DA Marian Ryan Brings Project Linus to Bedford’s Council on Aging

Submitted by the Office of District Attorney Marian Ryan

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan spoke to Bedford seniors today at the Bedford Senior Center about a partnership with Project Linus to provide blankets to children in Middlesex County who experience an opioid-related, or other trauma. District Attorney Ryan also donated blankets to the Bedford Police Department and Bedford Fire Department.

Through this program Project Linus will also provide blankets to all children identified through Project C.A.R.E, a partnership involving the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department, Lowell Fire Department, Trinity Ambulance and the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell to provide a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rapid response trauma-informed intervention for children who witness a parent or loved one suffer an overdose.

Chief Bongiorno Attends Unveiling of National Gun Control Legislation Modeled after Massachusetts Laws

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

The Bedford Police Department announces that Chief Robert Bongiorno joined his law enforcement partners yesterday for the announcement of U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s new piece of legislation that would incentivize states to adopt policies on gun control modeled after existing laws in Massachusetts.

“It was an honor to stand among my colleagues to support Sen. Markey’s sensible and comprehensive gun legislation,” Chief Bongiorno added. “The MASS Act is consistent with the rights outlined in the second amendment, and quick action by states that choose to adopt these policies will allow members of law enforcement to better protect the lives of those we have taken an oath to serve.”

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Continuing IRS and Jury Duty Scam Calls

Submitted by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today issued a reminder to residents to be aware of ongoing IRS and jury duty scams. Sheriff Koutoujian was among those targeted by scammers.

“We are issuing this reminder because we have seen an uptick in calls being reported to our office over the past several days. We want residents to be aware of these scams in order to better protect themselves,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Recently, both my mother and I personally received IRS scam calls and though we each recognized they were not legitimate and immediately hung up – not all do because many of these perpetrators can be extremely convincing.”

Bedford Police Mourn Passing of Former Chief

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department are saddened to share news of the passing of former Police Chief Donald Eunson.

A lifelong Bedford resident, Eunson, who served the town as its police chief for nearly four decades, died on Thursday after a brief illness. He was 89.

Help Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities

Submitted by the Domestic Violence Service Network

The bi-annual Volunteer Advocate Training program sponsored by the Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) at the Concord Police Department will take place from March 13 through March 31, 2018. This 40-hour training session takes place over a 3-week period on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Those interested in more information and/or want to request an application should call (978) 318-3421 or send an e-mail to dvvap@concordma.gov. Applications are due no later than Monday, March 5, 2018.

Bedford Police are Investigating Saturday’s Motor Vehicle Pursuit

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is investigating following a motor vehicle pursuit that occurred this evening. On Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 5 p.m., Bedford Police received a report of a suspicious white U-Haul van parked next to a donation bin at a local church. These bins have been targeted in the past for criminal activity.

Bedford Police Department Reminds Residents of Animal Safety Laws During Cold Weather Months

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department want to remind residents of laws surrounding animal safety in cold weather conditions.

According to state law, dogs cannot be left outside when a weather advisory, warning or watch is issued by local state or federal authority. The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing such advisories and warnings.

Additionally, dogs cannot be left outside when weather conditions, such as extreme heat, cold, wind, rain or snow, pose a risk to the health and safety of the dog based on its breed, age and physical condition.

Statement from District Attorney Marian Ryan Regarding Bail Practices

Submitted by the Office of District Attorney Marian Ryan

Today I am announcing that it will be the practice of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office not to request cash bail in non-violent, low-level cases in the district court. Recognizing that even a short period of incarceration can cause tremendous upheaval in one’s life, including loss of employment and housing, this practice seeks to prevent incarceration solely due to a lack of financial resources and in cases where we don’t intend to seek a jail sentence.

Motor Vehicle Crashes into Empty Storefront at Bedford Marketplace

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police and Fire Departments

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes report that the Bedford Police and Fire Departments responded to an incident where a motor vehicle crashed into a building this morning.

At approximately 8:20 a.m., Bedford Police and Fire were dispatched to the Bedford Market Place on Great Road for a report of a car into a building. Upon arrival, first responders observed that a 2014 Honda CRV had crashed into an unoccupied storefront between Comella’s and barre3 Bedford, damaging the door frame and some of the brickwork.

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