Anti-Abortion Vandalism Leads To Arrests

Granby arrests for Apr. 14- Apr. 20

Daniel James Carter, 19, of 58 Meadowbrook Road in Granby was arrested for the third time in the past six months on April 16 after Granby Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license or registration, using a license or vehicle registration other than his own, towing an unregistered vehicle, and failure to meet the minimum insurance requirements.  Carter faced similar charges when he was arrested on April 2 and on Dec 11, 2010.

Peter Dattilio, 41, of Newton, MA, was arrested by Granby Police on April 20 and charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, and loitering on or around a school building. Police said they caught Dattilio posting anti-abortion stickers on and around Granby Memorial High School.

Damian Vigorito, 34, of Auburndale, MA, was arrested by Granby Police on April 20 and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief in the second degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and loitering on or around a school building.  Police said Vigorito was arrested after being caught posting anti-abortion stickers on and around Granby Memorial High School. After further investigation, police said, they found a collapsible baton in Vigorito's vehicle. He was scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Thursday April 21.

Barbara April 22, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Sounds like these guys were just using their right of free speech?
ula carter April 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM
WOW,we have police sargents in Granby arrested for child porn,and a teacher arrested for being a pervert,but you put my kids name on the home page for getting arrested for motor vehicle issues. Exactly what is expected in this town.Everything shameful is put in hiding and covered up by expoiting young people in this town of ours..We all should be so proud to live in Granby..Not saying my kid isnt in the wrong,not at all ,but I dont think motor vehicle tickets are front page news.
Jeanne Leblanc April 22, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Hi Folks, I'm the regional editor here and I want to welcome you to leave your comments here on The Granbys Patch. I would ask you to observe the rules spelled out in our terms of use, thegranbys.patch.com/terms, which require that you use your full name and that you refrain from personal attacks. I need to point out that no police sergeant in Granby has been arrested in connection with child porn. A police captain is under investigation by the state police, but he has not been arrested. The state police will not reveal the nature of that investigation, although The Hartford Courant has cited unnamed sources to allege that it is related to child pornography. A substitute teacher has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, but he has not been convicted. Patch has covered these cases, and will continue to follow them. The Granbys Patch does not usually publish simple motor vehicle infractions, such as speeding, but will include them when there are repeated violations, or when a car crash or a more serious offense, such as driving under the influence, is involved. If you have questions about that policy, or anything else about the site, please contact me at jeanne@patch.com or Jeff Brush, the editor of The Granbys Patch, at jeff.brush@patch.com.
Christopher Stock April 22, 2011 at 08:59 PM
I think it is inappropriate and unnecessary for the Granby Patch, the Granby Drummer, and the Granby News to publish any minor arrest information - but especially arrest information about the young people who live here. This can be a really small town and we behave like it sometimes (everybody "knows" what's happenning with that Granby Police Captain, right?). Also, I see that the "police report" is usually the most visited site on all of your news websites. I guess we all have have become voyeurs in the the Internet Age. Using salatious headlines to sell papers and build viewership under the guise of "it's public information" only perpetuates it and it isn't right. The Granby Patch should focus on the real issue with teenagers here - they are bored to death. Granby is a difficult place for them to live because there isn't much for them to do. They "hang around" a lot, get into occasional trouble with drugs and alcohol, or simply get caught up in some sort of mischief or bad behavior. I haven't seen much effort by parents or town officials to do anything about it either. Many teenagers I know really want just to get out of here. It's a tough town for young people, don't make it worse with your reporting. Chris Stock Granby, CT
brianna April 22, 2011 at 09:13 PM
This is a ridiculous post given the more serious stories that have been floating around Granby in the past month. It makes no sense to title this post 'Anti-Abortion Vandalism leads to Arrests' and then RIGHT underneath, put the blurb about Dan Carter. There is absolutely no connection between his minor vehicle infractions and the two men from Mass being arrested for anti abortion stickers. Ula has every right to be upset about this and I completely agree with her comment above. And being a young person living in Granby myself, I can vouch for Chris's comment. The small town media needs to stop picking on teenagers and young adults.
Casual Observer April 22, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Maybe, just maybe, small town media will stop picking on "teenagers and young adults" when these two groups stop engaging in activities that citizens and/or police feel are outside the limits of lawful behavior. As far as the comments of Chris are concerned, a few Granby parents and town officials have expended time and energy to find a solution to the so called boredom. The teenagers and young adults must take some ownership of this problem and become problem solvers rather than problem makers. Are you mature enough to take on this task?
ula carter April 22, 2011 at 10:12 PM
THANKS,, to everyone that thinks it is as ridiculos as I do,finally some people have the guts to speak up in this town!!!Thanks Again..and I would have posted the same about any other kid in this town if it was theyre name on here..and furthermore it was on all the local news channels about the"police issue" so thats public knowledge to everyone in the state and NOT unheard of news,OH WAIT JUST UNHEARD OF IN THIS SO CALLED INFO SITE!!!
Paige Danielson April 23, 2011 at 11:01 PM
I don't see anything wrong with publishing articles about the arrest of Granby citizens. You break the laws you should be held accountable, and people around you should get to know what is going on. Repeated arrests in a short period of time, for motor vehicle offenses, and some with drugs listed. Sure I like to know about that. All his arrests are in his control. It's not an issue of corrupt cops,if he was legally driving he wouldn't have been arrested. It's as simple as that. There is no one to blame in this except for him. If you don't want his name to appear the same day a splashy headline does... make sure he's not arrested. While I feel very bad for you dealing with a son that has been being arrested a lot. I wouldn't wish that struggle and heartbreak on anyone. But better to spend the time making him accountable for his actions and punishing him, instead of posting about how the word shouldn't have gotten out.
Dot Muszynski April 24, 2011 at 12:55 AM
The thing to remember here is that just because someone has been arrested for something does not mean they have been convicted - we are innocent until proven guilty, right? I personally feel that until someone has been convicted of a crime, it should not be published. And as far as motor vehicle infraction go, they seem trivial - I really don't care if someone has been pulled over for speeding or driving without a license. It's none of my business unless they want to tell me. This is why I stopped reading the Granby News. Kids aren't doing much more "bad" stuff now than they were decades ago, there are just so many more media outlets that we get to hear about them all - even the minor infractions. I grew up in this small town and know how "boring" it can be. I am taking a stand and trying to make a difference by working with the Granby Prevention Council - I urge you all to get connected and voice your opinion on what we can do to help keep youth busy so they are not tempted to do the things that cause them to get into trouble. As far as Danny goes, it's probably going to take a few stumbles before he learns his lesson.
Jessica Filburn April 24, 2011 at 01:15 AM
maybe if he doesn't want his name in the paper for getting into trouble he should STOP getting into trouble, the article didn't say if his car was also uninsured but what if that was the case and he had hit someone and really hurt and had no insurance or anything. at 19 he should be responsible enough to make the proper decisions to keep his name out of the papers/websites for unfavorable acts.
Womens Rights Advocate April 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM
There is nothing anti-abortion about those stickers. It simply displayed the most common procedure on a 9 wk old fetus. Abortion clinics are not required by law to show this, though abortion is major medical surgery, patients must be given facts, risks & benefits in every other medical procedure. Why not abortion? Because nobody would have an abortion then, that's why. Are clinics trying to trick women in to killing their very own babies? Is this not the worst violate of womens rights this country ever seen, tricking women into killing their babies? If so, citizens absolutely must step in & place public service announcements in support of women since our government has absolutely refused to do so.
Hank April 25, 2011 at 01:38 AM
It is COMPLETELY inappropriate for someone to be putting anti-Abortion stickers in a public place, especially around the high school! Regardless of your position on this LEGAL procedure that is protected by the law, stickers, pro-choice or anti-choice, have no place in a public place. Keep the zealots away from my kids!
Womens Rights Advocate April 25, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Hank, pro-choice is an incomplete statement & you need to complete the statement. Pro-choice to do what? Do you mean pro-choice to kill unborn babies? Is that what you mean? If so, then it is ENTIRELY AND COMPLETELY APPROPRIATE to protect children from misleading & fraudulent & incomplete information by pro-choice -to- kill - babies - zealots.
Jeanne Leblanc April 26, 2011 at 03:54 AM
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bucky Katt April 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I just want to know why they decided to come ALL THE WAY DOWN from Newton Mass. to distribute these stickers? And what is the deal with everyone making statements at the highschool? First it's the tea party crying about salaries and now these anti-abortion jobs who should go to bridgeport and rally around that doctor's house with the fetuses in his fridge. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?


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