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.

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.


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.

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.

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.



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

Jun 172015

A Truck and sedan were involved in an accident on Old Tavern Road in front of the Post Office around 4:08 p.m. Wednesday June 17.

The airbag deployed in the car and both vehicles had to be removed from the scene.

(Photos courtesy of Dave M.)

Jun 162015

burglar tipsWith several reports this month of items being stolen from unlocked cars and recent home burglaries, we thought it would be a good idea to pass along this information to help you protect your property from unscrupulous individuals.

(Some of you may know a few of these tips from the Police Citizen’s Academy Classes)

The National Crime Prevention Council offers the following tips to help you protect your property:

  • Light the outside of your home to eliminate hiding places
  • Leave some lights on in your home to make it appear occupied (timers on lights are a good option in the event you will be gone)
  • Plan landscaping to provide maximum visibility to and from your home
  • Cut tree limbs back from your home to prevent access to windows
  • Use a strong exterior door — either solid wood or metal — and add lighting at every door
  • Install locks on all sliding glass doors and place metal or wooden bars in the tracks to prevent opening
  • Make sure your windows are secure and have a good locking mechanism
  • Use strong and reliable locks; this is one of the most cost effective ways to help secure your property
  • Always keep doors and windows locked, even if you are going to be gone only a few minutes

Some additional suggestions for keeping your property safe:

  • Purchase a home security alarm
  • Let a trusted neighbor, friend or relative know when you are going to be gone for more than one night
  • Don’t allow newspapers or mail to accumulate; have a friend pick them up
  • Let your local law enforcement know if you will be gone for an extended time

While you may not be able to prevent every break-in, making a few changes in home security can help minimize thefts.

Jun 152015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Officers responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint June 5 at 11:08 p.m.

Officers learned that David Adams, 50, of 825 Morrison Ave ‪#‎12D, Bronx, NY and Arthur Richardson, 59, of an unknown address, had filled two shopping carts with vacuum cleaners, then ripped off the security tags.

The total value of the vacuum cleaners was $2,607.35.

According to the report, the two men attempted to remove the merchandise from the store without paying, but were stopped by security and detained for police.

Police said Richardson initially gave a false name to the responding officers.

Both were subsequently taken into custody and charged.

Adams was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny, and second-degree criminal trover.

He was released on $1,000 bond for court June 19.

Richardson was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, and interfering with an officer.

He was held on bond for court June 8.


Jun 152015

Area of home burglary, car entries.

Area of home burglary, car entries.

On Sunday June 7, police were called to the area of Barton Drive on reports of unlocked cars that had been entered overnight with items taken and a home burglary.

The unknown suspect(s) cut a screen and climbed in through a window at the home on Barton Drive. The homeowner reported electronic items missing.

All of these incidents are currently under investigation.

Orange police remind residents to lock their cars when they are in for the night and to secure their homes.

A resident reported that unlocked cars on Narrow Lane had been entered and looted, and prior to that, at the beginning of the month vehicles on Argyle Road also were entered. 

If you see any suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood, gather descriptive information and call the police department directly at 203-891-2130.