Marconi warns residents of deceptive water line insurance letter

A resident has brought forth a letter from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corporation regarding the purchase of insurance for their water line, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. The resident was told in the letter that they were responsible for their “exterior water line” and that it will “deteriorate over time due to corrosion and ground shifting.” “The letter is manipulative … read more

Police log: Drunk driver, youth party busted

The Ridgefield Police Department recorded the following reports between Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Monday, Jan. 16: DUI A Mountain Road woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at 12:21 a.m. on Bennett’s Farm Road Saturday, Jan. 14. Police said Christin Hicks, 34, was observed driving her vehicle erratically. Hicks was arrested at the scene and transported to … read more

Town mum on fire chief violation

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

Fire Chief Kevin Tappe has retired, ending a nearly five-decade career in firefighting, and the town’s investigation into an unspecified “violation of town policy” that had him on administrative leave the last three weeks. The fire department is now being led by assistant chief — redesignated acting chief — Jerry Myers, and town officials are fending off requests for further … read more

Drone safety clinic at rec center Jan. 28

Ridgefield Parks and Recreation and the Office of Emergency Management will host a drone safety clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the rec center Saturday, Jan. 28. Dick Aarons, the town’s deputy emergency manager, expects anywhere from 50 to 140 in attendance. He told The Press that residents will learn how to operate drones safely and legally based … read more

Chief Tappe looks back

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

“It’s been a long run,” former Fire Chief Kevin Tappe said, looking back on close to five decades of fire fighting and “a wonderful 10 years” as assistant chief and then chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department. Tappe spoke Thursday, Jan. 5, a day after the Board of Selectmen voted to formally accept his retirement, cutting short an investigation into … read more

Ridgefield man found dead in Torrington

The Ridgefield Press

A 29-year-old Ridgefield man died from a suspected drug overdose in Torrington Thursday night, according to a report from The Register Citizen. Torrington Police Lt. Bart Barown told The Register Citizen Friday that the man was pronounced dead at the scene after his roommate had found him unresponsive and called 911. Lt. Barown said that a powder substance was seized as part … read more

Car stolen on Peaceable Street

The Ridgefield Police Department received a report of a stolen car and three separate reports of larcenies from vehicles in the Peaceable Street area Wednesday, Jan. 4. The department has responded to 13 reports of personal items being stolen from cars since Dec. 13, according to Capt. Jeff Kreitz. “We have also had numerous reports of vehicles being rummaged through … read more

Police log: DUI, failure to appear, and assault

The Ridgefield Police Department recorded the following reports between Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 4: DUI on Main Street A Darien man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in the proper lane on Main Street at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Police said John Giannattasio, 46, was traveling northbound on Wilton Road … read more

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