Sleepy Bus Driver, Minimum Wage Hike Top The Week's News In Bridgeport

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Police news filled the headlines in Fairfield County this past week, with a Christmas Day robbery, drug arrests, a fiery and fatal car crash, and the arrest of a school bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Here are some of the Daily Voice's top stories of the week in Fairfield County.

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Paul Pixley Photo Credit: Shelton Police Department

A school bus driver in Shelton who fell asleep at the wheel multiple times while transporting 30 Shelton Intermediate School students told police he had taken methadone and possibly Nyquil before working that day.

Connecticut's minimum wage increased from $9.60 per hour to $10.10 on Jan. 1, as the result of a law signed in 2014 that scheduled increases for workers in three stages.

A Bridgeport construction firm embraces its slogan "All The World's A Stage," building everything from a grand staircase for Broadway's "Nice Work If You Can Get It" to the catwalks for the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" to Captain Hook's Jolly Roger pirate ship on "Peter Pan Live!"

A 9-year-old Greenwich girl will compete on the Food Network's Kids Baking Championship, which premieres on Monday, Jan. 2. Brooke Cumberland is one of 12 contestants in the 10-week competition.

Two men were robbed — one at gunpoint after taking cash from a bank ATM — on Christmas Day, Stamford Police said. 

Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack, was briefly enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County. Fisher was briefly married to Paul Simon, who now lives in New Canaan, after portraying Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films.

Paul Mignani, 51, of Bethel is facing federal drug distribution charges in connection with the overdose deaths of two women in Bethel

When it comes to being successful, it’s all about putting the team first, says Wilton native Kristine Lilly, a retired U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player and two-time World Cup champion. Lilly — who now lives in Texas — returned to her hometown to speak to local athletes about “How to be a Teammate” at the Comstock Community Center.

A new AP course at Masuk High School in Monroe will teach a high-tech — and potentially profitable — skill: How to make apps for cellphones and tablets.

Two people died when their car slammed into a concrete barrier at the end of a dead-end street in Bridgeport late on Christmas Eve. The passenger was declared dead at the scene, and the driver, who was pulled from the burning car by a witness, died later at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Richard Brown of Stratford kept his recent $10,000 Lottery prize a secret surprised his family with the news Christmas Day while opening presents.   

 A Canterbury Lane resident called 911 after someone kicked in their front door Friday night, Easton police said. The deadbolt was broken on the front door just after 8 p.m., but no one entered the home, police said.

A Wilton man's decision to blow through a stop sign wound getting arrested on a pair of drug charges and the discovery of pot and a $6,420 in a lockbox on the backseat floor of his vehicle, police said.

A Westport man was arrested after officers saw him preparing cocaine on his kitchen table and snorting it on Christmas Eve, police said. 

The Brookfield Police Department has welcomed its newest officer, Tommy Robbins, a graduate of Danbury High School.

A 79-year-old Norwalk man died as a result of his injuries from a fall from the roof of a commercial building, police said.

An Oregon man was caught with more than a pound of marijuana after a routine traffic stop in Newtown, according to police.

A Ridgefield man was one of two motorists involved in a head-on collision with two cars on Route 35 in Cross River, N.Y. 

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