Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:14:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Melrose Police Seeking to Identify Man Who Robbed Bank Saturday Afternoon http://melrosepolice.net/2018/04/14/melrose-police-seeking-identify-man-robbed-bank-saturday-afternoon/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/04/14/melrose-police-seeking-identify-man-robbed-bank-saturday-afternoon/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:14:49 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=434879 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Seeking to Identify Man Who Robbed Bank Saturday Afternoon

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is seeking to identify a man who robbed a bank Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 12:10 p.m., the Melrose Police Department received a report that the TD Bank, 478 Main St., was robbed.

The male suspect walked into the bank and demanded money from a teller. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the area.

No weapons were shown and no injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a white male between 35-45 years old. His height and build were average and he had dark hair, with a beard and mustache. He was wearing a dark colored coat with a hood pulled up and a baseball cap underneath.

Police officers responded to the bank and used a K9 to track the man for a short distance before losing his trail. He is believed to have left the area in a vehicle.

Investigators will be reviewing video surveillance footage from the area.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this individual or anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

To call with an anonymous tip, please call 781-665-TIPS (8477).

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Melrose Police Department Interns to Assess Damages to Street and Stop Signs Throughout City http://melrosepolice.net/2018/04/06/melrose-police-department-interns-assess-damages-street-stop-signs-throughout-city/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/04/06/melrose-police-department-interns-assess-damages-street-stop-signs-throughout-city/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:13:58 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=434562 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, April 6, 2018

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

Melrose Police Department Interns to Assess Damages to Street and Stop Signs Throughout City

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that two Melrose High School students will be canvassing the city assessing damages to street and stop signs as part of their internships with the Melrose Police Department.

Beginning next week, the two seniors will spend the next month identifying any worn, bent or obscured street, stop, parking or advisory signs. Once the list is compiled, it will be sent to the Department of Public Works for review.

“Every year we have a project for MHS seniors who intern with the department,” Chief Lyle said. “This year, we felt it would be prudent to address the signs that are damaged or covered by obstructions, like long tree branches, so the appropriate action can be taken to ensure they are fully visible.”

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Melrose Police Officer William O’Donnell Retires After Nearly 40 Years of Service http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/07/melrose-police-officer-william-odonnell-retires-nearly-40-years-service/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/07/melrose-police-officer-william-odonnell-retires-nearly-40-years-service/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:09:59 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=431837 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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

Melrose Police Officer William O’Donnell Retires After Nearly 40 Years of Service

MELROSE — It’s been a long and fulfilling ride, but after 37 years with the Melrose Police Department, Officer William O’Donnell hung up his hat — which he was known to wear even when driving in his cruiser — last week.

Feb. 28 marked Officer O’Donnell’s last day with the Melrose Police Department, and summed up a four-decade long career in the criminal justice field.

Officer O’Donnell was appointed to the Melrose Police Department in 1981. For years, he was a prominent figure in sector 2 — covering the southwest section of the city. Residents often saw him walking throughout downtown and easily recognized him when he was behind the wheel of his cruiser.

He’s also an avid animal lover and was known to “issue” many dog biscuits to man’s best friend. When a pig got loose from its pen and was wandering around Main Street last year, everyone knew Officer O’Donnell was the guy to catch it.

“Bill was so proud of catching that little piglet,” Chief Lyle recalled. “His love for animals always shined through whatever he was doing.”

The longtime officer and chief share a special connection — Officer O’Donnell served as the field training officer for Chief Lyle when he came on board in 1986.

“He instilled many values in me that I still carry today,” Chief Lyle said. “Bill’s presence in the department and around the city will be greatly missed, but we all wish him well in this next chapter of his life.”

Prior to joining the Melrose Police Department, O’Donnell enlisted in the Marine Corps as an 18-year-old in 1971. He served two years of active duty, including a deployment to Vietnam. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1973, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve, later retiring in 1999 at the rank of First Sgt.

Officer O’Donnell initially entered the criminal justice field in 1973 when he took on a job as an officer at the Suffolk County Jail. From 1979-1981, he served a federal police officer with the U.S. Federal Protective Service in Boston. In that position, he worked at Cuban refugee centers during President Jimmy Carter’s administration and was involved in the air traffic controller’s strike under President Ronald Reagan.

While working in Melrose, Officer O’Donnell earned a bachelor’s degree in policing from Northeastern University, followed by a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England University.

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Melrose Police Provide Storm Update, Advise Residents to Stay off the Roads http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/02/431748/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/02/431748/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:26:54 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=431748 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 2, 2018

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

Melrose Police Provide Storm Update, Advise Residents to Stay off the Roads

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department have received several reports of storm-related damage, and first responders along with city officials are working to ensure residents remain safe during the ongoing nor’easter.

A powerful storm hit Melrose in the early hours of Friday morning and will continue into Saturday. Heavy rain, with a chance of snow is expected, along with winds gusting up to 55 mph that could cause power outages.

The Melrose Police Department has already received numerous reports of trees down, and high winds even caused a traffic light on Main Street at Emerson Street to be ripped from the ground and knocked over.

On Glen Street, near the Roosevelt School, a tree fell on top of a vehicle. The female driver was not injured and was able to get out on her own.

Department of Public Works employees are working throughout the city to ensure debris is cleared from the roads and that streets remain passable.

“This is not an average New England storm,” Chief Lyle said. “If you don’t have to be outside, please remain indoors. If you must go out, be aware of your surroundings. Always assume that downed wires are live and report any hazards you see to public safety officials. As always, in an emergency, dial 911.”

Additionally, the Melrose Police Department advises residents to follow several important safety tips:

DURING THE STORM

  • Be sure to have batteries for flashlights and battery-powered lanterns to use in the event of a power outage. If you must use candles, keep them away from anything flammable and do not leave them unattended.
  • Keep cell phones charged.
  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible.
  • If power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212.
  • To report a gas leak, contact National Grid at 800-233-5325.
  • If you have an emergency call 911.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
  • Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature drops.
  • Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.

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Melrose Police Warn Residents of a Scam Involving Death Threat http://melrosepolice.net/2018/02/02/melrose-police-warn-residents-scam-involving-death-threat/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/02/02/melrose-police-warn-residents-scam-involving-death-threat/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:28:34 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=430179 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

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

Melrose Police Warn Residents of a Scam Involving Death Threat

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to alert residents of a scam in which an individual sends an email threatening the recipient’s life.

This version of a popular extortion scam involves an email being sent to a victim from a supposed hitman who threatens to kill the recipient if the person does not make a payment in the form of bitcoin. The email includes a link to the payment details and suggests that the scammer will reveal the name of the person who ordered the hit once payment is received.

These scams have been around for many years and in a wide variety of forms. Scammers often demand money via Western Union wires, pre-paid debit cards, gift cards, mailed cash or, most recently, bitcoin in almost all cases. No legitimate organization or person will request payment in these forms. Scams can come in the mail, email, social media or via telephone (landline or cell phone).

“Never respond to these types of emails. We understand that when someone threatens your life it is frightening, but these are false claims made by a trained scammer,” Chief Lyle said. “We cannot stress enough that if you send money through bitcoin or a wire transfer, in almost all cases, it is lost and gone forever.”

To help residents protect themselves, Melrose Police offer the following tips:

  • Never send money to an unknown address, link or person.
  • Contact police if you receive a threatening email or phone call requesting payment.
  • Beware of any unsolicited phone calls or emails from unfamiliar numbers or addresses.

If you are ever unsure about a potential scam, contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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Melrose Police Partner with RESPOND Inc. to Increase Domestic Violence Services http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/23/melrose-police-partner-respond-inc-increase-domestic-violence-services/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/23/melrose-police-partner-respond-inc-increase-domestic-violence-services/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:40:11 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=428568 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

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

Melrose Police Partner with RESPOND Inc. to Increase Domestic Violence Services

Department to Hold Community Meeting to Provide Additional Information on Program

MELROSE —  Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that Melrose Police Department is working with RESPOND Inc. to increase domestic violence services for residents.

RESPOND partners with individuals, families and communities to help victims of domestic violence by providing life-saving shelter, a crisis hotline, support services, training, education and more.

On Jan. 1, through a grant from the Violence Against Women Act, Victoria Helberg, a High Risk Program Specialist from RESPOND, began working with the Melrose Police Department, along with the Wakefield and Malden Police Departments to provide services and resources to victims of domestic violence.

“RESPOND is happy to expand our services within the City of Melrose by partnering with the police to further address the public health issue of Domestic Violence,” RESPOND CEO Jessica Brayden said.

To find out more about Melrose Police’s partnership with RESPOND, residents are invited to attend the department’s community meeting on Jan. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St.

During the meeting, Chief Lyle, Detective Daniel Ehlers, who leads the police department’s domestic violence division, a representative from RESPOND and the Melrose Alliance Against Violence will outline services and programs available to residents surrounding domestic violence.

“Our partnership with RESPOND is going to enhance everything that’s already in place with MAAV surrounding domestic violence,” Chief Lyle said. “We’re thankful to have this additional resource to help us further assist victims in whatever ways they need.”

The Jan. 31 event is part of the department’s monthly community meetings initiative, where police and other city and state officials gather to discuss prevalent topics with members of the community.

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Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/17/melrose-police-looking-to-identify-credit-card-thief/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/17/melrose-police-looking-to-identify-credit-card-thief/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:21:51 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=428027 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2018

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

Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief

MELROSE —  Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a resident’s credit card and used it to make multiple purchases.

On Jan. 15, a Melrose resident noticed eight fraudulent charges on his credit card, totaling nearly $700. The purchases occurred on Jan. 13-15 at locations like Honey Dew Donuts, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Shaw’s in Melrose, as well as at a Cumberland Farms outside of Melrose and an auto supply store in Woburn.

Upon further investigation, the resident determined that his vehicle had been broken into and his credit card and $200 were missing.

“We’re hoping that members of the public can help us identify this individual,” Chief Lyle said. “If you recognize him, please contact the Melrose Police Department immediately.”

All tips can be submitted to Melrose Police by calling 781-665-TIPS or by filling out the department’s tips form here. All tips can remain anonymous.

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*Breaking News* Melrose Police Investigating Armed Bank Robbery http://melrosepolice.net/2017/12/15/breaking-news-melrose-police-investigating-armed-bank-robbery/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/12/15/breaking-news-melrose-police-investigating-armed-bank-robbery/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:40:52 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=426753 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

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

*Breaking News*

Melrose Police Investigating Armed Bank Robbery

MELROSE —  Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is investigating after a bank was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon.

At 4:40 p.m., Melrose Police were dispatched to Melrose Bank, 638 Main St., for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, detectives conducted an on-scene investigation and learned that a man brandishing a firearm had climbed onto the counter and demanded money from a bank employee.

The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and a light-colored jacket was given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the bank and heading south on Main Street. Witnesses described the suspect as being a thin white or light-skinned black man standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The robbery remains under active investigation.

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

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Melrose Police Remind Residents To Secure Vehicles Following Motor Vehicle Break-ins http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/30/melrose-police-remind-residents-secure-vehicles-following-motor-vehicle-break-ins/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/30/melrose-police-remind-residents-secure-vehicles-following-motor-vehicle-break-ins/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:51:10 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=424515 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

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

Melrose Police Remind Residents To Secure Vehicles Following Motor Vehicle Break-ins

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are reminding residents to secure their vehicles and belongings following a recent uptick in motor vehicle break-ins.

Overnight on Monday, Nov. 27, a number of vehicles were entered through unlocked doors and rifled through. The break-ins occurred on Charles, Oakland, West Emerson and Winthrop streets, along with Lake Avenue.

In order to prevent motor vehicle break-ins and theft, Melrose Police are strongly urging residents to always lock their vehicles, even if it’s in the driveway, and to never leave belongings, especially those of value, in the car or in plain view.

“Don’t make it easy for criminals,” Chief Lyle said. “Lock your doors and don’t leave your belongings in plain sight in your vehicle. If you have something of value, take it with you, put it in your trunk or bring it in your house. Let’s all have a safe and happy holiday season.”

If community members see anything out of the ordinary, or find that any of their belongings have been stolen from their vehicle, they are encouraged to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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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 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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