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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD FOR JANUARY 2013

SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD

is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of January 2013 to

Deputy Chief Michael Cabral, Capt. Paul Trant, Lt. Dan Cotter, Sgt. Scott Whalen, Ofc. Alan Monaco, Ofc. Jason Costa, Ofc. Rob Pasqualino, Ofc. Randy Isaacs, Ofc. Erick Ubeda, and Ofc. Devin Schneider

 

Several weeks before Christmas, the department learned of a dying wish being made by Rustburg, Virginia six year old Nathan Norman, who is fighting brain cancer. Nathan has dreamed of being a police officer or a firefighter and was requesting Christmas cards from departments across the U.S. Officers in Burlington came up with the idea to form a “blue” convoy and hand deliver the cards to Nathan at his home in Virginia. Upon hearing of this trip, the officers receiving this award immediately volunteered to participate. These 10 officers, along with officers from 75 other departments, made the 20 hour roundtrip. The SPD presented Nathan with a plaque and also made him an Honorary Somerville Police Department Officer. The officers who participated in this trip did not receive any compensation, overtime or reimbursement and truly went above and beyond the call of duty.

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Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police

BTCD2013JAN1

 

Shooting Suspects Arrested

Shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Saturday evening, December 1st, Somerville Police received multiple reports of gunshots in the area of Evergreen Avenue and Marshall Street. Police Units responded and were directed to a nearby residence where they located a 24 year old male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Mass. General Hospital.

Somerville Police Detectives, working with inves...tigators from the Medford Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, began to follow leads which quickly associated the Evergreen Avenue incident, with a stabbing that was reported in Medford about thirty minutes after the Evergreen Avenue incident. Working together, the investigators were able to connect the two incidents, which resulted in identifying both suspects in the Somerville shooting incident. On December 5th, Somerville Detectives Alex Capobianco and Jonathan Thermidor obtained warrants to arrest Joshua Sullivan, age 18, with a last known address in Somerville and Khyam Mayes, age 29, who is listed as homeless, for armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Both suspects were arrested by Somerville Police this morning.

Chief Thomas Pasquarello praised the work of the investigative team, who quickly solved this violent incident that occurred on a quiet residential street and acknowledged the support of the neighborhood residents, especially the Evergreen Community Alliance.

 

Tips to Prevent Package Thefts

This week marks the beginning of the annual holiday gift buying season. Each year, more and more shoppers are using online or catalog services to order gifts to be delivered to their homes. Unfortunately, this is also the season when the theft of delivered packages increases across the nation and Somerville is no exception. In 2011, there were 56 reported thefts of packages from the porches or doorsteps of Somerville residents. Thirty of those thefts happened from mid-November through the end of the year. Some arrests were made and some items were recovered. Our goal this year is to reduce this type of theft from happening at all.

There any many steps that home shoppers can take to reduce the chance that their deliveries will be stolen. Here are some helpful tips to prevent the theft of your package:

1. Have your package delivered to a location where someone can receive it in person. A neighbor or relative who is usually home, or if you have an understanding boss, to your workplace, are good alternatives.
2. Encourage you neighbors to watch for deliveries and agree to secure each other’s packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no apparent reason or following delivery trucks.
3. Request the shipper to hold your package at their facility. Most offer this service.
4. Track deliveries on line. Many companies officer a text notification to your cell phone when a package has been delivered.
5. Request a signature confirmation of delivery.
6. Insure valuable items.
7. Provide delivery instructions. If packages will be left while you are not home, try to have them left out of sight from the street.
8. If you see anyone acting suspicious, call 911.

Enjoy your holidays and be safe.
 
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