Come Have 'Coffee With A Cop' at Villa Victoria in the South End on Thursday, April 26, 2018

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The men and women of District D-4 (South End) invite you to join us for the next Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Villa Victoria in the South End from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Come get to know the officers protecting and serving your community. Our offices can't wait to meet you. All are welcome and the coffee is free!!! Not a bad deal. See you there!!!

Community Alert: BPD Release Images of Suspect Wanted in Connection to a Stolen Safe Taken during the B&E of a Motor Vehicle at 274 Tremont Street

Community Alert: BPD Release Images of Suspect Wanted in Connection to a Stolen Safe Taken during the B&E of a Motor Vehicle at 274 Tremont Street: Detectives from District A-1 (Downtown) are releasing images and seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify an individual wanted in connection to the B&E of a motor vehicle inside a parking garage at 274 Tremont Street. At about 12:17am, on Monday, April 16, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to 274 Tremont Street (Tufts Medical Center Parking Garage) to speak to a victim who stated that her car had been broken into and a safe removed from her vehicle. According to the victim, the safe contained an undisclosed amount of US Currency and assorted jewelry. During the course of the crime, the suspect, believed to be a white male, is seen wearing what appears to be a gray hoodie, dark colored coat and blue jeans.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information relative to the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4248.

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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

  

BPD Fugitive Unit Arrests Wanted Suspect on Numerous Warrants After Multi-Jurisdictional Investigation

At about 2:30 PM on Monday April 23, 2018, officers assigned to the BPD Fugitive Unit arrested Lenita Webb, 31, of Roxbury, pursuant to numerous outstanding warrants in the area of 50 Annunciation Road in Roxbury. At the time of her apprehension, the suspect was wanted on thirty-five warrants involving fifty-seven charges stemming from numerous larcenies and other crimes which occurred in Boston and several surrounding communities. The arrest comes after a collaborative effort between the Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, U.S. Marshals and detectives from various agencies throughout Massachusetts. The suspect will appear later today in Roxbury District court for arraignment in connection to the following warrants:

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 01/19/18 for Threats to Commit Crime, Unarmed Robbery and A&B

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 02/09/18 for Common and Notorious Thief

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 02/09/18 for Larceny Over $250

Boston Municipal Court Default Warrant issued 03/07/17 for Larceny Over $250

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 09/22/17 for Larceny Over $250

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 10/26/17 for Larceny Over $250

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 10/26/17 for Larceny Over $250

Boston Municipal Court Straight Warrant issued 10/26/17 for Shoplifting by Asportation

Roxbury District Court Straight Warrant issued 10/10/17 for Larceny Over $250

Dorchester District Court Straight Warrant issued 01/26/18 for Theft

Dorchester District Court Straight Warrant issued 09/15/17 for Larceny Over $250 and Threats to Commit a Crime

Quincy District Court Default issued 03/17/17 for Larceny Over $250 and Forge/Misuse RMV Document

Quincy District Court Default Warrant issued 03/17/17 for Possession Class B Drugs and Shoplifting by Asportation (2nd offense)

Quincy District Court Default Warrant issued 03/17/17 for Larceny Over $250

Quincy District Court Default Warrant issued 03/17/17 for Larceny from Building

Quincy District Court Straight Warrant issued 07/28/17 for A&B and Unarmed Robbery

Quincy District Court Straight Warrant issued 09/25/17 for Larceny Over $250

Wrentham District Court Straight Warrant issued 04/06/18 for Possession/Use False/Stolen RMV Document and Receiving Stolen Property over $250

Wrentham District Court Straight Warrant issued 11/07/17 for Shoplifting by Concealment (2nd offense) and Larceny Over

Dedham District Court Default Warrant issued 03/09/17 for Larceny Over $250 (2 Counts)

Dedham District Court Straight Warrant issued 03/13/17 for Larceny Over $250 (2 Counts)

Dedham District Court Straight Warrant issued 07/28/17 for Larceny Over $250

Dedham District Court Straight Warrant issued 08/29/17 for Attempt to Commit a Crime and False Fire Alarm

Cambridge District Court issued 02/15/18 for Larceny Over $250

Cambridge District Court Straight Warrant issued 02/15/18 for Larceny Over $250

Waltham District Court Straight Warrant issued 05/09/17 for Larceny Over $250

Malden District Court Default Warrant issued 03/06/17 for Larceny Over $250

Woburn District Court Default Warrant issued 03/20/17 for Rec Stolen Property, Larceny Over $250, Attempt to Commit Crime and Unlawful Possession of Theft Detection Deactivation

Hingham District Court Straight Warrant issued 07/13/17 for Larceny Over $250, A&B, Threats, Larceny from Person and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon

Peabody District Court Straight Warrant issued 08/09/17 for Larceny Over $250

Plymouth District Court Straight Warrant issued 04/03/18 for Larceny Over $250

Salem District Court Straight Warrant issued 10/17/17 for Larceny Over $250, Vandalizing Property and Common and Notorious Thief

Newton District Court Straight Warrant issued 07/17/17 for Larceny Over $250

Lynn District Court Default Warrant issued 03/21/17 for Larceny Over $250

Marlborough District Court Straight Warrant issued 04/19/18 for Larceny Over $250

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Six Suspects While Recovering Six Firearms During Four Separate Incidents in Less Than Twenty-Four Hours

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The facts and circumstances surrounding all four incidents in enclosed below:

INCIDENT #1: At about 8:03AM, on Monday, April 23, 2018, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) placed a suspect in custody after recovering two firearms in the area of 39 Boylston Street in Boston. The officers were advised by security staff at the Saint Francis Shelter that the suspect, Douglas Russell, 51, of Malden, had attempted to enter the building with two unloaded .22 caliber Butler Association handguns in his backpack. Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident after confirming he did not possess a license to carry a firearm. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on two charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #2: At about 7:20PM, on Monday, April 23 ,2018, officers assigned to the District D-14 (Brighton) Drug Control Unit placed two suspects in custody and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 64 Murdock Street in Brighton. The officers had performed a traffic stop as part of a drug investigation when they recovered a loaded .25 caliber Jennings model 25 handgun from inside the vehicle along with a medium sized bag of marijuana and over two thousand dollars in cash. The officers then arrested the operator, Jeky Ball, 20, of West Roxbury and the passenger, Kenny Romero, 23, of Randoph. Both suspects will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

INCIDENT #3: At about 7:29PM, on Monday, April 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two suspects on firearm related charges after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Prentiss Street and Albert Street in Roxbury. Responding officers were able to locate and stop two individuals matching the given descriptions in the area of Columbus Avenue and Heath Street. Upon stopping the individuals, both were pat frisked for officer safety. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory model XD Tactical firearm from one of the suspects, later identified as a 16-year-old male from Boston, and a .380 caliber Cobra model CA380 handgun from the second suspect, later identified as Michael Robinson-Van Rader, 18, of Dorchester. Both suspects were then placed in custody without incident. The juvenile suspect will appear in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Michael Robinson-Van Rader will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court and will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

INCIDENT #4: At about 4:04AM, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) placed a suspect in custody and recovered a loaded firearm after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 112 Southampton Street in South Boston. On arrival, responding officers observed a Massachusetts State Trooper performing a pat frisk of an individual, later identified as Joseph Lee, 35, of South Boston. Officers spoke with a male victim who stated that the suspect had threatened him while displaying a firearm. The victim stated that the suspect had discarded the weapon as officers arrived on scene. The officers went to the indicated location where they recovered a loaded 9mm Ruger P95 firearm at which time the suspect was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

 

BPD Remembers Springfield Police Dept’s 1st African-American Police Officer and Father of former US Attorney Wayne Budd

BPD Remembers Springfield Police Department’s 1st African American Police Officer and Father of former US Attorney Wayne Budd: Today, Monday, April 23, 2018, Commissioner William Evans and Chief William Gross invited former US Attorney Wayne Budd and his sister, Penny Grayer, to Boston Police Headquarters to present them with a portrait of their father, Joseph Anthony Budd, the first African-American police officer in the history of the Springfield Police Department. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, Joseph Anthony Budd returned home and became the first African-American member of the Springfield Police Department in 1947. Said his son, Wayne, “He loved being a police officer. Loved serving his community.”

Thirty years later, Budd’s father would retire as a captain in 1977. Yet, despite the long, accomplished career, the Budd family didn’t have any photos of their father in his police uniform. Knowing a portrait, dedicated to Springfield Police Captain Joseph Anthony Budd, hung inside the walls of the BPD’s Family Justice Center located at 989 Commonwealth Ave in Brighton, the family inquired about the possibility securing a copy of the portrait.  

When the Family Justice Center, which was created to help people impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, first opened its doors in 2006, a portrait of Captain Joseph Anthony Budd was unveiled to pay tribute to his distinguished career and collaborative approach to policing. Said Wayne Budd, “Of the many issues my father believed in and stood for during his career as a police officer, protecting children was the issue most near and dear to his heart.”

When Chief Gross learned about the Budd family’s desire to obtain a copy of their father’s portrait, as you can see by the enclosed images, the request was warmly received and eagerly provided. Said Chief Gross, “We were more than happy to oblige the Budd family’s request. Personally, I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude and connection to Captain Joseph Budd. In becoming the first African-American police captain in Springfield in the seventies, he most definitely paved the way and laid the groundwork for leaders of color like me. So, when I heard the family was hoping to obtain a portrait of their father, providing that portrait was a no-brainer.”

Said Wayne Budd, “My family and I can’t thank Commissioner Evans, Chief Gross and the entire Boston Police Department enough for taking the time and going out of their way to honor my father, his legacy and our family. Having this portrait of him means so much to us. And, we are so very grateful to all who made this moment possible.”   

One Less Gun: Officers Recover a Firearm and Arrest One Suspect in Dorchester

 

At about 9:35 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and an officer assigned to a paid detail made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of 185 Columbia Road.

While on patrol and traveling in-bound on Columbia Road, officers observed a group of males near the corner of Geneva Avenue and Columbia Road. Officers observed one of the males in a crouching position peeking around the corner near an MBTA bus stop. The male was wearing a white t-shirt that appeared to be spattered in blood and was in possession of what appeared to be a black pistol in his left hand.  

Officers exited their marked cruiser and approached the suspect demanding to see his hands. The suspect complied with the officers’ commands and was handcuffed for officer safety. Officers canvassed the immediate area and located a black firearm in a trash barrel which was directly next to the MBTA bus stop where the suspect was standing.

Officers arrested the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Kenneth Malone of Dorchester, and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of ammunition. Malone will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans Named Honorary Grand Marshal at this year’s Greek Independence Day Parade

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Commissioner Evans Named Honorary Grand Marshall at this year’s Greek Independence Day Parade: The men and women of the BPD were once again honored to keep everybody safe during the 24th Annual Greek Independence Day Parade held earlier today, Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Boston. The parade commemorates Greece’s march to freedom which began close to 200 years ago on March 25, 1821. This year, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was selected to be one of the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshals.  In the enclosed photo, Commissioner Evans is seen marching with Mike Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and, interestingly enough, just the second Greek-American governor in U.S. history. Said Commissioner Evans, “I was most certainly honored and humbled to be named an Honorary Grand Marshall at this year’s parade. We’re fortunate to have a strong, vibrant Greek community in our city and I was flattered to be included in today’s celebration.”  

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Detail Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Victim's Life in Downtown Stabbing Incident

 

At about 7:05 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, officers working a traffic detail at the TD Garden in District A-1 (Downtown) were flagged down by a witness who had found a person stabbed in the area of 205 Portland Street. Upon responding, officers observed a 36-year-old male victim bleeding from an apparent stab wound to the leg. The young officers, who had graduated from the police academy less than two weeks prior, quickly assessed the situation and immediately applied a tourniquet to the victim’s upper leg in an attempt to slow the bleeding and contacted EMS. Initially, the victim’s condition looked grave, but due to the officers’ training, preparedness, and swift action, the victim was transported to an area hospital where he is now in stable condition.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District A-1 investigators at (617) 343-4248.

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 protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Four Firearms within 6 Hours in 2 Separate Incidents; Four Suspects in Custody on Gun-Related Charges

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Per Commissioner William Evans,  "I continue to be impressed by the hard work and undeniable courage put forth by the men and women of of the Boston Police Department in their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston. Taking four guns off the streets within 6 hours is a significant achievement that most certainly makes our community safer. And, I again want to thank my officers for bravely engaging and apprehending those who think it's okay to carry illegal firearms in our city."

INCIDENT #1: At about 7:10 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dalessio Court near D Street in South Boston. Officers observed a large group of individuals known to them gathered near 4 Dalessio Court smoking marijuana and drinking in public. Officers also observed several cars illegally parked nearby inside the housing development, blocking the entrance and exit of other vehicles. When officers entered the common hallway of 4 Dalessio Court, they observed that the walls were covered in graffiti. One of the officers looked under the stairwell and observed a loaded black Ruger .380 Auto Model LCP11 with obliterated serial number.

Due to the group’s close proximity to the recovered firearm, officers conducted frisks of the individuals and their vehicles. Officers observed the vehicle closest to the group to be illegally parked and inquired whose it was. Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Nova of Stoughton produced the keys and informed officers that it was registered to 30-year-old Alex J. Valdez of Mattapan. A frisk of the vehicle revealed two additional firearms, a loaded black Taurus 9mm Millenium G2 with obliterated serial number and high capacity feeding device and a loaded black Glock .40 Model 22. Neither Nova nor Valdez could produce a license to carry. Both were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

A third individual, 20-year-old Jimal B. Ortiz of Hyde Park, was arrested on an outstanding default warrant out of West Roxbury District Court. Nova and Valdez will be arraigned at South Boston District Court. The remaining individuals, none of whom resided at the above address, were identified and ordered to leave.

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INCIDENT #2: At about 12:55 AM on Sunday, April 22, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 257 Norfolk Avenue when they observed a group in front of a bar that appeared as if it were about to fight. The officers approached the gathering in their unmarked cruiser and observed three males immediately separate themselves from the group and walk away up Burrell Street. Officers reversed their cruiser to further observe the males and while doing so observed one of the males, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Afonseca of Randolph, duck behind a parked car. When they were finally able to catch up, they stopped Afonseca. One of the officers advised Afonseca that he was not free to leave while they investigated the area where he ducked behind the vehicle. Officers investigated the vehicle and observed a loaded revolver on top of the front right wheel. It was then that Afonseca fled on foot. Officers lost sight of him and canvased the area. The officers ultimately found Afonseca hiding between the rear of a house and a shed. The officers arrested Afonseca and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

BPD in the Community: All Smiles at the Youth and Police Initiative Celebration!

On Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018, officers from Districts B-2 (Roxbury) and B-3 (Mattpan), along with Police Commissioner William Evans, attended the graduation for the Somali Youth and Police Initiative. The initiative is a program led by Said Ahmed of United Somali Youth, Inc., Paul Lewis of the North American Family Institute, and Captain Haseeb Hosein and Officer Cynthia Brewington from the Boston Police Department. The officers and young people have spent the past week in dialogue with the objective of humanizing and enhancing the relationship between Boston youth and the police. During the ceremony, the participants received their certificates of participation and an enthusiastic round of applause from the officers and Commissioner. Both officers and youth alike had a fantastic time building bonds, understanding each other’s cultures, and opening lines of communication.

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm during Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 6:34 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a suspect for firearm related charges in the area of 146 Warren Street in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed a vehicle and conducted a stop. Fearing the presence of a firearm, officers conducted a pat frisk of the four occupants and the passenger compartment of the car. During the frisk, officers observed a loaded black Glock 9mm Model 19 with a high capacity magazine in a shoe box on the floor of the rear passenger side. Officers demanded the rear passenger side occupant, identified as 18-year-old Reginald Greene of Dorchester, produce a license to carry, and he stated he didn’t have one.

Officers arrested Greene and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Greene will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. The remaining occupants were identified and released.

Year to date in 2018, officers have recovered over 200 illegal firearms from the streets of Boston.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Quickly Apprehend Barricaded Male Attempting to Ignite Gas Leak in Charlestown

 

At about 12:10 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person inside 106 Walford Way.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a 57-year-old male had barricaded himself inside an apartment and ripped a gas line from the wall. As officers made entry into the apartment, they observed the male trying to ignite a cigarette lighter inside the room with the gas leak. Officers were able to quickly and tactically enter the residence and, using the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun, disarmed the male and placed him into custody. The male was transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation, and officers will seek complaints against him for Attempted Arson, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.

“This was obviously an extremely dangerous incident both for the other residents of the building and for my officers,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “The officers knew they needed to act quickly, and I applaud their restraint in a volatile and unstable situation.”

Making A Difference: Two Acton Children Organize Book Drive for Children in South Africa

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Henry with his Mom and Chief Gross, who accepted the books on behalf of the BPD

Today, Friday, April 20, two Gates Elementary School (Acton, MA) students, Henry, 12, and Faith, 9, donated over 300 books to the Boston Police Department to distribute to children in need.

Last summer, Henry and Faith became inspired by the book "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" (by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda) about a girl from America and a boy from Zimbabwe who become pen pals and learned from each other's vastly different cultures. One of the story’s most important messages that resonated so strongly with Henry and Faith is how small contributions can have a huge impact. It was with that message in mind that the two Gates students organized a book drive and collected over one thousand children's books. With the help of Delta Airlines CEO, Mr. Ed Bastian, they were able to transport the books to children in need in South Africa. Their drive was so successful, over three hundred books flowed in even after they had finished their book drive, which they generously donated to the Boston Police Department. From here, BPD officers will distribute the books to children and grade schools across the city.

To Henry and Faith, we say thank you for your generosity, and your deed will surely have a tremendous impact.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect in Downtown Bank Robbery

 

At about 5:58 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to for a bank robbery in progress at the TD Bank in the area of 24 Winter Street.  Upon arrival, officers met with bank teller who reported an unknown suspect handed her a note claiming it was a robbery. The suspect motioned towards his right coat pocket and threatened to shoot the victim if she did not give him the money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money before he fled the scene.

At about 11:00 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Washington Street at School Street to assist Transit Police who were off with a possible suspect in relation to the TD Bank robbery from earlier that evening. Upon arrival, officers observed Transit Police with a male fitting the suspect's description from the bank robbery.

Officers arrested Kenneth M. Chase, 49, of Hyannis, MA and charged him with Armed Bank Robbery. The suspect will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

It Will Be Mother's Day before You Know It! Join Us for the 22nd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is an important Boston Police Department tradition that supports Boston mothers and families who have been impacted by homicide. This year's walk takes place on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM rain or shine! Participants will walk from Town Field Park (1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122) to City Hall showing our neighborhoods that we stand with the victims, and as a community we are taking steps toward peace. For more information and registration, visit the Walk4Peace website here. We look forward to seeing you on Mother's Day!

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, April 19, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 0
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Illegal Firearm Recovered as a Result of Drug Investigation in South Boston

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At about 6:15 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for people arguing in the area of453 Old Colony Avenue.

Upon arrival officers heard a commotion inside an apartment. The officers knocked and announced their presence and heard more shuffling, but no one replied. A few moments later, the door was opened by two occupants, and officers performed a protective sweep of the residence for possible victims and suspects. While doing so, officers observed varying amounts of marijuana, packaging, paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of drugs, and large amounts of cash in plain view. Officers arrested 28-year-old female Jessica Lizine of South Boston and 24-year-old male Quaran Sinkler of Greensboro, NC and charged them with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana). Officers froze the residence pending a search warrant.

Officers were granted a search warrant, and at about 11:55 PM that evening, officers executed the warrant. As a result, officers seized the following:

•    Smith & Wesson .40 caliber firearm with obliterated serial number
•    Approximately 164 rounds of ammunition
•    Approximately 21 small plastic bags of marijuana
•    Scales, packaging, and other paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of
•    marijuana
•    Over $1,000 in US currency

Lizine and Sinkler were additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number. The suspects will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.
 

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and IACP Pen Letter Imploring Congress not to Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity

 
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Law Enforcement Coalition Gathers to Oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Boston – Today Commissioner William Evans of Boston, MA released a letter of opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The letter was signed by 473 law enforcement agencies from 39 states. The letter is found in its entirety here. Law enforcement officials nationwide joined together to oppose the bill that dismantles state-level concealed carry permitting systems and creates a dangerous race to the bottom for irresponsible firearm ownership standards.

Statement by Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans:

“This bill would override state laws determining who is qualified to carry a loaded hidden gun – laws which take into account the unique circumstances and needs in each state-- and would force states to allow individuals to carry guns who are not qualified to do so under their own laws,” said Commissioner Evans of the legislation. “During traffic stops and other interactions with the public, our officers would have to be familiar with 50 different state’s laws on conceal carry permitting. Given the split-second decisions our officers frequently need to make, this is nearly impossible and can foreseeably lead to violent confrontations. As law enforcement officers across the US, we oppose this dangerous threat to our officers and to public safety.”

Statement by IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department:

“While I support Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding citizens, I strongly oppose to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because it endangers the public and law enforcement. This legislation would override state laws that determine who is qualified to carry a concealed firearm—laws that take into account the distinctive circumstances and needs in each state. No state should be forced to accept a person carrying a concealed that does not meet the standards the state has set for its own citizens. This legislation, if passed, would severely interfere with local law enforcement’s ability to prevent gun violence and safeguard the public.”

Statement by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo:

“The federal Conceal Carry law would override carefully crafted state laws, which vary widely in their standards, and reduce the country to the least common denominator for safety. Not all states require background checks or safety training. Some states don’t require carriers to have a permit at all, and some allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors to carry weapons. States must retain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities. Texans have a history of responsible gun ownership, strongly believe in states’ rights, and deserve to not be forced to accept permits holders from states that don’t have our proven processes.”

Statement by Springfield, MO Police Chief Paul Williams:

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply a bad idea.  The United States of America,  lest we forget, is a Union of States. Each State has a responsibility to its residents to enact laws reflecting the views of their residents, and not those of another State.  There is already CCW reciprocity between states that agree with each other on this issue;  but forcing other states, who are not like minded, to honor that agreement is not the role of the Federal government, or in the best interests of ALL citizens.  Although we had a very well designed and functioning CCW permitting process in Missouri,  in 2016 our legislature voted to allow anyone to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit, without training, and without requiring a background check. That may well be the will of Missourians, but I dare say it is not something that would be universally accepted across the country.”

Statement by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields:

“Given the recent series of mass shootings, the last thing we need to do is make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons across state lines.  This law makes no sense if our goal is to reduce deaths from gun violence.”

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BPD Officer Proud to Participate in Public Service Announcement Designed to Educate Drivers about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

BPD Officer Proud to Participate in Public Service Announcement Designed to Educate Drivers about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

For those who didn’t know, the month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and in an effort to shine a spotlight on the inherent dangers of distracted driving, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants & Research-Highway Safety Division along with law enforcement representatives from all over New England, including our very own Boston Police Officer Kim Tavares, have teamed up to create a 30 second public service video, titled ‘Just Drive’, in which Officer Tavares and law enforcement officers from around the region make a compelling, heartfelt plea about the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of refraining from non-driving activities like talking on the phone or texting when behind the wheel of your car.  

Said Tavares, “Too many people think it’s okay to talk on the phone or text while driving when it absolutely isn’t. All too often, in our role as police officers, we see motorists driving around looking down at their phones, instead, of looking up at the road in front of them. Obviously, it’s a recipe for disaster and just a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.”

In the past few years, according to traffic safety experts, the number of motor vehicle fatalities and pedestrian accidents have been on the rise as a result of distracted driving. Distracted driving occurs when motorists engage in non-driving/attention-diminishing activities like talking or texting on your phone, checking social media apps, eating or fiddling with your navigation system. The aforementioned are all examples of distracted driving activities that limit your ability to safely operate your vehicle while simultaneously increasing your chances of hurting, harming or injuring a fellow motorist or pedestrian.

Said Tavares, “We’re trying to change people’s behavior and perception of distracted driving. The message is clear. Fewer distractions means fewer accidents. And the more we can get drivers to understand that, the safer our highways and roadways are going to be for all of us.”

The video you’re about to see features police officers from all six New England States who have come together to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The obvious goal is to make our roadways safer and, to achieve that goal, the officers in the video believe they have two words of advice (Just Drive) that could make all the difference the next time you get behind the wheel of your car.

To see the video in its entirety, please click on link below:

Top 10 Tips for Decreasing Driver Distractions:

1.   Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car. Or better yet, put the phone away in a place it cannot be accessed while driving.

2.  Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you'll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that offers this.

3.  Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.

4.  Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to communicate for you.

5.   X the text. Don't ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law in most states.

6.  Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. 

7.   Prepare. Start your GPS or review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, ask a passenger to help or pull over to a safe location to review the map and/or directions. 

8.  Secure your pets. Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.

9.  Keep the kids safe. Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.

10.  Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 4

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.