Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department recently donated a refurbished police equipment transport trailer to the Randolph High School Blue Devils Marching Band.

The trailer, previously used to transport police equipment, was no longer being used by the department. With the help of the Randolph Department of Public Works and two local businesses, the trailer was restored inside and out and donated to the band. The trailer was donated and refurbished earlier this summer and was put in use by the band this week.

On Thursday, the marching band brought the trailer to the police department and town hall and performed part of their new 2019 field show for Chief Pace, Town Manager Brian Howard and a representative from public works to show their appreciation for the donation.

“We’re happy to be able to support the Blue Devils Marching Band and hope this trailer will serve them well for years to come,” Chief Pace said. “Projects like this are excellent representations of the community policing initiatives our department is proud to take on.”

The trailer will be used by the band to transport equipment to area field show competitions. For several weekends each fall, the Blue Devils Marching Band, under the direction of Adam Shekleton, participates in competitions at other area high schools as part of the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA).

Each weekend during the field show season, the band transports equipment and props for approximately 70 students. Before the Randolph Police Department’s trailer donation, the band would rent a truck every weekend through the music booster program to transport its equipment.

“We’re thankful to Chief Pace and the Randolph Police Department for thinking of us with this donation,” Shekleton said. “It’s great to have a trailer of our own so we can more effectively transport our equipment from competition to competition.”

Chief Pace would like to thank the Randolph Department of Public Works, L&W Auto Body in Randolph and Mark’s Signs Plus in Randolph for their work restoring, painting and adding decals to the trailer.

“The donated and refurbished trailer is another example of the positive collaboration between the Randolph Police Department, the Randolph Public Schools, DPW and local businesses,” said Town Manager Brian Howard. “We’re so pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to see it on the road.”

Click here for video of the band’s visit to the Police Department.

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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 Police Department Announces Three Promotions

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three members of the Randolph Police Department were promoted during a ceremony last night.

Anthony Marag was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Commander of Investigative Services; Penny Cirino was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant; and Daniel Zaiter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after serving as a Patrolman.

A ceremony recognizing the promotions was held Monday night, July 15, at the Randolph Town Council meeting. All three were sworn in by Judge Serge Georges of Boston Municipal Court. Each of the officers were also given an official citation from the Massachusetts State House congratulating them on their accomplishments. The citation was presented by state Sen. Walter Timilty.

“Last night was a special one for three of our officers and their loved ones,” Chief Pace said. “Commander Marag, Lt. Cirino and Sgt. Zaiter have each distinguished themselves as hardworking individuals who uphold the best of what the Randolph Police Department represents. I wish them all the best in this next step in their respective careers.”

Commander Anthony Marag

Commander Marag has been a member of the Randolph Police Department for 23 years.

He is a two-time Dana Award recipient and was a co-founder of the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force.

He held the rank of Lieutenant for five years. Prior to that he was a Detective Sgt. for six years and a Patrolman for eight years.

In his time with the department, he also served as the town’s first School Resource Officer and was a D.A.R.E. Officer for RPD.

Lt. Penny Cirino

Lt. Cirino has been a police officer for 21 years and a Sergeant for the Randolph Police for the past seven years.

For the past 12 years, Lt. Cirino has been a member of the Randolph Police accident reconstruction team.

For the past 10 years, she has served as one of the department’s firearms instructors and is responsible for making sure that officers are up to date and qualified with their firearms certifications.

Lt. Cirino is a member of the department’s Rape Aggression Defense Program (R.A.D.) where female residents are taught how to defend themselves from an attack. She also recently began working as a member of the Randolph Police Academy as a Staff Instructor.

Sgt. Daniel Zaiter

Sgt. Zaiter has been with the Randolph Police Department for 10 years after graduating from the Boston Police Academy in 2009.

He has been a mountain bike officer for the department for the past eight years.

He also was recently named as a member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC).

Prior to his career in law enforcement he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from from 1997 to 2000.

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Randolph Lifts Boil Water Order Following Clearance from MassDEP

RANDOLPH — The Randolph / Holbrook Joint Water Board reports that the Town of Randolph and Town of Holbrook are NO longer under a Boil Water Order per the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

A Boil Water Order Termination Notice was issued by MassDEP on July 12 at 4:15 p.m.

MassDEP first issued the boil-water order on Wednesday, July 10 after a loss of pressure due to a mechanical fault at the Randolph/Holbrook Joint Water Treatment Plant, located at Pond Street in Randolph.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has since reviewed the corrective actions performed by the Town of Randolph, consisting of increasing the available water pressure and available water to the customers of the Randolph water distribution system.

In addition, two consecutive days of bacteria monitoring throughout Randolph’s water distribution system demonstrated that the Randolph water system meets the MassDEP minimum drinking water standards, as all samples collected were free of bacteria.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Car Doors at Night During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

 

Randolph Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Car Doors at Night During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents this month to properly secure their vehicles to prevent theft and avoid being an easy target for thieves.

July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2017. The value of these stolen vehicles is nearly $6 billion.

“Many vehicle break-ins are smash-and-grab type of crimes,” Chief Pace said. “The vehicles most likely to be broken into are ones where thieves can see things of value they can quickly and easily take. Removing or hiding your valuables makes your vehicle much less attractive to thieves.”

The NHTSA and Randolph Police remind vehicle owners to use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle.

  • Take your key, don’t leave it in your vehicle.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, make sure they are out of sight.
  • Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
  • Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.
  • Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night around 9 p.m. This is known as the 9 p.m. Routine.

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, follow these steps:

  • Call 911 to report a vehicle theft or break-in.  A copy of the police report and/or a case number will be needed to provide to your insurance company.
  • You may be asked to provide the license plate number, make, model and color of the car, the VIN number and any identifying characteristics.
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen or broken into.
  • If you find your vehicle before authorities, contact the police immediately and then your insurance company.

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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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Randolph Police Respond to Barricaded Subject Incident Overnight

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department responded to a incident involving a barricaded subject overnight.

There were no injuries reported and the incident ended peacefully with the subject surrendering to police.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Monday, July 8, Randolph Police responded to a home on Paine Road for a report of a man with a gun making threats to harm others.

Upon arrival, Randolph Police were able to confirm that a 60-year-old Randolph man was inside of the house with a gun. A woman was also inside of the house with him. The man refused to come out of the home and officers set up a perimeter around the home. Out of an abundance of caution, the MetroLEC SWAT team was called to respond to the scene.

After a lengthy negotiation with the man, he surrendered to police without further incident shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The incident remains under active investigation by the Randolph Police Department and charges will likely be brought against the man.

A handgun was retrieved and seized as evidence inside of the home.

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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 Provide Important Information About July 3 Parade and Fireworks Show

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to provide important information about town’s annual Night Before the Fourth parade and fireworks event that will take place tomorrow.

“This is an event we look forward to all year, where everyone in town comes together to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and enjoy the parade and fireworks,” Chief Pace said. “Randolph typically sees a large influx of visitors to the town and we ask that everyone please follow the appropriate parking and traffic rules so that the event can run as smoothly as possible. We hope to see a big crowd tomorrow night and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday.”

Parade

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will start at the Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main St., and will travel south down North Main Street. The parade ends at the intersection of North Main Street and Memorial Parkway.

North Main Street, from Oak Street to Crawford Square, and Memorial Parkway will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and will not re-open until approximately 11 p.m.

There will be no on-street parking along the parade route beginning at 3 p.m. Those parked along the parade route will be towed after that time.

Chief Pace recommends that those driving to the parade find legal, on-street parking away from the parade route. Parked vehicles should not block private driveways, be on private land without permission of the home/business owner or block access to emergency vehicles or the motoring public. Please be respectful to other’s property. As always, parking violators will be subject to towing.

Fireworks

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. They will be launched from the rear of Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway.

To keep people safe, there will be a restricted safety zone around the launch site which will be marked with caution tape. Pedestrians and vehicles will not have access to this area.

There will be no parking allowed in either Randolph High School parking lot. Additionally, the Randolph High School football field and baseball diamond will not be accessible for fireworks viewing.

There will be several portable restrooms available for public use located at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and McNeil Way (Randolph High School pool-side lot).

Spectators are also advised that additional uniformed Randolph Police officers and auxiliary officers will be stationed along the parade route, concentrating on the downtown area. Should anyone need assistance from the Randolph Police Department, feel free to approach one of these officers as they will be more than willing to assist.

Routine patrols and calls for service will continue as normal and if needed, please contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 for assistance.

Chief Pace asks that you DO NOT call 911 to report illegal fireworks use or noise/loud party complaints. Please utilize the business line for these reports as it is imperative that that 911 lines remain open for true emergencies.

Anyone with further questions is welcomed to call the Randolph Police business line at 781-963-1212.

The Randolph Police Department wishes everyone and their loved ones a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces the upcoming retirement of Commander David Avery after 32 years with the Randolph Police Department.

Commander Avery, a Randolph native, started his career in law enforcement as a patrolman for the Randolph Police in 1987. He is set to retire on Friday, July 5.

He was a patrolman for 10 years before being promoted to Duty Detective in 1997. In 2005, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and in 2015 he was named a Detective Lieutenant. In 2016, he was promoted to be the Commander of Investigations for the department.

“Commander Avery is a consummate professional who always put the citizens of Randolph and the victims of crimes first and foremost,” Chief Pace said. “David is a personal friend, a valued colleague and one of the most dedicated people to the profession of policing that I have ever worked with. His passion for his job and the town of Randolph should be commended and he was truly an asset to our department throughout his career.”

Throughout his career, Commander Avery prided himself on looking out for those who were most vulnerable and in need of help. As the department’s Court Prosecutor, he worked to advocate for victims. As the Domestic Violence Officer for RPD, he was heavily invested in victims’ rights advocacy, especially those of women and children.

“I am truly going to miss all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my career, including my fellow officers and the people who call Randolph home,” Commander Avery said. “My goal was to try to make a positive impact in someone’s life each and every day and I believe I was able to uphold that principal in my 32 years as a police officer. In retirement I will always be thinking about my brothers and sisters in blue and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, particularly Chief Pace for providing me with such great opportunities throughout my career.”

In addition to his advocacy roles in the department, Commander Avery was also involved in the department’s Pink Patch Program and Autism Awareness Patch Program.

Last week, the Randolph Police Department held a retirement party for Commander Avery at LaScala Restaurant that was attended by dozens of family members, friends and fellow officers.

Commander Avery has been a member of the Randolph Police honor guard for 20 years and has delayed retirement by one week in order to march in the town’s Night Before the 4th Parade one last time.

In retirement, Commander Avery is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his 1-month-old granddaughter.

He will also be looking for new opportunities for work in the field of advocacy and helping others in need.

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