Date: September 13, 2012
Date: September 13, 2012
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at approximately 7:30 pm, members of the Wareham Police Department Detective Division executed a search warrant at #291A Onset Avenue, due to several complaints received from anonymous tipsters and other concerned citizens regarding the distribution of illegal drugs in the Onset area. The address of the search warrant is located directly across the street from Lopes Playground on Onset Avenue.
During a search of the residence, several items of drug paraphernalia were recovered, including scales and plastic corner cut baggies. Also located during the search were three small baggies containing heroin, and marijuana, which was found in another area of the apartment.
Two residents of the apartment, 31 year old Jason Abbott and 28 year old Erin Morrissette, were charged with Possession of a Class A Substance (Heroin) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana), and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act. Mr. Abbott and Ms. Morrissette were also charged with Drug Violation within 100 ft. of a School/Playground, due to the close proximity of the apartment to Lopes Playground.
On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, detectives executed a search warrant at #291B Onset Ave., where a continuing investigation led to the discovery of marijuana, over $1100 cash, and related items of drug paraphernalia throughout the apartment. 19 year old Anthony Simmons, who was not home at the time of the search warrant execution, was arrested today, September 6, 2012, as a result of a warrant obtained for his arrest. Mr. Simmons has been charged with Possession of Class D (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute.
Also on August 29, 2012, detectives arrested 22 year old Anthony Spinola of 31 Gibbs Ball Park Rd. in Onset, who was charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Class B (Percocet) as a result of a motor vehicle stop on Onset Ave. led to the discovery of marijuana and a Percocet pill inside the vehicle. During booking procedures at the police station, Mr. Spinola was found to be in possession of approximately 22 grams of cocaine inside several plastic baggies.
While Chief Richard Stanley praised the investigative efforts of the Detective Division, he particularly praised the citizens who showed their intolerance for illegal drug activity in their neighborhood and reported the suspicious activity, which led to search warrants and the arrests of drug dealers in the Onset area.
On July 27, 2012, officers of the Wareham Police Department responded to Speedy Mart on Rte. 28 for a reported burglar alarm activation. Patrol Officers and Detective William deSilva conducted an investigation at the scene, at which time evidence, including forensic samples of blood evidence, were collected.
As a result of the investigation conducted by Detective deSilva and evidentiary items submitted to and analyzed at the Mass. State Police Crime Lab in Boston, a DNA profile match was made, indicating that the blood was that of 22-year-old Matthew Decosta of Wareham, who is currently listed as homeless. After receiving information in July of 2012 regarding the DNA identification match, a warrant was issued by the Wareham Fourth District Court for the arrest of Mr. DeCosta, who was charged with felony B&E in the Nighttime, Larceny from a Building, and Malicious Destruction Over $250. During the incident at Speedy Mart, various areas of the building were damaged, and items were stolen from the store.
Matthew DeCosta was placed under arrest on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and arraigned at the Wareham Fourth District Court.
Chief Richard Stanley praised the efforts of the responding officers, who were diligent in preserving the crime scene, as well as the investigative efforts of Detective William deSilva. This crime is the first B&E incident to be solved in Wareham utilizing DNA technology where the suspect was completely unknown.
INDIAN MOUND, NORTH BOULEVARD AND FORBES BEACHES ARE CLOSED
The Barnstable County Laboratory has notified the Wareham Board of Health that on August 15, 2012 the water samples for Wareham bathing beaches were analyzed for water quality. Indian Mound, North Boulevard and Forbes Beach did not pass the analysis and are closed until further notice. Swimming at these beaches could pose potentially serious health problems to certain segments of the general population, i.e. the very young, very old or immune compromised. The recent rain events and/or migratory waterfowl are probably a contributing factor to these closures. All other beach water samples meet the bacterial standards and are acceptable for the operation of a bathing beach.
Weekly sampling will be performed to possibly re-open this beach next week.
Wareham Board of Health
August 16, 2012