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$3M Scratch-Off Winner at Stop & Shop

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UPDATE A Fairfield man won $3 million from $30 worth of scratch-off tickets at Westport’s Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, according to the Connecticut Lottery. Its website said Dean Buitler won the prize on Monday in the Royale game, taking home $2.3 million after taxes. Workers today described him as a regular customer who bought scratch-off tickets after making a Western Union money transfer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police: Customer Service Rep Served Self

Officers arrested an employee at Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, for allegedly making more than 50 fraudulent transactions totaling $1,132.70, police said today.

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Quatiesha Johnson: free on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Quatiesha Johnson, 24 of Bridgeport, was taken into custody Thursday by Bridgeport police before being handed over to Westport officers who had a warrant out for her arrest based on a June 7 incident, Lt. David Farrell said.

“According to security, Johnson would open a register transaction as if a customer was making a return when in fact no customer was present,” Farrell said. 

“She would than process the fraudulent return and keep the money. There were over 50 fraudulent transactions which occurred over a period of several months.”

Homeless Man Pepper Sprays Other at Shelter

A fight between two men at the Gillespie Center, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter at 45 Jesup Road, led to the arrest of one of them after he shot pepper spray at the other, police said today.

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Shaquielle Smith: held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Shaquielle Smith, 19, no known address, was arrested Wednesday for interfering with an officer, criminal mischief and breach of peace, according to Lt. David Farrell.

He said that investigating officers learned that two of the residents were involved in an altercation and that Smith, sprayed the other in the face.

“It was obvious that the victim was suffering the effects of the spray, as both his eyes and face was red,” Farrell said.

Police: Man Phoned Woman 98 Times in One Day

Officers arrested a Watertown man on charges of harassment and violating a protective order after making 98 phone calls in a day to a Westport woman and sending her a number of text messages, police said today.

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Donato Rinaldi: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Donato Rinaldi, 40, was arrested in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges. The Westport incidents occurred on Sept. 8 and Sept 19, according to Lt. David Farrell.

Published reports said Rinaldi was arrested in Norwalk on similar charges in January of this year and June 2015.

“During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that there was an order of protection in place which barred Mr. Rinaldi from contacting the complainant unless the communication was in regards to the business that they once shared,” Farrell said.

Burning Odor/Smoke Turns Out to be Mulch

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A report of a burning oder and smoke in the building today at 22 Imperial Ave. turned out to be burning mulch and bushes along the exterior of the building next to a vent, according to Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (2nd l). The smoke was confined to a vacated office previously occupied by a dental practice, he said. Kingsbury said all residents need to be especially careful with handling smoking materials in this recent dry climate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

No Injuries in Two-Car North Ave. Rear-Ender

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There were no injuries today in a two-car rear-ender in front of 147 North Ave. Both cars were in stop-and-go traffic behind a school bus, according to the driver whose car (not seen) was rear-ended. She said the female driver of the car behind her (above) said she “hit the gas instead of the brake.” While there was extensive front-end damage to this car, air bag deployment prevented serious injury. The other car suffered some rear end damage. Both cars had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Friday, September 23, 2016


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Microsoft Excel 2013
11:45 a.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Healthy Living: Stress Management, Anxiety, & Mindfulness in the New School Year
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Middle School Night w/ Kristina Lachaga & Taylor Felt
7 p.m. – Staples High School – Homecoming
8 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Penn State Students Back for Cancer Fundraiser

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Taylor Harrington (l), a 2015 Staples High School graduate, will return to Westport this weekend for the second year in a row with her Penn State Delta Gamma sorority sisters to raise money for children with pediatric cancer. Called THON, it is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon in February. The students will be collecting donations in the front of South Moon Under on Post Road East and The Granola Bar in Playhouse Square on Saturday and Sunday. Pictured with Taylor last year are Lucy Mester and Colleen Leonard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Soccer Stomps Central

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Tyler Wright’s hat trick powered Staples to a 7-1 victory today over Bridgeport’s Central High School at Loeffler Field. Teddy Lawrence, Jannis Dietze, Shane Dasbach and Stephen Rowland added solo strikes, while Anton Mahr, Josh Berman, Daniel Reid and Rory Steele earned assists. Pictured is Griff O’Neill (white jersey) working the sideline. On Monday, the Wreckers travel to Greenwich for one of their toughest matches of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com