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They’re Here! Police Warn Of Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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May 282020
 

The Orange Police Department has received multiple reports of a black bear in the area north of Derby Avenue between Orange Center Road and Racebrook Road.

Sightings also were reported yesterday in the Westville section of New Haven and the Johnson Road area of Woodbridge bordering the northeast corner of Orange.

As Orange Live reported last week, Bear sightings are common in Connecticut and police request that you only call the department when there is a threat or an emergency associated with a bear.

Please do not feed nor approach the bear. Keep your distance and respect all wildlife.

Click HERE for additional info and tips regarding black bears.

 

Please Donate To the Drive Thru Food Drive On May 30

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May 262020
 

Together with Orange Community Services, members of the Orange Police Department will be outside of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 30, collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.
Safety precautions will be in place.
Mark your calendars and please participate any way you can in this important event.

Orange Police: Woman Arrested Three Times in Nine Hours

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May 262020
 

#1 On Thursday, April 30, at 5:32 p.m. officers responded to 235 Boston Post Road (trailer park?) in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven violated a protective order with another party by appearing at their residence.

Dean was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order.

She was released on a promise to appear in court in Bridgeport on May 1.

#2  On Friday, May 1, police returned to 235 Boston Post Road at 12:19 a.m. in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven, once again violated a protective order with another person by going to the residence and entering the residence without permission.

Less than seven hours earlier she was advised not to return to the residence and apprised of the Protective Order in place but decided to return anyway.

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order and third-degree burglary.

She was held on a $3,000 bond and received a second court date of May 1 in Bridgeport.
#3 On Friday, May 1, at 2:18 p.m., officers again were dispatched to 235 Boston Post Road in regards to a violation of a protective order.
Officers’ learned that the offender, Gina M. Dean, 44, of West Haven, was previously arrested twice for violation of a protective order and came back a third time and gained access into the residence by the use of a burglary tool.
Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree violation of conditions, two counts of violation of a protective order, third-degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

This time, she was held on a $50,000 bond and received a court date of May 4.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Issuing A Bad Check

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May 262020
 

On Tuesday, May 19, Orange Police were dispatched to the New Haven Police Department at 2:45 p.m. to pick up Sheila J. White, 54, of New Haven.

White was in their custody for an unrelated matter when it was discovered that she held an active arrest warrant out of Orange for an incident that occurred on Jan. 6.

She was taken into custody, brought back to the Orange Police Department and charged with third-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny and issuing a bad check.

White received a promise to appear in court on June 24.

Orange Police Blotter: Man Had Stolen Merchandise and Burglary Tools

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May 262020
 

On Tuesday, May 19, at 3:47 a.m., Orange Police Officers came into contact with William J. Moore, 36, of West Haven, on the Boston Post Road near the Porch and Patio store.

While speaking with Moore, officers discovered that he had $2,179 worth of stolen merchandise inside his vehicle.

Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools.

Moore posted a $5,000 bond and is to be in court on June 24.

Police Blotter: Orange Resident Charged With Larceny

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May 232020
 

At 7:45 p.m. on April 25, Orange Police responded to Knight’s Power Tools, 286 Boston Post Road, on a complaint of a suspicious person in the area.

Officers located the man, identified as Christopher Barretta, 46, of Orange on the property and discovered that he had taken items from the business without paying for them.

Barretta was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on June 22.

 

 

 

 

Masks For CT Distribution In Orange On Thursday

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May 202020
 

Masks for CT will distribute masks at Yale West Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange, on Thursday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first come first served basis to anyone in the community who wishes to drive by and pick up masks for their personal use. Contactless protocol is to roll down a window, drive by, and a volunteer will put a bag of masks inside your car.

Channel 3 joined forces with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 99.1 WPLR, Yale University and Masks for Heroes to make sure more people can protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce, I will be there from 6 to 8 a.m. helping to hand out the bags of five (5) masks to those who drive by. 

This is a wonderful free program that has been going on throughout the state in several locations from Stamford to Mohegan Sun. 

Now that many businesses in Connecticut are opening again, masks are required before you can walk through the doors of your favorite stores. 

Wearing a mask is one way to help flatten the curve and hopefully eventually rid the state of this deadly virus for good. 

Court Denies Church’s Application For Restraining Order

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May 182020
 

Soon after receiving notice of a lawsuit from Our Lady of Sorrows Church against the town regarding the Health Director’s directive, as authorized under the Governor’s first declaration to apply relevant principles of risk management to decisions about whether to cancel, modify or postpone large gatherings, to cancel congregational prayers and religious events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawsuit was filed just a few days prior to when religious services were scheduled to resume.

On Friday, Town Attorney Vincent Marino was made aware of an email that Police Chief Robert Gagne received from a gentlemen serving on the Board of Directors for Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Inc., stating that the Board of Directors for the Church did not authorize this litigation.

It read, in part, “We never authorized or even knew about this lawsuit. We are upset and stunned. We are trying to contact proper channels to find out how this all came about and how to reverse it.”

Marino immediately got to work on this, contacting the opposing attorney, and others, and then on Monday wrote a letter to Judge Alfred Covello stating his concerns about the issue. He wrote that he believed the proceeding was filed for an improper purpose in order to take advantage of a sensational issue just six days before it would become moot.

After reviewing all of the provided documents, Judge Covello denied the church’s application for a restraining order.

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Following are the guidelines for church gatherings beginning Wednesday, May 20.

FYI: As of May 17, the town of Orange has had 111 confirmed cases of Covid 19, and 6 deaths. This is a very dangerous highly contagious virus and the reason these guidelines are put in place. 

 

 

 

Black Bear Sightings in Amity: What Should You Do?

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May 182020
 

On Sunday, three black bear sightings were reported in Woodbridge

One on Seymour Road, an other on Maple Vale Drive near Spoke, and in the Elderslie property area. One of them came right up on the resident’s deck.
It’s that time of year. Black Bears are active and bold, and quite common. 

Here is some important information from the CT DEEP Website

Black Bear Do’s and Don’ts

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand. Reports of bear sightings, even in heavily populated residential areas, have been on the rise.

The Wildlife Division has also seen an increase in the number of reported problems with black bears. The primary contributing factor to bear nuisance problems is the presence of easily-accessible food sources near homes and businesses.

Fed bears can become habituated and lose their fear of humans. Bears should NEVER be fed, either intentionally or accidentally. Connecticut residents should take the following simple steps to avoid conflicts and problems with black bears:

BEARS NEAR YOUR HOME

Bears are attracted to garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and birdfeeders.

DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
DO clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use. (Propane cylinders should be stored outside.)
DON’T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become “problem” bears.
DON’T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
DON’T leave pet food outside overnight.
DON’T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.

BEARS SEEN WHEN HIKING OR CAMPING

Bears in natural settings normally leave an area once they have sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.

DO make your presence known by making noise while hiking. Hike in groups. If you see a bear, make noise and wave your arms so the bear is aware of your presence.
DO keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
DO back away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.
DON’T approach or try to get close to a bear to get a photo or video.
DON’T  run or climb a tree. If possible, wait in a vehicle or building until the bear leaves the area.
DO  be offensive if the bear approaches you. Make more noise, wave your arms, and throw objects at the bear. Black bears rarely attack humans. If you are attacked, do not play dead. Fight back with anything available.
DON’T cook food near your tent or store food inside your tent. Instead, keep food in a secure vehicle or use rope to suspend it between two trees.

BEARS, LIVESTOCK, AND BEEHIVES

Bears occasionally attack livestock (chickens, goats, etc.) and damage beehives.
DO protect livestock with electric fencing and move livestock into barns at night if possible.
DO reinforce beehives to prevent them from being knocked over or protect them with electric fencing.

WHEN BEARS COME TO VISIT

If a bear is seen in your town or neighborhood, leave it alone. In most situations, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas.

(DEEP website)

Keep dogs under control. Stay away from the bear and advise others to do the same. Do not approach the bear so as to take a photo or video. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A crowd of bystanders will only stress the bear and also add the risk that the bear will be chased into traffic or the crowd of people.

If a bear is in a densely populated area, contact the DEEP Wildlife Division (860-424-3011, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) or DEEP Dispatch (860-424-3333, 24 hours) to report the sighting and obtain advice.

The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. However, the department may attempt to remove bears from urban locations when there is little likelihood that they will leave on their own and when they are in positions where darting is feasible.

The department attempts to monitor bear activity in developed areas in coordination with local public safety officials. Coordination and cooperation with officials on the scene and local police officials is a key, critical ingredient in educating the public and assuring a safe, desirable outcome in such a situation.

Can You Help Solve This Mystery? (updated)

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May 182020
 

Milford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim of a serious motorcycle crash Saturday night.

The collision involved a 2019 Audi Q5 and a motorcycle at the intersection of New haven Avenue and Bonsilene Street around 8 p.m.

The male victim is in critical condition and is described as a 25-35-year-old white male around 165lbs with many tattoos around his body.

He was riding a 1988 Kawasaki motorcycle when he crashed.

The driver of the car and passengers were not injured.

Please contact the Milford Traffic Unit with any information, 203-878-5244