POLICE LOG: Pedestrian Bridge at Horn Pond Damaged Over Weekend
An excerpt from the Woburn Police Department's April 29-May 1 police log.
The following is an excerpt from the Woburn Police Department log. Please note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account. We report all arrests included in the daily police log.
April 29 –
At 9:41 a.m., a Woburn businessman reported that he was threatened by a former employee on April 28. According to the victim, the man told another employee that he would “kill him” if he saw or spoke to the victim.
At 12:56 p.m., a Colorado man reported that he placed his laptop outside a room at the Hilton Hotel and was charging it, when it was stolen from the hallway. According to the victim, he was attending a conference and needed the laptop plugged into an outlet. There were no witnesses or camera surveillance videos.
April 30 –
At 1:46 a.m., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance. According to police, the disturbance was caused by alcohol and one party leaving the residence with a child.
UPDATED 1-17-13: At 4:51 a.m., a 34-year-old Woburn man was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery. According to police, officers observed red marks and injuries to the victim. The man was taken into custody. In court, the charges were dropped with a "nolle prosequi" decision.
At 7:53 a.m., police responded to the Horn Pond Conservation Area for a report of damage to the pedestrian footbridge in the area of Lexington Street, across from Willow Street. According to the police, the damage is “extensive” and all of the railings and bracing on both sides of the bridge were knocked off and thrown into the brook. Police believe “from the amount of estimated physical effort to commit the damage, it is assumed that a group of perpetrators were involved.” No evidence or witnesses were located.
At 11:51 a.m., John F. Dever III, 53, of 10 Columbus Road, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery after police received a report of a physical and verbal altercation with the victim.
At 1:33 p.m., Sandra Silva-Moniz, 40, of 74 Beach St. Apt. #4-4, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery. According to police, officers responded to a condo complex on Beach Street for a report of a domestic disturbance. Police learned from Silva-Moniz that she struck the victim in a scuffle.
At 2:35 p.m., a Kimball Court resident reported three center caps stolen off her tires in the last few days. The caps are valued at approximately $100 each. The building’s management was notified of the theft.
At 7:19 p.m., Melissa Grace Wilchak, 35, of 200 Bedford Road Apt. #28A, was arrested and charged with operating while under the influence of liquor (second offense), unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Wilchak was taken into custody after police received a report of an erratic driver in the area of Kilby Street. After stopping her vehicle, police asked Wilchak to perform field sobriety tests, which she failed.
At 9:01 p.m., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a Main Street building. According to a resident, a cell phone was stolen and a tenant kicked a door. The tenant admitted to kicking the door, but denied having the cell phone. The tenant chose to spend the night at a friend’s home.
At 11:08 p.m., John Louis Massa, 48, of 3 Kimball Court Apt. #404, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest. Police were called to the Kimball Court apartment for a report of a stab wound suffered by Massa. He denied medical treatment for the wound and did not have any additional injuries. During investigation, police believed that Massa, although he had a stab wound, was the “primary aggressor.” He also became “belligerent” with officers. Massa was taken into custody when he began to take steps towards officers, with his arms raised in a fighting stance.
At 11:43 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on an infant at a Continental Court apartment. The infant was sleeping and two adults were present.
May 1 –
At 8:59 a.m., Steven Ricci, 46, of 93 Spring St. in Lexington, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (knife.) According to police, Ricci used a kitchen knife to emphasize his request that someone leave the kitchen.
At 12:31 p.m., Joseph M. Angi, 21, of 182 Central St. Apt. #1 in Stoneham, was arrested and charged with domestic assault after police responded to a report of a fight outside on Center Street. According to police, involved parties said the fight was over money owed between two brothers.
At 4:33 p.m., police responded to TJ Maxx for a report of shoplifters. According to the store’s loss prevention officer, a couple attempted to leave the store without paying for $51 in merchandise. The couple returned the merchandise and agreed on a civil restitution arrangement that included not allowing the couple into any TJ Maxx stores.
At 5:48 p.m., police advised a resident with her rights in the court process regarding a previous domestic incident.
At 7:40 p.m., police responded to a domestic dispute. According to police, a woman told her daughter that she thought her other daughter had been threatened with a gun while arguing with her husband. The woman called 911 and reported the incident. When police arrived, they found the man’s rifles safely locked and the couple did not know why the police were there. The rifles were taken, however, because the man’s license to carry was expired.