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Death Of Olympic Runner Tops Westport's Week In News

Two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident Meskerem Legesse died Monday, but her unborn baby was saved by doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident Meskerem Legesse died Monday, but her unborn baby was saved by doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Photo Credit: Myspace

WESTPORT,  Conn. – The sudden death of a pregnant Westport woman who was an Olympic runner topped this past week's headlines. Here's a look at this and other top stories from the past week.

? Westport resident Meskerem Legesse, a two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner, collapsed and died Monday in Hamden, but doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital were able to save her unborn child. Legesse was 26.

? The dean of a prestigious Catholic high school in Manhattan was arrested in Wilton and charged with possession of heroin , police announced Tuesday. The Darien man is due in court on July 22.

? Westport Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates for first and second selectman in November's municipal elections. On the Republican side, Jim Marpe and Avi Kaner won the endorsement. The town's Democrats nominated Helen Garten and Melissa Kane .

? Residents were encouraged to conserve energy and keep cool as a weeklong heat wave baked the town and the region. High temperatures and humidity combined to make it feel hotter than 100 degrees on many days. On Friday, the hottest day of the week, the Westport Weston Family Y opened its doors to the public as a cooling center .

? With prices at the pump jumping nearly 20 cents nationally in the past week, drivers in Westport and across the state are now facing some of the nation's highest gas prices . The average in the state is $4.01 per regular gallon, compared with the national average of $3.70, according to AAA.

? A 22-year-old Westport man was arrested early Monday morning and charged with threatening his sister with a gun , police said.

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