Police Blotter: Feb. 6, 2013 To Feb. 12, 2013

The following information was supplied by the Madison Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.


The Madison Police Adult Arrest Log includes charges made by the Madison Police Department. The charges are not a finding of guilt. The people who have been arrested are entitled to due process during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Madison Police Department Adult Arrest Log for Feb. 6, 2013 to Feb. 12, 2013 is as follows:

  • Vetim Hidri, 28, 59 Highmeadow Road, Watertown, CT on Feb. 7, 2013, charged wth use and possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession, tampering with or fabricating
  • Gregg A. Marsh, 47, 30 Horsepond Road, Madison, CT on Feb. 7, 2013, charged with operation while under the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane
  • Douglas J. Riden, 33, 12 Norwich Salem Tp, Oakdale, CT on Feb. 9, 2013 charged with breach of peace


For questions about this blotter, email pem.mcnerney@patch.com.

Mark Jones February 19, 2013 at 03:40 PM
That's more realistic timely police activity log reporting. The new improved country club cops not doing much traffic or other enforcement. One retired C.S.P. hand washes the other with the encouraged out of sight out of mind concept. No news must be good news. Too bad. How sad for Madison citizens.
Jim-Bob Masters February 19, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Opinion. You got that right. Most of the dedicated police officers have left and the few remaining are probably being pressured out and in the process of leaving due to poor leadership and likely current bottom of the barrel moral. Ask not what you can do for the citizens of the town but rather what you can do for yourself for personal political gain while bolstering your 2nd or 3rd pension.
Matt February 19, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Well in their minor defense, the town was snowed in for 5 of the 7 days in this reporting period. I can't imagine there was much criminal activity going on in post-snowpocolyptic Madison. Remember this list is only criminal arrests. Not infractions (tickets), warnings, or any other activity. I've long said that they should be including more of what they do. I don't think they need to list every traffic ticket and every individual activity. But some summaries would be nice. For example 35 Traffic tickets 52 Warnings 40 Burglar alarms 22 Suspicious activity investigations 1 Homicide 3 Burglaries I think this would give public visibility to what the police department is really doing, or not doing. Three criminal arrests is hardly a indicator of what the department is doing or not doing. A more complete summary provided by the PD would give readers a more complete picture of what they're doing. It could make them look better. Or I suppose if the list is rather empty, it could make them look worse. This information is easy to compile and report. Drum should make use of it.
Jim-Bob Masters February 19, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Good point in this particular case maybe, but in general, it is a never ending glitter and fluff dog & pony show with smoke & mirrors. Just one case in point. There has not been any enforcement of pedestrain laws by the Madison Police over the past year or so in the activity logs. Very little speed traffic enforcement either. Just gander downtown in person yourself and you will not observe any pedestrain laws being enforced by the local police. To the contrary, pedestrians J-walk, don't use the designated cross walks, dart in and out between parked cars and walk on the incorrect side of the road with traffic all while police cruisers are driving right past them, with no interaction. I know the police are not blind so I guess they are just too busy to address violations such as these with more important things on their plate. No problem there. Then we hear from our local town officials what a wonderful job the police department is doing by preventing pedestrain fatalities because they just recently received the yearly AAA No Pedestrian Fatality Award. Really? Taking credit where no credit is due when the reality of it all was just luck or by the grace of god that no pedestrain got killed. Embarrassing.


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