• January 11 2019,  Saugus

    Chief Giorgetti says Saugus Police Department needs a traffic enforcement unit

    By Mark E. Vogler   Interim Saugus Chief of Police Ronald Giorgetti is recommending additional funds in the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget so the Police Department can establish a traffic enforcement unit. “With a dedicated traffic unit, we could reduce the traffic accidents significantly,” Giorgetti said at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting during a public hearing on a proposal to reduce speed limits on three major Saugus roads: Essex Street, Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, a former Saugus police officer, has already said the Police Department needs to have its own traffic enforcement unit. While selectmen didn’t accept the chief’s recommendation to retain the current…

  • Saugus,  September 21 2018

    Police probe Main Street drive-by shooting incident

    The Saugus Police Department is investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday (Sept.18) on Main Street, according to Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti. In a press release issued by his office this week, Giorgetti said police were dispatched at about 6:37 p.m. due to a report of shots fired in the area of 137 Main St. Officers responded immediately and after arriving, they located shell casings in the roadway and secured the scene. Nobody was struck by the gunshots, and there were no injuries as a result of the incident, police said. “Following an on-scene investigation, officers learned that a suspect riding in the rear of a vehicle travelling…

  • Saugus,  September 21 2018

    Prankers Pond shooting incident was “a hoax,” police report

    (Editor’s note: The Saugus Police Department issued the following press release in response to an incident last Friday.)   Chief Ronald Giorgetti reports that the Saugus Police Department responded to a report of a shooting that was determined to be a hoax and an attempt to elicit a large police response. At 2:42 p.m., Saugus Police, Fire and Armstrong Ambulance were dispatched to 19 Pranker Road for a report that a resident had been shot, and that another resident was barricaded inside. The caller, who called Saugus Police’s non-emergency phone number, suggested that they had committed the shooting, and threatened to open fire on responding officers. “I commend the timely…

  • Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  September 14 2018,  Sports

    A coach in limbo

    Police report clears Coach Nalen of criminal misconduct, but he remains suspended from SHS football By Mark E. Vogler   A Saugus Police Department investigation determined there is no evidence that Saugus High School football coach Anthony Nalen ordered one of his players to practice in his underwear in an alleged hazing incident last month. “Although it may be perceived by some parents that this policy about practice attire has been inappropriately enforced at times, pending further evidence the current information gathered in this investigation does not amount to a crime,” Saugus Police Det. Sgt. Paul Vansteensburg wrote in the conclusion of his five-page report. But while Nalen’s lawyer was…

  • Saugus,  September 7 2018

    Man charged in indecent assault

    Man charged in indecent assault   Police Chief Chief Ronald Giorgetti reports that the Saugus Police Department arrested a man for indecently assaulting a woman last Saturday evening. Timothy L. Gillespie, 61, of Saugus, was charged with one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. Gillespie was arrested after police were dispatched to the area of Jasper and Central streets at about 6 p.m. Saturday. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Tuesday, but failed to show. Giorgetti said state law prohibits Saugus Police from releasing any further details about the incident or investigation.

  • Saugus,  September 7 2018

    Assistant chief takes command of police force as “interim chief”

    By Mark E. Vogler Calling it “a smooth transition,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree announced this week his appointment of Assistant Chief Ronald Giorgetti to replace retired Police Chief Domenic DiMella on an interim basis until he decides how he wants to fill the vacancy. “I got on the department with him and got to work with him for a long time. And I have confidence with him being in that position,” Crabtree told The Saugus Advocate. “He’s been in that position since 2012. He’s been there quite a few years. And he’s dealt with a lot of administrative stuff. With this appointment, I felt this would be a smooth…

  • August 24 2018,  Saugus

    Chief DiMella is retiring after 29 years with Saugus Police Department

    “He is much more than a Police Chief,” town manager says By Mark E. Vogler Nobody has gotten to know Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella like Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. Crabtree worked with him on three levels: first as a Saugus police officer for more than a decade; later as a selectman who got to review budgets and discuss citizen concerns about public safety. He ultimately became the chief’s boss after becoming town manager. The town manager shared some of that perspective in an email to The Saugus Advocate yesterday, as he commented on DiMella’s decision to retire effective next Saturday (Sept. 1) – his last official day on…

  • July 6 2018

    Child Passenger Safety seats available to families in need

       (Editor’s Note: The following story is from a press release issued recently by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s Office.) Town Manager Scott Crabtree and Police Chief Domenic DiMella announced that the Saugus Police Department has been awarded a $2,625 grant to purchase car and booster seats for local families in need. The funding – which is part of the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant through the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research-Highway Safety Division – will allow the Police Department to furnish 18 vehicles with car or booster seats. “I am proud of Chief DiMella and the Saugus Police Department for…

  • May 11 2018,  Saugus

    Police probe sewer grate thefts

    Saugus Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the theft of several heavy sewer grates, which poses a significant public safety risk on town roadways. The Police Department last week received two calls reporting the theft of sewer grates and drain covers, according to Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella. One incident investigated by police involved a report that someone or some group stole eight sewer grates from the area of 1565 Broadway. The second theft was reported by the Saugus Department of Public Works. Three sewer grates were stolen from Essex Street and the area around the Lynnhurst Elementary School, according to police. Each grate weighs about 300 lbs.…

  • May 4 2018,  Saugus

    Police befriend two-year-old girl

    Saugus Police Department – and Cops for Kids with Cancer – help By Mark E. Vogler When two-year-old Ketlyn Souza goes to school one day, she can tell classmates about her special friends at the Saugus Police Department. Ketlyn may not remember much about the police escort she received last Friday morning from her house to the Public Safety Building, where she was treated like the guest of honor at a reception held in the police training room. She also may be too young to recall how she and her mom, Raquel Gomes, stood up at the front of the room – being photographed by television camera crews and newspaper…