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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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Winchester Police Offer Safety Reminders Ahead of High School Prom and Town-Wide Events

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 be held on June 2.

“Each of these yearly events is exciting and attract many residents,” Chief MacDonnell said. “Our priority is ensuring that everyone has a good time and gets home safely. We want high school seniors in particular to be conscious of their behavior and the importance of making good decisions on prom night.”
Residents should be aware that some roads will be closed during these events. Beginning on Wednesday May 16 at 8am and going through Sunday morning May 20, Skilling Rd, both directions from the high school entrance to the Town Hall intersection shall be closed in order to accommodate the En Ka Fair. On Thursday, May 17 Mount Vernon St shall be closed in both directions from the rotary to the town hall intersection. For both the fair and Town Day, motorists should exercise extreme caution due to increased pedestrian traffic on town streets and sidewalks.

Winchester Police will have an increased presence at each event, but fair and Town Day attendees should remain vigilant and maintain awareness of their surroundings. Anyone who sees something that appears suspicious or out of place should immediately notify an event organizer or public safety officials. Parents should keep in mind that during this time of year, risky behaviors among our middle and high school aged youth increase.

The senior prom is a memorable and exciting event for our high school seniors, but for parents, it can be a stressful night. Students should remember that poor decisions made before, during and after prom can have long-term negative consequences.

Chief MacDonnell recommends that parents reinforce the importance of good decision making with their children, and encourages families to remember the following guidelines as prom night approaches.

Think responsibly: Students are responsible for their own actions, and should not feel pressured to take part in inappropriate behavior — prior, during, or after the dance. It’s OK to say no, even if others are participating.

Travel safely: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip. It’s the law.

Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking, or using drugs.
Don’t text and drive. Texting and cell phone use while driving is illegal and a major cause of accidents.
Plan ahead and know the law: After prom parties should be supervised. Students should make plans to be with friends and notify parents or guardians where they’ll be and how to reach them.

The law now also provides immunity from prosecution for those under twenty-one who unlawfully possession alcohol (c. 138 § 34C) and those who unlawfully purchase alcohol (c. 138 § 34A) when seeking medical attention for alcohol incapacitation. The person who calls for medical attention and the person in need of medical attention are immune from prosecution from these alcohol related offenses.

The Good Samaritan Law (M.G.L. 94C §34A) states that a person experiencing a drug-related overdose (or someone with the overdosing party) who seeks medical assistance will not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.

Under the Social Host law, parents can be criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes or any property controlled by them.

Communicate: Parents should reinforce to their children that underage drinking is illegal and can impair a person, especially a young person’s ability to make good decisions. Get students’ itineraries for the evening, including whom they will be with, where they’ll be going before and after the prom, and the phone numbers of where you can contact them. Come to a fair decision on a curfew and express any concerns about their health and safety.

Be understanding: Family members are urged to make it clear to their students that they can call them at any time for help, advice or a ride.

Assessment for Re-accreditation

Posted By Winchester Police on April 27th, 2018

The Winchester Police Department will undergo its triennial assessment for re-accreditation on Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21.   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 Sgt. Edward Donohue,  Det. Sgt Joseph Abdella or Ptl. Michael DeRosa.

Winter Parking Ban

Posted By Winchester Police on December 8th, 2017

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.

Man Arrested for Attempted Breaking and Entering, Assault and Battery on Officer 

Posted By Winchester Police on June 26th, 2017
Alex Baldwin
Alex Baldwin

WINCHESTER — Chief Peter MacDonnell reports that Winchester Police arrested a man on attempted breaking and entering charges Saturday night after an off-duty officer who was walking his dog noticed the man behaving suspiciously.

ALEX BALDWIN, AGE 31, who is currently homeless but most recently resided in WOBURN, was arrested and charged with:

  • Attempting to Commit a Crime (Breaking and Entering)
  • Disorderly Person
  • Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
  • Resisting Arrest

In addition to the charges he faces in Winchester, BALDWIN is a suspect in an active trespassing case in Woburn.

On Saturday, June 24, at approximately 9:45 p.m., an off-duty Winchester Police officer walking his dog in the area of Main Street and Hill Street observed BALDWIN exit the parking lot of a business and raise the hood on his sweatshirt after noticing the officer.

BALDWIN then walked along Hill Street and ducked in between two homes, where the off-duty officer saw him walking in a crouched stance looking through a window into one of the homes. BALDWIN then covered his hand with the sleeve of his sweatshirt and tested the handle of a door to see if it was unlocked.

When he saw the officer watching him, BALDWIN froze briefly and then began to flee on foot as the officer pursued. After the officer caught up to him, BALDWIN pushed him away and fled again, then threw a punch at the officer as on-duty police arrived to assist and place him under arrest.

“This is an excellent example of the type of awareness and commitment that our officers should display at all times, even when they are not on duty,” Chief MacDonnell said. “I am proud of the work that led to bringing this suspect, who has a history of trespassing, into custody.”

BALDWIN was held on $2,000 bail pending his arraignment at Woburn District Court.

 

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 26, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Winchester Police Arrest Massage Therapist on Multiple Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery

Posted By Winchester Police on January 24th, 2017

A Message from the Winchester Police Department Distributed by:

John Guilfoil Public Relations
JGPR.net | 617-993-0003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

*Joint Press Release* Winchester Police Arrest Massage Therapist on Multiple Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery

Police Asking Any Other Potential Victims to Come Forward

Alexander Osher
Alexander Osher

 

WINCHESTER – Winchester Chief of Police Peter MacDonnell and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that ALEXANDER OSHER, AGE 48, OF LYNN was arraigned on Thursday, Jan. 19 in Woburn District Court.

OSHER was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 in connection with three alleged incidents of sexual assaults of the defendant’s massage clients.

Authorities believe that there may be additional victims in this case, and they are asking anyone who may be a victim to contact the Winchester Police Department.

Judge Dennis Curran set bail at $1,000 cash and ordered the defendant to surrender his passport, to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, to not leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to observe a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., to not work as a licensed massage therapist, to not seek or maintain employment in any establishment offering massage therapy, to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victims, to stay away from the Winchester Wellness Center and to not commit any new crimes. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, Feb. 13.

“We are extremely grateful to the victims who have come forward to assist the Winchester Police Department and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in charging this suspect,” Chief MacDonnell said. “We believe that there are more victims out there, and it is our hope that the bravery of the three victims who came to the police will empower others to do the same.”

“Three women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault perpetrated by the defendant,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Based on the similar statements given by the women who reported the defendant’s alleged actions, we have cause to be concerned that there may be additional victims out there. We encourage anyone who feels they may have also been a victim of an indecent sexual assault to not hesitate to contact the Winchester Police Department.”

Anyone with information or who may wish to come forward can come to the Winchester Police Department or call Winchester Police Detectives at 781-729-0238.

From Dec. 15, 2016 to Jan. 16, 2017, the Winchester Police Department received three separate complaints from women stating that during their visit to the Winchester Wellness Center, where the defendant worked as a licensed masseuse, they had been inappropriately touched during their massages. Following the investigation, Winchester Police arrested the defendant on Jan. 18.

This is an open and ongoing investigation. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Jason Chandler.

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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.

JAMES THOMPSON

http://www.wday.com/news/north-dakota/4001582-fargo-man-pleads-guilty-luring-minor

http://www.inforum.com/news/3887826-police-fargo-man-used-social-messaging-app-send-explicit-photo-11-year-olds-phone

Found Cash – December 26, 2015

Posted By Winchester Police on December 29th, 2015

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.

Charges Coming Against Boston Sex Assault Suspect for Incident in Town

Posted By Winchester Police on September 22nd, 2015

Investigation into Assault, Attempted Abduction of 10-Year-Old Girl Leads Police to Suspect

Winchester – Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli reports that the Winchester Police Department, investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl, will seek charges against the same sexual assault suspect arrested last week by the Boston Police Department.

The Department is expected to shortly announce charges against a 36-year-old Westwood man who was arrested in Boston on Sunday for an attack in the Fenway neighborhood. Police allege that the suspect attacked and tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl on Saturday, one day before he was taken into custody.

On Saturday, Sept.19, 2015 at approximately 4:20 p.m., Winchester Police responded to Skillings Field by the walk through tunnel for a report of an assault on a child. Upon arrival, the child reported that she was approached by a white male with scruffy facial hair.

The suspect allegedly asked the girl if she knew what time it was and she said she did not know. The suspect then walked away through the tunnel toward Spruce Street, but reappeared a short time later while the girl was walking through the tunnel and placed his hand over her mouth and picked her up off of the ground. The girl kicked and tried to yell and she was eventually able to get away from the man. She ran out onto the field and approached a group of adults and told them about the incident, who then called police and the girl’s parents.

Police conducted a thorough search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

An investigation was launched, and footage was taken from multiple surveillance cameras. The investigation quickly pointed to the suspect.

This appears to be an isolated incident, and no other types of incidents like have been reported in the region.

“This is a very disturbing case in which a man allegedly attacked a young girl,” Chief Albertelli said. “Our detectives worked aggressively and diligently to put together a case, and I am grateful that this appears to be an isolated incident. I also want to recognize the victim in this case. Despite a terrible trauma and attempted abduction, this young girl had the presence of mind to fight off her attacker and immediately report what had happened to a group of adults. She is very brave.”

More information will be released when it becomes available. Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the Winchester Police Department at 781-729-1212.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

 

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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

 

Wanted by Winchester Police Department & Massachusetts State Police : Matthew McAveeney

Posted By Winchester Police on October 16th, 2014

http://www.winchesterpd.org/2014/wanted-by-winchester-police-department-massachusetts-state-police-matthew-mcaveeney

Wanted by Winchester Police Department & Massachusetts State Police, for Armed Assault with Intent to Murder

Matthew McAveeney
Age 46
5’08 250lbs

Do not approach or try to apprehend. Subject is wanted for a violent crime.

Any information on his whereabouts please call Winchester Police at 781-729-1212
(Lieutenant Detective Dan O’Connell) or Mass State Police at 978-538-6020 (Trooper Anthony DeLucia).

Matthew McAveeney

Matthew McAveeney

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