Kitchen Fire Causes $100,000 In Damage

A Sunday morning kitchen fire caused between $75,000 and $100,000 in damage to a Quincy Center apartment building.

The fire began in an eighth-floor apartment inside the building at 1025 Hancock St. An alarm inside the building sounded around 7:45 a.m. Sunday morning. The building was evacuated because of the fire.

The woman who was living inside the apartment was able to make it out safely, and firefighters were able to rescue her dog.

Fire damage was contained to the one apartment, while smoke and water damaged other floors.

Firefighters had yet to determine the cause of the single-alarm fire as of early Monday.

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Two Charged With Attacking Pregnant Woman

Two men facing criminal charges for allegedly attacking a pregnant woman in Quincy Center are due back in Quincy District Court May 29.

Tyrese D. Johnson-Nurse, 19, and David D. Russell, 18, were arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and battery on a pregnant woman and assault and battery April 11 in Quincy District Court. They pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Judge Mark Coven said the two defendants could pose a danger to the public and imposed additional conditions, including the wearing of a GPS monitoring device, should the defendants be released.

Russell, who was additionally charged with assault and battery, was expected to be released April 12 with the GPS monitor. He was ordered to stay away from the woman and any witnesses and will be required to remain in his home, except to go to work.

Johnson-Nurse had his bail revoked on a pending armed robbery case in Suffolk County and will remain in custody.

Prosecutors said the woman was walking with her boyfriend in the area of the Quincy post office on Washington Street around 6 p.m. on April 9 when she felt sick and began to vomit. Prosecutors said the two defendants confronted the couple and began punching the woman and she yelled she was pregnant. The boyfriend was also attacked when he stepped in to defend the woman, officials said.

A witness recorded the incident; the video was played during the defendants’ arraignment.

The men fled the scene and were arrested at a nearby store.

The woman had no visible injuries, police said, and her boyfriend had a cut on his head. Both went to an area hospital on their own.

 

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Six Injured After Car Hits Gas Pump

Six people were taken to area hospitals after the 81-year-old driver of the sedan at left reversed into a gas pump, knocking it into the other vehicle at right. The crash caused to gas station's fire suppression system to activate. Photo courtesy Quincy Police Department.

Six people were taken to area hospitals after the 81-year-old driver of the sedan at left reversed into a gas pump, knocking it into the other vehicle at right. The crash caused to gas station’s fire suppression system to activate. Photo courtesy Quincy Police Department.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Six people, including three first responders, were taken to area hospitals after an 81-year-old driver backed into a gas pump on Franklin Street Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place at the Prestige gas station, located at 9 Franklin St., shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Karyn Barkas of the Quincy Police Department.

The 81-year-old driver told police his foot accidentally moved off the brake pedal and hit the gas pedal while he was backing up, Barkas said. That caused his vehicle to accelerate in reverse. The vehicle struck a gas pump, which was knocked over onto another vehicle.

First responders were on scene trying to get people out of their vehicles when the gas station’s fire suppression system went off, coating everything underneath in sodium bicarbonate, which is used to suffocate flames.

Barkas said the drivers of both vehicles, a witness on scene and two Quincy police officers were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries. The officers, she said, were treated and released at South Shore Hospital for exposure to the fire suppressant.

Fire Chief Jack Cadegan said one Quincy firefighter was taken to South Shore Hospital after complaining of severe headaches and difficulty breathing, which was also believed to have been caused by exposure to the fire suppressant. The firefighter was home as of Wednesday morning.

Barkas said the 81-year-old driver was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Police have also filed a request with the Registry of Motor Vehicles for an immediate threat license revocation.

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Quincy Man Arrested On Drug, Gun Charges

Quincy police seized more than $325,000 in cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as a loaded handgun, from a Quarry Street residence Monday. Photos courtesy Quincy Police Department.

Quincy police seized more than $325,000 in cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as a loaded handgun and $30,000 cash, from a Quarry Street residence Monday. Photos courtesy Quincy Police Department.

By SCOTT JACKSON

A 35-year-old Quincy man is facing numerous drug and firearms charges after police said they found more than $325,000 in cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine in his Quarry Street residence.

Robert Cooley

Robert Cooley

Members of the Quincy Police Department’s Drug Control Unit observed what they believed to be a drug transaction around 6:10 p.m. on Monday between a resident of 6 Quarry St. #1, identified as Robert Cooley, and another male, identified as Jeffrey Wilson, according to Sgt. Karyn Barkas.

Detectives stopped Wilson’s vehicle and recovered about 8 grams of crack cocaine, Barkas said. Detectives then applied for and executed a search warrant for Cooley’s residence.

During the search, Barkas said police seized a loaded .22 caliber Erma AA handgun; 38 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition; more than 50 pounds of a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana, with a street value of $100,000, in 77 bags; 505 THC cartridges valued at $25,000; more than 2,000 grams of cocaine with an estimated value of $200,000; approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine valued at $2,000; $30,000 in cash; and other items police said are indicative of drug sales, including packaging material, a money counter and heat sealer.

Jeffrey Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson

Cooley, age 35, was arrested on charges of distribution of a class B substance (cocaine); conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act; trafficking cocaine more than 200 grams; trafficking marijuana; trafficking a class B substance (methamphetamine); unlicensed possession of a firearm; using a firearm in the commission of a felony; unsecured firearm; illegal possession of ammunition; and possession of a class C substance (THC) with intent to distribute.

Wilson, age 35, of Dennis Street in Roxbury, was charged with possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, impeding/interfering with a police investigation, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act.

Both are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court.

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5-Alarm Wollaston Fire Was Not Arson

Investigators are still probing the cause of a five-alarm fire that damaged three Wollaston buildings, but arson has been ruled out. Photo courtesy Quincy Police Department.

Investigators are still probing the cause of a five-alarm fire that damaged three Wollaston buildings in March, but arson has been ruled out. Photo courtesy Quincy Police Department.

By SCOTT JACKSON

The probe into the cause of a five-alarm fire that damaged three Newport Avenue buildings and displaced at least 20 residents is ongoing, but investigators have ruled out arson.

Jennifer Mieth, the spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said investigators have determined the fire was not intentionally set.

“There is no indication that the fire was intentionally set,” she said.

The five-alarm fire is still being investigated by State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Quincy Fire and Police Departments, Mieth said.

“The joint investigation between our office and local authorities is still ongoing,” she stated, adding the fire caused a significant amount of damage.

Mieth said there was no timeline for when the investigation would conclude, noting each fire is unique.

The fire March 12 fire began at 307 Newport Ave., located in the block opposite the Wollaston MBTA station. A passing taxi driver was the first to alert firefighters to the conflagration that morning.

The building at 307 Newport Ave. had sat vacant since a three-alarm fire in November 2015. Fire Chief Jack Cadegan previously told The Sun the fire likely started in the building’s basement and could have grown for hours before it was noticed.

The building at 307 Newport Ave. ignited into a fireball before firefighters could cut through a fence to enter property, Cadegan said, and the structure collapsed in the fire. The blaze spread next door to 317 Newport Ave., also known as the Odd Fellows Hall, which had to be demolished as well. The fire also damaged the building at 301 Newport Ave.

Firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to the brick apartment building at 323 Newport Ave., but water damage displaced the residents living there.

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