• January 11 2019,  Revere

    Apparently homeless man dies over the weekend

    By Tara Vocino   A man believed to be homeless and in his mid-30s died on Saturday afternoon near Copeland Circle underneath a Route 1 overpass. “It appears that he was homeless – though the evidence suggests he had been sleeping in the area where he was found,” Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark said Monday night. Wark declined to release the man’s name since his death wasn’t likely the result of criminal conduct or foul play. As of a few days later, the man’s exact cause of death hasn’t been released, but cold temperatures could play a factor. The body was found near an apparent makeshift living space…

  • January 4 2019,  Revere

    Man allegedly shoots cousin in gang-related incident

    By Tara Vocino A Chelsea man is being held on $100,000 cash bail at the Suffolk County Jail on charges of armed assault to murder and carrying a firearm without a license, after a reported shooting and stabbing in a second-floor apartment kitchen at 16 Pleasant St. in Revere at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Saturday. The alleged shooting victim, Steven Mejia, 27, of Chelsea, who witnesses say is suspect Hector Emilio Hernandez’s cousin, remains hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Jorge Ariel Zarzar, 23, also of Chelsea, who was reportedly stabbed and carjacked in Chelsea earlier that night, was transported to Beth Israel Hospital, for stab wounds. MGH Senior Public…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere

    No Foolin’

    DOUBLE TROUBLE: When Revere Police Sgt. Chris Giannino left this private lot after red tagging a car for overdue parking, he observed two vehicles with the same license plates at the other end of a parking lot. Great observation, Sarge! He called it into dispatch; they called for a tow and had them removed right away! (Photo Courtesy of Pat Melchionno)

  • December 21 2018,  Revere

    Revere Police awarded grant to reduce impaired driving

    Mayor Brian Arrigo and Chief of Police James Guido announced that the Revere Police Department was awarded a special grant from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to increase the number of impaired driving patrols during the holiday season. Revere police will join other departments across the state and the State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO) enforcement mobilization and public information campaign. “When an impaired driver is behind the wheel, everyone is at risk – passengers, other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Chief Guido. “These funds will increase the number of impaired driving patrols…

  • December 14 2018,  Revere

    Baby and young girl deaths caused by allegedly impaired driver

    By Tara Vocino A five-year-old girl and two-month-old baby died after walking across the grass median strip at the intersection of Route 145 and North Shore Road when they were reportedly hit by a SUV that swerved off the road – driven by a driver who may have been impaired – on Sunday night. Two-month-old Natasha Nicole Mejia-Rivera died early Thursday morning, and five-year-old Adrianna Meja-Rivera died upon impact, according to Jake Wark, spokesperson for Suffolk County District Attorney John Pappas. Natasha Meja-Rivera spent approximately a week in a coma at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Wark said. The operator of the SUV that reportedly struck…

  • November 30 2018,  Revere

    Beachmont residents react to alleged weekend robbery

    By Tara Vocino Three Hispanic suspects are still at-large after an elderly woman was allegedly robbed at gunpoint while walking home from the liquor store near 52 Crest Ave. on Saturday night. In the midst of the police presence, Beachmont residents and business owners reacted to what had just occurred. Washburn Street resident of 11 years Dave Powell, who lives on the next street over, was in his living room when, he said, approximately five cruisers pulled up in front of his house. “They had flashlights, so I knew that they were looking for someone,” Powell said. Powell said it absolutely scares him since incidents like this don’t really happen…

  • November 30 2018,  Revere

    Two arrested following two-month undercover narcotics operation in Revere and Winthrop

    Special to the Advocate As a result of a two-month-long undercover narcotics operation by members of the Revere Police Department Narcotics/Gang Unit, the Winthrop Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, two men were arrested on Devon Street and Hartford Street in Boston on November 20. The arrests followed numerous search warrant executions. Reynaldo Aponte, 32, and Manuel Vladimir Morell Rodriguez, 27, were arrested and charged on suspicion of three counts each of distribution of heroin to an undercover Revere Police detective. As a result of the above-mentioned search warrants that were executed in the City of Boston with the assistance of the Boston Police Department, both men will…

  • November 9 2018,  Revere

    Revere Police Narcotics / Gang Unit arrest three following shooting investigation on Cooledge St.

    Special to The Advocate On Saturday November 3, 2018, detectives from the Revere Police Department Narcotics / Gang Unit along with detectives from the Malden Police Department executed a search warrant at 94 Eastern Ave. in Malden. As a result of the above mentioned search warrant execution, detectives did arrest Carlos Figueroa, 40, and Francisco Diaz, 27, on scene and recovered trafficking amounts of the illegal Class B substance (crack cocaine) and the illegal Class A substance (Heroin), as well as three .45 caliber semi-automatic firearms. A third co-defendant identified as Alberto Junior Lopez, 25, is also charged with trafficking in cocaine and heroin and the illegal possession of firearms…

  • November 2 2018,  Revere

    Residents, councillors react to recent drug/gang busts, shift in focus

     By Tara Vocino   City Councillors and residents spoke up Monday night about what they’ve seen in the Cooledge and Rose Streets and Broadway area where police have shifted their focus. “We’re proactive, and we have a high visibility,” Police Chief James Guido said. “There’s an increase in low-level drug dealers, but there’s no increase in crime. We don’t have a gang problem, and extra officers sworn in recently help immensely. We have more who will graduate soon.” Police Det. Sgt. Robert Impemba said officers have shifted their focus to those streets and dedicated more time there. Guido added that crime in general is better in those areas, and the…