New Canaan man arrested after 'disturbance' at Town Hall
Published 12:47 pm, Friday, June 25, 2010
A New Canaan man was charged with breach of peace Thursday, June 17, following an incident at Town Hall.
Police received a phone call from a town employee at 2:10 p.m. last Thursday, claiming Michael Nowacki, 57, of Lost District Drive, was "creating a disturbance" at Town Hall, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.
"He was supposed to meet with someone at Town Hall [earlier in the day] and [he] was not there," Ogrinc said. "They were not expecting him at the time he showed up, but they did meet with him."
Nowacki said he was arrested earlier the same day for violating a protective order, causing him to miss the meeting, which he said was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
Nowacki said he arrived at Town Hall at about 1:45 p.m., at which time the meeting he had meant to attend was over.
"I went to [First Selectman Jeb Walker's] secretary and I said I wanted her to get a hold of [Chairman of the Personal Advisory Board] William Sessions, and went down the hall to have a conversation with [Director of Human Resources] Cheryl Jones," Nowacki said.
Nowacki said he was told the meeting was over.
"While speaking with someone ... he became loud, using profanities to the point where he was asked to calm down," Ogrinc said. "Eventually he did not and we were called."
Police detained Nowacki outside Town Hall, near the intersection of Main and Elm streets, according to Ogrinc. He was brought to police headquarters and charged with breach of peace.
Nowacki said he was kept from attending the 1 p.m. meeting by the New Canaan Police Department, and he claims his morning arrest was an attempt by the department to "obstruct justice."
The morning arrest stemmed from an e-mail sent from Nowacki's e-mail account to his ex-wife at 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15. The e-mail violated a protective order filed in February by his ex-wife, police said. Nowacki's ex-wife alerted the police to the e-mail at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, and he was arrested the following morning.
"There's no validity to the charge that I violated the protective order," Nowacki said Monday.
He said the e-mail was not intended for his ex-wife; it was meant for another individual with a similar name, he said. He blames the fact that it was delivered to the 43-year-old New Canaan woman on Microsoft Outlook.
Nowacki said police were aware of the meeting, and arrested him so he could not attend. Nowacki said he plans to file a complaint against the police department at the meeting.
"Because Mr. Nowacki has threatened on numerous occasions legal actions against myself and the town of New Canaan, it's not appropriate for me to make any comment in regard to any active court proceeding," Police Chief Edward Nadriczny.
Nowacki posted a $10,000 bond at Norwalk Court last Thursday for the violation of a protective order charge, and $5,000 bond for the breach of peace charges. He is scheduled to appear for both charges in Norwalk Superior Court at 10 a.m. today.