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Law Enforcement to Stop Distracted Drivers

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Apr 092017
 

From April 4 to April 30, Orange police will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.

Beginning last Tuesday on April 4th, you may have noticed stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.

Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways. Orange PD is teaming up with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Distracted Driving Awareness month to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed for this violation can be fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses.

According to the NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. This is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves.

Orange Police and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.

Remind your family and friends to never text and drive:

●     Texting and driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.

●     No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it’s even worse to get caught by law enforcement and have to pay a fine.

●     Don’t follow the pack, be a leader. When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away.

Unwanted Solicitation Reported In Orange

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Feb 242017
 

On Monday, a resident reported what she described as a weird situation in her neighborhood (but did not disclose the location).
She said two men drove up to her home in a white Ford and tried to hand her a pamphlet on teen depression. The woman declined, since she has no teenagers in the home.
She said, “I only opened the door about 6 inches because we have a dog, but one of the men was trying to peer inside the door.”
She immediately called the Orange Police to report the incident and a patrol car came out to the area.
For years the Orange Police have been warning residents of the different ways residents can be targeted.
This woman did the right thing by reporting the incident to police.
If you see or experience something that doesn’t seem quite right, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

Orange Police: Be Safe During The Storm

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Feb 082017
 

Orange Police Headquarters

From the Orange Police Department Facebook Page.

The Orange Police Department is reminding all residents to limit their travel during the snow storm tomorrow.

Highway crews will be out early keeping the roads clear for emergency vehicles.

Forecasters are calling for snow fall up to 1 inch an hour during the peak times which may make it difficult for crews to keep up.

Rest assured, your Police Department will remain fully staffed and ready for service through out the storm.

Reminder, when clearing private driveways and lots do not leave snow piles in the roadway. This is both dangerous and illegal.

Winter parking rules are in effect, on street parking in Orange is prohibited. Cars parked on the roadway are subject to tow.

Above all, be safe!

Orange Police: Woman Throws Drink At Car

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Jan 312017
 

Officers responded to a parking lot on Old Tavern Road on a disturbance complaint, Jan. 20 at 11:20 a.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that the two arrestees were previously known to each other, and happened upon each other in traffic.

According to the report, Towanna Rose, 28, of West Haven threw a drink at the car occupied by Lindaysha Spain, 28, of West Haven. Both vehicles then pulled into a nearby parking lot, and the two women continued their altercation in person.

Officers arrived shortly thereafter and took both into custody.

Rose was charged with second-degree breach of peace, reckless driving and throwing objects at a motor vehicle.

She was released after posting $1,000 bond for court Feb. 3.

 

Spain was charged with second-degree breach of peace and driving without a license.

She was released after posting $500 bond for court Feb. 2.

 

 

Orange Police: Man Charged With DUI Following Accident

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Jan 302017
 

On Jan. 20 at 7:42 p.m. Orange police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Old Tavern Road that included injuries.

Upon speaking to the involved drivers, officers had one of them, identified as Peter Bresh, 20, of West Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and following too close.

Bresh was released after posting $50 bond for court Feb. 2.

 

Orange Police Blotter: Adults Behaving Badly at Chuck E. Cheese

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Jan 292017
 

Officers responded to the parking lot of the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, 82 Boston Post Road in regard to a disturbance on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:21 p.m.

Officers learned that the four adults involved in the incident were previously known to each other. There also was an adolescent present during the incident.Helga Villafane and Angelica Gonzalez started fighting at one point, and the adolescent attempted to intervene.

The adolescent was struck during the incident, and eventually all four adults became involved. All four were taken into custody and charged.

All involved parties were offered medical treatment for injuries.

According to the report, Angelica Gonzalez, 28, of Bridgeport, Helga Villafane, 35, of Waterbury, Jesus Villafane, 33, of Bridgeport, and Samuel Cruz, 38, of Waterbury all were charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.

Each was released after posting $500 bond for court Jan. 23. 

 

Posted on the Orange PD Facebook page on Jan. 29

Police: Grease Thief Caught After Fleeing Scene

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Jan 292017
 

On Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11:14 a.m., Orange police received a complaint from the owner of the Orange Ale House that he had just interrupted someone trying to steal the used cooking grease from his restaurant.

According to the report, the perpetrators fled the scene, and were involved in a car accident a short distance away in Milford.

Orange officers responded to the Milford accident scene, where they observed a large plastic storage tank partially filled with cooking grease in the back of the vehicle.

The driver,Jose Martinez, 44, of Yonkers, NY, was subsequently taken into custody and charged with attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny and simple trespass. He was released after posting $300 bond for court Feb. 7.

His accomplice fled on foot at the time of the car accident.

According to police, Martinez was charged for a similar incident in 2014.

 

Orange Police: Weapons Found on Shoplifting Suspect

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Jan 132017
 

 

Orange police responded to the Kohl’s store, 250 Bull Hill Lane on a shoplifting complaint Jan. 6 at 12:46 p.m.

During the investigation officers learned that Paul Riccio, 48, of West Haven selected a coffee machine valued at $280 from the shelf and removed it from its packaging. He then attempted to leave the store without paying for it. Store employees detained him for police.

Riccio was subsequently taken into custody, where officers found him in possession of two small knives after he indicated that he was not carrying any weapons.

Officers also served a warrant held by the Plainville Police Department for Violation of Probation while he was in custody for the Orange PD charges.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, possession of shoplifting tools, interfering with an officer and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Riccio was held on $1,000 bond for court Jan. 9.

Orange Police: Be Careful Out There

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Dec 162016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300The Orange Police Department sent out the following message via Facebook. 

We are expecting the arrival of our first significant winter weather event after midnight tonight (Friday). We should see accumulating snow up through early Saturday with a change to rain mid morning Saturday.

You should expect extremely slippery conditions during the event.

Our Town and State Highway crews expect to be out all night. Travel should be kept to a minimum.

As always, do not leave plowed snow in the roadway. On street parking is prohibited and cars are subject to tow.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft

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Nov 262016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-2-34-33-pmOfficers responded to a fraud complaint at the Verizon Wireless store, 116 Boston Post Road at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 10.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wilson Cabezas, 47, of New York City had presented identification with his own photo, but another person’s name and information in an attempt to purchase two wireless phones using the other person’s account.

Store employees recognized the transaction as fraud and contacted police.

Cabezas was charged with second-degree identity thft, criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery and criminal attempt at fourth-degree larceny.

He was held on $50,000 bond