Dog Owners to Rally Saturday in Kickoff for First Chelsea Off-Leash Park

Dog Owners to Rally Saturday in Kickoff for First Chelsea Off-Leash Park

By Seth Daniel

This little corner of Broadway and Commandants Way has been selected for the City’s first off-leash dog park for small to medium sized dogs.

This little corner of Broadway and Commandants Way has been selected for the City’s first off-leash dog park for small to medium sized dogs.

Get your paws to City Hall on Saturday, as dog owners across the City are invited to rally and parade down to Lower Broadway where the City is planning its first off-leash dog park.

The Paw-Raid event will start at City Hall Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. From there, dogs and their owners will stroll down Broadway to the site of the proposed new park under the Mystic/Tobin Bridge.

The new dog park will be at the corner of Broadway and Commandants Way across from the Chelsea Yacht Club on a small, 2,000 sq. ft. corner of the newly-constructed Mystic Overlook Park – soon to be Chelsea’s first under-the-bridge open space.

“It’s a smaller park so it’s designed for smaller dogs,” said Planner Alex Train. “While we do have larger parks beside it, all of our parks in Chelsea mandate dogs be on a leash. This will be the first off-leash park in the City and will have about 2,000 sq. ft. for dogs to run around.”

The small park will be separated into two areas with a retaining wall and will have benches and a doggie water fountain. It will also include landscaping and other improvements.

The park is actually a gift to the City in many ways, with the Stanton Foundation of Cambridge footing – or “pawing” – 90 percent of the costs. The City only has to pay about 10 percent of the costs of the Park, which are being done in conjunction with the larger Mystic Overlook open space next door.

Train said the plan is to put the project to bid at the end of September and begin work in the fall. The hope is to have completion of it by late spring 2018.

The event on Saturday is designed by the City and the Chelsea Prospers movement to get a critical mass of dog owners who could serve as a “Friends” group to the park.

“It’s a celebratory event to make people fully aware of the construction schedule and get a gathering of dog owners to walk together down Broadway,” he said. “There will be a lot of ongoing maintenance that the City is hoping to share with any Friends of the Dog Park group that could form. We hope that we could collaborate with a Friends group to maintain and improve the dog park. We’re really trying to foster that congregation of dog owners with Saturday’s event.”

Train said that City leaders – and even planners like himself – have seen the need for more dog facilities.

“I’ve worked here for two years and the numbers of people I see with dogs is steadily increasing,” he said. “This is definitely needed.”

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City Manager,Police Take Two-Way Broadway to Business Community

City Manager,Police Take Two-Way Broadway to Business Community

By Seth Daniel

City Manager Tom Ambrosino and consultants for the City took their message of a two-way Broadway in the business district to owners of the businesses on Thursday morning, Aug. 31, with Ambrosino saying he would stake his position on the issue.

Members of City government met with business owner from Broadway and the adjacent downtown streets Thursday morning at the Green Street Apartments community room. Kicking off the morning, Ambrosino expressed his great support for the change.

“It is incumbent on me to try to reduce the level of skepticism and outright opposition to this change,” he said emphatically. “That is what I’ll try to do in the coming months…I am 100 percent confident I can do that by doing two things – telling you about the advantages and listening to you…Whatever you think of two-way Broadway – one-way Broadway, that one-way speedway, cannot continue. It is unsafe. It is confusing to pedestrians and motorists and it is counterproductive to businesses and merchants on the corridor.”

Ambrosino stressed he believes that one change can transform the City’s downtown – particularly in terms of easing traffic patterns, eliminating unsafe double parking situations and making it easier for pedestrians to get to businesses.

Ralph DiNisco of the consulting firm Nelson Nygaard said that two-way Broadway is possible from a traffic management standpoint.

He compared it to other communities like Revere and Somerville where the lanes are just as wide and the traffic volumes are far greater.

Having studied the volumes in Chelsea and other communities, Broadway Chelsea handles only about 6,500 cars per day, where other Broadways along the Route 107 corridor handle double that.

“From a traffic operations perspective, two-way Broadway can work,” he said. “The numbers aren’t so high that it’s impossible. It can easily work with some changes. From a big picture, there’s no fatal flaw…If you look at other places, they have converted to two-way, and they are successful…Broadway now is a speedway. Nobody stops going down Broadway. They go faster than you want a car to go in a very busy downtown business corridor with people walking around.”

Police Chief Brian Kyes also spoke highly of the change, saying it would help dangerous situations for pedestrians and prevent double parking of delivery trucks – which allows criminals to shield themselves from police.

“There are a lot of young mothers pushing a carriage and when they come out with a carriage from behind a truck, it’s a very, very dangerous situation,” he said. “I’ve heard the idea for many, many years and we at the police department think it’s a very good idea.”

But business owners weren’t so convinced.

Some, like Roman Gold of Margolis Pharmacy, felt that it could increase traffic and become a cut-through for people trying to avoid Rt. 1 traffic.

“You could start to see a lot more traffic redirected by things like the Waze app from Route 1 to avoid traffic tie-ups further up the road,”  he said.

Rick Gordon of Allen’s Cut-Rite said one of the biggest problems for merchants would be deliveries. Many merchants, he said, cannot afford to pay to have deliveries outside of busy times, and he said there isn’t adequate space for delivery trucks in the alley.

“Many people would have to pay $100 or $150 fees for scheduling deliveries,” he said. “I can’t really pass that fee on to my customers and it’s an undue burden on the small business. Many of us do UPS and FedEx only, but some get trailer trucks in periodically…What needs to be done is you need to start by re-striping the parking spots and doing the small things.”

Compare Supermarket owner Al Calvo said he thinks that the delivery problem – which was a great concern – could be solved.

“We’re emphatic with our vendors that there be no deliveries after noon,” he said. “I think there’s a way for us as business people to set the rules. Sometimes my deliveries show up after 2 p.m. and we don’t accept the load. We do have leverage.”

Some were also worried about whether or not the City could enforce the rules well enough, that there would be enough oversight.

Ambrosino said he guaranteed that, if approved, he would make it work.

“We have enough manpower and enough officers that want to work overtime if that’s what it takes,” he said. “I will put my reputation on the line. The City Council can fire me if it doesn’t work. I think it can be that transformative.”

The change cannot be unilaterally implemented. If it is recommended in the overall Re-Imagining Broadway study, it has to be submitted to the Traffic Commission. If approved there, it must go to the City Council for a final approval. At each step, there is plenty of room for public comment.

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City Takes Two-Way Broadway Idea to Businesses Today, Aug 31

City Takes Two-Way Broadway Idea to Businesses Today, Aug 31

By Seth Daniel

City officials and consultants for the Re-Imagining Broadway effort will take one of their most controversial suggestions to the business community on Broadway today, Aug. 31, prompting a discussion about making Broadway a two-way street.

The six-month planning effort has come up with numerous suggestions about how to improve the corridor, but at the top of those suggestions is the idea about taking Broadway from a one-way to a two-way.

The street has been in its current configuration for more than a generation, and few remember the last time it was moving differently.

However, count City Manager Tom Ambrosino as a convert to the idea.

“I think it will be transformative and make a large difference for the downtown’s flavor,” he said. “I think we can do it. Put me down as a huge proponent. It could dramatically improve the safety of the corridor by slowing down traffic considerably. I think it would look a lot prettier. The drawings have a very interesting iteration of a two-way Broadway.”

Ambrosino said this month that after the meeting with the downtown stakeholders, including the businesses, they would come up with a decision on the matter.

All downtown business owners and employees are invited to attend the meeting, which takes place at 9 a.m. at the Greenhouse Apartments Community Room, 154 Pearl St.

A Spanish language interpreter will be available.

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Police Briefs 08-31-2017

Police Briefs 08-31-2017

HAZ-MAT DRUG SITUATION ON WEBSTER

Chelsea Police and State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office responded Wednesday afternoon to an unattended death on Webster Avenue, where an adult male was found deceased in a vehicle outside his home.

Based on the presence of an unknown white powder on the deceased’s body, a Fire Department hazardous materials team responded and took a sample that is currently being transported to a state lab for testing.

It was the first time that the Police Department has used new protocols from Chief Brian Kyes to handle Fentanyl situations. That came after two officers were sent to the hospital with complications after being exposed to Fentanyl during an incident this month.

SLASHED IN THE FACE

On Aug. 17, at 1:03 a.m., Officers were flagged down by a witness in the area near Bellingham Square. The witness stated that a male was stabbed near 196 Shurtleff St. Officers responded and spoke to th victim who stated that he was “hanging out” with a female when a male party approached and pulled out a butterfly style knife and subsequently slashed the victim across the face.

The victim was transported to MGH Boston for a laceration to his face.

During the investigation it was revealed that all parties knew each other and a suspect was placed into custody.

Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, of 23 Eleanor St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and carrying a dangerous weapon (second offense).

ASSAULTED ELDERLY MAN

On Aug. 25, at 3:59 p.m., officers responded to a fight in progress at Broadway and Second St. Upon arrival, the suspect was observed fleeing the scene. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was placed into custody for assault on a person over 60. The victim was treated for injuries at CHA Everett.

Kirk Crowley, 49, of 855 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery on a person 60 or over.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

On Aug. 19, at 6:14 a.m., a break into a motor vehicle was reported at 113 Cook Ave. The victim provided the suspects’ descriptions to officers. While canvasing the area, officers encountered a suspect who took off on foot in opposite directions. After a foot pursuit, the subject was placed into custody. Three credit cards, and iPhone 6S, $70 USC, and a pocket knife were located on his person.

A 15-year-old juvenile from Everett was charged with breaking and entering in the day for a felony, receiving a stolen credit card, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

HIT IN HEAD WITH BOTTLE

One Aug. 26, at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an Assault at the Wyndham Hotel, located at 201 Maple St. Victim was located outside the hotel. He had sustained a severe laceration to the back of his head. The victim stated that he was assaulted by several male parties outside of room #501, one of which struck him in the back of the head with a bottle. The victim subsequently was transported to MGH Boston for treatment. After further investigation, three suspects were placed into custody.

Daniel Prito, 27, of 201 Everett Ave.,; Adalberto Pineda, 24, of Malden; and Eric Romero, 24, of Malden; were all charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT

On Aug. 18, at 2:39 a.m., a victim flagged down Officers in the area near Fourth Street and Pearl Street. The victim stated that he was robbed at knife point by two male and two female parties. The suspects attempted to steal his money, but were only able to get his car keys before fleeing the scene.

The victim suffered a minor laceration to a finger, which he was treated on scene by EMS. After further investigation, three individuals were placed into custody. A warrant has been obtained for the fourth person involved.

Stephen Panzino, 39, of Everett; Johnna Grimaldi, 34, of Everett; and Michael Alden, 43, of Reading; were all charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police Log

Monday, 8/14/17

Alexandria Andrades, 26, 16 Bryant St. Everett, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, reckless operation of motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, speeding and stop sign violation.

Tia Tavares, 25, 70 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Tuesday, 8/15/17

Josue Estrada, 33, 55 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building.

Wednesday, 8/16/17

Matthew White, 25, 366 Vane St., Revere, was arrested on unarmed robbery.

Thursday, 8/17/17

Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem and dangerous carrying a dangerous weapon,(2nd offense).

Egno Wilva, 26, 22 H igh St., Everett, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer, and warrants.

Friday, 8/18/17

Stephen Panzino, 39, 295 Chelsea St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.

Johnna Grimaldi, 34, 161 Union St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.

Michael Alden, 43, 122 Village St., Reading, was arrested for armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and warrant.

Saturday, 8/19/17

Juvenile Offender, 15, Breaking and entering daytime, receiving stolen credit card, carrying dangerous weapon.

Robert Messina, 46, 150 Staniford St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Luz Rodriguez, 55, 835 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention violation and threat to commit crime.

Scott Gaskill, 34, 12 Greenwood Pl., Lynn, was arrested for shoplifting.

Sunday, 8/20/17

Jose Rivera, 49, 143 Main St., Woburn, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Tuesday, 8/22/17

Ramon Pagan, 56, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Wednesday, 8/23/17

Kristopher Valdes, 40, 50 Parker St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

David Deus, 30, 98 Spring St., Medford, was arrested on a warrant.

Thursday, 8/24/17

Walter Saravia-Calix, 22, 57 Burma Rd., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Ramon Pagagn, 56, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Friday, 8/25/17

Joseph Sarro, 54, 17 Court St., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Kirk Crowley, 49, 855 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery on a +60/siabled person.

Saturday, 8/26/17

Daniel Prito, 27, 201 Everett Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Adalberto Pineda, 24, 46 Roberts St., Malden, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Eric Romero, 24, 46 Robert St., Malden, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Sunday, 8/27/19

Cristian Polanco, 22, 30 Cary Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

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Police Briefs 08-17-2017

Police Briefs 08-17-2017

Police Log

Monday, 8/7

Kimberly Moysey, 26, 280 Harvard St., Cambridge, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, reckless operation of vehicle and marked lanes violation.

Johnna Grimaldi, 34, 8 Richard St., Saugus, was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Renu, 57, Everett, was arrested for possessing, alcoholic beverage, furnishing false name, multiple warrants.

Tuesday, 8/8

Bladimir Aracia-Lopez, 33, 107 Chester Ave., Chelseas, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor and warrant.

Amy Pinabella, 44, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Leonardo Chavez, 58, 56 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

Wednesday, 8/9

Reynaldo Deras, 26, 34 Gardner St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Patrick Lynch, 37, 148 Sycamore ST., Fairhaven, MA was arrested on warrants.

Yalil Figueroa, 60, 1050 Clark St., Revere, was arrested for posasessing alcoholic beverage.

Thursday, 8/10

Kelvin Veras, 27, 92 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed and possessing Class B drug.

London Cohen, 31, 36 Winthrop Rd., Chelsea, was arrested for carrying firearm without license, possessing to distribute Class A drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug (3 counts), possessing to distribute Class C drug, ammunition without FID card (2 counts), firearm or feeding device possessing large capacity, receiving stolen property over $250, operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Vincent Hernandez, 31, 74 Park St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

Courtney Coleman, 36, 445 Sixth St., Boston, was arrested for trespassing and warrant.

Stacy Gordon, 37, 24 Wamesit Ave., Saugus, was arrested for trespassing.

Ronaldo Gonzalez, 29, 126 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, 8/11

Thomas Johnson, 44, 64 Cliff Ave., Winthrop, was arrested for operating under the influence and violation of Learner’s Permit.

Saturday, 8/12

Javier Colon, 49, 249 Princeton St., East Boston was arrested on a warrant.

Sunday, 8/13

Irving Lopez Martinez, 27, 60 Blossom St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

POLICE Briefs By Seth Daniel

ATTACKED FOR NO REASON

On Tuesday, August 1, officers were flagged down by a taxi driver stating he observed two male parties fighting in the area of Shawmut and Maverick Street. Officers immediately responded to the area of Shawmut Street at Maverick and observed a male on the ground, and the other flee on foot from the scene. Officers were able to catch the suspect a short distance later.

The victim stated he was attacked with a metal object by the male suspect he did not know for no reason. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment to a laceration to his head.

Mauricio Granados, 35, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

LIGHTS ON, MOTOR RUNNING

On Sunday, August 6, at approximately 1:37 a.m., while on routine patrol in the area of 62 Burma Rd., a CPD officer observed a parked motor vehicle with the engine and lights on.

The officer observed a male party in the driver’s seat, appearing to be asleep.

The officer shined the cruiser’s spotlight in the operator’s direction and he did not move. The officer conducted a field sobriety test, and based on that failure, the subject was placed under arrest for OUI alcohol.

Gerardo Mejia, 38, of Everett, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor.

TRIED TO STEAL A PHONE

On Sunday, August 6, at approximately 6:10 p.m., a CPD officer was assigned on foot in Bellingham Square. He and other officers could hear a woman, later identified as the victim, shouting “that’s my phone,” in the vicinity of 456 Broadway.

As officers approached the disturbance, officers observed the victim and a second female pulling each other by the hair. The officers determined the subject did steal the victim’s phone and while being placed into custody, she also assaulted the officers.

Nicole Pizzi, 36, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer.

SLOWLY I TURN…

On Monday, August 7, at approximately 2:35 a.m. in the area of Broadway and Gerrish Avenue, a CPD officer observed a gray Toyota driving down Broadway towards City Hall Avenue.

The vehicle was going very slow and traveling erratically. The vehicle was observed stopping and moving several times in a short distance. The operator was believed to be operating under the influence of alcohol and placed under arrest.

Kimberly Moysey, 26, of Cambridge, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, reckless operation, and marked lanes violation.

MOTORCYCLE PROBLEMS

On Friday, August 11, at approximately 8:10 p.m., CPD officers responded to the area of 158 Broadway, Curley’s Restaurant, for a report of an intoxicated male party attempting to leave on his motorcycle.

As the officers arrived, they observed a male on a motorcycle attempting to leave. Based on witnesses statements and the officers observations the officers placed male under arrest.

Thomas Johnson, 44, of Winthrop, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and violating his learner’s permit.

NEIGHBORS SCRAP

On Sunday, August 13, at approximately 9 p.m., Officers responded to a past assault at 54 Blossom St. Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who stated two neighbors were involved in a fight outside in the street. Both parties were identified and one was placed under arrest for assault.

The second male will be summoned into court for assault.

Irving Lopez Martinez, 27, of 60 Blossom St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

CHELSEA GANG MEMBER SENTENCED

A Chelsea man was sentenced Aug 4 in federal court in Boston for distributing crack cocaine.

Jose Muniz, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. In April 2017, Muniz pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and distribution of cocaine base and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine.

In 2015 and 2016, a federal investigation identified a network of street gangs, which had created alliances to traffic weapons and drugs throughout Massachusetts and generate violence against rival gang members. Based on the investigation, 53 defendants were indicted in  June 2016 on federal firearms and drug charges, including defendants who are allegedly leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Street Gang. These gangs operated primarily in the East Boston, Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, Revere and Everett areas. During the course of the investigation, over 70 firearms, cocaine, cocaine base (crack), heroin and fentanyl were seized.

During the investigation, Muniz sold cocaine base to a cooperating witness in Chelsea on two separate occasions in July and August of 2015. On Feb. 18, 2016, Muniz was stopped by law enforcement officers in Chelsea, who subsequently seized cocaine base, cocaine, other drugs, and a 9mm handgun from Muniz.

Muniz is one of 13 defendants to plead guilty.

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BIDMC Opens New Urgent Care Center in Chelsea

BIDMC Opens New Urgent Care Center in Chelsea

By Seth Daniel

Barbara Masser, MD, Medical Director of Chelsea Urgent Care, and Jose Abrego, MD.

Barbara Masser, MD, Medical Director of Chelsea Urgent Care, and Jose Abrego, MD.

Responding to community input, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has opened up a new urgent care facility in Chelsea, a facility that includes hours on the weekends.

The new medical offering opened on Monday, Aug. 7.

Chelsea Urgent Care is open eight hours a day, seven days a week: Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The addition of an urgent care practice complements the existing outpatient services available at BIDHC-Chelsea, which is located at 1000 Broadway.

Unlike most other urgent care facilities, board-certified emergency medicine physicians staff Chelsea Urgent Care.

“With access to board-certified emergency medicine physicians, Chelsea Urgent Care is essentially an extension of the emergency department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,” said Richard Wolfe, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine at BIDMC. “Patients can expect the same top-tier care they would receive at our emergency department in Boston but now in a convenient, neighborhood location.”

Several in the community have called for more access to an urgent care facility open on weekends, none louder that Councilor Giovanni Recupero. The councilor called last year for the Mass General in Chelsea to keep later hours on the weekends, but to no avail.

He said he was really glad to see that Beth Israel had heard his message for more access and those of residents as well.

Access to Chelsea Urgent Care is available to patients over the age of 2 experiencing non-life threating injuries or illnesses, such as accidents or falls, sprains, broken bones, infections and high fever. More serious medical needs – such as those resulting from chest pain, heart attack or a trauma – will require an emergency department visit.

Dr. Barbara Masser, medical director of the Chelsea Urgent Care, said they are excited to be able to offer the new service in Chelsea and have gotten great feedback so far.

She said anyone can access services by walking in, but those who use Beth Israel will have a fully integrated compliment to the regular services that have been available for many years.

“We’re really excited because Chelsea is a really great community and we want to give them another option,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of great feedback from the community so far.”

The new Urgent Care will be located on the second floor of the existing center on Broadway.

“We strive to deliver the right care by the right provider at the right place and cost,” said Jayne Carvelli Sheehan, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President of System Integration and Care Coordination at BIDMC. “Chelsea Urgent Care allows us to treat patients with non-life threatening injuries or conditions in the appropriate setting. Local immediate care by our emergency medicine physicians can help avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department and ultimately save patients time and money.”

To reduce time spent in the waiting room, urgent care appointments can be made online through the  HYPERLINK “https://www.clockwisemd.com/hospitals/1934/appointments/new” Clockwise program. Through this easy-to-use program, patients receive timely text message updates on their appointment time. Free parking is available, and the center is located close to public transportation.

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Police Briefs 08-03-2017

Police Briefs 08-03-2017

MAJOR ACCIDENT ON EVERETT AVE

Two people were in critical condition at Mass General after a major car accident on Everett Avenue near Maple Street around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

A third man was treated at CHA Everett and was charged with causing the accident while speeding up Everett Avenue from Spruce Street when he rear ended the other vehicle in front of the FBI Building.

The Malden man fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended on Second Street.

Chelsea Fire had to activate the Jaws of Life to remove one victim.

The perpetrator was believed to be intoxicated.

Hector Jimenez, 19, of Malden, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and other motor vehicle offenses.

He was held on $7,500 bail at arraignment.

Jimenez’s passenger remained in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon, but the driver of the other car had been released.

POLICE MAKE CRACK BUST

On July 28, around 11:08 a.m., members of the CPD Narcotics Unit placed two individuals into custody after they were observed conducting a drug transaction in the area near 125 Chestnut St. Crack Cocaine and $1,000 cash was recovered from one of the subjects.

Francisco Diaz, 26, of 199 Chestnut St., was charged with possession of a Class B drug to distribute, distribution of a Class B drug and conspiracy.

Jose Rivera, 31, of 11 Congress Ave., was charged with possession of a Class B drug and conspiracy.

ASSAULTED POLICE

On July 30, at 8:22 p.m., a CPD officer was flagged down by a security officer in front of 388 Broadway ( Las Vegas Bar). The security officer denied entry to an intoxicated male attempting to join his friend inside. The intoxicated friend then came out of the bar and began causing a disturbance claiming his friend should be allowed to enter.

At that point the subject was asked to leave several times and did not comply. He was then placed into custody were he struggled and fought with the officer.

Esvin Hernandez Vasquez, 38, of 60 Chester Ave., was charged  with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

CAR BREAKER  FROM BOSTON

On July 27, at 6:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Tremont Street for a report of a male party attempting to break into several motor vehicles. The party was only initially described as male in a black hoodie. Officers investigated the male and observed items taken from vehicles that were broken into and placed him under arrest.

Michael Hurlihy, 36, of Boston, was charged with receiving stolen property over $250 (subsequent offense), trespassing and three counts of breaking and entering a  vehicle for a felony.

JUVE ON A MOPED

On July 26, at 10:29 a.m., a CPD officer on patrol in the area of Broadway and Eleanor Street and observed a male party operating a moped in the opposite direction without using a helmet.

The juvenile operator was pulled over and a subsequent investigation revealed the moped was stolen out of Boston.

The 16-year-old juvenile was charged with receiving stolen property over $250.

Police Log

Monday, 7/17

Vidal Flores, 49, 248 Revere  Beach Pkwy., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious damage to motor vehicle.

Marilu Paz, 41, 27 Lynn St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Anthony Lemus, 25, 90 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 7/18

Maria Flores Rodriguez, 31, 138 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny over $250.

Luis Delcid, 50, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

Rudis Garcia, 45, 55 Summer St., Lynn, was arrested for trespassing and immigration detainer.

Wednesday, 7/19

Andrew Babigumira, 31, Homeless, was arrested for trespassing.

Diane Valentin, 27, 10 Forsyth St., Chelsea, was arrested for aggravated assault and battery on a pregnant person.

Marco Roman, 20, 14 Elm St., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.

Thursday, 7/20

Christopher Steriti, 31, 269 Border St., East Boston, was arrested on warrants.

Andrew Babigumira, 31, Homeless, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law and distribute Class B drug.

Cesar Gomez, 32, 57 Bennington St., East Boston, was arrested for possessing Class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Luis Delcid, 50, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Cesar Ramos, 48, 135 Shurlteff St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Michael Connolly, 32, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested on warrants.

Albin Hernandez, 35, 33 Maple St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant and possessing Class B drug.

Friday, 7/21

Jorge Ruiz, 49, 26 Astor ST., Lynn, was arrested for 2 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, warrant and possessing Class A drug.

Ulises Arias, 51, 350 Meridian ST., East Boston, was arrested for trespassing and possessing Class A drug.

Edgar Zelaya, 23, 8 Fitz Terrace, Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Sunday, 7/23

Meshari Alsaeed, 29, 57 Revere St., Everett, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of personal injury, leaving scene of property damage and reckless operation of motor vehicle.

Albeto Hurtado, 43, 18 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested for unarmed robbery and immigration detainer.

Raul Romero, 33, 4 Webster Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for unarmed robbery.

Luis Martinez, 48, 108 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Guzman, 26, 75 Wilbur St., Everett, was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Monday, 7/24

Luis Delcid, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.

Michael Herlihy, 36, 39 Kingston St., Boston, was arrested for breaking and entering vehicle/boat for felony (3 counts), trespassing and receiving stolen property.

Wednesday, 7/26

Juvenile Offender, Lynn, was arrested for receiving stolen property over  $250.

Tiffany Sullivan, 39, 33 Maple St., Malden, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Thursday, 7/27

Nevi Perez, 30, 123 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee and assault and battery.

Francisco Rivera, 45, 4 School House Rd., Everett, was arrested for stop sign violation, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Alexandria Vega, 33, 233 Hunnington St., Boston, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Friday, 7/28

Francisco Diaz, 26, 199 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Jose Rivera, 31, 11 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Sunday, 7/30

Esvin Hernandez Vasquez, 38, 60 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Gabriel Medina, 35, 72 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for dangerous weapon/knife over 4×1.

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City,Planners Unveil Initial Ideas for Re-Imagining Broadway

City,Planners Unveil Initial Ideas for Re-Imagining Broadway

By Seth Daniel

Consultants for the City unveiled two main concepts on Thursday night, July 13, for the Re-Imagining Broadway planning effort – concepts that consultants from Nelson Nygaard said were informed on several public listening sessions that have taken place since last fall.

The two plans focus on the area on Broadway from City Hall to Chelsea Square, and consultants have tried to formulate a plan the tried to untangle the circular and inefficient traffic motions that exist along Broadway.

Those include having to go all the way around the downtown and City Hall to simply get to Fifth Street, and also the unsignalized intersections along Broadway that causes drivers crossing the street to have to edge out and do a lot of guess work to get over.

Ralph DeNisco of Nelson Nygaard described such changes as allowing drivers to move from Hawthorne Street to Fifth Street through a signal without having to circle City Hall.

He talked about a large bump out plaza jutting out from the Dunkin’ Donuts and City Hall to allow for more public space and a shrinking of the large street there.

He talked about making City Hall Avenue a two-way street, doing road calming measures for shared streets in front of the Central Fire Station, in front of the Apollinaire Theatre on Winnisimmet Street, in front of the Police Station on Park Street, and also along Cherry Street. Shared streets have a variety of meanings, but in this case they would be marked in a way to slow traffic, and also promote pedestrian usage.

On one plan, the Broadway spine remains mostly the same configuration, but on the other plan the lanes are reduced in width to create a separated bike path along the street.

Another part of one of the plans reverses the direction of Sixth Street near City Hall from eastbound to westbound, which proved a bit unpopular amongst the crowd.

One major change would be to add signals along Broadway for cross traffic, including at Fourth Street, Third Street, Everett Avenue and Hawthorne/Fifth Street. The existing signal at City Hall in Bellingham Square would continue to exist.

DeNisco said the plan is to upgrade the function of the intersections, many of which are failing at the moment.

“We believe we can improve your traffic flow on Broadway significantly by making these improvements to the intersections,” he said.

The plan includes a major bus hub across from City Hall in front of the memorial. Another bus hub would exist next to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Washington Avenue. That would indicate a move of the bus hub from in front of the old Bunker Hill Community College on Hawthornee Street – something many have been asking for a long time.

One thing not addressed, but discussed in depth, was whether to return the Broadway spine to a two-way street. Currently it is one way going southbound, but many are considering it a good idea to look at two-way traffic – especially for the purpose of reducing the circular and inefficient traffic patterns. However, the street has been one-way for generations, and many don’t think the busy corridor could handle the change.

That piece of the puzzle has been left for discussion and contemplation before a final report is made.

Much of the meeting, however, was devoted to the parking inventory and study.

That was less heartening, with the consultants indicating that parking inventories are stressed, particularly in the morning and evening hours – often spilling into the neighborhoods.

“What we usually see is that parking gets easier the further you get away from the center of the business district,” he said. “We didn’t see that here. That isn’t happening in Chelsea. That’s very unique and different about this area. We don’t usually see that in our studies.”

Figuring out the parking puzzle, they said, might require more access to private parking facilities, and also more clearly labeling existing parking lots and their rules. Many lots, they said, were underutilized because people didn’t know about them.

Some relieve could also be found by utilizing space under the Mystic/Tobin Bridge only a few blocks from the center – perhaps for resident parking and thereby alleviating the residential parking on Broadway and its immediate streets.

The plan is currently available to residents for review, and DeNisco said one very unique thing is that this is plan that will happen. There is money behind the drawings, and the political will to make big changes.

“This is real,” he said. “It’s not a simple planning exercise. The City Manager and City Council have put money behind this effort and want it to change. The improvements we’re going to talk about are actually going to happen. That’s a different challenge for us, because these plans have to be able to be implemented.”

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Police Briefs 07-20-2017

Police Briefs 07-20-2017

POLICE HOPE TO RETURN LOST MONEY

Chelsea Police are in possession of lost wallet containing cash that was turned into the police station on Sunday afternoon, July 16. The wallet was found near the United States Post Office on July 3. The wallet did not have any identification in it. If you feel that this is your wallet you should call Chelsea Police at (617) 466-4874. You must be able to identify the amount of money and describe the wallet for it to be returned.

Under Massachusetts General law the person who turned the wallet into the police will be awarded the contents after one year or on July 16, 2018.

WINTHROP MAN ARRESTED FOR ROAD RAGE, HIT VICTIMS

On July 10 at 7:15 p.m. a male subject was placed into custody after a road rage incident that occurred on the Chelsea Street Bridge. During the incident, the male operator had struck two female victims with his truck. Both victims treated by EMS and Chelsea Fire on scene for non-life threatening injuries.

After a BOLO was issued, the subject was placed under arrest in Winthrop .

Joseph Ferreira, 54, of Dorchester, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

TRIED TO RUN OVER POLICE

On July 13, at 1:53 p.m., Officers observed a Nunez Livery vehicle being operated down Shurtleff Street, which was closed due to construction. Officers stopped the operator.

After a brief exchange, the subject fled the scene in the vehicle. While attempting to stop him near 500 Broadway, he accelerated towards responding officers, which caused them to have to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. The driver eventually bailed out of the vehicle on Library Street and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

Edwin Nunez, 38, of East Boston, was charged with operating with a suspended license, failing to stop, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

MOPED LAW INVOKED

A Forsyth Street woman was perhaps the first to violate the new moped ordinance.

On July 11, at 4:28 p.m., the woman was placed into custody as a result of a motor vehicle stop in the area of 45 Washington Ave. She was riding a moped that had been reported stolen out of Cambridge on Sept. 13, 2016.

Shannon Jette, 30, of 10 Forsyth St., was charged with receiving stolen property over $250 and two moped violations.

Police Log

Monday, July 10

Lam Nguyen, 36, 60 Brookway Road, Roslindale, was arrested for five counts of warrant arrests.

Rosa Madeline, 39, of 768 Broadway, Chelsae, was arrested for intimidation of witness/juror/harassment.

Joseph Ferreira, 54, of 84 Esmond Street, Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

Tuesday, July 11

Melvin Ramirez, 43, of 23 John Street, Chelsea, was arrested for a warrant arrest, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle and number plate violation.

Shannon Jette, 30, of 10 Forsyth Stret, Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen property, and two counts of moped violation.

Wednesday, July 12

John Lewis, 32, of 392 Salem Street, Revere, was arrested for a warrant arrest.

Thursday, July 13

Edwin Nunez, 38, of 103 Leyden Street, East Boston, was arrested for suspended license, failing to stop for police, reckless operation of motor vehicle, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Mark McCauliffe, 43, of 22 Revere Street, Malden, was arrested for possession of Class B drug and resisting arrest.

Saturday, July 15

Jose Trejo, 45, of 154 Central Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property over $250.

Sunday, July 16

Mynor Alfaro, 45, homeless, was arrested for possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Yunis Aden, 23, 9 Guam Road, Chelsea, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon (knife).

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Police Briefs 07-13-2017

Police Briefs 07-13-2017

LITTLE OFFICER

Officer Robert Moschella, while doing a detail last week, took a moment to retrieve a plastic police badge from his motor vehicle to give to a little girl who wanted to be a junior officer.

 

BUSTED ON SCOOTER

A Chelsea man with six OUI convictions and a revoked driver’s license was held pending a dangerousness hearing after he allegedly operated a scooter with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, then threatened to shoot “random civilians” in Brighton.

Peter McIsaac, 53, of Chelsea, was arraigned July 7 in Brighton Municipal Court on charges of operating under the influence as a fourth or subsequent offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; operating with a revoked license; malicious destruction of property; and making threats of death, injury, or substantial property damage under Ch. 269, Sect. 14, of the Massachusetts General Laws.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Margaret Hegarty, Judge Myong J. Joun held him without bail pending a July 14 hearing to determine whether there is “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person or the community.”

McIsaac has OUI convictions from Middlesex County in 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993, prosecutors said in court.

State troopers came across McIsaac’s red 2017 Agility scooter stopped along Nonantum Road at about 10:20 p.m. on July 6. Its lights were off and two men were standing nearby. When troopers approached, the men walked away in different directions.

The first man told troopers that McIsaac had picked him up on the scooter earlier, and that they had stopped at a liquor store before hanging out together. They were on their way back to McIsaac’s home when the scooter ran out of gas just moments before the troopers arrived.

As troopers spoke to this man, McIsaac allegedly staggered toward them and stated that he owned the scooter. The troopers immediately noted his slurred speech and detected the strong odor of alcohol as he spoke.

“I’m very intoxicated,” he allegedly added.

Troopers ran McIsaac’s license status and learned that it had been revoked. Based on McIsaac’s unsteadiness on his feet, troopers determined that field sobriety tests could result in him falling and injuring himself. Having formed an opinion that McIsaac was intoxicated and had moments earlier been operating the scooter, troopers took him into custody.

On arrival at the Brighton barracks, McIsaac fell out of the cruiser and required assistance to stand. He allegedly consented to a breath test, which revealed a BAC of .185, prosecutors said in court.

Following the breath test, McIsaac allegedly became very angry and began threatening troopers, their families, and others. He allegedly stated that he had access to firearms and would “kill 15 people,” including uniformed officers, “random civilians,” and children, because he “was wronged.” McIsaac allegedly urinated throughout his holding cell, requiring the response of a HAZMAT-certified cleaning company.

ROBBED WITH A ROCK

On June 26, at 9:51 p.m., officers were dispatched to Shop and Go, located at 354 Washington Ave., for a panic alarm. Upon arrival, officers observed two males standing in close proximity to the store’s entrance and two additional younger males exiting the store. All four males took off in different directions at the sight of responding officers. After further investigation, officers were able to locate a juvenile male and place him into custody.

Officers spoke with the store clerk, who informed them that a male party had threatened him with a rock while the other male placed various items into a backpack.

The clerk identified the juvenile.

A 16-year-old Chelsea youth was charged with Armed Robbery.

WARRANT ARREST

On June 28, at 5:57 p.m., a male subject was located in the area of Shurtleff Street and Chester Avenue and placed into custody for two outstanding warrants. A warrant was issued for ABDW, POSSESS 94C, and CARRY DANGEROUS WEAPON. During his arrest, officers seized a knife.

Luis Rivera Rosario, 27, of 40 Marlborough St., was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and two warrants.

FOUND WITH HEROIN

On June 29, at 3:50 p.m., officers responded to 794 Broadway for a report of two male parties asleep inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, both parties were awoken.

During the course of the investigation, officers located a knife and a brown powdery substance, believed to be heroin. The subject was placed into custody for three active warrants.

The other male was released on scene.

Martin Mateo, 43, of 41 Shawmut St., was charged with possession of a Class A drug (heroin), carrying a dangerous weapon and furnishing a false name.

HIT WITH BEER BOTTLE

On June 26, at 6:42 p.m., a female subject was placed into custody after an investigation was conducted in reference to incident that occurred earlier in Chelsea Square.

In the earlier incident, it was alleged that the female subject had struck the victim over the head with a beer bottle while he was talking on his cellphone in Chelsea Square.

Rene Rosales Vindel, 45, of 82 Pearl St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bottle).

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