Randolph Police Department Arrests Three Men on Multiple Drug Trafficking, Firearms Charges Following Multi-Unit Investigation

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested three individuals in connection with a search warrant that was executed last week.

As a result of the investigation and subsequent search, the following arrests were made on Thursday, Aug. 26:

ROBERT BROWN, AGE 50, OF RANDOLPH, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without a Permit – 2 Counts
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine – 5 Counts
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm/Magazine – 4 Counts
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Oxycodone)

LEONARD COLLINS, AGE 71, OF BROCKTON, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without An FID Card
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm Near a Minor

ROBERT BROWN, 29, OF RANDOLPH, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without An FID Card
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of Ammunition Without An FID Card – 2 Counts
  • Leaving a Firearm Within a Vehicle
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, Randolph Police executed a search warrant at 44 High St. in Randolph after an ongoing Randolph Police Department narcotics trafficking investigation. Entry to the single-family residence was made by the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) SWAT Team, and the search was executed by the Randolph Police Department Narcotics Unit with assistance from the Braintree, Weymouth and Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Units.

As a result of the search warrant, trafficking weight of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, powder cocaine and a significant amount of crack cocaine packaged for sale were seized from within the residence.

Four illegally possessed firearms were also located during the execution of the search warrant, including an AR-15 style assault rifle and a .40 caliber Glock pistol. Multiple high-capacity magazines and ammunition were located with the assault rifle. A Charter Arms .38 Special revolver was also located during the search. The final firearm located was a .40 Caliber Smith & Wesson loaded with a high-capacity magazine. Additional magazines and ammunition were located during the search.

A large amount of money was seized during the execution of the search warrant as well, totaling $147,098 in U.S. currency.

All three men were arraigned in Quincy District Court on Aug. 26.

“These arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation by the Randolph Police and our partners in local law enforcement and the State Police, and we thank them for their high level of professionalism and dedication throughout the investigation,” Chief Marag said. “Thanks to this collective effort we were able to take a large amount of drugs and weapons off of our streets.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Randolph and Whitman Police Departments Among Several Agencies Helping to Escort Whitman Toddler to Hospital for Surgery

WHITMAN — Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag and Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon are pleased to share that several local police departments took part in a special escort yesterday for a Whitman toddler who is set to undergo open-heart surgery.

Departments from seven neighboring communities came together Wednesday, April 14, to escort Nathaniel Rodman, who is affectionately known as “Nate the Great,” to Boston Children’s Hospital along with members of the boy’s family. 

Rodman was born with multiple heart and kidney defects that have required several surgeries, including his first open-heart surgery when he was only 5 weeks old. The departments came together for Rodman and his family, which includes Matthew Rodman, who has served as a Randolph Police officer for more than seven years. 

In addition to officers from Randolph and Whitman, members of the Quincy, Weymouth, Stoughton, Canton and Braintree police departments all took part in the early-morning escort Wednesday. Last week, officers had a badge made for Rodman to signify him becoming an honorary police officer.

“The escort was a way to recognize Nathanial for the tremendous courage he has shown during his life, and as a way to take the family’s mind off everything for a few minutes before they entered the hospital to begin this latest procedure,” said Randolph Police Det. Kevin Gilbert. “We have done escorts like this before and it is always easy to find officers willing to participate. We truly have an amazing network of passionate officers in this region.”

Several of the officers who participated in Wednesday’s escort were police academy classmates of Matthew Rodman, making the event all the more personal for many of them. 

The Whitman Police Department played a key role in assisting with traffic control and providing advice on the best routes to approach and leave the house for the escort.

“This entire event was a group effort between Randolph Police, Whitman Police and the surrounding agencies, and it shows that we are always willing to help a family in need,” Det. Gilbert said. “Nathaniel is a fighter, and we are confident that he will come out of this surgery in amazing shape.”

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Randolph Police Actively Investigating Shooting 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that Randolph Police are actively investigating a shooting that took place earlier this evening. 

At 7:23 p.m. today, Randolph Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Perly Evans Drive and Hemlock Terrace. Upon arrival, police were able to locate numerous shell casings on Perly Evans Drive. 

A victim vehicle  was subsequently located at 11 Highland Ave. with ballistic damage, including at least three gun shots to the windshield and engine damage due to gunfire. 

Following an initial investigation, four occupants were discovered to have been inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting. The driver, a woman, age 36, sustained minor injuries from glass and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting were a man, age 33, and two children, girls of approximately three and five years of age. 

No one was struck by the gun shots and no other injuries were reported.

This incident remains under active investigation by Randolph Police, who are also being assisted by Braintree Police and Boston Police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

 

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A Statement from Randolph Police Chief William Pace

RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Randolph Police Chief William Pace:

“The Randolph Police Department is currently actively investigating multiple acts of vandalism at a local church. Our department responded to the International Assembly of God church at 572 South Main St. in Randolph four times between April 6 and May 2 for reports of vandalism ranging from broken windows to smashed light bulbs.

“During each call, our officers collected evidence and searched the area for information that could lead to identifying the suspect or suspects. Detectives have canvassed the area looking for surveillance video that may help to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators. Our officers have been conducting increased surveillance in the area in the hopes of identifying who is responsible for these unacceptable acts of vandalism.

“Although the frequency of incidents at this location is concerning, based on the evidence we have at this time, there is no specific indication right now that this should be classified as a hate crime. If new evidence comes to light that these acts are indeed a hate crime, we will investigate it as such and anyone charged with these incidents will be charged accordingly.

“In an additional incident of vandalism that took place on April 17 to a vehicle parked outside of the church building, a person was photographed on video surveillance from a distance and is described as a black male, wearing black clothing, who left the area in a black 2013-2017 Honda Accord, toward Avon. A surveillance video showed that the vehicle’s license plate began with the letter H. The suspect vehicle has aftermarket and distinctive “five star” rims. This person is a person of interest in each of the church vandalism incidents and police would like to speak with this individual.

“We urge anyone with information about these incidents to contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.”

“Because this investigation is active and ongoing, there will be no further information released at this time.”

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Randolph Man Reported Missing Saturday Found Safe in Wrentham

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that a missing Randolph man has been found safe.

At approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Randolph Police were informed that the man, a 33-year-old from Randolph, was at a relative’s home in Wrentham.

“We appreciate the efforts of all the law enforcement officials who responded to ensure this individual was safely located,” Chief Pace said.

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*Missing Person* Randolph Police Seek Missing Man

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a resident who was last seen Saturday morning.

Christopher Moore, 33, of Randolph, was last seen Saturday, Feb. 8 at approximately 5:30 a.m. near his home on Liberty Street in Randolph.

Police do not believe Moore, who is an autistic adult, to be in any danger.

Moore is described as a white male, last seen wearing a dark grey hoodie with a green Monster Energy Drink logo on it, a pair of sweatpants with skull on it, and yellow shoes.

Anyone who believes they may have information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

 

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.

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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 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 and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Randolph Police and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan are urging all Randolph residents to take precautions to stay safe during the coming snowstorm and frigid temperatures to follow.

A Winter Storm Warning and hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Randolph at this time, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The National Weather Service predicts that the storm is expected to begin around 4 a.m. Thursday morning and end sometime in the evening.

The following is what NWS is anticipating for Randolph during and after the snowstorm:

  • The region could see as much as 14 inches of snow.
  • Wind gusts may reach as high as 49 mph and carry with it a windchill factor of 3 below zero.
  • Driving conditions will likely be very poor. Significant reductions in visibility are possible with near white-out conditions for a time Thursday.
  • Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Power outages may occur.
  • Friday will likely see a high temperature of 13 degrees and a low of 4 below zero. Saturday could be even colder with a high of 7 degrees and low of 9 below zero.

WEATHERING THE STORM

The Police and Fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911. You can also reach the Randolph Police at 781-963-1212 and Randolph Fire Department at 781-963-3131.

Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.

Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.

If you lose power during the storm, National Grid offers an outage map. To report the loss of electricity, call 800-592-2000 .

If you believe there is a gas leak in your home or nearby, call 911.

Anyone with a disability or medical issue is encouraged to call Randolph Police ahead of time to request a well-being check during the storm.

COLD CONTINUES ON

With this type of weather, frostbite and hypothermia are possible for those without proper protection from the cold. To stay safe, the Randolph police and fire departments ask that residents follow these tips from the MEMA:

Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.

If outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety

  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, coal stove or space heater, make sure they are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

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