Arson at Best Price Motel in Orange
Police in Orange are investigating yet another incident at the Best Price Motel at 2610 Interstate 10 West. This time, a guest at the motel was arrested for lighting a pile of clothes on fire in one of the rooms.
According to a report from OPD, officers responded to a call from the motel at approximately 11:33 p.m. in reference to a female guest setting clothes on fire. The fire was extinguished immediately causing little damage to the hotel room and the woman arrested for felony arson, police report. Officers transported the suspect, 33-year-old Vienna Velella of Cushing, Oklahoma to the Orange County Jail.
Media reports from Valdosta, Georgia report Velella has a history of criminal activity. According to reports from WCTV and The Valdosta Daily Times, she was one of four people arrested July 28, 2012 after a traffic stop led sheriff's deputies to the discovery of numerous fraudulent identification cards and credit cards inside the vehicle. The reports stated Velella, whose identification indicated she was a resident of Hollywood, Fla. at the time of the incident, was arrested for two counts of felony financial transaction card theft and one misdemeanor charge for giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
Since February, police have responded to the Best Price Motel on multiple separate occasions. On February 28 and March 1, officers were dispatched to the motel in reference to counterfeit currency, still under investigation. On April 7 shortly after 1 a.m., police arrested 29-year-old Howard Lewis Flore of Orange for public intoxication and possession of marijuana after he was allegedly walking around outside of the Best Price Motel in the nude. Then, according to a news release from OPD, on April 23 at about 10:30 p.m., narcotics officers conducted an investigation into reported drug sales from a room of the motel. According to OPD, officers seized six ounces of methamphetamine and multiple packages of synthetic marijuana after searching the room, culminating in the arrest of 26-year-old Autumn Liann Durden of Orange. Durden was charged with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance.