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Gerald Taddeo pleads not guilty to larceny, breaking and entering
Police in Chelmsford say they just had to follow the footprints to find a break-in suspect.
The Lowell Sun reports that Gerald Taddeo, 20, of Chelmsford, has pleaded not guilty to larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a building during the daytime. Police say he broke into a next-door neighbor’s home on Biscayne Drive on March 28 and stole $1,100 from a dresser and a safe containing guns and ammunition, according to The Sun.
A witness out running told police that she saw someone walking out of the victim’s backyard and toward Taddeo’s house, The Sun stated.
When police investigated, they just had to follow the size 12 1/2 boot prints.
“The footprints went from Taddeo’s backyard to the back door of the (victim’s) house,” police wrote, according to The Sun.
Police told The Sun that they found the stolen firearms in Taddeo’s house. A friend also told police that Taddeo asked him to keep a lookout in exchange for cigarettes and a tank of gas.
Foundation deciding what to do with $11 million in donations
Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter’s home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation received more than 1,600 responses to the survey it released Monday on town residents’ unmet needs in the wake of the December 2012 shootings. The foundation has been deciding how to distribute more than $11 million in donations made in response to the shootings, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.
While most of the survey responses said money for mental health counseling and other family expenses are top priorities, a small percentage of community members mentioned funds to buy and tear down Adam Lanza’s home, said Jennifer Barahona, the foundation’s executive director. She said several people who live near the Lanza house said in the survey that it should be razed.
“That’s not something we’re considering at this time,” Barahona said. “It’s really outside of our scope.”
The house in Newtown is where Lanza, 20, lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza, and shot her to death before the school killings. It’s about 5 miles from the school, which has been demolished as part of the plan to build a new building on the same property. Adam Lanza killed himself at the school as police arrived.
Nancy Lanza’s property remains tied up in probate court proceedings. After her death, it was turned over to her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, and their other son, Ryan, according to court documents. Town records show the 3,200-square-foot colonial home and 2-acre property has an appraised value of about $524,000.
Lawyers in the probate case didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday seeking comment.
“There really is nothing we can do,” Barahona said. “The estate is in probate and it’s likely to be there for years to come. I also imagine there would be lawsuits against the estate at some point.”
There have been no talks among town officials about buying the property or doing anything with it, First Selectman Pat Llodra’s office said.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has about $4 million left after giving more than $7 million to the 40 families most affected by the shootings.
The foundation recently approved $200,000 in spending. That includes $75,000 for out-of-pocket mental health costs for families, $75,000 for a “financial needs fund” for those affected by the shootings, $40,000 for public education and training on how to respond to signs of trauma and other mental health concerns, and $10,000 for community-wide educational programming.
By Eli Sherman/Wicked Local
Police have captured one of the two suspects in last week’s fatal shooting of a Waltham teenager, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Wicked Local reported that police arrested Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton on Wednesday night in Windham, Maine.
Poulin was wanted in connection with the killing of Waltham High School senior Tyler Zanco, 17, who was found shot in the Gardencrest Apartments parking lot Thursday, March 20.
He was pronounced dead at Newton-Wellesley Hospital that night.
Poulin is slated to be arraigned Friday at 1 p.m. in Portland District Court on fugitive from justice charges.
He faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection with the Waltham homicide.
Police were able to track Poulin down in Maine based on information obtained by Waltham Police and state troopers.
If extradition is proven appropriate, he will be taken to Waltham District Court for a second arraignment on the charges he faces in Massachusetts.
The DA’s office wouldn’t speculate on when the Waltham arraignment would happen, but a spokeswoman was certain it wouldn’t be Friday.
Police continue to search for Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, who is also wanted in connection with Zanco’s killing.
Mendes is wanted for murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches in height and about 165 pounds, according to the DA’s office.
Mendes is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees or encounters Mendes is advised to call 911 immediately.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Waltham Police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 781-897-6600.