CHILDREN RECOVERING AFTER TREE FALLS ON THEM IN WASHINGTON PARK
Chelsea Police, Fire and EMS responded to Washington Park Monday evening, May 4, at 6:59 p.m. after a report of a large tree having fallen on several children in the “children’s playing area” of the park. Witnesses reported hearing a cracking sound just prior to the large tree falling on the children. Two of the children were transported to both Whidden Hospital in Everett and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for their injuries. The injured boys, age 2 and 8 both of Chelsea suffered significant injuries including one being treated for a possible fractured skull.
Chelsea officials quickly closed the park as precaution and have ordered the park closed until an inspection of other trees in the park are deemed safe.
Chief Brian A. Kyes said, “I am wishing both of the injured children a speedy recovery and am grateful that others in the park escaped injury.” “I also thank the other adults in the park who acted quickly to remove the children from the debris and by assisting first responders.”
POLICE ARREST THREE ON ROBBERY CHARGES
Chelsea Police arrested three individuals involved in two armed street robberies on May 4th.
At 12:20 a.m., police responded to a report of a past Armed Robbery on Grove Street. The victim gave police a description of two individuals that approached him and robbed him at knife point. He stated they forcibly took money from his pockets before letting him go, but only after physically assaulting him. Officers in the area quickly located two males that matched the description of the suspects. The two were positively identified by the victim and placed into custody. Jamar Abdoul Smith, 32, of Brighton, and Jose Rovira, 22, of Chelsea, were both placed into custody for Armed Robbery and Assault charges.
In the second incident, police responded to a 2:35 p.m. call near Williams and Chestnut Streets and spoke to a victim who stated that while walking on Broadway near Second Street, a male threw hot coffee at her and stole her cell phone. The victim chased the suspect down Second Street before losing sight of him. Police searched the area including attempting to track the phone by using the GPS coordinates to no avail. Later in the day, the victim observed her attacker in Mary O’Mally Park and called police. Officers responded and placed Jose Murillo-Burgos, 57, who reports himself to be homeless, under arrest on Robbery and Assault charges.
Police also recovered the victims Phone inside the front pocket of Burgos.
COURTHOUSE DUST UP
On April 21, at 11:01 a.m., Chelsea Officers responded to Chelsea District Court at the request of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office on a report of threats. Officers arrested Jade Dilorenzo, 22, and Nicole Dilornezo, 26, both of Revere, for Witness Intimidation and Threats outside of Courtroom 1.
Both made contact with a victim in a Revere Police Department case causing that victim to be relocated inside the District Attorney’s office for her safety. Witnesses state the two screamed and threatened to break the door down just prior to police arriving and placing the two into custody.
Both were arraigned and face a future court date.
POLICE MAKE ARREST IN RAPE
An early morning sexual assault incident inside a building on Winnisimmet Street two weeks ago has resulted in an arrest.
Residents reported a flurry of police activity around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, April 30, in the 200th block of Winnisimmet, with police investigating a situation inside what appeared to be a beauty salon, witnesses said.
Police said they cannot reveal the circumstances of the case due to standard protections of victims.
However, Chief Brian Kyes said the victim and suspect were known to each other.
An arrest was made of a man later in the morning and he was charged accordingly, he reported.
TWO ARRAIGNED IN JP SHOOTING OF ROCA CLIENT
The two men who allegedly plotted to murder 21-year-old Kenny Lamour as he worked as part of a Roca shoveling crew in February will continue to be held without bail after their Superior Court arraignments Monday, May 4.
Donte Henley, 25, of South Boston, and Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park, were arraigned Monday on charges first-degree murder for Lamour’s shooting death in Jamaica Plain; Zachery was arraigned on additional charges of armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly firing at a Boston Police officer who chased him near the scene. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum, Suffolk Superior Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek ordered both men be held without bail.
Polumbaum told the court that on Feb. 11, Lamour and Henley were both part of a shoveling crew organized by a Roca, which was doing contract work for the DCR. Roca was aware that the two men were affiliated with rival gangs but each informed a crew supervisor on the morning of the murder that they were willing to serve together on the work crew without issue. Shortly after offering that assurance, Polumbaum said, phone records show that Henley exchanged text messages with Zachery telling him to come to the work site and to bring a gun. In later text messages, he provided Zachery with Lamour’s location and clothing description, Polumbaum said.
Zachery approached Lamour at the work site and shot him once in the head; he then fired two more shots as Lamour fell to the ground. As he fled the area on foot, Zachery pointed the gun at a pursuing Boston Police officer and fired one shot, prosecutors said.
Additional Boston Police officers located Zachery on Centre Street carrying a black and yellow shovel and wearing sneakers, no gloves, and no jacket. A black jacket matching witness descriptions of that worn by the gunman was found in a nearby yard along with shoe prints in the snow matching Zachery’s sneakers; the resident of an area home told police that his black and yellow shovel had been stolen. Several witnesses identified Zachery as having the same build and clothing as the shooter, minus the black jacket he wore at the time of the shooting.
Through a continued investigation, Boston Police homicide detectives obtained cell phone records and text messages between Zachery and Henley, leading to Henley’s arrest later in February. Both return to court June 18.
ELDERLY RESIDENTS CALL FOR HELP
One elderly man speaking for several residents in the Greenhouse Apartments on Pearl Street told the City Council Monday night, May 4, that the complex is being held hostage by prostitution and drug dealing right outside their door.
Miguel Labada of Greenhouse Apartments said they have seen a huge uptick in prostitution and drug dealing outside their building on Pearl Street, which he said houses mostly people who are age 60 and above. One particular problem, he said, is the prostitutes are gaining access to the building and stealing the elderly residents’ medications that are delivered via U.S. Mail.
“These prostitutes are in front of our building all the time and they’re coming in and stealing these medication packages,” he said. “They’re coming in from the street and taking the packages. This is medication that these elderly people need. For me, they broke the mirror of my car. The problem is growing and growing and growing so much that most of us are scared to go outside. We’re old people in our 60s and some of us are in our 90s. A 90-year-old woman cannot defend herself. Where do we turn now?”
Chelsea Police Partner with Social Media App “Nextdoor” to Promote Neighborhood Safety
Police Chief Brian Kyes announces that the Chelsea Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor, a free social network site that allows neighbors to talk about events, concerns, and common interests to create a stronger, safer and more connected community.
“Think of Nextdoor as an online neighborhood watch that gives our residents the opportunity to share information as quickly as possible. Whether it’s about a yard sale or something more serious like crime, the application promotes information sharing to keep the city safe,” Chief Kyes said. “From the Police Department’s perspective, this is a great way for us to engage with the community by connecting directly with residents, which will help us to respond more swiftly and effectively.”
Citizens can utilize the social media site for a variety of uses like informing police about suspicious activity, posting items for sale, announcing events, recommending or providing reviews about local businesses and even reporting lost pets.
The site also creates a platform for police to help residents prepare for emergencies, prevent crime and take action on issues that are important within the community.
“Nextdoor is another tool in our belt that allows the Department to better interact with residents, especially during emergency situations,” said Chelsea Police Sergeant John Noftle, of the Community Services Division. “Anything we can do to improve communication and increase safety in our City is a great benefit for police officers.”
The private application allows users to post or send out emails and text messages to their network. Nextdoor promotes security and safety by requiring users to verify their address and then categorizes members according to specific geographical area.
All communications on Nextdoor are private within specific neighborhoods. Today, Chelsea has 165 residents using their site, with new members joining all the time.
While the social media network is a helpful tool, it should not be used as a substitute for emergency 911 calls or to report a crime in progress.
For more information about Nextdoor, visit their website nextdoor.com/agencyor contact the Chelsea Police Department at 617-466-4855.
SEIZED MONEY AVAILABLE FROM DA’S OFFICE
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley this week delivered thousands of dollars in seized drug money to fund a Dorchester youth haven.
As part of his annual Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, Conley visited Casserly House on Thursday to hand-deliver a check for $2,500 to help the Dorchester non-profit’s after-school and summer camp programs. The grant is one of 18 that Conley will provide this year to non-profit youth service agencies to fund programs that help Suffolk County kids and teens stay away from drugs, gangs, and dangerous behavior.
Groups across Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop will split tens of thousands of dollars in cash awards this year at no cost to taxpayers: every cent comes from assets seized during the investigation and prosecution of drug distribution cases. State auditors last year reviewed the process in Suffolk County and gave it high marks for turning “the profits of crime into something positive for the community” while carefully documenting all forfeiture-related income and expenditures.
The annual grant process begins in the summer, with application forms available on the Suffolk DA’s website: http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/partnerships-and-prevention/asset-forfeiture-reinvestment-program/.