Oct 202014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveShopping Cart Rage

Orange Police served a warrant against Laura Durkin, 53, of 2240 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Oct. 8 at 11:09 a.m. after she surrendered herself at Police Headquarters.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from a July 27 incident in the parking lot of the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road.

Investigation revealed that Durkin had gotten into an altercation with another shopper and proceeded to strike the other person’s car twice with a shopping cart, causing $4,453 in damage to the vehicle.

A warrant, charging criminal mischief was issued for Durkin’s arrest.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 22.

Public Disturbance

Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at a restaurant at 350 Boston Post Road on Oct. 13 at 1:26 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that the complainant and a friend were having lunch inside the restaurant when Mike Molleur, 47, of 103 Ford Road, Woodbridge, a family member of the complainant began shouting at her and caused a scene.

According to the report, Molleur was located a short time later, taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $100 bond, and given a court date Oct. 27.

Police said no one was injured during the incident.

Oct 172014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300The Orange Police Department has been busy serving the community.
At this week’s police commission meeting, Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo released the following report for police activity from September. 

2,698 Calls for Service
1 Burglary (1 residential)
100 Activated Burglar Alarms
38 Criminal Arrests
22 Shoplifting/Larcenies
23 Fights/Disturbances
5 Arrests for DWI
72 Traffic Accidents
340 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued
121 Medical Emergencies

Oct 162014


Orange Police recruits Ryan Miniaci, Christina Nicolia, Amable Colon, Denny Peterson

Orange Police recruits Ryan Miniaci, Christina Nicolia, Amable Colon, Denny Peterson

The Orange Police Department welcomes four Recruits who will start the Milford Regional Police Academy on Monday Oct. 20.

The four Recruits, Amable Colon, Denny Peterson, Christina Nicolia, Ryan Miniaci, come from varied backgrounds and experiences.

The Orange Police Department looks forward to their successfully completing the academy and joining the ranks.


Oct 142014

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

The Orange Traffic/Police Commission met at Police Headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Following are notes from what they discussed at that meeting:

Traffic Commission

• Both the Derby and Orange Police departments sent letters to the state requesting a study be done on Derby-Milford Road to ban thru truck traffic.

The state responded with a letter stating that a number has been assigned to the case for review.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said it could take some time before they receive a definitive answer.

• Old Grassy Hill Road will be closed for about 2 days when work is done to replace a culvert near Wright’s Pond. AT&T has to dig a trench 10 feet deep to complete necessary line work at the same time. (Watch for exact dates on Orange Live)

Police Commission

state stats for orange police• The 2013 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been released, and is posted on the state’s ct.gov website. Orange is on page 265.

Gagne said crime is down in the state and at 339, Orange had the lowest recorded UCR in its history. The previous low number was 350 since they’ve been recorded over the past 40 years or more.

The stats weren’t recorded when Orange’s population was less than 10,000.

Note: Former Orange Police Chief Joseph Dooley is President of the CT. Police Chiefs Association 


• Routine computer system integration 

• The department now has label printing for barcoding evidence, which makes record keeping better and it is easier on the utility clerk.

• Recruit physicals and new uniforms

• The Orange Police Department now has 4 officers on the regional Special Response Team (SRT) — SWAT

• Maintenance for the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS (a national fingerprint and criminal history system)

• New Dell computers for the department

• There were bees in SallyPort and in the building that had to be removed


Overtime will be tight for the remainder of the year. 

Nothing big planned until the Memorial Day Parade.

• HVAC project is progressing and a new unit is now on the roof

• The radio project is about to start soon. 

• The Annual Report to be sent to town is ready

• The Juniorettes planted around the flagpole and returned October 4 and added mums to the containers near entrance.

Oct 142014

trent good citizenOn Sept. 27, the Trap Falls Kennel Club held an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event at Eisenhower Park in Milford.

Orange Police Officer Mary Bernegger attended with K-9 Trent.

Trent took part in the AKC Good Canine Citizen test, which is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

Trent and Officer Bernegger passed with flying colors.

Senator Richard Blumenthal presented Trent with his official CGC medal and ribbon by at a ceremony in front of event attendees. 

Oct 142014

An non-sprinklered room at 1:24 after a fire ignited behind the bed.

An non-sprinklered room at 1:24 after a fire ignited behind the bed.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the University of New Haven hosted the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition for a “live burn” demonstration in its parking lot. Several Fire Chiefs from departments as far away as Greenwich were in attendance, as well as a few lawmakers, including State Representative Paul Davis.

About the Coalition

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was formed in 1996 in response to the tremendous need to inform the public about the life-saving value of home fire sprinkler protection. HFSC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers. HFSC offers educational material with details about installed home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation. These materials are available upon request.

Live Demonstrations

Wednesday’s demonstration, which had been planned well in advance, took place about 18 hours after Hartford Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.52.46 PMfirefighter Kevin Bell, 48, a 6-year veteran of the department died in a house fire on Tuesday evening. Three other firefighters also were injured fighting the blaze. 

Had the two story home on Blue Hills Avenue been equipped with a sprinkler system, Bell most likely would still be alive. 

The University of New Haven has an active Fire Science Department, whose students assisted in the event, building two identical wooden boxes using the HFSC specs down to the amount and placement of screws with materials donated by the Derby Home Depot. 

Each box was set up like a bedroom with the same items: bed, nightstand, curtains, computer monitor, plastic toys, carpet and smoke detector.

One “room” was equipped with a single sprinkler head, the other was not.

A large time keepers clock was set up on a table in between the two boxes and one by one, the non-sprinklered room first, they were set on fire in the same spot (behind the bed).

Click HERE for a Video of the event.


No Sprinkler

24 seconds fire catches on curtains, smoke detector activates

50 seconds fire rolls across ceiling temperatures increase to unbearable limit

1:40 Flashover — you can’t escape this fire

2:00 extinguished with water from fire department

Total loss

IMG_4235Sprinklered Room

19 seconds smoke detector goes off

24 seconds curtain on fire

47 seconds, heat rises, sprinkler activates, fire is out

Minimal water damage

Oct 102014

ChamberlainThe Orange Police Department welcomes Officer Romaine Chamberlain to the ranks. 

Officer Chamberlain graduated from the 344th Connecticut Police Academy class in June and recently completed the required field training program.    

Officer Chamberlain is 33 years old. He was born and raised in Jamaica prior to moving to the United States and becoming a citizen. 

Officer Chamberlain has attended college in Florida at Edison State College, as well as Palm Beach State College, where he earned an Associate’s degree. 

He is currently enrolled in Arizona State University’s online program earning credits toward a degree in Political Science. 

Officer Chamberlain has been assigned to the Patrol Division.

Oct 082014

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:


There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**


Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!


Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 


Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.

Oct 052014

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

On Sept. 30, at 8:37 a.m., Kenneth Roeder, 52, of 14 Orchard Drive, Wilton, surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

 The warrant stemmed from an incident at Merle’s Record Rack, 307 Racebrook Road, on August 25, 2014, when the Roeder allegedly switched a vintage Beatles album valued at an estimated $1,400 with a replica that he had brought to the store.

He then left the store with the original. The following day, the store owner realized the switch had occurred and contacted police.

The original album eventually was returned to the store.

Roeder was charged with fourth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 14. 

Sep 292014

orange police duiOfficers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash along Route 34 near Dogwood Road on Sept. 20 at 1:29 a.m.

Investigation of the single-car accident led to the administration of standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Nopphadon Mungkhampha, 42, of 59 Prospect St, Ansonia

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

Mungkhampha was released after posting $100 bond for court Oct. 3.