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.


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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