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UPDATE: Police Release Identities Of Dogburn Road Crash Victims

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Jun 222017
 

Report: Three Teens Hurt In Late Night Rollover Crash In Orange

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Jun 212017
 

Correction from our original post: The OPD Did, in fact send us the press release at the same time everyone else received it. It was sent to an alternate e-mail address and we simply missed it. Our apologies to Head Clerk Gary C for stating that it was not sent to us. 

 

It Was Only A Matter Of Time: Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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Jun 052017
 

File Photo Black Bear

The Orange Police sent out this announcement today:

The Orange Police received calls this morning regarding bear sightings in the Northwest part of Town. One resident reported the bear had run through their yard (Old Coach Rd), while a second called when the bear rummaged through their garbage (Bayberry La).
These are the first reported sightings this year in Orange, however not the first time we have been visited by black bears. These sightings will become more frequent. Black bears are generally shy, secretive and are usually fearful of humans; however, easy sources of food such as bird feeders and garbage are often too tempting. Removing food sources, such as bird feeders and outdoor garbage cans, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.
If you see a bear, never attempt to feed it, and advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and walking away slowly.
Bear sightings should be reported Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130, The Orange Police will report the sighting to DEEP.

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.

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.

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.

Woman Injured After Vehicle Careens 100-Feet Down Hill On Mother’s Day

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May 162017
 

(Photo by Orange PD)

Orange police are investigating a single car accident that occurred at around 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon that sent a driver to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police responded to the 900 block of Derby-Milford Road after getting reports of an accident.

When they arrived, they found a car that had gone through the guard wire, eventually ending up about one hundred feet down an embankment.

Police say the driver was hurt but was she still able to walk most of the way up the steep hill. Emergency personnel then sent down a basket to bring her the rest of the way up.

 

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Law Enforcement to Stop Distracted Drivers

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Apr 092017
 

From April 4 to April 30, Orange police will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.

Beginning last Tuesday on April 4th, you may have noticed stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.

Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways. Orange PD is teaming up with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Distracted Driving Awareness month to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed for this violation can be fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses.

According to the NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. This is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves.

Orange Police and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.

Remind your family and friends to never text and drive:

●     Texting and driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.

●     No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it’s even worse to get caught by law enforcement and have to pay a fine.

●     Don’t follow the pack, be a leader. When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away.

Unwanted Solicitation Reported In Orange

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Feb 242017
 

On Monday, a resident reported what she described as a weird situation in her neighborhood (but did not disclose the location).
She said two men drove up to her home in a white Ford and tried to hand her a pamphlet on teen depression. The woman declined, since she has no teenagers in the home.
She said, “I only opened the door about 6 inches because we have a dog, but one of the men was trying to peer inside the door.”
She immediately called the Orange Police to report the incident and a patrol car came out to the area.
For years the Orange Police have been warning residents of the different ways residents can be targeted.
This woman did the right thing by reporting the incident to police.
If you see or experience something that doesn’t seem quite right, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

Orange Police: Be Safe During The Storm

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Feb 082017
 

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From the Orange Police Department Facebook Page.

The Orange Police Department is reminding all residents to limit their travel during the snow storm tomorrow.

Highway crews will be out early keeping the roads clear for emergency vehicles.

Forecasters are calling for snow fall up to 1 inch an hour during the peak times which may make it difficult for crews to keep up.

Rest assured, your Police Department will remain fully staffed and ready for service through out the storm.

Reminder, when clearing private driveways and lots do not leave snow piles in the roadway. This is both dangerous and illegal.

Winter parking rules are in effect, on street parking in Orange is prohibited. Cars parked on the roadway are subject to tow.

Above all, be safe!