RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting overnight where a man was shot in the leg.
At approximately 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 21, police responded to the area of West Street and Old West Street for a report of multiple gunshots.
A 911 caller reported that there was a man inside a West Street apartment who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old Hyde Park man was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
As the investigation continued, officers on scene located a vehicle on the side of the road at the intersection of West Street and Old West Street. The vehicle had been struck multiple times with gunfire and there was blood on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
A Quincy Police firearm K9 was requested at the scene, however no gun was able to be located. Additionally, members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services unit and Crime Prevention and Control (CPAC) unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
At this time, police do not believe that the incident was random and it remains under active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.
RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Town Manager Brian Howard are pleased to share that Randolph’s 2019 crime statistics show a third consecutive annual decrease in the town’s crime rate.
According to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) statistics submitted by the Town of Randolph, the total number of reported crimes dropped from 1,237 in 2018 to 1,105 in 2019, a 10% decrease.
The total number of violent crimes dropped 10% from 2018 to 2019. Aggravated assaults were down over 10% and motor vehicle thefts remained at 33 reported incidents. Crimes against property were down from 740 incidents in 2018 to 639 incidents in 2019. Part B crimes such as disorderly conduct or quality of life offenses decreased by 17% in 2019.
The statistics also show a 36% decrease in reported crimes in Randolph over the past decade.
“I am very pleased with the recent crime statistics, which are proof that the work the men and women of the Randolph Police Department do everyday pays off,” Town Manager Howard said.
“The safety of the community is our number one priority,” Chief Pace said. “Even with crime statistics showing a downward trend, our department’s call volume continues to increase and diversify each year. To respond to this, we have trained an officer in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and there are plans to focus on other quality of life concerns in the coming year, including increased traffic enforcement, pedestrian safety and drunk and drugged driving patrols. I am proud that our department has been successful not only in reducing crime, but has made service enhancements as well.”
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents of the upcoming hands-free law for drivers.
On Feb. 23, An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving will go into effect prohibiting drivers from using cellphones and other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. There will be a grace period through March 31 in which drivers will get a warning for their first violation rather than a fine.
The law states that no motor vehicle operator may use electronic devices while driving unless the technology is being used hands-free. Operators found to be texting, dialing phone numbers or using a phone with their hands in any capacity while driving will be fined.
Operators are permitted to use hands-free technology including Bluetooth, “single tap or swipe” to activate or deactivate hands-free mode, navigation technology mounted to the car’s dash and phone use in emergency situations. Drivers may use their phones if they are stationary and not in an active traffic lane.
The penalty for drivers who are found guilty of violating the hands-free law is a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent offense. Operators who commit a second or subsequent offense are also required to complete an educational program focused on distracted driving prevention. A third or subsequent violation will count as a surchargeable incident which can affect the driver’s insurance rates.
The act also includes a requirement that law enforcement agencies report data on violations. The data collected by law enforcement will be available to the public.
The law does not apply to first responders who are on duty and driving emergency service vehicles.
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department is planning a fundraising campaign to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness starting this week.
As part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, the department will be partnering with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to sell special purple shoulder patches with the Alzheimer’s ribbon on them.
Patches will go on sale starting Thursday, Jan. 2. A total of 300 special patches are available for sale, and the fundraiser will last until the supply runs out.
The cost of the patches is $10 each.
“The Randolph Police Department is honored to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Our hope is that with this donation, we can assist those in need of vital services and strengthen patient care for those fighting this disease,” Chief Pace said. “We hope that we can positively represent members of our community, and their families, who are battling this disease.”
Randolph Police will be donating funds from the campaign to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Randolph Police have had great success in the past with the Pink Patch Project and the Autism Awareness Project, and they encourage residents to participate in this latest fundraiser as well.
To purchase a purple patch as part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, visit the Randolph Police Station at 41 South Main St., or send a check for $10 to:
Randolph Police Department
Attn: Det. Kevin Gilbert
Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign
41 South Main Street
Randolph MA, 02368
According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia
In 2019, Alzheimer’s care will cost the United States approximately $290 billion
Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the man who allegedly shot another man at a gas station over the weekend turned himself in at Quincy District Court today.
TRAEQUON DUNCAN, AGE 23, OF DORCHESTER was charged with:
Assault to Murder
Assault and Battery with a Firearm
Attempted Assault and Battery with a Firearm
Carrying a Firearm Without a License
Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling
DUNCAN was arraigned Thursday afternoon at Quincy District Court and was ordered held without bail.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Randolph Police responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. for a report of a shooting.
Through the subsequent investigation, police determined that DUNCAN had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. DUNCAN then exited the gas station and seconds later he allegedly fired three shots into the building, striking the other man.
The victim was transported by to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Randolph Police executed an early morning search warrant at DUNCAN’S Dorchester home on Stratton Street, with the assistance of the Boston Police SWAT unit, but were unable to locate him.
Chief Pace would like to thank the Boston Police Department Gang Unit, Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Boston Police SWAT unit and the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit for their assistance with this investigation.
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.
RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders are holding a “Back the Blue” rally this coming weekend.
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.
The Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant St., Randolph.
As part of the rally, cheerleaders will be showing off special cheers for law enforcement officers and sharing information on supporting local police.
This is the first time that the cheerleaders, who are a staple at football games in town, will be holding this type rally. It is being coordinated by the team’s head coach, Jenn Abramson.
“We are grateful for the support of the cheerleaders and encourage residents to attend the rally on Saturday,” Det. Kevin Gilbert said. “It will be a terrific opportunity for the community to meet us and learn more about what we do.”
The cheerleaders will also be supporting breast cancer awareness at this event.
The rally is free to attend.
The Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders recently qualified for a national tournament at Walt Disney World in Florida, and donations can be made at the rally to help fund the trip.
Members of the Randolph Police Department will also be on site to meet with members of the community. The rally comes after the RPD participated in the Pink Patch Project, where officers wore pink patches during the month of October to raise awareness as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This was the third year in a row Randolph police wore pink patches as part of the project.
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:
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.
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.