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 […]
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Ransomware is a form of computer malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses in organizations and individual networks in an effort to deny the availability of data to the user. Ransomware is often delivered to a victim’s computer through a phishing email. The malicious email then takes control of the user’s computer and essentially locks it down, preventing the user from accessing critical and persoanl data. When the lock down occurs, the person behind the attack demands payment before sending the user the unlock code. If the ransom is not paid, the data will be unrecoverable. Ransonware has been a problem for corporations for years but has recently become more common to home users. For more information on Ransomware and how to protect yourself, the FBI Cyber Division has released a flyer, which can be downloaded here. FBI Ransomware Flyer.pdf
The Middlesex County Beekeepers Association would like the public to be aware of honey-bee swarms. If you encounter a swarm on your property or in your neighborhood, they recommend you contact the association’s swarm coordinator, Alexandra Bartsch at 781-630-1129 (cell or text) .
Before you contact the swarm coordinator please make sure you can answer the following questions:
1. Confirm that these are Honeybees! Please follow this link: What’s Buzzin’
2. Location (address, tree, or in a house/wall, how high up? Are ladders or other equipment needed?
3. How large is the swarm (melon, football, basketball)?
4. How long has it been there since it was noticed?
5. Contact information? The swarm coordinator will coordinate with an interested member who will need to contact you directly.
Exterminators will not kill honeybees and often refer homeowners to find a beekeeper. Conversely, beekeepers are not exterminators and will not remove other insects. Please make sure they are honey-bees and THANK YOU for your interest in helping this important pollinator.
Many communities have reported a scam involving paving contractors. The scam as follows:
A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway. At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease. You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.
Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer. The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country. Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.
Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:
- Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work. Do not let the solicitors inside your home. Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property. If they refuse your instructions call the police.
- Educate yourself and your family. Search the internet for “paving scams.”
- Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance. Conmen rarely have worker’s compensation insurance and if one of them is injured at your home, the claim could be made against your homeowner’s insurance.
- Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.
- Be a good neighbor. Paving scams target senior citizens.
- Call the police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.
This article is intended as a public service announcement. It is a warning that joins numerous similar warnings that have appeared in newspapers, on television and been sent out by the AARP. Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep Massachusetts safe and secure. When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt.
Everett Men and Woman Arraigned on Guns and Drug Charges
In possession of gun stolen from evidence locker at Chelsea District Court
MALDEN – Two Everett men and an Everett woman have been arraigned on numerous gun and drug charges, including possession of a gun that was reported stolen from the Chelsea District Court evidence locker in November 2011, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today.
Liban Ali, 21, Jeffrey Sanon, 30, and Malensky Oscar, 21, all of Everett, were arraigned in Malden District Court on charges of possession of a high capacity firearm (3 counts each), possession of a high capacity magazine (3 counts each), unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, trafficking in cocaine over 36 grams, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and receiving stolen property.
Following a 58A dangerousness hearing, Malden District Court Judge Lee Johnson held Ali and Sanon without bail and ordered Oscar held on $25,000 cash bail. Oscar’s bail was subsequently reduced to $2,500 with the condition of house arrest if she is released.
The defendants’ next court date is June 5 for a pretrial hearing.
“We allege that these defendants were found to be in possession of several high capacity firearms and magazines, as well as a gun reported to have been stolen from the Chelsea District Court,” District Attorney Ryan said. “The firepower and drugs that were discovered at that home created a potentially lethal combination and a real danger to nearby residents. I applaud the teamwork and joint efforts of the Winchester and Everett police departments, whose search for a stolen computer led to an unanticipated and significant seizure of weapons that now no longer pose a threat to the community.”
According to authorities, Winchester Police, investigating the breaking and entering and theft of a laptop computer from a local business, obtained a search warrant for the defendants’ Everett residence. Authorities allege that they were directed to the apartment when the antitheft device installed on the laptop indicated it was in use at that location.
When officers from the Winchester police department, accompanied by officers from Everett, arrived at the residence to conduct the search warrant, all 3 defendants were at home. Officers allege they found more than 36 grams of cocaine and packaging materials. They seized several high capacity firearms, one of which—a .40-caliber Glock pistol—was reported stolen from the evidence locker at Chelsea District Court in 2011, and a shotgun. Additionally, they found several high capacity magazines, additional ammunition and the computer stolen from the Winchester business that was the initial subject of the search warrant.
These charges are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney David Rubin.
Contact: Stephanie Chelf Guyotte/MaryBeth Long 781-897-8325
Winchester Police, with assistance from Everett Police, arrested Emir Ikanovic of Everett and charged him with Breaking and Entering into a home on Surrey Road. The arrest was aided by anonymous tips received by the public after the story was aired on WHDH 7 News.
Renovations to the police station began this week. While police service will be uninterrupted, there is a phase of the project where the Records department will be temporarily relocated. Starting around the second week of June, Records will be relocated to the trailer in the rear lot of the Public Safety Building.
There will be times during the renovation that there will be no public access to the building. During those times, a sign will be posted at the front door with further information. As usual, police can be reached as follows:
Report a crime: (781) 729 – 1212
Business: (781) 729-1214 / Fax: (781) 721-5613
Chief’s Office: (781) 729-5429
The Winchester Fire Department can be reached at (781) 729 – 1802
Due to the En Ka Fair being held at the Jenks lot and high school lot, Skillings Road will be closed this week. One lane of traffic will be open for access to the high school until after school on Friday May 20. After 2:30 PM on the 20th, Skillings Road will be completely closed until approximately 1:00 AM on Sunday, 22.
Be Safe at Home – Help protect our environment. Bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Winchester Police Department for proper disposal. Disposal is available 24 hours a day.
Guidelines for Disposal:
- Take unused, unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription drugs to the Winchester Medication Disposal Kiosk located in the lobby of the Winchester Police Department.
- Keep medications in original bottle or packaging if possible.
- Mark out your name and address on the prescription labels.
- Put any liquid or glass container in a Ziploc bag provided at the kiosk and securely close the bag. Insert pill containers or Ziploc bag into the kiosk’s mail slot and close the lid.
- Winchester Substance Abuse Coalition sends collected medications to be incinerated as part of the ecological and safe disposal protocol.
For more information on this program, pick up a flyer in the Winchester Police Station lobby vestibule.