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CL&P Asks for Almost 17 Percent Increase

Connecticut Light & Power Co., citing rising fuel costs, asked state regulators today for permission to raise electricity rates next year by almost 17 percent.

Word of the request came hours after elected officials in southwest Connecticut met at Westport Town Hall with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal about an electricity surcharge that would raise power bills in 2006 by at least 12 percent. (See story below)

CL&P, which serves more than 1.1 million customers in Connecticut, told the Department of Public Utility Control in its filing that it must raise rates because of higher supply costs, increased federally imposed costs and other increases “that are beyond the control of the company or are required by law.”

The request drew immediate criticism from Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who called the proposed rate increase outrageous.

Westport Bank Robbery Suspect Sought

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Westport police today released this surveillance photo of a suspect sought in today’s Westport bank robbery at Bank of America, 1815 Post Road East. He is described as a white man, clean-shaven, about 6-foot, wearing a Patriots baseball cap and a blue and green vinyl jacket. Anyone having information is asked to call Westport detectives at (203) 341-6080. Contributed photo

A New Tower of Light in Westport

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The Westport Fire Department’s new Rescue 3 truck carries powerful lighting, including two rotating tower lights, to aid in rescue efforts. Fire officials demonstrated its capabilities to guests at today’s dedication ceremony. The truck replaces Rescue 8 which was purchased by the Coleytown Volunteer Fire Department in 1983 and donated to the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Attorney General Meets With Area Officials on Electricity Surcharge

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal met with area officials at Westport Town Hall today to brief them on his opposition to a $375 million electricity surcharge being imposed on Connecticut ratepayers.

The one-hour and 20 minute meeting was attended by elected officials from Westport, Weston and Wilton as well as towns ranging from Greenwich to Orange, according to Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.

“Dick (Blumenthal) told us what the municipalities can do,” she said, “and we agreed to try to send a protest letter from the chief elected officials of the 54 southwest Connecticut communities affected.”

Blumenthal has filed testimony with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing ISO New England’s plan to impose the surcharge. The proposal would raise power bills at least 12 percent as soon as January 2006.

Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Message: “I’m Safe, Fit and Healthy”

Westport’s Martha Stewart, in a new message on her Web site, says she is safe, fit and healthyӔ and grateful this Thanksgiving for the support of her fans.

Stewart, who entered the federal women’s prison in Alderson, W. Va. Oct. 8, also says she is being treated fairly by staff and other inmates.

As you would expect, the loss of freedom and the lack of privacy are extremely difficult,Ӕ the message says. Visits from my friends, family and colleagues ӗ together with your goodwill and best wishes will get me through this chapter in my life.ה

Stewart, 63, is serving a five-month sentence for lying to investigators about a 2001 personal stock sale and will be released from prison in early March. She is appealing her conviction.

Holdup at Westport Bank

A man held up a Westport bank today near the Fairfield town line and escaped with about $4,000, police said.bank11230401260.jpg
Bank of America branch at 1815 Post Road East: holdup target. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN photo

The robbery occurred at the Bank of America branch at 1815 Post Road East at Bulkley Avenue North at about 10 a.m. The bank recently changed its name from Fleet Bank.

Police said the man, who did not display a weapon, escaped on foot. He was described as white, about 6 feet, in his 20s, wearing a baseball hat and a vinyl blue and green jacket.

There were three customers in the bank at the time, police said. There were no injuries.

Detectives brought a police bloodhound to the scene to help them track the suspect. A trail led to the nearby Garelick and Herbs at 1799 Post Road East, but the track was lost there as he apparently entered a car.

The FBI’s Bridgeport office was assisting Westport police in the investigation. They later released a security camera picture or the robber, but the face was dark and partially hidden by his baseball cap.