Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Sean EVERSON (Poss. Class B, Shoplifting) (MSP Warrants) at Burlington Coat Factory in Assembly Row

On Monday, January 24, 2022, at 8:10 P.M., Sgt. Schneider was handling a call for service at the intersection of Grand Union Blvd and Canal Street when he was approached by three security guards and a male later identified as Sean EVERSON (Defendant) who was carrying several items of clothing with price tags and theft detection devices attached. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Sean EVERSON (Poss. Class B, Shoplifting) (MSP Warrants) at Burlington Coat Factory in Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Daniel CUNHA (ADW, Shoplifting) Adidas in Assembly Row

The following report is a brief summary of incident #22003924:

On January 25, 2022, I, Officer Dylan Lambert, was working my assigned shift in marked unit East-1. At approximately 4:38 PM, I was dispatched to Adidas in Assembly Row in regards to a dispute involving a weapon. Officer Messaoudi, in marked unit East-4 responded to assist. Somerville Dispatch informed us that the reporting party spoke Spanish, but it was determined that they had been threatened with a knife. Officer Ubeda, in Tango-1 responded to assist in translation. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Daniel CUNHA (ADW, Shoplifting) Adidas in Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Luciano DELIRA (A&B, Defacement, Intimidation, ABPO)

On Sunday, January 30, 2022, at approximately 10:17 P.M., Somerville Police control received a 9-1-1 call from a victim identified as XXXX stating he was in the area of 78 Broadway, and someone was trying to assault him. While on the phone with the 9-1-1 operator, the victim said “He is trying to take my phone, he hit me”. The victim is heard asking people for help before the call was disconnected. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Luciano DELIRA (A&B, Defacement, Intimidation, ABPO)

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a remarkable increase in activations and deployments for the National Guard. As a result, the Guard is the busiest it has been since World War II. It is absolutely critical that we—as a Legislature—are doing everything we can to support the Guard as they continue to serve and support us.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

BAN DRONES FROM FLYING NEAR SCHOOLS

By Bob Katzen

Another bill heard by the Transportation Committee would create a 400-foot vertical zone above schools where drones would be banned from flying unless the school superintendent grants written permission. The fine would be $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and a $750 fine plus confiscation of the aircraft for a third offense. Continue reading BAN DRONES FROM FLYING NEAR SCHOOLS

STATE TO BAN MANUFACTURING OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY FEEDING DEVICES

By Bob Katzen

Another bill heard by the Judiciary Committee would ban the manufacturing in Massachusetts of assault weapons and large capacity feeding devices. The measure exempts weapons and devices made for the Massachusetts military and law enforcement, for the federal military or any foreign government approved by the United States State Department. Continue reading STATE TO BAN MANUFACTURING OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY FEEDING DEVICES

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HEIGHT

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee held a virtual hearing on legislation that would add height discrimination to the definition of a hate crime which currently includes any criminal act, coupled with overt actions motivated by bigotry and bias including racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation prejudice; or “which otherwise deprives another person of his constitutional rights by threats, intimidation or coercion, or which seek to interfere with or disrupt a person’s exercise of constitutional rights through harassment or intimidation.” Continue reading PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HEIGHT

STATE SHOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO NURSING HOMES

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 9-31, rejected an amendment that would require the state to provide COVID-19 funding, until the end of the federal public health emergency, to nursing homes to support infection control standards, including staff training and wages; temporary labor costs; hiring new staff; procuring personal protective equipment (PPE); and costs associated with establishing single occupancy isolation rooms. Continue reading STATE SHOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO NURSING HOMES