Watertown’s New Police Chief Announced by City Manager

Watertown’s Justin Hanrahan has been named the new Chief of the Watertown Police Department. (Courtesy of the City of Watertown)

The following announcement was provided by the City of Watertown:

City Manager George J. Proakis is pleased to announce the appointment of Watertown native Justin Hanrahan as the new Police Chief for the City of Watertown effective November 30, 2023. Hanrahan, currently a Captain in the department, brings 28 years of experience to the Watertown Police Department. As Chief, he will oversee nearly 80 sworn and civilian staff, providing police and emergency response services spanning four groups in a department with an annual operating budget of approximately $11 million. Hanrahan began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the City of Keene, New Hampshire, Police Department in 1995.

Watertown Man Arrested in Newport on Charges of Delivering Fentanyl

A Watertown man was arrested in Newport, Rhode Island, after allegedly delivering fentanyl after being linked to an opioid overdose in October. Jason Sumner, 49, of Watertown, was arrested last week and arraigned on Nov. 15 in Newport County District Court and was ordered held without bail. In October, Newport police and firefighters responded to and overdose, and officers administered Narcan to the person, who recovered, according to a report by WPRI Channel 12. During the investigation, police determined the cocaine ingested by the person had been mixed with fentanyl, which was linked to Sumner, according to WPRI.

Police Log: Offensive Symbols Found on Road, Man Busted for OUI & Leaving Scene of an Accident

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Nov. 1, 9:45 a.m.: Police were called to Derby Road after a resident observed two swastikas drawn in the middle of the roadway with chalk. One was drawn in green chalk and was about four-feet-by-four-feet, a second was one-foot-by-one-foot. Some Jewish residents live on the street an were very upset by the symbols.

Three Busted in National Prostitution Ring That Used a High-End Apartment in Watertown

Three men face charges in a federal bust of a prostitution ring that used an apartment in Watertown and allegedly included politicians, high-tech and pharmaceutical executives, professors, doctors and lawyers. The court filing lists one of the locations used for prostitution was located in the Blvd & Bond apartments located in Arsenal Yards. Other places used by the ring were located in Cambridge, Dedham, Virginia, and California. Han Lee, a/k/a “Hana,” 41, of Cambridge, Mass.; James Lee, 68, of Torrance, Calif.; and Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham, Mass., were arrested on charges of conspiracy to coerce and entice to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity, and face sentences of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Watertown Police had no comment about the investigation.

Mother Struck by Car Outside Cunniff School, Taken to Hospital

Photo by Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku via Flickr Creative Commons

A woman was struck by a vehicle as she was putting her child into a car seat outside Cunniff Elementary School on Thursday afternoon, and was taken to hospital. Watertown Police and Fire departments responded to the school on Warren Street at 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 2 after the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. “The mother sustained a lower-body injury and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The child was unharmed,” the Watertown Police announced in a statement.

Pair Who Robbed Watertown 7-Eleven Arrested and Arraigned

Watertown Police announced Thursday that they identified and charged a man and a woman as suspects in the robbery of the 7-Eleven in East Watertown. Theresa Brown out of Somerville and David Walker out of Boston were arrested Wednesday night tonight in Somerville without incident and charged with armed robbery, according to Watertown Police. They were arraigned Thursday morning at Waltham District Court on a charged of armed robbery with a mask. The robbery took place on Oct. 16 at 3:15 a.m. when two suspects threatened a store employee saying they had firearms. They stole merchandise and money from the store, the Watertown Police announcement said.

Police Log: Man Who Used Sleight of Hand to Take Money ID’d, This Week’s Incidents

Watertown Police identified a man wanted for stealing $2,400 from Best Buy by using sleight of hand to pocket some cash while paying with the help from across the pond. An arrest warrant has been issued for Nelson Adam, 22, of New York, for the incident that took place on Sept. 26, 2023, according to Watertown Police Sgt. Ken Swift. The WPD put a photo of the man on a network used by law enforcement agencies to share information, and seek assistance.