Monday, June 10, 2013
Some Somerville residents have been released from prison due to the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal, and Somerville police want to help them, according to the police chief.
According to Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello, 11 individuals have been repatriated in Somerville as a result of the Annie Dookhan scandal. Dookhan, a former chemist at a drug lab, has been accused of malfeasance and using improper procedures when conducting tests on drugs seized as evidence in criminal cases. Her alleged mistakes with such crucial evidence put at least 34,000 criminal cases in jeopardy and led to the release of hundreds of inmates. One Chelsea man who was arrested less than a month after being released allegedly said, "I just got out on Annie Dookhan and I ain’t going back to jail" as police escorted him out of a McDonalds. Pasquarello, speaking to the Somerville Board of Aldermen Tuesday, said Somerville police…
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Massachusetts House and Senate unanimously supported a bill that would allow the slain MIT officer to be posthumously appointed to the Somerville Police Department.
Sean Collier's dream was to be a member of the Somerville Police Department. Though his life was taken from him just months from achieving that dream, Collier may still get his wish. According to a report on MyFoxBoston.com, a bill has moved quickly through Massachusetts legislature that would posthumously honor the slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer by appointing him as a member of the Somerville Police Department. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone would make the appointment of Collier to the force if the bill passes, according to the report. MyFoxBoston.com reported that the Senate unanimously approved the bill on Thursday after the House did the same on Wednesday. During a candle light vigil on Wilmington Town Common …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Using shoelaces, belts and T-shirts for tourniquets, two off-duty Somerville police officers tended to bombing victims at the Boston Marathon.
Somerville Police Officers Patrick Canty and Katherine Costa were off duty on April 15, enjoying the festive atmosphere of Boylston Street on Marathon Monday. Canty was with his cousin, Sean Layton, an EMT and former Somerville firefighter, near the finish line. "We go every year," Canty said. Costa was Abe & Louie's, a Boylston Street restaurant not far from the finish line. When the first blast went off, "At first, I didn't know what it was," Canty said, speaking at a Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday night. In a written account of events provided to the Board of Aldermen, Canty said he thought the blast was a celebratory cannon. Then the second blast went off, and there was chaos. After telling friends and family to get to safety, …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wilmington native and Somerville resident Sean Collier is remembered as a national hero after he was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday night.
Thursday night was the final shift for Sean Collier. But the waning moments of the 26-year-old’s life will never be forgotten. “His life was short,” said Somerville Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton. “But his impact was great.” The Somerville resident and Wilmington native was identified on Friday as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer shot and killed on Thursday in his police car. His death led to the manhunt for two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, one who was killed and a second who was captured hiding in a boat behind a Watertown home. But his death also united communities from throughout Massachusetts and far beyond as residents remember a man who heroically lost his life during a week of horror following Monday’s …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Somerville Police Department is in contact with the Boston Police Department in the wake of explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Somerville auxiliary police who were on duty at the Boston Marathon were not in the area of two explosive blasts that killed at least two and injured at least 23 in the area of the race's finish line. According to Deputy Chief Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department, Somerville auxiliary police officers were working at the starting line on Monday's race. In an email, Upton said the Somerville Police Department is in contact with the Boston Police Department as law enforcement officers work to investigate the explosions. For more information about the Boston Marathon explosions, visit Back Bay Patch.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Police captured three suspects and one handgun in West Somerville Monday night after police K9s and a helicopter conducted a search in the neighborhood.
Police identify suspects: Police ID Suspects in Monday Night Car Chase and Manhunt Most details: Police Helicopter, Dogs, Aprehend Armed Car-Chase Suspects in West Somerville Correction: Initial reports on social media suggested the car involved in this chase was stolen. As we worked to inform readers about this developing story, we passed on that information. According to Deputy Chief Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department, the vehicle was not stolen. Please see our updated version of this story here. UPDATE 12:01 A.M., JAN 8: Police Helicopter, Dogs, Aprehend Armed Car-Chase Suspects in West Somerville UPDATE 11:24 P.M. The official City of Somerville Twitter account is reporting that "all suspects have been apprehended in #…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Police are seeking two people who they believe are connected to a Saturday shooting in Winter Hill.
Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello said his department has issued arrest warrants for two people in connection to the Saturday shooting in Winter Hill that sent one man to the hospital and left bullet holes in a car and house in the neighborhood. The shooting was "drug related, over marijuana," the chief said, speaking at a Ward 4 ResiStat meeting Wednesday night. Ward 4 includes the Winter Hill neighborhood. "The players who were involved were not from the city per se," Pasquarello said. Speaking after the meeting, Deputy Chief Paul Upton said the warrants were issued Wednesday and that they carry charges of assault with a deadly weapon and armed assault with intent to kill. "We are aggressively seeking to place those people in …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Somerville Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Arrests made by the Somerville Police Department from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. Please remember that the charges listed below do not indicate a conviction. On Nov. 29, Calvin Tull, 56, of 28 Governor Winthrop Rd., was arrested at that address and charged with assault and battery. On Dec. 2, Paul Simons, 58, of 68 Peasron Rd., was arrested at that address and charged with assault and battery. On Nov. 26, Jean Larosa, 56, of 10 Sewall St., was arrested at 133 Middlesex Ave. and charged with larceny and drug possession. She was also arrested on warrants for shoplifting, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a motor vehicle lights violation. According to a police report, Larosa is accused of shoplifting about $395 worth of clothing from Sports …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Police were following leads but had made no arrests as of Monday morning, according to Paul Upton of the Somerville Police department.
Somerville police are still investigating a Saturday-night shooting in Winter Hill that sent one man to the hospital with non-fatal injuries. "We're following leads at the moment," said Paul Upton, deputy chief of the Somerville Police Department, speaking Monday morning. The shooting happened Saturday a little before 9:15 p.m. on Evergreen Avenue, near the corner of Marshall Street—about a block from the Marshall Street Playground. According to Upton, the victim, a 24-year-old male, was shot while in the street and then fled to a nearby apartment. Scanner reports at the time said police responded to the victim's location at 35 Marshall St. According to scanner reports at the time, the victim was shot in the chest. A commenter on …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
According to scanner reports, the victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Editor's note: This article was updated on Saturday at 11:45 p.m. with information from the Breaking News Network. A 24-year-old man was shot in the chest on Marshall Street on Saturday night, according to scanner reports. The first report came in at 9:26 p.m., stating that officers were on scene at 35 Marshall St. with the victim. A second update at 9:38 p.m. reported that the victim was taken by an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left chest. An alert from the Breaking News Network (BNN) said that the victim was conscious and talking with police officers when they arrived, and that the shooting may have occured outside of the house. The victim was found inside. These …