Sep 202014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police went to Derby Superior Court to serve a warrant on a West Haven man who was appearing on an unrelated matter on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

According to the report, Eric Dingus, 36, of 133 Forest Rd, West Haven, was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary at the Grid Construction Company, 156 Boston Post Road, in June, where tools valued at a total of $6,530 were taken from the business.

Dingus was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

The warrant was served at court and arraignment was immediate.

Sep 202014

Last Year's 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Last Year’s 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith announced that the 2014 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders held from October to December, has begun. 

The contest is a cooperative effort of elementary school teachers and the sponsors: Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Office of The State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Board of Education, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and  Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). The theme is “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday.”

About 30,000 children from more than 130 communities design and produce the posters. 

A winning poster will be chosen from each county and that student will receive a cash award of $150.00. 

Posters will be exhibited in locations throughout Connecticut, including the State Capitol.  From these, one poster will be chosen to be reproduced and distributed as Connecticut’s 2015 Fire Prevention Poster. The statewide winner will be awarded an additional $750.00 and his or her school will receive $500.00. 

A luncheon, where the state winner is announced, will be held for county winners, parents, teachers, principals, local fire marshals and other guests. Fire safety education is important as a means of preventing injuries, death and economic loss. The contest brings awareness to children, who are a valuable link in the chain of communication; taking information home to the family and suggesting ways to reduce damage and prevent fires. The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the students, administrators and teachers from the Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill schools for their support and participation. 

Important fire prevention measures include:

• never playing with matches or lighters • never leaving a lit candle unattended • never leaving cooking utensils unattended • and keeping flammable items away from heat sources.

Some fire escape tips are:

• never hide • get low and go • know two ways out of every room • have and practice a home escape plan and meeting place • never go back into a burning building. 

If your clothes catch on fire:

• stop where you are • drop to the ground and roll over until the fire is out • cover your face with your hands. 

Smoke alarms should be installed:

• on every level of the home including finished attics and basements • inside every bedroom and sleeping area • at the top of the first–to-second floor stairway • at the bottom of the basement stairway

A working detector cuts the risk of dying in a fire by one-half. 

NOTE: Kids, as a past poster contest judge, I’d like to stress the importance of having the words, “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday” on your poster. Be sure all words on your poster are spelled correctly too.  It breaks our hearts to have to disqualify you because an otherwise perfect poster is missing these two requirements. So when you plan out your poster make sure  these words are prominently displayed and double check for spelling accuracy. Good Luck!

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Smoke Detector Program provides and installs 10 year lithium battery alarms free of charge to Orange residents. The program has been expanded to include carbon monoxide detectors. 

If you have questions regarding fire safety or wish to have smoke or CO alarms provided and/or installed in your home, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Sep 152014

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

On Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m., Orange police officers responded to the New Haven courthouse where Rachel Tobias, 19, of 499 Ferry St, New Haven, was being held on an unrelated matter.

Tobias was wanted on a warrant stemming from a June 2014 incident in which she was accused of taking $70.95 worth of cash and clothing from her former employer, the Savers store at 130 Boston Post Road in Orange.

Officers brought her to Orange Police Headquarters, where they served the warrant charging sixth-degree larceny.

Tobias was released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 22.

Sep 142014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers were dispatched to Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, at 8:51 p.m. on Sept. 6, regarding an attempted fraudulent purchase.

Investigation revealed that someone had attempted to make a purchase of a television valued at $3,199.99 over the phone, but the purchase did not go through because the credit card information provided was not legitimate.

A short time later, Christina Ryan, 36, of 69-75 Daggett St, New Haven, arrived at the store and attempted to pick up the television.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with attempted third-degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card.

Ryan was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 22.

Sep 082014

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePOLICE WERE dispatched to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on a reported shoplifting on Aug. 30 at 9:45 a.m.

Officers learned that Tony Hight, 32, of 111 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA, had entered the store and removed $462.37 worth of merchandise without paying.

Officers found Hight a short distance away, still carrying the stolen goods. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

He was held on bond for court Sept. 2.


OFFICERS RESPONDED to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, on a shoplifting complaint Aug. 30 at 2:24 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Ali Abdullah, 45, of 160 Greenwood St. #2, New Haven had entered the store and removed the price stickers from low-priced merchandise, then placed those price stickers on higher-priced merchandise so he could pay the lesser amount.

According to police, Abdullah caused a total loss of $140.99 to the store by switching the labels.

He subsequently was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

He was released after posting $500 bond for court Sept. 10.




Sep 062014


Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Taco Bell, 89 Boston Post Road, for a possible medical emergency on Sept. 4 at 12:09 a.m.

Upon arrival, they found Timothy Craven, 28, of 430 Meloy Road Apt A-1, West Haven, asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, which was parked straddling multiple parking spaces.

Officers woke up Craven and administered standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

Craven was released after posting $500 bond for court Sept. 18.




Sep 042014

burglaryTwo attempted commercial burglaries were reported in town on Aug. 18.

The Police Investigative Services Unit (ISU) is investigating the two incidents.

According to the police, at 9:42 a.m., officers responded to PR Cigar and Tobacco Shop, 501 Boston Post Road, where they observed extensive damage to the area around two rear doors to the business, but it did not appear that entry had been gained to the sales area of the store, only a meter/sprinkler room in the back.

The business owner reported no losses other than the damage to the doors.

The second incident was reported at 10:59 a.m. at the nearby Chapman’s Bicycles at 284 Boston Post Road

Upon arrival, officers observed extensive damage to the area around the front door to the business, but it did not appear that entry had been gained to the sales area of the store.

The business owner reported no losses other than the damage to the door.

Sep 032014

Burglary_The Orange Police Investigative Services Unit (ISU) is investigating a residential burglary that was reported on Aug. 22 at 10:57 p.m.

According to the report, officers responded to a home in the 300 block of Ridge Road on a complaint of a past-tense burglary.

Officers learned that someone had gained entry to the residence while the homeowner was out and took two televisions.

Sep 032014

texting-while-driving1The Orange Police Department along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, today announced the kick-off of an Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign.

This effort by state and local police will enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell phones while driving. The crackdown will run from Wednesday, September 3, through Wednesday, September 24.

This enforcement mobilization marks the first time the State has utilized dedicated federal funds meant to curb this unsafe driving behavior. Law enforcement patrols will target motorists who choose to ignore Connecticut’s hand held mobile phone ban.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

texting-drivingWe want you to know, if you choose to engage in this potentially deadly behavior there will be consequences in the form of a substantial fine. Chief Robert Gagne noted that drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get in a serious crash.

The State, through the Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office was the only one in the nation to receive $2.3 million in federal Distracted Driving prevention funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Connecticut’s strong laws and policies aimed at keeping driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel made the State eligible for this funding source.

Orange Police received a grant for $11,100 to carry out this enforcement mobilization.

“Our goal is to make Orange a safer place, and to reduce serious injury crashes. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do behind the wheel.” said Police Chief Robert Gagne.

While the focused enforcement mobilization will end on the 24th, many law enforcement agencies have indicated that enforcing Connecticut’s tough hand held mobile phone ban remains a priority.

For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit www/distraction.gov


Sep 032014

CERT_logoA message from the Orange CERT:

Ok orange residents, it is that time of year again.  The Orange Country Fair is coming and believe it or not, it’s time for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) “Adopt A Hydrant” program to begin again.

During the winter months, we ask town residents to “adopt” a hydrant and keep it clear of snow in case our fire fighters need to get to them.
Most residents already do this and we would love to get as many hydrants “adopted” this year.

CERT members will be at this year’s country fair, and we encourage residents to  stop by the CERT tent and sign up.

If you’re already committed to clearing a hydrant or if you’re interested in doing it, please stop and give us your information.  This will help out your town and fire fighters tremendously.

For any further information or if you can’t make the fair and would like to sign up, please contact Lisa Hartshorn at [email protected].

Thank you from your Orange CERT team.

Here is a VIDEO of three firefighters clearing a hydrant on Route 34 — the 3 minutes or more that it takes to shovel around a hydrant could make a world of difference should there be a fire at your home, or a neighbor’s home.