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Drug Take Back Day A Success

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May 012016
 

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 5.19.05 PMThe Orange Police and DEA thank everyone who came out to CVS on Saturday for the annual Drug Take Back Day event.

Officer Robert Amarone and members of the Orange CERT were on-hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they collected enough expired prescription medications, epi pens, etc to fill one large garbage bag and 6 boxes.

The DEA took the items to an undisclosed location where they were incinerated.

Clean Out Your Cabinets, Saturday Is Drug Take Back Day In Orange

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Apr 302016
 

TAKE-BACK-300x184The Orange Police Department is participating in “Drug Take Back Day” this  Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Amarone will be at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 00:44

OVFD Auxiliary Plans Annual Pancake Breakfast

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Apr 292016
 

pancake breakfastThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 17th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea also will be served.

Cost is $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Save $1 per person by purchasing an advance ticket from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, email: [email protected] or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Apr 272016
 

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Tractor Trailer Goes Over Car On I-95S Milford

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Apr 242016
 

DOT traffic cam image

DOT traffic cam image

Around 8:45 p.m. the Milford Fire Department was called to I-95 S exit 35 on a report of a tractor trailer on top of a car with possible extrication needed.

Within minutes the first responders were on scene reporting that the car WAS under the 18-wheeler, and everyone was out of the vehicle.

What could have been a tragic accident, it seems has an unbelievably lucky outcome.

Stop, Drop and Help the Orange Fire Department Today

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Apr 232016
 

(file photo from last year's boot drive)

(file photo from last year’s boot drive)

If you are out and about today, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is having a “boot drive” on Marsh Hill Road until about 3 p.m.

If you have some spare change, a dollar or two, or more handy stop your car and drop it in the boot to help the OVFD.

The Volunteer Fire Department uses fundraising events (Carnival, bake sales, pancake breakfast, boot drive etc.) to obtain funds for training and equipment needs.

The men and women of the department volunteer their time and make themselves available 24/7 to protect the town of Orange.

 

 

Police Search For Suspicious Male From Early Evening Incident In Orange

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Apr 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.48.57 PMEarlier this evening, around 6:38 p.m., police were called to Herbert Street at Clearbrook Road on a suspicious activity complaint.

According to Chief Robert Gagne, a resident told police that a black male in a hard hat and vest was pounding on his front door, when he didn’t answer the man began knocking at the back door, at which time the homeowner called the OPD.

When the suspect saw patrol cars arrive, he fled into a nearby wooded area. Officers gave chase through the woods and observed him discarding the ‘construction-type’ clothing articles.

This is the type of car the suspect was driving.

This is the type of car the suspect was driving.

The unknown suspect eluded officers and fled the area down Herbert Street toward Milford in a light blue Scion with State of Connecticut dealer plates.

During the investigation officers confiscated a piece of clothing that the suspect had discarded in the wooded area.

Why the man was at the home is unclear, but police can only speculate that it may have been a ruse, impersonating a utility worker in an attempt to get into the house.

Police are asking that anyone who may have seen anything, including the male or the vehicle, call Officer Cody McGinnis at 203-891-2130 ext. 424 with any information.

Orange Police Put Faces To The Home Burglary Cases In Town

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Apr 212016
 

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 7.15.15 PMFollowing months of tireless investigation, Orange police served two warrants on April 15 at 10 a.m. against a father and son that they call “prolific residential burglars.”

The town of Orange experienced a rash of residential burglaries in February through early March 2016. Detectives began to work those cases at the time.

Officers got a break in the case when John Connelly, 69, of 806 Edgewood Ave, New Haven and Michael Connelly, 25, of 806 Edgewood Ave #‎1a‬, New Haven were arrested after a motor vehicle stop in Orange on March 4 found them in possession of a variety of narcotics with intent to sell. The younger Connelly was also found to have six warrants out for his arrest on that day.

Information obtained from that arrest led to the issuance of arrest warrants to a father-son combination for seven different residential burglaries in Orange. These warrants were served on April 15.

The two arrestees are accused of breaking into homes on Karen Drive, North Greenbrier Drive, Hemlock Hill Road, Garden Road, Turkey Hill Road, and Hilltop Road. Small but expensive items such as jewelry and watches often were taken so they could turn them into cash.

 

John Connelly was charged with five counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary, onc count of fifth-degree larceny, two counts of third-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, one count of first-degree larceny, 16 counts of conspiracy to commit all of the above charges. possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school or day care, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school or day care, and interfering with an officer’s investigation.

He was arraigned at court the same day.

Michael Connelly was charged with seven counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of fifth-degree larceny, three counts of third-degree larceny, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, two counts of first-degree larceny, 13 counts of conspiracy to commit the above charges, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school or day care, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school or day care, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, interfering with an officer’s investigation, impersonation and six counts of failure to appear in court.

He was arraigned at Derby Superior Court.

UPDATE: Abate’s Pizza Will Be Closed For A While After Fire

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Apr 212016
 

IMG_0388Original brief: 10:15 a.m. The Orange Fire Department is on scene of a structure fire at 106 Boston Post Road (Staples/Abate’s Pizza).

West Haven is en route.

UPDATE: Fire Marshal Tim Smith said the fire started in the kitchen of Abate’s Pizza and made its way up to the exhaust and ceiling tiles to the roof.

There is a fair amount of fire damage to Abate’s and “some” smoke damage to other businesses but nothing major.

Town building officials have closed the restaurant until repairs are made and the building is re-inspected.

Smith said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Police Blotter: Man Charged With DUI, Speeding

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Apr 192016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMOrange Police conducting radar patrol on Derby Avenue at 1:55 a.m. on April 8, clocked a vehicle traveling at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Jasper Howard, 38, of 851 Howe Ave, Shelton, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding and failure to carry a license.

Howard was released after posting $50 bond for court April 22.