Police Seeking Identity of Man Who Followed Woman to House & Tried to Break In

A man tried to break into a Watertown home after following a woman home in the early hours of Sunday morning, Watertown Police announced. At about 3:45 a.m., a woman reported a man follow her home on Laurel Street, hid behind a car in her driveway, and then tried to enter her home, Police said in the announcement. “After the victim entered the home, the suspect attempted to gain entrance to the front and back door of the home. It is important to note that no one was harmed, however, we are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect,” Watertown Police said in a Facebook post (see below). The message also said, “The Watertown Police Department takes the safety and security of our community seriously, we will be adding extra patrols in the area.”

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.