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Westport Man Arrested for Facebook Threat Against Officer

A Westport man who used a library computer on which he posted threats to bury alive a Westport Police officer—only to forget to log out—was arrested for threatening, police said today.

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Lawrence Kozar: third arrest this year. Westport Police photo

It was the third arrrest in three months for Lawrence Kozar, 58, whose last known address was the homeless shelter at 45 Jesup Road.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with second degree threatening, police said. Held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 6.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers were dispatched to the Westport Library on Sept. 10 on a report that a threatening message was found on a computer screen. 

Newtown Man Nabbed for Heroin

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Christopher Evans: turned over to Newtown Police. Westport Police photo

A Newtown man wanted by police in his hometown for larceny was arrested by Westport officers Monday after he was observed riding as a passenger in a car, police said today.

Upon being taken into arrest, officers discovered that Christopher Evans, 31, had 10 small folds of heroin in his wallet, said Lt. David Farrell.

Police charged Evans with possession of narcotics, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 16.

After being processed, Evans was handed over to the Newtown Police, Farrell said.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Burr Farms Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Burr Farms Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 1,554-square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Book Chat
1:15 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Memento”
2 p.m. – Earthplace – Greens Farms Garden Club “Pollinator Victory Garden: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Artist-in-Residence Challenge: Logo of Person’s Name Workshop
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Personal Review of Your College Essay
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Steinberg, Walsh Square Off Wednesday at Library

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh will square off in a debate Wednesday for the 136th Assembly District.

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Republican challenger Cathy Walsh and incumbent Democrat Jonathan Steinberg traded high fives at last month’s shorefest dinner at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is sponoring the event at noon in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Both will field questions submitted from WWCC members and the public, according to WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and others to hear what their current and potential representatives have to say about the economy, jobs, transportation and taxation,” said Mandell.

Motor Club to End DMV Services to Non-Members

AAA Northeast has informed the state it will discontinue offering driver licensing services for people in southwest Connecticut who are not members of its motor clubs.

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The AAA office in the Compo Shopping Center before it closed in 2015. Previously it had been on Saugatuck Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The decision brought an angry response today from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who called the action “unacceptable” and threatened legal action to resolve the issue.

AAA Northeast has offered this service to all Connecticut residents since 2001, regardless whether they were members. 

Eight AAA Northeast offices are affected. They are in Branford, Danbury, Fairfield, Hamden, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, and Waterbury. The Westport office closed in 2015.

CDOT Officially Announces Fare Increases

Fare increases on Connecticut’s rail and bus systems will take effect in December, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner (CDOT) James P. Redeker announced today.

Train fares will go up 6 percent, including a previously approved 1 percent increase; bus fares will go up 16.7 percent, or 25 cents on a single one-way CTtransit bus trip.

“As we looked to meet our budget requirements, our primary goal was to maintain all existing bus and rail service statewide for the thousands of people who depend on them every day,” said Redeker. “Combined with other steps to reduce expenses, this fare increase allows us to meet that goal.”

Today’s announcement follows a series of six public hearings around the state on the proposed rail and bus fare increases. Almost 400 people commented on the proposed fares.  While some opposed a fare increase of any kind, there were no recommendations to cut service, a CDOT announcement said.