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AAA Ends DMV Services, Child Porn Arrests Top Week's News In Bridgeport

This is a sample REAL ID-compliant driver's license. AAA offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties will no longer process driver's licenses or perform other DMV functions.
This is a sample REAL ID-compliant driver's license. AAA offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties will no longer process driver's licenses or perform other DMV functions. Photo Credit: CT DMV website
Paul Jude Letersky, 47, of 175 Riverside Avenue, Westport, is charged with first-degree child pornography.
Paul Jude Letersky, 47, of 175 Riverside Avenue, Westport, is charged with first-degree child pornography. Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
Christopher Noel Sandys of Greenwich is charged with possession of child pornography.
Christopher Noel Sandys of Greenwich is charged with possession of child pornography. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Two Connecticut men were arrested on child pornography charges, some of the state's AAA offices no longer offer DMV services, and a lawsuit filed by parents of a newborn who died at Greenwich Hospital are some of the Daily Voice's top stories of the week in Fairfield County.

The AAA offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties will no longer provide any services for the Department of Motor Vehicles s uch as driver's licenses renewals, the state announced Tuesday. The termination of services was effective Jan. 1 at the AAA offices, which last year processed 160,000 DMV transactions.

A Westport-based actor who has appeared on "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Good Wife" has taken center stage in his own crime drama after his arrest on child pornography charges during a pre-dawn arrest at his home Wednesday , Westport police said. He was held on $500,000 bond, but even if he is released, he will not be able to return to his home, which is across the street from Saugatuck Elementary School, police said.

A financial adviser who sits on Greenwich's Representative Town Meeting is facing a charge of possession of child pornography as a result of an investigation that began with an undercover operation into images and videos of child pornography being traded "peer to peer," police said. Two Greenwich police officers pointed their rifles at Christopher N. Sandys as he tried to run down a hallway of his home after they had burst into his residence with a search warrant looking for child pornography, the warrant said.

A Bridgeport man was accused of stealing a motorcycle before crashing a stolen van into a police cruiser while leading officers on a car chase on the Taconic State Parkway, according to state police in Millbrook, N.Y. He then tried to use counterfeit money to post bond, police said.

Some food trucks cater to burger lovers. Others attract fans of the breakfast burrito. But if Laura Bonilla’s research is correct, her Super Duper Grub in Fairfield and Bridgeport is the only food truck in America created for the exacting — some might say finicky — palate of k ids.

Tony Ramadani, owner of the new Red Rooster Pub in Newtown, got his start in the restaurant business at the age of 16 when came the U.S. from Albania and took a job as a busboy in a Trumbull pizza place . The Ridgefield resident also own Max 40 and Max Wine & Spirits in Danbury and Portofino Restaurant & Pizzeria in Wilton.

Professional magician Bryan Lizotte has always wanted to run an entertainment venue. So when Ari’s Luncheon, er, disappeared from its Shelton storefront, Lizotte and his wife, Michele, pounced on the prime location and opened Magic Cafe in October.

Norwalk police officers apprehended two car thieves in Westport just after the vehicle was stolen, police said.

An installment of "Visionaries," an award-winning PBS documentary series, visited Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan to show how mental illnesses and addiction are treated. “Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars,” will be shown Sunday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. on Connecticut Public Television.

A woman who led Darien Police on a high-speed chase up to 75 mph on the Post Road was arrested a little more than 12 hours later squatting in the attic of a home under renovation in Stamford, police said.

A couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Greenwich Hospital after their baby daughter died during labor and delivery in June 2015.

Melanie Allen-Mattegat, owner of Julie Allen Bridals in Newtown, wants every girl to go to the prom. To that end, she has donated 220 prom dresses — with a total value of $22,000 — to the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families to distribute to girls in foster care.

The drive r pulled from his burning Ranger Rover by Wilton officers in a dramatic rescue just before flames engulfed the vehicle on Thanksgiving Eve has been charged with drunken driving, police said.

A New York landmark on the Ridgefield border that operated as a popular French restaurant and event venue for decades will be reopened later this year by its new owner , Elegant Banquets LLC of Brookfield.  The company’s four Connecticut properties include The Riverview in Simsbury, The Waterview in Monroe and The Candlewood Inn and The Fox Hill Inn, both in Brookfield.

A 29-year-old Stamford man was arrested on multiple charges after assaulting a teenager who he thought was filming another assault on his cellphone and later attacking several responding Stamford police officers, police said.

Carlos Flores brings more than the skill to prepare Latin continental cuisine at Copas Restaurant in Bethel, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month . Flores, a Danbury resident who owns the restaurant his wife, Sandra, brings experience, vision, creativity, passion and a work ethic rooted in impoverished Central America.

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