Apr 152015

FullSizeRender_1A bobcat was seen around the 300 West River Street area of Orange today, keep your eyes open.

Take care of your pets, keep your distance, and if you can get a photo, send it to Orange Live at [email protected].

Residents in the Turkey Hill area saw the bobcat stalk and kill a squirrel in their back yard about a week before Easter. They sent these photos to Orange Live.

Although you may be inclined to call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130, during the day, you should call the Milford-Orange Animal Control directly at 203-783-3279.

A bobcat this size can easily carry away a cat or small dog.

A bobcat this size can easily carry away a cat or small dog.


Apr 132015

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

This morning at 10 a.m., Amity Regional High School held a lockdown drill. This was only a drill.

The school day has returned to a normal schedule.

Principal Charles Britton extended his thanks and appreciation to first responders and law enforcement officials from Orange, Woodbridge, and the Connecticut State Police for assisting with the lockdown drill.

He said, “If this were a true emergency, information would be distributed over Alert Solutions and the high school email listserv.”

Apr 082015

UI workers had to replace a Utility pole on Marsh Hill Road following an accident.

UI workers had to replace a Utility pole on Marsh Hill Road following an accident.

Around 3:30 p.m. a car struck a Utility Pole on Marsh Hill Road. There were no injuries, but the pole was totaled.

The pole is located north of where a West Haven man lost his life on the same stretch of road in October 2012.

UI is working on replacing it. In the meantime traffic is a nightmare and the flow coming off of I-95 is being detoured down Pez Boulevard/Edison Road.

Orange Live will have more information when it becomes available.

In the meantime, AVOID Marsh Hill Road, it may be a while before the road is opened again.

One resident said she was stuck in traffic in the area for nearly an hour.

Sorry for the delay on this information (I was covering 3 games at Amity)

Apr 052015

orange police duiOfficers conducting routine patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically on the Boston Post Road March 28 at 1:25 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on Emily Donofrio, 27, of 2 Washington Ave, Danbury.

Donofrio was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to obey a traffic signal.

She was released after posting $50 bond for court April 13.

Apr 052015

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

On April 1, officers brought Dameon Beecher, 28, of 3321 Yucatan Place, Jacksonville, FL to Orange Police Headquarters at 1:36 p.m. after he surrendered to authorities in Portland, Maine.

Beecher was charged with the theft of a box truck from Aurora Products on Edison Road, which he stole from their loading dock.

At the time of the theft, he had just run from the scene of a car crash on I-95 nearby, and used the box truck to flee the area, eventually arriving in Portland, Maine.

Once in Maine, he turned himself in to police, who held him for Orange officers.

The arrestee was brought to the Orange Police Department after surrendering to authorities in Portland, Maine. 

Beecher was charged with first-degree larceny and held on $100,000 bond for court on April 2. 

Apr 042015

IMG_8053If you were out and about today (Indian River Road/Marsh Hill Road area) you may have seen fire trucks lining the road and firefighters in the street holding boots.

For a few hours early this morning and afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive to raise money for the department.

Drivers, both Orange residents and out-of-towners, were generous and made the firefighters’ efforts well worth the time.


Apr 042015

20150404_180014_resized copyA woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after her car went over the guardrail on Old Grassy Hill Road and down an embankment near the intersection with Grassy Hill Road tonight just before 5:45 p.m.

Orange Police were first on scene, checked on the woman’s well being and blocked traffic access to Old Grassy Hill Road.

An Ambulance arrived as well as the Orange Volunteer Fire Department personnel who helped bring the woman up from the steep gully to the waiting ambulance.

The details of this accident have yet to be released, but once they are, Orange Live will have the complete story for you.

Apr 022015

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

On Sunday, March 29 at 6:20 a.m., bail enforcement agents brought Jennifer DeMatteo, 28, of 768 George St #3, New Haven into Orange Police Headquarters because she was wanted on two arrest warrants.

The warrant stemmed from two separate incidents in 2013 where she was caught cashing checks stolen from a family member.

She was arrested at the time, but never appeared for her court dates.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with two counts of second-degree failure to appear in court.

DeMatteo was held on $10,000 bond, for court on March 30.


Mar 312015

thThe Orange Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the kick-off of “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” – 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.

This effort is part of a larger campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – who deems the month of April, national distracted driving awareness month.  The Orange Police Department is participating in this campaign by adding special patrols – aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones.

“For those who say that driving and texting is an epidemic, we believe enforcement of our hand-held mobile phone ban law is part of the cure.” Said Asst Chief Anthony Cuozzo

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.

As many as 50 law enforcement agencies including state and local police will take part in the mobilization to enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell phones while driving. The crackdown will span the entire month of April.

During a similar, three week campaign last September, over 7,000 motorists received a citation for using their phone while driving.

In 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.

Police will be keeping an especially close eye out for drivers who text and drive.  “Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. It creates the proverbial ‘perfect storm’ for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that,” said Asst. Chief Cuozzo.

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.

“It’s not that complicated: if you text and drive, we will see you, pull you over, and fine you. We’re serious about enforcing texting laws,” said Asst Chief Cuozzo

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