According to the report, a witness followed the evading driver into a nearby parking lot until officers arrived.
Investigation revealed that Christine M. Cirillo, 29, of Derby, smelled like alcohol and was swaying and slurring her words.
Officers administered standardized field sobriety testa and Cirillo was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
According to the report, both males were detained moments later. Investigation revealed that one of them, identified as Mark A. Pereira, 42, of New Haven, was responsible for taking the merchandise.
He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.
Pereira was released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 12.
Investigation revealed that Santiago R. Moreno-Ruiz, 31, of West Haven reportedly punched and broke the windshield of a vehicle.
He was taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief.
“The most important thing residents should know is that if you call 9-1-1, we’re going to respond with the same efficiency we always have,” the fire chief said. “Depending on the type of alarm, you may see our firefighters take a few extra precautions as we work to avoid being exposed to the virus while providing service.”
He said residents will see firefighters and apparatus arrive quickly at their home or business. But for many calls, a single firefighter, often an officer, will come to the door and ask about the health of those in the home. If anyone in the home has a fever, flu-like symptoms, or has traveled to certain areas, that firefighter will take an extra minute to take precautions, such as putting on an air mask. He or she will then attempt to resolve the problem without having other firefighters enter the building.
“Obviously, those other firefighters will help if needed,” he said. “And if we see an immediate life hazard, such as fire, we’re ready to go right into action as usual.”
Firefighters also have been issued instructions for additional cleaning of fire stations, equipment including their protective clothing, and apparatus.
“We are in touch with local, state, and federal experts on a daily – in fact, hourly – basis, and we are following their advice,” he said.
The chief also asks residents not to hesitate to call 9-1-1 if they need help, but also to let the dispatcher know if anyone in the home is under mandatory or self-imposed quarantine due to possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure. The dispatcher can then relay that information to first-responders so they can take steps to avoid exposure.
He also suggested placing a sign or note on the front door of your home to notify police, fire, and EMS personnel to take infection-prevention precautions.
“These steps will protect OVFD (https://www.orangevfd.org/) crews so they can continue to meet the emergency needs of our community,” he said. “You’re not only helping our crews by complying with these requests, but you’re also helping your neighbor because we’ll be able to stay healthy and respond to the next call for help.”
The Orange Police announced the following roadwork that is currently taking place. Be aware of these projects and plan your detour routes accordingly.
State Route 121 (Grassy Hill Road / North Street) is being milled down and repaved from RT34 (Derby Avenue) in Orange to RT1 (Boston Post Road) in Milford. Road milling is being accomplished this week from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.
Paving will follow and will be accomplished from 7:00 pm – 5:00 am. The entire project will take a few weeks. Please use caution, be patient, and drive safely.
Over the past 25 years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of our local police officers. Naturally, after all this time, I’ve seen so many of them retire and move on. Some, I’ve stayed in touch with, others are just gone with the wind. But I still remember each and every one of them.
Pre-pandemic I most likely would have gotten a heads-up and had an opportunity to say goodbye, but this weekend that didn’t happen and one of my absolute favorite members of the OPD left without even the slightest hint.
There was only one other time that I cried when one of my boys in blue left, and that was back in 2012, soon after opening Orange LIve when Asst Police Chief Ed Koether retired after 30 years on the job.
So, who is the second Orange cop that made me cry? Believe it or not, Sgt John Aquino, 53, one of the kindest, friendliest, most understanding, and professional officers I’ve ever had the pleasure to have known.
Over the past 25 years, I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face at the Orange Country Fair, Firemen’s Carnival, Senior Health and Safety Fair, parades, and numerous public events. When my granddaughter was little and I was clueless about the newer child safety seats, it was John who helped teach me how to install it properly.
If I locked myself out of my car, which happened a lot, I was never embarrassed if he was the responding officer.
I remember how amazing it was the day Detective Aquino was sworn-in to the rank of Sergeant, before a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends, fellow officers, and the three Orange elementary school principals. See VIDEO HERE.
He was then assigned to the midnight shift as a Road Sergeant.
Then, this past Saturday, June 27, Sgt. Aquino worked his last shift with the Orange Police Department after 25 years of dedicated service to the Town of Orange.
Without much fanfare, John retired with Chief Robert Gagne presenting him with a plaque and his retirement badge.
Community Minded Officer
John was a member of the ATV unit, many times he participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run, as the D.A.R.E. Officer, he drove the Easter Bunny to the Lions Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds, and he participated in the DEA’s Drug Take-Back Day for several years.
In November 2016 he was one of the Orange police who took on a scruffy look to raise money for the Jimmy Fund in Chloe Clemens’ name. It was the last time I can remember when the members of the department were allowed to go unshaven – but only for a month.
Sgt Aquino, 53, was a 25-year veteran of the Orange CT Police Department.
He graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies.
He was appointed as a probationary officer in Orange on June 23, 1995.
He was assigned to the patrol division from June 1995 to February 2008.
In February 2008 the was assigned to the Investigative Services Unit, serving as the Youth and DARE Officer and in the capacity of School Resource Officer.
Sgt. Aquino went to school to become a child safety technician (installing child safety seats in vehicles).
He and wife, Francine have been married 25 years (on July 19) and they have two sons, John and Michael.
Congratulations John, thank you for your service and your friendship over the years. I wish you only happiness and success in your future endeavors. You are already missed.
Happy Anniversary to you and Francine.
It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks across the state, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.
We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events. At many of these smaller than usual gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities, or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.
Several years ago, the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device. The use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.
NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198! This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles. While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.
The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.
• When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves. Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.
• Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present. The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.
• DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO HANDLE ANY TYPE OF SPARKLING DEVICE.
• Always have a source of extinguishment. A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by. Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911. A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.
The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season. Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one. If you would like more information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 203-891-4711.
Loving father of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA, Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC and the late Lawrence Pol. Brother of William F. Pol of Canoga Park, CA.
He also is survived by 7 cherished grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Al was born in New Haven on January 2, 1926, a son of the late Pietro and Adele Fullin Pol.
After attending Boardman Trade School in New Haven, Al proudly served in the U.S. Army, 65th Infantry Division during WWII as a heavy machine gunner, cook, and divisional instructor in electricity and electronics and participated in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns.
He worked as an electrician for the New York-New Haven-Hartford, Penn Central, and Conrail Railroads for 40 years while also establishing an electrical contracting business. After retiring in 1985, he became the Town of Orange electrical inspector for 32 years, until retiring in 2018 at age 92. Al and his late wife Anita had never-ending civic pride for the Town of Orange, the place they called home for over 60 years.
He was an elected constable, rose early to work the election polls, and volunteered at the Orange Country Fair and Firemen’s Carnival. Even into his 90s, you could find Al marching in the Memorial Day Parades, typically as a Parade Marshal.
Al was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, retiring at age 90 – after serving as a Captain, and more than 30 years as treasurer. A member of the American Legion Orange Post 127 for 56 years, serving many years as their treasurer and receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award in 2019.
Al played card games weekly throughout his life with family and friends. At the Orange Senior Center, he taught his favorite card game, bridge. Along with his passion for cards, he would enjoy a good book, a great movie, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku.
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending NY Yankee games and watching NY Yankees and NY Giants games with his sons.
Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, on Thursday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m., and are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church Friday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 127, 630 Grassy Hill Rd., Orange CT 06477. Sign Al’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net
The funeral service will be on Friday at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 11 am.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 1 will be used as the caisson.
Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven, immediately following the mass.