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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.

 

 

 

 

Orange Police: Orange Woman Charged With DUI

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Jan 272017
 

Patrol Officers observed a vehicle stopped in the roadway on Woodside Drive (a small side street) on Jan. 19 at 3:26 a.m.

When officers stopped to check the vehicle, they had the driver, Morgan Gallagher, 22, of Orange perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Gallagher was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

She was released after posting $50 bond for court Feb. 2. 

Police Blotter: Driver Dispute Leads To Arrest

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May 262016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.07.36 PMOfficers were investigating a motor vehicle accident on May 22 at 6:49 p.m. when they observed a dispute in a nearby parking lot at 350 Boston Post Road (Smoothie King, Ola Plaza).

The dispute quickly turned physical, and officers separated the parties.

The aggressor in the incident, identified as Carmen Rosario, 46, of 323 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, was arrested for her actions.

Rosario was charged with second-degree breach of peace and released on a promise to appear in court May 23.

 

Orange Police: Woman Charged With DUI

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Sep 222015
 

police carOfficers conducting routine patrol observed a vehicle travel through a red light on Route 34 westbound at 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Helen Carafa, 55, of 66 Prospect Place Ext, East Haven.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), driving without insurance, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to carry a vehicle registration.

Carafa was released after posting $50 bond for court Sept. 28.

Early Back To School Shoplifting Ends In Two Arrests

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Aug 062015
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, on a shoplifting complaint at 5:38 p.m. July 30.

During the investigation, officers learned that two juvenile females, a 13 year-old and a 15 year-old, had taken a total of $671.91 worth of clothing and jewelry from the store without paying. They fled when approached by store security.

Officers found both girls a short distance away from the store, where they were taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover and interfering with an officer’s investigation.

They were both released to guardians and given summonses to New Haven Juvenile Court.

Orange Police: Next Wave of “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” to Launch August 3 – August 16

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Aug 032015
 

11802757_850721321647958_6459216305425376931_oThe Orange Police Department along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted before and after April’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement. The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal.

texting-drivingThe campaign will run from August 3rd through the 16th and marks the second time this year law enforcement agencies will mobilize by adding special patrols – aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones.

The last operation, which took place during April 2015, resulted in nearly 16,000 citations issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. That is FOUR TIMES more citations in one month than any other month over the most recent three-year period (2012-2014) when a specialized enforcement campaign did not occur. Over 50 law enforcement agencies including both state and local police are again participating in this operation – aimed at keeping Connecticut’s roadways safe.

The Department of Transportation had announced in April that the results of recent research found an estimated 11.1 million of occurrences of distracted driving happen each day throughout the state of Connecticut. According to the findings, in total, it is estimated that 9.6% of drivers were either texting or talking on a hands free device.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

textingIn 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

Connecticut remains the only state in the nation to receive special distracted driving prevention funds – the same funds that allow for special patrols to identify, stop and cite drivers who choose to ignore distracted driving laws. Over $4.6 million dollars has been awarded to the state over the last two years specifically – to fund campaigns like this one. Connecticut qualifies for this federal funding source through a mix of tough laws – and, a proven track record in strong enforcement of distracted driving laws.

“The Men and Women of the Orange Police Department remain committed to the reduction in distracted driving. This initiative will lead to a reduction of traffic crashes and make our community safer,”  Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said. “We will continue to enforce these laws long after the official campaign concludes”

For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit www/distraction.gov.

— This announcement is posted on the Orange PD Facebook Page

Originally Published on: Jul 28, 2015 @ 13:53

Orange Police: Don’t Drink And Drive

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Mar 162015
 

orange police duiPatrol officers observed a vehicle driving the wrong-way on Route One, (traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes) on Saturday, March 7 at 2:57 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Jeremy Torres, 23, of 28 Lakeside Drive, Bridgeport, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Torres was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), failure to drive in a proper lane and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released after posting $100 bond for court March 23.

Officers patrolling Indian River Road on March 11 at 8:58 p.m. observed a vehicle driving erratically.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Frances Kunajukr, 45, of 43 Indian River Road, Orange, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

Kunajukr was subsequently taken into custody and charged with DUI and released on $50 bond for court March 25. 

Police: Two Milford Men Arrested Following Altercation

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Feb 232015
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange patrol officers observed a disturbance in front of the Orange Ale House on Monday Feb. 16 at 12:38 a.m.

Investigation revealed thatRyan Ticknor, 22, and Chaz McFadden, 25, both of 113 Sunnyside St, Milford, had a disagreement inside the business, and that the altercation turned physical, eventually spilling to the outside parking lot area.

Both men were taken into custody and charged.

Ticknor was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

McFadden was charged with second-degree breach of peace.

Each was released after posting $100 bond for court Feb. 17.