Randolph Police Investigating After Person is Stabbed, Shots are Fired

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after shots were fired at a vehicle and a man was stabbed late Saturday evening.

Police received a 911 call for a reported stabbing at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.  Police and emergency medical professionals located a 30-year-old Boston man in a vehicle near 84 North Main St. He was suffering from a wound to his upper back.

First responders initially believed that the wound was a gunshot wound, because there were five fresh-looking bullet holes in the vehicle. However, it was later confirmed that the victim was stabbed. The victim was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center with injuries that are considered serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

Investigators found what was determined to be the primary crime scene approximately 1/4 mile away on Nelson Drive. Mutual aid, including police from Braintree and a K-9 unit from Weymouth arrived to assist with the investigation. Soon afterward, the Weymouth Police K-9 tracked a suspect hiding in a pile of snow in a nearby wooded area.

The suspect, a 28-year-old Boston man, was uncooperative with police and attempted to hide from the K-9. Officers found a semi-automatic firearm in his possession as he was being taken into custody. The firearm, an unregistered 9mm, was seized.

The suspect was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for treatment for exposure to the elements and for treatment for a dog bite to his leg that he received while trying to elude the K-9.

The suspect’s name is not being released at this time, pending the issuance of a criminal complaint. He will likely face numerous charges including Armed Assault with Intent to Murder and multiple gun charges, as the suspect does not possess a license to carry firearms

The incident is being actively investigated by the Randolph Police Department.

Multiple shell casings were located on Nelson Drive, and police have collected evidence from the crime scene.

At this time, police do not believe there is any active danger to the community, and the incident does not appear to be random in nature.

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Randolph Police Actively Investigating Shooting 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that Randolph Police are actively investigating a shooting that took place earlier this evening. 

At 7:23 p.m. today, Randolph Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Perly Evans Drive and Hemlock Terrace. Upon arrival, police were able to locate numerous shell casings on Perly Evans Drive. 

A victim vehicle  was subsequently located at 11 Highland Ave. with ballistic damage, including at least three gun shots to the windshield and engine damage due to gunfire. 

Following an initial investigation, four occupants were discovered to have been inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting. The driver, a woman, age 36, sustained minor injuries from glass and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting were a man, age 33, and two children, girls of approximately three and five years of age. 

No one was struck by the gun shots and no other injuries were reported.

This incident remains under active investigation by Randolph Police, who are also being assisted by Braintree Police and Boston Police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

 

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Randolph Police Investigating Monday Evening Shooting

No Danger to Community

Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Monday evening.

Just before 4:50 p.m. on Monday, police responded to the area of 10 and 15 Ward St. for a report of a possible shooting.

A 28-year-old Randolph man was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a local hospital. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The suspect fled from the scene on foot and police do not believe that the incident was random.

The incident remains under active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

Randolph Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that left a man with serious injuries. 

The Randolph Police Department responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. at 1:14 a.m. today for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police learned after an initial investigation that a man who appears to be in his mid to late 20s wearing a light blue baseball cap, grey Nike sweatshirt with the slogan “Just Do It,” jeans and white sneakers with black laces, had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. The suspect then exited the gas station and seconds later fired three gun shots into the building, striking the other man.

The victim was transported by to an area hospital with injuries that are believed to be serious, but not life threatening. 

The suspect fled the scene in a 2007 Grey Honda Accord, and the vehicle was recovered later this morning, unoccupied, in Dorchester. 

Randolph Police are actively investigating this incident, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact them at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Investigating Suspicious Driver

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a suspicious man in a van allegedly approached school children and offered them candy. The department is asking the parents of any child who saw the suspicious van to come forward.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Randolph Police officers received a report of a suspicious brown van that had stopped on South Man Street near Sam’s Gas & Auto Repair. The driver stopped in traffic and allegedly held out his arm with two lollipops in his hand, offering them to a group of children nearby.

The citizen who reported the incident yelled to the children not to take the candy, and the driver left the area. The children also left the area.

The reporting party provided a complete license plate number to police and officers were able to identify, locate and question the driver, however the investigation remains on going.

Chief Pace is asking the parents of any school-age children who may have been approached by this suspicious driver to please come forward and contact the Randolph Police Department. The reporting party indicated that the child she saw approached by the van driver was between 7-9 years old.

“We are actively investigating this incident to determined exactly what transpired,” Chief Pace said. “We are asking parents to please have a discussion with your children, and please come forward if your child saw or heard anything or was approached by this suspicious driver.”

Further Resources:

The National Crime Prevention Council recommends several tips on talking to children about strangers:

  • Explain to your child that a stranger is anyone who your family doesn’t know well. It is common for children to think that “bad strangers” look scary, which is not only untrue, but dangerous for children to think this way. Tell your child that no one can tell if strangers are nice or not nice just by looking at them, and they should be careful around all people they don’t know.
  • Don’t make it seem like all strangers are bad. Teach your child about safe strangers and adults they can trust — police officers, firefighters, teachers, principals and librarians. Also show your child places they can go if they need help, such as local stores, restaurants and the homes of family friends in your neighborhood.
  • Teach your child to be wary of potentially dangerous situations and the warning signs of suspicious behavior, like when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without their permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.
  • Talk to your children about how they should handle potentially dangerous situations. You can use the “No, Go, Yell, Tell,” saying, which teaches children to say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away if they feel threatened by a stranger.

In addition to teaching children how to recognize and handle dangerous situations and strangers, there are other things that parents can do to help their children stay safe:

  • Know where your children are at all times. Make it a rule that children must ask permission or check in with you before going anywhere. Give your children both your work and cell phone numbers so they can reach you at all times.
  • Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult. Tell them that sometimes adults they know may make them feel uncomfortable, and they should still get away and tell another adult what happened. Reassure your child that you will always help them when they need it.
  • Teach your children to be assertive. Make sure they know that it’s okay to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in dangerous situations.
  • Encourage your children to play with others. There is safety in numbers.

For more resources and information about talking to your children about strangers, visit the National Crime Prevention Council website.

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Randolph Police and Fire Respond after Fight on Bus Causes Crash

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard F. Donovan report that the Randolph Police and Fire Departments responded to a crash after a passenger allegedly punched a bus driver on North Main Street, causing the bus to rear-end a car.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., the Randolph Police and Fire departments responded to a report of a crash at North Main Street (Rt. 28) and Grove Street. After an initial investigation, police found that a passenger of the Boston Area Transit (BAT) bus, MATTHEW YOUNG, 24, OF BOSTON, had allegedly assaulted the bus driver after the driver, a 48-year-old Brockton man, did not let the man get off the bus. BAT buses operate on fixed stop routes, and the bus driver was not able to let the man off the bus at his desired stop.

YOUNG was charged with:

  • Wrongful Interference of Operation of Vehicle Carrying Passengers for Hire for a Felony
  • Assault and Battery on a Bus Driver
  • Assault and Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

After YOUNG allegedly attacked the bus driver, the bus rear-ended a car and then the bus struck a telephone pole.

A total of 16 people were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries following the crash. Randolph Police declared the crash a mass casualty incident as a result of the number of injuries.

Both the operator of the car that was struck by the bus, a 50-year-old Randolph woman, and her passenger, a 61-year-old Randolph woman, were among those transported to area hospitals. The driver of the bus was also among those injured, along with a 10-year-old Randolph boy who was riding the bus at the time of the crash.

“This attack on the driver made for a very dangerous situation for riders on the bus and anyone traveling in the immediate area,” Chief Pace said. “Officers on scene were able to take the suspect into custody quickly.”

Mutual aid was provided by the Stoughton, Avon and Holbrook Fire Departments.

“Our firefighters and police responded to this incident swiftly, and as a result we were able to transport the victims of this incident to area hospitals in a timely, effective manner,” Chief Donovan said. “We’re fortunate to have such a great working partnership between our police and fire departments, and I’d also like to thank all those who responded as mutual aid in this incident.”

Randolph Police are still investigating this incident. YOUNG is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Quincy District Court.

North Main Street was temporarily closed for approximately one hour while Police and Firefighters responded to the crash.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. 

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Randolph and Holbrook Under Boil Water Order after Loss of Pressure at Treatment Plant

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,

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Small Fire Damages Air Conditioning, Roof of Randolph Town Hall

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.”

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Randolph Police Raises $1,000 for Sgt. Chesna Family Fund During 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge

From left: Detective Paul Smyth, Officer Duong Tran, Officer Kinnon Ryan, Lt. Anthony Marag, Officer Steven Ayers and Sgt. Jason Fisher. (Courtesy Photo Randolph Police Department)

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.

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Randolph Police Raises $1,000 for Sgt. Chesna Family Fund During 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge

From left: Detective Paul Smyth, Officer Duong Tran, Officer Kinnon Ryan, Lt. Anthony Marag, Officer Steven Ayers and Sgt. Jason Fisher. (Courtesy Photo Randolph Police Department)

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.

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