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Bad Checks Land Man in Jail

Stamford resident Francois Petch found himself in double trouble with a Westport law firm and Westport police for a bad personal check he allegedly wrote last month.

On Oct. 7, Westport police received a complaint from the law firm Aldrich & Aldrich that Petch, 47, wrote a personal check for $8,800 as payment for legal services. But when deposited, the check was returned for insufficient funds. According to police, certified letters from the law office were sent to Petch seeking restitution, but he reportedly failed to do so.

He was arrested Friday by Stamford police on a warrant and later turned over to Westport police. He was charged with issuing a bad check and is due in court Nov. 22.

Also from the police blotter:

? Westport resident Scott Fishoff of 4 Northside Lane was arrested Nov. 9 after police responded to a report of a person driving erratically in the area of Long Lots Road. When Fishoff, 55, was stopped near Bayberry Lane and Long Lots Road, police smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed his eyes were red and glassy. Fishoff failed field sobriety test and was charged with operating under the influence. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18.

? Oxford resident Keith Chemlen was served with an arrest warrant by Westport police Nov. 5 in Norwalk Superior Court, where he was appearing on other charges. The warrant stems from a July incident in which Chemlen, 32, allegedly wrote a check for $2,067 to Leonce Antiques at 1435 Post Road E. on a closed bank account. According to court records, 33 cases are pending against Chemlen, most of which are for issuing a bad check. He is being held at the New Haven Correctional Center on a total of $ 221,000 bond. In the Westport case, he was charged with third-degree larceny and issuing a bad check and is due in court Dec. 6.

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