Editorial: All for one and one for …

The issue of a combined police and fire headquarters isn’t new to town, but this week it came to a head with the Police Commission presenting a case for why the two departments needed separate structures. Among the reasons given to the selectmen: juveniles, domestic violence, sexual assaults, and court mandates. Basically, police need their privacy. And that’s a fine … read more

No reason to share: Police reject idea for multi-purpose station

A combined police and fire station — opposed by an unwavering deployment of police officials Monday night — is a concept the selectmen still want to study. The capital budget approved by the selectmen Tuesday night includes $65,000 for study of a combined public safety administration building that would serve both departments. “If we’re going to hire a consultant to … read more

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly resigns

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, resigned on Friday, March 10, effectively immediately. Daly was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut on March 13, 2014. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 2014, and was sworn in on May 28, 2014. She … read more

James Belote,vice-principal, deputy chief of volunteer fire department

James Belote, the former deputy chief of the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department and science teacher at East Ridge Middle School, has died. A collector of old cars and a member of the Ridgefield Old Timers Association, Belote served served as president and vice president of the Ridgefield Teachers Association. He was also the vice principal of Scotland Elementary School. He was the brother … read more

Police log: DUI accident, drunk speeding

DUI accident A Blue Ridge Road man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to grant the right-of-way, and suspended license at 9:30 p.m. at police headquarters Saturday, March 4. According to a report, police responded to a two-car accident with no injuries and moderate vehicle damage on Pound Street. Police said an investigation into the crash … read more

Dog-killing disease makes comeback in Connecticut

Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch urges people to vaccinate their pets for leptospirosis, a dog-killing disease. — Susan Hunter archive photo

A disease that used to be prevented as part of routine dog vaccines but went dormant made a comeback and recently infected dogs in Easton and Monroe. Easton Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch is advising all dog owners to get their pets vaccinated for leptospirosis, also known as lepto. “A 2-year-old dog passed away from lepto lost last week,” Fitch … read more

Firefighters union files complaint with state department of labor

The Ridgefield firefighters union local has filed a complaint with the state Department of Labor objecting to changes in procedures for calling in off-duty paid firefighters, and asking the state Board of Labor Relations to order the town to negotiate the changes with the union. The “prohibited practice complaint” concerns changes to the “SOP” — standard operating procedure — that … read more

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