The Relay For Life Is Under the Full Blue Moon Today

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May 182019

This was taken two days ago.

The Full Flower Blue Moon will be at its peak today, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 5:11 p.m., Of course, it will be glorious later at night once it gets darker — perfect for the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this moon is referred to as “blue” not because of its color or appearance, but because it marks the third time in a season that there’s been a full moon.

“If a season has four full moons, then the third full moon in the season may be called a Blue Moon,” the Almanac reads.

Seasonal blue moons occur on average once every two or three years, and the next one won’t be until October 31, 2020, so appreciate this one while you are walking the track tonight.

According to the Almanac, the “full flower” name for the full moon during the month of May, simply because it’s typically the month when flowers bloom.

Get Rid Of Your Unused and Unwanted Prescription Medications Today

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Apr 272019

Today is the day to stop by the CVS store at 279 Boston Post Road between 10 am-2 pm to drop off your unwanted prescription medications.

Help keep these meds out of the hands of children, and out of our garbage and water supplies.

As always, if you can’t make the drop-off event at CVS, a drop-off box is available in the police department lobby, 24/7/365.

Orange Police: Stolen ATM Investigation Leads To Arrest

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Apr 222019

Orange Police served a warrant on a Department Of Corrections inmate who appeared in Derby Superior Court,106 Elizabeth Street, Derby, on April 15 at 10:15 a.m.

The warrant stemmed from a burglary in February of 2019 when the arrestee, identified as Christopher Dahlinger, 27 of New Haven, and an accomplice stole the ATM machine from the Courtyard Marriot Hotel on Marsh Hill Road.

The investigation led to the issuance of a warrant charging Dahlinger with second-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Dahlinger was arraigned in court that day.

Orange Police: “Road Rage” Incident On Route 34 Leads To Arrest

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Apr 152019

Orange police responded to Route 34 westbound regarding a motor vehicle accident between an SUV type vehicle and a motorcycle on Saturday, April 13 at 5:23 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found the motorcycle rider had landed in the roadway and lost his helmet. He had suffered a life-threatening head injury. He was given medical treatment on scene and then transported to an area hospital.

The arrestee, later identified as Jerzy Narowski, 63, of West Haven, who was driving the SUV, left the scene.

Witnesses to the incident were able to give officers a description of the vehicle and the events that occurred. Using this information, Derby Police officers located the evading vehicle within their city and stopped it.

Orange police officers responded to Derby, where Narowski was taken into custody. Witnesses described a ‘road-rage’ situation where Narowski and the motorcycle rider reportedly were arguing with each other along Route 34. At some point, Narowski swerved his vehicle into the path of the motorcycle, but the cyclist was able to maintain travel.

The SUV swerved at the motorcycle again, striking it, causing the cyclist to lose control and be ejected from the motorcycle. The cyclist landed on the pavement, where he lost his helmet before coming to a stop.

Narowski was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, making an improper lane change, reckless driving, and evading the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was held on $75,000 bond for court April 15.

The Orange Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is handling this investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or the events leading up to it, is asked to contact Officer Denny Peterson at 203.891.2130 x409.

The Accident Reconstruction Team will determine whether any further charges are necessary in this incident. This summary was provided by the Orange Police Records Division, 203.891.2134 opdrecords@orange-ct.gov

Notes In A Nutshell: Police Commission

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Mar 302019

The Traffic Authority of the Orange Police Commission met at the Orange Police Department on Monday, March 11.

Following are brief notes from that meeting:

Chief Robert Gagne made the Board aware of the Ride for Hope Charity Motorcycle Ride that will be coming through town on June 2. Lt. Ray LaPlante will be involved.

The monthly meeting of the Orange Police Commission included the following:

The activity of the Department– Assistant Chief Max Martins outlined the February statistics with the Commissioners.

There were 32 criminal arrests

136 motor vehicle citations.

There was l commercial burglary.

There were 2 motor vehicles stolen and neither was recovered.

In addition, there were 23 larcenies and 72 motor vehicle accidents.

There were 3,030 calls for service that generated 490 written reports.


Chief Gagne reported that the Records Division took in the following revenue:

Report sales $139.00

Parking tags $325.00

Fingerprints $20.00

Permits $760.OO

For a total of $1,244.00.


Chief Gagne explained that the expenditures for the month were routine and highlighted expenses for training, medical supplies, a recruit physical, computer equipment, and cleaning supplies.

Budget Balances Chief Gagne went over the budget – no major concerns.

Chief Gagne explained that overtime is continuing to be very low and the department spent less in overtime at this point than it did at the same time last year.

Old Business: 

CLESPP Audit (Compliance to Law Enforcement Standards and Practices Program): This is the minimum standards audit which will eventually lead to accreditation. The audit is complete and was successful, Mark Fasano felt the department was well on its way to accreditation.

DARE Graduations: All are complete, Det. Bailey did an excellent job mentoring, telling stories for parents, etc. It was a successful year for DARE.

Cell Block Project: Chief Gagne advised that there is no real change. He did advise the Board of Finance that bids came in unexpectedly high. Waiting to hear back from the architect.

New Business General Order s-14 Family Violence: There have been changes to the Family Violence Laws, so the OPD policy has been changed to support the new laws.

Wiring Project – New Phone System: The town is implementing a new phone system which requires pre-wiring of all buildings. It is a 3 week/phase project for the Police Department and it is now in phase 2.

Citizens Academy: New Academy will be starting April 24, 2019, for 8 weeks from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Correspondence Charles Sherwood SCCJA – thanking Sgt. Aquino for serving on the oral board examination panel for the position of Recruit Police Officer.

Personnel Letter from Chief Gagne to Sgt. Mike Kosh – thanking him for his service as the ISU Interim Commander. Chief Gagne advised the board that Sgt. Kosh did an outstanding job.

Recruit Graduation – March 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at SCSU for Officers Withington and Coutu. Their swearing-in will be Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m.

Super Plunge for Special Olympics – Officer Peterson has taken an enthusiastic interest in the Torch Run and all fundraisers for Special Olympics. He has a fundraising page. On March 30 – March 31, he will be jumping into Long Island Sound in Westbrook every hour for 24 hours. The OPD will have people there to support him.

Orange Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

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Mar 292019

Ofc. Withington, left and Ofc. Coutu, right, are the OPDs newest officers.

On Thursday, March 28, the Orange Police Department welcomed its two newest officers, Andre Coutu and James “JP” Withington.

Andre is from Danville, VT, and is a 2013 graduate of Castleton State College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was a 2014 graduate of the Vermont Department of Corrections Academy and was formerly employed as a probation and parole officer with that department.

JP is from West Haven, and is a 2015 graduate of the University of New Haven, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was formerly employed as a tournament director for East Coast Classic Tournaments and as a hockey coach for ProCrease Goaltending and Elite Hockey Program.

The Chiefs and Officers of the Orange Police Department wish Andre and JP long and safe careers with their agency.

Orange Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton administered the oath of office.

UPDATE: Racebrook Crash Required Extrication, Child Escapes Injury

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Mar 282019

On Wednesday night, March 27 at around 10 p.m., Orange Police responded to a serious one-car motor vehicle accident on Racebrook Road (Rt. 114) near the Woodbridge town line.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 2008 Toyota Rav4 was traveling southbound on Rt.114 at a high rate of speed when the 25-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The car crossed the center line into the northbound lane before leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree.

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department extricated her. There also was a 6-year-old passenger in the Toyota who was able to release his restraints and get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries.

The Orange Police crash reconstruction team responded to take over the investigation. The driver’s name is not being released at this time until the Department is certain that the driver’s family has been notified.

If anyone witnessed the crash or has any further information, please contact Lt. Raymond LaPlante at 203-891-2130, RF CN #19-9162.

UPDATE: Police ID Derby Avenue Accident Victim

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Mar 282019

The victim in yesterday afternoon’s fatal pedestrian accident on Derby Avenue has been identified as Steven Sylvester, 45, of Harwinton, CT.

The operator of the 2015 Volkswagon Beetle that struck him has been identified as Ramona Rubin, 79, of Derby, CT.

The investigation is still on-going with the cause of the collision yet to be determined.

No criminal charges have been filed at this time.


Fire Danger High Today

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Mar 262019

There will be enhanced potential for fire spread today as relative humidities fall into the teens to lower 20s, and winds gust to 20 to 25 mph.

Take care of your actions to prevent causing a dangerous situation. If you smoke, do not toss your cigarette butt out of the car window, as it can easily ignite dry grass or foliage at the side of the road.


UPDATE: Man Killed In Accident on Route 34.

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Mar 252019

On Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:14 pm, the Orange Police Department responded to the westbound side of Derby Avenue just prior to Sodom Lane for a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.

The investigation is still on-going but it appears that a vehicle being driven by a 79-year-old female was traveling westbound on Derby Avenue when it drifted off the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a 45-year-old male who was standing to the rear of his flatbed tractor-trailer truck.

The vehicle also struck the rear of the trailer and then careened into another vehicle traveling on Derby Avenue.

The tractor-trailer had been parked off the right shoulder of the roadway after delivering a large piece of construction equipment to the area. The male pedestrian was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family.

The female vehicle operator also was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with unspecified injuries. The operator of the third vehicle was not injured.

The westbound side of Derby Avenue was closed to traffic for several hours. The Orange Fire Department was called to provide additional lighting to the scene.

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information, they may contact Lt. Raymond LaPlante of the Orange Accident Reconstruction Unit at 203-891-2130. RF Case #19-8906.