FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories this past week in Fairfield County:
- After more than 48 years on the run, a Georgia prison escapee was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Sherman.
- Three college students were rescued from Long Island Sound after winds their rowboat far off-shore in Fairfield.
- A number of local residents lost their lives in the past week. A 5-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in his own driveway. A 72-year-old Stamford biker died after he was hit by a car. Three serious accidents on Route 110 in Shelton resulted in the deaths of a driver and a pedestrian. An 83-year-old man was killed in a three-car pileup in Westport. A 17-year-old from Bridgeport who was found not guilty in a fatal gang-related shooting was himself shot to death in Bridgeport.
- The ex-boyfriend of the woman who lost her three children and parents in a 2011 Christmas morning fire in Stamford changed his story and now blames her for starting the fire, caused by improperly disposed of ashes.
- Two women from Connecticut, one of whom is pregnant, have tested positive for the Zika virus, making for six cases in the state this year.
- An Old Greenwich native who now lives in Darien created a product to make it easier for kids to jump in and out of jeeps.
- A senior at the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford and a senior at Darien High School have been selected as 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
- Norwalk's Marvin School dedicated its softball field in honor of a girl who died of brain cancer in September 2012 at the age of 9.
- A 22-year-old Monroe woman was arrested in connection with the fatal January heroin overdose of a 24-year-old Stratford man in the bathroom of a Trumbull Starbucks.
- Fitness Edge moved to a new, bigger location at BJ’s Plaza in Stratford.
- A 12-year-old Wilton swimmer has earned team and national recognition for the butterfly.
- More than 1,000 women ran in the Run Like a Mother 5-kilometer race in Ridgefield.
- “Family Mission: The T.J. Lobraico Story,” a documentary about a fallen New Fairfield soldier, will be screened in Danbury.
- A program created by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim is helping students at New Fairfield Middle School hone their leadership skills and foster better understanding among students.
- Angel Cadena Jr. of Shelton accepted the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro for Connecticut’s 3rd House District.
- Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope, a Republican, will challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty for Connecticut’s 5th House District.
- Jim Himes of Greenwich, a Democrat, will run for re-election in Connecticut's 4th House District, against state Rep. John Shaban of Weston, a Republican.
- State Rep. Dan Carter, a Republican from Bethel, is challenging incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal for a seat in the U.S. Senate. However, Stamford businessman August Wolf is seeking to force a primary through a petition drive.
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