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Wilton Restaurant Owner Accused Of Pumping Sewage Into Storm Drain

Wilton restaurant owner Matthew Criscuolo Jr. was charged with discharging without a permit.
Wilton restaurant owner Matthew Criscuolo Jr. was charged with discharging without a permit. Photo Credit: Contributed: Wilton Police Department

WILTON, Conn. – Matthew Criscuolo Jr., the owner of Toozy Patza Pizza & Jazzeria in Wilton, is facing a misdemeanor charge for illegally pumping sewage from the restaurant into a nearby storm drain, police said.

During the early morning hours of June 4, police discovered a sump pump draining sewage from the restaurant’s septic tank into a storm drain on Sugar Hollow Road, the police report said. The restaurant is at 991 Danbury Road.

In the pumping process, some of the sewage pooled in a lower parking area on the property and entered the Norwalk River, police said.

Criscuolo, 43, a resident of West Meadow Road in Wilton, turned himself in to police last Friday on a warrant. He was charged with discharging without a permit, a misdemeanor.

Criscuolo was released on a promise to appear in court on July 2.

The investigation included the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Wilton Department of Environmental Affairs.

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