Real Life Somerville Police Stories: James FLYNN (Motor Vehicle Vandalism, Attempt to Commit Crime)

On Monday, January 31, 2022, while working a First Half shift, assigned to marked unit West 7, at approximately 6:38 PM marked Unit West 6 (Officer Kevin Goulart) and I, were dispatched to 139B Alewife Brook Pkwy for a suspicious person call. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: James FLYNN (Motor Vehicle Vandalism, Attempt to Commit Crime)

Somerville/Medford Remembering Elinor T. McLaughlin

ELINOR’S OBITUARY

McLaughlin, Elinor Theresa – Born April 26th 1945, known to many as Petty, passed away January 26th 2022.
Elinor was born in Boston to parents Charles and Eleanor, survived by her brother Charles McLaughlin Jr and his three sons Brian, Kevin and Sean McLaughlin and their families.
Elinor was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts where she attended Somerville High School, Class of 1962. Continue reading Somerville/Medford Remembering Elinor T. McLaughlin

ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW

The House approved legislation that would require EMS personnel to provide emergency treatment to a police dog and use an ambulance to transport the dog injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital if there are not people requiring emergency medical treatment or transport at that time. The Senate has already approved its own version of the measure and the House version now goes back to the Senate for consideration. Continue reading ALLOW AMBULANCES TO BE USED FOR INJURED POLICE DOGS – NERO’S LAW

$101 MILLION FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE


By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov.Baker a $101 million COVID-19 response bill. Key provisions include increasing the number of COVID-19 testing sites and COVID-19 tests; the acquisition and distribution of high-quality personal protective masks, including N95s and KN95s, to be distributed to health care workers and children and faculty in elementary and secondary public-school districts; increasing vaccination rates among kids ages five to 11 whose vaccination rates remain low in comparison to older residents; and recapitalizing the COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program. The measure also mandates that the Baker administration pursue the highest allowable rate of federal reimbursement for the $101 million package. Continue reading $101 MILLION FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

SECURE VOTING MACHINES


By Bob Katzen

The House 29-128, rejected an amendment that would require that any voting software or voting machine that is used to process early, absentee or mail-in voting prior to Election Day must be secured at all times once the processing has begun. At the end of each processing period, the machine, software and ballots must be secured by a police officer and an election official either in a secured vault at the city or town hall or at the police station in a private cell—and must remain under video surveillance. Continue reading SECURE VOTING MACHINES

RAISE PENALTIES FOR VOTER FRAUD

By Bob Katzen

The House 32-126, rejected an amendment to a current law that imposes up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to a 5-year prison sentence on anyone who knowingly engages in any type of voting fraud including illegally registering to vote; illegally voting or attempting to vote; voting more than once; and aiding and abetting a person who is illegally voting. The amendment would raise the fine to up to $20,000. Continue reading RAISE PENALTIES FOR VOTER FRAUD