A mountain lion has been sighted in Winchester. A resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood off of Ridge Street. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded and viewed the animal’s paw print and stated the tracks strongly resembled that of a mountain lion. Photos of the tracks were sent to Mass […]
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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.
Chief Albertelli is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Monday June 18, 2012, to begin examining various aspects of the Winchester Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.
Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation, a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession by the profession.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards and 55% of the optional standards.
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement proffesional excellence. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to contact Chief Albertelli or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Lt. MacDonnell.
The Winchester Police charged 28 year-old Michael Grande of Medford with the February 7th bank robbery of Sovereign Bank. Grande was being held at Cambridge Jail on unrelated charges when the investigation led to him as the suspect. Grande was seen on the bank’s security cameras but the quality was poor so the footage was sent to the Secret Service for enhancement. With the assistance of the Secret Service’s Boston office, the WPD was able to complete the investigation.
On 2/29, Winchester Police arrested 24 year old nanny, Megan Robinson of N. Billerica for larceny.
Robinson was hired by a Winchester family who reported that she had been stealing money from the home. After discovering missing cash, the family used a “nanny cam” to monitor the home and caught Robinson in the act.
After a lengthy drug investigation, Inaldo Oquendo, 20 and Timothy Loftman, 31 of Winchester were arrested by Winchester Police. A search warrant was executed on the men’s Cambridge Street home where a significant amount of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana were confiscated. The men are being charged with Possession of Class A, B and D substances, with intent to distribute. The Winchester Police were assisted by the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force and the NEMLEC SWAT team.
Winchester Police arrested Justin Guilbault of New Hampshire for Larceny over $250. Guilbault was arrested early Friday morning during Winchester Police Department’s second night of surveillance at a business on Lowell Ave. The business owner had previously been victim of larceny when 97 steel construction plates had been stolen. The plates weigh approximately 120 pounds and are valued close to $300 each.
The Winchester Police Department along with Medford and Somerville police, arrested Michael Wallace of Somerville for armed robbery. Wallace is being charged for the June 15, robbery of the Dairy barn on Main Street in Winchester. Wallace is also suspected of robbing convenience stores in Medford and Somerville. Both Winchester and Somerville police departments received anonymous tips which led to Wallace’s arrest.
Support the Winchester Police Department as we take on the All Pro Celebrity Softball Team. Our annual Winchester Police Relief Association softball game will be held at 7:00 PM on June 6, at Ginn Field. The event is being held on the same day as Town Day, so come down to Ginn Field for the game and stick around for a great view of the Town Day fireworks.
The Winchester Police Relief Association appreciates your support.