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Police Blotter: Unresponsive Man Was Impaired, Arrested

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Jan 242021
 

Orange Police responded to the area of 60 Boston Post Road on a report of an unresponsive man in a motor vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Bryan K. Brevard Jr., 36, of New Haven was impaired. Officers administered standardized field sobriety tests, and Brevard was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was released after posting a $60 cash bond and given a court date of Feb. 16.

 

Police Blotter: Man Risked Other’s Lives To Shoplift

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Jan 222021
 

Orange police were called to Target, 25 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5:05 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Jimmy Denby, 24, of Hamden took $997 worth of merchandise without paying for it. Later stating that he was supposed to be quarantining due to Covid-19.

Denby was taken into custody and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and fifth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in court on February 16.

Orange Police: Erratic Driver Arrested And Charged

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Jan 152021
 

Orange police responded to the area of Orange Center Road after receiving multiple calls about an erratic driver on January 9.

After locating and stopping the car driven by Carissa Viera, 36, of Milford, at 9:27 p.m. officers found her to be in possession of marijuana and another controlled substance and administered standardized field sobriety tests.

Viera was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving the wrong way, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.

She was released after posting a $50 cash bond and given a court date of February 2. 

 

 

Police: Orange Man Charged With Assault

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Jan 152021
 

Orange police responded to a disturbance complaint at 99 Marsh Hill Road (Homewood Suites) on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6:41 p.m.  

The officers’ investigation revealed that Terrell T. Montgomery, 24, of Orange struck another party.  Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault.

Montgomery was held on a $5,000 bond and received a court date of 01/13/21

Police Blotter: Man Charged With DUI After Three-Car Accident

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Jan 142021
 

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7:43 p.m., Orange police responded to the area of the Boston Post Road on a report of a three-vehicle accident. 

The investigation revealed that Alan A. Barton, 57, of Milford presented to be driving under the influence. 

Officers administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests after which Barton was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to yield right of way. 

Barton posted a $50 cash bond and received a court date of February 8. 

 

 

Police: Social Security Scam Alert

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Jan 142021
 

IMPORTANT! Our phone number was spoofed in a scam that we are currently investigating. The victim received a call from the “Social Security Administration,” followed by another call where the CallerID showed “Orange Police Department” with our phone number.
The second caller identified himself as an Orange officer. The “officer” asked the victim to confirm her Social Security number and address, and even threatened criminal charges if she didn’t comply.
If you have any doubt about the identity of an officer on the phone, you should insist on calling them back at the police station. We would have no problem with that, and you can verify that both the officer and the call are legitimate. Also, please remember that the Social Security Administration will NOT call you on the phone.
Thankfully this potential victim quickly picked up on the scam and notified us, but this is the first instance we’re aware that our phone number was spoofed by a scammer.
Our phone lines are in service, and if you call 203-891-2130, you’ll reach us.
More information on Social Security scams can be found at https://oig.ssa.gov

Come On People, Clean Off Your Cars

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Jan 042021
 

We had a little bit of snow this weekend and it appears that the next snowfall may happen next week on Tuesday.

Now, I have an SUV. I’m 5’5″, and I’m a senior, yet, before I leave my driveway my vehicle is totally cleared of snow and ice. Is it easy? — not always, but I know the importance of having a “clean car” after a snowstorm.

My daughter, granddaughter and I took a day trip to Massachussettes on Sunday and I was disgusted by the drivers whose cars were hemorrhaging ice and snow missiles on other drivers on I-95. It’s not only dangerous, but it’s illegal!

Today I left my house very early in the morning when the temperature was hovering just above freezing, but I cleared off my Forester before I ventured out.

On my way back home I was shocked to see several SUVs with 20 and 30 -something’s driving that were barely touched. One guy didn’t even think about making an effort to clean his vehicle off. He just got in, turned on the windshield wipers, and drove.

Come on people, clean off your cars! If this old lady can do it, certainly you young ones can. There is no excuse!

I mentioned that it’s illegal, well, yes, it IS the law, and if you don’t clean off your car you can be fined at least $75. If the falling debris from your vehicle causes injury or property damage, you can be charged up to $1,000 per incident. (Commercial drivers could be charged up to $1,250) How’s THAT for incentive?

New Laws in Effect In 2021

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Jan 012021
 

Five new laws took effect in Connecticut on Jan. 1, 2021.

More Police Accountability

While several provisions of the Act Concerning Police Accountability, which was passed in the summer, have already been enacted, more changes are now in effect

Beginning on January 1, officers who make arrests or interact with the public on a daily basis must also prominently display their badge and name tag on the outermost layer of their uniform.

Every officer must submit to a behavioral health assessment every five years, performed by a board-certified psychiatrist or psychologist experienced in diagnosing and treating traumatic stress disorder, to their unit leader.

The membership structure of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) council also will change. The overall number of members will increase to 21, with the addition of the Connecticut State Police Academy’s commanding officer), gubernatorial appointments will be reduced from 17 to 11, and six legislative appointments will be added.

Efforts to recruit, retain, and promote minority police officers must be reported to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Read the full bill here.

Help For Diabetics

In the new year, diabetics will now be allowed one emergency diabetes-related prescription per year that covers insulin, glucagon drugs, and diabetes devices such as insulin syringes and blood glucose test strips.

The new law requires pharmacists to dispense a 30-day, price-capped emergency supply of diabetes-related drugs and devices for patients who have less than a one-week supply of insulin or related equipment.

It also limits costs to the patient’s insurance plan copayment. If the recipient doesn’t have insurance, the pharmacist must charge the typical price.

Lowering taxes on pension income

Beginning Jan. 1, seniors will be able to claim 28% of pension and annuity income received in 2020 as a deduction on their Connecticut adjusted gross income. That is twice the amount they were able to deduct in 2019 (or 14%).

In 2022, the deduction leaps to 42%, with the eventual goal of 100% reached in 2025.

It’s all part of the state’s six-year plan to phase out taxes on pension and annuity income for individuals earning less than $75,000 a year or married couples earning under $100,000 a year.

For more details click here.

Increased regulation for electric utilities

In October, lawmakers approved a bill that puts the pressure back on utility companies to perform better during emergency situations.

By Jan. 1, each electric utility must report to PURA and the legislature’s energy committee on how it prepares and responds to hurricanes, snowstorms. and other emergencies.

From there, PURA will set minimum staffing requirements for each event.

From the state website.

Half-percent payroll tax for FMLA

Many Connecticut workers will receive slightly smaller paychecks — a decrease of up to 0.5% — due to Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

— Sources State of CT website, and WTNH

Orange Police Blotter: Recent Arrests

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Jan 012021
 

Shoplifting At Shop Rite

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, Orange Police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Shop Rite on Bull Hill Lane at 5:26 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Diana G. Broadbent, 31, of West Haven took $274 worth of merchandise without paying for it. 

She was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny, then released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 25.

Post-Holiday Shoplifting Trip

On Thursday, Dec. 28, officers were dispatched to Home Depot on the Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint at 11:07 a.m.

According to the report, Angel L. Acosta, 37, of New Haven took $326 worth of merchandise without paying for it.   He also was in possession of a shoplifting tool and drug paraphernalia. 

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a shoplifting device. 

Acosta was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 19.

Grocery Store Shoplifting

A shoplifting complaint on Dec. 28 led to the arrest of a 58-year-old West Haven man.

Officers responded to Shop Rite on Bull Hill Lane at 7:34 p.m. on a shoplifting complaint.

According to the report, Jose Paredes-Melendez was accused of taking $92 worth of merchandise without paying for it. He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny. 

He was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 19.

Christmas Eve DUI Arrest

Officers were dispatched to the area of Woodside Drive at Racebrook Road on a complaint of a suspicious running vehicle at 7:26 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Investigation revealed that Pascual Olgen Odilio, 34, of New Haven was asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle.  Officers administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Odillo was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving with a suspended license.  

Odilio was released after posting a $50 cash bond and was given a court date of January 19. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Police Department Welcomes New Officer

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Dec 312020
 

On Monday, December 28, the Orange Police Department swore in its newest officer, Luisangel Valdovinos.
Luisangel is a 2015 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History.
He graduated from the Hartford Police Academy in 2019 and had been working as a police officer for the City of Hartford.
Luisangel will be assigned to the patrol division after a brief training period.
Welcome Officer Valdovinos, we wish you a long and safe career with the Orange PD.