School bus fire contained, police report no injuries

No injuries were reported after fire crews responded to a school bus that appeared to be smoking heavily near the intersection of George Washington Highway and Old Mill Road at 3:52 p.m. Ridgefield Police dispatch said children had been evacuated from the bus. “One of the smaller school buses, had a brake fire,” Fire Chief Jerry Myers reported. “The brakes … read more

A new police station? Fire station? Study will consider future needs

A new police station? A new fire station? Both in one? Maybe just renovate the two current buildings — a converted Victorian mansion that serves as a police station, and a firehouse that dates to the era of horse-drawn fire wagons? The town needs to figure out what it wants to do. And town officials are seeking the help of … read more

Red Cross to help Ridgefield family after fire on Friday

The American Red Cross is helping a Ridgefield family — three adults and one child — after a fire Friday on Lakeside Drive. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family’s immediate needs. Responders included: Leo Moerkens, Mark Smith and Gabe Gillotti. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies … read more

Governor Park reopens in Ridgefield following gasoline-fueled field fire

Governor Park in Ridgefield has been reopened after an infield fire left tens of thousands in damages over the weekend. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said new soil was delivered at the site Thursday, April 11, and that parks and recreation employees took about six to seven hours finishing the restoration job. “The good news is the field looks great, it … read more

Ridgefield police, fire crews investigate baseball field fire

Governor Park — the home field of the Ridgefield High School boys baseball team — was set ablaze following a hazardous waste spill around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Ridgefield police and firefighters responded to the baseball stadium after reports gasoline was poured onto the infield to “dry the field quicker.” “A poor decision was made (and being looked into by the … read more

Tackora Trail arrest: Mechanic built guns at home, police confiscate all of them

Some people collect and sell antique cars, others collect guns. That was the point Mark Albin, 49, tried to make this week after he was charged with possession of 16 assault weapons, 76 unregistered high-capacity magazines, and six silencers. Albin also faces one count of manufacturing an explosive device in his Tackora Trail home and one count of disorderly conduct. … read more

Ridgefield man on weapons arrest: ‘I’m not a bad guy’

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story referenced a possession charge that Albin received in 2011 in North Carolina. The charge — a violation of G.S. 9095(D)(2), “Possess an immediate precursor chemical with intent to manufacture methamphetamine” — was dismissed. Albin said he was pulled over for a seatbelt violation and that a family member’s adderall pill was in … read more

Detective David Dubord: Meet Ridgefield’s cyber sleuth

Tracing scams to Internet crooks based in Europe, dusting for fingerprints at the scene of a burglary, teaching a group of scouts how to investigate a crime scene — it’s all just another day for Ridgefield Detective David Dubord. The Cub Scouts stand out as a particularly fun day for Dubord and his then-partner, Detective Jorge Romero.  “Jorge and I … read more

Wind storm in review: 15 road closures, four early dismissals, and one tree into house

Strong winds knocked down power lines and trees around Ridgefield Monday, Feb. 25, beginning on South Olmstead Lane where one resident lost power before 8 a.m. More than 1,000 Eversource customers lost power throughout the day. “Our peak outage was 1,200, which was recovered pretty quickly to about 600,” said Dick Aarons, the town’s emergency management director. “The town highway … read more

More traffic signs on Blue Ridge Road, fewer on Ned’s Mountain Road

Traffic signs are coming to Blue Ridge Road — just as the town has plans to take others down on Ned’s Mountain Road. The town Police Commission decided Thursday, Feb. 14, to replace two 25 miles-per-hour speed limit signs at both ends of Blue Ridge Road, and install 20 miles-per-hour advisory signs to the road’s dangerous corner signs. “Blue Ridge … read more

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