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Police Sweep Targets Malden Parks, MBTA Stop

No arrests were made in the multi-agency sweep of some of the city's parks, but the mayor said the move sends a message that "we will not tolerate violence in our community."

Several local law enforcement agencies took part in a 'comprehensive' K-9 sweep of Malden's 'playgrounds, parks and other public areas' Friday night, as officials said they continue to proactively respond to the city's recent spike in violent crime.

Malden Square, the Malden Center T stop, Miller Park, Tartikoff Park, Roosevelt Park, South Broadway Park, the Linden School Lot and Park, Ferryway School/Park and Lincoln Commons were all targeted in the after hours sweep, during which officers cleared the closed parks of loiterers until 1 a.m. Saturday.

While no arrests were made, Mayor Gary Christenson said that the activity sent an important message: “we will not tolerate violence in our community.”

He emphasized that the sweep was carried out with the support of the city council and Malden Police Chief James Holland, who planned the action last week. 

“It was...to let people know we are taking what's happened seriously,” Christenson said. “This is just one of several (crime fighting) initiatives we're looking at, beyond what was introduced at the public safety meeting.”

Residents can expect more of these kind of sweeps in the future, he said. One officer reported that the police were cheered on by residents near Newland St. as the sweep was as underway.

K-9 units were assisted by officers and other K-9 units from Everett, Chelsea, Medford, Revere, Saugus, Somerville and Winchester, with support from State Police, the Metro North Gang Task Force and Essex and Middlesex Sheriffs' Offices. The State Police Air Wing helicopter patrol was on standby during the effort.

The city incurred no expenses as a result of the raid, as all participating agencies donated their resources and manpower, Christenson said.  

You can read the city's official release online

david mokal September 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
LOL Im 65 yrs and when we were old enough to be able to toss our old converse over the line we did it. Just following what the big kids did.
Michael Victor September 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I just went outside and threw my old work boots over the wires. I marked my street for working people only gang. This is about the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Kids have been doing this forever. I hope my Councilor is out looking in the wires for those sneakers right now in our ward then we can track these gangs. LOL
AnnieOMalden September 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
ScollaySQ and David: Yeah, I remember those days but sneakers were pretty cheap then. Have you priced out a pair lately the kids wear (not what we buy for ourselves-LOL)? I hadn't known about this gang area marking until recent posts mentioned it. I asked a friend who grew up in Charlestown about it and was told it was an indication that someone was marked for a good beat down or worse, probably done in front of where they lived. Just wondering if you noticed our krusader had his cape on?? LOL Maybe not cuz it might get caught in the spokes of his trusty Schwinn...
Michael Victor September 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Annie may he should have color coded stickers for you to mark off your territory better yet he should get you some of those old Chuck Taylors with the new fangled colors and throw em over the wires in front of your house so people know to beware.
Diana September 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Sometimes I find squirrels hanging from the wires in front of my house. What have those sick gangbanging SOBs done to them?!?!?
AnnieOMalden September 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Wow...are you afraid of little old me, Michael? You never did answer my comments on the ridiculousness of the parking sticker so I figured you had nothing, not that you were afraid of me! Keep your Chuck Taylors...I'm more of a Jimmy Choo kinda gal! LOL Can't wear them but love to look at them!
david mokal September 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
GOOD GREIF!!! I hope he dont choke himself! Yes Annie I see the crazy prices of sneakers. Over a $100 buckaroos for starters. My Grandson got suckerpunched at Ferryway Park and they stole his sneakers over a $100 buckeroos. You could be right about the gang markers. Does our caped crusader look like the headless horseman or Icabod Crane LOL
david mokal September 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Michael I wouldn't mess with her she's from Charlestown and as far as I can remember the Gals from Charlestown could beat any guy up not kidding. :>)
david mokal September 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
LOL I can't tell ya but its bad..Real Bad :>)
david mokal September 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
LOL mine went over too but the wires are now haning Steel Toes.
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM
David: I'm not a townie...I'm worse...a St. Gregory's girl from dirty Dot! Oooh! Look out! LOL
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Mike G.: Yeah, we rolled in here in 1984 and it's been downhill ever since! LOL Believe me, it it wasn't for my hubby I'd be on the south shore somewhere...this side of the world is not where most of us headed. How many north shore people go to the other side? Not many I'd guess!
Michael Victor September 18, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Explains a lot dot.
fred September 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Annie o, its funny you mentioned the other side of the world. We never went south of Boston. Always north shore. We didn't know anyone from the south of the Mystic River.
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
MV: Maybe now you realize why I get so frustrated with this inability of the small minded leaders of this city who cannot and will not think outside the box. The problems we have here are solvable yet they are too blind and too arrogant to ask for help. It has to be their way or the highway. What a waste of resources and assets. SMDH
Mr Iamnottheteacher September 18, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Sneakers on powerlines is just an urban myth. No law enforcement agency or gang task force has found a connection. Gangs will use graffiti, colored stickers, or leave coke cans (bloods) on side walks. Putting "flags" up is not what they do. I have worked with schools on educating faculty on gang related issues. This one is as old as bigfoot, and they have more proof on bigfoot then the sneaker theory. Trafton park was sweeped that night. My aunt god bless her, called me saying "I see a couple police cars talking to those kids in the park." I think she saw more then a couple.
Diana September 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM
No, that one means that your neighborhood is now home to a celebrity rehab.
Bobby James September 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Call the police and all they tell you to do is go to their anonymous tip website and submit a tip. I've called. Problem is most drug deals are a simple hand to hand exchange, by the time the fuzz arrives both parties are gone. So call, but don't expect immediate action. Now, if they're sitting in a car in front of your house, getting high and causing trouble - call. Take down the plate number, model, make - call. If they get kicked out of the neighborhood, they won't come back. If you don't call, they just keep coming back b/c they think it's a "safe" spot.
Sandi September 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Unfortunately people do look the other way. It happened to me. Two of my neighbors saw my house being scoped out to be broken into and decided not to get involved. If the scenerial were reversed you bet I would be looking out for my neighbor. These people have been neighbors for over 20 years. 1 Day, 20 Years doesn't matter. Look out for each other. It's the right thing to do!
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Mr. I: Thank you for clearing that up. Someone had mentioned it and when I saw the sneakers hanging on the lines I became more concerned about gang activity. If your aunt says the police swept Trafton park as well, thank you for that info. From what I understand the kids go to the back of the park and do their thing there. Maybe next time they will do a more thorough job. I appreciate your information. Maybe the reason the sneakers were on the lines is because the owners would have to put them in a blue bag to get rid of them! LOL
Bobby James September 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
They hang out in the wooded area above the dog park. A walk through there during the daylight hours and you'll see the disaster the buggers leave behind.
Michael Victor September 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Once again Annie O walking back her misinformed statements. How many mistruths in just two weeks is that? I guess its "hear it" "say it". Better go get my boots off those wires now. yea kids are up in the doggie poop now as well. What's next the truth squad is watching.
Tony H. September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Massive thank you to the Malden Police and all supporting PDs and Sheriff Offices! I am tremendously pleased that even more anti-crime initiatives are being thought of/implemented over and above the Mayor’s Safety Initiatives. I hope MPD continues strong, random sweeps like this every so often to keep the underground on its toes – in addition to the daily heat.
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 05:54 PM
MV: Yeah, just how many "mistruths" is that? I didn't realize you are the authority on all things Malden or otherwise. Again, I don't have to justify myself to you. At least I ask questions and have the guts to admit where I don't know something. Oh, now I get it...you're the latest one up at bat to discredit me. When you attack me personally that is usually the tip off that I am on the right track. Thanks, Mikey! It inspires me to go on and keep asking the hard questions. Maybe you might try to do more of the same and leave me out of it. Oh, BTW there are the rocks in the back of the park the kids hang on that aren't part of the dog park. Duh.
Lori Sullivan September 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Michael, as a frequent (4+ times a week) user of the local Trafton doggie park, Annie is absolutely CORRECT in saying people (kids, teens and some adults too) are often playing up on the rocks above the doggie play area. The mess they leave behind is ridiculous (garbage, broken glass, needles, cigarette butts etc). God only knows what the kids are doing up there but we've even seen kids eating subs and snacks up there. For sure there is dog crap up there too, but they don't seem to mind.
Lori Sullivan September 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Annie, the rocks ARE part of the dog park. The fence goes straight up and encloses the rocks inside. Just FYI.
AnnieOMalden September 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Lori: Thank you for the info...I don't have a dog so have never been to the dog park.
david mokal September 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
OH Annie I heard all about those St.Gregory Girls they make Townies look like Mary Poppins LOL
AnnieOMalden September 19, 2012 at 01:39 AM
And don't you forget it! LOL
Greg W September 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Good for the police, too bad we have the same people making something positive a negative.

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