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Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Gun Locks Available To Rochester Residents

The Rochester Police Department has cable-style gun locks available to Rochester residents at no charge. They are available for pick up at the station 24/7.

Date: September 6, 2017
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Acushnet Man Dead After Apparent Suicide

BROCKTON - The investigation is ongoing after the apparent suicide of a man in Rochester, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee have announced.

On Tuesday, at approximately 8:30 pm, State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office were notified of the apparent suicide by firearm of a 57-year-old male in Rochester. The man, who is from Acushnet, is not being identified at this time. State Police responded to the 300 block of Braley Hill Road in Rochester, where the male was found. An investigation by Rochester Police and State Police Detectives determined that the man had been involved in incidents occurring earlier in the day in New Bedford and Acushnet. Police were contacted and no one was injured in those incidents.

At approximately 6:30 pm on Tuesday, the man drove his truck to the 300 block of Braley Hill Road in Rochester, where he drove over the lawn, struck a telephone pole and entered the residence, which was the home of a relative. Inside, the male threatened a family member and fired a round off inside the home before exiting. The man was in the process of driving his truck around the yard on Braley Hill Road when Rochester and Freetown Police officers arrived on scene. The man exited his truck, a black Toyota Tundra, holding two handguns and asked officers to shoot him. Officers repeatedly asked the man to drop his weapons. Police observed the man walk around the yard and his truck before he fired one shot into the passenger side door of his truck. The man again approached officers and requested that they shoot him. Officers from Rochester and Freetown remained in tactical position and repeatedly asked the man to drop his weapons. The man turned his gun on himself and fired. Rochester Fire and emergency medical services arrived on scene and determined the man deceased at 6:45 pm.

As part of the investigation, several witness interviews were conducted. No shots were fired by Rochester and Freetown Police Officers and the officers showed restraint and professionalism throughout the incident.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted jurisdiction and will determine the cause and manner of death.

The incident remains under investigation by State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office and Rochester Police.

Date: August 10, 2017
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigate Pedestrian Accident

On 8/8/17 at approximately 5:06 pm, Rochester Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the 400 block of High Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, 20-year-old Kalcey Cecca of Wareham lying in the roadway with a number of injuries.

Investigation and witness statements indicate the 75-year-old Setsuko Mendes of High Street in Rochester was operating a Chevy Malibu eastbound on High Street at or just below the posted speed limit. Setsuko came upon two pedestrians and a dog walking along the side of the roadway and when she passed by them she struck the victim with her vehicle. The second pedestrian and the dog were not injured.

Setsuko stopped after hearing a thud against her car as she passed the pedestrians which she told officers she saw prior to the crash. Both pedestrians were wearing light colored clothes and could be seen from 50 yards away according to a witness following Setsuko.

The victim was transported to Tobey Hospital and later taken by Medflight to a Boston hospital. No further information is available on her condition. Setsuko has been issued a citation for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to yield to a pedestrian. The crash remains under investigation by Sgt Kevin Flynn and Officer Jason Denham.

Date: June 22, 2017
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigate Serious Truck Crash

On Thursday 06/22/2017at approximately 6:46 a.m. Rochester Police, Fire and EMS were called to a motor vehicle accident on Mary's Pond Road at the Bates Road Bridge. A semi-trailer dump truck travelling east veered off the right edge of the road striking a bridge abutment and guard rail. The truck overturned and rolled into a body of water.

A passing motorist saw the crash and jumped into the water to assist the driver who was under water. The motorist was able to keep the truck driver's head above water but he was tangled in debris and was unable to be immediately removed from the water.

Rochester Police Officer Nathan Valente arrived moments later and jumped into the water to assist. Both the passerby and Officer Valente were able to keep the truck driver's head above the water's surface until he was extricated by the Rochester Fire Department and EMS.

The driver of the truck was transported to a Rhode Island hospital by helicopter. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. The driver has been identified as 73-year-old Francis J. Cabral of Dartmouth, MA.

It took crews nearly 10 hours to remove the truck and trailer from the water. Utilities in the area were cut so workers could remove the wreck. Power and cable were restored around 9pm and phone crews remain on the scene. Mary's Pond Road remains closed but is expected to reopen before midnight.

The crash remains under investigation.

Date: February 7, 2017
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Police Warn of Phone Scam

The Rochester Police Department has received information that town residents are receiving calls from a company claiming to be "Legal Support Services." This is a fictitious company being used as the front for a phone scam. The victims are being told by the company that they will be at the address within 48 hours serving papers with a uniformed officer and to put away any dogs on the property.

Victims are asked for personal information and or financial information. Do not provide any information to these calling parties. One of the phone numbers being used by this scam which may appear on caller ID is 866-353-1944. If you are contacted by these people, please report it to the police.

Date: January 23, 2017
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

New Bedford Man Arrested During Break In

On Sunday January 22, 2017, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Rochester Police responded to a residence on Mary's Pond Road for a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, with the assistance of the homeowner, officers arrested 27 year old David Breton Jr. of Cornell Street New Bedford.

The homeowner told police he had arrived home and noticed a screen window in the front of his house had been broken out. While inside the house the resident heard a noise coming from another room. The homeowner went to investigate, and observed Breton who was dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black shoes in his house. The homeowner confronted Breton, who jumped from a window onto the lawn. The homeowner chased him through the yard and was able to detain him until officers arrived on scene.

On scene Breton told police that he parked his vehicle around the corner and confessed to walking over to the residence to conduct the break in. He was then transported back to the Rochester Police Station for booking. Breton was arraigned this morning at Wareham District Court on the charges of breaking and entering in the night time, malicious destruction of property over $250, disturbing the peace, and disorderly conduct.

Date: November 17, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police to Hold Entrance Exam

The Rochester Police Department in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions has scheduled an Entrance Exam for the Rochester Police Department on January 21, 2017. The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full time officers, 5 part time officers and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,400 residents. The department will be holding an entrance exam to fill both full and part time openings in the future.

Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work.

Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate on a number of the departments specialized units such as bike patrol and ATV patrol as well as being able to join specialized units such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search and rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).

Details and eligibility requirements are provided on the Police Exam Solutions website www.policeexamsolutions.com. Any questions are to be directed to the testing company through the "contact us" section of their website. Any calls made directly to the police department or Police Exam Solutions, may disqualify you from being hired.

Perhaps you know someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement. This is a great opportunity for them to participate in the entry level testing process and possibly earn a career in law enforcement.

If you or anyone you know would like further information on this upcoming exam, please visit www.policeexamsolutions.com. All registrations must be done online.

Date: November 1, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Get Warm And Fuzzy

Members of the Rochester Police Department will be participating in "No Shave November" for the first time this year. Participating officers will make a donation to Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that helps veterans and their families heal from Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD and related conditions. In return for the donation, the officers will get a waiver for the month of November from the department's strict grooming policy which restricts most facial hair.

No Shave November is a web based, non-profit organization devoted to "growing" cancer awareness while raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, education about cancer prevention, as well as aiding those fighting the battle. It's a month long journey in which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversations, while raising cancer awareness.

Community members who wish to join the Rochester Police Department in supporting veterans and their families can drop off a check or money order at the department. All checks should be made out to Home Base. Rochester police will send all donations to the organization at the beginning of December. For more information about Home Base, please visit www.homebase.org .

Date: September 9, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rollover Accident Leads to Drunk Driving Arrest

A Princeton man is facing a number of charges after rolling his vehicle over and fleeing the scene in the heavily damaged SUV. The accident occurred around 12:16am on Mattapoisett Road in Rochester. Police say the operator lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road. He then veered back onto the roadway, struck a speed limit sign and rolled the vehicle.

The SUV came to rest on its wheels off the right side of the roadway. The operator exited his vehicle and retrieved his front bumper which came off in the crash. After placing it in the back seat he drove from the scene into Mattapoisett via North Street with all of the airbags deployed and two flat tires.

Mattapoisett Police were notified and along with Rochester Police searched for the heavily damaged vehicle. Following damage to the road surface from the flat tires, police located the vehicle and its operator at the end of Summer Street in Mattapoisett.

When questioned, the operator said he had been at a New Bedford bar and was trying to get back to UMass Dartmouth. He did not remember how the crash happened.

Mattapoisett Police arrested 22-year-old Jack P. Lilburn of Gregory Hill Road in Princeton, MA for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stay in marked lanes and malicious destruction of property over $250 for the damage caused to the road surface during his 1.2 mile drive from the scene to where he was arrested.

Rochester Police will also be seeking charges against Lilburn for leaving the scene of an accident and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Lilburn will be arraigned in Wareham District Court today.

Date: August 1, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

New Bedford Man Leads Area Police on Chase

On Monday, August 1 at 1:10 pm, Rochester Police received a call reporting an erratic operator driving a Chevy Blazer on Mary's Pond Road near Pierce Street. The reporting party stated the Blazer was all over the road and driving in the wrong lane. As officers headed toward the area, the reporting party said that the operator of the Blazer had pulled over, exited his vehicle and began to strike it repeatedly with a hatchet.

Sergeant Robert Small arrived on scene and observed the man striking his own vehicle with the hatchet. Upon seeing the cruiser, he began to flee on foot. Sgt Small followed in his cruiser until the man stopped, turned around, raised the hatchet and began to run toward the cruiser.

As Sgt. Small prepared to exit his cruiser and encounter the man, he ran past the cruiser and got back in his vehicle and fled. With assistance from Rochester Officer Robert Nordahl, he was pursued through Rochester, Acushnet, and into New Bedford. During the pursuit, he threw items from the car and poured lighter fluid on himself and on the vehicle. He was also waiving the hatchet out the window as he drove.

Rochester Police terminated the pursuit in New Bedford once New Bedford Police entered into the chase. As the officers made their way back to town, the chase circled back through Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham. Several attempts were made to stop the vehicle with spike strips, but they were not successful. The chase continued back through Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and eventually back into New Bedford where the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. He was taken into custody by the State Police.

Rochester Police are filing charges in Wareham District Court against the driver, 50-year-old Randall W. Harrison of Summer Street in New Bedford. Harrison will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stay in marked lanes, disorderly conduct, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for a stop sign, and failure to stop for police.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee says that Harrison has a lengthy criminal history including resisting arrest and negligent operation and that his driving history with the Registry of Motor Vehicles is extensive with multiple license suspensions and offenses dating back to 1989. Rochester Police have filed an immediate threat request with the Registry to have his license suspended immediately.

Chief Magee said that the chase was primarily at low speeds. Magee said he is happy that this dangerous person was taken into custody and that none of the involved officers or any citizens were injured.

Date: July 5, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Nearly Six Pounds of Marijuana Lead to Acushnet Man's Arrest

On Monday, July 4th, at approximately 2:49 in the morning, Rochester Police Officer Alex Malo clocked a motorist on radar travelling at 55 MPH in a posted 40 MPH zone on Snipatuit Road in the area of Pine Street and conducted a traffic stop.

It did not take Officer Malo, who graduated from the full time police academy only a week ago, very long to figure out he had more on his hands than a simple speeding violation. While talking with the driver, the officer noticed a large glass bong used for smoking marijuana and zip lock baggies on the back seat along with the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

When asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, the driver turned over a "Fluff" jar and a back pack both containing marijuana. The back pack also contained several pieces of Hash Butane Oil. The driver told the officer he had about half pound of marijuana.

With the driver in custody and information that the vehicle was unregistered, police called for a tow and conducted a vehicle inventory. Officers found $5,285 in cash, alcoholic beverages, mushrooms, scales, more baggies, smaller bags of marijuana packaged for sale, and three more large vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. In total, police recovered nearly 6 pounds of marijuana from the vehicle.

The vehicle operator, 20-year-old Ethan J. Hathaway of Homestead Avenue in Acushnet, was arrested and charged with speeding, unregistered motor vehicle, license not in possession, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of a class C drug with intent to distribute, possession of a class D drug with intent to distribute, and possession of a class C drug.

Hathaway was arraigned in Wareham District Court Tuesday morning and released. Police seized his phone, vehicle, and cash and will begin forfeiture proceedings on those items.

Date: March 23, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

As the result of a state required animal and barn inspection conducted Tuesday afternoon, Rochester Animal Control Officer Anne Estabrook uncovered a farm with deplorable conditions and sick and dead animals. Estabrook reported her discovery to the Rochester Police who in turn opened a criminal investigation for animal cruelty.

Rochester Police Detective Donald Kemmett applied for and was granted a search warrant for the property located at 953 Walnut Plain Road in Rochester. The search warrant was executed at 5:42PM by Detective Kemmett, Sgt. Robert Small and Officer Robert Nordahl; they were also assisted by the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Rochester Animal Control and a Portuguese speaking officer from the Middleboro Police.

Investigators found 23 animals which included dogs, pigs, cows, goats, and rabbits living in deplorable conditions. The animals lacked adequate food and shelter, were housed in pens filled with mud, garbage and feces, all appeared to be malnourished, many were sick and one baby cow was found dead on the property. The pigs were being fed co-mingled garbage which did not appear to have been cooked first as required by law. Two unlicensed dogs were also located on the property.

A veterinarian had to be called to the scene to care for and feed the animals. The vet determined that the animals were all suffering from neglect and were in various degrees of suffering. She felt that some of the animals were near death and that one baby cow would likely die overnight.

While on the scene, officers observed numerous violations of health and building codes so the Town Building Inspector and Board of Health Agent were called to the scene. The Rochester Conservation Agent also responded to the scene to investigate potential wetland violations.

During the execution of the search warrant, the property owner arrived on scene. With help from the Portuguese speaking officer from Middleboro Police, investigators confirmed the animals belonged to him. After brief questioning, police arrested 41 year old Daniel V. Pacheco of 953 Walnut Plain Road, Rochester on 21 counts of animal cruelty, which is a felony. Each count carries a sentence of up to 7 years in state prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. After his arrest, Pacheco agreed to surrender all of his animals.

Lt. Alan Borgal from the Animal Rescue League of Boston took a dead baby cow from the scene. The cow will be taken to Boston for an animal autopsy called a "necropsy" to determine when it died and how. Animal Control Officers took the dogs and rabbits to an area shelter.

All remaining animals except for the pigs were removed with the assistance of a local live stock dealer who will attempt to nurse the animals back to health. The pigs were quarantined for health law reasons and will not be able to be removed from the property until they have a blood test done later today by state officials. If the pigs are found to be healthy, they will also be removed by a live stock dealer. If they are found to be diseased, they will be put down in accordance with law.

Pacheco was transported from the scene to the Rochester Police Station where he was booked on the charges. He was later released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Wareham District Court this morning for arraignment. He will also be facing action by the Town for various health and building code violations discovered during the investigation.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee praised the work of his officers and detective, moving so quickly on this case and putting an end to the neglect and suffering by the animals. "I could not believe the conditions I saw at this location, it was horrendous." Magee also praised the team efforts of the state and town officials in this case. "When you put a team like this together, the best possible outcome is achieved. All these disciplines working together put an immediate end to the abuse these animals were suffering from."

Date: January 6, 2016
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigate Attempted Break In

On January 6 at approximately 1:51 pm, the Rochester Police were called to Dr. Braley Road in the area of Braley Hill for a suspicious male attempting to gain entrance into a house. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a witness and obtained a description of the suspect.

K-9 officers were called in from the Plymouth County Sheriff, Massachusetts State Police and the Massachusetts Environmental Police to try and track the suspect. Police were looking for a white male in his 40's with a grey beard wearing a tan Carhartt jacket, black jeans, and tan work boots.

Police searched the area woods and yards and neighborhoods for over two hours but were unable to locate the suspect after following a track from the home to Braley Hill Road near Featherbed Lane. Rochester Police were assisted at the scene by Freetown and Acushnet Police. The incident remains under investigation by Officers Sean Crook, Robert Nordahl and Detective Donald Kemmett of the Rochester Police.

Date: November 30, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Acushnet Teen Arrested on Drunk Driving and Drug Charges

On 11/29/15 at 1:45am Rochester Police Officer Dylan Hicks observed a vehicle speeding on North Avenue. The operator failed to dim his high beams and crossed over the center line on three occasions.

After detecting and odor of alcohol coming from the operator, seeing other signs of impairment and failing sobriety tests, 18-year-old Matthew R. Dubois of Kimberly Way in Acushnet was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor.

Officer Nathan Valente conducted an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed. During the process he found over $1000 in cash, more than an ounce of marijuana, hash butane oil, digital scales, plastic bags, a bong and a butane torch. Police also found a bottle of vodka and a switchblade knife.

Dubois was charged with speeding, operating under the influence of liquor, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failing to stay in marked lanes, possession of a class D substance, distribution of a class D substance, possession of alcohol while under 21, possession of a dangerous weapon, negligent operation of a vehicle and failure to dim headlights.

Dubois was released on personal recognizance and scheduled for arraignment in Wareham District Court today.

Date: October 23, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Man Sentenced to Jail for Golf Course Break In

A Rochester man has been sentenced to 15 months in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to a number of charges stemming from a break in at the Rochester Golf Course in July of this year.

Michael J. Eldridge, 31, of Wordell Street pleaded guilty in Wareham District Court to breaking and entering in the night time, malicious destruction of property over $250, malicious destruction of property under $250, breaking into a depository, and larceny from a building.

Eldridge was arrested July 23 by Rochester Detective Donald Kemmett after a week long investigation into the break in. The suspect was identified from video surveillance footage.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said, "This was great police work that resulted in jail time for an individual who has a long record. I am happy he is off the streets." Rochester Police Officers Dylan Hicks and Nathan Valente assisted with the investigation.

Date: October 21, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Fall River Man Arrested After Sexual Assault

The Rochester Police Department investigated a sexual assault that was reported on October 15, 2015. As a result of the investigation, the department obtained an arrest warrant for 33-year-old George M. Wamboldt of Fall River.

Rochester Police worked with Derry New Hampshire Police and the suspect was arrested without incident on October 17th around 7 pm in Derry.

Wamboldt was brought back to Massachusetts and arraigned at Wareham District Court this afternoon. He has been charged with statutory rape, indecent A&B on a person 14 or over, and possession of child pornography. He is being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction on $10,000 cash bail.

Date: October 1, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Station Declared "Safety Zone" for Online Transactions

Beginning October 4, 2015, the Rochester Police Department will be a designated "Safety Zone" for online transactions. Due to the number of online forums and the growing popularity of transacting business online, the risk to personal safety has grown. Face to face encounters between online buyers and sellers who may possess valuables or cash creates opportunity for criminals.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our community, we are offering the use of our parking lot or lobby to conduct the face to face portion of transactions that began online. We have lighting, video surveillance and 24/7 personnel to create a neutral, secure environment. We encourage the use of our location as a safer alternative.

Here are some other tips regarding online transactions:

  • Never meet at your home or the other person's home.
  • Never meet in a secluded area.
  • Never go to another location with a stranger.
  • Always meet in a public place (preferably the police department).
  • Always bring a friend.
  • Always bring a cell phone.
  • Always let someone know where you are.
  • Always try to meet during daylight hours.
  • Always call police if you feel unsafe.

Date: August 17, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Wareham Man Seriously Injured in Rochester Motorcycle Accident

On 8/15/15 at approximately 5:30 pm, the Rochester Police were dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Braley Hill Road in Rochester. The operator was 20-year-old Stephen J. O'Brien from Wareham. He lost control of 2003 Honda motorcycle and went off the right side of the road striking a tree. He was transported by Rochester EMS to Rhode Island Hospital. No further information is available on his condition.

Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee said that the section of the road where the crash occurred is a popular route for motorcyclists that winds through Quittacas water reservoir. The road has hills, sharp curves and is lined by trees.

The cause of Saturday's crash is still under investigation by the Rochester Police Department. No charges or citations have been issued so far.

Date: August 6, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Offer Free Self Defense Class for Women

The Rochester Police Department is proud to announce that our R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructors will be holding a class in August 2015. R.A.D. is a dynamic self defense program for women only. We are now accepting names for women interested in the upcoming class.

Officer Alyson Rego is our department's newest certified instructor. She will join Sgt. Robert Small in teaching these very popular classes to women of all ability levels.

The class will be held at Rochester Memorial School, 16 Pine Street, Rochester. The schedule is as follows:

  • August 19 - (from 5 pm to 8 pm)
  • August 26 - (from 5 pm to 8 pm)
  • August 29 - (from 9 am to 4 pm)

Students need to attend all 3 days. Class size is limited to 20 students.

To register, contact Rochester Police Department Administrative Assistant Suzanne Maksy at 508-763-5112 (x 109), Monday thru Thursday (from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm).

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Sgt. Small or Officer Rego.

Date: July 23, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Man Arrested After Break In

A week long investigation into a break in at The Rochester Golf Course resulted in the arrest of a 31 year old Rochester man Thursday morning. On July 16, police were called to the golf course around 7 am by the owner who discovered that the business had been broken into overnight and cash had been stolen. Investigating officers quickly identified the suspect from video surveillance footage.

Rochester Police Detective Donald Kemmett obtained an arrest warrant for Michael J. Eldridge of Wordell St in Rochester. Eldridge is well known to the Rochester Police and has a lengthy arrest record. Detective Kemmett worked through the week to locate Eldridge. After several days of surveillance and with assistance from detectives from Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and Acushnet, they located Eldridge in a friend's vehicle driving in New Bedford Thursday morning. Eldridge was taken into custody in the parking lot of McDonalds on Coggeshall Street in New Bedford without incident.

Eldridge was transported back to the Rochester Police Station where he confessed to the break in. Eldridge has been charged with breaking and entering in the night time, malicious destruction of property over $250, malicious destruction of property under $250, breaking into a depository, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and larceny under $250.

Eldridge was arraigned in Wareham District Court Thursday afternoon and is being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction. Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee praised the cooperative effort of local police detectives. "This is another outstanding arrest resulting from local police working together and sharing information," Magee said.

Date: March 30, 2015
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Schedule Entrance Exam

The Rochester Police Department, in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions, has scheduled an Entrance Exam for the Rochester Police Department on May 30, 2015.

The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full-time officers, 5 part-time officers and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,400 residents. The department will be holding an entrance exam to fill part-time openings now and full-time positions in the future.

Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work.

Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate in a number of the departments specialized units, such as bike patrol and ATV patrol, as well as being able to join specialized units such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search and rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).

Details and eligibility requirements are provided on the Police Exam Solutions website www.policeexamsolutions.com. Any questions are to be directed to the testing company through the "contact us" section of their website. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it. Any calls made directly to the police department or Police Exam Solutions, may disqualify you from being hired.

Perhaps you know someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement. This is a great opportunity for them to participate in the entry level testing process and possibly earn a career in law enforcement.

If you or anyone you know would like further information on this upcoming exam, please visit www.policeexamsolutions.com. All registrations must be done online.

Date: November 4, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Crash Results in Drunk Driving Arrest

On 11/3/14 at approximately 9 pm, the Rochester Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 28 near the intersection of Route 58. Arriving officers located a demolished Ford pickup truck in the roadway. At least one witness told police the operator had fled into the woods. With the assistance of a Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer who was passing by, the driver was located in the woods nearby.

Rochester MA Crash Results in Drunk Driving Arrest

The vehicle operator, 40-year-old Michael R. Jefferson of Queen Drive in Wareham was arrested at the scene and transported to Tobey Hospital for medical treatment. Jefferson was ordered held without bail and remains under police guard at the hospital this morning. He will be facing charges for speeding, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle with a revoked registration, operating an uninsured vehicle, operating after license suspension, possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and operating under the influence of liquor, second offense.

Jefferson's license was under suspension at the time of the crash as the result of a drunk driving case in Brockton from March of this year. Police located numerous beer cans in the vehicle, some open and some still full.

The accident scene was more than 400 feet long starting when Jefferson's vehicle veered off the roadway and severed a telephone pole. The vehicle continued after impact, striking a mailbox then severing a second telephone pole before coming to rest in the middle of Route 28. The vehicle Jefferson was operating was totaled in the crash. The section of road where the crash occurred was closed for several hours with motorists being detoured around the crash scene.

Date: October 23, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Road Closure in Mattapoisett That Could Effect Rochester Drivers

From Michael Gagne Town Administrator, Mattapoisett:

The Town of Mattapoisett wishes to advise you on a situation on Acushnet Rd the north easterly portion about 500 feet from its boundary with Fairhaven there is a small stone box culvert that contains water flowing south from Tinkham Pond that exits the pond at two small spillways and the water flows in a southerly direction.

The stone culvert is very old it has stonework walls which support flat stones that bridge the water flowing underneath in a southerly direction. We had its replacement on our Road Priority List because the culverts have limited flood capacity, and storm water has from time to time overtopped the road and flooded the roadway. Well we had a Bridge Engineer look at it this week, and the stonework supporting the stones in the roadway is shaky. We do not feel safe in leaving it open to vehicular traffic.

We will be proceeding late this afternoon to close it off to vehicular traffic in the interest of public safety. I respectfully ask that you notify your police, fire, emergency personnel, highway departments, school transportation administrators, residents who travel this area etc. so that they can adjust their routes accordingly. Our plan is to look at the ability to put a temporary bridge or box culvert to span the area, and will advise you when we know more about how much time this will take. We thank you for your patience and understanding.ays and the water flows in a southerly direction.

Motorcyclist Injured In Crash

Rochester Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Braley Hill Road in Rochester Sunday at 4:13pm. 58 year old Shari Harris of Hanson lost control of her 2003 Harley Davidson and went off the right side of the road striking two trees. She was flown by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital. No further information is available on her condition.

Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee said the section of the road where the crash occurred is a popular route for motorcyclists that winds through Quittacas water reservoir. The road has hills, sharp curves and is lined by trees.

The cause of Sunday's crash is under investigation by Sergeant Kevin Flynn of the Rochester Police. No charges or citations have been issued so far.

Date: August 12, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Promotes New Police Sergeant

Officer Kevin Flynn was promoted to the rank of sergeant at Monday nights selectmen's meeting in Rochester. He was promptly sworn in by Town Clerk Naida Parker and had his badge pinned by his wife Susie while the rest of his family watched. Many of the department members were on hand for the ceremony.

Flynn was hired in November of 2003 as a part-time officer, became a full-time officer in November of 2004 and graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy in June of 2005. Most of his time has been spent as a patrolman on the 4-12 shift.

He has served as a DARE Officer, certified school resource officer, firearms licensing officer, coordinates the department's bad check program and oversees school safety programs. Flynn most recently overhauled the department's firearms training program bringing it up to current standards.

He will work along side Sergeant Robert Small to oversee the patrol division. The promotion along with the hiring of three new part time officers and two full time officers will bring the department back to the necessary staffing level.

Date: August 7, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Issue IRS Telephone Scam Warning

Several residents have reported being contacted by phone from persons claiming to be from the IRS and being told they owe money and must pay now. Please see the scam alert released by the IRS below.

As the 2014 filing season nears an end, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another strong warning for consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, as reported incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide. These scams won't likely end with the filing season so the IRS urges everyone to remain on guard.

The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver's licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile - apparently to scare their potential victims.

Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

Other characteristics of this scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484
  • If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
  • Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
  • The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

Date: August 1, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigate Car Breaks

Rochester police are investigating six cases of theft from parked vehicles in Snipatuit Estates overnight last night. All cases so far involved unlocked vehicles.

Rochester police are urging residents to lock up vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

Date: July 31, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

National Night Out

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Tri-Town Night Out!

The Tri-Town area police departments, consisting of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, will be hosting our annual "Tri-Town Night Out." This is an event to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and to allow the community to meet their public safety officials.

This is a free outdoor event with a vast amount of activities geared to families. There will be food, drinks, music, a bounce house and more. There will also be police vehicles, fire engines and live demonstrations for the families. At 6:30 P. M. there is a special event that is sure to be a crowd favorite .

Thank you in advance and please distribute this to your followers.

"Tri-Town Night Out" Event Information:
• Location: Old Rochester Regional High School (Main Entrance)
  135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
• Date: August 5, 2014
• Time: 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P. M.

Date: July 18, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Suspect Arrested For Break-In

A suspect has been arrested in connection with one of the town's recent house breaks. Rochester Police Officer Kevin Flynn obtained an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Kelly F. Sorelle of Dr. Braley Road in Freetown as a result of his investigation into a break on Benson Road in Rochester.

In that case, it is believed Sorelle tripped the alarm at the Benson Road home after gaining entry through a window which set of the alarm, causing her to flee out the front door prior to police arrival and without being able to take anything from the home.

Rochester Police, working in conjunction with Freetown Police, took Sorelle into custody Thursday afternoon. Police are now looking to link Sorelle to some of the other breaks that have occurred. Sorelle was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, trespassing and destruction of property.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee praised the work of his officers on this case. "The patrol staff has been working hard to solve these cases. They are committed to catching the people responsible" said Chief Magee. The Chief also praised cooperation between departments. "Because Rochester, Freetown, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department work together so well, cases like these get solved."

Date: July 16, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Warn Residents of Multiple Breaks

The Rochester Police Department is warning residents after multiple breaks have been made into houses, out buildings, vehicles, and a utility trailer. Breaks have occurred during both the day and nighttime. Breaks have been made into homes in the 300 and 400 blocks of High Street as well as a home on Pierce Street, Pine Street, and the 600 block of County Road.

Along with recent house breaks Rochester Police have also responded to a trailer and boat being broken into. Items taken in the breaks include items such as currency, jewelry, power tools, and electronics.

Rochester Police are asking for the public to keep an extra eye out and report suspicious persons and vehicles immediately by dialing 911. Anyone with information on the thefts is urged to contact the Rochester Police at 508-763-5112

Rochester Police offer the following prevention tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows when leaving the house, even for a short while.
  • Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.
  • Do not hide door keys outside the house.
  • If you have an alarm system, be sure to set it every time you leave the house.
  • Don't allow items such as newspapers and mail to accumulate outside your home.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know when you will be away. Ask them to keep an extra eye out.
  • Take fans out of windows when leaving the home, even for a short while.

Date: April 24, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Arrest First Person From Facebook 'Weekly Wanted' Postings

Rochester Police made their first arrest resulting from "Weekly Wanted" postings on the departments Facebook page. Early this morning Rochester Police Officer Adam Brightman teamed up with detectives from New Bedford Police in and effort to arrest 23-year-old Tristian Botelho. The officers conducted surveillance on a residence on Chancery Street in New Bedford and observed Botelho exit the home around 7:30 am and leave in a vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle and took him into custody without incident.

Botelho was wanted in connection with a 2012 case where he was alleged to have stolen checks from a Rochester business and cashed them netting himself thousands of dollars. Police had filed charges for twelve counts of larceny by check over $250 and three counts of uttering a false check but Botelho defaulted on the case in September of 2013 and an arrest warrant issued. There were also three other warrants outstanding for Botelho, two for larceny from New Bedford and one from Freetown for possession of a class B drug.

The capture of Botelho was the direct result of a tip that came in through the departments Facebook page. Botelho was featured under the "Weekly Wanted" postings the department implemented in March of 2014 in an effort to track down individuals wanted on warrants by the Rochester Police. Botelho told arresting officers that he had seen the Facebook posting and has been looking over his shoulder for police ever since.

To visit the Rochester Police Facebook page and see other wanted persons, go to facebook.com/rochestermapd.

Date: April 9, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Police Warn About NSTAR Scam

On Wednesday April 9, 2014 the Rochester Police Department responded to a local business reporting an attempted scam. The business owner told officers that he had been contacted by a person named Nichole claiming to be working for a collection agency representing NSTAR Electric.

The caller stated that she was trying to collect on a past due bill for NSTAR Electric. When the business owner questioned the amount due, the caller told him an amount close to a recent payment he had made to NSTAR. Thinking that the demand was legitimate, he asked about paying the balance due with his credit card. The business owner was told that the payment would have to be made by Green Dot pre-paid credit cards available form Cumberland Farms. He was also told that payment had to be made within 30-45 minutes because there was a crew preparing to shut the power off to the business.

Suspecting a scam, the business owner hung up and called NSTAR Electric directly and obtained his balance thru the automated system and confirmed that he had a $0 balance due.

Rochester Police are working with NSTAR officials on this investigation. NSTAR has experienced similar scams in the past. NSTAR said if a customer gets a call of this nature, they can verify that it is actually NSTAR by asking the caller for some basic information about their account such as the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance. Their customer service representatives will always be able to provide this information. If the caller cannot provide the correct information, the call is not from NSTAR.

NSTAR also said that representatives never demand instant payment over the phone and don't require the use of prepaid debit cards. NSTAR urges anyone with doubts about a call or visit to contact the company directly at 1-800-592-2000.

If anyone has been contacted under similar circumstances please contact the Rochester Police Department at 508-763-5112.

The incident remains under investigation by Officer Sean Crook.

Date: March 20, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rabies Clinic in Rochester

RABIES CLINIC - Dr. Harry Ernst, DVM

Sunday, April 27th, from noon to 2 pm, held at the Grange Hall on Hartley Road; $12 per shot. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier.

2014 dog licenses will also be available for Rochester residents at the clinic. Cost is $10 unless the dog is spayed or neutered - then the cost is $7.

Avoid fines and late fees by getting rabies shots and licenses now!

Date: March 8, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Four Arrested Stealing From Former Mill Site

On Thursday, March 6, at 1:54 pm, the Rochester Police were called to the site of a former mill at Hartley's Pond near Lloyds Market for a group of people stealing metal from the property. Officer Sean Crook arrived on scene and found two males and two females in the cargo area of a U-Haul truck loading large steel parts from the former mill operation.

Despite a clear posting that trespassing was prohibited, the group drove onto the property and loaded up steel pulleys, shafts, and wheels weighing thousands of pounds. Sergeant Robert Small arrived on scene and assisted placing all four of the New Bedford residents under arrest.

Rochester Police charged 34-year-old Raymond F Montalvo of Pleasant Street, 24-year-old Lorraine Felicano of North Front Street, 33-year-old Angel Roriguez-Cruz of North Front Street, and 37-year-old Mirdaly Robles of Cove Street with trespassing, larceny over $250, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy.

Additional charges were filed against Montalvo for trespassing with a motor vehicle, Rodriguez-Cruz for possession of heroin, and Mirdaly for giving a false name during booking. She was booked under an alias of Maria Vellone, but police later learned from a finger print hit that the she had given false information and was wanted by another agency on drug trafficking charges.

Booking the suspects was complicated by the fact that they mostly spoke Spanish. Rochester Police enlisted assistance from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department for a Spanish speaking officer. All four were released on personal recognizance later Thursday night.

Police were informed that all four subjects had failed to appear in Wareham Court Friday morning and warrants were issued for their arrest. Rochester Police are asking anyone who may have information on their whereabouts to contact the station at 508-763-5112.

Date: March 7, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Neck Road Crashes Linked, Charges Filed

Rochester Police have brought charges against the driver involved in a serious crash on Neck Road Tuesday evening. Police filed charges today in Wareham District Court against 20-year-old Joshua A. Demoranville of Wareham Street in Middleboro for speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, and failure to stay in marked lanes.

Demoranville was clocked southbound on Neck Road by radar at 100 MPH by Officer Kevin Flynn who was on routine patrol headed in the opposite direction. Officer Flynn activated his blue lights but Demoranville continued past the cruiser without slowing. Officer Flynn started to turn around on the narrow causeway and lost sight of the vehicle as it rounded a slight bend in the road. He then observed a bright flash and when he completed his turn and drove around the bend, he saw that the vehicle had sheared off a telephone pole, rolled over and come to rest right side up next to another pole.

Demoranville had been ejected from the vehicle and was on the ground approximately 30 feet away while passenger Antone Arruda was still in the vehicle attempting to get out. Neither were alert enough to tell police how many people were in the vehicle. The officer called for assistance and began to render aid.

As additional personnel arrived on the scene, they located a third passenger later identified as Samuel Pike who had been ejected from the vehicle and thrown over 175 feet away from the crash into a field on the opposite side of the street. Police dispatch also received an anonymous call about a man in the woods near the crash and began searching for a possible fourth victim with the assistance of several other agencies. The search did not turn up anyone and through investigative efforts and statements from victims at the hospital, police were able to confirm there were only three occupants.

Investigating officer Kevin Flynn learned that the three men were headed to see a crash site about a mile away on Neck Road which occurred the night before involving their friends. In that crash, two vehicles were racing across the Neck Road causeway southbound and clocked by police on radar at 77 MPH. The area where the vehicles were clocked is residential and posted at 40 MPH and is the same spot where Demoranville was clocked at 100 MPH.

The officer pulled out to attempt to stop the vehicles but both fled. Approximately 1 mile further south on Neck Road the officer located one of the speeding vehicles which had left the roadway and crashed into a tree. The crash caused extensive damage to the vehicle and police discovered that the operator fled the scene. Officers followed footprints from the crash scene and located two juveniles, a 17-year-old male and 14-year-old female, both from Middleboro in a nearby yard.

The male was placed under arrest for failure to stop for police. Both were transported to Tobey Hospital by ambulance. The male was later released and transported to the Rochester Police Station for booking. He was charged with racing a motor vehicle, reckless operation, failure to stop for police, junior operator passenger restriction, and leaving the scene of an accident. The male admitted he was racing another vehicle but claimed he did not know the identity of the driver who he claimed challenged him to a race. Police are still working to identify the driver of the other vehicle that got away.

Police have filed paperwork with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to immediately suspend the licenses of the drivers involved in both crashes. Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee is also issuing a stern warning to the friends of those involved that his department will not tolerate any reckless driving. "We will be out in force running radar to ensure the safety of other drivers. Race in Rochester and you will lose your license."

Date: March 5, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Crash Victims Identified

Rochester Police have released the names of the victims involved in last nights crash on Neck Road. Police say that three Middleboro men, 20-year-old Joshua A. DeMoranville of Wareham Street, 19-year-old Samuel Pike of Short Street and 18-year old Antone Arruda of Everett Street were the occupants of a 2003 Acura that crashed violently in the 500 Block of Neck Road.

Police are continuing their investigation today and are working to determine the cause of the crash. No charges or citations have been issued by the department at this time.

Police say Pike and DeMoranville were ejected from the vehicle. Pike was transported by helicopter to Mass General and DeMoranville was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance. Arruda was not ejected and was also taken to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance. Chief Paul Magee confirmed that Arruda has been released from the hospital and is doing ok. Conditions on the other victims were not available. It does not appear that any of the victims were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police also believe that speed was a major factor in the crash.

Date: March 4, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigating Serious Crash

On Tuesday evening at approximately 5:55 pm a Rochester Police officer was on routine patrol heading north on Neck Road on the causeway. He observed a vehicle headed southbound at an extremely high rate of speed. After passing the cruiser, the vehicle rounded a slight curve in the road and ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle became airborne, sheared off a telephone pole, and rolled over ejecting two of the three passengers.

The vehicle was occupied by three males from Middleboro ages 18, 19, and 20. Two of the occupants were transported to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance, the third was airlifted to Mass General. All three were seriously injured. Police are withholding the victims names pending the notification of family.

Police received conflicting reports about a possible fourth passenger in the vehicle. A search was conducted involving a K-9 from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, the SEMLEC Search and Rescue Team, and the State Police Airwing with negative results. Police and the Rochester Communications Dispatcher were later able to determine that there were only three occupants.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said, "It was a violent high speed crash. The vehicle involved was completely destroyed."

Neck Road was closed to traffic for 6 hours while Rochester Police Sergeant William Chamberlain, Officer Kevin Flynn, and the State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section investigated the crash. Power was out in the area as NSTAR crews waited for the vehicle to be removed.

Rochester Fire, Rochester EMS, Freetown EMS, Marion EMS, and the Rochester Highway Department all rendered services at the scene.

Date: February 3, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Storm Leads to Series of Traffic Crashes

Monday's snow storm led to a series of motor vehicle crashes in Rochester. At 11:20 AM, police responded to Rounseville Road (Route 105) by the Mattapoisett River for a single vehicle that had gone off the roadway. The vehicle was removed by a tow truck and the operator cited for bald tires. No one was injured.

At 1:03 PM, officers responded to the 400 block of New Bedford Road for another single vehicle crash. The driver of that vehicle slid off the road and collided with several mailboxes. The crash did not result in any injuries

At 2:15 PM, a third motor vehicle accident was reported on Braley Hill Road by Negus Way involving two vehicles one of which was towing a trailer. The trailer and one vehicle had to be towed from the scene. No one was injured in the crash.

At 2:46 PM, two more accidents were reported, both in the 200 block of Mary's Pond Road near the intersection of Clapp Road. The first vehicle slid off the road and crashed into a mailbox and left the scene. The second vehicle slid off the road and struck a tree. That vehicle left the scene as well.

Date: January 22, 2014
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Storm Brings Few Problems So Far

As of 6:00 AM this morning, the storm has caused few issues for the Rochester Police. So far there have been no reports of power outages. Police have responded to two vehicle crashes since the beginning of the storm.

The first crash involved 3 vehicles at the intersection of Cushman Road and New Bedford Road yesterday at 3:30 PM. A vehicle headed south on Cushman Road was unable to stop for the stop sign due to slippery road conditions. In an attempt to avoid a collision, a motorist headed east on New Bedford Road swerved off the road and struck a street sign. A second vehicle headed east on New Bedford Road was struck in the front end by the vehicle that went through the stop sign. No injuries were reported by any occupants.

A second crash occurred at 6:45 PM on Mary's Pond Road when a single vehicle slid off the road. Arriving officers found that there was no damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was winched out by a tow service and was able to continue on its way.

Rochester Police encourage motorists to remain off the roads unless necessary to allow plow drivers to clear the streets. If you do need to drive, leave extra time for your trip, reduce speeds, and allow for greater stopping distances than usual.

Date: November 26, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rounseville Road Crash Leads to Alcohol and Drug Charges

The Rochester Police were called to the scene of a two car crash on Rounseville Road (Route 105) in the area of New Bedford Road Tuesday at 6:03pm.

Investigating Officers Kevin Flynn and Sergeant William Chamberlain determined that 63 year old Linda M. Duphily of Marion Road in Middleboro failed to yield and collided with another vehicle which was traveling south on Rounseville Road. Two passengers in Duphily's car were transported to Tobey Hospital with minor injuries.

Duphily was arrested at the scene and has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation, failure to yield at an intersection and possession of a class B substance. The drug charge stems from the discovery of a small quantity of suspected cocaine that was found in a bag Duphily was carrying.

Duphily was released on $40 bail and was due to appear in Wareham District Court This morning.

Date: November 26, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Crash Victims Identified

Rochester Police have released the names of the victims involved in last nights head on crash on New Bedford Road in the area of Cushman Road. Police say 41-year-old Maria Connolly of Rochester was operating a 2001 Honda Accord westbound and 30-year-old Matthew Ruell of Marion was operating a 1994 Honda Civic eastbound when the two cars collided.

Police are continuing their investigation today and are working with an accident reconstruction officer to determine the cause of the crash. No charges or citations have been issued by the department yet.

Police say Ruell was ejected from the vehicle he was operating and suffered serious injuries requiring him to be flown by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center. Connolly was also seriously hurt and was transported by ambulance to the same trauma center. Information on the victims current condition was not available.

Date: November 25, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigating Serious Two Car Crash

Rochester Police were called to the scene of a serious head on crash on New Bedford Road in the area of Cushman Road at 6:50pm. Responding officers found two heavily damaged vehicles in the roadway.

The operator of one vehicle was ejected and suffered serious injuries requiring him to be flown by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center. The operator of the second vehicle was also seriously hurt and was transported by ambulance to the same trauma center. Information on the victims is not being released at this time.

New Bedford Road was closed for approximately 2 hours while emergency crews worked at the scene. Rochester Police Sergeant Robert Small and Officer Robert Nordahl are investigating the cause of the crash.

Date: October 29, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Pair Arrested Committing Rochester House Break

After warning residents about two house breaks on Thursday, the Rochester Police and a task force of detectives from Duxbury, Middleboro, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Pembroke, and Plympton arrested 26-year-old Nathaniel Gibbs of Tyler Drive in Sandwich and 27-year-old Robert Peterson of Cedar Street in Kingston while they were in the act of burglarizing a home in the 60 block New Bedford Road in Rochester this morning.

The task force had the pair under surveillance and with the assistance of Rochester Police took the pair into custody after observing them entering the New Bedford Road home. Duxbury Detective Dennis McKenney developed information possibly implicating the pair in recent Duxbury breaks. At the same time investigators from the other communities had become interested in the same group for recent breaks in each community. The investigators joined forces to conduct surveillance of the pair resulting in their arrest today in Rochester.

The pair was taken into custody by Rochester Police and was transported to the Rochester Police Headquarters for booking. The pair are being held on cash bail and will be arraigned Wednesday at the Wareham District Court on burglary and other charges.

Date: October 25, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Warn Residents After Pair Of House Breaks

The Rochester Police Department is warning residents after two recent house breaks in town. On Thursday at noon officers investigated a B&E in the 300 block of Alley Road. Later in the day, another break-in was reported on Mendell Road in the 90 block. In one case, two televisions were stolen and in the other case, police are still waiting for the resident to determine what may have been taken. Police are following up on both cases and hope to identify suspects.

Rochester Police are asking for the public to keep an extra eye out and report suspicious persons and vehicles immediately by dialing 911.

Rochester Police offer the following prevention tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows when leaving the house, even for a short while.
  • Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.
  • Do not hide door keys outside the house.
  • If you have an alarm system, be sure to set it every time you leave the house.
  • Don't allow items such as newspapers and mail to accumulate outside your home.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know when you will be away. Ask them to keep an extra eye out.

Date: October 3, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Erratic Operation Leads To Drunk Driving Arrest & Drug Seizure

On Monday October 3 at approximately 2:40AM Rochester Police received a 911 call reporting erratic operation of a silver Hyundai on North Avenue. Responding officers Shaun Peterson and Adam Brightman located the vehicle a short time later in the 300 block of Neck Road. The vehicle was found to have fresh damage indicating that it had may have been involved in a crash.

As police spoke with the operator, 23 year old Mark A. Chagnon of Bentley Street in Swansea, they observed signs that indicated he was under the influence of alcohol. After failing a number of sobriety tests, Chagnon was placed under arrest. While searching him, officers found a pipe used for smoking marijuana in his pants pocket. Chagnon admitted to smoking marijuana on a number of occasions throughout the day. He also admitted to crashing into a cement post or rock and leaving the scene.

An inventory of the vehicle Chagnon was operating revealed a cache of drugs and supplies for distributing them. Police located anabolic steroids, heroin, mushrooms, ecstasy, methamphetamines, LSD, and cocaine. Officers also discovered digital scales, razor blades, plastic baggies, a syringe, and a dietary supplement often used for diluting certain drugs.

Chagnon has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, open container of alcohol in a vehicle, possession of a class C substance with intent to distribute, possession of a class E substance, possession of a class A substance, possession of a class B substance, and three counts of possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute.

Chagnon was held at the Rochester Police Station and arraigned in Wareham District Court in the morning.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said, "This by far is the widest assortment of drugs he has seen confiscated from one individual. Usually, suspects will have one or two types of drugs, but this guy covered the whole spectrum."

Date: September 15, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Abduction Attempt Cleared Up

Rochester Police have cleared up a reported abduction attempt after a day long investigation. Police received a phone tip from a resident who had done business with a man in a white van matching the description of the person suspected in the abduction attempt.

The investigation revealed that a man from Cohasset came to Rochester to buy hay and became lost trying to find his way home. The tipster told police that when the man left his business, he was wearing a mask due to an allergy to the hay. The lost driver, hoping to get directions, stopped when he saw the children but they became scared and fled. The victims identified the man from photos provided by police. He has no criminal record and it all appears to have been misunderstanding.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee praised the children for trusting their instincts and fleeing the area when the man stopped and also the parents for quickly reporting the incident to police. "It appears to be a case where the man showed poor judgment by stopping to ask young children for directions. In this day and age, people should know better than to do that."

Date: September 15, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigate Abduction Attempt

Rochester Police responded to the 100 block of Alley Road at 5:30pm Saturday to investigate a possible abduction attempt. Two children reported that while they were riding their bicycles, a man who was driving a van tried to get them to approach his vehicle.

The children described the suspect as an older white male who was wearing a painters mask. The vehicle was described as an older white van with scratches on the passenger side and hay in the back.

The suspect never spoke to the children and fled the area when the kids did not respond. Rochester Police issued a BOLO to area departments and are continuing to investigate the incident

Date: September 3, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Brotherhood To Sponsor Baseball / Softball Clinic And Compete Against Former Stars In Game

The Rochester Police Brotherhood will be sponsoring a baseball & softball clinic for area youngsters on September 14 from noon to 1 pm. The clinic will be held at the Dexter Lane Ball Field. There is no cost to participate in the clinic.

Immediately following the clinic, The Rochester Police Brotherhood and Friends will face off against former Red Sox stars Sam Horn, Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, Jim Corsi, Ken Ryan, and others players in a celebrity softball game. This will be a great event for families to watch and enjoy. Admission to the game is free. Questions about the event can be directed to Officer Kevin Flynn at 508-763-5112, Extension 158.

Date: September 3, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Alleged Cell Phone Use Leads To Labor Day Crash

Rochester Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle crash on High Street Monday at 10:25am. Responding officers found a Chrysler minivan that had gone off the right side of the road and collided with five cement guard rail pillars causing extensive damage to the right side of the vehicle. None of the occupants in the van were injured in the crash.

A passenger in the vehicle told investigating officers that the operator, 37 year old Michael Williams of Mohegan Lake, NY was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. Police issued Williams a citation for impeded operation of a motor vehicle.

Date: August 6, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Motorcycle Crash Victims Identified, Charges Filed

Rochester Police have identified the victims from Monday nights motorcycle crash on Rounseville Road (Route 105) near the Mattapoisett River. The operator was 25 year old Shawn Carvalho and the passenger was 25 year old Kriss Lopes both from Middle Road in Acushnet.

Carvalho has been charged with operating under the influence of liquor with serious injury resulting, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and improper safety equipment for wearing an unapproved replica helmet. He will be summonsed into Wareham District Court to face the charges. Lopes remains hospitalized in critical condition with head and other injuries. She was also found to be wearing an unapproved replica helmet at the time of the crash.

Investigation has revealed that Carvalho was headed south on Rounseville Road at an excessive rate of speed and was unable to negotiate the S-curve. The motorcycle went off the right side of the roadway and both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle.

Date: August 5, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Investigating Serious Motorcycle Crash

Rochester Police were called to the scene of a serious motorcycle crash on Rounseville Road (Route 105) in the area of the Mattapoisett River Monday at 7:51pm. Responding officers found that a male motorcyclist and his female passenger left the roadway and crashed in the area of a sharp curve near the Mattapoisett River.

One rider was transported to Tobey Hospital and later transported by MedFlight to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The second rider was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. No further information was available about the motorcycle occupants or their condition. The crash is under investigation by Rochester Police Sergeant William Chamberlain and Officer Kevin Flynn with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

Date: August 5, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Florida Man Arrested On 5th Offense OUI & Drug Charges

Rochester Police responded to the intersection of North Avenue and Braley Hill Road at 4:34am Saturday for a person passed out behind the wheel of a car. Arriving officers Pamela Canney and Adam Brightman found an unresponsive male subject in the drivers seat of a Chevy Cruze which was running and stopped at the intersection. Police found a partially consumed can of beer between his legs and a number other beer and liquor containers on the front seat. Police requested assistance from Rochester EMS because the driver was in and out of consciousness.

While EMS personnel removed the operator of the vehicle, police found three different types of pills and a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine on the drivers side floor of the Chevy.

Police arrested the operator, 40 year old Alexander Aulston of Grand Avenue in Miami, Florida, who was transported by ambulance from the scene to Tobey Hospital for evaluation. Once released, Aulston was transported back to the Rochester Police Station where he was booked. He was held without bail and later transported to the Plymouth County House of Correction.

Aulston has been charged with OUI liquor 5th offense, OUI drugs, operating after license suspended, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a class E drug, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and use of a motor vehicle without authority.

Investigation revealed that Aulston was in the area visiting relatives in Carver. The vehicle he was driving was a rental that his mother had rented however Aulston was not an authorized driver and the vehicle was past due. Police also discovered fresh damage to the vehicle indicating that it may have collided with a tree and are trying to locate the accident scene. Aulston was on probation in Florida and officials there have been notified of his arrest. Additional charges may be filed against Aulston as well as his mother, Sylvia Aulston, as the investigation continues.

Date: August 1, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Marion, Mattapoisett, & Rochester Police Sponsor National Night Out 2013

On Tuesday August 6, 2013, the Marion, the Mattapoisett and the Rochester Police Departments will celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event will take place on the grounds of the Old Rochester Regional High School from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. We will be joined by the tri-town fire and EMS departments, the Marion Harbormaster Department and Marion Recreation Department. The Southeastern Law Enforcement Council (S.E.M.L.E.C.) will have representation from their Search and Rescue and SWAT divisions. We have also placed a request to have the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helicopter land at our event. The Massachusetts Air National Guard will be participating in this year's event as well.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event which is designed to encourage camaraderie between citizens and local first responders. This event is designed to produce an opportunity for local residents and law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies to come together and strengthen the relationships with each other.

This year, the Tri-Town National Night Out is organized by a collaboration of volunteers from the tri-town police, fire and EMS departments, the Marion Harbormaster Department, the Marion Recreation Department, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, and the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Admission is free. There will be free gift bags given to the first 150 children. There will be music and food vendors from Oxford Creamery, Perry's Last Stand and Flour Girls. The Marion Police Brotherhood will provide each child with a ticket to receive one free hot dog, ice cream, cookie and bottled water. There will be free face painting by Handi Mandi face painting and an inflatable moonwalk for the children. The Massachusetts Air National Guard is providing an inflatable basketball game for the children. Adults and their children will have the opportunity to see and have their picture taken with the local first responder vehicles present at the event.

Date: August 1, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Crash Leads To OUI Arrest

Rochester Police were called to the 600 block of Walnut Plain Road for an erratic operator at 7:03pm Wednesday. A witness reported that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a bush. After the collision, the vehicle left the scene. Officers responding to the call located a vehicle matching the description operating in the 200 block of Walnut Plain Road with a damaged side mirror and the bumper dragging on the roadway behind the vehicle.

Police stopped the vehicle and the operator said that the collision occurred when he attempted to avoid a squirrel. After investigation, police arrested 23 year old James P. Bolia of Hiller Road in Rochester for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stay in marked lanes.

Bolia was later released on $40 bail and scheduled to appear in Wareham District Court Thursday morning.

Date: August 1, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Wareham Woman Injured In Crash

Rochester Police were called to Cross Road for a motor vehicle crash at 3:52pm Wednesday. Officers arriving on scene found that a vehicle had failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed the oncoming traffic lane, and struck a utility pole. The vehicle sustained extensive front end damage.

A 48 year old Wareham woman suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Tobey Hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Rochester Police.

Date: July 24, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Police Investigate House Break

Rochester Police were called to the 100 Block of Braley Hill Road this afternoon after a resident arrived home and found their house broken into. Investigating Officer Donald Kemmett discovered that the suspect had forced in a window air conditioning unit to gain entry into the home. Once inside, the suspect stole number of electronic items.

The Plymouth County BCI Unit was called to the home to assist with processing the crime scene for evidence. Rochester Police encourage residents to report suspicious persons or vehicles by calling 9-1-1.

Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Police Investigate Theft Of Safe

Rochester Police are investigating the theft of a safe from a home in the 200 block of Cushman Road. Police were called to the scene by the homeowner who discovered the safe missing Thursday evening. Officers at the scene did not find any signs of forced entry to the home.

Rochester Police put out a BOLO about the theft to area police departments and were contacted later that night by Acushnet Police who located the stolen safe in the area of Wing Road.

The safe is being processed for fingerprints by the BCI Unit of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department. Rochester Police do have a possible suspect in the theft and the investigation by Officer Shaun Peterson and Sgt. William Chamberlain is ongoing.

Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Police Investigate Hit & Run Crash

Rochester Police are investigating a hit & run property damage accident that occurred early Friday morning. While on patrol, Sergeant Pamela Canney discovered a vehicle with heavy front end damage that was pulled off the side of the road in the 400 block of Rounseville Road. Sgt. Canney observed smoke and flames coming from under the hood of the damaged vehicle. Sgt. Canney assisted the driver out of the vehicle.

The 22-year old female operator who was from Lakeville said she was unaware of what she had hit or where the crash occurred. Police located the crash site about a quarter mile down the road in front of the Rochester Congregational Church. The vehicle had crossed over the oncoming traffic lane, driven off the roadway, and collided with a steel guide wire. The vehicle also damaged a thirty-five foot long section of lawn. After the collision, the vehicle left the scene and continued up Rounseville Road until it became disabled from the damage caused in the crash.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. The operator was transported to Tobey Hospital for a medical evaluation. The crash remains under investigation by Rochester Police.

Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Fairhaven Teen Arrested On Gun Charges

At approximately 4:22am Saturday morning, Rochester Police were called to the area of New Bedford Road and Vaughan Hill Road by a passing motorist who observed a man in the street waiving a flashlight. When Officer Jason Denham and Sergeant Pamela Canney arrived, they located the man standing in the roadway. He told them his vehicle was stuck and he wanted a ride home to Fairhaven. When asked by police if he was carrying any weapons, he told the officers he had a shotgun and a knife.

A search of the subject revealed he was carrying a loaded sawed off shotgun in his pant leg, 8 shotgun shells, and a can of mace. Police arrested 18 year old Matthew R. Gianlorenzo of Morgan Street in Fairhaven.

Once at the police station, Gianlorenzo told officers that he drove his truck down a dirt road and got stuck. He admitted to breaking into a shed in the 200 block of Rounseville Road to try and find some rope. He also stated that he fired the shotgun into the air several times to scare off an animal he thought was following him. Police later located his vehicle in the woods and had it towed. During inventory of the truck, police located an illegal double edge knife.

Gianlorenzo has been charged with carrying a loaded shotgun on a public way, possession of a sawed off shotgun, trespass with a motor vehicle, breaking and entering in the nighttime, malicious destruction of property, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Date: March 8, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Awarded Car Seat Grant

The Rochester Police Department was awarded a $1500 grant this week from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Highway Safety Division. The grant will allow the department to purchase a number of child car seats to be distributed and installed by Child Passenger Safety Technician Officer Robert Nordahl who Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee credited with writing the grant.

"Officer Nordahl did a great job preparing this grant which resulted in the maximum award amount being issued to the department," said Magee. The seats will be used at CPS checkup and fitting stations run by the department. This program aims to help reduce child passenger fatalities and injuries by distributing federally-approved car seats to residents in need as well as educating parents, grandparents, and child caregivers on the proper installation and usage of child safety seats.

Officer Robert Nordahl is available to assist in the correct selection and installation of all child safety seats. He can be reached by phone at 508-763-5112, Extension 162, or by email at rnordahl@townofrochester.com.

For more information on child passenger safety, visit the Child Passenger Safety page, or the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security website at http://mass.gov/eopss.

Date: January 4, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Suspect Identified & Charged In Theft From Local Market

On December 27, Rochester Police were called to Lloyd's Market on Hartley Road after store owners realized that a book of lottery scratch tickets had been stolen from the store.

Rochester Police turned to the state-of-the-art video security system in the store for clues on who the suspect may be. The extensive video surveillance system captured the suspects arrival in a pickup truck, the theft and concealment of the lottery tickets, and the suspects departure route as clear as day on tape.

Using the high quality video, Rochester Police Officer Donald Kemmett and Sgt. William Chamberlain were able to identify the suspect with some help from the Acushnet Police. They have filed charges against Dina M. Tripp, 39, of Main Street in Acushnet for shoplifting more than $100. If convicted, Tripp could be punished by a fine up to $1000 or by imprisonment in the House of Correction for up to 2 1/2 years, or by both.

Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said that this case most likely would not have been solved if it were not for the elaborate security and video system inside and outside of Lloyd's Market. Chief Magee also said several other Rochester business owners have installed similar systems that have resulted in criminal cases against suspects.

Police previously charged an employee of a local restaurant with larceny after video evidence linked him to the theft of money from the business and they also charged another individual who was caught on video stealing a purse from an unlocked vehicle outside a local store.

Date: January 3, 2013
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Plymouth Pair Charged With High Street House Break

Rochester Police have charged a pair from Plymouth in connection with a December 17th house break-in the 200 block of High Street. Rochester Police were tipped off to the crime when an alert neighbor notified them about a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival, but the neighbor was able to provide the license plate number.

The suspects then headed to Middleboro and Kingston where they committed more house breaks. Meanwhile officers from Rochester, Middleboro, Plymouth, and Kingston Police conducted surveillance on the suspects home and took them into custody when they returned there later in the day.

As the result of a search warrant executed on the vehicle they were driving, police recovered items stolen in the Rochester, Middleboro, and Kingston house breaks.

Rochester Police have filed charges against Jason P. Parsons, 34, and Jackalyn J. Kelleher, 50, both of Barbara's Way in Plymouth with breaking and entering in the day time, destruction of property over $250, conspiracy, larceny from a building, and use of a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony. The pair will also be charged for the Middleboro and Kingston breaks. Other departments in the area are looking at the suspects as well.

Date: May 8, 2012
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Department Launches Statewide High-Visibility Click It Or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

Massachusetts is serious about saving lives through seat belt use.

In our continuing effort to save lives, the Rochester Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and over 120 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility seat belt enforcement mobilization called Click It or Ticket. The message is simple: Massachusetts drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be prepared to face the consequences.

During the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, which runs from May 14th through June 3rd, thousands of extra state and local police will patrol the state's streets and highways in a concerted effort to promote and enforce seat belt use with the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Many departments across the state have adopted zero-tolerance policies for seat belt violations signaling the increasing importance of seat belt use. In fact, if pulled over, everyone in the car found not wearing a seat belt will be ticketed.

"Too many people still have reckless attitudes expecting that crashes will never happen to them," said Rochester Police Chief Paul H. Magee. "Unfortunately these tragedies can and do happen every day. The best protection against death or injury is a seat belt."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on known usage, 49 percent of the people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2010 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

"A lot of people shrug off the statistics because they see themselves as good drivers," said Chief Magee, "but they forget that they can get hurt because of other reckless drivers. Your best defense is to buckle up."

Seat belt use can be the difference between life and death. It is the best defense in a crash. Remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.

Date: March 15, 2012
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Warn Residents About House Breaks

The Rochester Police Department is warning residents about recent house breaks in town. On Friday (3/9/12), officers investigated a B&E in the 300 block of Walnut Plain Road. On Monday (3/12/12), another break-in was reported on Featherbed Lane. In both cases, jewelry, small electronics, gaming systems, and cash were stolen.

Yesterday (3/14/12), police responded to the 900 block of Walnut Plain Road for an alarm sounding. Upon arrival at the home, police found that someone attempted to break-in. While doing so, the suspect(s) set off the alarm and fled prior to the arrival of police.

Police are following up on several leads and working with other area departments in an attempt to identify suspects.

Rochester Police are asking for the public to keep an extra eye out and report suspicious persons and vehicles immediately by dialing 911.

Rochester Police offer the following prevention tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows when leaving the house, even for a short while.
  • Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.
  • Do not hide door keys outside the house.
  • If you have an alarm system, be sure to set it every time you leave the house.
  • Don't allow items such as newspapers and mail to accumulate outside your home.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know when you will be away. Ask them to keep an extra eye out.

Date: September 9, 2011
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Make Your Car Unwanted To Thieves

Public Safety & Crime Prevention Event

The Rochester Police Department, in conjunction with the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, will sponsor an auto theft prevention program called "Auto Glass Etching" on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 9am to 2pm at the Rochester Fire Station, located at 4 Pine Street. The process, which takes 10-15 minutes, etches the V.I.N. (vehicle identification number) of your vehicle on all of the window glass. This provides a visible deterrent to theft.

What is V.I.N. etching? V.I.N. etching is a chemical process where your V.I.N. number is permanently etched into all of the window glass of your vehicle.

Why should you do it? By permanently etching the V.I.N. into the window glass, your vehicle is less likely to be stolen, and the V.I.N. can assist in the recovery if it is stolen. A warning label is applied inside the drivers window, alerting would be thieves that "this vehicle has been marked for identification purposes by the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force."

Why is it effective? The moment your vehicle is reported stolen, its Federally Registered Identification, the V.I.N., becomes the mark of a stolen vehicle. Thieves are less likely to risk the theft of an easily identifiable vehicle, nor are they willing to spend the necessary time, effort, and money to replace V.I.N. marked window glass.

How do you benefit? With the permanent V.I.N. marking on your vehicle, you are less likely to suffer the financial loss and aggravation that accompanies the loss of your vehicle to a professional thief. Most auto insurers are so certain that V.I.N. etching will lower the chance of theft and save money that they offer up to a 15% discount on your comprehensive insurance (check with your insurance company).

How much does it cost? A fee of $10.00 (cash only) is charged to the customer to offset the cost of materials, equipment, supplies, and labor used in etching your window glass.

For additional information, contact Sergeant William Chamberlain of the Rochester Police Department at 508-763-5112, Extension 153, or Pamlea Surette, Program Coordinator of the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force at 781-393-1201.

Date: May 2, 2011
Contact: Paul H. Magee, Chief of Police

Rochester Police Department & Plymouth County Sheriff Bring New Service For People With Autism & Alzheimer's To Rochester

SafetyNet by LoJack service will help the Rochester Police Department and Plymouth County Sheriff's Department protect Rochester residents with autism and Alzheimer's from the dangers of wandering.

A new service that works directly with local law enforcement and is designed for people with autism and Alzheimer's who are at risk of wandering is now available in Rochester. The Rochester Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, and LoJack SafetyNet have worked together to bring the SafetyNet by LoJack service to the community.

The SafetyNet service provides law enforcement with the tools and training to more effectively find and rescue individuals who could or are prone to wandering and becoming lost. It also helps caregivers provide an added layer of protection for loved ones with cognitive conditions from the life-threatening behavior of wandering.

Twenty Deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and staff from the Rochester Police Department have been trained and certified on the SafetyNet service, as well as equipped with search and rescue equipment. They can now use the SafetyNet service to find and rescue people at risk who go missing. The service will be used to supplement traditional search and rescue operations conducted by Rochester Police and regional SEMLEC Search and Rescue Team.

"This is a great tool to help us protect residents with autism and Alzheimer's from the dangers of wandering," Chief Paul H. Magee said. "I have used the equipment myself, and I was very impressed with how effective it is."

The SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers, certified training and ongoing support were provided at no cost to the Rochester Police or taxpayers.

How The SafetyNet Service Works

Once a caregiver enrolls their loved one in the service, they receive a SafetyNet Bracelet, which is worn by the person at risk typically on their wrist or ankle. The caregiver provides information about the client to assist in search and rescue, which is then entered into a secure database. LoJack SafetyNet provides 24x7 emergency caregiver support.

The SafetyNet Bracelet constantly emits a Radio Frequency signal. Radio Frequency is the technology of choice because, unlike cellular and GPS technology, its signal doesn't rely on cellular networks or satellite signals and can often be tracked when a client wanders into a shallow body of water, a densely wooded area, a concrete structure such as a garage, or a building constructed with steel.

The Search and Rescue Receivers used by law enforcement agencies can detect the Radio Frequency signal emitted from a SafetyNet Bracelet typically within a range of approximately one mile in on-the-ground searches and 5-7 miles in searches by helicopter.

The SafetyNet certified training for law enforcement agencies focuses on its specialized electronic equipment, technology, procedures, and on how to effectively communicate with and approach individuals who have cognitive conditions. SafetyNet's secure database contains information on each individual client enrolled in the service so that the search and rescue team can have information on the individual's personal habits and how he or she should be approached, spoken to, and comforted.

More Information

LoJack SafetyNet

For more information about the SafetyNet service, please call 877-4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384), or visit http://lojack.com/People-at-Risk or http://pcsdma.org.

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