Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:32:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Melrose Police Investigating after Car Drives into House http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/30/melrose-car-into-house/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/30/melrose-car-into-house/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 21:14:46 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435717 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

Melrose Police Investigating after Car Drives into House

MELROSE — Melrose Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is investigating after a car crashed through the front door of a residence on Wednesday morning.

Melrose Police and Fire responded to 49 East Emerson St. at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, rescuers found a Ford sedan more than halfway through the entryway of the house.

The investigation indicates that the driver jumped a curb on East Emerson Street, ran over a street sign, crashed through the front porch/stairway of the home and finally through the door.

The driver, a 25-year-old Revere man, told police that he had been coming from a medical appointment nearby and suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.

The driver was treated at the scene but declined transportation to a hospital. No one inside the home was hurt.

The home sustained serious damages, but was not rendered structurally unstable.

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10-Year-Old Anthony All Smiles Behind the Wheel of a Melrose Police Cruiser http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/26/10-year-old-anthony-smiles-behind-wheel-melrose-police-cruiser/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/26/10-year-old-anthony-smiles-behind-wheel-melrose-police-cruiser/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 22:26:33 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435702

10-year-old Anthony was all smiles sitting behind the wheel of a Melrose Police cruiser on Saturday, May 26.

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Melrose Police to Host Community Meeting on Opioids http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/25/melrose-police-host-community-meeting-opioids/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/25/melrose-police-host-community-meeting-opioids/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 15:31:47 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435697 The Melrose Police Department will host its monthly community meeting next week on opioids.

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 30

WHERE:

Milano Senior Center, 201 W Foster St.

WHO:

  • Melrose police officers
  • District Attorney Marian Ryan
  • Representatives from Cataldo Ambulance
  • First responders
  • Recovery specialists

WHAT:

As part of the Melrose Police Department’s monthly community policing initiative, the May meeting will be focused on opioids and providing resources to the public on how they can get loved ones the help they need to recover.

District Attorney Ryan will speak about warning signs and offer practical suggestions on how to help those struggling with addiction.

Representatives from Cataldo Ambulance will give an overview about Narcan and provide a training for attendees.

Information and resources will also be available at the meeting, which is free and open to attend.

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Melrose Police Obtain Arrest Warrant After Indecent Assault and Battery Suspect Flees Country http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/23/melrose-police-obtain-arrest-warrant-indecent-assault-battery-suspect-flees-country/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/23/melrose-police-obtain-arrest-warrant-indecent-assault-battery-suspect-flees-country/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 21:11:10 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435692 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

Melrose Police Obtain Arrest Warrant After Indecent Assault and Battery Suspect Flees Country

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that an arrest warrant has been issued after a man who is facing felony charges for alleged inappropriate conduct with women and girls in Melrose allegedly fled the country prior to his arraignment.

OLEXANDR KUSHNARENKO, AGE 48, OF MELROSE is now a wanted fugitive and will be subject to immediate arrest upon any attempt to re-enter the United States.

On May 15, Melrose Police were called to a coffee shop on Main Street after an employee reported a suspicious person who matched the description of a man police were searching for in connection with reports they had received from multiple women and girls of being inappropriately touched previously at a grocery store. Melrose Police subsequently identified that the suspect appeared to suffer from an intellectual disability and was unable to communicate with police or a translator. Police placed him in protective custody, released him to the custody of a relative, and sought a criminal complaint.

KUSHNARENKO’s arrest warrant specifies three counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 and one count of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person 14 or Over, all felony charges.

Over the course of the ongoing investigation and after repeated attempts to make contact with the suspect, Melrose Police have learned that KUSHNARENKO was seen on surveillance footage at Boston Logan International Airport boarding a flight out of the country.

KUSHNARENKO had been scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Malden District Court.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. Chief Lyle and members of the Melrose Police Department reached out to each victim in this case today, after learning that KUSHNARENKO had fled the country.

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Wounded Veterans Motorcycle Ride to Pass Through Melrose Sunday http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/15/wounded-veterans-motorcycle-ride-pass-melrose-sunday/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/15/wounded-veterans-motorcycle-ride-pass-melrose-sunday/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 15:38:33 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435665 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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

Wounded Veterans Motorcycle Ride to Pass Through Melrose Sunday

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle wishes to remind Melrose residents that an annual motorcycle ride honoring wounded combat veterans will be passing through the city on Sunday afternoon.

The Wounded Veterans Motorcycle ride will begin in Revere between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and riders are expected to enter Melrose approximately 45 minutes later. They are expected to be riding along city streets for another 45 minutes. Residents should anticipate delays between 1-3 p.m.

Riders will enter the city via Washington Street and travel along Washington Street to the Lynn Fells Parkway, then along Main Street into Wakefield. Past rides have hosted thousands of riders raising money for wounded veterans, and other motorists are encouraged to avoid the area while the ride passes through Melrose.

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Registration Open for Melrose Junior Police Academy http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/10/registration-open-melrose-junior-police-academy-2/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/10/registration-open-melrose-junior-police-academy-2/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 17:57:16 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435659 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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

Registration Open for Melrose Junior Police Academy

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department will host its fifth annual Junior Police Academy this summer.

The program consists of three separate one-week sessions in June and July, which will be held at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School with outdoor activities on Fred Green Field.

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • June 25-29 (Session One)
  • July 9-13 (Session Two)
  • July 16-20 (Session Three)

The one-week classes are free and are open to children ages 10-13.

“The Junior Police Academy is a great summer program that allows students to explore the law enforcement field in a fun and interactive environment,” Chief Lyle said.  “It is a memorable experience for both the police officers and children, and both groups get a lot out of it each year.”

At the junior academy, participants will engage in a range of physical activities designed to promote teamwork and test for speed, focus and physical abilities.

Classroom activities will include learning about investigations, patrol procedures, traffic, bullying, drugs and cyber safety to educate children on the dangers they can encounter when using technology.

Space is limited to 40 cadets each week, so those interested should sign up early. Participants must be able to attend all days that the program runs during the week they sign up for.

To register, visit the forms section on the police department’s website, melrosepolice.net, or pick up an application at the police station. The deadline for applications is due two weeks prior to the start of each session. Anyone with questions should contact Sgt. Chuck Byrne at 781-665-1212 or cbyrne@cityofmelrose.org.

 

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Melrose Police Receive Grant to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/09/melrose-police-receive-grant-enhance-pedestrian-bicyclist-safety/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/09/melrose-police-receive-grant-enhance-pedestrian-bicyclist-safety/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 17:21:02 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435652 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 9, 2018

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

Melrose Police Receive Grant to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department recently received a grant to improve traffic safety on local roads for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The grant is administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research – Highway Safety Division.

The $5,502.81 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be used to pay for overtime enforcement to increase traffic law compliance by all road users. The Melrose Police Department is also eligible to purchase equipment to enhance the visibility of crosswalks and to buy bicycle helmets.

With nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2016 across the country, pedestrians now account for a larger proportion (16 percent) of traffic fatalities than they have in the past 33 years. In Massachusetts, that rate is even higher, with pedestrians representing more than 20 percent of all traffic fatalities. Nationally, bicyclists are also dying at a higher rate. In 2016, 840 individuals were killed on the roads–the highest number of fatalities since 1991.

“We are pleased to receive this grant which will help us keep the community safe,” said Chief Lyle. “The change of seasons means more pedestrians and bicyclists are out on the roads and we want to minimize accidents so that all people can get to where they need to be without any problems.”

Melrose was one of 84 police departments to receive part of the $375,000 in funding specifically provided to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the Commonwealth.

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Melrose Police Detective Gregory Forestell Honored for Lifesaving Efforts After Motor Vehicle Crash in 2017 http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/07/melrose-police-detective-gregory-forestell-honored-lifesaving-efforts-motor-vehicle-crash-2017/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/07/melrose-police-detective-gregory-forestell-honored-lifesaving-efforts-motor-vehicle-crash-2017/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 20:15:27 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435644 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 7, 2018

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

Melrose Police Detective Gregory Forestell Honored for Lifesaving Efforts After Motor Vehicle Crash in 2017

 

Left-to-right: IAPOA Second Vice President Det./Lt. James Pierce (Winchester PD, Ret.), IAPOA Assistant Treasurer Ned Shinnick (Lynn PD), Melrose Police Detective Gregory Forestell, IAPOA Sergeant at Arms Paul Westlund (Lincoln PD), IAPOA President Robert Sweetland (Quincy PD), Melrose Police Chief Michael L. Lyle, IAPOA Treasurer Danielle Collins (BUPD), Secretary Donnalyn Sullivan (Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Ret.) and IAPOA First Vice President Paul Upton (Somerville PD Ret.) during the awards presentation on Saturday evening. (Courtesy Photo/John Guilfoil Public Relations)

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to report that a veteran member of the Melrose Police Department was honored this past weekend for saving the lives of several people after a major motor vehicle crash that occurred in Dracut last year.

Detective Gregory Forestell received the Irish American Police Officers Association of Massachusetts Lifesaving Award at an event on Saturday evening at the Malden Irish American Club.

Award Narrative:

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at approximately 7 a.m., Melrose Police Detective Gregory Forestell was traveling home from a Melrose Police detail when he encountered a multiple vehicle crash in Dracut involving a dump truck that was rolled over on its side.

Detective Forestell exited his vehicle and asked a bystander to call 911 while he proceeded to the truck, which was now on fire. Along with another motorist, Detective Forestell was able to climb onto the truck and make contact with the operator who had several noticeable abrasions and cuts on his arms, and appeared confused. With the help of the other motorist, Detective Forestell was able to pulled the operator out of the truck and to safety away from the flames.

At this time, Detective Forestell retrieved a small fire extinguisher from his vehicle and attempted to put out the flames from the truck fire when he observed there was another vehicle involved in the crash with two injured passengers.

He proceeded to the other vehicle and with the help of other bystanders, attempted to treat a male passenger who was trapped in the front passenger seat and immobilized the man’s neck. At this time, Dracut Police and Fire arrived and took over the scene.

Thanks to  Detective Forestell’s quick actions and bravery, he was able to save multiple people from a dangerous situation, and is hereby awarded the Irish American Police Officers Association’s Lifesaving Award.

About the Irish American Police Officers Association Awards
Now in its 19th year, the IAPOA awards night recognizes heroism among law enforcement officers and the civilians who work every day to support the efforts of policing and corrections.

Membership in the Irish American Police Officers Association is open to all full-time law enforcement officers for just $20 per year. For more information, visit irishamericanpolice.org.

 

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Photo: Melrose Honor Guard in Maine http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/07/photo-melrose-honor-guard-maine/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/07/photo-melrose-honor-guard-maine/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 18:24:51 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435641

Melrose Police Honor Guard attending the service today for Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

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Melrose Police to Host Second Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Community Programs http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/02/melrose-police-host-second-annual-golf-tournament-benefit-community-programs/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/05/02/melrose-police-host-second-annual-golf-tournament-benefit-community-programs/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 17:37:00 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=435491 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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

Melrose Police to Host Second Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Community Programs

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that registration for the Melrose Police Department’s second annual community golf tournament is now open.

WHEN:

The golf tournament will be held on Friday, Aug. 24.

Registration is at 7 a.m. the day of the event, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Players must register for the tournament by Aug. 3.

WHERE:

Mount Hood Golf Club, 100 Slayton Road.

WHAT:

The golf tournament serves as a fundraising event to support the Melrose Police Department’s community programs, many of which are free and open to the public, like the Junior Police Academy and the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program. Money raise from the tournament will also go toward the Melrose Police Scholarship Fund, which gives college scholarships to Melrose High School students pursuing an education in policing or criminal justice, and assist in funding the department’s K-9 unit program.

Last fall, more than 20 teams played in the inaugural tournament, which brought in $7,000.

“We had a great turnout at last year’s event and look forward to playing in warmer weather this year,” Chief Lyle said. “Donations from the tournament helped ensure that we are able to continuously offer these community programs to our residents. We hope to see last year’s players and some new faces at this year’s tournament.”

Pricing for the event is $125 per golfer and includes a cart, dinner buffet and a gift bag.

Singles, twosomes and threesomes will be paired with others.

Melrose Police are also looking for tee and green sponsors, which are $100 each.

Those who are interested in playing, sponsoring the event, or who have questions should contact Detective Greg Forestell at 781-953-2376 or gforestell@cityofmelrose.org, or Officer John Goodhue at 781-572-8596 or jgoodhue@cityofmelrose.org.

Checks can be made payable to Greg Forestell c/o Melrose Police Department, 56 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176.

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