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OFFICIALS: Public Safety #1 Priority

Councilor-at-Large David D'Arcangelo sent a message to his constituents after last night's shooting.

For updates on the shootings, . 

City officials are reaching out to residents after rocked the city about 12 hours apart this weekend, noting the incidents were not random acts of violence and urging vigilance. 

"As a Councilor-At-Large, I want to make Malden residents aware that these situations, and all other public safety matters, are being handled with the utmost urgency," he wrote on his Facebook wall. "I have been in contact with the mayor and Malden Police and am confident that the (Malden Police Department) is doing everything they can to solve this case, other incidents and future crime." 

"Let's all work together without compromising ongoing investigations," he said. 

Mayor Gary Christenson was also on the , and told reporters that the two shootings were not random in nature. 

"Our officers are working diligently on addressing these incidents," he said. 

Rick August 19, 2012 at 01:34 PM
What about he shooting at the skate park last week. Oh that's right it doesn't count because the shooter was a bad shot and the kid only had minor injuries. The city is run by incompetent hacks. It really is time vote them all out next election
david mokal August 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
They seem to be rating the seriousness by how bad the victim was shot. Typical playing it down. Thats all the polititions do is Talk,Talk,Talk, and more Talk nothing but foolishness comes out of their mouths and for another year nothing gets done. The police are doing a fabulouse job. Howard M has got the right Idea. Tell the polititions to stop Grandstanding and get out there in the streets with the people instead of Facebook. Lets look the peolple in the Eye and tell everyone we are goin to do something.
David Marsters August 19, 2012 at 02:57 PM
You can't have a cop on every street to protect you. Maybe you should get an ordinance that Kennesaw, Georgia has had since 1982. It states, In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore. I have been in contact with the PD down there and they say crime has gone down to almost o %. I am going to put this on our ballot this Nov election for my town in Maine.
Diana August 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Alternatively, you could just move to Kennesaw, which strikes me as an "everybody wins" scenario.
David Marsters August 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Why should I move. I can carry here in Maine without license, which I do.
Diana August 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Sure, but how can you possibly feel safe knowing that not EVERY mouth-breathing knuckledragger in town has one too?
David Marsters August 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
It makes me feel safe. If you don't feel safe, dig a hole and go inside it.
Diana August 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I'm good, I feel perfectly safe even without a strap-on. Thanks anyway though, for your predictably considered suggestion.
David Marsters August 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I am curious, why don't you give your full name??????????????
Diana August 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Because some of y'all are crazy, and I don't want your poorly punctuated hate letters being hand-delivered.
LI August 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
"As a Councilor-At-Large, I want to make Malden residents aware that these situations, and all other public safety matters, are being handled with the utmost urgency," - but the problem the crime is growing much faster than you could handle.
Scott August 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
If crime is making residents uncomfortable...lets create a city where its uncomfortable to commit crime...people loitering in the city at parks at all hours is a sign of potential disturbances...its why there are posted signs with park usage hours...but the more telling sign is still unknown. What were the motives aside from yesterday afternoons shooting allegedly over a girl? why the shootings occurred will help set the course to prevent them again....also remember...most if the current government has only been in office 6-7 months...previous had years to work on this...ideas are needed not accusations, sarcasm, or poor attempts at humor...that's not going to help. Call your city counselors and demand they work in this problem immediately and hold them accountable for results.
DannyBoy August 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Scott, I've contacted ward 7 councilor Neal Anderson a number of times in the past regarding public safety issues and incidents. After the first couple of times, he's stopped responding to me entirely, which leads me to believe that he doesn't take the residents' concerns in his constituency seriously. The irony is he sits on the committee for public safety, but I bet a majority of people don't know that, since you rarely hear from him regarding this topic (except the one time when he tried to push for an ordinance to muzzle pitbulls, that was initiated by Neil Kinnon).
Carol J. Merletti August 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Thank you Councilor-at-Large, David D'Arcangelo, for stepping up to the plate as a representative of Malden. Most appreciated. Hopefully others will follow in your footsteps. You stated "I have been in contact with the mayor and Malden Police and am confident that the (Malden Police Department) is doing everything they can to solve this case, other incidents and future crime." I agree with you. I've never doubted the Malden Police Department. They can only do so much with what they have. Our Mayor has taken a step in the right direction by bringing on board three new police officers, for which he should be commended. That should make a huge difference. You stated “Finally, the Mayor’s upcoming Monthly Public Safety Awareness meeting will address the recent shootings. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 27th from 6-8 pm outdoors at Lincoln Commons on Cross Street.” Forgive me, but why wait for the next Public Safety meeting? That’s a week away. While I do understand that he cannot give us any information into the ongoing investigations, and I respect that, why not an emergency meeting this week to let our concerns be heard? There are a lot of frightened people right now in Malden, including me, so why make us wait? An emergency meeting cannot be held with some, if not all of you who represent Malden sooner than August 27th? If you were willing to meet this week, I am willing to bet that people will show up to voice their concerns.
david mokal August 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
They don't have the ballines David that way they can ridicule someone. My family went to Maine in the 60's and have a good simple life their in Kennebunk,Alfred and Arundle. Everyone carries a gun even if its just for chuckles. It makes you feel not big or tough but FREE to be able too carry. I shoulda ..woulda and coulda live in Maine but Im stuck here.
micheal douglas August 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hmmmm..... create a moving company? just for those who want to leave the city. $$$$$$$$$$$. see theres something good in all things!
David Marsters August 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
David Mokal, There is plenty of room here in Maine. It's to bad your are stuck in the big city. I was there 49yrs of my life and gave up the police job because of the rotten politics. If you don't fit, then you must aquit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill M August 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
And if public safety is #1 Mr. D'Arcangelo, Could you please be the LEADER when the council comes back in session to fight for a new Eastside Fire Station. Thank You
Meggle August 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
A big difference between Kennesaw and Malden is frankly Malden is a much larger and overall a less wealthy area. Malden: The median income for a household in the city was $45,654, and the median income for a family was $55,557. Males had a median income of $37,741 versus $31,157 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,004. About 6.6% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over. Kennesaw: The median income for a household in the city was $61,355 and the median income for a family was $ 75,465 . Males had a median income of $46,953, versus $42.809 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,165. About 8.2% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over. An area being economically depressed is well linked to having increased crime. Keep in mind these factors aren't adjusted for cost of living differences, and Georgia will generally always be cheaper than Massachusetts. It could help, but the effect likely wouldn't be the same in Malden as it would in Kennesaw. Kennesaw also had a very low crime rate to begin with, compared to Malden's. I'd definitely like to see more research on the topic. My other concern is that requiring citizens to purchase and maintain a consumer good from a private company seems to tread on an individual's constitutional rights.
david mokal August 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Right On that! There is a fireman you know Don H he's there as well. 3 generation Malden fire. I LUV Maine...when I go to see my sis and bro im like a big balloon deflating soon as I get on the Maine Turnpike.
David Marsters August 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Meggie, first of all I see you don't like to identify yourself. 2nd, you don't have to by a consumer good from private company. There are a lot of indivduals that sell also, and about your constitutional rights, be careful who you vote for president as the one there, wants to take your rights away. I give you credit for being so knowledgable about Kennesaw and Malden stats.
David Marsters August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I lived in Linden most of my life and the city fathers always forgot about the east side. They thought it was part of Revere and Revere would take care of Linden. Last section to be plowed in winter. The blizzard of 78 Rowes quarry owners plowed Linden.The Rowe family always took care of Linden, now it is a big metropolis of its own.
David Marsters August 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM
David, what town does Don H live in?
Meggle August 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Marsters- I don't give out my full name because I've personally experienced the consequences of doing so. My safety, and the safety of those who live with me, is more important than a few people online finding me less credible. The Internet is a scary place, and you might not have seen how terrible people can be if they don't like your opinon, but I have, unfortunately. It would be easy enough to track me down if someone wanted to from here, but I'd rather not hand it out on a platter. Also unfortunate, both viable presidential candidates are all about increasing government control of our personal lives, but that's another discussion all together :). And thanks, Finding stats and info is one of my hobbies, heh.
Jake August 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I hope that public safety is taken seriously and not just used in a political game. The police here have been cut to dangerous levels. At one time we had policemen working in the housing projects and on bicycles and walking around. Now they don't have enough cops to fill their shifts. Buy a scanner and listen and see it's incredible if you can hear their terrible radios.
David Marsters August 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Jake, maybe the city should solicate the companys putting in all these high rise apartments and condos for money to increase the police dept. personnell. They bring in all these people and don't want to help out the city. I know they pay real estate taxes but not at 100% valuation of property.
Gene Pinkham August 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Alfred, ugh. The Milk Room Pizza.......
david mokal August 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM
David M your are so right I lived in the Linden Highlands when their were farms up there.Kennedy Drive goes right through the property we owned. Eminent Domain our property. I went to school with you David Linden Brown and Malden High. We had no trash pickup....had to burn are own...We did get plowed with a big ol V plow.The Howletts lived across and had a small farm their too. We were the Forgotten Ones...but im glad no one bothered us. Every Sunday Morning we would walk across rt C-1 and target shoot with the Revere Cops. At 12 years old we all had guns and used to walk across Rt C1 with 22's and 30 Carbines and go shooting with them. Try doin that now! Ah the good ol Days!
paul surette August 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hey Carol, how about telling the rest of the 'constituents' to step up to the plate, and stop peeking out their windows, and doing nothing?
Carol J. Merletti August 22, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Hey Paul, I was not aware that it was my job to tell the rest of the 'constituents' to step up to the plate, and stop peeking out their windows, and doing nothing. If they have not figured out by now that this is the 'right thing to do', then the guilt falls upon their shoulders.

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