On Dec. 22, at 5:20 p.m., officers responded to 165 Walnut St. for a report of a past armed robbery. Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the victim and alleged robbery suspect, standing out front of the building. The victim claims the suspect took $200 from him after he left the ATM at the Chelsea Bank on Broadway. The suspect claims the money was used to buy drugs from him and that the victim complained about the quality of the drugs purchased.
Jose Rivera, 32, of 11 Congress Ave., was charged with unarmed robbery.
REFUSED SERVICE AT BAR
On Dec. 22, at 10:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Spanish Falcon Club located at 158 Broadway on the report of a fight outside.
Officers observed security outside speaking to a group of men, two of which appeared intoxicated. As Officers spoke to security, they were informed that the two intoxicated males had been causing a disturbance because security refused them entry due to their state of intoxication.
They were asked to leave several times, but were becoming aggressive towards employees. As officers engaged the men in conversation, it was apparent that the men were upset at having been refused entry and wanted to continue their night of drinking. The two men refused the officers’ orders to leave the area and became loud and boisterous, causing a disturbance. The first male was placed into custody after violently resisting officers in their attempt to place him under arrest. The second male, and brother of the male taken into custody, refused orders to leave, and he also became aggressive and was taken into custody after a struggle.
David Garcia, 24, of 141 Marlborough St., was charged with disorderly conduct.
Kevin Garcia, 21, of Lynn, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Members of the new Chelsea Hill Community neighbor group gather on the stairs near Lafayette Avenue earlier this fall. The group formed after a neighbor day in Malone Park last September, and their momentum continues to build.
What started as a summer get-together for neighbors near the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home neighborhood has turned into an effort that has logged many miles this fall within their community.
Now dubbing themselves the Chelsea Hill Community, the group has grown significantly and engages in safety walks and meetings on a monthly basis.
On the first Wednesday and third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., the group walks the streets of the neighborhood. On the fourth Thursday, they hold community meetings at 6 p.m. in the First Congregational Church on County Road.
It’s something that has been as much a surprise to the founders as it is to newcomers and those who have been in the neighborhood for years.
Monica Elias-Orellana, a life-long Chelsea resident, said the idea was born out of the Community Enhancement Team (CET) efforts, which focuses neighborhood betterment projects citywide.
Elias-Orellana is part of that effort, and she and Councillors Yamir Rodriguez, Luis Tejada Yahya Noor and Pastor Ellen Rohan Ball had scheduled a clean up of Malone Park.
Then on Sept. 2 this year, they decided to hold a ‘Meet Your Neighbor’ day as a follow up, enlisting Councillor Roy Avellaneda, Henry Wilson, City Manager Tom Ambrosino and Councillor Damali Vidot to the effort.
“After that day, we decided that we should try to keep the momentum going,” said Elias-Orellana. “We’re an independent residential group and we are now called the Chelsea Hill Community. We do similar things to the existing Sector Groups, but we also do events as a neighborhood too.”
The walks have been very productive and the group has added a police officer to accompany them. They are now doing winter walks and plan to have hot chocolate and cookies to accompany the effort.
“We have a lot of momentum right now, and I think this is something we can keep going for a long time,” said Rodriguez. “I think we can make this group strong enough to join the other groups in Sector 4 or in Admiral’s Hill.”
Rohan Ball said the meetings have brought many of her members of the First Congregational Church on County Road a lot of comfort.
“At one of the meetings, two sisters who are members of the church and had to leave Chelsea after the Great Fire of 1972, were reminiscing,” she said. “It really brought them back. I felt this instant happiness that I was thrilled to see. They enchanted us with stories of the fire and the old neighborhood. It was really great to have the newer neighbors come back with the old neighbors and learn from one another.”
The group is also trying to address an early concern of the elderly in the neighborhood, that being the task of shoveling snow. Working with the Boys & Girls Club, they are hoping to organize volunteers from the Club who will shovel the walks for elderly folks during snow storms.
Elias-Orellana said what is important about their group now is that they have recruited a strong base of neighbors who are passionate. That, she said, will endure even the coldest winter walks.
“We’re a small group now, but it doesn’t matter if we have 30 or 50 people, we are a group of passionate people who are looking to be impactful where we live,” she said.
The next Chelsea Hill Community Walk will be on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. Check their Facebook page for the latest location.
Two men convicted last week of murdering 21-year-old Kenny Lamour as he worked on a Roca snow-shoveling crew in Jamaica Plain in 2015 were sentenced to life in prison Dec. 4.
At the conclusion of their Suffolk Superior Court jury trial last week, Donte Henley, 27, and Josiah Zachery, 21, were found guilty of second-degree murder for Lamour’s 2015 shooting death.
Judge Peter Lauriat sentenced each to life in prison with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 20 years. Zachery, who was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon, was ordered to serve an additional four to five years in prison, to be served after he has completed the sentence on his murder conviction.
During the course of the trial, Assistant District Attorneys Ian Polumbaum and Nicholas Brandt presented evidence and testimony to prove that Henley and Lamour were each members of a snow-shoveling crew organized by Chelsea non-profit agency Roca on Feb. 11, 2015.
Though the two men were known by the agency to be affiliated with rival gangs, each told a Roca crew supervisor that they could work together without issue.
Phone records, however, proved that Henley began to plot Lamour’s murder through an exchange of text messages with Zachery. In the messages, Henley expressed hostility toward Lamour and told Zachery to come to the Jamaica Plain worksite with a gun. Henley later provided Zachery with Lamour’s location and clothing description.
Zachery located Lamour on Centre Street and, at approximately 10:35 a.m., opened fire, striking Lamour in the head.
As Zachery fled on foot, he was pursued by a Boston Police officer. The evidence proved that Zachery pointed his gun at the officer and fired a single shot as he ran. The officer was not struck, and additional Boston Police soon located Zachery nearby on Centre Street. He was carrying shovel but had no gloves and was wearing sneakers rather than snow boots, prosecutors said. Boston Police located a resident of a nearby resident who reported that a shovel matching the one Zachery was carrying had been stolen.
Elise McConnell was the DA’s assigned victim–witness advocate. Henley was represented by James Budreau and Zachery by Robert Wheeler.
Chelsea Police Detectives are investigating a shooting on Dec. 7 that occurred in the vicinity of Shurtleff and Maverick Streets. The victim, a 35-year old male from Chelsea, was shot in the leg and is expected to recover from his injuries. Detectives believe it was not a random attack based on preliminary evidence gathered at the scene.
A male wearing a dark coat with red lettering on the back and gray sweatpants was seen fleeing the area.
If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to call Chelsea Police at 466-4800.
Chelsea Police remind the community they can report crimes or suspicious activity anonymously in various formats. Citizens can call the 24 hr “tips” line at 617-466-4880, email reports directly from the department’s website at www.chelseapolice.com or download for free the MYPD App that is compatible with both Android and Apple smartphones. All three ways are monitored and anonymous.
ARMED ROBBER CAUGHT
On Dec. 4, officers were dispatched to Broadway Mini Mart located at 944 Broadway on a report of an armed robbery. Responding officers observed a disturbance in the street involving a store clerk and one of the two reported robbers. The subject was placed into custody at the scene. Chelsea Detectives later charged the individual with two other armed robberies that occurred earlier in Chelsea.
A second individual involved was able to escape.
Samuel Valdez, 41, of Jamaica Plain, was charged with armed robbery while masked and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
SALVADORAN MAN DEPORTED
A Salvadoran national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after deportation.
Gerardo Alberto Perez-Fuentes, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2018.
Perez-Fuentes was previously deported on Oct. 8, 2015. On Sept. 6, 2017, law enforcement in Chelsea encountered Perez-Fuentes and determined him to be illegally present in the United States.
The charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Perez-Fuentes will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Dec. 4, at 7:08 p.m., a Chelsea Police officer was dispatched to Cross Street and Park Street for a motor vehicle accident with no reported injuries. Upon arrival there were two cars to the right side of the road on Cross Street and Park Street. The officer spoke to both operators and formed the opinion based on his training and experience that operator that caused the accident was operating under the influence of drugs. The officer developed probable cause based on her comments at the scene.
Sandra Pizzano, 56, of Saugus, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and forging an RMV document.
BREAKING AND ENTERING
On Dec. 7, at 4:31 a.m., an alarm triggered at the Laundry-Wash, located at 14 Everett Ave. It was the third time the alarm had been triggered that night. Upon arrival, a male party was observed running from the area towards Kayem Foods. After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was arrested.
Rolando Arias, 43, of Revere, was charged with Breaking and entering in the night for a felony, possession of burglarious tools, and two counts of malicious destruction of property over $250.
On Dec. 7, at 9:31 p.m., officers responded to Springvale Avenue on a report of a hit and run accident. The officers spoke to the victim who stated that while operating on Springvale Avenue towards Washington, he was struck in the rear by a male subject in a van. The victim stated he attempted to pull over, when he was struck a second time. At this time, the suspect did pull over and jumped out of his vehicle and began punching the victim’s driver side window. The suspect then jumped back in his car and fled towards Washington Avenue. Officers stopped the vehicle and placed the subject under arrest.
Cesar Garcia, 41, of 3 Springvale Ave., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of property damage, and negligent operation.
On Dec. 9, at 11:30 p.m., officers responded to Casa Mariachi on Everett Avenue for a report of unruly patrons refusing to leave. The security on scene told the officers that a female patron refused to leave and picked up shot glasses from the bar and threw them at a waitress, striking her in the shoulder. Officers placed the female in custody.
Keyla Flores, 22, of Everett, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shot glass) and disorderly conduct.
MOrge Nolasco, 31, 234 Bennington St., East Boston, was arrested for marked lane violation and operating under the influence of liquor.
Joanir DeOliveira, 31, 114 Highland Ave. Somerville, was arrested on a warrant.
Sandra Pizzano, 56, 335 Lynnfells Pkwy., Saugus, was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, forged RMV document.
Samuel Valdez, 41, 50 Dimick St., Jamaica Plain, was arrested for armed & masked robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Michael Leiva, 21, 24 Suffolk St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Rolando Arias, 43, 24 Shirley Ave., Revere, was arrested for breaking and entering for felony, possessing burglarious instrument, malicious destruction of property over $250 (2 counts).
Julie Maskell, 41, 2 Harris St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.
Luis Martinez, 49, 108 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Brittany Lopes-Rattigan, 28, 2 Franklin Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.
Robert DelloFano, 37, 15 Watts St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Stacy Lightell, 43, 10 Jones Drive, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.
Stanley Jeannis, 40, 21 Conn Ct. Woburn, was arrested on a warrant, distribution of Class B drug, drug violation near school/park, possessing Class B drug to distribute and possessing Class A drug to distribute.
Jimmall Marshall, 27, 45 Fourth St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant and distribution of Class B drug.
Henrique Castillo, 67, 195 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Cesar Garcia, 41, 3 Springvale Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving scene of property damage and negligent operation of motor vehicle.
Donne Agogo, 24, 6 Lewis St., Medford, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug.
Robert Soroka, 43, 235 Revere St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.
Javier Ortiz, 21, 110 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for equipment violation on a motor vehicle and operating motor vehicle with open container of alcohol, operating with suspended/revoked license.
Rodrigo Yordi, 30, 13 Central St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Sebastian Yordi, 33, 133 Kimball Ave., Revere, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of property damage and improper operation of motor vehicle.
Jennifer Portillo, 23, 12 High St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Keyla Flores, 22, 10 Fremont St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
Baplo Moncado-Diaz, 27, 200 Governor’s Dr., Winthrop, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Oliver Arevalo, 33, 815 Winthrop Ave., Revere, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
A man was ordered held on high bail at his arraignment Monday on charges he sexually assaulted two homeless women in Chelsea.
Osmar Flores, 23, was arraigned Monday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of aggravated rape, armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and strangulation in connection with an assault that occurred in July, and charges of rape, assault and battery, and strangulation in connection with a 2015 case that was previously charged in Chelsea District Court.
Assistant District Attorney Myriam Feliz requested bail of $100,000 and requested that Flores be ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victims and submit to GPS monitoring and home confinement in the event he is to be released on bail. Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley imposed $50,000 bail and the requested conditions of release.
Feliz told the court that the victim in the 2017 case met Flores some time after midnight on July 18, 2017, in the area of Bellingham Square in Chelsea.
A short time after their first encounter, Flores approached the victim and offered to accompany her and carry her bag as she walked to a bus stop. As they approached the Route 1 underpass, Flores grabbed the victim, sexually assaulted her, and strangled her until she lost consciousness, prosecutors said.
Flores was gone when the victim regained consciousness, and she was able to locate Chelsea Police officers who were in the area and reported the assault. Officers observed that the victim had a cut to her lip, blood and bruising on her face, and bruises and marks on her neck and collarbone. She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she underwent a sexual assault exam.
Security cameras in the area captured footage of the victim walking with a man toward the overpass and then showed the man leaving the area alone following the assault. Flores was identified as the man in the images by a Chelsea Police officer who was familiar with him and had seen him earlier on that date. In a post-Miranda interview with detectives, Flores allegedly made statements identifying himself in the images, prosecutors said.
Flores was previously charged in Chelsea District Court in November 2015 in connection with an assault at the same location. Following a dangerousness hearing and probation surrender, Flores was sentenced to two years behind bars for violating the terms of his probation in an earlier auto theft case. The sexual assault charges, however, were dismissed in 2016 over prosecutors’ objections after the victim – who was also homeless – became unavailable. Suffolk prosecutors were subsequently able to locate the victim and present her testimony to the grand jury, resulting in indictments in the earlier assault.
The victim in that case was walking alone in the area of the Route 1 underpass in Chelsea on Nov. 19, 2015, when Flores, who had been following behind her, asked her for a lighter. As the victim reached into her pocket, Flores allegedly grabbed her and forced her onto a mattress in a nearby homeless encampment. He repeatedly struck the victim in the face and head, sexually assaulted and strangled her, prosecutors said.
The defendant then left the area and the victim located a Chelsea Police officer to report the assault. She was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where biological evidence from her attacker was collected during an exam. State Police criminalists developed a unique DNA profile of the attacker that was then entered into the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. The database matched the profile to that of Flores, prosecutors said.
Sarah MacIsaac is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Flores is represented by Richard Doyle. He returns to court Oct. 27.
Bob Bishop recently announced his intention to seek the District One City Councillor seat in the upcoming City Primary Election, to be held on September 26, 2017.
Prior to his retirement, Bob Bishop served as Chelsea City Clerk for fifteen years and also held the position of Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Chelsea. Bob also enjoyed owning and operating a small business in the city for fourteen years.
Bob Bishop has stated that he is seeking this office because he has the interest in the betterment of the community, the time that is necessary to do the job well, and the experience to achieve the best results for the taxpayers and residents.
Addressing the recent increases in taxes, property values, and water and sewer rates will be a top priority. Bob has stated, “I have been involved as a department head in 25 of the last 30 city budgets. I know the budge process and how to do what needs to be done for the taxpayers and residents of District One.”
Bob has observed that unfortunately the number of voters participating in local elections has dropped over the past few years. All voters are urged to take part it he upcoming primary election September 26, 2017. Bob is committed to addressing the issues and concerns of the homeowner and residents of the city…Anyone wishing to contact Bob Bishop can do so by calling 617-884-9265 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers Sammy Mojica, Joanne O’Brien and Sgt. John Noftle used the Copsicle truck this week to help save a man suffering from diabetic shock. Ironically, the popsicle came from the man’s own business – where police purchase their ice cream for the truck.
Call it the caper of the Ironic Ice Cream.
And the Chelsea Police were right on time to solve it.
Police reported that on Monday as they were preparing to set up for the Eclipse Party at City Hall, one of the duties was to get the Copsicle Truck and go get popsicles and ice cream from Rosev Dairy on Griffin Way.
It’s what the officers usually do when they prepare the new Police and community sponsored ice cream truck, but this time was different.
Officer Sammy Mojica, Sgt. John Noftle and Officer Joanne O’Brien were on their way back from filling the truck when they spotted an officer who had stopped a car going the wrong way in front of City Hall.
Mojica recognized the man as one of the owners of Rosev Dairy.
Officers quickly realized the man was diabetic and he was head-on into severe diabetic shock.
He needed sugar, and he needed it quick.
And the three officers just happened to have a truck full of sugary ice cream fresh from that very man’s dairy.
The three quickly secured a popsicle and gave it to him. After a few minutes, he stabilized and was taken for treatment.
It was quite a save.
“I went in the truck and got an ice cream we had just purchased from this man’s business,” he said. “So the man from Rosev Dairy was saved by Rosev Dairy, via the Copsicle Truck. That’s a good story.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Johnson, 44, 64 Cliff Ave., Winthrop, was arrested for operating under the influence and violation of Learner’s Permit.
Javier Colon, 49, 249 Princeton St., East Boston was arrested on a warrant.
Irving Lopez Martinez, 27, 60 Blossom St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
POLICE BriefsBy 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.
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.
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.
After three officers were exposed and affected by Fentanyl last Friday – and another had been exposed and affected in June – Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes has established a brand new protocol for how officers respond to drug incident.
“What we’ve decided to do is take action,” he said. “This is scary and it’s everywhere now. When officers are in the field and they experience a drug situation, they will be equipped with a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit…If there are indications of Fentanyl at a scene, our officers will deploy their PPE, including the Tyvek suit. Two little milligrams, and there are about 1,000 milligrams in a packet of sugar – two milligrams of Fentanyl will kill you.”
The new protocol comes as Officers Luis Teraza, Gilberto Vargas and Deryn Deirio became exposed to Fentanyl last Friday afternoon and had to be rushed to the hospital later feeling the effects of the drug.
The situation began when they were called to a mundane motor vehicle accident. However, it wasn’t an accident, but rather three men were passed and overdosing on opiates in the car.
Officers put the car in gear to move it out of the way, and some Fentanyl residue from a cigarette box contaminated them.
The men in the car were revived, with two of them requiring 10 shots of Narcan to be revived.
Shortly after, the officers were taken to the hospital. They were released, though, and returned to work on Saturday.
Kyes said Sgt. Joe Bevere, he believes, was also exposed during an arrest on June 29 where heroin was involved and was believed to be cut with Fentanyl.
“To the best of our knowledge, that was our first experience with our officers being exposed,” Kyes said. “This is kind of our first rodeo with this…We’re trying to maintain a balance of overkill and officers being safe.”
The PPE kits include large, heavy rubber gloves, N-95/N-100 respirators, eye goggles and Tyvek suits complete with hoods and booties. The kits are being put in each cruiser, given to each officer and stockpiled for future use. They are disposable.
In the event that drugs or heroin powder is present at a scene, officers will deploy the PPE and call the Fire Department to set up a Haz-Mat situation. Firefighters in Haz-Mat suits will then collect the evidence and clean up the scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.