Randolph Police Department Investigating After Shell Casings Found in Donovan Elementary School Classroom

RANDOLPH — Police Chief Anthony Marag and Randolph Public Schools Superintendent Thea Stovell wish to share an update after two shell casings were found at Donovan Elementary School over the past week.

On Friday, Jan. 13, a shell casing was found in a fourth grade classroom at Donovan Elementary. A second shell casing was found on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the same classroom at Donovan Elementary. The shell casings did not contain live rounds.

In both instances, school administration followed standard protocol by initiating a school-wide shelter in place, during which students were asked to remain in their classrooms but regular instruction continued. School administration immediately contacted the Randolph Police Department each time, who responded and took custody of the shell casings, as well as completed a thorough search of the classroom on both occasions. The district also sent letters home to parents notifying them of each incident.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police K-9 units swept the school on the night of Jan. 17. K-9 units swept the school once again on the night of Jan. 19 after the second shell casing was found. No additional casings and no weapons were found during either search.

How the casings got into the school remains under investigation by police and school administration, however it is believed that the incidents are related. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Randolph Police at 781-963-1212 or district officials at 781-961-6200.

On Friday, Jan. 20, school administration met with all grade K-5 homerooms to speak with students about these incidents and to review the school’s safety protocols. The district also plans to schedule a forum for families to discuss school safety measures and will share those details with families as they are confirmed.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority and we understand that these incidents are concerning to our families,” Superintendent Stovell said. “I would like to thank the Randolph Police Department for their quick response and we will assist them in this investigation however we can. Any family who feels their student needs additional support at school following these incidents is encouraged to contact their building principal.” 

Added Chief Marag, “We take findings like this extremely seriously and continue to conduct a thorough investigation of these incidents. We encourage anyone who has information to contact the police department.”

Randolph Police will have an additional presence at the school in the coming days as a precautionary measure.


Randolph Police Department Launches Body-Worn Camera Program for All Sworn Officers

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag announces that the Randolph Police Department has launched a body-worn camera program for all sworn officers.

The program launched Tuesday, Nov. 8. All officers, including Chief Marag, have been outfitted with a body-worn camera, which is embedded in the officer’s uniform to prevent it from detaching, and have received training on how the device operates and functions.

“Launching the body-worn camera program is an important step in our mission to provide the best services possible to our community, in a way that fosters added transparency and accountability,” Chief Marag said. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported the planning and implementation of this initiative, including the Randolph Town Council, Reps. Bruce Ayers and William Driscoll, and Sens. Walter Timilty and Michael Brady. I look forward to seeing how the program can help us enrich the police-community relationship in Randolph and strengthen public trust.”

Officers are now required by department policy to wear the body-worn camera at all times during their shift. Policy dictates that they activate the camera during all police interactions, while keeping in consideration the expectation of privacy, such as while on medical calls or when in contact with confidential informants.

Prior to the launch of the program, the department completed approximately a year and a half of research into policy and best practices, vetted vendors, negotiated with the police union, worked with the selected vendor to tailor the system for the department’s needs, and developed formal policies for camera use and data storage.

In addition to body-worn cameras, the department is utilizing in-car video systems, which include unlimited storage.

“The launch of this program keeps the Randolph Police Department in line with best practices in transparency and accountability, and I am proud to see our department moving forward with this initiative,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “I would like to commend Chief Marag and his command staff, as well as our union leadership, for recognizing the value in a body-worn camera program and for the work that has been put into its implementation.”

Added Randolph Town Council President Bill Alexopoulos, “I would like to thank the Town Manager, Police Chief and the membership of the police department for working together to bring the body-worn camera initiative to Randolph. Randolph remains on the forefront of innovation in Massachusetts for police-community relations. The cameras will improve public safety, strengthen community relations and enhance the values of transparency and accountability.”

The department worked with law enforcement technology provider, Utility, Inc. to purchase the cameras and equipment. They were funded through a $106,700 state grant allocated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) program in January, as well as through funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).


A Statement from Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag on Passing of Lt. Jeffrey Chaplin

RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Randolph Chief of Police Anthony Marag:

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the death of Lt. Jeffrey Chaplin, who passed away off duty Thursday night due to a medical emergency. 

“Lt. Chaplin was a 25-year member of the Randolph Police Department. His dedication to service and the law enforcement profession was always at the forefront. He was a friend to us all and will be greatly missed by the men and women of the Randolph Police Department.

“Lt. Chaplin leaves behind his wife and two children. Please keep his family, friends, and members of the Randolph Police Department in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”

Memorial service arrangements will be announced once they are available.


Obituary for Officer Michael Beal

Below is the obituary for Officer Michael Beal, which can be found online here.

BEAL, Michael D., Randolph Police Department, of Norwell, formerly of Randolph, tragically passed away, on May 14, 2022, at the age of 61. Born in Milton, Michael grew up in Randolph. He was a 1978 graduate of Randolph High School, where he played varsity ice hockey. Michael went on to graduate from Northeastern University and then he attended the police academy. He was a graduate of the MCJTC police academy recruit class #3. Mikey began his law enforcement career with the Harvard University Police Department and then transferred to the Randolph Police Department, where he has proudly been serving his community for over 35 years. Mikey held many roles within the Randolph Police Department and spent several years in the Honor Guard and playing in charity hockey games with his fellow officers. Mikey was a golfer, a member of the Randolph Elks, a huge Boston Bruins fan, however spending time with his loving family is what gave him the most joy. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, Michael will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to know him. Michael was the beloved husband of Carol S. (Richardson) Beal. Loving father of Courtney Scalice and her husband Salvatore (USCG) of Annapolis, MD, Brittany Geddis and her husband Steven of Hanover, Kellsey Beal of Norwell, Kiernan Beal and his wife Alison of Norwell, Liam Beal of Norwell, Ainsley Beal of Norwell, Hayley Beal of Norwell, and Thierry Beal of Norwell. Cherished Grandpa of Steven, Salvatore, Finley, Michael, and Maeve. Dear son of Theresa Beal of Randolph and the late Donald Beal. Devoted brother of Brian Beal of Weymouth and Keith Beal of Boca Raton, FL. Dear uncle of Brandon, Karissa, Andrew, Danielle, Emily, Ryan, Stacy, and Nicholas. Son-in-law of the late Thomas and Eva Richardson. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, May 19th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main St. (RT 28), Randolph. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 20th at 11:00 AM in St. Bernadette Church, 1031 No. Main St., Randolph. Burial will follow in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.

GoFundMe: A GoFundMe has also been set up for the Beal family, and can be found here.



*UPDATE* Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Roxbury Man in Connection with Wednesday’s Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested and charged a man in connection with Wednesday’s shooting outside a restaurant.

MARLON RAYMOND, JR., AGE 19, OF ROXBURY, was arrested and charged with:

  • Armed Assault with Intent to Murder
  • Assault and Battery by Discharging a Firearm
  • Assault and Battery by Discharging a Firearm
  • Attempted Assault and Battery by Discharging a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm Loaded
  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling
  • Improper Storage for Large Capacity Firearm
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Tampering with Evidence
  • Town by-law Violation, Possession of Knife Over 2.5 Inches

On Wednesday, May 4, just after 12 p.m., Randolph Police responded to 14 Condlin Drive for a report of a shooting. Responding officers located a 20-year-old Randolph man who had been shot multiple times after exiting the restaurant. The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The male suspect fled the area on foot. Randolph Police, with the assistance of a Braintree Police K-9 and Weymouth Police K-9, searched the area but did not immediately locate a suspect.

Detectives collected evidence from the crime scene, including 9mm shell casings. K-9 teams subsequently located a loaded 9mm firearm with a high-capacity magazine hidden within a bandana in a nearby wooded area.

Through the subsequent investigation, RAYMOND was identified as a suspect. Police also learned that RAYMOND and the victim are known to each other.

RAYMOND was observed by officers Wednesday evening between 5:30-6 p.m. when he returned to the area where the firearm had been located by police. He was taken into custody at that time without incident. A knife was located on RAYMOND during a search of his person.

RAYMOND, who is known to police, was transported to the Randolph Police station for booking. He is expected to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court.

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


Update: Randolph Police Department Investigating Afternoon Shooting Outside Restaurant

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 12 p.m. Wednesday, Randolph Police responded to 14 Condlin Drive for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, police located the victim, a 20-year-old Randolph man, who had been shot. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim exited the restaurant and was shot by the suspect in the parking lot outside of the restaurant. The male suspect fled the area on foot. There were no other injuries.

Randolph Police, with the assistance of a Braintree Police K-9 and Weymouth Police K-9, searched the area throughout the afternoon, but did not locate a suspect.

The restaurant is located approximately a half-mile from Randolph High School. The school was briefly placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution.

Officers continue to search the area for the suspect, and residents in the area may notice a law enforcement presence this evening.

Police believe that this was an isolated incident and not a random act of violence.

The incident remains under active investigation and no additional information is available at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.


Randolph Police Department Investigating Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 12 p.m., Randolph Police responded to a Wendy’s restaurant at 14 Condlin Drive, for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, police located the victim, a 20-year-old man, who had been shot. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are actively searching for the suspect, who fled on foot.

A preliminary investigation indicates that this was an isolated incident and that this was not a random act of violence.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.


Randolph Police Department Charges Woman, Seizes Dozens of Stolen Valuables Following Investigation into Thefts at Senior Living Facilities

Police Seeking to Identify Owners of Seized Valuables

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag announces that, following an extensive investigation into thefts at senior assisted and independent living facilities and the subsequent arrest of a Weymouth woman, the Randolph Police Department is working to reunite people with allegedly stolen items.


  • Identity Fraud
  • Receiving a Stolen Credit Card
  • Improper Use of a Credit Card

FLEURANT was arraigned on the above Randolph charges on March 30 in Quincy District Court, however additional charges are expected. She is also being investigated for related offenses in Cohasset, Weymouth and Quincy.

An investigation into missing property began at a senior assisted and independent living facility in Randolph on March 22 when a victim reported to police that they had noticed jewelry was missing approximately an hour after FLEURANT had left the victim’s apartment. The victim also reported a missing credit card that had been used at a liquor store and at the Macy’s at South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

The subsequent investigation conducted by the Randolph Police Department, with the assistance of the Weymouth Police Department, showed that FLEURANT allegedly went into numerous senior assisted and independent living communities and entered the victims’ apartments, posing as a home health aide or hospice care worker. Once inside the residences, FLEURANT allegedly stole valuables including jewelry, designer handbags, credit cards, checks, money and other valuable items. Upon stealing credit cards, FLEURANT allegedly went to various local stores and purchased large amounts of merchandise.

FLEURANT was employed as a home health aide and the investigation developed evidence that she allegedly stole property from residences where she was supposed to be working, as well as entered residences of victims for whom she did not work. In these instances, FLEURANT allegedly knocked on victims’ doors in multi-unit apartment buildings, and when the victims answered the door, she used a ruse indicating that she was sent by an insurance company or worked for hospice and was there to assist the victim. While working as a home health aide, FLEURANT was able to convince the victims that she belonged in the apartments. Once inside the residences, she allegedly stole property. Several of the victims that have been identified experience dementia.

Through the investigation and identifying FLEURANT as a suspect, Randolph Police applied for arrest warrants for FLEURANT, which were issued on March 29. Investigators were also issued search warrants for her residence and vehicle. Randolph and Weymouth Police executed search warrants at her residence on March 29, and later that day FLEURANT was located operating her vehicle in Weymouth where she was stopped, taken into custody on the arrest warrant and a search warrant was executed on her vehicle.

Upon the execution of the search warrants, FLEURANT was allegedly found to be in possession of personal checks from three different victims. The checks had been removed from the back of the victims’ checkbooks, so the victims were unaware that they were missing. A large amount of jewelry; work identification cards from approximately 12 health care agencies; designer handbags from Coach, Louis Vuitton and Guess; and items purchased using stolen credit cards, along with receipts, were allegedly located in FLEURANT’s possession.

Since the start of the investigation, multiple victims have been located in various communities, including Randolph, Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, Cohasset and Westwood. Investigators believe there are numerous additional victims, some of whom may not be aware that they are victims.

“This was a diligent and thorough investigation by Randolph Police detectives and our law enforcement partners in nearby communities, which resulted in an arrest and the recovery of many valuable and sentimental items that were taken from peoples’ homes,” Chief Marag said. “We encourage anyone who believes they may be a victim or has noticed jewelry or other valuable items go missing in similar circumstances to contact the Randolph Police Department. It is clear that many of the recovered items are unique, personalized and meaningful, and we hope to be able to return the items to their rightful owners.”

A large number of jewelry and valuables found in FLEURANT’s possession were seized by police and are being held by the Randolph Police Department. Police are currently trying to identify the owners of the items.

Among the items are:

  • A charm with the name “Kim” inside
  • A ceramic jewelry container with a woman holding a heart on the top that reads “love, heartfelt and true” on the inside
  • A gold baby shoe pendant on a clasp engraved with “EPHRATA” on the bottom of the shoe
  • A teddy bear pendant with “HH” on it
  • A penguin pendant with diamonds on it
  • A ring with three set stones
  • Gucci eyeglasses with gold colored frames in a flowered soft glass case
  • A ceramic apple with “Vision Inspiration Accomplishment” engraved on it
  • A gold colored oval jewelry box with a painted top, which is the picture of a yellow building and the words “ASSIS-BASILICA DI S. FRANCESCO”
  • A white pendant with a gold letter “J” in a Lander Jewelers Box
  • A gold bracelet with the name “Vannie” engraved on it
  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award gold coin
  • A snake necklace with diamonds
  • Matching aqua and silver Coach bracelet, necklace and earrings
  • Matching necklace, ring, earrings and bracelet with clouded blue-colored hearts
  • A translucent plastic compartment container containing numerous mens rings, one of which is stamped “United States of America 1874”
  • A bracelet with a starfish by the clasp and a heart pendant with “Emma” engraved on it
  • A bracelet with multi-colored beads, a silver heart pendant engraved with “grandkids” and a heart engraved with “forever friends”
  • A gold pendant with a chain attached to a skeleton key
  • Small jeweled pendants including a snowman’s face with a top hat, two Christmas wreaths and two Christmas trees

A small collection of foreign currency was also located in FLEURANT’s possession, including Dinara (Yugoslavia), Schilling (Austria), Bolivares (Venezuela), Rupees (India), Pounds (Scotland) and Lire (India).

There are numerous other pieces of jewelry including rings, necklaces and bracelets that are in the possession of the Randolph Police Department and may be identified by the owners. In total, the department has an estimated 50 pieces of jewelry.

The Randolph Police Department is looking to identify any additional victims and has photographs of the seized jewelry and other items available for viewing. Anyone with information on the items or who believes they may be a victim is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 and ask for Detective Marc Abramson (ext. 135) or Detective Christopher Jones (ext. 122).

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


ANNE ROSE FLEURANT, AGE 36, OF WEYMOUTH was arrested on March 29 and charged by Randolph Police following an investigation into thefts in multiple communities in Norfolk County. (Photo courtesy Randolph Police Department)

Randolph Police Department Recognizes Service of Auxiliary Officers

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to recognize the Randolph Auxiliary Police Department and its officers for their dedication to the Town of Randolph and its residents as the unit is disbanded.

The RAPD was originally established in 1941 and has provided valuable volunteer assistance to the Randolph Police Department for many years. At its start, auxiliary officers assisted with patrolling town properties, traffic control at religious facilities across town, and crowd and traffic control at events such as the Memorial Day and Independence Day parades.

The Auxiliary Police became its own department in 1975, and has been led by four chiefs: Chief George Lacroix, Chief Robert A. Rocheleau, Chief Anthony L. Buonopane and Chief Francis V. Robles, Sr.

The RAPD was later incorporated into the Randolph Police Department in 2012. As the town grew, auxiliary officers took on more duties assisting with traffic control across town, providing support at community events and assisting with major incidents. The unit also acquired three distinctively marked police cruisers, and created a motorcycle squad. Officers received ongoing training through the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC), formerly the Criminal Justice Police Academy.

The RAPD has been recognized with two awards, by former Gov. Mitt Romney in recognition of the department’s commitment to volunteerism, and by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), both given in conjunction with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The RAPD often served as a stepping stone for those looking to begin a career in law enforcement, and many auxiliary officers throughout the years moved into full-time law enforcement roles at the Randolph Police Department and other agencies statewide and nationally.

“The RAPD was always willing to volunteer and lend support at events and activities throughout town, and many of those events would not have been possible without their contributions,” Chief Marag said. “The RAPD has been a valuable resource for the department for several decades, and I would like to thank Chief Robles and his officers, as well as all of RAPD’s past chiefs and officers, for their deep dedication to peace, justice and safety in our town. Randolph’s auxiliary officers have demonstrated a passion for giving back and serving the community, and their service is greatly appreciated.”

The RAPD was discontinued in January due to the working hour mandates and training requirements established by the Municipal Police Training Committee as a result of 2020’s Police Reform Act.


Randolph Police Department Shares Safety Tips Ahead of Weekend’s Major Winter Storm

Parking Ban in Effect 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Monday

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag and the Randolph Police Department would like to share the following Parking Ban information and safety precautions ahead of this weekend’s major winter storm.

A Parking Ban has been issued for the Town of Randolph. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 until 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, there will be no parking allowed on any public way, sidewalk or town property adjacent to a public way or sidewalk. Any vehicle in violation of the Parking Ban will be subject to a ticket and will be towed for interfering with snow removal.

Residents should plan to stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible, for much of the weekend. Travel will likely be hazardous and plow and sand/salt trucks will need time and space to operate.

At this time, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for much of eastern Massachusetts beginning at midnight, Saturday, Jan. 29. The NWS issues Blizzard Warnings for expected frequent wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, which frequently reduces visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three hours or more. The warning indicates that whiteout conditions are possible and people should not travel.

The most recent forecast indicates that snow accumulations of 15 to 19 inches are possible, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. Travel conditions are expected to be extremely difficult to impossible. Considerable blowing and drifting snow along with near whiteout conditions are possible at times, and strong winds could cause tree and property damage or power outages in some areas.

Residents are reminded that the forecast can change quickly and at any point and are urged to closely monitor the local forecast throughout the weekend.

Considerations Ahead of a Winter Storm

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
  • Prepare for possible power outages
  • Be sure you have ample heating fuel. If you have alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood- or coal-burning stoves, or space heaters, be sure they are clean and in working order. Review generator safety and never run a generator in an enclosed space.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.

Precautions for During a Winter Storm

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.
  • Bring your companion animals inside before the storm begins. Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. 
  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.
  • If you must drive during winter weather conditions, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper working condition. 
  • Don’t leave the house without the following: A fully charged cellphone, car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your car. Ensure your kit includes additional layers of clothing and non-perishable food.
  • If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.

Precautions for After a Winter Storm

  • Stay informed by receiving alerts, warnings and public safety information and pay attention to the information provided by local authorities. Residents can also listen to local area radio, NOAA Radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
    • Remain cautious even once conditions have improved. Even if roadways have been cleared of snow following a storm, any water left on the roadways may freeze, resulting in a clear sheet of ice, also known as black ice. Black ice is patchy ice on roadways that cannot easily be seen.
  • Assist firefighters by clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared 3-5 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

For additional winter storm safety information, visit NWS or the Red Cross. For any other questions on cold weather safety please visit weather.gov.