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Posted By Winchester Police on July 29th, 2014

On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee.  The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up.  At approx. 11:03 […]

 

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SCAM ALERT! IRS Scam Using Phone Call Spoofing of Police Telephone Numbers.

Posted By Winchester Police on July 29th, 2014

On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee.  The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up.  At approx. 11:03 AM, the resident  got another call from 781-729-1214 (Winchester Police Department’s actual number).  The individual on the phone stated he was with Winchester Police and that there were warrants for his arrest and told him to call 800-829-7650.  The resident ended the call and redialed 781-729-1214 to see if the number was actually the Winchester Police Department.  The resident confirmed it was the WPD but did not ask any further questions only confirmed number.  The resident called that 800 number and “Damon Marshall” who answered, told him to get $5000 on prepaid cards and call back with the serial numbers.  The resident went to CVS, got 10 MoneyPak prepaid cards with $500 each on them (total $5000), called the number back, and gave each of the serial numbers on the back to “Damon Marshall”.

The Winchester Police Department is warning residents of this scam.  The Winchester Police Department will not contact residents on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.  If there were an actual warrant for your arrest, The Winchester Police Department WOULD NOT contact you by phone and would absolutely not request money to resolve the issue.  If you are contacted by any person or organization demanding payments and it seems suspicious, please contact Winchester Police.

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.

TIMOTHY SALVATORE SABBAG, AGE 24 OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:

• 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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Mountain Lion Update

Posted By Winchester Police on March 20th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/mountain-lion-update

Since the reported mountain lion sighting in February, The Winchester Police Department received a report of another sighting approximately 10 days later.  A photograph of a second paw print (below) located at this sighting was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States.  Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the paw print belongs to a mountain lion.  The Winchester Police Department is reminding residents to be mindful that a mountain lion may still be in town. For more information, see our previous post at http://www.winchesterpd.org/?p=1311.

Lion track

Mountain Lion Track Found in Winchester

 

 

Mountain Lion Sighting in Winchester

Posted By Winchester Police on February 27th, 2014

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 Wildlife for verification.     The Mountain Lion Foundation  website offers a lot of information to the public including  this excerpt:

HOW SAFE ARE
HUMANS WHEN
LIONS ARE
CLOSE BY?

Excerpt from Outdoor Magazine
California Dept. of Fish & Game, May, 2012

“DFG (California Dept. of Fish and Game) does not consider mountain lion sightings near human habitation a public safety concern as long as the lion is not exhibiting aggressive behavior towards people. Mountain lions occur most anywhere you can find their primary prey, which is deer. As you likely know, deer not only live in remote forests, but also in green belts, parkways and riparian corridors along rivers. As such, mountain lion sightings in these areas are not uncommon, and DFG receives numerous reports of lions in these settings every month. Mountain lions are considered beneficial in these settings as they maintain healthy deer herds by keeping their populations in check.

DFG has scientific evidence that mountain lions inhabiting areas close to humans are no real cause for concern. We have either conducted or been associated with mountain lion studies that have monitored their movements in such areas. We typically capture mountain lions and place a radio collar on them in order to track their movements. The information gleaned from these collars has provided some illuminating results. They have indicated that mountain lions regularly use such areas more frequently than we have previously thought, and that these lions generally attempt to stay away from people.

For example, in Southern California, university researchers have placed collars on these big cats in a heavily used park. They also placed trail loggers and remotely triggered cameras along popular trails to estimate human use. Surprisingly, the results indicated that some lions were mere feet away from people who were unaware of the lion’s presence. During the course of this study, no reports of aggressive lion behaviors were ever reported to the researchers or park personnel.

“The Mountain Lion Foundation also suggests several steps to keep yourself safe in the unlikely event you encounter a mountain lion:

If you do see a mountain lion, no matter how thrilled you are to be one of the very few who gets such an opportunity, stay well back, and take the encounter seriously.


  • Make yourself appear as large as possible.

    Make yourself appear larger by picking up your children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other adults. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.


  • Make noise.

    Yell, shout, bang your walking stick against a tree. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly, firmly and loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.


  • Act like a predator yourself.

    Maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. Never bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your raised arms, throw stones or branches, all without turning away.


  • Slowly create distance.

    Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, or between the lion and its prey or cache. Back slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. Give a mountain lions the time and ability to move away.


  • Protect yourself.

    If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away cougars.

 

For more information, download the pdf brocheure published by the Mountain Lion Foundation and visit their site at http://www.mountainlion.org/portalprotect.asp

Mountain Lion Brochure (pdf download)

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.

Winter Parking Ban

Posted By Winchester Police on November 18th, 2013

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.

Local Landlord Pleads Guilty

Posted By Winchester Police on October 31st, 2013

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2013/local-landlord-pleads-guilty

Sarkis Kavlakian, 54 of Burlington plead guilty in Woburn District Court to stealing the identity of  tenants and using their checking and credit card accounts to pay debts and purchase close to $10,000 in goods.  He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the House of Corrections (suspended sentence) with 59 days to serve and three years of probation.   Kavlakian, the owner of several rental units at 40 Church Street, Winchester was arrested in 2010 on these charges.

Sarkis Kavlakian

Sarkis Kavlakian

Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification – CLARENCE BRIAN DESEIGNORA – UPDATED

Posted By Winchester Police on September 25th, 2013

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2013/level-3-sex-offender-community-notification-clarence-brian-deseignora
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, §§ 178C-178Q,
the individual who appears on this
notification has been designated as a
Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender
Registry Board. The Board has determined
that this individual is at a high risk
to reoffend and that the degree of dangerousness
posed to the public is such that a substantial public
safety interest is served by active community
notification.

Clarence Brian Deseignora works at 175 Washington Street.
He is NOT a resident of Winchester

UPDATE:
This offender’s employer informed Winchester Police that
Deseignora does not 
work on location in Winchester.
Deseignora is a temporary employee, subcontracted

to outside construction sites.

THIS INDIVIDUAL IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE

Clarence Brian Deseignora

Clarence Brian Deseignora

Level 3 Sex Offender

Name:  CLARENCE BRIAN DESEIGNORA

Home Address(es):
29 Penfield Street Apt. 1
Roslindale, MA 02131

Sex: MALE Race: BLACK
Height: 6’02″ Weight: 215 lbs.
Eye Color:BROWN Hair Color: BLACK

Offenses Committed/Date(s) of Conviction/Adjudication: 
AGGRAVATED RAPE – 10/8/1992
ASSAULT W/ INTENT TO COMMIT RAPE – 10/15/1992

**********WARNING**********
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE
USED TO COMMIT A CRIME OR TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL
DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT OF AN OFFENDER. ANY
PERSON WHO USES INFOMRATION DISCLOSED
PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C. 6, §§ 178C - 178Q FOR SUCH
PURPOSES SHALL BE PUNISHED BY NOT MORE THAN TWO
AND ONE HALF (2 ½) YEARS IN A HOUSE OF CORRECTION
OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS ($1,000.00) OR BOTH (M.G.L. C. 6, § 178N).
IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO USES REGISTRY INFORMATION
TO THEREATEN TO COMMIT A CRIME MAY BE PUNISHED BY A
FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
($100.00) OR BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN
SIX (6) MONTHS (M.G.L. C. 275, § 4).

Back to School!

Posted By Winchester Police on September 3rd, 2013

Wednesday, September 4th is the first day of school for Winchester students.  Please drive safely and park legally!

Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification – KEVIN J. CRONIN

Posted By Winchester Police on August 12th, 2013

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2013/level-3-sex-offender-community-notification-kevin-j-cronin
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, §§ 178C-178Q,
the individual who appears on this
notification has been designated as a
Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender
Registry Board. The Board has determined
that this individual is at a high risk
to reoffend and that the degree of dangerousness
posed to the public is such that a substantial public
safety interest is served by active community
notification.

Kevin Cronin does not reside or work in Winchester,
however he does frequent Winchester.  

The Winchester Police Department has had recent
calls involving Cronin and want

to make the public aware of his status. 

THIS INDIVIDUAL IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE

Level 3 Sex Offender

Kevin J Cronin

Level 3 Sex Offender

Name:  CRONIN, KEVIN, J

Home Address(es):
16 Briscoe Street, Woburn MA
Sex: MALE Race: WHITE
Height: 5’08″ Weight: 185 lbs
Eye Color:BROWN Hair Color: BLACK

Offenses Committed/Date(s) of Conviction/Adjudication:
ASSAULT OF A CHILD WITH INTENT TO COMMIT RAPE – 05/24/1995
ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT RAPE – 05/24/1995
INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON A PERSON AGED 14 OR OLDER (3 COUNTS) – 05/24/1995
ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT RAPE – 03/06/1989

**********WARNING**********
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE
USED TO COMMIT A CRIME OR TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL
DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT OF AN OFFENDER. ANY
PERSON WHO USES INFOMRATION DISCLOSED
PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C. 6, §§ 178C - 178Q FOR SUCH
PURPOSES SHALL BE PUNISHED BY NOT MORE THAN TWO
AND ONE HALF (2 ½) YEARS IN A HOUSE OF CORRECTION
OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS ($1,000.00) OR BOTH (M.G.L. C. 6, § 178N).
IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO USES REGISTRY INFORMATION
TO THEREATEN TO COMMIT A CRIME MAY BE PUNISHED BY A
FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
($100.00) OR BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN
SIX (6) MONTHS (M.G.L. C. 275, § 4).