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Plymouth Police Department earns state certification

The department started the review of its standards and policies two years ago.

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Police Department has received state certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

That’s the first step in a self-initiated evaluation process that should eventually lead to full accreditation.

The department started the review of its standards and policies two years ago and has been working ever since to update procedures on critical areas of police management, operations and technical support

Achieving certification requires an on-site review of 159 standards set by the commission in areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. A team of commission-appointed assessors visited the department for the assessment in April.

Chief Michael Botieri appointed Lt. Dana Flynn to serve as the department’s accreditation manager two years ago. Botieri cited Flynn for his work on the certification process and thanked everyone in the department for their support and cooperation in earning certification.

“It shows we’re staying on the cutting edge of law enforcement professionalism in our procedures, rules and standards of operation,” Botieri said.

The process of accreditation continues with the review of more than 100 more standards set by the commission. The certification has been granted for a period of three years. Botieri said he expects the department to earn full accreditation from the commission next year.

 

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March 2019

K-9 Felix retiring from Plymouth police before his time

K9 Felix EOW 3-22-2019

PLYMOUTH – With heavy heart and deep regret, local police announced the sudden retirement of K-9 Felix from the department Thursday.

The 4-year-old black German shepherd recently fell severely ill and was diagnosed with an aggressive, untreatable and terminal form of cancer.

“K-9 Felix has served the town of Plymouth with honor and courage in the apprehension of numerous violent criminals as well as locating missing children and evidence,” the department said in a statement.

K-9 Felix joined the department in 2017 and was assigned to Officer Keith Larson in the patrol division. His last tour of duty will be Friday, when he will be laid to rest at 2:30 p.m. at the Court Street Animal Hospital at 136 Court St. Local police will honor Felix’ service with an honor guard as Larson escorts him to the animal hospital.

Immediately following, K-9 Felix will be taken to Angel View Crematory and Cemetery in Middleborough by police procession. The public is invited to attend.

Larson started training with Felix two years ago. They hit the streets as a team in July 2017.

“He was a great partner, a great motivated working police dog. We’re going to miss him dearly,” Larson said.

 

Suspect sought in Plymouth gas station robbery

PLYMOUTH – Surveillance footage helped police identify a man who robbed a local gas station Tuesday.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the robber grabbed money from the cash register of the Citgo station on Samoset Street while the clerk was helping another customer. Manuel said the robber shoved the clerk when the clerk tried to stop him from fleeing.

The robbery occurred just after 8 a.m. No weapons were shown. Manuel said the robber was captured on camera. Police have secured warrants charging him with robbery.

 

Social media posts spark false rumors of threat at Plymouth North

PLYMOUTH – Police investigated, but found no cause for concern after rumors of a threat at Plymouth North High School surfaced Monday morning.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the incident involved a posting on social media about the definition of the word “revenge” that originated with someone with no connection to the school. Rumors spread after a student shared the posting.

Manuel said the posting did not reference weapons and the student has no access to weapons. “It’s been vetted and there’s no credible threat,” Manuel said.

School officials tweeted to Plymouth North families Monday morning that the school had received reports of concerns about a student. The tweet stated that the school and police made contact and were looking into the situation. “We are looking forward to classes as usual today and will follow up with details as necessary,” the tweet concluded.

Principal Pete Parcellin said the posting occurred overnight and school officials and police were looking into the matter before school started Monday.

Parcellin said he made an announcement at the start of classes because he knew students were talking and made the Twitter announcement to let parents know that things were fine. Parcellin said the school followed up with calls and emails to parents as well.

 

Trash cans torched, cottage burned in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Police and fire officials are looking for an arsonist who is targeting trash barrels in suburban neighborhoods near the geographic center of town.

Investigators are also trying to determine if the fires are connected to an overnight fire that destroyed a cottage in Myles Standish State Forest.

Fire Chief Ed Bradley said someone ignited trash cans outside four residences at the end of driveways on Oar and Line Road early Wednesday. Trash cans were also found burning on nearby Morgan and Clark roads and a portable toilet was torched at a construction site on Clark Road.

The fires were discovered shortly after 2 a.m. and involved trash cans that had been left out overnight for pickup Wednesday. Police later found a trash can smoldering at the bottom of a driveway on Clifford Road as well.

Bradley said firefighters found the charred remains of a cottage on College Pond just before 6 a.m. after the State Police air wing reported a fire in the forest. By the time firefighters arrived, there was nothing left of the vacation home at 36 West Cranford Road but rubble.

Bradley said investigators are trying to track down surveillance footage from the neighborhoods. Residents on garbage routes are asked to be watchful.

 

DeMacedo, Muratore support dispensing Narcan to public

PLYMOUTH – Police on the front lines of the drug epidemic are looking to use their unenviable positions to save more lives.

A recently filed bill in the state Legislature would allow law enforcement officers – in addition to medically trained personnel – to provide civilians with the overdose-reserving drug Narcan (naloxone) and train them in how to administer the drug, according to a press release on the topic.

The bill, an Act Relative to Furthering the Success of Opiate Intervention Programs, was filed in January by state Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton.

The bill was co-sponsored by state Sen. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, and state Rep. Alyson Sullivan, R-Abington. Since its filing, state Sen. Michael Brady, D-Brockton, state Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy, and state Rep. Mathew Muratore, R-Plymouth, have also co-sponsored the bill.

The bill’s sponsors represent communities in Plymouth County. Plymouth County Outreach, a collaborative of Plymouth County police departments, also supports the bill.

If passed, the law would allow police officers to train people how to use Narcan and give civilians doses of the medication to use in the event of a person overdosing.

“Currently, only medically trained professionals, like doctors, nurses, firefighters and treatment center workers are able to provide people with Narcan and give them the training,” Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri said. “As police officers who are on the front lines dealing with the opioid crisis, we believe our officers should have the ability to further help someone before they overdose.”

East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said, “Right now, when we are at an outreach follow-up visit with our officers and recovery coaches, if an overdose survivor or their family members need Narcan, we have to refer them to a local outreach organization like BAMSI, a drop-in center or Learn to Cope. That person might not go to one of the treatment centers until later that day or the next week or at all. Maybe they change their mind. Maybe they can’t get a ride. And we have effectively closed that window of opportunity to help someone who is seeking help right then and there.”

Seeing firsthand how similar scenarios have played out during Plymouth County Outreach post-overdose outreach follow-up visits, the Police Chiefs of Plymouth County shared their concerns with Timilty, deMacedo and Sullivan late last year, and they took the initiative in filing the bill.

If passed, the change in the law would assist outreach teams, who are on the front lines across the state, and would be able to provide tools, like Narcan, to a vulnerable community at a more opportune time. Individuals who have overdosed have a high risk of suffering another overdose.

The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County offer their full support of the bill and hope to see police departments in communities throughout the state reach out to their local politicians and ask them to co-sponsor the bill and help raise awareness of this critical issue. The PCO chiefs are asking all of their state senators and state representatives to sign on and support this bill.

“I have seen firsthand the difference Plymouth County Outreach has made in my community in helping those suffering from substance use,” deMacedo said. “It is my hope that this legislation will give those on the front lines greater access to the tools they need to save lives in our communities and across the state.”

 

Karaoke To End Homelessness

PLYMOUTH – Something like this may never happen again: the chief of police, superintendent of schools and state representative all singing karaoke on the same night.

This spectacular of star-studded singers is part of the First Annual Plymouth CARE-aoke Night, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the American Legion in Plymouth. The event will raise money to support the Plymouth Taskforce to End Homelessness.

This unusual lineup of vocal talent will include the dulcet tones of Police Chief Michael Botieri, Superintendent Gary Maestas, and state Rep. Matt Muratore, R-Plymouth, as well as Cape Auto Body President Dave Gallerani and Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Naples.

These brave people will perform to the delight and derision of friends, family and fans. The First Annual Plymouth CARE-aoke Night is all for fun and to support the Task Force’s efforts to eradicate homelessness in the Plymouth area.

Tickets are $30 per individual and $350 for a table of 10. For more information, contact Julie Cloherty at 781-831-3251 or julie.cloherty@rocklandtrust.com.

The Plymouth Taskforce to End Homelessness’ goal is to find permanent housing with supportive services and provide emergency sheltering during the winter months. It works with individuals, local businesses, government agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the homeless. 

PLYMOUTH – Police have released some details of a crash that injured a student running to his bus in the Ponds of Plymouth in South Plymouth last month.

Chief Michael Botieri said the 16-year-old boy was hit while crossing Lunn’s Way by a vehicle that failed to stop for a stop sign at Raymond Road.

Botieri said the driver, a 61-year-old resident of the Ponds of Plymouth, was charged with negligent operation after the crash. Police also requested that the Registry of Motor Vehicles suspend the man’s license because his driving represents an immediate threat to public safety.

Botieri said some drivers continue to disobey traffic signs in the development. Signs were not enforceable when the development was built years ago, but the streets and signs have since been accepted by the town and are valid.

Botieri said officers monitor streets in the development to enforce traffic safety and regularly ticket officers. The driver who hit the teen on Feb. 11 has the right to a hearing to appeal his suspension. The boy’s parents say he suffered broken bones and swelling and edema in his foot, but is recovering.

 

February 2019

Fatal overdose in Manomet

PLYMOUTH – A Manomet man has died in what police say is the fourth fatal drug overdose in town this year.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the victim is a 38-year-old man who was found dead at his home Tuesday morning. Manuel said the man was found unresponsive by his mother shortly before 10 a.m.

The man was declared dead at the scene. Manuel said police found evidence of heroin use at the scene.

The death comes amid a recent upsurge in the number of overdoses reported locally, but it is first fatal overdose in Plymouth since January.

 

Plymouth Parents of child hit by car ask for changes

PLYMOUTH – Vic and Andrea Nordberg say their 14-year-old son, Ethan, was struck by a car last week when the man driving it ran a stop sign in their development.

According to police, the teen was struck by the car at 6:59 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11 while heading to a bus stop on Lunn’s Way in the Ponds of Plymouth development. The accident is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Nordbergs are anxious that traffic mitigation measures be implemented at the intersection of Lunn’s Way and Raymond Road, where the accident occurred.

“Our three children were walking across the street to go the bus stop when someone intentionally ran a stop sign,” Vic Nordberg told the Select Board Wednesday night.

Ethan has broken bones and swelling and edema in his foot, Nordberg added, but he will be OK.

“We have some proposed Raymond Road and Lunn’s Way improvements, like painting stop bars at the stop sign where cars are expected to stop. It’s not too much to ask for,” Nordberg said.

Nordberg also requested that the signage and speed limit in the area be reviewed.

“The response I’ve gotten already from the Select Board has been outstanding,” he added. “I would ask that you would consider striping Lunn’s way for median and side lines. And I know you’re going to say we’re not required to stripe minor collector roads. But Lunn’s Way is one of the busiest roadways in South Plymouth and one of the longest. It didn’t used to be that way but it is now.”

Ethan is recovering from his injuries; Nordberg said he and his wife are anxious that this does not happen to another child in this development, which is teaming with kids.

Select Board member Betty Cavacco said she believes the board should expedite the process to ensure that kids in the area are safe.

Select Board Chairman Ken Tavares said the board needs to consult with the Police Department and the town’s Traffic Committee to ensure that whatever is done is done correctly. Select Board member Shelagh Joyce, who serves on the Roads Advisory Committee, said the group’s next meeting is Feb. 28 at the Cedarville Fire Station on State Road.

The board voted unanimously to expedite the process of having improvements made to this intersection.

Nordberg said the Police Department and Select Board and neighbor Rep. Mathew Muratore, R-Plymouth, have all been exemplary in their responses to his concerns. He said striping Lunn’s Way and potentially Raymond Road would help the situation.

“I would like to thank God our son Ethan will eventually recover,” Nordberg said. “We pray he is the last one who gets hit by a car in the Ponds of Plymouth. Next time another child may not be so lucky.”

 

Pinehills resident reports burglary from Florida after watching break-in via security system

PLYMOUTH – A Pinehills woman called police from Florida early Monday after seeing two people enter her local home on a security camera.

Officer responded to the home on Champlain Circle at 3:40 a.m. and found the front door forced open. Porcelain statues were reported missing. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the security system in an effort to identify the burglars.

 

Armed robbery at Plymouth gas station

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station on Samoset Street.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said a man in his late 20s robbed the attendant of the Citgo Station at knifepoint just before 8 p.m. Sunday. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a white man of medium build. He had facial hair and was wearing a light colored baseball hat and a black jacket and jeans. No injuries were reported. The robber fled north across Samoset Street.

 

Man found dead on downtown Plymouth sidewalk

Police are investigating the death of a man who was found unresponsive outside a downtown business early Tuesday.

The 49-year-old man was found on a sidewalk near 15 Main Street Ext. shortly after 6 a.m.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the man has lived in Boston and had family connections to Wareham. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found no evidence of drugs and no signs of trauma connected to the man’s death.

 

Carver man charged after aggravated assault in Plymouth

Police arrested a Carver man after an assault outside a downtown bar that sent a local man to the hospital.

James Foster, 32, of 6 Pine City Road, Carver, was arrested while driving home and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Foster is accused of hitting the 28-year-old local man in the back of the head with a blunt object in a Middle Street parking lot after the two argued in Main Street Sports Bar and Grill. The victim was taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for treatment of a deep gash to the back of his head.

Foster was identified by friends of the victim at the scene. He was stopped and arrested while driving home to Carver. Capt. Kevin Manuel said a broken cell phone found in the vehicle may have been used in the assault.

 

Plymouth man accused of importing drugs from Colombia via dark web

Police have accused a West Plymouth man of importing drugs from Colombia via the dark web.

Andrew King, 29, was arrested at a home at 133 Bettencourt Road Thursday afternoon after taking possession of a package containing 100 40 mg Oxycodone pills. The pills had been delivered from the area of Medellin, Colombia, via DHL and weighed 22.2 grams.

King was charged with one count each of trafficking Class A, Oxycodone, possession of a Class A controlled substance, subsequent offense, heroin, and possession of a Class B controlled substance, subsequent offense, Suboxone and Subutex.

King was arrested late Thursday following an investigation that began in February by Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team-South (CINRET). CINRET detectives were contacted by special agents assigned to Homeland Security Investigations regarding a series of packages being ordered and sent to a residential address in Plymouth.

District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced the arrest Friday, saying Customs and Border Protection officers had intercepted a package containing the Oxycodone pills sent from the area of Medellin, Colombia, to 133 Bettencourt Road. Further investigation identified a series of suspicious packages had been sent to that same Plymouth address since last August.

As a result, State Police sought and obtained a search warrant for the home. Thursday, troopers assigned to CINRET-South worked with detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, Plymouth Police Department, special agents assigned to Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection Officers to arrange a delivery of the package.

At approximately 3:40 pm, an undercover State Police trooper made delivery of the DHL package to 133 Bettencourt Road. The package was accepted by King, who carried the package into his residence before officers executed their search warrant, Cruz said in a statement.

A search of the residence yielded the DHL package containing 100 Oxycodone pills. State Police additionally seized quantities of heroin, Suboxone and Subutex, a digital scale, a laptop computer and cell phones. King was to be arraigned on the charges in Plymouth District Court Friday.

 

Plymouth Police Lt. Dana Flynn earns promotion

The new captain in the Police Department is a credit to the force.

Dana Flynn, the department’s first operations lieutenant and first accreditation manager, was promoted this week to administrative captain. As captain, Flynn will continue his work on earning accreditation for the department.

Flynn joined the department as a patrolman in 1997. He was promoted to sergeant 2001 and worked as a patrol supervisor for four years. He was promoted to lieutenant on New Year’s Day in 2005 and serviced as shift commander until 2015, when he was appointed operations lieutenant and accreditation manager. Through his work, the department has earned certification and expects to secure accreditation in June.

A lifelong Plymouth resident, Flynn is a married father of three. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

He has since earned a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College and a master’s degree in emergency management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Flynn fills a vacancy created by the retirement in December of Capt. John Rogers. Capt. Kevin Manuel serves as operations captain for the department.

In announcing the promotion Thursday, Chief Michael Botieri said Flynn will continue his work on getting the department accredited.

“Dana has done an excellent job for the department and the town,” Botieri said. “He’s been a lieutenant for over a dozen years. He headed up our accreditation program and he’s done a phenomenal job with that. He’s gotten the department to certification and we anticipate accreditation later this year, which is a great milestone for this town.”

“So we’re happy to announce he’s been promoted to the position of captain. At this point, he’ll be assigned the administrative captain and continue his duties as accreditation manager as well.”

January 2019

Fatal overdose in Plymouth

A 23–year-old local woman has died in what police say was the town’s second fatal drug overdose of the new year.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said a roommate found the woman dead in her bedroom of their Manomet home Monday morning. Manuel said the woman had been dead for some time. Police found heroin and drug paraphernalia in the room.

Earlier this month, a 27-year-old local man died of an apparent overdose after he was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a local restaurant. He was taken to the hospital, but efforts to revive him were not successful.

The man’s Jan. 9 death marked the town’s first fatal overdose of the year. Police reported 12 fatal overdoses in Plymouth in 2018.

 

Plymouth man accused of taking photos in Walmart restroom

Police have accused a local man of taking photographs of a person using a bathroom at Walmart.

Nicolas Taylor, 30, of 18 Montgomery Drive, was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of photographing sexual or intimate parts without consent.

Lt. Dana Flynn said Taylor is accused of taking pictures of a 19-year-old man who was using a bathroom at the store on Colony Place. The victim, a Walmart employee, told police Taylor was crawling on his hands and knees in a bathroom stall and used his cellphone to take pictures of him from beneath a divider between the stalls.

Flynn said police seized Taylor’s cellphone and have sent it to detectives for analysis. Taylor was also arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with making annoying telephone calls.

 

Kingston man charged with manufacturing illicit drug

KINGSTON – A Kingston man allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at his home on Ring Road was arrested Thursday, Jan. 17, along with a Bourne woman.

Kingston Police detectives, in coordination with Boston and Plymouth Police detectives and the Drug Enforcement Agency, executed a search warrant at 81 Ring Road, according to a press release from the Kingston Police.

Joseph Gardner, 35, of 81 Ring Road, and Stephanie Dubis, 41, of 9 Bayberry Road, Bourne, were arrested by Kingston detectives on charges of manufacturing a Class B substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Gardner and Dubis were arraigned in Plymouth District Court Thursday afternoon and ordered held on bail, according to Detective Mike Skowyra. The search warrant was executed at 8:30 a.m. as a result of an investigation, but he could not comment on the nature of the investigation. He said some methamphetamine was recovered but could not say how much.

The search warrant was the result of a multi-agency investigation into the suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine at the residence.

“During the execution of the search warrant, multiple pieces of evidence were recovered indicating the possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine. The materials used at illicit “meth labs” using a “one-pot cook method” are inherently dangerous and explosive in nature,” the press release states. “Therefore, a professionally trained clandestine lab team assigned to the DEA was utilized to execute the search warrant and render hazardous materials safe.”

The scene wasn’t cleared until around 4 p.m. due to the hazardous nature of the substance.

A Stephanie Dubis was also charged in a raid of an alleged meth lab at a home in North Plymouth in February 2017. At that time, an address for Dubis, then 39, was listed as Forest Avenue Court, Plymouth. She also faced manufacturing and conspiracy charges in that case.

Neighbor charged after car break-in at hospital in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Workers in a medical building near BID-Plymouth hospital called police after seeing a man breaking into a car in the hospital’s parking lot Wednesday. A description of the burglar led police to a suspect who lived just a few doors away.

Seth Robidoux, 27, of 293 Sandwich St., was charged after the 9 a.m. break-in with receiving stolen property worth more than $1,200 and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Robidoux was also arrested on a default warrant on a shoplifting charge.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said Robidoux was in possession of more than $1,200 in electronics and other belongings taken from a Boston man whose wife was having a baby at the hospital. Police were able to recover most of the victim’s belongings. Robidoux was also in possession of a quantity of heroin, Manuel said.

 

PLYMOUTH – Police are investigating a break-in at the Second Church of Plymouth.

Someone forced their way into a locked office at the church on State Road in Manomet while the building was open for group activities this week. The break-in was reported Thursday. Gift cards to local supermarkets were reported stolen.

 

Driver charged as repeat OUI offender in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Police charged a Pembroke man as a repeat drunken driving offender after a traffic stop in West Plymouth Tuesday night.

Christopher Firnrohr, 51, of 25 Reservoir Road, Apt. C9, Pembroke, was charged after the 8:40 p.m. stop with negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol as a third offense, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and two counts each of possession of a Class B substance and possession of a Class E substance.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said another driver alerted police that Firnrohr was driving erratically on Federal Furnace Road. Police determined Firnrohr was under the influence of alcohol after stopping him on Samoset Street.

Police found an open container of Twisted Tea in Firnrohr’s vehicle. Police also found numerous pills, including Xanax, Adderall and steroids in Firnrohr’s possession.

 

Fraud alert after three scams reported in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Police warned residents to be wary of requests for money and personal information after three scams were reported this week.

On Monday, a downtown resident reported that he gave a caller personal information after being told his bills needed updating. Also on Monday, a North Plymouth resident reported losing $600 while trying to purchase a pit bull dog online.

On Tuesday, a grandfather from West Plymouth reported losing $2,000 after getting a bogus call about his grandson. The caller claimed to be the grandson’s lawyer and said he needed $2,000 in gift cards to help the grandson with a drunken driving charge.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the grandfather purchased $2,000 worth of gift cards at Walmart and gave the payment codes to the caller over the telephone before realizing he’d been scammed. Manuel warned residents not to provide callers with personal information or pay for services with gift cards.

 

Three charged with bb gun vandalism spree in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Surveillance video helped police unravel a drive-by vandalism spree in downtown Plymouth Saturday.

Lt. Dana Flynn said video from a downtown business led officers to charge three teens with shooting bbs at cars and windows from a passing vehicle.

The teens – an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old from Plymouth and a 17-year-old from Braintree – were charged with vandalizing property, discharging a bb gun or air rifle on a public way and three counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

Flynn said the three teens are accused of damaging two cars on Court Street, another car on Alden Street and the picture windows of the smoke shop on Samoset Street.

Employees of the smoke shop provided the crucial link to the investigation. The workers checked the store’s surveillance cameras after they kept hearing something hit the shop’s windows Saturday afternoon. They noticed that the noise coincided with a vehicle driving by slowly with the passenger window down.

Police had already received a complaint Saturday morning from a resident in the 100 block of Court Street that two vehicles had been damaged by bb shots. Police were on their way to investigate another incident on Alden Street Saturday evening when they spotted the vehicle identified by the smoke shop employees at a residence on that street.

Officers found bb pellets and cartridges for an air gun in the vehicle. Their investigation determined that all three teens had been driving around in the vehicle earlier in the day.

Wareham man found bleeding in downtown Plymouth

 

A private property dispute is turning ugly in North Plymouth

The dispute centers on renovations underway at B & B Auto on Court Street.

Police were called to the auto shop on Thursday and Friday.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the disturbances centered on a project to renovate on the south side of the building, which had been obscured for years by Stein’s furniture store. Local builder Gus Diodato bought and demolished the store last year, exposing the auto shop’s long-hidden south side.

Manuel said police responded to a disturbance Thursday afternoon and a parking complaint Friday morning. Manuel said both incidents were deemed a civil matter and will be resolved in civil court if necessary.

Meanwhile, red, white and blue plywood panels have gone up in front of the fence surrounding the vacant site of the former furniture store. The white center panel has the words TRUMP DIODATO with dollar signs on either side painted in red. At the top of the panel is a carved sign that states WELCOME TO THE GATES OF HELL.

Workers at the site referred questions to Diodato. Workers at the auto shop referred questions to owner Kevin Connolly. Neither was available for comment Friday afternoon.

 

December  2018

Plymouth Police Capt. John Rogers to retire by end of year

The longtime voice of the Plymouth Police Department is going quietly.

Capt. John Rogers will retire next week after more than 33 years on the force. As operations captain for the department since December 2008, Rogers has been second in command and on call around the clock for emergency operations for the last 10 years. He announced his retirement plans Thursday.

Rogers will be 59 when he leaves Dec. 28. He said he wants to spend more time with his family, but is also looking at other opportunities to pursue in the law enforcement field in retirement. An instructor for the Plymouth Police Academy since 1997, he will continue his teaching duties after leaving the department. He currently serves on the Municipal Police Training Committee’s State Patrol Procedures Advisory Committee.

The retirement comes at the end of a difficult year that saw Rogers accused of assaulting a fellow officer.

He spent three months on paid leave while the case was investigated and heard in court. A magistrate and later a judge cleared Rogers of any wrongdoing, but he still faces a harassment complaint stemming from the incident. “As troubling as that was, I was always confident in the outcome because I knew I did nothing wrong,” he said.

Rogers joined the local police department in May 1985. He transferred from the Rockland police force as a seasonal intermittent officer and was assigned to patrols on the waterfront and the beach. Rogers was hired as a full-time officer that September and completed the police academy in 1986.

Rogers served nearly a decade as a patrolman and earned a commendation in 1989 for wading into the ocean off Nelson Beach to rescue a woman who drove into the water.

By the mid-1990s, Rogers was assigned to the detective bureau and was selected to work on the cold case investigation of the murder of Ruth Masters, a school teacher who was brutally killed in Myles Standish state forest in 1977.

Rogers was a senior in high school when Masters was murdered. He worked on the case with State Police investigators, and was back on the street, after a promotion to sergeant, when a grand jury finally indicted suspect Eric Anderson.

Rogers said it was especially gratifying to win a conviction against Anderson because the victim’s spouse was rumored to have committed the crime. “Justice was found for the Masters family,” he said.

Rogers won promotion to lieutenant and went on to supervise the detective division. He was promoted to captain in 2008. At the same time, then-Capt. Michael Botieri was named chief and Lt. Bruce McNamee became administrative captain.

Rogers said it was a privilege to work with Botieri and he is proud to have been a part of initiatives that created specialty units such as the department’s mounted, marine, street crimes, K-9, bicycle and motorcycle squads.

Botieri said he will miss working with Rogers, saying his retirement is a loss to the department. “They say when you’re ready to go you know it, and he’s just ready,” Botieri said. “He has a lot of institutional knowledge. He’s been working with me for 10 years. It’s a great loss.”

Botieri noted the work of Rogers and McNamee in transforming the force into a full service department over the last decade. In addition to the specialty units, the department is up to date on training and equipment, he said.

Botieri said he will begin filling positions in the new year, but it may take up to three months to backfill all the new openings once promotions start. McNamee left the department last spring to take the job of chief in Edgartown. His position was filled by Capt. Kevin Manuel.

Rogers said the new hires will face different challenges from the ones he encountered joining the department in the mid 1980s.

“Policing is a lot more difficult by the day. There are a lot of mental health issues out there and a lot more violence out there. Some people don’t trust the police, and, because of that, we have to go out and rehabilitate relationships with the public,” Rogers said. “But then there are many people who see a uniform and say thank you for your service. It’s unprecedented, but it’s become a more and more difficult job.”

Rogers noted how it used to be a rare day when an officer used resuscitation training to save a life. With the number of drug overdoses from the opioid crisis, officers now routinely bring people back from the dead.

“Despite the fact that it’s more difficult, I think it’s the most honorable job in the world, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” Rogers said.

 

Tree lighting, road race traffic restrictions:  Friday night’s holiday activities

Police have announced several traffic restrictions and street closures for Friday evening’s annual Christmas tree lighting in Town Square and Winter Lights 5K Road Race through downtown.

The race starts after the tree lighting at approximately 6 p.m. Runners will step off on Court Street at South Russell Street and proceed north to Nelson Street, east to Water Street, south to Union Street, through Stephen’s Field, then return to the finish at Shirley Square via Sandwich Street, Main Street Extension and Main Street.

The following street closures will be in effect from 4 to 9 p.m. for the tree lighting and road race.

Court Street, Main Street and Main Street Extension will be closed to all traffic from Brewster to Water streets.

Market Street will be closed at Summer Street to all traffic to Town Square.

Leyden Street will be closed to westbound traffic at Water Street.

South Russell Street will be closed at Town Hall.

In addition, temporary traffic restrictions will be in place for the Winter Lights 5K Road Race.

Southbound traffic on Court Street will be diverted west on Olmstead Terrace until the last runner enters Nelson Street.

There will be no through traffic from Allerton Street at Clyfton and Vernon streets and from Water Street at Brewster and Chilton streets and no southbound traffic on Court Street from Samoset Street until the last runner passes Samoset Street.

 

November 2018

 

 

Plymouth Police moving entrance to headquarters

PLYMOUTH – How bad has traffic gotten along Long Pond Road?

Even police are rethinking how do get in and out of the office.

The Police Department is closing the main entrance to police headquarters at 20 Long Pond Road in the coming weeks and will divert all traffic to the station’s parking lot through the old entrance to the town’s transfer station out back.

Chief Michael Botieri said the move will take place in the next few weeks but has been years in the making. “It’s been dangerous for a long time,” Boteri said in announcing the move this week.

When the station opened at the Exit 5 in the mid 1990s, much of the development in the area did not exist. There was the police station and the Memorial Press Group’s old newspaper offices opposite one another at the end of Exit 5, and then the Brigantine Square shops and some other small businesses heading south to Camelot Industrial Park and Plymouth Community Intermediate School.

The county jail opened soon after police arrived and two major shopping plazas, one at Home Depot Drive, and another at Shop at 5 Way, opened in the area since then. The transfer station has closed, but plans for a mammoth housing complex are now in the works for land off Home Depot Drive.

Of more pressing concern, perhaps, is the opening of a new truck stop right next to the police station. Alltown gas and convenience is set to open at 22 Long Pond Road any day and will include fueling services for tractor trailers.
All traffic out of the truck stop onto Long Pond Road will be required to make a right turn past the entrance to the police station. “People won’t be able to see and it will be unsafe to stop and turn,” Botieri said.

Under the new traffic plan, visitors will reach the station by proceeding to the lights at Home Depot Drive and turning south toward the Plymouth County Correctional Center at 26 Long Pond Road. They will then turn left along the access road to the former transfer station and then left again into the police station from the rear. Visitors will want to make sure they don’t go too far down the old transfer station access road: The end past the police station is off limits to all but authorized personnel.

The current entrance will be closed off with barriers and the driveway eventually will be converted to a grass-lined sidewalk. The dimensions of the parking lot will not change. New blue signs have been erected to guide visitors in and out of the station.

There is no word on whether the department will have to change its address as a result or what that address might even be. While many people use the road opposite Home Depot Drive as a short cut to Shops at 5 Way, the road is simply the driveway to the sheriff’s department and the county jail.

 

Manomet man accused of neighborhood break-in

PLYMOUTH – Police accused a Manomet man of breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing while the victims slept.

The break-in unraveled on Kathleen Drive shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, Capt. Kevin Manuel said, when the homeowners heard someone downstairs and found the man trying to steal their vehicle. After a confrontation in the driveway, the burglar ran away, but a K-9 team tracked him to a nearby home on Penny Lane, where he was living in the basement of his parents’ house.

Police found items belonging to the victims outside the suspect’s house, indicating that the man had taken things from the house and then gone back for more, all while the victims slept. The victim identified the suspect as the man he confronted in his driveway.

Police charged Michael Feinstein, 31, of 11 Penny Lane, with unarmed burglary, larceny from a building, breaking and entering a vehicle at night for a felony, possession of a Class B substance as a subsequent offense and attempted larceny of a motor vehicle. Manuel said Feinstein was in possession of buprenorphine, a generic form of suboxone, when arrested.

 

Plymouth man charged with trafficking cocaine

PLYMOUTH – A month-long investigation led to the search of a South Plymouth home and the arrest of a local man Friday on a drug trafficking charge.

Police said John Morini, 23, of 331 Long Pond Road, was arrested after the 3:26 p.m. search on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) and possession of a Class E substance (buspirone).

Capt. Kevin Manuel said police found a packet of cocaine with an estimated street value of $5,000, marijuana with an estimated street value of $1,000 and $15,804 in cash during the search of Morini’s home.

 

Plymouth teen nabbed stealing necklace at jewelry store

PLYMOUTH – Police didn’t have much trouble identifying a suspect in the theft of a necklace from a local jewelry store Friday.

The young man seen taking the necklace on surveillance video had earlier given the store clerk his license to apply for a credit card. The 18-year-old South Plymouth resident was later arrested on a charge of larceny of more than $1,200.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the theft occurred at Kay Jewelers shortly before noon and the necklace belonged to a woman who took it to the jeweler to have the clasp repaired. The teen was seen taking the necklace after the woman placed it on a counter and left it unattended while shopping.

The teen was arrested several hours later at Nelson Park. Manuel said police recovered the necklace and will return it to the owner.

 

Mom accused of driving drunk with child, fleeing crash in downtown Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Police said a New Bedford woman was drunk and driving with her daughter when she fled a downtown crash Monday evening.

Jacqueline Bolduc, 36, of 121 Rodney St., Apt. 2, New Bedford, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol as a second offense, negligent driving, leaving the scene of property damage, leaving the scene of personal injury, child endangerment while driving under the influence , resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Capt. John Rogers said Bolduc had her 8-year-old child in her van when she sideswiped another vehicle on North Park Avenue at 6:42 p.m. Rogers said Bolduc exhibited symptoms of intoxication when officers stopped her as she drove south on State Road.

Rogers said Bolduc had a prior drunken driving case in 2014. A person in the other vehicle suffered a minor injury in the crash. Bolduc was not injured. Her daughter was taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

 

Police seek driver after hit-and-run crashes in West Plymouth and Carver

PLYMOUTH – Police are looking for the driver involved in separate crashes Friday night in West Plymouth and Carver.

Capt. John Rogers said a vehicle registered to a Carver resident rear-ended another car at Federal Furnace and South Meadow roads at 7:31 p.m. The driver did not stop and fled toward Carver after the crash.

Police later found the vehicle crashed into a utility pole just over the town line in Carver. Again, the driver fled. Efforts to track the driver Friday night using a K-9 team were unsuccessful.

 

Woman accused of driving drunk in Plymouth with girl, 8, in car

PLYMOUTH — Bail has been set at $5,000 for a New Bedford woman who police say was driving drunk with an 8-year-old girl in the car when she was pulled over after a hit-and-run crash in Plymouth on Monday.

Jacqueline Bolduc, 36, was arraigned in Plymouth County District Court on Tuesday on charges of second-offense drunken driving, negligent driving, leaving the scene of a crash causing property damage and personal injury, endangering a child while drunken driving, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She is due back in court Dec. 12.

Plymouth police Capt. John Rogers said the girl was in Bolduc’s van when she sideswiped another vehicle on North Park Avenue just before 7 p.m. Monday. Rogers said Bolduc was showing signs of intoxication when she was pulled over on State Road.

A person in the other vehicle suffered a minor injury in the crash. Bolduc was not injured. Her daughter was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth Hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

Rogers said Bolduc had a prior drunken driving case in 2014.

 

White Horse Beach Party Brings Charges

Twelve teens will face charges in connection with a party at a White Horse Beach cottage last weekend.

Police said each of the 12 will be charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. One of the teens will face additional charges of malicious destruction of property and breaking and entering.

Police found the teens in a vacant summer cottage on Avenue C after responding to a break-in complaint at 1:27 a.m. Saturday. The teens ranged in age from 17 to 19 and including males and females from Plymouth and other towns.

Police said the teens were drinking alcohol when police arrived. They did not break any windows or doors to gain entry, but one teen is accused of breaking in and breaking a television set. They will be summoned to court to face the charges.

 

Vehicle found submerged behind Town Brook dam in Plymouth removed, identified

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the car was a 1979 Pontiac Sunfire. The compact car had no plates and its vehicle identification number had rusted off. Manuel said the car was full of silt, but nothing else after it was removed from the brook this week. Police believe the vehicle may have been stolen and abandoned behind the dam.

 

Plymouth man charged with threatening animal cruelty

Police charged a Manomet man with threatening to commit animal cruelty after a disturbance between dog walkers Tuesday.

The 26-year-old man was charged with threatening animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing after the mid-morning disturbance on Boutemain Avenue.

A woman told police she was walking her dog when the man told her the pit bull mix that he was watching for a friend could eat her dog. The woman went home and called police, prompting officers to respond and speak with the man.

A short time later, the man allegedly went to the woman’s house and banged on her door, saying his dog was going to eat her dog. Manuel said the man created disturbance when officers returned and struggled when they arrested him.

 

October 2018

Manomet man charged with third drunken driving offense

Police arrested a Manomet man as a repeat drunken driving offender Thursday after investigating a complaint about an erratic driver on State Road.

David Wayne, 35, of 23 Colony Beach Boulevard, was arrested in his driveway after the 3:18 p.m. complaint on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a third offense, negligent driving and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Capt. John Rogers said a caller following Wayne reported he nearly hit a guardrail and rocks as they traveled over the Pine Hills, crossed the double yellow line near the Moose Lodge and then came to a complete stop in the road near St. Bonaventure Church.

Rogers said Wayne exhibited symptoms of intoxication when officers caught up with him in his driveway. Wayne was outside of the vehicle at the time. Police found a partially full can of beer in the console of the car.

Rogers said Wayne had prior drunken driving cases in 2003 and 2007.

 

Police investigating break-ins in South Plymouth

Three burglaries were reported Friday afternoon on Bourne Road. Two of the break-ins occurred in the 500 block of the street. The other occurred in the 200 block.

A resident of the 200 block reported finding a rear window broken and the house ransacked after returning home at 3:49 p.m. Two jewelry boxes containing an assortment of jewelry, including a diamond wedding ring, were reported missing. A jar of change was also stolen.

A resident of the 500 block found the rear basement door smashed in after returning home at 6:41 p.m. Silver coins, jewelry and homegrown marijuana were reported stolen. The other burglary in the 500 block was reported at 2:31 p.m. Details of that break-in were not immediately available.

 

Manomet woman charged with third OUI after weekend crash

Susan Donovan, 58, of 20 Kathleen Drive, was arrested after the 8:10 p.m. crash on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a third offense and negligent driving.

Capt. John Rogers said Donovan’s Chevrolet Impala hit a Subaru Forester as she turned south from Beaver Dam Road onto State Road. Rogers said Donovan crossed the double yellow line of the road while making the turn and exhibited symptoms of intoxication while talking to police after the crash. She had prior drunken driving cases in 1990 and 2009, Rogers said.

 

Should Plymouth teachers in local schools be armed?

PLYMOUTH – Should teachers in local schools be armed?

The Plymouth School Committee doesn’t think so.

The board is normally quiet on the issue of school safety, preferring to address security issues behind closed doors. But in a meeting Monday, the Committee voted to support a non-binding resolution that would reject arming teachers.

The resolution, recommended by Supt. Gary Maestas and endorsed by local Police Chief Michael Botieri, passed unanimously, without comment or discussion.

The resolution is one of nine matters of public policy that the Massachusetts Association of School Committees will consider at its annual meeting next month. The approved resolutions will form MASC’s platform in consulting with legislators in the coming year.

As a member board, the local School Committee has a vote on each resolution. Though non-binding, the resolution offered the local board’s first opportunity to act or speak on the issue.

The resolution, proposed over the summer, was offered in response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion to arm teachers and other school staff members after mass shootings earlier this year in Florida and Texas. The MASC resolution notes the support for safe schools, but says the safest environment would be to provide additional mental health resources and violence prevention programs in schools.

 

Botieri said Tuesday that he and most police chiefs throughout the state would not recommend arming school staff.

“That would just confuse and make things more difficult for us to respond if different people were armed throughout the building. It would definitely lend toward confusion,” Botieri said. “We’ve been working toward making the response to schools much safer by following different protocols and lockdown procedures. If you added in the mix that specific teachers would be armed I think that would be a major step backward for us.”

School Committee member Kim Hunt is the board’s current delegate to MASC and was a member of the Resolutions Committee that proposed the resolution.

Hunt acknowledged that the school board generally prefers to address security issues quietly. “It’s great to inform the public, but you also don’t want to inform the bad guys,” she said.

But Hunt said the board’s silence on the resolution Monday was more a matter of consensus than concerns about discussing security in public.

“I just think it is so unnecessary. We have enough safety measures in place and we have good relations with police officers. Our police chief is against it as well, which I think says a lot,” she said, noting that police have assigned four armed police officers as school resources officers in local schools.

“I am not against guns personally and I’m not looking to take anyone’s rights away; I just don’t’ think that school is the place for it. The teachers aren’t paid enough and they’re not trained enough,” Hunt said. “I think it would make it less safe to have guns in our schools.”

As delegate to MASC, Hunt will vote for the local board in favor of the resolution against arming teachers and other school staff when the state association meets in November in Hyannis.

 

Worker Critically Injured by Electric Shock

PLYMOUTH – A construction worker from Sandwich was critically injured Wednesday while working at a home on the downtown waterfront.

Police said the 32-year-old man was working on a house at Water Street and Caswell Lane when he suffered an electrical shock at 3:44 p.m.

Capt. John Rogers said the man was working on staging when he either got too close to or came in contact with the primary power line feeding the property. Rogers said the man was critically injured and unconscious when he taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for treatment.

The worker was later moved to another hospital, Rogers said, but his condition was not known Thursday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

 

Student caught selling liquid weed at Plymouth North

PLYMOUTH – Police have accused a student of selling a liquid form of marijuana at Plymouth North High School.

Capt. John Rogers said a school administrator caught the 16-year-old boy selling THC ampoules used for vaping in a second floor bathroom at the school Friday morning. A search of the student’s car revealed 12 grams of the product and a pellet gun.

Police arrested the boy on charges of possession of a pellet gun by a minor, possession of marijuana by a person younger than 21 and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

Plymouth Town Meeting approves new police officers, firefighters

PLYMOUTH – The town manager’s words were used at Town Meeting Saturday to argue against approval of increases in personnel for the Police and Fire departments. Both articles 2a1 and 2a2 passed by large margins.

Precinct 15 Town Meeting Rep. Richard Caproni began the debate saying that he regretted having to argue against increases in safety personnel.

“The first thing I want to say is that the town of Plymouth is blessed with a professional and responsive group of first responders. Thank you for your efforts,” Caproni said. “The last thing I wanted to do this morning was speak against hiring these additional officers for police and fire, but we are being asked not to approve $60,000 or $400,000, but you are being asked to approve millions and millions of dollars spent over the career span of these additional employees.”

“Do we have the money?” Caproni said. “The town manager has suggested we need to be frugal. Should we be adding this when we have serious fiscal challenges? My opinion is that Plymouth is a very safe place to live. Nine additional officers will not make us safer. The response time at the Fire Department is more than satisfactory; additional personnel are not needed.”

Other speakers used the same theme.

“We all agree we want to be safe and provide our constituents every safety available,” Town Meeting Rep. Wrestling Brewster said, echoing Caproni’s tone, adding as well that the town was looking at tough times ahead.

The town manager’s concerns, raised weeks before during a discussion of the rising costs of health care for town employees, also included her hope that her words would be used to justify cuts or excess fiscal conservatism.

On Saturday, however, Arrighi took the unusual step of speaking out during the debate to ask Town Meeting to support those articles.

Other speakers noted the pace of residential construction in town and the corresponding need for services.

The Police Department’s nine new officers, it was suggested, would have a positive effect on overtime costs. The Fire Department’s 12 new hires would come from a federal program that, in the first few years, would feature dramatic levels of reimbursement. Eventually, though, the costs will be borne entirely by the town.

It was the first test of the outlook of Town Meeting. The votes were not close.

Article 2a1, nine new officers in the Police Department, passed 96-24, an 80 percent approval rate. The approval of this article would have an impact on the fiscal year 2019 budget (which began July 1 this year) of $118,226, representing the hiring of junior officers in the last three months. In the fiscal 2020 budget salaries and benefits for these officers would total $546,274, with a onetime added cost for equipment of $76,580.

The Fire Department article, 2a2, passed by a slightly smaller margin, 92-30. Under the federal SAFER grant, 75 percent of the cost of salaries for the 12 new firefighters will be paid for by the grant in the first two years, dropping to 35 percent in year three.

Over the course of the grant the town will receive just over $2 million.

 

Manomet Man Repeat Drunken Driving Arrest

PLYMOUTH – Police arrested a Manomet man as a repeat drunken driving offender Thursday after investigating a complaint about an erratic driver on State Road.

David Wayne, 35, of 23 Colony Beach Boulevard, was arrested in his driveway after the 3:18 p.m. complaint on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a third offense, negligent driving and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Capt. John Rogers said a caller following Wayne reported he nearly hit a guardrail and rocks as they traveled over the Pine Hills, crossed the double yellow line near the Moose Lodge and then came to a complete stop in the road near St. Bonaventure Church.

Rogers said Wayne exhibited symptoms of intoxication when officers caught up with him in his driveway. Wayne was outside of the vehicle at the time. Police found a partially full can of beer in the console of the car.

Rogers said Wayne had prior drunken driving cases in 2003 and 2007.

Kevin Manuel promoted to captain in Plymouth Police Department

Local police have tapped a veteran lieutenant to fill the role of the department’s administrative captain.

Lt. Kevin Manuel, who joined the force in 2000 as a patrolman, was promoted to captain by Chief Michael Botieri on Monday. A former shift commander for the department, Manuel succeeds former Capt. Bruce McNamee, who resigned earlier this year to take a post as police chief in Edgartown.

A Marine Corps veteran with bachelor and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Curry College, Manuel was assigned as a mountain bike officer in 2009. In 2011, he was trained and certified as a motorcycle officer and was assigned to the MetroLEC regional police force. The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council is a consortium of several law enforcement agencies that provides specialist services to the region.

Manuel was promoted to sergeant in 2014 and assigned to the patrol division as a patrol supervisor. Manuel was promoted to lieutenant in 2016 and assigned as a shift commander, responsible for supervision of all officers assigned to the shift.

Botieri said Manuel has always been a competent and valuable member of the department and has always performed his duties in a professional manner.

Manuel’s promotion triggered two other promotions in the department, Botieri said.

Sgt. Ray Reid, records supervisor, will be promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the patrol division as a shift commander. Officer John Bonasera will be promoted to sergeant.

 

A Plymouth town employee was injured while trying to fix a downtown water main break.

Police said the 60-year-old man, an employee of the town’s water department, was hit in the head by the bucket of a backhoe while working on Main Street Extension at 7:13 p.m. The worker was knocked unconscious, but was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Workers were trying to fix a water main break that occurred while Riley Brothers, a subcontractor for Eversource, replaced a gas main on the street, police said. The water main break cut water service to a portion of downtown for several hours. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated.

 

Plymouth County Outreach to receive Federal Grant

PLYMOUTH — The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County announced that Plymouth County Outreach has been awarded a federal grant that will significantly improve the services provided by the group in the coming years.

PCO will receive the $496,650 grant as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Program through the U.S. Department of Justice. The award is among the first major federal funding grants to go toward substance use disorder treatment and recovery legislation, with the aim of addressing the ongoing opioid epidemic.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have been selected by the DOJ for the CARA grant and these funds will hopefully go a long way toward helping our Plymouth County residents who have been impacted by the opioid crisis and their families,” East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said.

The funds, which will be dispersed over the next two years, will allow PCO to hire two full-time staff members: a project coordinator and an operations supervisor. Those positions will allow PCO to offer better resources to individuals who are in need of treatment in a more streamlined and effective fashion.

“We will be looking to hire two full-time staff members who are dedicated to working with Plymouth County residents each and every day and can represent Plymouth County Outreach in all of our communities,” Middleborough Police Chief Joseph Perkins said.

In addition, the money will allow PCO to improve their Critical Incident Management System database, which tracks the number of overdoses in the region and allows for research and detailed analysis of the data collected to be studied by PCO’s treatment and healthcare partners.

“In receiving this grant from the federal government this shows, I believe, that our program and approach is on the forefront of combining the efforts of law enforcement, healthcare providers and treatment professionals in providing care to those opioid users in our communities who are in need,” Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri said.

In addition to Plymouth County Outreach, 11 other Massachusetts programs will receive a total of $8.4 million in grant funding:

Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office awarded $541,300

  • Middlesex District Attorney’s Office awarded one grant of $360,000 and one of $500,000
  • Boston Police Department awarded $305,362
  • City of Holyoke Police Department awarded $448,025
  • Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court awarded $1.5 million
  • Advocates for Human Potential awarded $1.55 million
  • City of Worcester awarded $744,668

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Office awarded $1 million

  • LUK Crisis Center awarded $500,000

 

“In 2017, over 2,000 Massachusetts residents died from drug overdoses,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “The opioid crisis is an unprecedented public health crisis in the United States, but we are committed to the President’s plan to end the epidemic through prevention, treatment and enforcement. With over $8 million in federal grant funding, programs in Massachusetts can expand to serve larger populations, increase services, and support those who are most impacted by this deadly epidemic. I applaud the grant recipients for their commitment to serve their communities in this way.”

Plymouth County Outreach is an opioid prevention and recovery coalition made up of 27 municipal police departments in Plymouth County, along with the Bridgewater State University Police. The chiefs have partnered with the offices of aistrict attorney Timothy Cruz and Sheriff Joseph McDonald to take a multi-jurisdictional approach to dealing with the opioid epidemic.

“The work being done by our partners in law enforcement and the treatment and healthcare industries is vital to combating this deadly epidemic. In Plymouth County and everywhere else, one overdose death is one too many,” Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney said.

Next week, PCO will be honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and will be receiving the Leadership in Community Policing Award on Oct. 9 in Orlando, Florida.

 

Middleborough man facing drugged driving charge after West Plymouth crash

A Middleborough man will face a drugged driving charge after a one-car crash Monday evening in West Plymouth.

Capt. John Rogers said the 25-year-old driver was impaired when he strayed across traffic and crashed near 91 Carver Road just after 6:30 p.m. Rogers said police found evidence of heroin use in the vehicle. The driver was taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for treatment. He will be charged with driving under the influence of drugs and driving to endanger.

 

Police accused a Kingston man of nearly running over a school resource officer and three school employees after being roused in a vehicle at Plymouth North High School Tuesday.

Tyler Burton, 30, of 17 Bradford Ave., Kingston, was later arrested in a nearby neighborhood on drug and assault charges.

Capt. John Rogers said the school resource officer and three staff members went out to check on Burton after he was seen unresponsive in a vehicle parked by the football field just before 1 p.m. Rogers said Burton woke up and drove off, nearly hitting all four people.

Police later stopped Burton on Bay View Avenue and found he was in possession of a small bag of heroin. Rogers said Burton had no connection whatsoever with the school and appears to have ingested heroin a short time before the incident.

Burton was charged with negligent driving, failure to stop for police, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle).

 

Woman’s ashes found near Plymouth waterfront

Police are trying to track down the family of a woman whose cremated remains were found Friday in a waterfront parking lot.

Capt. John Rogers said the remains were in a box that was discovered in the rear of a parking lot at 112 Water St. early Friday afternoon. A label indicated that the box contained a woman’s cremated remains and identified her next of kin in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Rogers said police were unable to locate any relatives in Punt Gorda so the remains remain in Plymouth at police headquarters.

 

September 2018

 

Plymouth County Outreach to Continue Participation in AmeriCorps Program

Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri and the other 27 Plymouth County police chiefs have announced that Plymouth County Outreach is going to be participating for a second year in the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative AmeriCorps program, and will be adding a second outreach coordinator position.

PAARI received a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the groundbreaking program. Through AmeriCorps, 25 members were placed at host police departments across eastern Massachusetts to assist with local police-led addiction and recovery programs like PCO.

In the upcoming year, PCO will be continue its partnership with Outreach Coordinator Vicky Butler and Recovery Coaches Kurt Gerold and Sloane Ferenz. The three were recognized earlier this month by PAARI at the Arlington Police Department’s first AmeriCorps graduation ceremony.

“It was great seeing Vicky, Kurt and Sloane be recognized during the graduation ceremony,” Chief Botieri said. “They have done such great work for PCO and I am glad that they will be continuing their important work throughout the next year.”

During her time with PCO, Butler has served at the East Bridgewater Police Department and Plymouth Police Department, supporting the program’s initiatives throughout Plymouth County.

Gerold is based in Hull and Hingham and supports outreach visits throughout PCO’s north region. Ferenz is based in Plymouth, where she supports the outreach efforts in the south region.

The second year of PCO’s participation in the PAARI AmeriCorps program will begin in October.

The 2018-19 PAARI AmeriCorps Program begins on Oct. 1 and has open positions for recovery coaches and capacity building fellows. PAARI is accepting applications on a rolling basis for part-time and full-time positions at several police departments across eastern Massachusetts. More information can be found by clicking here.

Interested applicants can find more information and application instructions at https://paariusa.org/americorps.

 

Carver man accused of drug trafficking in Plymouth

A months-long investigation into heroin distribution in town has resulted in the arrest of a Carver man on trafficking charges.

Police said Jason Parker, 44, of 17 Walker Road, Carver, was charged with trafficking heroin and fentanyl, possession of cocaine and illegal possession of ammunition after a search of his home Friday afternoon.

Capt. John Rogers said Parker is accused of delivering drugs to customers throughout Plymouth.

Police seized quantities of black tar and white heroin, suboxone strips, cutting agents, scales, $1,300 in cash as well as ammunition during a search by narcotics detectives from the Plymouth and Carver police departments. Police also seized two vehicles from Parker’s home.

A 48-year-old Plymouth man who was at Parker’s home was charged with simple possession of a Class A substance, Rogers said.

 

Plymouth police sporting pink patch for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During October, uniformed personnel are allowed to replace their standard shoulder patch with the Plymouth Police Pink Patch as a reminder of the department’s commitment toward raising awareness among those it serves.

The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative public awareness campaign in partnership with more than 150 public safety agencies nationwide. Each collaborating agency in the campaign has partnered with a cancer research organization or support group in their community.

Plymouth police have partnered with the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association’s Breast Cancer Support program.

Pink Plymouth Police patches can be purchased for $10 at the Plymouth Police Department, 20 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA, 02360 with checks and money orders only payable to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association. They can also be purchased online at www.plymouthpolice.com

All proceeds will go directly to the NVNA’s Breast Cancer Support Program to provide services to families from Plymouth and throughout the South Shore.

 

Plymouth County opioid prevention and recovery coalition will receive a national award next month.

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Police chiefs from around the country believe law enforcement agencies in Plymouth County are on the front lines of combating opioid use.

Plymouth County Outreach, an opioid prevention and recovery coalition, will be recognized next month by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with a leadership in community policing award.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized for our collaborative efforts in helping to bring awareness and resources to those suffering from substance use disorders in our region,” said East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen.

Allen, along with Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, who are both national law enforcement council members with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, are the co-chairmen for the Plymouth County Drug Task Force. The task force, which brings law enforcement, doctors, educators, clergy and substance use experts together, is led by District Attorney Timothy Cruz and Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

“Our nearly 500,000 residents know that wherever they are in Plymouth County, they will find a team of compassionate and caring law enforcement officers, healthcare and recovery specialists and community leaders who are looking to offer assistance and support to those struggling with opioid use, as well as their family members and loved ones,” Allen said.

Plymouth County Outreach was created to respond to the increasing number of opiate overdoses by conducting followup visits between 12 and 24 hours after an overdose. After a person overdoses in one of the 27 participating communities, a Project Outreach team of plainclothes officers, a licensed clinician and a recovery coach conduct an in-home visit to provide resources and support to those struggling with a substance use disorder, as well as their family members. The team can also help get people into treatment.

The coalition also holds drop-in centers at various sites across the county each week. Health care providers who help with treatment options and train and distribute the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, also known as Narcan, are at the drop-in events.

“The fact that all of these professional partners from such a large variety of agencies and levels of care are engaging in this healthcare model truly shows that PCO is a community solution to a community problem,” Botieri said.

Chiefs Allen and Botieri have also been invited to present at national conferences in Bedford, Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio.

The community policing award will be presented during the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual conference and exposition in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 9.

 

9-11 Remembered in Plymouth

 

Chief Botieri & Lt. FLynn 9-11

Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, right, and Police Lt. Dana Flynn
salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony in North Plymouth on Sept. 11, 2018.

 

Manomet Woman Charged with Drunken Driving

PLYMOUTH – Police charged a Manomet woman with drunken driving Monday after a one-car crash on State Road.

Charlene Broderick, 60, of 14 Crescent St., was charged with negligent driving, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol after the 3:46 p.m. crash.

Witnesses told police Broderick was driving erratically before she crashed head-on into a tree in front of 1001 State Road. Broderick was trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle after it rolled. Firefighters extracted her and helped paramedics take her to the hospital for treatment.

Police found open and unopened nips of alcohol in the vehicle. She was charged with drunken driving based on officers’ observations at the hospital.

 

Students Shop Wit A Cop

 

PLYMOUTH – Local school resource officers became fashion consultants last week as the Plymouth Police Department celebrated its fourth annual Shop with a Cop Day for deserving students.

A dozen lucky students, three from each of the town’s middle and high schools, spent Friday morning and afternoon on a back-to-school shopping spree at Old Navy and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Plymouth Police Relief Association once again sponsored the event, which gave students gift cards to shop at Old Navy and Dick’s. The stores provided their own steep discounts, enabling each student to take home hundreds of dollars worth of back-to-school necessities.

Hats proved the most popular item on many students’ shopping lists, but shirts, shorts, sweats, sneakers and sandals were all part of the spree.

Police Chief Michael Botieri started the now annual back-to-school tradition three years ago, asking school officials to select deserving students for the treat.

Botieri said the shopping spree provided the district’s four school resource officers with a wonderful opportunity to make connections with students they will be seeing in school starting next week.

In addition to the shopping spree, Eastern Bank and Walmart teamed up to provide each student with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Plymouth House of Pizza and BJ’s capped the shopping adventure with a pizza party back at police headquarters.

 

August 2018

Teen Hit By Car While Visiting Ice Cream Truck

PLYMOUTH – A young man from Pelham was injured Thursday after he was hit by a truck while visiting an ice cream truck at White Horse Beach.

PLYMOUTH – A young man from Pelham was injured Thursday after he was hit by a truck while visiting an ice cream truck at White Horse Beach.

Lt. Dana Flynn said the 18-year-old had just left the truck and was crossing Taylor Avenue near the town beach access when he was struck by the passing pickup truck at 5:07 p.m.

Flynn said the teen was thrown several feet and suffered shoulder injuries. He was taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for treatment.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 56-year-old Needham woman, was cited for speeding after witnesses told police she was traveling too fast for crowded road conditions. The driver of the ice cream truck was cited for blocking a crosswalk and driving an unregistered vehicle. The ice cream truck was towed from the scene.

Three face robbery charges for Dog-napping

PLYMOUTH – Police arrested two people and will charge a third with robbery for taking a man’s dog from a downtown park Monday afternoon.

Lt. Dana Flynn said the two men and woman believed the dog’s guardian had stolen the dog, a 7-month-old boxer-mix, from their friend. Flynn said the trio pushed the 23-year-old man around and took the dog after finding them at the skate park off Summer Street shortly after 4 p.m.

Flynn said the dog is owned the suspects’ friend, but the 23-year-old man was watching the dog and was the rightful guardian of the animal. Police recovered the dog and returned the animal to the victim without incident, Flynn said.

Police arrested Christian Castelli, 20, and Carlos Sanchez, 28, both of 11 Madlyn St., on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, conspiracy and disturbing the peace.

A 28-year-old woman who was also involved will be summoned to court on the same charges. Sanchez was also charged with violating an abuse prevention order because he was not supposed to be with the woman.

Man Bites off Golfer’s Finger on Golf Course

PLYMOUTH – It sounded “like someone chewing a Dorito,” a Marshfield man told police after a fellow golfer bit off the tip of his finger during a melee at Southers Marsh Golf Course Friday.

Police said the fight broke out on the ninth green during a tournament when a foursome including a Brockton man complained about slow play ahead.

Derek Harkins, 46, of 51 Ettick St., Brockton, is accused of biting off the tip of the 57-year-old Marshfield man’s left index finger during the late afternoon brawl. The severed fingertip was found in the victim’s golf glove. It was preserved in ice but could not be surgically reattached.

Police charged Harkins with mayhem, assault and battery and disturbing the peace after the incident. During arraignment Monday, he was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to be alcohol free and have no contact with the victim or witnesses.

Police reports included in the court file indicate the trouble started after the victim’s foursome allowed another foursome to play the 9th hole with them during the tournament. The eight golfers were approaching their second shots when they heard people in a third foursome yelling at them from the tee box.

The victim and members of his group told police that Harkins’ father approached them and shoved the victim after an exchange of words. Within seconds, Harkins arrived in a separate gold cart, jumped from the cart and punched the victim in the face.

The bite occurred in the melee after the two men wrestled to the ground. The victim told police Harkin grabbed his wrist, pulled his hand near his mouth and bit.

Harkins said the victim swung at his father first and that he bit down on the victim’s finger after finding himself on the bottom of the pile with hands in his eye and mouth. The fight ended when the victim yelled that his finger had been bitten off.

A golfer in the second foursome took a video of the aftermath. Police said the video showed Harkins acting out of control and trying to be restrained. There was blood on his face and mouth.

Harkins requested medical attention as well. He said he was hit in the nose and gouged in the eye. Police said Harkins had a cut over his left eye, but no visible signs of injury to his nose.

The case was continued to Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.

 

August 2018

Man bites off golfer’s finger at West Plymouth golf course

PLYMOUTH – It sounded “like someone chewing a Dorito,” a Marshfield man told police after a fellow golfer bit off the tip of his finger during a melee at Southers Marsh Golf Course Friday.

Police said the fight broke out on the ninth green during a tournament when a foursome including a Brockton man complained about slow play ahead.

Derek Harkins, 46, of 51 Ettick St., Brockton, is accused of biting off the tip of the 57-year-old Marshfield man’s left index finger during the late afternoon brawl. The severed fingertip was found in the victim’s golf glove. It was preserved in ice but could not be surgically reattached.

Police charged Harkins with mayhem, assault and battery and disturbing the peace after the incident. During arraignment Monday, he was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to be alcohol free and have no contact with the victim or witnesses.

Police reports included in the court file indicate the trouble started after the victim’s foursome allowed another foursome to play the 9th hole with them during the tournament. The eight golfers were approaching their second shots when they heard people in a third foursome yelling at them from the tee box.

The victim and members of his group told police that Harkins’ father approached them and shoved the victim after an exchange of words. Within seconds, Harkins arrived in a separate gold cart, jumped from the cart and punched the victim in the face.

The bite occurred in the melee after the two men wrestled to the ground. The victim told police Harkin grabbed his wrist, pulled his hand near his mouth and bit.

Harkins said the victim swung at his father first and that he bit down on the victim’s finger after finding himself on the bottom of the pile with hands in his eye and mouth. The fight ended when the victim yelled that his finger had been bitten off.

A golfer in the second foursome took a video of the aftermath. Police said the video showed Harkins acting out of control and trying to be restrained. There was blood on his face and mouth.

The victim told police his son found the fingertip still in his golf glove and put it in a cup of ice. He told police he would have permanent damage to the finger as doctors were unable to reattach it.

Harkins requested medical attention as well. He said he was hit in the nose and gouged in the eye. Police said Harkins had a cut over his left eye, but no visible signs of injury to his nose.

The case was continued to Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.

 

Three face robbery charges after taking a dog in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – Police arrested two people and will charge a third with robbery for taking a man’s dog from a downtown park Monday afternoon.

Lt. Dana Flynn said the two men and woman believed the dog’s guardian had stolen the dog, a 7-month-old boxer-mix, from their friend. Flynn said the trio pushed the 23-year-old man around and took the dog after finding them at the skate park off Summer Street shortly after 4 p.m.

Flynn said the dog is owned the suspects’ friend, but the 23-year-old man was watching the dog and was the rightful guardian of the animal. Police recovered the dog and returned the animal to the victim without incident, Flynn said.

Police arrested Christian Castelli, 20, and Carlos Sanchez, 28, both of 11 Madlyn St., on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, conspiracy and disturbing the peace.

A 28-year-old woman who was also involved will be summoned to court on the same charges. Sanchez was also charged with violating an abuse prevention order because he was not supposed to be with the woman.

 A local man was knocked from his motorcycle by a low-hanging utility line.

Police said the 44-year-old man was traveling near 44 Standish Ave. when he was knocked from his motorcycle by a wire that had been partially knocked down by a passing truck. The motorcyclist suffered bumps, bruises and road rash, but was not seriously injured, police said.

He was taken to BID-Plymouth hospital for treatment. Police were unable to locate the truck that knocked down the wire.

 

Plymouth police receive driving patrols grant

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Police Department will increase impaired driving patrols on local roads with grant funds from the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The Plymouth Police will joint local departments across the state as well as the Massachusetts State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization and public information campaign.

This year’s campaign will urge drivers drinking alcohol or using marijuana and other drugs to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, use a ride-share service or take public transportation.

“Impaired drivers create a dangerous situation for everyone around them,” said Chief Michael Botieri. “This grant will help increase our efforts during the busy summer travel season to keep our roads free of impaired drivers and avoid the tragedy they wreak.”

“Getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, using marijuana or both is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do,” Said Jeff Larason, director of the Highway Safety Division. “A little planning can save your life or someone else’s. Regret or remorse won’t bring someone back.”

West Plymouth man charged with third drunken driving offense

PLYMOUTH – Police charged a local man as a repeat drunken driving offender Tuesday after a traffic stop in West Plymouth.

PLYMOUTH – Police charged a local man as a repeat drunken driving offender Tuesday after a traffic stop in West Plymouth.

Richard Covell, 30, of 26 Lisa Ave., was arrested shortly after noon on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a third offense and negligent driving.

Lt. Dana Flynn said police stopped Covell after an off-duty officer from Carver reported seeing him driving erratically. Flynn said Covell exhibited classic symptoms of intoxication after he was stopped on Flint Locke Drive. Flynn said Covell had prior drunken driving convictions in 2017 and 2008.

Naked man arrested at Plymouth Beach

PLYMOUTH – Police arrested a Marshfield man who was found naked in his vehicle at Plymouth Beach Tuesday morning.

The 45-year-old man was charged with accosting or annoying a person sexually.

Lt. Dana Flynn said beach employees found the naked man sitting in his car in the parking lot watching pornography on his cellphone.

 

 

 

July 2018

 

Jury indicts Plymouth man charged with shooting at wife, police

By Patriot Ledger staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at 3:01 PM
Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 8:27 PM

BROCKTON – A grand jury has indicted a Plymouth man charged with firing a gun at his wife, a child and several police officers before being shot himself this spring.

Michael Walsh, 36, is facing seven counts each of armed assault to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon as well as two counts of destruction of property over $1,200 and one count each of unlicensed possession of a firearm and firing a gun within 500 feet of a building. The indictment moves his case from district court to superior court, where more serious cases are prosecuted and defendants face longer sentences if convicted.

Walsh was ordered held without bail at his April district court arraignment, which was held at his bedside at Massachusetts General Hospital. His bail on two open cases out of Plymouth and Wareham district courts was also revoked.

Walsh’s arraignment in superior court has not yet been scheduled.

Prosecutors say Walsh’s wife was trying to leave their house on Federal Furnace Road on April 26 when Walsh, who had been abusing her, came out of the house and fired several shots at her as she drove away. Prosecutors say two of the shots hit the car but did not injure the wife or a child who was with her.

When police arrived at the house in response to a 911 call from the wife, prosecutors say Walsh came out the front door and fired a single shot at officers before going back inside. He then returned moments later and fired additional rounds at the five officers outside, hitting some of their vehicles, prosecutors say.

Plymouth police returned fire and hit Walsh as he ran around in the front yard. Walsh fell to the ground and was taken to a Boston hospital in a medical helicopter.

 

PLYMOUTH – The man accused of shooting at police in West Plymouth in April has been indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury.

Michael Walsh, 36, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts each of armed assault to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of destruction of property worth more than $1,200 and single counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Walsh will be arraigned on the charges in Superior Court at a later date, District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced Wednesday.

The charges stem from an an April 26 domestic disturbance at Walsh’s home at 622 Federal Furnace Road.

Walsh’s wife reported that evening that he had been abusive and fired several shots at her car, striking it twice, as she left the home with a child.

An investigation found that when local police arrived, Walsh came out of the front door of his house and fired a shot at police before retreating back inside.

Moments later, Walsh once again exited the front door, firing several rounds at the five responding officers. Some of the shots hit police cruisers. None of the officers was wounded.

Plymouth police fired their weapons and struck Walsh as he ran through his front yard. He was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment and was later charged in district court with related charges. The indictments elevate the case to Superior Court, where the charges carry more serious potential penalties.

Walsh has been held without bail since the shooting.

 

Plymouth Police recently welcomed seven new recruits to the department.

New PPD Officers

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Left: Five new Plymouth police officers graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy last week. From left are officers Richard Smythe, Thomas Foley, Chief Michael Botieri, Brett Walsh, Eric Coon and Andrew Barry.

Right: Officer Ryan Croak is a recent transfer from the Rockland Police Department. Officer Kyle Gorham graduated from the Randolph Police Academy in June.

PLYMOUTH – Local police recently welcomed seven new recruits to the department.

Officer Ryan Croak is a recent transfer from the Rockland Police Department. Officer Kyle Gorham graduated from the Randolph Police Academy in June. Officers Richard Smythe, Thomas Foley, Brett Walsh, Eric Coon and Andrew Barry graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy last week.

The officers filled vacancies created through retirement and other attrition.

Last week’s graduates are now completing a two-week orientation and will be partnered this month with veteran officers for additional field training. Gorham is currently partnered with an officer for field training. Croak is already assigned to patrol duties.

June 2018

Cruiser Convoy

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PLYMOUTH – Officer Alex South recently represented local police in the annual Special Olympics police cruiser convoy to Harvard Stadium.

South joined officers from around the state in convoying to the stadium to recognize Special Olympic athletes. South helped present medals to athletes at the stadium.

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