Randolph Police and Fire Departments Offer Halloween Safety Tips

RANDOLPH – Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan would like to offer residents some important safety tips as Halloween approaches to ensure everyone celebrates safely and responsibly.

“As always, we want our residents to be able to safely enjoy their Halloween activities,” said Police Chief Pace. “We strongly recommend for those dressing up to consider adding visibility gear to their costumes so that drivers will have an easier time seeing them after dark.”

The Randolph Police and Fire Departments recommend that residents follow safety tips outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services:

Dressing Up

  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Consider adding reflective tape to kids’ costumes and bags to help drivers see them.
  • If temperatures are cold during trick-or-treating time, be sure to have your kids wear long sleeves and warm clothing under their costume.
  • If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly. Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as a safer alternative to masks. Always test make-up in a small area of skin first and always remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • When shopping for costume pieces, look for and purchase ones that are labeled as flame retardant.
  • Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Children under 12 should always be accompanied by an adult. Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • If your older children are going out without parental supervision, go over ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group, with a cell phone and flashlight. Make sure children know how to call 911 if they have an emergency.
  • Pedestrian injuries are very common on Halloween. Remind kids to stay in a group. They should walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Crosswalks should be used whenever possible and children should always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on. Never go into a home or car for a treat.
  • Examine all of your kids’ treats for choking hazards and tampering. Do not eat treats that have been opened, even partially. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Keeping Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your front door.
  • Keep all decorations like cornstalks and hay away from heat sources and lit candles.
  • Use battery-operated tea lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Remember to put matches and lighters away in a high, locked cabinet so children cannot access them or be tempted to relight jack-o-lanterns by themselves.

“Our main concern on Halloween night is to ensure the safety of those who partake in Halloween activities,” said Fire Chief Donovan. “We request that residents keep their homes safe for trick-or-treaters by providing a clear and visible path from your porch to the sidewalks.”

As always, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to Randolph Police by dialing 911.

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Randolph Police Arrest Men on Drug and Gun Charges

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested two men yesterday on firearm and gun charges.

BRANDON VARELA, AGE 20, OF AVON was arrested and charged with Possession of a Class A Substance With Intent to Distribute (Heroin) and Possession of a Class B Substance With Intent to Distribute (Crack Cocaine).

Additionally, VARELA was wanted on a pre-existing warrant out of Norfolk Superior Court in connection with an alleged shooting last July.

JALEN WILKINSON, AGE  22, OF RANDOLPH was charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License.

At approximately 4 p.m. yesterday, Randolph Police were conducting surveillance in the Rosemont Square apartment complex as part of an effort to locate VARELA and take him into custody on the active warrant for his arrest. Officers later observed VARELA’S vehicle enter the complex with VARELA driving and a second male, later identified as WILKINSON, in the passenger seat.

Officers subsequently attempted to stop the vehicle and pursued as VARELA drove at a high rate of speed through the apartment complex before coming to a stop. WILKINSON then attempted to flee on foot before acknowledging officers’ orders to return to the scene.

A search of WILKINSON’S clothing allegedly yielded a .25 caliber handgun, and he was then taken into custody without further incident. Officers also took VARELA into custody on the warrant and, during a subsequent search of his clothing and vehicle, located a bag containing suspected heroin inside his vehicle, and a bag containing smaller baggies of crack cocaine and heroin.

Both men were taken into custody without incident and were held pending their arraignment in Quincy District Court.

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

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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: [email protected]

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 Investigating Alleged Home Invasion

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Investigating Alleged Home Invasion

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is actively investigating an incident that occurred Tuesday morning.

At 10:51 a.m., police responded to a Boylston Street home for a report of a home invasion in which two masked individuals entered the home and fled with cash. However, after officers conducted a preliminary investigation, it was determined that the residents of the home were specifically targeted based on their suspected involvement in a prostitution scheme, and that the suspects and at least one of the victims may be known to each other.

The Randolph Police Department does not believe that the suspects in the home invasion — two black males in their early 20s — are a danger to the community at-large. They allegedly fled the scene in a gray Ford Focus with red letters/numbers on the license plate.

As part of the investigation, police are continuing to interview the residents of the home. 

“I want to assure residents that there is no threat to the general public,” Chief Pace said. “However, we are aggressively investigating this incident and working to locate and apprehend all individuals involved.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Randolph Police Department. The home has been secured, and Randolph Police detectives are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to aid in the investigation.

This is a breaking news update. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Randolph Police Department Logistics For Wake of Boston EMS Captain Robert Haley

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Randolph Police Department Logistics For Wake of Boston EMS Captain Robert Haley

RANDOLPH —  The wake for Boston EMS Captain and Randolph resident Robert Haley will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Cartwright Funeral Home in Randolph from 4-8 p.m.

Captain Haley, who was instrumental in coordinating the Boston EMS response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, passed away Friday after battling an illness. The 35-year veteran Emergency Medical Technician retired last month.

Randolph Police expect a large turnout for the wake, and wishes to advise mourners and residents to be prepared for delays on roads surrounding the funeral home at 419 N. Main St. While roads will remain open, the Randolph Police Department strongly urges commuters and motorists to plan their travel and to avoid the area surrounding the funeral home.

Members of the news media seeking to cover the wake should park on the north side of Nelson Drive and should be in place by 3:30 p.m. in order to minimize obstructions for mourners. Cameras will not be permitted on funeral home grounds.

Members of Boston EMS will participate in a walk-by to honor Captain Haley in front of the funeral home at 6:30 p.m., and will begin lining up at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to pay their respects beginning at 4 p.m.

Captain Haley’s funeral will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the St. Bernadette Church in Randolph, and he will be buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery at 920 Adams St. in Dorchester. No cameras will be allowed inside the church.

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*Media Advisory* Randolph Police Department to Host Child Safety Seat Checkpoint

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]t

 

*Media Advisory*

Randolph Police Department to Host Child Safety Seat Checkpoint

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be hosting a child safety seat checkpoint this weekend.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 3, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Randolph Police Station (rear lot), 41 South Main St.

WHO:
Randolph Police Department
WHAT:

Residents can bring their unused child safety seat and have it properly installed by certified public safety child safety seat installers, or bring a previously installed child safety seat to make sure it is installed correctly.

There will be a limited number of child safety seats available to replace broken, unsafe or expired safety seats for those in need on a first come first serve basis.

Additionally, the safety seat checkpoint will feature the Massachusetts State Police’s rollover simulator, which demonstrates the effects of not using a seatbelt or properly installed child safety seat.

“This is an incredibly important event to us,” Chief Pace said. “We want to make sure all residents with children are using properly secured child safety seats, and I hope parents will take this opportunity to check in and make sure their seats are installed the right way.”

About Child Safety Regulations:

All children riding as a passenger in motor vehicles must be in a federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57 inches then must wear seat belts. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 75 percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

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Town of Randolph Changes Speed Limit Throughout Town

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

 

Town of Randolph Changes Speed Limit Throughout Town

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department report that the Randolph Town Council has voted to change the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph throughout the town.

The measure was introduced by Councilor James F. Burgess Jr. on March 13, and a public hearing was held March 27. The Council voted unanimously, 8-0, to approve the order, which took effect immediately.

The new speed limit, which governs motorists driving in business districts and thickly settled residential neighborhoods.

The new statutory speed limit does not apply to to roadways with an existing speed limit below 25 mph, which will remain unchanged. Speed limits on state routes will also remain unchanged.

The Randolph Police Department reminds residents that the department will be strictly enforcing the new speed limit, and motorists who violate the limit are subject to fines and points on their automobile insurance.

“The new speed limit has been implemented by the Town of Randolph to improve the safety of residents, motorists, pedestrians, and children playing in our neighborhoods,” Chief Pace said. “Please heed this warning, and drive carefully.”

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