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Sex Assault Suspect Found, Mason's Arrest Top The Week's News In Wilton

Michael Fontaine was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and second-degree larceny in an attack in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau shares a laugh with D. LIsh & Co. owner Alicia Connelly. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Elmer Gomez Ruano is charged with murdering his wife in Stamford in November. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Brookfield Police Chief Robin Montgomery retired after 16 years with the local force. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Luke Whitbeck, 2, of Ridgefield is battling a rare illness, Gaucher disease. It affects only 1 in 40,000 live births. Photo Credit: Contributed by Meg Whitbeck
Villa Pizza has been serving homemade food for 31 years. Photo Credit: Villa Pizza Stratford Facebook
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Robles speaking at the scene of a fire at 26 Underhill St. in Stamford. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories from Fairfield County in the past week.

A man who sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at knifepoint on Reef Road as she walked home from the Fairfield train station was tracked down by officers who followed his footprints and a trail of his blood in the snow. K9 teams from the Westport Police Department and the State Police joined in the search for Michael Fontaine, who was arrested after he was found hiding in bushes on Old Post Road near Beach Road.

Two Bridgeport men arrested after an overnight burglary spree at four businesses on Howe Avenue in Shelton are suspected of committing similar crimes in Stratford and other neighboring towns, police said.

After 16 years of leading the Brookfield Police Department, Chief Robin Montgomery stepped down to enjoy his retirement. A decorated war hero — he earned the Navy Cross for valor in combat in Vietnam — Montgomery also had a long career with the FBI.

Police Chief Duane J. Lovello announced he will retire in February after 35 years with the Darien Police Department. 

A suspected drunken driver who hit and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 84 in Danbury was apprehended with the help of a witness who called 911 and followed the pickup truck as it fled on the next exit ramp, according to Connecticut State Police.

Jennifer Russell, a history teacher at John Winthrop School in Bridgeport, was honored with the Anna Keeler Award for Excellence in History and Civics Education, which is bestowed by the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield.

D. Lish & Co., a new deli/pizza/catering spot that has opened its doors on Fairfield Beach Road, is dishing up such out-of-the-box items as a bacon cheeseburger nestled between two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a chicken cutlet topped with mashed potatoes, corn and gravy.

A drunken man who got into a late-night argument with other diners at Curley's Diner in Stamford was stabbed after the altercation escalated, police said. A Good Samaritan who tried to intervene was also stabbed in what police called a bloody brawl. 

By the Way Bakery, a much-loved gluten-free and kosher bakery that got its start in Westchester County, N.Y., has opened in Greenwich. 

A 34-year-old Newtown man was arrested after brandishing a handgun during a road rage incident on I-84 in Waterbury, according to Connecticut State Police.

As the Electoral College voted Monday, state Rep. Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury) cast all seven of Connecticut's votes for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote in the state. But Godfrey also called for the nation to do away with the Electoral College and elect the president directly.

A drunken driver from Darien slammed into a Norwalk Police cruiser, which has its lights and sirens activated at the scene of an earlier crash, police said. The two accidents occurred about 100 yards from the Norwalk Police Station.

With a Warrior's Heart, Luke Whitbeck, a 2-year-old boy from Ridgefield, is battling a rare genetic disorder

Elmer Gomez Ruano pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife in their Stamford apartment and abandoning their daughter at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. 

One man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire spread throughout his Stamford home

Villa Pizza has dished up favorites for three decades in Stratford — and the popular restaurant is now undergoing an expansion.

Trumbull High School's We the People team is headed to the national championships — again — after successfully capturing the state title for the sixth year in a row.

Andrew Kingsbury, who is retiring from the top fire job in Westport, will be the new acting fire chief for the Nichols Fire Department in Trumbull.

A mason who allegedly cashed checks for work he never did turned himself in to Wilton Police — eight years after the complaint. 

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