Oct 252014

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 10.53.55 PMOn Oct. 7 at 7 a.m., Kenneth Donnelly, 39, of 8 Richards Ave, Seymour, surrendered himself at Orange Police Headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant stemmed from a single-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2014 on Route 34. (which Orange Live covered as it was happening.)

Donnelly was the driver of the involved vehicle, and was injured as a result of the roll-over accident. Officers pursued an investigation due to the crash, and that investigation led to the issuance of a warrant, which was served on the above date/time.

Donnelly was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), failure to drive in proper lane, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, illegal passing, and driving a motor vehicle with no insurance

He was released after posting $1,500 bond for court Oct. 21. 

Oct 242014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Breach of peace

Officers responded to the parking lot of a restaurant at 385 Boston Post Road on a disturbance complaint, Oct. 18 at 8:05 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Joseph Chipello, 59, of 378 Manley Heights Road, had gotten into a loud argument with a female companion, which caused bystanders to contact police for assistance.

Chipello was subsequently taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace.

He was released after posting $250 bond for court Oct. 20.

Oct 232014

orange police duiDrinking while driving

Patrol officers observed a vehicle drive into the parking area of a business on the Boston Post Road that was closed at 3:34 a.m. on Oct. 5.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Paco Garcia, 27, of 14 Fox St., New Haven.

Garcia was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drinking while driving and driving without a license.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 20.

Oct 222014

Copper-pipesThe residential burglary that was touched on in the September Police Activity Report is still under investigation.

Here is a little preliminary information so residents know where it took place and what was taken.

The incident took place on Sept. 19 at a foreclosed home on Long Meadow.

Tools and copper pipes were taken.

Police are trying to get in touch with the former property owner and the real estate agent for more information.

Oct 222014

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.39.42 PMThe Orange Police Department has recently launched new access on several social media fronts. 

The Department now has a Facebook page as well as twitter and instagram accounts. 

“It is our hope to be able to better inform the community of our activity both on a routine basis and during emergencies,” said Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo. “In the past the department had relied on members individual pages or the Emergency Management pages to get the word out.  This will allow us to showcase our efforts in community policing, whether its in the schools, partnering with youth services, or any of the many outreach programs the department uses.”

We will use the sites to post press releases, although we also will use traditional media outlets to get that news out.

The facebook site can be found under “Town of Orange Police Department,” follow us on Twitter and instagram at  “@orangepdct”

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.