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Redding Police Seize Seven Guns Following Arrest

Redding Police news, Feb. 4 through Feb. 10.

A 66-year-old Portland Avenue man was charged with disorderly conduct following a domestic incident at his residence early Friday morning.

According to police, officers responded to the home at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 8 following an altercation. The other party was not injured during it.

Police said they seized seven firearms from the man’s house, which are being held for safekeeping while the court determines whether the man can have them back.

The man was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 13.

Police responded to a report of a car v. utility pole accident on Route 107 at 8:48 a.m. on Feb. 8 after another driver called the accident in. The driver responsible for the accident fled the scene, and the utility pole was slightly damaged.

A 46-year-old Danbury man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he slid on a snow-covered Black Rock Turnpike and struck a utility pole on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:18 a.m.

Ronald Silva was given a warning for driving too fast for conditions.

John Tenore, 19, of Redding was issued a warning for making an improper turn after he lost control on Picketts Ridge Road and struck a utility pole. The accident occurred on Feb. 4 at 10:03 p.m.

Melissa Reinders, 27, of Redding was issued a warning for traveling too fast for conditions after she lost control on a snow-covered Umpawaug Road and crashed. She wasn’t injured in the accident, which occurred on Feb. 8 at 9:06 a.m.

Bill February 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM
The man was arrested for disorderly conduct. He has not had a trial, but the guns were confiscated anway. It is quite a leap to assume the man was going to use the 7 guns to shoot someone.
rebel patriot February 14, 2013 at 02:26 AM
How did.they gain access to search and seize for a simple disorderly conduct charge? It seems they didn't have the right. Obviously no threats were made and no physical harm was done to anyone, otherwise the charge would have been threatening, assault or reckless endangerment. Hopefully he can sue the bastard socialist cops.
Bill February 14, 2013 at 02:32 PM
You pose an excellent question? Another question. Did they get a court order to enter the man's home?
NotALawyer February 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM
These are the Redding police we're talking about. It's unlikely they're familiar with the law, so it's doubtful they obtained the proper legal documentation or permission to enter private property or to conduct a search of the premises. I've personally seen how Redding's police officers are blatantly ignorant of the law, yet they do what they want anyway. This was likely just another opportunity for Fuch's to publicize how 'bad and scary' it is that the town has lawful gun owners. Hopefully the man will consult an attorney to explore his legal options against the department for violating his 4th amendment rights. At some point these municipalities need to learn the law applies to them, too.
Charlie February 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Interesting question. Police have a right to "sweep" an area (including in the home, once inside legitimately) for weapons where they have reasonable suspicion that a dangerous person or item may be present. If they were called to the home for domestic violence and entered the home on those exigency grounds (or with permission), they "might" have grounds to sweep for weapons, particularly if they asked the guy and he said yes. Other than that, I'm not sure.

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