Randolph/Holbrook Cheerleaders to Host “Back the Blue” Rally This Weekend

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.

WHEN:

Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:

The Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant St., Randolph.

WHAT:

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. 

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Randolph Police Hold Successful Charity Golf Tournament

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18 and the Randolph Police Association are pleased to announce that their second annual Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $8,000 last month.

The tournament was held on Sept. 15 at Easton Country Club, and had over 50 players.

Proceeds from the tournament will help fund various programs put on by the Randolph Police Association over the course of the next year.

In the past two years, the tournament has raised over $18,000 to benefit important community programs and events sponsored by the Randolph Police Association.

As part of the tournament, the foursome with the lowest score was presented with a trophy at the conclusion of the day. In addition, a closest to the pin challenge was featured on a par three hole, and a hole-in-one, putting contest and longest drive challenge was held on par five holes.

After a long day of golfing the players were treated to a dinner, catered by the staff at Easton Country Club.

Several raffle items and silent auctions were also available for bidding throughout the day.

Sponsor Support

More than 30 individuals and businesses from the community came together to support the tournament through either sponsorships or donation of raffle items.

“The support for this tournament has been tremendous over the past two years,” said Officer Kevin Gilbert, who helped to organize the event. “We look forward to continuing to sponsor our great community programs and on behalf of myself, Officer Matthew Rodman and everyone else at the Randolph Police Department, we greatly appreciate all of the support from those played and donated.”

“Thank you to all of volunteers who came out the day of the event,” Officer Rodman added. “Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.” 

Sponsors of the tournament include the following:

Platinum Sponsors

Seth Mann Second Home

Shaw’s Market (Manager Lee Bissonette)

Prime Motor Group (Officer Harold Moy)

Comfort Inn Randolph

Holiday Inn Brockton/Boston

Gold Sponsors

Mary Woloschuk

Golfer’s Warehouse

Silver Badge Sponsors

The Gilbert Family

The Rodman Family

Hole Sponsors

Bank of Canton

Brush Hill Tours

Randolph Lodge of Elks #2130

State Senator Walter F. Timilty

State Representative Bruce Ayers

Barbati and Davies Chiropractic

TNT Automotive

Goalie Crease Clinic

Mark’s Signs Plus

South Shore Dynamos Hockey Club

L and W Autobody

Raffle Items/Donors

Shoveltown Brewery

Towne and Country Florist

Dayanna Sutherland (5.11/Work and Gear)

Maryann Rodman

Robyn Rhinehart

Jenn Abramson

Todd A. Sandler Realtor

Randolph Automotive

Special Thanks

John Sylvia of Bridgewater Trophy

Benjamin Paulin of John Guilfoil Public Relations

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Randolph Police Swears In Three New Officers Today

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to report that three Randolph Police officers were sworn in today after graduating from the police academy last week.

Officers Vincent Burton, Joao Santos and Vincent Saengsombat were sworn in at a ceremony today at Randolph Town Hall by Interim Town Clerk Cheryl Sass.

The three officers graduated from the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy on Friday, Sept. 20. The three officers, who were among 28 graduates, represented the inaugural graduating class for the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy.

“We are glad to be adding these three officers to our ranks and I congratulate each of them for successfully graduating from the academy,” Chief Pace said. “I would also like to specifically congratulate Officer Santos, who was the academy graduate with the highest academic ranking.”

 All three officers are Randolph residents.

Officer Burton holds bachelors degree from Stonehill College in criminology and has previously worked as a Randolph Police dispatcher.

Officer Santos was a Randolph Auxiliary Officer for four years and was a Bristol County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Officer for five years. Officer Santos received the police academy award for highest academic ranking.

Officer Saengsombat is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a field specialist. He also has a background working in the security field.

“Congratulations to our town’s newest police officers,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “I wish for them to have safe and long careers as they take this next step in their respective journeys.”

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Randolph Police Officer Meets Woman for First Time After Helping Her through Substance Use Disorder 8 Years Ago

Joanne Batson Gave Officer Stephen Morse her 8-Year Sobriety Medallion Today

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces that veteran Randolph Police Officer Stephen Morse had a surprise encounter today with a woman he helped eight years ago who was in the throes of addiction.

Joanne Batson credits Officer Morse with helping her turn her life around from being addicted to alcohol and opioids. On Wednesday, she personally thanked Officer Morse by giving him the eight-year sobriety medallion she recently received.

In November 2010, Randolph Police were called to a local pharmacy for a well-being check about a woman who appeared to be intoxicated inside the store with her young daughter.

Upon arrival, Officer Morse spoke to Joanne Batson who was drunk standing in line at the store. Once they stepped outside to talk, Officer Morse asked Batson if she had someone who was sober who could help take care of her daughter.

Batson called her aunt and Officer Morse gave her and her then-2-year-old daughter a ride to her aunt’s house in Randolph.

On the way there, Officer Morse spoke to Batson about needing to be there for her daughter and how important it was for her to make changes in her life.

Officer Morse dropped the mother and daughter off at the relative’s home and made sure they were both safe.

Even though as a mandated reporter, Officer Morse was required to file a 51A with the Department of Children and Families later that evening, eight years later Joanne credits the encounter she had with Officer Morse and her decision to seek treatment shortly thereafter with changing her life and allowing her today to be a mother to her children.

“I was in a really bad place. I was close to losing custody of my daughter,” said Batson, age 35, of Randolph. “His gesture of kindness and his compassion towards me really changed my life and it set me on the path toward pursuing treatment. I did long-term treatment for seven months and I’ve been clean ever since. He chose not to arrest me and took me to my aunt’s house with my daughter. He spoke to me a lot on the ride there and he was just being kind and not being mean to me and saying how much my daughter needed me and if I kept going the way I was going I wasn’t going to be around for her.”

According to Batson, after years of pondering it, on Wednesday, she finally gathered the courage to seek out and re-introduce herself to Officer Morse for the first time since that day in 2010. A call was made to the Randolph Police station to have Officer Morse come to the Randolph Intergenerational Community Center. Batson works there as a Member Experience Coordinator.

When they met, they spoke and hugged and Batson gave Officer Morse her eight-year sobriety medallion.

“It was something I thought of doing probably since I celebrated my first year of sobriety,” Batson said. “Each year I wanted to do it, but I haven’t had the guts to do it. But it was something that I really wanted him to know. Police officers deal with a lot of flak, especially these days, and I wanted him to know that he changed this one person’s life. He gave my daughter the mother she deserves and I can’t say how grateful I am for him and the kindness he showed me.”

Now, Batson’s daughter is 10, and she also has a 7-year-old son. She has worked for the Community Center for the past two years.

“It’s going really great. I work with a lot of the youth at the Community Center and I get to share my story with them so that they don’t end up where I was,” Batson said.

For Officer Morse, a 25-year veteran of the department, being able to see Batson again was one of the highlights of his career.

“Anytime you get to meet someone you’ve helped over the years is really a special experience,” Officer Morse said. “It was quite a surprise to see her after all this time and I’m very glad she was able to achieve sobriety and is doing well with her daughter and son.”

Chief Pace commended Officer Morse for his compassion.

“As police officers it’s not everyday that someone takes the time to say ‘thank you’ and we don’t expect any thanks,” Chief Pace said. “But when I heard about Ms. Batson thanking Officer Morse, it’s one of the many things that makes you enjoy getting up and go to work in the morning.”

Town Manager Brian Howard echoed Chief Pace’s sentiments saying, “What a great role model Officer Morse is. He did his job and he did it with compassion. It’s also fantastic to see where Ms. Batson is today and that she is helping people through her job at the Community Center. I am glad that they got to connect after all these years.”

Batson says she wants to continue to pay it forward by helping people who may be in a similar situation she was in eight years ago.

“If I can get sober anybody can,” she said. “I was in a really bad way for a really long time. There’s always hope and it’s never too late. If anyone is struggling and they need someone to talk to they can always reach out and talk to me or come by the Community Center and I would be glad to talk. And I owe Officer Morse for my ability to do that.”

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Randolph Police Charge Man Who Allegedly Led Officers on Pursuit

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has charged a man who allegedly fled from officers and led them on a pursuit early Tuesday morning.

A man, tentatively identified as MANUEL VIDAL, AGE 45, OF BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK, was charged with:

  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash with Property Damage

The man’s identity remains a part of the active investigation. He will likely be facing further charges from Randolph Police and other communities where he is alleged to have led officers on separate chases overnight.

At 1:48 a.m. today, a Randolph Police officer was on North Main Street when he observed the driver of a black 2020 Toyota Corolla run through a red light at Crawford Square onto South Main Street (Route 28). The driver, later identified as VIDAL, drove up onto the sidewalk and continued down South Main Street. The vehicle did not have a rear license plate.

The officer attempted to pull VIDAL over, but he continued down the road toward Avon swerving across the road. The officer notified Avon Police that the vehicle was heading into their town travelling at speeds of around 30-40 miles per hour.

Once in Avon, there were now four cruisers behind VIDAL, all with their lights on and sirens sounding. VIDAL showed no signs of being aware of the police presence around him and did not stop or slow down.

With the road clear ahead of them, the Randolph Police officer that initiated the pursuit drove in front of VIDAL’S vehicle while driving down West Main Street in Avon. The officer slowed down in front of VIDAL as they approached Harrison Boulevard in an attempt to get him to stop before the intersection.

The officer was able to get VIDAL to stop his vehicle prior to the intersection and as officers approached his vehicle on foot, he sped off, striking the Randolph Police cruiser in front of him. The vehicle sustained minor damage and the officer was uninjured.

VIDAL fled at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour into Brockton down North Main Street. The officers followed VIDAL from a safe distance as he drove through Brockton and eventually into West Bridgewater.

Concerned for the safety of the public, Randolph Police terminated the pursuit in West Bridgewater and notified area law enforcement agencies about the incident and provided a description of the vehicle.

Approximately one hour later, after allegedly leading officers on subsequent pursuits through Easton, Brockton, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, VIDAL was stopped in the area of 740 North Main St. in West Bridgewater where he was taken into custody and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police and other departments. VIDAL will be issued a summons to appear in court for the charges he faces out of Randolph.

VIDAL has a history with police, including a history of fleeing from police in other states.

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

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Randolph Police Donate Over $3,000 to Local Autism Charities

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department and Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18 donated over $3,000 to two local autism charities on Friday, Aug. 23.

Beginning in April, the Randolph Police Department sold autism awareness patches in order to raise money for the New England chapter of Autism Speaks and the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph.

In total, 312 patches were sold, raising $3,120. Of that money, $2,620 was donated on Friday to the May Center, 41 Pacella Park Drive, in a presentation at the school. The ceremony also included a visit from Massachusetts State Senator Walter Timilty. The remaining $500 was sent in a check to Autism Speaks.

“We were thrilled to be able to donate to these worthwhile endeavors and it was really great to see the smiling faces of the children at the May Center,” Chief Pace said. “Every little bit helps when it comes to improving the lives of those with autism and I am proud of our officers and everyone who contributed to the cause.”

The initiative was spearheaded by Randolph Police Officers Kevin Gilbert and Matt Rodman. The project was sponsored by the Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18, which used funds raised during their first annual golf tournament last year to purchase the autism awareness patches.

“We want to thank everyone who bought the patches and helped to raise money for these great organizations,” Officer Gilbert said.

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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 Department Announces Three Promotions

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three members of the Randolph Police Department were promoted during a ceremony last night.

Anthony Marag was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Commander of Investigative Services; Penny Cirino was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant; and Daniel Zaiter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after serving as a Patrolman.

A ceremony recognizing the promotions was held Monday night, July 15, at the Randolph Town Council meeting. All three were sworn in by Judge Serge Georges of Boston Municipal Court. Each of the officers were also given an official citation from the Massachusetts State House congratulating them on their accomplishments. The citation was presented by state Sen. Walter Timilty.

“Last night was a special one for three of our officers and their loved ones,” Chief Pace said. “Commander Marag, Lt. Cirino and Sgt. Zaiter have each distinguished themselves as hardworking individuals who uphold the best of what the Randolph Police Department represents. I wish them all the best in this next step in their respective careers.”

Commander Anthony Marag

Commander Marag has been a member of the Randolph Police Department for 23 years.

He is a two-time Dana Award recipient and was a co-founder of the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force.

He held the rank of Lieutenant for five years. Prior to that he was a Detective Sgt. for six years and a Patrolman for eight years.

In his time with the department, he also served as the town’s first School Resource Officer and was a D.A.R.E. Officer for RPD.

Lt. Penny Cirino

Lt. Cirino has been a police officer for 21 years and a Sergeant for the Randolph Police for the past seven years.

For the past 12 years, Lt. Cirino has been a member of the Randolph Police accident reconstruction team.

For the past 10 years, she has served as one of the department’s firearms instructors and is responsible for making sure that officers are up to date and qualified with their firearms certifications.

Lt. Cirino is a member of the department’s Rape Aggression Defense Program (R.A.D.) where female residents are taught how to defend themselves from an attack. She also recently began working as a member of the Randolph Police Academy as a Staff Instructor.

Sgt. Daniel Zaiter

Sgt. Zaiter has been with the Randolph Police Department for 10 years after graduating from the Boston Police Academy in 2009.

He has been a mountain bike officer for the department for the past eight years.

He also was recently named as a member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC).

Prior to his career in law enforcement he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from from 1997 to 2000.

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Randolph Lifts Boil Water Order Following Clearance from MassDEP

RANDOLPH — The Randolph / Holbrook Joint Water Board reports that the Town of Randolph and Town of Holbrook are NO longer under a Boil Water Order per the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

A Boil Water Order Termination Notice was issued by MassDEP on July 12 at 4:15 p.m.

MassDEP first issued the boil-water order on Wednesday, July 10 after a loss of pressure due to a mechanical fault at the Randolph/Holbrook Joint Water Treatment Plant, located at Pond Street in Randolph.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has since reviewed the corrective actions performed by the Town of Randolph, consisting of increasing the available water pressure and available water to the customers of the Randolph water distribution system.

In addition, two consecutive days of bacteria monitoring throughout Randolph’s water distribution system demonstrated that the Randolph water system meets the MassDEP minimum drinking water standards, as all samples collected were free of bacteria.

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Randolph Police Respond to Barricaded Subject Incident Overnight

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department responded to a incident involving a barricaded subject overnight.

There were no injuries reported and the incident ended peacefully with the subject surrendering to police.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Monday, July 8, Randolph Police responded to a home on Paine Road for a report of a man with a gun making threats to harm others.

Upon arrival, Randolph Police were able to confirm that a 60-year-old Randolph man was inside of the house with a gun. A woman was also inside of the house with him. The man refused to come out of the home and officers set up a perimeter around the home. Out of an abundance of caution, the MetroLEC SWAT team was called to respond to the scene.

After a lengthy negotiation with the man, he surrendered to police without further incident shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The incident remains under active investigation by the Randolph Police Department and charges will likely be brought against the man.

A handgun was retrieved and seized as evidence inside of the home.

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