Friday, January 18, 2013
Information that shots were fired at the Super Stop & Shop were incorrect.
CORRECTION: According to Somerville police there were no shots fired at the Super Stop & Shop. The report below was based on scanner reports, but it is inaccurate. I apologize for the mistake -- Chris Orchard ORIGINAL STORY An unidentified person allegedly opened fire on Super Stop & Shop employees Friday night, according to a scanner report. At about 8:30 p.m., Super Stop & Shop employees confronted an alleged shoplifter and the alleged open fire and fled the store located at 779 McGrath Highway, according to the report. No one was reportedly shot during the incident, according to the report. It is unclear if anyone has been arrested. We'll provide more information as we receive it.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The meeting was part of an effort break down stereotypes police and teenagers have about each other.
Somerville teenagers and four of the Somerville Police Department's newest officers met Tuesday for a "discussion session." Organized by the police department and Somerville's Teen Empowerment, the session was designed to let the two groups, often at odds, get to know each other and break down stereotypes. Teen Empowerment sent some photos of the meeting, and here they are.
Friday, August 10, 2012
No foul play is suspected in the case of a 52-year-old man who died in the Somerville Police Station Monday, and the district attorney's office is waiting for autopsy results.
The Middlesex District Attorney's office confirmed that a 52-year-old man died early Monday morning while being held at the Somerville Police Station. Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, a spokesperson for the Middlesex District Attorney, said the DA's office is waiting for results of an autopsy before deciding how to proceed with the case. Guyotte said there was no evidence of foul play or trauma in the man's death. The man, William Reardon, was homeless, according to Guyotte. He was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on Grove Street, in the Davis Square area, on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a Somerville police booking log. The Boston Globe reported news of his death Friday morning. Guyotte said the Somerville …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Hopkinton requested assistance from Somerville Auxiliary Police to assist with security during last week's Boston Marathon.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Editor's note: The following is from Somerville police: ----------------------------------------------------------- Somerville – Fifteen members of the Somerville Auxiliary Police participated in the massive public safety effort in support of the Annual Running of the Boston Marathon. For the tenth year, the Auxiliary Officers were requested by the Hopkinton Police Department to assist with security and safety efforts at and around the starting line. These volunteer officers worked from 5:30 a.m. until noon in support of the public safety efforts. In addition to providing security, the officers help to keep the runners on course at the start of the race. Members of the Auxiliary Police volunteer their time representing the City of …
Monday, April 2, 2012
A 22-year-old Boston resident sustained non-life threatening injuries in the Saturday morning drive-by shooting.
Somerville police are engaged in a "very, very active investigation" in the wake of a drive-by shooting on Central Street, according to Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department. According to an email from Upton, a 22-year-old Boston resident was injured by a gunshot fired from passing vehicle early Saturday morning. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. in front of 132 Central St., a three-family house near the corner of Robinson Street. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the email says. Upton told Somerville Patch no arrests have been made and the investigation is still in the "very early" stages. Police have increased patrols of both marked and unmarked cars in …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Somerville and Medford police conducted a joint investigation that led to two arrests.
An alleged heroin distributor under investigation by Somerville and Medford police attempted to flee from cops, was found with over $1100 cash in his car and possibly swallowed plastic containers filled with drugs in an effort to destroy evidence, according to a Somerville Police incident report. Somerville police arrested 26-year-old Roy Febo and 30-year-old Vanessa Espada, both of Dorchester, on March 1 and charged them with drug distribution, drug violation near a park and conspiracy to violate drug law. Febo was also charged with failure to stop for police. According to the police report, Somerville and Medford police drug control units were conducting an ongoing investigation and had placed Febo under surveillance as a suspected …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The unidentified man allegedly robbed an unidentified credit union in Malden around 3 p.m.
An unidentified suspect was arrested in Somerville after allegedly robbing a Malden US Alliance Credit Union, according to police scanner transmissions. No Malden police spokesmen were available for comment Wednesday afternoon, and no details about the suspect's identity or a confirmed site of the robbery were available by press time. Police said the suspect fled from the scene in a blue moped, wearing all black, including a helmet with a black and white design and a grey hoodie, according to police scanner transmissions. Investigators later found two mopeds just blocks from the scene of the robbery, prompting police to contact local cab companies to see if anyone had been picked up near the site of the ditched vehicles. They also found …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Suspect was released on personal recognizance following an arraignment Monday morning. He joins another Somervillian and a Great Barrington man as named suspects in the case.
A third man has been charged in connection to an attack on a Medford jogger on St. Patrick's Day last year. Ryan Shea, 20, of Somerville turned himself in to Medford Police about 7:30 a.m. Monday morning on a charge of assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bottle), according to a police report. He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Maurice Flynn during an arraignment Monday at Somerville District Court, according to court filings. Shea and three other men allegedly shouted from a car at a man jogging near the intersection of Salem Street and Park Street in Medford about 7:30 p.m. March 17. They got out of the car to punch the victim, break a bottle over his head and stab …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Violent crime was up a little, property crime was down a little.
In 2011, serious crime in Somerville was down by about 10 percent as compared to 2010, and it was down by about 8 percent as compared to 2009. When you break that down further, violent crime was up by about 8 percent in 2011 as compared to 2010 and down by about 1 percent as compared to 2009. Property crime was was down by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Click here to see a chart depicting serious crimes in Somerville, 2009 through 2011. According to crime statistics provided by the Somerville Police Department, there was one homicide in 2011, and the incident involved two brothers. By comparison, there were no homicides in 2010 and three in 2009. Looking at the 2011 Somerville crime chart, the number that most jumps off the …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Louis L. Gersh, 52, was arrested in Somerville as part of an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
A former Arlington business owner charged with possession of heroin within a school zone was back in court on Monday. Louis L. Gersh, 52, of Medford, appeared briefly at Cambridge District Court for a pre-trial conference. The hearing was continued until Jan. 12. Gersh, who is free after posting bail, was arrested in Somerville for possession with intent to distribute heroin within a school zone. Police there said he was arrested as part of an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies. In Arlington, police say Gersh was running an online auctioning business where he sold mostly stolen items, from musical instruments to an old-looking Jewish scroll. Arlington Police searched the business in July and reportedly found large …