Monday, August 12, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike said this morning, “We are still awaiting guidance from the state about the vendor(s) selected to begin implementing the fingerprint-based criminal background checks system. As soon as this guidance is provided, all new employees will be required to be fingerprinted. CORI checks remain part of the hiring process. Current employees will be phased in prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.”
Before Gov. Deval Patrick signed Chapter 459 of the Acts of 2012, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” in January, state CORI checks of all employees were required at least once every three years. The new law creates a national criminal database check for all school employees and contract employees.
For all current K-12 school employees and early educators, the law directs the Board of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to adopt regulations that phase in national background checks over three years, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.
Unlike the state’s CORI background checks that have no associated fees, faculty members will be required pay a fee to certify compliance with the new requirement that ranges from $35 for non-licensed employees to $55 for license holders. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) will design the new system to meet the new national background check requirement.
EOPSS has been meeting regularly with the Executive Office of Education, the Department of Early Education and DESE. The EOPSS is currently evaluating the feasibility of implementing the new law on its current schedule while also taking into account the requirements of the state procurement process and new administrative and structural changes required by the law.
According to the Executive Office of Education, if “EOPSS and the other affected agencies conclude that the current statutory timeline for implementation is unworkable, they will evaluate all their options, including seeking an extension from the Legislature.”
— Dan Tomasello contributed to writing this report.
The victim told police a party involving alcohol had been in progress before the attack and alleged that Emery had become argumentative and violent as she continued to drink and said that she would drive herself home. When the victim attempted to stop her, Emery allegedly hit her in the chest with a wine bottle and threw wine in her face. It is also alleged that Emery threw a vase containing flowers at the victim. Emery then reportedly left the home and damaged a window screen valued at $100 while going out the front door.
Police found Emery on the front lawn at the Sylvan Avenue residence. She was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (wine bottle), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (glass vase) and vandalism to property (window screen estimated at about $100).
Emery was scheduled for arraignment in Malden District Court today.
Another domestic disturbance on Parker Road led to the arrest of Christine M. Hunt, 35, 165 Parker Rd. She also faced arraignment today in Malden District Court on a charge of assault and battery on a pregnant woman. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Reading for a traffic offense.
Officer Andrew Dorney went to a home on Parker Road just before noon on Friday to speak to a woman who said that while arguing with Hunt she had been pushed in the chest and scratched on her lip and arm.
Officer Christopher Whalen found Hunt walking toward Reading and after questioning her, she was placed under arrest on the assault and battery charge and also arrested on the past warrant.
Police arrested Darren F. Shanafelt Jr., 34, 34 Joseph Way, Reading early Saturday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Officer Jason Skillings went to the scene of a collision in front of 998 Main St. at 2:25 a.m. Saturday and found Shanafelt and a group of people standing near a gray Ford Explorer after Shanafelt reportedly struck a red Honda Accord and gray Acura TL.
Shanafelt told police that another driver had caused him to swerve across the center lane, forcing him into the two parked vehicles. Police noted heavy front end damage to all three vehicles.
Police said Shanafelt failed a sobriety test and was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
He was scheduled for arraignment today in Malden District Court.
Injuries were not reported.
Three more car break-ins and one attempted break were reported between Saturday and early this morning. Last week eight breaks were reported in various parts of town.
A caller told Officer John Whaley this morning at about 7 that his motor vehicle had been broken into sometime last night while it was parked on Tuttle Street. A cell phone valued at $300 and $20 in change were stolen from the unlocked vehicle, said police.
Just before 8 a.m. a woman who parked her car next to a black Honda Pilot in the lot of the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School on Hemlock Road returned to her vehicle after walking in Breakheart Reservation and found that a window had been broken on the Honda. The owner of the vehicle later reported that credit cards, a $50 gift card and $2 in cash had been stolen.
A caller who had left his 1998 Ford Explorer called police at about 4:30 p.m. and reported that someone had broken into the vehicle while it was parked at a business on Foundry Street. A wallet containing $40 in cash and credit cards were stolen..
Police went to a Wiley Street home at 3 a.m. Saturday where an attempted car break was reported. The homeowner said that she witnessed a white male between 5’ 9” and 5’ 10” wearing a tan hoodie and black pants trying to break into her husband’s 2007 blue Ford Mustang. She then saw the man run off toward Water Street. Police in Wakefield notified Saugus police to be on the lookout for the suspect but he was not located.
A Bennett Street resident who told police that more than $1,000 in cash was missing from her apartment last week reported on Friday that a white gold or platinum necklace with several diamonds and a religious cross had also been stolen. The necklace was valued at $1,750. Detectives are in the process of contacting a possible suspect for questioning.
The incident was reported at about 5 p.m. Friday.
Other police business over the weekend, beginning Friday:
• A larceny was reported on Farm Street just after 12:30 p.m. Details were not available.
• A collision on Magnolia Terrace was reported just after 1 p.m. A caller told police someone damaged his vehicle and left without leaving information.
• A collision took place on Audubon Road (near the entrance of the Sheraton-Colonial Hotel) at about 4:15 p.m. There were no injuries.
• A minor collision on Main Street was reported at 5:40 p.m. Papers were exchanged.
• Police plan to summons a Saugus man to court after police learned he was driving with a suspended license and registration. Police stopped the man at the intersection of Prospect Street and North Avenue for failing to stop at a stop sign. The incident was logged just before 5 p.m.
• A collision took place on Main Street in the Square at about 6:15 p.m. Injuries were not reported.
• A Renee Drive resident reported vandalism to his mailbox just after 8 a.m.
• A man went to the police station at about 9:45 a.m. to report credit card fraud. Fraudulent transactions included $40, $70, $195, $198 and $939. Detectives are looking into the matter.
• A woman told police that a man was harassing customers at The Farmland on Main Street. Police were unable to locate the suspect. The incident was reported just after 10 a.m.
• A minor collision was reported at 11:15 a.m. on Water Street. Injuries were not reported.
• Wires were reported down on Elm Street just before 11:30 a.m. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified.
• Police arrested Tyler Jacquard, 27, 11 Beacon St., Melrose for lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct at about 12:30 p.m. Officer Andrew Dorney was dispatched to Quannapowitt Parkway and North Avenue where Jacquard was allegedly masturbating while sitting inside a blue Toyota. Officer Brett Rossicone was on bike patrol and approached Jacquard for questioning after Jacquard was spotted watching a female walker in pink shorts. He was placed under arrest for public masturbation and scheduled for arraignment in Malden District Court today.
• Police arrested Patricia M. Wojcik, 47, 3 Greenwood St., #62 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense). Officer Brett Rossicone was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Water and Melvin streets when he spotted Wojcik, who was known to police for driving without a proper license. The incident was logged at 4:02 p.m.
• Lawn ornaments on Main Street were reportedly stolen at about 11:15 a.m. A pink flamingo was taken, said police.
• A minor collision was reported at the intersection of North Avenue and Quannapowitt Parkway. The incident was logged at about 12:15 p.m.
• An Eaton Street resident reported the theft of jewelry at about 2 p.m. Details were not available.
• An Albion Street resident showed police a long scratch on her 2012 Honda Civic at about 7:30 p.m. The owner said the scratch may have happened when the vehicle was towed but police said the damage was not consistent with the towing process. A note found on the vehicle read: “Learn how to park,” said police.
• A Parker Road resident called police after she was awakened by the sound of a chainsaw in the woods near her home at about 12:30 a.m. Police determined that Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers were working on Rte. 128.
• A caller reported that a driver struck a pole in front of her home on West Water Street at about 6 a.m. The driver fled the area before police arrival. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified.
Over the weekend firefighters responded to 28 calls, 15 for medical aid.
A crew went to 107 Audubon Rd., Bldg. 2 for a fire alarm system malfunction, 10 Ware St. for a minor fuel leak and to Melrose for mutual aid at the Steele House on Nason Drive.