Middlesex DA, Watertown Police Investigating Death of Infant in Watertown

Watertown first responders went to a call Thursday afternoon for an unresponsive infant, who was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The cause of death is being investigated by the Chief Medical Examiner’s office. All child deaths are investigated, according to the DA’s office. Local news channels reported police activity near the Strawberry Childcare Center in the former Parker School. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn sent out the following announcement:
Today at 2:16 p.m. Watertown Police responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive infant on Watertown Street in Watertown.

Watertown High Gets Check from District Attorney for Safe Prom, Graduation Events

The following information was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office:
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan donated $500 to Watertown High School to promote substance-free events after prom and graduation. Watertown High School is one of 13 high schools that applied to receive $500 from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for safe post-prom and graduation events. District Attorney Ryan has hosted events across the county to encourage teenagers to make “safe choices” when attending parties and other activities with their friends. District Attorney Ryan has also spoken to parents on the topic of “social host responsibility,” warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of serving underage drinkers.

Chelsea Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges from Arrest in Watertown

A Middlesex County grand jury indicted a Chelsea man arrested on drug trafficking charges from an arrest in Watertown. London Cohen, 28, of Chelsea, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of license as habitual traffic offender, and failure to stop for police, according to an announcement this week by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office. The indictments were handed down between January 18 and March 6, 2018. In April 2017, Cohen led police on a chase through Watertown which included Massachusetts State Police search dogs and a State Police helicopter. He had been the target of a drug sting by the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force after suspicious activity was reported on the Westside of Watertown.

Man Who Phoned in Bomb Threat, 2 Who Broke into Gas Station Indicted

A man who allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to his worksite was among the four suspects in crimes that occurred in Watertown who were indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office announced. 

Lawrence Benjamin, 27, of Lowell, was charged with willfully communicating a bomb threat willful and malicious communication of false information to public safety answering points. The Assistant District Attorney is Jessica Noble. On Sept. 26, State Police received a 911 call from a person saying there was a bomb at a building on Bridge Street, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. Watertown Police were contacted and went to the address to evacuate the building, which is under renovation. Police linked the phone number where the call came from to Benjamin, O’Connor said, and the man gave police a false name and claimed his phone had been stolen.

Watertown Man Stabbed in Newton, Quincy Man Faces Intent to Murder Charge

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Chad Kirby, 36, of Quincy, was arraigned today in Newton District Court and charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Daniel Crane ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing and to undergo a mental health evaluation. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, March 6. On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at approximately 12:25 p.m., Newton Police responded to a report of a stabbing that took place on Watertown Street in Newton. Upon arrival authorities observed the victim, a 53-year-old Watertown man, bleeding from a head wound.

Pedestrian Struck on Watertown Street on Monday Dies

One of two pedestrians struck Monday afternoon has died, Watertown Police said on Tuesday. 

A man and a woman were walking across Watertown Street near Fifth Avenue when a vehicle struck both of them, just before 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. The man died from injuries suffered in the incident, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Boston hospital for treatment. Police did not release the name of the pedestrians or the driver.

District Attorney Ryan Shares Tips for Seniors to Avoid Scams

Seniors should be wary of people targeting them for “crimes of opportunity, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said when she visited the Watertown Senior Center last week to talk about scams.

She warned seniors that scams come in all shapes and sizes, and the criminals can be quite clever and they target older people. “If you live in Massachusetts and you are a senior you are much less likely to be the victim of a crime. You are not out at 3 a.m. and I assume you do not have a lot of friends in a gang,” Ryan said. “But another thing is also true. You are as liable as anyone to be the victim of a crime of opportunity.”

Blind Pedestrian Who was Struck Crossing Arsenal Street Has Died

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced this week that Arthur Bourgoin, 78, of Watertown has died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle in Watertown on Tuesday, March 3. Bourgoin, who was visually impaired, was a volunteer at the Perkins School For The Blind, according to the announcement from the DA’s office. “This victim was attempting to cross the street when he was hit by a vehicle traveling on Arsenal Street,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Nationwide, in recent years, we have made progress in terms of pedestrian safety, but the number of deaths is still significant. The latest figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that pedestrian deaths occur primarily in urban areas and account for 14 percent of crash deaths.