Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

On Thursday, January 5, 2022, I Officer Paul Beckford, was on duty for the Somerville Police (East 3). At approximately 10:38AM, Officer Robert Anaya (West 5) and I were dispatched to Sathi Convenience located at 153 Highland Ave for a shoplifter. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (A&B PO, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting x 2)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

The following is a brief summary to incident #23000978.

Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team along with Officers Thomas Lambert and Samir Messaoudi, initiated a drug investigation engineered by a Karl Maurice AKA Malachi (DOB XXXXXX), and his alleged role in the distribution of Crack Cocaine. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: (Cocaine, Trafficking in Over 14 Grams x 2; Drug, Distribute Class B, Subsq.)

State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

BOSTON, January 6, 2023—The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee announces today that it has overwhelmingly endorsed legislation to legalize life-saving drug consumption care and grant municipalities the option of creating dedicated overdose prevention centers to combat the surge in fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts. Continue reading State Democratic Party calls on lawmakers to decriminalize overdose prevention centers

This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

By Bob Katzen

Excerpts from Gov. Maura Healey’s inaugural speech

“I thank Gov. Baker, who has led this commonwealth with a steady hand. He has governed with integrity and care—eager to study problems and work together on solutions. The example he set for eight years was in the best traditions of public service, and it now becomes his legacy. Gov. Baker, I thank you, and our state thanks you.” Continue reading This Week’s QUOTABLE QUOTES on Beacon Hill

EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate both approved a bill that would allow legislative governing bodies of cities and towns the option to expand the definition of local residency for civil service hiring preference to include anyone who received a high school diploma from a school in that city or town. Neither branch gave the measure final approval. Continue reading EXPAND CIVIL SERVICE OPTION FOR CITIES AND TOWNS (S 1661)

PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate on November 21, approved and sent to then-Gov. Baker legislation that would repeal a current state law which creates professional licensure consequences for anyone who defaults on their student loan. Under current law, a borrower’s state-issued professional or occupational certificate, registration or license can be suspended, revoked or canceled if the borrower is in default on an education loan.
Continue reading PROHIBIT REVOCATION OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSES (H 5195)

REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)

By Bob Katzen

Gov. Baker signed into law a bill that would protect vulnerable road users which includes pedestrians, construction workers, emergency responders bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and wheelchair users. A key provision requires vehicle drivers, when passing a vulnerable user, to pass at a safe distance of not less than 4 feet. Continue reading REDUCED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND PROTECT PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS (H 5103)