Don’t Mess With Loki

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Sep 162017

During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.

The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”

Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”

Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.

The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.

Unwrapping The Purple Firetrucks For Chloe

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Sep 152017

On August 12, 2016, the tri-town Amity volunteer fire departments came together to show off their newly wrapped purple Courage For Chloe fire trucks in honor of baby Chloe Clemmens, a sweet baby girl whose smile never faded even though she was battling Neuroblastoma.

Little Chloe continues to beat cancer, and now it’s time to celebrate!

According to the WVFD Facebook page, the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge volunteer fire departments will unwrap their purple Courage for Chloe trucks to celebrate Chloe’s cancer being in remission for 9 months on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Woodbridge Firehouse, 100 Center Rd, Woodbridge, from 1-4 p.m.

Refreshments, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Orange Police: August Activity Report

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Sep 122017

      Orange Police Patch

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne released the following stats from the month of August during today’s Police Commission Meeting at the OPD Headquarters.

The department had 2,884 calls for service.

One Commercial Burglary at Hayama Restaurant reported on Aug. 29, during which containers and cookware were taken.

There was one robbery at Dollar Tree on August 26, just after 11 p.m. No weapon was shown and there were no injuries. The Police Investigative Services Unit is in charge of this case.

Also, 117 activated burglar alarms, 37 criminal arrests, 40 shoplifting/larceny complaints, 16 fights/disturbances, 3 DWI arrests, 2 stolen cars reported, 68 traffic accidents, 149 traffic tickets issued, 141 medical emergencies.

The ISU is still investigating past bank robberies.

Orange Police Dispatcher “Talks Down” Distraught, Gun Toting Juvenile

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Sep 112017

On Monday, September 11, 2017, at about 8:20 a.m. Orange Police received a 911 call from a distraught juvenile male who was in possession of a loaded handgun.

The juvenile was outside of his residence, which was located near Turkey Hill Elementary School.

As a precaution, police officers placed the school on lockdown while the situation was ongoing.

Orange Police emergency dispatcher Scott Henderson kept the juvenile on the line and did an outstanding job de-escalating the distraught caller, getting the male to put down the weapon and surrender to nearby responding officers without further incident. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The lockdown at the elementary school was lifted after twenty minutes, which was the duration of the incident. At no time were students/staff at the school in danger.

This investigation remains ongoing. No further details are being released at this time.

Don’t Miss The 46th Annual Fire Apparatus Show & Muster

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Sep 082017

Engine 260 will host its 46th annual Fire Apparatus Show and Muster at Eisenhower Park, 725 North Street, Milford, on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is a fire department enthusiasts favorite, beginning with the Parade of Fire Apparatus.

Once at Eisenhower Park the apparatus are lined up in the parking lot for all to see (children especially love this).

Cheer our Orange Volunteers on during the various Firefighter Team Competitions and marvel at the power of the various trucks and firefighter’s skills in the Pumping Contests.

Browse through the Firematic Flea Market and Exhibitions.

Have lunch and enjoy a variety of Food & Refreshments.

Check out the Demonstrations

The Engine 260 Muster donates all proceeds to the Milford Recreation Department’s Camp Happiness program which benefits children with special needs. As always the firefighters hope you will come and enjoy the show and support a very important cause.

Applications for Competition and Vendor spots are still available on the website www.engine260.org.

Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo Says Goodbye

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Sep 082017

After a 27-year career with the Orange Police Department, Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said goodbye in one of his favorite formats, “Facebook Live.”

Cuozzo, a longtime fan of Chip’s Restaurant is retired today to take the position of COO at his favorite eatery.

Here is the video in case you missed it.

Farewell Tony, much happiness in your new job and watch your waistline!



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Sep 082017

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) asks, are you ready? We would like to help you with a simple, yet very important part of being ready, putting together your Disaster Supply Kit.

Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.

What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.

 Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
 Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
 Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit and manual.
 Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
 Matches and waterproof container.
 Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
 Extra clothing.
 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
 Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
 Cash and coins.
 Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
 Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
 Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
 Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.

Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.

Police: Woman Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison For Fraud, ID Theft Scheme

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Sep 072017

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jamila Williams-Stevenson,
37, of West Haven, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating a fraud and identity theft scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2012 and July 2016, Williams-Stevenson and Lorena Coburn worked together to steal personal identifying information from victims and commit fraud using the stolen information.

The sources of the personal identifying information included patients at Yale New Haven Hospital, where Williams-Stevenson worked as a care companion.

As part of the scheme, she and Coburn submitted to the U.S. Postal Service change of address applications for their victims so that the victims’ mail, including checks that were intended for the victims, would be diverted from the victims’ true addresses to addresses that were controlled byWilliams-Stevenson and Coburn.

The two women also stole checks from residential and business mailboxes and then counterfeited the checks so that they were payable to their identity theft victims. They then opened bank accounts in the names of identity theft victims, deposited the stolen and counterfeit checks into those accounts, and then withdrew the funds from those accounts.

Williams-Stevenson and Coburn also obtained a life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000 in the name of an identity theft victim, and Williams-Stevenson was named as the beneficiary on the policy.

Forensic analysis of Williams-Stevenson’s iPhone, which was seized at the time of her arrest, revealed a series of text messages between her and Coburn discussing how they might be able to cause the death of this victim in order to collect on the life insurance policy.

More than 30 individuals were victimized through this scheme, resulting in an attempted loss of more than $150,000 to banks and victims.

Williams-Stevenson was arrested on July 21, 2016.  On that date, agents executed searches at her house and storage unit and found more than 200 unique credit and debit cards in the names of various identity theft victims.

Judge Bolden ordered Williams-Stevenson to pay restitution of $53,365.37 to various financial institutions and a university that suffered financial losses.

Williams-Stevenson has been detained since her arrest.  On December 12, 2016, she pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Coburn, of West Haven, pleaded guilty to the same charges on November 30, 2016, and is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force and the West Haven, New Haven and Orange Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarala V. Nagala.

Do You Recognize This Dog?

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Sep 072017

From the Orange Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 7 around 12 p.m.

Do you know me? This older female beagle mix was found on Dogwood Rd. Near Kennedy drive.

She is wearing an e-fence collar but no tags.

Please contact Milford Animal control at 203-783-3279 if you have any information about her.

Welcome To Orange Officer Miller

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Sep 062017

The Orange Police Department hosted a swearing-in ceremony today for its newest officer, Makiem Miller. (Which was live-streamed on the OPD Facebook Page)

Officer Miller comes to Orange (originally) from the New Haven Police Department, where he spent twenty years. While with the New Haven PD, Officer Miller held the ranks of Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Notably, he was the District Manager for the Whalley Avenue district in New Haven prior to his retirement.

After retirement, Officer Miller was named the Chief of Police for Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina.

Officer Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice from Sacred Heart University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in criminal justice from American Military University and a Graduate Certificate in public administration from the University of New Haven.

Officer Miller’s daughter, Mariah, herself a newly appointed New Haven Police Department officer had the honor of pinning her father with his OPD badge.

Officer Miller will be assigned to the patrol division.