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Dash-Cam Of Crash, Psychiatrist's Guilty Plea Top Week's News In Bridgeport

Video captured from a police dash-cam camera shows a police rescue from a burning car on Thanksgiving Eve on New Canaan Road in Wilton.
Video captured from a police dash-cam camera shows a police rescue from a burning car on Thanksgiving Eve on New Canaan Road in Wilton. Video Credit: Wilton CT Police Fiery Rescue J. Lynch
Six people were hurt — three with serious injuries — in a crash last week on the Merritt Parkway in Westport.
Six people were hurt — three with serious injuries — in a crash last week on the Merritt Parkway in Westport. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Stories of fiery crash, a missing 2-year-old, the story of a successful swim coach and a hot new Thai eatery in Fairfield were popular with readers. Here's a look at the top stories from Fairfield County in the past week.

In a dramatic scene that could have been from a Hollywood action movie, six Wilton police officers pulled a trapped motorist from his crashed Range Rover just before it became fully engulfed in flames.

Dr. Ljudmil Kljusev, 52, a psychiatrist from Fairfield, pleaded guilty to illegally handing out drugs and committing healthcare fraud after selling "controlled substances out of his office for cash, like a common drug dealer ,” according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.

Six people were injured in a crash involving two cars and a tow truck on the Merritt Parkway in Westport at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Owners of a new restaurant in Fairfield had planned to name it “Thai Kitch,” but embraced a paperwork typo of “Thai Kit,” saying it stands for keep in touch.

The driver of a stolen car and his passenger suffered serious injuries after a pursuit by an off-duty police officer ended in a rollover crash into the front lawn of a home in Danbury.

Police in Stamford had to move fast after a 30-year-old Norwalk woman drove over what she thought was a pipe bomb — then picked it up and took it inside the police station.

Diane and Tom Slosser of Stratford were inspired by a make-your-own hot sauce kit to take over The Angry Pepper, an 8-year-old mecca for all things super spicy on Monroe’s busy Main Street.

Robert McGowan, 30, a former Trumbull councilman responsible for an alcohol-related crash that killed one person in Westfield, N.J., in 2011 was sentenced to four years in prison.

Shelton police are looking for a heavy-set man with a beard who is responsible for smash-and-grab burglaries at Hair Do Salon at Linda’s Liquors on Bridgeport Avenue last week.

The successful swim coach at Weston High took an indirect path to becoming the leader of the Class S championship team.

A 2-year-old boy who had been reported missing out of Westport was found safe in Manhattan, police said.

Stamford firefighters rescued a 5-year-old whose foot was caught in an escalator at Macy's at the Stamford Town Center.

Olympian Tucker West won gold at a world cup luge race in Lake Placid as he races toward the 2018 games.

State police were investigating after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Route 39 in New Fairfield.

The Bethel community rallied around the grieving family of a college student who was killed in a bike vs. car collision in Texas on Thanksgiving Eve.

Kids got a piece of the action as they helped Norwalk police officers stuff a cruiser with gifts at a toy drive for the needy at Toys 'R' Us.

\American comfort food and a homey decor are hallmarks of a New Canaan eatery Rosie Bonura opened in 2004 after surviving breast cancer.

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