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Friday, February 19, 2010

Westport Police Seek Arrest of Sexual Assault Suspects

UPDATE Westport police said today because of the failure of two suspects to turn themselves in voluntarily in the investigation of a sexual assault at a Stony Brook Road residence this week they have issued active warrants for their arrest and asked for federal help in locating Image
Brian McIntyre: police have yet to hear from him. Westport Police photo Image
Kevin Larkin: His attorney has contacted police. Westport Police photo

Lt. Vincent Penna said in a news release that the attorney for suspect Kevin Larkin, 44, of Westport told police his client “is attempting to secure bond money and will not turn himself in until then.” Larkin’s bond is set at $250,000.

As for the second suspect, Brian McIntyre, 49, of Pleasantville, N.Y., he said there has been no contact from anyone regarding his location. McIntye’s bond is set at $400,000.

The Hour of Norwalk reported that Robert Berke, Larkin’s Bridgeport-based attorney, said he can’t understand when why his client is being characterized as a fugitive.

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Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy addressed the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today and afterward John Hendrickson, the club president, showed him a book being donated to the Westport Public Library in his name.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Traffic lights at the intersection of Westport’s Wilton Road and Kings Highway North malfunctioned today and were shut down for more than two hours until the state could repair them. Westport police put up temporary stop signs during the outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Metro-North Passengers Stranded in Tunnel

UPDATE It was a long commute for Westporters today on the 7:51 a.m. train to Grand Central. Image
Stranded passengers transfer across an open platform after the 7:51 a.m. train from Westport got stuck in a tunnel north of the 125th Street station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for

The train’s air brakes failed inside a tunnel north of the 125th Street station, and it was more than an hour before passengers were transferred to another train.

The train, which originated in Bridgeport, was 10 minutes late on arrival in Westport.

Short of its usual number of cars, the train quickly became crowded as it made stops to Stamford from where it ran express to New York.

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The snow-covered picnic tables at Westport’s Sherwood Island Park appear longing for the warm days of summer . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Nachman for


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Friday, February 19, 2010

9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafe
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fridays in February: Internet, Email, and Downloadable Audiobook Training
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Fun with Legos” (ages 4-8)
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Ice Glen”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception for about 100 attendees tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse to launch the first Westport-Weston Restaurant Week which will be held from Feb. 28 to March 6. Nineteen restaurants will offer special fixed price lunches and dinners during the event. Three of the restaurants—Tavern on Main, Rizzuto’s and Matsu Sushi—offered samples tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Attendees at tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse reception marking Westport Restaurant Week beginning Feb. 28 were treated to special wine and cheeses from Westport’s top restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Getting Set for Restaurant Week Feb. 28-March 6 Image
Chef and restaurateur Pietro Scotti of DiPietro’s on Riverside Avenue was among the 19 restaurant owners who attended and co-hosted a reception tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse marking Westport’s first Restaurant Week Feb. 28 - March 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Police Expect Arrests in Sexual Assault Case

UPDATE One or both men wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred early Wednesday at a home on Stony Brook Road are expected to turn themselves in by Friday, Westport police said Image
Police issued this driver license photo of Kevin Larkin. Westport Police photo

Police have been in touch with an attorney who is arranging for Kevin Larkin, 44, of 28 Stony Brook Road to turn himself in, according to Lt. Vincent Penna. Detectives have obtained a warrant charging Larkin with sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and hindering prosecution, he said.

He said police have applied for a warrant for Brian McIntye, 49, of Pleasantville, N.Y., charging him with sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and interfering with an officer.

“The Westport Police Department continues to actively seek out the whereabouts of Larkin and McIntyre,” Penna said.

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Art Kelly, 10, shows off his igloo on Westport’s Burr School Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sara Kelly for


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Going Down: 4 Hillandale Road Image
The house at 4 Hillandale Road near Hillspoint Road was demolished today. Built in 1954, the two-story split level had 2,489 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in December at $820,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 5, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Plan to Share Sales Tax With Towns Gets Hearing

By Jacqueline Rabe

Despite the fiscal crisis confronting the state, a legislative committee has decided to hold a public hearing on a bill that would share the state's sales tax with municipalities that participate in regional cooperation. Image

“The state right now does not give towns many options for revenue and this is something they have been asking for years for,” said Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, the bill’s sponsor.

The New Haven Democrat’s proposal would allow those communities to keep one quarter of a percentage point of the 6 percent sales tax levied in the town. Currently the state’s $3.1 billion in annual sales tax revenue all goes to the General Fund

The Planning and Development Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to hear testimony on Looney’s proposal as early as March 1.

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Report: State’s Unfunded Pension Liability 5th Worst in U.S.

Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability is fifth worst in the nation, a new study by the Pew Center on the States said today.

Less than 62 percent of the $41 billion Connecticut needs to pay retirees has been saved, the nonprofit research organization said.

“Connecticut’s management of its long-term pension liability is cause for serious concern,” the report said, and its funding of retireee health benefits also is lagging.

The report said of all of the bills coming due to states, “perhaps the most daunting is the cost of pensions, health care and other retirement benefits promised to their public sector employees.”

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Connecticut Part of Project to Reinvent High School

By Robert A. Frahm

Just 16, and off to college? Image

That could become an option for high school sophomores in Connecticut, one of eight states named Wednesday to pilot test a rigorous new system, including board examinations, that would mark a dramatic shift in the traditional notion of high school education.

By fall of 2011, those states will begin testing a system of coursework and tests that has been widely used in other nations to bolster academic standards and prepare students for college, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) announced.

The Board Examination system has been used in places such as Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, and parts of Canada and Germany but has been missing from U.S. schools, the NCEE said.

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