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Man Knocked Unconscious in Assault, Cops Say

Roxbury resident charged in alleged altercation that left Hopatcong man unconscious and bloody with broken bones in his face, according to police.

A Roxbury man punched a Hopatcong resident in the face, causing broken bones, blood loss and head trauma after a reported altercation on a boat on Lake Hopatcong Sunday night, Hopatcong Police said.

Walter Orchard, 35, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after he was found at a Roxbury residence Monday following the alleged incident that police say took place on Maxim Drive Sunday night at about 7:30 p.m.

Police said Orchard was on a boat with five other people on Lake Hopatcong when he allegedly became hostile, insulted another passenger and became aggressive toward two male passengers.

Police said the driver of the boat dropped Orchard and his girlfriend off at a Byram Cove dock because he became so aggressive. 

Later, as the boat was being docked on Maxim Drive, police said Orchard punched a 35-year-old Hopatcong man in the face, causing his head to hit concrete stairs when he fell, knocking him unconscious.

Orchard then grabbed the driver of the boat and tried to throw him into the lake, according to police. Police said Orchard ran up the stairs and onto Maxim Drive after one of the boaters yelled they were calling the police.

Police said when they arrived they found the victim's head covered in blood and he was unconscious. When he awoke, they found he could not answer simple questions, police said. He was taken to Morristown Medical Center by the Hopatcong First Aid Squad. 

According to police, the boat passengers said they did not know why Orchard suddenly became aggressive. 

When officers tried to locate Orchard, he was eventually found on Monday at a Roxbury home, police said. He was arrested by Roxbury police, and was taken to headquarters for processing. Police said he was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Laurence Orlans September 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Another example of drunken behavior on the rafted vessels in Byram Cove.
jazzman September 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
now they seem to be almost parking on the docks in that location,imagine trying to sell a house there in the summer!
Christine Genarrio September 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Another person comes to the lake and loses their mind. If you lack the basic emotional controls that separate us from the animal kingdom stay home please. On a more serious note today is 9-11 and 11 years ago Hopatcong lost one of it's own, Daniel R. Nolan. Let's keep his family and friends in our thoughts today and pray that they find peace and healing. If you want to know more about him you can go to http://www.legacy.com/Sept11/Story.aspx?PersonID=96329. Let us never forget Daniel and the others who lost their lives on that day.
Russ September 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Prison bound.
Jessica September 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thank you Christine. If there was actually an editor maybe an article would have been posted. Maybe.
Christine Genarrio September 12, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I agree with you jessica. Even a small mention would be nice, just to let those who lost so much that day know that we will never forget that day or abandon the memory of their loved ones.
Frazure September 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Yes......Brandon, even with his occasional typos, spelling errors, etc., is missed as a local editor that was involved in his community.
The Watcher September 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Let's have an e mail campaign. E mail the editor to get Brendan Kuty back !!! http://hopatcong.patch.com/users/rick-burchfield

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