Jul 212014

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePatrol officers stopped a car on the Boston Post Road, July 15 at 12:21 a.m., after observing it going the wrong way into a one-way entrance of a local business.

Officers administered a standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Gustavo Lopez, 26, of 163 Spring St., West Haven.

Lopez was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to maintain a proper lane.

He was released on $250 bond for court July 28.



Jul 182014

random file photo of a nighttime accident scene.

random file photo of a nighttime accident scene.

Police, Medic 33 and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a rollover accident on Route 34 between Grassy Hill Road and Mapledale around 10:35 p.m.

Preliminary information is that a man in a Jeep Wrangler flipped the vehicle and could not get out by himself due to injuries, although he was partially extricated.
Some routes were closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.
An area resident said she heard it happen. “The sound was just awful.”
The driver was transported to the hospital.
Since it was all heard on the scanner, Orange Live does not have any official details (if anyone else was involved, the cause of the accident, etc.)
We should have the story on Monday.

Jul 172014

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

Yesterday, around 5:30 p.m. Orange Live released vague information regarding an accident that was slowing traffic on Route 34.

Today, at our request, police released this information on the case:
On Wednesday, July 16, officers responded to a crash  involving several vehicles including a school bus at the intersection of Derby Ave (Rt34) and Grassy Hill Road (RT 121) at about 2:49 p.m.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Michael Kilday, 31, of 650 West Main Street, Cheshire was traveling East Bound on Derby Ave. when he was unable to stop for traffic ahead.
The pick- up truck he was driving was towing a trailer loaded with landscape equipment. It swerved and struck a second vehicle which then struck a school bus with day campers from New Haven.  Kilday’s truck left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Kilday, and the driver of the second vehicle sustained minor injuries and were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital.  The occupants of the bus were evaluated by EMS and Hospital staff who had been called to the scene.  Five  complained of neck and back pain and were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further evaluation.
Kilday was charged with driving with a suspended license and following too close, with a court date of July 28, in Derby Superior Court.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Ofc. Sean Murphy at 203-891-2130.


Jul 162014

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

Police are still working on a school bus accident that occurred this afternoon at Route 34 and Grassy Hill Road.

The only information that we were able to receive was that there were minor injuries and it was unknown if any children needed to be transported to the hospital

We can only assume that the passengers were either campers or athletes (given the time of year).

Orange Live will have more information tomorrow when it becomes available.

Residents said a telephone pole is being replaced and that traffic on Route 34 was still backed up around 5:15 p.m.

Jul 152014

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Unfortunately, this has proved to be the case this year.

According to Fire Chief John Knight, in spite of their best efforts, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is seeing only a fraction of the sales compared to  2013.

“On opening night of the carnival last year, we’d sold more than $60,000 in raffle tickets. So far, this year because we couldn’t mail them out, we’ve only sold about $12,000,” Knight said.

The scene at the Martino's home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

The firefighters have set up tables at the town concerts and a couple of locations on weekends, even gone door-to-door. At homes, they often hear, “Oh, I got mine in the mail.” The fact of the matter is, residents received a letter from the fire department, but no tickets.

The fire department depends on the raffle proceeds to fund equipment, training and other necessities that are not included in the town budget. It’s not for them, it’s for you.

If you have an emergency at home or are in a car accident, you’re relieved to see the fire trucks rolling up because you know they have the equipment and know how to help save you and/or your property.

Without the ticket sales the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will be at a loss when it needs something that will help YOU.

So when you see the firefighters canvassing your neighborhood, or sitting at a table outside of your favorite store, please remember that they are volunteering their time to bring the tickets to you, just as they volunteer their time to come to your assistance when you need them.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you... for free... 24/7

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you… for free… 24/7

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

1st prize – $5,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd prize – $4,000 Visa Gift Card

3rd prize – $2,000 Visa Gift Card

4th prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

BRUSH FIRE6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

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

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT


Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

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
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.



IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477


Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2014 @ 16:34

Jul 122014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300DUI and drug possession

Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident on Cross Court (off of Narrow Lane) that originated on Route One on June 26 at 5:44 p.m. 

During the investigation, officers spoke with Charles Bradley, (no age given) 620 Harborview Road, who was one of the involved drivers and learned that he was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana and a variety of pills.

Officers had Bradley perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), possession of marijuana, failure to keep pills in an original container and failure to drive right.

Bradley was released after posting $50 bond for court July 10.

Jul 102014

086I, like many of you, am deeply disturbed by the epidemic that is sweeping across the state this summer.

On at least four different occasions parents have left young children in cars on hot days in the past two weeks. So far, one child has died.

With our busy schedules, everyone always in a hurry, it may be easy to be distracted and forget something in your car when you’re rushing off into your office or a store “for just a minute” — but a living being?

Looking back on the last 28 years, I have NEVER left a child or a dog in a car alone on a hot (or even slightly warm) day.

If it’s hot out, I think twice before I even leave the house. If it’s hot and humid I won’t even put my dog in the car when I’m going some place where that she could accompany me outside (like a baseball game or concert). When I’m especially busy and I know I will run into a store for 2 minutes, I simply leave her home.

My granddaughter and I spend a lot of time together. If we’re going somewhere and it’s hot outside, I run the air conditioning for a while before buckling her into her car seat. Thankfully, she is verbal and can tell me if she is comfortable or not.

When we go to the park, store or on assignment, I know I have to get out of the car, walk around to her side of the car, unbuckle her, get her out, walk around (with her) and lock the doors, then go where ever we are going.

At the playground, I touch the slides, swings and monkey bars to make sure the surfaces aren’t too hot for her delicate skin. (She’s never happy when I tell her she can’t go on a slide, but she understands.)

Being a grandparent these days isn’t particularly easy, but it is rewarding in so many ways. I have never left her alone – not even for a minute – because I know anything can happen.

I don’t understand how other people, like parents who live with their can forget or purposely leave them in a closed car on a hot day.

Even with the windows down the heat inside your upholstered metal box on wheels will rise quickly on a hot, humid day.

You can park in the shade, but it’s still hot out and the temperatures can go up to 200 degrees in no time.

Currently, leaving a child 12 and under alone in a car is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to 1 year in jail and up to $2,000 fine.

Some lawmakers believe that is is not enough, and I can’t agree more, and it should be extended to include animals.

My first thought is – an eye for an eye – make the parent or caregiver sit inside the hot car for the same length of time their child or pet had to endure the heat.

Threat of extended  jail time and higher penalties or making it a felony crime may be enough to snap people out of it.

If you are a caregiver or busy parent and your child (or dog) is not the first thing on your mind when you park your car, try doing something simple that will force you to remember.

A) Purchase an inexpensive thermometer and keep it inside your car, on the dash or on the back seat. Don’t think that because it’s ONLY 80 degrees outside that everything will be fine “for a minute.” By the time you get back to your car the temperature inside could be up to 120 degrees or more.


B) Ladies, if you have a purse or diaper bag and you are headed to the store or bank, etc., put your wallet inside the bag and leave it on the back seat next to your child’s seat. You must have your wallet, so when yo go to retrieve it, surprise! you will see the child and remember to take him or her out of the car. Dads, if you have a briefcase or folder that you are taking to your office… do the same thing — back seat placement will make it impossible for you to forget your child.

C) JUST SAY NO. Pre-teen kids can be difficult to deal with sometimes and to them going to the store with their mom can be so uncool. They may insist on staying in the car — as was the case in Bristol on Wednesday. If your child gives you a hard time about going with you, just say NO. You are the parent, he or she is the child. “NO, you are NOT staying in the car.”

Another tough call is pets, your dog will give you the puppy dog eyes and plead with you to take him or her with you. Again, just say no!. Leave your pet home, he or she will get over it the second you walk into the house upon your return. If you don’t have air conditioning leave your pet in a safe, comfortable place with plenty of water make sure he or she will be okay alone. If he or she is in a crate make sure it’s not lined with blankets that could make your pet hot. Try to make your trip short so he or she is not alone in a small space for too long.

If you have a fan on to circulate the air, make sure it’s plugged into an outlet that will shut off if it overheats. This will keep your pet safe while he or she is alone. Power strips must not be overloaded and should be placed away from anything flammable.

One parent leaving a child in a hot car is ridiculous — Six “alone in the car” incidents in 2 weeks is unforgivable.


Jul 102014

Orange narcotics K-9 Trent

Orange narcotics K-9 Trent

Three Orange residents were cited on drug charges after the town’s new narcotics K-9, Trent and his partner Officer Mary Bernegger came across the trio on June 25 at 10:05 p.m.

Officer Bernegger was on patrol with Trent near Tucker’s Ridge  when she observed a vehicle parked at the entrance to the closed space.

When confronted with the narcotics K-9, each of the vehicle’s occupants surrendered marijuana and a variety of drug paraphernalia.

An 18-year-old from Wolcott Lane, was sited for possession of less than ½ oz of marijuana; an 18-year-old from Hawkins Road and a 19-year old Ridge Road resident both were charged with possession of less than 1/2 oz of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three received infraction tickets for their actions.

(Because these were not arrests, but infraction tickets, Orange Live did not include the boys names.)




Jul 032014

mom arrestedOn Thursday, July 3 at about 11:17 a.m. Officers from the Orange Police Department were dispatched to the parking lot of Trader Joes , 550 Boston Post Rd,  after a concerned citizen called 911 when she saw a woman walking away from what she believed to be a young child alone in a car within the parking lot.
Upon their arrival a 3-year-old child was located within a vehicle, alone.  The child’s mother, Nathalie Stonier, 36, of  31 Old Coram Road, Shelton, exited the store upon seeing police arrive.
Stonier stated that she was going grocery shopping and left the child in the car.  Despite the very high temperatures this day, the child was unharmed, due to the fast action of the concerned citizen and immediate police response.  The child’s father took custody of the child.
Stonier was charged with Risk of Injury to a Minor  and Leaving a Child Under 12 Unsupervised in a Motor Vehicle.
She was released on a Written Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Monday, July 7.
The Department of Children and Families was notified and will be following up.
NOTE: This incident comes on the heels of a case where a father left his 3 month old baby in a closed car while he went into Shop Rite. In  court, the man stated he was texting in the parking lot, then went into the store forgetting he had his infant daughter with him. 

Jul 032014

Police say remove valuables from your car and lock all unoccupied vehicles.

Police say remove valuables from your car and lock all unoccupied vehicles.

Several residents have complained of their cars being entered during the overnight hours. The most recent rash of incidents occurred early this week on Petrose Circle, Karen Drive,  Knight Lane and Narrow Lane.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said the vehicles were unsecured so technically, they were not “broken into” rather, someone entered the unlocked vehicles looking for loose change, or small electronic devices.

Cuozzo said, “In some cases they just searched the cars for something of value but nothing was taken. These incidents are not unique to Orange, police in Derby, West Haven and other surrounding communities are seeing an increase in this sort of activity. Orange’s new K9, “Major” responded to a call in Milford to help in a track there.”

What are the Orange Police doing to discourage the “break-ins”?

Cuozzo said the department has increased patrols and officers continue to check the side streets while they are on the road even though they are busy responding to traffic incidents and calls for service.

Currently they are responding to a lot of complaints regarding the use of fireworks in residential neighborhoods.

“Remember, fireworks are still illegal, there are many different types that meet the state regulations, but aerial types are not legal in Connecticut,” he said.

As far as the recent car incidents, Cuozzo once again said, “We encourage residents to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from their cars at night. Always keep valuables, such as cell phones, laptops, cameras etc. out of plain sight to avoid thefts and break-ins. Broken windows and forced entry can lead to some very expensive repairs.”

Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police at 203-891-2130.

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