Word to the wise

Winter is coming, and across the area, it’s the time of year people start breaking out space heaters and gathering wood for the fireplace. Another item at the top of winter wish lists is a fire extinguisher, a safety essential. But buyers beware!

Manufacturer Kidde recently recalled 134 models of fire extinguishers built between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, impacting more than 40 million units within the United States and Canada – and sold at retailers near you.

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Narcotics detectives with the Orange Police Department arrested a local man after discovering ecstasy, PCP and marijuana during the execution of a search warrant in the 300 block of Decatur on May 12, reports Sgt. Jason Laughlin.

According to Laughlin's report, 28-year-old Michael Anthony Buchanan of Orange was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail on second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance for the ecstasy, state jail felony possession of a controlled substance for the PCP and possession of marijuana. 

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An old scam involving bad checks and bogus job opportunities has claimed a new victim, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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We’ve all seen the highway signs warning drivers, “Don’t text and drive,” but with smart phones and other mobile devices making information and communication readily accessible, literally at your fingertips, distracted walking is also becoming a serious problem, having led to numerous accidents and even deaths, according to recent media reports.

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When Clark Griswold sets out to create a festive holiday atmosphere in the movie classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” all havoc breaks loose. He staples his sleeve to the gutter, loses his balance on the ladder, slides off the roof and can’t get the 25,000 twinkling lights to work because of faulty wiring. Once the lights do work, he causes a power outage because of the amount of electricity they use.

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