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Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
May 5, 2008



   Today, 05/05/08, shortly after 9:30 a.m., State Police atTroop F in Westbrook were contacted by Judicial Marshals Office at Middletown Superior Court to report an attempt to bring a weapon into the courthouse.

   The marshals reported that the accused was going through the screening process to enter the courthouse to attend a court proceeding.  While scanning a briefcase carried by the accused, the Marshals, utilizing the x-ray machine at Middlesex Superior Court, observed a knife in the briefcase. Further examination confirmed the weapon and the suspect were detained for State Police response. State Troopers interviewed the Judicial Marshals who indicated that the weapon seized was a knife that was approximately 13 inches, with a 7-inch blade. 

   The accused was placed under arrest and transported to Troop F in Westbrook.

ACCUSED:  Joseph Simonelli  DPB: 11/6/1947

                 23 Wopowog Road

                 East Hampton

Charges:   Carrying a dangerous weapon

                Breach of Peace

                Possession of Narcotics not in original container

   The accused was placed under arrest and transported to Troop F in Westbrook.

   The accused was released on $1,000 bond. No additional arrests are anticipated.



   Lt. J. Paul Vance