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100s Of Birds, Snakes Found In Home, Drug Bust Top News In Bridgeport

Workers remove birds from an outbuilding at 82 Newtown Turnpike in Weston on Friday. Officials seized hundreds of exotic birds and snakes — both dead and alive — at the property. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
An officer lets a car pull into the Lordship neighborhood in Stratford where a shooting occurred early Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

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

Weston police responding to reports of a foul odor at a home on Newtown Turnpike in Weston found a menagerie of hundreds of exotic birds and snakes — both alive and dead. They called in animal experts to rescue the animals, many of which were in poor health. Police said the property owner had moved to his home after a problem at his New York State-based pet store.

Two Stratford police officers fired their weapons during a confrontation with a gun-wielding 40-year-old man who shot at them first early Wednesday in the Lordship neighborhood. The suspect, identified as Timothy P. Johnson was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, and the officers were placed on paid administrative duty while state police investigate.

Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs has a new buddy at the station: Kato, a 2-and-a-half-month-old German shepherd puppy he is training to become a guide dog for a blind or visually impaired person. He is working with the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in Wilton.

Reviews were mixed as dozens of people lined up at Apple stores across the country, including in Danbury, to pick up the new iPhone7 .

A Shelton lawyer arrested last month on charges of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy has been arrested on on federal charges of taking pornographic photos of his victim that he used later in a blackmail scheme.

A Norwalk man working on a pickup truck in a driveway died after the truck fell on him , police said.

A 42-year-old Newtown man was arrested after twice trying to invite a 13-year-old girl from Bethel into his car, police said.

A 35-year-old Idaho man convicted of raping a child under the age of 1 was arrested after he was found camping with a 10-inch machete in Cherry Lawn Park near the Darien Nature Center, police said.

Two members of the "West Side Boys" gang were busted by Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport Police on charges of selling drugs from a home on Capitol Avenue in Bridgeport and hiding guns there, said state police.

A Fairfield man complained to police that an escort he was developing a relationship with had stolen $500 from him after a sexual encounter.

Bridgeport-based HelpGrowCT is looking to use Artificial Intelligence to help small businesses grow in Connecticut.

Norwalk Police Lt. Art Weisgerber is using new technology to find hot leads to solve cold cases in the city.

Adam’s House, a new grief education center housed in a bright and spacious Coram Avenue Victorian, has opened its doors in Shelton. The center was created by the family of Adam Wysota of Weston, who sought comfort after his sudden death in 2012.

A local woman followed her dream after surviving by cancer by starting her own small business: Westport Bike Rentals.

Bethel couple Lidia and Paul Corey sewed up their dreams as they moved their online business — Cotton Candy Fabrics —  into a storefront in Brookfield.

The owners of the Ridgefield Running Company have discovered a great new exercise option : the elliptiGO.

Carolina Asmussen of Wilton, who got her start as an architect, is making an international splash with her quilts .

A 14-year-old Stamford boy was wounded in a shooting after a dispute at a baby shower.

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