John Guilfoil – Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:21:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 DOJ: TWO MEN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING HEROIN AND FENTANYL IN NORTH SHORE http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/17/doj-two-men-charged-distributing-heroin-fentanyl-north-shore/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/17/doj-two-men-charged-distributing-heroin-fentanyl-north-shore/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:46:28 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=423079 Melrose Police involved in this operation with federal authorities. Department of Justice Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb District of Massachusetts TWO MEN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING HEROIN AND FENTANYL IN NORTH SHORE Defendant allegedly supplied opioids that led to fatal overdose BOSTON -Two men -one of whom remains a fugitive -were charged in federal […]

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Melrose Police involved in this operation with federal authorities.

Department of Justice
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb
District of Massachusetts

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING HEROIN AND FENTANYL IN NORTH SHORE

Defendant allegedly supplied opioids that led to fatal overdose

BOSTON -Two men -one of whom remains a fugitive -were charged in federal court in Boston with distributing heroin and fentanyl.

Yeffry Reynoso, a/k/a Chris, 26, of Lynn, was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and at least 40 grams offentanyl, and six counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl. Reynoso was arrested on Nov. 15, 2017, and appeared in federal court in Boston for an initial appearance.

Francisco Tavarez, a/k/a Jose, 21, was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and remains a fugitive.

According to court documents, the federal investigation into Reynoso’s drug activity was prompted by a fatal opioid overdose in Melrose in January 2017. The court documents allege
that, until his arrest, Reynoso was a heroin and fentanyl supplier in the North Shore, and ran an active drug business that employed at least three runners, including Tavarez, to deliver drugs. It is alleged that Reynoso supplied the opioids that led to the fatal drug overdose in January and that he had supplied the victim with heroin/fentanyl on a regular basis for some period in 2016.
It is further alleged that law enforcement, working with a cooperating witness, made four controlled purchases of heroin and/or fentanyl from Reynoso during the spring of 201 7, and
Tavarez is purported to have delivered fentanyl to an undercover agent on one occasion in March.

Reynoso faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years of supervised release and a $5 million fine. Tavarez faces no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda M. Ricci,

Deputy Chief of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit, is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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Updated Photograph of Wanted Suspect John C. Ferreira http://melrosepolice.net/2017/08/06/updated-photograph-wanted-suspect-john-c-ferreira/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/08/06/updated-photograph-wanted-suspect-john-c-ferreira/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:08:33 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=413902 The Melrose Police Department is releasing a recent photo of JOHN C. FERREIRA who is wanted for attempted muder. FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for arrest for Assault with Intent to Murder after he allegedly broke into the Vinton Street home of two women he is acquainted with and violently attacked them late […]

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The Melrose Police Department is releasing a recent photo of JOHN C. FERREIRA who is wanted for attempted muder.

FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for arrest for Assault with Intent to Murder after he allegedly broke into the Vinton Street home of two women he is acquainted with and violently attacked them late Friday.

He is described as a white male with a medium build and light complexion. He is 5’7″ tall and weighs about 199 lbs. He has facial hair, including a graying mustache, and partially shaved brown hair.

The Melrose Police Department investigation has determined that FERREIRA knew and targeted his alleged victims and that this is not a random act of violence.

Police urge anyone who sees FERREIRA or knows his whereabouts to contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or by dialing 911. Police warn the public not to approach FERREIRA. 

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*WANTED* Melrose Police Seek Suspect for Attempted Murder http://melrosepolice.net/2017/08/05/wanted-melrose-police-seek-suspect-attempted-murder/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/08/05/wanted-melrose-police-seek-suspect-attempted-murder/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 19:13:08 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=413761 JOHN C. FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for Attempted Murder after he allegedly broke into the home of two women he knows and violently attacked them

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*WANTED*

Melrose Police Seeking Attempted Murder Suspect

JOHN C. FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for Assault with Intent to Murder. (Courtesy Photo)
JOHN C. FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for Assault with Intent to Murder. (Courtesy Photo)

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is seeking a man who allegedly broke into a home and attacked two people late Friday evening.

JOHN C. FERREIRA, AGE 54, OF MELROSE is wanted for arrest for Assault with Intent to Murder after he allegedly broke into the Vinton Street home of two women he is acquainted with and violently attacked them.

He is described as a white male with a medium build and light complexion. He is 5’7″ tall and weighs about 199 lbs. He has facial hair, including a graying mustache, and partially shaved brown hair.

He is believed to be operating a red Toyota Corolla, with Massachusetts license plate 546XL1, which he allegedly stole from one of the victims. He is believed to be traveling with a Rottweiler dog and FERREIRA should be considered armed and dangerous.

The Melrose Police Department investigation has determined that FERREIRA knew and targeted his alleged victims and that this is not a random act of violence.

Police urge anyone who sees FERREIRA or knows his whereabouts to contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or by dialing 911. Police warn the public not to approach FERREIRA. 

 

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Wiretap Investigation Leads to Arrests in Large Scale Drug Distribution Operation http://melrosepolice.net/2017/06/07/wiretap-investigation-leads-arrests-large-scale-drug-distribution-operation/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/06/07/wiretap-investigation-leads-arrests-large-scale-drug-distribution-operation/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:53:36 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=406657 Melrose Police part of investigation that rsulted in Seven People Arrested; Cocaine, Guns and Marijuana Seized in Massachusetts and Texas

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THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY

15 COMMONWEALTH AVE. WOBURN, MA 01801 Tel: 781-897-8300

Fax: 781-897-8301

For immediate release: June 7, 2017

For more information: (781) 897- 8325

Wiretap Investigation Leads to Arrests in Large Scale Drug Distribution Operation

Seven People Arrested; Cocaine, Guns and Marijuana Seized in Massachusetts and Texas

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon and Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie have announced that six people in Massachusetts and one man in Texas have been arrested in connection with a large scale cocaine distribution operation involving the shipment of drugs to Massachusetts from Texas. The investigation stemmed from a tip following a motor vehicle stop in south Texas.  The interstate operation involved drugs imported from Mexico into Texas and then shipped to Massachusetts.  The arrests were made as a result of an extensive wiretap investigation led by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to that office, as well as the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and Everett Police.

Based on information discovered as a result of the Middlesex County wiretap investigation, south Texas law enforcement agencies in Mission, Texas, took an individual identified as Leonel Castaneda into custody early this morning.  Upon the execution of a search warrant at a residence occupied by Castaneda, investigators found packaging material and items used in the interstate drug distribution operation. The preliminary investigation suggests that Castaneda was allegedly involved in exporting bulk uncut cocaine to communities in Massachusetts in exchange for large amounts of cash.

Prior to the arrest of one of the defendants, his home in Everett was the site of multiple firearms-related incidents, including shots fired.

“As a direct result of this far reaching investigation, our office was able to disrupt a multi-state drug operation involving the shipment of hundreds of thousands of dollars of narcotics to Massachusetts. By targeting dealers, we are able to focus our resources on those who supply dangerous drugs and help stop the flow of these lethal drugs into our communities and across our borders.  These arrests demonstrate the value of collaborative work involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Narcotics distributors, even those outside of Massachusetts, are on notice that we will take whatever steps are necessary to protect Middlesex residents,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan.

It is alleged that the shipment of drugs that was seized on Friday, June 2, 2017, contained approximately two kilograms of uncut cocaine.  Once cut for distribution, the total value of the seized cocaine would be well over a hundred thousand dollars.  Cocaine is now particularly dangerous because it is commonly cut with the lethal drugs Fentanyl and Carfentanil.  Carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

“I commend the excellent work of our troopers assigned to the Middlesex County Detective Unit and our State Police Gang Unit, as well as that of Middlesex District Attorney Ryan and her office, Everett Police, and our law enforcement partners in Texas,” Colonel McKeon said. “This investigation and the resulting arrests affirm the value that court-authorized wire intercepts provide in certain cases, including those involving wide-ranging criminal networks.”

“This is a quality joint investigation that will have a positive impact in and around the Greater Boston area,” said Chief Mazzie.

In the fall of 2016, investigators assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and the Everett Police Department, initiated an investigation into an alleged large scale drug operation centered in Everett and surrounding Middlesex County communities.  As part of the investigation, the District Attorney’s Office and State Police obtained court-authorized wiretaps on phones allegedly connected to shipments of cocaine coming into Middlesex County from out of state.

Based on information intercepted during the wiretap investigation, investigators successfully intercepted a package of cocaine at a UPS facility which was scheduled to be delivered to an alias used by the defendants. That package contained two kilograms of uncut cocaine packaged inside automobile parts and masked in apparent transmission fluid in an effort to evade drug detection efforts.

On the morning of Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Massachusetts State Police, in cooperation with local law enforcement, simultaneously executed search warrants at five locations in the communities of Everett, Melrose, Chelsea, Lynn and Revere, suspected to be involved in the alleged drug distribution operation.

Police also seized approximately three pounds of marijuana and scales and packaging materials consistent with drug distribution, two firearms (a fully loaded .357 Magnum, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun), approximately 200 grams of a suspected cutting agent, and approximately $6,000 in cash. As part of this investigation, a total of more than $40,000 in drug proceeds were seized. In addition to weapons, contraband and cash, as part of the operation, police also seized five automobiles that were allegedly used for drug distribution and transportation.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials estimate that the defendants imported more than a dozen packages of suspected narcotics from September of 2016 through June 2017.

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, the following five individuals were arrested:

Jorge Delgado-Rivera, 39, of Melrose was arrested in Melrose and has been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine over 200 grams and trafficking cocaine over 200 grams. Delgado-Rivera was arraigned yesterday in Malden District Court.  Judge Cesar Archilla ordered the defendant held on $150,000 cash bail.  If the defendant posts the cash bail, he will be subject to house arrest and GPS monitoring. The defendant’s bail was subsequently revoked on an open case. The next court date in this case is July 5, 2017.

Jairo Salado-Ayala, 36, of Lynn, was arrested in Lynn and has been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine over 200 grams and trafficking cocaine over 200 grams.  Salado-Ayala was arraigned yesterday in Malden District Court.  Judge Cesar Archilla ordered that the defendant be held on $100,000 cash bail. If the defendant posts the bail, he will be subject to house arrest and GPS monitoring.  The next court date in this case is July 5, 2017.

Maritza Medina, 39, of Melrose was arrested in Melrose and has been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine over 200 grams.  The defendant was arraigned yesterday in Malden District Court and Judge Cesar Archilla ordered the defendant held on $20,000 cash bail. If the defendant posts the cash bail, he will be subject to house arrest and GPS monitoring.  The next court date in this case is July 5, 2017.

“I am extremely proud of the Melrose Police Department, in particular the detective bureau. Under the command of Sgt. Paul McNamara, officers executed these arrests in the City of Melrose without incident,” Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said. “This was a coordinated effort by multiple jurisdictions that has impacted the illegal drug supply to this region.”

Juan Gabriel Cruz G’Arriga, 19, of Puerto Rico was arrested in Lynn and has been charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams, improper storage of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a license. He was arraigned yesterday in Lynn District Court.  Judge James LaMothe ordered the defendant held on $100,000 bail. The next court date in this case is June 28, 2017.

Alex Cordero, 24 of Chelsea was arrested in Chelsea and has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court. Judge Ina Howard-Hogan ordered the defendant held on $250 cash bail.  The next court date in this case is July 27, 2017.

Jose A. Rivera Azbino, 34, of Puerto Rico was arrested in Lynn and has been charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams, improper storage of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a license. He was arraigned yesterday in Lynn District Court. Judge James LaMothe ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. The next court date in this case is June 28, 2017.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, Everett Police and Texas Authorities with assistance from the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Local police from Chelsea, Everett, Melrose, Lynn and Revere assisted in the execution of yesterday’s search warrant and the subsequent arrests.

These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Graham Van Epps, Michael Klunder and Will Freeman.

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Police and Fire on Scene of Car into Building at East Boston Savings Bank – Avoid Area http://melrosepolice.net/2017/02/22/police-fire-scene-car-building-east-boston-savings-bank-avoid-area/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/02/22/police-fire-scene-car-building-east-boston-savings-bank-avoid-area/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:09:16 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=361426 Melrose Police and Fire units are on scene after a car crashed into the East Boston Savings Bank on Main Street in Melrose. The crash has caused a gas leak, and units are working to secure the scene at this time. Motorists are strongly urged to AVOID 108 Main St. and the intersections of Main […]

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Melrose Police and Fire units are on scene after a car crashed into the East Boston Savings Bank on Main Street in Melrose.

The crash has caused a gas leak, and units are working to secure the scene at this time.

Motorists are strongly urged to AVOID 108 Main St. and the intersections of Main and Sylvan Streets and Main Street and Banks Place.

The Melrose Police Department will provide more information as soon as it is available.

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*FOUND* Missing Melrose Boy Located Near Saugus Line http://melrosepolice.net/2017/02/01/missing-melrose-boy-located/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/02/01/missing-melrose-boy-located/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:46:43 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=359768 Chief Lyle reports that a missing 16-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing at 7 a.m. Wednesday was located shortly before noontime. Melrose Police wish to express gratitude to everyone who assisted in the search.

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Chief Lyle reports that a missing 16-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing at 7 a.m. Wednesday was located shortly before noontime. Melrose Police wish to express gratitude to everyone who assisted in the search.

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Cemetery Administrator Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Scheme to Sell Burial Plots http://melrosepolice.net/2016/12/06/cemetery-administrator-arraigned-connection-alleged-scheme-sell-burial-plots/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/12/06/cemetery-administrator-arraigned-connection-alleged-scheme-sell-burial-plots/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:18:31 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=350047 WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Melrose Chief of Police Michael Lyle have announced that John Hughes, 70, of Melrose, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court on larceny charges in connection with an alleged scheme to sell unused cemetery burial plots, owned by the City of Melrose, to unsuspecting buyers. Hughes was charged with five counts of larceny over $250 and receiving outside compensation by a municipal employee.

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The following release was originally published by Middlesex District Attorney’s office:

For immediate release: December 6, 2016

For more information contact: (781) 897-8325

Cemetery Administrator Arraigned in Connection with Alleged Scheme to Sell Burial Plots

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Melrose Chief of Police Michael Lyle have announced that John Hughes, 70, of Melrose, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court on larceny charges in connection with an alleged scheme to sell unused cemetery burial plots, owned by the City of Melrose, to unsuspecting buyers. Hughes was charged with five counts of larceny over $250 and receiving outside compensation by a municipal employee.

Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan released the defendant on personal recognizance. The next scheduled hearing in this case is January 9, 2017.

“As a municipal employee, the defendant was tasked with overseeing the care and maintenance of a cemetery owned by the city of Melrose,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Instead, the defendant allegedly used his position to not only defraud those looking for burial plots, but also the city that had placed its trust in the defendant.”

“These charges are extremely disturbing, as this suspect was the Superintendent of Wyoming Cemetery and allegedly plotted to take advantage of vulnerable residents during a sensitive time in their lives,” Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said. “I would like to commend the work of the Melrose Police Department Detectives for their dedication and diligence during this case.”

The defendant was appointed Cemetery Administrator of the Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose in 2007. Beginning in 2011 the defendant allegedly began telling individuals looking to buy burial plots for later use, that they could purchase previously sold burial plots within the cemetery at discounted rates. The defendant then allegedly set up straw sellers for individuals to pay for the burial plots and the defendant would then split the funds with the straw sellers, none of whom owned the plots that were sold. The defendant is alleged to have sold 13 burial plots, thereby diverting funds from the City of Melrose, and netting approximately $75,000.

This case was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Melrose Police Department with the cooperation of the City of Melrose.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorney Doug Cannon and Assistant District Attorney Cyrus Chung.

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Melrose Police Investigating after Pedestrian is Struck on Lynde Street http://melrosepolice.net/2016/10/01/melrose-police-investigating-pedestrian-struck-lynde-street/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/10/01/melrose-police-investigating-pedestrian-struck-lynde-street/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:34:00 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=319993 Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early Saturday morning.

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Investigating after Pedestrian is Struck on Lynde Street

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early Saturday morning.

Melrose Police and Fire responded to the area of 70 Lynde St. at approximately 5:20  a.m. for a report of a person struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, first responders located a male Melrose resident, approximately 51 years old.. He was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. No additional information is available at this time.

The incident is under investigation.

This is a breaking news update. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Melrose Police to Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization http://melrosepolice.net/2016/05/06/melrose-police-participate-click-ticket-enforcement-mobilization/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/05/06/melrose-police-participate-click-ticket-enforcement-mobilization/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 19:19:37 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=280308 MELROSE – Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will take part in the national Click It or Ticket campaign to promote seat belt use through increased traffic enforcement.

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 6, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police to Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

MELROSE – Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will take part in the national Click It or Ticket campaign to promote seat belt use through increased traffic enforcement. 

The initiative is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and runs from May 9-23.

“As officers, it’s our job to help keep our community safe,” Chief Lyle said. “Heading into the summer months, the roads will be busier than normal – there is no excuse not to wear a seat belt. We are prepared to stop and ticket any drivers who are not wearing their seat belts, including drivers who have not properly buckled up their children.”

According to the NHTSA, the national seat belt usage rate is currently 88.5 percent, with Massachusetts falling behind at 74 percent — a three percent drop in use from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, in 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes across the nation were not buckled.

“While these may just sound like statistics, local police know from personal experience that those numbers represent mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends in North Reading,” Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division, said in a statement. “If we increase our seat belt usage rate, we save lives, and that’s why the police are out enforcing this important law.”

Melrose will join more than 200 municipal police departments and the Massachusetts State Police, in partnership with the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, that are partaking in the campaign.

Anyone who has questions or concerns about this campaign, or how to properly buckle a child, should contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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*Joint Press Release* Melrose Police/Schools Respond to Bomb Threat http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/11/police-respond-to-bomb-threat/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/04/11/police-respond-to-bomb-threat/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:16:16 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=280239 MELROSE – Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and Superintendent Cyndy Taymore report that the Melrose Public Schools was one of many school districts around Massachusetts to receive an anonymous bomb threat this morning.

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MELROSE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176
MELROSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cyndy Taymore, Superintendent
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA 02176

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 11, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Press Release* Melrose Police/Schools Respond to Bomb Threat

No Danger to Community — School Cleared by Police 

MELROSE – Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and Superintendent Cyndy Taymore report that the Melrose Public Schools was one of many school districts around Massachusetts to receive an anonymous bomb threat this morning.

Students have returned to classes at Melrose High School and Middle School after undergoing a temporary shelter in place. Melrose police and fire departments swept the complex and have determined there is no risk to students or faculty. The building’s security will be monitored throughout the day.

The school district followed an established protocol recommended by the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Fire Services, which included immediate notification to Melrose Police.

The bomb threat came via robo-call. At least one dozen other districts throughout the state received a similar call.

“I am pleased that the established security and response protocols worked flawlessly in this case,” Superintendent Taymore said. “The security and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount, and we are grateful for the rapid and professional response of the Melrose Police and Fire Departments.”

Guidance staff is available to meet with concerned students, parents, or faculty throughout the day.

“We are aware that a number of districts have been threatened today and in recent months, and as law enforcement officers, we take each and every instance seriously,” Chief Lyle said. “We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to aggressively pursue those responsible.”

If anyone has information regarding the source of these messages, please contact the Melrose Police Department at (781) 665-1212.

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