Saturday, February 24, 2024


Hazel P. Baldwin, 99

UPDATE (adds rescheduled memorial service) Hazel Pruitt Baldwin, a 60-year Westport resident, died Jan. 26 at Laurel Ridge in Ridgefield.  She was 99.

She was born on March 31, 1913 in Wendell, N.C. to William Crawford Pruitt and Nina Rhoads Pruitt. She moved to Washington, D.C. and met and married Marshall Baldwin on Dec. 6, 1940. 

She worked at the Chevy Chase Building and Loan, and then became a Navy wife when her husband joined that service. She later worked for the United Fund of Westport and Weston.

Her most important career was as homemaker and mother to Randall Baldwin of Ridgefield and Stephen Baldwin of Rochester, N.Y.

Gun at Diner Brings Threatening Charge Image
Rahul Taylor: displayed gun at Southport diner. Fairfield Police photo

Fairfield police early today arrested a Westport man after they said he got into an argument with friends at a Southport diner and then put a loaded handgun on a diner table.

Rahul Taylor, 29, of Treadwell Avenue, was charged with three counts of first-degree threatening, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, and carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, police said.

Police said Taylor was at the Athena Diner when he got into an argument with friends and displayed what later turned out to be a loaded .45-caliber pistol.

The action caused patrons to fear for their safety and prompted a 911 call to police, police said.

Westport Will Have Presence at Marine’s Funeral

Westport will be well represented Friday at the Lenox, Mass. funeral of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., the 2008 Staples High School graduate killed in a Nevada training accident with seven fellow Marines. Image
Roger Muchnick: Westport police will lead funeral procession. Contributed photo

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he and five members of the Westport Police Department, including motorcycle escorts, will be part of the official presence, but that many classmates and friends are expected as well.

The Berkshire Eagle, the local newspaper in Lenox, home to Muchnick’s maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann Coakley, today said it would be “one of the most elaborate funerals the town has ever witnessed.”

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the service, which begins at 11 a.m., the newspaper said. The service will be preceded by a visitation at St. Ann Catholic Church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the nearby St. Ann Cemetery.

Five Awful Minutes: 154 Rounds Fired, 26 Killed

By Mark Pazniokas

Authorities today released chilling details of Adam Lanza’s troubled life and his horrific assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School, providing tantalizing hints and clues, but no answers about what launched the bloodiest primary school shooting in U.S. history.

Lanza killed 26 children and educators in less than five minutes, firing 154 rounds from a Bushmaster XM15 military-style rifle. He was prepared to kill far more: Police found three more 30-round magazines on him, with another 15 rounds in his rifle.

The first new on-the-record details from law enforcement came in search-warrant documents unsealed by the Superior Court and in a written statement from Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sendensky III, who is overseeing the investigation.

Lanza carried the rifle, extra magazines and two loaded handguns, a 10 mm Glock and a 9 mm Sig Sauer during the attack. He left a loaded Saiga 12 shotgun, which resembles an AK-47 assault weapon, and 70 shells in the passenger compartment of his mother’s 2010 Honda Civic, which he parked in the fire lane outside the school.

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CL&P Seeks to Recover $414 Million in Storm Costs

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) said today it has asked the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to approve $414 million in recovery of costs associated with five major storms that hit the state during 2011 and 2012.

The storms, including Superstorm Sandy and the October 2011 Nor’easter, were some of the most devastating events in Connecticut history, the company said.

It said the for a typical residential CL&P customer, the request, if approved, would result in a rate increase of about $3 per month.  However, rates will not change until Dec.1, 2014, CL&P said. 

“The damage from these natural disasters and the response to complete repairs was extraordinary and unlike anything in CL&P history,” said Bill Herdegen, CL&P president and chief operating officer. 

At 87, Prague is Named Commissioner of Aging

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today named former state Sen. Edith Prague of Columbia as the commissioner of the new State Department of Aging, a rebuke to those who insist there are no second acts in American life—never mind a third and a fourth. Prague is 87. Image
Edith Prague, the once and future commissioner of aging, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Prague returns to state government after stints as a state representative and state senator, divided by a tumultuous and ultimately unhappy tenure as the commissioner of aging under Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.

Weicker eventually eliminated the department, folding its functions into the Department of Social Services, earning him the everlasting enmity of Prague, who still grimaces at the mention of Weicker’s name.

“We did not agree, and we fought bitterly,” Prague said.

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