Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

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

Randolph Police Remind Residents to Remain Safe and Sober While Driving This New Year’s Weekend

RANDOLPH — With New Year’s celebrations and festivities coming up this weekend, Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department wish to emphasize the importance of remaining safe and sober while driving during the holidays.

“While we want everyone to enjoy themselves ringing in the new year, it is vital to the safety of our residents and community that people who are impaired never get behind the wheel,” Chief Pace said. “With the number of taxi cabs and ride-sharing services available, there is no excuse to drive under the influence.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40 percent of traffic fatalities that occur during the holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent for the rest of the year. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that, in 2016, 48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve were alcohol related.

To keep travelers safe, Chief Pace offers the following safety tips from the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Buckle Up, Drive Sober and Pay Attention

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Never drive while intoxicated or if distracted. In every state, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Do not text while driving and always keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be sure to have a designated driver to ensure that you and your family members are safe at all times in the motor vehicle.
  • If you see anyone with an alcoholic beverage, or if a person smells of alcohol, do not get into the car or let that person drive.

Plan Ahead

  • Utilize local taxi companies or ride-sharing services if you are impaired.
  • Plan your travel and route by checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Leave early, if necessary, and allow plenty of time to safely get to your destination.
  • Carry items in your vehicle that may prove useful in the event of an emergency or if you get stranded, including snow shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, flares/emergency markers, blankets, mobile phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medicine.
  • If you become stranded, don’t run your vehicle with the windows up or in an enclosed space for an extended period of time to avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically – just long enough to stay warm.

For additional tips and information please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Safety Tips for Extreme Cold

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

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

*Joint Release*

Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Cold Weather Safety Tips

RANDOLPH — With extremely cold temperatures currently in New England, which are not expected to let up until some time in January, Fire Chief Richard Donovan and Police Chief William Pace would like to provide the community with several important safety tips.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend, and high temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will likely drop below zero.

The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.

“When the temperatures dip this low, please be sure to check on your elderly neighbors and residents that may live by themselves,” Chief Donovan said. “In cold like this, it is vital to stay warm and wear multiple layers.”

With this type of weather, frostbite and hypothermia are possible for those without proper protection from the cold. To stay safe, the Randolph police and fire departments ask that residents follow these tips from the MEMA:

  • Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.
  • If outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety.

Additionally, because of the extreme cold, other areas of your home and vehicles may be affected:

Possible increase in fires from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blowtorches or similar devices.

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Extreme care should be taken when utilizing any blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, coal stove, wood stove or other open flame devices. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. Be sure to check that carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are working properly.

Possible increase in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources.

  • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. There are many resources available for low-income residents who meet certain requirements. National Grid and Eversource offer discounted rates on services to those who are eligible. The state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help certain households pay for a portion of their heating bills.
  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, coal stove or space heater, make sure they are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.

Possible vehicle failure.

  • Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a winter emergency car kit including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, non-perishable foods, windshield scraper, shovel, sand, tow rope and jumper cables in the trunk.

“Try to stay indoors as much as possible in this frigid weather,” Chief Pace said. “There risk of frostbite substantially increases with long-term exposure to low temperatures.”

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Randolph Police to Welcome MPAC Accreditation Assessors to Station Next Month

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

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

Randolph Police to Welcome MPAC Accreditation Assessors to Station Next Month

 

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be welcoming a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) into the station next month.

The visit, which will occur on Jan. 24, is part of the Randolph Police Department’s self-initiated effort to be re-accredited by MPAC. The department achieved accreditation in 2015, and has now approached its three-year mark for renewal.

“Achieving accreditation is a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Pace said. “We look forward to welcoming members MPAC into the station next month to begin this process.”

During their visit, MPAC assessors will be examining various aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, operations and facilities.

The MPAC program consists of 257 mandatory standards and 125 optional standards. In order to maintain their accreditation status, Chief Pace and the Randolph Police must meet all of the mandatory standards, and 60 percent of the optional standards.

Anyone with questions, or those who would like to learn more about the accreditation program, can contact Chief Pace or the department’s Accreditation Manager Lt. Melissa Greener at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Investigating Armed Home Invasion

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

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

Randolph Police Investigating Armed Home Invasion

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a report of an armed home invasion that took place Monday afternoon.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Randolph Police received a 911 call from a 15-year-old boy who said he had been confronted by two masked men outside of his home on Lisa Road. The youth reported that one of the men had brandished a gun.

He told officers that he was at his mailbox outside of his home when the men walked up to him from behind.

They walked the boy into his home and one of the men stayed with him downstairs while the other went upstairs and rifled through multiple rooms. No one else was inside the home at the time.

The men reportedly stole a safe from a bedroom and then fled the area.

The boy told police that he believes the men fled in a black Honda with a third person inside.

The boy was not injured.

Randolph Police are actively investigating this incident. A preliminary investigation indicates that this was not a random act. Anyone with information is asked to the call the police station at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Investigating Shooting Behind Apartment Complex

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

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

Randolph Police Investigating Shooting Behind Apartment Complex

26-Year-Old Male Victim Suffered What is Believed to be a Non-Life Threatening Injury

Shooting Does Not Appear to be Random

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in town Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 1:36 p.m. in a parking lot behind the apartment complex located at 28 Reed St. Randolph Police received multiple reports of a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

When officers arrived, they found a 26-year-old male Randolph resident with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh area on one of his legs. The man was taken by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injury is believed to be serious, but non-life threatening.

The preliminary investigation indicates that this was not a random act. The suspect is believed to have fled the scene in a vehicle. No description of the vehicle or suspect is available at this time.

Randolph Police detectives are actively investigating this incident. As of 2:30 p.m., no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

The Norfolk County Crime Prevention and Control (CPAC) unit and State Police Crime Scene Services will be assisting the Randolph Police in their investigation.

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Randolph Police Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect After Morning Raid

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

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

Randolph Police Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect After Morning Raid

ANGEL ABYMAEL ORTIZ, AGE 22, OF MATTAPAN

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a Mattapan man today in connection with a shooting that occurred last week.

ANGEL ABYMAEL ORTIZ, AGE 22, OF MATTAPAN was arrested and charged with:

  • Armed Assault With Intent to Murder
  • Assault and Battery by Means of Discharging a Firearm
  • Attempted Assault and Battery by Means of Discharging a Firearm
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Possession of a Loaded Firearm
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling

ORTIZ was arrested this morning following a raid at his Mattapan home that was conducted in cooperation with the Boston Police Department.

On Monday, Oct. 23, at 7:28 p.m., Randolph Police responded to a report of a shooting on Alfred Terrace. Upon arrival, officers found a 19-year-old Randolph man who had been shot and suffered injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the victim had been shot while riding in a vehicle, and a more in-depth investigation led Randolph Police to identify ORTIZ as a suspect.

ORTIZ was taken into custody without incident, and he was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Quincy District Court.

Randolph Police are continuing to actively investigate the shooting.

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Randolph Police to Participate in No-Shave November

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

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

Randolph Police to Participate in No-Shave November

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace announces that the Randolph Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November to raise money for servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

For 30 days, Randolph police officers will be permitted to grow beards and goatees in exchange for donating $100 to Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that works to help service members, veterans and their families heal from invisible wounds — like traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder — regardless of their financial means or discharge status.

Home Base reported that in 2016, 500 first responders across 21 cities in Massachusetts raised more than $50,000 through the No-Shave November campaign.

“We’re thrilled to be raising money for Home Base and supporting service members and their families through a fun initiative like No-Shave November,” Chief Pace said. “I anticipate that many members of the Randolph Police Department will grow out their facial hair for this worthy cause.”

Residents who would like to support Home Base can do so by making a donation at homebase.org.

A ceremonial shave off will occur on Nov. 30, and the total donations from officers and community members will be sent to Home Base.

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Randolph Police Investigating Shooting

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

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

Randolph Police Investigating Shooting

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that left one man with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police believe that the victim and suspects were known to each other and that this was not a random act of violence.

Police responded to a location on Alfred Terrace at 7:28 p.m. Monday for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, officers found a 19-year-old Randolph man who had been shot in the upper leg. The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton with injuries that are considered serious but not life-threatening.

A second man who was with the victim was not injured.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was shot while riding in a motor vehicle. The victim and second man bailed out of the vehicle on Mill Street and made their way to Alfred Terrace.

Officers located a firearm on Moulton Terrace and observed three males running from that location. Investigators also found a quantity of marijuana at the scene on Alfred Terrace.

The Randolph Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Anyone with any information or who may have seen something suspicious is asked to call the police department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Officers and Firefighters Become First Certified Ceremonial Guardsmen in the U.S.

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

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

Randolph Police Officers and Firefighters Become First Certified Ceremonial Guardsmen in the U.S.

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan are pleased to announce that members of the police and fire honor guards completed training to become the first certified ceremonial guardsmen in the U.S.

From Sept. 25-29, Randolph police officers and firefighters attended a course with John Marshall, known as the “DrillMaster,” to learn the proper techniques of ceremonial drill. The training took place at the Municipal Police Training Committee’s headquarters in Randolph.

“The Randolph Police Department’s Honor Guard has been a key component of this department since its creation in 1984,” Chief Pace said. “Working with John Marshall gave us the opportunity to learn new skills and refine our practice to operate at the ceremonial level. I’m extremely pleased we’re now the first certified ceremonial guardsmen in the U.S.”

Following the course, police officers and firefighters were presented with a ceremonial guardsmen shoulder tab patch during a graduation on Sept. 29. Graduates include:

Randolph Police: Commander John Hamelburg, Commander David Avery, Lt. Anthony Marag, Detective Sgt. Christine Morse, Detective Sgt. Jason Fisher, Detective Christopher Jones, Detective Richard Brewer, Officer Billy Lok, Officer Steven Rosa, Officer Kevin Gilbert, Officer Matthew Rodman and Officer Craig Staffier.

Randolph Fire: Capt. Paul Frew, Lt.Timothy Sproules, Firefighter Patrick Sullivan, Firefighter Anthony Phinney, Firefighter Peter Kourafas, Firefighter Kristopher Kronillis, Firefighter Joseph Gordon, Firefighter Robert Shiavone Jr. and Firefighter Stephen Connors Jr.

Marshall is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who spent 14 years with several honor guard units at bases around the world. He created the first responder ceremonial guardsman training and certification program this year in an effort to establish standards for the first responder honor guard units around the country.

During the course, the trainees learned firing party procedures for firing the Three Volley Salute, how to carry a casket and how to properly move the casket in and out of a vehicle. They also learned proper techniques for folding the American flag that is placed on the casket, the proper methods for presenting and posting the colors, and the ways to use rifles, shotguns, handguns, (police) and axes (fire) for the different ceremonial elements.

“We want to thank John for giving us the needed skills to perform as ceremonial guardsmen,” Chief Donovan said. “We look forward to being able to represent Randolph and any other communities in need of honor guard services.”

The Randolph honor guard members will serve during funerals, memorial services and events like the Fourth of July parade.

“Randolph police and fire officials are fully trained and ready to handle any kind of situation,” Marshall said. “They did a fantastic job during the course and were an outstanding group of people with which to work.”

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Randolph Police to Participate in the Pink Patch Project

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

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

Randolph Police to Participate in the Pink Patch Project

 

 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be participating in the Pink Patch Project by selling pink uniform patches in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Originating in southern California, the Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between public safety agencies throughout the county designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support cancer research organizations.

Beginning in October, Randolph Police will be selling a pink version of the department’s uniform patch for $10 each, payable by check or money order. Checks should be made out to, “Randolph Police Department: Pink Patch Project.”

All patch sale proceeds will be donated to Boston hospitals that provide care for patients battling breast cancer. Randolph Police plan to assist the hospitals with purchasing items used during treatment to make patients more comfortable, such as heated blankets, lotion, headwear and other items.

Those who wish to purchase a patch can do so at the Randolph Police Records Department during business hours, as well as at dispatch or by mail, by sending a check to:

Randolph Police Department
Attn: Officer Kevin Gilbert
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

In addition to selling the department patches, Randolph Police officers will have the option of wearing it as part of their uniform during October and November.

“We are so honored to participate in this campaign to help raise awareness and provide some comfort to those battling this terrible disease,” Chief Pace said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer and we want to do everything we can to make a difference in those people’s lives.”

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