Sheriff Koutoujian Speaks in DC About Importance of Pell Grants

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (third from right) recently participated in a public briefing on the proposed restoration of Pell Grant eligibility for justice-involved individuals hosted by Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Pictured from left are Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration Senior Counsel Taryn Merkl; former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections Rick Raemisch; Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration Executive Director Ronal Serpas; Sheriff Koutoujian; Co-Founder and President of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Dr. Chris Beasley; and Miea Walker, the Criminal Justice Manager of the Policy and Advocacy Division of Forward Justice. The following information was provided by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. Peter Koutoujian is a former State Rep who represented parts of Watertown:

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian joined current and former law enforcement leaders for a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, September 17, on the importance of restoring Pell Grants and expanding other higher education opportunities for incarcerated students. The event was hosted by Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, of which Sheriff Koutoujian is a founding member.

Police Log: Man Wanted for Nighttime Break-in at Mall, Water Heater Shoplifted

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

Sept. 13, 2:30 a.m.: Police spotted a woman they knew was wanted on a warrant getting out of a car on Robert Ford Road. She was detained and taken to the Police Station. The 36-year-old Watertown woman was arrested on the warrant from Waltham District Court for driving with a suspended license and driving without a valid inspection sticker.

Argument Leads to Co-Worker Being Stabbed at Watertown Tire Store

An argument between co-workers at a Watertown tire store ended in a fight in which one was stabbed by a tire tool. A staff member at Doctors Express urgent care alerted Watertown Police that a man who had suffered a stab wound came in for treatment on Sept. 13 at 2:38 p.m.

“The staff explained that a patient came in with a minor stab wound,” said O’Connor, who added that they man had left before police arrived, but the business got his name and his place of employment — Town Fair Tires. The store is located west of Doctors Express on Arsenal Street. When police spoke with the man, he said that he had gotten into an argument with a co-worker while working in one of the bays at Town Fair Tire, and the incident turned physical.

Take at Look Inside a Watertown Police Cruiser

Watertown Police officer Ryan Vaughan shows what is inside a Watertown Police cruiser. Watertown Police Officer Ryan Vaughan showed Watertown News around a police cruiser. The WPD has transitioned from the old Ford Crown Victorias to Ford Explorer SUVs. Vaughan, who has been an officer for six years, said the all-wheel drive vehicles fare better in snow and wet weather. The cruiser is like a mobile office, with a computer and communication equipment.

Police Log: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust, Man Arrested for Illegal Possession of Firearms

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests

Sept. 3, 10:25 p.m.: Target security spotted a man take several items off the shelf and put them into a duffle bag. When he was stopped, the man had headphones, a utility knife and other items. He also took the bag from the store. In total, the merchandise was worth $251.96.

Watertown Firefighter Earns Award at Mass. Firefighter Academy

Watertown Firefighter Corey MacDougall graduated from the Mass. Fire Academy and also earned an honor while there. The following information was provided by the Watertown Fire Department:

Watertown Firefighter Corey MacDougall not only graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy Training 10 week training program, but received an award for his outstanding work. 

Firefighter MacDougall was  the recipient of the Richard N. Bangs Award, which is given to the outstanding member of the recruit class, said David Evans, director of the Mass. Firefighter Academy in a letter to Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn. “This selection is based upon his achievements both on academical exams and practical skills,” Evans said.

Watertown Firefighters Getting Second Set of Gear to Improve Safety, Ladder Truck Approved

Watertown firefighters will get a second set of turnout gear to wear on shifts when they respond to a fire. The Fire Department will also be getting a new ladder truck. The Town Council approved a purchase that Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn hopes will keep members of the Fire Department healthy and safe. Tuesday night, the Council approved $176,000 to be spent on a second set of turnout gear for the Watertown Fire Department. “Cancer is a significant concern for firefighters, and by adding a second set of turnout gear it helps create a healthier, safer environment for members of the Watertown Fire Department,” Quinn said.