Norwalk

Norwalk News: Middle School Teacher Arrested in Sexual Assault of a Minor Case

On April 30, 2024, the Norwalk Police Department received a complaint regarding a Norwalk Public School employee allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Norwalk Police Department Special Victims Unit assumed the investigation. During the investigation, it was determined that Luisa Melchionne, a Nathan Hale Middle School Guidance Counselor, was sexually involved with a male student. An arrest warrant was issued for Melchionne, and she was arrested without incident. Melchionne, 47 years old, is no longer employed by the Norwalk Public Schools. She was arrested on July 11, 2024, and charged with Sexual Assault 2nd degree and two counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor. Her bond was set at $500,000.

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Norwalk News: Two Sexual Assault Involving A Minor Arrests Made

On Wednesday, June 26th, Detectives from the Norwalk Police Special Victims Unit, with assistance from the Monroe Police Department, located and arrested Joseph Mejia of Charlotte, North Carolina, at a residence in Monroe, CT.  After a several months-long investigation, a warrant was obtained for Mejia, charging him with Sexual Assault 4th Degree and two counts of Risk of Injury to a Child.  The investigation centered around an incident from 2021 involving Mejia and a minor. Mejia was held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 10, 2024. In May of 2023, the Norwalk Police Department’s Special Victims Unit began investigating an incident where a 4-year-old child was reported to have been sexually assaulted by…

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Norwalk News: Arrest Made in Child Endangerment Case

On May 15, 2024, Norwalk Police patrol officers responded to a call about a 6-year-old child who had not returned home from after-school activities sponsored by the Norwalk Housing Authority.  Officers found the child asleep in a Housing Authority passenger van parked in their lot. A follow-up investigation by the Special Victims Unit revealed that Vladimir Galette, the Housing Authority van driver at that time, had failed to follow protocols by not checking the van for passengers before securing it for the evening.  An arrest warrant for Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree was applied for and granted. Galette, age 47, was located on July 4th in Stamford and arrested without incident.  He was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the…

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Norwalk News: Pedestrian Killed

On June 21, 2024, at 9:20 AM, Norwalk Combined Dispatch received a 911 call requesting emergency response to 81 Riverside Avenue (Riverside Cemetery) for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving injuries, where a pedestrian was struck. Norwalk Police, Norwalk Fire Department, and Norwalk Hospital Emergency Medical Service were immediately dispatched to the scene. Norwalk Patrol Officers arrived alongside Norwalk Firefighters, who began providing medical aid to the pedestrian, 59-year-old Kathleen Quigley-Cutting. Kathleen Quigley-Cutting was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Norwalk Emergency Medical Service for serious injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries. The Norwalk Police Department Crime Scene Unit, along with Crash Reconstruction Investigators, responded to the location and assumed the investigation. We ask any persons with information…

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Norwalk News: Arrest Made in Residential Burglary Case

On June 15, 2024, at 4:36 AM Norwalk Combined Dispatch received a call for a residential burglary.  The caller reported she woke-up and found a male standing in her residence. The male attempted to take the caller’s phone as she tried to call 911 and then fled the scene prior to patrol officers’ arrival. The Detective Bureau assumed the investigation. Detectives processed the scene and reviewed video surveillance. As a result of their investigation, detectives were able to identify Jose Gomez-Gonzalez as the male who entered the residence. Norwalk Detectives arrested Jose Gomez-Gonzalez that same morning without incident. Gomez-Gonzalez is charged with Burglary in the first degree, and interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct. Bond is set at…

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Norwalk News: Arrest Made in Marina Burglary

On May 17, 2024, two males unlawfully accessed Cove Marina by climbing over the fence, subsequently breaking into two docked boats and stealing tools and alcohol.  Following the incident, officers collected video footage and gathered information, leading them to connect the crime with a similar one reported at a Fairfield Police marina, with Christopher McClain identified as a suspect.  Through surveillance efforts, Norwalk Officers positively identified McClain and his associated vehicle, resulting in the issuance of an arrest warrant.  On June 11th, McClain was apprehended without resistance at his residence. Christopher McClain, aged 19, faces charges including Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, and Larceny in the Fifth Degree, with a court-set bond of $25,000.

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Norwalk News: Arrests Made in Vape Shop Raids for Illegal Sales and Possession

On June 7, 2024, at approximately 6:30 PM, members of the Special Services Division executed search and seizure warrants at two Smoke Shops on Washington Street in Norwalk, CT, following numerous complaints about vape and tobacco sales to minors and illegal marijuana sales. At Sono One Stop, located at 83 Washington Street, Evary L. Zorrilla Jr. was charged with the illegal sale or manufacture of cannabis, possession of cannabis, and two outstanding warrants for illegal tobacco sales to minors. Contraband seized included various THC products, marijuana pre-rolls, edibles, and a small amount of cash. At Exotic Smoke Shop, located at 68A Washington Street, Barsha Sapkota was charged with possession of cannabis, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and the sale…

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Norwalk News: Narcotics Arrest

On June 4, 2024, members of the Norwalk Police Special Services Division, in collaboration with the Stamford Police Narcotics/Organized Crime Unit, arrested Hunter Wells after an extensive eight-month investigation. Investigators executed search and seizure warrants on Wells, his vehicle, and his person. Throughout the investigation, Wells sold Percocet pills containing fentanyl, ecstasy, and marijuana to undercover officers on numerous occasions. The investigation remains ongoing. Hunter Wells, aged 31, of Norwalk, CT, faces charges for two counts of the sale of a narcotic substance and three counts of the sale of cannabis. His bond is set at $140,000.

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Norwalk News: Sexual Assault of a Minor – Arrest Made

In February of 2024, the Norwalk Police Department received a complaint of a sexual assault of a minor.The investigation was assumed by the Special Victims Unit. During the investigation detectives identified Marc Lugo as the suspect in the assault and secured an arrest warrant for his arrest through Stamford Superior Court.On May 31, 2024 Special Victims Unit Detectives located Lugo in Norwalk and placed him under arrest.

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