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Connecticut Seeing Unprecedented Rush of New Voters

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut residents are registering to vote at an unprecedented rate in a non-presidential election cycle, indicating increased interest in politics since President Donald Trump won the White House, analysts say.

According to data from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election through June of this year, 81,908 new voters registered as Democrats, compared to 43,390 who registered as Republicans.

Including those who signed up as unaffiliated and for other, smaller parties, a total of 275,114 people have signed up to vote in Connecticut since the 2016 presidential election.

That’s a surge in voter registration in the state during a mid-term election cycle, when the number of those signing up to vote is usually depressed.

DUI Charge After Going Through Red Light

Officers arrested a 31-year-old Westport woman on a DUI charge after she went through a red light, police said.

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Sarah Stark-Holmberg: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

At about midnight Saturday an officer observed a car driven by a woman later identified as Sarah Stark-Holmberg, 31, of Sunrise Road traveling southbound on Wilton Road at a high rate of speed, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

“The vehicle then turned left onto Post Road West without stopping for the red traffic control signal,” she said.

In speaking with the operator, the officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath, and she was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests, which she failed, Cabana said.

Wilton Woman Arrested After Striking Gas Pump

Officers arrested a Wilton woman on DUI charges after her car struck a gas pump and trash can at a gas station, police said.

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Heather Bower: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

The incident occurred Saturday at 10:15 p.m. and resulted in minor damage to a gas pump that was deemed not hazardous by Westport firefighters, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

In speaking to the driver, identified as Heather Bower, 40, officers detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath and she failed field sobriety steps, she said.

“She was taken into custody and transported to headquarters where a breath test found her to be above the legal limit,” Cabana said.

Parking Lot Hit Leads to 79-Year-Old’s Arrest

A 79-year-old Fairfield woman has been arrested after police said her vehicle struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle at Westport Goodwill and she left the scene.

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Madeline Mackenzie: free on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

The incident occurred June 16 in the Goodwill parking lot, 1700 Post Road East, and was witnessed, police said. A photo of the vehicle’s license plate was provided to police.

The driver was identified as Madeline Mackenzie of Fairfield, who turned herself in at police headquarters on Saturday, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

She was charged with evading responsibility and released after posting a $2,500 court set bond. Mackenzie is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, July 23.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
3:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center: Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Radio”
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Lobster/Clambake
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Goose
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Police Involved in Statewide Warrant Sweep Operation

UPDATE The Westport Police Department was among more than 90 municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Connecticut that today executed a statewide warrant sweep operation, state police announced.

A total of 197 arrests were made and 285 warrants were served by early evening, state police said. Some suspects had multiple arrest warrants.

“Although we attempted to serve several warrants in the area, we did not make any arrests,” said Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods.

“No arrests were made because some of the addresses were no good, people have moved, or were not home. For those who were not home, we are following up on and still attempting to serve the warrants.”

Emergency Repairs to Close Cribari Bridge at Night

Emergency repairs will close the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge at night for six weeks, town officials announced today.

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Emergency repairs will close the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge at night for six weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

An announcement from First Selectman Jim Marpe’s office said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) notified town officials that structural deficiencies were found during an inspection several weeks ago.

They “were discovered both in the substructure and ornamental truss structure,” it said. As a result, “immediate repairs are necessary to maintain the continued safety and stability of the existing bridge structure.”

CDOT intends to commence construction to repair the deficiencies on Monday, July 30, tentatively completing the work within six weeks, weather permitting, according to town officials.

On 8th Try, Steve Obsitnik Wins Grant of $1.35 Million

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

With one month until the primary, Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik won approval today of his $1.35 million grant from the state’s voluntary program of publicly financing campaigns, the Citizens’ Election Program.

Obsitnik’s campaign had struggled since late May to convince the State Elections Enforcement Commission that it had properly raised $250,000 in qualifying contributions, but the commission repeatedly postponed action and instead opened an investigation into Obstinik’s fundraising.

The meeting today marked the eighth time since May 31 that his application was up for consideration, and a consultant to his campaign made a wry comment on the approval as he exited: From his cellphone, a chorus briefly sang, “Hallelujah!”

“While we wish the process was faster, we are pleased with the outcome,” Dan Debicella, the manager of Obsitnik’s campaign, said later in an emailed statement. “Our campaign can now fully focus on informing voters on Steve’s background as a veteran, high tech job creator, and outsider and his plan to create 300,000 jobs in the next eight years.”