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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

Officer Amarone, CERT Volunteers Brave Raw Weather to Collect Unwanted Drugs

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Oct 222016
 

dsc09754The Orange Police Department once again participated in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone was at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

This year, they withstood freezing temperatures, sporadic rainfall and wind and collected only 2.5 bags of unwanted medications. (In past years, they’ve filled as many as 6 bags)

Background:

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.

Yes, folks, epi pens and old over the counter drugs also are accepted.

 

Orange Police: Stopped For Seatbelt Violation, Charged With Cocaine Possession

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Oct 122016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-4-27-08-pmOrange Police patrolling on the Boston Post Road observed a driver who was not wearing a seat belt on Oct. 7 at 5:17 p.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers learned that the New Haven Police had an active arrest warrant for the driver, later identified as Jacqueline Lipford, 50, of West Haven.  She was detained for New Haven police.

During the search pursuant to her custody, officers located a small bag of powdered cocaine in her purse. The drugs were seized and she was charged with possession of cocaine.

After the drug charges were processed, she was turned over to New Haven PD to answer their warrant.

Lipford was released after posting $500 bond for court Oct. 7.

Orange Police: Man With Gun Causes Disturbance at Kid Themed Restaurant

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Oct 112016
 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-20-12-pmOrange Police responded to the Chuck E Cheese restaurant, 82 Boston Post Road, on a disturbance complaint Sept. 24 at 10:10 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that restaurant employees were cleaning up tables in the dining area when they discovered a number of empty liquor bottles left on one of them.

The employees tried to stop the person who had been seated at that table, from driving away as they were concerned he may have been under the influence of alcohol.

When the restaurant employees approached him, Stephen Soares, 38, of New Haven, lifted his shirt to reveal a holstered handgun, and asked the employees “Who is going to do something?”

Officers seized the handgun, Soares was taken into custody and formally charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond for court Oct. 11.

Sip and Chat With Orange’s Finest Today At Chip’s

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Oct 072016
 

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-55-12-amFor decades we’ve heard about how much police officers like their coffee, well now the Orange Police Department is providing residents with a unique opportunity to share a cup of joe with them.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the Orange Police welcome you to join them at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, for Coffee With a Cop, where you can meet the police officers who work in your community from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Talk about anything you’d like, and get to know these fine men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping you and your family safe every day.

Orange Police: Town Woman Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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Oct 052016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-12-57-29-pmOfficers responded to a private residence on Indian Hill Road in regard to a disturbance on Sept. 25 at 11:27 p.m. 

During the investigation, officers learned that Mayra Ojeda, 29, of Orange and another family member had gotten into an argument, which later turned physical.

Ojeda was subsequently taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. 

She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 26.

 

Orange Police Alert: Be Aware Of Despicable Distraction Burglary Scammers

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Oct 052016
 

Bogus CallersPolice Alert:

The Orange Police Department is warning residents to be aware of potential distraction-type burglary suspects in the area.

An elderly resident on Mapledale Road reported that three males, possibly Hispanic, came to her residence in what was described as a ‘shiny, black, SUV-type vehicle’. Two of these people came to the door and introduced themselves as ‘George’ and ‘Jim’.

‘George’ and ‘Jim’ escorted the resident to the backyard, where they pointed out different repairs that they could make around the property. During this time, the third person was unaccounted for.

The third person later joined the original group in the backyard, and all three males left abruptly, even though the resident had agreed to hire them to do some of the work they suggested. They did not return.

It is suspected that these people were there to distract the resident while one of their group burglarized the house. It appears that they decided to leave before they committed any theft.

As always, please be cautious with anyone offering unsolicited services or requesting access to your home.

Do not hesitate to contact the police department at 203-891-2130 to report any suspicious people or vehicles in your area.

Orange Police: Man Was Sleeping In Idling Vehicle In Intersection

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Oct 022016
 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-3-11-06-pmOfficers responded to the intersection of Grassy Hill Road and Derby-Milford Road on Sept. 25 at 3:10 a.m. where they found Ralph Ruggiero, 32, of Hamden, asleep in his vehicle in the middle of the roadway.

Officers woke Ruggiero, placed the car in ‘Park’, and had him perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving without a license.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 11.

 

Police: Be Aware of Distraction Style Burglary Attempt in Town

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Sep 302016
 

Fairlea RoadThis is an ALERT from the Orange PD Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department is investigating an attempted distraction-style burglary which occurred on Thursday, Sept. 29 at around 5 p.m. at a private residence on Fairlea Road in Orange.

An individual described as a white male in his 30s with blonde hair wearing small, gold-framed eyeglasses knocked on the door of a Fairlea Road residence, and met with the homeowner there. It is reported that the individual spoke with a stutter.

This person stated that he was representing the Town of Orange and the State of Connecticut, and was at the residence in order to arrange for trees on the property to be cut down.

The resident became suspicious as this person was wearing clothing not suitable for tree work, and told him to leave the property. The suspect left the residence on foot. No vehicle was seen in the area.

It is suspected that this person had a nearby accomplice, and the pair was was hoping to distract the homeowner long enough for the accomplice to burglarize the residence.

Please be advised that if anyone states they are working on behalf of the Town of Orange, the State of Connecticut, or any utility company, etc, you should request identification and confirm their purpose before allowing them entry to your property.

All legitimate governmental/utility employees will carry identification and/or be in full uniform with marked vehicles.

Please report any suspicious sightings to the police department at 203-891-2130.

Bizarre Accident Behind Orange School Today

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Sep 302016
 

imagejpeg_0Police and fire personnel responded to Schoolhouse Lane behind Mary L. Tracy School this afternoon around 3 p.m. for an strange accident involving a piece of heavy equipment and a Toyota SUV.

Details are sketchy right now, but the truck (or the load it was carrying) apparently flipped while turning the corner as the SUV was driving by in the opposite direction.

As seen in this submitted photo, the heavy equipment hit the passenger side of the vehicle.

No one was injured.

Orange Police will be investigating the cause of this accident.