Quincy Police Charge NH Woman With Drug, Gun Offenses


Quincy police arrested an 18-year-old woman from New Hampshire late Tuesday on gun and drug charges.

Officers were dispatched to the parking lot on Avalon Drive around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, police said, as the reporting party believed the occupants of a Saab were conducting street-level drug transactions. Officers located the vehicle in a secluded area of the parking lot and spoke to the occupants.

The driver was identified as Gillian Connors, age 18, of Derry, N.H., and the passenger was identified as Joseph Mulligan, age 26, of Baxter Street in Boston.

While speaking with Connors and Mulligan, officers believed the two were being untruthful and asked them to step out of the vehicle, police said. Based on the information provided by the caller, and items that were located in plain view, it was apparent that drug transactions were taking place. In addition to the items, an officer located one .22 caliber round in the rear pocket of the passenger seat. Connors stated that she had a permit in the State of New Hampshire and admitted that she had a rifle in the trunk.

Inside the trunk, the officer located a .22 caliber Marlin Model 70 rifle, a clear plastic magazine that was loaded with eleven .22 rounds, and a box of .22 caliber ammunition, police said. The rifle was not loaded, but police said there was no trigger lock or lock for the case to secure it. Wrapped in clothing inside the trunk, the officer also located 38 Oxycodone tablets, 11 grams of cocaine, and 1 gram of fentanyl.

Connors was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute Class B (cocaine and oxycodone), possession with intent to distribute Class A (fentanyl), unlawful possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and improper storage of a firearm. Police said Connors does not have a license or a permit to carry a firearm in Hampshire as she stated.

Mulligan was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Arraignment information was not immediately available Wednesday.

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Gilda DiCenso, 89

Gilda (DeSantis) DiCenso of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at age 89.

Born in Indrodacqua, Italy, she lived in Quincy for 17 years and worked in the garment industry in Boston. Passionate about cooking for others Gilda hosted many parties at her house for family and friends, including the traditional family Thanksgiving dinner where every imaginable variety of dish was served.

The beloved wife of the late Guerino DiCenso, she was the loving mother of the late Rocco DiCenso; mother-in-law of Maria DiCenso of Easton; dear grandmother of Daniel DiCenso and his wife Maria (Kasparian) of Easton, and Alessia (DiCenso) Symynkywicz and her husband Noah of Easton; great-grandmother of Owen Symynkywicz; beloved sister of the late Panfilio DeSantis, Gino DeSantis, Orazio DeSantis and Amalia DeSantis; and is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Diane DeSantis of Walpole, Francine Gordon and her husband Jim of VA and Joe DeSantis of Walpole.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday July 19th from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. On Friday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:00AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at St. Joseph Church 550 Washington St. Quincy. Burial is at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.

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Valerie J. McCarthy, 66

Valerie Jean (Tolman) McCarthy, 66, of Quincy, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018.

She was born to the late Joseph Tolman and Mabel (Gould) Tolman on Feb. 14, 1952.

Valerie was born and raised in Dorchester before moving to Quincy in 1974. She worked at Hannaford Super Market for eighteen years prior to retiring in 2014. Valerie was an avid Hallmark ornament collector as well as Yankee Candles and angels. She thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren and most especially enjoyed showering them with love and gifts. Valerie loved Christmas time and would start getting excited over the summer.

Valerie is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, Robert McCarthy of Quincy, daughters Heather McLaughlin and her husband James 3rd of Dorchester, Marybeth Webb and her husband Christopher of Tewksbury, five grandchildren, Rebecca, Emilee,  & James McLaughlin 4th and Ashleigh and Jackson Webb, three sisters Janice Mann of New Bedford, Joanne Vroom of Plymouth and the late Arlene Sheehan. Sister-in-law of Catherine McCarthy and John McCarthy both of Quincy, Joseph McCarthy and his wife Katherine of  Weymouth, James McCarthy and his wife Arlene of Foxboro. Also survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Visitation in the Wm. F. Spencer Funeral Home, 575 E. Broadway, South Boston on Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11 AM in St. Ann’s Church, Neponset. Relatives and friends kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers donations in Valerie’s memory may be made to the Restless Leg Syndrome at RLS.org.

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Quincy Point Pawn Shop Rejected


The city’s licensing board rejected a proposal to open a pawn shop in Quincy Point after more than two dozen residents and the neighborhood’s ward councillor voiced their opposition to the store.

Roman Vynnytski went before the Board of License Commissioners Tuesday to seek a pawnbroker’s license and an old gold/silver license for the proposed store, Golden Circle Pawn. The business would have been located inside the strip mall at 503 Washington St., in the storefront most recently home to Pet Gossip.

Vynnytski said the store would have operated similar to the one featured on the television show “Pawn Stars,” where people could buy or sell second-hand items such as jewelry, electronics and music. Customers looking to sell items would have to fill out the necessary paperwork and present a valid ID. The item and the ID would both be photographed, and the store would send a list of the items it acquired to Quincy police on a daily basis.

Vynnytski has operated a similar pawn shop in Falmouth for seven years. He submitted letters in support of his application from a Mashpee police sergeant and the Falmouth patrolmen’s association.

“We’ve been working with them over time on any investigation,” Vynnytski said. “They’re welcome to check in on any items, if they are stolen or not.”

Nine residents and Ward 2 Councillor Brad Croall spoke against the proposal at the meeting, and board members received letters from 19 others expressing their opposition to Vynnytski’s request.

Jack Mayo, a Claremont Avenue resident, said Quincy Point was once home to many “less-than-savory establishments,” but the area has changed in recent years. A pawn shop, he said, would be a step backwards.

“When someone says pawn shop to me, I think Combat Zone, Downtown Boston,” Mayo said. “I think it’s disgusting that we would even consider in this city doing anything like this.”

Germain Avenue resident Veronica Hillery expressed a similar sentiment.

“It’s really come away from what I remember it as,” she said of Quincy Point. “I’m totally against this. It will do absolutely nothing for the area or the people in it.”

Michael Lorenzano, a Germain Avenue resident and middle school health teacher, said he was worried the pawn shop could attract people desperate to make quick money to purchase illicit drugs.

“We work really hard as a community to fight this opioid epidemic that we’re dealing with,” he said. “As a kid, I remember growing up and in the back of that strip mall seeing people overdosing…I’m afraid that’s going to happen again.”

Croall, the neighborhood’s ward councillor, said he is supportive of the business community but could not support the application for the pawn shop given the neighborhood opposition.

“I have always – and I know you have always – been supportive of the business community and my plan is – when it makes sense in the neighborhoods for the constituents that I represent – to be supportive,” Croall said.

“But in this case I heard what you heard, which was quite a declaration of this type of business is going in the opposite direction as to where we’re trying to advance the community down in Quincy Point. With that, I would respectfully ask that you all consider voting no on this application.”

In response to the residents’ concerns, Vynnytski said pawn shops were problematic 10 or 20 years ago, but the industry has changed for the better since then.

“It’s a completely whole new industry,” he said. “It’s well monitored by local authorities and the state.”

The board voted 5-0 against the request to open the pawn shop.

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele, the board’s chairman, said he believed Vynnytski has a good concept and a good reputation at his store in Falmouth. Scheele, however, said he could not recall a proposal receiving such a strong opposition from residents.

“It sounds like you have a really good concept. It sounds like you’ve done a good job down in Falmouth. I do hear every single neighbor here and I’ve never had this many people actually come to a meeting and this many letters,” Scheele said.

“When I listen to all the neighbors, some of what they say I agree with, some I don’t agree with it, but it’s their neighborhood.”

City Clerk Nicole likewise said she could not vote in favor of the application given the neighborhood’s opposition to it.

“I do believe you run a good business,” she said. “I agree with the chairman that this isn’t the location for it.”

Scheele suggested Vynnytski consider a location in Quincy Center, noting that two jewelry stores in the area already have pawnbrokers’ licenses. Vynnytski said he would take a look at other properties.

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Robert P. Hayes, 82

Robert P. Hayes, in Stuart, Florida formerly of Quincy, died July 13, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old.

Robert P. Hayes

Robert P. Hayes

The beloved husband of the late M. Audrey (Finn) Hayes. Loving father of Susan Rizzotti of Rockland, Marsha Hayes of Stuart, Fl, Doreen Hayward and husband Tim of Quincy, and Robert Hayes and wife Melanie of Tampa, Fl. Also, his loving grandchildren Meaghan & Lauren Rizzotti, Josh Hayward and  Colin and Michael Hayes. Son of the late Daniel W. Hayes and Alice (Renton ) Hayes.  Brother of Dorothy Schofield and late brother in law Thomas Schofield of Squantum. Also, the brother in law to Richard Reinhardt of Fl. and the late sister in law Beverly Reinhardt. He is survived by his many loving nieces and nephews. Bob also leaves his longtime companion Pat Kyle.

Bob was a longtime Quincy resident. He worked for New England Telephone for 35 years retiring back in 1990. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1954, where he met the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Audrey Finn.

Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus both in North Quincy and Stuart Florida. He also played semi-pro hockey for the Braintree Black Hawks after graduation. Bob also coached B.C. High Varsity Hockey team from 1984 to 1987 during that time frame, his teams went onto 3 consecutive state hockey tournaments and winning the Catholic Conference Championship for the first time in school history.

Bob had a passion for hockey, this love of the sport drove him and his wife Audrey to become the founders of Quincy Youth Hockey Association. Their dream helped rally the Community and many others that would later develop into the Quincy Youth Hockey Arena that touched and inspired so many children.

Bob’s goal was to create an organization that not only helped develop athletic skill’s but would also help build confidence and positive relationships that would last for many years. Their effort lives on through the many programs the Quincy Youth Hockey Association has today. It would be difficult to know just how many lives have been touched by Bobs dream. He was an inspiration to the City of Quincy. Bob and Audrey have forever given Quincy Youth Hockey Association kids a place to call home.

Bob will be sadly missed, but he will never be forgotten.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday at 9:15 prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m . Burial in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in memory of Bob may be made to Quincy Youth Hockey, 60 Murphy Memorial Drive, Quincy, MA 02169.  See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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