Sep 202014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police went to Derby Superior Court to serve a warrant on a West Haven man who was appearing on an unrelated matter on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

According to the report, Eric Dingus, 36, of 133 Forest Rd, West Haven, was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary at the Grid Construction Company, 156 Boston Post Road, in June, where tools valued at a total of $6,530 were taken from the business.

Dingus was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

The warrant was served at court and arraignment was immediate.

Aug 112014

STOP! or pay the fine

STOP! or pay the fine

With the first day of school just weeks away, many of our regular readers are looking up information. One of the most popular is this story that we published last February. 

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school busses.

Orange Board Of Education Vice Chairman Jody Dietch said,  “Coming soon to Orange: if you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.”

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.


A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket, if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.


PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for a first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

 Originally Published on: Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:45



Feb 242014

BEST POLICE Patch EVERShopping Rage

Officers responded CVS, 279 Boston Post Road, for a reported disturbance, Feb. 17 at 4:33 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that, while inside the store, Michael Sgro, 37, of 7721R Fountain St, New Haven, felt that another customer had ‘cut’ in front of him in line at the pharmacy, so he began to yell at that customer causing a disturbance.

Sgro then followed the customer outside the store and pushed him to the ground.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

Sgro was released on a promise to appear in court March 3.              





Jul 312013

police carPublic Indecency

A New Haven man was arrested last weekend after he was seen performing a lewd act on himself in his car in the Christmas Tree Shops parking lot.

According to the report, two women left a craft store and on the way to their car saw a man masturbating in his car. They made eye contact and he continued what he was doing.

The women sought someone of authority to whom they could report the incident, and found volunteer firefighters selling raffle tickets in front of the Christmas Tree Shop Store.

After hearing the complaint, one of the firefighters saw the car leaving the parking lot and wrote down the license plate number.

A nearby patrol officer stopped the car and the witnesses positively identified Manuel Soares, 48, of 126 Plymouth Street, New Haven as the man they saw.

Soares was charged with public indecency, second-degree breach of peace and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released on $500 bond for court Aug. 9.


Jun 212013

doortodoor-lgOrange Town Residents,

Several Superintendents to the north of us have reported that scammers are knocking on doors in their districts, trying to sell educational programming they claim is endorsed by the school district.  They have even gone so far as to ask residents to point out the homes of other people in the neighborhood who have children.

Orange Public Schools does not sell, or authorize anyone to sell on our behalf, any curriculum or educational materials of any kind.  Should someone come to your door with such a sales pitch, say ‘no’ and please call the police (203-891-1080).

Orange Schools Superintendent

Lynn McMullin

Feb 262013

All of your Orange Elementary Schools

All of your Orange Elementary Schools

In a letter posted on the Orange Board of Education website, Superintendent Lynn McMullin explains measures the Orange schools and police are taking to provide students with the most secure environment possible.

McMullin answers questions that some parents may have about entering a building and not holding a door for someone directly behind him or her, the purpose of Sally Ports, why they now will have to show ID before entering the building, how will panic buttons work, etc.

The tragedy in Sandy Hook seems like it happened yesterday, but, it was just a little more than 2 months ago, and the town of Orange has been on top of improving security from the moment it happened.

See McMullin’s Letter HERE.



Oct 182012

Police Headquarters

Orange Police are investigating a burglary on Ridge Road reported  on Tuesday, Oct. 16 around 5:42 p.m.

Investigation revealed that a dark colored hatchback vehicle with an unknown Delaware registration plate was seen in the area at the time.  The vehicle was being operated by a thin Hispanic female with long dark hair.

According to police, a Hispanic male with a dark moustache and curly hair, wearing dark colored shorts, ran from the residence to the vehicle.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Orange Police Department Investigative Services Unit at 203-891-2138.

Residents are asked to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

Sep 222012

Thursday’s story on Orange Live regarding the three police cars that were outside of Mary L. Tracy School and the fact that some children did not get outdoor recess, had some parents still scratching their heads as if the school administrators were hiding something.

But on Friday, Principal Colleen Murray sent the following e-mail to parents:

I thought this newsletter would be our first correspondence delivered to you via the One Call Now System, but as you know, we needed to use the service yesterday to inform parents about a situation that arose. The possibility of an unwelcome visitor caused us to err on the side of caution and take measures to ensure the safety of all.

Our doors at MLT are always locked and remained locked yesterday. Instruction was not interrupted and the only change in the schedule was that the children were given an indoor recess.

Protocol requires that we contact the Orange Police Department which we did resulting in several cruisers lining our driveway. Rumors began to circulate out in the community and the decision was made to notify parents that everyone was safe and sound at MLT.

Please understand that confidentiality prohibits me from disclosing the specifics of the event. I apologize for any distress the email may have caused you; imagine the distress you would have experienced if I hadn’t notified you and you found out after the fact.

Here at Orange Live, we hope that by reprinting this notice with the very important sentence: “The possibility of an unwelcome visitor caused us to err on the side of caution and take measures to ensure the safety of all.” will
satisfy the community’s need to know, and reassure Orange residents that the school leaders are not hiding anything.

Perhaps it would have been better if that one sentence had been released on Thursday.

Aug 312012

Police Headquarters

Unattended Child

Police were dispatched to the parking lot of TJ Maxx, 528 Boston Post Road, on Aug. 25 at 1:46 p.m. on a report of a child left unattended in a running vehicle.

Investigation revealed that Yiling Chih, 43, of 25 Lucille Drive, Milford left her 7-year-old child inside the idling vehicle for 24 minutes while she went shopping inside the store.

Chih was charged with leaving a child under 12 unattended in a public place. She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 12.

Evading Responsibility

An Orange resident surrendered himself at police headquarters on Aug. 26 at 5:51 p.m. after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

According to the report, the warrant against Alfred Bianchi, 24, of 590 South Greenbrier Drive, stemmed from his actions after a traffic accident on June 26, when he was driving one of the vehicles involved in a crash.

In that incident, the arrestee was accused of hitting another vehicle by failing to drive in the proper lane, then getting out his car, striking the other vehicle with a metal chain, then getting back into his car and driving away from the scene of the accident before police arrived.

Bianchi was charged with second-degree breach of peace, failure to drive in a proper lane and evading responsibility of an accident.

He was released on $1,000 bond for court Sept. 10.

Drunken Driving

Police responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of the Boston Post Road and Orange Center Road, Aug. 24 at 10:06 p.m.

One of the drivers, Eridania Nieves, 23, of 170 Washington St, Haver Hill, MA reportedly had already fled the scene, but officers located her a short distance away.

According to the report Nieves attempted to fight with officers, but was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, interfering with an officer, following too close, driving without a license and evading responsibility of an accident.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 7.

Jul 202012

Lushe’s Diner on the Boston Post Road

Before it even opened the new Lushe’s Diner, 285 Boston Post Road, got off to a tough start with a burglary on June 25.

Two 52-inch plasma TVs were installed on the walls on Friday, June 22. On Monday, June 25, they were discovered missing.

On Thursday, June 28, at 1:43 p.m., police were called to the diner on a theft complaint.

According to the report, the diner was undergoing renenovations and was scheduled to open soon.

No forced entry was found. Police spoke to the installers and workers.

The investigation into this case continues.