Friday, July 20, 2012
Five people, including one Wakefield resident, are accused of conspiring to get two defendants acquitted in a case of insurance fraud that involved those five and one other person.
A Wakefield resident was arrested and arraigned along with four others on Thursday on charges of obstructing justice and throwing a criminal trial. The Attorney General's office says charges of witness corruption, perjury, persuading another person to commit perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy were sought after each individual testified in a criminal trial for insurance fraud, but contradicted their earlier statements to investigators and their own guilty pleas. The AG's office says Deanna Pistone, 29, of Wakefield, Peabody residents David Forlizzi, 52, and Janet Vaccari, 51, William Penta, 49, of Salem, and Laura Battista, 63, of Revere, all conspired together to obtain the acquittal of two defendants in the March 2012 trial, …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wakefield Police pieced together information from the victim and witnesses to arrest a Stoneham man on a breaking and entering charge on Monday afternoon.
Wakefield Police arrested a Stoneham man for allegedly breaking into an Albion Street home on Monday afternoon. Police arrested Cory Ash, 22, of Stoneham, MA on a house break and a larceny charge after he was tracked to his Stoneham home by Wakefield detectives. Around 3 p.m. on Monday, police were called to an Albion Street residence for a report of breaking and entering into a home. The victim told police that he had returned home after being gone for a few hours to find a male intruder inside his home, on the second floor. The victim said that a backback and a bedroom had been ransacked. The victim chased the suspect out of his home and onto the street, and the suspect took off running down West Street, the victim told police. The …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Authorities say Lynn resident Joseph Wright, 23, killed his mother and grandmother and dumped their bodies behind a Saugus elementary school near the Lynn border.
Police have arrested a suspect in the nearby Saugus dual homicide that unflolded yesterday morning, when two bodies were found behind an elementary school in Saugus. Authorities say Lynn resident Joseph Wright, 23, killed his mother and grandmother and dumped their bodies behind a Saugus elementary school near the Lynn border. District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Wright was taken into custody as he attempted to cross the United States-Canadian border. Read more of the story from the Saugus Daily Item.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wakefield Police are investigating a case of vandalism on Prospect Street.
Wakefield Police Log for Thursday, April 26, 2012 The following information was supplied by the Wakefield Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. Featured item: - A resident of Prospect Street reported that someone vandalized her home by throwing a brick at her front door sometime overnight on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Police said it didn't appear to be an attempt to gain entry and there were no pry marks on the door. Other incidents: 3:37 p.m. - A caller reported finding a car that appeared to have been vandalized overnight while it was parked on Valley Street. Police arrived and found the car had its tires slashed and appeared to have been keyed. The car's owner was …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Norton Police arrested a man suspected of robbing four banks in eastern Massachusetts, including The Savings Bank on North Avenue in Wakefield.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Police say a Wakefield woman arrested on a default warrant vandalized the cell in which she was being held overnight.
Wakefield Police Log for Thursday, March 29, 2012: The following information was supplied by the Wakefield Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. Featured item: Police arrested a Wakefield woman on a default warrant, and said she later vandalized the cell in which she was being held overnight. Felicia Solimine, 22, of 57 Pleasant St. was arrested at her home on March 30 at 10:54 p.m. on a warrant out of Stoughton District Court on charges of breaking and entering and larceny under $250. While in custody, police said Solimine first demanded she had to be taken to the hospital for medication, but EMS personnel evaluated her and determined she did not have a medical reason to go to the …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Missed a week of Wakefield Patch? Check out a summary of this week's top five headlines.
In case you missed them, here's Wakefield Patch's top five headlines from Feb. 27 to March 2, 2012: Wakefield Police arrested a man suspected of dealing drugs in Wakefield - for the second time in a month. Police arrested John Moses, 23, of 24 Haverhill St. in Reading on Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. for allegedly being in possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute it. Compared to home sales in January 2011, home sales in Wakefield are down more than half in Wakefield this year, and median prices are up by 16 percent, according to the latest real estate data from The Warren Group. The proposed 2013 budget is $1.3 million higher than the 2012 budget, but falls within the town's projected guidelines. Crawlers were told to start their…
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Take a peak at the top headlines from neighboring towns.
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- Sara Jacobi
Sunday, February 12, 2012
While we do our best to focus on news and events directly concerning Wakefield, sometimes it's nice to know what's going on in neighboring communities. Welcome to the weekly regional news roundup, which will bring you the top news from the towns directly surrounding Wakefield. Note: Original reporting from Melrose Patch, Medford Patch, Stoneham Patch and Reading Patch. Reading: Man Found Dead in Reading Backyard: Police are investigating the death of a man found hanged in a Reading backyard Sunday morning. According to Reading Police, the man was discovered in a Criterion Road yard after a neighbor called police to report a man hanging from a tree. Melrose: Alleged Car Burglar Arrested Carrying 13 GPS Devices: Melrose Police arrested …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A woman was held against her will for two days and beaten, say police.
Wakefield Police arrested a man charged with attempted murder in Woburn who allegedly fled the scene of the crime to a residence in Wakefield. Thomas Ponte, 41, of 75 Elm St., was arrested on Feb. 7 and charged with attempted murder, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (three counts), intimidation of a witness, larceny under $250 and malicious destruction of property over $250. According to police, officers and Woburn Fire responded to an Elm Street address and found a woman sitting on the stairs with visible injuries. The victim, a Tewksbury woman, told police that Ponte had held her “hostage” for two days before leaving the residence armed with a knife. Woburn Police and Mass State …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Michael Gallella, reportedly of Stoneham, was arrested in Hamilton on Jan. 28 and is a suspect in the armed robbery of the Salem Variety Store in Wakefield on Jan. 17.
A man arrested minutes after allegedly robbing Harrigan’s Liquor Store in Hamilton at knifepoint on Saturday is possibly responsible for other area robberies in recent months, including an armed robbery at the Salem Variety Store in Wakefield. Hamilton police said on Monday that there is an “extensive investigation” focused on Michael Gallella in connection to his possible role in robberies in Marblehead, Reading, Saugus and Wakefield. In surveillance footage from the Marblehead and Wakefield robberies, the suspect looks similar to Gallella, including images from Wakefield where he is holding a knife to the face of the clerk. Wakefield detectives are still investigating the possible connection to the Salem Variety Store robbery, said …