VIDEOS: Easton Police Seek to Identify Man who Broke into Knights of Columbus Building

Easton Police Department
Chief Gary F. Sullivan
46 Lothrop St.
North Easton, MA 02356

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

VIDEO: Easton Police Seek to Identify Man who Broke into Knights of Columbus Building

EASTON — Chief Gary Sullivan reports that the Easton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into the Knights of Columbus building and stole a cash register earlier this month.

At approximately 4 a.m., on Friday, July 6, Easton Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Knights of Columbus function hall and bar, 375 Foundry St.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a side window had been broken. The officers entered the building to find that the cash register had been stolen and an unknown amount of cash was taken.

The subsequent investigation and review of the building’s security footage shows a masked man crawl in through the window, climb over the bar and then leave through a door while carrying the cash register.

The man fled in an unknown direction. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him.

If anyone has information about the break in or can identify the man in the video, they are asked to please call Easton Police at 508-230-3322.

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Photos: Littleton Police Department Youth Academy Gives Kids Real World Look at Officer Training

Littleton Police

Littleton Police Department
Matthew J. Pinard, Chief of Police
500 Great Road,
Littleton, MA 01460

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Littleton Police Department Youth Academy Gives Kids Real World Look at Officer Training

LITTLETON — Chief Matthew J. Pinard is pleased to announce that the Littleton Police Department hosted its annual Student Police Academy last week.

The Student Police Academy is a week-long program for kids in grades six through eight, featuring an in-depth and interactive look at the roles and responsibilities of police officers.

Littleton’s academy, which graduated its seventh class on July 13, includes an extensive set of demonstrations and lessons from all corners of law enforcement and public safety.

Detective John Janakos oversaw this year’s academy, along with Reserve Officer Ashley Pinard, and led junior cadets through lessons on traffic and criminal laws, crime scene processing, investigative tactics and special operations.

The academy also mimicked the physical rigor of a true police academy, with Detective Patrick O’Donoghue and Officer Jesse Bowen serving as drill instructors for their respective platoons.

The two platoons of six cadets each visited with the Littleton Fire Department, where they learned about the tasks firefighters are charged with every day. Cadets also observed demonstrations by the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT team and the NEMLEC Motor Unit. The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing made a special visit, landing on the field behind Littleton Police headquarters.

“Just about every member of our department played a role in giving our junior cadets a great experience last week, and I’m extremely proud of their work to continue supporting this program,” Chief Pinard said. “Our youth academy lets kids participate in everything that real police officers experience at a six-month academy in just five days.”

The academy was launched in 2012 by Chief Matthew Pinard, who was a Sergeant at the time, and Detective Sgt. Pablo Fernandez.

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Registration Closing Soon for Holbrook Junior Police Academy

Holbrook Police Department
William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Registration Closing Soon for Holbrook Junior Police Academy

HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith is reminding the community that registration for the Holbrook Junior Police Academy will be closing at the end of the week, and there are only a few spots left.

The academy is open to students entering sixth and seventh grade, and will be held at the new Holbrook Middle High School campus July 30-Aug. 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The program is offered through the department’s Community Outreach Program, which features various events and services throughout the year meant to strengthen ties with Holbrook residents.

During the junior academy, students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, drug awareness and first responder skills, as well as physical training sessions and field trips.

“There are only a few spots left for our first junior police academy so make sure to get your applications in soon,” said Community Outreach Officer Michael Eshner. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn all about what it means to be a police officer in a fun and hands-on way — we’re hoping to have a great turnout!”

The cost for registration is $50 which covers operating costs and a student uniform that will be issued to each junior officer and is required to be worn each day of the academy.

Registration is open through Friday, July 20 on a first come, first served basis with priority given to Holbrook residents.

Applications are available online by clicking here, or at the front desk at the police station. For more information, click here for a copy of the academy flyer.

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Bedford Police Warn of Scam Involving Fraudulent FDA Warning Letters 

Bedford Police Department
John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Bedford Police Warn of Scam Involving Fraudulent FDA Warning Letters 

BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski and the Bedford Police Department would like to alert residents to a growing scam in which criminals target people who have tried to purchase medicines online or over the phone.

In a warning released Friday, July 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has become aware of a scheme in which consumers receive fraudulent warning letters from the FDA instead of the drug products they ordered online or by phone.

The letters, which appear to come from the FDA and/or the Federal Trade Commission, claim the FDA has determined the recipient has committed a drug law violation based on an inspection of their drug shipment and their social media accounts. The letters also threaten recipients with a continued investigation and possible criminal charges. While the FDA does use letters to ensure compliance, those letters are not regularly sent to consumers themselves.

Any consumers who believe they may have received a fake warning letter should email FDAInternetPharmacyTaskForce-CDER@fda.hhs.gov with as much information as possible about the letter and its packaging, including sending photos or scanned documents to help aid in the FDA’s ongoing investigation of the scam.

Bedford residents are also asked to notify Bedford Police if they receive such a letter. The Bedford Police Department has not yet received any reports regarding this scam.

In addition to being the target of scams like these, consumers who buy medicines from illegal online pharmacies may be putting their health at risk. The products purchased from illegal online pharmacies, while marketed as authentic, may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or otherwise unsafe. Consumers using illegal online pharmacies also run the risk of having their financial data exposed to cyber criminals.

“Residents should take extreme care when purchasing medications online, and ensure that they’re only ever obtaining medicine from legitimate sources,” Chief Bryfonski said. “I hope everyone will take caution, both when purchasing their medication and when evaluating the legitimacy of official-looking correspondence.”

To learn more, residents are encouraged to seek out the FDA’s BeSafeRx campaign, which educates consumers and health care professionals about the health risks of buying prescription medicine through fake online pharmacies and to help current and potential online pharmacy consumers to make informed purchasing decisions. The FDA also provides extensive information about making safe online purchases, which you can access by clicking here.

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