Sep 012014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers responded to Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road for a reported identity theft complaint on Aug. 25 at 8:23 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that two New Yorkers had made a large purchase using a fraudulent account.

Officers found Jonathan Edouard, 23, of  3 Summersweet Dr, Middle Island, NY and Devone Hedgepeth, 24, of 1059 Union St 5E, Brooklyn, NY, nearby with the merchandise in their vehicle. They were subsequently taken into custody and charged.

Edouard was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation. He was held on $20,000 bond for court Aug. 26.

Hedgepeth was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery. He was held on $20,000 bond for court Aug. 26.

Aug 292014

police carThe 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.

We 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

Aug 262014

orange police duiPolice on patrol on Derby Avenue came upon a vehicle sitting stationary in the westbound lane of Route 34 on Aug. 14 at 1:44 a.m.

When officers approached the vehicle they noticed it was in gear and the driver, Thomas LaBlanc, 40, of 56 Saint Joseph Street #421, of Fall River, MA, seemed to be asleep.

Upon waking him, officers administered standardized roadside sobriety tests

LaBlanc was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).

He was released after posting $100 bond for court Aug. 28.


Aug 262014

Undercover Colors detects date rape drugs

Undercover Colors detects date rape drugs

You can’t control what your daughter does when away at college. One night she may be out with her friends and a handsome young man sends a drink over to her table.

Their eyes meet, she twirls her hair with one hand while swirling her drink with her finger and immediately she will know if Prince Charming is a gentleman or a predator.

Renowned Forensic Scientist Dr. Henry Lee shared THIS LINK on his Facebook page that females of all ages should find very interesting.

It explains how a new nail polish can detect date rape drugs.

Aug 242014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Patrol officers reportedly observed a car without a tail light lit on the Boston Post Road Aug. 17 at 1:56 a.m.

Police stopped the car, and administered standardized roadside sobriety tests to Cecil Barnes-Dixon, 29, of 135 Tesiny Circle, Bridgeport

He was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to have tail lamps.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Sept. 2.

Aug 232014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOn Aug. 20, at 9:03 p.m., police were called to CVS, 279 Boston Post Road regarding someone attempting to pass a fraudulent prescription.

During the investigation, officers learned that a local medical office had reported some of their prescription forms were stolen and possibly being used in the area.

Officers met with Yvonne Henley, 56, 0f 45 Pond Lily Rd #134, New Haven, and informed her that the prescription she gave the pharmacy was one that had previously been stolen.

According to the report, Henley admitted that it was not a real prescription.

She was taken into custody and charged with second-degree forgery and illegally attempting to obtain a prescription.

Henley was held on $1,000 bond for court Aug. 21.

Aug 212014

Each year at this time, students are leaving home to attend colleges and universities. Often, these eager young people, many of whom are away from home for the first time, move into residences that can be hazardous to their health.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October are the peak months for fires in college housing. Fires are most common in the evening hours between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends. About 70% of reported fires begin in the kitchen or cooking areas with equipment causing three-quarters of these fires.

Bedroom fires caused 27% of injuries and 21% of property damage in about 7% of the total fires. There are several reasons for these fires, however most are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Causes include arson, cooking and the lack of attention or the misuse of appliances, alcohol abuse which often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts, careless smoking and the improper disposal of materials, the lack of automatic fire sprinklers, the incorrect use of 911 notification systems which delays an emergency response, apathy as many students are unaware that fire is a risk or a threat in the college environment, rescue efforts which are hindered when fire alarms are ignored, the delay of building evacuations due to the lack of preparation and preplanning, overloaded electrical circuits and extension cords, and vandalized or improperly maintained smoke detectors.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following information to help reduce and prevent the loss of life and property in university housing and off-campus fires. Look for fully sprinkled housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing since having a working smoke alarm more than doubles one’s chance of surviving a fire.

Be sure the dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside all sleeping areas and on each floor. Test all alarms monthly and never remove batteries or disable alarms. Cook only where permitted and never leave a hot stove unattended. Perform a “home inspection” for cleanliness and for fire and safety hazards.

Check cushions on couches and chairs for smoldering cigarettes. Thoroughly extinguish and dispose of smoking materials. Keep candles 12 inches from anything that can burn and put out lit candles and incense when unattended.

Know two ways out of every room (including classrooms). Learn and practice the building’s evacuation plan. Be informed as to how to notify the fire or other emergency departments by using 911 or other local numbers.

If you’re caught in a fire situation, survival is the top priority. Feel the door handle and if it is not hot, open the door carefully and check for smoke or fire before leaving the area.

Do not hesitate to leave. Close the door as that may keep the fire from spreading. Do not take time to gather belongings or to stray from the exit route. Knock on doors and yell “FIRE”. Crawl low to the floor. Thick smoke can make it impossible to see and toxic chemicals can be deadly. Pull the fire alarm on the way out of the building.

Phone 911 when safe. If the handle is hot, do not open the door. Get someone’s attention by screaming and hanging a sheet from the window. Stay low to the floor to avoid poisonous gases. Call for help, if a telephone is available.

If you have any questions regarding fire safety, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, or visit Station #2 at 355 Boston Post Road. Smoke and CO alarms are available and free to Orange residents.

Aug 182014

BEST POLICE Patch EVERAssault Complaint

Orange Police responded to Milford Hospital on Aug. 13 at 11:21 p.m., in regards to a patient receiving treatment there due to a domestic violence incident.

During the investigation, officers learned that Victor Mitchell, 56, of 646 Arrowhead Drive,  had an altercation with a female relative, during which time he pushed her to the ground, causing injury.

Police then went to a residence on Arrowhead Drive, where Mitchell was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond for court Aug. 14.

Aug 172014

EARS founding member Jon Nowinski shows off the donated turn-out gear.

EARS founding member Jon Nowinski shows off the donated turn-out gear.

In preparation for Large Animal Training, EARS, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, put out a plea for turnout gear and helmets that would help protect the members from the elements and bites or kicks from frightened animals in the event of an emergency.

Almost immediately, founding member Jon Nowinski received a response from an officer in a local volunteer fire department.

Last Thursday, Nowinski met with the firefighter and was given his pick of the department’s retired turnout gear (firefighters’ pants and jackets have a 10-year life for use in fires.)

Even though he could have taken the whole lot, Nowinski only took four helmets, four pants and four jackets for the members who needed them.

The department’s name will be removed from the back of the jackets and the EARS logo will take its’ place.

“We are so grateful for this donation. As a non-profit, we can’t afford to buy quality equipment that we need,” Nowinski said. “This turnout gear will be put to good use and we are more than willing to come back and help train the firefighters how to use the animal air masks that they have.”

EARS is always available to assist CT cities and towns in the event of an emergency where animals are involved. They are trained and help in the rescue and transportation of pets from homes, barns, etc., whenever they are needed.

Equine Emergency Preparedness

Whether you’re a horse owner, a volunteer at an equine facility, or just a horse enthusiast, members of the CT Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) are very excited to be teaming up with the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue to present a special Equine Emergency Preparedness seminar on Saturday, Aug.23.

This all-day event (9 a.m. -5 p.m.)features experts from the field of equine veterinary care, large animal response, emergency response, and others, and is going to be a jam-packed informational day.

The entire event (including handouts, materials, and lunch) is being presented at $25 per person – $30 at the door. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

For more information contact [email protected].






Aug 172014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers responded to 752 Mapleview Drive on Aug. 6 at 2:48 p.m.,  in order to secure a firearm for safekeeping, at the owner’s request.

Upon arrival, police found other people at the home who reportedly had moved the gun officers were there to obtain.

Over the course of the investigation, officers attempted to convince these people to surrender the gun to them, but the arrestees initially denied knowledge of a gun.

Eventually, officers were led to the gun’s location inside a vehicle.

The firearm was ultimately secured by officers for safekeeping.

The two people who moved the gun and temporarily kept it from officers were taken into custody and charged.

According to the report, Lisa Guerri, 53, and Jonathan Shertzer, 24, both of 52 Mapleview Drive, were charged with theft of a firearm, conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm, interfering with an officer and sixth-degree larceny.

Each was released after posting $5,000 bond for court Aug. 20.