Thursday, December 27, 2012
Permanent memorial dedicated at police station Tuesday.
On the second anniversary of Officer Jack Maguire's death, the Woburn Police dedicated a permanent memorial to fallen officers. The memorial, a black granite obelisk, will bear the names of Woburn Police officers who have given the "ultimate sacrifice" in the line of duty, said Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin during Tuesday's ceremony. Watch the complete ceremony by clicking on the video to the right of this text. The obelisk features the officers' names and the date of their "last call to duty." Chuck Maguire, the brother of Jack, said briefly before the ceremony Tuesday: "Wish we didn't need this [memorial]." Honored on the memorial are: WOBURN PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates | Pinterest | Instagram
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
On the two-year anniversary of Officer Jack Maguire's death, the city will dedicate a memorial to officers fallen in the line of duty.
Two years ago today, the city of Woburn lost one of its own—Officer John "Jack" Maguire, a Woburn Police veteran and son of a former police chief. Today, the city will come together to honor Officer Maguire and others who "gave the ultimate sacrifice," with a permanent memorial outside the Woburn Police Station on Harrison Avenue. Mayor Scott Galvin invited residents to attend the ceremony with the following invitation: You are cordially invited to join Chief Robert Ferullo and members of the Woburn Police Department, the Maguire, Gibbons and Tedesco families, at the dedication of the Woburn Police Memorial Monument honoring officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City of Woburn. The dedication and reception will be …
It was two years ago tonight that the city of Woburn lost one of their own—Officer John "Jack" Maguire, who was killed responding to a brazen armed robbery in the middle of a blizzard.
Monday, October 15, 2012
What kind of construction is happening outside the Woburn Police Station?
If you drove past Woburn Police on Friday, you probably saw the construction work and thought—What's going on? If you walked or drove into the parking area, you saw the hole and may have thought—What's with that? Well, the Woburn Police Department is expanding it's monument out front to officers who have fallen in the line-of-duty. Spurred on by the killing of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire on Dec. 26, 2010, the department is adding an addition to the memorial already out front. "We are putting in a memorial to all officers that have died on duty since the inception of the department," said Chief Robert Ferullo Friday. The chief expects the memorial to be dedicated some time in November.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Looking for an apartment to rent?
Here are five things you need to know today: 1) Some thunder We'll have rain and sun today, according to the National Weather Service. Expect some sunshine during the day, thunderstorms after 3 p.m. Temperatures should reach 80 degrees. 2) We speak for the trees The city's Agricultural Commission will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at Spence Farm. There are lots of things to discuss, like the ongoing Farmers Market and this Friday's fruit-tree planting party! 3) Apartment spotlight One of our most popular features on Woburn Patch is our Rental Properties page. A lot of people are looking for some of the great, affordable housing Woburn has to offer! Today, we take a look at an apartment available today at Montvale Avenue and Auburn Street. …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Killing of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire helped gain support for Melissa's Bill, which limits parole eligibility for convicted violent repeat offenders.
With the fate of Melissa's Bill solely in Gov. Deval Patrick's hands Tuesday, the governor made a decision at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. "I will sign this bill," he said. Melissa's Bill, named for Melissa Gosule who was killed by a violent repeat offender who was out on parole, has been in the works for years. But it was the killing of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire on Dec. 26, 2010 that spurred more support for the bill. Officer Maguire responded to an armed robbery at Kohl's in the middle of a blizzard. When he stopped the suspect, a paroled repeat offender with several convictions for robbery and violence against police officers, gunfire was exchanged. Officer Maguire was killed, as was the suspect. Chuck Maguire, Officer Maguire's…
After Tuesday, the House and Senate will not have an opportunity to override a veto.
Although the legislative session ends Tuesday at midnight, Gov. Deval Patrick has 10 days to sign any bills that land on his desk. But anything he vetoes cannot be overridden since the Legislature will have adjourned. Perhaps the most-watched bill in this scenario is the mandatory sentencing bill, also called the "three-strikes" law or "Melissa's Bill," over which the governor and Legislature have locked horns. The bill eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. After languishing for years, the bill received renewed support after Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire was killed by a paroled, violent repeat offender who…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Chuck Maguire questions Gov. Patrick's amendment to Melissa's Bill.
Although 'Melissa's Bill' won support in both the House and the Senate earlier this month, Gov. Deval Patrick has not signed the bill, which would keep felons with three convictions from receiving parole. Many have questioned the governor's proposed amendment, including Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire's brother, Chuck. The bill had languished for years, but gained support after Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire was shot and killed by a longtime felon on Dec. 26, 2010. Officer Maguire was responding to an armed robbery at Kohl's, in the middle of a blizzard, when he exchanged gunfire with the felon on Washington Street. Officer Maguire's brother, Chuck, has testified in favor of the bill, which, he believes, would keep criminals like …
The governor on Saturday sent 'Melissa's Bill' back to the Legislature.
Gov. Deval Patrick set in motion a wave of criticism when he proposed an amendment to the "three strikes"/Melissa's Bill on the grounds that it lacked sufficient provisions for judicial discretion. Warning of possible unintended "unjust consequences" that can arise from mandatory sentencing laws, Patrick wrote in a letter to the Legislature, "None of us is wise or prescient enough to foresee each and every circumstance in which the new habitual offender provisions may apply." On Monday afternoon, the House rejected Patrick's amendment by a vote of 132-23, according to The Boston Globe. The bill's fate is up in the air, as the legislature's summer session will end Tuesday at midnight. The governor has not indicated whether he would veto …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The bill has passed both the House and Senate this week.
A bill the toughens sentences for violent repeat-offenders passed the Senate today after having been overwhelmingly in the House Wednesday evening. The so-called "three-strikes" law eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. It passed the House with a vote of 139-14. In the Senate, it passed 31-7. The movement to pass the law was fueled, in part, by outrage over the murder of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire in 2010. Officer Maguire was responding to an armed robbery at Kohl's in the middle of a blizzard on December 26, 2010 when he engaged in a gunfight with a fleeing robber. The suspect, a convicted felon of …