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September 2018

 

Plymouth County’s 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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