Francis E. “Frank” Mullen, Chief, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 85, of Norwell, formerly of Quincy and Hingham, passed away peacefully Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Pat Roche Hospice Home, following a long illness, in the comfort of his loving family.
Frank was born in Quincy to the late Francis J. and Rose (Messenger) Mullen. He was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth where he was an all-scholastic athlete in basketball. He later earned an Associate’s degree in Communications from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. He also graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management from Babson College, and the U.S. Army Military Police School in Fort Gordon, Georgia.
He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War aboard the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Des Moines, CA-134.
Frank began his career in law enforcement by joining the Quincy Police Department in 1956 after the death of his father who was a Quincy patrolman for thirty-five years. He held nearly every position in the department beginning as a walking patrolman, patrol sergeant, detective, juvenile officer, police prosecutor, and director of planning and research. He particularly enjoyed overseeing the police academy at both the recruit and in-service levels. He later taught at Northeastern University and Quincy College. He was an innovator in Police Training throughout the Commonwealth.
He was appointed chief of the department on September 6, 1990 and served for seven years before retiring in 1997, after forty-one years of service to the City of Quincy.
Frank was an avid N.E. Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. He was also well-known for his love of running, which he started in 1970. He completed forty-two marathons, his best being the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. which he completed in three hours and two minutes. Frank enjoyed many years of golfing as a member of the Ponkapoag and Pembroke Country Clubs. He was a proud life member of the South Shore YMCA where he enjoyed many friendships.
He was a past commander and gold life member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post 294 of Quincy.
Most of all, Frank was dedicated to his family. He enjoyed watching his sons’ hockey games and taking his family on vacations to Disney World, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod. Chief Mullen will be remembered as a quiet man, extremely loyal to his family, friends, and country.
Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of Mary E. (Barrett) Mullen.
Devoted father of Elizabeth Holland and her husband Stephen of Reading, Michael Mullen and his wife Carole of Marshfield, the late Gregory Mullen and his wife Paula of Franklin.
Loving grandfather of seven grandchildren.
Dear brother of the late Dorothy (Mullen) Earley and also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visiting Hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Monday, March 26th from 3 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
At the request of the family, funeral services and interment will be private.
For those who wish, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A 27-year-old Quincy woman charged with assaulting a baby who later died pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Thursday in Quincy District Court.
Shu Feng Hsu, 27, was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Beatty had requested $500,000 cash bail. The defendant was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s parents.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 23.
Hsu, 27, of 34 Sewall St., Quincy, was arrested at her residence earlier Thursday morning by detectives from the Quincy Police Department Special Investigation Unit and a State Police detective assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Police had obtained a warrant for the charge of assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury.
Officials were called to 34 Sewall St. on Feb. 15 for medical assistance for 11-month old Chloe Chen, who also resided at that address along with her parents and others. Chloe Chen was transported to Boston Medical Center and passed away on Feb. 17.
“This investigation is not yet complete, but working with Quincy Police we have developed sufficient evidence for this charge to be brought and arraigned today,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement. “The investigation continues.”
By SCOTT JACKSON
The owner of two supermarkets in Boston and Quincy has agreed to pay more than $80,000 for failing to pay employees minimum wage, overtime, and Sunday/holiday wages and more than 100 employees will receive restitution.
The settlement agreement with the Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, announced March 22, resolves citations issued against Zen Market Quincy, Inc., at 733 Hancock St. in Wollaston, Ming’s Supermarket, Inc. in Boston’s Chinatown, and president Long Deng for the alleged violations. The AG’s Office has also cited other Chinatown businesses after conducting strategic compliance visits.
“My office is dedicated to making sure that employers and workers know what is required under state wage and hour laws,” Healey said in a statement. “When we see employers failing to comply with those laws, we will take action to ensure that workers are treated fairly and receive the wages they earn.”
Zen Market and Ming’s Supermarket have approximately 120 full- and part-time employees between them. The AG’s Fair Labor Division began an investigation after receiving complaints from two former employees who alleged they were not paid Sunday/holiday premium pay.
The investigation revealed that over an approximately three-year period, the employer did not pay 82 employees time-and-a-half premium pay as required by the Massachusetts Blue Laws for Sundays and holidays. The employer also failed to pay overtime wages to 61 employees and did not pay minimum wage to 17 employees.
Healey’s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing state laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage, overtime, and earned sick time laws.
To increase proactive enforcement, the Fair Labor Division has prioritized compliance visits in communities and industries across the state to discuss workers’ rights with employees, distribute materials on state wage and hour laws to employers, and note any concerns that require follow-up.
The Fair Labor Division has increased the number of voluntary compliance visits to employers in recent years, visiting almost 300 businesses in more than 100 cities and towns across Massachusetts in fiscal year 2017. As a result of follow up visits to more than a dozen businesses in the Chinatown area of Boston, the AG’s Fair Labor Division issued citations in November 2017 against multiple businesses, which failed to post free Wage and Hour posters in multiple languages that were provided to employers at a prior visit. The employers have all since paid the citations in full.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy police on Wednesday arrested a Quincy resident and his girlfriend on charges they were trafficking fentanyl in the city.
The department’s drug control unit began an investigation into the sale of fentanyl in the city earlier this month, police said. The targets of the investigation were identified as Ibrahim Naji, age 21, of Turner Street in Quincy and his girlfriend, Karina Yates, age 21, of Cedar Brook Circle in Holbrook. As a result, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for a gray 2009 Nissan Altima.
On Wednesday, police executed the search warrant on the Altima and its occupants – Naji, Yates and Horis Hamilton-Willis. Detectives recovered $690 in cash, two black digital scales (one with white powder on it that tested positive for fentanyl) and two cellphones. Police say they also recovered a bag with a powdered substance Naji tried to discard while attempting to flee the scene; the bag weighed nearly 22 grams.
Naji and Yates were both charged with trafficking a class B substance (fentanyl) and conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act. Naji was additionally charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and disorderly conduct.
Hamilton-Willis was arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants.
Arraignment information was not available Thursday morning.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A Vassall Street landlord is due back in court May 1 on charges he pulled a handgun on his tenant during a parking dispute following a recent blizzard.
Ben Bin Vo, age 42, of 93 Vassall St. pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Quincy District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and improper storage of a large-capacity weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.
Police said Vo answered his door holding a 9-mm handgun to confront his tenant. The woman had parked in Vo’s driveway during a parking ban in the city for Tuesday’s snowstorm and was trying to move her car to get to a doctor’s appointment at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Vo’s car was parked behind the tenant’s the driveway.
The tenant recorded part of the encounter on her cellphone, police said.
Vo allegedly told officers he was upset the tenant was demanding he move his car so early in the morning because her lease states she has no access to the driveway. The tenant had called Vo prior to ringing his doorbell.
Vo initially denied he had the gun in his hand when he answered the doorbell, police said, though he later said he had the firearm in his hand.
Police searched the residence and found the handgun under clothes in a closet. Police said there was no bullet in the chamber but there was a loaded magazine in the gun and no there was no trigger lock on it. Vo has a license to carry.