Saugus

Saugus has a new view on cable access TV

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The Board of Selectmen signed a five-year contract with Saugus Community Television, which includes an agreement that the panel will oversee cable access station spending.  

“There has been quite a bit of turmoil over the access of the PEG (Public, Educational and Government) access channels,” said Special Town Counsel Ira Zaleznik. “With that turmoil in mind, we set out to draft an agreement that is hoped will end the turmoil and will provide the appropriate level of supervision of this board.”

Rather than cash coming from Comcast and going straight to SCTV, it will go through the Board of Selectmen for appropriation. Budget proposals and requests for funds will be made by SCTV.

Each piece of equipment will be itemized and listed so selectmen will know the cost of the equipment “to ensure the money is spent in the manner that it was intended,” Zaleznik said.

The SCTV board of directors includes five newly appointed members; Fatima Allan, Al DiNardo, Donna Sordello, Bill Williamson and Tom Lucey.

“One of the problems, and I would say it was probably done with the best intentions, was (former SCTV board members) were utilizing the funds for the operation of the channel for causes and measures that were not within their mandate and the scope of what they were supposed to be doing,” said Zaleznik.

As an example, Zaleznik said the board used funding to award a scholarship to a Saugus High School student.

In 2012, the selectmen declined to renew the 2007 agreement between the town and SCTV, a private television station operated separately from the town, and instead formed Saugus Cable Television Station, a for-profit entity funded by the town that operated under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

The vote to make the change was later rescinded, but then that vote was rescinded, leaving the duties to SCTS.

Problems extended to include fraudulent court documents, unauthorized money, accusations of open meeting violations, and several lawsuits from and against the town, all of which have now been dropped or resolved.

“It took a long time to unravel everything but now it’s unraveled,” said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

By using the existing nonprofit, the new SCTV board can use business mechanisms already in place, such as payroll and other accounts, Zaleznik said. As an alternative, dissolving the existing nonprofit and creating a new one would have been a lengthy and costly process.

“It’s easy for them to start up the operations rather than starting up a brand new nonprofit,” he said.

Selectman Jeff Cicolini said he was pleased the agreement included that the board could conduct performance reviews up to four times should they feel it’s necessary.

“That’s a very big piece, in my opinion,” he said. “If the people in the town aren’t getting what they expect out of it, I like the idea that that can be assessed once a year or as needed. It gives us a little extra oversight.”
Crabtree said the town’s staff spent more than 100 hours resolving the problems.

“Things happened and you don’t expect them — it became complex with politics and many personalities,” said Crabtree. “I’m hopeful this will allow the town and cable entity to move forward so we can all focus on what we should be focusing on.”


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Lynn, Revere car chase ends in Saugus on Saturday

SAUGUS — A Newburyport man was arrested after leading police on a chase through three towns on Saturday afternoon, while hitting several parked cars in the process.

Shortly before 2 p.m., State Police stopped Stephen Staffiery, 48, the driver of a 1998 Infinity QX4, on the Lynnway for motor vehicle violations. During the traffic stop, Staffiery ran away, before eventually getting back into his vehicle and taking off, state police said.

Transit Police attempted to pull him over on Route 1A in Revere, but Staffiery didn’t stop. Staffiery made his way onto Revere Street, and while still being chased by police, struck one car, before getting on Route 60 westbound, where he struck two more cars. The crashes didn’t result in any injuries, state police said.

The chase continued, as Staffiery entered Copeland Circle, at the intersection of Route 1. Staffiery left the highway at the Salem Street area in North Revere, and fled into a Saugus residential area. He pulled over on Dale Street in Saugus and ran away through backyards, state police said.

Transit, Revere and Saugus police ran after Staffiery, and after a brief struggle, he was arrested and charged with: Equipment violation; attaching plates; unregistered motor vehicle; uninsured motor vehicle; failure to stop for police; operating on a suspended/revoked license; speeding; disorderly conduct; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of a property damage crash; resisting arrest; receiving stolen property; OUI drugs; heroin possession; possession of a burglarious instrument; and fugitive from justice warrant out of New Hampshire.

Staffiery is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Tuesday.

Man leads police on North Shore chase

SAUGUS—A Newburyport man was arrested after leading police on a chase through three towns on Saturday afternoon, while hitting several parked cars in the process.

Shortly before 2 p.m., State Police stopped Stephen Staffiery, 48, the driver of a 1998 Infinity QX4, on the Lynnway for motor vehicle violations. During the traffic stop, Staffiery ran away, before eventually getting back into his vehicle and taking off, state police said.

Transit Police attempted to pull over the vehicle on Route 1A in Revere, but Staffiery didn’t stop. The Infinity made its way onto Revere Street, and while continuing to evade police, Staffiery struck one vehicle, before fleeing onto Route 60 westbound, where he struck two more cars. The crashes didn’t result in any injuries, state police said.

The chase continued, as the Infinity entered Copeland Circle, at the intersection of Route 1. Staffiery left the highway at the Salem Street area in North Revere, and fled into a Saugus residential area. He pulled over on Dale Street in Saugus and ran away through backyards, state police said.

Transit, Revere and Saugus police ran after Staffiery, and after a brief struggle, he was arrested on 16 charges.

  • Equipment violation
  • Attaching plates
  • Unregistered motor vehicle
  • Uninsured motor vehicle
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Operating on a suspended/revoked license
  • Speeding
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Leaving the scene of a property damage crash
  • Resisting arrest
  • Receiving stolen property
  • OUI drugs
  • Heroin possession
  • Possession of a burglarious instrument
  • Fugitive from justice warrant out of New Hampshire

Staffiery is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Tuesday.

Aggregate result is space for Saugus

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Aggregate Industries has agreed to provide cash to improve the town’s parks.

In exchange for a land reclamation agreement for the quarry on Route 99, Aggregate will provide at least $36,000 annually, plus additional fees per truck load that may reach more than $100,000 annually, said Town Manager Scott Crabtree.

“These monthly gifts will be used to benefit outdoor and indoor park and recreation facilities, as well as help fund parks and recreation programs within the town of Saugus,” he said. “We have a special grant gift account that will be segregated only to use for those purposes, without need for appropriation.”

Last summer, the board of selectmen backed a plan to fill the 60-acre site at 1821 Broadway. The Saugus Quarry could be transformed into a commercial development with a mix of retail, office and housing space.

Aggregate has produced construction materials on the site since the 1930s. Today, it’s home to two asphalt plants, a ready mix concrete plant, quarrying and crushing activities, said Erik Muller, general manager.

For more than a decade, Aggregate has worked with the town’s Aggregate Post-Closure Committee to develop a plan to reclaim the quarry. The project, to be completed in three phases, will reuse 46 acres over the next 15 years.

The site will be filled using dredged materials, blasted rock and soil. Materials will be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Saugus Board of Health.

Aggregate is working with town officials to develop a master plan for filling the quarry. The plan will lead to zoning amendments to encourage mixed-use development. Zoning for the site allows uses including contactors yards, auto body work, car dealerships, commercial garages, self-storage facilities and warehouse operations. Under the new agreement, Aggregate will not pursue any of these uses.

In addition to a master plan, a stormwater pollution plan will be provided as part of the agreement.

“They want to have a bigger involvement in the community,” Crabtree said. “It’s a huge benefit for the town and for our community.”

Selectmen, the finance committee and Town Meeting members all supported recent efforts to build a new playground at Veterans Memorial Elementary School, a park and playground at Bristow Street Park, and new tennis courts at Belmonte Middle School. The monthly grants will further similar efforts, Crabtree said.

“One of my biggest priorities as town manager has been to improve the parks and playgrounds within the Town of Saugus,” he said. “This partnership with Aggregate will help us achieve that goal. We are so thankful for their generosity and we look forward to working with them and further bettering our community over the next several years.”

Saugus schools head to drawing board


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemilve.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Vets organize competition for Kasabuskis

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — In an event to honor veterans, the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warriors sled hockey team will play at the Kasabuski Arena Friday night.

“The rink is named after the Kasabuski brothers who were killed in World War II,” said Board of Selectmen member Scott Brazis. “They were part of the 10th Mountain Division. (The Warriors) wanted to become an active participant in anything having to do with that arena. They’re coming all the way from upstate New York to be there.”

John and Walter Kasabuski were killed in 1945. John was hit by a grenade. Walter was with him when he died. Twelve days later, Walter was shot. The brothers have side-by-side grave markers at Riverside Cemetery.

“The Warriors are very much looking forward to honoring Walter and John Kasabuski who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the 10th Mountain Division in Europe in the closing days of WWII,” said coach Mark McKenna, in a statement. “It will be our honor to play in an arena named after the brothers.”

A city in mourning

Hosted by Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey, the event will begin at 4:50 p.m. Two hours of sled hockey with the Warriors will follow. Finally, the Lynnfield High School and Saugus High School teams will face off at 8:20 p.m.

Disabled veterans and children are invited to play in the game. Adaptive sleds will be available for different abilities that can either be pushed or self-propelled. The league will make an effort to accommodate all players.

Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey will donate a new ice hockey sled to the Warriors with an estimated value of $2,500.

Blades the Bear from the Boston Bruins will be in attendance. There will be a ceremonial puck-drop, a Color Guard presentation and a performance of the National Anthem.

Those interested in playing or supporting the event should contact Bob Belyea at 781-233-8230.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Police log: 2-18-2017

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

Dario Mercedes, 59, of 7 Willow St. in Lynn was arrested on protective custody at 2:39 p.m. Thursday.

Octavio Sanabria was arrested on a warrant charge of parole or probation violation at 4:17 p.m. Thursday.

Donnell Skeen, 35, of 170 S. Common St. was arrested on a warrant charge of Class B drug distribution at 7:00 p.m. He was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a straight warrant and an unregistered motor vehicle.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:55 a.m. Thursday at 64 Gardiner St.; at 8:07 a.m. Thursday at Goodridge Street; at 8:50 a.m. Thursday at 175 Walnut St.; at 10:32 a.m. Thursday at 52 Franklin St.; at 10:59 a.m. Thursday at 59 N. Franklin St.; at 1:51 p.m. Thursday at Eastern and Glenwood Street; at 2:42 p.m. Thursday at 77 New Park St.; at 4:22 p.m. Thursday at 8 S. Common St.; at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at 86 Boston St.; at 7:47 a.m. Friday at Stanwood Street and Western Ave.; at 7:58 a.m. Friday at Newhall and Sagamore streets; at 8:21 a.m.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with a personal injury at 7:28 a.m. Thursday at Boston and Cedar streets.

A report of police motor vehicle accident at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton and Lawton avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at 15 Pond St.; at 3:32 a.m. Friday at 22 Barrett St. #3; at 6:30 a.m. Friday at 622 Eastern Ave.

Breaking and Entering

A report of breaking and entering at 1:31 a.m. at 10 Grover St. Thursday.

A report of past breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at 5:38 p.m. at 17 W. Baltimore St. #3; at 6:57 p.m. at 186 Market St.; at 11:31 p.m. at 50 Boston St.  

Complaints

A report of an unwanted guest at 14 a.m. at 2 Rogers Ave.

A report of a disturbance at 133 Chestnut St. #2R at 1:28 a.m. Thursday; at 7:39 a.m. at 9 S. Elm St. Thursday; at 1:48 Thursday at 34 Hood St.; at 2:02 p.m. at 378 Chestnut St. #1;  at 2:15 p.m. Thursday at 39 Buffum St.; at 3:21 p.m. Thursday 36 Flint St.; at 3:36 p.m. Thursday at 50 Central Ave.; at 3:48 p.m. Thursday at 20 Wheeler St.; at 5:26 p.m. Thursday at 126 Union St. #17; at 6:09 p.m. Thursday at 366 Western Ave. #3; at 6:27 p.m. Thursday at 50 Central Ave.; at 8:28 p.m. Thursday at 10 High Rock St.; at 11:58 Thursday at 501 Washington St. #311; at 1:11 a.m. Friday at Commercial and Summer streets; at 2:25 a.m. Friday at 9 Surfside Road.

Theft

A report of a scam at 2:06 p.m. Thursday at 9 Surfside Road #9.

A report of a motor vehicle theft at 2:49 p.m. at 725 Western Ave.

A report of larceny at 3:29 p.m. at 60 Granite St.

Police log: 2-17-2017


PEABODY

Arrests

Jason M. Modugno, 43, of 117 Elliot St. #1 in Beverly was arrested at 3:42 p.m. Thursday for concealing over $100 worth of shoplifted merchandise.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:25 a.m. Thursday at 201S Andover St.; at 11:50 Thursday at 2 Johnson Ave. and 82 Lynnfield St.; at 12:59 a.m. Thursday Sewall Street; at 2:42 p.m. Thursday at 83 Margin St.; at 3:42 p.m. Thursday at 309 Lowell St. and 2 Northshore Road; at 11:40 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 7:05 a.m. Thursday at 52 Warren and 70 Endicott streets.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a past breaking and entering at 8:33 p.m. Thursday at 6 Dearborn Road.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:18 a.m. at Goldie Street; at 10:31 a.m. Thursday at Squire Road; at 11:36 a.m. at Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run at 2:58 p.m. Thursday at Sigourney Street and Squire Road.

Assault

A report of an assault at 8:31 a.m. Thursday at Thurlow Ave.

Breaking and Entering

A report of an attempted breaking and entering at 10:36 p.m. Thursday at Shirley Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:24 a.m. Thursday at Ocean Ave.; at 11:38 a.m. Thursday at Sears Street; at 3:50 p.m. Thursday at Reservoir Ave.; at 6:38 p.m. Thursday at Campbell Ave.

A report of a complaint at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at Bell Circle; at 10:35 a.m. Thursday at Squire Road; at 5:57 p.m. Thursday at Revere Street; at 7:40 p.m. Thursday at Lee Burbank Highway.

Theft

A report of larceny, forgery or fraud at 1:33 p.m. Thursday at Gelndale Street.

A report of larceny at 7:58 p.m. Thursday at Garfield Ave.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report by a walk-in of a past motor vehicle accident at 4:01 p.m. Thursday.

Complaints

A report of large pothole at 2:38 p.m. Thursday at 213 Walnut St. Department of public works will put a barrel over the hole.

Theft

A report of shoplifting at 4:46 p.m. Thursday at 1201 Broadway. An employee reported roughly $4,000 in merchandise was stolen.

Police nab Marblehead trail assault suspect

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — The GPS bracelet that has already linked Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of Swampscott, to a rash of tire slashings and five alleged assaults against women on the Lynn-Swampscott line, has also tied him to an assault last October on the Marblehead Rail Trail.

On Oct. 26, police received a call shortly after 11 a.m. that a man had exposed himself and tried to grab a woman on the portion of the popular 4-mile trail outside Tower School, a private pre-K to 8 school on West Shore Drive. The trail connects Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem.

Rhoulam was arraigned in Lynn District Court Wednesday on charges of open and gross lewdness, indecent exposure and assault. He was also arraigned on numerous other charges stemming from a Jan. 9 arrest by Swampscott Police. After his arrest, police discovered Rhoulam was already on probation, and a GPS ankle bracelet put him in the area of five alleged assaults against women in Swampscott and Lynn.

Police also believe, through the suspect’s GPS bracelet, Rhoulam was in the area of a rash of tire slashings that began in October and ended in January. A total of 32 people reported their tires slashed in Swampscott alone. There have been no tire slashings in the area since Rhoulam’s arrest. Lynn and Saugus Police also reported similar incidents.

Rhoulam was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Feb. 23.

Police eye Swampscott man in tire slashings

According to court documents, on the date of the incident in Marblehead, the victim told police she was walking alone on the path toward Salem when she saw a man ahead of her on a bike in the area of the Tower School athletic fields. At first, she related, she wasn’t concerned, but became nervous when he got off the bike. She told police the man had exposed and grabbed himself with his right hand, while trying to grab her with his left hand. She jumped back and screamed for help and then the man fled on the bike toward Salem without making physical contact or saying a word, according to the documents.

Several people on the path who heard her yell came to her aid and helped her call 911, but when asked, none of them had seen the incident, according to documents.

Schools were notified of the incident by police, who searched the area with assistance from a Salem K9 unit, but the suspect was not found. Police continued to patrol the rail trail the day after the alleged assault, with no sighting of the suspect the victim described. A woman came forward on the day of the incident after seeing a news broadcast about the alleged assault to relate an odd encounter on the path to police. The woman told police about an encounter she had walking on the path on Oct. 23, when she felt someone behind her and turned to see a man on a bike. She said the man rummaged around in his bag for longer than it should have taken him to find anything, as the bag was very small, and was “panting” while doing so. She was concerned enough to pick up a large rock, and told police she left with the feeling she wanted to tell other walkers or joggers to avoid the trail, according to court documents.

Marblehead Police Sgt. Sean Brady wrote in his report that he spoke with Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy on Jan. 12 regarding the arrest of Rhoulam. Brady wrote that Rhoulam, a registered sex offender, is on probation and wears a GPS monitoring bracelet. Police checked Rhoulam’s sex offender registry photo, which matched the description of the suspect from the rail trail assault case, court documents say.

Brady spoke with Rhoulam’s probation officer, who was able to access his whereabouts on Oct. 26. The GPS bracelet placed him in the same location of the encounter with the victim at approximately 11 a.m., according to court documents. The probation officer said Rhoulam had been on probation for a sexual assault conviction out of Revere.

In Lynn, overall crime drops, violence jumps


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

 

Saugus schools head to drawing board

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the town’s plan for a combination middle and high school building concept, allowing officials to move on to the design.

The quasi-independent government agency that funds public schools is working with Saugus to construct a new building.

“Now we will move on to modular four of the project with the MSBA, the schematic design phase,” said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “Over the next year we will work with the architects to design the actual building.”

The project is expected to cost about $153 million. In June, Town Meeting will be presented with a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion vote that would increase the tax levy beyond the state limit of 2.4 percent for more than 20 years or until the project is paid off, Crabtree said. The question will then go to the polls. The amount that could be added to residents’ bills to fund the investment is still unknown, he said.

The new middle-high school would be constructed on the same property as the existing high school. A new football stadium with multi-use fields would replace the current building.

The building process began when the town sent a letter of interest to the MSBA at the end of 2013, which was accepted the next month. By last February, PMA Consultants was chosen as the owner’s project manager and HMFH Architects Inc. was chosen to design the new building.

Cambridge-based HMFH is known for its user-centered designs and use of color in their work. The company has experience working with the state on combination middle-high school and standalone high school projects.

HMFH project director Lori Cowles described a pod-style layout focused on keeping students within one area of the school, rather than a compartmental design that keeps clusters of classrooms teaching one subject together.

“I think it’s very exciting to move onto the next phase of the school building project,” Crabtree said. “This will be the school district and the town’s time to work with the residents and parents and students of the community on designing a plan that fits and is designed to support the new education plan that was voted by the school committee and building committee.”

Additional public outreach meetings are planned for the next year in an attempt to engage more residents in the process and ensure voters make informed decisions when it comes to funding the project, he said.

“We are on sort of an accelerated rate of trying to move the project forward,” Crabtree said. “We have been able to make some of the benchmarks sooner than scheduled. We look forward to continuing to have a partnership with the MSBA.”

Sergeant approved as new harbormaster


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Police log: 2-17-2017

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

Davoni Boyd, of 140 Union St., was arrested on a warrant at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Alex Guerrero, 46, of 88 Jackson St., was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and on a warrant charge of Class A drug distribution at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday.

Pedro Morales, 20, of 30 Lafayette Park, was arrested and charged with use of a motor vehicle without authority and on a warrant at 1:36 p.m. Thursday.

Carlos Perez, 25, of 114 South Common St., was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon at 8:10 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday at 617 Boston St.; at 2:41 p.m. Wednesday at Stop & Shop at 35 Washington St.; at 2:42 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Washington streets; at 3:01 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia and Eastern avenues; at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Ford streets; at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday at 985 Western Ave.; at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday at 149 Essex St.; at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday at 32 Moulton St.; at 7:55 a.m. Thursday at 64 Gardiner St.; at 8:07 a.m. Thursday on Goodridge Street; at 8:50 a.m. Thursday at 175 Walnut St.; at 10:32 a.m. Thursday at 52 Franklin St.; at 1:51 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Avenue and Glenwood Street.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday at Silsbee and Union streets; at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton and Lawton avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 7:28 a.m. Thursday at Boston and Cedar streets; at 8:59 a.m. Thursday at Waitt and Western avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:07 p.m. Thursday at 51 Light St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday on Fortesque Terrace.

A report of an assault at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday on State Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:31 a.m. Thursday at 10 Grover St.

Complaints

A report of a gunshot at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday at 408 Summer St.  

A report of a disturbance at 1:28 a.m. Thursday at 133 Chestnut St.; at 7:39 a.m. Thursday at 9 S Elm St.; at 1:48 p.m. Thursday at Drewicz Elementary School at 34 Hood St.; at 2:02 p.m. Thursday at 378 Chestnut St.  

Theft

A report of larceny at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday at 10 High Rock St.; at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday at 332 Euclid Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday at 605 Eastern Ave.; at 9:52 p.m. Wednesday at 103 Broad St.

Police log: 2-16-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:28 p.m. Tuesday on Carol Road. A caller reported she hit a tree and was stuck in her vehicle; at 4:27 a.m. Thursday on Humphrey Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Front Street.

Complaints

A report of a rock thrown through a windshield at 8:57 p.m. Tuesday on Cottage Street. A woman reported someone threw a rock and broke her rear window.

A report of a broken window at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday on Community Road. The caller wasn’t sure if it was caused by vandalism.

A report of a grandparent scam at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday on Intrepid Circle. A man reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be his grandson. The person told him he got in trouble with the police the previous night and was pulled over speeding, and officers found marijuana in his car. The person told the caller he needed money to get out of it.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 2:39 p.m. Tuesday on Robert Road. A caller reported that a machine was taken from the construction site over the weekend, and access was gained through forced entry.

A man reported his daughter’s iPhone was stolen from the Veteran’s School at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday on Pleasant Street. The phone was found in the girl’s bathroom.


REVERE

Arrests

Dineen E. Duro, 33, of Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and trespassing at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bank of America on American Legion Highway; at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at Cushman Avenue and Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday at Firestone on Squire Road; at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday at Everard and Bennington streets.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday on North Shore Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday on Lincoln Street; at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday on Lee Burbank Highway; at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday on Oak Island Street; at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at Revere Beach Train Station on Shirley Avenue; at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday at Burlington Coat Factory on Squire Road.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 8:51 a.m. Wednesday on Sargent Street; at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday on Lantern Road.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 12:29 a.m. Wednesday at Target on Furlong Drive.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday at Target on Furlong Drive.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:56 a.m. Wednesday on Lincoln Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday on Essex Street. Several callers reported a gray Honda Sedan in the snow with an elderly woman slumped over the wheel. Police reported the car slid off the roadway into the snowbank.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut and Central streets.

Complaints

A report of property damage at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at 245 Essex St. A caller reported a snow plow driver dumped snow in his driveway from his neighbor’s driveway.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 8:56 p.m. Wednesday at Square One Mall at 1201 Broadway. Mall security reported a vehicle fire on the second floor of the parking garage.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday at 1504 Lewis O Gray Drive.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday at Norfolk Avenue and Paradise Road; at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday at Burrill and Essex streets.

Swampscott wins, boosts its tourney chances

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Nikki Rosa scored 12 points for the Big Blue, who improved to 9-9 with the win. 

By GORDON VINCENT

MARBLEHEAD — Both the Swampscott and Marblehead girls basketball teams can qualify for the state tournament, but after last night’s 41-31 win, the Big Blue are in a more advantageous position.

Nikki Rosa and freshman Olivia Matella led Swampscott (9-9; 8-6 Northeastern Conference) with 12 points each Thursday as the Big Blue held off a late surge by the Magicians at Marblehead High. Swampscott can qualify by winning one of its last two games against Saugus, the first place team in the NEC South, Tuesday or English, the bottom team in the North division, on Wednesday.

“It helps,” said Swampscott coach Katelyn Leonard, of her team’s postseason chances after Thursday’s win. “We still have to win one of our last two. But this was a good one to get.”

The Magicians (9-10; 9-6) can qualify for the postseason by beating Classical tonight, or as the second place team in the South division if Swampscott drops its last two games. On Thursday, Lindsay Walker led Marblehead with 14 points, while Hannah Garthe added 10.

“It’ll be challenging,” Marblehead coach Wayne Hanscom said of his team’s matchup with Classical.

The Big Blue led by 17 points (37-20) when Rosa drained a 3-pointer from the right elbow with 3:07 left in the third quarter. Walker started the Magicians’ comeback with a 15-footer from the right wing and then Simone Litkerov swished a jumper from the foul line to close Marblehead’s deficit to 13 points going into the final period.

Walker scored seven straight points to bring the Magicians to within six with 4:33 to go, but Marblehead went the rest of the game without a point.

With Rosa (wrist) and Katie Watts (shoulder) leaving due to injuries, the Big Blue didn’t score in the fourth quarter until Ella Parker converted a layup off a rebound with 1:32 left to put them ahead, 39-31. Grace DiGrande sealed the game when she made a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds remaining.

“I think we held them to one field goal in the fourth quarter,” Hanscom said. “I think they were getting a little tired, and they had some players get hurt, but I’m pleased with the way we stepped it up on defense in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it was a little too late.”

Marblehead only led twice during the game, at 2-0 on a Garthe jumper from the right wing and 5-4 after a 3-point bomb from the top of the key by Montana Joyce. Swampscott closed out the opening quarter with a 10-2 run capped off by a couple of free throws by Jaymie Caponigro, and secured its first double-digit lead when Maggie DiGrande opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the left elbow to make the score 17-7.

A 3-point play by Walker midway through the second period got the Magicians as close as four, but Rosa and Matella combined for seven points later in the quarter as Swampscott took a 26-19 lead at halftime.

The Big Blue held Marblehead without a field goal and to just one point for the opening 7:02 of the third quarter, and built its biggest lead behind six points from Matella in the period.

“Our goal on defense was to not let them get comfortable in their offense,” Leonard said. “We wanted to contest shots and make them work for their points.”

How to pay for all-day K in Saugus?

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is a kindergarten student at Oaklandvale Elementary School. 

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS  — The burden of funding free, all-day kindergarten throughout the district, could be shared by Town Meeting.

At the request of the School Committee, the Board of Selectmen added an article to the Annual Town Meeting warrant that, if approved, will result in the formation of a committee of five people, including at least two Town Meeting members, to “evaluate the benefits and costs” of all-day kindergarten.

The board voted 4 to 0 to move the article forward.

Should Town Meeting accept the article, the new group will review the findings of the All-Day Kindergarten Task Force, hold at least two public outreach sessions, identify public funding sources and make a recommendation at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

The task force formed in November at the request of school committee member Peter Manoogian. The group includes an elementary school principal, two kindergarten teachers, a Town Meeting member, a few parents, Manoogian and Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi.

Tuition for all-day kindergarten is $2,700. There is no tuition for half-day kindergarten. Each year, 10 full-day scholarships are awarded based on financial need. The task force’s mission is to provide a richer educational experience to all kindergarten students, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

The final day to submit a Town Meeting article to the Board will be April 12.

School committee pushes for all-day K


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Police log: 2-16-2017

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

Leigha Farnham, 38, of 100 Willow St., was arrested and charged with trespassing at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday.

Isaiah Gonzalez, 20, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday.

Robert Lewis, 46, of 36 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 9:46 a.m. Wednesday.

James Nutton, 34, of 26 Essex Circle, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Mark Tassinary, of 234 Earle St., New Bedford, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday.

Eliza Wallner, 39, was arrested and charged with trespassing and on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and state highway traffic violation at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Casey’s Shell at 122 Boston St.; at 2:46 p.m. Tuesday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 932 Lynnfield St.; at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday at Classical High School at 235 O’Callaghan Way; at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday at 185 Walnut St.; at 6:42 p.m. Tuesday at Richdale at 229 Broadway; at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday at 60 Lynnfield St.; at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Street and Western Avenue; at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 13 Seymour Ave.; at 12 p.m. Wednesday at 59 Lexington St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday at 120 Broad St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday at Burns and River streets; at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday at 75 Lynnway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday at 86 Lewis St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:39 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Washington St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday at 17 Beach Road; at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Park St.; at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday at 247 Union St.; at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday at Commercial Street and Lynnway; at 11:07 p.m. Tuesday on Brightwood Terrace.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 11:13 a.m. Wednesday at Callahan Elementary School at 200 O’Callaghan Way.

Police log: 2-15-2017


PEABODY

Arrests

Daniel Joseph Baldwin, 25, of 261 Newbury St., Apt. 101C, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday at Holden Oil at 91 Lynnfield St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:38 a.m. Wednesday at 9925 Magnolia Way.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday on Gardner Street. A male with a needle in his arm was reported. Narcan was administered twice. The man was taken to Lahey Hospital.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday at 13 Center St. A caller reported his car was scratched.


REVERE

Arrests

Scott G. Stillman, 47, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, Apt. 32, was arrested on warrants at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:23 a.m. Monday at Bank of America on American Legion Highway; at 11:13 p.m. Monday at Thrifty Car Rental on Lee Burbank Highway; at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Sunoco Gas Station on Lee Burbank Highway; at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on American Legion Highway; at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday at Wonderland Train Station on North Shore Road; at 6:53 p.m. Tuesday at Harley Davidson on Squire Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:57 a.m. Monday on Henry Street; at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday on Beach Road; at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday at Beachmont School on Everard Street. Matthews Bruno, 21, of 8 Orient Ave., East Boston, was summoned for leaving the scene of property damage; at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday at Showcase Cinemas on Squire Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday on Jones Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:43 p.m. Monday on Fenno Street; at 7:29 p.m. Monday at Revere House Auto Service Global Gas on Broadway; at 8:29 a.m. Tuesday at Seacoast Middle/High School on School Street. A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession with intent to distribute; at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday at Roadway Inn on American Legion Highway; at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday on Crescent Avenue; at 8:02 p.m. Tuesday at Flaming Grill Buffet on Furlong Drive.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 10:08 a.m. Monday on Temple Street; at 12:31 p.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street; at 6:55 p.m. Monday at Pretzel Time on Squire Road; at 9:44 a.m. Tuesday at Liston Towers on Dolphin Avenue.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 5:31 p.m. Monday on Calumet Street.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:29 a.m. Friday at 6 Cliff Road; at 9:44 a.m. Saturday at 250 Central St.; at 2:39 p.m. Saturday at Deflorio Guy & Rose at 24 Birch Pond Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:25 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Avenue Market at 84 Lincoln Ave.; at 5:32 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Avenue and Vincent Street; at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at Resco Wheelabrator at 100 Salem Turnpike. A caller reported a motorist struck a pole and fled the scene towards Lynn; at 3:19 p.m. Sunday at Hurd Avenue and Pelham Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:46 a.m. Friday at North Shore Physicians at 1069 Broadway. An employee reported a female patient threatened to go from room to room to find the doctors. Police reported the only threat made was that she would stomp around the office; at 7:55 p.m. Friday at 21 Hood St. A caller reported his neighbor was throwing snow into his driveway; at 9:32 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Elementary School at 25 Hurd Ave. Police dispersed a group of youths playing on the playground after hours; at 11:22 a.m. Sunday at 12 Foss Ave.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 12:42 p.m. Friday at Avalon Motel at 1529 Broadway. A woman reported two televisions were stolen from a room; at 8:20 p.m. Friday at Kowloon Restaurant at 948 Broadway. A group ran out on a bill.


SWAMPSCOTT

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday at 450 Paradise Road.

Lucy A. Spallone, 95

SAUGUS — Mrs. Lucy A. (Gentile) Spallone of Saugus, formerly of Malden, age 95, died on Monday, Feb. 13 at home. She was the loving wife of 71 years of Michael Spallone.

Born in New York City, N.Y. ,and raised in the North End of Boston, she was the daughter of the late Rafael and Angelina (Zambrano) Gentile. She was a resident of Malden for many years before moving to Saugus where she has lived for the past 21 years.

Besides her husband, Lucy leaves her two daughters, Marie McCusker and her husband Mathew, Theresa Babine and her husband Edward, all of Saugus; five grandchildren, Michael, Mathew, Mark, Anthony and Michelle; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one sister, Concetta Beraldi; two brothers, James and Samuel Gentile.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hallmark Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

School committee pushes for all-day K

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Kindergarten student Grant Leonard and his teacher Andrea Proctor work on math at the Oaklandvale Elementary School. 

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The school committee is requesting Town Meeting take action to further efforts to provide free, all-day kindergarten throughout the district.

The panel will go before the board of selectmen tonight to ask that an article be added to the Annual Town Meeting warrant that would request the formation of a committee of five people, including at least two Town Meeting members, to “evaluate the benefits and costs” associated with all-day kindergarten.

The group will review the findings of the All-Day Kindergarten Task Force, hold at least two public outreach sessions, identify public funding sources and make a recommendation at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

The task force formed in November at the request of school committee member Peter Manoogian. The group includes an elementary school principal, two kindergarten teachers, a Town Meeting member, a few parents, Manoogian and Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi.

Tuition for all-day kindergarten is $2,700. There is no tuition for half-day kindergarten. Each year, 10 full-day scholarships are awarded based on financial need. The task force’s mission is to provide a richer educational experience to all kindergarten students, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

“What was apparent to me — the compelling reason (half-day students) weren’t enrolled (in full day kindergarten) is the $2,700 cost,” Manoogian said.

Children in the full-day program spend 60 minutes on math, 60 on social studies and 60 on English language arts each day, he said. Alternatively, students in the half-day program spend about half an hour on each.

School committee chairwoman Jeannie Meredith supported the article with a positive vote but said she misunderstood the motion.

“I would recommend we ask the current task force to continue their work and open it up to other community members, rather than a separate committee of Town Meeting members,” said Meredith.

“Although I’d love to see free, all-day K in our district, I firmly believe we have to have our financial health in order and have our priorities outlined,” she said. “For the last several years, we have made band-aid budget cuts but we’re not really addressing the issues. As chairwoman of both committees — the school committee and the school building committee — my primary focus is the new middle school, high school project and working on a capital plan with the Town Manager and current selectmen that addresses all the current schools, pre-K through 12.”

As part of a complete overhaul of Saugus Public Schools, by 2020, the number of school buildings could be condensed to just three. A lower elementary school would serve pre-K through grade 2 students; an upper elementary would serve grades 3-5; and, through the project closest to fruition, the middle and high school would share a single building.

The new school structure would replace the existing pre-K, four elementary schools, middle and high school. Fewer schools would mean less operating costs and more money in the school budget, Meredith said.

“As important as kindergarten is, I’d like to see that come with time,” she said. “We need programs that are going to bring our district to a level 1; like robotics and STEAM. In my opinion, we cannot afford to cut any programming from our students. We need to start looking at ways to bring these things now, not wait until we have a new building.”

Meredith said she was opposed to cutting teachers’ jobs and existing programming but declined to comment on how the programs could be funded.

Saugus debates pros + cons of all-day K


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Bisignani sentenced for tax fraud

BOSTON The former town administrator of Nahant and Saugus was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in connection with failing to report more than $375,000 of his income on his federal tax returns from 2010 to 2013, according to a news release.

Andrew R. Bisignani, 70, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to one year of probation, the first four months to be served in Coolidge House and the following six months on home confinement.

In December 2016, Bisignani pleaded guilty to four counts of filing false tax returns.

Council weeds out pot clinic locations

Bisignani admitted that from 2010 to 2013, he collected rental income from three properties in Revere, the release said. During the same years, Bisignani collected interest and loan income by making multiple, private, short-term loans that were secured by Massachusetts real estate.

Bisignani underreported his total rental real estate income when submitting his individual tax returns to the IRS in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also underreported the interest income he received in connection with his private loans for 2010, 2011 and 2012, the release said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina E. Barclay of Weinreb’s Public Corruption Unit is prosecuting the case.

Police log: 2-15-2017

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

Sergio Castro-Solis, 37, of 242 Boston St., was arrested and charged with parole/probation violation and on a warrant charge of OUI liquor at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Ieisha Clements, 34, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 4:29 p.m. Monday.

Sarah McDonough, 31, 29 Raymond Road, Salem, was arrested and charged with failure to stop/yield, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding at 2:36 a.m. Tuesday.

James McKenna, of 36 Western Ave., was arrested on warrant charges of OUI liquor fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop/yield at 8:54 p.m. Monday.

Wayne Wilmot, 55, of 41 Light St., was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday.

Christine Zak, of 18 Cashman Road, Peabody, was arrested on a warrant charge of parole/probation violation at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:49 p.m. Monday at Lynnway and Market Street; at 5:58 p.m. Monday at North Shore Community College at 300 Broad St.; at 6:10 p.m. Monday at 348 Chestnut St.; at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday on Belle Avenue; at 12:21 p.m. Tuesday at Chatham Street and Western Avenue; at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin and Laighton streets; at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday at 3 Lynnfield St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:06 p.m. Monday at 310 Boston St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:16 a.m. Tuesday at Santander Bank at 414 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 3:58 p.m. Monday at 86 Lewis St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:37 p.m. Monday at 201 Essex St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:02 p.m. Monday at 32 W Neptune St.; at 6:12 p.m. Monday at 599 Western Ave.; at 7:04 p.m. Monday at 69 N Common St.; at 7:25 p.m. Monday at 8 Wilfred St.; at 11:55 p.m. Monday at 47 Estes St.; at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday at 378 Chestnut St.; at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday at Walgreens at 21 Joyce St.; at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday at 399 Essex St.; at 12:59 p.m. Tuesday on South Street Court.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:19 p.m. Monday on High Street; at 8:19 p.m. Monday on Western Avenue; at 8:52 p.m. Monday on Cedar Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday at 55 Western Ave.; at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14-20 Central Ave.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 4:06 p.m. Monday at 111 Washington St.; at 4:22 p.m. Monday at 50 Goodridge St.; at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at 181 N Common St.

Police log: 2-14-2017


LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:07 a.m. Friday at 100 Market St. and 425 Walnut St.; at 10:08 a.m. Saturday on Condon Circle; at 10:56 a.m. Saturday on Market Street; at 1:03 p.m. Sunday at Whole Foods Market at 100 Market St.; at 2:33 p.m. Sunday on Condon Circle; at 5:12 p.m. Sunday on Ashwood Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Summer St. and 618 Main St.; at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Street and North Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 2:23 p.m. Friday on Market Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:45 p.m. Monday at Advanced Medical at 7 Kimball Lane. A caller reported two people arguing in the parking lot.

Vandalism

A report of malicious destruction of property at 8:38 p.m. Sunday at 10 Upton Lane. A caller reported a plow driver was plowing snow onto his fence. Police spoke with the driver.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of an image on Snapchat at 1:41 p.m. Monday on Seaview Avenue. A caller reported her daughter had seen a Snapchat of some boys doing disturbing things and they are students at the high school.

A report of abuse allegations at 2:16 p.m. Monday on Lafayette Street. An administrator called looking for an officer to take a report of an alleged abuse. The caller reported the patient had some bruises and told her social worker that it was the “gal working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.”

A report of harassment at 2:23 p.m. Monday on Susan Road. A woman reported that she just got chocolate and flowers delivered to her house. She stated it was the second time recently and she would like someone to speak with the man who sent them and tell him to stop. She has also sent him text messages telling him to stop calling and to stop contacting her, but it continues.

Someone reported a homeowner throwing some snow into the street at 4:45 p.m. Monday on Beacon Street and was concerned about the passing traffic.

A report of kids walking on the street at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday at Village Street and Heritage Way. A caller reported kids walking in the street and she was afraid they were going to die. She wanted police to enforce the sidewalk clearing. Police told her there was no rule about sidewalk clearing. An officer was in front of the school at the time of the call and reported that most of the sidewalks were clear.

Fire

A homeowner reported he had a small fire in his kitchen at 5:41 p.m. Monday on Homestead Road and has extinguished it. He was concerned if it may have been in the walls or not fully extinguished. Police reported the fire was confirmed out, but there was heavy smoke present.


PEABODY

Arrests

Celso T. Defreitas, 41, of 134 Beacon St., Apt. 2, Clinton, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor third offense, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license subsequent offense, marked lanes violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 5:16 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of an impaired driver at 5:16 p.m. Monday at 310 Lowell St. and Route 128 North. A caller reported the vehicle got off the highway onto Lowell Street, and that the driver was swerving and appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle struck a snowbank on Lowell Street. Police stopped the vehicle on Foster Street. Celso T. Defreitas, 41, of 134 Beacon St., Apt. 2, Clinton, was arrested for OUI liquor third offense.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 7:58 p.m. Monday at T-Mobile at 210T Andover St. An employee reported that someone kicked her car. Police reported someone clipped the car’s mirror.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brooksby Village at 301 Brooksby Village Drive; at 9:49 a.m. Tuesday at Century House Restaurant at 235 Andover St.; at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Blair Terrace and 156 Lynnfield St.

A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at 21 Caller St. The 59-year-old male pedestrian was taken to Salem Hospital.  

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 3:15 p.m. Monday at 5321 Crane Brook Way. A caller reported her car was broken into and a wallet containing cash and her driver’s license was taken.

Complaints

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 6:20 p.m. Monday at 346 Lowell St. Police reported a neighbor dispute over the plowing of a shared driveway. The people involved were told to stay away from each other.

A report of suspicious activity at 9:51 a.m. Tuesday at 4 Normandy Drive. A caller reported unknown men with shovels were walking around her house. She thought one person was on the roof shoveling snow. Police checked on the people and reported no issue as they had gone to the wrong house for snow removal.

A report of a disturbance at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday at Shamrock Motors at 5 Willard St.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:31 p.m. Monday at Paradise Gym & Fitness at 21 Elm Place.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:33 a.m. Monday at 41 Doherty Circle.

Charles W. Eastman Jr., 73

SAUGUS — Charles W. Eastman Jr., 73, passed away unexpectedly in Tufts Medical Center on Feb. 12, 2017.

He was born in Lynn on Aug. 30, 1943, the son of the late Charles and Ruth (Noftle) Eastman. He was raised and educated in Saugus. He attended North Adams State College and received a bachelor’s degree in science.

Charles served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He had been employed as a computer specialist and research technologist with the Utah State University, College of Engineering, Stewart Laboratory in Bedford for many years. Charles also taught math, physics, electronics and chemistry at Saint Peter’s School in Gloucester and Matignon High School in Cambridge. Charles was a life-long learner and was always taking a course or reading up on something new.

He is survived by his brother, Dana Eastman and his wife Sandra of Groveland; and his sister-in-law, Diane Eastman of Danvers, two nieces, Lisa Conroy and Stephanie Ouellette, and his nephew, Lonn Eastman, and three great nieces and one great nephew. He was predeceased by his brother David and nephew Eric. He will be missed by his longtime friends and caring neighbors.

Service information: His funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at C.R. LYONS & SONS, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Street, Danvers.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ name may be made to the American Heart Assoc., P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. LyonsFuneral.com.

Police log: 2-14-2017

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

Donne Agogo, 23, of 298 Eastern Ave., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and shoplifting by asportation at 12:33 p.m. Monday.

Kevin Sanchez, 18, of 35 Marsh St., Lowell, was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, failure to signal, failure to wear a seatbelt and methamphetamine trafficking at 8:04 p.m. Sunday.

Alphonso Weah-Weah, 19, of 107 Jefferson St., was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, failure to wear a seatbelt and methamphetamine trafficking at 7:38 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:24 p.m. Sunday at Euclid and Magnolia avenues; at 2:32 p.m. Sunday at Burrill and New Ocean streets; at 2:42 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 2:50 p.m. Sunday at 46 Jenness St.; at 3:04 p.m. Sunday at Boston and Moulton streets; at 3:19 p.m. Sunday at Broadway and Jenness Street; at 3:31 p.m. Sunday at Fayette Street and Trinity Avenue; at 4:43 p.m. Sunday at Adams and Sheridan streets; at 4:59 p.m. Sunday at 34 Forest St.; at 2:43 a.m. Monday at W Sigourney Street and Washington Avenue; at 7:43 a.m. Monday at Hurd Street and Parkland Avenue; at 8:04 a.m. Monday at 4 Madison St.; at 8:16 a.m. Monday at Jenness Street and Millard Avenue; at 9:25 a.m. Monday at 32 Merrill Ave.; at 11:45 a.m. Monday at 12 Shepard St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:02 a.m. Monday at Capitol Diner at 431 Union St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:28 p.m. Sunday at 21 Story Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:38 p.m. Sunday at MBTA Parking Garage at 186 Market St.; at 4:19 p.m. Sunday at 32 W Neptune St.; at 6:18 p.m. Sunday at 669 Western Ave.; at 9:47 p.m. Sunday at 50 Andrew St.; at 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Union Street; at 2:40 a.m. Monday at 94 Spencer St.; at 4:13 a.m. Monday at 10 Surfside Road; at 10:47 a.m. Monday at 26 Essex Circle; at 12:25 p.m. Monday at 178 Chestnut St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:21 p.m. Sunday at 54 N Franklin St.; at 3:36 p.m. Sunday at 5 Ashland St.; at 10:10 a.m. Monday at 501 Washington St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 11:58 p.m. Sunday at 159 Essex St.; at 11:16 a.m. Monday at 91 Newton Ave.

Police log: 2-13-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

Police received a report that two vehicles slid from the driveway to the telephone pole at the end of the street at 9:12 p.m. Sunday on Greystone Road.

Complaints

A caller reported he was on Main Street when a man honked at him and he pulled over at 12:13 p.m. Sunday at Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street. The caller reported the man claimed he was struck by him. The caller stated he didn’t hit any pedestrians and the man was confrontational, and swore at him before driving off.


PEABODY

Arrests

Christopher S. Bissel, 35, of 47 Ashton St., Beverly, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and on a warrant at 3:43 p.m. Sunday.

Katie Jean Gonyea, 35, of 233 Lafayette St., Apt 25, Salem, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise second offense at 3:43 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:06 p.m. Sunday at 21 Winona St. and Moulton Road; at 2:14 p.m. Sunday at 96 Forest St.; at 2:14 p.m. SUnday at 2 Gardner St. and 13 Pulaski St.; at 2:47 p.m. Sunday at 633 Lowell St. and 2 Russell St. A car into a snowbank was reported; at 3:06 p.m. Sunday at 2 Cross St. and 174 Andover St. DPW was notified to sand the hill because cars were stuck on it; at 5:52 p.m. Sunday at 51 Perkins St. and 6 Allens Lane; at 6:03 p.m. Sunday at Bartholomew Street and 378 Lynnfield St.; at 6:09 p.m. Sunday at Not Your Average Joe’s at 210N Andover St.; at 6:14 p.m. Sunday at 22 Lynn St. A car into a pole was reported but police couldn’t find the crash; at 6:28 p.m. Sunday at 22 Main St.; at 8:14 a.m. Monday at 5 Felton St.; at 12:17 p.m. Monday at 5B Christina Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:21 p.m. Sunday at Route 128 North and 310 Lowell St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 4:43 p.m. Sunday on Warren Street.

Complaints

A report of a dispute over snow removal at 1:37 p.m. Sunday at 3 Smidt Ave. The landlord was upset that the neighbors were having their snow plowed on her property.

A report of a road rage incident at 8:49 p.m. Sunday at 9 Blair Terrace. A caller reported a plow driver attempted to run him over.

A report of a disturbance at 1:06 a.m. Monday at Care One at Peabody Glen at 199 Andover St.; at 3:27 a.m. Monday at 1 Pinecrest Ave. A man running a snowblower was keeping the neighborhood awake. Police told the man to stop snowblowing.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 9:10 a.m. Monday at 262 Lynnfield St. A caller reported a fire in the basement. The fire department extinguished the fire.

Theft

A report of a stolen motor vehicle at 3:48 p.m. Sunday at 88 Endicott St.; at 9:41 a.m. Monday at Wood Trucking at 13 Lakeland Park Drive.

A report of a larceny at 6:18 p.m. Sunday at Mass Bay Hockey at 216 Newbury St. A zamboni was reported stolen.


REVERE

Arrests

Jillian F. Biddiscombe, 35, of 3 Seal Harbor Road, Apt. 631, Winthrop, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise third offense at 8:40 p.m. Friday.

Abas M. Bilal, 22, of 137 Bunkerhill St., Apt. 1139, Charlestown, was arrested and charged with three counts of nighttime vehicle breaking and entering and operating after a suspended license or right to operate at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

James T. Brennan, 30, of 72 Thornton St., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and on a warrant at 12:07 p.m. Saturday.

Santiago Mesa, 30, of 165 Winthrop Ave., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop and failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle at 1:20 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:34 p.m. Friday at TD Bank on Broadway; at 3:57 p.m. Friday at Brewer Heating on Furlong Drive; at 9:36 p.m. Friday on Everett Street; at 5:59 a.m. Saturday at Salem and Fenwick streets; at 6:48 a.m. Saturday at Stop & Shop on Squire Road; at 9:35 a.m. Saturday at Taft Street and Broadway; at 3:32 p.m. Saturday on Naples Road; at 8:09 p.m. Saturday at Revere House of Pizza on Broadway; at 10:27 p.m. Saturday at Prospect House on Reservoir Avenue; at 10:34 a.m. Sunday on Brown Circle; at 3:04 p.m. Sunday at Lynn and Salem streets; at 3:10 p.m. Sunday on Fenwick Street; at 3:26 p.m. Sunday Park Avenue Apartments on Park Avenue; at 5:22 p.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Squire Road; at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:57 a.m. Sunday on American Legion Highway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:59 p.m. Sunday on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 6:17 p.m. Saturday on Keayne Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 6:49 a.m. Monday on Abruzzi Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:36 p.m. Saturday on Yeamans Street; at 3:18 a.m. Monday on Pearl Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:46 a.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Adams Street; at 9:36 a.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Constitution Avenue; at 10:42 a.m. Friday on Pemberton Street; at 11:29 a.m. Friday on Broadway; at 12:53 p.m. Friday at Bank of America on Squire Road; at 2:34 p.m. Friday on Pemberton Street; at 3:48 p.m. Friday on Bennington Street; at 6:04 p.m. Friday on Newman Street; at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Adams Court; at 10:45 p.m. Friday at Ocean Place Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 11:20 p.m. Friday on Larkin Street; at 1:53 a.m. Saturday at Seawatch Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 2:10 a.m. Saturday at Tuscano and Lucia avenues; at 2:31 a.m. Saturday on North Shore Road. Francisco Santiago, 21, of 209 Fayette St., Lynn, was summoned for assault and battery. Jaclyn Giordano, 20, of 1698 North Shore Road, was summoned for assault and battery; at 3:12 a.m. Saturday on Larkin Street; at 9:08 a.m. Saturday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive; at 1:14 p.m. Saturday on Crescent Avenue; at 3:10 p.m. Saturday on Nahant Avenue; at 7:01 p.m. Saturday at 7-Eleven on Broadway; at 11:05 p.m. Saturday on Sears Street; at 3:32 a.m. Sunday at Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 5:03 p.m. Sunday at Revere and Cleveland streets; at 7:21 p.m. Sunday on Highland Street; at 6:31 a.m. Monday on Billow Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose 4:19 p.m. Saturday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 9:22 p.m. Sunday on George Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 3:40 p.m. Friday on Burnett Road; at 5:28 p.m. Friday on Highland Street; at 10:11 a.m. Saturday on Walnut Avenue; at 5:49 p.m. Saturday on Eliot Circle

A report of a larceny to a motor vehicle at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Target on Furlong Drive.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:54 a.m. Friday on Fiske Street.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:26 p.m. Sunday at Burrill and New Ocean streets; at 2:33 p.m. Sunday at 113 Burrill St.; at 4:18 p.m. Sunday at Banks and Walker roads.

Angelina B. D’Amico, 91

SAUGUS — Mrs. Angelina B. (Nicolo) D’Amico, age 91, died on Sunday morning at the Beverly Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Carmello D. D’Amico.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Saugus, Angie was the daughter of the late Diego and Marion (Campolo) Nicolo. A waitress for many years, Angie was a familiar face to many who dined at the Tumble Inn in Saugus. An avid bingo and card player, a lover of crocheting, and could shop until she dropped. Above all her family came first.

She is survived by two daughters; Joann Noel and her husband Andy of York, Maine, Kathy Scheetz and her husband Bob of Iowa. Angie was predeceased by her son Carmen D’Amico and his wife Kay of Iowa. She was the dear sister of Marion Raponi of Peabody, Nancy Ciarlone of Revere and the late Diemitri “Nemo” Nicolo, James Nicolo, Joseph “Pappy” Nicolo, Salvatore “Sardi” Nicolo and Richard “Nicky” Nicolo. Dear grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday 4-8 p.m. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

College Notebook: Locals pace Worcester track team

COURTESY PHOTO BY WORCESTER STATE ATHLETICS
Jalil Gibson, a Lynn English alum, has built a strong freshman season at Worcester State this winter. 

By JOSHUA KUMMINS 

A team needs contributions from many in order to become a champion.

With a roster chock full of locals, the Worcester State University men’s indoor track and field team became a champion this weekend, taking home the school’s first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.

“We’re probably the most balanced team in the conference right now,” said head coach Al Halper, whose roster includes six Peabody High graduates, four Lynn natives and one Saugus native. “We have people in pretty much every event area, so there are not too many places that we’re weak.”

The Lancers proved Halper right at Saturday’s MASCAC/Little East Conference (LEC) Alliance Championships at the University of Southern Maine, as seven individuals earned MASCAC titles and two set school records. In the Alliance, only the host Huskies earned a better team score.

Lynn English alum Jalil Gibson was a key contributor to Worcester’s success, continuing an outstanding freshman season with a MASCAC championship in the 55-meter dash. Gibson sealed the win in 6.56 seconds, also good for fourth in the MASCAC/LEC Alliance.

Gibson has fared well all winter long, most recently leading the team in the 200-meter at the Tufts Stampede on Jan. 28 and finishing sixth overall in the 60-meter at the Wesleyan Invitational the following week.

“It’s been a great season so far, and we have a great team spirit. It’s been a big adjustment coming into college,” Gibson said. “But, I think my blocks, I’ve been starting off very well this season. I’ve had to work on getting better finishing the race because I kind of slow down at the finish line.”

The adjustment from high school to college was often discussed between Halper and Gibson in recent weeks, especially as championship season continues.

On Friday and Saturday, Gibson and other qualifying runners will compete at the NCAA Division III New England Championships at Tufts.

“Compared to what Jalil was used to in high school, it’s a much more intense environment,” Alper said. “I told him, ‘Everyone around you is as good or nearly as good as you.’ He’s better than most, but you’re always running with the competition. In high school, sometimes you go for weeks without seeing competition.”

Lynn Tech alum Justin Lewis was twice named the MASCAC’s Rookie of the Week this season after winning the high jump at both last month’s Tufts Invitational and Northeastern University’s Jay Carisella Invitational in December.

A pair of former Tanner throwers also scored en route to WSU’s conference title. Sophomore Marcus Vieira claimed MASCAC and Alliance titles with a 17.93-meter weight throw, while his classmate Anthony Christo placed third at 16.03.

While Viera set a Worcester State record in the weight throw to move up to sixth in the NCAA Division III ranks, it was truly a team effort.

“I had a great performance at two meets before Christmas break, but never really had another personal record until last week. This was a huge throw and a big step for me,” said Vieira. “But, this had to be done together, and a lot of the little things we talked about showed at the meet. It really was just one big family putting in the work to get it done.”

Making the jump to college has also brought Gibson closer to another one of the Lancers’ half-dozen Peabody natives who was one of his top competitors during their time in the Northeastern Conference.

Phill Bynum was my biggest competition in high school,” Gibson said. “Now, he’s my roommate. We’ve started to bond more and he’s my best friend in college. … It’s always good to have people to talk to that you’ve known for a while.”

Lynn and its surrounding North Shore communities have been a key recruiting area for Halper, who has guided both the Lancers’ men’s and women’s programs since 2002. Having such a strong base of local talent has helped bring in even more athletes.

Of the Lancers’ 11 current locals, all but two of them are freshmen or sophomores. So, the future remains bright.

“We’ve been very fortunate to get some of the better athletes from that area,” Halper said. “From a recruiting standpoint, I can put out the word, but it’s really the guys on the team who sell the program. … It’s kind of like that pipeline concept. A great area for us to go.”

 

Names and notes

  • Lynn’s Katie Burt recorded her 85th career victory for the sixth-ranked Boston College women’s hockey team on Sunday, making 11 saves in a 7-1 win over Vermont. The win moved her into a tie for ninth on the NCAA career wins chart and marked her 50th in Hockey East play, good for a second-place tie.
  • Saugus native and Malden Catholic alum Mike Vecchione recorded an assist in the Union College men’s hockey team’s 8-1 win over Dartmouth on Saturday night. It was his 51st point, setting a single-season program record.
  • Lynn’s Peter Mafo led the Westfield State men’s basketball team with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Saturday’s 82-74 loss at Salem State. The Classical product also recorded three rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals.
  • Saugus’ Norma Waggett posted two double-doubles for the Salem State women’s basketball team this week, logging 20 points and 13 rebounds in last Wednesday’s 64-43 win over Bridgewater State before a 26-point, 13-rebound performance in a 91-65 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.
  • Marblehead’s Jake Kulevich scored his first goal since December and added two assists to help the Colgate University men’s hockey team finish a two-game ECAC sweep on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Yale.
  • Danvers native Vinny Clifford scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc on Saturday as the Endicott College men’s basketball team trounced Roger Williams, 101-71, to improve to 13-3 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play.
  • Peabody’s Tom Buonopane has hit safely in six of the Eckerd College baseball team’s first seven games. The St. John’s Prep grad went 2-for-4 with two RBI in an 11-3 loss to Flagler in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.

Wallace has a message for her Lynn community

PHOTO BY SCOTT EISEN
Lisa Wallace during an interview with The Item in her home in Lynn.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Despite being clean for more than a decade, Lisa Wallace, 40, remembers vividly what is what like to struggle with heroin addiction on a daily basis.

She remembers the feeling the disease would give her, like she didn’t fit in with other people, or experiencing the insecurity that somehow others were better than her. “Fake it until you make it” was one of the phrases instilled in her during counseling and rehabilitation. She began picturing herself as the soccer mom, married with children. Later on, that became a reality.

Wallace, a Lynn resident, said she didn’t ever think she’d get to that point. On top of a happy marriage to Joe, whom she calls Shugg, and five children, including one they had together, Wallace is in the midst of living in her second home, and also has a vacation house in Florida.

But before that, the Saugus native found herself prostituting and doing drugs. She didn’t start off as a heroin addict. She started off as the typical kid, smoking weed and drinking.

“I spent the majority of my life fighting a lot to survive,” Wallace said. “When I met my husband, he’s kind of like, what’s that movie, Pretty Woman. He’s my Richard Gere. He doesn’t have that kind of money, but he was the one person who didn’t look at me as just being the person who sold herself on the street or whatever. He actually liked me and paid attention to me. From the first day I met him, it’s 18 years later. He hasn’t left my side.”

Wallace said Shugg knew she had a problem, but she was good at hiding things. He started catching on and one day told her to get help because he loved her too much. She ended up overdosing that week and wound up in the hospital. Leaving wasn’t an option, as it was court-ordered. She spent 14 days in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital psychiatric ward.

Wallace said she thought at the time the care was stupid, because she didn’t realize she was an addict and that there was something wrong with her. She just wanted to get home. Then one of her bunk mates left the hospital, but came back before Wallace’s stay was up, because she had almost died. That’s when it sank in.

“That could happen to me,” Wallace said. “All the situations I put myself in, I was like, oh my God. I got real scared. It started to sink in when they were telling me, you have a disease. This is not like your choice.”

Wallace went on to get treatment and counseling at BayRidge Hospital in Lynn, where she was taught that she was not her disease and that it was just something she had. She also went to Alcoholics Anonymous in Beverly. She said she quit cold turkey and remembers the pain of withdrawal. The methadone clinic didn’t appeal to her as a treatment option, but she brings friends there to get treatment.

“I went through withdrawal,” Wallace said. “It’s the worst. I don’t wish that on anybody. That type of pain — my legs were kicking involuntarily. I would just be sitting there. You’re cold and hot at the same time. What the hell is that? You’re throwing up but hungry. You’re dizzy and tired and it drains you of everything. It’s the worst thing to go through, withdrawal.”

With all the pain that addicts go through, being dependent on a chemical and loathing themselves for it, and then going through the pain of withdrawal with trying to get clean, Wallace said she found herself angry when she saw the comments people were leaving on a Lynn Police Facebook post last weekend. The post alerted the community that there had been three fatal apparent heroin overdoses in a two-day span.

She especially found the use of the word “junkie” insulting, which she said is the worst thing someone can call an addict, and could send them spiraling back into using again. In reaction, Wallace wrote a post on her own Facebook wall, detailing her own story and urging people to think of her the next time they judge an addict harshly.

Following the Lynn Police Facebook post, the fatal overdoses continued. According to police and the Essex County District Attorney’s office, there were six fatal apparent overdoses within a five-day span from Feb. 3-7, including five from suspected opioids and one from suspected crack cocaine.

“Everybody just needs to leave everybody alone,” Wallace said. “And as a community, we need to start helping and shut up. If you’re not going to help an addict, don’t hurt them. If we’re all worried about the whole drug epidemic thing happening, why would you put somebody down?”

Now clean, Wallace said there’s always a chance of relapse for any addict. She’s seen heroin and opioid addiction kill lots of former classmates from her Saugus High School graduating class of 1994. She thinks to help the problem, people should focus on treating the addiction and the person. Drugs are always going to be there, even if people try to take them away. She said she doesn’t agree with legislation from Gov. Charlie Baker that limits the amount of opioids a doctor can prescribe.

“You don’t limit doctors from writing prescriptions, because then people that are sick, like children that have cancer, can’t get medication and the opioids for their kids to be able to fight to live,” Wallace said. “You’re making it hard for them. You gotta treat the disease. Because if you didn’t have the addict to want the drug, you wouldn’t have the problem. So, you don’t stop the drug. Drugs are always gonna be here, no matter if it’s heroin, no matter if it’s weed.”


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

Breakheart Reservation is picture perfect

COURTESY PHOTO
Take photos of nature, dogs, wildlife and possibly more for the Winter Photo Contest at Breakheart Reservation.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Nature lovers with an eye for photography could see photographs they take in Breakheart Reservation end up on display in the local nature preserve.

Breakheart is holding a Winter Photo Contest, sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Hunt’s Photo & Video of Melrose.

In its second year, the competition has changed its categories to include a wider array of scenery options. Winners will be chosen in Wild Breakheart, Seasons of Breakheart and People and Pets categories. All photos must be taken at the park.

Last year, photos were strictly of nature, dogs and wildlife.

“I believe they have places at Breakheart that they wanted to expand the contest to include, like the visitors center,” said Peter Rossetti, chairman of the Friends of Breakheart. “For the animal one, they are trying to see if they can get something other than mostly dogs. A lot of people liked taking pictures of their dogs last year, that was probably the most popular category.”

Susan Tremonte of Melrose took first place in last year’s nature photo contest. Her photo depicts a walking path surrounded by tall trees with light peeking in between them. It was taken while on a hike with her parents, she said.

“I’ve always liked photography and I’ve been starting to work with some of my students on taking pictures with their iPhones,” said Tremonte, a recreational specialist at SEEM Collaborative, a Stoneham-based organization that provides educational programming services to students with moderate to severe disabilities in public schools. “I’m teaching them that they don’t need to have a lot of equipment, they just need to have an eye for it.”

When she won, the photo was printed and framed for her by Hunt. She showed it to her students to show them that they don’t need to be professionals at something to enter a contest.

“I want to encourage them to try something new and test the waters,” she said. “I encouraged them to enter the contest this year.”

After the competition was over, Tremonte chose to attend other events at Breakheart and volunteered for Park Cleanup Day. She has joined the Friends and, this year, will help judge the contest.

Submissions can be made by amateaur photographers from now until Feb. 28. First place winners will be awarded a $50 gift card to Hunt’s and all winning entries and a few chosen honorable mentions will be printed and framed by the store and displayed in their gallery.

Rossetti said he would also like to see the photographs on display somewhere at Breakheart, like the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center.

A gallery opening featuring contest winners will be held at Hunt on March 22.

“For people who want to get pictures in the snow, it’s a perfect time to get up there,” said Rossetti. “They have quite a bit of snow. For all the kids looking for things to do during their day off from school, a day up at Breakheart might not be such a bad idea.”

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Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Police log: 2-11-2017

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

John Banks of 50 Andrews St. was arrested on warrant charges of armed assault and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 11:19 a.m. Friday.

Mark Daniels, 23, of 48 Saratoga St. was arrested for armed robbery at 1:07 p.m. Friday.

Wallace Jones, 26, of 102 Henry Ave was arrested on warrant charges of armed robbery, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon at 1:32 p.m. Friday.

James McDonald of 6 Granite St., Saugus, was arrested on a warrant charge of assault and battery at 10:22 p.m. Thursday.

Phillip Ragusa Jr. of 95 Alley St. was arrested on a warrant charge of Class A drug possession at 2:19 p.m. Friday.

Joseph Wilcox, 28, of 33 Spring St. was arrested on warrant charges of shoplifting by asportation, shoplifting by concealing merchandise and Class B drug possession at 11:10 a.m. Friday.

Michael Williams, 44, of 23 Bonavesta St. was arrested on a warrant at 2:46 p.m. Friday.

Accidents

A motor vehicle accident was reported at 11:15 p.m. at Brightwood Terrace and Essex Street on Thursday;

Assaults

An assault was reported at 12:28 p.m. at Timson Street Friday.

Complaints

A suspicious person was reported at 5:56 p.m. at Boston Street Thursday; a suspicious person was reported at 428 Chatham St. at 6:02 p.m. Thursday; a disturbance was reported at 399 Essex St. at 11:33 p.m. Thursday; a disturbance was reported at 11:34 a.m. at Western Ave

Overdoses

An overdose was reported at 10:01 p.m. at Joyce Street Thursday; an overdose was reported at 8:45 a.m. at Union Street Friday; an overdose was reported at 10:43 a.m. at Spring Street Friday  

Theft

A report of larceny at 49 N. Federal St. #2 at 1:11 p.m. Thursday; a report of larceny at 97 Harwood St. at 12:56 Friday.

Police log: 2-10-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of trash in the street at 8:07 a.m. Thursday at Atlantic Ave; a report of a road blockage due to trees on wires at 12:01 p.m. Thursday at Beacon Street; a report that surfers were surfing too long at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Devereux Beach; a dispute over snow at 5:34 p.m.;

Accidents  

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:18 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Ave; a report of a car stuck on the side of the road at 4:42 p.m. Thursday at West Shore Drive and Green Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:06 p.m. Thursday at Creesy Street; a report of a car stuck on a hill at 6:04 p.m. Thursday at Elm Street; a report of a minor motor vehicle accident at 8:02 p.m. at Washington Street and Pearl Street; a report of a disabled motor vehicle at 10:07 p.m. Thursday at Weston Road.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:43 a.m. Thursday at Lowell Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Street and Newbury Street; a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident at 3:31 p.m. Thursday at Forest Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:43 p.m. Thursday at Brooksby Village Drive; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at 155 Lowell St.; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:27 a.m. Friday at Andover Street and Violet Road; a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident at 9:23 a.m. Friday at 256 Andover St.;  

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:24 a.m. Thursday at 286 Newbury Street; a report of harassment at 8:26 a.m. Thursday at Griffin Road; a report of suspicious activity at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at Mount Vernon Street. A caller reported a green trash bag in front of his house with cremation remains.; a report of a disturbance at 2:40 p.m. Thursday at Anthony Road; a report of a neighborhood dispute at 11:51 p.m. Thursday at 22 Andover St. Officers resolved a dispute over snow removal.; a report of a dog complaint at 8:27 a.m. Friday at 32 Clement Ave. The caller complained of excessive barking; a report of a dog complaint at 9:08 a.m. Friday at Benevento Circle; a report of harassment at 9:58 a.m.   

Theft

A report of fraud at 12:29 a.m. Thursday at 57 Newbury Street #301; a report of a possible stolen vehicle at 8:27 a.m. Thursday at 164 Newbury St.


REVERE

Arrests

Daniel P. Morrow, 101 Florence Ave #3 was arrested on a warrant at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

John J. Ciano, 30, of 288 Vane St. was arrested on a warrant at 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday.

Four juveniles were arrested at the Beachmont School for a school disturbance at 10:12 a.m. on Wednesday.

William Deangelo, 37, of 6 Glover Dr. was arrested on a warrant at 1:51 a.m. on Thursday.

Luiz A. Dachuna, 25, of 56 Furness St. was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 3:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Eduardo M. Romero, 18, of 5 Hilltop Ave. in Saugus was arrested on a warrant.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday at Argent Street and Newhall Street; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at Reservoir Ave; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at Fenley Street; at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at Bellingham Ave; at 7:05 Wednesday at Liberty Ave; at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Cushman Ave; at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Newhall Street and Fenley Street; at at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway; at 8:20 a.m. Thursday on North Shore Road; at 12:08 p.m. Thursday on the American Legion Highway; at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on Grover Street and Orvis Road; at 1:01 p.m. Thursday on Patriot Parkway and Squire Road; at 2:49 p.m. Thursday on the Lee Burbank Highway; at 7:01 p.m. Thursday on Everett Street; at 7:36 p.m. Thursday on Fenno Street; at 8:34 p.m. Thursday on Park Ave; at 10:17 p.m. Thursday on Pearl Ave and Summer Street.

Breaking and Entering

A past breaking and entering was reported at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Street.  

Complaints

A report of a loud stereo disturbance at 12:15 a.m. Thursday at Prospect Ave; a report of suspicious activity 6:22 a.m. Thursday at Furlong Drive; a report of a complaint at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at North Shore Road; a report of a disturbance at 10:26 a.m. Thursday at Centennial Ave; a report of a disturbance at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Shirley Ave; a report of a complaint at 12:19 p.m. Thursday at Broadway; a report of an unwanted person at 2:07 p.m. Thursday at Walnut Ave; a report of suspicious activity at 5:18 p.m. at Standish Road and Curtis Road; a report of fraud at 5:58 p.m. at Bennington Street; a report of suspicious activity at 6:19 p.m. at Beach Street; a report of a disturbance at 8:36 p.m. Thursday at Lantern Road; a report of a disturbance at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at Vera Street.

Theft

A report of larceny at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway; a report of larceny at 8:31 p.m. at Central Ave; A report of shoplifting at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway; a report of larceny at 9:50 a.m. Thursday at Revere Beach Parkway; a report of larceny at 10:40 a.m. Thursday at Cooledge Street; a report of past shoplifting at 11:12 a.m. Thursday at the VFW Parkway.

 

Police log: 2-10-2017

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

Franklin Evans, 33, of 7 Temple St., Cambridge, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and Class B drug possession at 11:01 a.m. Thursday.

Adam Lewis, of 11 Willard St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrant charges of no inspection/sticker and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 4:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Conomo Avenue; at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday at Day Street and Lynnway; at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday at Essex Street and Silver Lake Place; at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday on Exchange Street; at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday at Essex and High streets; at 11:13 a.m. Thursday at 255 Blossom St. Extension; at 12:34 p.m. Thursday on Federal Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:24 a.m. Thursday at 42 Linden St.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday on Orchard Street; at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday on Chatham Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 5:39 p.m. Wednesday on Western Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday at 49 Hanover St.; at 5:41 a.m. Thursday at 139 Western Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday at Summer Street and Western Avenue; at 10:06 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Joyce St.; at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday at 185 N Common St.; at 12:17 a.m. Thursday at 37 Witt St.; at 6:46 a.m. Thursday at 30 Parkland Ave.; at 6:48 a.m. Thursday at 8 Joyce St.; at 9:16 a.m. Thursday at 77 Grant St.; at 9:19 a.m. Thursday at 95 Neptune St.; at 11:10 a.m. Thursday at 28 Lewis St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:56 p.m. Wednesday at O’Reilly Auto Parts at 599 Lynnway; at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday at 62 Apple Blossom Lane; at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at Shaw’s at 43 State St.; at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at St Jean’s Credit Union at 250 Maple St.; at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday at 83 Memorial Park Ave.; at 7:52 a.m. Thursday at 18 Richard St.

A report of a robbery at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday at Harwood Street and Western Avenue.

Police log: 2-9-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a truck hitting a guardrail at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday on Bayview Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:46 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Street and Sevinor Road; at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Street and Clifton Avenue.

Complaints

A report of fireworks at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday on Ocean Avenue. A caller reported two people throwing fireworks from Castle Rock towards the Castle.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at 8 ½ Mt Vernon St. A caller reported someone damaged their front gate while they were out earlier in the day. Police reported a pickup truck struck the gate/wall; at 9:43 a.m. Thursday at Lowell Street and Route 128 North. A woman was taken to Salem Hospital.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 6:27 p.m. Wednesday at 71 Dodge St.; at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday at Speedway at 545 Lowell St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Parking Lot on Central Street; at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Fountain St. A caller reported a disturbance between two dog owners after two large dogs attacked a smaller dog; at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Tremont St.; at 11:33 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Tremont St.; at 12:24 a.m. Thursday at Mobile Estates at 286 Newbury St. A caller reported the sound of possible gunshots in the area.

A report of a suspicious motor vehicle at 7:59 p.m. Wednesday at Gaeta Enterprises at 14 Newbury St. Staff reported a man in a gray BMW appeared to be intoxicated and was urinating in the parking lot.

A report of suspicious activity at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at 36 Mt Vernon St. A caller reported a green trash bag in front of his house with a box of cremation remains. Saugus Police were asked to make a notification to a family member. Family members no longer reside there.

Theft

A report of a stolen motor vehicle at 8:27 a.m. Thursday at Logan Express at 164 Newbury St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday at 2 Mulberry Drive. Police received a report from a man who stated a vehicle drove onto his property and damaged his hedges. Police reported minor damage to one of the shrubs.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday at 509 Humphrey St.; at 6:29 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Foster Road; at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday at Danvers Road and Essex Street; at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Street and Stanley Road; at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Walnut Road; at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday at 40 Roy St.; at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday at Burrill Street and Paradise Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday at Stop & Shop at 450 Paradise Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday at 450 Paradise Road.

John P. Denahy, 72

SAUGUS — Mr. John Patrick Denahy age 72, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was the beloved husband of Joan L. (Davis) Denahy with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn and raised in Swampscott, he was the son of the late John F. and Marjorie (Healy) Denahy. A United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Pat worked for 34 years with the City of Melrose as foreman of the Tree Department and then worked for 10 years at Greenwood & Sons Construction Company in Melrose. His love for wood was expressed with his building of bird houses and feeders. Splitting and cutting wood became a devoted pastime. After retirement Pat was a faithful volunteer at the United Parish Food Pantry in Saugus.

Besides his wife he is survived by his two loving daughters; Kellie Seniti and her husband Joseph of Medford, Maurine Sponagle and her husband Robert of Nottingham, N.H. He was the cherished grandfather of Ashley Seniti, Samantha Seniti, Lily Sponagle, Leila Sponagle and the late Kylee Sponagle. Pat was the brother of Tim Denahy of Florida, Daniel Denahy of New Hampshire and Michael Denahy of Swampscott.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the United Parish Food Pantry, 50 Essex St., Saugus, MA 01906.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service in the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus, on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. For condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Eyes on the skies for snowfall

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Lynn’s fleet of snow plows are ready for the storm.

BY LEAH DEARBORN

If you live on the North Shore, you’ve probably heard the news that snow is coming.

The storm could bring upward of 12 inches of snow to areas throughout the state, said a Wednesday press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   

“The weather forecast is calling for snow to begin before the morning commute on Thursday, become heavy quickly, and continue throughout the day, decreasing visibility and braking time,” Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin said in the release.

Even as commuters and residents monitor news stations about forecasts, city officials urge them to check local municipal websites, paying particular attention to emergency parking bans and school cancellations.

In Lynn, an emergency parking ban was scheduled to go into effect at midnight Wednesday, the city website said.

Vehicles that park on a public street or sidewalk may face a $155 tow fee and a $35 storage fee in addition to parking tickets. Parking is available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA garage at Broad and Market streets with a charge of $4 per vehicle, the website said.

Lynn Public Schools are also closed on Thursday. Parking is available but limited at all school lots, and residents are advised by city officials to remove vehicles after the snow ban to avoid ticketing and towing.

“There’s no need for a list; it’s simply all schools,” the mayor’s chief of staff John Krol said about parking in school lots during the storm. “We don’t want any confusion.”

Icy-road crashes mark morning commute

The Peabody Police Department announced an emergency parking ban to be in effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email from the department.

In Lynnfield and Saugus, residents were advised that trash and recycling pickup will be delayed due to the anticipated snowstorm.

Lynnfield trash and recycling scheduled for Thursday of this week will be picked up Friday; trash and recycling normally picked up Friday will be picked up Saturday.

“We’ve got salt, we’ve got plows ready to go,” said Lynnfield DPW Director John Tomasz.

The town of Saugus issued a parking ban, effective at 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, the town website said.

Parking is available in the Saugus High School upper lot on Pearce Memorial Drive.

Saugus Youth and Recreation announced on Facebook that all of their events will be canceled Thursday. This includes after-school club, youth wrestling and basketball.

In Swampscott, schools will be closed for the day, according to a message sent out to parents by Superintendent Pamela R.H. Angelakis. DPW Director Gino Cresta said he plans to put an emergency snow ban into effect at 2 a.m. Thursday.

Cresta recommends that residents try to stay off roadways during the storm.

“We’ll be out there as soon as the first snowflake hits,” he said.

Nahant Police Lt. J. Paul Manley said a regular winter parking ban is already in place and all vehicles should be removed from town streets.

The snow parking ban in Revere will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and apply to specific streets listed on the city website, said DPW foreman Paul Argenzio.

Revere Public Schools are also closed Thursday, according to the city’s official Facebook page.

 

Saugus poets have eyes on the prize

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Jhoom Jain recites a poem called “The Ocean” in the Poetry Out Loud competition at Saugus High School.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The winner of Saugus High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a national poetry recitation contest, will be revealed today.

More than 25 sophomores, juniors and seniors faced off Wednesday afternoon, performing everything from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Ocean” to “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye.

“This is our sixth year so we get to see kids grow as students and become more confident,” said English teacher Michelle Lee. “We encourage them to pick a poem that speaks to them in some way and piques their interest. It’s nice because it shows us an aspect of their person that we don’t typically get to see.”

The poems were recited in front of a panel of judges; English teachers Lee and Robert Breau, and school librarian Kate Payne. Brendon Sullivan, director of humanities, served as an accuracy judge.

Two students, Colette Webster and Rachel Virgin, chose “Cartoon Physics Part 1” by Nick Flynn, a poem about the innocence of a child who enters the adult world and is faced with reality.

Nathaniel Igoe, a junior, said he was initially attracted to the competition for the offer of extra credit for participating. Then he realized that there was an incentive for doing well.

“The prize at the national competition is $20,000,” he said. “It would really help my family out; my family is having a hard time right now.”

Igoe recited “In Praise of Pain” by Heather McHugh and said he did a lot of research about the poem’s analysis to ensure he could do it justice with his performance.

Junior Hayden Costa said the event is beneficial for improving public speaking skills. He argued that if it were really about the poetry, students would recite their own work.

Saugus High’s winner will move on to a regional, semifinal competition on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. Semifinal winners will compete in the state finals on March 12 at the Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington St. in Boston.

State finalists will vie for the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. First-place winners of the national competition receive a $20,000 prize. The second-place prize is $10,000, third place is $5,000 and the six remaining finalists will each receive $1,000.

The annual contest is sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company, The National Endowment For The Arts, The Poetry Foundation and The Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Police sweep for safety


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Police log: 2-9-2017

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LYNN

Arrests

Angel Avelino, 24, of 526 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with trespassing and on warrant charges of two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday.

Christian Castillo, 22, of 1 Goldburg Road, Peabody, was arrested and charged with trespassing and violation of the city knife ordinance and on a warrant charge of juror failure to attend at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday.

Ruth Delacruz was arrested on warrant charges of receiving stolen property, assault and battery, larceny, trespassing and shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday.

Derek Duval, of 90 Ford St., was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 5:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Jose Machado, 24, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession, violation of the city knife ordinance and trespassing at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Japhal Perez, 27, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant and Tremont streets; at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday at 102 Boston St.; at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday at Salem Laundry at 188 Essex St.; at 1:12 a.m. Wednesday at 47 Cliff St.; at 5:49 a.m. Wednesday at 538 Walnut St.; at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Atkinson St.; at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Den Quarry Road; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at Green and Violet streets; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at Huss Court and South Common Street; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Virginia Terrace; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Parkland Ave.; at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday Carlton and Cook streets; at 6:16 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Manson St.; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at 28 Sunnyside Road; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at Allen Avenue and Cook Street; at 6:32 a.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Virginia Terrace; at 6:33 a.m. Wednesday on Acorn Street; at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday at 200 Linwood St.; at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday at 141 Den Quarry Road; at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Grant St.; at 6:37 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Granite St.; at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday at Atkinson and Woodlawn streets; at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday at Grant and Rockingham streets; at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at Broad and Portland streets; at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday at Brookline Street and Eastern Avenue; at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday at Cook and Hollingsworth streets; at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday at 4 Westview Road; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 60 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Hudson St.; at 7 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Atkinson St.; at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday at Bellevue Road and Lovers Leap Avenue; at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Grant St.; at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday at Dungeon and Parkland avenues; at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday at North Franklin Street and Northern Avenue; at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at 64 Adams St.; at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday at 190 Allen Ave.; at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at 58 Coolidge Road; at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday at Bellevue Road and Woodlawn Street; at 7:21 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday at 64 Jefferson St.; at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday at 26 Oneida St.; at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday at 104 Parkland Ave.; at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday at Euclid Avenue and Wentworth Place; at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday  at Allen Avenue and Apple Street; at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday at Hutchinsons Court; at 7:36 a.m. Wednesday at 116 Bay View Ave.; at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday at Beacon Hill and Beede avenues; at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Manson St.; at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on Burdett Road; at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday on Hesper Street; at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday at Graves and Western avenues; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 26 Myrtle St.; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Brookvale St.; at 7:56 a.m. Wednesday on Marion Street; at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Brookvale St.; at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday at 37 Wentworth Place; at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern and Western avenues; at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday at 63 Autumn St.; at 9 a.m. Wednesday on Dungeon Avenue; at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at 46 Coolidge Road; at 9:47 a.m. Wednesday at Cook and Grant streets; at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday at 35 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday at Bay View and Western avenues; at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday at Atkinson and Walnut streets; at 10:41 a.m. Wednesday at 63 Autumn St.; at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at 74 Chestnut St.; at 11:16 a.m. Wednesday at 57 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 12 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Bay View Ave.; at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday at 126 Grant Road; at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday at 67 Grant St.; at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Street and Western Avenue; at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday at Shaw’s Supermarket at 43 State St.; at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday at 80 Boston St.; at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday at 62 Henry Ave.; at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday at 98 Marianna St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday at Capitol Diner at 431 Union St.; at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Bennett and Commercial streets; at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday at 35 Lovers Leap Ave.; at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday on Market Square.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:08 p.m. Tuesday at 56 Ingalls St.; at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday at 7 Rantoul Ave.; at 1:23 p.m. Wednesday at 37 Green St.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday North Common and Whiting streets; at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday on Allen Avenue.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday on Brookline Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at 18 Linton Road; at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday at 9 Story Ave.; at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday at 18 Linton Road; at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Tarmey Lane.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday on Buffum Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday at 51 Memorial Park Ave.; at 3:59 p.m. Tuesday at 77 Greenwood Ave.; at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday at 119 Lewis St.; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 80 Washington St.; at 11:26 a.m. Wednesday on Oxford Street.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday on Kingsley Terrace.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday at Dollar Tree at 102 Boston St.; at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday at 160 Neptune Blvd.; at 11 a.m. Wednesday at CVS at 509 Eastern Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday at 10 Farrar St.

Police log: 2-8-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A caller reported he slid on the ice while driving his car and hit a pole at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday on Rolleston Road. He wanted no response, but an officer was sent to check the police. An officer reported the pole was possibly moved slightly.

Complaints

A report of a needle on the beach at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday on Ocean Avenue. A woman reported she was on Riverhead Beach with her kids and saw a needle. She didn’t want her kids to see it, so she kicked sand over it. She stated the needle was somewhere on the left, you are going down the boat ramp.

A caller complained about construction starting too early at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on Wallace Road. He claims it started at 6:25 a.m. or so. Police reported no one was on scene.


NAHANT

Arrests

Frederick Page, 38, of 45 Edward St., East Boston, was arrested on warrants at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday on Castle Road; at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday on Lennox Road; at 7:24 a.m. Wednesday on Lennox Road.


PEABODY

Arrests

Kevin J. Karakoudas, 28, of 29 Paleologos St., Apt. 2, was arrested on warrants at 2:14 pm. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:52 a.m. Wednesday at 245 Lowell St. Police reported a single car accident into the fence of the property; at 5:55 a.m. Wednesday at 0 Bartholomew St. and 378 Lynnfield St.; at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Lynnfield St. A two car accident with injuries was reported. One driver was taken to Salem Hospital; at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday at Sullivan Tire & Auto Service at 175 Washington St.; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Washington St. and 101 Main St. A car crash into a telephone pole was reported; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Margin St. and 93 Gardner St. A car crash into a parked car was reported; at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday at 2 King St. and 136 Lowell St.; at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday on Overlea Avenue; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 10 Main St.; at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Margin St. and 93 Gardner St.; at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday at 7 Russell St. and 42 Murray St.; at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Longwood Ave. and 6 Elaine Ave.; at 7:24 a.m. Wednesday at 260 Washington St. and 2 Hourihan St. A two-car accident was reported. One driver was taken to Salem Hospital. Both vehicles were towed; at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Forest St. and 220 Lowell St.; at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Howley St. and 192 Main St.; at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Pinecrest Ave. and 193 Winona St.; at 8:14 a.m. Wednesday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St. A plow into a parked car was reported; at 8:23 a.m. Wednesday at 36 Aborn St. and 39 Pleasant St. A car into a pole was reported; at 8:36 a.m. Wednesday at 16 Holten St. and 8 Sewall St.; at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday at 22 Spring St. and 20 Park St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Collins St. Gilmar F. Estorque, 44, of 65 Mason St., Apt. 2, Salem, was summoned for leaving the scene of property damage and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday on Goodale Street.

Complaints

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Bourbon St. A caller was upset that her neighbors’ children were making noise while playing.

The department of public works reported a male resident throwing snow into the street and yelling at the plow operator at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday at Emerson and Perkins streets. An officer checked the area, but could not locate anyone shoveling snow into the street.

A report of a disturbance at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday at Beverly Hospital at 65 Prospect St. Police received a report of cars doing “donuts” in the parking lot. Police reported the youths were sent on their way.

Vandalism

A report of property damaged by a snow plow at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at 3 Hilltop Drive. An officer reported the city plow driver struck the mailbox at the residence and damaged it.  


REVERE

Arrests

Matthew J. Sutherland, 43, of 45 Gore Road, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, larceny and on a warrant at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday at New Revere Police Station at Walnut and Shirley avenues; at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday at Beach and Harris streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday at North Shore and Eliot roads; at 3:04 p.m. Tuesday on Brown Circle; at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Copeland Circle; at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday on Beach Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday on Barrett Street; at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday on Garfield Avenue; at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday at Revere High School on School Street; at 3:26 p.m. Tuesday on Larkin Street; at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday on Cecilian Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 10:52 a.m. Tuesday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday on Revere Beach Parkway.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Ballard St. and 82 Lincoln Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday at 9 School St. A caller reported a car into a house. Police reported the car struck the fence, not the house; at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday on Johnson Street. The fire captain reported a car into a pole. The driver was the sole occupant and had to get out by the passenger side of the vehicle.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Street and Broadway; at 2:39 a.m. Wednesday on Fox Hill Bridge; at 5:43 a.m. Wednesday on King Street. A caller reported a car striking a fence at the bottom of the hill. Police reported there was no vehicle in the area and no description of it was given; at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Avenue and Sunnyside Park. A caller reported his vehicle struck a parked car due to icy conditions; at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday at 18R Smith Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at 47 Evergreen St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald’s at 127 Broadway. An employee reported a customer comes in every day, creates a large mess and then leaves.

A report of property damage at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday at 16 Orchard Ave. A caller reported a youth drove over his lawn and damaged some of his property. Police responded as the person’s car was stuck in the bushes.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 10:27 a.m. Tuesday at Dragon Island Restaurant at 44 Hamilton St.; at 11:33 p.m. Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express at 999 Broadway. A caller reported her “Michael Kors” purse was taken from the front lobby.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday on Humphrey Street; at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday at 450 Paradise Road; at 7:49 p.m. Tuesday on Danvers Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:43 p.m Tuesday at Swampscott Middle School at 207 Forest Ave.

Putting the cart before the horse in Saugus

Town Meeting on Monday overwhelmingly approved three zoning changes aimed at longtime Saugus business and major property taxpayer Wheelabrator.

But questions are sure to continue dogging the changes even as they make their way to the state attorney general’s office for approval.

The changes originated with an organization that sounds less like a group of concerned local citizens and more like a band of environmental organizations intent on taking aim at Wheelabrator. The zoning articles were authored by Town Meeting member Ann Devlin, who viewed their passage as a way to help ensure the health and wellbeing of Saugus residents and their neighbors in surrounding communities.

This is a worthy objective but is it one supported by sufficient facts? A state report released last year concluded there is no elevated local cancer risk.

Where is the definitive, well-researched and documented health report on Wheelabrator’s operations? If the zoning articles are aimed at reducing health risks for current town residents and safeguarding future ones, shouldn’t they have been built on a foundation of solid, multi-sourced health research?

Two public officials on Monday used similar and interesting language to assess the impact of the zoning changes. State Rep. RoseLee Vincent said the changes are instrumental in helping Saugus control its destiny. Board of selectmen chairwoman Debra Panetta said “adding more control … makes sense” in referring to the bylaws.

Both women are experienced public officials but do their words make sense? As a major economic contributor to the town, isn’t Wheelabrator a force in determining Saugus’ destiny? As for Panetta’s comment, more controls make sense only if they achieve a goal that serves the town and Wheelabrator.

Any restrictions aimed at the firm’s Saugus operation should be drafted after extensive discussion between town residents and officials and Wheelabrator representatives. What good do the new zoning bylaws do if they simply toss Saugus into court to fight a protracted and expensive lawsuit?

What if Town Meeting member Bill Brown is right and Wheelabrator’s lawyers argue in a courtroom that the zoning changes were exclusively aimed at restricting “one business” in Saugus? Does it really make sense for the town to spend taxpayer dollars on a legal fight that could find town lawyers trying to explain why approved zoning changes were aimed at one local business?

The better use of town money and time is to find a forum or forums where Wheelabrator’s needs and town concerns can be analyzed, weighed and discussed with the objective of crafting a long-term working relationship between the community and the company.

Saugus gets its fill at Town Meeting

Police log: 2-8-2017

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

Liz Garcia, 41, of 72 Mall St., was arrested and charged with sexual conduct for a fee and heroin possession at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday.

Joanna Lugo, 42, of 72 Mall St., was arrested and charged with sexual conduct for a fee at 2:07 a.m. Tuesday.

Jared Papadimitriou, of 2 Hart St., was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery and larceny at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:14 p.m. Monday at Broad and Exchange streets; at 3:09 p.m. Monday at 70 Hanover St.; at 4:49 p.m. Monday at Henry Avenue and Washington Street; at 5:41 p.m. Monday at Laighton Street and Lawton Avenue; at 9:30 am. Tuesday at 38 Estes St.; at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday at 502 Western Ave.; at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday at 678 Lynnfield St.; at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday at 269 Union St.; at 11:16 a.m. Tuesday at 212 Boston St.; at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday at 21 Stanwood St.; at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at 76 Grover St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:06 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday at Essex and Empire streets.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 5:23 p.m. Monday on Neptune Boulevard.

A report of an assault at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday on Essex Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday at 269 Union St.; at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:39 p.m. Monday on City Hall Square; at 4:14 p.m. Monday at 30 Surfside Road; at 5:38 p.m. Monday at 25 State St.; at 6:18 p.m. Monday at 102 Henry Ave.; at 7:01 p.m. Monday at 89 Liberty St.; at 9:09 p.m. Monday at 137 Broad St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 8:58 a.m. Tuesday at 13 Park St.; at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday at 7 Liberty Square; at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday at 41 Light St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 3:01 p.m. Monday at 376 Washington St.

Police log: 2-7-2017


LYNNFIELD

Arrests

Crystal Ulchak, 33, of 4 Old Wood Road, was arrested on a warrant at 11:40 a.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:47 p.m. Friday on King Rail Drive; at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at 807 Salem St. and 5 Canterbury Road; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Donovan’s Liquor at 449 N Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:21 p.m. Saturday at 580 S Broadway. One person was taken to Union Hospital.

Fire

A report of a brush fire on the side of the house at 3:07 p.m. Sunday at 15 Cider Mill Road

A report of a brush fire at 3:33 p.m. Monday at 20 Stanley Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:33 p.m. Friday at Herb Chambers Cadillac at 395 N Broadway.


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:59 p.m. Monday on Smith Street.

Complaints

A caller reported her vehicle was egged by kids the previous night at 10:24 a.m. Monday on Elm Street.

A report of suspicious activity at 6:51 p.m. Monday on State Street. A caller reported that someone was “peering” into his yard and found it suspicious. The man was driving a truck and drove off towards the water. The man told police he was working at 92 Washington and was checking a small easement between properties to make sure nothing was left behind.

Fire

A report of heavy smoke from the chimney at 10:50 a.m. Monday on Kenneth Road. Multiple callers reported heavy smoke from a house and chimney.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Monday at 1 Summit St. and 0 Christina Drive; at 4:47 p.m. Monday at 121 Winona St.; at 7:06 p.m. Monday at 128 Underpass on Lowell Street; at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Sparrow Lane and 117 Central St.; at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday at 82 Lowell St. and 2 Perkins St.; at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday on Forest Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:12 p.m. Monday at Latitude Sports Club at 194 Newbury St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday on Paleologos Street. One person was taken to Salem Hospital.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:52 a.m. Tuesday at Center School at 18 Irving St.


REVERE

Arrests

Joseph M. Dellorfano, 44, of 60 Cecilian Ave., was arrested and charged with uttering a counterfeit note, larceny from person, identity fraud, trespassing and on warrants at 4:44 p.m. Monday.

Krunalkumar J. Patel, 31, of 337 Paris St., East Boston, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor at 6:48 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7 a.m. Monday on Copeland Circle; at 8:17 a.m. Monday at Bob’s Discount on Ferragamo Way; at 8:23 a.m. Monday on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 3:47 a.m. Monday on Beach Street. Janine M. Proia, 22, of 82 Undine Ave., Winthrop, was summoned for assault and battery.

A report of an assault at 10:59 a.m. Monday on School Street; at 7:55 p.m. Monday on Rever Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:36 a.m. Monday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street; at 4:39 p.m. Monday at Rumney Flats on Ward Street; at 7:23 p.m. Monday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street.

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:12 p.m. Monday at Cinco De Mayo on Centennial Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:43 a.m. Monday on Walnut Place; at 7:59 p.m. Monday on Sears Street.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 6:53 p.m. Monday on Pearl Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:10 a.m. Monday on Park Avenue; at 2:53 p.m. Monday on Freeman Street.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Justina ML Boyce was arrested on a warrant at 4:34 p.m. Monday.

Anthony Martinez, of 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest at 5:27 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:37 a.m. Monday at 386 Lincoln Ave. A man was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital. A woman was taken to Salem Hospital. The fire captain reported a two car accident, head on collision; at 3:42 p.m. Monday at Gas Station on Sunnyside Park.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:08 p.m. Monday at Home Depot at 564 Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) at 5:27 p.m. Monday on Broadway. Anthony Martinez, of 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday at 49-50 Evergreen St.; at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Evergreen St. A man reported his car was broken into and items were stolen.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:58 p.m. Monday at Laurel Towers; at 6:38 p.m. Monday at Bridgewell at 17 Seagirt Ave. A caller reported she was struck in the head three times by another resident of the home. Police reported there may have been no assault and the administrative staff was instructed to follow up in the morning; at 11 p.m. Monday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 1204 Broadway; at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bed Bath and Beyond at 367 Broadway.

Theft

A report of an armed robbery at 11:06 p.m. Monday at Red Roof Inn at 920 Broadway. An employee at the front desk reported receiving a call from a man inside one of the rooms who stated he was assaulted. Police reported the man was a victim of an armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. The only footage available was of a man, about 6 feet tall, 250 pounds and with a muscular build. His iPhone was stolen and he was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital.


SWAMPSCOTT

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:04 a.m. Monday at 51 Essex St.

Locals celebrate Super Bowl win at Patriots parade

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Owen Doherty and his mother Mary of Lynnfield waiting in the snow for the parade.

By STEVE KRAUSE 

BOSTON — Steve Ahern of Revere stood under a tree, watching curiously as the scene in Government Center unfolded before him.

The snow was flying and the people were celebrating, waiting for the duck boats escorting the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to come down Tremont Street.

“Is that keeping you dry?” Ahern was asked.

“I want to think so,” he answered.

Like many people who braved the cold and wet weather Tuesday to come into Boston for the parade, Ahern not only watched Sunday’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was sure they’d pull the game out.

“Everyone was freaking out at halftime,” he said of the people with whom he was watching the game, “but I kept telling them that they’re a second-half team, that they’d be all right.”

Mary Doherty of Lynnfield wasn’t so confident. She had already hoisted her son, Owen, onto the top of a mailbox on Tremont Street so he could get a better view, and began explaining how she came to see the ending of Sunday’s shocking victory.

“I was at my brother’s,” she said, “and I was ready to go home. It was 28-3, and I said this is it. They’re not going to win.”

She said she was getting ready to go home because “it was a school night,” when she heard cheering from the other room. So, she went back in, and watched the rest of the game.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

The majority of Lynn-area residents who sloshed their way into Boston say they were on board with the idea of a Patriots comeback.

“I never lost faith,” said Elsie Palmieri of Saugus. “Some of the people I was watching the game with did, though.”

Of course, she said, seeing Julian Edelman’s “miraculous catch” in which he picked the ball from between the legs of a defender and hung onto it cemented her confidence.

“That’s probably my lasting memory of the game,” she said.

Tom Colbert of Peabody called that “our David Tyree catch,” referring to the New York Giants’ receiver who came up with an improbable reception, balancing the ball of his helmet, in the 2008 Super Bowl in which the Patriots had their perfect season spoiled.

“That was the most exciting game I have ever seen,” he said. “I never lost faith. I never thought it was over. Not with that team.”

For Lynn’s Luis Pineiros, the game even had more significance.

“It was my 35th birthday Sunday,” said Pineiros, who had 30 people at his house watching. “That was some kind of present. Kids who were watching that game should learn never to give up.”

E.J. Carlson, who coaches an East Lynn Pop Warner team, admits his faith was wavering a little.

“I shut off the TV for about five or 10 minutes when it got to be 28-3,” he said. “But I turned it back on again.”
He was in a distinct minority among the people with whom he rode in from Wonderland.

“Not me,” said Rob McLennan of Lynn. “But I prayed throughout the whole game that they would do it, and stick it in Roger Goodell’s face.”

Still, said Suzanne Perry of Lynn, “it was a nailbiter. Amazing. That was definitely one for the books.”

And about the boos Goodell received as he presented the Vince Lombardi trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft?

“I was laughing,” said Alexandra Hernandez. “He deserved it.”

On the other hand, said Colbert, “I thought Brady handled the whole Goodell thing with class.”

Carlson is convinced quarterback Tom Brady can play for “three to five more seasons if he wants to. He has it in him. Brady is it!”

Though not every school in the area cancelled classes so students could attend the rally, Bishop Fenwick did.

Not so in Marblehead. A group of people, some of them students, were seen getting ready to board the train at Wonderland, but they were hesitant about getting their pictures taken.

“I don’t know if we should,” said the mother. “Some of these kids are truants today.”

Saugus gets its fill at Town Meeting

COURTESY PHOTO
Pictured is Wheelabrator Saugus.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SAUGUS — After nearly three hours of heated debate, Town Meeting members on Monday approved three zoning bylaw changes that will affect current and future landfills.

The Alliance for Health & the Environment, a coalition of environmental organizations and public officials that requested the special Town Meeting, is opposed to the expansion of Wheelabrator Saugus, an energy-from-waste facility that disposes up to 1,500 tons of waste a day from 10 Massachusetts communities.

With the approval of the three articles, definitions will be added to the town’s zoning bylaws for “ash,” “landfill” and “ash landfill.” An addition would be made to the Environmental Performance Standards section that restricts the elevation of a landfill to 50 feet above mean sea level.

“No new landfill or new ash landfill shall be established in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and no existing landfill or ash landfill shall be expanded in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern,” reads the second article, which was passed 25 to 8.

The third article, passed 31 to 2, would alter the Table of Use Regulations under Zoning By-Laws, Article V, Section 5.6, by adding the principal use “landfill/ash landfill” to only be allowed in areas with industrial zoning and would require a special permit.

The zoning by-law changes would have to be approved by the attorney general. Wheelabrator can also challenge the decision. Peter Kendrigan, general manager of Wheelabrator Saugus, said passage of the articles would result in another court case for the town.

Ann Devlin, president of Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment and Town Meeting member, authored the three articles on behalf of the alliance. She said their passage was about doing the right thing for the health and well-being of the people of Saugus and surrounding communities.

Bill Brown, a Town Meeting member, was opposed to all three articles.

“These articles target one business,” he said. “They target one taxpayer in the town of Saugus and that’s Wheelabrator.”

Brown said he wasn’t going to argue that Wheelabrator doesn’t bear part of the responsibility for health problems in town. It does, he said, but so do many other things. Residents can’t point the finger at one particular cause, and say that’s the only cause of health problems in town, he said.

Proponents of the passage of the three articles argued that Wheelabrator is the only unlined active ash landfill in the state and the only one located next to an area of critical environmental concern. They also argued that the ash landfill is a health concern, with cancer risks cited by multiple speakers.

“I think adding more control in our bylaws makes sense,” said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen. “I think we’re just empowering ourselves.”

James Connolly, Wheelabrator vice-president of environmental health and safety, said previously that in addition to being illegal, the articles, if passed, would threaten the company’s ability to keep providing environmental and economic benefits and would result in costly litigation for Saugus taxpayers.

Connolly said on Monday that there continues to be a number of false claims against Wheelabrator. He said the landfill has a clay soil liner and any claims that the ash is toxic are false. He cited a Department of Public Health report published last spring and requested by Wheelabrator Saugus, with results showing no elevated risk of cancer in town.

State Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), who heads the Alliance, said it’s obvious that Wheelabrator has no intention of ever closing the landfill. If Saugus doesn’t take action now, she said, people could be skiing on a mountain of toxic ash.

“These are very reasonable zoning changes and you have every right to control your destiny,” Vincent said.

Patriots pull off historic win in overtime


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

Police log: 2-7-2017

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

Sebastien Bejin, 26, of 61 Park St., was arrested on warrant charges of armed robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle at 10:34 a.m. Monday.

Yaddy Ferreras, 31, of 42 Vine St., was arrested on warrant charges of three counts of assault and battery and two counts of destruction of property at 10:08 a.m. Monday.

Claude Hernandez, 37, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and larceny at 9:38 p.m. Sunday.

Ricardo Hussey, of 145 Lewis St., was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery and juror failure to attend at 11:55 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:02 p.m. Sunday at 95 Tremont St.; at 9:08 p.m. Sunday at 25 Atkinson St.; at 6:40 a.m. Monday at 526 Western Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:08 p.m. Sunday at 210 Market St.; at 7:49 a.m. Monday at 638 Summer St.; at 8:10 a.m. Monday at 1 Parkland Ave.; at 12:46 p.m. Monday at Sagamore and Washington streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:39 p.m. Sunday at 502 Chestnut St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 10:42 a.m. Monday at 19 Glen Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:07 p.m. Sunday at Family Dollar at 200 Union St.; at 6:58 p.m. Sunday at 134 Western Ave.; at 7:22 p.m. Sunday at 64 Market Square; at 7:58 p.m. Sunday at 361 Essex St.; at 11:29 p.m. Sunday at 501 Washington St.; at 12:09 a.m. Monday at 36 Whiting St.; at 1:17 a.m. Monday at 41 Grant St.; at 1:33 a.m. Monday at 17 Beach Road; at 6:49 a.m. Monday at 14 Nichols Ave.; at 11:25 a.m. Monday at Broad and Lewis streets.

A report of a gunshot at 10:27 p.m. Sunday at 6 Wilson Terrace; at 10:35 p.m. Sunday at Pine Grove Avenue and Tapley Street.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 4:17 p.m. Sunday on Boston Street; at 5:18 p.m. Sunday on Lynnway; at 5:39 p.m. Sunday on Boston Street; at 9:36 a.m. Monday on Ford Street; at 11:16 a.m. Monday on Great Woods Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:21 a.m. Monday at 72 Fayette St.

Police log: 2-6-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of two cars keyed at 9:28 a.m. Sunday on Intrepid Circle. A caller reported that both of her daughters had friends over the previous night and both of their cars were keyed.


REVERE

Arrests

Orlando Josue Basco, 21, of 50 Annunciation Road, Apt. U, Roxbury, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Friday.

Boubakeur Benhamou, 20, of 204 Constitution Ave., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 2:03 p.m. Saturday.

Geno Robert Ciano, 19, of 8 Oak Tree Lane, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 2:03 p.m. Saturday.

David J. Donato, 44, of 589 Broadway, Apt. 10, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license for OUI and as a habitual traffic offender at 1:34 a.m. Saturday.

Mercedes Escobar, 29, of 14 Moulton St., Apt. 1, Lynn, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and larceny of property at 8:28 p.m. Friday.

Andrew Makara, 32, of 8 Ray St., Apt. 1, Lynn, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a license at 12:02 a.m. Saturday.

Maureen C. Pavone, 52, of 1021 Winthrop Ave., was arrested on a warrant at 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

Michael F. Toto Jr., 60, of 200B Winthrop Parkway, was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order at 8:51 a.m. Friday.

Hubert Jason Wallace, 43, of 870 Hunnington Ave., Apt. 1, Roxbury, was arrested and charged with speeding and on a warrant at 11:15 pm. Sunday.

Steven R. Willette, 44, of 97 Fuller St., Apt. 2, Dorchester, was arrested on a warrant at 8:28 p.m. Friday.

Juan Zapata, 18, of 539 Beach St., Apt. 3, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 2:18 a.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:06 a.m. Friday at Squire Road and Sigourney Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:02 a.m. Saturday at Unos on Squire Road. Andrew Makara, 32, of Lynn, was arrested for OUI liquor; at 1:18 p.m. Saturday on Shirley Avenue; at 3:08 p.m. Saturday on Mahoney Circle; at 4:57 p.m. Saturday at Newhall and Sargent streets; at 8:58 p.m. Saturday at Tedeschi Food Shops on Beach Street; at 10:02 p.m. Saturday on Lee Burbank Highway; at 1:10 a.m. Sunday on Standish Road; at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Beach Street; at 2:43 p.m. Sunday on Beach Street; at 3:55 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Parkway and Rumney Road; at 9:21 p.m. Sunday at Pizzeria Uno on Squire Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 11:21 p.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway.

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 11:40 p.m. Sunday at Charger Street and Squire Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:59 a.m. Friday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 3:33 a.m. Friday on Morris Street; at 9:41 a.m. Friday on Arcadia Street; at 10:16 p.m. Friday at Sears Street and Bay Road; at 12:44 a.m. Saturday on Larkin Street; at 2:12 a.m. Saturday at Mobil Gas Station on Squire Road; at 3:13 a.m. Saturday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 8:07 a.m. Saturday on Kimball Avenue; at 12:50 p.m. Saturday at Safy Market on Broadway; at 2:24 p.m. Saturday at IHOP on Squire Road; at 3:07 p.m. Saturday on Yeamans Street; at 6:08 p.m. Saturday at Marshalls on VFW Parkway; at 7:19 p.m. Saturday at 7-Eleven on Broadway; at 8:21 p.m. Saturday at Renzo’s Brick Oven Pizzeria on Revere Beach Boulevard; at 1:36 a.m. Sunday at Broadway Towers on Broadway; at 1:46 a.m. Sunday at Wonderland Train Station on North Shore Road; at 2:41 a.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 3:31 a.m. Sunday at Vanguard at Water Front Square on Ocean Avenue. Abdulla Fakira, 25, of 674 Ocean Ave., Apt. 202, was summoned for assault and battery; at 12:34 p.m. Sunday at Woody’s Liquor on Broadway; at 5:15 p.m. Sunday on Revere Street; at 10:09 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Village Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Howard Street; at 10:38 p.m. Sunday at Harris Street and Revere Beach Parkway.

A report of shots fired at 12:02 a.m. Saturday at Revere Housing Authority on Raymond Road.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 9:52 a.m. Friday on Bennington Street; at 10:39 p.m. Friday on Malden Street; at 4:27 p.m. Saturday on Eliot Circle

Theft

A report of an unarmed robbery at 6:31 a.m. Friday at Ray’s Sunoco Service on Broadway.

A report of bicycle theft at 6:47 p.m. Friday at D&L Discount Liquors on Broadway.

A report of a robbery at 1:14 a.m. Saturday on North Shore Road.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 1:39 p.m. Sunday at Wonderland Entertainment on North Shore Road; at 9:54 a.m. Sunday on Ocean Avenue; at 12:53 p.m. Sunday on Lincoln Street.

A report of a larceny from a motor vehicle at 1:39 p.m. Sunday at Wonderland Entertainment on North Shore Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 12:52 p.m. Saturday on Park Avenue.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Ellisa Zeinert, of 8 Woodland Ave., was arrested on a warrant at 11:03 a.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:09 p.m. Friday at Saugus Professional North Building at 99 Walnut St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:58 p.m. Friday at Saugus Town Hall at 298 Central St. A three-car accident was reported with possible entrapment. Police shut down traffic from Taylor Street to Saugus Center; at 3:24 a.m. Saturday at Walgreens at 1228 Broadway; at 7:26 a.m. Monday at Vietnamese Gospel Hall at 101 Main St. A three-car accident was reported. Medical attention was declined.

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 6:40 p.m. Friday at 54 Lincoln Ave. The pedestrian was conscious and responsive. The vehicle fled the scene. The victim refused medical attention.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:11 a.m. Saturday at Kane’s Donuts at 120 Lincoln Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:27 p.m. Saturday at Bike Path near Central Street; at 3:44 p.m. Saturday at Route 1 Northbound near Walnut Street. A caller reported a male walking in the median of Route 1 North near Walnut Street. The man made it across safely, but was told by police not to cross the highway again; at 8:01 p.m. Saturday at Carmaleno’s Pushcart Restaurant at 331 Main St. An employee reported an unruly male customer who was refusing to pay his $500 bill. The man was trespassed indefinitely.

A report of suspicious activity at 5:26 p.m. Saturday at 4 Long Pond Drive. A caller reported someone in the pond and was unsure if that person was in distress or not. Firefighters and police checked the area of the lake. The fire captain reported it was a good intent call and there were only a pair of swans in the pond.

Solomons sparks St. Mary’s in win

FILE PHOTO
Zoe Solomons led the Spartans in Monday night’s win. 

By MIKE ALONGI

LYNN — Behind two goals from freshman forward Zoe Solomons, the St. Mary’s Spartans took down the Lynn/Winthrop/Saugus Bulldogs, 2-1, in a non-conference rivalry game at Connery Rink on Monday night.

“I thought we sleepwalked through most of the game, to be honest,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca. “I think Winthrop/Lynn/Saugus outworked us today. But, we’ve talked about having games like this where other people need to step up, and tonight it was Zoe’s night to step up.”

This adds to an already productive year for the Saugus native, as she is now tied for third on the team in total points with 14.

“She had a couple great shots tonight and that was what we needed,” said Pagliuca. “I’m glad she was able to have a good game, because if she hadn’t we’d probably be looking at a loss tonight.”

St. Mary’s goalie Emily Stephenson had 15 saves in the win and had a shutout going through 43 minutes of the game.

“I thought she played really well again, as always,” Pagliuca said. “She had a couple big saves out there for us, and stuff like that really helps when our offense isn’t exactly clicking.”

On the other end, Bulldogs goalie Gretchen Howard had an impressive performance with 33 saves in the loss.
“Gretchen has been great ever since she got here, and tonight was no different,” said Bulldogs coach Anthony Martucci. “She saw 35 shots tonight and sent almost everything away. Not many goalies can stop that many shots in a game like that.”

The Spartans came out as the aggressors, pumping 14 shots on net in the first period compared to just two shots for the Bulldogs. Howard was more than up to the task, stopping everything that came her way.

The second period, however, was a different story. Just 19 seconds into the period, Solomons buried her first goal off a rebound to put the Spartans on the board. The goal seemed to give the Bulldogs a bit of a spark, as they instantly became more aggressive in the offensive zone. They were able to get several good scoring chances against Stephenson, but the senior netminder stood tall and didn’t let anything past her.

With about seven minutes left in the period and the Spartans dominating the offensive zone, Solomons stole the puck on a clearing attempt and broke for the net. Once she found some daylight in the right circle to let off a shot, she buried a wrister over Howard’s shoulder to pad the lead at 2-0.

The third period was the best one of the night for the Bulldogs, drawing several penalties and getting eight shots on net. Stephenson sent everything away for the first 13 minutes of the period, but eventually the Bulldogs relentlessness paid dividends.

With about two minutes left and L/W/S working hard in the offensive zone, junior forward McKayla Norris grabbed the puck and found the back of the net to cut the deficit in half. The Bulldogs grabbed the momentum and tried to tie it up with the little time they had left, but Stephenson and the Spartans took the win.

Martucci said that while he was pleased with the way his team ended the game, the Spartans need to clean up on some areas.

“We’ve got to clean a lot of stuff up,” Martucci said. “We need to be better passing, defending and getting opportunities. We’ll go into practice this week and get to work.”

For the Spartans, the goal is to keep the effort and energy up for the entire 45 minutes.

“We’ve just got to be mentally ready to go from the start of games,” said Pagliuca. “We need to compete harder, because I think we got outworked.

St. Mary’s will take on Archbishop Williams in a Catholic Central League matchup on Wednesday afternoon at Zapustas Arena in Randolph. The Bulldogs will travel to LoConte Rink in Medford to take on Malden/Medford on Saturday afternoon.

Seven OD in Essex County

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Essex County was hit hard by the heroin epidemic over the weekend, with seven fatal apparent overdoses reported, nearly half of its 16 fatalities in January.

In Lynn and Peabody, the fatalities from Friday morning to Sunday morning outpaced their numbers in January.

Three people died from apparent heroin overdoses in Lynn during that time span, while two fatalities were reported last month, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

In Peabody, two people died apparently from overdoses over the weekend, while there was one reported fatality last month, Monahan said.

Before the weekend, there was one death from an apparent overdose Feb. 1 when a 45-year-old man died in Methuen, Monahan said.

The first fatal apparent overdose Lynn Police responded to was on Andrew Street, where they found a 52-year-old woman. Monahan said her office got the call approximately 9 a.m. Friday.

With an unattended death, the Essex State Police Detective Unit, formerly known as the CPAC unit, assigned to the DA’s office, also responds, along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The CPAC unit responded to a second Lynn fatal overdose at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street for a 49-year-old man. The third was Sunday at 6:13 a.m. on Lynn Shore Drive, where a 33-year-old man was found.

In Peabody, a 34-year-old woman died on Cashman Road at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, according to the DA’s office, and a 36-year-old man died from an apparent overdose around 10:20 a.m. Saturday on Brown Street.

There were also apparent overdose deaths in Lawrence and Haverhill, with each town reporting one each this weekend.

There were 16 fatal apparent overdoses reported in Essex County in January. Aside from the two in Lynn and one in Peabody, there were three in Salem, two each in Gloucester, Lawrence and Salisbury, and one apiece in Haverhill, Newburyport, Amesbury, and Saugus, according to the DA’s office.

Lynn Police reported their department’s response in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“We have had at least three fatal apparent heroin overdoses so far this weekend,” Lynn police said in a statement. “We believe there have also been at least 15 in the greater Boston area. Not using is best preventative care, but not using alone and having Narcan (the lifesaving overdose drug) available are the next best. If you have a phone, you’re not alone. Make a call.”

Lynn Police Lt. Christopher Kelly said the department has to wait for the medical examiner’s office to officially rule the cause of death. But from the preliminary investigation, the deaths can be ruled as possibly drug-related. He said on Sunday afternoon that the medical examiner’s office, which takes jurisdiction over the case, told the department that they had seen a large spike in the past 24 hours of possible opiate deaths.

“We’ve gone to a few medical calls that have been for deceased persons and during the investigation, the suspected use of opiate drugs was prevalent during some of these,” Kelly said. Kelly said the numbers are “alarming.” He said police, by posting on social media, wanted to get the word out to the public, particularly addicts and families of addicts, that overdoses typically come in waves, based on a particular batch of heroin, or what it’s being mixed with.

Particularly when the fentanyl, which is increasingly being mixed with heroin, is strong, the result is potentially fatal.

“Any time (there’s) illegal drug use, there’s always that risk of a fatal overdose,” Kelly said on Sunday. “Obviously, in the last 24 hours, that risk has spiked dramatically.”


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

Saugus’s Wong: Rep, restaurateur and Tai Chi master

PHOTO BY ALENA KUZUB
State Rep. Donald Wong teaches a group exercise, while Karen Barbarisi of East Boston listens, during an introductory Qigong class at Breakheart Reservation on Saturday.

By ADAM SWIFT

SAUGUS — Breakheart Reservation has always been a popular spot for joggers, hikers, and families looking to let the kids burn off some energy.

But on Saturday morning, there was a slightly more reflective form of physical activity in the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center, thanks to state Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and the Friends of Breakheart Reservation. Wong led two guided lessons in Tai Chi and Qigong (pronounced chee gung) as a fundraiser to help support future Friends events at the reservation.

“Qigong and Tai Chi are exercises that are good for your body, but do not strain your body,” said Wong.

The exercises focus more on circulation, or the life force moving through your body, Wong said.

“They are good for all ages, and unlike medications, you don’t have side effects,” he said. “The main thing is that it helps with your circulation, the better your circulation, the better your health.”

While there was no charge for those who took part in Saturday’s lessons, donations for the Friends of Breakheart Reservation were accepted. Wong said he believes in the mission of the Friends and is a strong supporter of Breakheart Reservation as a wonderful resource for people who live in the area.

“I hope everyone gets to know the location so we can get some donations and do more programs,” Wong said.

Those who took part in the lessons were a mix of seasoned Qigong and Tai Chi practitioners as well as regular visitors to the reservation.

“I’m a local resident and I love coming to Breakheart Reservation every week,” said Lena Thain of Saugus. “It is a great asset for the neighborhood.”

Deborah Scearbo of Winthrop said the Qigong and Tai Chi lessons were a wonderful way to combine the beauty of Breakheart with the benefits of the ancient practices.

“Tai Chi is a wonderful form of exercise and relaxation,” said Scearbo.

And with Wong leading the lessons, Scearbo, Thain and the others were able to take advantage of the wisdom and knowledge of someone who has spent decades learning and teaching Tai Chi and Qigong.

Wong told the students the story of how he spent three years overseas looking for a certain monk to teach him Tai Chi and Qigong, only to return home and find that the monk had transferred to Chinatown in New York City.

For the next 10 years, Wong said, he would make the drive to New York City at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning after closing up the family restaurant, the Rte. 1 landmark the Kowloon, to practice with the monk.

The learning imparted upon Wong was appreciated by those who came to have their spines gently stretched and their circulation flow on Saturday morning.

Saturday’s event was co-sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation, the DCR, and Qi Farm.

Scott E. Baribeau, 41

SAUGUS — Mr. Scott E. Baribeau, age 41, entered into rest on Thursday, Feb.  2 at the North Shore Medical Center, Lynn.

Born in Lynn and raised in Saugus, he was the son of Cynthia A. (Rowell) and Edward R. Baribeau. He was a clerk at the Walgreens on Route 1, Essex Street, Saugus for 20 years. Scott was a 1994 graduate of Winthrop High School. He had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel.

In addition to his parents, Scott leaves his uncles, Steven G. Baribeau of Springfield, David V. Rowell and his wife Joanie of Atkinson, N.H., aunt Kathleen Baribeau of Effingham, N.H. He also leaves many cousins and friends including Patty Smith of Braintree.

Donations in Scott’s name may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Boston, 1 Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For directions and condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

 

Saugus setting table for former Hilltop

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Pictured is a rendering for the $100 million development planned for transforming the Hilltop Steak House site.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — The Planning Board could sign off on AvalonBay Communities’ vision for the former Hilltop Steak House site at a meeting in two weeks.

The Virginia-based real estate investment trust presented a Master Plan to the board on Thursday night and will return on Feb. 16 for approval.

The plan represents a detailed vision for reusing the former Hilltop site and it is one of several proposed developments that have the potential to reshape Route 1’s appearance

A peer review consultant will be hired to critique the project before the plan is signed off.

The $100 million development includes 280 apartments in three buildings at the rear of the property and about 24,000 square feet of retail space in front.

Not only will the company need the board to approve a conceptual Master Plan, it will also need to submit a Site Plan Review detailing the property’s infrastructure before any work can begin. Once the project gains all necessary approvals, it is expected to be completed in two years.

In January, AvalonBay presented plans that include parking throughout and a parking garage at the back for the former site of the 52-year-old landmark family restaurant, which closed in 2013.

The apartment buildings are configured to form a landscaped courtyard between them with outdoor amenities including a pool, grilling stations, outdoor fireplaces and dog parks, according to Michael Roberts, AvalonBay senior vice-president of development.

There will be 16 studio, 122 one-bedroom and 142 two-bedroom apartments. Ten percent of the units will be affordable.

Each will have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and open-concept living space. Each will be equipped with a washer and dryer, a walk-in closet and a form of outdoor space — either a patio or balcony.

Both a full-service and fast-service restaurant will be on site, as well as businesses such as a dry cleaners, hair salon, coffee shop and pharmacy.

At Thursday night’s board meeting, Chairman Peter Rossetti, who represents High Country Investors, handed the meeting over to member Lawrence Shaver to avoid a conflict of interest.

High Country purchased the Hilltop property in 2004 for $10.1 million and subsequently sold the 14.2 acres to AvalonBay.

Spanish among community program offerings


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

A Super surprise in Saugus

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Anthony Cicolini is thrilled with his 13th birthday present: a trip to Houston to see the Super Bowl with his father, Jeff.

By HAROLD RIVERA

When Saugus Board of Selectmen member Jeff Cicolini considered what to get his son, Anthony, for his 13th birthday, nothing seemed to come to mind. But sometimes the best ideas start out with a little bit of head scratching.

Cicolini’s birthday gift to his son? A trip to Houston to watch their beloved New England Patriots play against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

“I’ve been bringing Anthony to games with me since he was 5 years old,” said Cicolini, a Saugus native and Patriots season ticket holder since 2006. “I started way up in the nosebleed section. He goes to most of the games with me. We went together to the Divisional Round game against Houston and the AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh.”

Now that Anthony has developed a deep understanding of the sport and a devotion to the team, Cicolini felt the timing was right to capitalize on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We were talking about how this could be one of the last opportunities,” Cicolini said. “We don’t know how much longer (Tom) Brady’s going to play. One of the partners at my firm is bringing his son, so I mentioned that I’d love to bring Anthony with me.”

Anthony, a talented three-sport athlete in football, baseball and basketball, was getting ready for hoops practice when his father shared the big news.

“I was really surprised,” Anthony said. “I was on my way to basketball practice and he was on his computer looking for tickets. He called me and asked ‘Anthony how old are you?’ I told him ‘12’ and he said, ‘You’re going to the Super Bowl before you turn 13.’ It was the most amazing feeling ever. I couldn’t even speak.”

As a Pats season ticket holder, Cicolini has the opportunity to bring Anthony to six games each season. The six games are usually chosen by Anthony when the ticket book arrives in the mail, prior to the start of the season.

“I think it’s awesome,” Anthony said. “I know a lot of kids that have never been to a Patriots game. It’s insane to think that I get to go to six games every year.”

Patriots fans share game-day superstitions

Sunday’s game will the first time either has attended a Super Bowl. Cicolini began rooting for the Patriots at a time when Super Bowl appearances weren’t a norm in New England. When Robert Kraft bought the team, that began to change.

“I was on the waiting list for season tickets the year they lost the Super Bowl to Green Bay (1996 season),” Cicolini recalled. “Even though they weren’t very good, I was a fan. When Kraft bought the team it became easier to stay focused because they began doing special things.”

He added, “We’ve been very fortunate with the Patriots. They’ve been to six Super Bowls. I have partners that have been to several, but I’ve never been. We’re not the norm in the NFL. There are teams that have never been.”

Anthony, who attends Belmonte Middle School in Saugus, said it took some effort on his part to convince his friends that he’d be going to the Super Bowl.

“They didn’t believe me at first,” he said. “After a while they started to believe me.”

Both Anthony and his father shared predictions for Sunday’s game.

“I think it’s going to be a high-scoring game,” Anthony predicted. “The key for the Patriots is going to be stopping Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones. If we can lock down those two, we should have no problem winning. I think the Patriots will win, 38-35.”

His father predicted a low-scoring game, with LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots running backs making the difference.

“I think the X-factor will be establishing the running game with Blount,” Cicolini said. “I think James White will have a big game. If I had to guess a score, I’d say 21-17 Patriots.”

 

Police log: 2-4-2017

LYNN

Arrests

Marlon Chavev, 18, of 20 Park St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage, OUI drugs/liquor, unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and a marked lane violation at 10:58 p.m. Thursday.

Ryan Hussey, 30, of 3 Mill St., Hamilton was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A and Class C substance violation of an open container law at 11:46 p.m. Thursday.

Shelton Johnson, of 11 Clarendon St., was arrested and charged with armed robbery at 8:19 a.m. Thursday.

Isaiah Lee, of 24 Surfside Road, was arrested and charged with malicious defacement of property at 4:51 p.m. Thursday.

Kedin Lopez, 22, of 92 Marianna St., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 2:31 p.m. Thursday.

Martha Reynoso, 24, of 20 Sagamore St., was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, marked lanes violation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle at 8:18 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:13 p.m. Thursday at Adams St. Extension; at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Adams and Chestnut streets; at 6:21 p.m. Thursday at Henry Avenue and Washington Street; at 7:18 p.m. Thursday at 29 Boston St.; at 10:06 p.m. Thursday at 14 Laurel St.; at 10:50 p.m.Thursday at 766 Summer St.; at 3:40 a.m. Thursday at Essex and Sheridan streets; at 6:37 a.m. Thursday at Euclid Avenue and Maple Street; at 6:52 a.m. Thursday at Burns Street and Western Avenue.

Complaints

A report of an alarm at Lynn English High School at 50 Goodridge St. at 3:12 a.m. Thursday;  noise reported at 13 High Rock Terrace at 6 a.m. on Thursday; an unwelcome guest reported at 24 Flint St on Thursday at 8:24 a.m.; call for a well-being check on Walnut Street on Thursday at 8:45 a.m.; Report of a medical condition at 196 Locust St, Apt. 501 on Thursday at 9:01 a.m.; Report of a hazardous condition on Thursday at 9:02 a.m. on Western Avenue; assault and battery reported on Thursday at 9:09 a.m. at 33 North Common St.; police called to investigate suspicious activity at 77 Dearborn Avenue on Thursday at 10:44 a.m.; Report of shoplifting at 391 Essex St. on Thursday at 10:57 a.m.; Report of larceny on Thursday at 12:11 p.m. at 93 Jefferson St., Apt. 2; Motor vehicle stop at Henry Avenue and Washington Street on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.; Disturbance reported at 44 Arlington St., Apt 2, on Thursday at 1:47 p.m.; Police called to investigate suspicious activity at English High School at 50 Goodridge St. at 2:08 p.m. on Thursday; A work of art reported missing on Thursday at 2:23 p.m. at 67 Broad St.; Drunk person reported on Thursday at 3:42 p.m. at 493 Summer St.; Police called to check the MBTA Parking Garage on Thursday at 4:03 p.m.; Disturbance reported at Hanover and Washington streets on Thursday at 4:01 p.m.; Medical emergency on Thursday at 4:20 p.m. at 466 Chatham St.; Vandals reported at Casey’s Shell Station at 535 Lynnway on Thursday at 4:24 p.m.; Shoplifting reported at Stop & Shop at 35 Washington St. on Thursday at 4:45 p.m.; Medical emergency on Thursday at 4:41 p.m. Thursday at 256 Curwin Circle.     

Police log: 2-3-2017


LYNNFIELD

Complaints

Property check at 33 Apple Hill Lane on Tuesday at 12:52 a.m.

Motor vehicle violation complaints at 7 Archer Lane and 6 Edgemere Road on Tuesday at 10:04 a.m.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

Report of a dark colored Honda illegally parked near the entrance of Old Burial Hill at 9 a.m. Sunday. Police checked and reported vehicle is legally parked and road is passable.

Caller reported strong scent of gas on the Causeway at 9:08 a.m. Sunday, National Grid called and were on their way.

Report by an Eastern Bank ATM customer that someone may have tampered with the machine at 9:37 a.m. Sunday. Caller said when he took the receipt, alarm went off. Police learned the alarm goes off when cash is not removed from the machine within a certain amount of time. Alarm scheduled to sound for 15 minutes. Manager notified.

A well-being check was requested on Sunday at 10:56 a.m. on Independence Way, unit 65. Caller said her brother in the next unit was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officer sent to investigate.

Report of an assault on a clerk at the Village Market. Caller said female customer came into the store at 11:24 a.m. Sunday and shoved the clerk when the store didn’t have what she wanted. Police requested store video for further investigation.

Report of a lost flip phone made at the station on Sunday at 4:16 p.m. Woman said her daughter may have lost the phone when it fell out of her backpack on her walk home.


PEABODY

Complaints

Report of a medical emergency at 9 Ayer St. on Wednesday at 2:47 p.m. Person was taken to Lahey Hospital.

Resident called to complain about a white SUV that was obstructing a stop sign at 4:17 p.m. on Wednesday at 36 Railroad Avenue. Officer checked area and did not find the vehicle.

Two car motor vehicle accident reported on Wednesday 4:28 p.m. at 210 North Andover St. at the Northshore Mall. No injuries reported.

Resident reported possible fire in the walls of 58 Harrison Avenue on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Call handled by the Fire Department.

Motor vehicle stop at 107 Lynn St. on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Driver was issued a verbal warning for a marked lane violation.

Called reported finding her car door wide open at 8 Bragg St. on Wednesday at 6:54 p.m. It appears the wind may have blown the unsecured door open.

Report of an unconscious person on the floor of a locked home at 96 Lynn St. on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. Overdose confirmed and victim was taken to Salem Hospital.

Drunk person reported at D&R Market at 54 Foster St. on Wednesday at 10:04 p.m. Person was taken to Salem Hospital.

Caller reported being in a car accident on Wednesday at 10:58 p.m. at 1 Goodale St. Officer reported car  was on its side. Victim taken to Lynn Union Hospital.

Report of a baby crying for two hours on Wednesday at 11:58 p.m. at 50 Warren St., Apt. 315. Baby was teething.


REVERE

Complaints

Report of a domestic disturbance at 1:08 a.m. Wednesday on at Rumney Flats/Ward Street. Peace restored.

Car repossessed on Union Street on Wednesday at 1:21 a.m.

Report of an unwanted person at 176 Broadway on Wednesday at 3:49 a.m.

Motor vehicle stop on Squire Road at Northgate Shopping Center on Wednesday at 8:26 a.m. Citation issued.

Report of vandalism on Wednesday at 2:25 p.m. at the Rodeway Inn on American Legion Highway.

Abandoned car reported on Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. on Vane Street.

Motor Vehicle stop on Wednesday at 4:43 p.m,. at Shirley Avenue and Thornton Street. Juvenile was arrested for reckless operation of a car, failure to stop for a police officer unlicensed operation of a car, unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.

Report of a car parked in a handicapped parking space on Wednesday at 7:32 p.m. Citation issued.


SAUGUS

Complaints

Break-in reported at Friendly’s Restaurant at 777 Broadway on Thursday at 12:04 a.m. Officers reported building appeared to be secure.

Report of a disabled car on Thursday at 7:31 a.m. at the Evans Elementary School at 1 East Denver St. Owner made arrangements for tow.

Breaking and entering at Oye’s Restaurant at 44 Broadway on Thursday at 9 a.m. The owner reported his contractors told him multiple TVs were stolen.

Home burglar alarm went off at 9:36 a.m. Thursday. Officers said alarm was not ringing when they arrived and home was secure.

Caller from Alto Decor reported that when he tried to return furniture to the store, the employee threatened to shoot him. Officers reported there appears to be a civil dispute over some items purchased. No firearms found.

Complaints of outdoor music at Casa Vallarta at 114 Broadway on Thursday at 11:58 a.m. Police inspected outdoor speakers which were disconnected and inoperable.


SWAMPSCOTT

Arrests

Kenneth Smith, 50, was arrested on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Complaints

A request for a building check at the high school on Wednesday at 1:40 a.m.

A report of a motor vehicle problem on Wednesday at 2:11 a.m. at Burrill Street and Thomas Road.

Call from the Unitarian Universalist Church at 101 Forest Avenue on Wednesday at 1:08 a.m.

Building checks requested for the Stanley School at 10 Whitman Road and the Middle School at 207 Forest Avenue on Wednesday at 3:13 and 3:14 a.m.

Saugus board plans for special town meeting

COURTESY PHOTO
Pictured is Wheelabrator Saugus.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — After hearing from dozens of residents for more than two hours, the Planning Board made a positive recommendation for three articles proposed for a Special Town Meeting on Monday.

The Alliance for Health & the Environment, a coalition of environmental organizations and public officials, is opposed to the expansion of Wheelabrator Saugus, an energy-from-waste facility that disposes up to 1,500 tons of waste a day from 10 Massachusetts communities.

The group is asking Town Meeting members to support three zoning bylaw changes that will affect current and future landfills.

If approved by Town Meeting, definitions will be added to the town’s zoning bylaws for “ash,” “landfill” and “ash landfill.” An addition would be made to the Environmental Performance Standards section that restricts the elevation of a landfill to 50 feet above mean sea level.

“No new landfill or new ash landfill shall be established in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and no existing landfill or ash landfill shall be expanded in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern,” read the first two articles.

The third article would alter the Table of Use Regulations under Zoning By-Laws, Article V, Section 5.6, by adding the principal use “landfill/ash landfill” to only be allowed in areas with industrial zoning and would require a special permit.

“We are frightened because this is in our backyard — this is where we live,” said Debra Panetta, chairwoman of the Saugus Board of Selectmen. “Our main concern is the health, welfare and safety of the citizens. People getting cancer in Precincts 10 and 3. We can’t say it’s specifically because of any particular plant, however, I don’t want to add anything that’s going to add any potential risk. I’m fearful for our safety and I’m fearful for our health.”

The board unanimously decided to recommend articles 1 and 3. Article 2 was supported by four out of five members. Chairman Peter Rossetti said he was concerned about the language of the amendment.

“My way of thinking, that potentially says that if that passes, (Wheelabrator) would not be able to continue operation,” he said.

Kirstie Pecci, an attorney with Conservation Law Foundation, said adding specific definitions that are taken from the state’s code of regulations will ensure clarity that all parties are discussing the same things.

Brian Costin, a Town Meeting member, added that it’s the “right of the citizens to amend our zoning laws.

“If these definitions had been in place 40 years ago, we wouldn’t be in this quagmire we are in now,” Costin said. “That’s why we need the language. So we can talk about it.”

Pecci also questioned why Wheelabrator was opposed to a height limit of 50 feet when they don’t have authority to expand past that as it is.

John Daukas of Goodwin Procter law firm representing Wheelabrator, said the bylaws would interfere with the Department of Environmental Protection’s ability to regulate the landfill. He also argued that they would violate the rights that have been grandfathered in for the site.

He cited a similar amendment adopted by Town Meeting in 2003 that restricted the height of ash piles to 40 feet that was annulled by Land Court in 2005. Wheelabrator sent a letter to the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 6 expressing the company’s opposition to the zoning changes.

“In addition to being clearly illegal, the articles, if passed by Town Meeting, would threaten our ability to keep providing environmental and economic benefits and will result in unnecessary and costly litigation for Saugus taxpayers,” said  James Connolly, Wheelabrator vice president of environmental health and safety.

Connolly said many claims and misconceptions were being made about the facility. Millions of dollars have been invested in ash remediation and habitat restoration. He also argued that the ash is not toxic. The town and DEP both conduct regular inspections to ensure the facility remains in compliance.

“There is no basis for the claim that there are negative health impacts,” he said. “It’s not supported by any studies at all.”

Joan Leblanc of the Saugus River Watershed Council argued that the cost of any possible repercussions couldn’t outweigh what the landfill is costing residents.

“What would the true cost to people and the environment be of continuing to expand this coastal ash landfill into the future,” she said.

Eugene Decareau, a Town Meeting member, said the alternative could be worse for the environment.

“If they have to stop filling in the landfill right now, that means, in my opinion, maybe 10 to 20 trucks, 18 wheelers, every  day will add pollution to the atmosphere,” said Decareau. “It will destroy our roads.”

Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), who heads the Alliance, said Wheelabrator is bullying residents by attempting to “stomp on the town’s right to control its own zoning ordinances.”

“The town of Saugus has the right to govern itself,” said Vincent. “These are reasonable zoning changes and the town has the right to (vote on). Residents should not be intimidated by the threat of a lawsuit. Saugus will have a  mountain of ash that your children can go skiing on if you don’t stop this.”

$1M in revenue is the ticket in Lynn


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Revere officer accused of beating child resigns

By GAYLA CAWLEY

REVERE — Officer Marcos R. Garcia has resigned from the Revere Police Department amid allegations of abusing his girlfriend’s child.

Revere police confirmed that Garcia resigned as of Jan. 26. He had been on administrative leave.

Garcia, 32, of Saugus, was arraigned last month in Chelsea District Court on charges of assault and battery on a child causing injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victims and witnesses in the case and have no contact with children under the age of 18, except his own child, without the knowledge of a parent or guardian. He is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 23.

2nd Revere officer charged with child abuse

Prosecutors said Garcia had been dating Angela Halcovich, another Revere police officer and mother of the 5-year-old victim and another 8-year-old boy. When the child did not eat dinner quickly enough on the evening of Jan. 12, Garcia allegedly sent the child to a bedroom, placed him in handcuffs and beat him with his hands and a belt, prosecutors said.

Halcovich, 32, of Revere, was arraigned last week in Chelsea District Court on charges of physically abusing her two children. She pleaded not guilty. She is only allowed supervised visits with her children and is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 24.

Halcovich remains on paid administrative leave, police said.

 

Police log: 2-3-2017

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LYNN

Arrests

Ryan Hussey, 30, of 3 Mill St., Hamilton, was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and Class C drug possession at 11:46 a.m. Thursday.

Shelton Johnson, of 11 Clarendon St., was arrested on a warrant charge of armed robbery at 8:19 a.m. Thursday.

Daniel Morin, of 33 Marianna St., was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday.

Martha Reynoso, 24, of 20 Sagamore St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, marked lanes violation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle at 8:18 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at Federal and Waterhill streets; at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday at 1073R Western Ave.; at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday at Eastern and Oakwood avenues; at 8:36 p.m. Wednesday at Nina’s Market at 51 Essex St.; at 6:37 a.m. Thursday at Euclid Avenue and Maple Street; at 6:52 a.m. Thursday at Burns Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:52 p.m. Wednesday at Nahant and W Baltimore streets.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 9:09 a.m. Thursday on N Common Street.

A report of a sexual assault at 10:16 a.m. Thursday on Union Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday at 72 Hanover St.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:05 a.m. Thursday at 53 Campbell Terrace.

Complaints

A report of a gunshot at 2:12 p.m. Wednesday at 102 Henry Ave.

A report of a disturbance at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday at 189 Williams Ave.; at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday art 44 Arlington St.; at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday at 10 Munroe St.; at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday at 66 Harwood St.; at 1:53 a.m. Thursday at 330 Essex St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday on Marianna Street; at 12:10 a.m. Thursday on Western Avenue; at 12:42 a.m. Thursday on Clarendon Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:12 a.m. Thursday at 330 Essex St.; at 11:35 a.m. Thursday at 33 N Common St.; at 12:11 p.m. Thursday at 93 Jefferson St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Mailloux Lane; at 8:04 a.m. Thursday at 43 Beacon Hill Ave.

A report of vandalism at 4:13 p.m. Wednesday at Casey’s Shell at 535 Lynnway.

Police log: 2-2-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday on Leggs Hill Road. A caller reported he was in a line of traffic, at a stop sign. While there, a car rear-ended him. He stated both he and his restrained baby were injured. One person was taken to Salem Hospital. A citation was issued for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Complaints

A caller reported he followed a motor vehicle back into town and observed it “weaving in and out of the line and stopping at green lights” at 5:28 p.m. Wednesday on Lafayette Street. Police reported the driver was from Jamaica and was unfamiliar with the area. She had permission to drive the car.


NAHANT

Arrests

Howard W. Carleton, 56, of 303 Nahant Road, was arrested on warrants at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 10:31 a.m. Thursday on Cliff Street.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:28 p.m. Wednesday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St.; at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday at 11 Pound Lane and 11 Andover St.; at 10:58 p.m. Wednesday at 1 Goodale St. Police reported the vehicle was on its side; at 9:06 a.m. Thursday at Lowe Mart Shopping Center at 474 Lowell St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday at YMCA at 259 Lynnfield St. Police reported the passenger rear window was broken and a purse was stolen.

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday at 5 Kosciusko St. A breaking and entering to the residence was reported.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday at Tannery Apartments at 50 Warren St. A caller reported a baby crying for two hours. Police reported the baby is teething; at 5:13 a.m. Thursday at Walgreens at 229 Andover St.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 58 Harrison Ave. A resident reported a possible fire in the walls of the house. It was handled by the fire department.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on Lynn Street. One person was taken to Salem Hospital.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday on Overlook Ridge Drive; at 1:39 p.m. Wednesday on Rossetti Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9 a.m. Wednesday on Brown Circle; at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday on Park Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Towers on Broadway. Jamie L. Rodriguez, 47, of 250 Broadway, Apt. 512, was summoned for trespassing; at 11:53 p.m. Wednesday on Yeamans Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday at Seacoast Middle/High School on School Street.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at Rodeway Inn on American Legion Highway.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Kenneth Dumas was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation, shoplifting by concealing merchandise, receiving stolen property, credit card fraud, larceny and on a warrant at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:01 a.m. Wednesday on Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:26 a.m. Wednesday at Norfolk Avenue and Paradise Road; at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday at CVS at 413 Paradise Road.

Safety grants for local fire departments

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Department of Fire Services has announced the FY2017 grant funds for Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior Safe programs.

Fire departments from Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott all received funding.

The S.A.F.E. program teaches students in grades K-12 about the dangers of smoking and other fire safety hazards. The Senior Safe program educates seniors on the topics of fire prevention, general home safety and how to be better prepared for a fire.

“It is tremendously important that we continue to education citizens, in particular our children and seniors, on the importance of fire safety in an effort to prevent fire-related tragedies,” said Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) in a statement.

The Lynn Fire Department has been awarded $10,643 for the S.A.F.E. Program and $3,396 for the Senior Safe Program.

“With the recent number of significant fires impacting families in the city of Lynn, this state grant could not have come at a better time,” said state Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn) in a statement. “Educating seniors and children on fire prevention safety saves lives.”

The Nahant Fire Department was awarded $1,970 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,295 for the Senior Safe program.

“The SAFE program has prevented countless fires and saved many lives since it began 22 years ago,” said state Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) in a statement. “It has a proven record of making communities safer and we are very thankful for this funding.

The Swampscott Fire Department has been awarded $3,951 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,596 for the Senior Safe program. The Marblehead Fire Department has been awarded $4,540 and $2,796 for each program respectively.

“With a vital focus on prevention and preparedness, this grant will raise awareness among seniors and children,” said state Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) in a statement. “When seconds count, this program can be the difference between life or death.”

The Saugus Fire Department has been awarded $4,540 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,796 for the Senior Safe program.

“We are very grateful to be receiving these funds from the S.A.F.E. program,” said state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) in a statement. “Fire-related tragedies seem to be happening more frequently, so anything we can do to educate the citizens in our communities, especially seniors, is welcoming,”

The Lynnfield Fire Department will receive $3,951 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,596 for the Senior Safe program.

“The S.A.F.E. program and the Senior SAFE program together help educate our children and seniors about the importance of preventing fires and how to react in a dangerous situation,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. (R-North Reading) in a statement. “I am proud to support this important program and I know the town of Lynnfield will put this grant money to good use.”

Since the S.A.F.E. program was created 22 years ago, there has been a 70 percent reduction in  average annual child fire deaths. The program was expanded to seniors four years ago, who are among the most at-risk population for fire-related deaths, according to a press release.

 

Police log: 2-2-2017

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

Alexis Bingham, 20, of 58 Broad St., was arrested and charged with trespassing at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Jeffrey Cordero, 27, of 124 Green St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 12:51 p.m. Wednesday.

David Martin, of 13 Kings Hill Drive, was arrested on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license, larceny, number plate violation to conceal, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and uninsured motor vehicle/trailer at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday.

Diana Sosa, 21, of 58 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested and charged with trespassing and Class A drug possession at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday.

Anthony Vidal, 20, of 18 Shaws Court, was arrested and charged with violation of the city knife ordinance at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday at 421 Essex St.; at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Halford Place; at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at 512 Chestnut St.; at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday at Lynnway and Market Street; at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday at 29 Newhall St.; at 6:59 a.m. Wednesday at 699 Boston St.; at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday on Harvest Street; at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern Avenue and Glenwood Street; at 11:53 a.m. Wednesday at 188 Essex St.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 6:08 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Halford Place.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday at Goldthwait and Goodridge streets.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday on Western Avenue; at 1:29 a.m. Wednesday on Light Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday on Lynnfield Street; at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday on Eastern Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:58 a.m. Wednesday at 42 Walnut St.; at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Circle Ave.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday on Green Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday at 24 Gilbert St.; at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday at 173 Oxford St.

A report of a robbery at 10:41 p.m. Tuesday on Sanderson Avenue; at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday at 2 Adams St. Extension.

Police log: 2-1-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:08 pm. Tuesday at Humphrey Street and Glendale Road. A car into a pole was reported; at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday at Tioga Way and Green Street. A vehicle vs. a cruiser was reported.

Complaints

A caller reported that her neighbors were being loud and “playing karaoke” at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on Creesy Street. She just wanted it logged because “by the time police come over, they will have been quiet.” Police were told the noise was from a birthday party that was wrapping up.


PEABODY

Arrests

Clifton Robinson, 47, of 4 Dane St., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, operating after a revoked license, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and on a warrant at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Christopher Waisanen, 48, of 8R Elm St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery and threat to commit a crime at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A caller reported a motor vehicle struck four parked vehicles at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at 64 Aborn St. Clifton Robinson, 47, of 4 Dane St., Apt. 1, was arrested for OUI liquor.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:03 a.m. Wednesday at 7 Batchelder Ave. and 2 Morgan Road; at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday at 520 Lowell St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at 77 Main St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday at Mike and Lill’s Black Sheep Pub & Grill at 5 Central St. A caller reported he was approached by a woman to call 911. The woman told the caller that her boyfriend stated that he wanted to kill her, as well as everybody in the restaurant. The suspect walked out of the bar and was found on Munroe Street. Christopher Waisanen, 48, of 8R Elm St., was arrested.

A caller reported vehicles doing donuts in the vicinity, creating a traffic hazard at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday at 1 Technology Drive.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 8:51 a.m. Wednesday at Richdale Convenience Store at 288 Washington St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday at Washington and Bresnahan streets. A man was taken to Salem Hospital.


REVERE

Arrests

Michael C. Matusik, 39, of 224 Washington St., Apt. 2A, Lynn, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on Winthrop Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday on Hichborn Street; at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday on Larkin Street; at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at Prevites Market on State Road; at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday at La Esquina Sabol on Unity Avenue; at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday on Glover Drive.

Theft

A report of a larceny from a motor vehicle at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday at Target on Furlong Drive.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:34 a.m. Tuesday on Bradstreet Avenue; at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday at Atlas Automotive on North Shore Road.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 476 Puritan Road.

Magicians shine at NEC Swim Meet

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Classical’s Sarah Sirois won the girls diving portion of the NEC swim meet. 

SALEM — Marblehead finished first overall with 865 points in the Northeastern Conference swim meet at Salem State Wednesday night.

The Magician girls also took first with 577 points, and the Danvers boys finished first with 411.

The Falcons were second overall with 624 points, followed by Beverly, Classical, Revere, Peabody, Gloucester, English, Salem and Swampscott.

The English girls finished third with 222 points and the Classical boys were third with 276.

Winners in each category were:

Girls diving: Sarah Sirois, Classical, 242; boys diving; Alex Pedro, Classical, 199.80; girls 500 free: Nicole Welch, Beverly, 5:13.43; boys 500 free: Kevin Pichardo-Cedillo, Beverly, 5:23.00.

Girls 200 medley relay: Marblehead (Grace Maguire, Meagan Hathaway, Amanda Wager, Ellie Ronan, 1:54.75); boys 200 medley relay: Danvers (Jared Casey, Raphael Hicaro, Tyler Keyes, Jackson McPherson, 1:55.77); girls 200 free: Nicole Welch, Beverly, 1:56.32; boys 200 free: Anthony Carvalhis, Revere,1:55.75.

Girls 200 IM: Grace Maguire, Marblehead, 2:12.96; boys 200 IM: Raphael Hicaro, Danvers, 2:18.99.

Girls 50 free: Tessa Diaz, Swampscott, 25.80; boys 50 free: Renne Venico, Salem, 24.34; girls 100 free: Ellie Ronan, Marblehead, 55:67; boys 100 free: Conor McCarthy, Peabody, 53.29; girls 100 fly: Meagan Hathaway, Marblehead, 59.79; boys 100 fly: Anthony Carvalhis, Revere, 1:01.35.

Girls 100 backstroke: Ellie Ronan, Marblehead, 58.87; boys 100 backstroke: Jared Casey, Danvers, 1:02.12; girls 100 breaststroke: Amanda Wager, Marblehead, 1:10.69; boys 100 breaststroke: Conor McCarthy, Peabody, 1:06.39; boys 200 free relay: Beverly (Kevin Pichardo-Cedillo, Gavin Gleason, Kostya Vostrika, Brendan Ward, 1:44.00); girls 400 free relay: Marblehead (Meagan Hathaway, Amanda Wager, Grace Maguire, Ellie Ronan, 3:42.94); girls 100 backstroke: Ellie Ronan, Marblehead, 58.87;boys 100 backstroke: Jared Casey, Danvers, 1:02.12.

Girls 200 free relay: Beverly (Grace Athanas, Andrea Higgins, Sofia Blomqvist,Nicole Welch,1:47.49; men’s 200 free relay: Classical (Alex Pedro, Jacob Lang, Harrison Seitz, Eric Macorri, 1:42.20.)

Saugus to sift through ash landfill proposals

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Alliance for Health & the Environment, a coalition of environmental organizations and public officials, has requested a Special Town Meeting for Monday, Feb. 6 to amend bylaws related to ash landfills, so the Planning Board will meet Thursday before making a recommendation on three proposed articles.

Chairman Peter Rossetti said the panel needs to advise Town Meeting to either support or reject the proposed zoning changes before the town can take any action.

The Alliance is opposed to the expansion of Wheelabrator Saugus, an energy-from-waste facility that provides disposal of up to 1,500 tons per day of waste from 10 Massachusetts communities.

If approved by Town Meeting, definitions will be added to the town’s zoning bylaws for “ash,” “landfill” and “ash landfill.” An addition would be made to the Environmental Performance Standards section that restricts the elevation of a landfill to 50 feet above mean sea level.

“No new landfill or new ash landfill shall be established in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and no existing landfill or ash landfill shall be expanded in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.”

The third article would alter the Table of Use Regulations under Zoning By-Laws, Article V, Section 5.6, by adding the principal use “landfill/ash landfill” to only be allowed in areas with industrial zoning and would require a special permit.

More than 450 Saugus residents signed a petition in support of the meeting, well over the required 200 to hold a special meeting.

“A substantially similar zoning amendment was adopted by the Saugus Town Meeting in 2003 and annulled by the Land Court in 2005,” said James Connolly, Wheelabrator vice president of environmental health and safety. “In addition to being clearly illegal, the articles, if passed by Town Meeting, would threaten our ability to keep providing environmental and economic benefits and will result in unnecessary and costly litigation for Saugus taxpayers.

“We remain strongly opposed to these articles and it remains our preference to have a meaningful discussion with the town on how it ca most benefit from our continued operation,” Connelly said.

In a Jan. 6 letter to the Saugus Board of Selectmen, John Daukas of Goodwin Procter law firm on behalf of Wheelabrator wrote in objection to the request for a Town Meeting.

“As the proposed amendment is patently illegal for the reasons found by the court in 2005, it would be improper for the Town Meeting to consider let alone adopt it,” Daukas wrote. “Therefore, if the Town Meeting adopts the proposed amendment, Wheelabrator immediately will file suit to once again have the restriction struck down as null and void, and will seek to recover its legal fees and any associated costs or damages from the town.”

Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), who heads the Alliance, said Wheelabrator is bullying residents by attempting to “stomp on the town’s right to control its own zoning ordinances.”

“Sadly, this company is trying to silence the town into remaining complacent about the unlined ash landfill that was supposed to close over 20 years ago,” Vincent said. “The residents of Saugus, especially the Town Meeting Members, should not be intimidated by threats. The time is now to right this wrong and stand up for the public health of the community. What is happening in Saugus is exactly why the term environmental justice was created.”

Veronica Eady, an attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, said in a letter to officials that Town Meeting has a right to exercise tis authority to amend the bylaws and prevent the future expansion of Wheelabrator’s landfill beyond 50 feet.

“The residents of Saugus absolutely have the right to impose reasonable restrictions on landfills in their town in order to protect public health and the environment,” Eady wrote.

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Making GOALS realities in Saugus


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Police log: 2-1-2017

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

Raviel Carrasquillo, of 11 Nelson St., was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery, threat to commit a crime, witness intimidation and malicious wanton property defacement at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday.

Katie Dyer-Garcia, 32, of 126 Union St., was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and on warrants charges of two counts of Class B drug distribution, Class A drug possession and Class B drug possession at 4:37 p.m. Monday.

Danijel Pesa, 27, of 8 Morrill Place, was arrested on warrant charges of Class B drug possession and destruction of property at 7:16 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:36 p.m. Monday at Mall and N Common streets; at 3:08 p.m. Monday at Casco Road and Lynnfield Street; at 5:42 p.m. Monday at Broad and Newhall streets; at 1:44 a.m. Tuesday at 217 Cedar Brook Road; at 8:08 a.m. Tuesday at Chestnut and Essex streets; at 1:04 p.m. Tuesday at 417 Walnut St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:37 p.m. Monday at Oxford and Washington streets.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:17 a.m. Tuesday at Blossom Street and Neptune Boulevard; at 2:31 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Avenue and Marianna Street.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday at 300 Washington St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 5:21 p.m. Monday on Neptune Boulevard.

A report of an assault at 6:11 p.m. Monday on Lincoln Street; at 12:09 a.m. Tuesday on Estes Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 6:16 p.m. Monday at 1 George St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:12 p.m. Monday at 512 Chestnut St.; at 3:28 p.m. Monday at All Checks Cashed at 62 Market Square; at 3:56 p.m. Monday at 78 Henry Ave.; at 4:35 p.m. Monday at 11 Barrett St.; at 4:41 p.m. Monday at MBTA Parking Garage at 186 Market St.; at 6:36 p.m. Monday at 182 Chestnut St.; at 10:29 p.m. Monday at 235 Union St.; at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday at 47 Park St.; at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday at 294 Union St.; at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday at 41 Light St.; at 3:33 p.m. Tuesday on Rockaway Street; at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday at Adams and Rockaway streets.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:03 p.m. Monday on Estes Street; at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday on South Elm Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:58 p.m. Monday at 17 Clifton St.; at 11:46 a.m. Tuesday at 648 Boston St.; at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday at 145 Euclid Ave.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday at 513 Western Ave.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 2:26 p.m. Monday at River Works Credit Union at 947 Western Ave.; at 7:27 a.m. Tuesday at 75 Memorial Park Ave.

Police log: 1-31-2017


LYNNFIELD

Arrests

Joshua Andrews, 27, of 22 Hayden Road, Saugus, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 10:15 p.m. Friday.

Jennelle Junker, 31, of 107 Birch St., Apt. 3, Peabody, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 9:28 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:46 a.m. Saturday at Route 128 Southbound Exit 43; at 3:39 p.m. Sunday at 592 Main St. and South Common Street.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:42 p.m. Sunday at Charles Schwab at 200 Market St. One person was taken to Beverly Hospital.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:49 p.m. Friday at 35 Lynnbrook Road; at 7:18 p.m. Saturday at Glen Meadow Park on Trickett Road. A caller reported loud kids in the park, with it sounding like they were “smashing things.” Police reported there was nobody there; at 9:18 p.m. Sunday at Kings Entertainment at 510 Market St. A fight was reported. Jennelle Junker, 31, of Peabody, was arrested; at 2:47 p.m. Monday on Market Street. A caller reported an altercation between kids on the school bus.


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Wilmarie Yudaisy Riveras-Lopez, 25, of 15 Fortesque Terrace, Apt. 3, Lynn, was arrested on a warrant at 9 a.m. Monday.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 11:46 a.m. Monday on Bonad Road.

Complaints

A report of a scam call at 5:57 a.m. Tuesday on McKinley Road. A caller reported his wife received a scam call that originated from a relative’s phone. There was a message at the end stating “mission accomplished.”


PEABODY

Arrests

Deidre F. Hunt, 56, of 286 Newbury St., Apt 57, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor at 8:20 p.m. Monday.

Marin Prendi, 36, of 3 Elaine Ave., Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unsafe lane change at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:27 p.m. Monday at Sports Medicine North at 1 Orthopedic Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:20 p.m. Monday at CVS at 535 Lowell St. A caller reported a woman crashed into the wall of CVS three to four times. The caller reported no obvious damage to the building, but it appeared the windows bowed in when the building was struck. Deidre F. Hunt, 56, of 286 Newbury St., Apt. 57, was arrested for OUI liquor; at 8:31 p.m. Monday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:27 p.m. Monday at 34 Keys Drive. A caller reported a theft of medication.


REVERE

Arrests

Edward J. Cascio, 59, of 57 Vane St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at 5:45 p.m. Monday.

Edward Cascio Jr., 21, of 57 Vane St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and violation of the city knife ordinance at 5:45 p.m. Monday.

Michelle M. Cascio, 27, of 57 Vane St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at 5:45 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:50 a.m. Monday on Suffolk Downs Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8 p.m. Monday at Divas Fashion Boutique on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 1:10 p.m. Monday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road.

A report of an assault at 1:52 p.m. Monday at Seacoast Middle/High School on School Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:59 a.m. Monday on Beach Street; at 2:27 a.m. Monday on Bradstreet Avenue; at 4:33 p.m. Monday on Revere Street; at 10:32 p.m. Monday on Reservoir Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 9:53 a.m. Monday on Naples Road.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:02 a.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Rose Street; at 9:09 a.m. Monday at Beachmont Laundromat on Winthrop Avenue; at 3:24 p.m. Monday on Amelia Place; at 10:28 p.m. Monday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road. Avelino R. Rivera, 26, of 79 Burma Road, Apt. G, Chelsea, was summoned for malicious destruction of property.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:19 a.m. Monday at Route 1 Auto Sales at 961 Broadway; at 1:19 p.m. Monday at Lowe’s at 1500 Broadway; at 5:05 p.m. Monday at Central Street and Knowles Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:44 p.m. Monday at Home Depot Building Supply at 564 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 3:26 a.m. Monday at 323 Essex St. A caller reported someone going through the dumpster and trash barrels on his property and wanted advice on what his options are; at 10:35 a.m. Monday at 323 Essex St. A caller reported a man in a black hooded and green jacket digging through his trash on private property and heading down Bufford Street. The man was trespassed from the property by the owner; at 11:42 a.m. Monday at Bob’s Discount Furniture at 263 Broadway. A caller reported a man in a black jacket and grey hat moaning behind the store in the woods. The man had a green bottle in his hand. Police spoke with the director of the Salvation Army who thinks it was a previous resident.

A report of a suspicious person at 8:08 am. Monday at Fuddruckers Restaurant/Boland Group at 910 Broadway. A caller reported a man, dressed all in black, stuck trying to cross the median; at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Harwich Street and Laconia Avenue. A caller reported a man wearing a neon vest had a clipboard and was sitting on the rocks at the corner of Harwich and Laconia.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:28 p.m. Monday at Boulder Way and Essex Street.

Two locals named Baker Award finalists

COURTESY PHOTO
Mike Vecchione is one of two local college athletes who is up for the Hobey Baker Award.

Two Lynn-area college hockey players are among the initial list of Hobey Baker Award nominees — the first part of a four-step process that culminates at the NCAA Frozen Four final when the winner is revealed.

Saugus’ Mike Vecchione, a senior at Union College in New York, and Jake Kulevich of Colgate are both on a list of 66 players, who will be whittled down to 10 players by March 15.

Fans are encouraged to vote for their choices prior to March 5, and can vote once a day through March 5.

After March 15, a committee will choose three finalists, known as the “Hobey Hat Trick.” The winner will be announced during the weekend of the NCAA finals, which will be held this year April 6-8 at the United Center in Chicago.

Vecchione, who attended Malden Catholic, had committed to the University of New Hampshire, with the stipulation that he complete a year in junior hockey first. However, when UNH asked him to do another year, he decommitted and enrolled at Union. As a freshman, Vecchione helped the Dutchmen win a national championship.

Kulevich, grandson of former Marblehead athletic director Alex Kulevich, is Colgate’s captain. A defenseman, he has gathered 14 points on three goals and 11 assists. Kulevich’s 11 assists are tied for his career high, while his 14 are one shy of tying his career-high and his three goals are just two shy of tying his career-high. Also, his 11 assists are most on the time

Kulevich became the 29th defenseman in program history to record 50 points with an assist at Arizona State on Dec. 3.

Saugus parents grade school plans

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Parents were schooled on the future of Saugus Public Schools at a meeting Monday afternoon.

Residents learned more about the combination middle and high school building plans as officials prepare for the project to enter its next phase with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the quasi-independent government agency that funds public schools.

The School Building Committee will present plans to the MSBA on Wednesday and expects to hear in coming weeks that they’ve progressed to the next phase, schematic design, which lasts about a year and a half.

The project is expected to cost about $153.4 million, In June, Town Meeting will be presented with a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion vote that would increase the tax levy beyond the state limit of 2.4 percent for more than 20 years or until the project is paid off, said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. The amount that could be added to residents’ bills to fund the investment is still unknown, he said.

Taxpayers asked questions and gave their opinions at a meeting intended to gather input from residents. The feedback will help the committee with the design and educational space for the new school building.

The new middle-high school would be constructed on the same property as the existing high school. A new football stadium with multi-use fields would replace the current building.

The building process began when the town sent a letter of interest to the MSBA at the end of 2013, which was accepted the next month. By last February, PMA Consultants was chosen as the owner’s project manager and HMFH Architects Inc. was chosen to design the new building.

Cambridge-based HMFH is known for its user-centered designs and use of color in their work. The company has experience working with the state on combination middle-high school and standalone high school projects.

HMFH project director Lori Cowles described a pod-style layout focused on keeping students within one area of the school, rather than a compartmental design that keeps clusters of classrooms teaching one subject together.

The school will vary from three to four floors with the high school on one side and middle school on the other.

“We’re trying to provide a 21st century education in structures that were built in the 1950s and worked for the 1950s,” said Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem. “The infrastructure needs to change to match our education plan. Right now you have a kid who goes to school without a cafeteria — they have combined space — a cafegymitorium.”

Hashem said the current science labs are a major concern with undersized spaces and desks that too short to be functional and are cemented to the ground.

Resident Anna Ruggiero was concerned with the traffic implications of a combined school.

“The traffic is already crazy coming out of Highland Avenue, never mind on Main Street,” Ruggiero said. “We’re going to have middle-schoolers now that will be walking down the street, never mind the high-schoolers.”

Project Manager Kevin Nigro of PMA said a traffic study is already underway. The data will be compiled and presented at a future building committee meeting.

Other residents worried about added traffic at the town’s other school buildings that could result from the district-wide master plan for schools.

By 2020, the school system could be transformed to contain one lower elementary school for Pre-K through grade 2; one upper elementary for grades 3-5; and a combination middle and high school. The new school structure would replace the existing Pre-K, four elementary schools, middle school and high school.

Sixteen-year-old Veterans Memorial Elementary School would become the lower elementary building. Modifications would be made to the Belmonte Middle School and it would become the Belmonte STEAM Academy. The upper elementary school would have a special focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Cowles said the Veterans school would serve the same amount of students as it currently does. Traffic implications to the other buildings would be addressed as the master plan progresses.

Others raised questions about athletic fields and facilities. An athletic field will be constructed where the current school sits and a track will surround the grassy area.

Hashem said students would see a new fitness center.

“We’re dealing with a childhood obesity issue and we don’t have a place to show (students) how to deal with it with a healthier lifestyle,” Hashem said.

Crabtree said a solution to the shortage of athletic fields would be discussed in future public outreach sessions.

Cowles said building a new school is the cheapest option because it will be completed in one phase rather than a series of renovations over several years. Construction time is expected to be the shortest of all options and it will cause the least amount of disruption to the educational delivery.

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