Somerville Police Department Weekly Crime Log

Robbery

23062864: On 10/29/23 at approximately 8:18 PM, Somerville Police responded to a business on Broadway for report of a robbery. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the clerk who stated a male party entered the store and asked her how much cigarettes were. When she turned around, the male ran around the counter then brandished a small handgun and forced her to open the register. He took approximately $2300 USD and fled westbound on Broadway.

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Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Violence at Somerville High School is out of control and the administration and the mayor’s office are to blame!

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Fights are occurring at the High School on a daily basis. This isn’t news to anyone who attended SHS. However, things have escalated to a very dangerous level lately, and the administration is more concerned with politics than they are with protecting our kids.
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MASS MADE (H 229/S 139)

By Bob Katzen

The Community Development and Small Businesses Committee held a hearing on a measure that would create a MassMade program designed to identify, connect and support businesses that produce consumer goods in Massachusetts; identify obstacles to conducting business in the Bay State; and act as a resource for consumers seeking consumer goods made in Massachusetts. MassMade would develop a searchable online directory of Massachusetts-based manufacturers and consumer goods companies, helping to connect them with potential customers. Continue reading MASS MADE (H 229/S 139)

ICE OR SNOW ON CARS (H 3474)

By Bob Katzen

The Transportation Committee’s agenda also included legislation that would require drivers on public roads to make reasonable efforts to remove accumulated ice or snow from their vehicle including the hood, trunk and roof within 24 hours after the end of the falling snow or ice. A driver who violates this new law may be stopped on a public roadway by a police officer if the officer believes the accumulated ice or snow may pose a threat to persons or property. Continue reading ICE OR SNOW ON CARS (H 3474)

LITTERING FROM YOUR VEHICLE (H 3346)

By Bob Katzen

Another bill heard by the Transportation Committee would make littering by the driver or any passenger, on public or private property, a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third and all subsequent offenses. The violation would be a surchargeable offense which under Bay State law, can lead to temporary higher insurance premiums for the driver. Continue reading LITTERING FROM YOUR VEHICLE (H 3346)

RAISE FINE FOR “RIGHT OF WAY” VIOLATIONS (H 3477)

A bill heard by the Transportation Committee would raise from $35 to $200 the fine for violating the traffic rule that provides when two vehicles approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same instant, the operator of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. The proposal also imposes additional penalties and/or license revocation for up to six months for any of these violations that cause death, serious bodily harm or bodily harm. Continue reading RAISE FINE FOR “RIGHT OF WAY” VIOLATIONS (H 3477)

$7.6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES (H 4040)

The House 129-25, Senate 37-1 overrode Gov. Healey’s veto of the entire $7.6 million for operational support grants to community action agencies to “assist the agencies in their mission to assist residents of the commonwealth living with low incomes to stabilize their lives and achieve economic prosperity, and in creating and expanding opportunity for those residents in the neighborhoods and municipalities where they live and work.” Continue reading $7.6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES (H 4040)

$100,000 FOR ADVANCED MATH AND SCIENCE (H 4040)

By Bob Katzen

The House 151-3, Senate 37-1, overrode Gov. Healey’s veto of $100,000 (reducing funding from $3.3 to $3.2 million) for a program to increase participation and performance in advanced placement courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in science, technology, engineering, math and English. Continue reading $100,000 FOR ADVANCED MATH AND SCIENCE (H 4040)

$774,000 FOR HOUSING SERVICES (H 4040)

By William Tauro

The House 129-26, Senate 38-0, overrode Gov. Healey’s veto of $774,000 (reducing funding from $10,474,000 million to $9,700,000 million) for housing services and counseling to find and maintain housing for many people who face significant barriers to sustaining housing payments. The money would be distributed via grants to regional housing consumer education centers operated by the regional nonprofit housing authorities. Continue reading $774,000 FOR HOUSING SERVICES (H 4040)