Wilton Teen Disrupts SATs at New Canaan High

New Canaan police arrested a Wilton student who became belligerent toward a proctor during SAT testing.


A Wilton student was arrested at New Canaan High School for creating a disturbance during SATs at New Canaan High School, police said. 

New Canaan police were called to the high school at 12:20 p.m. on June 2 after a Wilton teen became belligerent after the proctor asked him to stop smoking his electronic cigarette in the classroom, said Ogrinc. 

The boy made comments, swore at the proctor, used profanities and threw a pencil at the proctor when he was asked to leave, said Ogrinc. 

The boy was charged with second-degree breach of peace and is scheduled to appear in court in Norwalk on June 6, police said.


Police are investigating the theft of $805 worth of copper downspouts and gutter from a Thayer Drive residency, police said.

A 47-year-old male complainant reported to police at 8:58 p.m. on May 30 that seven, 10-foot copper downspouts and connectors were missing, said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

The complainant said that his family left the house at 8:15 a.m. and his children noticed the missing copper when they got home at 2:30 p.m., police said.
The home is currently having work done on it, said Ogrinc.


Police are investigating the theft of a debit card from a Parade Hill Road resident, police said.

A 19-year-old woman reported to police on May 31 at 3:38 p.m. that a $272.15 was charged to an old debit card of hers on Walmart’s online store. Another charge of $1 was charged to the card at a Sunoco in Darien, said Ogrinc.


A Bridgeport man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana, police said.

Orville Pottinger, 49, was pulled over on Main Street Road near Woodland Road for allegedly passing in a no-pass zone, police said. The officer who responded as back-up reported that the initial officer detected the smell of marijuana on Pottinger, who allegedly stated he’d been smoking in the vehicle, said Ogrinc.

The vehicle was searched and nothing was found, police said.

The initial officer determined that Pottinger was under the influence of marijuana and arrested Pottinger, police said. He was charged with failure to use a seatbelt, driving under the influence and  passing in a no-passing zone.

Pottinger was released on $250 bond and he is scheduled to appear in court on June 13.


Richard Cranium June 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The small Wilton boy who was arrested for improper behavior required two squad cars and four police officers who had him pressed against the wall for a weapons search. I thought it was a serious drug bust or something. Step out of line and the man come and take you away (especially if you are a Wilton or Darien high-school prankster).
Lisa June 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
After George Lovas roughed up the arresting police officer in his dispute, NCPD probably decided that they needed to provide back up on all arrests. Hopefully their clothing held up this time.
Jon S. June 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Maybe Dick and Lisa could stop with the constant criticisms and humorless jokes about the policemen and policewomen who serve our town.
S Tadik June 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
WILTON TEEN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR CRIME My untrained eye sees that Creating a Public Disturbance, CGS 53a-181a, is a violation or infraction, with a fine of $103.00. This charge was not mentioned in Patch’s news so it looks like the teen was not charged with this offense. Breach of the Peace in the Second Degree, CGS 53a-181 is a Class B misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine, or both. This charge was leveled, however, according to Patch. The two statutes share some language but not all and the penalties and legal processes differ. The Town of New Canaan is sending a clear message that this is a strict law and order town always, and super strict when it wants to be. The youth should be especially careful. Forget the senior prank.
Four Jacks June 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Maybe the authorities were concerned about a College Board Rebellion! The SATs are so stressfull for these kids, there's no need to arrest a kid having a breakdown! What is this town coming to? Yet, I saw a cop make a speedy right turn onto Old Norwalk Road today, didn't bother to signal, and was clearly speeding. How about setting a good example instead of a poor one?
TP June 06, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Can anyone explain how the police determine that someone is under the influence of marijuana ? is there a test ? what is the legal limit ? is there one ? what training do the police receive to make this determination ? so is a charge of driving under the influence what the police will now revert to if they smell marijuana but find nothing ? Is this something we want them to do ? is there any evidence that marijuana smoking impairs driving ability ? I haven't seen this charge before so am curious. Is this a new front in the war on our civil rights ?
Emily Constance (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Hi TP. There are few updates from Sgt. Ogrinc I'm planning on getting tomorrow morning. One of which, is the manner in which the officer determined the driver was under the influence of marijuana.
Lisa June 06, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Good work Emily. Maybe NC finally has a news organization that will require NCPD to be more accountable for their procedures.
Jon S. June 06, 2012 at 04:41 AM
And maybe you can stop the relentless bashing of our police.
Lisa June 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Jon S - I view my comments less as "bashing" and more as healthy questioning of police procedure. Certainly some of the well publicized events of the past few weeks leave NCPD open to question. I guess being a child of the 60's has conditioned me to question authority when warranted. . Asking why the police would arrest a mother of 4 or why they would hand cuff a senior citizen who left his dogs in the car longer than he should have, to me are valid questions. Both results seem like over the top responses for the type of community that we live in.
Jon S. June 06, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Okay, this is a respectful comment, well-reasoned and stated, and I'd listen to your point here. It's much more effective than your usual curt tone of sarcasm, ridicule and snarkiness -- which doesn't always come across well in an online commentary. But quit calling George a senior citizen!
Glen K Dunbar June 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Jon S has a point. Bashing New Canaan Police serves no purpose. Why pick on them. Many legal entities are misguided or need to realign their priorities.. It is just not in New Canaan. How about the lady who was arrested in SC for cheeing on her daughter at Graduation...does that make sense??? NO !!! dah !! Grown ups can be such nit pickers sometimes. I say live and let live. As for Georgey. How old is He??? If his is 60+ then his is FOR SURE a Senior !! GLEN
Richard Cranium June 06, 2012 at 05:36 PM
One helpful hint for the Patch: The Patch seems to delight in reporting every dubious traffic infraction by our citizens but never seems to publish court outcomes that possibly would exonerate the alleged perpetrators. Case in point are the numerous bogus claims of cars passing by empty school busses while parked in front of schools waiting for students to board. If the bus driver keeps his door open waiting for students to eventually board, the on-board camera kicks in and records any car innocently passing by. Later the film is reviewed and car licenses are submitted to the police with reports of "eye-witness" infractions, despite no students really boarding at the time. And these fines are doubled because the infraction is in a school zone and double once again if the car goes by two parked busses. ($1500 ticket). Our police know the claims are bogus, but they got to write the tickets to appease the DOT. A complete sham.
Glen K Dunbar June 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Richy. Good point. Not sure if our Police do this. I am sure some towns do. It is a hard call when one sees a bus parked if it is Ok to pass it or now. If the yello light is not flashing and the actual red light flashing one would assume it is OK. But, it one gets a ticket anyhow might be better to tell the Kid to walk.
mary parker June 08, 2012 at 06:16 AM
More than one unit responding to the student at the highschool and putting him up against the wall was the right thing to do. When called to a 911 call, officers are given minimal information or codes from the dispatcher. When it comes to a teenager no matter what school they attened and he is flipping out, you can't take chances that the teen might have a gun. All school student shootings by another student is because of STRESS or bullying. What if he left the school, went home, got a gun and returned and opened fire? Then you would be saying the police didn't do enough to prevent it.
mary parker June 08, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Passing a parked school bus? If I drive in to Saxe in the lower parking lot where they park in the afternoon and I drive in the single lane behind the parked busses is that considered passing a school bus? If I am on 123 heading to town and doing 40 miles an hour (speed limit) and a school bus is heading towards Norwalk and me not knowing he his going to stop, he hits his signal lights to make a stop as I am aproaching and because I am doing 40mph can't stop in time is that my fault? Why aren't these bus drivers cameras viewed for speeding? I see more bus drivers speeding down roads, running stop signs and cutting cars off endangering our children. Why aren't they sighted?
Richard Cranium June 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The New Canaan school buses are equipped with on-board cameras that automatically record any cars passing once the doors are opened. Since this recording mechanism does not always correspond with the yellow flashing lights, while driving you need be extremely careful in passing any school bus. The law regarding passing loading school buses was correctly intended to protect the safety of students. But I can tell you that the New Canaan PD will write you a hefty ticket on the basis of recorded evidence and not eye witness testimony, even if you innocently happen to pass a parked school bus in a loading zone. The DOT wants these fines enforced even if it defies common sense.
Jon S. June 08, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I don't mind the no-passing a schoolbus rule at all, having seen too many near accidents. Everyone knows it's "zero tolerance" and that the rule will be enforced, so just take a few seconds to slow down and make sure. Even if it's not at a bus stop, there may be kids around. Here's one I learned in driver's ed years ago: does the slower speed limit prevail around schools even in the summer, when school's not in session? The answer is yes, because schools have playgrounds and fields that kids are likely to be playing at and running on all summer long. I admit to getting impatient behind the wheel sometimes, but I remember those words from Mr. Smeaton (driver's ed) and decide I'd rather be a few minutes late than hit a pedestrian.
cr June 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Completely agree Lisa, the NCPD has abused their authority for too long. It is about time someone asks them some questions.


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