WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Westport Police say a man walking in the town wearing only underwear assaulted police officers.
Police say they responded to multiple calls about the man on...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The co-chairman of the General Assembly's Public Health Committee is throwing his support behind a proposed tax on sugary drinks.
Connecticut police solve decapitated chicken mystery
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have captured a man they say has been leaving decapitated chickens outside a Connecticut home.
Westport police say a resident called at about 11:30 p.m. Friday...
US Marshals join search for escaped inmate
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are ramping up the search for an inmate who escaped a prison program at a local college.
The state Department of Corrections says the U.S....
Police: 4 arrested had $3,300 in counterfeit bills
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested four people who tried to use counterfeit $100 bills to buy wine, chocolate and pet goods in Connecticut.
The Old Man and the Play: Friend keeps word to Hemingway
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — When the 1958 film adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him.
Elementary school principal, other staff placed on leave
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut elementary school principal and other staff members have been placed on paid leave while the district reviews what it calls "allegations regarding recent events."
Westport schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said in emails to Kings Highway Elementary School families on Monday that Principal Mary Lou DiBella and other members of the school staff have been placed on leave for at least the next few days.
Trooper, bystanders save loose dog on Connecticut highway
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A dog that got loose on a Connecticut highway is back with her family thanks to a state police trooper and some good Samaritans.
Connecticut State Police said in a Facebook post that "things got a little 'hairy'" when the dog named Maggie got loose on Route I-95 in Westport Sunday morning.
Police: Coach charged with exposure calls it accidental
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut high school girls' soccer coach charged with exposing himself in front of a 16-year-old girl told police it was an accident.
David Sharpe, of Fairfield, was charged Saturday with public indecency and second-degree breach of peace.
Police: Passenger killed after ejection from car in crash
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old man ejected in a rollover crash in Westport over the weekend has died.
Westport police say the vehicle was on Interstate 95 at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday when the driver lost control and smashed into a guardrail. The car rolled over and Brian Andersen was ejected from the vehicle.
Andersen was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. A GoFundMe campaign says his father is a music teacher at Westport's Bedford Middle School.
Driver: I wasn’t on my phone, I was eating a hash brown
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who says he was wrongly cited for distracted driving after police mistook a McDonald's hash brown for a cellphone is continuing his legal fight.
The Hour reports that Westport police gave Jason Stiber a $300 distracted driving ticket in April. The Westport man challenged the charge and lost in court.
Terex: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Terex Corp. (TEX) on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $38.6 million.
The Westport, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 51 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 68 cents per share.
The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 75 cents per share.
Connecticut man faces 40 years in prison for fraud scheme
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say a 72-year-old businessman has admitted to multiple offenses stemming from an investment fraud scheme.
U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham says Barton Stuck, of Westport, will be sentenced on Jan. 22 after pleading guilty Thursday to wire fraud and engaging in illegal monetary transactions.
Student death prompts cancellation of basketball celebration
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The death of a student at Providence College has prompted the school to cancel an annual celebration that kicks off the men's and women's basketball seasons.
The "Late Night Madness Celebration" had been scheduled for Saturday night.
Connecticut plans new surveillance systems at train stations
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to install surveillance cameras on the platforms at seven more train stations.
Some railroad stations already have security cameras, including the Stamford station, the busiest on the New Haven Line. Union Station in New Haven also has cameras.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — An employee of a Connecticut car dealership has been charged with stealing nearly $16,000 from the business.
Westport police say 46-year-old Ivo Ivanov has been charged with two counts of third-degree larceny. The Greenwich Time reports that police responded to Honda of Westport in July for reports of cash being taken from the business.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in the shoreline town of Westport say they have been receiving calls about sightings of sickly coyotes.
Animal control officers say the coyotes appear to be afflicted by parasitic mites that infest the skin and can cause lesions.
Several residents have called police and animal control over the last two weeks with sightings of the animals.
Terex: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Terex Corp. (TEX) on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $57.8 million.
The Westport, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of 75 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 98 cents per share.
The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share.
Drugstore employee faces larceny charge
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A drugstore employee has been arrested in Connecticut for alleged theft of prescription medications.
Police say 39-year-old Samantha Jordan, of Norwalk, turned herself in Sunday in at police headquarters for an active arrest warrant in connection to prescription medications stolen at a Westport CVS pharmacy where she worked.
New pension panel meeting for first time
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The new Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission is meeting for the first time.
Created by the General Assembly, the panel is scheduled to convene on Tuesday. It has been charged with addressing the state's unfunded pension liability. It has been a key factor in the state's ongoing budget deficits and a major issue in this year's gubernatorial campaign.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik (ob-SIT-nik) has finally received public campaign financing for the Aug. 14 primary.
Connecticut's Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday approved a $1.35 million grant for the Westport tech entrepreneur. The funding has been delayed amid an investigation into possible campaign finance violations.
Obsitnik campaign manager Dan Debicella says he wishes the process was faster but is "pleased with the outcome."
Police: Passenger sexually assaulted Uber driver
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have charged a man with sexually assaulting an Uber driver in Connecticut.
Authorities say they responded to a Westport gas station around 1 a.m. Wednesday where the driver said he had been sexually assaulted by the passenger.
The driver told police he picked up the passenger at the Green's Farms train station, and the man groped him while making explicit remarks in the back seat. The man fled on foot after the driver stopped at the gas station.
Man charged with sexual assault of an Uber driver
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man is charged with the sexual assault of an Uber driver.
The Connecticut Post reports 21-year-old Jason Karlen allegedly made sexually explicit comments and groped an Uber driver in Westport.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A funeral for a Connecticut state trooper who died of cancer at age 51 has been scheduled.
Flags have been at half-staff across the state in honor of Trooper Walter Greene, who fell ill after responding to New York City following the attack on the World Trade Center.
Services are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Sherwood Island State Park, the site of the state's memorial to the victims of 9/11.
Lawyer makes impact as animal advocate
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — G. Kenneth Bernhard has spent more than two decades representing the interests of lower Fairfield County residents and now he has taken on advocating for their pets.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police in Westport are investigating after a body was found washed up on the shore.
A resident called police Friday morning in the community on Long Island Sound and reported the body on Harbor Road.
The male found at the water line has not been identified. Westport authorities were diverting traffic around the scene as they awaited the arrival of personnel from the medical examiner's office.
GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have arrested an 18-year-old man they say led officers on a 40-mile, high-speed pursuit with three juveniles in his stolen car.
Police say the chase started at about 3 a.m. Monday in Westport.
Driver charged for crash that killed child
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man has been charged in connection to a Westport highway crash that killed a child.
Thirty-year-old Jesse Zorski of Freeport, Maine turned himself in to the state police in Bridgeport Friday on an active arrest warrant.
Zorski was driving a car that rear-ended another car in April 2017. A 9-year-old boy in the front car suffered a serious head injury and later died.
WESTPORT — Westport police are working to compile a database to notify private schools in the event of a school-related emergency, officials announced Thursday.
Police Lt. Anthony Prezioso said the department decided to make the database after recent local and national events.
“Ideally, this database would include private schools, day care facilities, religious education programs and similar institutions,” Prezioso said.
WESTPORT — The Board of Finance voted to cut $2.5 million from the Board of Education’s proposed budget Wednesday night.
The budget now returns to the Board of Education to make the decision on where the cuts will come from.
Six of the seven Board of Finance (BOF) members voted for the reduced budget with member Lee Caney voting against the cuts.
WESTPORT — Step into the renovated colonial house at 38 Evergreen Ave. and the creative inspiration that resides within its walls is almost palpable.
WESTPORT — A middle school student ready to bite into a lunch-time treat Tuesday made a shocking discovery instead.
A Coleytown Middle School seventh-grader found a one-inch steel bolt in a muffin purchased at the school’s cafeteria, according to Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer.
WESTPORT - Not paying a cab fare lead to the arrest of a Middletown woman who is also accused of striking a parks and rec employee and hitting a police officer with a car door.
The incident began at 3 p.m. Sunday when officers went to the Black Duck Café on a report of a woman who left a cab without paying her fare.
WESTPORT — Chad Knight was in his element — cool, calm and collected on the big stage.
Craig Knight, however, was a bundle of nerves.
“Whenever my son’s on the mound, I’m in knots,” Craig said Wednesday. “But I don’t think any parent who has a son as a pitcher feels differently. Parents have a way of taking this so seriously that it can transfer to our children.
“I typically walk when Chad pitches. I don’t sit and watch it. I watch it from a distance, different angles. I stay out of sight.”
WESTPORT — Metro-North riders can expect delays Sunday on the New Haven Line.
The Saugatuck River Railroad Bridge might need to be opened periodically due to testing between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Metro-North Railroad warned on Twitter. This might cause delays.
WESTPORT — A Shelton woman was charged by Westport police after she drove erratically and nearly hit several cars while under the influence, police said.
Kimberly Benoit, 25, of Shelton, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol and failure to drive in a proper lane.
Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, a Westport cop saw a car driving erratically on Riverside Avenue. Police said the driver, later identified as Benoit, nearly hit several parked cars.
WESTPORT — A former rental company executive was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison for violating the conditions of his supervised release the Department of Justice said.
On March 11, 2010, 58-year-old John N. Milne, of Westport, was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to falsify books and records of United Rentals, Inc.
During that time, the DOJ said, Milne was the company’s President and Chief Financial Officer.
Brad Trackman is making tracks. The comedian, who has been seen on Comedy Central, is headed to the Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport, where he’ll perform on Saturday, April 14.
Trackman, who headlines the show, has appeared on such television programs as “Comics Unleashed” and “Gotham Comedy Live.” He has also opened for Dana Carvey, Weird Al Yankovic and the late Robin Williams, among others.
What kid wouldn’t want to skip school and go on a grand adventure? Perhaps sail around the world with a lovable bunch of pirates who are searching for an out-of-the-way spot to bury their loot?
That’s what youngster Jeremy Jacob does in “How I Became a Pirate,” a children’s musical that comes to the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, April 15, for two afternoon performances. It is recommended for age 4 through 10.
Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport?
Now that winter is over, nighttime work has resumed.
That means drivers traveling the parkway in both directions can expect nightly northbound and southbound lane closures.
Work is planned between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Most of the work in Fairfield County will between the Congress Street overpass in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.
Shari Lebowitz easily recalls the stationery that gave flight to the many notes she wrote from her tweens to her college years.
“My mother got me stationery from Crane’s,” she says of Crane & Co., the Dalton, Mass.-based fine stationers, whose clients span from Paul Revere to Jimmy Fallon. “It had an embossed butterfly on it and my name was in lime green, which I thought was the bee’s knees.”
An afternoon of nostalgia and an evening talk about Connecticut’s travel gems are on tap at the Westport Historical Society.
The Frank Porto Band, which features the piano, bass, drums, sax trumpet and vocals under the leadership of Ed Bednarski, will perform its big band sound Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. Bednarski, who plays saxophone and clarinet, points out that the all-male ensemble has been playing together for about 30 years.
Yes, Alec Baldwin has written love letters — and received them, too, no doubt.
This revelation comes during a conversation with Baldwin in relation to the one-night-only performance of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, April 12. He will star opposite Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara in the fundraiser for the theater.
WESTPORT — The town is currently accepting application for the 2018 Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program.
The program, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax-exempt organizations through providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses that make cash contributions.
WESTPORT — The Myrtle Avenue water main replacement project is officially scheduled to begin on April 2 — weather permitting.
Aquarion Water Company’s contractor, True Blue Construction, will be working on the project until mid- to late-July.
Construction is scheduled to occur Mondays through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no work on Fridays, weekends or holidays.
ORANGE — Police officers from three different agencies were honored Wednesday evening for their work responding to calls that could have ended fatally had it not been for the intervention of these officers.
At a dinner Wednesday evening in Orange, hosted by the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut, three Bethel police officers, three Stamford police officers and two Westport police officers were honored for their efforts involving their response to specific incidents.
WESTPORT — Two town residents face charges after an anonymous source told police they were growing marijuana out of their home, Lt. Eric Woods said.
Ricardo Tavares, 46, and Valonia Tavares, 51, were arrested and charged Wednesday following the execution of a search warrant.
Ricardo Tavares was charged with risk of injury to a child. He was a released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.
WESTPORT — Firefighters quickly put out a car fire in town Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The fire engine quickly arrived and contained the fire to the engine compartment of the car. Westport police responded to the scene as well and helped with traffic control.
WESTPORT — Do you recognize this dog?
Westport police said the dog was found in the 200 block of Saugatuck Avenue. The dog, police said, is a poodle/Yorkie mix. She was found wearing a pink collar and was very dirty, police said.
If this is your dog, call Westport Animal Control at 203-341-5076.