April 2009

Counterfeit Arrest
On April 1, 2009, the Ledyard Police Department responded to the Two Trees Inn for the report of an individual attempting to pass currency believed to be counterfeit. After investigation, Jack Deutsch (date of birth September 12, 1949) of 127 Keating Place Staten Island, New York, was found to be in possession of 5 counterfeit $100 bills and arrested for 5 counts of forgery in the 1st degree. Deutsch was taken into custody and released on a $5,000 cash bond with a court date of April 14, 2009. The Ledyard Police Department Patrol and Detective divisions were assisted in the investigation by the Connecticut State Police Casino Unit and the U.S. Secret Service.

Multiple Motor Vehicle Accidents
On April 2, 2009, at approximately 1425 hours the Ledyard Police Department received the report of a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Gallup Hill Road at the Ledyard High School. A vehicle operated by Amy Howell (date of birth February 2, 1991) of Reuterman Road North Stonington collided with a vehicle operated by Isauro Fermo of Blackwatch Dr in Ledyard. Both operators were transported by the Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad to the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for injuries. This accident remains under investigation. On April 2, 200,9 at approximately 1430 hours a 2nd motor vehicle accident occurred a short distance away on Gallup Hill Road. This accident involved 2 vehicles and resulted in no injury. In that accident a vehicle driven by Rachel Doughty of Eagle Ridge Drive in Gales Ferry struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Emily Traglia of Partridge Hollow in Gales Ferry.

Bank Robbery
On April 9, 2009, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Ledyard Police Department was contacted by the Citizens Bank located at 1633 Route 12 in Gales Ferry to report that an armed robbery had just occurred at their facility. Officers and a K9 Unit from the Ledyard Police Department, the Ledyard Resident State Trooper, Detectives from the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad, Officers from the Groton Town Police Department, and Trooper from Troop E responded to the scene. The subsequent investigation found that at approximately 2:42 p.m. a male entered the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The male then fled with an undisclosed amount of currency. The male is described as possibly being a black male approximately 6 feet in height. No one was injured as a result of this robbery. Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Detective Greer of the EDMCS at 860-848-6500.

Fugitive Arrest
Ledyard Police Arrest Wanted Fugitive CFS08-038002 04/10/09
  • Date of Crime: January 23, 2008
  • Location: 2 private residences in Ledyard, Connecticut
  • Additional charges originated from Superior Court at GA-10 in New London
  • Date of Arrest: April 10, 2009
  • Arrested: Portbury, Justin A. (Date of birth: March 4, 1989)
  • Incarcerated at Lancaster County Correctional Center 625 East King StreetLancaster, PA
  • Charges: Charged with burglary 3rd degree, larceny 3rd degree, criminal attempt at burglary 3rd degree and criminal mischief 3rd degree for 2 separate ledyard police cases Also charged by Ledyard Police with 2 counts of failure to appear 1st degree in Groton Town Police Department cases Also charged by Ledyard Police with 1 count of failure to appear 1st degree in New London Police Department case Also charged with 1 count of violation of probation by Ledyard Police
Summary: Justin Portbury is a wanted fugitive from Connecticut who fled the state in early 2008 while the above listed charges were pending against him. On January 31, 2008, Ledyard Police obtained 2 warrants for his arrest, in connection with 2 reported burglaries in Ledyard which occurred on January 23, 2008. With the assistance of several law enforcement agencies, Ledyard police discovered information that Portbury may be staying in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area. On December 6, 2008, Ledyard police received notification that Portbury had been arrested by the Lancaster City Police and was being charged as a Fugitive from Justice pursuant to the warrants listed above.On April 10, 2009, Ledyard police detectives traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and took custody of Portbury at the Lancaster County Correctional Center. Portbury was held at Troop E on at total of $325,000 in court-set bonds and will be presented in court in New London on April 13, 2009.

By: Sgt. John J. Rich Resident State Trooper-Ledyard, Connecticut

Bank Robbery Update
On April 9, 2009, the Citizens Bank, located on Route 12 in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, was the victim of an Armed Robbery. In this crime a handgun was displayed. Photographs of the suspect are attached. Anyone with information regarding this robbery is urged to contact Detective Greer of the EDMCS at 860-848-6500.

Warrant Arrest
On April 15, 2009, the Ledyard Police Department, with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Parole Department, arrested an individual for whom a warrant was held in regards to a November 2007 incident. Gary M. Zolkowski (date of birth November 21, 1981) with a last known address of 91 Gallivan Lane in Montville, was charged on the strength of an arrest warrant with disobeying an officer's signal, operating with a suspended license, and interfering with police. The charges stem from an incident on November 5, 2007, where Zolkowski fled on foot from a motor vehicle stop. He was held on $5,000 bond and presented at GA 10 New London on April 16, 2009.

Motor Vehicle Accident
On April 16, 2009, at 1209 hours the Ledyard Police Department, along with the Ledyard Fire Company, Gales Ferry Fire Department, Ledyard Volunteer Ambulance Squad, and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital paramedic, responded to a car versus motorcycle accident on Route 117 in front of the Holdridge Farm Nursery. The accident resulted in injury to the motorcycle operator, Douglas Schalla of 49 Matheson Mill Road in Preston and no injury to the driver of the vehicle, Margaret Beechey of 96 Lamphere Road in Mystic. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries. The cause of this accident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to contact Officer John Craig at 860-464-6400.