somers. This collision involved one vehicle driving off the right side of the roadway, over a couple residential lawns, and then colliding head-on into a group of trees - multiple times - just south of the intersection with Route 186 (Hall Hill Road). The sole occupant and driver of the vehicle was subsequently identified as 28-year-old Kunalkumar Patal from Arlington, VA. The vehicle he was driving was a silver 2001 Acura two-door with a Virginia registration. Somers emergency medical services and were also dispatched to the scene. The operator had to be extricated from the vehicle and succumbed to multiple severe injuries sustained from this collision. This fatal motor vehicle collision is currently under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this vehicle proper to the collision, or the collision itself, is asked to contact Trooper Scott McCarthy at the Troop C barracks at 860-896-3200. 

Keith Carleton, 29, of 143 Elm Hill Rd. in Vernon, was arrested after Troop C dispatch received a complaint that an individual was witnessed slashing the tires on a vehicle that was located in the parking lot of 9 Strawberry Rd. in Ellington. Upon arrival, troopers met with the complainant who explained that he witnessed a male who is an acquaintance of his approach his vehicle and damage two tires, rendering them useless. The complainant was able to provide an identification and address of Carleton. Further investigation located Carleton at a residence in the town of Vernon. Carleton verbally admitted to having damaged the tires and was taken into custody. He was then transported to Troop C where he was processed and charged with second-degree criminal mischief. Carleton was released on a $500 non-surety bond with an assigned court date of Sept. 19 at Rockville Superior Court.

Sept. 12

A 49-year-old Texas man was exiting a farm field and turning southbound onto West Road in Ellington. The vehicle, a truck owned by , then struck a wire attached to a CL&P pole. This utility pole then broke at the base and the vehicle came to a controlled final rest, blocking the southbound lane. CL&P responded to the scene. No injuries were reported and no vehicles were towed due to this collision. 

A license plate assigned to a trailer was reported lost or stolen on Sept. 12. 

Sept. 13

The ’s Office is investigating numerous burglaries from unlocked vehicles, including a stolen firearm. 


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