RANDOLPH — The Randolph / Holbrook Joint Water Board reports that the Town of Randolph and Town of Holbrook are under a town-wide boil water order after an issue at the Randolph/Holbrook Joint Water Treatment Plant.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued the order Wednesday after a loss of pressure due to a mechanical fault at the water treatment plant.
A loss of pressure at a water treatment plant increases the likelihood that bacteria could enter the water system. In order to mitigate this risk, DEP has issued the boil water water.
Residents and business owners are advised that they should boil tap water for drinking and other human consumption uses like cooking, brushing teeth and hand washing.
Crews are working to restore water pressure to normal levels. The boil water order will be lifted once normal pressure levels are reached and sample testing confirms the absence of any contaminants.
The joint treatment plant is located on Pond Street in Randolph.
Updates will be provided as repair work progresses. Residents may also visit the Randolph and Holbrook town websites for more information,
RANDOLPH — Town Manager Brian P. Howard, Fire Chief Richard F. Donovan, and Police Chief William Pace report that a small fire damaged a rooftop air conditioning unit and part of the roof of Randolph Town Hall. The fire is believed to have been caused by fireworks.
Randolph Fire and Police responded to Town Hall, located at 41 South Main St., at 10 p.m. for a report of smoke showing. Upon arrival, firefighters located fire on the roof and initiated a fast attack mode to stop the progress of the fire.
The fast actions of the first responding firefighters limited the damage to an air conditioner and part of the rubber roof of the town hall before flames were extinguished.
The cause of the fire is believed to be fireworks-related. The fire broke out shortly after the town’s official fireworks display, and several illegal, amateur fireworks were noted around the time.
Randolph Police noted one group of residents lighting off aerial fireworks near town hall at the time, and officers responded to stop those activities.
The damage was estimated at $50,000. The official cause of the fire is under investigation by the Randolph Fire Department.
The Randolph Police Department reminds all residents that all private ownership and use of fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.
“I am extremely proud of the quick work of our firefighters in preventing further damage to our Town Hall building,” Town Manager Howard said. “Let this incident serve as a reminder to all that fireworks, while beautiful to behold, are not without their risks, especially when they are not left to the professionals.”
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to share that the Randolph Police Department recently raised $1,000 for the Sgt. Chesna Family Fund during the 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge.
The Fitness Cup Challenge is part of a larger health and wellness initiative at the Randolph Police Department supported by Chief Pace. The 90 day challenge began in February and ended in April, and includes separate fitness and weight loss competitions. Many of the 37 members of the department competed in both the fitness and weight loss challenges.
The fitness test included a bench press, squat, one mile run and 500 meter row.
“This challenge gives us a concentrated period of time to really focus on health and fitness, which lays the groundwork to keep up healthy habits,” Chief Pace said. “In police work, fitness, health and wellness are all incredibly important, and I think prioritizing these values makes us a better department in the long run. We also had the opportunity to raise money through this initiative for Sgt. Chesna’s family, which is something we all felt strongly about and were happy to be able to do.”
Officer Trevor Clark won the fitness portion of the event and Sgt. Jason Fisher won the weight loss component of the competition.
The Fitness Cup Challenge was sponsored by Hanley Law Realty of Weymouth and Precision Fitness Equipment.
The Sgt. Chesna Family Fund was created by the Weymouth Police Department following the death of Sgt. Michael Chesna, who was killed in the line of duty in July 2018. The fund raises money for Sgt. Chesna’s family.
RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested and charged a man with robbing a convenience store twice at gunpoint in the past month.
As a result of a diligent investigation by Randolph Police Detectives, MARK STOKES, AGE 51OF ROXBURY has been arrested and charged with two counts of Armed Robbery.
Police responded at 9:44 p.m. April 1 to the Seasons Market on North Main Street for a a reported robbery. Upon arrival, police learned that a male wearing black and white sneakers, a heavy two-tone jacket entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk.
Then on Friday, April 12 at 2:20 a.m., the market/gas station was robbed again. This time, a similar looking suspect entered the store while the clerk was outside. The suspect tried to open the cash registered, but inadvertently turned off the gas pumps. The clerk entered the store, and the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded the clerk open the register. The suspect fled both robberies with cash and Newport cigarettes.
The suspect, however, left his fingerprint on the button to shut off the pumps.
Detective David Clark processed the scene and working with the Boston Police Department, he were able to identify STOKES as the suspect.
Randolph Police soon learned that STOKES himself was the victim of an assault and a battery in Boston less than two hours after the robbery, in which his vehicle was shot multiple times. Police responding to the incident found a black pellet gun in STOKES’S vehicle. The bore of the gun was widened to make it appear more realistic.
After obtaining a search warrant for his Boston residence, detectives located the clothing allegedly used in both robberies. STOKES’S vehicle also matched one seen leaving the vicinity of the second robbery, and a man, allegedly STOKES was seen on surveillance footage entering the lobby of a nearby hotel shortly after the robbery. A Randoph Police K-9 also traced the suspect’s scent from the market to the hotel.
STOKES is being held on $15,000 cash bail at the Randolph Police Department, pending arraignment next week at Quincy District Court.
STOKES is known to police.
Chief Pace praised the work of Randolph Police Detectives, including Detective Clark, for their hard work on this case.
“This was a challenging case, involving a dangerous suspect pointing a weapon at hard-working people in our community, and I am pleased that the suspect has been identified and arrested,” Chief Pace said. “This case speaks to the professionalism of our investigators, who have a keen eye for detail and are trained to use all possible resources at their disposal in the furtherance of justice.”
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty
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.
Randolph Police Arrest 17-Year-Old for Home Invasion on Elderly Resident
RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested a juvenile after a violent daytime home invasion that left a 75-year-old woman injured.
As a result of an investigation, a 17-YEAR-OLD RANDOLPH BOY has been arrested and faces the following charges:
Armed Assault with Intent to Rob a Person over 65 Years of Age
Breaking and Entering in the Daytime Placing a Person in Fear
Assault and Battery on an Elderly Person
At 10:10 a.m. Thursday, the Randolph Police Department received a call from a resident reporting that she had been attacked in her home. Officers responded immediately and broadcast a description of the suspect to all officers and surrounding law enforcement agencies.
An investigation determined that a young male suspect forced his way into the home by cutting a sliding screen door with a knife. Once inside, the suspect encountered the 75-year-old resident, who was home alone, and demanded money from her. The suspect then pushed the elderly victim to the ground.
The victim screamed, and the suspect fled.
Randolph Police Officer Officer Vardy Duperval, who was working a detail, encountered an individual matching the suspect’s description about one mile from the scene, and the suspect was positively identified soon afterward.
The victim was treated at her residence by Randolph Fire Department paramedics.
The suspect is being held at the Randolph Police Department and is expected to be arraigned later today at Quincy District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Randolph Police Issue Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department are today alerting residents and local business owners about the threat of malicious software, or malware, that may compromise computer systems or hold files hostage for ransom.
The latter, called ransomware, is the focus of a worldwide criminal investigation after hundreds of thousands of systems were compromised on Friday, May 12, including hospitals, transit stations, and private computers. The attack, named “WannaCry” encrypted files on victimized systems and demanded a $300 to $600 payment to unlock the files. The attack was stopped, but authorities fear that another wave of attacks may be coming this week.
The Randolph Police Department offers the following tips to help prevent infection on your computers and devices:
Restart your Computer. This sounds like Technical Support 101, but it’s an extremely important step. Restarting a Windows PC often allows it to install the latest security patches and updates. Be sure to select the “Update and Restart Option” if possible.
Do not Open Suspicious Attachments or Click Suspicious Links. Attacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and if someone you know falls victim to an attack, the malware may use their computer and email address book to send you a malicious file or link. Often, people think they are receiving an email from a friend or relative, and their computers get infected.
Change Your Passwords. If you have been using the same password for years, it’s time for an update. “Strong” passwords use a mix of capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols thrown in. Never use a single word as your password.
Use Reputable Antivirus Programs. While no security software can absolutely prevent all attacks on its own, there are reputable free and paid software programs out there that can help you, and there are some that may make problems worse. Do your research and use a program that will help you. PC Magazine offers advice on the best free and paid antivirus programs, and the well-regarded tech news source Tom’s Guide offers its own advice.
Got Popups? Learn the Keyboard Shortcut. Malicious software often makes its way onto a computer when a user clicks on a popup window. These windows are often designed to be difficult to close or to trick you into clicking the wrong place. The solution is not to click anywhere. If you have a popup, hold the ALT key and press F4 on your computer keyboard to close the active window. Repeat as necessary.
The current strain of malware attacks is so vicious that Microsoft has even released updates for older versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, which it stopped issuing updates for in 2014. For more information on older versions of Windows, click here.
If you become infected, the Police Department does not recommend that you pay the criminals responsible for the cyber attack. Instead, download the correct patch or contact a reputable information technology provider for assistance.
Randolph Police Arrest Two After Facebook Marketplace Robbery
Victims Agreed to Purchase iPhones via Facebook Marketplace and were Robbed Upon Arrival
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested two men on armed robbery and other charges after they lured two men to a home under the premise of selling them an iPhone and robbed them at gunpoint.
KAVON X. WASHINGTON, AGE 18, OF MATTAPAN and LORENZO EDWARD MURPHY, AGE 18, OF RANDOLPH were arrested and each charged with:
Armed Robbery (Two Counts)
Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Two Counts)
Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
Receiving Stolen Property over $250
On Monday evening, May 8, officers responded to Maple Street for a report of an armed robbery. A pair of victims told officers that they had gone to the address after agreeing to purchase an iPhone via Facebook Marketplace, only to be robbed at gunpoint of cash and a rose gold colored iPhone.
Officers then began a search for the suspects using a K-9, which quickly tracked a path toward the basement door to MURPHY’s home, where both suspects are ultimately located.
After obtaining a search warrant for MURPHY’s home, officers found the rose gold iPhone stolen from one of the victims, a second iPhone that indicated it was lost upon being powered on, cash and credit cards belonging to a variety of individuals.
Additionally, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, which was reported stolen out of Bangor, Maine, was located within the insulation of the basement during the search.
“I commend our officers for quickly and thoroughly investigating this robbery and taking a illegal firearm off of our streets,” Chief Pace said. “I encourage anyone seeking to buy something off of the internet to take great care in confirming the identities of the people they’re dealing with before meeting them.”
Officers from Quincy and Canton aided in the investigation.
Both suspects were held pending arraignment in Quincy District Court.
Members of the public are reminded that they may use the lobby of the Randolph Police Department to safely conduct online purchases and sales. The lobby is under video surveillance and is open 24/7.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Acting Randolph Police Chief John Hamelburg regrets to report that crews have located a body of a young male, positively identified as 16-year-old Christopher Defreitas, this afternoon. The body of Defreitas was located in the Great Pond Reservoir, about 100 yards from shore.
Defreitas was reported missing on Monday night and had been the subject of an intensive, multi-agency search.
This incident is under investigation by the Randolph Police Department and Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
The search of the Great Pond/Reservoir has been suspended for today. All parties involved in today’s search will be back at the water’s edge tomorrow morning. There have been no new developments in the search.
Christopher Defreitas, age 16, of Randolph, was last seen at his home at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 24.
Defreitas is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 133 pounds, with an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Defreitas’ whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.