PLYMPTON – Shane Patrick Sullivan, 25, of Boston, continues to be held at Bridgewater State Hospital, now under a suicide watch, after a Plymouth District Court judge ordered him evaluated following charges that he allegedly attempted a home invasion on Brook Street, Plympton, Sunday, March 6, according to court documents.
Sullivan, whose arraignment was twice delayed directly following the alleged crime, was last to be arraigned Monday, March 28, but that was postponed at the request of the hospital, which is a secure mental health facility located at the Bridgewater Correctional Complex in Bridgewater.
The fourth attempt to arraign Sullivan will occur on Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m. at the Plymouth District Court, 52 Obery St., Plymouth. He will remain in the custody of Bridgewater State Hospital until that date.
The hospital is conducting a forensic evaluation to determine Sullivan’s competency to stand trial and his criminal responsibility (known as a 15B evaluation).
Sullivan made headlines recently for allegedly leaving the Brook Retreat, a “sober-living” facility located at 55 Brook St., and attempting to break into a neighboring home on Brook Street with an icepick.
He is well known to police, law-enforcement officials have said, and court documents indicate a lengthy criminal record.
Sullivan was located when the victims called the Plympton Police, and according to the police narrative, he was making bizarre statements and was barefoot when found.
Sullivan told paramedics, who told police, that he had ingested drugs, although the veracity of the statement is not clear due to his behavior at the time police took him into custody and medical privacy laws.
Sullivan is charged with felony vandalizing property, felony home invasion, misdemeanor disturbing the peace and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
To all Plympton Residents:
I would like to announce my candidacy for Selectman of the Town of Plympton. A resident of the town since 1970, my wife Brenda and I have deep roots in the town. All three of our children went through Dennett Elementary and then onto Silver Lake Regional High School.
A graduate of Bentley College, with a degree in Accounting and Finance, I worked in private industry for over twenty five years in the business analysis and financial field, with an emphasis on long-range planning. During my eighteen years with Digital Equipment I made the transition from finance into consulting and sales as the senior corporate account manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
I have previously served twelve years on the Plympton Finance Committee, eight years as a Plympton Library Trustee, and the last eight years as Town Moderator. In addition I am a member of the committee addressing the Department of Revenue recommendations for the town, as well as a member of the Committee working with the University of Massachusetts Collins Center, through a State grant, to develop financial forecasts, a capital spending plan, and financial policies for the Town.
A member of the Upland Sportsman’s Club since 1970 I have served in the past as Club President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Director. I am also a member of the Plympton Garden Club and the Plympton Historical Society.
I am running for the Selectman’s position because I believe it’s important to continue the work of developing sound financial planning for the Town and to provide the leadership necessary to balance providing services without an undue tax burden. Plympton has a unique character that we all want to preserve. I believe my extensive experience and knowledge of the town will serve Plympton well.
I would appreciate your vote on Saturday, May 21st.
The Halifax Historical Society will host local author John F. Gallagher at its April 11 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Albert E. Kiernan Schoolhouse, South St., Halifax.
After 30 years with the Boston Police Department, rising to the rank of superintendent and chief of detectives, John F. Gallagher retired and turned to writing stories about true local crimes.
His latest venture brought him to Halifax to investigate the Sturtevant Murders. Brothers Thomas Sturtevant and Simeon Sturtevant along with their housekeeper, Mary Buckley were brutally murdered in the Old Sturtevant homestead February 15, 1874.
All are welcome to join us as we listen to John tell of his research into this heinous crime perpetrated “just down the street,” Thompson Street, that is.
Gallagher’s interest in history and genealogy, paired with his background in criminal investigation, motivated him to write about century-old murders on the South Shore.
His first book, Murder on Broadway: A History of Homicide in Hanover, was followed by his second volume, Arsenic in Assinippi, about retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Joseph Giles Eaton’s suspicious death in Norwell in 1913.
He will bring copies of his books, Murder on Broadway: A History of Homicide in Hanover, and Arsenic in Assinippi: and The Trial of Jennie May Eaton for the Murder of Her Husband, Rear Admiral Joseph Eaton, for anyone interested in those stories as well.John and his wife, Jeanne, live in Hanover All are welcome to attend.
Silver Lake Regional High School pitcher Maddy Barone is heading into the final chapter of what has been a storied career playing for the Lakers.
The 17-year-old Barone is just now entering her senior campaign, but her stats would make you think otherwise. Through three seasons, Barone has put up astronomical numbers.
It all started during Barone’s freshman season, when she started to turn heads seemingly every time on the mound. Her 16-3 record and 0.48 ERA guided the Lakers to a 20-3 record and a trip to the Division 1 South Sectional semifinals.
As her sophomore season rolled around, she was even better—bolstering a career-best 0.15 ERA, while throwing a perfect game, five no-hitters, 16 shutouts, striking out 190 batters and winning 16 games. Barone’s bat was equally effective—posting a career-high .536 average, while hitting six home runs and driving in 31.
It was during her junior year, last season, when Barone’s success started to pay dividends in the playoffs. Barone recorded an 11 strikeout, shutout win performance against Milford in the Division 1 South Sectional quarterfinals two games before her 10 strikeout, complete game win led her team to a Division 1 South Sectional finals win. Though the Lakers fell short in the Division 1 state finals against St. Peter-Marian.
Silver Lake Regional High School head coach, Tony Pina, said he’s seen Barone, a team captain last season, grow a great deal since his arrival in 2014.
“Her ability to lead and become more vocal on the field has evolved over the years,” Pina said. “Her desire to add more pitches and become more confident with them has been impressive.”
As Barone enters her last go around in a Lakers’ uniform, she said there are numerous reasons that make her eager to get back on the field.
“I’m [extremely] excited to play with all my teammates for one last season,” Barone said. “I’m looking forward to having another great season.”
Over the offseason, Barone said she has been playing on an indoor team at the Bridgewater Sports Complex while attending pitching lessons every other week. Pina said Barone’s work ethic is second to none.
“It’s one of the best I’ve encountered in 22 years,” Pina explained.
Barone, the 2015 Patriot League MVP for Softball, said she does see an area of her game that she is striving to improve.
“I want to get better at reading batters, in terms of what pitches to throw them,” Barone said. “I’ve been working on perfecting some pitches and learning new ones.”
There is one goal, which the Lakers came away from achieving last season, Barone said she would like to accomplish before she graduates.
“I want to get back to the state finals and win,” Barone said.
While in the midst of leading her team to the playoffs last season, Barone was also in the process of making a monumental choice regarding her softball career. Her decision was to commit to attend Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to play softball, starting in the fall of 2016. She then signed on with SNHU this past November. Pina said he has no doubt she will succeed at the collegiate ranks.
“Maddy is the complete package,” Pina said. “She has the heart for the game and the mind to think and play it the right way. She is a hard worker and is never satisfied. People at the next level need that drive and hunger to accomplish more, to be more. Maddy is a winner, as a player and as a person.”
Halifax Officer suspended 60 days, Charged with misdemeanor OUI
Tuesday, Dec. 8, Halifax Selectmen met at 2 p.m. to hold a disciplinary hearing regarding Halifax Patrol Officer Herbert Wiltshire, Jr., 45. Wiltshire is a longtime veteran of the force.
The Whitman resident was cited by the Easton Police Department for misdemeanor “OUI Liquor” and misdemeanor “Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle” stemming from an incident in late November.
For this reason, Selectmen suspended him without pay for 60 days, effective immediately.
Wiltshire chose to have the hearing in Executive Session, which is his legal right, so the hearing was closed to the public. The Board came back from Executive Session into Open Session to announce their decision.
Charlie Seelig, Town Administrator, explained the exact arrangements regarding Wiltshire’s insurance and benefits during this period.
Seelig also stated that the agreement was contingent on several conditions, including that Wiltshire receive counseling for alcohol for six months and that the police union does not file a grievance.
Halifax man charged in murder of 19-year old Revere woman
The Halifax Police department announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18, that Soi Ket Dang, 32, of 46A Wamsutta Ave., in Halifax, was arrested Tuesday evening by the Halifax Police Department and charged with one count of murder.
He was arraigned Wednesday morning in Plymouth District Court according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office. Dang pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
Police allege that Dang stabbed a female victim to death, Marissa Randall, 19, of Revere. It appears that the victim was involved in prostitution, leading to her death at the hands of Dang.
Dang aroused suspicions when a missing Duxbury teenager was located by tracking her cell-phone to an address on Wamsutta Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Halifax police located the missing individual and returned her to Duxbury police. Due to the Duxbury investigation, “a witness” reported seeing blood in Dang’s house, and the possibility of a body.
Halifax police were then notified by Duxbury police of this turn of events. When Halifax police arrived at 46A Wamsutta Avenue, Dang invited them in without any objection. Police observed what they believed was blood on the floor and a female body wrapped in a blanket.
Next, State Police were contacted, and detectives determined that Dang and Randall were familiar with each other, having met on a social networking app called “Meet Me.”
This was their second meeting, and had agreed on an amount of money to be exchanged for sexual services.
A disagreement over money led to a struggle, and eventually the stabbing death of Randall, who was stabbed six times, authorities said.
District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a statement that, “This was a particularly gruesome case where Mr. Dang stabbed the victim, left her and then went on to work and the rest of his day […] I want to commend State Police and Halifax Police investigators for their quick response and efforts in this case.”
Wednesday afternoon, Wamsutta Avenue was quiet. The street is tucked into a quiet neighborhood, nestled between the East Pond and West Pond of Monponsett Lake. A succession of various members of the media slowly stopped by the small, detached unit known as 46A Wamsutta Avenue, a stone’s throw from Our Lady of the Lake Church.
There was no evidence of police or forensics activity on either property. A town official who was not authorized to speak on the matter confirmed that the body was removed on Tuesday night.
A neighbor arriving home with his dog, who did not wish to be identified, stated that the property was usually quiet. When asked by a Boston Globe reporter if it was a “party house,” the neighbor said he wouldn’t characterize it that way.
“We went to bed around 12:30 last night, and there were a lot of police, but the police were all gone by the time we woke up on Wednesday morning,” he said as he walked into his house.
Police Chief Edward Broderick released a brief statement thanking his department for their work on the unusual case. “Although a tragic event, I have to credit the two responding officers for doing an outstanding job. If not for their commitment and desire to follow thru (sic) on seemingly little information, we may have not been able to make an arrest and bring this person to justice. I’d also like to thank the rest of the department for coming into support the operation without regard for all the other things going on in their schedule.”
Selectmen Chairman Kim Roy wished to assure the townspeople that they are safe. “Chief Broderick has assured the board that this is an isolated and rare incident,” she said. “The people of Halifax should rest assured that our public safety agencies are working together with their State and Federal counterparts 24/7 to keep Halifax the safe and serene town that it always has been.”
Roy also echoed Chief Broderick’s praise for the two initial responding officers, Rob McDonnell and Mike Schleiff. “We are lucky to have such diligent police in Halifax,” she said.
The case remains under investigation by State and Halifax police in conjunction with the State Police Crime Scene Services and the State Police Crime Lab.
The Town of Halifax debuts SeeClickFix program with options to report concerns with a mobile app
Halifax is now using a new program that will allow residents to report quality-of-life issues and request services through an online and mobile interface. Powered by SeeClickFix, the place-based reporting Commonwealth Connect platform allows residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements alike, ranging from litter and flooding to damaged sidewalks and malfunctioning traffic signals.
http://www.town.halifax.ma.us/Pages/HalifaxMA_Webdocs/seeclickfix or use mobile applications available for download from the Town’s web site. When submitting issues via mobile app, for example, residents can provide locational, descriptive, and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the person reporting the issue, the Town, and anyone ‘watching’ the area will receive an alert. Halifax can then acknowledge the service request, and route it to the proper department.
The request can be updated—and residents following the issue—once it has been resolved.
Launched in 2008, SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues, ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Through web and mobile applications, as well as embeddable widgets, SeeClickFix empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together to improve neighborhoods. It is the most widely distributed citizen-reporting tool in the country, having recently surpassed one million fixed issues. In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts initiated a grant program to launch the platform, powered by SeeClickFix and titled Commonwealth Connect, to communities throughout the state.