The Lowest of The Low: 7 Dogs Seized In Orange

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Oct 072021

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Connecticut State Police announced the arrest of three Connecticut men and the seizure of seven dogs in Orange in connection to an illegal dog fighting syndicate that spans Connecticut and New York.

Ct State Police photo from Grassy Hill Road

On Oct. 5, police and animal control executed a search warrant at 968 Grassy Hill Road in Orange after an investigation into suspected animal cruelty. It was suspected the owner was keeping dogs for fighting.

The Grassy Hill address was developed from leads in the illegal dog fighting investigation with the Suffolk County PD.

Ct State Police Photo from Grassy Hill Road

In the search on Tuesday, police seized evidence indicating dogs were being used for illegal fighting at the property. Additionally, dogs found in outdoor kennel structures on the property were found in unsanitary conditions and tethered in their cages in an unlawful manner.

As a result of the search, seven dogs were seized and placed in the care and custody of the state Department of Agriculture and will be housed at the Milford Animal Control.

Criminal charges related to animal cruelty are expected.


On July 31, Connecticut State Police raided a property on Britannia Street in Meriden and seized eight Pitbulls found in cages in the backyard. Police discovered a large makeshift and portable dog-fighting ring and seized numerous items associated with dog fighting.

“These pit bulls were viciously abused and conditioned to be aggressive and violent fighters,” Attorney General William Tong said at the time. “A multi-state police investigation is ongoing and those responsible for these heinous crimes will be held to justice.”

On Sept. 27, police found and arrested men – considered fugitives from justice – in connection to the investigation: Getulio Vargas Maedo, 46, of Bridgeport, Jose Rivera, 42, of Meriden, and Nelson Rivera, 43, of Meriden.

All three are detained without bond. They appeared in court on Sept. 28.

— Source CT State Police and WTNH

Parkway Southbound Lanes Closed in Woodbridge

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Oct 052021

A person was struck by a car on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) near exit 58, according to CT State Police.

Avoid the area if you are out and about and trying to get home because all lanes on the Southbound side are closed during the accident investigation.

There is no information available as to the victim’s injuries or current condition.

The accident occurred around 8:00 on Tuesday evening.

We do not know how long the road will be closed. As of 11 p.m. the road remained closed.


Only A Drill: Amity High School Locked Down

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Feb 242014

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

This morning, Amity Regional High School conducted a lockdown drill.

This was only a drill; there was no emergency in the building.

This drill was conducted in collaboration with the Woodbridge PD, Orange PD, and Connecticut State Police.

Principal Charles Britton said, “Our appreciation is extended to the officers who responded and assisted us with a successful drill. Faculty, staff and students were cooperative and attentive during the drill. At this time, school has returned to a normal schedule.”


Rookie Orange Cop Brings 20 Years of Experience With CT State Police

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Sep 172012

Police Chief Robert Gagne and Officer James Kline

The Orange Police welcomed a new officer to the Department today.

With Chief Robert Gagne standing by, Commissioner Don Lewis administered the oath of office to James Kline, a retired veteran Ct State Trooper and Milford resident.

According to Gagne, Kline comes to the department with a lot of experience and an impeccable record.

The Chief told Orange Live, “He is a decorated former state police sergeant who was assigned to investigation units.”

Gagne said, “We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber here, and we know he is going to enjoy his career here in Orange. We look forward to getting him out on the road.”

As a new Orange police officer, even with all of his prior experience, Kline will be required to spend time with a Field Training Officer (FTO) learning the lay of the land and Orange police protocols before going on patrol by himself.