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

Ridgebury’s arrow signs may be fewer some day

The numerous arrow signs that appeared in Ridgebury late last year — 17 on the sweeping S-curve of Old Stagecoach Road, and another 26 along winding Ned’s Mountain Road — may be reduced in number. Eventually, town officials hope. “The good news is that we will eventually be able to take signs down,” Police Commission Chairman George Kain said after … read more

Car strikes utility pole on North Salem Road, driver extricated

(Cody Jung photo)

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 — Ridgefield police hope to have Rt. 116 open by RHS release time, but Barlow Mountain will be closed between North Street and Rt. 116 (North Salem Road). Ridgefield first responders extricated a driver following a one-car crash on North Salem Road (Route 116) shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. According to reports, the … read more

New York woman charged with shoplifting from Kohl’s

Police arrested a 31-year-old New York, N.Y., woman for fifth-degree larceny at the Kohl’s department store at 125 Danbury Road at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 24. According to a report, the shoplifter was stopped and held by the store’s loss-prevention staff for stealing “numerous clothing items and electronics” valued at $521.72. The suspect “remained cooperative,” the report said, and was released … read more

Democrats seek candidate for vacant Police Commission seat

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Commission (DTC) is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Police Commission. Police Commissioner Stephen Saloom resigned from his position effective Jan. 1, 2019, pursuant to a temporary work relocation to the Washington, DC area. Per the town’s charter, the Police Commission has 30 days to fill the vacancy and must fill the vacancy … read more

Letter: Serving on Police Commission was an honor

To the Editor: It’s with sincere regret that I resign my seat on the Ridgefield Board of Police Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2019, due to a necessary yet temporary move to Washington D.C., I was honored to have been elected commissioner in 2017. My hope was to share with Ridgefield, the Commission, and the Police Department that which I’ve learned … read more

Former Fire Chief Richard Nagle dies

Former Ridgefield Fire Chief Richard Nagle died Thursday, Dec. 27, at age 77. Nagle served as chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department for more than a decade, from 1989 through 2000. Born and raised in Tarrytown, N.Y., Nagel served in the Tarrytown, White Plains, Croton-on-Hudson and New York City fire departments. He retired as a lieutenant from New York Fire … read more

Police investigate pre-Christmas threat at Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield police detectives are investigating a written threat that was found in a textbook at Ridgefield High School Dec. 20. A RHS student, speaking to The Press on condition of anonymity, said the threat was reported after a classmate “showed an interest in firearms in one of their classes.” “The student was reported to the deans so that the school … read more

CT State Troopers prepare for New Year’s highway enforcement

Connecticut State Troopers remind motorists that planning and responsible driving will lead to safer road trips for those driving over the New Year’s holiday. State police ask motorists to follow all motor vehicle laws, as their behavior on the roads is essential to keeping potential hazards at a distance while tens of thousands of drivers take to Connecticut roads. Troopers … read more

Tri-board meeting: Town finances look strong, schools’ maintenance lags

Neglected school infrastructure will be getting a closer look from a new committee, the finance board is shooting for a tax increase below 2% next year, and the 2019-20 budget work will start with a projected 5.2% school spending increase while the selectmen — having cut several positions — are hoping to hold town departments to a near-zero increase. That … read more

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