FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The arrest of two high school football players in an assault, the death of a veteran police officer from cancer and an invention to make cutting down Christmas trees much easier — those were some of the top stories from Daily Voice in the past week.
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On Wednesday, Jack Joyce and Brian Minicus, both 18-year-old Darien High seniors and starting football players, were arrested along with an unidentified juvenile in connection with an assault on a teenager in New Canaan, police said.
The arrests came on the eve of the Darien's Turkey Bowl matchup against New Canaan. Darien was shut out in the game, 27-0, with the two players benched: Joyce is the starting quarterback and Minicus is a wide receiver and defensive back. (Click here for more Thanksgiving Day football scores.)
The Trumbull Police Department mourned the death of Officer Michael Borucki, a 22-year veteran of the force who fought a long battle against cancer. The 47-year-old worked as recently as two weeks before his death.
A 20-year-old Norwalk man who told police he was sex addict was arrested after he accosted a teenager runner in Waveny Park in New Canaan on Halloween, police said. Andrew Pacicca was charged with disorderly conduct after grabbing a teenage girl and offering to pay her $2,000 to have sex with him, police said. "How much do I have to give to you? I'm really frustrated," police said he told the girl.
Shelton Police Officer David Eldridge rescued a 30-year-old Monroe man from the Housatonic River after he was thrown from the Derby-Shelton Bridge early Thursday during a dispute with another person, police said. The victim was submerged in the water when Eldridge swam out and pulled him to shore.
Trumbull police officers busted an underage drinking party with up to 70 participants — many of whom are students from Sacred Heart University — and issued a summons to the host, Trumbull police said. Many of the teens began to flee when officers, acting on an anonymous tip, arrived at the home.
David Cassidy, a 1970s teen idol who once lived in Ridgefield, died Tuesday night. He was 67 and had been hospitalized in Florida with organ failure. The musician ended his days of touring earlier this year after disclosing he was suffering from dementia.
A drunken driver was arrested after hitting and seriously injuring two pedestrians in Norwalk early Wednesday on West Avenue, police said.
Two longtime friends who share a love for all things Christmas found out that they also shared a common problem when it came to buying a tree — how do you get it home? Bobby Donofrio of Fairfield and Greg Robinson of Westport put their heads together and came up with the idea of the Tree Transporter. It offers a clean, easy way to carry a Christmas tree AND safely tie it onto the roof of your car.
The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band had a moment in the sun on Thursday as the members stepped off on the 3-mile-long Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Click above to see a video of the big event.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a Stamford mom of two who was facing deportation was granted a stay on Wednesday afternoon and allowed to stay in the U.S. Miriam Martinez Lemus, 52, had been ordered deported to her native Guatamala — but she refused to leave and instead, she returned to her Stamford home with her husband and daughters. Lemus is fighting to stay in the country to care for her two children, one of whom requires constant care for her juvenile diabetes.
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