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Murphy's Walk, Rash Of Shootings Top The Week's News In Bridgeport

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy speaks with Fairfield resident Abigail Lorge and her daughter Eliza at the Driftwood Café in Southport on Friday.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy speaks with Fairfield resident Abigail Lorge and her daughter Eliza at the Driftwood Café in Southport on Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories of the week in Fairfield County:

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy walked a total of 126 miles as he hoofed it from one of Connecticut to the other last week. He crossed through 22 states, including local stops at a tour at the Sterling House Community Center in Stratford, a town hall-style meeting at a church in Bridgeport , and a lunch with a Fairfield family . He made his final push from Darien and hit the finish line at a park in Greenwich.

Actor Gene Wilder, star of "Willy Wonka" and "Blazing Saddles," died at the age of 83 at his Stamford home.

A not guilty verdict in the case of a shooting at Trumbull Gardens Apartments that left one dead and eight injured last summer may have triggered the rash of shootings across Bridgeport in recent weeks , according to Mayor Joe Ganim. In one shooting, a Stamford teen died, and in another, 13 were injured by two gunmen who ambushed a house  party.

Three men were killed and two women injured when a speeding car crashed into a metal pole along Routes 6/202 in Danbury as the driver attempted to flee a traffic stop in Putnam County, N.Y.

It could have been worse: A burning tanker truck on I-95 in Darien was extinguished before the gas it was hauling could catch fire .

A 36-year-old man from New Haven was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle in the fatal hit-and-run of a bicyclist in Shelton back in late December, police said.

Bethel police are encouraging parents to warn their children about the dangers of unknown vehicles after a man reportedly tried to lure a 12-year-old girl into a car after school Thursday near a bus stop in the Woodlawn Drive area, police said.

Newtown police arrested a man on charges of making threats against Sandy Hook Elementary School on the first day of classes.

A Ridgefield High football player taking part in a scavenger hunt that involved urinating on the new athletic field at Wilton High was assaulted by students from that school with bats and golf clubs, police said. He was treated at a hospital emergency room.

Christian P. Williams, a Danbury father who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of his 19- month-old son Ayden in 2013, was sentenced to 22 years in prison , suspended after 10 years.

A Stratford woman remains in intensive care after a hit-and-run accident last week as she left work -- and her boss has set up a GoFundMe campaign, to try to help with her medical costs.

The state may take over the IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk – and possibly knock it down – as part of the replacement of the 120-year-old Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River.

Folk singer Fred Hellerman, last remaining member of the Weavers , died at the age of 89 at his longtime home in Weston.

A former Army Infantryman has found a new calling as a history teacher at Western Middle School in Greenwich.

The Norwalk-based Triangle Community Center is looking for a new hub for LGBTQ events in the Greater Danbury area.

The owners of the Holy Yoga Studio in New Fairfield say it is experiential worship: It's designed to help the student connect with God on a yoga mat.

After stints on "Idol" and "Will & Grace," New Canaan star Harry Connick Jr. will bring charm and talent to his own talk show this fall. "Harry," which is syndicated, will be produced by the same team of brothers who did "The Late Show With David Letterman."

Olympian and Norwalk native Dan Walsh, who won bronze in 2008, will be reunited with some old friends as he returns to the Maritime Rowing Club as the Director of High Performance and Development.

Twin brothers from Darien who suffer from serious seizures are finding comfort with their new service dog .

Julie Stenz of Trumbull has found her calling since opening Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe , also known as UCBC, and adding community outreach to the coffee shop's mission.

Breiner Whole-Body Health Center officially opened its doors in Fairfield , bringing cutting-edge therapies and a holistic approach to assessing and treating a range of maladies.

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