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Meet The Orange Police Department’s Newest Officer

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Sep 212018
 

On Friday, Sept. 21, the Orange Police Department welcomed its newest officer, Charles ‘Chase’ Knepper.

Chase’s swearing-in ceremony took place at Police Headquarters, with Orange Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton administering the oath of office. Chase’s mother pinned his badge.

Chase is from Hawthorne, NJ, where his father is a Captain with the Hawthorne PD.

Chase is a 2017 graduate of the University of New Haven, where he earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice. During his time at UNH, Chase participated in the Orange PD internship program.

The OPD wishes Chase a long and safe career with our agency.

 

Lucas 2 Officially Unveiled at Police Press Conference

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Oct 312013
 

Lucas 2 008As Orange Live announced on Oct. 29, the town of Orange now has a state-of-the-art machine that can potentially save lives.

Police Chief Robert Gagne hosted a press conference at the Orange Police Department this morning to introduce Lucas 2 to the public.

In attendance were from the town: First Selectman James Zeoli, Police Commissioner Jack Barton, Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Deputy Fire Chief John Knight, and Executive Director of Economic Development Paul Grimmer.

From AMR: General Manager, Eastern CT Operations – Chuck Babson, Director of Clinical Services, East Region – Jeffrey Boyd, CES Supervisor, New Haven – Joseph DeAngelis and Paramedic, New Haven – Salvatore DeLucia

Physio-Control: Sales Representative Mike Hooper

Chief Gagne presented this information about Lucas 2:

The Town Of Orange recently purchased and put into service a Lucas 2 automatic Chest Compression System from Physio-Control.  The device, which cost approximately $13,000.00, was purchased entirely through monetary donations provided by members of the community.  Donations were received from:

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department – represented by Deputy Fire Chief John Knight

The Rotary Club of Orange – represented by President Carl Russell

Apicella Adjusters – represented by Maria Sandillo

Several miscellaneous donations, including a private donation of $7,000.00

We wish to thank everyone who contributed, for your generosity, which has made purchase of the device a possibility.  We believe this device will greatly enhance emergency medical services in Orange, and that additional lives will be saved through use of the Lucas 2.

 

Advantages of using Lucas 2 for CPR:

• Uninterrupted compressions, resulting in better perfusion of blood to the brain and heart

• Perfect and consistent compressions – no fatigue/ injury factor, consistent rate/ depth

• Easy to carry, handle, and apply to patients

• Frees up rescuers’ hands, enabling them to work on other interventions

• Less time spent on police officers riding to hospital with medics

 

Background:

The Orange Police Department is the legal medical First Responder for the Town of Orange.  We have seen a steady annual increase in medical calls in the Town of Orange over the past several years, and we currently average approximately 4 medical calls per day, and approximately 6-12 CPR calls per year.  We have an authorized strength of 44 officers, all of whom are certified to at least the level of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).  We have 10 officers who are certified at the higher level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Our Officers receive training from AMR each year, under the expert direction of Jeffrey Boyd and Joseph DeAngelis.  Our officers are very skilled and good at what they do, and I thank them for that.  The Department has issued Lifesaving Awards to several of our officers for CPR related calls.

Since 1995 the Town of Orange has contracted with American Medical Response (AMR) of New Haven, to station a paramedic intercept unit (Medic 33) here in Town.  That unit responds to all medicals along with the Police Department.  Since 2002, all of our patrol vehicles have been equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and AEDs are also located in each of our Town buildings.

Last year, AMR Paramedic Sal DeLucia took the lead in getting the Town designated as a “Heart Safe Community” based primarily on the number of AEDs in Town, coupled with the amount of citizens trained in CPR.  At that time Sal approached us with the idea of obtaining a Lucas 2 for use in Town.  Through the efforts and teamwork from Sal, and all of the other individuals present here today, we were able to solicit the necessary funding to purchase the device.  We thank Sal for leading the charge to obtain the Lucas 2.

The Lucas 2 is owned by the Town of Orange, and will be kept on AMRs Medic 33 unit in order to ensure that it is present for each medical emergency call.  The Lucas 2 does not eliminate the need for manual CPR to be started as soon as possible.  We are certainly not the first community in the region to purchase a Lucas 2, as several larger fire departments who are designated First Responders have them.   The Milford Fire Department used one this past August to save an individual who suffered a heart attack at the Milford Oyster Festival.

We are the first police department in the region to acquire one, and it will be the first device in the region to be placed on an AMR unit.  Here in Orange, this acquisition serves as a great example of the community coming together to fill a need.  From a practical standpoint, we cannot keep a Lucas 2 in each police vehicle, so the placement of the device with AMR’s Medic 33 is the perfect solution.  We will continue to work hand-in-hand with AMR to bring the best possible emergency medical care to the residents of Orange.

Brazen Phone Thieves Captured, One Still At Large

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Jun 182013
 

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne addresses the media and onlookers.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne addresses the media and onlookers.

On Monday, Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne announced that three suspects were arrested in a string of robberies at Radio Shack Stores in Orange and seven other communities. The brazen group of thieves all in their early 20s also hit an AT&T and Verizon stores since January, stealing about 400 smart phones and other small electronics valued at around $300,000.

See VIDEO HERE.

The five month investigation included the FBI, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Orange, Trumbull, East Haven, Hamden, Wallingford, Clinton and New Britain Police Departments. representatives from each agency attended the press conference in front of the Boston Post Road Radio Shack in Orange.

Two suspects exit the Orange store on May 11.

Two suspects exit the Orange store on May 11.

For Orange, the trouble started with an attempted robbery at the Radio Shack on April 29. Less than two weeks later, on May 11, the thieves returned around 10:05 a.m., concealing their identities with masks and hoods. The man and woman both wore gloves.  They ordered the lone employee to the ground.  A weapon was neither displayed nor implied.

The woman went to a storage area in the rear of the store, then demanded the keys to a storage locker and the employee complied.

They fled with about 50 smart phones, in a waiting getaway car described as a 2000 or 2001 Black Honda Accord 2 door, with medium tinted windows.  The front license plate was covered with plastic and the rear plate with a piece of cardboard.

The employee was uninjured.  Video from this robbery was analyzed and used in the investigation with other law enforcement agencies.

New Haven Det. Sgt Robert Lawlor, Jr, with Orange Detective Chris Chiarelli by his side, answers questions for the media.

New Haven Det. Sgt Robert Lawlor, Jr, with Orange Detective Chris Chiarelli by his side, answers questions for the media.

In several cases, the thieves were armed with guns and threatened employees, forcing them to the back of the store before tying them up with duct tape and taking what they wanted to  the getaway car.

Detective Sergeant Robert Lawlor of the New Haven Police Department, fielded the reporters’ questions at the press conference. “Law enforcement officials executed several search and seizure warrants last week, handguns have been recovered. Witnesses from five of the robberies reported seeing a weapon used.

“They were after small electronics, but mostly smart phones. So, Apple, Samsung, HTCs. The ones everyone’s looking for. They are quick commodity to get rid of on the street. And, they were making pretty good money.” He added, “It’s a combinations, mostly black market secondhand dealers operating improperly throughout the state and on the internet, Craigslist, eBay.”

Police used forensic evidence, surveillance videos, witnesses and tips to crack the case.

Of the investigation, Orange Police Detective Chris Chiarelli told Orange Live, “Thankfully we had many different agencies, bringing many different talents and skills together and it allows us to take advantage of certain resources that each individual could bring to the table. So combining all that into one investigation really helped us move forward quickly once preliminary information was developed to point us in the right direction.”

Did detectives ever think that a store employee was involved, or that it was an inside job? “Initially you have to look at all avenues and all parties involved,” Chiarelli said. “We were able to rule that out fairly quickly once we saw the same crime occurring at Radio Shacks in different areas.”

“This particular investigation was pretty smooth,” Lawlor said. “Everybody set aside their egos and worked as a team to accomplish what we needed to accomplish to get this ring under arrest and in custody.”

“So many resources were dedicated to this investigation because we were worried as these robberies multiplied sooner or later someone was going to get hurt. So we worked very diligently before something like that could happen,” Gagne said. “The message is clear that if these individuals are going to engage in this kind of activity, we will work together to bring you to justice and hold you accountable.”

The Radio Shack Robbers, 3 caught, 1 on the loose.

The Radio Shack Robbers, 3 caught, 1 on the loose.

Officials currently believe the ring of suspects is limited to five or six people. The stores were perceived as valuable targets due to their high concentration of small electronics, according to Lawlor.

Orange police provided this Chronology of events:
•    Trumbull, CT on January 27, 2013.
•    East Haven, CT on February 5
•    Hamden, CT on February 26
•    Wallingford, CT on February 28
•    New Haven, CT on April 18 (Verizon Store)
•    Orange, CT on April 29 (Attempted robbery)
•    Orange, CT on May 11
•    Clinton, CT on May 14
•    New Haven, CT on May 14 (Attempted robbery)
•    New Britain, CT on May 16
•    East Haven, CT (Unknown date at AT&T Store)

After the execution of five search & seizure warrants, three arrests have been made in the heists.

On June 4, Lorraine Nicole Outlaw, 20, and Forenza Rakeem Murphy, 21, both of 416 Gregory St., 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, were charged by the Orange Police with second-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and unlawful restraint. Each was held on $500,000 bond.
On June 14, Clinton Police arrested Michael Salvatore Carbonell, 22, of 321 Burr St., New Haven, in Milford. Carbonell was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He was held on $250,000 bond.

The fourth suspect, Demetrius “Polo” Wilkes, 22, of unknown address, (Past addresses: : 3 Crofton St, New Haven, 221 English St, New Haven or 672 Newhall ST, Hamden) is still at large and police are diligently searching for him. The Trumbull Police Department holds an arrest warrant charging first-degree robbery and first-degree larceny.

Wilkes is 6’2″ 190 lbs, black hair brown eyes and may be driving a blue 2000 BMW 328i, CT REG 852-ZVE.

If you see him, use caution as he may be in possession of a handgun. Call Lawlor immediately with any information at 203-379-6517 or 203-946-6304 ext 1358.

Chief Releases February Police Statistics

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Mar 082013
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERPolice Chief Robert Gagne released the following information regarding police activity during the month of February.

Officers received 2,075 calls for service, including 113 burglar alarms; 15 fights/disturbances; and 110 medical emergencies.

There were two robberies, two burglaries (one residential, one commercial); 17 criminal arrests; 15 shopliftings/larcenies.

Patrol officers responded to 99 traffic accidents, made 5 drunken driving arrests and issued 180 traffic citations.

No School, 24-Hour Shelter Services, Generator Safety, Debris Pickup and … The UI

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Oct 312012
 

The Orange Emergency Management Team met at the Orange Police Department at 5 p.m. to discuss each town department’s plans, concerns, success stories and future strategies as the storm recovery continues.

Since this was not a public meeting, Orange Live was not present, but we caught up with Police Chief Robert Gagne afterward for an update.

As we have said on our Facebook Page, the temperatures are expected to plunge down into the low 30s on Friday, so the shelter at High Plains Community Center will remain open until it is no longer needed for this situation.

The hours for taking showers and using the charging stations has increased to 24/7 until further notice.

On Wednesday, the Highway Department opened several roads, but, Gagne said, there are still 15 roads still closed, 9 roads are passable but restricted. The road closures are due to wires being in the trees and the UI must make them safe (de-engergize the lines) before the highway department workers can come in.

“Tomorrow we hope to have all the roads open,” Gagne said. “Highway and UI are working together and several more “Make Safe” crews are coming in tomorrow.”

Residents can leave storm debris by the road in front of their homes and the Highway Department will pick it up. Please cut branches into 6-8-foot lengths, and  only put out Storm Debris.

Gagne said, “At 2:45 p.m. the UI had 51 locations across town with wires down. By 6:35 p.m. that number was probably down, and residents can expect to see a bigger impact with more crews out there tomorrow.”

One of the biggest concerns with the Fire Department and OVNA was improperly used generators and the danger of CO poisoning.

According to Gagne, if you are using a generator keep it outside (not in a garage or up against to the house) about 20-25 feet away from the house to keep the exhaust fumes from infiltrating the way into your home.

The fire department has responded to two fires that resulted from generators being placed too close to wood surfaces — one on a deck, the other that was surrounded by a protective enclosure.

As always, be careful about candles, do not use candles or camp lanterns in the home for light, never leave an open flame unattended. Use flashlights with batteries.

The police scheduled extra patrols for Halloween, but since that holiday has been postponed until Nov. 7, the extra patrols will remain on duty for other safety reasons.

Gagne asks that everyone please remain patient as the line crews try to restore electricity to everyone.

There is no school on Thursday or Friday.

If you haven’t signed up for the emergency notification system announcements, it’s never too late, and if you have relatives in other towns you also can opt in for notifications from those towns as well.

Regarding the shelter, Gagne said, “God Bless CERT, they are such dedicated people and they are doing a great job, as are Carol Nardini and her staff at Human Services and Maria Biondi from the OVNA.”

The UI put out the following statement:

Stay clear of, and Keep pets and children far away from dangling power lines and anything that might be touching them.

If you smell natural gas, call the SCGC at 1-800-513-8898

If you see a downed power line call the UI at 1-800-722-5584

Orange-Woodbridge Joint Checkpoint Tonight

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Jun 302012
 

FILE: Orange and Woodbridge police worked together at a checkpoint in May.

The Orange and Woodbridge Police Departments will be conducting a joint sobriety checkpoint tonight, Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Orange.

On May 25, the first joint sobriety checkpoint under the existing Amity Regional Traffic Enforcement agreement was conducted in the Town of Woodbridge.

Chief Robert Gagne said, “As the summer season begins it is our hope to start the summer off safely for the motoring public through publicity, prevention and enforcement. Under a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, both Departments will be supplementing our efforts against drunk driving with designated patrols and checkpoints throughout the year.

“We encourage the public to make plans in advance for designated drivers or other accommodations to ensure safe travel for all persons using the roadways,” he said.

Both Departments stress the importance of not getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if you are under the influence. Don’t become another statistic.

Orange and Woodbridge Police Plan Another Joint Checkpoint

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Jun 112012
 

Orange and Woodbridge police worked together at a checkpoint in May.

The Orange and Woodbridge Police Departments will be conducting a joint sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Orange.

On May 25, the first joint sobriety checkpoint under the existing Amity Regional Traffic Enforcement agreement was conducted in the Town of Woodbridge.

Chief Robert Gagne said, “As the summer season begins it is our hope to start the summer off safely for the motoring public through publicity, prevention and enforcement. Under a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, both Departments will be supplementing our efforts against drunk driving with designated patrols and checkpoints throughout the year.

“We encourage the public to make plans in advance for designated drivers or other accommodations to ensure safe travel for all persons using the roadways,” he said.

Both Departments stress the importance of not getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if you are under the influence. Don’t become another statistic.