Thursday, May 16, 2013
Belmont's Police Chief attends fundraiser for memorial fund.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, May 16
Belmont resident (from left) Melissa Morley, Belmont native Patrick Brusch, Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin and O’Neill and Associates Vice President and Belmont native Amy Claire Brusch attended a benefit to honor New England police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. The event, which took place at Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington D.C. and raised money for the officers’ memorial fund, included representatives from various Nee England police departments including Springfield, Watertown, Cambridge, Natick, Tyngsborough, Cambridge, Fall River, Arlington, Belmont, Canton, Winchester and Westfield as well as the MIT Police Department, Maine State Police, Massachusetts State Police and the New England Police …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Asst. Chief MacIssac gives a first-hand account of Belmont officers involvement in Boston and Watertown.
With Belmont bordering Watertown and only six miles from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, it was a certainty that the Belmont Police Department would be involve in the law enforcement effort investigating the twin bombs killed three and wounded nearly 200 on Monday and the Wild West-type gun battle in Watertown Friday morning and subsequent manhunt to capture the surviving suspect of the terrorist acts that also caused the death of MIT Officer Sean Collier. Belmont Police Assistant Chief James MacIsaac wrote to Belmont Patch a detailed description of his officer's participation in last week's historic events. One of the allures of police work is that when you go to work you never know what situations await you. Officers can never …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Police believe the suspect and accomplices played a "major role" in the recent spike in residential burglaries throughout the region.
Belmont Police officers arrested a Watertown man Monday, April 1, which area police departments believe played a "major role" in the recent rash of home break-ins in Belmont and neighboring towns. Earlier on Monday, a witness identified a gray Audi at a Lexington home break-in. Local detectives from several police departments identified Azad Terzian of Watertown as a possible suspect in the crimes who is known to drive an Audi. With this information, Belmont officers were able to locate and stop Terzian. After positive witness identification Terzian was placed under arrest without incident. After being booked by Belmont Police, Terzian was sent to Watertown. During an inventory of Terzian’s vehicle items from the house break in Lexington …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Fingerprints, background checks for vendors including taxi drivers, pawnbrokers and those selling ice cream from the side of a truck.
You may have come to the opinion that the "music" coming from the myriad of ice cream trucks that occupy Belmont in the warm-weather months should be categorized as a criminal offense, if a proposed new general town bylaw is passed by Town Meeting representatives in April, anyone operating those Piped Pipers of frozen treat vehicles will themselves be required to undergo a criminal history check by the Belmont Police. The new bylaw – which will effect door-to-door salespeople, pawnbrokers, taxi drivers and "dealers in second-hand articles" along with ice cream truck operators – will obligate anyone seeking a license for those activities to submit to a criminal background check which includes being fingerprinted by police officials. The …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Belmont Police provides advise to residents: lock it up!
With an uptick in residential break-ins in Belmont and neighboring communities, the Belmont Police are distributing the following advisory to assist in avoiding being a break-in victim. The general break-in reports are similar to those in the past where the entrance door/lock is forced opened or simply unlocked. The majority of breaks are occurring between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Many Belmont homes have entrances that are recessed with foyer so that a person can stand in the entranceway and easily pry open the lock without being seen from the street. Screen doors and windows are another source of entry, especially in good weather when windows are open. Another common tactic is to ring the doorbell or knock on the door. When the …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The new addition to the department is part of a gift.
The Belmont Police Department's newest member is expected to be dogged in his pursuit of the law. Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, the Belmont Police Department has been able to implement its first ever K-9 program. The doggie, named “Grim”, officially joined the force on Monday, March 11, and will be partnered with Belmont Officer Cory Taylor. Officers Taylor and Grim are set to undergo extensive training at the Boston Police K-9 academy in the coming months to learn skills such as basic patrol functions as well as narcotics detection.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Events and incidents handled by the Belmont Police Department.
Will it be a jury trial? March 2 – At 9:32 p.m., there was a knock on the door at 17 Leslie Rd. It was for the occupant, 46-year-old Godfrey Nsereko. It was the police. They were there concerning a warrant for Nsereko's arrest. The charge: being a jury duty scofflaw. Just a warning to the rest of us. Be warned March 4 – A Unity Avenue man received a call from a man with "a foreign accent" to inform him that we was from his computer's maintenance team and they had received a "warning signal" from his computer indicating that it was "compromised." The Belmont man, fearing the call was an attempt to obtain personnel information, said the next time the "maintenance" man called, he would call the police. Freedom suspended March 5 – At 3:25 p…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Three police departments, Staties and a dog looking for a pair of characters who bang-and-ran in a stolen car.
Belmont residents are accustomed to a good night's sleep but very early this morning, Tuesday, March 5, the good folks along Cross Street were rudely awoken by the crashing of a series of unusual hit-and-run incidents and then from the police vehicles rushing after the suspects. At 1:45 a.m., Belmont Police received a call from a resident who said a dark SUV had entered two driveways including one at 278 Cross St. and ran into a number of vehicles parked for the night and then fleeing. The damage was so severe to all involved the ramming SUV must have had suffered front-end damage and left with at least one flat tire. And the chase was on! The SUV was soon found at 1:51 a.m. located on Massachusetts Avenue in nearby Arlington. Out from …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Police, town-owned electric utility report relatively quiet night.
Just because there are no private vehicles on Belmont streets due to the blizzard coming through town yesterday and town, it doesn't mean residents should think they own the roads, said Belmont Police Lt. Richard Santangelo. "We have reports of a lot of people walking round along the roads. What they don't understand is that the town plows are traveling fairly fast on the streets and they aren't expecting pedestrians," said Santangelo, updating what has been a busy night for Belmont Police. In fact, "since nothing is opening today, residents should stay indoors," said Santangleo. Over at the Belmont Municipal Light Department, it's been fairly quiet, according to spokesperson Jennifer Santoro. As of 4 a.m., (Saturday Feb. 9), Belmont …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
No on-street parking or using municipal/school lots; violators will be towed.
The Belmont Police Deparment has declared a snow emergency for the town in preparation of the arrival of what some meterologists are calling a historic nor'easter blizzard. The emergency will be in effect from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Under the town bylaws, parking is not allowed on all roadways and Municipal parking lots in Belmont. Vehicles on streets or lots will be towed to allow the Highway Department to clear the entire width of the roadway.