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ICYMI: Car Plunge Into Icy Saugatuck Tops Week's News In Darien

The car is pulled from the Saugatuck River early Sunday in Westport. An elderly man died after the car went into the chilly waters Saturday evening, but first responders saved a woman. Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
An unattended tractor-trailer rolled out of the rest area on the Stamford-Darien border and slammed into the center barriers of I-95 on Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Jacqueline Villafane of Bridgeport is accused of stealing sneakers and jewelry while caring for an elderly Stamford woman last year. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Joy Greenstein is carrying a child for another couple. Photo Credit: contributed
Merari Rosario Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department
Chiagoziem Nnudom and Fritz Africot opened Replenish Juice Bar on Feb. 15. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Christopher Anderson Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
Westport resident Amy Saperstein promotes Zyta-C, a cold treatment developed by Dr. Lawrence Saperstein. Photo Credit: Submitted
Oscar Hernandez Photo Credit: Contributed
Nidia "Yubi" Gonzalez Photo Credit: GoFundMe
David Morgan, owner and founder of the Music Shed in Redding, surrounded by his students Photo Credit: The Music Shed's website
Suspect in liquor store theft in Darien. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department
Rocky is the new police dog in Danbury. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Bridgeport community rallied to help pay the funeral expenses for a slain mother and a man died after his car plunged into the Saugatuck River in Westport. These are among the top Daily Voice stories this past week in Fairfield County:

Westport police were investigating whether rainy conditions may have caused an out-of-state couple to end up driving into the Saugatuck River, killing Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, N.Y.  Foul play is not suspected in the Feb. 25 accident, police said. A woman survived after she was pulled from the cold water.

Jacqueline Villafane, 29, of Bridgeport, was charged with stealing $2,500 in sneakers and jewelry when she worked as a home care nurse for an elderly woman , Stamford Police said.

A Stratford man was killed on I-95 in Fairfield early Monday after his car went through a wire guard rail and slammed head-on into a tree, police said.

A runaway tractor-trailer rolled onto I-95 from the Darien rest area, causing a multi-vehicle crash and sending one person to the hospital, according to Connecticut State Police.

A Bridgeport man accused of killing his girlfriend and abducting their 6-year-old daughter made his first court appearance in Pennsylvania but the hearing was delayed because Oscar Hernandez, 39, said he needed a translator.

The family of the woman Oscar Hernandez is suspected of killing, Nidia “Yubi” Gonzalez, is trying to raise money to return her body to her native Guatemala for burial.

Michael North, a 43-year-old man from New Canaan, died in a snowboarding accident at Northstar California Resort in the Lake Tahoe area.

Brookfield mom Joy Greenstein wanted to make a difference that would last a lifetime -- and she is doing this by carrying a baby for another couple.

Merari Rosario, a Kohl's employee, was arrested after trying to scam the store out of about $1,367 by making fake returns , Fairfield police said.

Westport's Lawrence Saperstein, a Yale physician, created a one-of-a-kind nutritional supplement called Zyta-C to combat the common cold.

Police charged Christopher Anderson, 56, of Norwalk, with reckless driving and disobeying the signal of police officer after he reached speeds of 96 mph on Westport streets.

Business partners Chiagoziem Nnodum and Fritz Africot are living the entrepreneurial dream after opening Replenish Juice Bar , a healthy-eating bright spot in Bridgeport.

When Stamford officers arrested Steffon McDonald, 38, at a court-ordered domestic violence class at UConn, they found a stolen and loaded handgun in his possession , police said.

David Morgan, owner of the Music Shed in Redding, teaches his students that performing music goes much deeper than just playing the correct notes . ranked the top high schools in Connecticut. Check out the list of Fairfield County high schools to find out how yours fared.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steely Dan will headline the Greenwich Town Party this year, an all-day family music festival planned for Memorial Day weekend.

For the third time in less than three months, a heavy-set white man has burglarized Frate's Wines & Liquors, Darien Police said.


Broadway actors Katie Diamond and Daniel C. Levine, the founders of ACT — A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut, plan to bring Broadway-caliber theater to Ridgefield.

The newest member of the Danbury Police Department is Rocky, a 23-month-old pup trained as a narcotics K-9 officer.

James Purcell, Brookfield’s new police chief, said a rash of car thefts is his biggest concern.

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