Randolph Police Department Investigating After Shell Casings Found in Donovan Elementary School Classroom

RANDOLPH — Police Chief Anthony Marag and Randolph Public Schools Superintendent Thea Stovell wish to share an update after two shell casings were found at Donovan Elementary School over the past week.

On Friday, Jan. 13, a shell casing was found in a fourth grade classroom at Donovan Elementary. A second shell casing was found on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the same classroom at Donovan Elementary. The shell casings did not contain live rounds.

In both instances, school administration followed standard protocol by initiating a school-wide shelter in place, during which students were asked to remain in their classrooms but regular instruction continued. School administration immediately contacted the Randolph Police Department each time, who responded and took custody of the shell casings, as well as completed a thorough search of the classroom on both occasions. The district also sent letters home to parents notifying them of each incident.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police K-9 units swept the school on the night of Jan. 17. K-9 units swept the school once again on the night of Jan. 19 after the second shell casing was found. No additional casings and no weapons were found during either search.

How the casings got into the school remains under investigation by police and school administration, however it is believed that the incidents are related. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Randolph Police at 781-963-1212 or district officials at 781-961-6200.

On Friday, Jan. 20, school administration met with all grade K-5 homerooms to speak with students about these incidents and to review the school’s safety protocols. The district also plans to schedule a forum for families to discuss school safety measures and will share those details with families as they are confirmed.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority and we understand that these incidents are concerning to our families,” Superintendent Stovell said. “I would like to thank the Randolph Police Department for their quick response and we will assist them in this investigation however we can. Any family who feels their student needs additional support at school following these incidents is encouraged to contact their building principal.” 

Added Chief Marag, “We take findings like this extremely seriously and continue to conduct a thorough investigation of these incidents. We encourage anyone who has information to contact the police department.”

Randolph Police will have an additional presence at the school in the coming days as a precautionary measure.


Randolph Police Department Thanks Community Partners, Residents for Holiday Gift Donations

Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to thank several community organizations and partners that have donated items over the past several weeks for the department to distribute to families in Randolph this season.

The Randolph Police Department would like to thank residents, as well as Ocean State Job Lot, Orangetheory Fitness of Dedham and the Stoughton Police Department.

Ocean State Job Lot donated an $800 gift card that was used to purchase clothes and other essential items for school children and their family members. The department would like to thank Jim Black, J.R. Mitchell, Keith Cruz and Daniekqun Reddick of Ocean State Job Lot.

Orangetheory Fitness of Dedham held a toy drive at their gym. Owner Kerri Bliss and Manager Michelee Chery donated the toys from the drive to the department.

The Stoughton Police Department conducted a toy drive as well and donated some of what it had collected to the Randolph Police Department’s toy drive. The department would like to thank Stoughton Police Sgt. Nate Derby, Officer Matthew Gada and Officer Michael Connolly.

The donations, paired with donations from residents to the Randolph Police Toys for Tots drive, allowed the department to donate toys, clothes and other essential items to dozens of families between all of the schools in the Randolph Public Schools. The items were distributed by officers to the various schools in the district on Monday, Dec. 21.

“We’d like to thank each of these community partners for their valuable contributions to this year’s drive, as well as our residents for their donations and continued support of our community,” Chief Pace said. “The donations helped us to give toys and other important supplies to many families in Randolph this season.”

The department would also like to thank the Randolph Public Schools staff and Kimberly Duane of the district administration for their assistance with distribution.


Randolph Police Department Donates 80 Coats to Randolph Schools Following Annual Fitness Cup Challenge

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to share that Randolph Police Officers donated approximately 80 coats last week to the Randolph Public Schools to be distributed to kids in need this winter.

The winter jackets were purchased using the funds donated by officers to participate in the department’s annual Fitness Cup event, coordinated each year by Commander Anthony Marag and Officer Kinnon Ryan. The event is part of an ongoing officer wellness program and the money raised each year is used to support a worthy cause.

Last year, the money was donated to the Sgt. Chesna Family Fund to benefit the family of fallen Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna.

This year, Detectives Kevin Gilbert and Kristin Gagnon coordinated with the schools to compile a list of students in need. Commander Marag, Officer Ryan, Det. John Bringardner, Det. Gilbert and Det. Gagnon purchased the jackets with the money raised.

The 80 jackets were distributed to the schools on Friday, Dec. 4 by Detectives Gilbert and Gagnon and Officer Ryan.

“I’d like to commend all of the officers involved in the purchasing and distribution of the jackets for their work to ensure kids in our community had warm coats this year,” Chief Pace said. “We are pleased that the annual Fitness Cup, which is a beneficial initiative for the health and wellbeing of officers, is also able to support a worthy cause each year.”

The Randolph Police Department would like to thank the Randolph Public Schools for assisting in compiling a list of students to ensure all students in need received a winter jacket this year. Additionally, the department would like to thank Jean, of Avon, who did not wish for her last name to be published, for her donation. Jean approached the officers while they were distributing the coats to the schools and donated $100 to the cause. Her donation also went toward the jackets.