FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Many of the top stories this past week in Fairfield County involved arrests in serious crimes. Two teens were charged with felony murder in Danbury, a Stratford man was charged with manslaughter in the death of his niece and a family of four were charged in the murder of a Bridgeport man. And a woman and her young daughter were charged with using a taser on a store clerk.
On the lighter side, a number of new restaurants are opening in Fairfield County. Here are the top stories of the week:
A would-be shoplifter identified as Dorsey Saunders, 41, of Bridgeport and her 12-year-old daughter kicked out the front glass doors of a 7-Eleven in Fairfield and tased the clerk after he locked them in the store and called for help, police said.
Four members of a Bridgeport family have been arrested in a July dispute that led to the fatal shooting of their neighbor , police said. Waldo “Abel” Gonzalez, 43, was charged with murder in the death of Ronald Simmons, police said. His wife, Luz Perez, 39, and his daughters Dynasty Gonzalez, 18, and a 15-year-old were charged with third-degree assault, police said.
Two Danbury juveniles — Lorenzo Santana, 16, and Ronald Massagli, 15 — have been charged with felony murder in the death of 18-year-old Gabriel Bara-Bardo, 18, earlier this month, Danbury police said.
Michael “Buddha” Catchings, a 21-year-old Stratford resident, was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 27-year-old niece during an argument, police said.
29-year-old Jason "Boots" Prawl of Bridgeport will spend 151 months behind bars for trafficking two minor girls to engage in sex.
Willia Padilla-Rivera, 49, of Stamford was walking in the area on Main Street in Norwalk when he was hit by a car . He died later of his injuries at Norwalk Hospital.
A man was killed after he was hit by a Metro-North train in Fairfield overnight and knocked into the Mill River , officials said.
Bobby Q’s Cue & Co., an eatery that specializes in pit-smoked BBQ , has opened in Norwalk's Waypointe District. It also dishes up American fare with favorites such as smokehouse chili, wings, ribs, pulled pork and brisket.
Paci Restaurant, a renovated Southport Italian favorite, is gearing up for its grand reopening , complete with a new menu.
Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage is opening another Westport restaurant . More details are to come but expect modern Japanese Izakaya meets Omakase in a treasured local landmark: The Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse at 6 Wilton Road.
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