Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan faces 27 charges in six Massachusetts counties related to falsifying test results in drug cases.
A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that all 27 charges against ex-state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan will stand despite attempts by her lawyer to get two thrown out. The Boston Herald reports Dookhan’s lawyer Nicolas Gordon argued to try to get two counts of witness intimidation dismissed, but Judge Jeffrey Locke denied Gordon’s attempt. Dookhan, who is accused of falsifying drug case evidence in thousands of cases during her tenure at a Jamaica Plain lab, pleaded not guilty Dec. 19, 2012 to four counts of obstruction of justice, eight counts of tampering with evidence and one count of falsely pretending to hold a degree from a college or university.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Lawmakers take steps to force convicted predators to provide their email addresses and other online information when they register as sex offenders.
Thursday, May 9
Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey was at the State House this week standing with Rep. Tackey Chan to push their bill to force convicted predators to provide their email addresses and other online information when they register as sex offenders. “As we investigate crimes, we see cases where defendants started with electronic contact, under false names or false identities, with their eventual victims,” Morrissey said. “This is an effort to curtail that kind of activity from those previously convicted of sexual assaults.” Morrissey said the legislation should improve public safety in two ways. First, it will be useful for law enforcement. When a sex offender does comply with the new requirement, it will create a meaningful …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Last year, the office of District Attorney Michael Morrissey awarded grants to all school districts that applied for support for safe and substance-free graduation events.
The following press release was submitted by the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office. Do you have something you'd like to share? Upload your announcement here. District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey is renewing his support for local communities that provide safe and substance-free high school graduation events. A request for grant applications was sent to all Norfolk County superintendents this week, offering to help purchase food, supplies, entertainment or other necessities. Morrissey supplied “Operation Graduation” grants to help communities organize safe and substance-free after-graduation parties to all 15 Norfolk County schools that applied last year. “The parents and educators who work together to organize these events are …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Norfolk County saw a 17% decrease in home sales in February compared to a year ago as a low housing inventory across the commonwealth has created bidding wars.
Norfolk County home sales dropped in February—mirroring the Commonwealth— which saw a drop in sales for the first time since December 2011, according to a recent report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. Norfolk County saw 237 home sales in February, which was a drop from 285 home sales in February 2012, a nearly 17 percent decrease. However, because of a strong January, home sales are up by 2 percent overall in Norfolk County this year compared to a year ago, according to The Warren Group. Median sale price in Norfolk County was nearly identical in February 2013 compared to February 2012 while the overall 2013 median sale price was up by 9 percent because of a strong January. Over the entire state, home sales dropped 5 …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The NCMC Director will talk about changes to the program including the time of day when spraying will now take place.
The Medfield Board of Health will host a public information night tonight, Tuesday, March 12, regarding changes to the application process used by the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Program. Program Director David Lawson will start the presentation -- Changes to the ULV Aerosol Spraying Program -- at 7 p.m. in the Chenery Room at Town Hall. One of the most notable changes to be implemented is the time of spraying. Traditionally done during the overnight hours, it will now be done in the evening. "They are trying to use their resources more efficiently," said Nancy Bennotti with the Board of Health. "Operating earlier is more effective with regard to the number of mosquitoes and the efficacy of the product used." The public is invited …
Friday, December 21, 2012
By Greg Shanahan
Norfolk County Registrar of Deeds William P. O’Donnell delivered this year's Toys for Tots donations to U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Richard Dobbyn on Dec. 19, 2012. On hand to deliver the toys with Registrar O’Donnell were Norfolk County Commissioners Francis W. O’Brien of Dedham (Chairman), John M. Gillis of Quincy and Peter H. Collins of Milton. Registrar O’Donnell expressed his gratitude for the generosity of the Registry of Deeds employees, title examiners, attorneys and many Norfolk County residents for contributing to the Toys for Tots drive. “I would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the Registry’s 6th Annual Toys for Tots Drive. We are grateful for the service of all veterans past and present and are, as always, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey accepted prosecutor George Papachristos's resignation Wednesday. Papachristos was investigated by state police over his email correspondence with crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan.
Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney George Papachristos has resigned in the wake of a State Police investigation of his relationship with Jamaica Plain Crime Lab "Rogue Chemist" Annie Dookhan. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey released a short statement about the resignation late Wednesday afternoon: After discussions with his supervisors, Assistant District Attorney George Papachristos has offered his resignation and District Attorney Michael Morrissey has agreed to accept it. George Papachristos communicated that he does not wish to be a further distraction from the central issue of the criminal conduct that has been alleged and the complete breakdown of supervision that allowed it to continue. Papachristos and Dookhan …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Norfolk County on Friday night into Saturday morning.
The State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoint in Norfolk County on Friday night (August 3) into Saturday morning (August 4). In a press release this week, Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said the purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. The sobriety checkpoint will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety. The effort will be funded by a grant …
Friday, July 13, 2012
State Police will run extra safety checks on vehicles this weekend.
The Massachusetts State Police will operate a Sobriety Checkpoint this upcoming weekend in Norfolk County. "The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways," Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a press release sent out Monday. The checkpoint will be operated during varied hours on an unspecified motorway within Norfolk County, which includes Norfolk, from Friday, July 13 into Saturday, July 14. "The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
GOP sponsored amendment yields added funds for local towns – Medfield will receive the second-largest return ($88,651), behind Walpole, which will receive $155,865.
Medfield's State Representative, Dan Winslow (R – Norfolk), announced Tuesday that unspent money from last year’s budget will be added to the budgets of cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Winslow announced Medfield will receive $88,651 in additional local aid. Other towns in Winslow’s district will receive the following: “Local aid is critical in maintaining and improving education, public safety and infrastructure in local municipalities and towns," Winslow said. "These are top priorities of mine because they help to preserve quality of life for citizens. I am pleased to have supported this successful amendment sponsored by my colleagues in the GOP Caucus.” Medfield Board of Selectmen chair, Osler "Pete" Peterson, explained in his …