Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Parade

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May 302016

IMG_1205It was a fine day for a Parade on Sunday, as residents lined both sides of Orange Center Road to cheer on their town leaders, lawmakers, children’s groups, veterans, bands and of course Stuart the Giant Strawberry.

Police K-9 Loki did pretty well for his first walk down the “Orange Mile” (well, not quite).

Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert and his committee did a great job once again this year.

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the fact that 93-year-old Al Pol, wearing his firefighters dress uniform, chose to walk the entire parade route rather than accept a ride in one of the available cars or a golf cart.

Here are some photos from the parade. Can you find yourself in the crowd?

Police: Sleeping “Driver” Charged

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 9.30.02 PMOfficers responded to the intersection of Routes 121 (Grassy Hill Road) and 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) regarding a suspicious vehicle on May 14 at 12:34 a.m.

Officers observed the driver, Nicholas Holt, 20, of 192 Worth Avenue, Hamden, asleep in his vehicle in that location, with his foot on the brake pedal.

Upon waking him, officers had Holt perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court May 26.

Buckle Up For Safety…and…It’s The Law

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May 262016

13254230_1001601663226589_1029631629951004299_nPress release from the Orange Police Department Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department will once again join state and local law enforcement officials this Memorial Day Holiday to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists. All law enforcement officials will be out on Connecticut’s roads enforcing the state occupant protection laws.

The two week enforcement wave will run from Monday May 23 to Sunday June 05 and include traffic stops, checkpoints, and saturation patrols. The Orange Police Department actively participates in these high visibility efforts because they work.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne and the entire Orange Police Department remain committed to these Click it or Ticket campaigns. Officers will be out on the roads enforcing adult and child restraint laws and issuing citations to those who are unbuckled. Because in real life you don’t get a second chance.

Originally Published on: May 20, 2016 @ 10:40

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 Prepared To Participate In Special Olympics Torch Run

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May 262016

Spec Olympic torch runThe Orange Police Department is dedicated to the CT Special Olympics and takes part in  a few fundraising events each year as well as the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run.

In 2015, the OPD team was the largest ever with 17 people who took part in the Torch Run and carried the CT Special Olympics torch from the Milford Line (Raymour and Flannigan Clearance Center) to the West Haven City Line (Sam’s Club).

The group made the 3 mile run in record time and handed the torch off to the West Haven Police who wasted no time in continuing the run toward New Haven.

The run ends at the Campus of Southern Ct. State University where this year’s state games are held.

Come out to the Boston Post Road on June 10 to cheer the OPD runners on after they pick up the torch around 4 p.m.

May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWTNH-8 Reported some very sad news this morning:

Middlebury Police say one person was killed in a car accident there Tuesday morning.

Police got a call at 9:14 a.m. for a car that had hit a tree on the side of the road near the intersection of South Street and Long Meadow Road. 

When police got there they pulled Robert Graham, 45, of Orange from the car. He was unresponsive.  Emergency crews administered CPR. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital and pronounced dead.

A family friend contacted Orange Live this morning requesting help for his wife and children.

The text from a new GO FUND ME page is as follows:

The 8th grade Amity Force travel basketball team is asking for your help.   Rob Graham, Tessa’s dad, passed unexpectedly today.   Our hearts and prayers are with all of them at this time.

As some of you know, and some may not know, they were in the  middle of moving to Pennsylvania where Tara’s family is from.   Their house is on the market and were hoping to make the transition after the school year ended.

Instead of sending flowers or a fruit basket, we thought it would be most helpful if we could help them defray any costs of their move or any expenses that may suddenly arise.

We thank you for any support and help that you may be able to provide.

Police Awards: From Florida to Maine: Stolen Truck Investigation Leads to Arrest

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May 242016

a koshHere is another interesting story (and award) that came out of the Orange Police Awards Ceremony on May 17th.

On March 16, 2015 at 3:34 a.m., Detective Michael Kosh was working a patrol assignment when he was dispatched to the report of a stolen truck from Aurora Food Products.  The company truck was loaded with product with an estimated value of $60,000. 

Detective Kosh knew that the Connecticut State Police, along with Orange police officers, were actively investigating a one-car crash in the area about an hour prior to this call.  The driver in that crash had fled the scene on foot and hadn’t been located, although his identity had been confirmed by other vehicle occupants. 

Detective Kosh contacted the missing driver’s mother in Florida who reluctantly provided some information about him and his whereabouts.  Now a suspect of evading responsibility in the crash and also stealing the Aurora Products truck, Detective Kosh convinced the mother to contact the male and encourage him to turn himself in at the nearest police department. 

The suspect, who had also been injured in the early morning crash, turned himself in the following day at the Portland, Maine Police Department.  An arrest warrant and extradition paperwork were quickly completed, and soon thereafter, Detectives Kosh and Harry Burke traveled to Maine to take the suspect into custody. 

Detective Kosh’s persistence and investigative skills led to the recovery of a stolen truck in Maine, and the persuasion of the suspect to turn himself in after being on the run for over 24 hours.

The Board of Police Commissioners recognized Detective Michael Kosh’s diligence and dedication to duty.

Letter of Recognition shall became a permanent part of his personnel file.

Police Awards: Keen Eye For Detail Helps End Burglary Spree

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May 242016

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300The Board of Police Commissioners hosted its semi-annual police awards on May 17, following is one of the officer’s honored.

On February 13, 2014 at 3:23 p.m., Officer Robert Cafaro was nearing the end of his patrol shift when he noticed a suspicious vehicle pulled over on the side of Old Tavern Road.  Being aware of recent burglaries in the area, Officer Cafaro stopped and observed the vehicle for a moment. 

He saw a male passenger exit the car and walk toward an open garage door at a residence, then abruptly turn around and get back in the car.  Officer Cafaro then approached the car to investigate and found that the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and the two passengers in the car were uncooperative and gave evasive answers to questions. 

Officer Cafaro instructed the driver to remove the keys from the ignition but he instead began to drive away slowly before hitting and getting stuck in a snow bank. 

Officer Cafaro and Detective Michael Kosh, who had arrived as backup, observed the driver making furtive movements in the car as if he was trying to hide something. 

All three occupants were found to have extensive criminal histories including burglary, larceny, and substance abuse issues.  The driver was ultimately arrested for DUI, and was later transported to the hospital after it was suspected that he had secreted narcotics in his body. 

After this incident, the series of burglaries in that area stopped. 

Officer Cafaro’s diligence and observation skills led to the apprehension of an intoxicated driver and very likely the prevention of a burglary.

The Board of Police Commissioners recognized Officer Robert Cafaro’s diligence and dedication to duty.

A Letter of Recognition became a permanent part of his personnel file.

OVFD Auxiliary Plans Annual Pancake Breakfast

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May 242016

pancake breakfastThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 17th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea also will be served.

Cost is $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Save $1 per person by purchasing an advance ticket from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, email: [email protected] or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com


Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 22:13

Orange Police Welcome New Officer

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May 232016

Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Boyles and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo at the Milford Graduation Ceremony.

Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Boyles and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo at the Milford Graduation Ceremony.

The Orange Police Department welcomes Officer James Boyles, a graduate of the Milford Police Academy on Monday, May 23.

Officer Boyles will be sworn in at Orange Police Headquarters on Wednesday morning, after which he will begin 12 weeks of Field Training.

Police Commissioner Christopher Carveth attended the graduation ceremony in Milford and took this photo.