Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Local police agencies will now have access to more information on prison inmates.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, January 9
Middlesex County law enforcement agencies now have an additional tool to fight crime—more and easier access to information about prison inmates. The Middlesex County Sheriff's office recently unveiled MIDNet, the Massachusetts Inmate Data Network, which allows police officers to access information on inmates in hopes of bolstering public safety, according to the Sheriff's office. MIDNet allows officers to find information on an inmate's status, charges, identifying marks, aliases and other information from other correctional facilities, including state Department of Correction facilties. As of Dec. 19, 39 out of 54 Middlesex County communities had enrolled in the program. “We, as police officers, have known for years that there is a …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is organizing efforts to improve support programs for corrections officers.
Corrections officers face many dangers in their work environment, but none may be more serious than the stresses they endure from years of working in such an extreme setting. To improve the health and wellness of corrections officers nationwide, the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office is launching a campaign to better support officers who feel the heavy burden of their jobs. One part of the effort will be a conference to share ways to assist corrections officers facing mental or physical job-related stresses, according to the Sheriff's Office. The conference will host experts from across the country to discuss the causes and consequences stemming from a prison work environment. The Sheriff's office, in partnership with the National Sheriff…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, accompanied by a few local officials, visited with seniors at the Fuller House in Melrose Thursday morning.
We've all gotten the emails or the phone calls: a Nigerian prince wants to cut you in on a multi-million dollar diamond deal, a Middle Eastern oil company just found out you have stock in their business, or a Chinese textile company shows that you are the new heir to its vast, centuries-old fortune. “If it sounds too good to be true,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, warning a room full of Melrose seniors at the Fuller House Thursday morning, “it probably is” responded Koutoujian and the crowd in unison. Koutoujian was at the elderly care facility to talk about the latest inclusion of his new TRIAD program, an initiative he spearheads aimed at helping seniors avoid being scammed over the phone, online and through the mail. The …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian will be in Melrose at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Fuller House, 101 Cottage St.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian will be in Melrose at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Fuller House, 101 Cottage St., according to a press statement from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Koutoujian will speak with seniors about the role of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, the office’s new TRIAD program and how it can benefit residents, according to the statement. He will also discuss ways seniors can protect themselves from fraud. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Kevin Maccioli at 781-960-2805 or 978-726-7825.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. Wednesday on Treble Cove Road in Billerica.
The Middlesex County deputy sheriff who was found dead after an early-morning, single-car crash in Billerica Wednesday died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to the Lowell Sun. The Middlesex County Sheriff’s office has identified the deputy as Edward “Teddy” Dillon III, 27, of Lowell, but has not commented on his cause of death. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s office has only said that his death was not suspicious and no charges are being filed, according to the Sun report. Dillon’s police cruiser, which sustained heavy front-end damage, was found at 4 a.m. on Treble Cove Road in Billerica. He was on duty at the time of the incident. Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian released the following statement about …
The single-car crash happened Wednesday at 4 a.m. on Treble Cove Road in Billerica. The name of the driver has not been released.
Middlesex County Sheriff's employee Edward “Teddy” Dillon III, 27 of Lowell, was killed in a crash in Billerica this morning. Dillon was a member of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, which serves Melrose, since 2008. Dillon worked the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at the Middlesex House of Correction in Billerica. His job included conducting routine perimeter checks of the facility and nearby Middlesex Sheriff’s Office property. The Sheriff's office issued the following statement: “My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the entire Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, go out to Officer Dillon’s family, friends and colleagues. We know the work of correction officers is difficult and dangerous, but that does nothing to ease the pain and shock when we …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Details of possible "pay-to-play" contributions emerged in an investigation by the State Attorney General's Office into the actions of former Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola.
The State House News Service reported today that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has closed the investigation into the Middlesex Sheriff's Office under the late James DiPaola without any criminal charges, despite evidence of a "pay-to-play culture." After a series of conflict of interest fines levied against Middle Sheriff's Office employees over the past year (see previous articles below), one last fine has been levied: a $4,000 fine against DiPaola's sister and campaign treasurer, Patricia Covelle, according to the State House News Service. Yesterday, Fox 25 News reported that Covelle was discussing a deal with the Attorney General's Office and that if she took the deal, she'd pay a fine but not face criminal prosecution …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Senior Deputy Sheriff Michael Jackson admitted to soliciting donations for a campaign fundraiser for then-Sheriff James DiPaola from subordinate employees during work hours.
A senior deputy sheriff in the Middlesex Sheriff's Office paid a $5,000 fine after admitting to soliciting donations for a campaign fundraiser for then-Sheriff James DiPaola from subordinate office employees during work hours, a violation of the state's conflict of interest law, the State Ethics Commission announced in a press release. According to a disposition agreement in which Jackson admitted to the violation, the Ethic Commission said, Jackson decided to hold a campaign fundraiser for DiPaola in October 2009 and then solicited Middlesex Sheriff's Office employees, most of whom were his subordinates, at the office during work hours. The fundraiser was held on Oct. 14, 2009 at Jackson’s home; was attended by 30 people, most of whom …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Middlesex District Attorney's Office alleges that Michael Dell'Isola accepted cocaine and $500 from an undercover Mass State Trooper.
A sergeant with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department was arraigned Wednesday on drug charges after he allegedly received cocaine and money from an undercover state trooper, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced in a press release. Michael Dell’Isola, 51, of Somerville, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on a charge of trafficking cocaine. First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day ordered the defendant held on $1,000 cash bail. His next court date is July 20 for a pretrial conference. In April 2011, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office received information regarding Dell'Isola's alleged trafficking, the press release said. Based on that information, the State Police …