Former Tuscan owner faces another charge

Marc Minella, 35, of 814 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, was arrested on July 10 on a charge of first-degree failure to appear in court, which is a felony.

Minella had been picked up by Darien police, according to the report. When they found he had an outstanding warrant issued by New Canaan for failure to appear in court on May 16, they transported him to the Police Department, said police.

Minella, the former co-owner of the defunct Tuscan Osteria e Mercato on Main Street, was originally arrested for a felony count of issuing a bad check over $1,000.

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According to police, Minella wrote a check for $5,000 to a company for a propane fuel delivery for the restaurant on Dec. 26. When the company didn't receive the money, it went to the police, who said the complainant received an "insufficient funds" message from the bank.

Police sent a letter -- first to an out-of-date, then an up-to-date address -- warning Minella to pay the money owed to the company. He did not, said police, who filed for a warrant for his arrest on Feb. 14.

Minella did not respond to the warrant, police said. However, when he was pulled over in a traffic stop by Darien police on March 19, New Canaan police were alerted, according to the report, and he was brought into custody.

He posted $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 19.

While police were processing him, they were alerted to a warrant for his arrest in West Haven, and was transported there.