Orange Police: Two Face Illegal Credit Card Related Charges

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Jul 202017

On June 13, at 5:41 p.m.  Orange police responded to 125 Boston Post Road (Sprint) on a suspected fraud complaint. Officers spoke to the Sprint Manager who stated Raul O. Infante, 23, and Katie Cruz, 22, both of Bridgeport, did not have the authority to make purchases on the account they were using.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Cruz had an active PRAWN warrant for her arrest for Failure to Respond.

Both suspects were taken into custody and charged.

Infante was charged with fourth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card, criminal conspiracy to commit illegal use a credit card, criminal conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and two counts of second-degree forgery.

Cruz criminal conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, criminal conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, two counts of conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card and failure to respond.

Both Infante and Cruz were held on a $10,000 surety bond to appear in court June 14.


Police Blotter: Man Found Asleep At The Wheel Charged With DUI

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Jul 202017

Orange Police responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle near the i-95 ramp on Marsh Hill Road on July 13 at 1:17 a.m.

According to the report, officers found Pasha Wilson, 27, of Bridgeport asleep inside his car in the intersection.

After securing the vehicle, police administered a roadside sobriety test and Wilson was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was released after posting $100 bond for court July 27.


Local Businesses, Service Providers Sought For Health And Safety Fair

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Jul 202017

OVNA and Community Services represented

Message from Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services

Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for the 16th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair.

The event will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Friday, September 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Early bird registration by Monday, July 31 is $80, after that, the fee is $85 a table for businesses and free to non-profit providers with a 501(c)3 designation. 

The event is free to the public. 

All proceeds from this fair will go to the Community Assistance Fund. All of our programs, activities, events, and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations. For more information or to reserve a table please contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788

We ask your support to maintain these vital programs.

We Need YOU-Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Jul 162017

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will be held again this year beginning on Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6.

Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent.

High school students looking for community service hours are also invited.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.

Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noontime. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday.

We will also need some assistance on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group that would be great and very much appreciated.

Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night. Real Living-Wareck D’Ostilio is putting together volunteers for Friday evening

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our town taxes lower.

The carnival is held rain or shine unless it’s called off due to dangerous weather.

Call or email Denise Mirto to add your name 203-464-9972 call or text or even better email at denise.mirto@gmail.com

Going Somewhere? Be Aware Of THIS (10 a.m. Sunday)

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Jul 162017

I-95 S at Surf Ave in Stratford at 10:15 a.m.

I-95 Southbound is SHUT DOWN at Exit 30 in Bridgeport because of a bus fire around 10 a.m.

If you were planning to drive or are headed in that direction get off and find an alternate route.

An Orange Live reader said the passengers were transferred to another bus.

It was cleared up in a couple of hours.


The Same area open and running smoothly

Bank Robbery UPDATE

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Jul 142017

With the assistance of the Woodbridge and New Haven Police Departments, the suspect vehicle involved in Tuesday’s robbery at TD Bank on the Boston Post Road in Orange, was recovered On Thursday, July 13.

According to police, the 2017 Ford Fusion was an overdue rental from a rental company in New Haven. Orange Police Detectives will process the car for trace evidence along with evidence initially recovered at the scene.

Additionally,  Orange Police Detectives canvassed area businesses and discovered some more video of the vehicle and suspects. The male driver was captured on CCTV on foot attempting to recover evidence and a second female passenger is seen in the getaway car. The primary suspect (the woman accused of robbing the bank) was captured on CCTV without the wig she wore during the incident.

Orange Police continue to request the public’s help in tracking these suspects down. Any information should be forwarded to Detective Peter Kingston at 203-891-2138.

Ford Fusion recovered in New Haven

Droning On In Orange: Fire And Police Train On A Valuable Tool

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Jul 132017

On Thursday, July 13, the Orange Fire Department hosted police and fire personnel from across the state in a special flight training program.

More than a dozen students participated in classroom and hands-on drone operation training. Experts were brought in to teach the class, which will culminate in a required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam.

The men learned the ins and outs of drones and how to fly them safely, but not for play — for use on the job and at emergency scenes.

The weather was a factor in Thursday’s scheduled training, which was split between the air-conditioned room at Station 2 and out in the thick humidity at the Old Tavern Park baseball fields, where 3-4 drones could be flown at once before the rain began to fall.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith said his office acquired a drone about a month ago utilizing grant money.

Drones have proved to be a valuable tool for fire departments, fire marshals’ offices, and police departments during emergency situations.

As a fire marshal, Smith said he can use the drone to fly over buildings to take aerial imagery for emergency planning to note what is on a roof, such as solar panels, HVAC systems, etc. In addition, they can fly over a large complex, such as a senior housing or shopping center and map out points of interest, including fire hydrants, sprinkler connections, and the locations of any hazardous tanks.

Drone operation also will be useful during fires and for fire investigations to get a different perspective that previously could only be done with a helicopter.

Smith said there are strict regulations in place for drone operation and on Friday, the class will be inside preparing to take the FAA Part 107 Airman’s exam.

Another class scheduled in the fall is already filled up, according to Smith.




Police Seek Bank Robbery Information

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Jul 132017

The TD Bank, 175 Boston Post Road was robbed on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:11 p.m.

According to Orange Police, a black female wearing jeans, a blue t-shirt, sunglasses, and a wig, gave the teller a note demanding money.

The bank teller gave the suspect cash and she walked out of the bank, across the street, into a parking lot where she discarded the blue t-shirt, wig, and sunglasses, which officers later recovered.  

A black vehicle, possibly a newer Ford Fusion, driven by a black male, was seen pulling up alongside the woman and is believed to have driven her from the scene.  

Police said it appeared the car had a New Jersey plate, and three of the digits may have been “G11.”  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130, in reference to case # 17-17817. 

Are You Ready To Party? Follow The Instructions And Have A Great Time

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Jul 022017

Experienced Independence Day revelers began marking their spaces on the Orange Fairgrounds around noon today in anticipation of a phenomenal musical show and the traditional 4th of July Fireworks.

Food vendors will be in place as early as 5:30 pm.

Vendors include: Chip’s Pancake Truck; Reno’s Pizza Truck; Shoreline Prime Meats & Deli Truck; Spuds Your Way; Cappetta’s Italian Imports; Lemonade Grenade; Szabo’s Seafood; Rita’s Italian Ice; JP Kettle Corn; Action Enterprises

Food trucks open at 6 p.m., Band at 6:30, fireworks at 9:30

A reminder that NO open flames, propane containers, individual fireworks or sparklers are permitted.

While on the fairgrounds, be aware of safety zones (marked in white) and follow the guidance of Orange CERT members. Show courtesy to you fellow residents & make use of clearly marked trash & recycling containers. Parents, please watch your children.

Please enter and leave the fairgrounds with caution and observe directional signs and Police instructions at all times. Stay clear of the “fire line” and the wooded area near the fireworks pit for your own safety.

Be patient at the conclusion of the show as traffic may be stopped while the fireworks people make sure each and every explosive has been blasted.

This is for YOUR safety, so do not give the CERT members or firefighters a hard time. They are not just being “yahoos” they are trained in safety measures and are doing their jobs to make sure you and your family do not get hurt.