Chief Peter MacDonnell
30 Mount Vernon St. Winchester MA 01890
(781)729-1212 / 911
Posted By Winchester Police on May 17th, 2018

As residents of all ages look forward to the En Ka Fair, senior prom and Town Day, Chief Peter MacDonnell and Winchester Police wish to offer tips for remaining safe during each event. The En Ka Fair takes place on May 18 and 19, senior prom is scheduled for May 30 and Town Day will […]


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Teen Technology Use – A WHS Class of 2019 & Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community Sponsored Event

Posted By Winchester Police on October 3rd, 2016

WHS Class of 2019 Joins the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community in sponsoring


Teen Technology Use:


How much is too much?

Join us for dinner, viewing of the film “SCREENAGERS” and panel discussion on the impact technology-use has on teens and families.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 6:00-8:30 PM

WHERE: WHS Dining Commons and Auditorium

WHO:  Parents and Teens *recommended grades 5 and up

DONATION: $15 – $20 at the door      Payable to: Class of 2019


RSVP: by October 6th to Amber Haines ahaines@winchesterps.org

Class Advisor & WHS Adjustment Counselor

Winchester PD undercover investigation leads to Fargo man’s guilty plea after luring a minor

Posted By Winchester Police on April 12th, 2016

From WDAY 6 News, Fargo North Dakota.

FARGO—A Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday, April 4, in Cass County District Court to a charge of luring a minor by computer.

James L. Thompson, who was 34 when he was charged last fall, admitted to using a messaging app to send a photo of his genitals to a police investigator posing as an 11-year-old girl.

According to court documents, the case began when the father of a girl in Winchester, Mass., contacted police about suspicious messages his daughter was getting.

A police investigator began communicating with Thompson using the girl’s phone, and Thompson unknowingly sent a photo of his genitals to the investigator in August 2014.

In return for the guilty plea other charges pending against Thompson are being dismissed.

A presentence investigation has been ordered for Thompson, who has been a registered offender against children since 2007.




Winter Parking Ban – UPDATED

Posted By Winchester Police on December 6th, 2015

The Winter Parking Ban is an effect.  Vehicles parked on the street between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM are subject to fines.  Any vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency may be fined and towed.

For residents who live in or around the center of town, vehicles can be parked, overnight, in the Jenks lot and in the non metered spaces on Aberjona Drive.  Those vehicles MUST be moved prior to businesses opening in the morning.

Concerned that your child is smoking pot?

Posted By Winchester Police on November 3rd, 2015

Concerned that your child is smoking pot?
Worried that he or she might start? Think that
marijuana is safer than alcohol?

marijuana concern

Regardless of where you stand on legalization,

understand the documented risks marijuana poses to teenagers.

Please join the Coalition for a Safer Community on Monday, November 9,
2015 at 7 p.m. at the Griffin Museum of Photography for a presentation of the
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Marijuana Talk Kit:
What You Need to Know to Talk With Your Kids About Marijuana.

We will discuss the new challenges families face with their teens
around the topic of marijuana:
• Marijuana facts that might surprise you
• Why marijuana is particularly risky for teens
• What you should – and shouldn’t say – when talking with your teen
• How to respond to your teen’s questions and arguments
• Resources to help
RSVP to Dot Butler at butlermaild@gmail.com so we can plan for seating.

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted By Winchester Police on October 26th, 2015

A community drop-in program to raise awareness of substance abuse warnings.

Open to 21+

Hidden in Plain Sight

Do you know what’s in your teen’s room?

This interactive exhibit will open your eyes!

Learn how to identify risky behavior

Join us to explore the room, ask questions and be challenged.

Winchester Room, Town Hall

Tuesday, October 27 through Friday, November, 6

11/2 8 AM – 11 AM
11/3 7 PM – 9 PM
11/4 11 AM – 2 PM
11/5 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
11/6 8 AM – 10 AM

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

Photo credit: Akron Children’s Hospital

Winchester Police Department Accreditation

Posted By Winchester Police on October 18th, 2015

The Winchester Police Department will undergo its triennial assessment for re-accreditation on Monday 11/2/15, Wednesday 11/4/15 and Thursday 11/5/15.   The assessment is conducted by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and involves a tour of our operations and compliance with over three hundred mandatory and optional policy standards.  If a member of the public has any questions regarding the accreditation process, please contact Lt. Peter MacDonnell, Sgt. Joe Abdella or Sgt. Ed Donohue

Matthew McAveeney Captured – To Be Charged With Murder

Posted By Winchester Police on October 22nd, 2014

Matthew McAveeney was captured in Belmont North Carolina and charged with being a fugitive from justice.  McAveeney will be transported back to Massachusetts and charged with  murder and other offenses related to the death of his mother, Barbara McAveeney at the Parkview Condominiums.

The Winchester Police Department would like to thank all agencies involved with the investigation and capture of McAveeney including the Massachusetts State Police and Belmont North Carolina Police Department.

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Matthew McAveeney


Winchester Police Announce Major Counterfeiting Arrest

Posted By Winchester Police on October 9th, 2014


Local Man Charged with Counterfeit Trademark Distribution

Truckload of Evidence Seized


WINCHESTER — Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli announces that the Winchester Police Department yesterday arrested an alleged product counterfeiter and seized a large quantity of fake products from his home.As a result of a long, diligent investigation, which involved federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations agents, ANTHONY CHRISTOPHER MARINO, AGE 54, of WINCHESTER was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Counterfeit Trademark Distribution and Larceny by a Single Scheme (G.L. C.266, s.30).

Winchester Police, working with their federal counterparts, spent several months investigating reports that a local man had registered several Internet domain names and was selling counterfeit vaporizers under the brand name “Ploom.”

Vaporizers are electronic devices used to extract the active ingredients from plant materials, like tobacco and marijuana, and heat them up with a heating element instead of a flame. This eliminates smoke and secondhand smoke. Ploom is a California-based company, established in 2006, that produces a variety of these products.

After tracking MARINO’S alleged activities, including tracking shipments and customers, and making controlled buys of the counterfeit products, Winchester police served a search warrant on MARINO’S home on Belknap Terrace and obtained about 300 counterfeit vaporizers, which MARINO was allegedly selling for about $200 a piece online.

“This is a fine example of gumshoe police work, seeking out fraudulent activity in our community and rooting it out,” Chief Albertelli said. “Our detectives, working with their federal counterparts, successfully closed this long-term case and brought an alleged counterfeiter to justice.”

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

MARINO was released on bail. Any questions about arraignment or court dates should be referred to the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.


Major Drug Investigation Results in Winchester Police Arresting two Brothers for Drug Dealing

Posted By Winchester Police on July 15th, 2014

Investigation Began After Feb. 2014 Heroin Death, Police May Seek Additional Charges

WINCHESTER — Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli announces that a pair of local brothers have been arrested and charged after a lengthy investigation that started in February with the overdose death of a Quincy man.


• Distribution of a Class A Substance (Heroin)
• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Distribution of a Class D Substance (Marijuana)
• Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute (Heroin)
• Possession of a Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute (Diazepam)
• Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute (Marijuana)
• Conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act

Police are also working with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and may also seek additional charges in connection with the February overdose death.

His younger brother, NICHOLAS ROBERT SABBAG, AGE 18, ALSO OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:

• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act

“Today we are seeing the results of extremely hard work by the Winchester Police Department and our partner agencies,” Chief Albertelli said. “The amazing level of cooperation that exists among municipal and regional law enforcement groups helped this case come together, and a pair of drug dealers won’t be selling their poison in our community anymore.”
The arrests came after an investigation by Winchester Police, with the assistance of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force, which acts as a force multiplier by bringing in personnel and resources from a variety of local and regional agencies under the command of Winchester PD.

The investigation began in February after a 25-year-old Quincy man died of a heroin overdose while in his motor vehicle in Winchester. Police reviewed the victim’s phone records and text messages and determined that he had allegedly communicated with TIMOTHY SABBAG via text message less than an hour before he died. In fact, text message records showed that the victim allegedly met with TIMOTHY SABBAG just 12 minutes before the victim called 911 and was found, unresponsive, minutes later.

A detailed investigation followed, using resources from a number of police agencies, through the regional task force, which ultimately led to police arresting TIMOTHY SABBAG in a parking lot in Winchester on Friday, July 11, 2014 and then immediately executing a search warrant of his home.

Searching the home, police found thousands of dollars in cash, a large quantity of marijuana, diazepam/Valium pills, lorazepam/Ativan pills, a quantity of heroin, a scale, plastic bags, and other drug paraphernalia. NICHOLAS SABBAG was arrested at the home.

Winchester has experienced two confirmed overdose deaths so far in 2014. Heroin and opioid overdoses are a major problem in communities around the country. In March, Governor Deval Patrick declared it to be a Public Health Crisis.

“It is not enough to simply arrest drug dealers for dealing drugs. In this instance, our investigation showed that Timothy Sabbag sold heroin to a man minutes before he died of a heroin overdose,” Chief Albertelli said. “We need to hold these people accountable for not just the lives that they ruin, but also the lives that their products end.”

Timothy Sabbag

Timothy Sabbag


Nicholas Sabbag

Nicholas Sabbag

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Winchester Police Tip Line

Posted By Winchester Police on January 27th, 2014

The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community is launching tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat”.

Reserved exclusively for Public Safety purposes and powered by CitizenObserver, a St. Paul MN company, tip411 puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of our community for all ages and demographics.  tip411 is a national program that benefits over 1000 communities around the county.

Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to Winchester Police by texting the word Winchester and the tip information to 847411 (tip411).

Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s website at www.winchesterpd.org (look under CONTACT)  or from the direct link at http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10750

Its 100% anonymous. CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the Winchester Police Department see’s it so there’s no way to identify the sender.

The tip line is not intended for emergencies.  If you want to notify police of an emergency, dial 911.

About CitizenObserver
CitizenObserver, a St. Paul, MN company founded in 2000, provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education, and public safety agencies in over 40 states.