On June 4, Chelsea Police reunited a missing
10-year-old Chelsea girl with her parents on after the Kelly school student
told officers she fell asleep on the MBTA bus she takes home from school.
The juvenile told officers she ended up at the Maverick Square MBTA station
where she became confused and proceeded onto another MBTA bus that she was
unfamiliar with. At some point, she left the bus in the area of North Shore
Road in Revere where she began to walk on the busy road. During this time,
the parents responded to the police station to report their daughter missing.
Officers used the young girl’s cell phone to “ping” her location in Revere.
While Chelsea, Transit and Revere Police were searching the area the young girl
was located by an MBTA bus driver who transported her to the Wonderland “T”
Station in Revere. She was then reunited back with her parents at Chelsea
Police Headquarters. Chelsea officers are working with the parents and the
school in addressing future transportation options for the young girl who was
unharmed in the incident.
Struggle Without a Shirt
On May 27, at 1:20 a.m., officers responded
to the area 176 Clark Ave. for a report of a disturbance. The report to
officers was that witnesses were reporting they saw a male who appeared drunk,
with no t-shirt on, fighting with a female who was preventing him from getting
into the home. Officers struggled with the male in attempting to calm him
down. After a struggle to restrain him, he was placed into custody. The
male was transported to CHA Everett for evaluation prior to being booked at
Eber Orantes, 33, of 176 Clark Ave., was
charged with disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting
Threated With Strange Weapon
On May 30, at 9:20 p.m., officers responded
in the area of Normandy Road at Garfield Avenue for a report of a road rage incident
involving a firearm. Officers were given the description of the vehicle in
question. It was said to be a black Honda Accord operating on Normandy Road.
CPD officers located the vehicle and found the subject to have a modified
instrument that resembled a firearm. The victim in the other vehicle provided
other information that led to the male being arrested.
Tanvir Zahir, 21, of Stoneham, was charged
with violating the motor vehicle ordinance, violating the dangerous weapons
ordinance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Swallowed Bag of Crack
On May 31, at 9:30 a.m., Officers
observed a male party known to them from previous drug offenses walking with an
unknown male on Chestnut Street near Fourth Street. The officers believed they
then witnessed a drug transaction between the two. The subject admitted he
swallowed a bag of “crack “ when he was approached by the officers. A search of
his person uncovered more drugs and he was placed under arrest. The second male
was identified and placed under arrest on the scene. The subject who ingested
the narcotics was transported to CHA Everett for evaluation.
Argenis Felipe, 33, of East Boston, was
charged with possession to distribute a Class B drug (crack), conspiracy, and
distribution of a Class B drug.
On May 31, at 11 a.m., officers were
dispatched to the parking lot of 260 Clark Ave. for a fight in progress.
Officers observed two tenants of the building in an argument. One tenant
accused the second of threatening him with a box cutter. That item was
retrieved and that male was taken into custody.
Jody Robinson, 59, of 260 Clark Ave., was
charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
Swerved at Pedestrian
On June 1, at 9:10 a.m., an off-duty CPD
officer was traveling on Hawthorne Street towards Chester Avenue when he saw a
male party crossing the street. The officer noticed a Toyota Corolla
laying on his horn and then began to intentionally drive towards the male party
that was crossing the road. The victim had to jump four to six feet to
his rear to avoid being struck by the vehicle.
The officer believed the operator swerved in
his direction deliberately trying to strike the victim, which could have
resulted in serious injuries. CPD officers responded to assist and the male
operator was placed in custody for assault with a dangerous weapon.
35, of East Boston, was charged with failing to slow, reckless operation, and
assault with a dangerous weapon (car).
MS-13 Member Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
An MS-13 member was sentenced last week for
being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Nery Rodriguez Diaz, 19, a Salvadoran
national who resided in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F.
Dennis Saylor IV to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Diaz will also be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his
On May 22, 2018, Diaz and another MS-13
member, Elmer Alfaro Hercules, were arrested in possession of loaded firearms
in Bremen Street Park in East Boston, a location where numerous MS-13 gang
members have been observed and where gang-on-gang violence frequently
The investigation revealed that Diaz and
Hercules each separately and unlawfully entered the United States in 2014 as
unaccompanied minors. Both Diaz and Hercules were charged federally for being
aliens in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three
years of supervised release. Hercules will also be subject to deportation
proceedings after the completion of his sentence.
Chelsea Gang Leader Sentenced to Over 15 years in Prison
A leader of the East Side Money Gang (ESMG)
was sentenced last week in federal court in Boston on racketeering, drug
trafficking and firearms trafficking charges.
Angel “Stackz” Mejia Zelaya, 24, of Chelsea,
was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 188 months in
prison and five years of supervised release. In January 2019, Mejia
pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through
a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly known as RICO, one count of
conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, and one count of engaging in
the business of dealing in firearms without a license.
Mejia was a leader in the ESMG, a violent,
Chelsea-based street gang, which was responsible for various violent crimes,
including multiple shootings, and drug distribution in Chelsea and surrounding
communities. Mejia, as well as other members and associates of the gang, were
also actively involved in illegally selling firearms, including handguns and
shotguns, in and around Chelsea.
Mejia participated in multiple, gang-related
On July 5, 2015, Mejia was involved in a
shooting targeting a rival gang member on a public street in Chelsea, which did
not result in the rival gang member being injured. On March 29, 2016, Mejia and
his lieutenant, Josue “Superbad” Rodriguez, agreed to provide a .22 caliber
revolver to a third ESMG member, Brandon “Big Baby” Baez, so that Baez could
“spank” with it – meaning that he could use it against rivals of ESMG. On April
3, 2016, in Revere, Baez used the revolver to attempt to murder two men believed
to be members/associates of a rival gang as they sat in a vehicle. Both men
were wounded, but not killed. Baez called Mejia immediately after the shooting
to inform Mejia that Baez had just shot two men. Mejia further admitted to
supplying other ESMG gang members with firearms, including a juvenile who then
accidently shot another person.
While Mejia was the leader of the ESMG, the
gang dealt substantial quantities of drugs, including cocaine and cocaine base
(crack), in Chelsea and surrounding communities. Mejia was responsible for the
distribution of at least a kilogram of cocaine base. Mejia and his gang
subordinates stored drugs at and distributed drugs from a residence on Tudor
Street in Chelsea and another residence in the Chelsea area. The gang kept
handguns at both locations to protect their drug operations, as well as for
other gang activities.
of Mejia arose out of an investigation of various street gangs, including the
18th Street Gang, ESMG and the Boylston Street Gang, which were responsible for
fueling a gun and drug pipeline across a number of cities and towns in eastern
Massachusetts. During the course of the investigation, more than 70 firearms
We have been remiss for not having offered
our congratulations to Chelsea native Brian Sullivan upon his recent
appointment by Gov. Charlie Baker, and subsequent confirmation by the
Governor’s Council, to the position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Lynn District
Brian’s ascension to the clerk-magistrate’s
position culminates a long career in the court system that began as a Probation
Officer in the Chelsea District Court in 1986. He became an assistant
clerk-magistrate in that court and then the Salem District Court before being
named the Acting Clerk Magistrate of the Cambridge District Court prior to his
appointment to the Lynn District Court.
Brian is a Chelsea guy through-and-through.
His dad, the late Vincent Sullivan, who was the long-time Assistant Commandant
of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and his mom, Eleanor, raised their four children
in the Mill Hill section of the city, where they were one of the most-respected
families in Chelsea.
Brian attended St. Rose grammar school
before going on to Malden Catholic and Northeastern University. He was a member
of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and was well-known as a member of the K of
C’s softball team in the heyday of the Chelsea Modified Fast Pitch Softball
League when that league drew huge crowds to Highland Park in the early 1980s.
Brian married the former Paula Hansbury, who
also is a Chelsea native and well-known Chelsea High grad, and they have raised
their family in Swampscott.
If we were writing this column in another
era, it might have been titled, “Local boy makes good.” We know we speak for all of those who have
been friends and acquaintances of Brian Sullivan and his family through the
years in offering our congratulations to Brian upon his appointment and in
wishing him continued success in his outstanding career in the Massachusetts
Suffolk County District Attorney announces community meeting in Chelsea on June 19
Rachael Rollins, the dynamic district attorney who became the first female elected to the esteemed Suffolk County position last November, was the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn/Boston Logan Airport Chelsea.
Rollins proved to be as dynamic a speaker as
she is a public official.
“The people that are most impacted
negatively by the criminal justice system – it has nothing to do with race and
almost everything to do with poverty,” Rollins told the luncheon audience. “If
you can’t afford somebody who can navigate fluently through the criminal
justice system – you are at a significant disadvantage.
“I don’t care what hue your skin is – if you
have no money, the system does not work well for you, period, end of story,”
In well-received remarks, Rollins spoke about
the DA’s mission as the chief law enforcement office of Suffolk County. She
addressed serious issues such as the opioid crisis. She talked about the
marijuana industry and law enforcement’s efforts in the field since
recreational marijuana became legal in the state.
Chamber President Joseph Mahoney noted
Rollins’ achievements as a Division 1 college athlete at UMass/Amherst. While
at UMass, she challenged school leaders to increase the number of athletic
scholarships given to female students.
Rollins also used the forum to make a major
announcement: she will hold a community meeting on June 19 at 6 p.m. at the
Chelsea Senior Center.
It is the second such quarterly meeting in
the county following the inaugural session in Roxbury. It will be in the style of
a state of the union/state of the city, followed by a question-and-answer
Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson and Chelsea
Police Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez praised Rollins’ initiative
to host a community meeting in the city.
“A community meeting on a regular basis is a
great idea,” said Robinson, an early supporter of Rollins in her campaign for
office. “It follows through on her pledge to be accessible and accountable to
our residents. I expect to see a tremendous turnout of people welcoming her to
Chelsea on June 19 and learning about the important role the DA’s Office has in
Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes was a guest at
the luncheon while Roca Assistant Director Jason Owens, who provided an
overview of Roca’s efforts during brief remarks, led a delegation from the
Rollins called on Kyes to elaborate on the
challenges facing police officers in regard to the new marijuana laws.
“We have individuals in the state, police
officers in the state who are known as drug recognition experts (DREs),” said
Kyes. “There are only about 200 DREs out of 17,000 police officers, including
the State Police. At the end of the day, when an officer sees somebody and
they’re unsteady on their feet, bloodshot eyes – they could potentially get
probable cause to make an arrest, but then without that DRE to do an added
evaluation, when it goes to court, these individuals aren’t getting convicted.
“Right now, some judges will allow the
testimony pf a DRE and some will not,” concluded Kyes.
Rollins’ remarks were videotaped by Chelsea
Community Cable Television. Executive Director Robert Bradley said the luncheon
will begin airing on the cable television station.
On April 8, at 9:10 p.m., Chelsea Officers
were flagged down near Bellingham Square by a victim of an unarmed robbery. The
victim states he was on his phone when a male came from behind and stole the
phone and ran off. One officer reviewed the City video system that
captured the incident. From that video, the officer was able to track the
suspect entering two local bars. The officer proceeded to the second bar, Los
Amigos, and observed the suspect that matched the description; the stolen
phone was retrieved from his pocket. He was arrested on the scene.
Oscar Hernandez, 37, of 90 Grove St., was
charged with unarmed robbery.
DRINKING AT THE GYM
On April 10, at 6:16 p.m., CPD officers
responded to the Dollar Tree located at 1090 Revere Beach Parkway on the report
of an intoxicated individual located inside the store. The officers had
received several complaints from businesses in the area for the same male
drinking. The officers observed the male inside the Planet Fitness and placed
him under arrest. He had an open bottle of Vodka. During the booking process,
the officers found a stolen phone from the CHA in Everett on his person. He was
additionally charged with receiving stolen property.
Ramon Pagan, 57, of 126 Maverick St., was
charged with receiving stolen property under $1,200 and trespassing.
NO REEFER IN THE HOUSE,
On April 11, at 1:44 a.m., officers responded
to 95 Orange St. for a report of malicious destruction of property. While
en route the officers were advised that the reporting party informed them that
a male party broke her screen door and fled the area. The officers spoke to the
victim who stated that she knows the suspect and lets him in her home but as a
rule will not allow any smoking of marijuana. She says she returned home to the
house full of the smell of someone smoking marijuana. She said they argued when
she asked him to leave, and he damaged the property. He was located and placed
Justin McKelver, 28, of 95 Orange St., was
charged with malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
On April 13, at 11:16 p.m., officers
responded to the area of 474 Broadway to assist an officer. That officer came
upon a male who was just issued a parking ticket that became disorderly. The
Somerville man was placed under arrest.
Christian Garcia, 26, of Somerville, was charged
with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and common law violation.
For as long as jets have rumbled over
Chelsea as they land at and depart from Logan Airport, City officials have
struggled with getting state and federal officials to help mitigate the noise from
that air traffic.
Monday night, District 6 City Councillor
Giovanni Recupero introduced an order asking City Manager Tom Ambrosino to look
at renegotiating a deal with Massport to bring back the window and
soundproofing program to the city.
“People deserve a little more consideration
than they have been given,” said Recupero.
The Councillor said he would like to see
Massport provide soundproof windows for residents suffering excessive noise
from plane traffic, as it has done in the past.
“I’d like to get them back to the table and
figure out a way to help with the problem,” Recupero said.
Councillor-At-Large Roy Avellaneda said he
appreciated Recupero’s efforts to get Massport back to the table to discuss
sound mitigation, but that he didn’t have high hopes that it would be
“Whenever the City Manager has approached
Massport, the answer has been that it is a nonstarter; they have done their
program,” said Avellaneda.
Avellaneda said he has been working with
City Manager Tom Ambrosino to find a company to undertake an independent sound
study of noise from the airport. But, he said it has been very difficult to
find a company qualified to do that study.
If a company is found that can perform an
independent sound study, Avellaneda said he hopes it has the support of his
On the positive side, Avellaneda said he
attended a recent Massport meeting with airport communities in which officials
stated that a new Massport sound study is underway. He said this study will
take into account items that a study released in 2017 did not take into
account, such as the impact of hills on sound and the resonating sound of
The 2017 study was conducted by the Center
for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life
Course (CRESSH), which is a division of the BU School of Public Health.
That report showed that flights over Chelsea
have nearly doubled between 2011 and 2015, and that certain health effects
associated with airplane noise are very high in Chelsea.
But getting Massport to kick in for
additional noise mitigation efforts has been an uphill battle.
“Confronted with the increase in air
traffic, their response has been, ‘But our planes are quieter,’” said
The Councillor has been pushing for the
independent noise study since at least the time the 2017 airport noise study
“We (can) do a real noise study with proper
equipment and prepare to say we have proof that our community is impacted and
possibly prepare to embark on a lawsuit against MassPort and the FAA,” he said
at the time.
•In other business, the Council unanimously
approved sending a home rule petition to the state legislature that will allow
for the construction of the new Innes Housing Development.
•Recupero introduced an order asking the
City Manager look into hiring another animal control officer for the purpose of
issuing fines to people that don’t clean up after their dogs.
•Councillor-At-Large Leo Robinson introduced
orders asking the City Manager for updates on the City’s master plan and the
status of the Salvation Army building on Broadway. The Council approved taking
the building by eminent domain in 2017.
Councillor Robert Bishop was absent from Monday night’s meeting, but with good
reason. He was celebrating his 35th anniversary with his wife. Happy
anniversary to the Bishops.
On Feb. 11, at 10:05 a.m., an officer on
foot patrol in Bellingham Square observed a group blocking the foot traffic in
front of 427 Broadway – forcing a family with a small child to walk onto the
street. One male became agitated at the officer’s request to move and
became load and disorderly while refusing to move. The officer with the assistance
of other officers placed the male into custody after a brief struggle.
Michael Catino, 35, of East Boston, was
charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Crack Cocaine Bust
On Feb. 12 the Chelsea Police executed
a search warrant at 90 Chestnut St. #3. The search warrant was the result of an
investigation into a male subject for the distribution of crack cocaine from
that address. During the course of the investigation, the CPD purchased
narcotics from the address. The male subject was placed into custody.
John Venete, 33, of 90 Chestnut St., was
charged with possession to distribute cocaine.
Squattin’ in the Cellar
On Feb. 15, officers were dispatched to
26-28 Spencer Ave. for the report of two unwanted individuals. The
officers spoke to the landlord who led them to the basement of the property.
Officer’s located two males in the basement. Next to the men was a handful of
needles and drug paraphilia. One male was found to have illegal pills on his
person. Both were arrested.
Jeff Bosquet, 36, of Everett; and Stephen
Morgan, 30, of 55 Heard St., were both charged with trespassing and possession
of a Class C drug.
Broke into Van
On Feb. 16, at 2:45 a.m., officers were on
patrol in the area of the Bellingham Street Bridge by the Silver Line Overpass
when they observed a motor vehicle in the middle of the road with its lights
off, parked next to a van. As the officers approached the vehicle, two males
and a female known to the officers exited the vehicle. The car had a broken
rear window. The officers made contact with the owner who responded and told
officers the window had no damage when he parked the car earlier. The victim
also told officers that tools were also missing from the car. All three were
placed under arrest.
Jeff Bosquet, 36,
of Everett; David Kerns, 43, of Revere; and Jaclyn Doucette, 29, of Revere;
were all charged with breaking and entering in the night for a felony and
larceny/receiving stolen property under $1,200.
On Feb. 11, at 9:01 p.m., officers
responded to the era of 111 Bellingham St. for a report of shots fired. Sources
indicated that seven shots were registered on the ShotSpotter system. There
were no reported injuries, but detectives collected ballistic evidence in the
area. Police are continuing to collect video in the area to attempt to identify
STABBING ON SHURTLEFF
On Feb. 7, at 2:32 p.m., a 17-year-old male
was stabbed once in his arm on Shurtleff Street at the corner of Bellingham
Street. The injury was non-life threatening, and the injured victim was
released from the hospital later that day. CPD detectives investigated the
incident and secured an arrest warrant for an individual believed to be
responsible for the attack. During the event, the Williams School was
placed in a soft lockdown. That order was lifted a short time later. The search
for the individual is on-going.
On Feb. 4, at 12:08 a.m., officers were
dispatched to an armed robbery at 200 Congress Ave. The victim was
delivering Chinese food for a local restaurant. While parked at the
drop off address a male approached the victim and pointed a firearm at her and
stole her money. Officers searched the area and observed subjects that matched
the description. They placed a male under arrest who had on his person a pellet
Jainie Lopez, 21, of 139 Marlborough St.;
and Mauricio Lainez, 21, of 234 Central Ave., were both charged with armed
POLICE RETURN CUSTODIAL
On Feb. 5, at 8:30 a.m., Chelsea officers
along with the US Marshall service executed an arrest warrant at 49 Orange
St. The subject of the order was placed in custody without incident. The
Warrant was a full extradition warrant that was issued Dec. 4, 2018 from North
Little Rock District Court in Arkansas. The incident involved a parental
kidnapping that originated in that state, and was concluded in Chelsea.
Latricia Rucker, 34, of 49 Orange St., was
charged as being a fugitive from justice.
DRIVING DRUNK ON ESSEX
On Feb. 8, at 10:55 p.m., a CPD officer was
dispatched to Essex Street at Hawthorne Street for a report of a white pickup
truck that struck a parked motor vehicle. The operator of the white pickup
was reportedly still behind the wheel of the vehicle. Officers responded to the
scene and removed the driver from the car. Based on a conversation with the operator
and after administering a roadside assessment, the officers formed the opinion
the driver was operating under the influence of alcohol. He was placed into
custody on the scene.
Quinonez-Cal, 38, of 70 Hawthorne St., was charged with operating under the
influence of liquor.
On January 14, officers responded to a
matter being investigated by the School Resource Officers alleging an assault
by means of a dangerous weapon, a knife. Officers spoke to a juvenile male who
reported being assaulted by another juvenile male while heading home from the
Browne Middle School. As the result of this investigation, an identification
was made of a 14-year-old juvenile male suspect that was taken into custody a
short time later. No injuries reported, and no weapon was recovered. Officers
are continuing to work with the schools for ongoing safety concerns.
A 14-year-old juvenile was charged with
assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) and assault and battery.
SCREAMING AT BUSES
On Jan. 15, around 11:33 p.m., officers were
called to assist an MBTA bus driver for unruly female shouting at passing cars.
Officers arrived and encountered said female shouting obscenities at
officers. Despite efforts to calm her down, she continued her tirade and
was placed into custody for disorderly person without further incident.
Krysten Kulch, 32, of 58 Garfield Ave., was
charged with disorderly conduct.
HEROIN DEALER FROM
GARFIELD AVE BUSTED
On Thursday, Jan. 17, detectives were
conducting an ongoing drug investigation in the Prattville area after
complaints were received. Detectives arranged to contact a potential source of
narcotics and subsequently arranged a purchase to be made. After the suspect
agreed to meet the officers to sell narcotics at a prearranged spot, the
officers observed him to arrive. He met the undercover officer to exchange an
amount of US currency for what appeared to be Heroin. The suspect was taken
into custody without further incident.
Jose Gonzalez, 48, 105 Garfield Ave., was
charged with distribution of a Class A drug (heroin) and unlicensed operation
of a motor vehicle.
DRUG DEAL WITNESSED
Officers received a call from dispatch
regarding a drug transaction that was witnessed by a civilian in Bellingham
Square. Based on the phone call and independent observations corroborating this
tip, Officers encountered two individuals at the McDonalds in Bellingham
Square. Officers then conducted an independent investigation and developed
probable cause to arrest one subject for the Distribution of a Class C
Substance as well as an outstanding warrant from the Roxbury District Court.
The second subject was identified and criminal charges are being sought for the
Possession of Class C.
William Falasca, 34, of Medford, was charged
with distribution of a Class C drug and one warrant.
Keynote speaker Lucia Robinson-Griggs receives a standing ovation for her speech from the audience, including her parents, Linda Alioto-Robinson and Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, and City Manager Tom Ambrosino.
The People’s A.M.E. Church, led by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Whitley, and the Chelsea community honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual breakfast and awards ceremony Jan. 21 at Chelsea High School.
The Rev. Whitley and the Planning Committee
put together another impressive tribute to the late Dr. King, the civil rights
leader who dedicated his life to promoting unity and delivered one of American
history’s greatest speeches, “I Have A Dream,” on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington,
City Manager Tom Ambrosino, State Rep. Dan
Ryan, Council President Damali Vidot, Councillors Leo Robinson, Joseph
Perlatonda, and Enio Lopez, School Committee Chair Richard Maronski and member
Yessenia Alfaro, CBC President Joan Cromwell, Latimer Society Co-Director
Ronald Robinson, and Roca Executive Director Molly Baldwin led a slate of
dignitaries in attendance at the tribute that featured, singing, dancing, awards,
and inspirational speeches.
The Chelsea Hub, a network led by the
Chelsea Police Department and comprised of 27 different agencies, received the
prestigious Spirit Award in recognition of its ongoing efforts to help people
facing difficult challenges. Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Capt. David
Batchelor, Officer Sammy Mojica, Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez,
and Roca Assistant Director Jason Owens were among the award recipients.
The highlight of the program arrived when
Lucia Robinson-Griggs stepped to the podium and delivered the keynote address.
Robinson-Griggs, who holds degrees from
Bentley and Lesley and is a former high school and college scholar-athlete,
rose to the occasion with a heartfelt and eloquent address to the people of
“I’d just like to start by saying thank you
so much for inviting me to be here today to celebrate Chelsea while honoring
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Robinson-Griggs, adding that
she was honored to be the keynote speaker after receiving the Young Adult
Dreamers and Achievers Award in 2018.
She noted the “I Have A Dream” and “We are
all created equal” theme of the program, stating, ‘it’s incredible how relevant
[Dr. King’s famous speech in 1963] still is here in 2019.”
She encouraged members of the audience to
carry on Dr. King’s legacy “even when it isn’t easy to do so.” She said
everyone should work for a better Chelsea in the years to come.
my words today are going to be a charge for the people in this auditorium to
reach beyond this room and change the perspective,” said Griggs-Robinson.
She singled out the Chelsea High student
choir (who performed at Gov. Baker’s inauguration), the Latimer Society (in
encouraging careers in STEM), and the award recipients, The Chelsea Hub and others,
as being positive influences in the city.
Briggs-Robinson cited her personal
experiences as an associate head coach of the MIT women’s basketball team,
relating how the coaching staff encourages its players to be “a part of the
solution and be a builder, to find the good somewhere and work to help build up
She said that people should be positive in
their actions and in their interactions with others, that even a small act of
kindness or an inspiring phrase or a compliment can have a profound effect on
starting to change another person’s life.
“Kindness catches on,” said Robinson-Briggs.
Strive to be someone’s builder every day. Be their bright spot and give hope
that we can be the generation to make Dr. King’s dream a reality.”
Robinson-Briggs received a warm, standing
ovation as she returned to her seat beside her parents, Councillor-at-Large Leo
Robinson and Linda Alioto-Robinson, and City Manager Tom Ambrosino in the front
row of the auditorium.
The Rev. Whitley concluded the impressive
program by having all audience members join hands and sing “We Shall Overcome.”
And in an unsung
but important gift to the community, CCCTV Executive Director Robert Bradley
and Technical Director Ricky Velez videotaped the entire two-hour program and tribute
to Dr. King, including Robinson-Griggs’ remarks, for broadcast on the local
On Dec. 31, at 10 p.m., officers were
dispatched to 144 Bloomingdale St. for a report of a past armed
robbery. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to the victim who stated while
driving his car he was cut off by a vehicle on Bloomingdale St. He told
officers that the two males exited the sedan and approached him saying that he
had just struck their car.
The passengers of the suspect’s car then
proceeded to rob him of his wallet and its contents. A short time later, the
officers received information on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and
stopped it. The victim was able to identify the two males in the car as the
persons that robbed him. Both were taken into custody.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, of 146
Bloomingdale St.; and Efrain Alicea, 22, of 64 Addison St., were both charged with
NEW YEAR’S (WINDOW)
On Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m., CPD officers
responded to 140 Shawmut St. for a report of an intoxicated male party that had
destroyed a window to a residence. Upon arrival, a witness pointed out the male
individual who caused the damage. He was placed under arrest for malicious
destruction of property.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, of East Boston, was
charged with malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
TRIED TO USE A STOLEN
On Jan. 3, at 6:50 p.m., CPD officers
responded to the Homewood Suites Inn for a report of a male party attempting to
use a stolen credit card. At the hotel, the officers spoke with a hotel
employee, who stated that the suspect just fled the hotel after he tried to pay
for a room with a stolen credit card. A short time later, the same male was
attempting to secure a room at the Residence Inn with another stolen credit
card. He was placed under arrest.
Andy Joseph, 34, of 1 Webster Ave., was
charged with unlicensed operation, possession of an open container in a motor
vehicle, larceny of a credit card, and two counts of uttering/forging a credit
On Jan. 5, at 10:55 a.m., a CPD officer on
foot was patrolling Luther Place. The officer observed a male party in the
area behind 466 Broadway drinking out of a bottle of liquor. The male was
placed under arrest drinking in public.
Jose Martinez, 56, of East Boston, was
charged with violating the public drinking ordinance.
DA ROLLINS CHOOSES
CHIEF OF STAFF
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael
Rollins announced last week that Jennifer Grace Miller will be her Chief of
Staff, citing Miller’s broad experience in senior government positions,
including stints at two statewide law enforcement agencies.
Miller’s first day will be Feb. 1, 2019.
Miller has most recently served as Counsel
to the Massachusetts Senate, where she was the chief legal counsel to 40
senators and approximately 200 staff members. Prior to joining the Senate,
Miller was Chief of the Government Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney
General’s office. As Chief, Miller supervised roughly 100 lawyers and staff in
three divisions. She previously served as the Bureau’s Deputy Chief and as an
assistant attorney general in the Administrative Law Division, focusing
primarily on civil appellate work. Among other high-profile litigation, Miller
argued the Massachusetts buffer zone case,McCullen v. Coakley, at the United
States Supreme Court.
Miller began her public service career as
Senior Staff Counsel at the Supreme Judicial Court. She then served as
Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s office.
“Jennifer Grace Miller is a smart, dedicated
public servant with deep experience managing complex government institutions
and sophisticated litigation,” District Attorney Rollins said. “She has worked
in all three branches of government and will bring a trusted set of skills and
perspective to the District Attorney’s office.”
She also serves
as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.
Dilcia Menjivar, 31, 39 Lawton Ave., Lynn,
was arrested for intimidation.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, 146 Bloomingdale
St., Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery.
Efrain Alicea, 22, 64 Addison St., Chelsea, was
arrested for armed robbery.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, 155 Lexington St., East
Boston, was arrested for malicious destruction of property.
Julio Portillo, 52, Pine Street Inn, Boston,
was arrested for resisting arrest and on a warrant.
Yancarlos Mejia-Gonzalez, 31, 72 Upham St.,
Malden, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license,
failing to stop for police, red light violation and immigration detainer.
Darnell Booth, 37, 560 Beach St., Revere,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Carlos Ramos, 51, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was
arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed.
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John Lewis, 34, 292 Salem St., Revere, was
arrested on a warrant.
Andy Joseph, 34, 1 Webster Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed, possessing open container
of alcohol in motor vehicle, larceny of credit card, utter forged credit card
Jose Martinez, 56, 264 Bennington St., East
Boston, was arrested for ordinance violation of alcoholic beverage,
Faisal Yerow, 23, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Quincy Parker, 42, 90 Marlborough St., Chelsea,
was arrested on a warrant.