SHARON POLICE PRESS RELEASE
On May 13, 2013 at 4:50PM a High Plain Street resident called 911 to report an attempted housebreak. The resident was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect motor vehicle. A very short time later Sharon Police Officer Richard Derry observed this vehicle operating on Edgehill Road. He stopped the vehicle and after further investigation three individuals were arrested.
All three were held overnight and arraigned at the Stoughton District Court on May 14th on the following charges:
In addition Mr. Winslow was also charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle After License Suspension and having an expired Inspection Sticker.
Sgt. Cameron along with Officers Mannetta, Kraus, and Allman assisted with the arrests and investigation.
On May 9, 2013 at approximately 2:55 pm this department received a 911 call from a Massapoag Avenue resident who reported his residence had just been broken into and the suspect vehicle had fled on Massapoag Ave towards Sharon Center. The resident was able to give an excellent description of the vehicle as it fled the area. A very short time later the vehicle was observed on Pond Street by Officer Brian Mannetta. With assistance from Lt. John Ford the vehicle was stopped just past Ames Street. As a result of this stop two individuals (see below) were arrested and charged with this housebreak. The items taken from the house were recovered in the vehicle. Other officers assisting with this incident included Officers Brad Fitzhenry, Gus Patino, Joseph Deberadinis and Detective Scott Leonard.
Both will be arraigned on May 10, 2013 at the Stoughton District Court for Breaking and Entering in the Daytime with Intent to Commit a Felony, Larceny Over $250, and Receiving Stolen Property over $250
The week of May 13th – May 18th is National Police Week, and May 15th is National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, a time to honor and remember our country's law enforcement officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. Presently there are more than nineteen thousand names inscribed on the granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., thirty three of those names were deaths occurring in 2012 and forty one more names have already been added for 2013. Each officer's death is a true tragedy and a reminder of the extreme danger that comes along with wearing the badge. In the year 1966, Sharon Auxiliary Police Officer Stratford B. Allen was struck by an automobile while directing traffic at a Fourth of July carnival at Deborah Sampson Park and succumbed to his injuries on July 6, 1966. He was seventy four years old at the time of his death. He was a vibrant man, well loved and respected and had volunteered his services to the police department for more than twenty years. Please take a moment to reflect on the great sacrifice made by Officer Allen and his family, as well as all the fallen officers and their survivors.
I Read His Name upon the Wall
I read his name upon the wall,
My brother in blue who gave his all,
Remembered the funeral, like it was yesterday,
When so many gathered at the site of his grave.
And the bagpipers played "Amazing Grace",
Tears fell like rain on near every face,
The sight of his son standing tall in a suit,
Who tried not to flinch with the rifle's salute.
The mournful sound as the bugler played taps,
And the lump in my throat when the echo played back,
The pain in the eyes of his widowed wife,
Tragically robbed of the love of her life.
Yet still found the strength to sit straight in her chair,
When presented the flag that was folded with care,
And the heads that were bowed in that vast crowd of blue,
Whispered prayers for their brother and his family too.
He had been true to the oath and honored his shield,
Faced danger with courage, refusing to yield,
So others could live, our brother did fall,
And so I read his name upon the wall.
Deputy Chief J. J. McGrath, Sharon Police Department
Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day and Night
Sharon 2013 High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Begins May 20
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Sharon Police are urging everyone to buckle up.~~ The Sharon Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and other local departments will take part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2 and crack down on motorists who are not belted.
“As we kick-off~ the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Chief Joseph Bernstein.~ “Our officers are also prepared to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts – Click It or Ticket.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over half of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were unbelted at the time of the crash. Those deaths were more prevalent at night than during the daytime.~
Tragically, these national statistics are mirrored locally.~ According to the NHTSA, 54 percent of people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2011 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up,” said Chief Bernstein. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt – every trip, every time.”
NHTSA estimates 11,949 lives nationwide were saved by using seatbelts. ~This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 through June 2 but officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
For more on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
Three Sharon Police Officers were deployed to Boston last week to bolster and assist law enforcement activities since the Boston Marathon bombings. Those officers joined other officers assigned to the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council in various capacities including SWAT, Motorcycle Operations, and general assistance including during President Obama's visit.
Metro LEC is a consortium of 42 law enforcement agencies and two sheriff's departments in the metropolitan Boston area, incorporated expressly to provide regional support services to its member police departments and the communities they serve. The consortium has hundreds of officers assigned to respond and assist agencies who have incidents in their communities that will require resources beyond their normal capacity.
On April 9, 2013 a diamond ring was found near Sharon Center and turned into this department. The owner is unknown at this time. Please call this department at 784-1586 if you have any information regarding its owner or believe it may be yours. The ring will have to be properly described by its rightful owner. Reference case #360904.
The Sharon Police Department wishes to let residents know of the availability of the Lojack Safety Net device. The device is basically a bracelet that tracks missing people like the elderly (such as Alzheimer's) and children with special needs(such as Autism). The device is specifically for people who tend to wander away from their homes and become lost. It gives the ability to track down and locate people in a very short period of time while hopefully keeping them out of harms way. Any Sharon resident who is interested in learning more about this program should contact Officer Andrew Pacino at 781-784-1586 for more information.
On March 2, 2013 at approximately 1023am a Sharon resident reported his South Main Street residence had just been broken into and the suspect vehicle fled the area. While fleeing the area this vehicle nearly struck the resident. He was on foot at the time and was not injured. He was able to obtain a description of the vehicle and both individuals who were involved. Sergeant Hugh Cameron, Officer Paul Hertzberg and Detective Kevin Bishop responded to the scene. The house was not entered but a rear door was
damaged. Further investigation by Detective Bishop led to an arrest warrant for Laurabeth Digirolamo (age 32 of 51 Mechanic Street in Foxboro) charging her with:
She was subsequently arrested on this warrant on March 7, 2013 at her residence by Sharon Police Detectives (Leonard/Bishop) with assistance from the Foxboro Police Department. She was later taken to Stoughton District Court for arraignment. The case remains under active investigation and a second arrest is anticipated for this incident.
Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely and Soberly
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
[Sharon] — As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that the Sharon Police Department will increase enforcement from December 14, 2012 to January 1, 2013, arresting anyone caught driving impaired. The Sharon Police Department will join more than 48 local law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police through the New Year as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.
“We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving,” said Chief of Police Joseph Bernstein. “Don’t let your 2012 end in an arrest or worse, death. It’s not worth the risk!”
Massachusetts saw 314 fatalities in traffic crashes in 2010, of which 39% (124 crashes), involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to NHTSA.
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities. We want everyone to be safe on our roadways.” said Chief
Bernstein. “That’s why we will step up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. If you are caught operating under the influence, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
We recommend these tips for a safe holiday season:
For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety
On August 29, 2012 at approximately 0934 hrs the Sharon Police Department responded to a Mountain Street residence for a report of a suspicious bottle in a mailbox. Upon further investigation it was determined to be a small explosive device that did not activate. There was no damage or injuries. The case remains under investigation by this department and investigators from the State Police Bomb Squad assigned to the State Fire Marshals Office.
After further investigation by Sharon Police Detective Kevin Bishop two individuals were identified as having been directly involved in the above incident along with a second mailbox incident on Mountain Street the same day. Both males are 18 years of age and reside in Foxboro and Brockton. The mailboxes were picked at random and the two did not know the homeowners. The idea to do this came from something seen on the internet. Both will be summonsed to court on two counts of Possession of a Hoax Device
After a lengthy investigation by Sharon Police Detective Kevin Bishop a local resident was arrested on August 16, 2012 and faces multiple charges.
The male (Alexander Fotopoulos, age 21 of 47 Pond Street-Apt 107) was arrested on the following charges:
Property over $250. This was also a break into a neighboring apartment on Pond Street on January 27, 2012.
Damage to Property. This was for breaking into an office, damage to storage bins, theft from washer/dryer coin dispensers located inside a Pond Street apartment complex during the week of August 20, 2012.
Mr. Fotopoulos was held overnight at the Sharon Police Department on $2500 bail and arraigned on August 17, 2012 at the Stoughton District Court. He was held by the court and is due back in court on October 12, 2012.
On Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:41pm, Sharon Police Dispatcher Margaret Patino received a 911 call from a resident of Beaver Brook Rd. reporting a breaking and entering of her home. The victim stated she had just returned home and was entering her front door when she was confronted by the suspect who was attempting to flee through the very same egress. She described the suspect as a white male with dark hair, wearing plaid shorts and a white tee shirt, carrying a bag containing numerous pieces of jewelry belonging to her. She said she attempted to stop the suspect to retrieve her belongings but he was able to push her out of the way and run past her out the door, and then disappeared in the wooded area behind her home.
Police units immediately responded to the scene and a request for a Police K-9 Search Unit was initiated resulting in the quick response of Norfolk County Deputy Sheriff Brian Bersani and his K-9, “Basko” Sharon Police Officers established a perimeter in the immediate area while the K-9 successfully tracked the suspect’s path of flight through the woods to a home on Edge Hill Rd... Motorcycle Officer Joseph Deberadinis observed a suspicious male emerge from the rear of a home on Edgehill Rd. which backs up to Beaver Brook Rd. and confronted that subject who denied any involvement in the crime. Shortly thereafter, the victim positively identified the male questioned by Officer Deberadinis as the suspect who broke into her home. The suspect, 23 year old Jonathan Deneault of 31 Edge Hill Rd., Sharon, was placed under arrest at that time. Sharon Police Detective Kevin Bishop obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence which resulted in the seizure of evidence of the crime.
Jonathan Deneault was detained at Sharon Police Headquarters overnight and was arraigned at Stoughton District Court on the morning of August 14, 2012. He was charged with Breaking & Entering in The Daytime, Placing in Fear, and Assault & Battery over 60.
Responding officers were; Patrolman Brad Fitzhenry, Patrolman Gus Patino, Motorcycle Patrolman Joseph Deberadinis, Lieutenant John Ford, Detective Patrolman Kevin Bishop, Detail Patrolman Jeffrey Penders, Norfolk County Deputy Sheriff Brian Bersani and his K-9 “Basko”.
“This is an example of outstanding teamwork between Sharon Police Department Officers, the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department and last, but definitely not least, the cool headed victim who gave us a detailed description of the suspect and then positively identified him. She did a fantastic job in a moment when many would have been frozen in fear.”
The Sharon Police department has a drug disposal container located in the front lobby of the Police Station, 213 South Main Street. Various types of medications that are left in your medicine cabinet, are abused by teens and young adults. Also, improper disposal of the medications can have an adverse effect on our water supply. Expired, unused, or unwanted prescription and over the counter medications can be placed in the container. This includes pills, creams, liquids, etc. No needles or bloody medical waste should be placed in the container. The Sharon Fire Department has a container for needles in their lobby located at 92 South Main Street. The container is available 24/7 and no paperwork needs to be filled out. If you have any questions about this service you can contact Officer Steve Fontes 781-784-1587.
On May 19 and 20, 2012 the Sharon Police Department conducted its fifth "Junior Cadet Academy" at the Sharon Police Station. The program is designed for middle school aged youth to see "inside" the Sharon Police Department and how we function. Twenty one were chosen out of numerous applications with classroom space being a limiting factor. The applicant's responses to questions on the application were reviewed to help determine who would be selected.
The cadets received an extensive tour of the police station while observing demonstrations of the various functions a police officer performs. These included a firearms demonstration, police equipment review, arrest booking procedures, crime scene investigation, canine narcotics demonstration, CPR, radar demonstration, motor vehicle stop procedures and field sobriety testing. Some of the training was interactive allowing for the cadets to actually do some "hands on" activity.
Upon graduating from the two day academy all cadets received certificates, cadet tee shirts and a Sharon Police Department patch. Each will also receive a graduation photograph. At the conclusion of their training a pizza party was enjoyed by the cadets, their parents, and Sharon Police Officers who provided the training. The cadets were: Jenna Kranseler, Sophia Pandelidis, Vani Gupta, Pooja Puttigampala, Alexa Levitt, Renee Yang, Ashley Mukasa, Olivia Bobek, Madison Marshall, Tess Gunolah, Leeanne Germain, Kristina Zacharakis, Laura Shrago, Craig Titus, Andrew Filipowski,, Ben Zirps, Keson John, Joseph Wright and Joey Dowler. The academy was greatly enjoyed by those who attended. The academy was set up and organized by Sharon Police School Resource Officer Michael Hocking under the direction of Lt. Tilden Kaufman. He was assisted by Officer Gus Patino, Officer Anthony Lucie, Officer Richard Derry, Officer Joseph Deberadinis, Detective Scott Leonard, and Sharon Special Police Officer/Dispatcher Margaret Patino. The Sharon Fire Department (FF Kurt Simpson, FF Dave Martin, Captain John McLean) also assisted with a First Responder portion of the academy. Massachusetts's Department of Corrections Sergeant's Mark O'Reilly and Robert Jaillet provided a K9 demonstration.
The Sharon Police Department wishes to thank the Massapoag Sportsmen's Club for the use of their facilities.
On April 30, 2012 at approximately 0310 hrs while on patrol Sharon Police Officer Jeffrey Penders observed damage to the rear of Pizza Market at the Heights Plaza. Further investigation revealed that a break in had occurred. With assistance from Officer Andrew Pacino and Sergeant Donald Williams (along with Foxborough Police and State Police) The area was secured. Alexander Fotopoulos (Age 20 of 11 Mayflower Rd in Holbrook) was arrested inside Pizza Market without incident. The cash register was broken into and money strewn about inside along with other damage caused by Fotopoulos.
He will be charged with the following at Stoughton District Court at his arraignment today:
On March 7, 2012 members of the Sharon Police Department (Detectives Scott Leonard and Kevin Bishop with assistance from Officer Gus Patino) arrested Christine Haidar (age 36) at her 19 Gannett Terrace residence on two arrest warrants. One of the warrants was from the Sharon Police Department charging her with two counts of Receiving Stolen Property. The second warrant was for Shoplifting issued out of the West Roxbury District Court. The Sharon Police Department warrant linked Haidar to jewelry stolen from two residential housebreaks that occurred in Sharon over the past two weeks. Haidar was arraigned on the warrants at the Stoughton District Court on March 7, 2012. Sharon Police detectives are continuing to actively investigate these cases. Anyone with any further information is asked to contact the Sharon Police Department at 781-784-1586.
At Approximately 0033 hours on Sunday, February 19, 2012 the Sharon Police Department responded to a Lyndon Road residence on a reported large house party and disturbance called in by a neighbor. Upon arrival, shift officers (Penders, Santoli, Lucie, Sgt. Williams) noted a large number of people leaving the area and learned that a graduation party (all over 21 years old) was taking place when a large number of uninvited individuals showed up. These people were asked to leave by the resident and several altercations ensued outside of the residence. During the course of this incident two males were stabbed and five males stated they were struck by a motor vehicle leaving the party. None of the injuries were life threatening and all were treated and released at the Norwood Hospital Emergency Room. This department is following several leads and the case is under active investigation. One of the victims is from Sharon. The others are from Boston, Brockton, and Walpole. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sharon Police Detective Kevin Bishop at 781-784-1586.
On 2/2/12 at approximately 1046 a.m. the Sharon Police Department received a report that a housebreak had just occurred at a Howard Farm Road residence. A neighbor observed a white male (early 20's, dirty blond hair, clean cut, wearing jeans) fleeing from the rear of her neighbor's house. The house had been entered by kicking in the back door causing the house alarm to go off. Missing at this time are several pieces of jewelry. A thorough area search was conducted by the Sharon PD with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit with negative results. The case remains under investigation by the Sharon Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact this department at 781-784-1587.
On January 11, 2012 shortly after 1pm this department received a call to respond to Shaw's Plaza in Sharon regarding a stolen motor vehicle. The caller stated he had spotted a motor vehicle with two males inside that he personally knew was stolen from Canton on January 10, 2012. Sharon Police Officer's Adam Leavitt and Michael Balestra responded and upon arrival located the caller and vehicle in question. The caller was a friend of the motor vehicle's owner and spotted the vehicle traveling in Canton. He followed the vehicle to Shaw's Plaza while calling 911. Two individuals were subsequently arrested at the scene (see below) and charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $250 (Motor Vehicle). Both were held overnight at the Sharon PD and arraigned at the Stoughton District Court on January 12, 2012. State Police also assisted at the scene.