Two women from Somerville were arraigned Monday on armed robbery charges in Quincy District Court after police said the pair robbed a nun at knifepoint in Quincy Sunday.
Vanessa Young, 26, of Somerville was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), and B&E daytime to commit a felony. Three of the cell phones recovered during a search of Vanessa Young would later be identified as having been stolen during a house break which occurred around the same time on Water Street, police said.
The other woman arraigned – Crystal Young, 26, of Somerville – was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Accessory after the fact.
According to Quincy Police, on Sunday, Aug. 21 at approximately 2:05 p.m., Officer Ken Wood responded to a report of an armed robbery. Officer Wood spoke to the victim, a Sister at The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Convent.
The victim stated that she was walking, in civilian clothing, on Phipps Street by Water Street when a female approached her and attempted to take a small satchel out of her left hand. She told the female suspect, now identified as Vanessa Young, that she didn’t have any money.
A small struggle ensued between the victim and Ms. Young. At one point, the victim noticed that there was another female standing approximately 5-10 feet behind her looking back and forth as a look out.
The victim stated she then observed that Ms. Young was holding a small knife. Ms. Young stated to the victim, “I’m not going to hurt you”. The victim tried to calm down the suspect down, opened her satchel, and showed Ms. Young the contents of her satchel (rosary beads, a key, and a small momento). Ms. Young told the victim, “I’ll guess I’ll take the rosary beads”. The victim then fled the area and ran back to the convent.
The victim provided Officer Wood with a description of the two suspects, which was broadcast to area units. Officer Wood then began to search for the suspects. As he was driving, he observed two females exiting the back seat a vehicle which was stopped on Phipps Street. Both females matched the description provided by the victim. Officer Wood encountered both females and advised them that they were suspects in an earlier robbery to which both denied any involvement.
Officer Parisi, who had arrived on scene to assist Officer Wood, searched the suspects and located a small locking knife, 6 cellphones of various make and models, and a checkbook belonging to a resident of Weymouth, but did not find the rosary beads.
The victim responded to Officer Wood’s location and positively identified both suspects, as well as the knife that was used in the robbery.
The Department of Public Works is planning sewer and stormwater drainage projects in the Squantum neighborhood this summer and fall.
Residents are invited to a meeting hosted by DPW Commissioner Daniel Raymondi Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting include why sewer and stormwater drainage system is essential to economic vitality, how sewer and stormwater drainage system functions, what residents can do to keep these systems operating efficiently and effectively and an overview of the projects’ work.
During this construction period residents can expect:
• To see private contractors hired by the City in this area accessing city manholes.
• Measuring devices used in the sewer system to monitor base and peak flows.
• Manholes may be accessed at night.
• If you have a manhole on your property, contractors may need pedestrian access to it.
• You will be contacted by the City if a contractor needs access to your property/residence.
• Private contractors will be sampling drainage water from city stormwater drainage structures.
• There may be noise, odors, and traffic control associates with some of this work.
“This important work reflects Mayor Koch’s commitment to our beaches and waterways,” said DPW Commissioner Raymondi. “This important investment into the City’s utility infrastructure is designed to both protect that investment and proactively keep down costs to our ratepayers.”
Work is expected to continue until this November. For more information contact Deirdre Hall, DPW Compliance Manager at 617-376-1525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By SCOTT JACKSON
The Quincy Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with wild animals and ensure pets are properly vaccinated after a raccoon found in the city tested positive for the deadly disease.
Health Commissioner Drew Scheele on Thursday said state officials had notified the city the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
Residents, he said, should avoid contact with wild animals that display wild or aggressive behavior. Scheele said to especially avoid bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons. Residents are also advised to not feed or pet stray animals, and avoid any animal – wild or domestic – they do not know. Any animal that behaves oddly should be reported to the city’s animal control officer, reachable at 617-376-1364.
Parents should also teach their children to avoid wildlife, stray animals and all other animals they do not know.
If a resident comes in contact with a dead, sick or injured wild animal, do not handle them – report them to the animal control officer instead. Avoid direct contact if you must handle the animal by using heavy gloves, sticks or other available tools.
Other steps Scheele recommended include:
Making sure pets are vaccinated against rabies, and their shots are up to date. All cats, dogs and ferrets must be vaccinated against the disease by law. It is against the law to keep wild animals – such as skunks or raccoons – as pets. There are no rabies vaccines available for most wild species.
Feeding pets indoors and keeping them inside at night. If pets are outside during the day, keep them on a leash or fenced in so they cannot wander.
Fastening trashcan lids tightly and storing trash and garbage in durable covered containers. Garbage can attract wild and domestic animals looking for an easy meal.
Capping chimneys with screens and blocking openings in attics, cellars and porches to keep wild animals like bats, raccoons and skunks out of homes. If a resident has a bat in their home, they should talk with a professional about bat-proofing their house.