Police Briefs 05-28-2015


Last Thursday evening, Chelsea 911 received several calls for a reported fire at 22 Normandy Rd.

Upon arrival Chelsea Engine 1, under the command of Capt. Thompson, reported smoke showing from the first floor and located a fire in the kitchen. Firefighters immediately stretched a line into the building and knocked down the fire before it had extended to the upper floor. With no Ladder Truck in service mutual aid had to be requested from Revere and Everett, who each dispatched a ladder company to the scene. After the fire was knocked down, firefighters discovered a gas container within the immediate area of the fire and removed it from the building. Deputy Zalewski requested Fire Prevention to respond to scene.

The fire was confined to the kitchen area and is currently under investigation.

Cataldo Ambulance also treated one of the residents of the apartment for an unknown injury. Above, Firefighter Brian Swift stretches a hose line into the Normandy Road building.


Chelsea Detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred Tuesday, May 26, at 8:26 p.m. at the corner of Chester Avenue and Shawmut Streets. Officers where dispatched to 58 Bellingham St. and observed a 17 year old male victim who received two stab wounds to the upper body. The victim told officers that he and a friend were attacked by two young males for no apparent reason while walking on Chester Avenue near Shawmut Street. The victim’s friend was able to get away and was not located by police. The victim told officers he made it to Bellingham Street where he had a family member call for help. The victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Chelsea Detectives are continuing the investigation.


Chelsea Fire and Police responded to the Chelsea Yacht Club Wednesday morning after receiving reports that a person had jumped from the upper level of the Tobin Bridge. The victim was located in the water and immediately removed by Chelsea firefighters and police. Chelsea Fire members, as well as Cataldo Ambulance personnel, prepared the victim for transport. The victim was transported to Mass General Hospital with serious injuries.

Chelsea and State Police are investigating.


State Police detectives attached to the Suffolk DA’s office are assisting Chelsea Police in the investigation into the shooting of a 17-year-old Chelsea man on Tudor Street May 25.

Chelsea Police remain the primary agency of jurisdiction, as the victim has survived thus far. Evidence collected in an ongoing investigation indicates that shortly before midnight on May 25, the man was shot while standing near 46 Tudor St. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is active. State Police Crime Scene Services troopers responded to photograph and document the scene. State Police Ballistics Section troopers also responded to recover ballistic evidence.

Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang-related.


The Chelsea Fire Department has not been bashful in drawing attention to the fact that its Ladder 2 truck has been out of service for nearly 60 days, and pointing that out has led to a mutual aid of a different kind.

Several residents of Chelsea, whose names are still unknown, have been gathering signatures on a petition at the Market Basket and other locations around the City to voice outrage for the lack of staffing and equipment for the CFD.

The petition demands that City leaders replace Ladder 2 and calls for greater staffing on the CFD as well.


The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam involving a man falsely claiming to work for the Civil Process Division.

As part of the scam, the caller allegedly claims to be a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Deputy and informs victims that they’ve failed to report for jury duty and are subject to arrest and possible imprisonment unless they pay a fine to settle the matter. Victims are then instructed by the alleged perpetrator to purchase a prepaid credit card from their local store and provide the number to the scammer via telephone. The victim is then told to deliver the card in person at what is the official address of the Civil Process Division at 132 Portland Street in an effort to make the victim believe that the caller is an official representative of the Division.

“We want citizens to know that this is most definitely a scam and to take the proper precautions against this individual or individuals,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. “Any arrests carried out by our civil deputies are done in person, never by telephone, and any financial transactions are performed inside the Civil Process Division at 132 Portland Street, not over the phone or on the street.”

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department advises that citizens who receive similar calls should not give out any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local law enforcement agency.  The Department also asks that you call The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Investigative Division (SID) at: (617) 704-6544.

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