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/
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 are looking for your help identifying this female. She is wanted for questioning after attempting to use several credit/debit cards that had been stolen from vehicles in Winchester and other local towns. If you can identify this woman, please contact Winchester Police at 781-729-1214. Any information provided will remain anonymous. Click on the post title for a larger images.
The Winter Parking Ban is an effect. Vehicles parked on the street between 1 and 7 AM are subject to fines. Any vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency may be fined and towed.
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.
We are requesting assistance identifying this person. A home security system captured his image during a daytime break into a home in Winchester. If you know this person, please contact us at 781-729-1212. Reference case number 255798. Any information provided will remain anonymous.
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Press Release Concerning an Indecent Assault and Battery that Occurred on Grove Street at Canterbury Road on
June 22, 2011, at 2:01 PM
The Winchester Police Department is currently investigating an indecent assault and battery upon a 12 year old female resident that occurred in our town today at 2:01 PM. The female victim was attacked from behind by a 6’1” tall, dark skinned Asian male reportedly in his mid-twenties, with a crew cut and thin muscular build. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap, a gray unzipped hooded sweatshirt and red sweat pants.
The suspect was initially walking from Medford on Grove Street at Canterbury Road and passed the victim. He suddenly reversed his direction and attacked the victim from the rear, attempting to pull her shorts down. The victim struggled to keep her shorts on and fell to the ground. The suspect then jogged away on Grove Street, heading towards Sussex Road.
A teenage male witness driving on Grove Street from Medford observed the female victim on the ground and made direct eye contact with the suspect. The male witness attempted to follow the suspect but lost sight of him as he fled up Sussex Road.
Below is a composite sketch of the suspect. If you have any information regarding this incident or can identify this individual, contact Winchester Police at (781) 729 – 1212.
Residents should be aware of incidents which have occurred in town involving people attempting to gain access to homes. The scam involves an individual ringing the doorbell of a home and meeting with the resident at the front door. The suspect then explains to the resident that he is there to measure the backyard for a trench that will need to be dug as part of a public works project (or some similar story). When the resident responds to the backyard with the suspect, an accomplice then enters the home through the front door and steals whatever can be taken in the time the homeowner is occupied in the backyard. Some residents have already become victim of this scam.
If a suspicious person or contractor approaches your home and requests access to your property, contact police immediately. If someone claims they are contracted by the DPW, do not allow them in your home. Legitimate Winchester DPW workers will have identification cards and drive vehicles with blue Massachusetts license plates.
The DPW also makes notification to residents ahead of time if significant work is going to be done in residential neighborhoods.
Regarding utility workers: It is unusual for a utility company to request access to your property, but not unheard of. If a person announces him/herself as a representative of a utility company, ask to see an ID and make sure that it is legitimate (NStar, National Grid, Verizon etc.). Look for a marked company vehicle in the area. If they are requesting access to your home, refuse and contact the utility company they say they are with for verification that they need to be there. If the call is legitimate, the utility worker should be understanding of your due diligence.
Don’t allow yourself become a victim. Don’t be afraid to report suspicious activity to police.
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