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Library Patrons' Argument Settled, Another Pellet Shooting

Officers are investigating a vandalism and a hit and run. Summer pellet shootings continue.

Possible BB-Shooting

A 57-year-old Pastors Walk man came to police headquarters on Monday to report a dime-sized dent on the rear-quarter-panel on the passenger side of his jeep. The damage may have been inflicted by a bb, according to police.

Police said he decided to report the vandalism because of several other incidents of pellet gun shootings in town this summer. He believes his jeep was shot sometime on Saturday night.

Reading is Fundamental

The director of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, told police that two men who came into the library were yelling at each other at around 11:35 a.m. on Monday.

Police spoke to the two library patrons, a 61-year-old Boot Shop Lane man and a 26-year-old Cross Hill Road man. The older man was angry at the younger one, because he had made an illegal left turn into the parking lot from Route 111, according to police.

The older one reportedly told him, "You're going to the library to read and you can't read the sign."

Police said drivers going north on Monroe Turnpike cannot turn left into the library parking lot, rather they must turn into the Monroe Town Hall parking lot then make a left toward the library. However, drivers heading south on Route 111 can make a right directly into the library lot.

After an officer spoke to the two library patrons, police said the men apologized to each other and were allowed to stay at the library.

Evading the Scene

The owner of a black Volkswagen Rabbit told police Friday that the driver of a white Ford pickup truck struck her car in the children's parking lot in back of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library at 9:17 p.m. and took off.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police at 203-261-3622.

Anne July 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I always see cars taking that left turn into the library parking lot with no regard or maybe not knowing what the sign means and if that's the case maybe time for refresher course in drivers ed. A lot of drivers make up their own rules when they are behind the wheel thinking no one will stop them or say anything. Look at the cell phone law, just about every car you drive by has a person on their cell phone chatting away oblivious to anyone else on the road.
Gerald M. Gaynor July 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM
One has to wonder how many people don't seem to understand what a double yellow line means. Then again, we have the Town and State colluding to put in odd little "passing" zones in front of certain businesses like Starbucks and 707 on Main which are intended to encourage passing on the right, a prohibited activity.
jim laguardia July 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Speaking of double yellow lines how about the fact that the state made it illegal to take a left out of the rite aid parking lot by leaving a double yellow line on rte 59 for all these months??
Walt July 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Signs, lines, all those things are just "suggested" rules. Like the 25 mph signs, come on, who does under 40 mph? Some blue hair in a buick?
John Andrews July 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
please take a second or two to learn the law, passing on the right is perfectly legal, as long as its done safely, Please refer to Connecticut general statue 14-233, please if you don't know the law don't post as if you do!
John Andrews July 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Please learn the law, you can absolutely cross a double center line to turn into and out of driveway or parking lot. The breaks in double center lines are usually (not always) reserved for intersecting roads or large commercial drives that are controlled By a ttraffic signal. This patch is full of posters that post as if they know the law. please refer to the MUTC standards before you post won't you don't know
jim laguardia July 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
ok john if you say so, i stand corrected
Todd Keeping July 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
There are no passing zones in front of Starbucks or 707 Main. And John you are a dope.
Gerald M. Gaynor July 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Many a motorist has been surprised when they find themselves stopped for passing on the right or failure to travel in an established lane. The fact that the state widens the road in certain places rather than establishing a left turn lane is indeed an invitation to pass but it does not constitute a defense if you are ticketed. Some posters seemingly mistake common practice for a legal right to engage in behavior. Then again it would seem as if such driving habits would constitute sufficient probable cause for an up close and personal discussion of the Motor Vehicle Code with a police officer or trooper. One has to wonder if, as some posit, a double yellow line means nothing, what do the openings in the yellow lines mean? Are they driving suggestions or are they placed there in varying configurations as instructions to those driving?
Gerald M. Gaynor July 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
You're right; there is no legal passing zone in front of either establishment; however the property owners at the old 707 on Main were required to pay for the road widening in front of the restaurant and there is a noticeable brief widening of Route 25 in front of Starbucks that is routinely used as a passing lane.. One has to wonder at what the intent of the state was when requiring the establishment of an invitation to engage in unlawful behavior.

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