In contrast to spending more than five hours over two nights debating the $73.9 million municipal budget, the Board of Finance tonight took under two hours to unanimously approve the $100.2 million education budget before a full house. A motion to trim $200,000 was made and then withdrawn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police participated in the arrest of three persons in Norwalk and seizure of cocaine, heroin, firearms and almost $300,000 in cash, federal authorities announced today.
Federal prosecutors said the case unfolded when New York City detectives conducting a narcotics trafficking investigation contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration authorities in Bridgeport.
As a result, federal and local officials, including an officer from the Westport Police Department, raided two addresses in Norwalk on Wednesday and seized the contraband, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA said.
Inside one bedroom, officers located a .9-mm firearm, a magazine with four rounds of ammunition and approximately 275 grams of suspected cocaine powder, an announcement said.
The driver of a Toyota was sent to Norwalk Hospital today following a crash with a tractor-trailer on I-95 southbound between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. The car was extensively damaged and the tractor-trailer had an empty fuel tank partially ripped off, he said. But there was no leak. The car’s driver was sent to the hospital for evaluation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The house at Westport’s 157 Riverside Ave., across from Saugatuck Elementary School, was demolished today. Built in 1933, the 1 1/2-story cape had 1,366 square feet, is situated on a .18-acre property and changed ownership in September 2011 for $550,000. The house gained notoriety when the 70s rock band REO Speedwagon stayed there and released a song on their first album called “157 Riverside Avenue.” It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 5, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Michael J. Pickering, the Staples High School freshman football coach accused of giving a password to an Internet porn site to his players, was back in Norwalk Superior Court today to face three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Pickering, who pleaded not guilty in December, had his case continued to April 26, and he remains free on $50,000 bond, court officials said. With him is attorney William A. Pelletreau. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s newest restaurant entry, The Spotted Horse Tavern, made its debut Wednesday night on Church Lane with a menu sampler and champagne. Located in the preserved and renovated 1802 federal-style Sherwood House, the restaurant is owned by Kevin McHugh and Tommy Febbraio, both Staples High School graduates who operate the popular Gray Goose Café in Southport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com