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Friday, May 20, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Seize 18 Plants, Arrest Resident for Cultivation and Possession of Marijuana After Investigation
BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department arrested a man for allegedly conducting an extensive marijuana cultivation operation in his home.
On Tuesday, May 17, police executed a search warrant at a Gloria Circle residence, which resulted in the arrest of MARK RICHARDS, AGE 42, OF BURLINGTON. During the search, police seized 18 marijuana plants ranging from six to eight feet tall, several pounds of packaged marijuana ready for distribution, and over $10,000 worth of equipment used to grow marijuana.
RICHARDS is charged with: Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Substance Drug Possession of a Class B Substance Police estimate the street value of the seized marijuana to be in excess of $25,000. Assorted pills were also located and seized.
Burlington Police also seized RICHARDS’ truck, a 2014 Dodge Ram 150SLT. The Burlington Police Drug Unit was assisted by detectives and the K-9 unit when searching the home. “This was not an individual person growing marijuana for personal use. This investigation was launched to shut down the operation of a drug dealer, plain and simple,” Chief Kent said. “I would like to commend our officers and detectives for their efforts to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Investigate Shooting
Police Do Not Believe it was a Random Act
BURLINGTON -- Police Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department is investigating the shooting of a man near the Burlington Mall on Thursday evening.
Shortly after 9:21 p.m. Thursday, Burlington Police were called to the Burlington Mall parking lot area closest to the MIddlesex Turnpike for a report of shots fired in the area.
Officers located evidence of a shooting in the parking area, and Burlington detectives initiated an investigation. The Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit was notified and responded as well.
No victim was immediately located, but police soon received a call from the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center reporting that a 28-year-old man had come in with a gunshot wound to the arm. Detectives responded to the hospital immediately. The victim is expected to survive.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Police do not believe this was a random act of violence. Police believe that the victim and the assailant are known to each other.
Burlington Mall management is cooperating in the investigation, and officials from Simon Property Group, Inc. responded to assist police with logistics.
If anyone has information on this incident, they are urged to contact the Burlington Police Department at 781-272-1212.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Sergeant Completes Advanced Drug Evaluation Training
BURLINGTON -- Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that Burlington Police Sgt. Gerard McDonough completed training earlier this month to become a certified a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
His certification was achieved through the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program. Broken into three phases, police received advanced training on identifying drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Each attendee spent at least nine hours a day in the classroom to refine practices for detecting impaired drivers. This includes appearance, behavior, judgment, information processing ability, coordination and more.
"Sgt. McDonough's completion of this rigorous course enhances our ability as a department to identify impaired drivers in town," Chief Kent said. "His training will allow us to better serve and protect our residents, especially while on the roads."
The International Association of Chiefs of Police coordinates the DEC Program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Burlington Police obtained a grant from the Municipal Police Training Council through the Executive Office of Public Safety's Office of Grants and Research, Highway and Traffic Safety Division to attend the course.
The first two phases of the program ran from Feb. 29 through March 4 in Franklin, Mass., and the third phase was completed in Phoenix, Ariz. from March 27 through April 1.
Phase One: Police complete a 16-hour overview of the DRE evaluation procedures, the seven drug categories, eye examinations and proficiency in conducting standardized field sobriety testing.
Phase Two: A 56-hour DRE school focuses on drug evaluation procedures, expanded sessions on each drug category, drug combinations, examination of vital signs, case preparation, courtroom testimony and curriculum vitae preparation. At the conclusion of the seven days of training, officers must successfully finish a written examination before moving to the third and final phase of the program.
Phase Three: Police complete a minimum of 12 drug evaluations under the supervision of a trained DRE instructor. Of those 12 evaluations, the officer must identify an individual under the influence of at least three of the seven drug categories and obtain a minimum 75 percent toxicological corroboration rate. The officer must then pass a nine-hour final examination and be approved by two DRE instructors before becoming a certified DRE.
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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Contact: Jessica Sacco
BURLINGTON -- Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department's new Mobile Command Vehicle is now available and ready to be deployed in the community.
In 2014, the Burlington Police Department received $100,000 in funding through the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 Grant Program to acquire and equip a Mobile Command Vehicle.
"We are extremely grateful to the Cummings Foundation for selecting the Burlington Police Department as one of the recipients of this award," Chief Kent said. "This invaluable project will exponentially improve services for our residents."
The vehicle will not only be deployed in Burlington, but will be available to neighboring communities when needed.
It will be used to supplement the department's Incident Command System -- which manages critical public safety situations -- to improve effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
During these incidents, the Mobile Command Vehicle retains all the strengths of the traditional command post, while providing unique advantages that are particular to mobile command, including:
• Mobility for rapid deployment, seamless command post transition and rapid command post relocation to the closest safe location in relation to the incident scene.
• The ability to improve communications and coordination between agencies through radio technology that allows agencies to speak with each other over their own frequencies.
• The capacity to advance the investigative operations through on scene technology by using the vehicle's operations to attain, analyze and rapidly disseminate information to police personnel.
"Our new Mobile Command Vehicle is going to allow the department to expand and improve services while on patrol, at a crime scene or during an investigation," Captain Gregory Skehan said. "Not only that, but we will be able to provide assistance to our counterparts during critical incidents."
In 2014, the same year the Burlington Police Department received its grant, the Cummings Foundation provided 38 grants in Middlesex County, 25 in Essex County and 37 in Suffolk County. The Woburn and Wilmington police departments were also awarded $100,000 each for various endeavors.
“The $100K for 100 program is geared toward supporting communities where the Cummings organization operates. We really want to give back and support those areas,“ said Joyce Vyriotes, Communications Director at Cummings Foundation. “We’re big fans of Burlington and of course we’re so appreciative of the Burlington Police Department and all they do to keep the community safe.”
About the Cummings Foundation
The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of
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The Burlington Police Department would like to warn citizens to be aware of two phone scams that have res
urfaced in the area. The perpetrators use the 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 thousands of dollars.
If you receive a call where someone is contacting you for money, you could 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 write money based on a request over the phone or in an e-mail.
The second 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 paying 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, hand up and 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
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