Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

BPD Remembers the Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Joseph M. Mullen Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 46 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Joseph M. Mullen Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 46 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Joseph M. Mullen who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 46 years ago. On December 18, 1972, Officer Mullen was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic during an overtime assignment at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

Mullen, who was a 35-year veteran of the department, was 61-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and two children.  

Officer Mullen was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 13, East Line 15.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Trinity Place and Stuart Street in the Back Bay. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

Two “Spark Energy” Employees Under Arrest for Breaking and Entering in Hyde Park

 

ARREST MADE: At about 2:10 PM on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering at a residence in the area of Summit Street in Hyde Park. On arrival officers located two males matching the description of the suspects who had just broken into a residence in the area. Officers spoke to the victim who stated he had arrived home and observed the two male suspects approach his front door and ring the bell. The victim, who remained inside his motor vehicle, stated the suspects did not get an answer at the front door so they moved to the side door of the residence, again ringing the bell and knocking on the door. The victim stated he observed the suspects gain entry into his enclosed sunroom through the side door. The victim stated at this time, he exited his vehicle and drew the attention of the suspects. The suspects exited the victim’s residence and immediately requested the victim’s energy bill information and his account number. The victim stated while the suspects were speaking to him, he observed his garage door to be partially open as well. The suspects eventually left the victim’s residence and proceeded to other residences in the area before police stopped them. The suspects stated they were both employees of “Spark Energy.” Both males were taken into custody.

Officers arrested Andre Williams, 21-years-old, of Hyde Park and Ryan Williams, 49-years-old of Dorchester. Both males are charged with Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling during the Daytime and are expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court.

 

Three Juveniles Under Arrest for Assault and Battery, Unarmed Robbery Following Violent Attack on Jeweler Downtown

 

THREE IN CUSTODY: At about 10:05 AM on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a robbery in the area of 44 School Street in Downtown Boston. On arrival, officers were directed to a group of black males and females who matched the description of the suspects who had allegedly robbed and assaulted an employee at the jewelry store. Upon seeing officers, the group fled the area on foot, but were again located in the area. While the group was being detained, officers spoke to the victim who stated the group had congregated in the doorway of the jewelry store and began to ring the bell relentlessly. The victim stated she had asked the group to leave multiple times, which they refused. The victim stated she opened the door in a final attempt to get the group to leave. The victim stated the group began taunting and threatening to assault the victim. The victim stated the group began to swarm her within the doorway so she defended herself and attempted to push them away with her legs. At this time, one of the female suspects violently attacked the victim and began punching and kicking her while the group cheered the suspect on. The fight spilled into the jewelry store where the suspects ripped the victim’s gold necklace off of her before fleeing the area on foot.

Officers arrested a 14-year-old juvenile female of Boston, a 14-year-old juvenile female of Roxbury and a 15-year-old juvenile male of Hyde Park. All are expected to be arraigned in the Juvenile Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery on a Victim Over the age of 60 and Unarmed Robbery. Three additional suspects were identified and released from the scene.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Loaded Firearm Following Traffic Stop and Foot Chase in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: At about 2:14 PM on Monday, December 17, 2018, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester. While on directed patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle which had failed to stop at a red light. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, and while the motor vehicle initially stopped, the operator fled into a parking lot in the area. Officers observed the male passenger suddenly exit the vehicle and flee on foot while clutching an apparent object in his waistband.

Following a brief pursuit, officers were able to apprehend the male suspect and recover a black Sar-Arms semi-automatic 9mm firearm loaded with 24 live rounds of ammunition. A second magazine containing 9 rounds of live ammunition was recovered at the scene as well. During the apprehension of the male passenger, the operator of the motor vehicle had also fled the area, but was located and placed under arrest.  

Officers arrested Alonzo Dedrick, 55-years-old of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Armed Career Criminal, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B (Drugs), and Resisting Arrest. Officers additionally arrested the operator of the motor vehicle, Frank Cinelli, 46-years-old, of Boston and charged him with Speeding and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer. Both are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover a Firearm After Arresting a Juvenile on Gun-related Charges in Mattapan

ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:51pm, on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of Astoria Street when they observed an individual walking in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. Specifically, officers noted that the individual was clutching at the waistband of his sweatpants with his right hand while the suspect's left arm continued to sway back and forth in a normal manner. Officers further noted that the suspect’s right arm looked to be pressed tightly to his right side as if to indicate that individual was attempting to conceal something. Officers further observed the suspect's stride appeared to be hindered due to the effort being made to control and conceal the object in his waist area. While approaching the suspect, officers noted that the suspect appeared to be nervous and, upon seeing the officers, began to quicken his pace in an effort to avoid them. Believing that the suspect was armed, officers attempted to engage the suspect in conversation. However, as the officers got closer, the suspect took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and take possession of a firearm (see photo) found inside the suspect’s waistband.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old male of Boston and charged him with the  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

BPD in the Community: Great time had by all at the District B-3 Girls Softball Program's Annual Holiday Cookie Swap

BPD in the Community: Our officers and the kids from the District B-3 Girls Softball Program and The BASE had a blast tasting, testing and trading cookies and assorted homemade baked goods at the League’s Annual Cookie Swap!!! According to those who attended, the only thing better than the cookies was the company of those who attended. Great time had by all including Officer Ruiz, Officer Brewington, Superintendent Baston, Deputies Colon and Chin and the officers from District B-3 (Mattapan). Yet another opportunity for our officers to interact and connect with the kids in our community in a positive way.

Boston 72: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72–Hour-Period Beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 4

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 3
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 6
Vehicle Breaks: 14

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

In Memoriam: The Boston Police Department Mourns the Passing of Former Commissioner Francis M. ‘Mickey’ Roache

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In Memoriam: Today, on Monday December 17, 2018, the members of the Boston Police Department pause to mourn the passing of former Boston Police Commissioner Francis M. "Mickey" Roache. Commissioner Roache was appointed to the Boston Police Department in 1968 and served as Police Commissioner from 1985 until 1993. Commissioner Roache continued to serve the city as a member of the Boston City Council from 1996 through 2002. After his time as an at-large councilor, Commissioner Roache went on to become the Suffolk County Register of Deeds, a position he held until 2015.  

We ask that you join with us and keep the Roache family in your prayers as we thank our former commissioner for his service to the City of Boston. 

 

Commissioner Gross and Superintendent Baston Join the 2018 Red Sox World Series Trophy Tour

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Commissioner Gross and Superintendent Baston joined the 2018 Red Sox Trophy Tour. Organized by the Boston Area Church League and sponsored by the Boston Red Sox Foundation, with the support of the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, and the Greater Boston YMCA, the 2018 World Series Trophy was shared with children and families in neighborhoods across the city.

 

UPDATE: Boston City Residents Turn in 43 Firearms during One-Day Gun Buyback Program

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Today, Saturday, December 15, 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William G. Gross, joined physicians and medical professionals in coordinating a one-day gun buyback in the City of Boston.

The Boston buyback opened six drop-off locations across the city at 10:00 AM where city residents could receive a $100 Target gift card funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, in return for the surrender of a handgun. When the program ended at 4:00 PM, a total of 43 firearms and 11 replica firearms had been turned in anonymously in one day to the Boston Police Department.

 

UPDATE: Arrest of Murder Suspect Wanted in Connection to Homicide in the Area of Faneuil and Brackett Streets

 

UPDATE: Less than six months after the shooting deaths of Wilfred Peters and Jeffrey Montaque, a suspect is in custody. On Friday, December 14, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Homicide Unit, assisted by members of the U.S. Marshals and law enforcement partners in Georgia, arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Antoine of Roxbury for two counts of Murder by virtue of a felony warrant out of Suffolk Superior Court. Officers were able to locate the suspect at a trailer park in Jonesboro, Georgia where he was placed in custody.  

Said Commissioner William Gross, “Members of the Homicide and Fugitive Units worked tirelessly on this case to not only identify the suspect who was responsible, but to track him down and arrest him while he was hiding in a trailer park in Georgia. I commend the great work of the Homicide Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit for bringing justice to the families who lost their loved ones.”

The original facts of the investigation are as follows: At about 12:41 AM on Saturday June 30, 2018, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for two people shot in the area of Faneuil Street and Brackett Street in Brighton. On arrival, officers located two adult male victims in their twenties suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were pronounced deceased on scene. The victims have since been identified as Wilfred Peters, 26, of Brighton and Jeffrey Montaque, 27, of Cambridge.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, December 14, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue Mattapan  

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: At about 9:59 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 155 Savannah Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Gregory Phillips, 25, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored with Commissioner’s Commendations for Their Bravery in the Line of Duty While Subduing an Armed Suspect in Dorchester

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Great Work Recognized: On Thursday December 13, 2018, Commissioner William Gross awarded commendations to Sergeant Thomas Brooks and Police Officers Salvatore Calabrese, David Lateigne, Stephen Puopolo, Robert Robichaud and Kevin Rooney for their actions in the line of duty when confronting an armed suspect.

At about 2:34 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for drug activity which resulted in the arrest of one male and the recovery of a loaded firearm in the area of 20 Ames Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with a rejected inspection sticker and approached to speak with the operator. While doing so, officers also spoke to an adult male passenger seated in the rear of the vehicle who appeared to be extremely nervous, with his chest visibly moving up and down. When the passenger began to clutch at an unknown object on the right side of the waistband area of his pants, the officers asked both parties to step out of the vehicle. The driver complied and exited the vehicle but the passenger refused, instead choosing to lock the door and roll the window up while continuing to clutch the still unidentified object. Officers repeatedly gave the male verbal commands to exit the vehicle which he refused. Fearing that the suspect was armed, officers forced their way into the vehicle by breaking a window at which time a violent struggle ensued. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the suspect and recover a loaded handgun from his pants.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of these officers, this suspect and a firearm were removed from the streets and possible future violence was averted. 

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 3
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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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.

 

In Memory of Those Lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross Announce One Day Gun Buyback Program Scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, in collaboration with physicians and medical professionals, today announced a coordinated one-day gun buyback effort that will take place in six locations (see below) across Boston on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The day marks a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened six years ago on December 14. The ‘Piece for Peace’ program aims to bring attention to the devastating toll and impact that unneeded and unsecured guns can have on individuals and the public-at-large, and provides the opportunity for people to turn in unwanted guns and ammunition, no questions asked.

“Here in Boston, we know that even one life lost to gun violence is one too many,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Boston Police Department is committed to getting guns off our streets: whether it’s through the creation of the gun buyback program, recovering firearms, engaging with responsible gun owners, or tracing the path of illegal guns, we are working with the community everyday to make Boston a safer place for everyone.”

Boston Police Department's gun buyback program, ‘Piece for Peace,’ is a proactive campaign to take guns off Boston's streets organized in collaboration with Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in guns at designated drop-off locations citywide in return for a $100 Target gift card. The "no questions asked" program allows individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. For locations and information on the Boston Police Department's gun buyback efforts this weekend, please visit bpdnews.com.

"This One Day Buy Back is a unique event in that it strengthens the bridge between the city, public safety, and the health community around gun violence. Street violence and gun suicides are issues that touch all facets of the community and are a shared responsibility,” said Commissioner Gross. “By participating in this regional buy back, we provide an opportunity for family members to get guns out of their houses, and off the streets, with no questions asked. We are all playing an important role in this fight against gun violence.  I've said it before, but one gun off the street is one gun out of the hands of a kid in our community and possibly one life saved."

Medical professionals have joined this initiative in an effort to decrease youth violence and take guns off the streets by raising funds within their local healthcare organizations, and hosting buyback days throughout Massachusetts.

“As I pediatric trauma surgeon, I often see the deadly effects of gun access and and the toll it takes on victims, their families and those who treat them,” says Peter Masiakos, director of pediatric trauma services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and co-founder of the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. “Working together, physicians and political leaders have a responsibility to address the public health crisis that is gun violence. This gun buyback that is made possible by the the forward thinking actions of the Boston Police Department and Mayor Walsh is an opportunity to safely rid homes and streets on unwanted weapons. If just one life is spared; whether it is by preventing a suicide or or an unintentional shooting that happens when a child finds an unsecured gun in a closet, this event will have been successful.”

In March of 2014, the Boston Police Department announced its first buyback program in 10 years. At the conclusion of the 2014 calendar year, the department had taken a total of 1061 firearms off the streets of Boston, 410 of which were turned in during the buyback program. So far in 2018, the BPD has confiscated over 645 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.

The following procedure must be followed in order to receive amnesty for possession of a gun and to receive a gift certificate. If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. Amnesty - however - will not be promised or given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm.

Procedure:

  • Gun must be delivered unloaded.

  • Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag, and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).

  • If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.

  • If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.

  • After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.

  • Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however, no incentive will be issued or provided.

Locations:

  • Central Assembly of God 50 Bennington St.

  • St. Peters Church 278 Bowdoin St.

  • Garfield Development 215-217 Garfield Ave

  • Salvation Army 1500 Washington St.

  • McCormack Housing Development 345 Old Colony Ave

  • Greater Love Tabernacle Church 101 Nightingale St.

 

Great Work Recognized: BPD Officers Honored for Their Actions in the Line of Duty After Recovering Three Loaded Firearms While Arresting Three Suspects in Roxbury

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Great Work Recognized: Earlier today, on Thursday December 13, 2018, Commissioner William Gross presented commendations to Police Officers Christopher Dunn, Marc McBrien, Joseph Starkey, Brian Stallings, John Beauchemin, Kyle McCabe, Connor Murphy, Michael Kerin, and Jason Gaffney for their heroic actions in the line of duty.

At about 2:28 AM on Monday November 26, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested three suspects and recovered three loaded firearms during a traffic stop in the area of 407 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle, which was occupied by three male subjects, as part of an investigation when they confirmed that the driver was operating with a suspended license. When the officers explained the situation to the operator, he became argumentative and suddenly reached down towards his feet and grabbed a handgun from the floor of the vehicle. A violent struggle then ensued as numerous officers responded to provide back up. Officers were eventually able to gain control of both the firearm and the suspect at which time he was placed in custody. Officers then removed two passengers from the vehicle who were both pat frisked and found to be in possession of loaded firearms before being placed in custody.

Their actions resulted in the arrest of three potentially dangerous individuals and the removal of three illegal firearms off of our streets.

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation. 

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Two Suspects in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Gun, Drugs and Cash in Dorchester

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 11:32 AM on Wednesday December 12, 2018, members of the District C-11 (Dorchester) Drug Control Unit recovered a loaded firearm, drugs and cash after executing a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 27 Gayland Street in Dorchester. As a result of their search, officers located and seized a loaded .25 caliber Raven handgun, 2 large rocks of crack cocaine with an approximate weight of 12 grams, 2 small bags of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of crack cocaine, 1 medium bag of heroin and $10,729.00 in U.S. Currency. Officers then arrested the target of their investigation, Luis Otero, 28, of Dorchester, without incident on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A and B Drugs. While on scene, officers also arrested Alex Archambault, 34, of Leominster on charges of Possession of Class B Drugs. Both suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

 

‘Tis The Season: Big-hearted BPD Officers from District D-4 Deliver Generous Donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive

‘Tis The Season: A special holiday hats off to the big-hearted men and women of District D-4 (South End) for their generous $2,000-plus donation to the Lenox Hotel Toy Drive which runs between now and Thursday, December 20, 2018. Guests and non-guests of the hotel are encouraged to stop by the Back Bay location to make a donation. New and unwrapped gifts are preferred. A guest room inside the hotel has been exclusively set aside for donations with the hopes of filling the room from floor to ceiling.

For more information, please visit: www.lenoxhotel.com/room-in-your-heart