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Homeowner Arrested for Oil Spill

The homeowner who allegedly caused an oil spill into the Saugatuck River in Westport was arrested on Wednesday.

Robbie Guimond, 35, of 471 Riverside Ave., was charged with discharge without a permit. He was arrested following investigation into Sunday’s spill.

Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the charge is a felony, but it is unclassified so the potential penalty if Guimond is convicted is unknown at this time.

Guimond also faces federal fines that start at $25,000, Shannon said, and the U.S. Coast Guard intends to charge him for the clean-up costs.

Six Staples Students are Siemens Semifinalists

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Brian Jordan: among six Staples Siemens semifinalists. Contributed photo
Westport’s Staples High School has achieved outstanding success this year in the Siemens Westinghouse science competition, placing six students among the semifinalists.

The national contest honors students for independent research in science and offers a $100,000 scholarship to the national winner.

Of only 300 semifinalists nationally, 13 were from Connecticut, including the six from Staples.

Five of the other state semifinalists were from private schools.