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Orange Police Log: May 11 

Published: 5/14/2019 1:28:36 PM
Modified: 5/14/2019 1:28:30 PM
Saturday, May 11

12:37 a.m. — East Main Street caller advised for the past couple nights a vehicle has been parking on the side of the building right out of camera view. First believed it was an overnight associate or early morning associate, but he just saw the vehicle pull in and park. The vehicle is not associated with an employee. Caller would like the party moved along; same cannot sleep on the business property. Officer  made contact with subject ho said he was living in his car as he had nowhere else to go. Advised that Walmart does not want him there so he will have to find a better location to sleep.

1:48 a.m. — Bar check, South Main Street. Officer noted three subjects inside bar after 1:45 a.m. They were sent on their way and bartender advised the door needs to be locked at 1:45 with everyone out.

2:17 a.m. — Suspicious vehicle, North Main Street. Officer checked on female subject sitting in vehicle; same had pulled over to rest. No issues.

2:59 a.m. — Party requested assistance for what she believes is either an alarm going off on an insect stuck making a buzzing noise, Rosemont Avenue. Assisted homeowner with smoke detector. Advised to get new battery.

6:09 a.m. — Report of sickly looking raccoon on side of Holtshire Road. Found sleeping raccoon; moved into woods.

8:11 a.m. — Car vs. cat, West River Street; cat may still be breathing. Animal Control advised it was a small rabbit. Highway department notified to remove it.

8:29 a.m. — Report of male party laying in the road, Green Street. Breathing status unknown. Caller conferenced in with Athol Police.

9:02 a.m. — Medical emergency, Spring Street.

10:27 a.m. — Officer wanted, Walnut Hill Road. Caller reports subject was previously trespassed from above location, and trespass order has expired. Advised to call the police when he shows up to collect his things.

11:06 a.m. — Caller states her children found a duckling on the railroad tracks; got it off the tracks but them it proceeded to follow her home, Chestnut Hill Road. Animal Control notified.

1:37 p.m. — Animal complaint, East Main Street. Passerby flagged down officer to report dog in a red Dodge pickup, windows rolled up. Officer checked; windows only slightly down; owner came outside and stated his dog liked the hot weather, but would roll the windows down more.

2:49 p.m. — Missing person, West Orange road. Caller reporting her 42-year-old son as a missing person.

3:25 p.m. — Suspicious person, South Main Street. Male in a bathrobe walking down the street. He was hanging over the fire hydrant and then walked into the woods. Second 911 caller reporting a male wearing a bathrobe is now lighting fires. Several people reported he was starting fires. Party stated the grass was tall around the hydrant so he decided to clear same to make it more visible. Regarding the woods he stated he went behind an abandoned house and collected fire wood. He was advises someone owns the property so it would be in his best interest to remain off the property. As for the bathrobe, he stated he couldn’t find a shirt so he just threw on the robe to walk to the store.

4:20 p.m. — East River Street party walked in with questions about a letter he received which stated that his Class A license was denied and that he must surrender his firearms and license. Officers responded to the home and seized several rifles  and handguns.

4:54 p.m. — Officers and K9 off to Athol High School to assist with a drug sniff.

5:50 p.m. — East Main Street; caller advising they were almost hit head-on while traveling on Route 202. They followed the vehicle into Walmart and the operator had an open container of beer. Officer located and conducted field sobriety test. Arrested Rodney J. Cofske, 33, of Eagleville Road, orange, on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of open container of alcohol, marked lanes violation, speeding, rate of speed exceeding posted limit. Transported to station for booking; vehicle towed.

6:21 p.m. — Caller advises a male subject has been sitting in a blue van at Lake Rohunta by the boat access for over an hour. At one time it appeared as thought he was sleeping. He is awake now. Gone on arrival.

6:27 p.m. — 911 call with an open line, Walnut Hill Road. Male and female could be heard arguing in the background. Upon arrival found verbal argument. Peace was restored and male party left for the night.

8:09 p.m. — A motorist was requesting a welfare check on what appeared to be an adult female walking with a teenager wrapped in a blanket on Daniel Shays Highway on the overpass between the two motels. She advised they looked like they are carrying a lot of belongings and are on the side of the road where the gas station is. Officer advised they are waiting for a friend to pick them up. They were provided the number to control to call if the friend is a no show and the officer will attempt to make some arrangements for them.

9:09 p.m. — Daniel Shays Highway, officer off attempting to help two subjects with shelter for the night. There were no rooms available and it was found that the two had spent nights there recently and owe a late checkout fee. Other options explored with no luck. Mid shift was advised where they would be sleeping and to check on them tonight.

9:58 p.m. — Officer investigating an assault; walk-in to the station. Male party reported he just got punched in the face by a tall white guy with a dark mustache.

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