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Police: Orange Resident Charged With DUI

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Aug 282015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to the scene of a one-car accident on Dogwood Road, Aug. 23 at 1:14 a.m.

There they met with the driver of the vehicle,Matthew Litwin, 20, of 472 Sportsman Rd, Orange, and had him perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Litwin was released after posting $50 bond for court Sept. 8. 

 

Police: Senior Citizen Caught Shoplifting $1k In Merchandise

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Aug 232015
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers responded to the Target store at 25 Boston Post Road on a report of a shoplifting Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Catherine Brown, 70, of 11 Winthrop Avenue 1st floor, New Haven had taken $1,053.19 worth of groceries, health care items, and electronics from the shelves, then left the store without paying. She was stopped outside by store security and detained for police.

Brown was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released after posting $500 bond for court Aug. 25.

 

Blotter: Police Charge Man With DUI, Speeding

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Aug 202015
 

orange police duiOfficers conducting radar patrol on Derby Avenue  on Aug. 17 clocked a vehicle traveling at 70mph in a 45mph zone at 1:52 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver,Roberto Lopez, 24, of 30 Russell St, Ansonia, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and speeding

Lopez was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 31.

 

Orange Police Wrap Up: July’s Incident Log

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Aug 172015
 

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The Orange Police were busy serving the community in July. During this month’s Police Commission meeting, the following stats were released:

Officers responded to 3,129 calls for service; 142 activated burglar alarms; 90 traffic accidents; 128 medical emergencies; 29 fights/disturbances; 40 shoplifting/larceny complaints.

Police made 26 criminal arrests; 8 DWI arrests, and issued 220 Motor vehicle citations.

In addition, there were 5 burglaries reported in town (4 residential, 1 commercial).

Here are some of those details:

On July 12 a burglary that occurred in the afternoon or early evening on Avon Drive was reported. Someone smashed a garage window and landscaping tools were taken.

On July 14, someone entered a home (location not given) the TV, electronics and a Discover Card were reported missing. The credit card later was used and Investigative Services officers are working on it.

On July 27th police were called to Wheeler’s Farm Road on a complaint of a main looking into garages. Quick response led to the arrest of Christopher Esteves who was identified by two witnesses. 

(Date ?) A Chainsaw was reported missing on Lakeview Road and police are investigating to determine if there is any connection to the previously mentioned incidents.

On July 29th a chainsaw was reported missing. Preliminary investigation linked it to an employee of Esteves, the investigation continues.

Police: Accused Erratic Driver Faces Several Charges

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Aug 162015
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOrange police patrolling the Boston Post Road reportedly observed a vehicle traveling erratically, weaving within the eastbound lanes on Aug. 13, at 8:50 p.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Manolo Paladines, 29, of 143 Filmore St, New Haven perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody.

According to police that once he was in custody, Paladines refused to participate in the booking process, and additional charges were added.

Paladines was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a license, failure to maintain a proper lane, interfering with an officer and refusal to be fingerprinted.

He was held on $25,000 bond for court.

 

Derby Man Ticketed on Route 34 in Orange

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Aug 052015
 

pot grinderOrange Police on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for speeding on Route 34 Eastbound at 5:47 on July 27.

Officers reportedly observed a marijuana grinder in the car and two cans of beer.

Further investigation led to the discovery of a small amount of marijuana.

The driver, 20, of  Derby was cited for his actions.

He was ticketed for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Because this is an infraction ticket Orange Live has chosen to keep the offender’s name out of the story. You may not agree, but after more than 20 years of writing police news, I strongly feel that it is the right thing to do. Publishing the story is important because I want to show how busy our police department is.

Orange Police: Officers Taking Intensive Training Course

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Jul 252015
 

11800312_849156115137812_6790751256347491459_nProfessionals take training seriously. The men and women of the Orange Police Department are no different. We currently have four officers led by Sgt Ray LaPlante who have advanced training in traffic crash reconstruction. Three of the Officers; Ofc. John Reshotnik, Ofc. Brian Foote, Det Harry Burke, have each completed 6 weeks of intensive training through the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida. Ofc. Carolyn Bailey and Sgt LaPlante are schedule to finish training this fall.

The training is offered through the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) here in Connecticut or at the IPTM Campus in Jacksonville Florida in two week blocks. In addition, specialty courses are offered in pedestrian involved crashes, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Once trained the officers learn the use of advanced equipment, such as the “Nikon Total Station” which aids in mapping and the collection of evidence. The “Total Station” was purchased through a donation from a local resident and was nearly $10,000! Not only is it used for traffic crashes, but it can be used to map any crime scene, make templates of intersections for routine crashes and even “survey” town property to create scale maps,ie the fair grounds.

The group trains at least once a month to remain proficient. They often review crashes to gain experience in evidence collection, crime scene photography and diagramming.

Members of the team are called out for any serious injury or fatal crash on our Town’s roads. The photos below of a recent staged crash set up by group members to practice. The drill was intently watched by two local K-9 residents who seemed intrigued by all the activity on their quiet street.

— Posted on The Town Of Orange Police Department Facebook Page

Orange Police Request Public’s Assistance

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Jul 212015
 

11694873_847333881986702_371809565614481137_nThe Orange Police are asking the public to help identify a suspect in an identity-theft case.

On Saturday, July 18, the woman pictured here found a wallet that did not belong to her and used the credit cards inside to make purchases at the Target and Lowe’s stores in Orange.

 

Four Juveniles Investigated For Suspicious Behavior At School

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Jul 202015
 

rbs_banner[1]On Friday, July 17, around 8 p.m. police noticed something suspicious on the surveillance camera feed at Race Brook School.  Young females were climbing onto the roof of the building.

While they were en route, the dispatcher kept responding officers updated on the activity.

The juveniles were “hanging out” at the playscape, then two of them pulled a table up the the building and began climbing up to the roof.

When officers arrived, two of the girls fled on foot, and the other two ran across the roof.

Within minutes, one of the girls’ mothers drove up to the scene and spoke to the officers.

According to Asst Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, the woman said the girls were having a sleepover when they decided to go to the playground. She called the other three girl’s parents.

There did not appear to be any damage done to the property and the girls were allowed to go home.

Cuozzo said Youth Officer Michael Kosh will follow up with the juveniles and their parents.

Cuozzo spoke to the staff at Race Brook School, who verified that no damage had been done that evening.

Orange Police: Several Thefts Reported — Lock Your Cars, Keep Valuables Out Of Sight

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Jul 202015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERThe Orange Police received numerous calls on Saturday morning, July 18, of reports of cars being entered during the overnight hours.  Ten vehicles, nine of which were left unlocked, parked in private residential driveways.  One vehicle, whose keys were left inside, was stolen and dropped across town in another neighborhood.

The affected areas were Manley Heights, Wellington Drive, Woodland Lane, Barton Drive and Christian Circle.

The Department is asking residents to take several crime prevention steps to help stem these thefts from vehicles.

1) Lock your cars.  Forcing entry into a car is the exception not the norm.  Often residents do not want their cars damaged so they leave them unlocked.  Open cars present a crime of opportunity, more often than not criminals will bypass locked vehicles

2) Leave no valuables in vehicles over night.  Criminals will peer into cars and if they see something worth taking, they will.  If it looks very valuable they may take the extra risk and force entry.  This is easily avoidable by stowing GPS units and other valuables in locked glove boxes or center consoles or by taking them inside.

3) Light the night.  Leave outside lights on.  For the pennies it costs to leave  outside lights on you gain a tremendous amount of crime prevention.  During the night, someone on foot can hear or see a patrol car approaching and easily slip into the shadows.  By leaving lights on or installing motion lights , it takes these opportunities away.

4) Never leave keys in the vehicle.  Unfortunately,  we live in a time when it’s just not sensible to leave keys in your car.  Please, Lock your cars and bring the keys inside.

Criminals work on the pretence of  Opportunity, Ability and Target… We can control two of these by hardening the target and reducing opportunity.  As always if you hear or see something,  day or night, report it by calling 203-891-2130.