Friday, May 10, 2013
Boston Herald reports a Honda sedan went through the brick wall of the pharmacy.
The Boston Herald reported a silver Honda sedan drove off the road on Route 16 at Wellington Circle in Medford Friday afternoon, going through the brick wall of a CVS Pharmacy and injuring the driver and two people inside the store. According to the Herald, the driver sustained upper body and facial injuries while one person inside the store suffered leg and knee injuries and another in the store suffered an elbow injury. Medford Fire told the Herald the vehicle was removed from the building and the city building department found it did not hit any structural component or gas or electrical supplies. A CVS spokesman told the newspaper they hope the store will re-open as soon as possible. The store's drive-through window is open regular …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
New school security system being also implemented.
Equipment upgrades are on the way for Medford Police and Fire personnel, according to Mayor Michael McGlynn. The city is planning to purchase five new police cruisers for the Medford Police Department and three new command vehicles for the Medford Fire Department, McGlynn said recently. New cruisers will cost the city and initial payment of about $50,000, while the first payment on the new fire command vehicles will cost about $35,000. McGlynn said the fire deparment currently has several command vehicles that are "somewhat aged." McGlynn also added the city is in the process of implementing the new security system for Medford's schools. The system will have streaming video and will be hooked in to the city's 911 center. The cost of that …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The American Red Cross assisted two families that included a total of 12 people from a Chipman Street dwelling.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Medford Fire Deputy Chief Scott Graham said no one was injured in the Chipman Street fire, which started in the basement of the dwelling and was contained there by responding companies. Graham said the cause of the fire is under investigation. The home suffered smoke damage to the first and second floors and water damage in the basement, according to Graham. Crews on scene stretched a line into the home and through an "aggressive interior attack" were able to prevent the fire from spreading further. Graham said the fire was originally reported at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday. ORIGINAL STORY: An overnight fire at 38 Chipman Road in Medford displaced two families, who were aided by the American Red Cross. Emergency communications …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Emergency communications reports indicate fire is on South Border Road.
According to emergency communication reports, a large brush fire is currently burning on South Border Road in Medford near the Winchester town line. Reports indicated that around 2 p.m. the fire was burning and Medford engines on scene had run out of water. According to reports, the fire is burning on a state reservation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation has been called to the scene. Patch will have more on this story as information becomes available.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Medford Fire deputy said there as no bomb inside the pressure cooker.
Medford Fire Deputy Chief Steve Howe said the Meadow Glen Mall was evacuated around 12:15 p.m. Saturday after a report of a suspicious device found outside the mall. It turned out the device was a pressure cooker but the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad determined it was not a bomb, Howe said. Pressure cookers were allegedly used for both bombs in the Boston Marathon bombings April 15. Howe said once he got on he saw the device leaned up against a clothing deposit box outside the mall. From there he requested more units to the scene and the state police bomb squad. The mall was evacuated as well as the parking lot, Locust Street was shut down and authorities began the process of shutting down Route 16, Howe said, "in a timely fashion…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Fire started in the kitchen of an apartment on Riverside Avenue.
Two people were injured and four people were displaced in a fire at a senior apartment housing complex on Riverside Avenue early Sunday morning, according to Boston.com. Medford Fire told Boston.com the fire started in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment of the 14-story building. One person was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital with burns and one other person was injured, according to Boston.com. The fire caused smoke damage through the building and water damage on the first and second floors, Boston.com reported. In e-mail statements, the American Red Cross said the fire took place at 99 Riverside Ave. Residents impacted by the fire were first taken to the nearby Medford Senior Center, and the Red Cross said in all four people …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Medford Fire said no one required hospital transport due to the blaze.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts said in a statement they assisted six adults and three children displaced by the fire on Liberty Avenue. "Volunteers provided the families with emergency temporary shelter – a hotel stay – for two nights, emergency funds for food and clothing, and comfort kits - which include items like toiletries," according to the statement. In addition, the Red Cross gave Mickey Mouse stuffed animals to the three children displaced by the fire. ORIGINAL STORY: A first-alarm fire caused heavy damage to a two-and-a-half story dwelling on Liberty Avenue in Medford Monday afternoon. Medford Deputy Fire Chief Scott Graham said the fire originated from a second floor bedroom of the building that …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A total of 26 new public safety personnel are expected to start in the city in the next year.
Medford public safety personnel will be getting reinforcements in the coming months after facing staffing shortages through the difficult economy. During last week's mayoral press conference, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and Police Chief Leo Sacco, Jr. discussed the new additions both the Police and Fire departments will be receiving. McGlynn said between new police officers and firefighters the city will be filling 26 positions over the next year. "Over the last 18 months, we're turning the corner," McGlynn said. "We're building our reserves...we're moving quickly, especially in the public safety sector, to restore a lot of the jobs that were not filled." Sacco said six police officers were hired last June and five of them recently …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Medford firefighters responded to the fire around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Medford firefighters put out a two-alarm fire early Thursday morning at a block of stores on Main Street, according to public safety transmissions. Firefighters first responded around 6 a.m. to 363 Main St., where the officer in charge reported a fire in the basement of the store block with possible extension to the first floor. Fox 25 reported that the fire broke out in Chromatic Tattoo Studio & Body Piercing, which is located at 365 Main St., before spreading to other adjacent businesses. Check back at Medford Patch for more details as they become available.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Paul Spencer is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
A Medford firefighter is on paid leave after he was arrested for allegedly beating an acquaintance with a pair of electrical pliers, according to city officials and police reports. Fire Lt. Paul Spencer, 56, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery after an incident at a Howard Road home on Oct. 14 that left another man with a bloody head wound and unable to move his fingers, according to a Medford police report. Fire Chief Frank Giliberti placed Spencer on paid leave last week when the charges came to light, Giliberti said Monday. Spencer had not faced any disciplinary action from the department as of Monday afternoon, Giliberti said. "I don’t have all the facts yet," he said. "That’s what I’m …