Stay Safe

After the long and cold winter that we experienced, all of us are taking every opportunity to get outdoors this summer. However, everyone (including our children) needs to take a moment before dashing outside in view of the warning recently issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that raises the West Nile Virus risk level to moderate in our community, as many mosquitos have tested positive for carrying this disease.

Residents can be safe by following some simple precautions before leaving their homes, such as applying insect repellent and leaving as little skin exposed as possible; draining standing water from around our yard areas; and installing and repairing screens.

The West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are serious health issues. As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Soldier’s Home Barbecue


Veteran Frank Holland (above) was ready to entertain his friends with his guitar during last Saturday’s (Aug. 1) barbecue at the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea. The Middlesex Deputy Sheriff’s Association sponsored the event with the Home. There was music and plenty of food on a gorgeous summer day.

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Police Misconduct:Decorated Chelsea Cop, Former Union Leader Charged With Police Brutality

A 2011 state Hanna Medal of Valor award winner and an outspoken union president for the Chelsea Police Patrolmen has been indicted on police misconduct charges and put on unpaid leave this week after a Grand Jury in Suffolk Superior Court approved prosecution on Monday.

Officer Felix Rivera Jr., 34, of Lynn, was charged with beating a handcuffed suspect, violating the suspect’s civil rights and filing a false police report for a chaotic incident that involved a response to a firearm incident at 55 Chestnut St. last Sept. 26, 2014. He was arraigned earlier this week in Suffolk Superior Court.

The victim in the case had not been a major player at the chaotic scene on Chestnut Street, but had been intoxicated at the scene and allegedly interfered with the police and was ordered to be put in custody and removed from the area. That’s when the alleged assault by Rivera is said to have taken place.

As in many of the cases of police misconduct around the country over the last year, Rivera’s case was “discovered” when an unknown witness came forward in March with a video taken of the incident – a video that allegedly shows that, as the handcuffed victim was being escorted away, Rivera allegedly struck him four times in the face, knocking him to the ground. Another officer reached out to stop him. This officer denied the allegation in Rivera’s report that the victim had pushed him while being led from the scene.

Rivera’s attorney, Keith Nicholson of Quincy, said they have not seen the video yet or reviewed grand jury testimony, but plan to do that this week.

“The Commonwealth is providing some discovery information regarding the grand jury minutes and some of the officer statements that participated in the incident last September, but we just received that yesterday and haven’t reviewed them all,” he said. “I also haven’t sat down with him yet and watched the video…He’s concerned obviously. The situation with his position is he’s on unpaid administrative leave. He’s concerned about the welfare of his family – his three children and the reputation he’s worked very hard to build up in the way he has. He’s concerned the allegations will tarnish his reputation as a police officer. He’s very, very concerned about his family and he’s really at a loss. It’s a very tragic incident.”

District Attorney Dan Conley said there was no room for the alleged behavior in any police department.

“There is no room in law enforcement for anyone who would beat a handcuffed prisoner or lie in a report,” Conley said. “The evidence suggests this officer engaged in criminal conduct, not police work. I want to highlight the professionalism of Chief Kyes, his team, and our prosecutors in building this case. They made clear that there is one system of justice for all of us – sworn or civilian.”

Chief Brian Kyes said he couldn’t make and specific comments right now, as Rivera is innocent until proven guilty, but did say police officer misconduct would not be tolerated in Chelsea.

“The allegations as charged in the indictment against Officer Felix Rivera are extremely troubling and concerning,” Kyes said. “The Chelsea Police Department has cooperated fully and completely with every facet of this criminal investigation since its inception. A police officer’s credibility and integrity are two of the most important attributes in this challenging profession. Both operate at the core of our ability to build trust and confidence in our community members so as to effectively police our neighborhoods alongside our residents. Please rest assured that Officer misconduct in any form including excessive use of force by our personnel will not be tolerated under any set of circumstances. Beyond that at this point I think it is always in the best interest of the City of Chelsea and the Chelsea Police Department to refrain from making any specific comments regarding any alleged facts and/or circumstances of any and all pending litigation, whether civil, criminal or otherwise, so as not to unintentionally adversely affect the rights of both the plaintiffs and/or the defendants in any case or to otherwise jeopardize the integrity of a fair and impartial judicial process.”

The incident was pretty much a standard prosecution in Chelsea District Court for several charges against the victim, including assault and battery on a police officer for what Rivera termed as being pushed by the victim. Things changed dramatically, however, last March when the video emerged from the unknown witness.

Based on Rivera’s report, the victim – then 20 and a resident of Chelsea – was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. In March of this year, however, the victim’s attorney provided Suffolk prosecutors with a video clip filmed by an unknown witness showing the incident and argued that the charges against the victim were unfounded.

The ensuing investigation by Suffolk prosecutors assigned to the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit and Chelsea Police Internal Affairs detectives developed significant evidence, including the statements of other officers, that corroborated the victim’s claims. As a result, prosecutors terminated the pending case against the victim and began presenting evidence and testimony to the Suffolk County Grand Jury.

The investigation revealed that multiple Chelsea Police units responded to the rear of 155 Chestnut St. that night for a report of a man with a gun. Among those present at the scene was the victim, whom a supervising officer found to be intoxicated and interfering with the investigation. This supervisor directed other officers to place him into protective custody and remove him from the area.

As he was being taken away by other officers, that’s when Rivera allegedly punched the victim in the face four times – knocking him to the ground. Prosecutors seemed to conclude that the video evidence showed as much.

Rivera holds one of the highest decorations for law enforcement officers in the state, winning the George Hanna Medal of Valor for Bravery in 2011. That came as a result of he and another officer diffusing an armed conflict at a Marlboro Street apartment in June 2010. Rivera and the other officer had responded to a breaking and entering call, but were confronted with three armed men – all known to police to be very dangerous. One of the men had a .38 calibre handgun pointed directl

Felix Rivera Jr. is shown here in 2011 after winning the top honor for bravery in the state, the George Hanna Medal of Valor.

Felix Rivera Jr. is shown here in 2011 after winning the top honor for bravery in the state, the George Hanna Medal of Valor.

y at the officers and several innocent people were standing in the crosshairs. Rivera and the other officer were able to calm the situation and affect arrests without any shots being fired or anyone being hurt.

Rivera was also the president of the Patrolmen’s Union during contentious contract negotiations a few years ago, leading a memorable informational picket at the Fox 25 Zip Trip at the Chelsea Marina in 2013. His style was confrontational and fiery, but he and City leaders were able to solve the impasse and arrive at a contract. Another officer assumed duties as president of the union last year.

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Mill Hill: Meet Your New 27-story Neighbor

Potentially, the newest neighbors in the Mill Hill neighborhood at the Forbes Plant site won’t be able to be missed under any circumstance.

That’s because plans call for them to be 27 stories in the air.

A detailed plan of several hundreds pages – and prepared by some of the most renowned architects, lawyers and engineers in Boston – has been submitted by a Chinese company to the City for the Forbes site and calls for 534 residential apartments in towers stretching as high as 27 stories, a 224 rooms in two hotels, a 333 seat luxury restaurant and nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of office space – all utilizing one single access point over the railroad tracks at Crescent Ave..

The gargantuan, high-rise development on Chelsea Creek comes just one week after the active Mill Hill neighborhood organized and vocally turned back a much smaller 60-unit development at the French Club.

“It’s absolutely a ludicrous proposal,” said District Councillor Matt Frank. “I spoke with the Planning Department and the City Manager and they say it doesn’t seem to be completely serious. We still need to treat it as if it is serious. It’s on of those things you have to keep an eye on. Absolutely not. No way. Never ever. I can’t use the word ludicrous enough when it comes to this.”

City Manager Tom Ambrosino said the project is probably not all that serious, and so its probably not worth neighbors getting super-charged over. However, he said that given the development climate, neighbors should be ready for something to be located at Forbes.

“We did get that proposal and it entails 1.5 million square feet of development with high-rises and two hotels,” he said. “It is probably a little too intense. We will have to hold a hearing on it and we will do that at the end of September. My guess is that it won’t be that much of a hearing. My message to the neighbors is that they should not panic because it doesn’t appear to be anything the City would likely approve in its current fashion. It’s nothing to get all worked up about at this point. It will be quite a while before anything is decided there. It is an interesting site and it’s not likely to remain undeveloped and won’t be a few single-family homes when it is developed.”

YIHE Forbes LLC, of Guangzhou, China, has proposed the development via the Boston law firm Davis, Malm & D’Agostine.

The company, in its filing with the City, said it “aspires to the creation of nature, archeology, culture and harmonious living habitats….Every project that YIHE has accomplished has become the local luxury benchmark of the City.”

The proposal calls for five phases of development and a development that steps down to the water.

That means that the tallest buildings, up to 27 stories, would be on the back of the lot nearest the train tracks and the neighborhood.

Only two of the existing Forbes buildings would be retained.

The first phase of development would build 136 units in a high-rise on the northern end of the 18-acre parcel.

The second and third phase would continue high-rise apartment development adjacent to the train tracks.

The fourth and fifth phases would develop the hotels, commercial/retail spaces and the office space.

The front of the site would contain low-rise residential housing and would be in Phase 3.

There would be 1,300 parking spots in a garage located below the entire development and a plaza.

The plan calls for 142,294 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space and 94,723 sq. ft. of office space.

The buildout is targeted as 11 years in total, but most of the construction is scheduled to take place in the first four years.

While the project has no total value set to it, it is said to be a market rate housing development. There is also mention of housing for foreign students as well – which could be the real purpose of the development, in whatever form it eventually takes.

Companies associated with the slick-looking submission are Arrowstreet Architects, Epsilon Associates Environmental, Millennium Architecture and Halvorson Design.

Frank said that is one of the things that troubles him most about the alleged lack of seriousness. The players involved are rather serious, top-flight development consultants in Boston who have worked on the most notable developments in Greater Boston.

“The people involved are not people who just get involved to slap their name on a resume,” he said. “These are people you may big money to get

Renders here show what Chinese company YIHE has proposed for the Forbes site, a proposal that calls for more than 500 units in 27-story buildings - along with a hotel, a restaurant and office space. City officials have indicated that the proposal may not be completely serious, but a hearing will take place in September.

Renders here show what Chinese company YIHE has proposed
for the Forbes site, a proposal that calls for more than 500 units in 27-story buildings – along with a hotel, a restaurant and office space. City officials have indicated that the proposal may not be completely serious, but a hearing will take place in September.

…I don’t know if this is one of those things where they propose a 27-story tower and then back off to a 15-story tower and hope that people will accept it because it’s better than what was there first. The neighborhood has just recently stood up against a much smaller development. I’m not sure what the solution is on the Forbes site, but a 27-story building is surely no the solution.”

YIHE is calling for a Planned Development designation and would need loads and loads of zoning changes. The maximum height allowed in the district now is 35 feet by right, and YIHE proposes to go up to nearly 300 feet.

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Police Briefs 08-06-2015

Monday, 7/20

Edwin Torres, 35, 60 Lubec St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer.

Michael Kane, 28, 23 Roughan St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Joseph Nardoni, Jr., 43, 50 Hancock St., Chelsea, was arrested for aggravated assault, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Joanna Palacio, 29, 378 Bacon St. Waltham, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 7/21

Walter Francis, 55, 121 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for shoplifting.

Sara Haapanen, 25, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Erik mercier, 44, 304 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Wednesday, 7/22

Jamaly Rovelo, 24, 9 Farnham St. Lawrence, was arrested on a warrant.

George Travis, 42, 86 Jefferson Ave., Everett, was arrested for operating motor vehicle without a license.

Thursday, 7/23

Anna Andrades, 53, 768 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Laura Barrett, 48, 16 Fifth St., Chelsea, was arrested on a probation warrant.

Jamie Carr, 26, Homeless, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Adele McCabe, 30, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Friday, 7/24

Wilfredo Cepeda, 18, 131 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Daniel Cook, 23, 12 Green St., Beverly, was arrested for trespassing.

Saturday, 7/25

Jose Alvarez, 51, 124 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery, disorderly conduct.

Felix Reyes, 23, 110 Ames St. Lawrence, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon, entering park/playground after 9 p.m.

Mary Scott, 58, 184 Essex St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant.

Glen Turczyn, 45, 64 Parker St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, impersonating a police officer, threat to commit crime, carrying firearm without license.

Sunday, 7/26

Ricardo Pleitez, 18, 16 Taft St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Denis Sakanovic, 33, 19 Hooper St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Tomas Barillas, 19, 26 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny over $250.

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Double Decker


This odd contraption was spotted this week on Eden Street as its inventor and builder, Jose Javier Mejia, took a ride down the street. Mejia said he built his first “two story bike” four years ago and rode it all the time. However, someone ended up stealing it. Recently, he refined his design and built another one. He said he takes it to Revere Beach all of the time, and gets lots of strange looks. He said he has designed a double-
seater, two-story bike that he will weld together later this summer so that he and his friends can ride at the same time. We can’t wait to see that!

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Blood Wedding


Mariela Lopez-Ponce helps prepare Tony Dangerfield for the performance last Wednesday, July 22, in Apollinaire Theatre’s final week of ‘Blood Wedding’ in the PORT Park. The annual outdoor theatre production moved to the new park this year from Mary O’Malley Park with great success.

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Residents, Police Move to Take Back Cary Square from New Criminal Element

Residents in the Cary Square area describe this summer’s spike in criminal activity – such as drug dealing, gunslinging and prostitution – like watching two vastly different worlds existing side by side.

There is the world of the everyday people, those that live in the area, operate businesses there, raise children there and come home after work.

Then there is the world of the addicts and criminals – people existing in the same space as residents, but not even remotely in the same universe as them.

Day and night, the Addison Street, Orange Street and Eden Street seem to be inundated with the criminal elements, and long-time residents say it hasn’t been like this since the 1990s – when the police, the feds and neighbors pushed the gangs out and destroyed their networks.

Now, they report seeing overdoses all the time, finding used needles in their mailboxes, having to monitor their steps, porches and alleyways for prostitutes – and even dodge the occasional flying bullet. Though no one has been killed, all report it’s wearing on them, and if they had the resources, they would leave.

Josh Cook operates the Chelsea City Cafe and lives nearby, and was the first to call a community meeting on the drug and violence problem earlier this summer at St. Luke’s Church. He said he was pushed to the edge when he saw a woman coming down from Carter Heights one morning as he opened his coffee shop. She was covered in blood, a woman he believed was a prostitute and who was obviously intoxicated.

“She has obviously been beaten and was covered in blood and I was looking out on it from my shop,” he said. “There she was staggering in the street. Nice picture. Great scene for a movie, but a world I have to witness all the time, though I’m not part of it. She wanted to come in and I had to tell her to stay out. I told her to call the cops and take care of it…There’s just a different world out there. There’s another world of people wandering around trying to find the best way to score some dope. It’s really affecting me in a negative way. I’m having a hard time with why they are doing this to themselves, how they get here and how they are going to get out of here. I have a dark sense of humor, admittedly, but this goes far beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”

The meeting called by Cook opened the doors to neighbors, many of whom have been isolated from one another due to the crime out on the streets. Many have grown fed up with the drugs and prostitutes and occasional gunplay that they have retreated inside. Cook’s meeting seemed to change things.

A second meeting took place on Orange Street, and another on Eden Street.

Each time, new people have come and new plans have been made.

The Chelsea Police have now joined in and residents and police now hold weekly marches on Thursday’s through the neighborhood in the evenings.

By all indications, the walks aren’t for exercise, but a show of force by neighbors that they are taking back their streets.

Police Chief Brian Kyes said he gives kudos to the neighbors who have joined in to be pro-active about getting things back in order.

“The CPD has been conducting numerous impact patrols in the area several times a day,” said the Chief this week. “The residents have joined forces with the police and provided an enormous visible presence to ensure that no people with ill motives are able to take a foothold in this beautiful neighborhood. The City Manager and the Councilors have provided exceptional support as well. This is in line with Sir Robert Peele’s notion that the people are the police and the police are the people.”

He also noted that the police made a significant arrest in the neighborhood last week, combining efforts with the federal law enforcement to arrest an 18-year-old accused of drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession at a home that has been a constant problem for neighbors.

“Without jeopardizing the integrity of any ongoing investigations, things have been much quieter in that area since his arrest. He is currently being held in federal custody,” added Kyes.

District Councillor Clifford Cunningham said he has grown concerned over the last few months by what his constituents are witnessing. He has called another meeting for Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in St. Luke’s.

“Over the last few months, the Cary Square and Addison/Orange neighborhoods have seen an unusual increase in criminal activity, specifically drug-related crimes and (victimless) shootings,” he said. “While criminal activity has never been completely absent in those areas, the noticeable increase over the last few months have caused many residents to express justified concern about their well-being and that of their families and the neighborhood as a whole. In response, several residents have taken the initiative to form a neighborhood watch, with the assistance of the Chelsea Police Department. Others organized meetings in their individual neighborhood to discuss potential solutions. I am in the process of organizing a neighborhood-wide public safety meeting for residents to express their concerns and hear from the Chelsea Police Department as to the what is being done to address those concerns.

“It is incredibly frustrating that a small number of individuals involved in criminal activity can instill so much fear in a neighborhood and bring down the quality of life for all who call it home,” he added. “Based on numerous conversations with Chief Kyes, I have complete confidence in the Chelsea Police Department’s ongoing efforts to remove the offending criminal elements from our neighborhood. Cary Square and Addison/Orange are neighborhoods comprised of individuals and families who work hard and deserve to feel safe in the community they call home. Those who contribute nothing but fear and violence have no place in our neighborhoods.”

The optimism, however, is countered with some trepidation about how difficult the task will be.

The common scenes of finding people on the sidewalk injecting heroin, or people selling drugs night after night from a parked car, or prostitutes passed out in the alleyway are hard to forget – and seem overpowering and inundating.

However, Cook and others believe that there is an answer.

“We need to engage in community policing,” he said. “We need to work with the police. You end up finding that you get as frustrated as the police do with the court system, where these criminals know how to game the system and stay out of jail so they can commit more criminal acts. I characterize it as a siege now. We are under siege. I have to say though it has died down a bit since we started working together. It is encouraging because there hasn’t been an overdose here this week.”

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Bocce League Offers Seniors Social Time,Competitive Environment

Don’t let anyone be fooled, the senior citizens who congregate every Tuesday morning at the bocce court in the Chelsea Commons may tell one that they’re just there to socialize, but it becomes pretty plain by the “oohs” and “ahhs” at every bowl that these folks are pretty serious about their game.

The league is sponsored by the Chelsea Senior Center, and has been going for 10 years. However, long-time bocce bowlers Kenny and Pat Hyland will tell you the league goes back as many as 18 years.

“I’ve been with it for 18 years or so,” said Ken Hyland on Monday, as the league held a make-u

The Senior Citizen Bocce League is in full force every Tuesday morning at the Chelsea Commons Park, a temporary location until Voke Park is finished. The League is good competition and great camaraderie, local seniors say. Here, Nino Bongiovanni gives some advice to Irene Malachowski before she bowls during a make-up match Monday morning. League President Clara Lander said the current league has been ongoing for 10 years, but summer bocce leagues in Chelsea go back nearly 20 years.

The Senior Citizen Bocce League is in full force every Tuesday
morning at the Chelsea Commons Park, a temporary location until Voke Park is finished. The League is good competition and great camaraderie, local seniors say. Here, Nino Bongiovanni gives some advice to Irene Malachowski before she bowls during a make-up match Monday morning.
League President Clara Lander said the current league has been ongoing for 10 years, but summer bocce leagues in Chelsea go back nearly 20 years.

p contest. “We’ve been at several locations. There was a league even before that too.”

League President Clara Lander said the league typically plays at Voke Park, but had to relocate this year due to construction on the park. About 40 or so seniors from Chelsea come regularly and the season lasts from April to September – with a break up banquet every October.

“Everybody loves playing,” said Landers. “Everybody comes to play bocce and to have fun. We are pretty good though. There can be some good competition between teams, but nobody is going to kill anyone over it. We just all love each other and get together and enjoy it. People do get competitive though and they take it seriously.”

The league welcomes all seniors, from those just recently retired to folks as old as 90-plus.

“I do have three or four in their 90s,” said Lander. “A lot of them still bowl too.”

Donna Bongiovanni is in her first year at the league with her husband, Nino Bongiovanni, both who are recently retired.

“Everybody’s wonderful,” she said. “If someone new comes in, they open up their arms to us. My husband and I recently retired and joined this year and they opened up their arms to us. We’re all young at heart here.”

And it’s evident from the game.

“One, Green,” yelled Referee Chet Lander, calling out the score on Monday.

“I’m the referee, and it’s the easiest job in the world – until the want a measurement,” he said.

Shortly after that, there was a bit of a dispute about which ball was closest. Lander was called to measure the length and no one was quite sure what the outcome would be – and it was crucial to the close contest. All the team members gathered around to see the outcome.

“See what I mean,” he said with a laugh, putting his measuring string back in his pocket.

Most do enjoy the game, but the consensus is that the league is good exercise and good conversation.

“I do enjoy it,” said Mary Carbone. “It’s great to get outside and the people are very good here. It’s also good exercise. They really need more stuff like this for seniors to do in Chelsea.”

Carol Phillips and Mary Casucci both said they transferred their bowling interests over to the bocce league.

“About three years ago, a friend met someone from the league and she joined,” said Casucci. “She told a friend about it and that friend joined. That friend told me and next thing you know I was coming too. We bowl two times a week. We all enjoy everyone getting together and it’s a fun time too. It’s good to be out with other people enjoying the summer weather. It’s certainly better than staying in the house.”

Cindy Millman said she had never played bocce, but picked it up quickly after joining this year.

“It’s really so much fun,” she said. “It’s my first year and I had never played before. I was a good bowler and so I decided to try this too. I loved it from the beginning. I look forward to coming every week.”

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The Senior Citizen Bocce League is in full force every Tuesday morning at the Chelsea Commons Park, a temporary location until Voke Park is finished. The League is good competition and great camaraderie, local seniors say. Here, Nino Bongiovanni gives some advice to Irene Malachowski before she bowls during a make-up match Monday morning. League President Clara Lander said the current league has been ongoing for 10 years, but summer bocce leagues in Chelsea go back nearly 20 years.

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Referee Chet Lander calls out the score as interested players look on.

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The competition can get heated sometimes, and here Referee Chet Lander is called to make a measurement on who gets the point.

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Alfred Uminski bowls during a game on Monday morning at Chelsea Commons.

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Marie Diamond racked up the points on Monday for her team.

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Police Briefs 07-30-2015


Ten Chelsea firefighters completed trench rescue training last week at the Boston Fire Academy on Moon Island. The trench rescue training was sponsored by the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region and is part of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Search and Rescue Unit training. This training prepares firefighters to operate safely and effectively during rescue operations of entrapped persons by using specialized equipment, emergency shoring systems and rescuer constructed retrieval systems.

“This training is beneficial to the department, especially with the numerous construction projects ongoing throughout the city” said Deputy Chief John Quatieri. “There are construction crews working in trenches all over the city, the fire department would be responsible for rescuing those workers should something go wrong.”


On Saturday July 25, shortly after 6 p.m., officers responded to corner Broadway and Parker Street and spoke to a male victim who was walking his dog. He told officers he just had an altercation with a male who was also walking a dog. Apparently, their dogs got tangled up in the leashes and it infuriated the suspect.

During the time of trying get the dogs separated, the victim stated that the male, later identified as Glen Turczyn, 45, of 64 Parker St. became irate and lifted his shirt up exposing to the victim what he believed to be a black firearm. The victim also noticed what looked like a police “walkie talkie.”

He alleges Turczyn to have stated that he was a Chelsea Police Officer and Turczyn gave the victim a made up badge number. The victim states that the subject then threated to do harm to his dog with the firearm. Fearing for his safety, he left the area and was able to observe a partial license plate of the subject. Chelsea Dispatch Center was able to do a query of the partial plate, which led to the subject’s address.

Officers then placed Turczyn under arrest without incident.

No firearm was recovered.


Chelsea Police and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) officials made a significant drug and weapons arrest on Wednesday, July 22, at a home on Washington Avenue.

The long-term investigation was the result of a cooperative effort and led to the arrest of one man, Roberto Jimenez.

Roberto Cristian Jimenez-Heyer, 18, of 102 Washington Ave., was charged with trafficking in cocaine and felony firearms charges.

He is being held in federal custody.


Police have filed charges against a 58 year old motorist who turned over his car on the Parkway near Webster Avenue on July 19.

There were two injuries in the crash, but non were life threatening.

The crash happened around 8:45 a.m.

David Pezzulo, 58, was charged with operating with a suspended license, failure to stop and operating an unregistered vehicle.

One Arraigned, Another in Custody, in Deaths of Two Dogs

A Swampscott man was arraigned Tuesday in Chelsea District Court in the killing of two dogs whose bodies were found behind a Revere gas station late last year, while a second man in New York has been taken into custody on a warrant issued in connection with the case.

Jason Gentry, 35, of Swampscott, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on two counts each of malicious killing of an animal and animal cruelty. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Vincent DeMore, Gentry’s bail was set at $1,000.

A second man, Dominick Donovan, 51, of Long Beach, New York, has been taken into custody in New York and faces arraignment at a later date.

DeMore told the court that the bodies of two dogs were discovered in a trash bag behind a Revere gas station on Nov. 22. A necropsy performed by the Animal Rescue League of Boston determined that the dogs – one female and one male – were both approximately 20 weeks old and had been in good bodily condition when they were killed.

The dogs were determined to be Donovan Pinschers – a breed created by Donovan.During the course of their investigation, Revere Police detectives learned that at the time of their deaths, both dogs had been in Gentry’s care at the training facility he operated, Alpha Canine Performance of Lynn. Donovan arrived at the location in November to transport the animals back to New York. In a post-Miranda interview with police, Gentry made statements indicating that on Nov. 2, the dogs were hung at the facility until they stopped breathing because each failed to meet the standards for the breed, prosecutors said.

Gentry was represented by Eric Stone. He returns to court Sept. 3.


A new service for elderly residents called SafetyNew Service is being debuted by police.

The service helps police find and rescue people who wander and get lost in the city. SafetyNew by Lojack aims to protect residents with autism and Alzheimer’s Disease. The CPD has been trained and certified on the SafetyNet service. Officers are equipped with search and rescue equipment so they are able to locate anyone who signs up for the program and goes missing.

Lojack provides emergency support 24-hours a day.

The service uses bracelets for the wrist or ankle that emit a signal. Chelsea Police can detect the signal from the bracelet within a one-mile radius during searches.

To sign someone up, called the CPD at (617) 466-4855.

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