On December 26,2015, an envelope containing a large sum of cash was found on a sidewalk in town and turned in to the Winchester Police Department. The police department would like the assistance of the public in identifying the person who lost the cash. Please contact: Lieutenant Peter MacDonnell @ at 781-721-4625.
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The Cambridge Police Department arrested Vincent Ghetti, 51 of Boston after an altercation with a citizen in their city. The investigation into the altercation revealed that Ghetti possessed several pieces of stolen property. The property was stolen from a Winchester residence on the same day. Ghetti was charged by Cambridge Police with receiving stolen property. Ghetti is being charged by Winchester Police for breaking and entering and larceny.
The Winchester Police Relief Association fundraiser has begun. Unfortunately, scams do exist where people not involved with the relief association attempt to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals wishing to make a contribution. The relief association would like to take this opportunity to announce that our fundraiser has begun and will continue through mid April. If you do wish to contribute, please be certain to make checks payable to Winchester Police Relief Association. One option to contribute is to leave your donation taped to your door or mailbox for one of our solicitors to pick up. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a check for one of our solicitors, you can mail it to 30 Mt. Vernon Street, Winchester MA 01890 or drop it off at the police station. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Relief Association President, Officer Stephen Palmer at (781) 729 -1214.
The Winchester Police Department, along with Medford, Arlington, Revere, Saugus, Danvers, Malden, Melrose, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett and Woburn; have been investigating several men from Revere and Saugus for house breaks throughout the area. Investigators from those communities have worked together over the last several weeks, resulting in the arrest of Eric Cuppernell and Michael Sullivan Jr. of Saugus as well as James Marino and Michael Brancato of Medford. The arrests were related to this investigation and additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Warrants were executed at a residence in Saugus and at a hotel on Route 1 where dozens of stolen property was recovered. That property is in the process of being inventoried and identified with hope it can be returned to its owners.
The individuals involved were responsible for numerous breaks throughout the area and were highly organized using different vehicles, police scanners, lookouts and communication as part of their operation. As the investigation continues, the involved agencies are confident similar cases will be solved as more information is distributed. Cases of Breaking and Entering are common but extremely difficult to investigate and prosecute. The collaboration between agencies in this investigation has been invaluable and will likely continue.
The Winchester Police Department is proud to join over 80 agencies in hand delivering Nathan’s Christmas wish. Nathan Norman is a 6 year old Rustburg Virgina boy who has been battling a rare form of cancer since 2009. Nathan’s wish was to receive cards from police officers, fire fighters and EMT’s. Organized by the Burlington Police Department, a large convoy of 93 police cars and over 200 officers left Burlington early this morning to meet Nathan and his family and hand deliver his wish. Two representative’s of the Winchester Police Department volunteered their own time to make the trip for Nathan and help make his wish come true.
After a lengthy investigation involving several agencies, Taylor Goulding of Stoneham was charged with the armed robbery of the Dairy Barn in November. Stoneham police arrested Goulding who was suspected of robberies in Winchester, Woburn, Melrose, Reading and Stoneham. Police from those agencies as well as Wakfefield Police, the Southwest Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force and the FBI Robbery Task Force all worked together solve these case.
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is strongly OPPOSED to the adoption of the ballot initiative in November 2012 relative to so-called “Medical Marijuana.” As the state’s leaders in the law enforcement community, we cannot sit idly by and watch the damage this proposal would have on our children and our communities.
Follow the link to view the official MCOPA Position Statement on Question 3.
Yucklet Hinds, Gregory Lynch, Marlon Aponte and Justin Derek Sandy, all of New York City were arrested on 9/26/2012 and charged with credit card fraud. Three of the group entered Stop and Shop in Winchester and attempted to purchase gift cards using counterfeit credit cards. An alert store manager notified Winchester Police who were able to stop the suspects vehicle a short time later.
The Winchester Police Department is urging voters to Vote NO on Question 3 this November.
For more information, visit http://mavotenoonquestion3.com/
The Commonwealth will be voting on Question 3 in November. If passed, Question 3 would set up an extensive system of marijuana storefronts in our state, allow people to grow marijuana in their homes and apartments, and provide a defense to those carrying hundreds of joints under the guise of medicine.
It is anticipated that the details and loopholes in the proposed law would lead to widespread marijuana abuse, particularly among youth in the Commonwealth. It is for this reason, a diverse range of state representives, ranging from Dorchester Democrat Martin Walsh to Sandwich Republican Randy Hunt, have joined a broad and growing coalition of people and organizations to oppose Question 3. Specifically, the law would:
Set up 35 marijuana retail stores throughout Massachusetts
This number could increase in future years. These stores would be owned and operated by anyone 21 years old or older and would sell
marijuana ice cream, candy, cookies, joints, and other items. There is no requirement in the law to have a physician or licensed pharmacist on site.
Allow people to grow marijuana in their home Your neighbor could grow marijuana plants in their backyard, on their veranda, in their window flower boxes.Your children’s friends could have marijuana growing in their home study, bathroom or garage. Allow people to carry up to a 60-day (2 month) supply of marijuana on their person
A daily dose is undefined in the law. If a daily dose is two joints (most likely it will be more like three to five joints, or 3 marijuana infused brownies), this means a person could have as many as 120 joints (or brownies) on their person or transport this amount of marijuana in their vehicle. Large amounts of marijuana could be issued, possessed and protected under the guise of “medicine.” Allow virtually anyone to obtain marijuana. The proposed legislation lists a few specific conditions for which marijuana can be obtained, but then opens it up to “other conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s physician.” This is the loophole that is promoting widespread pot use in other states that have passed this type of law – the chronically ill are not the people using existing state programs. In fact, in these programs, less than 5% of people list cancer, HIV/AIDS, or glaucoma as reasons for obtaining marijuana. Studies show the average medical marijuana user is a 32-year old white male with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and no history of life-threatening illness.
Information from http://mavotenoonquestion3.com/
Due to an large number of bicycle thefts around Winchester center and the train stations, the Winchester Police Department took a proactive approach to the problem. Over the course of three days, a bicycle owned by the department was placed in several locations in and around the center for a couple of hours a day. The bicycle was monitored by police during that time. On the third day after only 45 minutes, the bicycle was stolen by Anthony Papasodero of Hull with the assistance of Adam Smilgis of Winchester. Papasodero was arrested immediately and Smigilis, who dropped Papasodero off at the bike, was arrested later on an unrelated warrant and also charged with the larceny. Though two were charged in this incident, most bicycle thefts go unsolved. The Winchester Police Department reminds residents to lock their bicycles.
The Town of Winchester is accepting applications for a Temporary position of Civilian Dispatcher. Click on this post’s title for a link to more information.