The pupusa is a curious delicacy – part
tortilla, part cheese – and full of ‘yum.’
In Chelsea, it is an art form and nearly a
dozen restaurants in the city have their own brand and take on the pupusa, and
this spring, the Chelsea Prospers initiative will hold a community party
dedicated for the art of the pupusa.
Mimi Graney and Edwardo Chacon unveiled the
idea on Feb. 6 during a meeting of the Chelsea Prospers committee, and said it
will be the opening salvo in a season that will include the recently-announced
Chelsea Night Market.
“We have been reaching out to all the local
restaurants, and we have seven on board so far,” said Chacon. “A lot were
surprised at first. They were very surprised the City was doing this. The
reaction was pretty positive though and we will have a lot of participation.”
The idea will be to bring together the best
pupusa makers in the city to vie for the 2019 Pupusa Champion of Chelsea. The
event will take place a Emiliano’s Fiesta and will be an inside event.
There will be judges and audience voting on
who makes the best pupusa, and the City would take hints from El Santaneco
Restaurant, which has a pupusa-eating contest every November.
There would also be awards for the best salsa
and the most creative vendor display at the event.
Graney said they would also have a booth
dedicated to the history and the culture of the pupusa, and the center of the
room would feature a demonstration on how to make homemade pupusas.
An idea has been floated out to have the
Police Department and Fire Department engage in a pupusa-eating contest at the
fiesta, but that is still up in the air.
“The idea is to
bring the community around this special food item, whether it’s a contest or an
event,” said Chacon. “We want them to come out with their family and enjoy
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.
Chelsea Chief Brian Kyes introduced Gov. Charlie Baker to a room of police chiefs from around the state during Tuesday’s meeting of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association. The meeting took place in Everett, and Gov. Baker made a major public safety policy announcement at the gathering in regard to criminal background checks. See Page 5 for more photos.
Standing alongside Chief Brian Kyes, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday re-filed legislation to provide law enforcement and the courts with additional tools to ensure dangerous criminals are held in custody pending trial.
First filed on September 6, 2018, the
proposal would expand the list of offenses that can provide grounds for a
dangerousness hearing and close certain loopholes at the start and end of the
criminal process that currently limit or prevent effective action to address
legitimate safety concerns. Governor Baker made the announcement in Everett at
the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association Meeting, an
Association Chief Kyes is the leader of.
“Public safety is a fundamental
responsibility of government and in order to fulfill that duty, we must allow
local police and district attorneys to effectively deal with people who
repeatedly break the law,” said Governor Baker. “Last session we enacted
several provisions to ensure that a small lapse in judgment doesn’t ruin a
life, and we must now give law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts the
tools they need to keep our communities safe. We look forward to working with
the Legislature to pass this important bill.”
The proposal will strengthen the ability of
judges to enforce the conditions of pre-trial release by empowering police to
detain people who they observe violating court-ordered release conditions;
current law does not allow this, and instead requires a court to first issue a
“Loopholes in the current system limit or
prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns,” said
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This bill will empower law enforcement with
the flexibility and tools they need to protect their communities from dangerous
Under this proposal, judges will be
empowered to revoke a person’s release when the offender has violated a
court-ordered condition, such as an order to stay away from a victim, or from a
public playground. Current law requires an additional finding of dangerousness
before release may be revoked.
“A defendant’s past criminal history should
absolutely be considered as a factor at any such dangerousness hearing rather
than just the alleged crime that is currently before the court,” said
Kyes, Chelsea Police Chief and President of the Massachusetts Major City
Chiefs. “It is essential that in conducting a proper risk analysis in
order to determine whether the defendant is to be considered a potential danger
to any victim, witness or to the public in general, that their past criminal
history – especially as it pertains to previous convictions for violent crimes
– is considered and weighed based on its relevancy pertaining to a demonstrated
propensity to commit violence. This bill will rectify the existing gap that
currently occurs during a dangerousness hearing.”
The legislation also expands the list of
offenses which can provide grounds for a dangerousness hearing including crimes
of sexual abuse and crimes of threatened or potential violence. It also follows
the long-standing federal model in including a defendant’s history of serious
criminal convictions as grounds that may warrant a dangerousness hearing.
Current law requires courts to focus only on the crime charged and ignore a
defendant’s criminal history when determining whether the defendant may be the
subject of this sort of hearing.
Additional provisions of this legislation:
•Improves the system for notifying victims
of crimes of abuse and other dangerous crimes when a defendant is going to be
released by creating clear lines of responsibility among police, prosecutors
and corrections personnel to notify victims about an offender’s imminent
release from custody, and create a six-hour window for authorities to inform a
victim before an offender is allowed to be released.
•Creates a new felony offense for cutting
off a court-ordered GPS device.
•Requires that the courts develop a text
message service to remind defendants of upcoming court dates, reducing the
chance they will forget and have a warrant issued for their arrest.
•Allows dangerousness hearings at any point
during a criminal proceeding, rather than requiring a prosecutor to either seek
a hearing immediately or forfeit that ability entirely, even if circumstances
later arise indicating that the defendant poses a serious risk to the
•Requires that the probation department,
bail commissioners and bail magistrates notify authorities who can take
remedial action when a person who is on pre-trial release commits a new offense
anywhere in the Commonwealth or elsewhere.
•Creates a level playing field for appeals
of district court release decisions to the superior court by allowing appeals
by prosecutors, in addition to defendants, and giving more deference to
determinations made in the first instance by our district court judges.
•Creates a task force to recommend adding
information to criminal records so that prosecutors and judges can make more
informed recommendations and decisions about conditions of release and possible
detention on grounds of dangerousness.
also closes loopholes at the start and end of the criminal process that
currently limit or prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns.
It extends the requirement that police take the fingerprints of people arrested
for felonies to all people arrested, regardless of the charge, to ensure that
decisions about release can be made with knowledge of a person’s true identity
and full criminal history. It also allows, for the first time, bail
commissioners and bail magistrates to consider dangerousness in deciding
whether to release an arrestee from a police station when court is out of
On Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., a CPD Detective
observed a blue Subaru Impreza make an unsafe lane change coming from Broadway
onto City Hall Avenue. The vehicle was a reported stolen motor vehicle out of
Revere. The detective continued to follow the car down Chestnut Street. With
the assistance from other marked CPD units a car stop was initiated and the
operator placed under arrest for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Katherine Guzman, 36, of 18 Watts St., was
charged with being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
PULLED KNIFE ON HOTEL
On Dec. 21, at 7:11 a.m., units were
dispatched to the Hilton Homeward Suites for an individual threatening the
employees with a knife.
A description was given out of the suspect
as being a short male wearing a black jacket and a scally cap. Officers
knew about a previous issue from the day before at the hotel with the same
described male. The officers observed the suspect walking on Everett Avenue and
placed him under arrest for two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Alberto Garcia, 51, of 303 Carter St., was
charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
On Dec. 19, at 6:23 p.m., officers
observed a motor vehicle that failed to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk
in front of 589 Broadway.
The car was then pulled over.
It was determined that the operator of the
vehicle was not legally able to operate the car and he was placed under arrest.
A search of the person and vehicle also recovered knives.
Manuel Alvarez Mejia, 29, of 759 Broadway,
was charged with crosswalk violation, operating a motor vehicle with a
suspended license, and two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon.
ALMOST HIT A CRUISER,
On Dec. 23, at 7:25 p.m., a CPD officer
stated his cruiser was almost hit by a black motor vehicle in Fay Square. He
reported the vehicle fled onto Heard Street when the officer activated his blue
lights. Other Chelsea Units were able to stop the car. The driver had no
license to operate a motor vehicle and was placed under arrest.
Mark Cassidy, 28,
of Quincy, was charged with marked lanes violation, reckless operation of a
motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor
vehicle, stop sign violation, red light violation and speeding.
Charles Chafin, 55, 32 Tudor St., Chelsea,
was arrested for shoplifting.
53, 12 Bates St., Revere, was arrested on warrants and operating motor vehicle
with suspended license.
arrested a 24-year-old Chelsea man in connection to a shooting and stabbing at
16 Pleasant St. early Saturday morning.
Hector Emilio Hernandez,
was arrested on charges of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a
firearm following the alleged attack, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the
Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Revere police and
emergency medical personnel responded to 16 Pleasant St. at about 1:45 a.m.
Saturday to find a 27-year-old man from Chelsea apparently shot and a 23-year
old man from Chelsea apparently stabbed. Both were hospitalized. State Police
detectives were notified and the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit
Hernandez is expected to
be arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court.
“The relationship between
the parties involved remains under investigation, as do the circumstances
surrounding the violent encounter,” Wark said in a statement.
Wark added that based on
an investigation that continued through Saturday morning and into Saturday
afternoon, troopers and officers developed information that the suspect may be
in the area of Calumet Street in Revere.
Troopers and officers set up surveillance and observed a man matching the
suspect’s description enter a residence on that street.
When police went to the
house they observed the suspect exit a back door and try to climb a fence. He
was caught and apprehended and transported to the State Police Barracks in
Revere where he was booked on charges of attempted murder and unlawful
possession of a firearm.
Anyone with information
about the incident is asked to contact the Revere Police Criminal Investigation
Division at 781-286-8340 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at
Justin Machado holding his new Phlat Ball after his special visit with Santa at the Chelsea Police Station on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The annual pre-Christmas visit to Santa has become a staple for local children, with the Police partnering with the Early Learning Center (ELC) this year.
The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association has named Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes as its Chief of the Year
Police Chief Brian Kyes has been selected as the first-ever Chief of the Year by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. The announcement came this week, and added to two other recent accolades for Kyes
the first-ever such award handed out by the organization.
This week, the executive board of the organization announced that Kyes was the recipient of the award, particularly for his advocacy in getting the municipal police training fund passed last summer.
“The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the ‘Chief of the Year’ Award is Chief Brian A. Kyes of the Chelsea Police Department,” read the announcement. “Chief Kyes serves as the Chair of the Mass. Chief’s Legislative Committee, as well as being the President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association, a member of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and a member of the Municipal Police Training Committee. Chief Kyes was instrumental in advancing our legislative efforts towards a dedicated funding source for the training of municipal police officers in Massachusetts, which culminated with Governor Charlie Baker signing into law House Bill 4516…”
The award carries a $500 donation from the association to the charity of the recipient’s choice. In this case, Kyes has chosen The Jimmy Fund as the charity.
“I was notified last week that I also have received the first annual Police Chief of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association,” said Kyes. “I am incredibly humbled by this recognition and am honored to recently have received three awards, which all mean a great to deal to me and my family. The last month or so has been pretty good for me and the Chelsea Police Department in terms of some nice totally unexpected recognitions.”
On Oct. 29, Kyes received the Gregory A. Madera Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys at the Law Offices on Mintz & Associates. On Nov. 30, Kyes also received the Law Enforcement Person of the Year Award from the North East Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Foundation (NEMLEC) at the Four Oaks Country in Dracut.
Rincons Latinos Restaurant on Washington Avenue has been no stranger to appearing before the Licensing Commission over the past several months.
At the Thursday, Dec. 6 meeting, it was a case of enough was enough for the licensing commissioners, as they voted to suspend the 373 Washington Ave. restaurant’s liquor license for eight days. The suspension, largely leveled for repeated instances of exceeding the posted capacity of the establishment, will be served during four weekends over December and January.
A police inspection in October found 42 people in the restaurant, well above the posted occupancy limit of 17. Police officials also claimed there was missing signage and insufficient lighting in the restaurant.
Attorney John Dodge, representing Orlando Pineda of Rincons Latinos, argued that his client is planning to install a second handicap accessible bathroom in the restaurant. That move would double the occupancy limit of Rincons Latinos from 17 to 34, he said.
“That is the only thing that has been reducing the occupancy level in the restaurant,” said Dodge. “It isn’t a safety concern in regard to (the number of people) in the restaurant.”
“It’s just breaking the law and not following rules,” countered Mark Rossi, the Licensing Commission chairman.
Dodge said Pineda is doing his best to run a business and will spend upwards of $7,500 to install the new bathroom to comply with regulations.
“Mr. Pineda has put his life and soul into the place, and he lives right upstairs,” Dodge said.
Dodge also noted that the police withdrew a previous charge against the restaurant from the fall that people were illegally bringing cases of beer into and out of the restaurant.
“Mr. Pineda and his brother Ricardo are trying to do the right thing,” Dodge said. “They are doing their best to increase the occupancy. I question the fundamental fairness (of the charges).”
Commission member James Guido took exception to Dodge’s accusation of unfairness.
“They have had plenty of chances,” he said. “The biggest complaint now is the occupancy and we are going to try to deal with that.”
Commission member and Inspectional Services Director Mike McAteer said he has been dealing with the occupancy issue and plans for an additional bathroom since July with no movement on the issue from the Pinedas.
Rossi said Dodge was basically taking a “no harm, no foul” approach to the occupancy violations and that the Pinedas have not made enough effort to address them over the past six months.
“The explanation has been, ehhhhh, it’s a big enough place and nobody got hurt,” Rossi said. “They have not taken the proper steps to alleviate the matter. Now, you are saying give me more time so I can try to make this right.”
The commission members batted around several possible punishments, from a 30-day license suspension to outright revocation, before deciding on the eight-day suspension meted out over four weekends.
Rossi said if the establishment violates the 17-person occupancy limit before approval for expanding to 34 people, it will be subject to license revocation proceedings.
In other business, the commission took its annual vote to allow extended New Year’s Eve hours to 2 a.m.
The commission also approved giving a six-month extension to Samir, Inc. to find a new location to use a wine and malt beverage license.
On Nov. 26, at approximately 7:23 p.m., while assigned to the Bellingham Square area on foot a CPD officer was dispatched to Heller’s Liquor Mart, 429 Broadway, for a report of a party harassing the store clerk. Upon arrival, the male party was still on scene, inside the store. The officer observed the male acting aggressively, verbally and physically, as if he was ready to fight someone. The CPD officer attempted to calm him down. At that point, the male took a fighting stance, bouncing back and forth. The subject then tried to strike the officer. The individual was eventually restrained after several officers arrived and took him into custody.
Jaime Abreu, 39, of Everett, was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery.
BACK AND FORTH
On Nov. 30, at 1:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to 59 Central Ave. for a report of a 9-1-1 hang-up call made by a female. Officers later spotted the female acting irrationally exiting, and then entering, a motor vehicle. The female party was asked multiple times to provide her license and registration because she was in control of a motor vehicle on a public way. Based on the female’s party’s actions, Officers believed alcohol or drugs impaired her. The woman continued to refuse to answer or follow the officer’s instructions. At that point, she was placed under arrest. During the arrest, she continued to struggle with the officers and resist. She eventually was taken to the station to be processed.
Jill Ferreira, 47, of Cambridge, was charged with intimidating a witness, being a motor vehicle operator refusing to identify, and resisting arrest.
Jaime Abreu, 39, 130 Bow St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery.
Doroteo Perez, 57, 116 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested for ordinance violation, dangerous weapons and trespassing.
Jill Ferreira, 47, 341 Broadway, Cambridge, was arrested for witness intimidation, motor vehicle operator refusing to identify self and resisting arrest.
Ralph Ovide, 26, 25 Carmel St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant and shoplifting.
Anita Chamizo, 37, 855 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for violating Harassment prevention order.
Ramon Pagan, 57, 126 Maverick St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.
Christian Ramos, 23, 182 Parish St., East Boston, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license, warrant and speeding.
St. Stanislaus Church has submitted a petition with dozens of signatures requesting that the City not leave the temporary direction change on Chestnut Street intact.
“This change has been detrimental to the day-to-day business operations of the Parish rectory, prohibits our elderly parishioners from entering and exiting their vehicles in a safe manner, prevents the safe loading and unloading of supplies to both the rectory and the church, disrupts the motor vehicle processional for funerals, impedes workers coming make repairs and service calls to the Church and rectory and causes an increase of noise during our solemn services due to the excessive congestion of traffic,” read the letter accompanying the petition, which was presented to the City Council and Traffic Commission.
Chestnut Street has long had an odd configuration at Fourth Street, with no one able to turn in either direction coming off the Mystic/Tobin Bridge exit. Both sides empty onto Fourth Street. However, during construction on the Beacon Street off-ramp, Chestnut was made one way all the way from City Hall to Everett Avenue – one long stretch.
It became popular with many drivers, but especially the Police and Fire Departments. Fire officials said they felt it helped response times from Central Fire in getting to Everett Avenue.
A petition to make the temporary change into a permanent change is now before the Traffic Commission and City Council.
Count St. Stan’s against it.
“It is jeopardizing the existence of our self-supporting Parish, which has been in existence for the past 110 years,” read the letter. “Chestnut Street is a narrow, one lane road, in a heavily populated residential neighborhood. It is unable to maintain the increased flow of traffic caused by vehicles coming from the Fourth Street off-ramp to the Bridge.”