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On Friday, November 16, 2012, at approximately 7:30 pm, Officer James White conducted a motor vehicle stop on Depot St., due to the vehicle being unregistered. During the stop, the passenger, identified as 44-year-old Gilbert Roderick of Wareham, appeared to be very nervous and refused to remove his hands from his pants, at which time the officer applied the use of his Taser to gain compliance. Mr. Roderick then threw a camera case containing an unmarked pill bottle under the vehicle. Closer examination of the pill bottle revealed that it contained 176 various prescription medication pills, including Oxycontin, Clonazepam, and Clonidine. Also discovered at the scene were three plastic baggies containing small amounts of heroin. When the drugs were found, Mr. Roderick stated that he had ingested several pills before the stop took place. Wareham EMS was then requested to the scene and transported Mr. Roderick to Tobey Hospital in Wareham for medical evaluation.
Gilbert Roderick has been charged with a total of 11 drug charges, including Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A (heroin), Class B (Oxycontin), Class C, Class D, and Class E (various prescription meds). In addition, Mr. Roderick has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, and Resisting Arrest.
On Monday, November 19, 2012, OfficerDean Decas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Main St. at Narrows Road after the driver, 24-year-old Jonathan Bader of Mashpee, MA was noticed to be driving with a suspended license. While searching Mr. Bader during the arrest, he was found to be in possession of 7 plastic baggies containing marijuana, along with over $800 cash.
Mr. Bader was arraigned at Wareham Fourth District Court on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 on charges of Driving After Suspension and Possession of Class D w/ Intent to Distribute (marijuana).
On Friday, November 16, 2012 at approximately 7:00 am, Patrol Officers Nate Aronson and Eric Machado responded to Kin’s Court located in the Onset Mobile Home Park, for the report of several break and entering into motor vehicles in the area during the overnight hours. Victims of the motor vehicle breaks reported several items stolen from the vehicles. While speaking with the victims of the vehicle breaks, officers Aronson and Machado recalled an encounter with three males, who were within a quarter mile of the mobile home park at approximately 4:00 am.
Investigation of the incidents by the officers and Detective William deSilva led to the arrests of the three males encountered at 4:00 am, identified as 17 year old Chester Milburn, 19 year old Damian Fernandes, and a 16 year old juvenile male, all of Wareham. A search warrant was obtained for the home of Chester Milburn, where multiple items of suspected stolen merchandise, presumably stolen from area motor vehicles, were located and recovered for possible identification. Investigation regarding the ownership of stolen items such as guitars, power tools, sunglasses, and other personal items is currently ongoing.
The three males were placed under arrest without incident and were arraigned at the Wareham Fourth District Court, each charged with B&E into a Vehicle Nighttime, Larceny Over $250, and two counts of receiving Stolen Property valued Over $250.
Chief Richard Stanley praised the alert actions of the officers assigned to the Patrol Division midnight shift, who worked in a cooperative effort with the Detective Division to investigate the incidents, recover property, and make arrests.
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at approximately 5:30 am, members of the Wareham Police Department Detective Division executed a search warrant at #89 Stetson Road in Norwell MA, where 27-year-old Ryan Palmer was placed under arrest, due to an arrest warrant obtained as a result of an investigation regarding a sexual assault of a female teen in Wareham. Entry into the home in Norwell by Wareham detectives, assisted by the Mass. State Police and officers of the Norwell Police Department was made without incident.
On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, parents of the teenaged female reported to the Wareham Police Department that their daughter had been sexually assaulted by a male that came to their home after meeting the teen online. Detectives later learned that the teen met Mr. Palmer, who indicated he was 21 years of age and provided a false name, on mylol.net, a teen dating web site. After having conversation with Mr. Palmer online, the teen continued to speak with him on Skype, an internet service where each party can view one another. During conversations, arrangements were made with regard to a personal visit by Mr. Palmer to the teen’s home in Wareham, where a sexual encounter took place. Investigation conducted by Wareham Detectives regarding computer usage and web site addresses, along with assistance provided by Duxbury MA Detectives, led to the identification of the suspect in this case, whose true identity was learned to be 27 year old Ryan Palmer of Norwell, MA.
At the time of the execution of the search warrant at Mr. Palmer’s home in Norwell, MA, where he resides with his parents, several items of evidence pertaining to the sexual assault case in Wareham were recovered, including computer equipment and devices. The vehicle described as being used by Mr. Palmer was also observed parked at the residence.
Ryan Palmer was transported from Norwell MA to the Wareham Police Department, and later transported to court for arraignment on one count of Aggravated Statutory Rape of a Child. Mr. Palmer will be arraigned this afternoon at the Wareham Fourth District Court. It should be noted that Mr. Palmer’s Board of Probation record shows no other incidents of sexual abuse, although he currently has an open case involving the use of firearm in Norwell during June 2012.
Chief Richard Stanley would like to remind parents and youths that unfortunately, sexual predators are among us, preying on children through the use of computers and seemingly innocent online web sites to meet their victims. Children and parents are reminded to always use care and caution when using the internet and accessing certain web sites.