Saturday, March 08, 2014
Police Nab Bridgeport Stolen Car Suspect
Moments after Westport police heard a Bridgeport police radio alert about a stolen car, it was spotted on Post Road East today by an officer on patrol, police said.
After the 9:37 a.m. alert, Officer Thomas Casimiro radioed headquarters that he had spotted the car a few minutes earlier heading west on Post Road East.
He caught up with it at East Main Street and, with the assistance of other officers, took the suspect into custody without incident, police said.
He was identified as Yannick Williams, 23, of New Haven. Bridgeport police officers picked him up from Westport police along with the car, police said. Details of the charges against him were not immediately known.
Westport Firefighters Make the Plunge
Plunging in 55-Degree Weather at Compo
Plungers of all ages took part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. The unusual 55-degree weather made the swim slightly more tolerable this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Not Polar Bears But Bedford Bears
Students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School, wearing their yellow Bedford Bears t-shirts, were among those taking the plunge today at Compo Beach in the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Any Swim Attire Was Acceptable
Suiting Up to Keep Plungers Safe
Firefighter Todd Denke and Police Sgt. Ryan Paulsson, members of the Westport Police-Fire Dive Team, suit up today at Compo Beach to take up water positions for the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge. They are aided by Police Officer Scott Morrison. Westport Volunteer Emergency Service member Martin Iselin looks on. WVEMS provided a standby crew for the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Plunging for a Cause
Scenes from today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com photos
Learning About Robotics
Alec Solder (r), a senior at Staples High School and member of the Wreckers Robotics team, explains the team’s robot today to Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe at Greens Farm Academy, host of the CT FTC Robotics Championship - Battle of the Beaches. Two other Westport teams also took part—i²robotics, which includes Staples and Weston High School students, and the Greens Farms Academy team, the Dragonoids. The Wreckers and the i²robotics teams have already qualified in the prior competition for the regional championship next month in York, Pa., but took part today as a practice session, according to Ii²robotics Coach Terry Sauer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting to Know the Teams
Saturday Battle of the Beaches
Scenes from today’s CT FTC Robotics Championship - Battle of the Beaches at Greens Farms Academy in Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Girl Scout Cookie Time
Ride Offer Robbers Sentenced
Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford on Friday sentenced the two men convicted of beating and robbing a man they offered a ride from the East Norwalk train station to Westport last summer.
Andrew “Drew” Frank (l), 23, of Stamford, and Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of Norwalk at their arraignment last June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision-News 12 photo
Norwalk resident Peter Ferraro, 24, a convicted felon said to have masterminded the plot, was sentenced to seven years in prison and five months probation, The Hour newspaper of Norwalk reported. Andrew Frank, 23, received four-and-a-half years to be followed by three years probation.
The victim, a Chinese immigrant who has a terminal illness and was unable to be at the sentencing, was represented by family members who received apologies from the Frank and Ferraro, according to The Hour.
Frank and Ferraro turned themselves into the Westport Police Department on June 22 following a police sweep after the victim had been dropped off in town. They were arraigned two days later in Norwalk Superior Court, charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferraro was additionally charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and sixth-degree larceny. (See WestportNow June 24, 2013)
A four-legged visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Friday wanted to get in on the fun at the cannons. Dogs will be banned from the beach beginning April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 8, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. - Compo Beach - Special Olympics Penguin Plunge (registration 11 a.m.)
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Staples High School Field House - Westport Softball Girls K-3rd-grade Jamboree
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - School of Rock “House Band Rock Off”
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - “Earthplace in Bloom—A Spirited Event!”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, March 07, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Newtown Turnpike
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Newtown Turnpike is in process. Built in 1830, the two-story colonial has 1,750 square feet and is situated on a .75-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com