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Sheriff's Deputy EHO ENDED DEADLY TAUNTON RAMPAGE DOWNPLAYS HEROICS

CBS - Boston
October 12,2016

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PROGRAM THAT HELPS OVERDOSE SURVIVORS MAY EXPAND

Rich Harbert, Old COlony Memorial
October 11,2016

PLYMOUTH – A local program aimed at getting drug addicts into treatment is poised to expand  Read More

 

Alleged drunk driver seriously injures pedestrian in Marshfield

Chris Burrell, The Patriot Ledger
October 4, 2016

MARSHFIELD - Police have charged a Plymouth man with driving drunk and seriously injuring a pedestrian in a crash Monday night in Marshfield  Read More

BREAK IN VICTIMS CHARGED WITH FENTANYL TRAFFICKING CHARGES

Christine James, WATD
October 6, 2016

  HANSON- Two of four men that allegedly broke into a Hanson home on Main Street on September 29th are facing dangerousness hearings today (Thursday) in district court Read More

Alleged drunk driver seriously injures pedestrian in Marshfield

Chris Burrell, The Patriot Ledger
October 4, 2016

MARSHFIELD - Police have charged a Plymouth man with driving drunk and seriously injuring a pedestrian in a crash Monday night in Marshfield  Read More

6 TONS OF FOOD HARVESTED FROM COUNTY FARM, NEARLY TWO TIMES LAST YEARS HAUL

Bobbi Clark, WATD
September 27, 2016

In Plymouth, the County Farm almost doubled the amount of food it produced last year. Sheriff McDonald celebrated this milestone at the farm on Friday with South Shore Community Action Council officials, who distribute the harvest to people in need.

The 12,000 pounds of food grown this year is a large increase, especially in drought conditions, over the 7,500 pounds produced last year. Sheriff Joseph McDonald is proud of that. Read More

Edaville USA quiets things down for Autism Weekend

Kathryn Gallerani, Wicked Local
September 26, 2016

  CARVER – A restored train car has been transformed into a quiet room where children with autism visiting Edaville USA can go to decompress, to rebalance, to just sit and be..Read More

SHERIFF MCDONALD WARNS RESIDENTS OFNEW SCAMS

Wicked Local
September 15, 2016

 PLYMOUTH — Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. is warning the public of a new surge in email and phone scams targeting residents of Plymouth County .Read More

The Patriot Ledger
September 13,  2016

HANSON - Police have two suspects in custody for the robbery Tuesday of the Rockland Trust bank branch at 470 Liberty Street.  Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit makes room for drug discussion

, Wicked Local
September 2,  2016

HANOVER - An interactive exhibit at the Hanover Mall is aimed at helping parents spot the warning signs of at-risk behavior in their children.

The exhibit, Hidden in Plain Sight, displays a typical teenager’s bedroom as a test for parents to recognize common items that may be indicative of substance abuse. Read More

 

Thousands converge on Provincetown for Carnival Parade

Cape Cod Times
August 19 2016

PROVINCETOWN – Thousands of people descended on Provincetown on a picture perfect Thursday for the annual Carnival Parade. The theme this year was “Back to the 80s.”

Security was tight with Provincetown Police being supplemented by Truro and Wellfleet Police, Barnstable County Sheriff”s Deputies, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s mounted unit  .Read More

 POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLDS 32nd ANNUAL POLICE NIGHT OUT

WATD
August 4, 2016

 KINGSTON - On Tuesday in Kingston, the Kingston Police Department held their 32nd annual Police Night Out at the Silver Lake Middle School .Read More

Plymouth county HOSTS 22nd ANNUAL DARE CAMP

Wicked Local Scituate
August 3, 2016

 Last week, the county held its 22nd annual Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education Camp at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, educating 10 to 12 year olds with the help of presentations, games and more.Read More

Plymouth county farm combats hunger

Wicked Local Plymouth
June 21, 2016

PLYMOUTH - Daisy snored. Bees buzzed in the flowers. And a blanketing sense of calm descended, the drenching June sunlight flooding every crevice and shadow. Life at the Plymouth County Farm hummed along as it always has Wednesday afternoon. Read More

Officer's 'heroic actions' brought stabbing rampage to an end

WCVB, Channel 5
May 11, 2016

TAUNTON - An off-duty sheriff's deputy was dining with his wife when a man who stabbed two people inside a Taunton home stormed into a mall restaurant to continue his violent rampage.

Plymouth County Deputy James Creed stopped the attack Tuesday night at Bertucci's inside the Galleria Mall. Read More

Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff Who Ended Taunton Rampage Identified

CBS
May 11, 2016

TAUNTON - (CBS) The off-duty Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff who killed a man on a stabbing rampage in Taunton has been identified. Deputy James Creed fatally shot Arthur DaRosa at the Bertucci’s inside the Silver City Galleria mall Tuesday evening. Read More

2 stabbed to death in spree of violence in taunton

By: Globe Staff
The Boston Globe
May 11, 2016

TAUNTON — Two people were stabbed to death, including an 80-year-old woman, and their assailant was killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in a spree of violence that began at a home in Taunton and spilled over into the Silver City Galleria mall Tuesday evening, State Police said. Read More

Headless chicken case baffles brockton police

By: Maria Papadopoulos
The Enterprise
May 9, 2016

BROCKTON – Heather McNamara looked in the direction of her neighbor’s house, where a decapitated chicken was found with a circle drawn around it on the front lawn Monday. Read More

YMCA Promotes healthy youngsters through activities

By: Chris Shott
Bangor Daily News
May 2, 2016

WAREHAM – A nationwide program celebrating its 25th anniversary concluded a successful 11th run Saturday at the Gleason Family YMCA of Wareham.Read More

Brockton police shut down cocaine delivery service, arrest 1

By: Benjamin Paulin
The Enterprise
April 29, 2016

BROCKTON - Brockton Police seized 11 ounces of crack cocaine and over $30,000 in cash Thursday in a raid to shut down an alleged drug delivery service.

Jose Cruz, 40, of Norwood St., Brockton was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and unlawful possession with intent to distribute cocaine, a subsequent offense.

Members of the Brockton Police narcotics unit, with the assistance of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit.Read More

Bridgewater State's unsanctioned 'Springfest' ends with more than 50 arrests

By: Charlie Peters
The Enterprise
April 25, 2016

BRIDGEWATER - Springfest and its schedule of school-sponsored events on campus ended Friday, as far as Bridgewater State University officials are concerned.. Read More

Maine Man Charged With Attempted Murder In massachusetts shooting

By: Judy Harrison
Bangor Daily News
April 24, 2016

The Maine man charged with randomly shooting two people from his car early Sunday morning also fired at but missed a third person on the streets of Duxbury, Massachusetts, according to media reports. Read More

Police seize marijuana, thousands in cash in Hanson drug bust

By: Maria Papadopoulos
The Enterprise
April 4, 2016

HANSON - Police seized several pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash from the Spring Street apartment of a 21-year-old now facing drug charges, police said.Tyrell Mosley, 21, of Hanson, was held in lieu of $20,000 bail in the Plymouth County jail. Read More

EB Hope launched notification service for upcoming events

By: Ed Dogna
The Enterprise
April 19, 2016

EAST BRIDGEWATER – For individuals battling addiction and their loved ones, EB HOPE has launched a notification system that will alert individuals directly about upcoming events that the organization is sponsoring, such as their semimonthly drop-in centers.

The service is open to individuals regardless of where they live, and individuals can register online at http://www.pcsdma.org/ebhope. Registrants can choose to receive the notifications via their home phone, cell phone, text message or email.

The notification system was created for EB Hope by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. Previously, the organization had been using the department’s Code Red system to send out notifications.

As part of an ongoing initiative to combat addiction, EB HOPE has partnered with the East Bridgewater Police Department and other organizations to host drop-in centers at Community Covenant Church in East Bridgewater twice a month. At the events, drug addicts can access treatment resources and their loved ones can find support services.

So far the drop-in centers have placed dozens of individuals in treatment and assisted residents from East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Whitman, Brockton, Easton, Franklin, Pembroke, Hanson, Rockland, Halifax, Hingham, Swansea, Falmouth, Wareham, Avon and Abington.

Two charged with home invasion In North Plymouth

By: Rich Harbert
Old Colony Memorial
March 3, 2016

PLYMOUTH - Police have arrested two men and are looking for a third in connection with an armed home invasion last month in North Plymouth. Read More

Man Stole Car from woman with infant at gunpoint

By: Glen McLaughlin
PopHerald
February 17, 2016

BROCKTON - A carjacking suspect was arrested after he allegedly threatened a woman, who was with her infant, with a pellet gun before fleeing in her vehicle outside the Westgate Mall in Brockton on Tuesday, State Police said. Read More

Cops make heroin busts in Carver, Taunton

By: Benjamin Paulin
Wicked Local Wareham
February 16, 2016

CARVER - A three-month investigation into the sale of drugs in the town of Carver led police to arresting a man for the second time in two years for selling heroin and the seizure of thousands of dollars and heroin in Carver and Taunton. Joshua Clements, 23, of Carver was arrested during a drug raid by Carver Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department on Friday. Read More

Sheriff and His Dog Find Missing Boy

By: Christine James
WATD
January 20, 2016

PLYMOUTH - A 10-year-old boy is back home safe and sound with the help of a sheriff’s deputy and his K-9. Read More

West Bridgewater cemetery vandalized for the 5th time in 4 years

By: J.D. Capelouto
The Boston Globe
January 1, 2016

WEST BRIDGEWATER – When she picked up her phone on Friday morning, Lauren Delaney thought she must be dreaming. The news was bad — and familiar. Pleasant Hill Cemetery in West Bridgewater, where she was the caretaker, had been vandalized for the second time in two months Read More

Plymouth County Sheriff- Jail is safe haven for patients in court-ordered treatment

By: Rich Harbert
The Old Colony Memorial
December 18, 2015

PLYMOUTH – At any given time, there are more than 1,000 men serving time at the Plymouth County Correctional Center. A small percentage of them have committed no crime whatsoever. Read More

Medication return program turns unwanted drugs into useful energy

By: Rich Harbert
The Old Colony Memorial
November 20, 2015

PLYMOUTH – The surest way to prevent drug addiction is never to indulge in the first place. Restricting availability may be a close second. Read More

Community work program gives recovering inmates valuable skills for survival after jail

By: Rich Harbert
The Old Colony Memorial
November 5, 2015

PLYMOUTH – They had to break rocks in the hot sun, but these inmates also won shots at redemption and better lives. Read More

PLYMOUTH COUNTY: SHERIFF NAMED TO BIPARTISAN panel to study criminal justice reform

Wicked Local
November 3, 2015

PLYMOUTH – McDonald, who also serves as head of the state’s Sheriff’s association, will serve alongside of 24 other legislators, judges, probation officers and members of the Baker Administration to explore opportunities for consensus and reform. Read More

PLYMOUTH COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: Substance abuse unit at jail helping inmates kick addiction

By Rich Harbert
The Old Colony Memorial
October 23, 2015

PLYMOUTH – Eddie got addicted to the lifestyle of drugs, before they actually took hold of his body. Read More

Vandalism to East Bridgewater soccer fields causes thousands of dollars in damage

By Benjamin Paulin and Ed Dogna
The Enterprise
October 21, 2015

EAST BRIDGEWATER – A joyriding driver caused thousands of dollars in damage to soccer fields in East Bridgewater over the weekend, leaving several long tire marks in the grass. Read More

Tip leads Carver police to 2 pounds of marijuana

By Jessica Trufant
The Patriot Ledger
October 18, 2015

CARVER – Acting on a tip from the public, Carver police discovered marijuana while executing a search warrant at a Crystal Lake Drive home. Read More

Brockton comes together to save a life in dramatic search

By Benjamin Paulin
The Enterprise
October 17 , 2015

BROCKTON – Dozens rode ATVs and dirt bikes. Others walked with K9s, navigating through dense thickets, thorny brush, rivers and wetlands. Still others went door-to-door to homes and businesses, passing out flyers and asking questions. Read More

CARVER POLICE DEPARTMENT: Search yields guns, pills, arrest


Wicked Local Carver
October 17 , 2015

CARVER - Carver police conducted a search of two homes on Meadow Street last Thursday, Oct. 8, and seized an AR 15 assault rifle, a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun and some pills. The search also led to the arrest of 41-year-old Sherri Lafrance on two charges of possession of a firearm without a license to carry, two counts of improperly storing a firearm and possession of a Class C drug. Read More

Sheriff's jail programs target inmates with substance abuse issues

By Rich Harbert
Old Colony Memorial
October 7 , 2015

PLYMOUTH – In his former career as an assistant district attorney, Joseph D. McDonald Jr. saw first-hand the horrors of how drugs and alcohol can take hold of good people and twist them into something they are not. Read More

PLYMOUTH COUNTY CORRECTION FACILITY: Pilot program would treat civilly committed substance abusers at county jail

By Rich Harbert
Old Colony Memorial
September 2 , 2015

PLYMOUTH – A pilot program will help substance abusers get treatment where they might otherwise land – in the county jail. Read More

Brockton police acquire new fingerprinting technology

By Benjamin Paulin
The Enterprise
August 27 , 2015

BROCKTON – After taking a suspect into custody and booking them in the Brockton Police Department, officers would take the person’s fingerprints using ink and pressing them on a piece of paper. Then, they would scan them into a computer to see if they were linked to other crimes. Read More


Mobile Brockton drug take-back aims to keep elders safe, curb addiction

By Michele Morgan-Bolton
The Enterprise
August 14, 2015

BROCKTON – A mobile prescription drug collection initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, was launched in Brockton this week, aimed at aiding the elderly and disabled. Read More

Dozens evacuated after distraught resident threatens to blow up home

By Rich Harbert
rharbert@wickedlocal.com

PLYMOUTH – Police evacuated dozens of residents from a local neighborhood Saturday night after a distraught resident soaked himself in gasoline and threatened to blow up his home.Read More

Massachusetts Non Profit Helps Provide Ballistic Vests, Training, Even Dogs To Police Agencies


Kathy Hinds
President of Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog Programs
August 5, 2015

All too often, police dog K9 programs manage to operate on fragile, slim or wholly donated budgets.Read More

Lakeville officer helped stop armed-robbery spree

Charles Winokoor
Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter
July 11, 2015

TAUNTON — An alert Lakeville police officer made an arrest early Saturday morning that led to two others being apprehended — cutting short what cops said was an armed-robbery spree that included a Taunton gas station.Read More

Fairhaven police waiting for test results on shovel used in attack on town official


South Coast Today
April 27, 2015

FAIRHAVEN - Fairhaven police continue to "aggressively investigate" the shovel attack on town official Jay Simmons. Read More

Hanover Boy Who Warned Family of Fire Named Honorary Deputy Sheriff


Natalie Ornell
The Patriot Ledger
April 4, 2015

HANOVER - There’s a new honorary deputy sheriff in Hanover. And he’s just 6 years old. Fire officials said Helber Nunes Jr. may have saved the lives of his parents and others when he responded to an electrical fire that started in his room March 29. Read More

SSCAC's Local Heroes Awards Night


March 25, 2015

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth County Farm partners with SSCAC's Food Resources Program as part of its Healthy Harvest service. Each year during the summer growing season, SSCAC transports fresh produce grown on local farms directly to 31 Plymouth County non-profits, including Councils on Aging, Boys & Girls Clubs, senior and low income housing developments, and more. These non-profit partners distribute the farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure elders, children, and individuals. Over the past 2 years, the Plymouth County Farm has generously donated nearly 3,000 pounds of produce to this Healthy Harvest service, the equivalent of 2,185 meals. SSCAC provides all of the transportation and produce totally free of charge to its non-profit partners and their clients, so this donated produce is incredibly valuable to the Food Resources Program. Sheriff Joe McDonald, former Farm Director, Ted DeCristofaro, Assistant Deputy Farm Superintendent Wayne DaSilva, and Captain Dan Callahan have all been instrumental in cultivating this farm-to-table partnership between SSCAC and the Plymouth County Farm, a partnership that helps promote health and nutrition among some of our most vulnerable, food-insecure Plymouth County residents. Read More

Carver Man Indicted by Grand Jury for Motor Vehicle Homicide, Other Charges


Kathryn Gallerani
Carver Reporter
January 23, 2015

CARVER - A Carver man has been indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating to endanger. Read More