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Quincy Police Officer Indicted Following Standoff

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy police officer charged with firing shots at police officers at his Raynham home – leading to an hours-long standoff Monday night – will remain jailed for at least several more days after being indicted.

Keith Wilbur, age 51, had been charged on several counts – including armed assault with intent to murder – during his arraignment in Taunton District Court Tuesday afternoon. He was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing that had been scheduled for district court on Friday, but that hearing will not take place following the indictment.

Wilbur could be arraigned in Bristol County Superior Court as early as next week.

An 18-year veteran of the Quincy Police Department, Wilbur was placed on administrative leave following his arrest early Tuesday morning pending further investigation. Wilbur was assigned to the patrol division at the time of his arrest.

Raynham police were called to Wilbur’s home on Britton Street around 9 p.m. Monday for a domestic call, according to media reports. A woman came to the door and spoke to the officers who responded to the scene, with Wilbur inside.

Police then attempted to speak with Wilbur, and it was at that time he allegedly fired two shots through a door. The woman and both officers who responded exited the house uninjured. There were no reports of any hostages left inside the home.

The standoff lasted about four hours, and SWAT was called to the scene along with K-9 units and a negotiator. Police blocked off roads to the neighborhood and warned other residents to remain in their homes during the standoff.

Wilbur surrendered to police around 1 a.m. He was not injured, and neither were any responding officers.

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Telecommunications Founder Keynote Speaker At Chamber Of Commerce Meeting

Granite Telecommunications Co-Founder and President Rob Hale will be the keynote speaker at the Quincy Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday, March 9 at the Boston Marriott Quincy hotel, 1000 Marriott Dr., Quincy.

Rob Hale

Rob Hale

The doors to the business showcase open at 4 p.m. and the event is open to the public. The event will continue until 8 p.m. Hale is expected to speak around 7 p.m.

The business showcase traditionally attracts over 400 attendees.

Granite Telecommunications, LLC, is a communications company headquartered in Quincy. Founded in 2002, Granite now has over 1.5 million business telephone lines under management, annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion and employs over 1,700 employees.

The company provides voice and data communications products and services over two thirds of Fortune 100, including 18 of the top 20 retailers in the United States. Granite has been recognized as one of the most philanthropic companies in Massachusetts.

Hale has been recognized as a leading entrepreneur by several organizations and publications. He has been recognized by Boston Business Journal-Power 50, which salutes the 50 most powerful people in Boston. For his long-time commitment to the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, Hale was awarded the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award. He has also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been saluted as one of the 25 most influential people in American telecom multiple times.

Hale also owns FoxRock Properties, a Boston-based real estate firm with over 2 million square feet of commercial space. He also founded Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market businesses with significant growth prospects.

Hale is an owner and director of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and owner of the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Hale has held or holds leadership roles at Boston Children’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Deerfield Academy, Connecticut College and Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he currently co-chairs the $1.5B Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign.

Hale and his wife Karen were honored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with the Inaugural Carolyn Lynch Humanitarian Award last month. Hale lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children.

Tickets are $40 per person and includes access to the business showcase as well as the keynote speaker presentation. There will also be a light buffet and cash bar.

To purchase tickets call 617-471-1700 or visit TheQuincyChamber.com.

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Quincy Police Officer On Leave Following Standoff

By SCOTT JACKSON

An 18-year member of the Quincy Police Department is facing a charge of armed assault with intent to murder and has been placed on administrative leave following a standoff with law enforcement Monday night in Raynham.

The officer, 51-year-old Keith Wilbur, is due back in court Friday. Prosecutors sought a 72-hour continuance during Wilbur’s arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Taunton District Court and asked he be held without bail; both requests were granted.

Wilbur has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said in a statement released Tuesday morning. Wilbur is an 18-year veteran of the department and was currently assigned to the patrol division, the statement said.

Raynham police were called to Wilbur’s home on Britton Street around 9 p.m. Monday for a domestic call, according to media reports. A woman came to the door and spoke to the officers who responded to the scene, with Wilbur inside.

Police then attempted to speak with Wilbur, and it was at that time he allegedly fired two shots through a door. The woman and both officers who responded exited the house uninjured. There were no reports of any hostages left inside the home.

The standoff lasted about four hours, and SWAT was called to the scene along with K-9 units and a negotiator. Police blocked off roads to the neighborhood and warned other residents to remain in their homes during the standoff.

Wilbur surrendered to police around 1 a.m. He was not injured, and neither were any responding officers.

Investigators were seen removing firearms and ammunition out of Wilbur’s home Tuesday.

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Chipotle Robber Arrested

By SCOTT JACKSON

The man who police say attempted to rob a North Quincy restaurant using a syringe has been arrested.

Malik Horani, 33, of Medford, was arrested Jan. 13 by the Watertown Police Department after being identified as the suspect behind the Jan. 10 robbery attempt the Chipotle at 68 Newport Ave.

Horani will be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court on charges of attempt to commit a crime (armed robbery) and assault with a dangerous weapon (the syringe).

Police were called to the Chipotle shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 for a report of a robbery attempt. The cashier told officers the suspect grabbed a bag containing the food he had ordered and demanded she “put all the money in the bag.” The cashier stated she did not understand the request until the suspect showed a hypodermic syringe and threatened to stab her.

The manager then approached the suspect, police said, and he fled the store headed southbound on Newport Avenue. Police dogs were called in to track the suspect, but were unable to do so because of high pedestrian traffic in the area.

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Weymouth Man Facing OUI, Gun Charges

Quincy police said this gun was found after a police chase early Sunday morning. The driver of the vehicle is facing firearm and drunk driving charges. Quincy police photo.

Quincy police said this gun was found after a police chase early Sunday morning. The driver of the vehicle is facing firearm and drunk driving charges. Quincy police photo.

By SCOTT JACKSON

A 26-year-old Weymouth resident was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly leading Quincy police on a short chase through Wollaston, and is facing weapons and drunk driving charges.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police said an officer in Quincy Center noticed a driver of a motor vehicle – later identified as Francisco Torres, 26, of Weymouth – repeatedly beeping his horn for no apparent reason in the vicinity of Hannon Parkway and the Parkingway.

The driver then made an abrupt right-hand turn on Hannon Parkway towards Burgin Parkway, police said. The officer reported hearing three or four distinct pops, which he believed to be gunshots based on his training and experience. The officer then attempted to find the vehicle, or any possible victims.

The officer located the vehicle in Wollaston, near Newport Avenue and South Central Avenue. He attempted to stop the car, but police said Torres accelerated away and a short pursuit ensued. The police chase ended after Torres allegedly struck a parked vehicle, rendering his inoperable. He was then arrested and transported to the police station.

A silver revolver was located in plain view sitting atop the steering wheel while the vehicle’s interior was being examined, police said; the suspect possessed neither a Massachusetts firearm ID card nor a license to carry.

Torres was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling/building in use. defacing the serial number of a firearm, operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop when signaled, speeding, operating after a suspension, and leaving the scene of property damage.

He is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court.

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