Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Charles BURKE Jr (Trafficking Heroin/Morphine/Opium, PWID Cocaine, PWID C & E x 3)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #18028114:

Approximately three years ago, members of the Somerville Police Drug Unit received information from FBI TFO John Oliveira that Charles Burke was distributing Percocet 30 mg pills from xxxx in Somerville.  Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Charles BURKE Jr (Trafficking Heroin/Morphine/Opium, PWID Cocaine, PWID C & E x 3)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Valdecir DEAGUIAR (Fail to Stop for Police, Reckless Op of MV, Passing Viol…)

On May 10, 2018, I (Officer Mark Nevin) was working in my assigned marked cruiser (West 5) heading east on Highland Avenue near Cedar St. As I approached the intersection, I began to slow down because the east/west light was red. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Valdecir DEAGUIAR (Fail to Stop for Police, Reckless Op of MV, Passing Viol…)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Corinne NURSE-SHERROD (Conspiracy / Natick and Boston Warrants) & Angela COOPER-SHERROD (Utter & Poss Counterfeit Note)

The following is a summary of facts pertaining to incident # 18027354:

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, I was assigned to marked unit East 2. At approximately 10:39 pm, I was dispatched to Star Market, located at 14 McGrath Highway for the report of counterfeit money. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Corinne NURSE-SHERROD (Conspiracy / Natick and Boston Warrants) & Angela COOPER-SHERROD (Utter & Poss Counterfeit Note)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Woodly DODIEU (PWID D Susq., Furnishing False Name or SSN, Op MV w/License Susp)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #18027332. It does not contain every minute detail of the incident

On 5/08/18 around 8:03 p.m., while assigned to the Somerville Police Narcotics Unit and working in plain clothes capacity, my attention was drawn to a dark colored motor vehicle with excessive tint that was parked in a posted no parking zone on New Washington Street, a public way within the city of Somerville. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Woodly DODIEU (PWID D Susq., Furnishing False Name or SSN, Op MV w/License Susp)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Douglas BRIOSO (Firearm Carry, Deface Firearm Serial No., PWID D)

On 05/07/2018, I, Officer Christopher Collette was assigned to Somerville marked unit West Seven. At approximately 23:37 hours, I was dispatched to the area of 13xx Broadway, for the report of threats involving a firearm. Officer Clark was dispatched as well. While en route, Somerville Control advised all responding units that the suspect vehicle was a white sedan. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Douglas BRIOSO (Firearm Carry, Deface Firearm Serial No., PWID D)

Medal of Honor Recipient Among Heroes to be Honored at 2018 Somerville Heroes Salute on May 19 Ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn

SOMERVILLE – The 2018 Somerville Heroes Salute is set to honor eight Somerville heroes during the annual recognition ceremony, including a Profile in Courage Lifetime Achievement Award to Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Thomas G. Kelley.

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Housing Specialist Outlines Resources at Regional Conference

Photo:SCES Housing Specialist Kristin Bell recently spoke about elder housing options and resources for aging in place at the 20th Annual New England Resident Service Coordinators conference. SCES PHOTO

Housing options and tools for Aging in Place were the featured topics of a recent regional workshop led by Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) Housing Specialist Kristin Bell. Continue reading Housing Specialist Outlines Resources at Regional Conference

STATE TO GET MUSICIAN LAUREATE

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved and sent to the House a measure creating the new position of the State Musician Laureate. The laureate, appointed by the governor biennially, would write and/or perform music to commemorate important events such as ceremonial occasions, celebrations and state anniversaries; act as the governor’s adviser in musical matters; and represent the state’s musical legacy.

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MASSACHUSETTS TO ALLOW 12- AND 13-YEAR-OLD KIDS TO REFEREE SOCCER

By Bob Katzen

This bill allows 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls to referee and get paid to referee an official youth soccer game with only players younger than 12. Games would be limited to intraclub/intown scrimmages with no results or standings. The employment would be allowed only with written parental consent, written communications to the parents from the employer about the minor’s responsibilities, the youth’s completion of a job training program and an adult representing the employer at the game.

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MASSACHUSETTS BILL PASSED TO PROTECT SERVICE ANIMALS

By Bob Katzen

This bill makes a person who uses an assistance animal eligible for victim compensation if his or her animal is injured or killed by a person. The compensation would include veterinary medical expenses and the replacement cost of an equally trained assistance animal if the animal dies or is too injured to return to work.

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BEACON HILL BILL TO PROHIBIT BUSINESSES FROM PHOTOCOPYING DRIVER’S LICENSE

By Bob Katzen

The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee held a hearing on a bill that would prohibit businesses from copying and retaining a copy of a customer’s ID including driver’s licenses. The bill was filed by private citizen Richard Tomczyk who testified before the committee and said the bill is designed to reduce the number of incidents in which personal information has been stolen and fraudulently used.

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SENATE APPROVES CHANGES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 38-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would make changes to the way public schools are distributed funds by the state. The bill is a response to the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission that in 2015 reported that the current funding formula and system underestimates the cost of education by $1 billion to $2 billion every year.

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HOUSE APPROVES TO RAISE AGE FROM 18 TO 21 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO

By Bob Katzen

The House 147-4, approved and sent to the Senate a bill raising from 18 to 21 the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in the Bay State. Other provisions ban e-cigarettes and other vape devices from the workplace and prohibit pharmacies and health care facilities from selling any tobacco products and vape products.

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