For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Two Injured When Car, Burlington Police Cruiser, Collide Wednesday Afternoon
BURLINGTON — Two people, including a Burlington Police Officer, were injured Wednesday when a car and a police cruiser collided.
The Burlington Police Department received a report of a commercial burglar alarm at the Rockland Trust located at 85 Wilmington Road at 4:28 p.m. Wednesday. Officer Robert Aloisi, assigned to BPD Unit #44 (a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor) and was responding to the scene with his lights and siren activated. He was traveling northbound on Cambridge Street (Rt. 3A) when he and another vehicle, a 2011 Subaru Outback, collided at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Nelson Road.
Officer Aloisi and the driver of the Subaru were each able to remove themselves from their vehicles and were transported by the Burlington Fire Department to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center for treatment fro non-life threatening injuries.
The Burlington Police Department requested that the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) respond and conduct an analysis of the collision. The investigation is still on-going at this time by Burlington Police.
The alarm at Rockland Trust was subsequently handled by other officers. The alarm had been accidentally set off by contractors working in the building.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 21, 2014Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Deplay Naloxone--Nasal Narcan-- in All Cruisers.
Officer Recently Completed Training Prgram on Narcan Administration.
BURLINGTON -- Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent announces that the Burlington Police Department has rolled out Nasal Narcan (Naloxone), in all police vehicles.
"Overdose and death by heroin and opiates is one of the most serious problems police and emergency responders are encountering, and no community is immune," Chief Kent said. "I am proud of the partnerships the Burlington Police Department has formed to respond to this crisis."
The Naloxone roll-out came about partially thanks to strong cooperation between the BPD Supervisors and Patrol Unions, who both agreed that implementing a Narcan program immediate was in the best interests of the community.
Heroin and opioid overdose are leading causes of death in Massachusetts. The problem recently moved Governor Deval Patrick to declare it a public health crisis in March. Burlington is one of the first police departments in the state to mandate the carrying of narcan in all of its cruisers.
While Burlington has not had a confirmed heroin overdose death in the past three years, there have been two overdose deaths in town, one of which was from opiate overdose.
Members of the department were trained by Burlington Detective Paul J. Glejzer and Officer Dan Houston, who recently became certified through a "Train the Trainer" program offered by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan. The roll-out was completed with help and advise from Dr. Daniel Muse of Brockton Hospital.Narcan, the brand name for Naloxone, is an “opioid antagonist,” which means it displaces opioid from receptors in the brain and can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose. Narcan has few side effects, and it will not harm a patient who has not overdosed. Nasal Narcan does not use needles/sharps, further increasing its safety. Narcan can be used to reverse heroin overdose, as well as overdoses of OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and hydrocodone drugs like Vicodin.
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Burlington Police Public Service Announcement
A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway. At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease. You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.
Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer. The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country. Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.
Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:
Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work. Do not let the solicitors inside your home. Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property. If they refuse your instructions call the police.
Educate yourself and your family. Search the internet for “paving scams.”
Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance. Conmen rarely have worker’s compensation insurance and if one of them is injured at your home, the claim could be made against your homeowner’s insurance.
Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.
Be a good neighbor. Paving scams target senior citizens.
Call the police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.
This article is intended as a public service announcement. It is a warning that joins numerous similar warnings that have appeared in newspapers, on television and been sent out by the AARP. Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep Massachusetts safe and secure. When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt.
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Burlington Police Community Awareness Letter
The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have resurfaced in the area. The perpetrators use Internet and social media websites to research for potential targets.
The first is known as the “Grandparent Scam,” in which fraudsters are impersonating as a grandchild in distress and begging for cash. Typically a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a “grandchild.” If it is a phone call, it’s usually late at night or early in the morning when most people are not thinking clearly. Usually the person claims to be in a foreign country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or mugged and needs money as soon as possible. The caller does not want his parents notified. Sometimes, instead of the “grandchild” making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting officer, a lawyer, or a doctor from a hospital. The anxious grandparent is then instructed to send money via Western Union or Money Gram. Once the transfer is made, the grandparent often receives another call requesting more money. Wiring money is like sending cash. Once the money is gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. Financial losses in these cases can be substantial and usually cost the victim several thousand dollars.
If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you should resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. Never wire money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.
The second scam is known as the “IRS Scam,” in which a person, including recent immigrants, receives a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells the victim they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The caller may know the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. Often, a second call is made claiming to be the police, and caller ID again supports their claim. If the caller claims to be a Burlington Police Officer, ask for their last name and call 781-272-1212 to verify the authenticity of the call.
The IRS usually contacts people by mail-not by phone-about unpaid taxes and the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with payment questions. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.
The Burlington Police recommend that you never give a caller personal information, including your bank account, credit card, social security or driver’s license number. Western Union transfer forms specifically warn senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member. Money Gram also has a fraud warning on transfer forms and says it can put holds on transfers that raise red flags. Additionally, limit your personal information, such as vacation plans, on shared and social media sites.
If you believe you may be a potential victim or have been victimized, call the Burlington Police at 781-272-1212. To report an online crime visit: www.IC3.gov.
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Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:
Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.
If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212 address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.
You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal
You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide