Feb 272015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Shoplifting Arrest

Orange police responded to Target, 25 Boston Post Road, twice within an hour on Feb. 19.

The first reported shoplifting came in at 7:17 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Reginald Williams, 45, of 79 Sylvan Ave #2, New Haven, took $563.30 worth of clothing and baby formula from the shelves, then left the store without paying.

Williams was stopped outside by store security agents, and detained for police.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of marijuana.

Williams was held on $2,000 bond for court March 5.


Second Arrest

Just 28 minutes later, officers returned to the store on a complaint of a violent shoplifter.

Upon arrival, officers learned thatAlicia Santiago, 23, of 1565 Ella Grasso Blvd, New Haven, and Taylor Allen, 31, of 89 Coleman St #536, West Haven, had taken $307.45 worth of toys, clothing, baby items and household goods, and left the store without paying.

When confronted by store security agents outside the store, Santiago allegedly struck a Target employee before she and Allen fled the scene.

Officers located both of them a short distance away and took them into custody.

Santiago was charged with third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree breach of peace.

She was released after posting $500 bond for court March 5.

Santiago also had a warrant from the New Haven Police Department which was served by Orange officers.

Allen was charged with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and was released after posting $1,000 bond for court March 5.


Feb 262015

police carOrange police responded to the Kohl’s store parking lot at 250 Bull Hill Lane, regarding a reported unsupervised child on Feb. 18 at 10:20 a.m.

Officers observed a three year old boy alone inside a non-running vehicle in below freezing temperatures.

His mother, Alyson Turbert, 28, of 15 Crest St #30, West Haven, returned to the vehicle after being inside the store for about 10 minutes.

She was issued a court summons for her actions.

The summons charged leaving a child under 12 unsupervised. 

Turbert was released on a promise to appear in court March 3.

Feb 252015

firefightersRegional Fire Training Schools are vitally important to volunteer firefighters as it gives them a perfectly designed place in which to learn everything they need to know about firefighting and to brush up on their skills when needed.

After years of a nomadic training schedule our local volunteer firefighters, which includes instructors Jamie Vincent Director of Training at the Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Training School (Orange Deputy Fire Marshal) and Vaughan Dumas (Orange Deputy Fire Chief) have fought for a permanent Regional Fire Training School.

On Wednesday night, dozens of firefighters, including Orange Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan, were in Hartford at the State Capitol to show their support for the schools.

OVFD firefighter Lisa Kaplan

OVFD firefighter Lisa Kaplan

Governor Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding to the regional schools for operating costs and capital improvements in his current budget proposal to help make up for a $121 million budget shortfall.

If the budget goes through as proposed, the 9 schools would most likely shut down unless they can find other funding avenues.


Feb 252015

1.18.09_Thermometer_21_degreesOfficers responded to the Sam’s Club parking lot, 2 Boston Post Road, regarding a reported unsupervised child, Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10:51 a.m.

Officers observed a ten year old boy alone inside a non-running vehicle on a day when the temperature was 18° F.

The boy was wearing shorts and a coat.

His mother,Maria Hernandez-Valencia, 40, of 223 Washington Ave #223, West Haven, returned to the vehicle after about twenty minutes inside the store, and she was issued a court summons for her actions.

The summons charged leaving a child under 12 unsupervised.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 23.


Feb 252015

police carOfficers conducting routine patrol observed a vehicle disregard a traffic light on Route 34, eastbound, on Feb. 22 at 11:36 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers learned it had been reported stolen in December.

The driver,Walter Oliver, 77,  of 77 Balance Rock Road, Apt 1, Seymour, was subsequently taken into custody and charged with first-degree larceny.

He was held on $75,000 bond for court Feb. 23.


Feb 232015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange patrol officers observed a disturbance in front of the Orange Ale House on Monday Feb. 16 at 12:38 a.m.

Investigation revealed thatRyan Ticknor, 22, and Chaz McFadden, 25, both of 113 Sunnyside St, Milford, had a disagreement inside the business, and that the altercation turned physical, eventually spilling to the outside parking lot area.

Both men were taken into custody and charged.

Ticknor was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

McFadden was charged with second-degree breach of peace.

Each was released after posting $100 bond for court Feb. 17.

Feb 192015

Amity Middle SchoolThis afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 19) Amity Middle School, Orange, conducted a lockdown drill with the Orange Police Department.

Students and staff were in lockdown in their classrooms for about 30 minutes and then continued with the remainder of the school day as usual.

Today’s drill is part of our routine procedures for ensuring that students and staff are prepared for emergency situations.

Feb 182015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300On Feb. 11 at 6:54 a.m., Karen Belotti, 34, of 125 Rogers Road, surrendered herself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for her arrest.

According to police, the warrant stemmed from an investigation that has already yielded another arrest.

Belotti stands accused of taking a relative’s credit card, and using it repeatedly at the Valero gas station located at 347 Boston Post Road in Orange, where she would buy gasoline, cigarettes, and food. She also received cash advances from the cards.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with five counts of third-degree forgery, four counts of illegal use of a credit card, four counts of receipt of goods from illegal use of a credit card, four counts of credit card theft and fifth-degree larceny.

Belotti was released on a promise to appear in court later that day.


Feb 162015

storephotoThe Guitar Center on the Boston Post Road, Orange has been evacuated after staff detected the heavy smell of burning electrical wires and a light smoke condition inside the store.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is en route at 5:43 p.m.

5:48 p.m. Firefighters checking the roof and interior for source of the odor.

5:59 p.m. One of the rooftop units seems to be running hot and there is a strong odor of rubber up there.

6:01 p.m. Some fire apparatus returning to stations as the investigation continues.

6:15 p.m. Fire Department clearing the scene.


NOTE: At 15 degrees f and the winds blowing, it was cold up there on the roof. Don’t forget to thank your volunteer firefighters when you see them. 


Feb 152015

avon house fireOrange Volunteer Firefighters were called to 637 Avon Drive around 5:30 a.m. for a structure fire.

When first responders arrived an elderly couple had already fled the house and was safely inside a vehicle.

Other fire apparatus and firefighters quickly arrived within 4 minutes and  set up near a fire hydrant.

The temperature was near 18-degrees f, but winds surely made it feel much colder.

Medic 33, the UI, and the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) all were called to the scene.

(This story was developing as Orange Live was reporting it)

Turns out that it was a garage fire.

Second Fire Call On Sunday

At 11:22 a.m. the Fire Dept responded to 111 Cricket Lane for a fire inside the wall.

The residents evacuated the home before firefighters arrived.