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Police Blotter: Woman Tried To Push Man Out Of His Wheelchair

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May 282017
 

Officers were dispatched to 592 Stone Hill Road on a report of an argument on May 24 at 11:02 p.m. 

Upon arrival, officers learned that Milagros Desalle, 46, of Orange attempted to push another individual out of his wheelchair.

She was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and released on $100 bond for court May 25.

State Police Identify Parkway Crash Victim

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May 282017
 

Connecticut State Police have confirmed that 44-year-old Michael Zawadski was killed in a rollover accident on Route 15 in Orange Saturday afternoon. The parkway was closed for all southbound traffic around 5 p.m. but was re-opened just before 9 p.m.

According to Police, Zawadski was traveling southbound on the Interstate south of Exit 57 in the right lane while 21-year-old Taylor Stanford, of Milford, was in the left lane. Troopers said that Stanford was speeding when her vehicle veered left, running over the curb located on the median.

Stanford’s vehicle then struck Zawadski’s vehicle, which rolled over and he was ejected. His car finally came to a stop down an embankment along the right shoulder and Stanford’s vehicle collided with the wire rope guard along the right shoulder.

The accident report indicated that she also was partially ejected and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for suspected minor, non-life threatening injuries.

Zawadski was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington. The accident is still under investigation by the Connecticut State Police.

2017 Orange Memorial Day Parade on Sunday

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May 272017
 

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The parade honorees have been announced:

Grand Marshal – Robert H. DeFeo –  U.S. Air Force Active 1956-1959 – Reserve from 1956 – 1965 – rank of Captain.

Chief of Staff – Peter Shery –  U.S. Army 1953-1955 – Korean War Veteran. Citations received – Korean Service Medal, The U.N. Service Medal and The National Defense Medal.

Honored Veteran – Donald J. Jewell, posthumously –  U.S. Coast Guard 1942-1946; World War 11 Veteran.  Past Commander of the American Legion Orange Post #127 and a life member.  His favorite quote was “I don’t always have my way but I always have my say!”

Keynote Speaker – Paul M. Tarbox    A Veteran of 10 years with the Connecticut Army National Guard.  He volunteered for deployment to Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraqi 2004-2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the 118th Area Support Medical Battalion. 

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer! Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available at the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.   The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. So, it is important to honor them at the brief cemetery service after the parade. 

In the event of rain, exercises will take place at the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

The following photos were taken in 2015 and 2016.

Fatal Accident Closes Part Of Wilbur Cross In Orange

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May 272017
 

Route 15 Southbound between Route 34 and Grassy Hill Road is shut down while accident reconstructionists investigate a fatal rollover accident.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. when a car driven by a middle aged man rolled over and went over the guardrail. He was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene according to one driver.

An Orange Live reader sent us a photo of the car from which the deceased was thrown, but we will not publish it out of respect for the family, which may not yet have been notified.

This is the second accident in Orange today, and the holiday weekend has just begun. Please, everyone, wear your seatbelts, slow down and pay attention to the road when you are driving.

Man Charged With DUI Following Accident On Route 34

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May 272017
 

Officers responded to an accident on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) and Route 114 (Racebrook Road) at 8:51 p.m. on May 21.  During the investigation, officers spoke with

During the investigation, officers spoke with the driver, Gregory Mewes and reportedly could smell the presence of alcohol coming from Mewes breath. Officers

Officers had him perform standardized roadside sobriety tests after which he was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to obey a traffic signal.

Mewes was released on $50 bond for court June 2.

Breaking: Dogwood Road Closed Due To Accident

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May 272017
 

The 500 block of Dogwood Road is closed following a car vs utility pole accident this morning.

The sedan snapped the pole, and the driver was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Emergency crews are waiting for Frontier to arrive to repair the wires and for a new pole to be put into place.

Please be patient and obey police directions for detours around the area.

Fire Auxiliary Offers Mohegan Bus Trip Fundraiser

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May 232017
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, July 8.

Up front cost is $40 per person but after all the perks, ($25.00 back – $10.00 game voucher & $15.00 food voucher) it doesn’t cost you a thing (do the math), but the Volunteer Fire Department benefits from the proceeds.

Bus leaves High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road parking lot at 4 p.m. and departs from Mohegan Sun at 10 p.m.

For more information, call/text Karen at 203-395-2581 or e-mail Vickie at equus1095@hotmail.com

NOTE: The last day to purchase a seat is Friday, June 23.

Come join the fun while helping the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Come On Out To Tip A Cop In June

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May 232017
 

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

MADD CT Honors Police Officers

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May 232017
 

Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Amarone, Officer Colon, and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo at the MADD Awards.

On Thursday, May 18, MADD Connecticut honored Police Officers from throughout our state for their efforts in eliminating drunk and drugged driving.

The luncheon took place at the Aqua Turf facility in Southington.

This year, three Orange Officers were recognized for their efforts. Officer Amable Colon, Officer Jeffery Fernandes, and Officer Robert Amarone. These Officers were nominated by their supervisors for leading the Department’s efforts against drugged and drunk driving.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

OPD Sponsors Special Olympics Fundraiser This Week

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May 182017
 

The Orange Police Department and Beyond Fitness are sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics CT at Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Orange on Thursday, May 18 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

This Adults Only Zumba class will take place in the school gymnasium.

There is a $10 suggested donation.

Come on out, get a fun cardio workout and help a worthwhile cause.

For more information, call Lt. Heather LaRock at 203-891-2130 or Nancy Allen at 203-891-2136