Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

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 Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind Randolph residents as the Fourth of July approaches that the use of fireworks is illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Residents are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the month surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 280 people nationwide go to the emergency room seeking treatment for injuries caused by fireworks every day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks are also the cause of 18,500 fires on average each year.

This does not mean residents cannot enjoy fireworks displays over the course of the summer. However, Chief Pace recommends that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

Residents should also remember to:

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

Anyone who has questions about fireworks or fireworks safety should contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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

Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department has received a donation of 130 bicycle helmets from the law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck for the fourth straight year.

The Boston-based personal injury law firm donated the helmets as part of their Project KidSafe campaign to encourage safe cycling and prevent head injuries.

Randolph Police will distribute the helmets to kids as part of its bicycle safety program.

“We want to once again give our sincere thanks for the generosity of the people at Breakstone, White & Gluck,” Chief Pace said. “Bicycle safety starts with wearing a helmet and because of their donation we are able to provide dozens of kids with helmets in Randolph.”

The Project KidSafe campaign was started by the law firm in 2013 as a way to reduce injuries and encourage children to wear helmets as soon as they start riding. Over five years, the lawyers have now donated more than 20,000 bicycle helmets to children in Massachusetts.

“At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we believe every child should be able to safely ride their bicycle while wearing a helmet,” Attorney David W. White said. “Each year we donate hundreds of brand-new helmets to police departments throughout the region that they then give out to children in their community. It was our pleasure to once again donate over 100 helmets to the Randolph Police Department.”

Massachusetts law requires children who are 16 years old and younger to wear bicycle helmets when they ride.

The Randolph Police Department encourages all cyclists to wear helmets no matter their age.

To learn more about Project KidSafe, visit www.bwglaw.com/bikes.

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Randolph Police Raises $1,000 for Sgt. Chesna Family Fund During 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge

From left: Detective Paul Smyth, Officer Duong Tran, Officer Kinnon Ryan, Lt. Anthony Marag, Officer Steven Ayers and Sgt. Jason Fisher. (Courtesy Photo Randolph Police Department)

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to share that the Randolph Police Department recently raised $1,000 for the Sgt. Chesna Family Fund during the 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge.

The Fitness Cup Challenge is part of a larger health and wellness initiative at the Randolph Police Department supported by Chief Pace. The 90 day challenge began in February and ended in April, and includes separate fitness and weight loss competitions. Many of the 37 members of the department competed in both the fitness and weight loss challenges.

The fitness test included a bench press, squat, one mile run and 500 meter row.

“This challenge gives us a concentrated period of time to really focus on health and fitness, which lays the groundwork to keep up healthy habits,” Chief Pace said. “In police work, fitness, health and wellness are all incredibly important, and I think prioritizing these values makes us a better department in the long run. We also had the opportunity to raise money through this initiative for Sgt. Chesna’s family, which is something we all felt strongly about and were happy to be able to do.”

Officer Trevor Clark won the fitness portion of the event and Sgt. Jason Fisher won the weight loss component of the competition.

The Fitness Cup Challenge was sponsored by Hanley Law Realty of Weymouth and Precision Fitness Equipment.

The Sgt. Chesna Family Fund was created by the Weymouth Police Department following the death of Sgt. Michael Chesna, who was killed in the line of duty in July 2018. The fund raises money for Sgt. Chesna’s family.

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Randolph Police Raises $1,000 for Sgt. Chesna Family Fund During 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge

From left: Detective Paul Smyth, Officer Duong Tran, Officer Kinnon Ryan, Lt. Anthony Marag, Officer Steven Ayers and Sgt. Jason Fisher. (Courtesy Photo Randolph Police Department)

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to share that the Randolph Police Department recently raised $1,000 for the Sgt. Chesna Family Fund during the 2nd Annual Fitness Cup Challenge.

The Fitness Cup Challenge is part of a larger health and wellness initiative at the Randolph Police Department supported by Chief Pace. The 90 day challenge began in February and ended in April, and includes separate fitness and weight loss competitions. Many of the 37 members of the department competed in both the fitness and weight loss challenges.

The fitness test included a bench press, squat, one mile run and 500 meter row.

“This challenge gives us a concentrated period of time to really focus on health and fitness, which lays the groundwork to keep up healthy habits,” Chief Pace said. “In police work, fitness, health and wellness are all incredibly important, and I think prioritizing these values makes us a better department in the long run. We also had the opportunity to raise money through this initiative for Sgt. Chesna’s family, which is something we all felt strongly about and were happy to be able to do.”

Officer Trevor Clark won the fitness portion of the event and Sgt. Jason Fisher won the weight loss component of the competition.

The Fitness Cup Challenge was sponsored by Hanley Law Realty of Weymouth and Precision Fitness Equipment.

The Sgt. Chesna Family Fund was created by the Weymouth Police Department following the death of Sgt. Michael Chesna, who was killed in the line of duty in July 2018. The fund raises money for Sgt. Chesna’s family.

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*UPDATED* Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

The scene was cleared at approximately 2 p.m. after no threats were found.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel was evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police.

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Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel has been evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate.

At this time, there is no reason to believe that the man’s threats were credible. The incident remains under active investigation.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 6, 2019

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

Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three Randolph Police officers were honored today for their efforts in helping to save the life of a suicidal man last December, using the newly implemented Text-to-911 program.

Detective Kristen Gagnon, Officer Richard Lucey and Officer Scott Sherman received the Robert P. Dana Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement at a ceremony at Quincy District Court to celebrate Law Day today. The award was presented by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Randolph Police Officer and Dispatcher Scott Sherman received a text via the newly implemented Text-to-911 program from a 23-year-old man who was threatening to kill himself.

Detective Kristen Gagnon and Officer Richard Lucey responded to a home on Highland Avenue where the text was sent from. The officers located the man inside of his bedroom closet having hanged himself with a shirt.

The officers quickly pulled the man out of the closet and began to render aid to him while calling for an ambulance. The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he survived his injuries.

Law Day is an annual celebration throughout courthouses in Massachusetts which recognizes the role and importance of law in the state and society.

The awards ceremony was held at Quincy District Court with several local politicians and members of law enforcement in attendance. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker.

The Dana Award is named for Metropolitan Police Officer Robert Dana, who was shot and killed by a suspect during a traffic stop in Milton in 1984. Other police departments that received the Dana Award this year were the Holbrook Police, Cohasset Police and Weymouth Police.

“I want to commend our officers for their efforts in being able utilize a technology that was new to the department and used it to effectively saved this man’s life,” Chief Pace said. “The Dana Award is an incredibly high honor and I am glad our officers were recognized for their lifesaving actions that day.”

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Randolph Police Charge Boston Man with Robbing Same Convenience Store Twice

MARK STOKES, AGE 51, OF ROXBURY was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Randolph Police Department Booking Photo)
MARK STOKES, AGE 51, OF ROXBURY was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Randolph Police Department Booking Photo)

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested and charged a man with robbing a convenience store twice at gunpoint in the past month.

As a result of a diligent investigation by Randolph Police Detectives, MARK STOKES, AGE 51 OF ROXBURY has been arrested and charged with two counts of Armed Robbery.

Police responded at 9:44 p.m. April 1 to the Seasons Market on North Main Street for a a reported robbery. Upon arrival, police learned that a male wearing black and white sneakers, a heavy two-tone jacket entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk.

Then on Friday, April 12 at 2:20 a.m., the market/gas station was robbed again. This time, a similar looking suspect entered the store while the clerk was outside. The suspect tried to open the cash registered, but inadvertently turned off the gas pumps. The clerk entered the store, and the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded the clerk open the register. The suspect fled both robberies with cash and Newport cigarettes.

The suspect, however, left his fingerprint on the button to shut off the pumps.

Detective David Clark processed the scene and working with the Boston Police Department, he were able to identify STOKES as the suspect.

Randolph Police soon learned that STOKES himself was the victim of an assault and a battery in Boston less than two hours after the robbery, in which his vehicle was shot multiple times. Police responding to the incident found a black pellet gun in STOKES’S vehicle. The bore of the gun was widened to make it appear more realistic.

After obtaining a search warrant for his Boston residence, detectives located the clothing allegedly used in both robberies. STOKES’S vehicle also matched one seen leaving the vicinity of the second robbery, and a man, allegedly STOKES was seen on surveillance footage entering the lobby of a nearby hotel shortly after the robbery. A Randoph Police K-9 also traced the suspect’s scent from the market to the hotel.

STOKES is being held on $15,000 cash bail at the Randolph Police Department, pending arraignment next week at Quincy District Court.

STOKES is known to police.

Chief Pace praised the work of Randolph Police Detectives, including Detective Clark, for their hard work on this case.

“This was a challenging case, involving a dangerous suspect pointing a weapon at hard-working people in our community, and I am pleased that the suspect has been identified and arrested,” Chief Pace said. “This case speaks to the professionalism of our investigators, who have a keen eye for detail and are trained to use all possible resources at their disposal in the furtherance of justice.”

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

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