Apr 182014
Missing woman

Missing woman

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday afternoon by Connecticut State Police for a missing girl from New Haven.

Police are trying to locate Kimberly Murray, who was last seen on Lilac Street on Sunday.

Murray is described as 5’4″ and weighs 115 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. It is unclear what she was last seen wearing.

Anybody with information as to her location is urged to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6316.

Kim has ties to the local area. She is the mother of small children and left home without any of her medications.

Apr 172014
A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

The Orange Police Department  and the Office of the State Medical Examiner, has identified the victim found in Lake Wepawaug in Orange on Saturday, April 12, as Vaughn Porteous, 27,  of Hamden.

According to a press release issued by Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Porteous was believed to be  involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway at the Orange rest stop on March 19 and left the scene prior to Police arrival.

He was reported missing by family members on April 1.

The State’s Medical Examiner has ruled the death an accidental drowning.  The Investigation will remain open pending toxicology results which can take several weeks.


On Wednesday, March 19, at about 4:45 a.m, Troop I Bethany received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 15 northbound near exit 56, at the entrance to the Route 15 northbound rest area in Orange.

Upon arrival, troopers found one vehicle with heavy front end damage located at the entrance to the rest area.  The vehicle was crashed up against the barrels and there was damage to the metal beam guardrail.  The operator of the vehicle was not with the vehicle.

Upon discovering that the vehicle was unoccupied, Troopers, assisted by Orange Police Department, searched the surrounding area which yielded negative results.  State Police K9 teams also responded to assist in the search conducting K9 tracks.

Troopers located evidence at the scene that enabled them to identify the registered owner of the vehicle as Vaughn D. Porteous, 27, of Hamden.

Troopers continued their search by contacting area hospitals, responding to the Porteous’ residence and reviewing surveillance footage from outside the rest area in an attempt to determine how the operator left the scene and in which direction the operator may have traveled. 

Troopers also spoke with people who were stopped at the rest area and employees who worked at the rest area.  After an extensive search, Troopers believed the operator may have left the scene after getting ride from someone.

On Saturday, April 12, three weeks after the accident, the Orange Police Department responded to a report of a body found in Lake Wepawaug.  The deceased was positively identified as Vaughn D. Porteous, the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Son of Recording Artist

Vaughn was the son of Jamaican recording artist deejay Papa Biggy.

Apr 162014
free, easy, anonymous

free, easy, anonymous

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Apr 162014
Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

If you follow our Facebook page you know that you can see things that are happening in town in real time, such as fire calls.

For example, this is what you would have seen yesterday:

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department had a busy day on Tuesday.

At 12:42 p.m. they were called to a home on Deer Run Lane for a fire in a home.

Soon after they left the scene at 1:29 p.m. they responded to a truck fire on Racebrook Road near Crowfoot.

They left the truck fire around 1:53 p.m.

At 9:25 p.m. they had a call at Springbrook Commons on Indian River Road for activated fire alarms in two units.

First Responders also reported that a burglar alarm also was going off.

As the final units were arriving, they received a call at 9:34 p.m. and some of the firefighters went from Springbrook to Route 34 near the Parkway overpass on a report of smoke coming from the engine compartment of a UNH shuttle bus.

Firefighters left Springbrook at 9:50 p.m., but at least one firefighter had to stay there on fire watch.

Shortly after 10 p.m. they left Route 34 and the UNH bus had to be towed away.

Apr 142014
Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

The Orange Police Department is investigating break-ins at three local homes overnight as well as two cars having been entered and one stolen.  All three residences are in the Argyle Road, Currier Drive, Pine Tree Drive neighborhoods.  The neighborhood is off of Orange Center Road.

Police first responded to a residence on Argyle Rd at 4:45 a.m., where a resident was awakened by shattering glass. Unknown subjects had thrown a large rock through a glass rear door and entered the kitchen, stealing an electronic device, and immediately left.
Detectives found several other windows and doors had been tampered with in an attempt to gain access.  The Department then received a call from a resident of Currier Drive who related that his rear glass door was broken, however no access was gained.
While at that investigation,  a neighbor walked up and advised that his garage had been entered, Officers are still determining what was taken.  A resident reported that two unlocked vehicles in their driveway had been gone through, although nothing was taken.  Police then received a report of a vehicle stolen from a driveway on David Court.  The 2005 Nissan Altima was taken sometime during the overnight hours.  The owner had left the keys in the center console of the unlocked vehicle.
A canvass of the neighborhood residents revealed that an  “Squarish” SUV was seen driving slowly in the neighborhood being followed by a small sedan with its lights out just before the first report was received.
All residents are reminded lock their cars and remove valuables during the overnight hours.  Leaving outside lights on during overnight hours can also be helpful,  Residents should not hesitate to report suspicious activity to police at 203-891-2130.
Detectives from the Orange Police Department processed the scenes and the car was entered as stolen.   Anyone who may have information is asked to call Detective Brian Petrucelli at 203-891-2138
Apr 142014
LakeA tentative Identification has been made on the body that was pulled out of Lake Wepawaug on Saturday.
Orange Police are awaiting confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s office, who has ruled the death a drowning.  No foul play is suspected.  Deceased is not an Orange Resident.
Investigation is ongoing
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Morrin at 203-891-2138.
Apr 142014

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers investigating the domestic incident on Wagon Trail on April 6 at 2:40 a.m., observed a vehicle drive at a high rate of speed down the road and lose control near Broadview Road.

Police stopped the vehicle and had the driver, Michael Clark, 18, of 837 Glenbrook Road, Orange perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

During the stop, officers reportedly saw a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Clark was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court April 21.



Apr 122014

orange police duiDrinking while driving

On April 6 at 2:09 a.m., patrol officers reportedly observed a vehicle make a turn on the Boston Post Road which resulted in the vehicle driving in the oncoming lanes.

Police stopped the vehicle and had the driver, Walter Guaman, 38, of 1323 Whalley Ave., New Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drinking while driving and making an unsafe lane change.

Guaman was released after posting $50 bond. He is to be in court April 14.  


Apr 122014

Lake Wepawaug as seen from behind the American Legion Hall.

On Saturday, April 12, the Orange Police Department received reports from three young persons of a possible body floating in Lake Wepawaug off of Grassy Hill Road.

The body was seen floating face down about 15 feet from the shore. The area is known to be frequented by fishermen.

Upon arrival officers observed a body, which appeared to have been in the water for a prolonged period.

The Orange Fire Department retrieved the body.

The deceased is an unidentified male of unknown race.

The  Connecticut State Police are assisting Detectives from the Orange Police at the scene. An Investigator from the State’s Attorney’s Office also responded. The Investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical examiner arrived and the deceased was transported to their facility for an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Morrin at 203-891-2138.

No further information available for release at this time.

Orange Live first heard of this discovery at 2:22 p.m. but it wasn’t until hours later that this police information was released. 

Apr 102014

Bens thievesAfter a devious couple stole from Ben’s Service and Towing, 115 Boston Post Road, the owners, Ben and Andrea Santamauro filed a complaint with the Orange Police, then took to Facebook to try and find the dishonest duo.

Late Tuesday night a man and woman entered the store, asked to see an e-cig (Electronic Cigarette) that was in a case and while the woman distracted the cashier, the man slid the item into his pocket.

Security cameras caught the entire thing on video, which the Santamauro’s shared on their business and personal Facebook pages.

Small business owners take shoplifting very seriously. Unlike big box stores stealing from local mom and pop shops is personal and the Santamauros want this couple caught before they do the same to someone else.

The police are investigating and ask that anyone who can identify either or both of the people in these photos to call police headquarters at 203-891-2130 to report it.


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