East Haddam Police Blotter: Dec. 27 - Jan. 2

East Haddam and Moodus area police activity reports. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

Dec. 27

 On Dec. 27, Antone Onofrio, 22, of 143 Clark Hill Road, East Haddam was arrested pursuant to two separate warrants, as a result of police investigations involving several burglaries and thefts. Onofrio was charged with (2) counts each of 3rd-degree burglary and 4th-degree larceny, and was held in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000. He was scheduled to appear at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on the same day. Onofrio remains in the custody of the State Department of Corrections.

Dec. 31

On Dec. 31 at approximately 5:58 p.m., Eugene Harding, 39, of 32 Leesville Road, Moodus was taken into custody and arrested for DUI. Harding was released on a $500 non-surety bond and given a court date of 1/16/13 at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown. Subsequently, Harding was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, released on a $5,000 insured bond, and scheduled to appear at Middlesex Superior Court on 1/2/13.

Jan. 2

On Jan. 2 at approximately 2:30 p.m., East Haddam police received a complaint from a resident of Triangle Drive in Moodus. The victim reported that all of the windows on their pick-up truck had been shattered, and the case is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226, or at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 860-537-7500. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a message on the confidential Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

Observor January 06, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Go take a look at the place. It's a dump and has been one for years, and the arrests go back a lot longer than two months. Also, one of the boys was a girl. What we need is a blight ordinance so the town can force them to clean and fix the place up and thus have to get real rent for it, which will drive out the drug addicts.
Ashlee Paradis January 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I think we need to look at the origin of the problem, the drug addiction. Rather than "driving them out" of town perhaps instilling some education, prevention, and rehabilitation into our community. These kids although making the wrong choices are clearly struggling with something very powerful. Yes, they should be held accountable for their actions, but having everyone label them and shun them is not going to solve anything.
Observor January 07, 2013 at 04:18 PM
The origin of the problem is crime. Possession and use of those drugs is a crime. We made the drugs illegal to keep people like the ones at 143 Clark Hill Road from getting addicted but they decided they were much smarter than the rest of us. We have DARE, we have a Prevention Council, and no matter how much we do some people are still going to choose to break the law and engage in conduct they have been amply warned is dangerous. I have no sympathy for them and no interest in paying for rehab that does not involve labeling them as criminals and shunning them by locking them away for years, preferably turning big rocks into little rocks. To my knowledge former East Haddam residents Rick Rotondi and Brad Hruska have not broken into anyone's house to steal things to get drug money since they have been in prison.
. May 02, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Here's a good one for you guys: I LIVE at 143 Clark Hill Road. I am a certified paralegal, I work TWO full-time jobs, as well as going to school to become a DCF worker. I live there BY CHOICE, not because I am a drug addict who needs a place to sleep at night. I work VERY hard for every single thing I have so maybe instead of jumping to conclusions on what you THINK you see and know, you should offer to help this family out a little, seeing as our yard is a "dump". The owner of the house, better known to all the kids as "ma", is disabled and can't clean up the yard herself, but does the best she can. She is one of the most amazing and kind-hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The family clearly does pay their rent, otherwise, the home would be taken by the bank. It might be beneficial for ALL OF YOU to stop being so judgemental based on the appearance of the yard. Yes, we could do a better job of making it look nice, but I work all day everyday and as I previously stated, the owner is disabled, and the only person who could do anything around the house was Antone. How about some of you stop by in your free time and help us clean up a bit, hmm? Maybe let us borrow a lawn mower or take some of the garbage to the dump for us seeing as we don't have use of a truck at the moment. The way I see it, people like you are the only toxins we have in this community. The residents at 143 Clark Hill Road help everyone with the little bit they do have. They are all highly educated, non-judgemental, loving, giving, respectful and family oriented. These people are the ones you all should strive to be like. Do you think you are any better than them by bashing them on the internet fully based on accusations you know nothing about first hand? Antone did not rob any houses. If you want to put blame on ANYONE in this town for homes being robbed, blame John Rucker and his girlfriend Nicole. Anything that was ever stolen and pawned was in JOHN'S name. Antone told John not to steal from people. Antone would NEVER hurt or scare anyone. Besides this arrest, he has a clean record. He is always the first person to pull over and offer a hand to anyone when their car breaks down. He went around door to door helping people clean their yards after the hurricane. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten stuck with broken cars before; the first person to help me fix it, asking nothing in return, was Antone. And he would do that for anybody; I know for a fact because I've seen it happen. And does anyone offer them the benefit of a doubt or offer them a hand? No. You people are the problems with society. Yes you work and keep your yards clean and stay out of jail but the way you treat others is appalling and so much worse than being a little unfortunate. And for the comments about drugs being sold out of the home: If anyone was selling drugs don't you think there would be nice cars outside in the driveway and the house would be gorgeous and all the bills would always be paid on time? Use your common sense, it's really not all that difficult. Also, if there was so much drug use going on in this home don't you think the numerous times they searched/raided the house based on all of your accusations, they would have found drugs or even paraphernalia? Or even one stolen item? They have time and time again never found anything because your accusations are false and based on judgement of a untamed yard and an officer who holds a grudge on the family. And here's another shocking fact for you all: Since Antone has been in jail, home robberies have SKYROCKETED. So, I ask you this now, Who is truly the problem in our little back woods town? Residents? Enforcement? Or people with dirty yards who have been arrested one time on a false report?
Samm Brutal Kitto December 19, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Okay; for all the people on here rudely making accusations about this family need to take a step back & realize that this shit happens EVERYWHERE! I had the pleasure of growing up with Antone & he was & is NOT the person the news is making him out to be. And for curb appearance I agree with the above comment. The woman is disabled and CANNOT do yard work herself so stop tooting horns like your all better than everyone. Everyone messes up, we all make mistakes. Leave this family alone you heartless bastards. I love that family & "ma" is an amazing & caring woman. Everyone should stfu & maybe get to know people before making such harsh accusations.


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