FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — In case you missed it: Here are the top stories of the past week in Fairfield County, as reported by Daily Voice.
A man identified as 33-year-old Rasheed Hines died after he was pulled from the waters of the East Branch of Stamford Harbor on Friday. Witnesses who called 911 said he had waded and began to struggle before going under, police said. First-responders pulled his body from the water after about an hour of searching.
Jeremy Coles, a 22-year-old Bridgeport man, was busted on multiple drug charges after his car was stopped by Milford police on I-95 because it had no license plate, police said. Coles was in possession of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana with intent to sell, police said.
Dereck S. Ramirez, 16, of Stamford was arrested after a police chase that began in Stamford ended as he crashed a stolen car head-on into a Stamford patrol vehicle in Pound Ridge, N.Y., police said.
A Fairfield woman throwing a birthday party for her teenage daughter called police because about 150 uninvited guests showed up and started playing drinking games and loitering in her driveway and backyard, police said. The crowd teens, who heard about the party on Snapchat, refused her request that they leave, police said.
The infamous 4.3-acre site in downtown Stamford known as the "hole in the ground" is about to become something big. Developers broke ground on a housing development known as Stamford Urby , which will include hundreds of apartments in 11 buildings on the site across from the Stamford Town Center.
A 43-year-old Bridgeport man was shot 10 times — and survived , police said. The gunman approached the victim was outside his home on Dover Street, and began firing, chasing and firing even as the victim retreated into his house, police said.
Sharon Early has found her joy as a full-time baker for her 3-year-old company, Early’s Edibles. What's her secret ingredient ? She substitutes sunflower butter for peanut butter for a tasty peanut-free and gluten-free cookie.
Westport Police are searching for a suspicious man who approached a young girl as she waited for her bus, police said. He asked the girl twice whether she wanted to see a cute dog in the back of his car.
In a series of angry and emotional Tweets, Nelba Márquez-Greene, the mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, blasted Congress for its inaction on gun control issues in the wake of the mass killing in Las Vegas. One of her Tweets said, "In America we value guns, flags & fake acts of patriotism over people, pain & real acts of courage. #LasVegas #TakeAKnee #EndGunViolence."
Kelly Bolling, 24, of Norwalk who was working as a substitute teacher in Wallingford was arrested after he refused to leave the school grounds and was found with bottles of alcohol, according to Wallingford police.
Town leaders hope to create a vision for future development around the Fairfield Metro train station , thanks to a $200,000 state planning grant. First Selectman Mike Tetreau said: “Young people and businesses place a high value on walkable, transit-oriented communities, and we need to be meeting that demand.”
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, one of the biggest tourist destinations in Fairfield County, has broken ground on its first major addition in 50 years . The $5 million Environmental Education Farmhouse will provide space for school programs and special events for families, campers and adults.
The Wilton superintendent sent a letter to parents promising that the schools are safe places for all students after a swastika was discovered in a boys bathroom at Middlebrook School and a Snapchat post at Wilton High showed a student displaying a picture of a gun and the phrase “let's have some fun."
Gov. Dannel Malloy and his wife Cathy welcomed their first grandchild — a girl named Grace — who was born at Stamford Hospital. The governor lost his bid for the name — "Dannel — whether it was a boy or a girl."
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