After great thought and consideration, we at the Litchfield Police Department firmly believe it is in the best interest of the community to proceed with Halloween. This year’s Halloween celebration will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 6pm until 8pm. That being said, we also need to ensure the residents of Litchfield are taking the necessary steps to keep our children and families safe from COVID-19.
This years’ Halloween will be celebrated with some added recommendations to help make our community safer. We strongly urge parents to wear a mask or face covering and engage in social distancing while escorting their children from home to home. This means keeping your children together and avoiding other groups or people if at all possible. Additionally, we would recommend the wearing of masks for all with but one exception. Children wearing a mask as part of their costume, should not wear an additional mask. With children running around, we fear the additional mask could hinder their breathing.
When your children are approaching a home, we recommend that only one child approach the home at a time, to help ensure social distancing. At the conclusion of your candy collecting, there are two methods to sanitize your children’s candy. Using hand sanitizer on the outer packaging of candy is an acceptable method of ensuring the candy sanitized. Another method would be to leave the candy for a seventy-two (72) hour period in a garage or other area away from the children. These added measures will help to make certain the candy is free from COVID-19.
For those residents who will be handing out candy, we have a couple recommendations for you folks as well. If you choose to distribute candy, we ask that you keep a light on outside your home to notify trick or treaters that you’re handing out candy. If you choose not to hand out candy we ask you turn your lights off for the two hour period. When distributing candy, we ask that residents place prepackaged bags of candy on a table in their driveway or yard. Please do not personally hand out candy to the trick or treaters, and please do not hand out personally made edible items. We ask that you maintain social distancing while handing out candy this Halloween as well as wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer frequently.
Everyone please do your part to ensure the safety of our community. We hope everyone has a safe and spooktacular halloween this year. I know our Officers will be out and about on October 31st hoping to see some super spooky costumes!!!!!
On May 27, 2020 at approximately 8:30pm Litchfield Police Department took a report from family members of James Brady, 39, from Litchfield about the welfare of Brady’s safety. Family members indicated that Brady was sending them very concerning images via text message. During the initial contact with family members, Litchfield Police learned that one family member was currently with Brady at his residence.
While on the way to Brady’s residence, Litchfield Police learned that the family member had left the residence because Brady was now on his back deck shooting his hand gun in a reckless manner in the residential neighborhood.
Litchfield Police then made contact with residences around Brady’s house and asked them to shelter and place in the basement of their residences until further notice.
Litchfield Police surrounded Brady’s residence and attempted to make contact with him via cell phone communication as well as using the loudspeaker on one of the patrol cars without success. Litchfield police used several other tactics in an attempt to get in contact with Brady but were not successful.
At approximately 12:15am, Brady walked outside and onto a deck area of his residence when Litchfield Police engaged him and took him into custody without incident. Brady was taken into custody and transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. Brady was also charged with Reckless Conduct, a Class B Felony and he was bailed on personal recognizance for that charge with a court date of July 9, in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.
The Litchfield Police would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance during this investigation: Londonderry Police Canine unit as well as their Drone unit, Southern New Hampshire Special Operation Unit, Litchfield Fire Rescue, and Hudson Ambulance. Litchfield Police would also like to thank the residences that were impacted by this incident for their patience and understanding during this difficult situation.
On April 4th, Litchfield Police arrested Patrick Roy, 22, of Manchester on one count of Resisting Arrest and two counts of Simple Assault against a Police Officer. At approximately 8 pm, Litchfield Police responded to a domestic disturbance on the side of Greenwich Road in Litchfield. Upon arrival, Officers investigated the domestic disturbance and determined that it was verbal in nature. Roy was intoxicated and when the police attempted to take him into protective custody, he fled the scene. After a short foot pursuit, Roy continued to resist and while doing so, intentionally struck one of the Officers in the face. Once in custody and back at the station, officers put a face mask on Roy for precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roy then removed the face mask and spit on another Officer. Roy was released on personal recognizance bail and is set to appear in the 9th Circuit Court Merrimack Division on May 19th, 2020.
On August 1st, 2019 the Litchfield Police Departments honor guard presented the colors at Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts, prior to the start of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox major league baseball game. Members of the honor guard are Corporal Anthony Brown, Sergeant Heath Savage, Officer Christopher Underwood, and Officer Rachael Lang. Not present in the pictures is Officer Joshua Flynn. The Litchfield Police Department would like to thank Londonderry Ford for providing the honor guard with transportation to and from the Red Sox game.
Pictures courtesy of Dan Perry and Robert Jacques
Litchfield Police has been made aware of increased scams focused around unsolicated “Technical Support”. In the most recent case, the victim received a pop-up on their computer that advised them that their computer was compromised and to call a number to resolve the issue.
Please note, if you computer was having a problem it would not include an error message with a “Phone Number” to call. Additionally, scammers may call you directly on your phone and pretend to be representatives of a software company. They might even spoof the caller ID so that it displays a legitimate support phone number from a trusted company. They can then ask you to install applications that give them remote access to your device. Using remote access, these experienced scammers can misrepresent normal system output as signs of problems.
Scammers might also initiate contact by displaying fake error messages on websites you visit, displaying support numbers and enticing you to call. They can also put your browser on full screen and display pop-up messages that won’t go away, essentially locking your browser. These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling an indicated technical support hotline.
When you engage with the scammers, they can offer fake solutions for your “problems” and ask for payment in the form of a one-time fee or subscription to a purported support service. They also can ask for payments in the form of ebay gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.
If you suspect your computer has been infected with a virus or malware; take it to your local computer repair location. Do not accept assistance over the phone from those scammers.