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Police: Man Charged With DUI

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Jul 202018
 

Orange Police on special drunk driving patrol on Marsh Hill Road reportedly observed a vehicle changing lanes abruptly without signaling on Thursday, July 12 at 10:57 p.m.

Officers stopped the vehicle, driven by Michael Rinehart, 37, of East Hartford and administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

Rinehart was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was released on $50 bond for court July 23.

 

Police Blotter: Orange Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Risk Of Injury

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Jul 202018
 

On Wednesday, July 6, at 8:06 a.m., an Orange resident surrendered himself at the Orange Police Department on a warrant.

Police said Shankar Rajendran, 43, of Orange, was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a child.

Rajendran was taken into custody and charged. He was released on $10,000 bond for court July 18.

Orange Police: Man Charged With DUI

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Jul 202018
 

Orange police on patrol reportedly observed a car drifting in and out of its lane on Derby Avenue near Orange Center Road on July 5 at 1:48 a.m.

Officers stopped the vehicle and during the investigation determined that the driver, Sherone L Ndiaye, 32, New Haven, was driving under the influence.

Ndiaye was taken into custody and charged with DUI, failure to maintain a proper lane and possession of less than 5 ounces of marijuana.

He was released on a $50 non-surety bond for court July 19.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Jul 202018
 

Orange Police responded to a complaint of a shoplifting in progress at the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on July 17 at 2:30 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wendy Shaw, 36, of New Haven allegedly had attempted to take $733.69 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Shaw was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana.

She was held on $500 non-surety bond for court July 18.

 

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 192018
 

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament


*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation

 

Orange Police: Two Commercial Burglaries Reported In June

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Jul 192018
 

The Orange Police Department had a very busy month in June 2018.

Here are the statistics:

During the month of June, Orange Police responded to 3,145 Calls for Service

Two Commercial Burglaries were reported.

On Thursday, June 7, someone forced open a door at Natura Nails, 477 Boston Post Road and took a small amount of loose change. (Hardly worth the risk of getting a criminal record)

On Thursday, June 14, someone attempted to break into the Exotic Birds shop at 501 Boston Post Road, but did not gain entry.

Among the calls were: 136 Medical Emergencies, 32 Shoplifting/Larcenies, 22 Fights/Disturbances, 118 Activated Burglar Alarms, and 0 Robberies. 

The traffic division reported 173 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued, 95 Traffic Accidents, and 11 Arrest for DWI.

Officers made 33 Criminal Arrests.

 

 

 

Orange K-9 Team Will Compete in K-9 Olympics

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Jul 162018
 

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

Jon Nowinski and his team from the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service – EARS, which owns and operates the state’s ONLY Animal Ambulance, invite everyone to come out for the 27th annual Connecticut K-9 Olympics at 285 Shaker Road, Enfield, on Saturday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EARS will be on hand providing both Veterinary Medical standby as well as information about its K9 Critical Care Program for those attending. This is an awesome event where the public has the chance to see K9s and their handlers in action as they compete through several different aspects demonstrating their work.
Units from all across the region come out for this event, and it is not to be missed! Orange Police Officer Chris Brown and his dog Loki will compete.
The event will consist of a competition in a “round robin”* setting. Areas of competition will be obedience, obstacles, and an apprehension drill, building search with simulated “shots” fired, and a K-9 alert search.

35 Law Enforcement K-9 Teams will compete. After the “games” awards will be given out to the top teams in each of the following categories:

Obedience
Criminal Apprehension
Top Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Most Experienced Handler
Most Experienced K-9
Obstacles
Also on site, law enforcement displays, Vendors with K-9 related items for sale and food, drinks, and snacks for sale.
While you’re there, be sure to drop by the EARS Critical Care Animal Ambulance for some handouts and snag your items from the K9 Support Program.
This event takes place rain or shine! For complete information visit their website at http://k9-olympics.police.uconn.edu/

ALL Proceeds to be donated to Hometown Foundation Special Olympics, Shriners, CT Chip’s  and other “Police related” charities to be announced prior to this year’s event.

Urban Air Adventure Park Is Open — Come Try It Out

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Jul 142018
 

Urban Air Adventure Park is celebrating the grand opening of the new Orange location at 260 Bull Hill Lane. The park opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. and the first 300 grand opening attendees in line can win their choice of FREE Bowling, Go-Karts or Jumping for a year with the purchase of an Ultimate Pass.

Open seven days a week throughout the year, Urban Air is more than a trampoline park. The park is home to more than 10 attractions – ranging from a Sky Rider, Go Karts, Indoor Ropes Course, Virtual Reality, Slam Dunk Zone, Climbing Walls, Laser Tag, Bowling and more! Take a look at this Video.

Urban Air Orange includes a full-service café housed in the 85,000 square foot building. The new location boasts free Wi-Fi, a relaxing environment and televisions tuned into sporting events.

“The Orange community has graciously opened their doors to us and, now, we are proud to open our doors to the state of Connecticut for a one-of-a-kind family fun experience,” said Lakshman Paidi. “In addition to inviting families in, we’re excited to grow our Urban Air family with 200 new team members at our new Orange park.”

Urban Air Adventure Park has been voted BEST Gym In America for Kids by Shape Magazine, BEST Place To Take Energetic Kids and BEST Trampoline Parks. Check out all the awards the parks have received on the Awards page of the Urban Air website.

Note: The place is full of awesome activities and enthusiastic, helpful employees, but be prepared, it’s not inexpensive to play.

For more information about the Urban Air Orange Grand Opening, click HERE or call 203-350-0241.

Hours are:

Sat:  10:00AM to 11:00PM
Sun: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Mon:10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed:10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
 Fri:  10:00AM to 8:00PM

 

Jul 122018
 

A 200 lb teen black bear visited a horse paddock on Apple Tree Lane in Woodbridge today.

The police and DEEP were called to the area.

He was frightened and climbed up a tree, then scooted off into the woods.

A short time later he returned and climbed into the horses’ water trough to cool off.

The homeowner said the bear did not show any signs of aggression during his visits, and after the bath, he simply lumbered off into the woods again.

Apple Tree Lane is located off of Amity Road and far from the Orange border, but, as a precaution, it is close enough to Newton Road, Amity High School and the center of town, and a young guy like this won’t have any trouble traveling that distance. Be careful when driving in the dark, you wouldn’t want to hit him.

 

 

 

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Criminal Impersonation, Identity Theft, More

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Jul 112018
 

On June 19, Orange Police responded to the Chase Bank at 262 Boston Post Road, at 2:46 p.m. in regards to a fraud complaint.

During the investigation, officers learned that Amy Capozzi, 33, of Waterbury, was inside the bank attempting to make a withdrawal on an account that did not belong to her.

According to police, upon questioning, Capozzi admitted that the identification she carried had her picture, but the information was for someone else.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with first-degree forgery, second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, attempted fourth-degree larceny, two counts of third-degree identity theft, Illegal possession of prescription drugs and violation of probation.

During processing, she was found to have prescription medication on her person that was not prescribed to her. She also had a warrant with the Milford Department of Probation. That warrant was served as well.

Capozzi was held on a total of $20,000 bond, for court on June 20.