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Police: Report Suspicious Activity When You See It

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Jul 302015
 

An unlocked shed is an invitation for thieves.

An unlocked shed is an invitation for thieves.

From the Orange Police:

On July 23 a resident on Bittersweet Road reported that a silver pick-up truck stopped at the home around noon, and the male occupant , described as 5’8″ brown hair wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt, rang the front door bell 5 – 7 times. The juvenile resident did not answer the door. When nobody answered he walked to the shed, looked inside and left. Nothing was taken.

There was a significant delay in calling the police.

We are asking residents to call immediately and be on the lookout for the silver pick up driving slowly in their neighborhoods.

NOTE: Four days later, on July 27, a man was arrested for burglarizing sheds on Wheelers Farm.

Often times, A suspect will ring the door bell to determine if anybody is home, If the door is answered, they will ask for directions, offer home improvements or ask for someone random and say they have the wrong house. If no one answers, they may burglarize the home, or as in this case, look for a target of opportunity.

Residents should invest in a pad lock for garden sheds and keep garage doors closed.

Consider leaving a radio or tv on when not home to make the house appear occupied. Put several lights on timers, both inside and outside.

Parents should instruct children to speak to the person through the door. They should NEVER open the door to a stranger. Tell the person that their parents are on the phone or otherwise occupied and to call or return later. Speak to neighbors and develop a neighborhood buddy system so juveniles home alone have a close resource to call if need be. If the juvenile is scared or unsure, call police at 203-891-2130

Parents should consider enrolling their children in a “Home Alone” class often offered through Youth Services.

As always … If you see something, say something!

Here It Is, Carnival Day: Everything You Need To Know

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Jul 302015
 

carnival 2015The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2015 carnival since the day after the 2014 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters  willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers more than a month ago and has been successful, but she can still use a few extra hands on Saturday day and night and Sunday.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 great prizes, including a $5,000, $4,000, or $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate from Diamond Designs, Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB from Best Buy, or one of the gift cards from Chip’s, Trader Joes, Knights Inc or Ben’s Service Center. And finally, there’s the Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

Rides

Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets at the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Advanced online purchase ride bracelets may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you didn’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee

Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

Schedule

Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

 

After a little rain forecast between 4-8 tonight, the weather is supposed to be great all weekend so, come on down and support your Volunteer Fire Department.

Hey Kevin, How’s The Weather Looking For The Firemen’s Carnival?

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Jul 292015
 

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Our favorite Meteorologist, Kevin Arnone (click the Orange Live “Weather” tab at the top of the page) is On Air on WTNH today for All the evening broadcasts. At 5, 5:30, and 6 he said the same thing about tomorrow night… of course he did — he wouldn’t change his forecast. And it’s not too favorable for Most of the opening day at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival.

Rain will start about 4 p.m. and be out of here by 8 p.m. on Thursday, then the rest of the weekend looks much better.

You can see Kevin tonight at 10 p.m. on channel 9 and at 11 on channel 8.

He’s always been deadly accurate, so I guess that means you may not be going on rides when the carny opens at 5 p.m. But there will still be plenty of food and, don’t forget to stock up on those raffle tickets to win one of the great prizes the Volunteer Fire Department has to offer this year.

Watch Kevin, and Come to the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival!

UPDATE: Carnival Wristband Sales Ended At NOON — No, You CAN’T buy them now

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Jul 292015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 6.01.10 PMThe Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

The following text has been re-worded from the original copy to reflect what happened after noon on Wednesday. 

Discounted ride wristband sales have been available online for more than a month, but all good things must come to an end, and online wristband sales ended today at NOON after that, it’s too late!

The Firemen’s Carnival Ad at the top of this site logged more than 57,600 views in less than 30 days, so everyone had fair warning.

After 12 p.m. Wednesday the discounted 2015 wristbands will not be available for sale anymore and no excuses or any amount of whining, begging or bartering will make a difference.

At 12:05 p.m. Carnival Chairman Don Foyer received his first call with an iron-clad excuse, followed by several other pleas for personal favors … his answer, “No.”

After the sales close the paperwork has to be closed out and all the information from those who purchased them on time has to be double checked and then, when you come to the carnival on Thursday and beyond, your wristbands will be waiting for you in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the Pavilion.

IF YOU READ THIS BEFORE 12 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, YOU STILL HAD TIME TO ORDER WRISTBANDS. Otherwise… you were and are too late. 

 

Don’t Be Stupid: Dangers of Leaving Pets And Children In Hot Cars

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Jul 292015
 

Hot DOGMore and more people are coming to the rescue of dogs and children locked inside hot cars and are breaking car windows without hesitation.

Down south, in Georgia, there’s already been an unfortunate incident involving a dog left in a hot car. No, the dog didn’t die, but the Iraq war veteran who saved it was arrested.

Last week, two dogs died inside a hot car after being left alone for about a half hour.

If you have a dog have the compassion, or at least the common sense to leave him or her home on a hot day, no matter how much your pet begs you to go for a ride.

881854be0cdd33063469565771faed8aMy dog loves going in the car. BUT I love her enough to say “No.” especially on hot days like we’ve seen this week and last when even I don’t want to go outside.

No 5 minute stop in a store EVER lasts just 5 minutes, and unless you have a certified service dog – and can prove it – most stores don’t allow dogs inside.

The heat in a car can quickly rise to lethal levels. Reports state that heat coming in through the windows is absorbed by the interior, and the glass acts as an insulator. The temperature in your car get up to 200 degrees.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 11.41.44 AMYou know that you can’t stand it when you open the car door after its been sitting in a parking lot for a while. You may open all the doors or roll the windows down to air it out and then turn the air conditioner on as soon as possible to make it comfortable. So imagine being a tiny or medium sized dog – 10-50 pounds (about the size of a 3-year-old) helplessly trapped inside a locked vehicle with no ventilation as the temperature begins to rise. Don’t be naive and think that cracking the window will help.

Just 10 minutes in a hot car, even with the windows partially open, can lead to dehydration, heat stroke and even death.

Every year pets die in cars.  Veterinarians say the victim will be quiet as heat overcomes them, so there won’t be crying or other audible indications of trouble. If you see a pet in a hot car, report it to the police immediately by calling 911, in Orange the direct line to the Police Department is 203-891-2130.

Don’t Get Me Started

Man-breaking-into-a-car-001That’s right, don’t get me started on leaving children in hot cars. Last summer the state and the entire country saw an increased number of children left in cars while parents and/or caregivers shopped, went to work, forgot to drop them off at the daycare, etc.

As the grandmother of a 3-year-old, I can’t imagine forgetting my granddaughter in the car no matter what the situation. Sure, it’s inconvenient walking around the car, getting her out of the car seat in the back, and now that she’s vocal,  sometimes arguing with her about getting into a shopping carriage or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at Town Hall. Still, I would NEVER leave her in the car, no matter what the season.

This year let’s all think before we leave the house with a child or pet in the car. Make sure you have a plan, know where you’re going and include the child or pet in those plans, pack a cooler with water and snacks and whatever you do, when you get out of the car EVERYONE gets out of the car.

Let’s make this the safest summer ever for pets and children.

 

Are You Ready To Protect And Serve? Apply At The OPD

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Jul 272015
 

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

Even though Orange is a small community, members of the police department don’t just sit on their hands — It’s a very active group of law enforcement professionals.

If you’ve ever wanted to become a member of the Orange Police Department, now is the time to take action. The OPD is currently hiring quality, qualified men and women.

Applications are available online from the South Central Criminal Justice Administration (SCCJA)  or at the information window at Police Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road, Orange.

The application deadline is August 4, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Entry Level Requirements

• U.S. citizenship and valid Connecticut Driver’s License.

• 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.

• Pass a physical performance, a written, and an oral board examination.

• Undergo a psychological exam, a polygraph exam, and a background investigation, including a criminal record check.  No candidate will be appointed to the Connecticut Police Academy if he or she has been convicted of a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor, or committed an act which would constitute perjury or false statement.
• Undergo controlled substance screening which indicates no presence of any controlled substance not prescribed for the candidate.

You will find all the pertinent information about this job HERE, including physical testing requirements, training, salary, benefits, etc. 

JUST IN: Diligent Residents Report Suspicious Activity That Leads to Arrest

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Jul 272015
 

A phone call from an alert homeowner on Monday led to the arrest of Christopher Esteves, 27, of 445 Beaver Street Apt C48, Ansonia, for burglarizing at least one shed  on Wheelers Farms Road.

The resident was home for lunch when a silver Dodge pick-up entered his driveway.  The male operator exited the truck and rang the door bell several times.  The homeowner kept the male 15-20703 001under surveillance and observed him enter his garden shed at the rear of the property and look at his garden tractor.  He then drove off east on Wheelers Farms Rd without taking anything from the shed.

The Orange Police flooded the area with patrol officers and detectives. While officers were speaking to the complainant, a second caller from Wheelers Farms Rd called to report a similar incident, and moments later  the truck drove past the officers.

Police stopped the truck and both complainants positively 15-20703 002identified the male.  Police recovered several items from the truck.  Police do not know who the owner of those items are.

Residents of the Wheelers Farms area are urged to check their garages and garden sheds for missing tools, and to contact the Orange Police if anything is missing.

Detectives will continue the investigation to determine which, if any, other shed thefts he may have been involved in.

Anyone with further information is asked to call police at 203-891-2130.

NOTE: A great job by both the residents and police in this case. 

Orange Police: Officers Taking Intensive Training Course

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Jul 252015
 

11800312_849156115137812_6790751256347491459_nProfessionals take training seriously. The men and women of the Orange Police Department are no different. We currently have four officers led by Sgt Ray LaPlante who have advanced training in traffic crash reconstruction. Three of the Officers; Ofc. John Reshotnik, Ofc. Brian Foote, Det Harry Burke, have each completed 6 weeks of intensive training through the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida. Ofc. Carolyn Bailey and Sgt LaPlante are schedule to finish training this fall.

The training is offered through the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) here in Connecticut or at the IPTM Campus in Jacksonville Florida in two week blocks. In addition, specialty courses are offered in pedestrian involved crashes, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Once trained the officers learn the use of advanced equipment, such as the “Nikon Total Station” which aids in mapping and the collection of evidence. The “Total Station” was purchased through a donation from a local resident and was nearly $10,000! Not only is it used for traffic crashes, but it can be used to map any crime scene, make templates of intersections for routine crashes and even “survey” town property to create scale maps,ie the fair grounds.

The group trains at least once a month to remain proficient. They often review crashes to gain experience in evidence collection, crime scene photography and diagramming.

Members of the team are called out for any serious injury or fatal crash on our Town’s roads. The photos below of a recent staged crash set up by group members to practice. The drill was intently watched by two local K-9 residents who seemed intrigued by all the activity on their quiet street.

— Posted on The Town Of Orange Police Department Facebook Page

Have You Signed Up For CT Alert Yet?

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Jul 232015
 

ct_alertA message from the Orange Police Department:

It has been widely reported that over 40% of American households no longer have landline phones. Orange is no different. This is a growing concern among Emergency Service Providers.

Local communities, like Orange, rely on the state’s “CT Alert” system for emergency and public safety notifications. Such notifications can include storm alerts, emergency traffic detours, and requests for public assistance. The Orange Police Department has used the system with great effectiveness on many occasions to include approaching storms (Hurricane Irene and Super-storm Sandy), the search for a lost child, and most recently, the request for the public’s help with a fire investigation.

The system relies heavily on the 911 data base which is primarily made up of land line phones. As fewer residents have hard-wired phones in their homes and rely exclusively on cell phones, the ability to get the word out becomes more difficult.

There is a solution!

We are asking all residents to register at www.CTALERT.gov . The process only takes a few minutes and allows residents to get both local and statewide alerts on several devices. Residents can choose to receive emails, texts and/or voice messages from the system.

There is no need to worry about being flooded with messages. The system is highly regulated. You won’t receive messages regarding non-emergency events. No political messages, no spam- simply critical information to keep our town safe!

So join in!! Go to CTALERT.gov today!!

 

Originally Published on: Jun 23, 2015 @ 23:10

Orange Man Sentenced to 4.75 Years In Prison For Defrauding A Company, Forcing Its Closure

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Jul 222015
 

jailAn Orange man was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison for defrauding a company out of more than $2.5 million and forcing it to go out of business, costing about 40 people their jobs.

Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut sent out a press release detailing the case history of Edward Petrucci, 58, of Orange, who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud in November 2013.

Petrucci operated Womco Insulation, Inc., Incor Group, Inc., D & N Insulation Company and Petco Insulation Company, all of which were West Haven-based companies that performed construction services, mechanical insulation and asbestos removal in large-scale building projects in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Florida, according to the release.

In 2006, shortly after being released from federal prison for filing false corporate and personal tax returns and evading payment of more than $1 million in federal income taxes, Petrucci started doing business with Platinum Funding Services, LLC, a New York factoring company that provided funding to client companies, the release said. Petrucci was previously unable to secure funding from a bank.

At the beginning of the business relationship, Platinum regularly purchased Petrucci’s invoices from legitimate insulation jobs throughout the state and collected them without issue. From December 2007 to April 2009, however, Petrucci defrauded Platinum by causing his companies to sell invoices to Platinum that he knew were fake, and were for work that his companies had not performed or would not perform in the future, the release said.

Petrucci’s companies received more than $2.5 million from Platinum during the scheme, the release said.

The scheme forced Platinum out of business.

Petrucci is ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,979,972.53. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.