Melrose Police Chief Speaks to Seniors about Missing Persons Program

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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

Melrose Police Chief Speaks to Seniors about Missing Persons Program

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle made a special visit to a local senior living home last week to inform residents and staff about the city’s missing persons program.

On June 14, Chief Lyle stopped by The Residence at Melrose Station, 158 Essex St., to give an overview of the Melrose Alert program, which was created by the police department in conjunction with the Council on Aging. The Melrose program was created after Chief Lyle recognized the need to increase the amount of time police have to search for a missing person and streamline the process for gathering information about individuals who have become lost or wander.

Melrose Alert enhances the state’s Silver Alert program at the local level, and is designed to pre-plan a rapid response to locate cognitively impaired residents, like those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who are at risk of wandering and becoming lost. This group of people must be treated as high-risk and police must respond as such.

The Melrose Alert program works by collecting vital information in a secured law enforcement database about the person, including any locations they are known to visit frequently and a current photograph. This information can then be used to enhance officers’ ability to locate loved ones who go missing, especially during the all-important first minutes and hours.

“Timing is critical when a loved one goes missing. Seconds can be the difference for this high risk group,” Chief Lyle said. “Often times it is hours before police receive a call that a person is missing, so with the Melrose Alert program, when a call comes in, we will already have the important information we need and can immediately begin looking for that person.”

All 15 residents who attended the presentation at The Residence at Melrose Station received an application to sign up for the Melrose Alert program. Residents who have a loved one that they would like to sign up for the program can do so here.

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Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. Program to Hold 12th Annual Conference

Woburn Police Department

Woburn Police Department
Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr
25 Harrison Ave.
Woburn, MA 01801

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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

Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. Program to Hold 12th Annual Conference

WOBURN — Leaders in law enforcement and healthcare will come together this week to discuss the latest information on prevention, education and treatment of substance abuse at the 12th Annual Woburn District Court Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (H.E.A.T.) Conference.

WHEN: 

Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Hilton Boston/Woburn, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn

WHO:

  • Stephen P. Wood, Acute Care Nurse, Emergency Department, Winchester Hospital will discuss Lahey Emergency Room current trends and vaping.
  • Michael Higgins, H.E.A.T Program Coordinator and Substance Abuse Coordinator, Billerica Town Hall will discuss his continued efforts in networking education and treatment and partnerships in the community.
  • Britte McBride, Commissioner of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, will discuss the new marijuana and THC Legislation and Laws.
  • Jennifer Faretra, Senior Program Director, Lahey Behavioral Health Services, will discuss the overview of detoxification.
  • Chief Timothy B. Sheehan from the Tewksbury Police Department will discuss the importance of community collaboration.
  • Michael McLaughlin, an addict in recovery, will discuss the path to recovery.
  • Pierce Aliberti will discuss the incredible efforts of youth in recovery.

WHAT: 

The 12th annual H.E.A.T. Conference is a gathering of professionals who will discuss how to best tackle the opioid crisis. The half-day meeting will consist of experts speaking on substance abuse treatment, prevention and enforcement.

Each year, the group comes together for its annual conference, but works tirelessly throughout the rest of the year to carry out its mission. The program is designed to educate the public, especially families and friends of those suffering from addiction, about heroin use and abuse trends among young people.

The H.E.A.T. program was founded by Vincent J. Piro and Michael P. Higgins, of the probation department of Woburn District Court and the police departments of the seven cities and towns under its jurisdiction. This includes Woburn, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington and Winchester.

H.E.A.T. is sponsored by Woburn District Court, the seven police departments served by the court, the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and AdCare Educational Institute.

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Melrose Police Investigating after Car Drives into House

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

Melrose Police Investigating after Car Drives into House

MELROSE — Melrose Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is investigating after a car crashed through the front door of a residence on Wednesday morning.

Melrose Police and Fire responded to 49 East Emerson St. at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, rescuers found a Ford sedan more than halfway through the entryway of the house.

The investigation indicates that the driver jumped a curb on East Emerson Street, ran over a street sign, crashed through the front porch/stairway of the home and finally through the door.

The driver, a 25-year-old Revere man, told police that he had been coming from a medical appointment nearby and suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.

The driver was treated at the scene but declined transportation to a hospital. No one inside the home was hurt.

The home sustained serious damages, but was not rendered structurally unstable.

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*Joint Release* Man Identified in Fatal Chelmsford Crash

Chelmsford Police Department
Chief James M. Spinney
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

*Joint Release* Man Identified in Fatal Chelmsford Crash

CHELMSFORD —  Chief of Police James Spinney and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have confirmed that Sidiclei Cleber Schmidt, 39, of Lowell, has died following a two-car motor vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Chelmsford.

At approximately 3:08 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, Chelmsford Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Westford Street in Chelmsford. Upon arrival, authorities located the driver of the Subaru, Schmidt, who had sustained life-threatening injuries, and the driver of an SUV, who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries on scene. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals, where Schmidt later died.

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Chelmsford Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed.

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