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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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November 2018

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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