Police arrested two Randolph residents July 3 on drug charges in connection with a heroin delivery system.
The two suspects turned themselves into Quincy Police after lengthily conversations with their attorneys, police said.
Odoaren Valdez-Clark, 21, of 51 Bridle Path Cir., #514, Randolph, was arraigned in Quincy District Court and held on $250,000 bond. He was charged with trafficking over 200 grams of heroin (12 year felony) and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
The second individual, Karla Ochoa, age 21, also of 51 Bridle Path Cir., #514, Randolph, was arrested on the same charges.
Ochoa was also arraigned and released.
Departments assisting the Quincy Police Drug Unit were Braintree, Randolph, Weymouth, Brockton and the Mass. State Police Gang Unit assigned to Brockton.
Four other individuals were arrested in connection with the heroin delivery system last week.
Police said the investigation demonstrates the effectiveness of the collaboration between agencies in fighting illegal drug sales.
Unidentified 3-4 year old child found in Massachusetts. Do you know who she is?
An unidentified female child was found in the low tide waters off Deer Island in Massachusetts on June 25. Deer Island is part of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and lies on a peninsula that connects to the town of Winthrop.
The child is believed to have been deceased 1-2 days before being found. The female is light skinned, approximately 3-4 years old and had 14” long brown hair pulled back with a red hair tie.
She was approximately 3’1” tall and weighed around 30 pounds. The child was found wearing Circo brand white leggings with large black polka dots, size 4T.
A toddler sized plush zebra print blanket was also found with the child.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A Brookline-based developer has purchased the former Star of the Sea Church in Squantum for $600,000.
Bellevue Road Associates LLC purchased the former church at 101-105 Bellevue Rd. for $600,000 from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, according to Norfolk County Registry of Deeds records. Bellevue Road Associates is registered to Victor Sheen, the founder and managing director of Oakgrove Residential of Brookline.
In 2004 the Archdiocese of Boston announced that the Bellevue Road church would be one of more than 50 parishes in Greater Boston to be closed. Subsequently in July 2011 the archdiocese relegated Star of the Sea to profane use, meaning that it was no longer considered a site for worship.
The Bellevue Road property, which sits in a Residential A zoning district, had an assessed value of $2.1 million, according to the city assessor’s online database. The property includes 37,200 square feet (0.85 acres) of land.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will be seeking the public’s input to better understand local housing issues and establish housing goals for the city of Quincy at a public forum on Wednesday, July 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Middle School Cafeteria, 875 Hancock St.,
The first of two public forums, MAPC is working with Quincy’s Planning and Community Development Department to develop a housing production plan to guide the city in a market-rate and affordable housing preservation and creation strategy.
Through community input, the housing production plan will identify the Quincy’s housing needs, demand, opportunities, challenges, and goals for the future. The Plan will also assist the city in meeting Quincy’s state-mandated affordable production target.
Registration for the forum can be completed online by visiting http://tinyurl.com/quincyrsvp. You may also share your thoughts on current and future housing opportunities by completing a brief online survey at http://tinyurl.com/hppsurvey.
For more information or for special accommodations, contact Matt Smith, senior planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-933-0760.
By SCOTT JACKSON
The Quincy Police Department will be increasing patrols and limiting access to Houghs Neck in preparation for the neighborhood’s annual Third of July bonfire Friday night.
The MBTA’s 216 bus, which provides service to Houghs Neck, will stop serving the neighborhood beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and will resume at approximately 10 p.m., shortly after Weymouth’s fireworks display ends. Bus service to Germantown will continue to run during that four-hour window.
Patrols in Houghs Neck will be increased during the bonfire. All backpacks are subject to search and anyone under 21 caught possessing alcohol will be arrested.
“If you go down there you could be subject to a search,” Police Capt. John Dougan said. “We want to make sure this remains a family event.”
Temporary parking restrictions will be in effect for the Third of July bonfire in Houghs Neck, so those parking in the area are asked to pay special attention to any signs posted.
The entire police force, except those on vacation, will be on duty Friday night throughout the city. Police officers from other communities, including gang units, will work that night in Houghs Neck, as they have in recent years. MBTA Police will also increase their patrols at the Quincy Center station.
Road closures and minor traffic delays are anticipated from several other events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
The 2.5-mile Freedom Run around Merrymount will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. The run/walk traverses the perimeter of Merrymount, and police anticipate minor traffic delays.
The Squantum Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at the intersection of Bellevue Road and Huckins Avenue then travels up Bellevue to Dorchester Street to East Squantum Street to Huckins Avenue and then up Standish Road to the Wendall Moses Playground. Road closures and minor delays are expected along the route.
The Merrymount Fourth of July parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. The parade leaves the Merrymount Elementary School, and travels across a number of streets including Agawam Road, Narragansett Road, Norton Road, Sea Street, Samoset Avenue, Waban Road, Squanto Road and ends at Virginia Road at Shore Avenue. Road closures and minor delays are anticipated during the parade.