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Orange Police: Accused Shoplifter Arrested, Slapped With Several Warrants

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Jul 062015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, regarding a shoplifting on June 22 at 4:59 p.m.

During the investigation officers learned that Melissa Krukowski, 35, of 1330 Chapel St #3, New Haven had taken $1,077.84 worth of clothing, shoes, jewelry and cosmetics and left the store without paying. She was stopped outside and detained for police.

Officers later learned that Krukowski also was wanted by the Cheshire, Meriden, and Yale University Police Departments, all of which held warrants for her arrest. These warrants were served at the time of her Orange arrest.

 

She was charged with fourth-degree larceny and held on $1,000 bond pending arraignment.

Did You See Anything On Old Tavern Road Tonight?

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Jul 042015
 

250px-WilliamAndrewHouseAn unknown person did a lot of damage to the property in front of the Bryan House on Old Tavern Road Tonight around 9:15 p.m.

A large section of the retaining wall on the historic property is ripped down.

The truck/car lost a hub cap and most likely has significant body damage.

A neighbor came out to get the rocks out of the roadway and two good Samaritans stopped to block traffic until police arrived so he wouldn’t get hit.

If anyone witnessed the incident or saw a vehicle fleeing the scene, call the Orange police department at 203-891-2130.

Compare this photo of the damaged retaining wall with the photo above. It's a mess and will be a challenge to repair.

Compare this photo of the damaged retaining wall with the photo above. It’s a mess and will be a challenge to repair.

 

Man Accused Of Harassment and Threatening

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BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police received a complaint on Robinson Boulevard regarding harassment via phone/text on June 26 at 7:43 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Jason Torres, 30, of 238 Burritt St, New Britain had texted belligerent messages to the mother of his child, then verbally threatened her new boyfriend over the phone.

Officers asked the New Britain Police Department to detain Torres, which they did. He was then brought to Orange, where he was taken into custody and charged with second-degree threatening and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.

Torres was released after posting $1,000 bond for court June 29.

 

 

Police: Orange Woman Charged with DUI

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Jul 012015
 

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

Officers received a complaint of an erratic driver in the Boston Post Road area on June 30 at 6:37 a.m.

Officers located the car on Lambert Road and effected a motor vehicle stop.

Officers had the driver, Kimberly Clark, 33, of 560 Lambert Road perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Clark was released on a promise to appear in court July 14.

 

Orange Police: Residential Burglary And Items Stolen From Unlocked Cars

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Jun 302015
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveThe Orange Police are investigating a residential burglary in the Indian River neighborhood overnight where entry was gained through an unlocked door.

Additionally, several unlocked cars had valuables taken and mail was stolen from a residential mailbox nearby.

This is the second such burglary in recent weeks.  In the previous incident suspects cut a screen to gain access through an unlocked window.  In both cases small electronics or a woman’s handbag were taken.  Several items were recovered by police during a neighborhood canvas.

Police used the CTAlert system to notify area residents to remain diligent and to report suspicious activity as soon as possible. Residents may register to receive alerts via their cell phones and/or email at CTALERT.GOV.

Orange Police: Woman Arrested After Cell Phone Related Crash

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Jun 292015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to a one-car accident on Hitching Post Road, June 6 at 1:07 a.m.

Officers found the vehicle sitting on top of a rock wall lining the front lawn of one of the residences on the street.

The driver, Judith Byrnes, 48, of 67 Cherry Street Apt R2, Milford, admitted she had been looking at her cell phone when she crashed.

Officers had her submit to standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Byrnes was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cell phone violation.

She was released after posting $50 bond, for court June 19.

 

Two Arrests Result From Road Rage Incident on Friday

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Jun 292015
 

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 10.59.24 PMTwo people have been arrested in connection with a road rage incident in Orange on Friday, June 26.

State police responded to I-95 Northbound near Exit 41 (Marsh Hill Road) around 9 p.m. on Friday on a report that a car driver was slashed with something, and a tractor trailer driver had been shot.

According to police, something occurred between the two drivers near exit 40 in Milford. Juan Calderon, 33, of Orange pulled his car off the highway at exit 41, while he waited at the light, the truck driver, identified as Jesus Izaguirre, 39, of Hidalgo, TX pulled over on I-95, got out of the truck and ran up the embankment to the car, hit the vehicle with an object and then cut Calderon’s face.

As Izaguirre, retreated to his truck, Calderone chased him, and fired a registered 9mm semi-automatic pistol, shooting the truck driver several times, according to police.

Izaguirre got into his truck and fled Northbound on I-95, stopping near exit 44 where state police caught up with him.

Police said both men were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Major Crime Detectives took over the investigation.

Izaguirre was released from the hospital on Sunday and troopers charged him with first-degree criminal attempt of assault, second-degree assault, and first degree reckless endangerment.

Izaguirre is being held on $500,000 bond and expected in Milford Superior Court Monday.

Calderon turned himself in to police on Sunday. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is expected in Milford Superior Court on Monday.

If you witnessed the incident or have information about this incident, call State Police Detective Allegro at 203-696-2565.

West Haven Man (68) receives quick action after collapsing during road race

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Jun 222015
 

IMG_1368The Orange Police sent out this press release today:

(As reported on Orange Live on Saturday)

A West Haven man (68), who was a participant in the Peck Place Panther Pounce 5k Road Race on Saturday June 20, received quick medical attention after collapsing on the course.

The man, whose name is being withheld, collapsed in the area of Treat Lane and Ann Rose Drive.

A registered nurse who was running the race witnessed the collapse and immediately started CPR along with another bystander.

Orange Police Lieutenant  Max Martins, who was assigned to the race also responded and affixed an automated external defibrillator (AED).

All Orange patrol cars are equipped with the device.  Lt. Martins administered  one shock through the AED and CPR was continued.

The victim soon began to breathe on his own and an ambulance arrived to transport him to the hospital.

The rapid application of CPR by two bystanders and the application of an AED by police undoubtedly contributed to the man’s survival.

Panther Pounce, A Memorable Event For Many Participants

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Jun 202015
 

IMG_1276Peck Place School had a beautiful day for its annual Panther Pounce 5K Road Race today.

Although event organizer Whitney Shanley said, “We had a decent turnout for the race.”

Similar to the Race Brook School Rockin’ Road Race the crowd was a bit smaller than usual (161 participants) perhaps because so many new 5K races have been popping up in town every year.

Food For Thought

Firefighter George Geane may have come up with the best solution to help save these two classic school fundraising events — combine them. It’s something both schools can consider the “Rockin’ Pather Pounce” could take the same certified route as the Chilly Chili Run and registered runners may check a box for either Peck Place or Race Brook so their entry fee would go to the school of their choice.

The union could save on the cost of the police presence, entertainment, awards and refreshments. — Think about it.

Victorious Moments

All that aside, today’s race was special for some runners:

One older man who crashed to the ground on Treat Lane near Old Country Road was fortunate to have medical assistance immediately available. The school nurse was one of the first on scene and provided CPR and Orange Police Lt. Max Martins gave him a jump start with an AED. (By the end of the race the man was sitting up in his hospital bed and talking to people.)

A 35-year-0ld first time 5k runner was thrilled to cross the finish line, period, but was ecstatic to see others coming in after the 32 minute mark behind her.

For 15-year-old Shayna Goldblatt, it was a huge day for her entire family. She was the first Goldblatt EVER to run a 5K, and for Shayna, well, she came in 18th overall, just 2 seconds behind the first place female in her age category.

Orange’s Nick Bencivengo, 17, placed second overall and first in his age group, his second big win in as many races.

This also was a fine day for the Beaudette family. Dad, Roland was the overall winner, crossing the finish line ahead of the pack at 18:56; 11-year-old Mason came in second in his age group at 21:48; mom, Jamie came in third in her age group at 30:14; and 14-year-old Lani came in at 29:11.

Son Kyle, who is known for his accomplishments on the Amity High School track team was the only family member that didn’t run today, but he still had an important role in the event — he was the guy in the panther suit.

 

 

Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School Graduates Largest Class Ever

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Jun 182015
 

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 12.17.18 PMThe Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School is proud to announce the graduation of the class of 2015. 

Six months ago, when the Firefighter 1 training began, there were 41 students, but only 37 of them made it all the way through to the end — the largest class to date.

The ceremony also was attended by the largest audience of family members, friends and Fire Chiefs.

The firefighters will now go to their respective firehouses and serve the cities and towns in which they live or are committed to.

Hamden firefighter Diego Barboza was the class “valedictorian” having scored the highest on the written exam.

Hamden, Oxford, Orange, Trumbull, Shelton, Woodbridge, Branford, Bethany, Ansonia, and Southport benefit from the hard work of the Instructors and students of the class of 2015. Orange welcomed four new members.

The New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led the graduates into the auditorium at the Shelton Intermediate Middle School.

Shelton Firefighter William Stanton, III, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, then Ken Mitchell, Jr, President of the Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School, offered opening comments.

The guest speaker was William Higgins, Director of Training for the CT State Fire Academy, who welcomed the graduates into the brotherhood of firefighters and thanked their families for all they gave up during training and everything they will sacrifice in the future.

James Vincent, Director of Training (and the Orange Deputy Fire Marshal) gave the address to the class and then entertained the audience with a humorous 5 minute slide presentation set to music, showing the students working hard — and having fun during their six months of training.

High achiever Diego Barboza, a new member of the Hamden Fire Department was presented the Achievement Award and addressed his fellow students as the class valedictorian.

One by one, the members of the class of 2015 received their well deserved Firefighter 1 certificate, then joined family and friends in the lobby for a magnificent cake from Tidmarsh’s Bakery in Ansonia.

As the only female in the class, Jessica Royka said she took some good spirited teasing, and sometimes didn’t feel like “one of the boys.” But the class as a whole was like a family and everyone looked out for one another and cared about their fellow students’ success. “They’re all my brothers,” she said. Jessica is a member of the Branford Fire Department, along with four of the other graduates.

The new firefighters and their departments are:

Ansonia John Machowski, Christopher Mack Ansonia, Peter Mavilla, Cassidy Miller, David Pimenta, Joseph Reardon, Tyler Reese, Peter Washenko

Bethany Steven Kirschbaum

Branford Wiliam Glynn, Brock Kopp, Joseph Petrosino, Jessica Royka, Dominick Sannino

Hamden Diego Barboza, Christopher Gamelin, Kyle Mendillo

Orange Brandon Butler, Trevor Griffin, Brandon Natale, Michael Sirico

Oxford Justin Bongiorno, Joshua Downs, Robert Kurdy, Joshua Zitnay

Shelton Nicholas Demko, Nicholas DiCairano, Jacob Martin, Luke Martin, Noam Meir, Michael Neuendorf, William Stanton, III, Daniel Tatun

Southport  Robert Pocius

Trumbull Liam Davis, Charles Riczu

Woodbridge Keveon Galan