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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.
Tyler Zanco, 17, found shot in parking lot last week
Police said they are looking for two men wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Waltham high school student last week.
Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was found shot in a Waltham parking lot on Middlesex Circle at about 10 p.m. on March 20. He was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson said Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, is wanted on charges of murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Mendes is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton, is wanted on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws, police said.
Poulin is described as white, 6 feet tall and weighing 220 pounds. He may be driving a black 2002 Ford Explorer.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the men is urged to call Waltham police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police detectives at 781-897-6600.
ShotSpotter system uses senors to alert police to gunfire
WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester is the latest Massachusetts community to install a gunshot detection system.
Worcester police expect to have the ShotSpotter system up and running Wednesday and plan an online chat Thursday to answer questions from the public.
The technology uses sensors to alert police when gunfire occurs. The system, already in use in Springfield and Boston, helps determine the number of shots, the area where they are located and time of the gunfire.
Chief Gary Gemme tells The Telegram & Gazette the six square miles covered by the system include the Main South, Grafton Hill and Shrewsbury Street neighborhoods and the Canal District.
Gemme says controlled gunshots will be fired in sand barrels Wednesday to test the system.
Worcester has had an average of 30 shootings per year recently.
Angel Orengo to be arraigned
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A man described by Springfield police as a major drug supplier to the region is headed to court.
Angel Orengo is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court on drug and gun charges following his arrest late last week.
The Republican reports that police executing a search warrant raided the 26-year-old Orengo’s home at about 8:30 p.m. Friday and seized $15,000 worth of heroin, most packaged for sale, a stolen gun and $107,000 in cash.
Police also found packaging materials, scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Orengo was described by investigators be a high-level drug dealer responsible for supplying heroin to dealers throughout western Massachusetts.
Orengo was held over the weekend and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.
110 guns seized in 2014
BOSTON — Boston police arrested five people and seized nine illegal guns in a 15-hour span starting Friday, officials said.
Police first recovered four guns, ammunition and a ballistic vest from a backpack inside a trash can at Thetford Avenue and Evans Street in Dorchester at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Later that night at 47 Topliff St. in Mattapan, police said they seized seized three guns and 15 plastic bags of marijuana while executing a search warrant. Jesor Brown, 19, of Roslindale; James Edwards, 22, of Dorchester; and Jesus Gonzalez, 23, of Dorchester were arrested on various firearm and drug charges.
Police said at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday they recovered two handguns during a motor vehicle stop at Carmen and Radcliffe streets in Dorchester. Lino Cook, 22, of Dorchester, and Rickie Thompson, 29, of Mattapan, were arrested for violating auto laws and firearm charges.
“Reducing violence in our neighborhood starts with taking illegal guns off of our streets,” Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.
Police have seized 110 firearms in Boston in 2014.
1 person killed on Itasca Street
BOSTON — One person was shot to death on a Mattapan street late Thursday night, Boston Police said.
The shooting took place on Itasca Street at about 11:30 p.m. The name of the person killed was not immediately released by police.
The shooting is under investigation by Boston police homicide detectives.