Main Street Man Gives $800 to Flagger He Mistook for Contractor

Also, a Redding man giving routine finger prints for employment in New Canaan is found to have warrant for his arrest.


A Main Street resident is trying to reach an agreement with a road construction flagger after giving the flagger $800 upfront for future driveway work, police said.

The 69-year-old man approached the flagger, who was monitoring traffic for road work on main Street, with the assumption the flagger was a construction worker and inquired about repair work on his driveway, said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

The flagger said he could do the work for $1,600, but that he would need half upfront for material and tools, police said.

The homeowner then wrote the flagger a check for $800, but, a few hours later, the homeowner learned that the flagger would not be using the construction equipment on site and asked for the check back, said Ogrinc.

The flagger then told the homeowner that he’d already cashed the check and purchased the equipment and could not give the money back, said Ogrinc.  

The two men are trying to come up with an agreement and settle the issue in a civil case, said Ogrinc.


A Redding man having his fingerprints inked for an employer in New Canaan was found to have a warrant for his arrest the morning of July 26, police said.

Kent T. Brooks, 21, was served a warrant and arrested after New Canaan police did a routine scan of his fingerprints for an employer and he was found to have failed to respond to an infraction issued by Redding police, said Sgt. Carol Ogric.

Brooks posted his $75 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Danbury on August 8, said Ogrinc.

Roger Sterling August 03, 2012 at 05:34 AM
thats like getting out of the car and handing the keys to the first ***** guy you see outside a restaurant
Lisa August 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
It sounds like there is a lot more to this story. I've noticed that many of the houses on the newly paved Main St also have freshly paved driveways. I would like to think that materials slated for the town portion were not used for work at private homes. Hopefully the proper over-sites were in place. One thing about the entire project that strikes as odd is how it was decided that some areas of the road would have stone curbs and others just asphalt humps. It gives the finished product a bit of a shoddy patchwork look. Hopefully the flag man will do his civic duty and claim the profit for work done on his 2012 tax return. I do take a bit of satisfaction in the home owner getting burnt on this transaction. Clearly he was trying to get a deal for his driveway and keep the transaction on the low. Oh well.
S Tadik August 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
In order to keep costs down for the West side of Main Street sidewalk option, the costs were calculated under the assumption that the existing asphalt sidewalk in front of King’s Grant would remain and that there would be sections of sidewalk with a grass verge and no granite curbs. The actual construction seems to be different from the plans. Of course, before the bonding referendum, the legal expenses of the Lakeside Bridge were concealed or omitted by the senior executive and legislative leadership of the Town of New Canaan. A recent pension increase was granted to the executive leader in spite of this. Accountability apparently has no penalty. It will be interesting to see how the Main Street sidewalk project will look after it is audited. This could be a kind of test for the new auditors to see if they can find any overruns or will be permitted to do so.
Lisa August 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
End result was certainly different. Kings Grant now has new concrete sidewalk. While everything below Oak is a patchwork of asphalt and granite curbs, everything above Oak towards town has a granite curbs even in areas with grass. I would not be happy with result if I were a homeowner on Main below Oak.
Glen K Dunbar August 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I am not knocking this town (well, at least not now and not in this case per say) BUT, why is it town and state Govts are always cheap and trying to cut cost and sing the blues. They raise our taxes instead of just coughing up the money themself or asking the Feds for it.


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