Ridgefield police: Car burglaries reported at East Ridge

Ridgefield police are investigating two car break-ins at the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School on Sunday, Sept. 9, that occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said two unlocked cars were entered. Two credit cards were taken from each car, and $80 in cash was taken out of a purse left in one of … read more

Stratford man arrested for forgery, larceny

A Stratford man was arrested for forgery in third degree and criminal attempt at larceny in the fifth degree at the Ridgefield Police Department Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. A report said that Raymond Keene, 24, was picked up by police officers in Hamden on a warrant held by the Ridgefield Police Department. According to the report, the warrant … read more

Traffic alert: Police chief funeral, procession to close village roads Friday morning

Funeral services for Police Chief John Roche are expected to create traffic delays around the village Friday morning. Ridgefield police are warning drivers that the service for Chief Roche, who passed away at age 62 last week, will begin at St. Mary’s at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The service is expected to last an hour, and will include a flyover … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Zoning battle begins tonight at East Ridge Middle School

Fixing a deteriorating commercial property versus protecting residentially-zoned neighborhoods. The battle lines between the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club at 340 Peaceable Street and the Peaceable Neighbors Alliance have been drawn for more than a year. Each side will make its case in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at East Ridge Middle School’s auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 4. “We expect … read more

Police Chief John Roche passes away at 62

Police Chief John Roche passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, the Ridgefield Police Department confirmed today. He was 62-years-old. “It is with heavy hearts that the men and women of the Ridgefield Police Department announce the death of Chief John Roche,” the department said in press release. “The Chief dedicated his life to law enforcement. We marched behind him proudly.” Chief … read more

Ridgefield police: Car stolen from Poplar Road

Ridgefield police have confirmed that a car was stolen from the driveway of a Poplar Road home overnight between Sunday, Aug. 19, and Monday, Aug. 20. The incident is the ninth case of a stolen car in Ridgefield this year, according to Capt. Jeff Kreitz. A report said the car, a 2016 Nissan Rogue, was unlocked and that a car … read more

Swastikas found on signs in northern Ridgefield

Swastikas have again been found in Ridgefield — this time graffitied on street signs and a mailbox in the northern part of town. Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said that the department uncovered the spray painted symbols on Ledges Road and Aspen Mill Road around 7:40 a.m. Aug. 28. “Officers discovered that five street signs and a mailbox had been … read more

Police chief retires; commission starts search

After a decade of leading the Ridgefield’s Police Department, and some 40 years in law enforcement, Police Chief John Roche has retired to deal with medical issues that have kept him off the job for most of the last couple of months. “He put in his resignation Friday,” Police Commission chairman Charles Knoche said Monday, Aug. 27. “He’s doing good. … read more

Ridgefield police say goodbye to long-time dispatcher

The Ridgefield Police Department announced the retirement of dispatcher Isabel “Issy” Caporale Monday, Aug. 27. Caporale, who has served the department for 11 years, is a lifelong Ridgefielder and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. “Issy is active in the community and in her spare time referees lacrosse, field hockey and basketball from youth-college level,” the department wrote on … read more