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Chief Spots HQ Worker With Drugs, Arrests Him

UPDATE A Norwalk man has been fired from his job as a maintenance worker at Westport police headquarters after he dropped an illegal oxycodone pill from his pocket in front of the police chief, police said today.

Victor Ramirez, 50, who is not a town employee but works for an outside maintenance company, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, a police news release said.

It said Chief Dale Call was walking out of his office and had seen Ramirez pull his hand out of his pocket and in doing so a small piece of folded white paper fell out of his pocket.

“Chief Call picked up the folded paper and opened it to reveal one small oval shaped yellow pill that was later identified as oxycodone,” the news release said. “Ramirez who did not have a prescription for the medication, stated he bought it from someone in Norwalk.

No Criminal Charges in Tess Meisel Death

A Maine district attorney has ruled that the tractor-trailer driver who crashed his truck into a minivan in August, killing 12-year-old Westporter Tess Meisel will not face criminal charges.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney James Andrews made his ruling Monday and it was disclosed today.

The Aug. 17 crash in Farmington, Maine killed the Coleytown Middle School student and injured two other students in the YMCA minivan. The driver, Charles Willey, 53, faced a possible vehicular manslaughter charge.

Andrews said while no criminal charges will be filed, the driver may face civil charges. “There is insufficient evidence to prove criminal negligence, which does not mean that there isn’t civil liability,” Andrews said, according to New Hampshire news reports.

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. had issued a Flood Watch for portions of southern Connecticut, including Westport, through Thursday morning.

An advisory said an area of low pressure will pass just southeast of the region later this afternoon and tonight, bringing a period of moderate to locally heavy rainfall.

Rainfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 2.5 inches with locally higher amounts possible. The heaviest rainfall is expected to fall during the evening hours.

The rain may lead to flooding of small streams, poor drainage and urban areas and roadways. The larger rivers are not expected to reach flood stage at this time, the advisory said.

Linda S. Denholtz, 72

Linda S. Denholtz of Weston died Dec. 2 in Norwalk Hospital following a long illness. She was 72.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. April 12, 1939, she was the daughter of the late David and Ina (Roberts) Monheit.  Prior to moving to Weston 33 years ago, she had been a resident of Westport for 20 years.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College and her Law degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1990.  She is a former member of the Public Defender’s office State of Connecticut, Bridgeport Office.

She was a volunteer with the Weston section of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), very active in theater throughout Fairfield County and the Vineyard Playhouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.,  and a former special needs teacher for the Westport school system.

Holiday Boutique Today at Historical Society

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Better hurry to Hadassah’s “Holiday Boutique” at the Westport Historical Society today only from 10 to 3 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m.  There are many items for sale from kids’ clothing and accessories; ready to wear; women’s shoes; menswear; jewelry; makeup and much more. Pictured is Raquel Kobak overseeing sale of items made by her 11-year-old daughter Emerson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Harold S. Mickley, 93

Harold Somers Mickley, 93, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 3. He was 93.

He was a retired vice chairman of Stauffer Chemical Co. in Westport. He previously served as the company’s executive vice president - technical.

Born in Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1918, to Marguerite and Harold Mickley, he was a child prodigy who taught himself calculus in the fifth grade and graduated from high school at age 14.

He then entered the California Institute of Technology, where his adviser was Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, a man he highly respected for his quick and inquiring mind—attributes that characterized his student as well, according to his family.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


9:15 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Wetland Boundary Map Verification Sub Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – U.N. Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society –  “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – SWRPA Public Meeting (Rt. 136/Rt. 57 Intersection Study)
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

RTM Re-elects Rose and Flug

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously re-elected Hadley Rose as moderator and Eileen Flug, deputy moderator.

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Hadley Rose and Eileen Flug share a moment following their re-election tonight as moderator and deputy moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s 36-member, nonpartisan legislative body. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Rose, who opened the meeting and relinquished his seat to senior RTM member William Meyer to be acting moderator during the vote, had been nominated by Jeff Wieser, a nomination that was seconded by RTM newcomer Melissa Kane.

In 2007, Rose was elected the 13th moderator of the legislative body since its founding in 1949 and has been re-elected every year since. He has served eight years on the RTM. Flug was first elected deputy moderator last year following Jonathan Steinberg’s election to the state legislature.

“I am honored to stand before you and to nominate Hadley Rose to continue in his role as moderator,” said Wieser. “He has done a superb job of leading us for the past four years.

Power Outage Affects Hundreds

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UPDATE A widespread power outage left hundreds of Westport customers in the dark tonight. The outage affected portions of Post Road East between Imperial Avenue and Compo Road as well as parts of Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue. View is on Post Road East at Imperial looking west. Power went out shortly before 9 p.m. and was fully restored shortly after 10 p.m, according to a CL&P official. He said a breaker at the Compo substation was tripped because of a tree limb down on wires on Laurel Lane off of Imperial Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com