2013 In Review: Caches Of Bombs, Weapons Keep Fairfield Police Busy

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Fairfield first responders and law enforcement were in top form in 2013, dealing with a wide variety of incidents. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, file photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Police Department had its work cut out for it in 2013, dealing with a bomb maker, potential threats to schools and stores of ammunition.

In October, police were called to make a wellness check on Joesph Callahan, 65, on Bronson Road. In his home officers found more than 110 bombs and 150 gallons of chemicals to make more. With the help of fire department and state and federal officials, police officers closed the road from Warner Hill Road to North Cedar Road for two-and-a-half days while they cleaned out the home. Officials also found thousands of rounds of ammunition at the house along with more than 100 guns. Callahan was charged with making explosive devices several days after police found the stash.

Fairfield police were contacted after William Dong, a town resident, was arrested in West Haven in December. Fairfield officers helped to uncover a collection of disturbing newspaper clippings as well as ammunition in the man's bedroom after he was found armed and dangerous on the campus of the University of New Haven, where he was a commuter student.

Police were still looking for two men who committed an armed robbery at the TD Bank branch on the Post Road in October.

Officers rushed to the scene after a man robbed two Fairfield banks within one hour in September. A suspect in a string of bank robberies along the entire East Coast was arrested on Christmas Eve. 

In April, four people were bound and gagged and more than $4 million in jewelry was stolen in a home invasion and robbery that stretched from Meriden to Fairfield, police say.

A former Fairfield Ludlowe High School English teacher was charged with 17 counts of sexual assault in October after an investigation revealed he was having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student, police said.

Earlier in October, a substitute teacher in the Fairfield schools was arrested on sexual assault charges after she was found to be having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy from a New Canaan church group.

The Penfield Pavilion Building Commission was re-formed to help the town to continue its efforts to rebuild the beachfront property. The town is still looking at three options for the building, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Fairfield was chosen as a location for a memorial playground to honor a victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and the playground was built in September.

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