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Lockdown at Ridgefield Schools Lifted [UPDATE]

Police respond to report of a suspicious man with an unknown item sighted at the Branchville train station.

Update [11:27 a.m.]

The lockdown at Ridgefield schools—spurred on by reports of a suspicious man at a nearby train station—has been lifted, police told Patch.

Update [10:10 a.m.]

Ridgefield schools remain on lockdown, and police are continuing their search for a suspicious man sighted at the Branchville train station, but authorities have not yet uncovered any threats.

Original story [9:33 a.m.]

Reports of a suspicious person at the Branchville train station in Ridgefield Monday morning brought out police and placed all local schools on lockdown.

Authorities, along with a K-9 unit, are canvassing the area after receiving a report of a man with an unknown item slung over his back.

Police were first informed of the suspicious person at about 9 a.m.

The incident comes three days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which a single gunman equipped with three firearms killed 20 children, six adults, and then himself, in Newtown.

For full coverage of the Sandy Hook tragedy, click here.

Paul Ramsey December 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM
A dictionary definition is useless unless you can apply it to the real world. I can't argue with your points however, using our logic, yours Slmnrc, and mine, a firearm and a hammer are both tools in the right hands and when used appropriately are just that, TOOLS. But when used for other purposes, both can be weapons! William Spengler killed his Grandmother with a hammer. Maybe hammers should be restricted to professionals as well! We can generalize that all apples come from trees, but to generalize that all trees produce apples is just plain ignorant.
Slmnrc January 01, 2013 at 04:30 AM
i dont think we agree and thats fine .... To answer your question on whether hammers should be restricted to professionals here's where the real world comes in ...... IMO if many thousands of people each year were getting killed by hammers i would say yes they need to be restricted. to me thats a big differnce..... on firearms, tools, ....To me its a simple plain fact, there is no addtional "real world" interpertation, clear, direct, simply put a firearm is a weapon. to twist that to mean a all weapons are firearms is wrong.... nor did i say that, nor would that be a generalization - thats a differnt statement . On a firearm being a tool, well i guess it can be : a tool being an anything to accompish a task or purpose , yes a hammer is a tool and yes a hammer can be a weapon.......
Paul Ramsey January 05, 2013 at 03:51 AM
...IMO if many thousands of people each year were getting killed by hammers... I can only deal in facts and life experience. When you state "many thousands" where does that number come from? Are you aware of this: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/assault-weapon-deaths-statistics/2013/01/03/id/469982 You are probably right, we will most likely never agree, but at least you are being reasonable, unlike some.
Eric January 05, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Why not a cop on every corner? Who needs a free country anyway, a police state is so much safer. Republicans have shown their willingness to sacrifice every other right we have to fight drugs, illegal immigration, terrorism, you name it. I'll never understand why they think gun rights are important, but not the rest of hte Bill of Rights.
Paul Ramsey January 09, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Eric, You're right, the first 10 ammendments are the most important of them all, and the first is what allows us to have these discussions openly, however, it's the squeaky wheel that gets the proverbial grease. The first is also half invalidated by the Supreme Court and Congress, thanks to the athiests and other anti-religion groups. Re. "...Republicans have shown their willingness..." It takes Congress, the Supreme Court AND the President to make a law and keep a law. But they all have to agree, so it can't be blamed on JUST the REPUBLICAN PARTY. Why? The President has veto power, Congress can pass bills to over turn Executive Orders, and the Supreme Court can over turn BOTH. As good/bad as the system seems to be ... ... Not enough room for a Civics Lesson here though.

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