Ridgefield police report IRS impersonation scam

The Ridgefield Police Department has received numerous calls this week from residents regarding the IRS impersonation scam. The scammers call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials and demand the person pay a bogus tax bill. The callers will usually request that the victim pay the bill with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers may use threats of arrest … read more

Police log: Breach of peace at the Playhouse

The Ridgefield Police Department recorded the following reports between Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Monday, Feb. 13. Breach of peace A Redding man was arrested for breach of the peace at 10:41 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Saturday, Feb. 11. Police said Jimmy Talcott, 40, was disruptive to other patrons watching the show being held at the Playhouse. Talcott was taken … read more

William A. Warner, 74, former assistant fire chief

William A. Warner, retired assistant fire chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department and a 27-year veteran firefighter, died Friday, Feb. 10, at his home in Danbury. He was 74 years old. A Ridgefield native, Warner was the son of Grace and Francis Warner. He joined the department as a firefighter in 1965, rising through the ranks over two and a … read more

VIDEO: Father has plan to crush opioid crisis

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

Two men from different perspectives but with a common mission to beat the opioid epidemic met on a recent Friday morning at the Easton Police Department to deal with the crisis. Former hotel executive Gary Mendell leads Shatterproof, a national nonprofit he founded to end the devastation that addiction causes families. Before joining the Easton Police Department in 2015, Chief … read more

Reasons for rise in opioid addiction

Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell shook hands with Gov. Dannell Malloy when Connecticut enacted a state law on July 15, 2015, that changed the number of pills doctors can prescribe for pain to help prevent opioid addiction.

Science has proven that substance use disorder is a chronic brain disease that can be managed with medical treatment. It is not a moral failing or a character flaw. But still, only one in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives treatment. Addiction is highly stigmatized, and stigma is fueling the public health crisis, according to Gary Mendell, who … read more

Citizen Police Academy begins March 28

The Citizen Police Academy returns for its third year Tuesday, March 28, to connect the community and the police by educating participants about various aspects of police work. Participants will gain insight into how their police department works and provides services to the community. Crime scene investigation, firearms, Tasers, speed enforcement, DUI enforcement, and search and seizure — these are … read more

Wind damage: Downed tree on Ridgebury Road creates detour

Ridgefield drivers beware: Monday’s high winds are causing damage all over town. Update — 2:26 p.m.: Route 116 is clear, with debris on both sides of the road. Police have set up a detour on Ridgebury Road close to Tiger Hollow.  Traffic headed north on Ridgebury is being detoured through Sherwood Road. Other wind affected areas downed trees and wires … read more

Ridgefield EMTs leave big tip for little business

On a chilly Saturday afternoon on New Street, 9-year-old Owen Christensen officially opened for business with his newly constructed cardboard box hot chocolate stand. The business, which offers hot chocolate with a choice of either whipped cream or marshmallows, was conceived and designed by young Mr. Christensen, and is supported by his father as assistant and his mother as master … read more

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