May 302014

BEST POLICE Patch EVERA message from Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo regarding the overnight vehicle incidents that Orange Live reported yesterday.
The Orange Police Department is investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles and a stolen motor vehicle which occurred during the evening and overnight hours of May 28th and 29th.
The incidents occurred in the Drummond Road and Fairlea Road neighborhoods.  Several vehicles were entered and miscellaneous items taken.
One vehicle, a 1999 silver Mercedes bearing Florida registration 478MBQ was stolen.  The ignition keys had been left in the vehicle.
Several area communities are experiencing similar incidents. Residents are urged to remove valuables and keys  from their vehicles  and lock them whenever unattended.
The Police Department is increasing patrols in the affected areas.

May 202014


The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

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.


Charles Britton

May 132014

police carOrange Police are stepping up patrols after seven vehicles reportedly were entered in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday.

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.

May 082014

Screen shot 2014-05-08 at 4.50.57 PMOn Tuesday, May 6, officers met with a resident who reported that a neighbor, Jan Marcus, 75, of 654 Aspen Lane, had threatened her after she stopped to talk to him about cleaning up after his dogs.
After the conversation about the matter, Marcus allegedly replied “Do you want me to shoot your (expletive) head off?”  With this, the complainant called police.
A records check revealed that  Marcus had eleven firearms registered to him.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Marcus, charging second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening.
Additionally, search warrants were secured for both the house and Marcus’ vehicle in an effort to locate the firearms.
On Wednesday, May 7, Aspen Lane was a flurry of police activity when officers from both the Patrol Division and the Investigative Services Unit conducted a surveillance of Marcus’ home. Officers observed Marcus leave the residence in his vehicle, conducted a traffic stop, and placed him under arrest without incident.
Officers responded to the residence and executed the search warrant for the weapons. Mr. Marcus was cooperative and provided officers with the location of the firearms in the residence. Milford Regional Animal Control assisted with the six dogs found in the residence.
Marcus was released on $25,000.00 bond with a court date of May 21 in Derby Superior Court.


May 062014

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

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.


May 052014

police carDUI, Evading Responsibility

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.




Apr 142014

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

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 first responded to a residence on Argyle Rd at 4:45 a.m., where a resident was awakened by shattering glass. Unknown subjects had thrown a large rock through a glass rear door and entered the kitchen, stealing an electronic device, and immediately left.
Detectives found several other windows and doors had been tampered with in an attempt to gain access.  The Department then received a call from a resident of Currier Drive who related that his rear glass door was broken, however no access was gained.
While at that investigation,  a neighbor walked up and advised that his garage had been entered, Officers are still determining what was taken.  A resident reported that two unlocked vehicles in their driveway had been gone through, although nothing was taken.  Police then received a report of a vehicle stolen from a driveway on David Court.  The 2005 Nissan Altima was taken sometime during the overnight hours.  The owner had left the keys in the center console of the unlocked vehicle.
A canvass of the neighborhood residents revealed that an  “Squarish” SUV was seen driving slowly in the neighborhood being followed by a small sedan with its lights out just before the first report was received.
All residents are reminded lock their cars and remove valuables during the overnight hours.  Leaving outside lights on during overnight hours can also be helpful,  Residents should not hesitate to report suspicious activity to police at 203-891-2130.
Detectives from the Orange Police Department processed the scenes and the car was entered as stolen.   Anyone who may have information is asked to call Detective Brian Petrucelli at 203-891-2138

Apr 142014

LakeA tentative Identification has been made on the body that was pulled out of Lake Wepawaug on Saturday.
Orange Police are awaiting confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s office, who has ruled the death a drowning.  No foul play is suspected.  Deceased is not an Orange Resident.
Investigation is ongoing
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Morrin at 203-891-2138.

Apr 142014

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers investigating the domestic incident on Wagon Trail on April 6 at 2:40 a.m., observed a vehicle drive at a high rate of speed down the road and lose control near Broadview 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.



Apr 122014

orange police duiDrinking while driving

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.  


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