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Scam Alert: Text Alerts About Traffic Cameras, Fines Not Real, Westport Police Say Scam Alert: Text Alerts About Traffic Cameras, Fines Not Real, Westport Police Say
Scam Alert: Text Alerts About Traffic Cameras, Fines Not Real, Westport Police Say A police department in Fairfield County is warning residents that text messages regarding traffic cameras and fines are a scam and not to fall for them. Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, said that a member of the department received a text on Monday, Feb. 5 saying they owed money for a traffic violation connected to a traffic camera. "The Westport Police Department does not use traffic cameras and we do not solicit payment for any violations in this manner," Woods said. Woods encouraged residents who receive suspicious emails, texts, or phone calls to ignore and delete them.
Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say
Woman Nabbed For Stealing, Cashing MoneyGram In Westport, Police Say A Fairfield County woman has been charged with alleged larceny after cashing a lost MoneyGram while using her name and address. Valentina Dimitia-Coatanroch, age 51, of Stratford, was arrested by Westport Police on Sunday, Jan. 21. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, on Friday, March 6, 2020, Westport Police initiated a larceny investigation after a resident reported they had lost a MoneyGram they had purchased in the amount of $550.00. When they called MoneyGram for a replacement, they were told that it had already been cashed, Woods said. The investigating offic…
Man Nabbed For Assaulting Girlfriend In Westport, Police Say Man Nabbed For Assaulting Girlfriend In Westport, Police Say
Man Nabbed For Assaulting Girlfriend In Westport, Police Say A 35-year-old Connecticut man is behind bars for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in a car. The incident occurred in Westport around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on the Sherwood Island Connector. According to Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, New Haven County resident Antonio Trusty, of Waterbury, was arrested after receiving information from his girlfriend that she was assaulted in a car and prevented from calling 911. Trusty fled the scene and got a ride with a Door Dash driver who was stopped driving in the wrong direction on the I-95 entrance ramp, Woods said. Trusty was loca…
1 Person Burned During Westport House Fire 1 Person Burned During Westport House Fire
1 Person Burned During Westport House Fire One person received burns to their hands while attempting to put out a house fire in Fairfield County. The blaze occurred in Westport around 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 12, on Riverside Avenue. First arriving firefighters reported smoke and fire visible from the front right side of the home, said Assistant Chief Philip Hessberger, of the Westport Fire Department. The fire was isolated to a three-season porch and was quickly extinguished using a hose line off the first arriving engine. The chief said the house was ventilated to remove smoke and carbon monoxide.  The response.  Westport…
54-Year-Old Woman Breaks Into Westport Home, Police Say 54-Year-Old Woman Breaks Into Westport Home, Police Say
54-Year-Old Woman Breaks Into Westport Home, Police Say A 54-year-old woman was charged with burglary after she allegedly broke into a Fairfield County home and was found "rummaging" in the kitchen. The incident took place in Westport on Saturday, Nov. 3 around 5:10 a.m. Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, said officers responded to the home on a report of a burglary in progress. While en route, a description of the suspect was broadcast and a responding officer located a woman identified as Vivian Hernandez, of New York City, in the roadway outside of the home. The resident reported that they were sleeping and awoke to hear rummaging …
9 Charged In Westport Burglaries, Theft Of Vehicles From Homes, Garages 9 Charged In Westport Burglaries, Theft Of Vehicles From Homes, Garages
9 Charged In Westport Burglaries, Theft Of Vehicles From Homes, Garages Nine suspects ages 12 to 20 have been charged in connection with a series of attempted burglaries of homes and garages and thefts of vehicles in Fairfield County. The latest incident took place in Westport around 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 23 when police were altered by the Fairfield Police to be on the lookout for a car that was that was reported to occupied by three suspects wearing masks, said Lt. Anthony Prezioso, of the Westport Police. Prezioso said the suspects had been seen trying door handles of vehicles in residential driveways and had reportedly made at least one observ…
Stamford Man Nabbed For Large Child Porn Downloads Including 520 Photos, Police Say Stamford Man Nabbed For Large Child Porn Downloads Including 520 Photos, Police Say
Stamford Man Nabbed For Large Child Porn Downloads Including 520 Photos, Police Say A 33-year-old Fairfield County man has been charged with possession of child pornography following a four-month-long investigation after authorities were alerted to his actions. Mehdi Jafri of Stamford was arrested on Friday, Oct. 20 by Stamford Police following the investigation conducted along with the Department of Homeland Security, and Westport Police after the department's investigators who investigate internet crimes against children received a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In August, investigators executed a search warrant at Jafri's apartment seizing num…
New Update - Missing Westport Boaters: Body Of 38-Year-Old Located, 1 Still Not Found New Update - Missing Westport Boaters: Body Of 38-Year-Old Located, 1 Still Not Found
New Update - Missing Westport Boaters: Body Of 38-Year-Old Located, 1 Still Not Found The body of a 38-year-old Hudson Valley man who went missing after the small fishing boat he was in sank in the waters of the Long Island Sound off the coast of Fairfield County has been found. The incident began in Westport about 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 when a boater traveling in the area of Cockenoe Island found a man standing on a navigational buoy, Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police said. Original report: 2 Missing, 3 Rescued After Boat Sinks On Long Island Sound A second man and a woman were also rescued from the water. All three individuals were transported to a No…
2 Missing, 3 Rescued After Boat Sinks Off Coast Of Westport 2 Missing, 3 Rescued After Boat Sinks Off Coast Of Westport
2 Missing, 3 Rescued After Boat Sinks Off Coast Of Westport Two Hudson Valley men are missing and three others were rescued after a boat sank on the Long Island Sound off the coast of Fairfield County. New update - Missing Hudson Valley Boaters: Body Of 38-Year-Old Located, 1 Still Not Found At about 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 a boater traveling in the area of Cockenoe Island found a man standing on a navigational buoy, Westport Police said. A second man and a woman were also rescued from the water. All three individuals were transported to a Norwalk Marina and subsequently to the hospital for evaluation.  A translator was requested …
New Arrest Made In Violent Carjacking At Home Garage In Westport New Arrest Made In Violent Carjacking At Home Garage In Westport
New Arrest Made In Violent Carjacking At Home Garage In Westport A 20-year-old Connecticut man has been charged in connection with a violent carjacking of an Aston Martin in Fairfield County. Earlier story: Westport Resident Beaten, Carjacked In Own Garage, Police Say New Haven County resident Vincys Baez, of Waterbury, and a reported Bloods gang member, was nabbed on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Stamford. Baez is the second person seen on a surveillance camera during the carjacking of a Westport homeowner on Sunday, Sept. 17 on Bayberry Lane, said Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police.  The first person on the video,16-year-old Giovanni…
$3.2 Million In Elaborate Bitcoin Scam Recovered In Westport $3.2 Million In Elaborate Bitcoin Scam Recovered In Westport
$3.2 Million In Elaborate Bitcoin Scam Recovered In Westport In a rare occurrence, the Fairfield County victim of a sophisticated Bitcoin financial crime totaling $3.2. million has received their money back. The investigation began in May when Westport Police detectives received a report that a resident had fallen for the scam. The victim told detectives that in January they were convinced to move money from a retirement account into a “Kraken” cryptocurrency account, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police. The resident reported that between January and March, over $3 million worth of Bitcoin was withdrawn and transferred to cryptocur…
Video - New Update: Third Suspect Now Sought In Violent Home Garage Carjacking In Westport Video - New Update: Third Suspect Now Sought In Violent Home Garage Carjacking In Westport
Video - New Update: Third Suspect Now Sought In Violent Home Garage Carjacking In Westport Police are seeking additional suspects in the carjacking and beating of a Fairfield County man in the garage of his home. The incident occurred in Westport around 3:50 p.m. on Bayberry Lane on Sunday, Sept. 17. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, the victim returned home and pulled into the garage when two suspects entered and assaulted the homeowner while sitting in a blue Aston Martin. Original report: Westport Resident Beaten, Carjacked In Own Garage, Police Say The man was beaten and then dragged out of the vehicle before it was stolen. Police have arrested a N…
Traffic Mess: Hydraulic Fluid Spill In Westport Causes 3 Crashes, Lane Closures, Backups Traffic Mess: Hydraulic Fluid Spill In Westport Causes 3 Crashes, Lane Closures, Backups
Traffic Mess: Hydraulic Fluid Spill In Westport Causes 3 Crashes, Lane Closures, Backups A truck leaking hydraulic fluid has caused a slippery mess in Fairfield County leading to crashes, lane closures, and traffic backups. The incident, in Westport, took place on Thursday, Aug. 31 in the area of Post Road East from Long Lots Road. According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, a truck traveling westbound on Post Road East from the area of Long Lots Road had a hydraulic line break and began leaking hydraulic fluid.  The driver of the vehicle did not know that the fluid was leaking and continued driving west on Post Road East to Myrtle Avenue and Main Street.  "…
New Update: ID Released For Westport Woman, Age 56, Found Dead By Housekeeper New Update: ID Released For Westport Woman, Age 56, Found Dead By Housekeeper
New Update: ID Released For Westport Woman, Age 56, Found Dead By Housekeeper A Fairfield County woman who was found dead in her home by a housekeeper has been identified by police. Jennifer Lindstrom, age 56, of Westport, was found around 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 17 at her home on Oak Ridge Park. Westport Police responded to the residence at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday after a housekeeper arrived and found Lindstrom unresponsive at the bottom of a staircase leading to the basement, said Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police.  Lindstrom has been transported from the scene to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy, Woods said. …
Westport Liquor Store Owner Sells Alcohol To Teen, Police Say Westport Liquor Store Owner Sells Alcohol To Teen, Police Say
Westport Liquor Store Owner Sells Alcohol To Teen, Police Say A Fairfield County wine store owner has been charged with allegedly selling alcohol to two teenagers. The incident took place in Westport at the International Wine Shop on Monday, Aug. 14 at 732 Post Road East. Jian Xiong Pan, age 44, of Newtown, was charged with illegal sale of alcohol to a minor when Westport Police spotted two women, who appeared to be minors exit the store and get into a car and drive away, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police.  A motor vehicle stop was initiated as they left the parking lot, and it was confirmed that the two occupants were both 1…
Woman Found Dead In Westport Home, Police Investigating As 'Untimely Death' Woman Found Dead In Westport Home, Police Investigating As 'Untimely Death'
Woman Found Dead In Westport Home, Police Investigating As 'Untimely Death' Police are investigating after a Fairfield County woman was found dead in her home. The 56-year-old Westport woman was found around 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, said Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police. Officers responded to an address in town on a report of an unresponsive female, which is being called an "untimely death," Woods said.  The Westport Police Detective Bureau, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit, are on the scene. Woods said the incident was "isolated." This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Know Him? Man Wanted In Westport Store Larceny Know Him? Man Wanted In Westport Store Larceny
Know Him? Man Wanted In Westport Store Larceny Police in Fairfield County are asking the public for help identifying a man wanted in connection with two toy store larcenies.  The incidents took place in Westport on Monday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 11, at Awesome Toys at 429 Post Road East (Route 1).  According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, a white Hispanic man entered the store around 4:45 p.m. and stole a “Traxxas” truck and art supplies.  The man is described as being 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt, khaki pants, and a beige baseball cap. He was last seen running east on Post Road East.&…
Man Caught Vandalizing, Breaking Into Cars At Westport Train Station, Police Say Man Caught Vandalizing, Breaking Into Cars At Westport Train Station, Police Say
Man Caught Vandalizing, Breaking Into Cars At Westport Train Station, Police Say A man was charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly vandalized several vehicles at a train station in  Fairfield County. Gaspard Nicolas, age 31, was arrested in Westport on Wednesday, July 5, after police responded to a report of a man attempting to enter cars and vandalizing others at the Saugatuck Train Station, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police. When police arrived, they found Nicolas, a resident of Bridgeport, walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles, Woods said. The officer attempted to stop Nicolas but he continued walking awa…
DUI Crash: 34-Year-Old Westport Woman Hits Guardrail, Fence, Police Say DUI Crash: 34-Year-Old Westport Woman Hits Guardrail, Fence, Police Say
DUI Crash: 34-Year-Old Westport Woman Hits Guardrail, Fence, Police Say A local woman was charged with DUI after allegedly driving into a guardrail and then hitting a fence in Fairfield County. Charlotte Singer, age 34, of Westport, was arrested on Sunday, July 2 around 8:45 p.m. in Westport. According to Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, officers responded to the area of Kings Highway North and Canal Park for a one-car crash.  Upon arrival, officers located a car that crashed into a guardrail and fence near Canal Park, Woods said. A witness remained on the scene and provided the officer with details of the crash.  Singer was st…
Traffic Alert: Cribari Bridge In Westport Work Scheduled Traffic Alert: Cribari Bridge In Westport Work Scheduled
Traffic Alert: Cribari Bridge In Westport Work Scheduled A busy Fairfield County bridge that carries Route 136 over the Saugatuck River will be closed intermittently for repairs. Westport Police said state Department of Transportation officials will be working on the William Cribari Bridge between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Friday, June 16 for repairs, said Lt. Eric Woods of Westport Police. "Their plan is to intermittently open and close the bridge allowing traffic to pass while the bridge is open," Woods said.  During this time, Westport Police will have officers stationed on both sides of the bridge, one at Post Road West/Ro…
Westport's Fine Arts Festival To Draw Thousands, Close Streets Westport's Fine Arts Festival To Draw Thousands, Close Streets
Westport's Fine Arts Festival To Draw Thousands, Close Streets This story has been updated. A large fine arts festival that is a huge favorite with Fairfield County residents will close down a major roadway over the holiday weekend. The Westport Downtown Association Fine Arts Festival -- which runs Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, May 28 -- will close Main Street between Post Road East and Avery Place and Elm Street between Main Street and Bedford Square, said Westport Police Lt. Sereniti Dobson. The road closure will run from 6 a.m. on Friday (for artists to set up booths) through 8 p.m. on Sunday. "These road closures will resul…
Man Charged With Pointing Gun At Car In Westport Man Charged With Pointing Gun At Car In Westport
Man Charged With Pointing Gun At Car In Westport A Fairfield County man who was a passenger in a vehicle was charged by police with allegedly pointing a gun at another car. The incident took place in Westport on Tuesday, May 16 in the area of 980 Post Road East. According to Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, a police officer on patrol was flagged down by a driver who said they were traveling behind two vehicles when they saw the passenger of one vehicle pointing a gun outside the side window in the direction of the car beside them. The witness was able to take photos of the incident (including the license plate) and provided t…
Cameras Catch Man Throwing Neighbor's Mail Under Her Car In Westport: Police Cameras Catch Man Throwing Neighbor's Mail Under Her Car In Westport: Police
Cameras Catch Man Throwing Neighbor's Mail Under Her Car In Westport: Police A Fairfield County man already well-known to authorities faces charges after allegedly threatening his neighbor and throwing her mail out of her mailbox, police said. The man's arrest stemmed from a complaint from his neighbor on Monday, March 20, when a Westport woman complained to officers that 57-year-old Westport resident James Doyle was stealing her mail, according to Westport Police.  The woman suspected that Doyle was taking the mail from her front porch, so she set up surveillance cameras that eventually confirmed her suspicion.  According to police, the cameras show Doyl…
Man Nabbed For Westport Gas Station Burglary, Police Say Man Nabbed For Westport Gas Station Burglary, Police Say
Man Nabbed For Westport Gas Station Burglary, Police Say A man wanted by Westport Police for more than a year for a gas station burglary has been arrested for the alleged crime. The burglary took place in Westport on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, around 4:40 am, at the Riverside Sunoco, at 240 Riverside Drive. According to Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods, an officer on routine patrol discovered a forced entry burglary.  A further investigation revealed that the glass in the front door was smashed, and entry was gained, Woods said. Tobacco products appeared to be the target of the burglary as vaping devices and cigarettes were the …
Man Cut Out Of Car After Flying Object Causes Crash On I-95 In Westport Man Cut Out Of Car After Flying Object Causes Crash On I-95 In Westport
Man Cut Out Of Car After Flying Object Causes Crash On I-95 In Westport A man had to be cut out of his vehicle by firefighters after crashing on a stretch of I-95 in Connecticut when his vehicle was hit by an unknown flying object.  The crash took place in Westport on I-95 between exits 16 and 17 around 3:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 19. According to the Connecticut State Police, a 2019 Toyota Camry driven by Rafael Pacheco, age 51, of the Bronx, was traveling southbound on I-95, in the left lane, in Westport, when all of a sudden an unknown object struck the windshield, dismantling the roof.  The impact caused Pacheco to lose control, striking the meta…
Body Found Floating In Westport Pond, Police Say Body Found Floating In Westport Pond, Police Say
Body Found Floating In Westport Pond, Police Say Westport Police are investigating after a body was found floating in a retention pond. The body was found on Monday, April 3 by officers responding to a call of a reported body at 55/57 Greens Farms Road, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police. The responding officers located the body and confirmed the person was dead, Woods said. The investigation is currently in its infancy and the identification is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin, he added. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
Westport Student Frightened After Receiving 'Disturbing' Social Media Post Westport Student Frightened After Receiving 'Disturbing' Social Media Post
Westport Student Frightened After Receiving 'Disturbing' Social Media Post Police responded to each public school in Westport to offer protection after a student reported receiving a "disturbing" social media post, making the youngster afraid to attend classes. The incident took place around 7:15 a.m., Monday, March 27 when a Westport Public Schools student reported receiving the post, making them feel concerned about attending school, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police. Officers responded to the student's home and immediately identified the source of the post, Woods said. Working with the school resource officer and the Detective Bureau, the departm…
Jeep Crashes Into Staples High School In Westport, Hits Gas Line Jeep Crashes Into Staples High School In Westport, Hits Gas Line
Jeep Crashes Into Staples High School In Westport, Hits Gas Line A Jeep crashed into a  high school in Fairfield County, causing the school to be evacuated. The incident took place in Westport around 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, at Staples High School. According to Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police, the Jeep accidentally plowed into the Culinary Arts department classroom during the prime drop-off time. The vehicle hit a gas line in the classroom used for cooking instruction, Woods said. Students were evacuated and the Westport Fire Department was called to clear the scene. The gas was quickly shut off and multiple fans were used to ve…
Westport Man Attempted To 'Lure' Neighbor's Cat Into Home, Police Say Westport Man Attempted To 'Lure' Neighbor's Cat Into Home, Police Say
Westport Man Attempted To 'Lure' Neighbor's Cat Into Home, Police Say A man was charged with breach of peace for allegedly attempting to lure his neighbor's cat into his home in Fairfield County. James Dolyle, age 56, of Westport, was charged on Friday, Jan. 20, following an investigation by Westport Police that he had allegedly stolen the neighbor's cat. The neighbor told officers that Doyle has been trying to “lure” her cat into his residence for some time now and she has repeatedly told him to leave her cat alone, said Lt. Eric Woods, of the Westport Police. Doyle was seen by neighbors trying to lure the cat into his residence and alerted t…
Officers In Westport Attacked By Man Drinking Fuel Additive, Police Say Officers In Westport Attacked By Man Drinking Fuel Additive, Police Say
Officers In Westport Attacked By Man Drinking Fuel Additive, Police Say A Connecticut man who was found walking down the middle of a street drinking liquid fuel additive has been arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring police officers. The incident took place in Westport on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, when police responded to the area of Center Street on a report of an individual, acting erratically and drinking motor oil.  Responding officers Cameron Baker, age 20, of New Haven, walking in the middle of Center Street and attempted to engage him in conversation. Baker was actively drinking a liquid, later identified as a liquid fuel additiv…
3-Vehicle Westport Crash Leaves Driver Trapped In SUV 3-Vehicle Westport Crash Leaves Driver Trapped In SUV
3-Vehicle Westport Crash Leaves Driver Trapped In SUV One person was injured in a three-car crash in  Fairfield County. The crash took place in Westport around 6:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at 40 Bridge St. The Westport Fire Department along with Westport Police and EMS responded to a multi-vehicle crash in front of 40 Bridge St, said Philip Hessberger, assistant chief of the Westport Fire Department. According to Hessberger, one driver was trapped in an SUV and required extrication using hydraulic extrication tools.  After removal from the vehicle, the patient was transferred by Westport EMS to a local hospita…