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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Power Restored at Melrose Police Station, Normal Business Line Now Operating http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/08/power-restored-melrose-police-station-normal-business-line-now-operating/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/08/power-restored-melrose-police-station-normal-business-line-now-operating/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:52:56 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=431908 Power has been restored at the Melrose Police Department and phones are operating normally.

Residents with non emergencies can reach Melrose Police by calling the station’s business number: 781-665-1212.

If you have an emergency, dial 911.

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Melrose Police Temporarily Using New Business Line Number Due to Storm, Power Outages http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/08/melrose-police-temporarily-using-new-business-line-number-due-storm-power-outages/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/03/08/melrose-police-temporarily-using-new-business-line-number-due-storm-power-outages/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:34:24 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=431900 Due to the current storm, the police and fire departments are without power.

Melrose Police’s normal business line is not operating, but through the 911 dispatch center, residents with non emergencies can call this business number: 781-662-3852.

This is a temporary number that residents should use until power is restored.

As always, if you have an emergency, dial 911.

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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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*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 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 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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.

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 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

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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