Firefighters will demonstrate how they put out car fires, use the jaws of life and more during their annual open house.
Police & Fire
Friday, June 14, 2013
Victor Cao, 45, of Malden, faced numerous drug distribution and weapons charges.
Officials said a "large-scale methamphetamine dealer in the Malden area" was sentenced to eight to ten years in prison Tuesday, after pleading guilty to meth distribution and ammunition charges. Victor Cao, 45, faced two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of ammunition as an armed career criminal and operation of a motor vehicle after suspension. He'll also be required to serve five years probation and undergo drug treatment. “This defendant distributed methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug,” State Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement. “This result ensures that the defendant is taken off our streets and serves time in prison.” The charges stem from a joint …
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Check out these stories of officers responding to some of May's most serious police calls.
Police Chief Kevin Molis sent out the following commendations for excellent police work last month. These groups and individuals were honored during the department's daily roll call, and received letters of commendation in their records: Platoon C and Drug Unit: On May 17, a call was received about a missing ten-year-old girl from the Maplewood section of Malden. Sgt. Joseph Connelly organized a grid search of the neighborhood with all available units, including police dogs. Officer Gary Hennessey responded to the missing child's school to gather information from classmates and teachers. Several members of the drug unit also assisted in the search, Molis said. Ultimately, a witness contacted the department to report they saw the …
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb said a seized minivan had a "sophisticated" secret compartment that likely cost upwards of $20,000 to install.
Malden Police took more than they knew into evidence this week after they seized a minivan as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. A "sophisticated" hiding compartment (SEE VIDEO) was later discovered in the vehicle, holding a loaded 9mm handgun and hundreds of oxycodone pills, Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb said. He estimated the installation cost for the compartment at "upwards of $20,000." Clifton Moore, 49, of Malden, was allegedly using the car to supply a Woburn resident "dealing large amounts of drugs," Gatcomb said. He was arrested after detectives arranged a bulk sale as part of a sting operation. Moore faces two charges of trafficking Class A substance, one charge of Class B possession with intent to distribute and a school zone …
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis praised the bravery of Officer John Byrne and another bystander who helped police arrest a man suspected of two armed robberies.
Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis credited "tremendous police work" and an "informed, alert citizen" for the Sunday morning arrest of an armed man suspected in two gunpoint ATM robberies in Malden and Medford last month. Jason M. Mahoney, 34, of Malden was stopped by police after a witness reported a man matching the suspect's description near Eastern and Franklin Avenues - curiously, by the same Bank of America ATM where a woman was robbed two weeks ago. "The dispatcher...received a call from a passerby who said he observed a male he recognized from Malden Patch and As Malden Turns" as the robbery suspect, Molis said. Malden Police Officer John Byrne responded to the call and "engaged Mahoney in conversation" at the scene, Molis said. …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Responders reportedly broke the windshield to extract an injured passenger at the corner of Main and Appleton Streets.
Emergency personnel closed down a part of Main Street after a white Mercedes flipped on its side after an accident around 2 a.m. Monday morning. No further information on victims was available, though a witness said first responders were seen breaking the windshield to extract a passenger that was taken to the hospital.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Medford and Malden police say a man used a gun to rob two separate ATMs last week.
Update: An email from Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb: "We are treating the Malden incident and Medford one a few days later as possibly involving the same suspect. I say this from the video footage and photos obtained, along with other evidence. Persons should always be aware of their surroundings, and awareness should be especially heightened when one is to utilize an ATM. If anyone has information regarding the robberies, in which the suspect brandished what was believed to be a handgun, contact the Malden or Medford police detectives." You can reach Malden Detectives at 781-397-7181 Original Story: Medford and Malden police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly robbed two ATMs at gunpoint, according to a …
Friday, June 7, 2013
Yassine Zaimi of Malden and Salaheddin Barhoum, 16, of Revere were identified as "Bag Men" investigators "had in their sights" in a Post cover story. Does it rise to the level of libel?
A Malden man is one of two suing the New York Post for libel this week, accusing the paper of falsely implying they were suspects wanted by police in the Boston Marathon bombing. Salaheddin Barhoum, 16, of Revere, and Yassine Zaimi, age not given, of Malden, are the two plaintiffs in the case, to whom the paper referred as "Bag Men" in their now infamous April 18 cover story. The full page article also featured a headline reading "Feds Have 2 Men in Sights." Though the paper did not explicitly refer to the pair as suspects, the complaint claims the Post "unambiguously stated and/or implied that the plaintiffs were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing." The two men were reportedly running enthusiasts who attended the event as…
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
City officials, police and firefighters marched to honor fallen comrades Sunday at Forestdale Cemetery.
Firefighters honored fallen comrades during their annual memorial ceremony Sunday at Forestdale Cemetery. The yearly tradition dates back to the 1868 death of Malden Firefighter James Fagan, who died an agonizing nine day death after injuries from a fire at a Ferry Street bakery. American flags adorned the graves of firefighters killed in the line of duty. "That trail is marked with acts of heroism and bravery that truly illustrate service before self," Fire Chief Jack Colangeli said. "It is marked with the battered bodies and scars of memories most people with never know, and few will understand. The tragedy of seeing such horrific sites, which at times can be heart-wrenching. "But this trial is also marked with the knowledge that …
Monday, June 3, 2013
The man was wanted in connection with a domestic violence case.
Update: Malden Police confirm the man has been arrested on charges related to a domestic incident. Original story: Malden police are searching the Tremont Street area for a suspect from Stoneham Monday evening, according to a scanner report. Around 7:30 p.m., multiple Malden cruisers were on scene in search of the suspect, who may be injured, according to the report. EMS is on standby, the report adds. It is unclear why police are searching for the suspect. No description of the suspect was immediately available. We'll post updates as we receive them.