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Orange Police: Man Charged With Assault On An Elderly Person

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Aug 152018
 

Orange police were dispatched to 348 Boston Post Road for a motor vehicle accident caused by an assault on Aug. 9 at 6:46 p.m.

The investigation revealed that William DeFelice, 32, of Derby, struck another person. He was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault of an elderly person and second-degree breach of peace.

DeFelice posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Aug. 23.

 

 

 

 

Officers Brown and Loki Are Number One

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Aug 152018
 

Olympic Champions

Orange Police Officer Chris Brown and his K-9 Partner Loki competed in the 27th Connecticut K9 Olympics in Enfield on July 28, in the oppressive heat and humidity, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event consisted of a competition in a “round robin”* setting. Areas of competition were obedience, obstacles, and an apprehension drill, building search with simulated “shots” fired, and a K-9 alert search.

After the “games,” awards were given out to the top teams in each of the following categories:

Obedience
Criminal Apprehension
Top Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Most Experienced Handler
Most Experienced K-9
Obstacles

Officer Brown and Loki have been partners for 4 years, and as the story goes, Brown knew Loki was a very special dog from the moment he first laid eyes on him.

(photo by Kim Carino Photography)

“His drive was high and he went the extra mile to get (the ball),” Brown said in our first interview after 14-month-old Loki graduated from the Police K9 Academy. “I chose him without hesitation, I know he’ll have the longevity to do the work for 6-7 years.”

This was the Orange team’s third consecutive year of competition. In 2016 the duo brought home the obedience award, last year they came home empty-handed, but they made up for it this year by earning the top prize, a plaque as the first place K9 Olympic Champions. The Department of Corrections came in second.

I spoke to Officer Brown on July 31, just days after their victory. Loki seemed unfazed and was happy as long as he had his ball. But his partner, although modest and humbled, was very proud of his dog’s performance and happy to talk about it. He said they competed against 35 excellent K9 teams from various local police agencies along with Connecticut State Police, State of Connecticut Department of Corrections and even teams from Massachusetts.

He said teams were graded for obedience, obstacles and criminal apprehension. The competition is extensive with three different categories of obedience, about 12 obstacles and then the criminal apprehension drills.

After last year, Officer Brown knew he and Loki had some work to do. on their downtime, the pair practiced their skills on the department’s obstacle course that Police Commissioner Mark Grasso’s nephew built as an Eagle Project back in October 2016.

“You never know what you’re going up against,” he said, We practice every day, the department lets me train in all the aspects that we’re certified in. I know what I have to do up there, so I focus our training on these things. You have to train to stay good.”

“Loki did very well in everything, but his obedience was the best,” Brown said. Still, he said, even though other officers were telling him that they thought he and Loki were on top, he was shocked when his name was called during the awards presentation. “This is great. I’m very proud of him, but there’s always room for improvement and we’ll keep training for next year.”

He added that the Olympics is a great family event and that a lot of the teams are his friends with whom he trains. “K9 Teams stick together, so it’s cool to have that bond.”

He also was surprised at how many Orange and local residents attended the event to support him and his partner.

Money raised through the sales of shirts and food, and from donations, is returned to local charities. This year money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation (SPECIAL OLYMPICS), “CHIPS” Program, Shriners Children’s Burn Centers and other ‘police related’ charities.

On a side note, the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) Ambulance crew was on hand providing both Veterinary Medical standby and information about its K9 Critical Care Program for those attending.

You can see Loki and Officer Brown at this weekend’s Milford Oyster Festival K9 demonstration and, of course, at the Orange Country Fair in September.

Competition photos by Kim Carino Photography

 

The Final Primary Results From Orange’s Three Districts

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s the total of all 3 districts (combined) in the primary today (Aug. 14)

Stefanowski will take on Lamont in November.

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton                 150

Timothy Herbst                 179

Steve Obsitnik                   104

Bob Stefanowski              338

David Stemerman             135

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                     380

Jayme Stevenson            244

Erin Stewart                     267

US Senator

Matthew Corey            557

Dominic Rapini             270

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      215

Pam Staneski                   530

Treasurer

Thad Gray             508

Art Linares            330

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                    514

Mark Greenberg          329

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             672

John Shaban            181

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont         682

Joe Ganim            126

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz      557

Eva Zimmerman        255

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden         478

Dita Bhargava            304

Attorney General

William Tong       390

Paul Doyle            128

Chris Mattei         284

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 3 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 3 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton               34

Timothy Herbst              37

Steve Obsitnik                35

Bob Stefanowski            81

David Stemerman           28

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                   81

Jayme Stevenson         56

Erin Stewart                  69

US Senator

Matthew Corey           129

Dominic Rapini              68

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      57

Pam Staneski                 159

Treasurer

Thad Gray               115

Art Linares               80

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                   97

Mark Greenberg     102

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             158

John Shaban              47

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont                 146

Joe Ganim                     16

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz          111

Eva Zimmerman             52

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden             98

Dita Bhargava                63

Attorney General

William Tong             82

Paul Doyle                 26

Chris Mattei              53

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 2 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 2 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        30

Timothy Herbst        34

Steve Obsitnik          14

Bob Stefanowski    78

David Stemerman    31

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                89 

Jayme Stevenson       39

Erin Stewart                49

US Senator

Matthew Corey       120

Dominic Rapini          49

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     46

Pam Staneski                144

Treasurer

Thad Gray                 112

Art Linares                 62

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                  123

Mark Greenberg         52

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield      140

John Shaban       34

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont          144

Joe Ganim               27

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz       123

Eva Zimmerman           50

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden           101

Dita Bhargava               63

Attorney General

William Tong         83

Paul Doyle             24

Chris Mattei          62

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 1

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 1 voted in the primary at Mary L Tracy School:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        86

Timothy Herbst      108

Steve Obsitnik         55

Bob Stefanowski 179

David Stemerman   76

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley           210

Jayme Stevenson   124

Erin Stewart            149

US Senator

Matthew Corey      308

Dominic Rapini       153

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     112

Pam Staneski                 388

Treasurer

Thad Gray             281

Art Linares            188

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                294

Mark Greenberg       175

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield          374

John Shaban          100

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont           392

Joe Ganim                83

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz    323

Eva Zimmerman       153

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden      279

Dita Bhargava          178

Attorney General

William Tong           225

Paul Doyle                 78

Chris Mattei            169

 

Oxen in Orange – Stampede 2019

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Aug 142018
 

An example of a painted Ox Figure (from the internet)

The Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Economic Development Corporation are partnering to transform the Town of Orange into a destination for tourists, shoppers, and the general public during the summer of 2019. We are asking you to join us and other town businesses to help lead the charge.

Life-size painted acrylic Oxen will be placed along the Boston Post Road and select major streets in Orange. We are now in the planning stage, identifying businesses who want to purchase and place a painted Ox in front of their company.

The cost of the Ox is $2,000. The order will be placed November 1, 2018, for delivery by April 15, 2019. The Oxen will be primed and ready for businesses to design and paint using local artists or company personnel. Stampede 2019 begins the end of June and runs through September.

Sign up for this public art display today, bring visitors to our community, create a climate for growth, and have a lasting economic impact! Lead The Stampede in 2019!

For information call Carol Smullen, Orange Chamber of Commerce, 203-795-3328 or Annemarie Sliby, Orange Economic Development, 203-891-1045.

 

Primary Results, Not Yet

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Aug 142018
 

We will have the primary results for Orange as soon as all the numbers have been tabulated and approved.

Stay tuned.

At 9:10 the moderators, etc. began reading off the numbers.

At 9:34 they’re still at it.

But on a side note, NBC CT has announced that Ned Lamont defeated Joe Ganim in the Democratic Primary.

We’re still waiting to see how Orange voted.

New Drug Drop Box Makes Disposal of Unwanted Prescriptions Easy

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Aug 142018
 

Do you have old prescriptions taking up space in your house? Perhaps a bottle of blood pressure medication that went unused after your doctor changed the dosage or a half-empty bottle of antibiotic medicine from your child’s last bout with a cold, or maybe that expired tube of cream that the vet prescribed for your pet’s skin infection.

Instead of waiting for the semi-annual drug drop-off events in town, for your convenience, the BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated a new prescription drug disposal receptacle that now has a permanent home in the Orange Police Department lobby.

The process is simple, just bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications to the OPD and drop them into the box. The box is right near the front door, so you don’t have to interact with anyone, you don’t have to empty the containers or remove the labels because once they are inside the box, they go directly into a large bag and no one else touches them or looks at them.

The drugs will be incinerated (disposed of properly) along with collections from other police departments.

Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about the box since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for disposal:

Accepted: Prescriptions, Prescription Patches, Prescription Medications, Prescription Ointments*, Over-the-Counter Medications, Vitamins, Samples and Medications for Pets

Not Accepted: Needles (sharps), Medications from businesses or clinics, Ointments*, lotions or liquids, Thermometers, Inhalers, Hydrogen Peroxide and Aerosol cans.

Primary Elections on August 14

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Aug 132018
 

You have a voice, you have a choice.

The Democratic and Republican Primary Elections will take place on Tuesday, August 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in your regular polling places (both Mary L Tracy and High Plains)

NOTE: You MUST be Registered with either the Republican or Democratic parties in order to vote in the primaries.