Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments Make 3-Year-Old Mikey Grover an Honorary Police Officer

Friday, March 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

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

Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments Make 3-Year-Old Mikey Grover an Honorary Police Officer

NORTH ATTLEBORO — North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly and Randolph Police Chief William Pace are pleased to announce that the two departments teamed up last night to make 3-year-old Mikey Grover an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in dealing with congenital heart disease.

Over 80 people packed into the large conference room at the North Attleboro Police station Thursday night to see Mikey receive his honorary officer’s badge and some other gifts from the two police departments.

“Mikey was someone that we as police officers wanted on our team,” Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert said during the event. “Becoming an honorary officer comes with great responsibility. It is expected that the honorary officer keeps up the fight 24/7, 365 and never gives up, and I’m confident Mikey will do that.”

Mikey’s mother Julie Grover pinned the honorary officer’s badge on his shirt while the rest of his family stood nearby. He was given framed patches from both departments and State Representative Elizabeth Poirier presented Mikey with citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Massachusetts Senate.

The highlight for Mikey was the remote controlled police cruiser he received as a gift from the Randolph Police Department.

Mikey was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects the flow of blood through the heart, due to sections of the heart being underdeveloped. He was also born with heterotaxy, a rare condition where his major organs were developed in abnormal places in his chest and abdomen.

As a result of his conditions, Mikey has spent much of his young life receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and has already undergone multiple open heart surgeries.

Through their time at the hospital, Julie Grover came up with the idea to make Mikey’s Brave Bags.

The gift bags are filled with items like toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts supplies, clothes, children’s books, snacks and more and are given to other families at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“We just donated 100 bags in February and we’re going to do more in the fall,” said Thomas Grover, Mikey’s father. “Thank you to everybody for donating all the goodies. We really appreciate that and I know the other families do too. Because it’s not just for the children, it’s for their siblings and their parents who have to stay there [at the hospital] as well and go through this nightmare that we do.”

Those who would like to donate items to Mikey’s Brave Bags can go to the Mikey Strong Facebook page and send a private message about donating for more details.

Following the ceremony, Mikey and some of his family and friends were given a tour of the North Attleboro Police station and Mikey made his first arrest, putting handcuffs on one of the officers and escorting him into a holding cell.

“This is what it’s all about,” Officer Gilbert said. “Mikey is such a brave kid and we’re honored to count him as one of our brothers now.”

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments to Honor 3-Year-Old Boy with Congenital Heart Disease

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

For Immediate Release

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

Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments to Honor 3-Year-Old Boy with Congenital Heart Disease

Mikey Grover to be Made Honorary Police Officer

NORTH ATTLEBORO — North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly and Randolph Police Chief William Pace are pleased to announce that the two police departments will be teaming up next week to make 3-year-old Mikey Grover an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in dealing with congenital heart disease.

The North Attleboro boy will be pinned with a police badge, receive certificates of commendation and will be given other items from the police departments during the event.

WHEN:

Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

WHERE:

North Attleboro Police Department, 102 South Washington St.

WHAT:

Mikey was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects the flow of blood through the heart, due to sections of the heart being underdeveloped. He was also born with heterotaxy, a rare condition where his major organs were developed in abnormal places in his chest and abdomen.

As a result of his conditions, Mikey has spent much of his young life receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and has already undergone two open heart surgeries.

Through it all, the boy lives a happy life with his parents, Thomas and Julie, and three older sisters in North Attleboro.

Last year, Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert heard about Mikey’s story and reached out to the family to see how he could help. Mikey’s parents told Officer Gilbert about Mikey’s Brave Bags, an initiative started by the Grover family where they put together care packages for other sick children in the hospital, helping to provide them and their families some comfort during the most difficult of times.

“When I first spoke to Thomas and Julie, I couldn’t believe what they were doing,” Officer Gilbert said. “Here their son is going through so much and fighting for his life, and not only are they helping and supporting him as best as they can, but they’re also looking to help other families that are in similar situations, people that they don’t even know. They really are an amazing family.”

Inside of Mikey’s Brave Bags are items like toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts, clothes, children’s books, snacks and more. Earlier this month, the family donated dozens of the gift bags to kids and their families at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Through providing donations to Mikey’s Brave Bags and getting to know the Grover family, Officer Gilbert began including items from the police department such as patches and stickersEventually, Mikey told his mother that he loves police officers and Officer Gilbert came up with the idea to make the boy an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in his fight.

Because he is from North Attleboro, it was decided that the Randolph Police would team up with NAPD to give the Grover family a special day at their department.

“Hearing about Mikey’s story and his wonderful family really puts things in perspective,” Chief Reilly said. “While he will be made a police officer for a day, Mikey truly is a hero every day and we are honored to be hosting the Grover family at the police station next week.”

Chief Pace said, “Officer Gilbert is one of our most charitable officers, who often goes above and beyond the call of duty to selflessly help others in need. When I heard about Mikey and what he has gone through and Officer Gilbert’s idea to make him an honorary police officer, I thought it would be a great way to recognize Mikey and bring attention to congenital heart disease and the noble cause his parents are undertaking with Mikey’s Brave Bags.”

Those who would like to donate items to Mikey’s Brave Bags can go to the Mikey Strong Facebook page and send a private message about donating for more details.

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A Statement From Randolph Police Chief William Pace

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

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

A Statement From Randolph Police Chief William Pace

“A member of the Randolph Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest outside of his Brockton home while off duty over the weekend. Officer Glenn Frazier, a 24-year veteran of the department, will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Brockton Police investigation and an internal review of the facts by the Randolph Police Department.”

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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 Investigating Shooting on Highland Avenue

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

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

Randolph Police Investigating Shooting on Highland Avenue

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating an incident where a man was shot Tuesday afternoon on Highland Avenue.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Randolph Police responded to the area of 43 Highland Ave. for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a 32-year-old Middleborough man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper back. The man was conscious and alert when speaking to responding officers.

Paramedics from the Randolph Fire Department also responded to the scene and transported the victim to a Boston hospital. His current condition is unknown at this time.

The victim told police that he was shot by a black male wearing a red, blue and yellow jacket. There were no other witnesses to the incident.

Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone matching the description given. A Quincy Police firearms K-9 also responded to the scene but did not locate any weapons.

Police are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Arrest Man for Unarmed Robbery


For Immediate Release

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested a man earlier today for allegedly assaulting and robbing an elderly man.

DEMETRIUS JAMES, AGE 29, OF RANDOLPH is charged with:

  • Assault and Battery on a Person Over 65
  • Unarmed Robbery

At 10:40 a.m., Randolph Police received a report from an Uber driver on North Street who stated she observed an elderly man being assaulted by another man.

The driver was able to give police a description of the suspect, and officers immediately began searching the area.

Police arrived on scene and located the victim, a 74-year-old Randolph man, who had suffered injuries to his face and reported being robbed of his wallet and keys. He was transported via ambulance to an area hospital.

A short time later, a resident who heard the description of the suspect on the scanner called police and reported they saw someone matching the description running through their backyard.

Police set up a perimeter of the area and were able to locate JAMES near the Lindwood Cemetery on North Street — less than a quarter mile away from where the altercation took place.

Following an on scene investigation, JAMES was placed under arrest. He was transported and booked at the Randolph Police Department, where he is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

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

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Randolph Police to Host Open House This Week Regarding Upcoming Police Officer Exam

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

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

Randolph Police to Host Open House This Week Regarding Upcoming Police Officer Exam

Open House on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Randolph PD

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be hosting an open house this week for those who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

The open house will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at the Randoph Police station, 42 South Main St.

“This event is a great way for applicants taking the state exam to have their questions answered by people who have gone through the process,” Chief Pace said. “Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Randolph Police Department is encouraged to attend.”

The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 5, with an examination fee of $100. A late fee of $50 will be assessed to those who apply after Feb. 5. No applications will be accepted after Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The written examination will be held on Saturday, March 23.

Each applicant’s exam location will be provided in their notice to appear email after successfully applying and paying for the exam.

This entry-level service exam establishes a list of eligible candidates to fill vacancies in civil service municipalities, MBTA Transit Police and non-civil service jurisdictions.

Applicants may choose to have their results apply to both municipal and MBTA eligible lists or the municipal eligible list only.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age on or before the date of the exam and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, or three years of experience in the armed forces of the United States with last release or discharge under honorable conditions. There are some special exceptions and arrangements available for active duty military personnel. For more information. visit the state’s civil service website.

The written examination consists of three parts: the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES) and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ). The WAT includes areas of verbal expression and comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive and inductive reasoning, and information ordering. It is used to measure the cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer. The LES consists of multiple-choice questions related to the candidates’ past history and experience that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers. The WSQ assesses certain motivational, value-related, and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers.

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Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Man in Shooting

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

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

Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Man in Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is actively investigating a shooting on South Main Street Monday night and have placed a man under arrest.

EROLW POPE-FOSTER, AGE 25, OF ANDOVER was arrested and charged with:

  • Armed Assault to Murder
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling or Building

At approximately 4 p.m., Randolph Police responded to an apartment complex at 625 South Main St. for a report of shots fired.

Through an on-scene investigation officers determined that two shots were allegedly fired by POPE-FOSTER. A revolver was recovered at the scene by police and was seized as evidence.

The initial investigation indicates that the incident occurred because of an argument regarding a car sale. The victim, a Woburn man, met POPE-FOSTER through the OfferUp smart phone application. The victim was selling a car through the app.

The two met at the Randolph apartment complex and began to argue over the price of the car and an altercation broke out between the two. The victim fell to the ground and POPE-FOSTER allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired it twice at the victim, missing him.

Police responded and located POPE-FOSTER hiding in the rear of one of the apartment buildings. He was placed under arrest without further incident.

The revolver was found under a truck in the parking lot and was wrapped in a rag.

The victim suffered cuts on his hands from the ice when he fell to the ground and ran to the nearby Avon Fire station for help.

The incident remains under active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Randolph Police at 781-963-1212.

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

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Randolph Police Arrest Two for Larceny After Alleged Real Estate Schemes

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

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

Randolph Police Arrest Two for Larceny After Alleged Real Estate Schemes

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that a man and a woman were arrested after a Randolph Police Department investigation into a series of real estate schemes in which unsuspecting people were allegedly placed into “rentals” by the suspects, who did not own the properties in question.

RICARDO “RICK” BERNARD, AGE 47, OF MILTON and KATYA MAGNI, AGE 31, OF BROCKTON were arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of Breaking and Entering and five counts of Larceny over $1,200.

The charges originate from an investigation that showed that the suspects would allegedly locate foreclosed properties, illegally gain entry to them and then place unsuspecting people into the properties as rental tenants.

The suspects also allegedly tricked individuals into signing over distressed property deeds for $1, under the false promise that BERNARD would make repairs and/or remove the homes from foreclosure. The property would then be sold, and Bernard was the recipient of any profit after satisfying the bank lien. There are multiple properties in Randolph where this is alleged to have occurred.

Any person who is either renting a property from BERNARD or has had real estate interaction with him or MAGNI is encouraged to contact Detective Marc Abramson with the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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

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Randolph Police Participating in No Shave November

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

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

Randolph Police Participating in No Shave November

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that members of the Randolph Police Department will once again participate in No Shave November.

Officers who choose to participate will pledge $100 to Home Base in exchange for a month-long waiver from the department policy restricting facial hair growth.

Home Base is a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program dedicated to helping veterans — and their families — who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, have a traumatic brain injury, or other related conditions.

“This is a fun and impactful way our department can support veterans and their families,” Chief Pace said. “Home Base is a great cause and I am hoping that we can raise a lot of money for them this year.”

To learn more about Home Base, or to visit the RPD fundraising page, go to https://because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/1651858.

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