FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories in Fairfield County from last week:
- T he Connecticut Department of Education released grades on public schools for the first time in years. Schools that ranked in The top 10 percent were noted in Bethel, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Trumbull. But schools that were found to be in need of improvement were identified in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford.
- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed, for the first time ever , the birth of a Giant Anteater.
- A woman was killed in an overnight house fire early Wednesday in Danbury. Ten other residents escaped the blaze, but two were seriously injured.
- Stamford police rushed to the parking garage of the Stamford Marriott Hotel after man in his late 30s died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound there.
- S helton High School mourned a 17-year-old senior who was killed after he was thrown from his car in a rollover crash early Sunday. Police are looking to find a man who may have witnessed the crash.
- Several Fairfield County residents were listed among the world's billionaires by Forbes, including Greenwich's Ray Dalio — founder of the investment firm Bridgewater Associates in Westport — and fellow hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen of Greenwich.
- Westport Police Chief Dale Call announced he will retire effective April 1, ending a 35-year career with the department.
- Darien police warned residents after a local family was the target of a phone scam that said their son had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom.
- Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim outlined his accomplishments over his first 100 days in office in his state of the city address.
- Police were investigating the death of a Bridgeport woman found unconscious in her car at the Westfield Mall in Trumbull.
- Just weeks after nearly 2,000 students and staff were evacuated from Stamford High after a fake bomb threat, city officials offered testimony in support of a new bill that would increase penalties for those who make threats against schools.
- With spring almost here, it's time for runners to get off the treadmill and into the Woodbridge Running Company in Brookfield.
- Developers broke ground Tuesday on a 140,000-square-foot “transit-oriented” apartment/retail complex that is likely to be a game changer for the area within walking distance of the Fairfield Metro train station.
- Wilton police charged two people with marijuana possession after an apparent sale in a grocery store parking lot.
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