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Three Juveniles Arrested in Westport Pursuit

Three juveniles in a stolen car early Christmas morning ran a red light and set off a police chase and widespread manhunt for one of them in Westport’s center that ended four hours later, police said today.

The pursuit of the youth, said to be a 16-year-old from Norwalk, involved a bungled attempt to steal another car, smashing it into a Webb Road garage of its owner, and running through backyards on Whitney Street until caught on Compo Road North.

In the end, the three were in custody, not identified because of their ages, and facing a variety of charges, including larceny, failure to obey a stoplight, engaging in pursuit, and possession of alcohol by a minor, police said.

Police gave this account: at about 3:30 a.m., officers responded to CVS Pharmacy on Post Road East on a report of suspicious males entering and leaving the store several times.

Granger at the Movies: Top 10 List for 2016

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Susan Granger’s Top 10 List for 2016:

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MOVIES: (in alphabetical order):

“Arrival”
“Deadpool”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Hell Or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester By The Sea”
“Moonlight”
“Sully”
“Zootopia”

ACTOR:

Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Michael Fassbender for “The Light Between Oceans”
Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nocturnal Animals”
Tom Hanks in “Sully”
Michael Keaton in “The Founder”
Viggo Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic”
Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”

ACTRESS:

Amy Adams in “Arrival” & ”Nocturnal Animals”
Annette Bening in “20th Century Women”
Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures”
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land”
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Tilda Swinton in “A Bigger Splash”
Alicia Vikander in “A Light Between Oceans”
Rachel Weitz in “Denial”

Christmas Eve Cocaine Bust

Officers arrested a Westport man at his Kings Highway South address for snorting cocaine on his kitchen table Christmas Eve, police said today.

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Andrew Kindt: held on $5,000 bail. Westport Police photo

Officers responded to the residence following a 911 call around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Andrew Kindt, 40, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and risk of injury to a child since two children were home at the time, Lt. David Farrell said.

“Responding officers approached the residence and observed Andrew Kindt preparing suspected cocaine on the kitchen table and then snorting it,” Farrell said.

Truck Hits Railroad Overpass

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A truck carrying U.S. mail from Westport to Stamford hit the Metro-North railroad overpass today on Saugatuck Avenue. The impact tore off part of the truck. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police were on the scene and were checking for any structural damage. Traffic was delayed while the inspection and cleanup were underway. The truck can be seen in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Truck Loses Roof to Railroad Overpass

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A truck carrying U.S. mail from Westport to Stamford today lost its roof after impacting the railroad overpass on Saugatuck Avenue. The driver, who was uninjured, said he was taking the alternate route because of traffic on I-95. Traffic on the roadway was shut down while structural engineers checked the overpass for damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Board of Education offices closed.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Scratch TinkerShop (grades 3-6)
12:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Python TinkerShop (grades 4-7)
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Vacation Film Festival: “The Good Dinosaur”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Compo Acres Shopping Center (400 Post Road East) – Westport Community Menorah Lighting Celebration

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Charles S. Friedson, 55

Charles “Charly” Sanford Friedson of Denver, Colorado, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 19 of a heart attack. He was 55.

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Charles Friedson: 1978 Staples grad. LinkedIn photo

He grew up in Westport where members of the Friedson family were longtime residents. They owned Economy Foods and Economy Liquors on Main Street from the 1930s through early 1960s, and The Tack Room from 1963 through 2003, and now online. His grandparents owned the Music Room.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1978 and later joined the military, studying German and Spanish at the Defense Language Institute.

From 1981 to 1983, he served as a U.S. Army strategic debriefer for U.S. Army Intelligence in the Munich, Germany area.