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Meredith Guinness

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Meredith Guinness is a reporter covering breaking news and community features in Fairfield County.

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  1. Doggone It: Police Charge Woman With Letting Mastiff Roam -- Again

    Doggone It: Police Charge Woman With Letting Mastiff Roam -- Again

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Fairfield woman who routinely lets her Italian mastiff roam is facing new charges after the dog growled and barked at a woman walking her dog on a leash Saturday, police said.Catherine Joyce, 46, of Edgewood Place, was issued a misdemeanor summons for animal nuisance, second offense, and allowing a dog to roam after the 2:45 p.m. incident, police said.Police said ...

  2. Westport Police: Caught With Pot, Norwalk Man Leads Officer On Chase

    Westport Police: Caught With Pot, Norwalk Man Leads Officer On Chase

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Norwalk man who sped away from officers during a May traffic stop turned himself in Friday on several charges, police said.Around 10 p.m. on May 24, an officer saw a red Ford Explorer run through a stop sign at Old Hill and Patrick roads and stopped the vehicle, police said.The driver, Kyle Cichowicz, 25, of Wolfpit Avenue, seemed nervous and the officer could smell ...

  3. Fairfield Explorers Gain Experience, Awards At Cadet Academy

    Fairfield Explorers Gain Experience, Awards At Cadet Academy

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fifteen Fairfield Police Explorers attended the 2017 Cadet Police Academy in July, with four coming home with awards for their performance and talent.A total of 350 cadets and 90 police officers and staff from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts attended the weeklong academy, a comprehensive and challenging experience in law enforcement and modern-day police ...

  4. Westport Assistant Chief Returns From Battling Wildfires In Idaho, Montana

    Westport Assistant Chief Returns From Battling Wildfires In Idaho, Montana

    WESTPORT, Conn. — The Westport Fire Department recently welcomed home Assistant Chief Michael Kronick, who spent more than two weeks fighting wildfires in Idaho and Montana.Kronick was deployed with the White Mountain National Forest Fire Crew #1 on July 16. He was one of six members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew, which is part of the state Department of Energy and ...

  5. Police: Westport Man Found With Heroin On Post Road East

    Police: Westport Man Found With Heroin On Post Road East

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport man stopped for running a red light on Post Road East on Thursday morning now faces a drug charge, police said.An officer stopped Michael Gonzales, 32, of Main Street, around 8:30 a.m. because he failed to stop for a red light at Post Road East and Parker Harding Plaza, police said.The officer thought Gonzales was “extremely nervous and shaky,” so he asked ...

  6. Police: Westport Man Fell Asleep At The Wheel Before Crash

    Police: Westport Man Fell Asleep At The Wheel Before Crash

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport man faces drunken driving charges after he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car into a guardrail on the Sherwood Island Connector early Friday, police said.Enyinnia Ugorji-Ufomaduh, 28, of Greens Farms Road, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failure to drive in the proper lane, police said.Officers called to a ...

  7. New Soundkeeper Makes A Splash In Newly Christened 'Terry Backer'

    New Soundkeeper Makes A Splash In Newly Christened 'Terry Backer'

    STRATFORD, Conn. — Cheryl Backer, sister of the late Soundkeeper Terry Backer, took a mighty swing, the smell of prosecco wafted through the air and Save the Sound ushered in a new era of its environmental efforts Thursday at Brewer Stratford Marina.In addition to christening the Terry Backer, the 21-foot 1985 Mako it will use to patrol and protect the Sound waters, the group welcome ...

  8. Rover Gets More Room To Roam With New Play Areas At Bridgeport Shelter

    Rover Gets More Room To Roam With New Play Areas At Bridgeport Shelter

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — They say every dog has his day — and Diesel looked pretty sure Thursday was his.The 3-year-old pit bull was one of two denizens of Bridgeport Animal Control invited out to celebrate the groundbreaking of the three new dog play areas at the Evergreen Street facility.Funded entirely by $40,000 from the community, the outdoor spaces will allow dogs to roam off leash and ...

  9. Westport Police: Northford Woman Found With Heroin In Train Lot

    Westport Police: Northford Woman Found With Heroin In Train Lot

    WESTPORT, Conn. — A Northford woman was arrested on drug charges Sunday, when she was found with 12 baggies of heroin, a syringe and a needle in a Saugatuck train station parking lot, police said.Diana Balkun, 29, of Forest Road, was charged with possession of narcotics, second offense, and possession on drug paraphernalia, police said.Around 5 p.m. an officer noticed Balkun sitting in ...

  10. Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Largest Land Tortoise To Bridgeport

    Beardsley Zoo Welcomes Largest Land Tortoise To Bridgeport

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — They don’t move very fast, but you’ll have to to see the African spur thigh tortoises at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.The five hard-shelled behemoths — the largest of all mainland tortoises — will only be at the zoo from now through part of the fall.“Attendance at the Zoo soars each summer, so it’s a great time to bring such special animals here as our temporary ...

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