Winter Club backlash: Police confirm reports of stolen signs

The Ridgefield Police Department has received at least three reports of stolen  signs that oppose the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club. The yellow signs, which read either “No Ice Rink On Peaceable” or “Protect Residential Zoning,” were put up by opponents of the proposed outdoor skating rink at 340 Peaceable Street — the former location of the Pinchbeck Nursery and most recently Peaceable … read more

Lexus stolen from Mead Ridge Road home crashes in Stratford

A car that was stolen from the driveway of a Mead Ridge Road home during the overnight hours between Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, was found in Stratford after a car accident on Saturday, Aug. 4. Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said the vehicle, a 2018 Lexus R35, was stolen after the keys were left inside the car. The … read more

Town hall tree removal closes Bailey Avenue Tuesday morning

Tree removal crews were out in front of town hall before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to remove a pair of rotting, century-old elm trees. The tree removal process closed down Bailey Agenue at the intersection of Main Street and blocked off parts of the village’s sidewalks. As of 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, one tree was completely removed and its partner was … read more

Junior Police Academy: A day in the life of a Ridgefield cop

Would-be car burglars and speeding motorists beware: There’s a new sheriff in town. Make that 27 of them, and all are a few years shy of getting their driving permits. The Ridgefield Police recently held its Junior Police Academy, a five-day course for middle-school aged kids to get a taste of working in law enforcement — with a postgraduate stop … read more

Danbury police: Ridgefield man arrested in Rite Aid amphetamine robbery

Danbury police arrested 22-year-old Ridgefield resident Thomas Redmond for robbery in the first degree after he allegedly robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 113 Mill Plain Road on July 29. Police say Redmond walked into the store threatening that he had a gun, and forced a pharmacist to open a safe, from which he stole two bottles of amphetamines. … read more

Ridgefield police: Officer rear-ended vehicle on way to 911 call

UPDATE — Ridgefield Police Lt. Shawn Platt has been identified as the officer who was sent to Danbury Hospital Thursday morning after rear-ending a driver on Ligi’s Way. Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz told The Press that the crash happened while the lieutenant was responding to a 911 call at 8:40 a.m. Platt’s patrol car had its emergency lights and … read more

Mickey Grasso named assistant fire chief

Firefighting and emergency medical service have been a focus for new Assistant Fire Chief Mickey Grasso since high school, when he and fellow Ridgefield High School Class of 1977 graduate Jerry Myers — now the fire chief he’ll be working with — signed up for a volunteer fire department outreach program. “We got introduced into the fire service in high … read more

Eight-man shift improves ambulance response time

The eight-man shift has improved response times by the fire department’s ambulances and fire truck, reduced the frequency that “mutual aid” assistance from neighboring towns is required, and town officials like the way the first 18 months of the program have gone. “The eight-man shift has worked out very well,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told The Press. “We’re able to … read more

Fire chief advises residents on preparing for emergencies

A full bathtub, a LED flashlight, a tank of gas — those were just some of the things town agencies advise residents to have on hand in case of a storm or other emergency. But for senior citizens living in this suburban town that sometimes feels more rural than urban, disaster preparation means stocking up on things like oxygen tanks, … read more