“Incidents versus arrests:” Ridgefield police cleared 35% of crimes in 2018

The Ridgefield police made arrests in 25% of the 188 criminal offenses they recorded last year, according to a report presented to the Police Commission on Feb. 14. Nineteen other crimes were cleared through “exceptional means,” giving the department an overall clearance rate of 35% in 2018. “Incidents versus arrests — you want to have the number of arrests as … read more

No right on red: State changes turning rules at Prospect and Main Street

Drivers used to taking the right turn from Prospect Street onto Main Street will have to be a little more patient going forward. The state will add a “no turn on red” sign at the intersection of Main and Prospect streets, according to Police Chief Jeff Kreitz. A similar request for a no turn on red sign in the right-turn … read more

Drug overdose causes crash on Danbury Road

A Wilton man was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane on Danbury Road at 11:38 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Ridgefield police said the 29-year-old driver crashed his car into a guardrail near the area of 746 Danbury Road. An investigation revealed the driver was unconscious due to a drug overdose. He was … read more

Vandalism reported at Ballard Greenhouse

The Garden and Conservation Trust has reported significant damage to several glass panes at the Ballard Greenhouse in Ballard Park “Many windows were broken by rocks and coins,” said Tamera Galvin in a press release from the conservation trust.  The historic greenhouse was built in 1906 by Lord & Burnham. It is managed by the Garden and Conservation Trust, with … read more

Citizen Police Academy: Cops to host eight-week class

Connecting the community and the police, the Citizen Police Academy will educate participants about various aspects of police work. Participants will gain insight into how their police department works and provides services to the community. Some of the content that will be covered is crime scene investigation, firearms, TASER, speed enforcement, DUI enforcement, search and seizure, and department history. The … read more

Police Commission adds Nicholas Perna

Nicholas Perna was appointed to the Ridgefield Police Commission Jan. 28. He replaces Stephen Saloom, who resigned his seat on Jan. 1 to move to Washington, D.C. Perna, who holds a PhD in economics from MIT, has lived in Ridgefield since 1970. “When I heard about the vacancy I thought this might an interesting way to get back into town … read more

Firehouse to host CPR class Feb. 11

Ian Porter, RHS ninth grader, and Megan McCaughey work on ‘compression’ in CPR training at the fire station on Catoonah Street Saturday, May 30. —Scott Mullin photo

A class in American Heart Association CPR has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The course will cover the newest guidelines for adult/child CPR, use of an AED, or automated external defibrillator, and care for obstructed airways and respiratory emergencies. This certification course will take place at the Ridgefield Fire Department, located at 6 Catoonah Street. … read more

Water main break slows traffic downtown

Update, 3 p.m. — A spokesman for Aquarion said the break should be fixed and water pressure restored by 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. “It will impact ten customers — they’re pretty much all businesses,” said Peter Fazekas, of the Aquarion water company. A water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street has delayed traffic in … read more

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