Ridgefield police shutdown Route 116 following utility pole crash

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed down after a car struck an utility pole around 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The accident happened near Barrack Hill Road. One person is reported injured. Police said it is unclear when the road will be reopened, because utility companies still need to assess the site of the crash.

Police report 56 fewer car accidents in 2018

The sights and sounds of a car wreck — twisted metal, shattered glass, the sound of shrieking sirens — were seen and heard less often in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. According to crash statistics published by the University of Connecticut, the town reported 453 motor vehicles accidents across its 168 miles of roads. The crash results also … read more

From the law to the flame: Attorney leaves legal career to fight fires

Wilton’s newest firefighter is one in 500. Actually, make that “number one” of 500. Gary Mandel of Ridgefield finished first out of 500 applicants to secure a firefighter’s job with the Wilton Fire Department. After graduating from the Connecticut Fire Academy in December, he is now going through five weeks of orientation and on-the-job training at Wilton fire headquarters. “Being … read more

Ridgefield police report fewer stolen cars in 2018

Stolen cars were less of an occurrence in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. Ridgefield police reported eight stolen car investigations last year, 10 fewer than the 18 vehicles reported stolen in 2017. Police Chief Jeff Kreitz said the lower number of thefts was likely due to greater awareness on the part of residents removing their keys from their … read more

Tree falls on car near Casagmo

Ridgefield police said that a tree fell on a car near Casagmo around noon Thursday, Jan. 24. Capt. Shawn Platt said that the vehicle was driving with two people inside it. They were not reported injured and, according to Capt. Platt, refused medical treatment at the scene. No wires were downed by the tree, and the street was reopened within … read more

Two hires put fire department at full staffing

Two new firefighters — one an emergency medical technician (EMT) and one a paramedic — are joining the Ridgefield Fire Department. Seth Kellogg is a firefighter/EMT and Ryan Underwood is a firefighter/medic. “Both are very good candidates, very strong candidates,” said Fire Chief Jerry Myers. “…Ryan is currently a city of New Haven firefighter who’s transferring to us, and Seth … read more

Police log: Kohl’s theft, DUI crash on Main Street

The Ridgefield Police Department reported the following arrests between Wednesday, Jan. 2 and Monday, Jan. 14: Larceny at Kohl’s A Terryville, Conn., woman was arrested for sixth-degree larceny at Kohl’s in Ridgefield around 12:30 Saturday, Jan. 12. Police said Catalina Eguizabal, 48, was observed by the store’s loss-prevention department attempting to exit without making payment for several items. According to a report, … read more

No explosives found at high school after threat leads to early dismissal

Update: Police said Ridgefield High School has been cleared and no bomb has been found as of 4:35 p.m. Friday. Students at the high school were dismissed at 10:45 a.m. today — Friday, Jan. 18 — after a written bomb threat was reportedly found in the school earlier in the day. Ridgefield Police Capt. Shawn Platt said state police swept … read more

Platt promoted to police captain

Ridgefield Police Lt. Shawn Platt will be promoted to the rank of captain on Thursday, Jan. 17. His promotion ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Lounsbury House, and will be open to the public. As captain, Platt will take over leadership of the department’s division of professional standards, a post previously filled by Jeff Kreitz, who was promoted … read more

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