Meet The Orange Police Department’s Newest Officer

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Sep 212018

On Friday, Sept. 21, the Orange Police Department welcomed its newest officer, Charles ‘Chase’ Knepper.

Chase’s swearing-in ceremony took place at Police Headquarters, with Orange Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton administering the oath of office. Chase’s mother pinned his badge.

Chase is from Hawthorne, NJ, where his father is a Captain with the Hawthorne PD.

Chase is a 2017 graduate of the University of New Haven, where he earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice. During his time at UNH, Chase participated in the Orange PD internship program.

The OPD wishes Chase a long and safe career with our agency.


Annual Health And Safety Fair Today

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Sep 212018

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The 17th Annual Health and Safety Fair will take place on Friday, September 21, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Admission is free.

Vendors representing all sorts of agencies will be on hand to give out information about products and services that benefit older adults.

There will be raffle prizes and refreshments.

The event is sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Maplewood of Orange and the Orange Senior Center.

For more information call 203-891-4784.

UPDATE: Police Confirm Break-In At Target

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Sep 202018

Earlier this morning, Orange Live posted a piece about a large police presence at Target.

We requested information and received confirmation of our preliminary report.

Asst. Chief Max Martins said, “The Orange Police Department received a complaint at 1:39 a.m. of a burglary in progress at Target, 25 Boston Post Road. One suspect was apprehended on scene. The investigation is still active and no further information can be released at this time. Anyone with information can call Sergeant Michael Kosh of the Investigative Services Unit at 203-891-2138.”

What Happened At Target?

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Sep 202018

Early this morning, passing residents noticed a police presence at the Target store on the Boston Post Road in Orange.

As of this morning, the store was closed. So, what happened?

We are still trying to get official confirmation, but preliminary information is that around 2 a.m. there was an attempted break-in through an unusual entryway.

We will update this story as it develops and as soon as we receive confirmation from the Orange Police.

“There’s A Pony On The Front Lawn”

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Sep 102018

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Orange had a bit of an adventure on Saturday afternoon when a pony got loose in town, sending its owners and a band of helpers scrambling to catch it and bring it home.

One resident on Avon Drive investigated her dog’s incessant barking and was surprised to see a pony grazing on the front lawn.

After the discovery, she saw a group of people come and coax it into returning home with them.

Another resident who’d spotted the pony nearby at around 2:45 p.m said nothing surprises him anymore. “That’s Orange for you. It’s a rural area and people have goats, sheep, chickens, llamas, cows, and horses,” he said. “Sometimes they get loose. I’m glad that little guy didn’t get hit by a car or anything.”

Orange Police: Man Faces Several Charges

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Sep 052018

On August 18, Orange police were dispatched to 393 Drummond Road in regards to a disorderly conduct complaint at 8:21 p.m.

According to the report, Bruck K. Jelliffe, 34, of Milford was asked to leave the residence. However, he remained and continued to destroy property at the home.

Jelliffe was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree criminal trespass.

He was held on a $2,500 bond and received a court date of August 20.

OVFD Warns Of The Damage Live Wires Can Do

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Sep 042018

A live wire fire on New Haven Ave on Aug. 12.
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A follow-up post from a fire call on Sunday, August 12, on New Haven Ave:

After about an hour of burning on the roadway, the UI was about to shut the power off to the line that had fallen and arched. This was the aftermath…crews emptied a tank of water onto the burning asphalt and still could not cool it enough. As you can see in the last photo, it even turned some of the asphalt and sand into glass!

This is a reminder that ANY lines you see that have fallen from the poles are to be treated as LIVE WIRES. This wire fire burnt a 12-foot line in the road, it could do much worse to someone who touches it or runs it over with their vehicle.

[From the OVFD Facebook Page]

It’s Been A Week Since This Guy Was Found

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Aug 312018

Eight days ago, on Aug. 23, a male beagle was found in the Pez parking lot in Orange.

He was brought to the Milford Animal Control, attracted a lot of attention on our Facebook page, and has since been advertised by the shelter, yet he has not been claimed.

The poor fellow is said to have a nice personality, but he must be quite sad and lonely without a family.

The shelter is no place for a sweetheart like this who should be living out his days with some constant love and attention.

The Milford Animal Control is at 664 East Broadway in Milford. If you’re interested in him, stop by or call 203-783-3279. Fill out an application and give him a loving home.



Multi-Car Accident On Route 34 Leads To Several Injuries

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Aug 292018

On Thursday, August 23 at 4:12 p.m., Orange Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 34 in the area between Racebrook and Orange Center roads.

According to the report, the Derby Police Department attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in their town, but the vehicle did not stop. Derby officers continued behind the vehicle into Orange, where the vehicle became involved in a number of collisions with other motorists.

It appears that at least six vehicles were involved in the collision, with four suffering disabling damage. No police vehicles were involved in any collision.

Several people were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was taken into custody. Three passengers fled the scene and were taken into custody shortly thereafter as a result of the Derby, Woodbridge, Orange, Milford, East Haven, and West Haven Police Departments working together. The Orange Volunteer Fire Department also was on scene making it safe for officers and the traveling public.

All suspects appear to be juveniles; no information can be released regarding their identities at this time.

Aug 292018

MLT Principal Tricia Lasto welcomes a student on the first day of school.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, marked the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Parents lined the sidewalk in front of each school waiting anxiously for the school buses to arrive.

Teachers came out to greet the students and the principals at each school went up and warmly welcomed the kids as they stepped off each bus.

Out of respect for the new safety protocols, you may notice that Orange Live isn’t publishing any photos of recognizable children without permission. Heart-wrenching pictures of nervous children crying are withheld and backpacks with children’s names on them have been cropped out, but tearful parents and grandparents, well, they are a different story.

Peck Place Principal, Eric Carbone greets students as they arrive on Wednesday.

At the Kindergarten, the parent paparazzi gallery is always the main focus — they are so animated and delightful.

Unlike back-to-school photo spreads from 20 years ago, this photo array is a sign of the times when responsible media does what it can to protect our precious children. NOTE: One resident submitted photos of her grandson and gave permission to publish them.

Parents, you will know which photos contain images of your kindergarten and elementary school children, from the socks and shoes he or she wore, backpacks, hair bows, etc. The Middle School and High School photos were published in public forums by those schools.

Students at Amity High School were greeted by well-known alum Connor Deane, of the Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield and Broadway actor Julian Decker “Sunset Boulevard,” who spoke to them about “being the change” which is this year’s theme at Amity. It comes from the quote “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome back to school. Have a great year everyone.