Massachusetts State Police arrest 16-year old suspect after pursuit of carjacked vehicle

INITIAL RELEASE:

At approximately 10:23 pm tonight a Massachusetts State Police K9 Unit sergeant observed an Acura TL that was wanted for an armed carjacking.

Avon Police had responded to the carjacking, during which a silver handgun was shown, at the Avon Walmart, Rt. 28, Avon at some point earlier in the evening.

The MSP Sergeant pursued the carjacked vehicle, which crashed into a house located at 605 North Main Street, Randolph. The driver/sole occupant of the car, a male later learned to be a juvenile, was taken into custody by the Sergeant.

The suspect had a minor laceration from the crash.

No other injuries occurred and no cruisers were damaged.

UPDATE: The carjacking that led to this pursuit occurred at approximately 10 pm at the Walmart in Avon. The MSP K9 Unit Sergeant observed the carjacked vehicle, a 2012 Acura TL sedan, traveling northbound on Route 28 in Randolph, approaching Oak Street. The Sergeant caught up to the vehicle and confirmed it was the stolen car. The suspect turned onto Pond Street and pulled behind Market Liquors. The MSP Sergeant pulled behind him and activated his blue lights. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed and circled back onto Route 28 heading southbound. The Sergeant, assisted by this point by another Trooper.

Around the 600 block of North Main Street (Rt 28), the Acura veered to the left, crossed through the northbound lane, went through a fence and crashed into the front porch of a house at #605. The MSP Sergeant and Trooper, along with other Troopers and Randolph Police Officers, converged on the car, removed the suspect, and confirmed there was no one else inside. The suspect was checked by EMS but refused treatment. There were no injuries reported.

The suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Providence, was charged with the following offenses:

1. Larceny of a motor vehicle;
2. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
3. Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle;
4. Marked lanes violation;
5. Speeding;
6. Lights violation; and
7. Failure to stop for police.

The suspect was released to a family member after the booking process at the State Police-Milton Barracks. He will be scheduled by Norfolk Juvenile Court for arraignment in the near future.




Massachusetts State Troopers quickly locate and arrest suspect in road rage incident

“At approximately 10:47 a.m. a motorist reported while she was exiting Route 93 southbound on the ramp to the Route 60 rotary in Medford, another vehicle tried to merge into her route of travel. As the other vehicle approached her, the male driver brandished what appeared to be a handgun.

Within moments several Massachusetts State Police Troopers descended upon the area and located the suspect vehicle in the area of Main Street, near the Medford Police Station. Troopers stopped the suspect and conducted an investigation. Troopers recovered a pellet gun consistent in appearance with an actual handgun.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the State Police-Medford Barracks for booking on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The defendant is identified as PATRICK T. INGEMI JR., 32, of Stoneham. He was expected to be arraigned this afternoon at Somerville District Court.

The pellet gun seized from him had an extended magazine and an attached laser sight. The Troopers from our Medford Barracks did outstanding work locating the suspect so quickly and taking him into custody without further incident. Trooper Ryan Resmini was the Trooper who first located the suspect vehicle and he was assisted by Troopers Jonathan Arias and Donald Henry.”-Massachusetts State Police.


Massachusetts State Police photo.




New Bedford Public Schools starts next phase of safely increasing in-person instruction

New Bedford Public Schools is set to launch the next phase of increased in-person instruction in classrooms, Superintendent Thomas Anderson announced at a press conference today. This new phase in the district’s year-long comprehensive response to prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff will start on Monday, March 1, 2021, beginning initially with seven elementary schools – Carney, Gomes, Hayden-McFadden, Renaissance, Rodman, Taylor and Winslow. Each school has been working with their parent community for the notification of which grade levels. Superintendent Anderson stated, “We are excited to be able to expand Cohort A, which has been 5-days in-person since September. This expansion will include a range of grades, but the priority starts with Kindergarten and First Grade. Schools are assessing class sizes, space, and other factors to consider other grades. An additional six schools are expected to be ready on March 8 with others to follow on the subsequent weeks.”

Mayor Jon Mitchell acknowledged the extensive planning and preparation required to increase in-person instruction. “Returning to in-person instruction is important for our students’ education and well-being, and thanks to thoughtful, deliberate planning by our schools, it will be done safely for students and staff. This has been a challenging year for everyone, including students and their families, and returning to safe in-person instruction is a positive step as we move further toward returning to normal,” said Mayor Mitchell.
Superintendent Anderson noted, “Our plan to expand Cohort A students will allow for students who are already in school 2-days per week – those in Cohorts B/C – to participate in 5-days of in-person learning beginning as early as March 1, 2021 for several elementary schools. All current requirements including CDC and DESE guidance will remain in place. This expansion will first prioritize elementary students with the highest needs and at the earliest grades. There will be no changes to Cohort D – the fully distance cohort at this time.”

All health measures will remain strictly enforced. The current 6-foot distancing and proper airflow will continue to dictate the number of students who will be placed in classrooms. “Increased in-person instruction will not look the same for all schools and schools cannot be compared to one another in how their logistics will be addressed. For example, available classroom space in schools vary based on several factors including room configurations with cabinets, desk sizes, etc.”, Superintendent Anderson said.

Districtwide mitigation strategies are effective, including mask wearing, which will remain a requirement of attendance, as well as frequent handwashing and sanitizing in addition to the continual disinfecting process currently being used in schools. More than 800 air exchange units – air scrubbers were placed in classrooms at the start of the school year enabling 9,000 student students to receive in-person learning this school year.

Noting that COVID-19 rates have been declining in New Bedford, with the percent of positivity decreasing for more than the last 6 weeks to approximately 5.4% percent, Superintendent Anderson noted, “We are moving with a sense of urgency to Prevent, Recover, and Accelerate student learning. This is our intense focus as schools are identifying learning gaps to minimize learning loss. To recover by assisting to remediate those students who need support – academically and socio-emotionally) AND accelerate – push those students who are already proficient to maximize their strengths.

“Over these last twelve months our priority has remained the same – balance the health and safety needs of all students and staff and while working to ensure that our academic program remains strong.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for reopening schools state that schools can provide in-person instruction when they implement protocols that prevent the spread of COVID-19, maintain healthy environments and healthy operations, and have preparations in place for any members of the school community who may contract COVID-19. New Bedford Public Schools as of late January has been the largest school district in Massachusetts to retain in-person instruction in a hybrid model since the beginning of the current school year.

The press conference was held at the Alfred J. Gomes Elementary School and attended by city and school officials.




Steppingstone Inc. is Hiring for Several Clinical Positions

Steppingstone Inc. is hiring for the following positions:

• Fee for Service Clinician (Part Time)
• Clinician (Full Time)
• Clinician Bi-Lingual Spanish Speaking (Full Time)
• Clinical Supervisor (Full Time)
• Clinical Director of Outpatient Services (Full Time)

To schedule an appoint to apply for any of the jobs listed click here: https://doodle.com/mm/savannahrekowski/schedule-a-time

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Clinician

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Position Specific Duties:

• Conduct screening and intake interviews to determine consumer eligibility for services.
• Perform consumer orientation on program services and requirements.
• Conduct confidential, quality assessments that are gender and culturally responsive and trauma informed.
• Develop, implement, and monitor an individualized treatment/service plan with each assigned consumer using collaborative information from all sources to develop short and long term goals.
• Possess knowledge of effective treatment practices such as cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-informed techniques and Integrated Treatment in individual, group and family sessions.
• Meet, collaborate and coordinate services with probation/parole, employment and educational agencies, Department of Children and Families (DCF), human services providers, medical and primary care, clinical mental/behavioral health, and family/social support.
• Provide consumer education in finances, housing stability, behavioral and primary health, life skills and all aspects of addiction and related life domains.
• Provide crisis intervention by assessing severity of the episode, de-escalating the consumer, referring to emergency response team as needed, and developing a safety plan to assist in resolving the crisis.
• Develop and coordinate discharge planning with consumer, family, housing, and other community providers.
• Maintain an ongoing awareness of consumer’s mental status, adding additional services to maintain a therapeutic level of care as needs change.
• Ability to climb three flights of stairs to deal with emergencies.
• Ability to respond to emergency situations by placing calls to Fire, Rescue, Police, and Medical, etc.

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Clinical Supervisor

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Position Specific Duties:

• Conduct regularly scheduled staff meetings, in-service training and supervision with assigned personnel.
• Attends relevant professional development conferences and make presentations to staff.
• Responsible for the fiscal budget, invoicing services, and electronic health record data oversight.
• Perform direct counseling services when necessary.
• Conduct confidential, quality assessments that are gender and culturally responsive and trauma informed.
• Oversee clinical reviews to monitor consumer progress.
• Provide individual, family and group therapy when need arises.
• Ensure compliance, accuracy and quality of clinical documentation.
• Prepare monthly quarterly reports on delivery of services and expenditures.
• Knowledge of all funding sources and related scope of services and requirements.
• Provide ongoing consultations and crisis intervention.
• Constructively utilize formal and informal customer comments to evaluate and improve effectiveness in providing services.
• Ensures standards of confidentiality in handling records, collaboration with other providers, and internal communication.
• Participate in various outside meetings to coordinate and benefit program services.
• Ensure compliance with regulatory and licensing standards.
• Ability to count, document and observe consumers taking various prescription drugs.
• Ability to climb three flights of stairs to conduct rounds on an hourly basis and deal with emergencies.
• Ability to respond to emergency situations by placing calls to Fire, Rescue, Police, and Medical, etc.

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Clinical Director of Outpatient Services

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Position Specific Duties:

• Conduct regularly scheduled staff meetings, in-service training and supervision with assigned personnel.
• Provide mentoring to maximize clinical performance and improve management skills.
• Responsible for the fiscal budget and electronic health record oversight.
• Perform direct counseling services.
• Conduct confidential, quality assessments that are gender and culturally responsive and trauma informed.
• Oversee clinical reviews to monitor consumer progress.
• Provide individual, family and group therapy.
• Provide ongoing consultations and crisis intervention.
• Participate in utilization review activities.
• Assist in all quality improvement activities.
• Ensure compliance, accuracy and quality of clinical documentation.
• Responsible to ensure the maintenance of relationships with all third-party payers.
• Manage and ensure contract compliance and complete re-credentialing.
• Participate in program planning, development and other management functions.
• Participate in various outside meetings to coordinate and benefit program services.
• Interact with the administrative, clinical, finance and other disciplines to insure the efficient coordination and timely delivery of treatment services.
• Ensure compliance with regulatory and licensing standards.
• Ability to climb three flights of stairs to conduct rounds on an hourly basis and deal with emergencies.
• Ability to respond to emergency situations by placing calls to Fire, Rescue, Police, and Medical, etc.

To schedule an appoint to apply for any of the jobs listed click here: doodle.com/mm/savannahrekowski/schedule-a-time

Interested? Apply online: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES or you can also email your resume to: srekowski@steppingstoneinc.org Applicants that require accommodation on the job application process, please contact 508-674-2788 extension 11103




Boston Police Department seeks the public’s help in finding missing 33-Year-Old Keyla House

“Missing Person Alert: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help and assistance in efforts to locate 33-year-old Keyla House of Florida.

It is believed that Ms. House’s travel plans brought her to the Boston area on Friday, February 19, 2021. Ms. House is described as 5’3” tall and weighing 135 lbs. She was last seen wearing a blonde wig, a green jacket, dark blue jeans and in possession of a black suitcase.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this missing person is advised to contact District A-1 Detectives (Downtown) at (617) 343-4248.”




City of New Bedford Police Department highlights black heritage among its force

“We took this photo last year, just as plans were about to make a dramatic shift in how we serve the city.

New Bedford has such a rich history and our department is such an important part of it. We plan to get back to this amazing Frederick Douglass commemorative mural next year to update the photo and continue honoring the lives of the many men and women of black heritage who proudly serve this city.

We are so proud of them and proud to be from New Bedford!

#BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory.”


City of New Bedford Police Department photo.




Massachusetts State Troopers arrest woman trafficking cocaine

Shortly before midnight on Monday Trooper Adam Couture, assigned to State Police-Shelburne Falls, was on patrol observing traffic on Route 91 northbound at mile marker 48.6 in Bernardston. At that time he observed a silver Toyota SUV with a loud defective exhaust pass his location. He also observed the vehicle to have a defective license plate light. Trooper Couture entered traffic and caught up to the vehicle then activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over at the 52-mile marker.

Upon the Toyota coming to a full stop he approached it and identified the operator as a 42-year-old male from Eden Mills, Vt. He also identified a female passenger as SHELBY ADAMS, 26, of Eden Mills, Vt. After requesting the operator’s information Trooper Couture conducted an electronic inquiry and learned that he did not possess a valid driver’s license. Trooper Couture then requested a tow to respond and remove the vehicle as ADAMS also did not have an active driver’s license. At this time additional cruisers arrived on scene to assist. Prior to the Toyota being towed Trooper Couture removed both occupants and conducted an inventory of the vehicle’s contents.

During an inventory of the area around the front passenger seat Troopers located a taped plastic package with a large amount of a substance suspected to be crack cocaine. After further inspection, they located another bag containing approximately 56 small baggies of a substance suspected to be fentanyl, an additional smaller container with more suspected crack cocaine, and paraphernalia commonly used in the consumption of illegal narcotics. Troopers located a total of 106 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 27 grams of suspected fentanyl.

After additional investigation and questioning on scene Trooper Couture placed ADAMS under arrest. The operator was issued a criminal summons and permitted to leave the scene. ADAMS was transported to the Shelburne Falls Barracks for booking. She was scheduled for arraignment at Greenfield District Court on the following charges.

1. Trafficking in Cocaine;
2. Trafficking in Heroin; and
3. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law.


Massachusetts State photo.




Massachusetts State Troopers on patrol in New Bedford arrest man and woman for trafficking narcotics

At approximately 3:50 a.m. yesterday Trooper Ryan Boswell, assigned to State Police-Dartmouth, was on patrol traveling on Sawyer Street in New Bedford. At that time he conducted a random RMV inquiry of the license plate on a gray Range Rover. The results of the inquiry revealed the registration was revoked due to the cancellation of insurance. Trooper Boswell positioned his cruiser behind the SUV and activated his emergency lights signaling the vehicle to pull over.

Upon the Range Rover coming to a full stop Trooper Boswell approached it and identified the operator as BRITTANY DIAS, 33, of South Boston. He also identified the passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, as RICHARD CONLON, 41, of Fall River. Both occupants were informed why the vehicle was stopped and that a tow truck was going to be dispatched to remove it from the scene. DIAS and CONLON were removed from the vehicle in order to conduct a tow inventory of the vehicle’s contents.

After questioning and thorough investigation on scene Troopers developed probable cause to search DIAS’ person and located approximately $5,000 in cash along with a golf ball sized bag containing a substance suspected to be fentanyl. Additional cruisers then arrived on scene to assist. Both DIAS and CONLON were secured in the rear of a cruiser in order for the Troopers to conduct an inventory of the vehicle. They located a partially opened dictionary with a void inside containing a large amount of pills suspected to be Xanax and multiple baggies containing substances suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. They also located items consistent with the use and sale of illegal narcotics. In addition to the pills, which were submitted to a lab for official count, the total amount of suspected narcotics seized was approximately 26 grams of fentanyl and approximately 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

DIAS and CONLON were placed under arrest and transported to the Dartmouth Barracks for booking. They were then transported to an area jail for bail arrangements and were scheduled for arraignment at New Bedford District Court on the following charges.

BRITTANY DIAS:

• Trafficking in Fentanyl;
• Trafficking in Methamphetamine;
• Possession of a Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
• Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
• Possession of a Class E Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
• Possession of a Class B Substance, subsequent offense;
• Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration; and
• Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

RICHARD CONLON:

• Trafficking in Fentanyl; and
• Failure to Wear Seat Belt.




Massachusetts VA Hospice nurse sentenced for tampering with morphine meant for dying veterans

A Tewksbury woman was sentenced today for diverting morphine while she was employed as a nurse in the hospice unit at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center campus in Bedford.

Kathleen Noftle, 55, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2020, Noftle pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge.

On Jan. 13, 14 and 15, 2017, Noftle used her position as a nurse to obtain doses of morphine that were meant to be given to the veterans under her care in the hospice unit. Noftle admitted that she mixed water from the sink with a portion of the liquid morphine doses, and then administered the diluted medication to patients orally. Noftle then ingested a diluted amount of the remaining drug.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Brady of Lelling’s Health Care Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.




Former Massachusetts State Representative pleads guilty to embezzling campaign funds, bank fraud and tax fraud

Former Massachusetts State Representative David M. Nangle pleaded guilty today to illegally using campaign funds to pay for his personal expenses, defrauding a bank to obtain loans to purchase his home and repay his personal debts, and collecting income that he failed to report to the IRS.

Nangle, 60, of Lowell, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, four counts of making false statements to a bank and five counts of filing false tax returns. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for June 24, 2021. Nangle was arrested and charged in February 2020.

“Elected representatives are expected to work for the benefit of their constituents, not to line their own pockets,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Mr. Nangle violated his obligations to the public by siphoning campaign dollars to cover the cost of his personal lifestyle, violating both federal law and the trust placed in him by voters. This office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption in the Commonwealth’s government institutions.”

“David Nangle brokered his powerful position as a Massachusetts state lawmaker to put his own personal, financial, and political interests above the people he was elected to serve, depriving them of the right to honest government,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Corrupt public officials undermine the integrity of our government and inflict lasting damage. Rooting them out is among the most complex and significant work the FBI does for the American people.”

“Elected officials are chosen to serve the people, not themselves,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Ramsey E. Covington of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division. “Misusing campaign funds, underreporting income and claiming fraudulent tax deductions on income tax returns are all egregious betrayals of the public’s trust. Corruption of this nature is far too common, and I hope that today’s guilty plea sends a clear message of IRS-CI’s commitment to holding those who commit these dishonorable acts accountable.”

From 1999 to 2020, Nangle was the elected member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 17th Middlesex District. Nangle, who previously served as a House Ethics Committee Chairman, used his campaign committee’s debit card to make personal purchases, including thousands of dollars in gift cards for his personal use, among other things.

During the period of the charged offenses, Nangle was heavily in debt and gambled extensively at area casinos and online, and then used thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay for various personal expenses such as dues at a local golf club, rental cars to travel to casinos, flowers for his girlfriend, gas, hotels, and restaurants. Nangle knew that using campaign funds for personal use was prohibited and subject to oversight by an independent state agency and concealed his theft by filing false reports that disguised the personal nature of the spending.

In addition, from at least 2015 to 2018, Nangle devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain loans from a bank in order to finance the purchase of his home, fund his gambling activities and repay his personal debts. Nangle did so by making false statements on multiple loan applications, misstating his income and understating his debt.

Separately, Nangle filed false tax returns for tax years 2014 to 2018 by reporting fictitious business deductions for purported “consulting” work that he did for a Billerica company. Nangle also double dipped on deductible expenses arising from his work as a state legislator, fraudulently claiming thousands of dollars in false deductions for alleged charitable donations and misleading his tax preparer. Further, Nangle concealed the income he received through goods and services from business owners and other sources. This included $7,000 in kitchen and bathroom work done in Nangle’s home and $7,000 in check payments from a contractor; gambling income from a Connecticut casino; and thousands of dollars that he stole from his campaign account.

The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charges of bank fraud and making false statements to a bank each provide for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. The charge of filing false tax returns provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $100,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Chao, Chief of Lelling’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kunal Pasricha are prosecuting the case.

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