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Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Passing Bad Checks, Larceny

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Mar 212019
 

On Monday, March 18, at 11:40 a.m., Lakeysha Bowens, 43, of New Haven, surrendered herself at the Orange Police Department on an arrest warrant.

Bowens was taken into custody and charged with two counts of issuing a bad check and two counts of sixth-degree larceny for an incident that took place at Ocean State Job Lot, 401 Boston Post Road.

Bowens was released on a promise to appear in court on April 2.

 

OVFD Celebrates Members’ Service At Annual Event

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Mar 172019
 

Peter Daniel, 40 years; David Gagel, 40 years; Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years; George Geane, 25 years; Fred Palmer, 55 years; and Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years.

Six members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department with a combined 250 years of service were recognized by the department and the Connecticut General Assembly at the department’s annual dinner on March 12.

Joining Orange firefighters at the dinner were fire and EMS officers from surrounding towns, Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne, Orange Selectwoman Judy W. Williams, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and State Sen. James Maroney (D-14). Ferraro and Maroney brought special resolutions from the legislature celebrating years of service for six members. They were:

  • George Geane, 25 years of service;
  • Secretary Peter Daniel and David Gagel, 40 years
  • Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years
  • Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years
  • Fred Palmer, 55 years

Other firefighters receiving recognition included:

  • 5 years of service: Lt. Daniel Abrams, Lt. Eric Auscavitch, Executive Board member Steven Bernadini, and Klevis Kimca
  • 10 years: Capt. Daniel Cole, Capt. Joe Duplinsky, Corresponding Secretary Lisa Kaplan
  • 15 years: Chief Vaughan Dumas, Assistant Chief Dan Johnson, Drew Panapada, and Lt. David Tufano
  • 25 years: Stephen Douglas
  • 30 years: John Grasso Sr, Joseph Oleschuk, Roman Oleschuk
  • Firefighter of the Year: Engineer Robert Panapada
  • Most Responses: Tom Astram
  • Special Award: Lt. Eric Auscavitch

The Fire Chief, who acted as master of ceremonies, also awarded honorary membership in the association to Joe Davis, Harold Manley, and George Rogers. Honorary membership is conferred on people who have supported the fire department in a variety of ways. Rogers operates Rogers Towing.

A donation from the Fire Department Auxiliary also was acknowledged. The money, raised through a variety of fund-raisers, including bake sales, breakfasts, and Santa’s Helper, will be used to purchase rescue equipment for a new fire truck that will be delivered later this year.

Volunteer firefighters in Orange responded to 579 incidents during 2018. That is among the highest in the fire company’s history during a year without a major event such as a hurricane. False alarms were down 13 percent.

“The calls we’re getting are more and more challenging,” according to the chief, using automobile accidents as an example. “You can’t just throw down some absorbent material anymore. These jobs often include hazardous materials and other challenges.”

In addition to responding to alarms, many members had completed lengthy classes for certifications as firefighters, fire officers, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. The chief acknowledged and thanked all the town’s active firefighters for their time and hard work.

About Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues, and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-1052, click on https://www.orangevfd.com/index.htm or find us on Facebook.

— Contributed by Douglas Fenichel

OVFD Auxiliary Introduces New Fundraiser — Register Today!

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Mar 172019
 

Egg My Yard is a NEW fundraiser hosted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department which will take place on Saturday, April 13. You have the choice between candy and toys inside prefilled eggs. 

The first 2 dozen eggs are $18, and every additional dozen after is $7.  Register By March 30. 

The Easter bunny will hide eggs in your front yard for your kids to find the next morning.  The form is available on the auxiliary Facebook page- link below.

You can email OVFDAuxiliary@hotmail.com or call or text Jillian  203-907-9054

For more information about this fundraiser, and other upcoming events please visit https://www.facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary/

Proceeds of fundraisers directly benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Mark Your Calendars For The Annual OVFD Auxiliary Pancake Supper

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Mar 122019
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 10th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 13 at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange.

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Rd. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, e-mail Lynn at LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Who Wants To Win A Pig Roast? Meat-O OVFD Fundraiser Tonight!

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Mar 092019
 

Meat-O is a NEW fundraiser hosted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxilary and will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Orange Center Road firehouse at 6 p.m.  It is similar to bingo, but played with a hand of 3 playing cards, for prizes of gift certificates, baskets, meats and more! 

The big prize is a PIG ROAST! Pig and cooker are included in this great prize!

Hands are bought before each round for a price range of $1-10 depending on the value of the prize; multiple hands may be bought by each person. 

Advance seating price is $5 per person, $8 at the door.  Coffee and dessert will be provided, you can bring snacks. (No alcohol please)

You can email OVFDAuxilary@hotmail.com or call or text Vickie 203-915-4822

For more information about this fundraiser, and other upcoming events please visit https://www.facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary/

Proceeds of fundraisers directly benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Orange Police Officer Asks For Your Support

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Mar 092019
 

The Super Plunge is a Penguin Plunge event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut on March 30 and 31 in Westbrook. A select group of individuals will plunge every hour for 24 consecutive hours to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Connecticut athletes.

Penguin Plunges give participants an opportunity to come together with friends and other warm-hearted individuals in their community to have fun and do good. Participants jump into the chilly waters of a lake or ocean in an exciting, festive atmosphere and earn great incentive prizes by raising money online to support Special Olympics’ year-round sports, health and fitness programs for people of all abilities.

So, who’s dedicated (and brave) enough to repeatedly run into the frigid ocean water 24 times over the course of 24-hours?

Well, for one, Orange Police Officer Denny Peterson, who is a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“I’m taking part in a Super Plunge at the end of March. I have to raise $2,400 by March 30th,” Peterson said. So far, he’s raised $2,205. Click HERE for his page to donate and help him reach his goal before the deadline in a couple of weeks.

The community is invited to join our brave Super Plungers for the Final Plunge at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.

For more information contact Jackie at jackiet@soct.org 

 

Mar 042019
 

There’s no school today due to the first “real” winter storm we’ve seen all season.

Temperatures are already above freezing and will warm to the upper 30s up to 40 today. Then a blast of cold air will be with us for quite a while.

The National Weather Service calls for another 2-3 inches before the snow ends around 7 a.m.

If you must go out, give yourself plenty of time to clean off your vehicle completely before you leave.

The UI company is reporting 21 Orange customers without power at 5:30 a.m. due to 3 incidents in town.

Road crews have been working tirelessly trying to make the roads safe for you.

A fallen tree closed Route 15 in Stratford between exits 52 and 53. The right lane is closed but at least one lane is open now (as of 5:21 a.m.).

Mi Sun didn’t want to leave the back porch this morning.

 

Remember, if you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, shovel around it so the fire department will have easy access in the event of an emergency.

If you have a pet, take a moment to wipe the snow off his or her feet when coming back into the house.

This is heavy snowman building snow, so get out there and get creative. Send us your snow photos at orangectlive01@gmail.com.

 

 

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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Mar 012019
 

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2.

Three to five inches of snow is expected in Southern Connecticut.

Plan on slippery road conditions and be prepared to give yourself extra time if you are traveling anywhere.

Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on roadways and don’t forget to clean every inch of snow off your vehicle before hitting the road — the fine for not doing so won’t make you happy!

 

 

Orange Police Seize Drugs, Cash, Car At Orange Home

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Mar 012019
 

On Thursday, Feb. 21, Orange Police officers served a search warrant at a private residence at 369 Manley Heights Road. The warrant was a result of a six-week long investigation into drug sales at that location.

Orange PD officers conducted controlled purchases from the residence on multiple occasions, resulting in numerous arrest warrants for Justin Mbelu.

During the execution of the search warrants, officers also encountered Jeffrey Mbelu, who was in possession of controlled substances and subsequently taken into custody and charged with three (3) felonies.

Officers served Justin Mbelu with all outstanding warrants, which resulted in thirteen (13) felony charges.

As a result of the search of the residence, officers seized 102 grams of marijuana, Oxycodone pills, 41 grams of THC wax folds, 69 cartridges of THC oil, packaging & weighing materials, $573 in cash, eight (8) cell phones, and a 2009 Audi A4.

According to police, Justin Mbelu, 19, of 369 Manley Heights, Orange was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, five counts of sale of controlled substances, and six counts of possession of controlled substances within 1,500 feet of a school/daycare.

Jeffrey Mbelu, 22, also of 369 Manley Heights Road, Orange was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and possession of controlled substances within 1,500 feet of a school/daycare.

UI Preparing for Wind Storm

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Feb 242019
 

Customers Advised To Sign Up for Outage Alerts and Prepare for Possibility of Extended Outages

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is monitoring forecasts and preparing for a weather event that could bring damaging winds across the state tonight and Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for most of UI’s service territory from 10 p.m. tonight through 6 p.m. Monday, with sustained winds ranging from 25 to 35 mph, and the potential for gusts reaching 55 mph. These conditions could damage trees and take down power lines, causing power disruptions.

Customers are urged to monitor weather forecasts, stay safe and have a plan in case of an extended service outage. Locations of warming centers and other resources can be found by calling Connecticut’s InfoLine at 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211ct.org. To sign up to receive free UI outage alerts and restoration updates on mobile devices, customers can text “REG” to 839-884, or visit uinet.com for additional alert outages.

UI has created staffing plans for field personnel and has arranged for contractor line and vegetation management crews to be standing by. UI is also working with other AVANGRID companies in the region to ensure a flexible and well-coordinated response. Other preparations include servicing vehicles and ensuring adequate stock of equipment such as wires, poles, and transformers. The company will work with local and state emergency officials to prioritize public safety and the restoration of critical services.

Customers are advised to stay far away from downed lines and anything that may be in contact with them. Downed lines can be live and dangerous even if they don’t appear to be energized. Report them to UI at 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

The company offers the following storm preparation and safety tips:

Before a Storm:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 to receive free text alerts if you lose service, and for restoration updates. Or, go to uinet.com for additional alert options.
  • Keep long-lasting LED flashlights and lanterns on hand, along with a battery-operated radio, fresh batteries, drinking water, non-perishable foods, and prescription medications.
  • Fully charge mobile devices and store emergency contacts in memory.
  • Fuel your vehicles.

Medical and Life Support Customers:

  • Customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment should have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of service. UI medical and life-support customers should register in advance to ensure we are aware of your needs as we proceed with restoration efforts. Call UI at 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

Generators:

  • Hire a licensed electrician to install generators and transfer switches.
  • Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s operating manual.
  • Properly ground all portable generators.
  • Never run a generator indoors, in an open garage, or near a window.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.

Report an Outage:

  • To report an outage, call 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). Customers can also report outages online at uinet.com, or text “OUT” to 839-884.

For additional storm readiness and safety information: