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 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 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.

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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 The Melrose Police Department is investigating after a bank was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon.

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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 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.

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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 […]

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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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Melrose Police Participate in No-Shave November http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/07/melrose-police-participate-no-shave-november/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/11/07/melrose-police-participate-no-shave-november/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:16:53 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=422792 MELROSE -- Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department is participating in No-Shave November to raise money for charities.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

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

Melrose Police Participate in No-Shave November

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department is participating in No-Shave November to raise money for charities.

Throughout November, Melrose Police Officers who pledge at least $100 will be able to put their razors aside and grow out goatees and beards.

At the end of the month, the No-Shave Committee (made up of members of the Melrose Police Department) will select a charity or charities to donate the proceeds.

“No-Shave November is a great opportunity for officers to raise awareness for causes that are important to them,” Chief Lyle said. “I have no doubt that they’ll identify a worthy and meaningful organization to support through this initiative.”

At the end of the month, Chief Lyle will present an award to the officer who is voted to have the best beard by his peers.

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Glendower Road Cleared of Debris, Safe for Travel http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/31/glendower-road/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/31/glendower-road/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:18:46 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=422366 The Melrose Police Department reports that Glendower Road is cleared of debris and is safe for through traffic.

All Hoover School traffic should proceed with normal drop-off and pick-up procedures.

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The Melrose Police Department reports that Glendower Road is cleared of debris and is safe for through traffic.

All Hoover School traffic should proceed with normal drop-off and pick-up procedures.

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Melrose Police Raise $7,000 for Community Programs Through Golf Tournament Fundraiser http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/30/melrose-police-raise-7000-community-programs-golf-tournament-fundraiser/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/30/melrose-police-raise-7000-community-programs-golf-tournament-fundraiser/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:21:03 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=422304 MELROSE -- Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department's community golf tournament brought in $7,000 to sup

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

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

Melrose Police Raise $7,000 for Community Programs Through Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Left to right: Medford Capt. Kevin Faller, Joe Maher and Melrose Lt. Tim Maher won the Melrose Police Department’s first golf tournament at Mount Hood. (Courtesy Photo Melrose Police Department)

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department’s community golf tournament brought in $7,000 to support community programs.

On Oct. 16, 86 golfers hit Mount Hood, 100 Slayton Road for a friendly competition.

Lt. Tim Maher and his team took home first place, beating out more than 20 teams to claim the title.

The golf tournament served as the Melrose Police Department’s annual fundraiser. Money raised is used to support community programs like the Junior Police Academy, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program, the Melrose K-9 Program and the Melrose Police Scholarship Fund, which gives college scholarships to Melrose High School students pursuing an education in policing or criminal justice.

“Our first tournament was a great success,” Chief Lyle said. “All the golfers had a lot of fun, despite the cold weather, and we plan to make this an annual event.”

Melrose Police would like to thank all the volunteers for their work on this event and the generous tee and green sponsors:

Melrose Glass, Clean Sweeper Cleaning Services, Ward Insurance, Perella Jewelers, La Qchara, T’ahpas 529, Christian Hashem for Melrose Schools, Committee to Elect Mike Zwirko, Frank and Maura Goodhue, Iron Workers Local 7 Union, Vaughan Plumbing and Heating, Melrose United Soccer, Joseph M. Stanton, MST Certified Public Accountant, Karelas Family, Gately Funeral Home, Committee to Elect Jennifer Lemmerman, Melrose Elks Lodge 1031, Melrose Police Relief Corporation, Melrose Police Superior Officer’s Association, Melrose Police Patrolman’s Association, James Construction, Theo’s Pizzeria of Melrose, Buckalew’s General Store, the Pashoian family, the Forestell family, Michael and Eileen Lyle, Hugo’s Appliances, Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police, Balanced Being Massage of Melrose and Diamond Management Group, Inc.

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Photos: Melrose Police Respond to Fallen Trees, Downed Power Lines Following Storm http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/30/photo-melrose-police-respond-to-fallen-trees-downed-power-lines/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/30/photo-melrose-police-respond-to-fallen-trees-downed-power-lines/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:47:06 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=422299 Following last night's storm, the Melrose Police Department responded to several reports of downed trees and power lines throughout the city.

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Following last night’s storm, the Melrose Police Department responded to several reports of downed trees and power lines throughout the city.

Around 7:40 a.m., Melrose Police responded to East Emerson Street at Bellevue Avenue for a report of a fallen tree on a motor vehicle.

Residents also reported sporadic power outages.

Anyone with storm related damage should contact the Department of Public Works at 781-665-0142.

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Melrose Police Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/25/melrose-police-department-officers-halloween-safety-tips/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/25/melrose-police-department-officers-halloween-safety-tips/#respond Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:33:08 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=421997 MELROSE -- With Halloween right around the corner, Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department  wish to remind families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

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

Melrose Police Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips

MELROSE — With Halloween right around the corner, Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department  wish to remind families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.

“We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween, and we encourage everyone read and follow these important guidelines,” Chief Lyle said.

Oct. 31 falls on a Tuesday this year and Melrose Police will be on patrol to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone out trick-or-treating.

There are no designated trick-or-treating hours in Melrose, but police recommend residents conclude festivities by 9 p.m. The Melrose Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.

Peak trick-or-treat hours usually fall between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and motorists should exercise extreme caution and look out for children crossing the road.

Children should:

  • Only approach well-lit houses and always travel in small groups.
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant.
  • Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street.
  • Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily.
  • Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals.
  • Walk and don’t run from house to house.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.

Parents and guardians should:

  • Supervise their children.
  • Establish a designated curfew for older children.
  • Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground.
  • Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags.
  • Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials.
  • If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.

Homeowners should:

  • Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours.
  • Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire.
  • Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped.
  • Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children.

Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or by dialing 911.

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Melrose Police Charge Juvenile Following Incident at High School http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/06/melrose-police-charge-juvenile-following-incident-high-school/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/10/06/melrose-police-charge-juvenile-following-incident-high-school/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:32:17 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=419641 MELROSE -- Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department charged a student following an incident at Melrose High School this morning.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

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

Melrose Police Charge Juvenile Following Incident at High School

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department charged a student following an incident at Melrose High School this morning.

A 16-YEAR-OLD MALE JUVENILE, OF MELROSE, is charged with Disrupting a School Assembly and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. He was scheduled to be arraigned at Cambridge Juvenile Court today.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., administrators at MHS received a report that a male student may have made threats and may be in possession of a firearm.

School administrators immediately placed the school into lockdown mode, while the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School sheltered in place.

The School Resource Officer and administrators responded to the student’s classroom and detained the juvenile. After conducting a search of his person and backpack, no weapon was found.

Soon after speaking with police, the juvenile student became agitated and started to leave the building. Melrose Police pursued the student, who became aggressive and refused to comply with officers’ instructions.

Melrose Police eventually placed the student under arrest. During that process, one Melrose Police Officer suffered a leg injury and was treated and then released from a local hospital.

The lockdown was lifted at 9:45 a.m. and classes resumed as normal.

“I want to stress that there was never any danger to the community during this incident,” Chief Lyle said. “I commend faculty, staff, administrators, students and officers for their work today and know that our community shares its thoughts and well wishes for our injured officer as he recovers.”

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