Police Log: Man Pulls Knife During Road Rage Incident, 2 Mopeds Stolen

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

Sept. 16, 1:56 p.m.: A shoplifter was detained at Home Depot after being seen trying to take items without paying for them. Store security saw the man place numerous hand tools in a tool box he grabbed at the store. After he filled the tool box, he attempted to exit the store but was stopped.

Town Conducting Fire Hydrants Leak Detection Survey, Hydrants Still in Service

The Watertown Department of Public Works will be examining the fire hydrants in town for leaks, and while the hydrants will have a “out of service” covering on them, the hydrants will still be operational in an emergency. The leak detection survey will begin on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, and will be conducted by the DPW and contractor Liston Utility Services. The work is expected to take about three weeks. To do the survey, microphones will be placed on the fire hydrants to listen for leaks, said Town Engineer Matthew Shuman.

Purchase of New Ambulance Approved, Number of Calls Increasing

The Watertown Fire Department will be getting a new ambulance, which will help with the increasing numbers of medical calls to which paramedics respond. On Tuesday night, the Town Council unanimously approved the borrowing of $355,00 to pay for the purchase of a new ambulance. It will be paid off over five years with a total expected cost, including interest, of $402,925. The current ambulance, a 2016 GMC, has about 42,000 miles on it and will be kept as in reserve after the new one is delivered, said Fire Chief Bob Quinn. He said there is a lead time of about 8 months after ordering an ambulance.

Watertown Man Busted After Investigation by Drug Task Force

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department:

Watertown Police Detectives in conjunction with the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 147 Morse St. on Thursday, September 17. As a result of the investigation, Edward Lopez (28) of 147 Morse St, Watertown, was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl. Mr. Lopez will be arraigned at the Waltham District Court on Monday. Fentanyl is a very dangerous opioid, overdoses involving fentanyl can lead to respiratory depression and death.

Police Investigating Possible Break-In Attempt Caught on Video

On 9/11/20 at approx 8:40 pm, the suspect depicted in the video, attempted to break into a residence on Adams Ave.The suspect ran from the scene leaving behind a backpack with a yellow crowbar. Anyone with information related to this incident or suspect, please contact the WPD pic.twitter.com/Jw4z8Q7bOV— Watertown Police (@WatertownPD) September 15, 2020

A man was caught on a home security camera walking around the backyard of a Watertown home, and appeared to attempt to break into the home, Watertown Police said. Police got a 911 call from an Adams Street resident on Sept. 11 at 8:42 p.m. after being alerted by the home’s Ring camera system, according to Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. “Officers responded, but the person had fled,” O’Connor said.

Watertown Firefighter Graduates from Mass. Fire Academy

Firefighter Michael Lanzo recently graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Fire Chief Bob Quinn announced that a Watertown firefighter graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Michael Lanzo completed the 10 week training program in Stow.  Due to the COVID-19 situation the graduation ceremony was limited to the graduates only. “Lanzo has returned to the firehouse to serve the citizens of Watertown,” Quinn said.

Council Roundup: Fire Department Radios Approved, Election, DPW Openings

The Watertown Fire Department will be replacing a key piece of equipment after the Town Council approved matching funds for a grant to pay for new portable radios. The Fire Department has 35 portable radios ranging in age from 1 year to 19, Fire Chief Bob Quinn told the Town Council on Sept. 8. Some of the radios have recurring battery failures and others lack clarity, Quinn said. “Communication is a critical part of a Department being able to operate efficiently at incidents each and every day,” Quinn said.