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Middletown Arrests: June 26 to July 8

The following police reports come from the Middletown Police public information officer. Individuals named here reflect charges filed, never a conviction.

Middletown Police
Middletown Police

Middletown Police report the following incidents:

FIRST-DEGREE FAILURE TO APPEAR — On July 8 at 8 p.m., Warren Irwin Birch, 40, of High Street was picked up on an outstanding warrant.

POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES — On July 8 at 6 p.m., Khamzin Timur, 39, of East Main Street was seen by police on Main Street and known to them as a panhandler. The report says Timur had an outstanding warrant.

SECOND-DEGREE UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT, THIRD-DEGREE ASSAULT — On July 8, police dispatch received a 911 call that a victim was seriously assaulted by Ophus Turner, 61, of Hillside Avenue, causing head injuries, the report says. She had a "swollen welt" on her forehead and bloody scratches on her neck. The report indicates she has lived with the accused for five months as a roommate and, after fishing all day with her brother, returned home to be accused that she had drank all of Turner's gin, which she admitted to drinking the night before. Police say Turner grabbed her cigarettes and prevented her from leaving by grabbing her around the neck and arms, punching and slapping her several times. Turner told officers the fight was over a house key she had taken from him and he was only trying to get it back, the report says, then she bit his arm and he overreacted by punching her in the face.

OPERATION UNDER SUSPENSION, FAILURE TO OBEY CONTROL SIGNAL — On July 8, , 23, of Saybrook Road was driving a Honda Accord and an officer saw him stop behind the stop bar at a Randolph Road red light, with the front of the car protruding into the intersection, the report says. A check revealed he had four summons for driving with a suspended license between April 19 and June 9. The report says he at first told them he didn't have his license with him, then that his mother was sick in Hartford Hospital and he was rushing to get there. When the officer pointed out Gokcek was on the Route 9 south ramp, he said he was taking I-91, the report says. He has been arrested five times for license offenses and three fro failure to appear. "Rather than call his supposed sick mother in the hospital," the report reads, "Gokcek made numbers calls to bondsmen pleading for his release."

SECOND-DEGREE FAILURE TO APPEAR — On July 7 at 10 a.m., Lewis Nicholas, 19, of Ferry Street was picked on an outstanding warrant for a domestic incident.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION — On July 7 at 8:40 p.m., police were called to a home on Maple Place that people were inside a condemned home, the site of a recent fire. Daniel P. Adams, 32, of Maple Place was found inside with an outstanding warrant.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT — On July 7, William John, 25, of Meetinghouse Lane was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend, in which he allegedly threw his girlfriend against the wall. The report says she didn't want him arrested because she was afraid he would kill her. She went to the hospital, police say, after complaining of a migraine headache.

IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE, INSURANCE COVERAGE FAILS MINIMUM, OPERATION MOTOR VEHICLE WHEN LICENSE IS SUSPENDED, WINDSHIELD OBSTRUCTING VIEW — On June 30 at 11:12 a.m., police driving on Washington Street saw Kenneth Velazquez, 24, of Arch Street, Meriden, driving a Honda Accord with a cracked front windshield. The report says the plate belongs on a Toyota Camry and Velazquez's license was suspended since 2008.

IMPROPER USE MARKER PLATE, INSURANCE COVERAGE FAILS MINIMUM, OPERATE UNREGISTERED VEHICLE — On June 29 at 7:56 p.m., Franklin Brown, 54, of Newfield Court was driving a Chevrolet Blazer on Washington Street when the officer remembered a plate check from days before on Lincoln Street and the plate belonged on a Suburban, the report says.

OPERATION MOTOR VEHICLE WHEN REGISTRATION IS SUSPENDED, OPERATE UNREGISTERED VEHICLE — On June 26 at 10:57 a.m., Kristen M. Riley, 30, of Catham Court, Portland, was driving a Dodge Durango on Main and Court streets and stopped for a suspended registration. The report says Riley said her husband takes care of those things.

AMichaels July 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Am I the only one that finds these Police Blotter articles offensive? Many of the headlines are sensational and seem to poke fun at serious issues like domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. The North End of Middletown is repeatedly made out to be a unsafe place inhabited by criminals, the homeless, and mentally ill. I have lived and worked in the North End for over ten years and the only person who ever tried to sell me drugs was an undercover cop. There are many positive things happening in the North End and many people living there who love it. These Police Blotter articles are over-written with details that only serve to perpetuate stereotypes for those who don't know Middletown at all. I think the author is doing a disservice to the town by investing so much time writing them rather than sticking to the facts and saving the real writing for all the positive things that are happening downtown.
t July 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I, too, find these sensationalized headlines for the Police Blotter offensive; is the copy on each offense coming directly from police reports or are these being embellished?
Cassandra Day (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
These are taken directly from the police reports supplied daily, nothing is added or embellished. Headlines are fact-based and never intended to ridicule the accused. I am a longtime homeowner with children living in the North End and hugely invested in this community.

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