From Amity Principal Charles Britton:
This morning, at around 9 a.m., Amity High School was placed in a lockdown.
This was only a drill. There was no emergency at Amity High School. This drill was called by the Woodbridge Police Department.
First responders from Woodbridge, Orange and the Connecticut State Police responded as if there were an actual emergency.
This drill provided first responders, and faculty and staff at Amity High School the opportunity to practice a response to a real emergency.
Students, faculty and staff performed remarkably well during the drill. Students are currently in their Spartan Seminar meetings.
The day has returned to normal.
Our appreciation is extended to the Woodbridge and Orange Police Departments, and Connecticut State Police, for their professional and prompt response.
Residents in the Andrew Lane, Kennedy Drive, Dogwood Lane and Cummings Road neighborhoods told police that someone had taken items from their parked cars. These items included a wallet, GPS units and spare change.
In addition someone stole a car from Racebrook Road in which the keys had been left. That vehicle was later located in West Haven.
According to Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Orange police have been communicating with other police departments and comparing notes, and Orange is not the only town experiencing these crimes of opportunity, similar reports have come out of North Haven, East Haven and Branford as well.
Included in the increased patrols is the use of the license plate reading patrol car that keeps a log of all the license plates and “Pings” on those that may be stolen, expired, or otherwise suspicious and the vehicle would be stopped.
“Again, we remind residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. No one knows your street as well as you do, so any vehicles or persons that seem out of place should be reported to the Orange Police at 203-891-2130 immediately,” Cuozzo said. “Also, lock your cars and keep any and all valuables out of sight.”
Even loose change in a cup holder is enough to attract a thief.
On Saturday, April 26, the town of Orange participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This year’s event took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on the Boston Post Road.
Orange Police Officer Mike Kosh and several members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on hand to explain the program to anyone with questions or concerns and to keep an eye on the thousands of old, unused or unwanted prescription medications that were deposited until the DEA arrived to transport them to an incinerating facility in CT.
In 6 hours time, the crew had collected several large trash bags filled with doctors’ samples, items that family members gathered up from a deceased relative’s medicine cabinet, etc.
The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable recourse for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.
Officers were dispatched to a complaint of a motor vehicle accident on Route 34 Westbound, where one of the drivers attempted to evade the scene at 12:28 a.m. on April 25.
During the investigation, police learned that Scarlet Iff, 43, of 473 Sportsman Road, Orange, had been driving a vehicle that struck another at the intersection of Routes 34 and Orange Center Road, then drove away.
Officers caught up to the evading vehicle a short distance away, and had the Iff perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), evading the scene of an accident and following too closely.
She was released after posting $1,500 bond for court May 12.
The Orange Police Department is investigating break-ins at three local homes overnight as well as two cars having been entered and one stolen. All three residences are in the Argyle Road, Currier Drive, Pine Tree Drive neighborhoods. The neighborhood is off of Orange Center Road.
Police stopped the vehicle and had the driver, Michael Clark, 18, of 837 Glenbrook Road, Orange perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.
During the stop, officers reportedly saw a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle.
Clark was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.
He was released after posting $50 bond for court April 21.
On April 6 at 2:09 a.m., patrol officers reportedly observed a vehicle make a turn on the Boston Post Road which resulted in the vehicle driving in the oncoming lanes.
Police stopped the vehicle and had the driver, Walter Guaman, 38, of 1323 Whalley Ave., New Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.
He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drinking while driving and making an unsafe lane change.
Guaman was released after posting $50 bond. He is to be in court April 14.