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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

[CT] Divorcing Torrington Fire Captain Belancik

City fire captain
charged again

The Register Citizen
[EXCERPTS] A Torrington fire captain is accused of purposefully aiming his truck at a city woman, endangering her and her two teenage children... The alleged victim told police that on Oct. 10 Belancik was angry with her because she pulled out shrubs from their home and planted mums. Belancik drove by her work and stared at her through the window, and called her demanding to know why she took out the shrubs, according to the warrant. She told police that, a week earlier, she was at a traffic light on Main Street, and saw Belancik pass, blaring the horn of his black Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The week before, she told police, Belancik passed her on Main Street near Pearl Street and swerved toward her vehicle, honking the horn. She had to swerve to avoid a collision, she told police. The two vehicles were no more than a foot a part and her children were in the car, according to her statement. The victims told police he was afraid and couldn't believe Belancik would intentionally try to cause an accident, according to their statement. In another alleged incident... Police said he seemed frustrated about the allegations and believed the victim and her children fabricated their stories about him to create friction during their ongoing divorce suit... (Full article)

Torrington firefighter arrested in domestic complaint

October 23, 2007
Robert Belancik, a veteran city firefighter going through a contentious divorce, was arrested Tuesday on charges he swerved into the path of a vehicle carrying his wife and her two children Oct. 4. Investigators charged Belancik on Tuesday on a warrant for the incident based on a complaint filed by his wife of nine years... The complaint was filed Oct. 10, along with a claim Belancik has been harassing her by telephone and driving by her Torrington home and job site. IT WAS HIS SECOND ARREST THIS YEAR TO STEM FROM DOMESTIC ISSUES. Belancik was arraigned Tuesday in Bantam Superior Court on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, risk of injury to a child and failure to grant half the highway. Police held him on $40,000 bond, but Judge Paul Matasavage reduced it to $10,000. Belancik, who had been shackled, walked out of the courthouse an hour later. (Article here)

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