Newburyport Police Seize Two Guns in Drug Arrest

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Newburyport Police Department
Mark Murray, City Marshal
4 Green St.
Newburyport, MA 01950

For Immediate Release

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299

Newburyport Police Seize Two Guns in Drug Arrest

NEWBURYPORT — Marshal Mark Murray reports that the Newburyport Police seized two guns, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, heroin and over four pounds of marijuana when they arrested two men on Saturday.


  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm While Committing a Felony
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Sell/Possess an Electric Stun Gun
  • Possession of Ammunition Without a FID Card
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (Two Counts)
  • Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin)
  • Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana)

At approximately 4:46 a.m. Saturday, Newburyport Police were dispatched to the Mobil gas station, 76 Storey Ave, to perform a welfare check.

A store clerk reported that a man had been asleep in a car in the parking lot for a few hours and was concerned that the man may have been passed out.

Upon arrival officers found two men, later identified as MCGAIRTY and PHILLIPS, who were asleep in the car.

Because of the dark tint on the car’s windows and because they could not see inside of the vehicle, officers asked the men to get out of the car.

When PHILLIPS got out of the driver’s seat an officer saw a handgun in plain view near the seat.

The gun was seized and both men were taken into custody and place under arrest. The subsequent investigation determined that neither of the men had a license to carry a firearm.

In searching the vehicle, officers found a duffel bag with another handgun inside and 210 rounds of ammunition. They also seized nine grams of suspected heroin, more than four pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags, a stun gun and $927 in cash from the car.

Both men are being held on bail and are expected to be arraigned Monday in Newburyport District Court.

“This is an example of what officers can come across during something as routine as a welfare check,” Marshal Murray said. “I think the officers did a great job and their efforts led to getting two guns and a significant amount of drugs off of our streets.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.


Ashby Police Charge Man with Breaking Into Two Homes

Ashby Police Department
Fred Alden, Chief of Police
893 Main Street
Ashby, MA 01431

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299

Ashby Police Charge Man with Breaking Into Two Homes

ASHBY — Chief Fred Alden reports that the Ashby Police Department arrested a man Friday night who allegedly entered the home of an elderly woman while she was inside.

ANDREW D. GRACE, AGE 30, OF SHIRLEY was charged with two counts of Breaking and Entering.

At 7:55 p.m., Ashby Police responded to a report of a break-in at a home on Kendall Hill Road.

Officers arrived and spoke with an 87-year-old woman who reported that she was in her bedroom when she heard someone enter her home.

The woman went into her living room and saw a man, later identified as GRACE, inside the home. GRACE then left the house and walked down the street. The woman was unharmed.

Through the subsequent investigation, officers searched the area and eventually found footprints in the snow at the house next door to the woman’s house. The footprints led to an open window. The home was supposed to be vacant with no one living inside.

Officers looked through the windows and saw GRACE standing in the basement. He fit the description that the woman had given. After being ordered to come out of the house several times, he eventually walked out of the back door and was placed under arrest without incident.

Upon searching the vacant house, officers found a door that had been forced open.

GRACE was booked at the Ashby Police Department and was then taken to the State Police barracks in Leominster to be held on $140 bail.

He is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Ayer District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. 


Easton Fire Department Extinguishes Fire at Vacant Home

Easton Fire Department
Kevin Patridge, Fire Chief
413 Bay Road
South Easton, MA 02375

For Immediate Release

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299

Easton Fire Department Extinguishes Fire at Vacant Home

EASTON — Chief Kevin Partridge reports that the Easton Fire Department extinguished a fire at a vacant home on Washington Street (Route 138) Saturday morning.

At approximately 7:40 a.m., the Easton Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting that a home had heavy flames coming from the windows.

Firefighters responded to 276 Washington St. where the home had flames shooting from multiple windows.

Mutual aid was called for and firefighters from the Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Raynham fire departments responded to assist. The Brockton Fire Department provided station coverage for Easton.

Route 138 was closed and traffic was diverted by the Easton Police Department while the firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. 

It took about a half hour for the heavy flames to be knocked down and the fire was completely out by about 10 a.m.

The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated by the Easton Fire Department and State Police investigators assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

The home, which had been vacant since May, sustained heavy fire damage and is considered a total loss. The home did not have heat or water service at the time of the fire, however the house did have electricity.

No injuries were reported and the flames were prevented from spreading to any nearby homes.

Route 138 was reopened around 10 a.m.

Because the home is located across the street from a shopping plaza, the Easton Fire Department is asking for anyone that may have witnessed the fire to contact them at 508-208-0190.

“Our guys, and those who came on mutual aid, did a great job of containing and knocking this fire down as quickly as possible,” Chief Partridge said. “With multiple homes nearby, I was glad to see that there were no other properties damaged given how heavy the fire was upon arrival.”

Chief Partridge would also like to thank the Special Signal Fire Association Providence Canteen and the Mansfield Emergency Management Agency rehabilitation truck for responding and providing the firefighters with water and refreshments.


*Night Update* Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299

*Joint Release*

Bristol, Plymouth Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

Police and fire chiefs from Attleboro, Bridgewater, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Taunton and Whitman would like to provide residents with an evening update on where the communities stand regarding today’s storm since the update from this afternoon.

Please note that some communities have opened up warming shelters.

Snow has steadily been falling throughout the day and the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service was scheduled to end at 8 p.m. Snowfall is expected to be done in the region between midnight and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

As of 8 p.m., there were about 191,000 residents in the state without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outage map.

Now that it is dark, residents are still urged to stay off the roads as some areas are experiencing near-whiteout conditions.

Anyone who has an emergency should call 911.


Fire Chief Scott. T. Lachance reports that there were about 2,000 residents without power as of 7 p.m. National Grid crews were in the city working to restore electricity.

A warming station will is open at the South Attleboro fire station, 1476 South Ave. Use the shelter to charge cell phones and electronic devices and to stay warm if you are without power. Anyone with questions about the warming station can call the Attleboro Fire Department at 508-222-2325.

While there have been multiple trees and wires down, almost all roads in Attleboro are currently open.


Police Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that the police department responded to approximately 50 storm-related calls beginning at 8 a.m. today. The fire department also responded to a similar number of calls.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were 687 residents without power. At the height of the storm the town had over 3,000 outages.


Fire Chief Charles Doody reports that Canton had about 25 power outages as of 7:30 p.m.

In total, the fire department responded to 10 calls for service throughout the day.


Police Chief Scott Allen and Fire Chief Timothy Harhen report that the police and fire departments responded to nearly 60 calls for service in relation to the storm beginning at 7:30 a.m. today.

Most of the calls were for road hazards, such as fallen trees and wires. The fire department provided mutual aid to West Bridgewater for a structure fire this afternoon and went to another call for burned food.

National Grid was in town actively working to restore about 618 outages as of 7:30 p.m. Please note, there is a power outage at the end of Central Street near the Hanson line that may not have power by the morning. Crews are working to make repairs.

Residents needing shelter for the night can go to a Red Cross regional shelter at the First Congregational Church at 254 Main St. in Plympton or the Plymouth North High School at 41 Obery St. in Plymouth.

While all roads are currently open and passable in town, residents are warned to use extreme caution and only drive if it is absolutely necessary.


Fire Chief Kevin Partridge and Police Chief Gary Sullivan report that progress is being made in trying to get the number of power outages in Easton down. As of 5:40 p.m. there were about 1,900 residents without power. By 7:30 p.m that number was down to 866. National Grid has more than a dozen crews working in town.

The warming center at the Richardson-Olmsted Elementary School, 101 Lothrop St., will be open until 10 p.m. tonight. For details about the warming center or if you are in need of assistance, call the Easton Fire Department at 508-230-3311.

There were still a dozen streets in town that were closed because of road hazards as of 7:30 p.m.


Police Chief William Smith reports that Holbrook had three car crashes throughout the day — two where drivers collided with plow trucks and another where a driver struck a utility pole. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were about 35 residents without power, according the MEMA outage map.


Police Chief William Pace reports as of 7:30 p.m. only about 160 residents in town did not have electricity. Crews were working to make repairs.

Most of the calls for service that the police department responded to were for fallen trees and downed wires.


Police Chief James Donovan reports that the police department responded to three crashes throughout the day, including one where a driver collided with a plow truck on Route 138. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

Chief Donovan says that if residents must drive, they should be aware that the road surfaces are inconsistent and uneven and to use caution. He also warns that wind and snow drifts have cause some stop signs and traffic lights to be covered with snow.

Fire Chief James Januse reports that Raynham still has a small amount of scattered power outages throughout town. There are four roads in Raynham that are currently blocked with fallen trees and wires.

In total, the police department responded to 58 calls for service and the fire department went to 26 calls as of 7:30 p.m.


Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw reports that the fire department spent most of the day responding to downed trees and wires. There were also multiple crashes and a number of medical calls, some related to shoveling and snow blowing.

There are still areas without power in the city, but all issues were being addressed in a timely manner.

The fire department is currently staffing six engines and two ladders with a total of 30 firefighters tonight, which is about eight more than are on-duty than on a typical day.


Fire Chief Timothy Grenno reports that the Whitman Fire Department dealt with a variety of issues throughout the day including multiple fallen utility poles, trees that fell on cars and trees blocking roads.

As of 7:30 p.m. there was about 1 percent of the town without power.

A warming center will be opening up at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School at 9 a.m. for residents who need to utilize it.

Chief Grenno asks that residents shovel out fire hydrants that are near homes, which will help in the event of a fire.