Mar 242015

11069266_795787230474701_7060743136990343596_nOrange Police Investigators worked through the night and at 3:30 a.m. today took two suspects into custody.

Police continued their investigation and received information from witnesses and the public throughout the evening hours.  An anonymous tip led officers to several Facebook pages where they were able to identify the suspect,Brian Gittings, 27, of 19 Trolley Bridge Road, Shelton, and the driver of the getaway car, Amy Miranti, 23, of 47 Pine Street, Trumbull.

Shelton Police Detective Chris Nugent assisted in the investigation along with members of the Shelton Police Department where the suspect was taken into custody by Orange Detectives.  Both Gittings and Miranti have criminal historys.

Both were charged with third-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and held on $25,000.00 bond. They will be 20695_795787237141367_224289534460672699_narraigned in Derby Superior court this morning.

“This is an example of using good old fashion police work combined with today’s social media that led to the successful  and quick arrests in this case.  The Orange Police want to thank the public for spreading the word on yesterdays robbery and calling in leads to Investigators,”  said Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo.

Lieutenant Andrew Steinbrick and Detective Brian Petrucelli led the investigation.


Mar 232015

10981442_795596160493808_6445866158423979556_nThe Orange Police investigation into today’s bank robbery revealed that the suspect had visited the Webster Bank branch earlier today.

The suspect, seen in the attached photo, was wearing the same, or similar sweat pants but a different jacket and hoodie.

Witnesses observed the suspect in a black Nissan Altima with front end damage around 2:30 p.m. along with an unknown female.

Mar 232015

1517397_795532930500131_6636390117924129580_nAs Orange Live reported in a Breaking News Brief, the Webster Bank at 247 Boston Post Road, Orange was robbed today, March 23, at 4:48 p.m.

According to police, a lone white male entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.

The teller complied and the male left the branch on foot with an undetermined amount of money.

Orange Police received a hold-up alarm at 4:50 p.m.  Uniformed Patrol officers and Detectives arrived on scene and were advised that the suspect had left on foot in an unknown direction.  A canvas of the neighborhood revealed the suspect was last seen heading north on Racebrook Road on foot.  A Milford Police K-9 did a track that ended on Racebrook Road near Neenan Road.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 foot 6 inches tall, 25 years of age, wearing gray sweatpants, a light blue hooded sweatshirt, black knit cap, scarf and gray/black knit gloves and black sneakers.

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Mar 232015

police carOrange Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at Webster Bank on the Boston Post Road around 4:45 p.m.

The bank will be closed during the investigation.

Orange Live is awaiting official notification before we release any further information regarding this case.


Mar 212015

20150320_125819_resizedThe first day of spring, the promise of warmer weather and sunny days, but for 2015, Mother Nature had a couple of tricks up the sleeve of her flowing white gown — More Snow!

Still, Donny Foyer and the boys at the Orange Highway Department were more than ready to take on whatever she decided to dish out.

In the early afternoon the familiar Orange trucks were lined up in the parking lot and one by one filled with a load of sand and gassed up for the long 16 (or longer) hour shift making town roads safe for morning travel.

The snow didn’t stop at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m. as some forecasters had predicted, but it kept on falling through Saturday afternoon.

And as suddenly as it began, the snow stopped and the sun came out and began melting it before most people even had a chance to start building snowmen.

Once again residents have been e-mailing Orange Live with messages about how the Orange Highway Department did a great job clearing the roads.

Mar 192015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Officers responded to Kohl’s,250 Bull Hill Lane, on a shoplifting complaint March 5 at 3 p.m.  Investigation revealed that Peter Germanis, (no age given) 45-27 Auburndale La, Flushing, NY, had taken $125 worth of clothing out of the store without paying. He was stopped outside the store and detained for police.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Germanis was released after posting $500 bond for court March 19.

Orange police served two warrants at Derby Superior Court, 106 Elizabeth Street, on Robert Pala, 29, of 20 Twin Oaks Terrace, Milford, who was appearing in court for another matter on March 10 at 9 a.m.

The warrants stemmed from two separate shoplifting incidents at the Target store in January of this year.

Pala was charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny. He was held for arraignment.

Mar 172015

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 7.33.12 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met on Tuesday evening at Town Hall with a small, but interesting agenda, including a new business proposal, a business owner stuck between a rock and a hard place and a public hearing regarding the town plan of conservation and development.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Monster Golf, Submitted by Brixmor Property Group.  For property known 220 Indian River Road, a.k.a. Christmas Tree Shop Plaza.  The proposal is to locate an indoor miniature golf and “lazer tag” in existing store space.  Also for the construction of a mezzanine/2nd floor area.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 7.35.08 PMThe application did not include a floor plan or show plans for the mezzanine, nor did the applicant have proof that the plans that he presented at the meeting were the same that he showed to the Fire Marshal and other departments for approval.

For these reasons this item has been moved to the April 7 meeting for discussion and a vote. 

Further discussion: Would the Commission address this as a retail business, which the space already is approved for.

2.  Request for Release of Bond by MLG Real Estate LLC (Aurora), 205 Edison Road, $35,000 cash bond.

Unanimously approved. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 8.12.29 PM3.   PUBLIC HEARING ON “DRAFT” ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.  In accordance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut State Statutes, this is a public hearing to obtain public comment, concerns, and questions.  A copy of the proposed plan has been filed in the Office of the Orange Town Clerk and is also available in the Orange Zoning Department and Town of Orange Website.  After completion of the public hearing, the commission may revise the plan and may adopt the plan or any part thereof or amendment thereto by a single resolution or may, by successive resolutions, adopt parts of the plan and amendments.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 8.24.39 PMGlenn Chalder presented an overview with slides showing the audience the proposal, which includes open space, providing pedestrian traffic in town, providing bicycle lanes, safe pedestrian walkways to and from the proposed train station.

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer, once again advocated for a better plan for the Indian River Road and Bull Hill Lane areas to help increase the attractiveness of Orange for new businesses.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt had several comments including putting a firehouse in the west side of town which is more or less isolated, and instead of sidewalks, which carry a fair amount of liability and added maintenance, it would be better to keep with the paths that Orange now has.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the several acres behind Lowes and the former Stop & Shop that were once truck terminals need to be planned out so they can be developed for a better use. He said Orange recently lost a good opportunity for a business on Edison Road. He added that a third firehouse would just be an extra burden on the town and firefighters would still have to drive to the firehouse and get the trucks.

Chalder will take all the comments into consideration, incorporate them into the plan and it will be continued at the next meeting on April 7.


The man who inherited the former Enchanted Gardens (The Purple Building) on Route 34 is having a problem selling the building, which was grandfathered in with a use only as a florist or garden center.

Chairman Walter Clark told him that he would have to file for an amendment to the regulations or an amendment to the zoning map.

His only way out is to file the formal paperwork, meaning hiring an attorney, which he is resistant to, since he’s already put money into the improving the property and is paying taxes on the vacant building.

Light Industrial 3 Zone

The Commission let Chalder know that they wanted to hire him to work on the LI3 Zone idea for the Indian River Road area as proposed by Paul Grimmer during a previous meeting.

Discussion included usage, and lot size limitations, building sizes, exactly what area the zone would cover.

Mar 162015

IMG_9895During the 75th Orange Volunteer Fire Association’s Annual Dinner, several firefighters were presented with Community Service Awards. 

Under the direction of Public Education Committee Chairman Lisa Kaplan the following members were recognized for their commitment to the department’s public education program.

These members have dedicated countless hours to the program;

Firefighter Leo Moran

Firefighter George Geane

Firefighter Cristen Chetlen

Recognition to other firefighters who have committed to the program.

Mar 162015

orange police duiPatrol officers observed a vehicle driving the wrong-way on Route One, (traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes) on Saturday, March 7 at 2:57 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Jeremy Torres, 23, of 28 Lakeside Drive, Bridgeport, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Torres was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), failure to drive in a proper lane and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released after posting $100 bond for court March 23.

Officers patrolling Indian River Road on March 11 at 8:58 p.m. observed a vehicle driving erratically.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Frances Kunajukr, 45, of 43 Indian River Road, Orange, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Kunajukr was subsequently taken into custody and charged with DUI and released on $50 bond for court March 25. 

Mar 162015

road_rageOn Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Orange police received 911 calls about a road-rage type incident that began on Route 34 and continued to Grassy Hill Road.

Investigation revealed that the complainant vehicle had been cut off by another driver on Route 34, and then that driver began to purposely drive slowly in front of the complainant’s car and randomly/suddenly brake in front of him.

The complainant was able to record the other driver’s actions on video, which officers used to identify and track down the driver, Danielle Ostrom, 47, of 8 Stillford Road, Wallingford.

Ostrom was subsequently located and issued an infraction ticket charging creating a public disturbance, improper passing and driving at an unreasonably slow speed.