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Police: DUI Arrest On Route 34

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Feb 132016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Officers conducting traffic patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically across the eastbound lanes of Route 34 at 2:34 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had Irma Lazo, 20, of 17 Shepard Street, Apt 1, New Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to drive in a proper lane, driving without a license.

She was released on $50 bond for court Feb. 22.

Police Blotter: Man Charged With Falsely Reporting an Incident

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Feb 132016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 8.27.20 AMOn Wednesday, Feb. 10, Michael Graves, 33, of New Haven, was served an arrest warrant at Police Headquarters at 8:45 a.m.

According to the report, Graves filed a complaint of a motor vehicle accident where the ‘offending’ car fled the scene. Investigation led officers to the other driver involved in the incident.

That person was able to provide photos from the scene of the accident that contradicted the story Graves gave. Surveillance video from a nearby business confirmed the details of the accident were not as initially reported by Graves.

An arrest warrant charging falsely reporting an incident and interfering with an officer was obtained by the investigating officer.

Graves was released after posting $5,000 bond and given a Feb. 25 court date. 

Police Release Information On Last Week’s 5 Vehicle Accident

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Feb 122016
 

20160204_193512On Thursday, Feb. 4, Orange Live posted a story about a “Horrific Five Vehicle Accident” on the Boston Post Road.

HERE is a link to that story along with photos published while crews were still on scene. 

Today, the Orange Police Department released the following information regarding that accident.

 

On Feb. 4 at 7:11 p.m., multiple Orange Police officers, Orange Volunteer Fire Department personnel and AMR emergency medical staff responded to the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident on the Boston Post Road near the entrance to the Lowe’s store.

Officers found that a van traveling westbound passed a line of standing traffic, disregarded a red light, veered to the oncoming lanes, and struck a line of stopped vehicles waiting for the eastbound traffic light.

Emergency medical assistance was given to all involved parties; four were transported to area hospitals.

The accident is currently under investigation by Officer Brian Foote of the OPD Major Accident Reconstruction team.

Any potential charges will be based on the conclusion(s) of the investigation.

Burglaries in Orange: Police Say, Always Report Suspicious Activity

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Feb 122016
 

police carDuring this week’s Police Commission Meeting Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo reported that officers were investigating two home burglaries that occurred in January.

Cuozzo said the incidents took place in the North West area of town off of Route 34.

In both incidents the unknown suspect (s) forcibly entered the homes and took jewelry and small electronic items, which, Cuozzo said are easily pawned.

The Orange Police are sharing information with other regional police departments to determine if there is any connection to their cases.

Detectives also are working with the regional group to try and solve the recent Smoothie King robbery.

In addition, police are investigating a “smash and grab” burglary at Knight’s Power Equipment on the Boston Post Road that happened today at 5:30 a.m.

Cuozzo asks residents to be aware of any suspicious activity in town, both at businesses and in their own neighborhoods and to call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130 to report it immediately.

“We take all calls seriously, and it often is the citizen caller reporting something that doesn’t seem right that leads to arrests in these types of incidents,” Cuozzo said.

Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Discussion:
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
Announcements:
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
MINUTES
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
NEW BUSINESS
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Leo Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
  • COMMITTEES
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    (enclosure)
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    VOTE
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved

Police: Orange Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Mother

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Feb 082016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300On Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:18 a.m., Orange police officers responded to a complaint of a serious assault at a private residence on Mulberry Lane.

During the investigation, officers observed a female in her 50s suffering from multiple severe knife wounds to her chest, head, face, and both hands.

Officers learned that the victim was the mother of the suspect, Charles Weber III, 20, of 220 Mulberry Lane and that Charles also was inside the house and had suffered a knife wound himself.

All parties were given emergency medical care on-site. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where her wounds were treated. The suspect was taken to an area hospital under guard.

An investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant, for Weber charging attempted murder and first-degree assault, which was served on Monday, Feb. 8.

Weber was placed on $500,000 bond, and arraigned at court today, Feb. 8.

NOTE: The arrest warrant affidavit in this case has been sealed by the court and is not available for public release. Orange Police will have no further details available regarding this case. 

Orange Police Investigating Assault On Mulberry Lane That Sent Two To Hospital

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Feb 052016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMOn Friday Feb. 5 at about 3:18 a.m., the Orange Police Department responded to a private residence on Mulberry Lane for a reported assault.

According to police, the victim and the suspect know each other.  They both were transported to Yale – New Haven hospital for treatment of injuries.  The victim received serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

There is no ongoing threat to the community.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said, “We are not releasing the identities of the parties involved at this time as the investigation is ongoing.”

Horrific 5 Vehicle Accident Closes Route 1

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Feb 042016
 

20160204_193725 Sometime around 7 p.m. Thursday night a 5 vehicle accident in front of Walgreens on the Boston Post Road, sent some people to the hospital and totaled 4 cars and a cargo van.

Still waiting for official word, but it appears that the van pulled out of the Lowes parking lot, turned and proceeded down Route 1 on the wrong side of the road.

A tire from one of the vehicles was found on the opposite side of the road near McDonalds. (Possibly from the car was carrying a very young -possibly 1 or 2 years old – girl in the rear seat.

Ladders from the van were on the ground and a car’s windshield was smashed.

About 3 ambulances were called to the scene, along with the Volunteer Fire Department.

Flatbed trucks and tow trucks removed the wrecks while firefighters cleared the debris.

The road was closed from the Walgreens entrance to the Lowe’s entrance and traffic was rerouted around the accident scene.

We are waiting for the report and official details to be released.

Orange Police: Man Accused of Stealing Nearly $200 Worth of Energy Drinks

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Feb 022016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMOrange police responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, on a larceny complaint Jan. 21 at 3:06 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Axel Morales Robles, (no age given), 89 Chapel St #2, New Haven had taken an item off the shelf and obtained a refund for it, even though he had not paid for it.

He then used the proceeds from that refund to purchase energy drinks, according to the report.

The total loss to the store was $193.95. Store security personnel detained Robles and turned him over to police.

Robles was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released after posting $5,000 bond for court Feb. 4.

Police: Man Charged with Reckless Burning and Risk of Injury

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Feb 012016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300On Jan. 25 at 8:23 a.m. Rory Clark, 26, of 159 Dogburn Road, 2nd floor, West Haven surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant stemmed from a fire that occurred behind the Target store on August 26, 2015.

Investigation discovered that Clark, along with four juveniles between the ages of 11 and 13, used lighter fluid purchased at Target to set a large fire behind the store building.

Arrest warrants were procured for two of the juveniles and Clark. The juveniles cannot be identified due to their status, and they have been referred to juvenile authorities.

Clark was charged with reckless burning and four counts of risk of injury to a minor.

He was held for arraignment at Derby Superior Court the same day he turned himself in to police.