Lynn

Sports car slams into Chestnut Street house

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A car crashed Monday night into the side of a home at 630 Chestnut Street in Lynn.

By GAYLA CAWLEY and DAVID WILSON

LYNN — One homeowner was shocked to wake up to a car driving through his home Monday night.

Frank Perry, 60, of 630 Chestnut St., said he was sound asleep when a sports car barreled into his single-family home. Also home was his wife, stepson, dog, bird and three ferrets. He said he just bought the house in September 2015.

A car crashed into the side of Frank Perry's residence at 630 Chestnut St.

A car crashed into the side of Frank Perry’s residence at 630 Chestnut St.

Perry said the house was all messed up from the crash. He had just bought all brand-new furniture, he added.

“I got woken up and I thought what the (expletive) is this?” he said. “I’m going to stay here tonight. All I’m thinking is ca-ching, lawsuit.”

Lynn District Fire Chief Tim Collier said the call for the car into the house came in at approximately 10:30 p.m.

“There was a medical issue and the guy was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Collier said.

Collier said the driver was unconscious when he was brought to Union Hospital; the extent of his injuries were not known, he said. There were no injuries to anyone inside the home and the occupants were able to remain there for the night.

The district fire chief said the house had to be shored up before the car could be pulled away from it, because its foundation had been compromised.

Steve Covill, a neighbor, said he was falling asleep when the crash happened, and thought, “What the hell?”

Perry said he’s taking a few days off from work because of the accident. He said he works for a big seafood company. As for the rest of the night, he didn’t see himself getting back to sleep for a while.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. David Wilson can be reached at dwilson@itemlive.com.

Fire crews at 26 W. Baltimore; no visible fire

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Fire crews have responded to 26 W. Baltimore St. in Lynn.

The Lynn Fire Department is on scene at 26 W. Baltimore St. a little after 1 a.m. Tuesday. There is no visible fire, and residents are not being evacuated.

The neighboring complex, 22 W. Baltimore St., was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day.

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Sports car slams into Chestnut Street house

John A. Martino Sr., 67

LYNN — Mr. John Anthony Martino Sr., age 67, of Lynn, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Friday Jan. 13, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Mary (Coolberth) Martino, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Milford, Conn., he was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Swisher) Martino. He had lived in Lynn for more than 40 years.

He had worked as a mechanic and driver for U-Haul International for many years. He had also worked as a tow truck driver for many north shore towing firms. Many years ago he had worked as a long distance truck driver.

He was an award winning demolition derby driver, racing throughout the country. He was a member of MRS using call number 228. He most enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children; Ronald Murphy, Susan Marie Chambers, Mari Connolly, John Anthony Martino, Michael Martino, Jennifer Mason, and Matthew Martino, a brother; Joseph Martino and his wife Nancy, of Connecticut, 22 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Robin Mendonca and the brother of the late Laura Tiano.

Service information: A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home 426 Broadway, (Rt. 129) Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial visitation prior to the Service 9-11 a.m. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN  38105. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Frances A. Hurd, 95

SAUGUS — Frances A. Hurd, 95, of Saugus, died Thursday at her home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Norman Bradley Hurd, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn she was the daughter of the late James and Hannah (Donovan) Faneuf. She attended Lynn schools and graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1941. She was employed at General Electric during WWII, after which she stayed at home to raise her family. Frances enjoyed traveling and walking the beach. She loved her family.

Frances is survived by one son, Lawrence and his wife Holly Hurd of Saugus, two daughters Nancy R. Parra of Saugus, Deborah S. Hurd of Wasilla, Alaska, a daughter-in-law Susan Hurd of Farmington, N.H., six grandchildren Daniel Parra of Maine, Maria Parra of Lynn, Deborah Parra of Lynn, Richard Hurd, Jr. of Exeter, N.H., Thomas Hurd of Alton, N.H., Kaitlyn Hurd of Alton, N.H., three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was also  the mother of the late Thomas and Richard Hurd, and grandmother of the late Matthew G. Scott.

Services information: Frances will be cremated on Tuesday Jan. 17 at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem. Graveside services for Frances, her husband Norman, and her son Richard will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery on Thursday Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. to which relatives and friends are invited to attend, please meet at main entrance on Boston St. Please make memorial donations in Frances’ name to Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Assoc. and Hospice 178 Savin St. Suite 300 Malden, MA 02148. Guestbook at Parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Police: Weekend shootings appear ‘targeted’

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A Lynn police van circles into an apartment complex on Hanover Street around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Lynn Police believe the six shootings throughout the city over the weekend were not random events and some victims may have been targeted. Five men were shot, one fatally, and one woman caught in the crossfire narrowly missed being struck by a bullet that went through the driver’s side window of her car.

“We can’t say these are all linked together,” said Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly. “It’s quite possible some of them are linked. But at this time, we can’t say that and at this time, it’s all under investigation … It doesn’t appear that anything’s random. It appears that it’s targeted individuals. I would say to the public be cautious. We don’t think these are random incidents. We think these people have a plan and know what they’re doing. That’s how it appears to us.”

Donnelly said the shootings occurred between Friday at 2:50 a.m. and Saturday just after 6:30 p.m.

Police responded to Melrose Wakefield Hospital just before 3 a.m. on Friday to find a 21-year-old man from Lynn with non-life-threatening injuries from two bullet wounds. The man told police he had been shot at Austin Square in Lynn near the 7-Eleven.

Later that evening, at 8:13 p.m., police responded to a fatal shooting on Chestnut Street. Hanky Betancourt, 29, of Lynn, was taken to Union Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

29-year-old fatally shot on Chestnut Street

At 11:17 p.m. that same night, a call came in for shots fired on Hamilton Avenue. Donnelly said several shell casings were recovered and a house on the street was struck with gunfire.

On Saturday, shortly before 4:30 p.m., police responded to a report of gunshots on Neptune Boulevard. Donnelly said several shots were fired and two cars were hit. There were no victims.

About an hour later, police made their way to Goodridge Street and spoke to 51-year-old Lynn native Lorraine Blowers DePietro. Donnelly said she was an innocent bystander at the wrong place at the wrong time, and is lucky to be alive.

DePietro told The Item on Sunday that she was driving her brother-in-law’s gold SUV by Goodridge Street shortly after 5:30 p.m., when a bullet went through her driver’s side window and lodged itself in the leather seat she was sitting in, narrowly missing her body. She was left with a burning mark and a bruising welt from where the bullet whizzed by.

DePietro said police told her the weekend shootings were retaliatory from Betancourt’s fatal shooting, but Donnelly wouldn’t confirm that statement.

Shortly after, police received a call from the Salem Hospital Emergency Room for a 26-year-old shooting victim. The man told police he was walking on Goodridge Street when he was shot. His injuries were non-life-threatening, Donnelly said.

Police then responded to a double shooting on Hanover Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Authorities found two Lynn men, 17 and 19, who had both been shot in the lower legs. Both were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but Donnelly said they weren’t cooperating with police.

“It appears to be some type of drug deal gone bad,” he said.

City Councilor Brian LaPierre said the Human Rights Commission meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, room 402, will shift its focus to helping people understand why the violence is happening and also put together some measures to ensure the safety of Lynn’s citizens. He said he thought the meeting would provide an appropriate space for people to come to and hopefully feel some sense of comfort.

LaPierre said the six shootings over the weekend are disturbing.

“We’re on edge to say the least,” LaPierre said. “It’s frightening when it can happen so close by to where you live.”

Half-dozen weekend shootings in Lynn

In response to the shootings, the Stop the Violence Lynn Committee called an emergency meeting on Sunday. Fred Hogan, a member, said the meeting was called by Antonio Anderson. Anderson is one of the new members of the subcommittee that Stop the Violence is putting together, made up of a group of men under 30 who have a better grasp of what’s going on in the city at this time, Hogan said.

Hogan said the younger men have been working to make direct phone calls to people involved in the violence over the weekend, trying to keep heads calm and prevent further action. He said the incidents look like retaliatory gang shootings. Part of the work Stop the Violence does, he said, is trying to educate the younger kids, targeting them before they make the decision to get into gangs.

“This situation that went on, it was just kind of out of control,” Hogan said. “We don’t know if it’s over. Antonio, he’s been making a lot of phone calls and trying to talk (people) down … Sadly, in the way we live now, you never know when something’s going to go off. That’s why we’re so upset when something like this is going on in the city. This city can be so good. You have some things you have no control over.”

Lynn Police Lt. James Shorten said on Sunday one arrest is part of the investigation, and may or may not be related. Matthew Sao, 24, of 121 High Rock St., was arrested Saturday night and charged with firearm-related offenses, drug possession with intent to distribute, violation of the city knife ordinance, receiving stolen property and failure to stop/yield.

Donnelly said the arrest was made after a motor vehicle stop was conducted. Drugs and a gun were found in the car, he said, but declined to provide further details.

“Right now, it’s being investigated 24/7 by the detectives,” Donnelly said of the shootings. “The police are on high alert.”


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Elsie C. Ryan, 94

SALEM — Mrs. Elsie C. (Mallett) Ryan, age 94, of Salem, died Saturday in a local rehabilitation center after a recent fall and a brief illness. She was the wife of the late James L. Ryan. Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Elwood and Mary (Dowling) Mallett. She lived in Lynn for the greater part of her life, and had resided in Salem for the past 30 years. Elsie was a devoted mother, and her family was her greatest joy. She also enjoyed playing BINGO and her trips to Mohegan Sun. She worked in the retail business and the insurance industry during her younger years. Elsie was also a loving caregiver to many during her life.

She is survived by her daughter; Patti Ryan of Swampscott, and her son; David Ryan of Lynn. She is also survived by Dean, Stephanie and Anthony Tzortzis, all of Topsfield, who considered Elsie their American Yia-Yia; as well as her childhood friends Rita Griffin of Peabody and Marjorie Griffin of Danvers.

Service information: A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., (Rt 1A) Lynn. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Irene R. Cyr, 90

LYNN — Mrs. Irene R. (Pazyra) Cyr, 90, of Lynn, died peacefully at her home surrounded by loving family, after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Roland J. Cyr, of Lynn, with whom she shared 50 loving years of marriage. Born and raised in Chelsea and Revere, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaus and Apolonia (Hardel) Pazyra. Irene resided in Lynn for more than 65 years. She worked as a housekeeper for the Lynn Public School Department at Pickering Middle School for many years.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, and formerly St. Jean Baptiste Parish. Devoted to the blessed mother, she looked forward to her daily rosary prayer. Irene was a marvelous cook, who enjoyed making her favorite dishes for her family to enjoy. She also was an avid BINGO player, and loved to crochet.  

She is survived by her five daughters, Diane Keagle and her husband William Jr. of Maryland, Linda Taylor and her husband Wayne of Lynn, Janice Oliver and Domenic Secondiani of Beverly, Joyce Arsenault of Lynn, and Lisa Manley and her husband Keith of Maryland, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, her sister Helen Vecchiarello of Revere, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Angela Ford, Anna Chaklos, Joseph, Jane and Frank Pazyra.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home 426 Broadway, (Rt. 129) Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30am in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Friday from 4-8 p.m. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.

From a small town to the big screen

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Lynn native Sheree Dunwell sings up a storm during a recent wedding. She and the band the Free Downloads will appear in the new Robert De Niro film “The Comedian.”

By BILL BROTHERTON

LYNN When Robert De Niro’s new movie “The Comedian” opens on Feb. 3, filmgoers should be on the lookout for Lynn native Sheree Dunwell.

It’ll be tough to miss her. Dunwell is lead singer for the band The Free Downloads, and her powerful vocals will ring through the theater during an extended wedding scene. The band will be on screen for nearly seven minutes.

“I’m still kind of in shock. It’s one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve had in my life,” said Dunwell, a 2003 Classical High graduate. “I met and talked with Patti LuPone, one of my favorite singers and one of the biggest Broadway stars of all time. She said I have a wonderful voice. I still can’t believe it.”

Sounds like teen spirit

In “The Comedian,” De Niro plays an aging insult comic who attends his niece’s wedding. During a scene in which he gives a toast, The Free Downloads are the chosen wedding band. Dunwell said the band had 24 hours to learn three songs. “Siman Tov Mazel Tov,” which accompanies the traditional Hora dance, was already in their repertoire. But they had to start from scratch with “(We Want) The Same Thing” by Belinda Carlisle and “Would I Lie to You” by Charles and Eddie.

For The Free Downloads, filming took place in New York City over 36 hours in March, and Dunwell said she and her bandmates have been on cloud nine ever since.

“The cast and crew were invited to a screening in December, and we all got to see the film. It’s a pretty funny movie, slightly vulgar but hilarious,” said Dunwell. “It was wild to sit there, knowing that the scene we filmed was coming up. We watched the film with director Taylor Hackford (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Ray,” “The Devil’s Advocate”), De Niro and Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann, Patti LuPone, all the stars. Everyone was so nice. I thought, ‘OK, I’m a girl from Lynn. Is this really happening?’”

The Free Downloads have been together for more than seven years. The seven-piece band performs top 40 hits, dance pop, hip-hop, Motown and classic rock. With a list of some 250 songs, the Rhode Island-based septet plays private events, corporate functions and social gatherings throughout New England and New York. Dunwell estimates she and Neil Letendre (vocals), George Leonard III (guitarist/bandleader), John Wilson (bass), Riccardo Pearlman (drums), Greg Takemoto (saxophone) and Marc Trachtenberg (keyboards) have played more than 200 weddings.

Dunwell knew she had musical talent from about the time she learned to walk. “I’d sing along to the radio; I’d harmonize,” she said. “According to my mom, the rumor was that I was singing along to my great-grandmother, an opera singer.”

The daughter of Kathleen Swanson and Wendell Dunwell said she was supported by her family and encouraged by Classical High teacher Joe Picano “the music god of Lynn” who praised her singing talent and helped her join the Wang Center’s Young at Arts program and receive a scholarship from the Handel & Haydn Society to study voice at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program.

“I never would have been able to afford voice lessons without this,” she said.

After one year of formal voice training, she advanced to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and earned her BFA in Vocal Performance, eventually performing with Michael Feinstein and the Pittsburgh Pops in 2007.

One year later she returned home. ”It was a transitional period. I didn’t have a lot of confidence,” she said. “I wanted to sing opera, but I doubted my abilities. I didn’t think I measured up. … I got stage fright. I cried. I started working at a bank and stopped singing. I thought that was it.”

Then, in 2008, someone needed a singer for a wedding; it was an emergency situation that Dunwell hesitantly filled. Soon after, Greg Coles’ Picante Soul band in Marblehead needed a vocalist and Dunwell landed the gig. She was on her way. Local musician Wayne Jones heard her potential and told her there was a band in Rhode Island that needed a singer.

It was The Free Downloads. She was just what they needed. In 2013, she was crowned North Shore Star at North Shore Music Theatre. She won the Community Auditions TV show championship in 2015.

Music is not quite a full-time job for Dunwell; she works for a Boston-based real estate development company by day. She and her bandmates aren’t sure what’s in store for them once the movie comes out and people start asking, “Who is that band?”

“We have no idea what to expect,” she said. “It was fun for us just to be selected. So anything more will be great. Hopefully, people will like us and want to book us.”

Here’s a link to the movie trailer; The Free Downloads can be heard playing at 1 minute and 28 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALlj3RRF9h8


Bill Brotherton is the Item’s Features Editor. He can be reached at bbrotherton@itemlive.com.

Sounds like teen spirit

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” left an impression on The Item’s Bill Brotherton.

By BILL BROTHERTON

“List 10 albums in no particular order that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager, but only one per band/artist. Don’t take too long and don’t think too hard:”

My Facebook friends have been having a splendid time debating this in the past few days. I’ve enjoyed reading the lists compiled by my contemporaries Steve Morse, Jim Sullivan, Brett Milano, Paul Robicheau and the best of today’s younger generation of music writers, Jed Gottlieb and Michael Marotta, and new friends like Seth Albaum, whose next 33 1/3rd Thursdays Vinyl Show and Tell open mic night will be at the White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn on Thursday.

My teenagedom ended in 1973. Here’s my list.  I would love to hear about your fave 10. Email your list to me at bbrotherton@itemlive.com or post on the Daily Item’s Facebook page. Have fun!

The Kinks: “Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)”

David Bowie: “Hunky Dory”

Joni Mitchell: “Blue”

John Prine: “John Prine”

Sparks: “Kimono My House”

Roxy Music: “Roxy Music”

Little Feat: “Dixie Chicken”

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” (editor’s note: not only for the music!)

Donovan: “The Hurdy Gurdy Man”

Cat Stevens: “Tea For the Tillerman”

Honorable mention:

Moody Blues: “In Search of the Lost Chord”

The Rascals: “Time Peace: The Rascals Greatest Hits”

Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Green River”

Stevie Wonder: “Talking Book”

Tommy James and the Shondells: “The Best of…”

 

Full court press on shootings

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Officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Chestnut Street in this Jan. 13, 2017 photo.

The police department and elected city officials must take comprehensive and immediate steps to ensure Lynn residents are not endangered by gunfire in a city that saw six shootings one fatal between Friday and Saturday nights.

The outbreak of gunfire in a city not characterized by violence or lawlessness left four people injured and sent bullets into two cars and a house. It cut a swath across the city, from Austin Square, where the first shooting occurred on Friday, to Goodridge Street.

Police have urged residents to be cautious and investigators are committed to around-the-clock law-enforcement attention to the crimes. The shootings are being described as not random but not definitively related.

Half-dozen weekend shootings in Lynn

Every location where a shooting occurred on Friday and Saturday took place in a populated part of the city, including several streets where residents live in close proximity in multi-family residential buildings.

There is no question the majority of Lynn’s residents are law-abiding people who go to work, raise families and pursue pastimes not remotely related to violent and illegal activity. The people responsible for the weekend shootouts had motivations and reasons for their conduct and their actions represent a threat to local residents.

Police commanders and elected leaders should give residents a clear perspective on the danger posed by these lawless individuals. They should define, without revealing any investigative details, the efforts being made to rid the streets of armed menaces.

Residents must be assured they can move freely throughout the city on foot or in a vehicle without fear of gunfire. Parents must be assured their children can walk to school and participate in after-school activities without fear of violence.

Any act of violence has the potential to cause a ripple effect in a community. The potential for violence and the specter of danger are often out of proportion with a small number of acts that assume an outsized stature thanks to the media.

But city residents and leaders cannot tolerate even the impression that armed lawbreakers are using the city streets and neighborhoods as a stage for criminal acts. The city cannot return to the level of violence Lynn experienced 25 years ago when two teenagers were among the fatal shooting victims tallied up in the early 1990s.

There are twisted and misguided reasons and motivations behind Friday’s and Saturday’s shootings and the police must hunt down the people responsible for the killing and maimings. Lynn cannot be a home to criminals and it cannot be a community saddled with an undeserved reputation for lawlessness.

2 knife attacks, hours apart, in Central Square

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Two men were assaulted in two separate incidents in Central Square early Sunday morning.

Police were called for a reported attempted robbery at 3:12 a.m. A 19-year-old man had been walking through Central Square with his 22-year-old brother, when three men approached. One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded money, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

The teenager and his brother attempted to run, which led to one of the suspects allegedly stabbing the 19-year-old in the left knee three times. He was taken to Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The hospital then notified police, Donnelly said.

The suspects were described as black males, wearing black hoodies and dark clothing.

Victim in Chestnut Street shooting identified

Later on, shortly after 5 a.m., police were told by a 34-year-old homeless man that he had been jumped by six men in Central Square. One of the men allegedly took the homeless man’s pocket knife and slashed him in the face. He was taken to Union Hospital for treatment, but was intoxicated and uncooperative with police, Donnelly said.

The victim didn’t give a description of the men, and police don’t know if it’s some of the same group from the earlier incident. Both are under investigation.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

Police log: 1-17-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Marvin Barrios, 29, of 31 Addison Ave., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 12:07 a.m. Monday.

Michelle Knox, 30, of 30 Harwood St., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and disorderly conduct at 3:02 p.m. Sunday.

Jon Sanders, 50, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 1:57 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:08 p.m. Sunday at 5 Parker Ave.; at 10:23 p.m. Sunday at 41 Gardiner St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:11 a.m. Monday at 634 Walnut St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 1:46 a.m. Monday on Union Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:16 a.m. Monday at 599 Western Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:27 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut and Essex streets; at 3:20 a.m. Monday at Union Hospital at 500 Lynnfield St.

Theft

A report of motor vehicle theft at 5:13 p.m. Sunday at 99 Commercial St.

A report of a larceny at 9:22 a.m. Monday at 17 Mt Pleasant St.; at 10:47 a.m. Monday at 73 Holyoke St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 4:07 p.m. Sunday at 102 Henry Ave.; at 8:31 a.m. Monday at Convenience Plus at 225 Western Ave.

Police log: 1-16-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of Uber issues at 2:46 a.m. Monday on Front Street. A caller was a new Uber driver, and reported that he received a request for a ride somewhere on Front Street. He then received a “strange text” regarding complaints an Uber driver had left him stranded, but with no location or identity. He stated the call may have originated from Beverly.

A safe was reported found at 6:20 a.m. Monday on West Shore Drive. A caller stated he found a safe while walking his dog, describing it as 18 inches cubed. Police reported the safe seemed to have been ditched and not forced open. The safe was brought to the police station.

Fire

A report of a fire at 9:25 a.m. Sunday on Orne Street. A caller reported a small but fire, but they were able to extinguish it. The caller was afraid it might be in the walls. An outlet fire was reported and extinguished.


NAHANT

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:17 a.m. Friday on Walton Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 5:07 p.m. Thursday on Wilson Road.


PEABODY

Arrests

Aquiles Antonio Bernabe-Deleon, 25, of 255 Vine St., Apt. 3, Lynn, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 5:20 p.m Sunday.

Richard J. Urbankiewicz, 41, of 6 Pierpont St., Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, strangulation or suffocation with serious bodily harm, OUI liquor, speeding and marked lanes violation at 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:25 p.m. Sunday at 10 Batchelder Ave.; at 11:27 a.m. Monday at Kappy’s Liquor at 175 Andover St.; at 11:29 a.m. Monday at State and Aborn streets; at 11:54 a.m. Monday on Route 128 North; at 12:16 p.m. Monday at The Ultimate at 130 Newbury St.; at 12:31 p.m. Monday at Route 128 South and Centennial Drive.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:10 p.m. Sunday on Mcintire Court.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 7:44 p.m. Sunday at 611 Lowell St.

Half-dozen weekend shootings in Lynn

ITEM PHOTO BY GAYLA CAWLEY
Lorraine Blowers DePietro sits in her car and shows where the car was hit by crossfire during a shooting on Saturday.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Lynn Police are investigating as many as six shootings in a 36-hour time span. One person whose car was hit by gunfire claims she was told by authorities the incidents could be retaliatory from Friday night’s fatal shooting that claimed the life of 29-year-old Hanky Betancourt.

Lynn Police Lt. James Shorten confirmed there have been three to six shootings between Friday around 6 p.m. and midnight on Sunday morning. For the safety of officers and to protect everyone involved, he declined to release further information, but said the shootings are still under investigation.

Shorten said one arrest is part of the investigation, and may or may not be related. Matthew Sao, 24, of 121 High Rock St., was arrested Saturday night and charged with firearm-related offenses, drug possession with intent to distribute, violation of the city knife ordinance, receiving stolen property and failure to stop/yield.

Betancourt, of Lynn, was shot in the area of Chestnut Street on Friday, and was pronounced dead at Union Hospital. No arrests have been made, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

But Lynn native Lorraine Blowers DePietro, who was caught in some crossfire, said police told her there have been six to seven shootings in that timeframe and many of them are retaliation from Betancourt’s shooting.

DePietro, 51, lives in Georgia, but is visiting her sister, Kristin Blowers Melendez, and other family members in Lynn. She arrived Friday night and is planning to leave Monday. She said she was driving her brother-in-law’s gold SUV by Goodridge Street on Saturday just after 5:30 pm., when a bullet went through her driver’s side window and lodged itself in the leather seat she was sitting in, narrowly missing her body.

DePietro said she was out running an errand for her mother, Tally Blowers, and was on the phone with her husband, when she noticed a car that started to take a left hand turn, before the driver apparently changed his or her mind. At that point, she remembers hearing a weird, thud sound, and thought someone threw a bag or a water balloon at her car.

When she turned her head, DePietro said she saw the bullet hole, and thinking she had been shot, called 911. She said she had a burning sensation underneath her armpit and on her back from where the bullet whizzed by, but thought she had been hit. Within minutes, Lynn Police arrived, helped her out of her vehicle, and checked her back, but didn’t find any blood or signs of entry. Her coat protected her from worse injuries, but she was left with a burn mark and a bruising welt.

“All that was between me and the bullet was my leather seat cover and my flannel coat,” DePietro said.

Looking back, DePietro said her shooting could have easily been fatal. If she had her seat reclined, rather than situated straight, the bullet could have gone through her neck or into her body. If she was driving a car, rather than an SUV, the bullet could have gone through her head, because she would have been lower to the ground, she added.

“I do also realize how very lucky I am and how blessed,” she said. “(The bullet) just missed by millimeters. I felt the heat and the burning sensation.”

After her car was hit, DePietro said she heard three more gunshots, and at least one person was taken to Salem Hospital from the car in front of her that had started to take a left hand turn. Police told her nine shell casings were found on the ground.

“My first thought was wow, I’m pretty oblivious,” she said. “I didn’t even know a gunfight was going on in front of me. I’m too trusting of the area.”

Melendez, 42, said one police officer told her that a lot of the gunfire over the weekend was because of the fatal shooting on Chestnut Street. It was all retaliatory, she said.

“It was scary,” Melendez said of her sister’s incident. “You don’t ever think it would happen so close to anyone to you know …Things happen for a reason and this happened for some reason.”

Employees at nearby Mandee’s Pizza on Goodridge Street, described hearing several gunshots. Cortney Cook said she thought the shots were fireworks until she heard the police coming down the street. Christian Sanchez, another employee, said he heard as many as 12 gunshots, but didn’t see anyone get hit.

Scanner reports also indicated police responded to a shooting shortly afterward on Hanover Street. According to the Lynn Police incident log, eight gunshot reports were received from throughout the city between 8:13 p.m. Friday and 11:27 p.m. Saturday, beginning with the Chestnut Street shooting.

For DePietro, she thinks she had some help from a higher power. She and her family run a nonprofit, Hayley’s Hope Foundation, which started after another one of her sister’s only child died from suicide. The foundation tries to prevent suicides from occurring.

Melendez said when she looked at DePietro’s burn mark, it looked like angel wings. They think Hayley played a role in preventing further injury.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Is Boston Street in Lynn the unhealthiest street in America?

PHOTO BY ALENA KUZUB
Wendy’s and Burger King represent some of the fast food restaurants along Boston Street.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Does Boston Street tickle your taste buds or turn your stomach?

In a half-mile stretch, you can love it at McDonald’s, have it your way at Burger King, think outside the bun at Taco Bell and pretend that it’s way better than fast food at Wendy’s. There’s also Dunkin’ Donuts, which America runs on. Is this street fast food heaven or hell?

But never fear. The street’s dichotomy has a Planet Fitness located in the same plaza as McDonald’s. A person can reward himself for a calorie-torching workout by stopping at the golden arches for some french fries and a quarter pounder.

That’s exactly what 13-year-old Carlos Alas, of Lynn, said he wants to do after he accompanies his mother for a workout at Planet Fitness. He was dining at Wendy’s with some friends on Sunday, but said McDonald’s is his favorite fast food place on Boston Street. He likes the fries because they’re salty.

Alas said after getting a workout in and lifting weights, he’s hungry and sometimes craves the nearby McDonald’s. He said it’s probably common that others also go to the close-by fast food places after leaving the gym. The food is addicting, he said. His friend, 14-year-old Raymond Perron, agreed.

“Fast food is nasty, but you kind of just have to eat it,” Perron said.

Putting many popular fast food places on the same street, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell, provides for some local competition.

“It’s a battlefield,” said 58-year-old Lynn resident David Swanson.

Swanson was eating at Burger King, the long-time nemesis of McDonald’s.

“I like their food, which is why I eat here,” he said. “I don’t like McDonald’s.”

Prices are good, he added, citing a common reason why people eat fast food. According to a 2014 “Ask Your Target Market,” survey, 67 percent of people asked said they eat fast food because it’s convenient, 32 percent said they eat it because it’s cheap, while 31 percent said they just like eating fast food.

Pedro Cuevas, 72, of Lynn, was also eating at Burger King, but said Wendy’s is his favorite fast food spot on the street. He likes the flavor and price there. If he had a strong enough craving, he could have simply walked from Burger King into the next lot to get to Wendy’s.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Police log: 1-16-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Macauthur Belin-Jr., 49, of 9 Milton St., was arrested and charged with violation of an harassment prevention order at 12:02 p.m. Sunday.

Alan Iraheta, 23, of 60 Rock Ave., was arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer, assault and battery on a police officer and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 12:38 a.m. Saturday.

Lurina Rivera, 31 of 32 Range Ave., was arrested on warrant charges of use of a motor vehicle without authority, larceny from a building and larceny of a motor vehicle at 10:35 a.m. Friday.

Matthew Sao, 24, of 121 High Rock St., was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card, carrying a loaded firearm weapon, firearm violation with one prior violent crime, receiving stolen property, failure to stop/yield, violation of the city knife ordinance and drug possession with intent to distribute at 12:10 a.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:41 a.m. Friday at Market and State streets; at 8:08 a.m. Friday at Eastern Avenue and Stanwood Street; at 10:07 a.m. Friday at 527 Western Ave.; at 12:21 p.m. Friday at 100 Johnson St.; at 3:45 p.m. Friday at 1127 Western Ave.; at 4:18 p.m. Friday on Western Avenue; at 4:48 p.m. Friday at 674 Western Ave.; at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Broadway and Euclid Avenue; at 11:57 p.m. Friday at 35 Washington St.; at 10:51 a.m. Saturday at Spencer Street and Western Avenue; at 10:51 a.m. Saturday at 841 Western Ave.; at 1:43 a.m. Sunday at 50 Lynnway; at 7:40 a.m. Sunday at 112 Exchange St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:12 p.m. Friday at 1103 Western Ave.; at 9:56 p.m. Friday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 11:42 a.m. Sunday at Nahant Rotary at 1 Lynnway.

An report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:29 p.m. Friday at 107 Victory Road; at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at 190 Lewis St.; at 6:57 p.m. Saturday on Collins Street.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 4:57 p.m. Friday on Sewall Street.

A report of an assault at 5:25 p.m. Saturday on New Park Street.

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 5:14 a.m. Sunday on Central Square.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 5:53 a.m. Friday at 110 Park St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 11:57 a.m. Friday at 12 Rogers Ave.; at 6:08 p.m. Friday at 10 Minot St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:59 p.m. Friday at 3 Mountain Ave.; at 6:44 p.m. Friday at 309 Boston St.; at 7:21 p.m. Friday on Pleasant Street; at 10:47 p.m. Friday at 12 Fortesque Terrace; at 11:34 p.m. Friday at Kiley Playground at 61 Burrill Ave.; at 11:39 p.m. Friday at 19 Rockaway St.; at 12:28 a.m. Saturday at 125 Marianna St.; at 1:20 a.m. Saturday at 3 Carleton Terrace; at 1:58 a.m. Saturday at Goldfish Pond on Lafayette Park; at 1:24 p.m. Saturday at McDonalds at 60 Boston St.; at 3:04 p.m. Saturday at 173A Union St.; at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 7 Brookline Ave.; at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at 26 Mall St.; at 7:09 p.m. Saturday at 170 S Common St.; at 7:24 p.m. Saturday at 44 Estes St.; at 8:27 p.m. Saturday at Chestnut Street and Lafayette Park; at 11:46 p.m. Saturday at Essex Avenue and Essex Street; at 9:57 a.m. Sunday at Santander Bank at 39 Exchange St.; at 11:23 a.m. Sunday at 26 Washington St.

A report of a gunshot at 8:13 p.m. Friday at 390 Chestnut St.; at 11:17 p.m. Friday at 18 Hamilton Ave.; at 9:47 a.m. Saturday at 60 Rock Ave.; at 4:25 p.m. Saturday at 293 Summer St.; at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Mandee’s Pizza at 65 Goodridge St.; at 5:54 p.m. Saturday at Salem ER at 300 Washington St.; at 6:34 p.m. Saturday at 38 Hanover St.; at 11:27 p.m. Saturday at Beacon Hill and Lawton avenues.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 9:01 a.m. Friday on Circle Avenue; at 1:52 p.m. Saturday on Lewis Street; at 3:37 p.m. Saturday on Fortesque Terrace; at 7:07 a.m. Sunday on Tracy Avenue.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 10:02 a.m. Friday at 17 Beede Ave.; at 3:12 a.m. Sunday on Central Square.

A report of a larceny at 11:50 a.m. Friday at 26 Bailey St.; at 12:35 p.m. Friday at 427 Lynnway; at 3:28 p.m. Friday at 28 Childs St.; at 9:19 p.m. Saturday at 38 Burrill Ave.; at 12:39 a.m. Sunday at 38 W Neptune St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 4:05 p.m. Friday at 11 Grosvenor Park.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 8:05 a.m. Friday at 7 Chase St.; at 12:19 p.m. Friday at 32 Cherry St.; at 5:21 p.m. Friday at 22 Newhall St.; at 9:26 a.m. Sunday at 655 Western Ave.

A report of vandalism at 1:01 p.m. Friday at 11 Margin St.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A caller reported her boyfriend may have done some cocaine and subsequently had a seizure at 12:36 a.m. Sunday on Victoria Lane. She had been stopped for speeding and then told the officer the story.

A report of a barricaded roadway at 6:13 a.m. Sunday on Atlantic Avenue. A man reported he witnessed two youths in the roadway, who were putting large pieces of wood in the road to block traffic When he went to remove the wood a second time, the two kids ran off.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 6:33 p.m. Friday on Pleasant Street. A caller reported his friend overdosed in the motor vehicle. One person was taken to Salem Hospital.


PEABODY

Arrests

Edwin Martinez Burke, 25, of 16 Hardy St., Apt. 1, Salem, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Timothy M. Burke, 28, of 95 Middle St., W Newbury, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and threat to commit a crime at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Brandon Devin, 19, of 48 Blakely St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with nighttime motor vehicle breaking and entering for a felony and larceny at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:58 p.m. Friday on Summit Street. A car into a ditch was reported; at 2:38 p.m. Saturday at South Peabody Liquor Mart at 87 Lynnfield St. A vehicle striking a building was reported; art 3:27 p.m. Saturday at 2 Spring Pond Road and 272 Lynn St.; at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Trader Joe’s at 300 Andover St.; at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Trader Joe’s at 300 Andover St.; at 7:14 p.m. Saturday at McDonalds at 133 Main St. Jader Barbosa, 58, of 354 Cabot St., Beverly, was summoned for unlicensed operation.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:49 p.m. Sunday at Bagel World Bakery & Deli at 10 Sylvan St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 7:30 p.m. Friday on Thorndike Street. A caller reported her boyfriend made threats to cause bodily injury to her and stated he had a firearm in the area of her house. The caller stated he said he would have a shoot out with police if stopped.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2 a.m. Saturday at John Larson’s Service at 289 Lynn St. Brandon Devin, 19, of Lynn, was arrested.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:21 a.m. Saturday at 34 Keys Drive; at 6:12 a.m. Saturday at 18 Swampscott Ave.; at 7:09 p.m. Saturday at O’Fado at 72 Walnut St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 11:37 p.m. Friday on Elmwood Circle. The man was taken to Union Hospital; at 1:41 a.m. Sunday on Hampshire Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:42 p.m. Saturday at 17 Dublin Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 11:16 a.m. Saturday at 52 Russell St. A resident reported orange from a  paintball on his car; at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Peabody Mobile Park at 252 Newbury St. A rock through the windshield was reported.

Richard T. Torto, 71

LYNNRichard T. Torto, 71, of Lynn, passed away peacefully after a long illness surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

The son of the late Arthur and Genevieve (Petrucci) Torto, Richard was born in Lynn on Oct. 25, 1945. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Class of 1963; received his B.S. Degree from Boston College, Class of 1967; Juris Doctorate from Boston University, School of Law, in 1970. He passed the Massachusetts Bar Exams in 1970, and practiced law for more than 45 years, until his passing. He was the former director of criminal justice for the City of Lynn. He was active in the political affairs in the City of Lynn and nationally. He was a lifelong Lynn resident. He was actively involved with the Italian Community Center in Lynn. He was an avid sports fan for all his grandchildren, never missing a game. He was an animal lover and his pets were his constant companions. He loved his family, and his children, and his grandchildren were the light of his life.

He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia H. Anderson and her companion David Shelton of Topsfield, Jennifer M. Webber and her husband Robert Webber of Topsfield, and Elizabeth C. Torto of Lynn; four grandchildren, Kevin S. Anderson, Dominique M. Anderson, Timothy J. Webber and Jaime E. Webber, all of Topsfield; his former wife and companion, Patricia A. Torto of Lynn; two sisters, Diane Malin of Arlington, and Linda Goodman and her husband Ira of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service information: Richard’s visitation will be held in The O’DONNELL Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common), Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard’s memory to: MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 (www.mspca.org). To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit odonnellfuneralservice.com.

 

Francis J. McNulty, 85

LYNNFrancis Joseph McNulty, a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017, in the Life Care Center of the North Shore in Lynn at the age of 85. Born in Saugus on Aug. 9, 1931, he was the son of the late Daniel B. and Mary A. (Hurley) McNulty. Frank was raised and educated in Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School. After school, Frank enlisted into the U.S. Navy. He entered into to active duty on Nov. 18, 1948, and served until Aug. 13, 1952. The very next day, Aug. 14, Frank joined the U.S. Army to help fight for our country during the Korean War. He served bravely until his honorable discharge on Aug. 6, 1954. Upon his discharge, Frank had attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, a Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Frank was a long-time laborer with the Teamsters Union and had worked for many years at General Builder’s Supply in Norwood before moving on to Nonantum Lumber Yard in Watertown from where he retired. Frank leaves his children: Kenneth F. McNulty of Kingston, N.H., Francis J. McNulty Jr. and his wife, DoriAnn of Lynn, Daniel J. McNulty and his wife, Dawn of Beverly, Maureen DeMello of N.C., Marjorie A. Macarelli and her husband, Edward of Groveland, Carol A. Brady and her husband, Shawn of Lynn, Deborah A. McNulty of Lynn, Nancy A. McNulty of Lynn, Dawn M. McNulty and her husband, Charles Self of Lynn, and JoAnne L. Castellarin and her husband, David of Middleton. Frank also is survived by his 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren as well as his brothers; Raymond McNulty of Florida and Ed McNulty of Chelmsford.

Service information: At the family’s request, services will be held privately. Frank’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Life Care Center of the North Shore for all of their exceptional care and compassion. Arrangements are under the direction of CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn. cuffemcginn.com.

Victim in Chestnut Street shooting identified

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Sgt. Larry Wentzell and Officer Max Saravia investigate at the scene of a fatal shooting in the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

By DAVID WILSON

The man shot and killed Friday night on Chestnut Street has been identified, according to Essex District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Hanky Betancourt, 29, of Lynn, was pronounced dead at Union Hospital. There have been no arrests in Betancourt’s killing as of Saturday morning, Monahan said.

29-year-old fatally shot on Chestnut Street

 

Get The Led Out takes stage at Lynn Auditorium

PHOTOS BY PAULA MULLER
Lead singer Paul Sinclair and guitarist Paul Hammond perform with Get The Led Out at Lynn Auditorium.

By LEAH DEARBORN

LYNN – Led Zeppelin cover band Get The Led Out filled the Lynn Auditorium with fans of the English rock band’s iconic hits.

The Friday night performance started off with “Immigrant Song” before moving into “Good Times Bad Times.”

“Right now, the year is 1970, the album ‘Zeppelin III,’” announced lead singer Paul Sinclair.

Get the Led Out performs at Lynn Auditorium.Paula Muller

Get the Led Out performs at Lynn Auditorium.

On softer notes, Sinclair’s vocals maintained their own unique sound that became nearly indistinguishable from the voice of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant during louder, more aggressive tracks.

Standout moments in the performance included GTLO’s rendition of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “Ramble On,” which highlighted Sinclair’s vocal skills.

The band switched to an acoustic set after “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” a song covered by Led Zeppelin themselves, originally by blues singer Blind Willy Johnson.

The tone of the show shifted to a more subdued atmosphere during the acoustic set, with the members of GTLO taking a seat to focus on some of the more technically complex songs in the Led Zeppelin repertoire, such as “Going to California.”

Singer Diana DeSantis also hit the stage during the acoustic set to back up a memorable version of “The Battle of Evermore.”

Lead guitarist Paul Hammond channeled Jimmy Page with his mastery of a wide range of stringed instruments, such as a double-necked guitar and a mandolin.

The show concluded with a performance of one of Led Zeppelin’s most well-known and beloved songs, “Whole Lotta Love.”

GTLO is composed of six members as opposed to the four that made up the original Led Zeppelin.

On their website, the band said GTLO isn’t an impersonator act; while they play the songs in Led Zeppelin’s repertoire, looking and sounding exactly like the rock stars isn’t the group’s main focus.

They describe themselves on the website as “a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history.”

The original Led Zeppelin was banned from playing in Boston after fans rioted while trying to buy tickets at Boston Garden, according to a Newsday article from 1975.

29-year-old fatally shot on Chestnut Street

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Sgt. Larry Wentzell and Officer Max Saravia investigate at the scene of a fatal shooting in the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

By DAVID WILSON

A 29-year-old man died from his injuries after a shooting Friday night on Chestnut Street in Lynn.

According to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office, police responded to a report of a Lynn man suffering from a gunshot wound at Union Hospital. Police also responded to a report of shots fired in the Chestnut Street area, she said.

Officers were seen on the sidewalk outside the 300 block of the residential area at around 9 p.m. searching the curbside area with flashlights.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lynn Police Department and Massachusetts State Police detectives. No arrests have been made as of Friday night, Monahan said, and there is no suspect information available.

Police log: 1-13-2017

 

 

KIPP ACADEMY LYNN LOTTERY APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary, Middle, and High Schools are free, open enrollment, charter public schools serving students grades K-2 and 5-12 in the 2017-2018 school year. KIPP welcomes all families interested in enrolling their children at KIPP to fill out an application to enter into the random lottery, which will be held the week of Feb. 27, 2017. Lottery applications and additional information are available at www.kippma.org/enroll or can be picked up at 90 High Rock St., and 20 Wheeler St., Suite 404.

The deadline to submit lottery forms is Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Late applications cannot be accepted.

KIPP staff and leadership will be hosting Open Houses at 90 High Rock St. (middle and high schools) on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

KIPP’s program is based on a longer school day and year, academic and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, and support for students to and through college and career.

If you have questions, please call:

KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School (grades K-2)
Rebecca Hazlett 781-558-9263

KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School (grades 5-8)
Mariela Alvarez 781-598-1609 ext 1133

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School (grades 9-12)
Monica Bruno 781-598-1609 ext 1134

2-car accident at Chestnut, Western

PHOTOS BY PAULA MULLER
Crews respond to a two-car accident at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Western Avenue. 

LYNN — A two-car accident at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Western Avenue has left at least one person with injuries.

The Lynn Police Department and Lynn Fire Department were on scene around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

An adult male was seen being loaded onto a stretcher. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

An adult male is loaded onto a stretcher after a two-car accident.Paula Muller

An adult male is loaded onto a stretcher after a two-car accident.

Lynn to salute MLK with service and song

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN Three Lynn events are planned Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the civil rights leader and his principles.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the Washington Street Baptist Church in Lynn. A continental breakfast for volunteers will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 10 a.m.

Each year, volunteers across the country answer King’s question of “what are you doing for others,” by coming together on MLK Day to serve. Volunteers will organize, create and clean for local nonprofits, according to a description of the event.

Elsewhere, the Community Minority Cultural Center (CMCC) will be holding its 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at The Porthole Restaurant from 8-11 a.m. Tickets for adults are $40 and $20 for children under 12. A table costs $400.

“The program will feature performances from different ethnic groups representing the rainbow of culture of the city of Lynn,” the CMCC board of directors said in a statement. “This year, we are honored to have Louis Elisa, the former president of the Boston branch NAACP, as the keynote speaker.”

Lynn art students show off in Boston

The Lynn YMCA is also holding an MLK Day celebration, “One Dream, One Team” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This year’s theme of “One Dream, One Team” celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and sports influences that paved the platform for today’s athletes through the Y’s mission focus of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Wanntha Sim Chanhdymany, Lynn YMCA director of grants and volunteerism, said in an email.

Chanhdymany said the event is free to the community. Youth will learn new sports, participate in a social responsibility activity and compete in an obstacle course, she added.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Search for special ed administrator continues

By ADAM SWIFT

LYNN There will be a delay in bringing a new special education administrator to the schools.

Thursday night, the Lynn School Committee unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham’s recommendation to repost the position.

“I feel strongly that we have not yet interviewed the candidate we need,” said Latham. “We need someone with district-level experience.”

Latham said six candidates were in the running for the position, with resumes reviewed, interviews conducted and references called.

However, she said none of the candidates had the kind of district-wide experience in a large school system that she feels is necessary to succeed in Lynn.

The school committee has final say on the position and could have gone ahead to appoint a candidate without a recommendation from the superintendent. But the board agreed to repost the position and have Latham present the qualifications she would like to see from candidates to the committee.

In addition to district-wide experience, Latham said she would like to see someone who has a strong curriculum background.

“I hope to have someone in place by July 1,” she said.

Lynn art students show off in Boston

The position will pay about $110,000, but could vary slightly based on experience and education, committee member Jared Nicholson said. He said the person hired would oversee all of the special education services in the Lynn Public Schools.

Prior to the Thursday meeting, members of the school committee unanimously put forward two names for the superintendent’s consideration, Ellen Kelleher-Rojas and Lesia Diego. John Ford, a school committee member, also submitted a third name, Jeffrey Lappin.

But on Thursday night, the members agreed that they should select someone who has Latham’s trust and recommendation.

“On the reposting, I would like to see who is out there,” said committee member Lorraine Gately.

Police log: 1-14-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Jaclyn Fournier, 22, of 35 Downey Rd., Peabody, was arrested and charged with possession of A Class C drug, OUI , and reckless operation of a motor vehicle at 12:38 a.m.  Thursday.

Liz Garcia, of 14 Chase St., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 3:18 p.m. Thursday.

William Peralta, 33, of 16 Pinkham Pl., was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 2:40 a.m. Friday.

James Wiebe, 52, homeless, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and trespassing at 12:17 p.m.Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:42 p.m. Thursday at 985 Western Ave.; at 3:12 p.m. at 109 Memorial Park Ave.; at 4:01 p.m. at 151 Central Ave.; at 4:46 p.m. at 62 Henry Ave.; at 5:02 p.m. on Bradford Road; at 5:33 p.m. on Broadway; at 6:19 p.m. at 104 South Common St.; at 6:30 p.m. at 38 North Franklin St.; at 6:37 p.m. at 621 Western Ave.; at 7:34 p.m. on Essex Street; at 10:47 p.m. at 174 Broadway; at 3:47 a.m. Friday on Walnut Street.

Complaints

A report of threats at 9:16 a.m. Thursday at 210 Lewis St.

A report of a disturbance at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at 161 Broadway; at 10:51 a.m. at 139 Central Ave.; at 3:21 p.m. at 127 Washington St.; at 11:57 p.m. at 29 Morris St.; at 11:59 p.m. at 44 Intervale St.; at 2:29 a.m. Friday at 10 Bates St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at 51 Franklin St.; at 2:36 p.m. at 204 Washington St.

A report of trespassing at 11:29 a.m. Thursday at 20 Essex Circle.

A report of suspicious activity at 12:34 p.m. Thursday at 47 Mt. Pleasant St.; at 2:40 p.m. at 31 Stetson St.; at 3:46 p.m. at 35 Tracy Ave.

A report of vandalism at 1:28 p.m. Thursday at 133 Broadway; at 4:58 p.m. at 9 Milton St.; at 9:23 p.m. at 11 Margin St.

A report of a fight at 3:54 p.m. Thursday on Autumn Street; at 7:54 p.m. on Broadway; at 8:25 p.m. on Marianna Street

A report of an uninvited guest at 4:40 p.m. Thursday at 124 Green St.; at 5:29 p.m. at 826 Boston St.; at 6:03 p.m.at 12 Hutchinsons Ct.

A report of larceny at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at 50 Western Ave.

A report of an overdose at 7:38 p.m. Thursday on Marianna Street.

A report of neighbor problems at 8:14 p.m. Thursday at 94 Chatham St.

A report of a con/scam at 9:49 p.m. Thursday at 88 Clairmont St.

A report of a missing person at 10:41 p.m. Thursday at 70 Walnut St.

A report of an assault at 12:26 a.m. Friday at 174 Broadway.

A report of an unknown problem ar 2:26 a.m. Friday at 604 Essex St.

Police log: 1-13-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of an accidental 911 call at 7:56 a.m. Thursday on Village Street.

A report of a phone scam at 9:27 a.m. Thursday on Atlantic Avenue.

A report of larceny at 10:38 a.m. Thursday on Robert Road. Caller reported $1000 in tools were stolen from a job site.

A report of a car blocking the street at 2:14 p.m. Thursday on Hooper Street.

A report of lost checks at 2:44 p.m. Thursday on Gerry Street. Caller reports she lost two checks.

A report of an erratic driver at 6:55 p.m. Thursday on Humphrey Street.

A report of loud music at 12:51 a.m. Friday on Farrell Court.

A report of a lost phone at 1:25 a.m. Friday on Martin Street.


PEABODY

Arrests

John Nelson, 42, was arrested and charged with OUI  and wreckless operation of a motor vehicle at 9:25 a.m. Thursday at 19 Benevento Circle.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:23 a.m. Thursday on Magnolia Way.

A report of vandalism to a motor vehicle at 8:29 a.m. Thursday at 5212 Crane Brook Way. Air was let out of tires during the night.

A report of a  female citizen approached by a man in a white vehicle at 9:09 a.m. Thursday on Magnolia Way.

A report of a lost/stolen license plate at 11:59 a.m. Thursday at 3 Englewood Rd.

A report of fraud at 4:39 p.m. Thursday at 19 Howley St.

A report of youths panhandling at 4:51 p.m. Thursday on Lowell Street.

A report of a verbal argument between customers at 7:38 p.m. Thursday at The Outback Steakhouse.

A report of an harassment issue on Facebook at 8:20 p.m. Thursday on Loris Road.

A report of runaway at 11:55 a.m. Friday on Harris Street.


REVERE

Arrests

Aneudy Cleto-Bello, 20, of 172 Washington St., was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate the drug law, and distribution of a Class A drug at 11:40 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:57 p.m. Thursday on Ward Street.

Complaints

A report of a 911 hang up at 1:56 a.m. Thursday on Harris Street; at 5:46 p.m. on Broadway; at 8:06 p.m. on North Shore Road.

A report of a citizen assist at 8:40 a.m. Thursday on Broadway; at 9:49 a.m. on Pleasant Street.

A report of larceny at 10:49 a.m. Thursday on Oakwood Avenue; at 11:55 a.m. on Squire Road

A report of a disturbance at 12:50 p.m on Broadway ; at 9:40 p.m. on Agatha Street

A report of an abandoned motor vehicle at 1:40 p.m. Thursday on Lincoln Street.

A report of suspicious activity at 2:05 p.m. Thursday on Garfield Avenue; at 9:54 p.m. on Revere Beach Boulevard.

A report of an auto theft at 9:16 p.m. Thursday on Florence Avenue.

A report of harassment 10:31 p.m. Thursday on Bellingham Avenue.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a hit and run accident at 10:17 a.m.Thursday at 25 Seagirt Ave. Caller reports he heard loud noise during the night and found his car damaged in the morning.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:11 p.m. Thursday on Essex Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:44 a.m. Friday at 1450 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a motor vehicle break in at 9:37 a.m. Thursday at 25 Seagirt Ave.; at 10:37 a.m. at 12 Juliette Rd.

A report of an accidental 911 call at 12:31 p.m. Thursday at 1715 Broadway.

A report of a ladder in the middle of Route One South at 2:09 p.m. Thursday.

A report of larceny at 4:52 p.m. Thursday at 1450 Broadway.

A report of an unwanted party at 11:53 p.m. Thursday at 948 Broadway.

A report of larceny of  a motor vehicle at 2:38 a.m. Friday at 16 Arrowhead Dr.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:52 a.m. Thursday at 450 Paradise Rd.; at 12:13 p.m. at 450 Paradise Rd.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:34 a.m. Thursday on Humphrey Street.

A report of a 911 hang up at 12:20 p.m. Thursday at 450 Paradise Rd.

A report of a lost article at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at 109 Elmwood Dr.

 

 

 

Alice McCarthy, 80

DANVERS — Alice “Cindy” McCarthy, 80, of Danvers, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 12, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was the wife of the late Charles J. McCarthy, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage until his death in 2005.

Born and raised in Lynn, Cindy was the daughter of the late Eugene and Catherine (Wall) Twomey. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1954. She worked as a medical secretary at the former Lynn Hospital and later, Lahey Clinic North, until retiring in 1998.

Cindy was the cornerstone of her family. She loved entertaining family and friends in her Danvers home. Her many grandchildren could often be found enjoying the summer days in nana’s backyard pool. She loved nothing more than tending to the needs of her family.

Cindy was a religious woman and a devoted member of St. Richard’s parish in Danvers. She enjoyed traveling, including impromptu trips to Mohegan Sun. Cindy was an avid gardener and loved golfing with the girls.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Andrews and her husband John, Jan Gill and her husband Chris, Mark McCarthy and his wife Mary and Karen Martin and her husband Kevin. Her grandchildren, Sean Andrews, Keri Lynch, Christopher and Connor Gill, Thomas, Kevin, Edward, Mark, Charles and Kristen McCarthy, Kevin, Eric and Alex Martin. Great-grandchildren Kyle and Riley Lynch and Cole Andrews. She will also be lovingly remembered by her twin brother, James Twomey and his wife Lillian, John Twomey and his wife Marsha, as well as several nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Charlie, others awaiting her arrival in heaven include her grandson Ryan Andrews; brothers, Gene, Joseph and Garrett Twomey; and sisters Mary Gallagher and Catherine McCarthy.

Service information: A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. in St. Richard’s Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers. Burial will be private. Visiting hours for relatives and friends will be Monday, Jan. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn. Please visit www.cuffemcginn.com to view or leave condolences in the online guest book.

 

Pasy Magulas, 97

LYNN — Mrs. Pasy (Coupoulos) Magulas, 97, of Peabody, formerly a longtime resident of Lynn, passed away at Beverly Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Pasy was the beloved wife of the late George Magulas. They met at a Valentine’s Day dance, married and were devoted to each other for 49 years.  

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Bertha (Kritikos) Copoulos. She was an honor student and graduate of Lynn Classical High School with the Class of 1937. She loved to dance, travel and ski and was a fitness enthusiast. She was a lifelong communicant of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. She and her husband owned and operated the very successful Helene Beauty Salon in Lynn for more than 35 years. She was good friends with all of her customers, especially her business partner, Josephine (Corbagli) Pasquali.

Pasy was the loving mother of Dorothea Wrobel, the cherished grandmother of Kristen, Jamie, Ariana, Olivia and Dylan, and the great-grandmother of five beautiful great-grandchildren. She will be tremendously missed for all of the love, laughter and beautiful celebrations. Her legacy is one of kindness. Her creed was, “Love one another.”  

Service information: Pasy’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at the CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn. Burial of ashes will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends invited. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pasy’s memory may be made to the Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children, c/o Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301 or via www.bostonchildrens.org/givenow. For the online guestbook please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.

 

Robert J. Grella, 85

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Robert Joseph Grella, 85, of Hooksett, N.H., formerly of Lynn and Saugus, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at Catholic Memorial Hospital in Manchester.

Born in Everett, he was the son of the late Anthony and Joan (Chrisafulli) Grella, and former husband of Margaret (Ramsdell) Grella and is survived by his longtime companion Gail Restalli of Hooksett, N.H. He attended Saugus schools and graduated from Saugus High School where he played hockey and participated with duties on the football team.

He was employed by General Electric prior to his enlistment in the United States Navy where he was stationed in San Diego, Calif., prior to deployment to Guam during the Korean War. He was known as “Popeye.” He also worked for the United States Postal Service prior to retirement and worked locally as a self-employed mason.

Coach Grella participated in the development of Lynn and Nahant Youth Hockey where he coached and mentored the city’s youth, teaching them how to skate at the hockey clinic, while coaching traveling teams and in-house teams. Robert also coached Central Little League and Babe Ruth in the city of Lynn, and played hockey in the General Electric City League.

Robert is survived by his three sons, Robert Grella and his late wife Sharon of Beverly, Kevin Grella of Lynn, Michael and his wife Cecilia of Saugus and former wife Josephine; three daughters, Kathie Porter and her husband Rusty, Debbie Grella and her companion Patrick O’Connor, Karen Watler and her husband Harold; his brother, Tom Grella of Amherst, N.H.; his sisters, Dolores Caggiano and Patricia Copeland, both of Saugus; 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bob’s memorial service on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m. in the NADWORNY Funeral Home, 798 Western Ave., Route 107, Lynn, MA 01905. Interment in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. Visiting hours will be before the service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For directions and guest book nadwornyfuneralhome.com. A celebration of life will be held after the graveside service at the Knights of Columbus, Lynnfield Street, Lynn.

 

Robert M. Butler, 64

LYNN — Mr. Robert M. “Bob” Butler, age 64, of Lynn, died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Carol (Bedard) Butler, who predeceased him in 2005.

Born in Saugus in 1952, he was the son of the late Alfred and Eloise (Bumgarner) Butler. Bob was raised in Saugus, attended Saugus Public Schools and graduated from Saugus High School, Class of 1970. Following high school, Bob went on to Boston State College where he studied education. He moved to Lynn and has been a resident of the city since 1974.

He worked as an inspector at the General Electric River Works Plant in West Lynn for many years and was a shop steward for IUE-CWA Local 201. He also worked as an EMT and manager at Atlantic and the former Nordstroms Ambulance. He enjoyed collecting coins and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.  

Bob was the loving father of Katie Thornell and her husband Todd of Beverly and the beloved grandfather of Tynan Thornell. In addition, he is survived by his father-in-law, Roland Bedard and his late wife Catherine of Lynn, his brother-in-law, Robert Bedard of Lynn, his sister-in-law, Maureen Gilleberto and her husband (Paul) of Peabody, his niece, Jenny Shirley and his nephew, Michael Gilleberto.

Service information: A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road #200, Framingham, MA 01701 or at www.diabetes.org. Directions and online guestbook at www.solimine.com.

 

Police tape off scene on Chestnut Street

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Sgt. Larry Wentzell and Officer Max Saravia investigate outside the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

By DAVID WILSON

Lynn police were seen investigating outside a residential area in the 300 block of Chestnut Street around 9 p.m. Friday.

Two officers were using flashlights to search the ground curbside. Police tape cordoned off a small portion of the sidewalk.

Police said they could not release any information. Continue to follow itemlive.com as more information becomes available.

Police log: 1-13-2017

Lynn company recalls 3,000 pounds of soup

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Federal officials say a Massachusetts company is recalling more than 3,000 pounds of chicken soup due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The federal Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says Kettle Cuisine’s 24-ounce cups of “Mom’s Chicken Soup” with a “use by” date of Feb. 17 is actually Italian wedding soup with meatballs.

The recalled items were sent to Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Lt. gov.’s vehicle parks in spot for disabled

Health officials say the soup’s unlabeled ingredients are known allergens and could harm those who consume them.

The products have the establishment number “P-18468” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There haven’t been any confirmed reports of allergic reactions to the mislabeled soup.

The Lynn company didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Lynn storms the schoolyard gates

By ADAM SWIFT

LYNN — School and city officials will meet over the next week to address the parking issues in school lots during snow emergencies.

In the meantime, if there is a snow emergency before the next school committee meeting in two weeks, the city will allow parking at the same school lots that were open to residents last winter.

The issue came to a head over the past weekend, when parking during snow emergencies was limited to the city’s middle and high schools. In the past, snow emergency parking has been allowed at some, but not all, elementary school lots.

The move left city councilors and some school committee members fielding a number of angry calls from constituents.

“This hit me, with the parking restrictions, out of nowhere,” said Ward 7 Councilor John Walsh Jr. “The people I represent had no idea this was happening … the lots were closed, no direction of where they should go or what they should do.”

School Committee member Lorraine Gately said she was also upset when she found out that only five lots would be open during the snow emergency.

City council president Darren Cyr noted that Lynn is a densely packed small city, where parking is at a premium.

Councilors remove locks, open Lynn lots for snow parking

During Thursday night’s school committee meeting James Lammana, the city’s attorney, said the school committee has the authority to determine which school lots are open and which are closed during a snow emergency. However, Lammana said that in 2013, the committee delegated that authority to the city’s inspectional services director, Michael Donovan.

Donovan defended the decision to close the elementary lots during the snow emergency, citing the need to have the lots cleaned and ready to open for school.

“In 2015, I listened to the School Committee’s extreme displeasure when we were not able to open on the second day after a storm and we were closed when every other school system was open,” said Donovan.

Both Donovan and the city’s parking director, Robert Stillian, said there were safety issues associated with allowing cars to park in some of the school lots.

School committee member John Ford said he had been ready to make a motion to have all school parking lots open to cars, but after hearing from Donovan and Stillian, said he believed the city and schools could work on a compromise proposal.

“For the sake of the citizens in congested areas, we do have to open up some of the lots,” said Ford.

The committee approved a plan to have city and school officials work together to look at what lots should be opened and which should be closed and bring that proposed policy change to the next committee meeting on Jan. 26. Until then, the school lots that were opened during snow emergencies last winter will be opened if Mother Nature intervenes before that date.

Nicolaos C. Stasinos, 80

LYNN — Nicolaos Christos Stasinos passed away on Jan. 10 at the great age of 80. With his family by his side a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, godfather and friend to many we should all take great comfort that he is looking down at us all knowing that he was greatly loved by everyone here and from his beloved island of Samos, Greece where he was born to Christos and Marouda Stasinos.

Nick is survived by his beloved wife Argyro, which they shared 54 years of marriage. Three children Chris, Jim and Maria. His grand-kids who always put a smile and everlasting love in his heart Marina, Nicholas, George and Eleni. Alexi Yianni and a great-grand daughter Gianna. Along with his daughter-in-law Dimitra and son in law Costas Apostolopoulos .

He also leaves behind two brothers, Costa and Mike. And a group of nephews and nieces who he loved and cherished.

Things will never be the same for many of us as we take a walk up those cobblestone streets in Karlovassi expecting to see you sitting down and looking over your garden as you sipped some Souma. Or seeing you take your grand-kids for a ride on the Vespa to the countryside and stopping at every little church to light a candle and a quick prayer. We will always have those great memories and countless others of you to share as time goes on. You enjoyed a great and happy life but God has other plans for you now .

Rest in peace dad we love you.

Service information: Family and friends are welcomed to visitation at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 South Common St., in Lynn on Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m. The church service will begin at 11 a.m. and interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn after the service. In lieu of flowers, the Stasinos Family will be making a religious donation in honor of Nicolaos’s memory. Please make all donations payable to Argyro Stasinos. To leave a condolence visit: Mackeyfuneralhome.com. The MACKEY Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Police log: 1-13-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Axel Augustin, 18, of 52 New Park St., was arrested and charged on a courtesy booking at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday.

Raymond Bryant, 63, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 9:03 p.m. Wednesday.

Benjamin Caron, 30, of 40 Cedar St., was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession and Class C drug possession at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday.

Daniel Caron, 27, of 6 Beach Ave., Swampscott, was arrested on warrant charges of Class A drug possession, Class B drug possession, destruction of property and disturbing the peace at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Aneudy Cleto-Bello, 20, of 172 Washington St., was arrested and charged on a courtesy booking at 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

Jhonny Gonzalez, 31, of 96 Alley St., was arrested and charged on a courtesy booking at 6:33 a.m. Thursday.

James Hickey, 28, of 133 Franklin St., Stoneham, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and Class B drug possession at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday.

George Morales-Tapia, 23, of 182 Chestnut St., was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle and on warrant charges of two counts of trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, Class B drug possession, Class E drug possession, destruction of property, and breaking and entering for a misdemeanor at 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Aaron Mwankuga, 25, of 78 Central Ave., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Ashley Thibault was arrested on warrant charges of Class A drug possession and sexual conduct for a fee at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:03 p.m. Wednesday at 143 South St.; at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday at 85 Euclid Ave.; at 5:16 p.m. Wednesday at 240 Broadway; at 5:22 p.m. Wednesday at 335 Union St.; at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday on Chase Road; at 12:42 p.m. Thursday at MBTA Garage at 985 Western Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday at Commercial and S Common streets.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday at AL Prime Energy at 969 Western Ave.; at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday art 156 Broad St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at 51 Franklin St.; at 12:13 p.m. Thursday at 3 Drexel Terrace; at 12:32 p.m. Thursday at 29 Morris St

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:44 p.m. Wednesday at 127 Washington St.; at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chestnut and Union streets; at 5:36 p.m. Wednesday at 16 Etna Place; at 7:42 a.m. Thursday at 53 Groveland St.; at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 303 Broadway; at 8:56 a.m. Thursday at 303 Broadway; at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at 161 Broad St.; at 10:51 a.m. Thursday at Essex County Juvenile Court at 139 Central Ave.

A report of a gunshot at 4:14 a.m. Thursday at 11 Margin St. The call was unfounded.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday on Sagamore Street; at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday at Taco Bell at 126 Boston St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 6:22 p.m. Wednesday at CVS at 200 S Common St.; at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday at 43 Childs St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 8:37 a.m. Thursday at 185 Lewis St.
Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 1:28 p.m. Thursday at 133 Broadway.

Police log: 1-12-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday on Elm Street. An oil delivery man reported that when he made a delivery, there was a real sketchy man outside the residence he had not seen before. The man was pacing back and forth while talking on a cell phone. Police reported the man in question was taking down his Christmas lights and has lived there for two years.

A report of kids on the pond at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday on Marion Road. A caller reported kids on the pond and he could see open water near the middle. Police reported no broken areas on the ice.


PEABODY

Arrests

John Paul Nelson, 42, of 24 Emily Lane, was arrested and charged with OUI drugs and reckless operation of a motor vehicle at 9:25 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday at Sullivan Tire & Auto Service at 175 Washington St.; at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday at Trader Joe’s at 300 Andover St.; at 9:25 a.m. Thursday at 19 Benevento Circle. A car into a pole was reported. John Paul Nelson, 42, of Peabody was arrested for OUI drugs.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 11:29 p.m. Wednesday at 210 Andover St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday at Gulf Station at 136 Newbury St. A clerk reported a U-Haul driver filled up with gas and left without paying.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday at 10 Holten St.; at 8:29 a.m. Thursday at 5212 Crane Brook Way. A caller reported damage to her vehicle. An officer reported that an unknown person let the air out of the tires on the left side of the vehicle.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday at Oxford Park and Revere Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday on Brown Circle; at 1:17 p.m. Wednesday on Mahoney Circle; at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday at Blanchard’s Liquors on American Legion Highway; at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday at Lyn’s One Hour Cleaners on Atlantic Avenue; at 7:03 p.m. Wednesday at Mobil Gas Station on Squire Road; at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday at Ray’s Sunoco Service on Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday at Revere Housing Authority on Adams Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday on Cushman Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday on Proctor Avenue; at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on Arnold Street; at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday on Kimball Avenue; at 3:01 p.m. Wednesday at Belle Isle Condo Trust on Bennington Street; at 10:27 p.m. Wednesday on Endicott Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday at Surfside Apartments on Ocean Avenue; at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday at Walgreens on Broadway.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday at Beach Street and North Shore Road.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a dog struck by a motor vehicle at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at 26 Saville St. The caller reported the dog was still breathing, but no owner was on scene and there were no tags on the animal. Police reported the dog was a Jack Russell terrier. Animal Control removed the dog and took it to the pound.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Woods at 73 Chestnut St. A fight between two females was reported; at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday at Saugus Mobile Home Park at 846 Broadway. A caller reported hearing gunshots earlier that morning and came across a bullet in her trailer.

A report of suspicious activity at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Street and Lincoln Avenue. A caller reported three males, with one possibly in possession of a small handgun. The man reportedly with the handgun was described as wearing a blue t-shirt and green track pants. Police reported searching to the Revere line and were unable to find the caller or man matching the description; at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday on Prankers Pond. Police reported discovering three tents in the woods with propane tanks, but nobody was in the area.


SWAMPSCOTT

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday at 21 Erie St.

Complaints

A report of an injured police officer at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday at 531 Humphrey St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday at 20 Outlook Road.

Earl Kenneth Johnson, 91

LYNN — Earl (Ken) Kenneth Johnson, 91, of Lynn, died Thursday at the Woodbridge/Kaplan Estate Assisted Living in Peabody after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Carolyn E. (Spongberg) Johnson with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn he was the son of the late Erick T. and Olga T. (Soderstjerna) Johnson. He attended Lynn schools and graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1943. Ken served in the United States Army during WWII, as a Corporal, seeing action in Northern France and the South Pacific. He was employed as a Tool and Die Maker at the General Electric Company for 43 years until he retired in 1991. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church where he was a member of the choir. Ken enjoyed bowling and was a member of both the GEAE and the GLCC bowling leagues; Earl “Flames” Johnson was also a member of several First Lutheran “Swedes” Championship teams in the Greater Lynn Church Softball League. Ken and his wife and family spent summers at Camp Calumet Lutheran in West Ossipee, N.H.

He is survived by one son Steven and his wife Maureen Johnson of Lynn, one daughter Kristine L. and her husband Wayne Johnson of Lynn, four grandchildren, Wayne Johnson Jr. of Wilmington, Brett Johnson of Lynn, and Rachel and Emily Johnson both of Lynn, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Service information: Funeral services will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 280 Broadway, Lynn, on Monday at 11 a.m. to which relatives are invited to attend. Visiting hours are at the PARKER Funeral Home 35 Franklin St. Lynn on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Please make memorial donations in Ken’s name to Camp Calumet PO Box 236 W. Ossipee, NH 03890 or Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.

Sheriff Coppinger ready to plug budget hole

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Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin administers the oath of office Jan. 4 to Kevin Coppinger during his swearing-in as Essex County Sheriff at Lynn Auditorium.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN The first priority for the new sheriff of Essex County is to fix an $18 million budget deficit.

In a presentation to the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Sheriff Kevin Coppinger said his first days on the job have been spent meeting with the House leadership and the Lynn delegation including Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) and Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) to supplement his $70 million budget.

“Right now, my payroll will cease in about the second week of March,” he said. “Obviously we need some money pretty quick. If we don’t get the money what will we do?”

Coppinger also fielded a question about the number of halfway houses in Lynn. While the sheriff said he did not know how many such homes operate in Lynn, he stressed that the burden of these facilities, typically in residential neighborhoods, should be located throughout the county.

He agreed that Lynn should do its fair share of providing supportive networks to recently released prisoners, “But they should be equally distributed across Essex County.”

Coppinger pins on a new badge

Coppinger said his goals include strengthening skills training and improving and expanding detox, opiate and mental health counseling programs.

During the campaign he touted his skills in law enforcement as a police officer and chief, budgeting and communications and the support he received from fellow law enforcement officials nationwide.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

19-year-old Lynn man faces marijuana charge

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN A Wednesday traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lynn man for marijuana distribution.

Police say they pulled over Anfernee Ortega, 19, at approximately 2 p.m. in the Highlands for driving his car erratically and speeding. Ortega told the officer his license was suspended and that he had marijuana in the car, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

Police reportedly seized two ounces of marijuana, which were packaged for sale in several bags, $298 in cash and three cellphones.

Ortega was charged with speeding, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to signal and marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

Beverly restaurant owners plead to $6M fraud


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

Beverly restaurant owners plead to $6M fraud

BOSTON – The owners of Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, and the wife and son of one of the owners, pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Boston to skimming nearly $6 million in cash receipts from the business over six years and failing to report the cash as income on their tax returns.

Nicholas Markos, 69, of Lynn, Nicholas Koudanis, 65, and Eleni Koudanis, 60, of Topsfield, were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the IRS and 10 counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns. Steven Koudanis, 39, the son of Nicholas and Eleni Koudanis, was charged with one count of obstructing and impeding the IRS laws.

Nicholas Markos and Nicholas Koudanis own Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, which only accepts cash payment, according to an indictment.  From 2008 to 2013, both men allegedly skimmed more than $1 million in cash receipts each year which they failed to report on either corporate tax returns or their personal tax returns. As a result, they avoided nearly $1 million each in personal income taxes, the indictment said.

The two split up the cash receipts weekly, determining how much to deposit into the business’s bank account and report on their tax returns, how much to use to pay suppliers and employees, and how much to keep for themselves, according to the indictment.

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Law enforcement officials said Eleni Koudanis had primary responsibility for the bookkeeping and recruited employees, including her son, Steven, to create false cash register receipts to use in connection with an IRS tax audit of the eatery.  

The actual cash register receipts were allegedly destroyed and not provided to the tax preparer who prepared the business and personal tax returns. The indictment said Nicholas and Eleni Koudanis also amassed more than $1.6 million in cash as of December 2014, which they kept in a safe in their home.   

Sentencing is set for April 26. The defendants could face up to five years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to defraud the IRS, three years of probation and a $250,000 fine. Judge Patti Saris will make the final determination.

Police log: 1-12-2017

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LYNN

Arrests

Ivan Andujar, of 16 Essex St., was arrested on warrant charges of two counts of witness intimidation at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Matthew Donovan, of 3 Kingsley Terrace, was arrested on a warrant at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday.

Anfernee Ortega, 19, of 28 Curwin Terrace, was arrested and charged with speeding, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to signal and Class D drug possession with intent to distribute at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Daniel Reynoso, of 39 Newhall St., was arrested on warrant charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and state highway signal/sign/marking at 10:03 a.m. Wednesday.

Jonathan Roy, of 1 Loring Ave., Swampscott, was arrested on warrant charges of larceny, breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, receiving stolen property and larceny at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday.

Mark Szczesuil, 49, of 163 Hamilton St., Saugus, was arrested and charged with probation/parole violation at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:28 p.m. Tuesday at Silsbee and Union streets; at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern and Western avenues; at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday at Broad Street and Oxford Terrace; at 11:37 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday at 261 Boston St.; at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday at Goldthwait Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:51 p.m. Tuesday at 84 Orchard St.; at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday at Commercial and Summer streets; at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday at Goodridge Street and Tracy Avenue; at 2:59 p.m. Wednesday at Richdale at 149 Walnut St.

Assaults

A report of a sexual assault at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday on Fayette Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday at 224 Washington St.; at 3:46 p.m. Tuesday at 31 Franklin St.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday at 18 Lloyd St.; at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Hall at 61 West St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday at 5 Roy Terrace; at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday on Common Street; at 6:58 p.m. Tuesday at 162 Washington St.; at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday at 62 Johnson St.; at 10:07 p.m. Tuesday at 178 Chestnut St.; at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday at 25 W Green St.; at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at 7-Eleven at 3 Lynnfield St.; at 10:48 p.m. Tuesday at 25 W Green St.; at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday at Lido Cafe at 106 Federal St.; at 8:34 a.m. Wednesday at 17 Linden St.; at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Andrew St.; at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday at Bank of America at 1 State St.; at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday at Brothers Deli at 41 Market St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 12:28 .m. Wednesday on Broad Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:01 p.m. Tuesday at 80 Park St.; at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday at 40 Baltimore St.; at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Astor St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday at 217 Washington St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at 39 Mountain Ave.

Beverly restaurant owners plead to $6M fraud


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 8:21 p.m. Tuesday on Beringer Way. A caller reported she could see on her “nest camera” that it appeared that four males entered her work’s warehouse and “came out holding something.” She did not know if they left in a vehicle and believed that the items that were taken were about the size of a pizza box.


PEABODY

Arrests

Querene Q. Joseph, 54, of 96 Edith St., Apt. 1, Everett, was arrested and charged with larceny at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Angel C. Merida, 64, of 61 Newhall St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, no inspection/sticker and failure to yield at an intersection at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday at 2 Warren St. and 52 Central St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday at 278 Lynn St.; at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday at 272 Lynn St.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 3:04 p.m. Tuesday at 25 Dudley St. A caller reported two males in the vicinity carrying what appeared to be rifles. Police spoke with the men and learned the rifles were actually pellet guns.

A report of a disturbance at 6:11 p.m. Tuesday at 2 Truman Road. A caller reported someone was possible trying to gain entrance into her residence. An officer checked the residence with the homeowner and there was no one in the cellar, no tracks in the snow and no signs of forced entry; at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday at Mobile Store at 100 Main St.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 8:34 a.m. Wednesday at 8 Holden St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday at 22 Dalton Court. A broken rear windshield was reported; at 11:50 am. Wednesday at 10 Holten St. An officer reported that the windshield was smashed.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday at 50 Forest St. A vehicle into a pole was reported. Police reported significant pole damage.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 1:32 p.m. Tuesday on Sampson Street. A caller reported a male trapped in an oil truck that rolled over and was leaking oil. The person was extricated and taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at Main and Franklin streets.


SWAMPSCOTT

Arrests

Putney Eskridge, 23, of 95 Cook St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI liquor at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:08 a.m. Tuesday at Paradise Citgo at 219 Paradise Road.

Vandalism

A report of a motor vehicle vandalism at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday at 65 Buena Vista St.; at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday at 84 Essex St.

Matias Gonzalez Regalado, 67

LYNN — Rev. Dr. Matias Gonzalez Regalado, age 67, of Lynn, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Beverly Hospital, with his family by his bedside.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1949, in San Francisco de Macoris, DR, the son of the late Manuel and Marcela (Regalado) Gonzalez.

Dr. Matis Gonzalez Regalado was the senior pastor at Congregacion Candelero de Dios in Lynn for more than 40 years. As a minister of the Gospel, Dr. Matias exemplified Christian values and faith. His pastoral leadership demonstrated love, care and restoration to everyone who was in need. He always had something special to say and went above and beyond to extend a helping hand. As an ordained minister for the Free Methodist Church, his leadership was profound. He served in many leadership capacities, including assistant superintendent and district leader of New England for many years. He established a strong organization among Hispanic ministers in the region. He taught and prepared many pastors in leadership and paved the way for their ordination. Many of those individuals are now serving in various ministry capacities. He has been an influential leader within the Free Methodist Church USA, while serving as president of the Latin Network (La Red Latina), just retiring in September 2016. Dr. Matias published the book, La divinidad de Jesus.

He also served on many boards and community organizations, including COPAHNI (Confraternidad de Pastores Hispanos de Nueva Inglaterra), UMIHNS (Unidad Ministerial Hispana del North Shore), ECCO (Essex County Community Organization) in Lynn and was actively involved with the City of Lynn (city council, Lynn Police Department, school board) and its surrounding areas.

Dr. Matias will be dearly missed by the countless people he has greatly touched. His legacy will live on in the many he ministered to. Even to his last breath, he proclaimed the hope that we have in Jesus, and he now rests in the arms of the One who brought him hope.

He is survived by his wife, Lourdes (Mendez) Gonzalez of Lynn; his daughter, Raisa Fabre and her husband Lewin of Dracut; his son, Joel Gonzalez of Lynn; his siblings, Melba, Ramona and Jedalia Gonzalez of Lawrence, Aura Gonzales of Florida, Elijah Gonzales and wife Olga of Lawrence, Nicolas Gonzalez and wife Noris of Lawrence and Fidel Gonzales of Lawrence. His grandchildren, Elise Gonzalez, Samantha Fabre, Jeremy Fabre and Justin Fabre, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews also survive him.

Service information: Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 from 3-9 p.m. at Congregacion Candelero de Dios, 216 Lynnfield St., Lynn, MA 01904.  There will be Celebration of Life services at 5 and 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at the church. A graveside service will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery on Boston Street in Lynn at 11:30 a.m. Donations may be made to Candelero de Dios General Fund, 216 Lynnfield St., Lynn, MA 01904. Flowers should be sent directly to the church. Arrangements are entrusted to CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. in Lynn. Please visit Cuffemcginn.com to sign the online guestbook.

Lynn council has new leaders for new year

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN There’s new leadership on the Lynn City Council. Ward 3 Councilor Darren Cyr was unanimously elected president while Councilor-at-Large Buzzy Barton notched the vice president post.

In a short speech, Cyr recalled his father, the late David Cyr, a former city councilor who served in the 1970s.

“I wish my dad were here,” he said. “I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps. He was the kind of guy you could always depend on. He taught me to stand by your word.”

Cyr also praised outgoing president Daniel Cahill, and called him an “extremely unbelievable” council president.

“Me and Dan have had some rocky times over the years, like in a marriage,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot from Dan, I hope he’s learned some things from me. I’ve come to respect him and call him a friend. He’s done the council and the city proud and always strives to do the right thing.”

A new direction for the arts

Cyr presented Cahill with a framed watercolor of City Hall on behalf of the council.

“Darren Cyr is a perfect example of how a councilor should do his job, and it’s really touching that he mentioned his father,” Cahill said. “I hope one day my son could say something like that about me. Congratulations.”

In other business, the council amended an ordinance that will increase fines for false alarms for the first time in seven years.

Under the new measure, the first two false alarms are forgiven. But a third will cost home and commercial property owners $100, up from $50. And it increases from there with $200 for the fourth, up from $150, and $300 for five or more.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Police log: 1-11-2017

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LYNN

Arrests

Amanda Dexter, 25, of 11 Cook St., was arrested and charged with trespassing at 8:25 p.m. Monday.

Franklin Evans, of 7 Temple St., Cambridge, was arrested on a warrant charge of trespassing at 3:29 p.m. Monday.

Luis Gonzalez, of 183 Beacon Hill Ave., was arrested on warrant charges of breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, malicious wanton property defacement, forgery of a check, uttering a false check, attempt to commit a crime and receiving stolen property at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday.

Judith Phillips, of 11 Pattys Way, was arrested on a warrant charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday.

Anthony Rando, 34, of 6 Perkins St., was arrested and charged with trespassing, motor vehicle breaking and entering with nothing stolen and attempt to commit a crime at 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:39 p.m. Monday at 40 Franklin St.; at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday at 140 Union St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 6:38 p.m. Monday at Essex and Liberty streets; at 8:36 p.m. Monday at 395 Essex St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:08 a.m. Tuesday on Olive Street; at 7:43 am. Tuesday at 7 Birch St.; at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday at 1067 Western Ave.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday on Light Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:25 p.m. Monday at 124 Green St.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:59 p.m. Monday on Liberty Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:43 p.m. Monday on O’Callaghan Way; at 2:55 p.m. Monday at 342 Walnut St.; at 4:13 p.m. Monday at 303 Broadway; at 5:48 p.m. Monday at 303 Broadway; at 12 a.m. Tuesday at 170 Oxford St.; at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday at 107 Myrtle St.; at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday at Connery Elementary School at 50 Elm St.; at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Huss Court; at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday at 335 Union St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 1:12 p.m. Monday at 8 Amity St.; at 5:04 p.m. Monday at 24 Estes St.; at 7:08 p.m. Monday at 145 Lewis St.; at 10:43 p.m. Monday at 26 W Baltimore St.; at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday at 22 Elmwood Ave.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:28 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Keslar Ave.

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LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:12 a.m. Friday at Durham Drive and Willowby Way; at 6:35 p.m. Friday at 771 Salem St. and 462 S Broadway; at 10:13 p.m. Friday at 807 Salem St. and 5 Canterbury Road; at 11:59 a.m. Saturday at 585 Salem St. and 1087 Summer St.; at 5:08 p.m. Sunday on Route 128 Southbound.

Fire

A report of a fire coming from across the pond at 8:15 p.m. Monday at 2 Wymon Way. The fire department reported burning of christmas trees on the pond behind 159 Bourque Road.


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Kevin Patrick Driscoll, 50, of 38 Cloutmans Lane, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and on a warrant at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a car vs. truck at 7:56 a.m. Monday on Turner Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:05 a.m. Monday on Turner Road; at 1:48 p.m. Monday on Roundhouse Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:05 a.m. Monday on Tower Way; at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday on Cloutmans Lane. A single car crash into a pole and curb was reported. Kevin Patrick Driscoll, 50, of Marblehead, was arrested.

A caller reported a customer was inside the store and was a little shaken up after striking a few parked vehicles on the street at 11:01 a.m. Monday on Pleasant Street.

Complaints

A report of an oil spill outside school at 7:26 a.m. Tuesday at Gerry School on Elm Street. A caller reported an oil leak in the basement. The caller stated a nozzle snapped off and there was a reportable quantity of oil spilled outside the school. The school was closed and children were relocated to Coffin School. The fire department responded.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:34 p.m. Monday at 105 Lowell St. and 6 Crowinshield St.; at 4:08 p.m. Monday at 6 Essex Place; at 7:54 p.m. Monday at McDonalds at 133 Main St. A caller reported a dark colored sedan struck the building. Police reported the vehicle was removed from the side of the building; at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday at YMCA at 259 Lynnfield St. A vehicle off the road into the woods was reported; at 10:24 a.m. Tuesday at Route 128 Overpass on Farm Avenue; at 12:13 p.m. Tuesday at Container Store at 210C Andover St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:02 a.m. Tuesday at West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St.

Complaints

A report of a suicide attempt at 5:57 p.m. Monday on Newbury Street. A caller reported her adult son cut himself and locked himself in his room. He was taken to Beverly Hospital.

A report of a disturbance at 7:18 p.m. Monday at 4 Lincoln Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:33 p.m. Monday at 56 Pine St. A caller reported she never received a package, but FedEx told her it was delivered. The package of assorted charms was valued at $1,142.


REVERE

Arrests

Judith A. Cerundolo, 53, of 101 Pearl Ave., Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Nicholas M. Couch, 26, of 252 Cooledge St., was arrested on a warrant at 11:31 a.m. Monday.

Steven Michael Hescock, 19, of 27 William Road, Billerica, was arrested on a warrant at 5:24 p.m. Monday.

Grace M. Serrano, 27, of 28 Constitution Ave., was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 11:52 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:47 p.m. Monday on Copeland Circle; at 5:28 a.m. Tuesday at North Shore Road and Mills Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:20 a.m. Monday at Washington Avenue and Bruno Street; at 3:47 p.m. Monday on Lincoln Street; at 4:08 p.m. Monday at Laundromax on VFW Parkway; at 5:45 p.m. Monday on Emanuel Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:02 p.m. Monday on Arnold Street.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 10:15 p.m. Monday on North Shore Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:49 p.m. Monday on Wentworth Road.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:06 a.m. Monday at Saugus Senior Center at 466 Central St.; at 8:56 p.m. Monday at Walgreens at 166 Walnut St.; at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday at Goddard School at 248 Lynn Fells Parkway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:06 p.m. Monday at Spring and Walnut streets; at 5:29 p.m. Monday at Jo-Ann Fabrics at 1073 Broadway. A three-car accident was reported. One person was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital; at 9:33 p.m. Monday at 400 Lynn Fells Parkway. A caller reported two vehicles hit each other head on.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday at Soc’s Ice Cream at 67 Lynn Fells Parkway. A caller reported a man walking down the street dressed in all black with a black ski mask.


SWAMPSCOTT

Arrests

Luis Lopez, 18, of 53 Chatham St., Apt. 3, Lynn, was arrested and charged with failure to stop/yield and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 9:24 p.m. Monday.

Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of 12 Hillside Ave., was arrested and charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at 6:28 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:08 a.m. Tuesday at Paradise Citgo at 219 Paradise Road.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 1:05 p.m. Monday at 34 Crescent St.; at 2:33 p.m. Monday at 25 Crescent St.

A new direction for the arts

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Carolyn Cole is the new director of the Lynn Cultural District.

By BILL BROTHERTON

LYNN — Carolyn Cole, who grew up in the Pine Hill section of the city, remembers elementary school field trips to the “shoe museum to make paper shoes.”

It started a love for the arts that continues to evolve. Cole is the new director of the Lynn Cultural District, having been promoted from her position of program manager. She succeeds Kate Luchini, who is devoting more time to her burgeoning jewelry business and other artistic endeavors.

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Making those paper shoes unleashed a creativity that has stayed with Cole. As a youngster, she took acting classes in the LynnArts building, participated in the theater program at English and Bishop Fenwick high schools and got a scholarship to New England Conservatory, where she studied and trained. After earning a musical theater degree, she acted in Rhode Island, moved to New York City, got an office job on Wall Street and landed a few singing and acting gigs. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 2011 after winning the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Signature Theatre’s production of “Hairspray.”

“After about three years, I started really missing Lynn. I missed the community. So I moved back to my parents’ basement,” she said, then laughed. That was a little less than two years ago, and she’s been active in the arts community since returning. She took odd jobs, taught musical theater to school kids and gave voice lessons at School of Rock in the LynnArts building. She volunteered with Arts After Hours, Girls Inc. and other nonprofits. She met Emily Ruddock, the director when Lynn was first designated as a Cultural District, and got involved. She, Luchini and Drew Russo, executive director of the Lynn Museum, teamed as formidable leaders of the city’s growing arts coalition.

She’s come full circle.

“I love to meet people and I’m always asking how I can help,” said Cole. “I learned so much from Kate, and Drew and his staff have been so supportive. I am so happy to be here, to be home where so much is happening.

“I’ve met so many people who say ‘Nothing is going on in downtown Lynn. Where do I park? Where do I eat?’ Well, so much is going on in downtown Lynn. I tell them about six places to park, seven places to eat, places to shop, places to see art and music and black-box theater. This Lynn Museum is a gem. People who come here for the first time can’t believe how wonderful it is. The same with the LynnArts gallery,” she added. “There’s a lot of incredible talent in this city.”

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In her new role, Cole will continue to work with the museum and LynnArts, reaching out to the community in a collaborative effort to get the word out about Lynn’s arts and culture scene.

“I’ve lived in New York and D.C.; I’ve traveled to many of America’s biggest cities … I’ve never been to a place as special and unique as Lynn,” said Cole. “I joke that I was born at Stop & Shop, in aisle seven,” she added, referencing Lynn Hospital, the former occupant of that parcel.

Cole and her husband of eight years, Michael Fogarty, an NCAA basketball official, are expecting their first child, a girl, next month. It was Michael who suggested they move to Lynn, and Carolyn was only too happy to accommodate him. “We met in Rhode Island, he followed me to New York and I took him around with me all these years and places,” she said, smiling. They have bought a house in the Euclid Avenue/Wyoma Square area.

“People ask ‘How are you going to run a Cultural District and raise a baby at the same time?’ That’s just what a woman does, isn’t it?” said Cole.

Russo said Cole is bright, creative and talented and he is looking forward to working with her in her new position. The two grew up in Lynn and took acting classes together.

“Carolyn has a tremendous work ethic. Everyone enjoys working with her. She loves theater and the arts and has been a successful singer, actor and teacher. We are so lucky to have her here in Lynn,” Russo said.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council believes a thriving creative sector is a powerful economic development asset. In support of this, the MCC’s Cultural Districts Initiative was authorized by the state legislature in 2010 and implemented in 2011. Lynn was approved as one of the first five Cultural Districts.

These cultural districts help local arts, humanities and science organizations improve the quality and range of their public programs so that more local families can benefit from them. They enhance the experience for visitors and thus attract more tourist dollars and tax revenue. And they attract artists, cultural organizations, restaurateurs  and entrepreneurs of all kinds, enhancing property values and making communities more attractive.

Lynn’s Cultural District designation expires in June, and a committee is now working toward renewing and expanding the program for another five years. A recent meeting at the Lynn Museum was led by Cole and attended by representatives from the arts community, the city of Lynn, the city of Peabody, Mass Development, The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Food Project, the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, the media and others.


Bill Brotherton can be reached at bbrotherton@itemlive.com.

Phyllis Mary Amaral, 92

LYNN — Mrs. Phyllis Mary “FiFi” (Camuso) Amaral, age 92, of Lynn, died on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at North Shore Medical Center, Union Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Leonard Amaral and the late Clinton Smith.

Born in Cambridge on Dec. 25, 1924, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Alfonso and Mary Grace (Annese) Camuso. She was raised in Wakefield, attended Wakefield Public Schools and graduated from Wakefield High School. She married Clinton Smith and the couple moved to Melrose, where they raised their four children. For many years, Phyllis worked as a billing and payroll clerk at the G.E.M. Store in Saugus and later at Safelite AutoGlass in Cambridge and Transitron in Melrose. During WWII, she was a proud part of the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign and worked as a welder at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Following retirement, Phyllis and her husband Leonard Amaral moved to Derry, N.H., Hampstead, N.H., and later to Florida. She was a resident of Crystal River and Homosassa, Fla., for more than 27 years and returned to Lynn three years ago. She enjoyed playing tennis and bridge and was an avid dancer. Phyllis loved crocheting, gardening, traveling and throwing parties to entertain her family and friends. She was a volunteer for many years at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Crystal River, Fla., and collected bottle tabs for the Lions Club.

Phyllis is survived by her loving children Scott Smith of Derry, N.H., Nancy Miller of Colonie, N.Y., Suzanne Brown and her husband Alan of Gray, Maine, and Pamela Gallant and her husband Dick of Lynn, her grandchildren Tiffany, Janice, Christine, Robin, Dan, Nick, Micah, Jolene and Brad, her 17 great-grandchildren, her brother Richard Camuso and his wife Evelyn of Saugus, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and close friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, Phyllis was predeceased by her brothers Julio, Gerry and Anthony and her sisters Camille, Dorothy and Eleanor.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn, MA, followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield, MA at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’ memory may be made to Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or at www.dementiasociety.org Directions and online guest book at Solimine.com.

Police: GPS links sex offender to assaults

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of Swampscott, was arrested Monday in connection with several assaults that have taken place over the past month in the area of Beach Avenue and Essex Street.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., an officer saw Rhoulam walking on Columbia Street near the train station, which is in the area where several women have been assaulted by a man wearing hooded jackets or sweatshirts, according to Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy.

During the reported assaults, the suspect was also reported as wearing various bandanas covering his face. Rhoulam was allegedly wearing a black and orange mask covering his face and a black and white checkered jacket. When police attempted to speak with Rhoulam, he fled on the train tracks toward Lynn, before he was caught and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest. He was also carrying a knife, Cassidy said.

After Rhoulam was arrested, police learned that he is a registered sex offender on probation, and is monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. After contacting the suspect’s probation officer, police learned through the tracking device that he was in the area of five recent assaults in Swampscott and Lynn, Cassidy said.

A search warrant was conducted at Rhoulam’s address at 12 Hillside Ave. His probation was violated on Monday at Lynn District Court and he will be additionally charged, Cassidy said.

Swampscott police are investigating three assaults in the area. One occurred on Dec. 7, when a woman told police she was knocked to the ground by a man wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, work boots and a bandana covering his face. On Jan. 4, a woman told police she was walking her dog when a man walked up to her and grabbed her buttocks. Swampscott police are also investigating a Jan. 7 incident in which details were not provided.

Lynn police are investigating two incidents this month including one from Jan. 5, where a woman also reported being grabbed by a man in a hooded sweatshirt.

Could it be same suspect grabbing, pushing women?


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

Police log: 1-10-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Tarik Bakkal, 24, of 139 Kimball, Revere, was arrested and charged with OUI drugs, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and Class B drug possession at 3:47 p.m. Sunday.

Naomi Brown, 35, of 8 Lafayette Park, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 2:57 p.m. Sunday.

Adam Mitchell, 29, of 89 Clark St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 10:53 a.m. Monday.

Francisco Yool, 37, of 682 Summer St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and on warrants at 9:46 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:19 a.m. Sunday at 12 Regina Road; at 3:47 p.m. Sunday at Greystone Park and Lynn Shore Drive; at 8:22 p.m. Sunday at 160 Neptune Blvd.; at 8:49 p.m. Sunday on City Hall Square; at 10:06 p.m. Sunday at 57 Rogers Ave.; at 12:12 a.m. Monday at 35 Mt Pleasant St.; at 6:06 a.m. Monday at 605 Chestnut St.; at 10:08 a.m. Monday at MBTA Parking Garage at 186 Market St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2 p.m. Sunday at 221 Lewis St.; at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at 116 Lewis St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:42 a.m. Monday at 112 New Park St.; at 9:08 a.m. Monday at 157 Walnut St.; at 10:42 a.m. Monday on Wyoma Square.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 7:59 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut and Union streets.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:12 a.m. Sunday at 12 Concord St.; at 1:06 p.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 577 Walnut St.; at 3:51 p.m. Sunday at 244 Ocean St.; at 4:11 p.m. Sunday at 19 Olive St.; at 6:39 p.m Sunday at 130 Neptune Blvd.; at 7:24 p.m. Sunday at 320 Lynnfield St.; at 8:50 p.m. Sunday at 10 Joyce St.; at 9:35 p.m. Sunday at Dollar Tree at 759 Lynnway; at 11:17 p.m. Sunday at 500 Lynnfield St.; at 11:27 p.m. Sunday at 130 Union St.; at 11:27 p.m. Sunday at 35 Tracy Ave.; at 2:08 a.m. Monday at 115 Adams St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Willow Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 12:52 p.m. Sunday at 498 Essex St.; at 4:56 p.m. Sunday at 6 Porter Ave.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 4:24 p.m. Sunday on Woodman Street; at 9:49 p.m. Sunday at 28 Essex St.; at 10:23 p.m. Sunday at 11 Mountain Ave.; at 11:57 p.m. Sunday at 109 Broad St.

A report of a robbery at 7:14 p.m. Sunday at 57 South St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:39 p.m. Sunday at 203 Euclid Ave.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 10:44 a.m. Monday at 55 Baker St.

Lynn tax preparer sentenced for fraud


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Brendan J. O’Connell, 21, of 22 Royall St., Medford, was arrested and charged with OUI drugs at 10:31 p.m. Sunday.  

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:20 p.m. Sunday at West Shore Drive and Cornell Road; at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street. A car into a snowbank was reported. The car was pushed out of the snowbank.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 4:07 p.m. Sunday on Woodfin Terrace. A caller reported three youths inside the dump playing on one of the hills. Police reported a few kids walking through the snow in the area, but they left.

A caller reported he and a friend were following behind a vehicle where the “driver appeared to be drunk” and was “weaving in and out of the yellow line.” Brendon J. O’Connell, 21, of Medford was arrested for OUI drugs.


PEABODY

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:42 a.m. Monday at Christian Book Distributors at 140 Summit St. Police reported that an unknown person tried to steal a plow and plow harness off of a vehicle.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:40 p.m. Sunday at Sylvan Street Grille at 12 Sylvan St.

A report of suspicious activity at 2:38 a.m. Monday at 2 Main St. A caller reported people in the apartment building were trying to open multiple doors.


REVERE

Arrests

Troy R. Thiboutot, 48, of Lynn, was arrested and charged with larceny at 6:19 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:09 a.m. Friday on Park Avenue; at 8:16 a.m. Friday at Janvrin Avenue and Beach Street; at 8:28 a.m. Friday on Mountain Avenue; at 8:55 a.m. Friday on Thurlow Avenue; at 9:51 a.m. Friday at BJ’s Wholesale Club on Ward Street; at 9:38 p.m. Friday at E Mountain and Cary avenues; at 2:38 a.m. Saturday at Route One Copeland to Lynn Street; at 12:07 p.m. Saturday on Salem Street; at 2:09 p.m. Saturday at Wonderland Auto on North Shore Road; at 3:13 p.m. Saturday at Ambassador East Condos on Revere Beach Parkway; at 4:29 p.m. Saturday at Olive and Penn streets; at 6:06 p.m. Saturday at Beach Street and North Shore Road; at 8 p.m. Saturday on Beach Street; at 1:07 a.m. Sunday at North Shore Road and Revere Street; at 8:50 a.m. Sunday on Malden Street; at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at Beach Street and North Shore Road; at 4:19 p.m. Sunday on Mahoney Circle; at 6:04 a.m. Monday at North Shore Road and Gladys Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at 1:02 p.m. Friday on Malden Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:31 p.m. Friday on Brown Circle.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 4:02 p.m. Saturday on Eastern Avenue.

Complaints

A report of shots fired at 6:12 a.m. Friday on Fenno Street.

A report of a disturbance at 6:29 p.m. Friday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street; at 8:16 p.m. Friday on Ocean Avenue; at 9:25 p.m. Friday on Derby Road; at 11:44 p.m. Friday at Exeter House on Charger Street; at 12:03 a.m. Saturday at Greater Boston Indoor Sports on Charger Street; at 12:48 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Church on Revere Street; at 1:05 a.m. Saturday at Gladys and Glendale streets; at 9:23 p.m. Saturday on Hall Street; at 9:47 p.m. Saturday at Roseland Properties on Parkside Place; at 1:10 a.m. Sunday on Library Street; at 12:10 p.m. Sunday on Francis Street; at 9:43 p.m. Sunday on Winthrop Avenue; at 1:21 a.m. Monday on Ridge Road.

Theft

A report of auto theft at 7:27 p.m. Friday on American Legion Highway.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 8:09 p.m. Friday at Seawatch Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at New Revere Police Station on Revere Beach Parkway.

A report of a robbery at 7:57 p.m. Sunday on Kimball Avenue; at 8:36 p.m. Sunday on Garfield Avenue.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 8 a.m. Friday at 66 Water St. A caller reported a motor vehicle crashed through a fence near the golf course; at 8:29 a.m. Friday at 32 Hanson Road. A caller reported a vehicle into the stone wall outside her residence. Police reported the vehicle slid off the icy roadway, with the front left tire over the one foot high cement wall. The vehicle was lifted off the wall by the tow company and the driver declined medical attention; at 12:09 p.m. Saturday at Rhodes and Hamilton streets; at 1:53 p.m. Saturday at 78 Water St. A car through a fence was reported; at 4:59 p.m. Saturday at Oaklandvale Avenue and Lynn Fells Parkway; at 11:35 p.m. Saturday at Walnut and Central streets. A caller reported a vehicle slid and took down a light post.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:53 a.m. Friday at Bob’s Store at 1020 Broadway; at 4:03 p.m. Friday at Aldo Hair Salon at 26 Hamilton St.; at 7:17 p.m. Saturday at Petries Flower and Plant Shop at 409 Lynn Fells Parkway; at 1:16 p.m. Sunday at 6 Vine St. and 104 Main St. DPW reported a sidewalk plow took down a traffic light pole.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:13 p.m. Saturday at Salem Turnpike and Ballard Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at 11 Seagirt Ave. Three vehicles were broken into; at 5:40 p.m. Sunday at 32 Seagirt Ave. A woman reported her vehicle was broken into and $850 in cash was stolen.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:48 p.m. Friday at 7 School St.; at 11:49 p.m. Friday at Continental Restaurant at 266 Broadway. A caller reported a male punched a female in the face. Both people were gone upon officer arrival; at 8:14 a.m. Saturday at Walmart at 770 Broadway; at 2:33 a.m. Sunday at McDonalds at 738 Broadway.

Fire

A report of a building fire at 3:52 p.m. Saturday at 52 Juniper Drive. A caller reported a chimney fire in his home. The fire captain reported fire showing from the chimney, but it was contained to the flue of the chimney.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:08 p.m. Friday at Sears/Square One Mall at 1325 Broadway. Sears Loss Prevention reported approximately 40 stolen chains.


SWAMPSCOTT

Arrests

Christopher Smith, 21, of 100 Newhall St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with failure to stop/yield and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 10:54 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at Swampscott High School at 200 Essex St.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 2:58 p.m. Sunday on Humphrey Street.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:52 a.m. Sunday at 21 Roy St.; at 4:39 p.m. Sunday at 43 Hillside Ave.

Alville J. Collymore, 68

LYNN — Alville Junior Collymore, 68, a Lynn resident for 27 years, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Born and educated in St. Thomas, Barbados, he was the son of Kenneth Gilkes and the late Miriam (Collymore) Gilkes. He was the loving father of Angeleen Haynes of Barbados, Coleridge Collymore of Lynn, Timothy Walker of Boston, and Shekora Eversley of Chelsea; the brother of Angeline “Patsy” Elmore, Basil Collymore and Anderson Gilkes, all of Boston, Kenneth Smith Jr. of the U.K., Patricia, Ulrick and Morrison Smith, all of Barbados, and the late Resetta Smith, Reynold Collymore, and Shirley Jones; the cherished grandfather of Jamaine, Kristina, Jamie, and Julisa of Barbados and Corey, Carla, and Ayden of the USA; great-grandfather of Kassidy, Soriyah, and Jakeema of Barbados and Tahari of the USA; and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Alville worked as a laboratory technician at the Whitehead Institute, now the Broad Institute, in Cambridge for more than 18 years until his retirement.

Service information: Alville’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 74 S. Common St., Lynn, MA. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours are at CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Donations in Alville’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or via www.heart.org. For more information and the online guest book please visit Cuffemcginn.com.

Donnalee M. Jones Barnes, 65

LYNN — Donnalee “Donna” M. (Thompson) Jones Barnes, age 65, of Lynn, passed away Jan. 1, 2017. Born in Lynn and a lifelong resident, she attended Lynn schools and was a manager in the hospitality industry. She was the daughter of the late Marilyn Hayward and Stanley Thompson. She is the mother of Donna M. Jones of Nevada, the late Robert C. Jones, Sircecil Jones of Boston, Renee Jones of Fall River and Ricky Cameron of Lynn, sister of Stanley Thompson, Darleene Ferrara, Daniece Ferrara-Cruz, DeeAnne Walker and Frederick Walker Jr., grandmother of Chynaha, Tiana, Zaria, Mason, Cyrus, Cecil and Janayah and is also survived by her beloved cat “Boo”.

Service information: Her funeral service will be private. Arrangements by the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn.

Union’s Vecchione comes home, looks for strong finish

COURTESY PHOTO BY UNION ATHLETICS
Union College hockey star and Saugus native Mike Vecchione stands second in the nation in both points (39) and goals (18) and third in faceoff wins (329) through just 21 games. 

By JOSHUA KUMMINS 

Mike Vecchione and the Union College hockey team spent much of December on the road, and that’s where they were again last Thursday night.

However, this was no ordinary road game for the Saugus native and Malden Catholic product. This time, Vecchione was back home to lead the Dutchmen into Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

“It was definitely a special night,” said Vecchione, a second-year captain for the nation’s No. 11 team. “You get a lot of fans at Harvard, but the support I had at BU was overwhelming with all my friends texting me to say they were going to be there and wishing me luck.”

A 5-4 overtime loss was not the outcome Vecchione had hoped for against the Terriers, but he continued a stellar senior campaign with two assists.

Vecchione scored 34 points as a freshman and followed that effort up with 16 more to finish his sophomore year as ECAC Hockey’s second-leading scorer. While his nine goals and 29 points last season may pale in comparison, sixth-year head coach Rick Bennett saw Vecchione learning important lessons on the fly.

“People looked at Mike’s points and feel that he had an off year, but we felt as a staff that he actually had a good year,” said Bennett. “His points did suffer a bit, but he learned a tremendous amount in the fact that if ‘I’m going to play great defense, I’m going to have that puck a bit more.’”

That learning has paid dividends as Vecchione was the top scorer in Division 1 college hockey for more than a month, until New Hampshire’s Tyler Kelleher passed him with five points against Brown the other day.

He now stands second in the nation in both points (39) and goals (18) and third in faceoff wins (329) through just 21 games, and needs just six points to pass his two-year teammate and current Montreal Canadien Daniel Carr as Union’s all-time leading scorer at the D1 level.

While reaching milestones (including being named a Sports Illustrated Face in the Crowd last week) are special, the greatest are the trophies that lie ahead in March and April. With a 14-5-2 overall record and first-place mark (8-1-1) in the ECAC, the Dutchmen are making steps towards the postseason and the ultimate goal of a national championship that Vecchione experienced as a freshman.

“That’s kind of what us seniors are trying to do. We want to go out with a bang,” Vecchione said. “I want to win some of those trophies back, so that’s our No. 1 goal. I think the (national championship) experience does help and definitely fuels the fire. You want to get back to that place and enjoy it, because it was such a special moment.”

Two great linemates have also helped Vecchione write a strong Hobey Baker Award resume, as sophomore Sebastian Vidmar and junior Spencer Foo have formed one of the nation’s best combinations and combined for nearly 45 percent of the team’s point scoring.

College hockey’s top prize has resided in the Boston area for the last three years as Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Boston University’s Jack Eichel and Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey won it in succession. All three were on outstanding lines, and Vecchione’s scenario is no different.
“I think our games just complement each other pretty well,” Vecchione said. “I’m out there trying to win faceoffs, get puck possession. Me and Foosy are the faster of the two, so we’re getting up ice with speed and transition. We all have good hockey sense and know where each other are going are going to be and what they’re going to do with the puck.”
It is that long-standing local hockey tradition that appealed to Vecchione, who was a senior captain when Malden Catholic won its first-ever Super 8 title in 2011.

“When I was growing up, me and my friends or my father would go to the BU-BC games and watch them duel it out because they were winning national championships every other year,” Vecchione said. “That’s what drew me into college hockey, being around that.”

After watching some of the nation’s best while growing up, he committed to the University of New Hampshire. It didn’t work out, but he said “everything happens for a reason” and made his way to Schenectady, N.Y., and has put together a banner career.

Vecchione has been a leader in hockey for a long time, and Bennett too saw no better leader for his program.

“Everyone in our locker room respects him because he not only brings it on the ice, but in the classroom,” Bennett said. “I don’t think he’s missed much in his four years here. And, you never have to ask it. There’s a huge difference in asking players versus players who are willing to do it. To me, that’s a hockey player. He checks off all the boxes.”

 

Names and notes

  • Lynn’s Marcos Echevarria led all scorers with 25 points and hit a running jumper as time expired to lift the Nichols College mens basketball team to an 85-84 win over Gordon in a clash of two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) unbeatens last Tuesday night in Wenham. Echevarria posted a team-high five rebounds and three steals in the contest and remains the CCC’s leading scorer with 24.9 points per game.
  • Lynn’s Stephen Basden grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the Endicott mens basketball team’s 84-83 win Thursday over Gordon. Five came on the offensive glass, moving the Governor’s Academy product into ninth on the Gulls’ career list with 130.
  • Lynn’s Katie Burt led the sixth-ranked Boston College womens hockey team to a pair of positive results this past week as she posted 28 saves ― matching her second-highest total this season ― in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Hockey East archrival Boston University and 25 in a 4-3 win over Syracuse last Wednesday. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last eight games entering tonight’s Frozen Fenway game against Harvard.
  • Saugus native Norma Waggett shot 14-of-28 from the field and averaged 5.5 rebounds in the Salem State womens basketball team’s most recent action against conference foes Framingham State and Worcester State. She was team’s leading scorer in both contests, posting 22 points and five rebounds in the latter.
  • Danvers’ Allison Butler scored two goals and added two assists in the Saint Anselm womens hockey team’s 5-1 win Saturday at Franklin Pierce. She ranks in a tie for fourth in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) with 18 points this season.

Fire Dept. revival rate 94 percent with Narcan

PHOTO BY NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD
Lt. Jon Godbout of Engine 3 Medic 1 holds up a Narcan shot on Sunday, at the Western Avenue firehouse. 

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — The Lynn Fire Department revived 94 percent of the patients their emergency personnel treated with Narcan, the lifesaving overdose drug, attributing the high figure to proper training and rapid response.

In 2016, the department documented 116 saved lives, out of 124 patients treated with Narcan. Five of those people died and in three cases, it’s unknown if the person survived. The numbers are not citywide figures, as they do not include Medic 1, Lynn Police or Atlantic Ambulance statistics. Heroin is the most common overdose.

But, firefighters from Engine 3, who treated 32 patients last year, and administered 64 doses of Narcan, said chances of survival are all about timing. Early reporting to emergency personnel helps.

“If we don’t find them in time, it’s not a miracle drug,” said Lt. Jon Godbout.

Stephen Harer, a firefighter and paramedic, said it’s important to find the overdose victim soon enough so they don’t go into cardiac arrest. There was an incident two weeks ago where one person went into cardiac arrest, and didn’t make it, Godbout added.

Narcan was added to fire trucks in the past two years, according to Lynn firefighters who spoke with The Item on Sunday. Before that, it was just on ambulances. A person can also go and buy their own Narcan at a pharmacy.

Firefighter Stephen Stille said there’s been an increase in people receiving Narcan before first responders arrive.

On a typical call, Godbout said fire personnel would be dispatched for an unresponsive overdose. The fire engine would arrive before the ambulance. He said the patient would be assessed, with a friend or family member usually on scene.

Most of the time, the person’s face is ashen-colored or blue, with pinpoint pupils. He said drug paraphernalia is not always visible so it’s not clear if the person shot up, took pills or did a mixture of things. If they’re breathing, nasal Narcan can be administered, Godbout said.

“They’ll go from death’s doorstep to walking and talking,” he said.

But once they’re revived, Godbout said patients aren’t required to go to the hospital. If they don’t seek medical attention, they can relapse back into an overdose when the Narcan wears off.

Stille said many people are overdosing because the drugs are stronger. He said patients have told him that they don’t understand why they overdosed, after taking the same amount of the drug they always do, not realizing that it’s laced with something else, such as fentanyl.

Firefighters said there are many repeat offenders after having been revived with Narcan. Stille said people can be discharged from the hospital after an overdose, and use again the same day. He said there can be multiple overdoses from the same person during one shift. Stille and Godbout said the overdoses that hit the hardest are the ones that happen around kids.

“Those are the ones that you seem to think about the most,” Godbout said. “It’s disturbing that there’s young children at home.”

Godbout and Stille said high revival rates are also attributed to good training and the luxury of having multiple fire stations across the city.

“That’s what it comes down to is timing,” Stille said. “Having the ladders and engines across the city to get to those people.”

EMT training is required for the fire department, Godbout said, along with a certain amount of continuing education every two years. He said that includes a continuing education class on the Narcan itself. Around the station, firefighters go over patient assessment, how to assemble Narcan and how to use it.

On calls, after a patient has been revived with Narcan, Godbout said they’ll sometimes still deny having used opioids. They might attribute it to sleeping or seizures, anything except using drugs. He said it’s important for people to tell emergency personnel what they overdosed on so the correct reversal drugs can be given.

The denial might be for fear of getting trouble with police, who are often on scene, Stille added.

Despite the positive lifesaving statistics, the Lynn Fire Department acknowledges that the heroin epidemic is not a problem that’s going away. It’s always been around, but is finally recognized by state officials, Godbout said.

“It ruins people’s lives,” Godbout said. “It ruins families. You can do it once and get hooked. All walks of life … it doesn’t matter where you came from, poor, rich. We see it in every part of the city.”


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley