MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Boston Police Department Brief on Marathon Monday Race

WHO:             Boston Police Department Police Commissioner William Evans.

WHAT:           Recap and brief of Boston Marathon events.

WHEN:           Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

WHERE:        The corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets (under the white tent).

CONTACT:    Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

Making a Difference

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Boston Police District D-4 (South End) officers were visited by a group of 3rd grade students from the Blackstone School. The 8- and 9-year-old children presented the officers with homemade safety posters that they had crafted earlier in the week. The kids also performed a skit with a public safety message for other children: NEVER TOUCH A GUN! In the skit, the students found a discarded firearm in the schoolyard and acted out the appropriate and safe actions to take—don’t touch that gun and tell an adult. The officers were so happy that the 3rd graders visited and even more impressed with their knowledge about safety.

BPD Photo of the Day

Today, Saturday, April 18, 2015, two days before the running of the 119th Boston Marathon, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans ran the Boston Athletic Association 5K for Team MR8, a charitable foundation formed after 8-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013.

Although the Commissioner (an avid marathoner) has chosen to forgo running this year’s 26.2 miles on Monday in the name of protecting the city, he had some extremely stiff competition in today’s, shorter race around the Back Bay—both the men’s and women’s American 5K records were broken today.

Pictured above are the Commissioner and the male and female winners crossing the 5K finish line!

One Less Gun: Three Arrested and Three Firearms Recovered During Early-Morning Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 1:00 AM on Saturday, April 18, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury in District E-13 (Jamaica Plain).

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a motor vehicle with a broken tail light fail to come to a complete stop at a red light. Officers activated the emergency equipment (blue lights and siren) on their unmarked Boston police cruiser and affected the traffic stop of the vehicle containing three occupants.

As one officer requested the operator’s license and registration, a second officer observed that neither passenger was wearing a seat belt. The officer requested identification from both passengers, and as he did, his partner observed a semi-automatic firearm with laser sights on the rear passenger floor near the back passenger’s foot. This firearm was later determined to be a loaded Sig Sauer Mosquito semi-automatic pistol with laser sights and obliterated serial number. The officers ordered the rear passenger out of the vehicle, and after some initial resistance, he complied. For their safety, officers also ordered the two remaining occupants out of the vehicle. A pat frisk of the front passenger revealed a black semi-automatic firearm (later determined to be a loaded Advantage Arms pistol) in his waistband. A search of the vehicle also revealed a loaded black Browning Arms Buck Mark semi-automatic pistol with obliterated serial number between the driver’s seat and the center console where the operator had been sitting and several bags of what appeared to be marijuana from the front passenger side door console.

Officers were aware that all three individuals were 19 years old and too young to legally hold a license to carry a firearm.

The operator Ronald Watts of Quincy, the front passenger Jordan Creech of Mattapan, and the rear passenger Jabree Daugherty of Stoughton were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Watts and Creech were additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

Boston 24: Friday, April 17, 2015

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 1
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Discuss Race Preparation and Safety Measures for Boston Marathon

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Discuss Race Preparation and Safety Measures for Boston Marathon: Today, Friday, April 17, 2016, Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans and other city officials gathered at Boston City Hall to discuss preparations and safety measures being employed for Monday’s Boston Marathon. This year’s race, the 119th running of the Boston Marathon, promises to be another family friendly affair for the city of Boston and safety and the security for those attending this year’s race will remain the focus and top priority for city leaders and first responders. Said Mayor Walsh: “This is a world class event that’s a celebration of what we all love about Boston. I have tremendous confidence in our security measures. We’re asking for everyone’s cooperation to make this a great day.” Said Commissioner Evans: “Thirty thousand runners will have an experience of a lifetime participating in one of the greatest marathons in the world. Our job is to make sure they’re safe and enjoy the day and we feel confident with the security plan we have in place for Monday’s Marathon.” 

Commissioner Evans again encouraged spectators to forgo the use of large bags or bag packs. Said Evans: ‘If you don’t need them, we’d prefer you leave them at home. If you do decide to bring a large bag or back pack, there’s a good chance it’ll be searched.”

In addition to the above, city officials encouraged everyone to utilize public transportation as several streets in and around the Marathon route will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic starting as early as 5:00am on Marathon Monday. For a complete list of street closings and restrictions for Monday, April 20, 2015, please read below:

5:00AM:  Streets in and around Boston Common will close.

6:00AM: Boylston Street from Hereford to Arlington Streets will close.

8:00AM: All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue (as well as Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22) will close.

8:00AM: All streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area will close.

8:30AM: All streets in the Brighton area leading into the route will close.

Boston Police Runners Club to Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey

Boston Police Runners Club to Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey: Today, Friday, April 17, 2015, Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Runners Club, representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, representatives from Operation Progress Boston and family & friends of Ryan Morrissey gathered today at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club to honor and remember Ryan Morrissey by announcing the creation of a scholarship in his name. On November 5, 2014, Ryan, just 17 years-old, was shot and killed outside a Charlestown convenience store. Authorities later learned that Ryan was mistakenly targeted by suspects who wrongly identified him for someone else. Less than a year after the senseless murder, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Operation Progress Boston and Boston Police Runners Club joined together to honor a young man who deserved better.

Today, scholarships were presented to two upstanding members of the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club who have displayed an ability and desire to be difference makers in their community. The Boston Police Runners Club presented a $50,000 check to Operation Progress Boston for scholarships to be presented in memory of Ryan Morrissey. Said Commissioner Evans: “In the days after Ryan was shot, I received more calls from people in the community telling me just how a special a kid Ryan was. It’s nice to know that – with the creation of this scholarship – his memory will live on for years to come.” Said Paul Morrissey, Ryan’s uncle, “Ryan was a great kid. We miss him every day. It’s nice to know that he’ll never be forgotten.”

BPD Traffic Alert: Multiple Street Closures for BAA Events on Saturday April 18

Beginning at 5:00 AM the BPD will close several streets in the areas of Copley Plaza and the Boston Common with all streets expected to be reopened by 3:00 PM.  

The BAA will hold a 5K at about 8:00 AM which will impact Charles Street, Boylston Street, Arlington Street, Commonwealth Avenue, Charlesgate West, Massachusetts Avenue and Hereford Street.

At about 10:30 AM a series of one mile races will begin featuring middle school and high school students from the communities that the marathon passes through.  These races will impact Boylston, Dartmouth, Newbury and Exeter Streets.

The final event of the day is a relay race for elementary school children from each of the eight cities and towns which will begin at 1:00 PM.  The race will be held on Boylston Street between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets. 

Traffic is expected to be impacted along the routes and surrounding areas.  Travelers are encouraged to leave extra time, seek alternate routes or utilize public transportation.  

 



BAA 5K Road Race Scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2015

Tomorrow on Saturday April 18th at an elite field of Olympic and IAAF World Championship medalists and returning champions will be on full display at this year's 2015 BAA 5K.  The 9,000 entrants will start and finish the 3.1-mile course at the Boston Common on Charles Street.

The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes at the Boston Common on Charles Street. The race will take participants down Boylston Street and across the Boston Marathon finish line. As the race begins on Charles Street, it proceeds left on Beacon Street. Runners then take a left on Arlington Street and a right onto Newbury Street. At Berkeley Street, runners take a right and then a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. At Charlesgate, runners will turn around and follow the Boston Marathon course, taking a right on Hereford Street and then a left on Boylston Street and passing over the Boston Marathon finish line before continuing down Boylston Street and taking a left onto Charles Street for the finish.

Traffic is expected to be impacted along the route and surrounding areas.  Travelers are encouraged to leave extra time, seek alternate routes or utilize public transportation.  

 

Media Availability: Boston Police Runners Club to Donate Monies Raised during the Boston Marathon to Help Fund Scholarship in Memory of Ryan Morrissey

Media Availability: Boston Police Runners Club to Donate Monies Raised during the Boston Marathon to Help Fund Scholarship in Memory of Ryan Morrissey 

WHO: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Runners Club, Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, friends and family of Ryan Morrissey, Scholarship Recipients, Operation Progress, Boston Marathon Runners Running for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.

WHAT: On November 5, 2014, 17 year-old Ryan Morrissey was a young man minding his own business when in an apparent case of mistaken identity he was shot and killed outside a Charlestown convenience store. Less than a year after the senseless murder, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Operation Progress Boston and Boston Police Runners Club have joined together to establish a scholarship fund in Ryan’s memory. This year, inaugural scholarships will be presented to two upstanding members of the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club who have displayed an ability and desire to be difference makers in their community. The Boston Police Runners Club will be presenting a $50,000 check to Operation Progress Boston for scholarships to be presented in memory of Ryan Morrissey. Operation Progress is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance, mentoring and help to young people who desire to go to college. To learn more about Operation Progress Boston – please click on the link: http://www.operationprogress.org/about-us.html

WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, 15 Green St, Charlestown, MA

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:30pm

IN THE COMMUNITY: Recruit Class #54-14 Seen Making Friends in Jamaica Plain

IN THE COMMUNITY: Today, Thursday, April 16, 2015, members of Boston Police Academy Recruit Class #54-14 were in the area of Green Street and Amory Street in Jamaica Plain learning the finer points of traffic control when an individual in a wheelchair approached the recruits and kindly asked if he could take a photo with them. As you can see by the enclosed photo, our recruit officers were more than happy to oblige. 

Ember Social Club of Massachusetts Honors Chief William Gross

Today, Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Freeport Tavern in Dorchester, members of the Ember Social Club of Massachusetts, a group of approximately 30 retired Fire Chiefs/Commissioners from the Metro Boston area, gathered to present Chief Gross with the Ember Award. The Ember Awards is a hugely symbolic honor given to leaders in our community who’ve demonstrated the ability to always remain humble and true to those they supervise and watch over. Said Chief Gross: “To be honored by fellow first responders makes this award extra special and significant. I learned a long time ago that if you want to get people to do their best, you have to remember that people don’t work for you, they work with you.” 

Boston Police Foundation Donates Funds to the Boston Police Teen Academy

Boston Police Foundation Donates Funds to the Boston Police Teen Academy: Today, Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Boston Police Foundation presented Commissioner Evans and Superintendent Lisa Holmes with a check in the amount of $13,600 earmarked for the Boston Police Teen Academy. Last year, the Teen Academy graduated 66 students but thanks to today’s generous contribution, members of the academy staff hope to add an additional ten students to this year’s Teen Academy class. The Teen Academy is a two week program that builds the relationship that exists between young people in our community and those who protect and serve them. Said Superintendent Lisa Holmes: “The added funds certainly allow us to do more great work with our Teen Academy. Bottom line, more funding means more kids and the more kids we can enroll and connect with, the better.”

BPD Photo Of The Day: Students from the Blackstone School Visit BPD Officers at District 4

On Thursday April 16, 2015, third grade students from the Blackstone School visited with officers from District 4 (South End) as part of an ongoing effort to promote safety in the community.  Students presented officers with posters they had made earlier in the week and participated in a learning exercise with the public safety message: Never Touch A Gun!  During the skit the children pretended they had found a discarded firearm in the school yard.  The students immediately screamed "Don't touch it!" and quickly alerted a teacher.  

 


The BPD Joins the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Heatstroke Awareness Campaign

The Boston Police Department is teaming up with Safe Kids Worldwide in an effort to spread awareness of the dangers of heat stroke.  Every 10 days, a child dies as a result of tragically being left alone in a hot vehicle. Tragedies like these are most certainly avoidable.  Spring is finally here which means summer's just around the corner. With warmer months come warmer temps and the increased threat of heatstroke related tragedies. So, let's smarten up and be aware of the dangers and the steps to take to keep our kids safe from heatstroke.  To learn more about the Heatstroke Awareness campaign - click on the enclosed link: http://www.safekids.org/preventing-heatstroke

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Involved in Violent Struggle with Armed Suspect in Roxbury

At about 3:08 PM on Wednesday April 15, 2015, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest at 30 Harold Street in Roxbury.  Officers were performing surveillance in the area due to the recent increase in firearm related violence which included firearm recoveries, several calls for shots fired and a person shot.

Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Jordan Evans, 21, of Roxbury, behaving in a suspicious manner and approached to speak with him.  When the suspect refused to take his right hand out of his jacket pocket, officers performed a pat frisk and felt what they immediately recognized as a firearm in the suspect’s right hand.  A violent struggle ensued, with the suspect in control of the weapon as officers wrestled him to the ground.  Showing great restraint and tremendous courage in the face of this imminent danger, officers were able to prevail, placing the combative suspect in custody and recovering the loaded firearm. The RG Industries RG26 .25 Caliber Semi-Automatic Handgun was turned in as evidence.

The suspect was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the struggle and will be booked and charged with several firearms violations upon his release.  Arraignment will be in Roxbury District Court. 

 

Media Availability: Boston Police Foundation to Donate Funds Earmarked for the Boston Police Teen Academy and Officers Safeguarding the Boston Marathon

WHO: The Boston Police Foundation, Superintendent Lisa Holmes, Boston Police Academy Instructors and invited guests.

WHAT: On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Boston Police Foundation will be presenting checks and donating funds to the Boston Police Teen Academy, a two week summer program designed to enhance and grow the relationship that exists between our city’s young people and those sworn to protect and serve them. In addition to the above, the Boston Police Foundation will also be making a check presentation and donation earmarked for food, water and nourishment to be provided and distributed to officers deployed along the race route during the Boston Marathon.    

WHERE: Boston Police Academy at 85 Williams Avenue in Hyde Park, MA

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 3:00pm

 *** NOTE: The Boston Police Foundation, formed in 1993, provides financial support to the Boston Police Department for the procurement of critically needed resources not covered by or included in the department’s annual budget. To learn more about the Boston Police Foundation – please click on the enclosed: https://bostonpolicefoundation.org/about

 


BPD Photo of the Day: Outpouring of Support for BPD Officers on One Boston Day

A visit to the One Boston Day web page at http://www.onebostonday.org/#intro posed the following question: "April 15th marks the beginning of a new annual Boston tradition: One Boston Day. This day will be a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city it is. What will you do?" 

Well, today, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, students from several area schools provided their own answer to that question by dropping by and visiting several neighborhood police stations to deliver a message of love, support and appreciation to Boston Police Officers across the city.  Said one officer: "Gotta love the kids. For them to take the time to make and deliver posters, pictures and thank you cards for our officers means a lot." As you can see by the photos above, the kids who visited our officers today most certainly embodied and personified the spirit and intention of One Boston Day. Said Mayor Walsh: "One Boston Day inspired all of us to come together as the community we are and share the spirit of Boston by giving back." 

At 2:49pm, a moment of silence and pealing of the city's church bells was held to commemorate the second anniversary of the attack on our Boston Marathon.  At the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, community members gathered to solemnly reflect upon and remember those we lost on that tragic day two years ago. Said a visitor from out of town who requested anonymity: "They tried to hurt and weaken your city,  but they only made it stronger." 

 

 

 

Recent Promotions: BPD Announces Three New Promotions

Recent Promotions: Congratulations to the three members of the Boston Police Department who were promoted on Friday, April 10, 2015 during a ceremony held in Commissioner Evans’ Conference Room at Boston Police Headquarters.  One of the promotional ranks is permanent while two are temporary.  The Boston Police Department would like to congratulate the new Captain and the new Lieutenants and wish them luck in their new assignments.

Promoted to the rank of Temporary Captain:

Lt. Terry J. Thomas

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant:

Sgt. Det. Richard J. Driscoll

Promoted to the rank of Temporary Lieutenant:

Sgt. Beth Leary

 

Infamous "Brighton Tree Ninja" Caught in the Act

 

On Wednesday April 15, 2015, Detectives from District D-14 (Brighton) arrested a man after he was observed damaging a tree with a hammer in the area of 326 Washington Street, Brighton.  

Earlier this month, Boston police detectives initiated a surveillance investigation in the area 326 Washington Street, Brighton. This investigation was part of an ongoing operation seeking to identify and apprehend the individual(s) who for several years has been killing trees in the Brighton area and eluded capture. Over the past several years this “Brighton Tree Ninja,” would either chop down or damage beyond saving, young trees that were planted in Brighton.

Over the past several weeks detectives have been gathering video evidence as part of this operation. As a result of their investigation, detectives set up surveillance in the area of the Brighton Elks Club today, April 15, 2015. While in the area, detectives observed a male matching the suspect’s description enter the Elks parking lot and begin to cut down a tree. As detectives approached the suspect, he immediately attempted to conceal the hammer he was using to damage the tree. The suspect was ordered not to move and was taken into custody by the detectives. 

Arrested was Joseph Rizza, 65 of Brighton. Rizza was charged with: 5 Counts of Wilful and Malicious Destruction of Property, and Dangerous Weapon Unlawful to Carry. He was arraigned today in Brighton District Court. This investigation remains active