June's Top 10 Medford Stories: A Bank Robbery, Graduation and More
A look at the most-viewed stories of June.
The following were the ten most-viewed stories on Medford Patch in June:
- Bank Employees Chase Down Medford Robbery Suspect, Leading to Arrest: The suspect in a Medford bank robbery was arrested after bank employees chased her to a Cummings Street home, according to a police report. Gina Muccini, 35, of 48 Cummings St. was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Shawn Fitzgibbon, also of 48 Cummings St., is charged with being an accessory after the fact for allegedly attempting to help Muccini by barricading their home after she fled to it, according to one police report. Police recovered $1,900 in cash inside the Cummings Street home.
- Two More Arrested in Connection to Alleged Beatings, Extortion at Construction Office: Three men face charges in connection to alleged beatings, threats and extortion attempts at a Medford construction company's office in June. Timothy Hogan, 44 of Saugus, William Albright, 40, of Medford and James Morando, 52 of Swampscott all face charges stemming from the June 19 incident at NEQ Construction's office on Riverside Avenue. Witnesses who work at NEQ construction's office at 427 Riverside Ave. told police that the men entered the business Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m., shoved a man aside who tried to greet them, then punched and kicked two other men who worked there and demanded $10,000 in "commission fees."
- Medford High Class of 2012 Graduation: The Medford High School class of 2012 donned caps and gowns and received diplomas before thousands of friends and family gathered at the Gantcher Family Center at Tufts University. The class heard speeches from classmates and administrators, including Dr. Paul Krueger, who delivered his final commencement speech. Krueger is retiring this summer.
- John Perella Selected as New Medford High Headmaster: John Michael Perella has been selected as the next headmaster at Medford High School. Perella, currently an assistant principal in the Revere school system, was announced as the selection by Superintendent Roy Belson before a budget meeting in early June. Belson said Perella received his support, along with the school committee and a parent advisory board. "I believe he was the consensus pick,” Belson said.
- City Councilor: Medford Square Intersection Like 'The Berlin Wall:' At least one Medford city councilor thinks the city should focus on improving the intersection in the heart of Medford Square rather than concentrate on constructing a new parking garage down the street. During a meeting, City Councilor Michael Marks said improving the intersection could create a more pedestrian-friendly space and improve parking at a fraction of the cost of a garage. As it is now, trying to cross the five-way intersection intersection where Riverside Avenue, Forest Street, Main Street, High Street and Salem Street meet is like walking across a highway, Marks said. “It’s almost like we have the Berlin Wall running through the heart of Medford Square,” Marks said.
- Sparks Fly Over Medford to Minuteman School Bus Funding: By offering their kids only MBTA passes to get to school, parents of students at Minuteman Regional High School believe Medford Public Schools are using their children as bargaining chips. Medford Superintendent Roy Belson sees it differently. "The Medford Public Schools are no longer going to be a doormat for Minuteman Vocational," Belson said Tuesday. "We're going to stand up." The proposed Medford school budget includes cutting $50,000 in funding for a school bus to transport Medford students to the school, located in Lexington, and replacing the bus service with MBTA passes for students.
- Medford Swears in Six New Police Officers: For six new recruits to the Medford Police force, Tuesday's swearing in was a long time coming. The recruits, Frank Cugliata, Mark Cardarelli, David Ottaviano, Brandon M. Mean, Christopher Coughlin and Kevin Conway, were selected in November, but the state's police academies have all been booked up for months. They are all finally slated to attend the MBTA's police academy June 25. They were sworn in by Mayor Michael McGlynn and City Clerk Ed Finn in a ceremony in the Mayor's office Tuesday afternoon. "I think every one of these young men wondered if this day would happen," Police chief Leo Sacco said at the ceremony.
- Medford Firefighters Union Looking into City-Run Ambulance Option: The Medford firefighters union is in the early stages of creating a proposal to have a city owned and operated ambulance service, union officials said. During the City Council's annual review of the fire department's budget, union president Bill O'Brien told city officials that a union committee had been formed to come up with a plan for a fire department-operated ambulance. They hope to bring a proposal to the city next year, O'Brien said. The city is under contract with private company Armstrong Ambulance Service through 2016, but that wouldn't necessarily preclude the city from also operating its own ambulance, union officials said.
- Seven Teachers, Three Administrators Retire from Medford Public Schools: A total of ten Medford school teachers and administrators make up the smallest class of retirees in over a decade, according to superintendent Roy Belson. The class includes five teachers with 30 years or more in Medford Public Schools. McGlynn Middle School Science teacher David Brooks is retiring after 39 years in the Medford school system. He was hired in September 1973.
- Suspect in Medford Library Child Porn Viewing Case Gets Second Chance at Bail: A man accused of viewing child pornography at Medford Public Library was given a second chance at bail after allegedly violating release conditions, according to court filings. James Judge, 57, of Medford was arrested for a second time in June after he was spotted at Malden Public Library by a library employee, according to police reports. He spent the weekend in jail, but was ordered released by a district court judge following a hearing days later, according to court records.