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Resident Breaks No Hunting Rule

No hunting of any kind is allowed in Westport. And as Westport resident Andrew Beckwith of 15 Turkey Hill Road S. learned, it doesn't matter whether you have the permission of a property owner to hunt on his or her land: It's still not allowed.

On Monday afternoon, police were called to the area of Charcoal Hill Common on a report of a person trespassing. Officers found Beckwith, 42, in a clearing in the woods, where he had set up a camouflage tent and a tree stand, according to reports. He was also found in possession of a bow and arrows.

Beckwith reportedly admitted to being in the area to hunt deer but claimed he had permission from the property owner. That property owner later confirmed he'd given Beckwith permission to hunt there. But because the town has a no hunting ordinance, Beckwith was issued an infractions summons and he left without incident.

Also from the police blotter:

? Westport resident Leigh Rhett of 39 Imperial Ave. was arrested Saturday afternoon after a traffic stop. According to reports, Rhett, 53, was stopped for an unrelated traffic offense but after a computer check, it was learned that she was wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear. She was charged with second-degree failure to appear and is due in court Nov. 30.

? Bridgeport resident Phalla Pou was arrested early Sunday after being stopped by police for allegedly not wearing a seat belt. In speaking with Pou, 26, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. Pou failed field sobriety tests and was charged with operating under the influence and failure to wear a seat belt. He is due in court Dec. 1.

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