Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wanted for Murder: Fernando Owens

NOVEMBER 24, 2015
New charges against New Hampshire couple for their role in homicide
BROCKTON – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Dorchester man and new charges have been filed against a New Hampshire couple, all believed to be involved with the murder and disposal of a victim found dead and burned in Bridgewater, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced today.
State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office today obtained an arrest warrant for Fernando Owens (DOB: 9/4/72) of Dorchester. Owens is wanted for the November 3rd murder of 29-year-old Ashley Bortner of New Jersey.
Also today, arrest warrants were issued against a Manchester, N.H. married couple, charging them with Accessory After the Fact of Murder. Julian Squires (DOB: 12/08/74) and Shannon Squires (DOB: 07/04/76) were arraigned yesterday on charges they mislead investigators. Today, those charges were upgraded for their roles in Bortner’s death.
Fernando Owens
Bridgewater Police received a 911 call at approximately 11:40 pm November 3rd and responded to a fire burning on the west side of the MBTA train tracks and determined it was a human body burning. The victim was later identified as Bortner. Her body was burned over 70%, she had been gagged by her own clothing and her face was wrapped with a towel and she was found in a comforter. Bortner’s hands and feet were bound behind her and electrical cord was around her neck.
State Police investigators have determined that Owens was acquainted with the victim in this case and that he believed Bortner had a hand in the recent death of Fernando’s son, Domenic Owens. Police seized items from Fernando Owens’ home at 65 Lonsdale Street in Dorchester that link him to the murder, including the same sort of Egyptian cotton bath towel and identical electrical cord found on the victim.
Cell phone records from the Squires put the couple in Bridgewater around the time of the 911 call to Bridgewater Police on November 3rd. Additionally, the Squires own a vehicle similar
to the dark SUV described by the 911 caller. The couple are currently still being held on bail in the misleading police charge.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Fernando Owens is encouraged to contact State Police at 508-947-8087, MBTA Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or Bridgewater Police at 508-697-6118.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation by State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Bridgewater Police. MBTA Police and Boston Police assisted with the investigation. Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Elumba and Brian Fahy are prosecuting the case.

Friday, November 20, 2015

NFL Bag Policy: Public Service Announcement.


November 20, 2015


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With the New England Patriots appearing in their first and only Monday Night Football game of the 2015 season, Gillette Stadium officials are requesting the media’s assistance in communicating important information to fans planning to attend the primetime game between the Patriots and Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 23 (8:30 p.m. kickoff).



With evening commuter traffic and a capacity crowd of nearly 67,000 fans, Gillette Stadium officials encourage drivers to allow themselves plenty of time when traveling near the stadium on game day. Traffic restrictions will be in place on local roads before and after the game. Fans attending the game must use I-95, I-495 or Route 140 to access Route 1 and Gillette Stadium. For ease of entry and exit, fans are reminded of the following:

·         From the North (from I-95), fans are strongly encouraged to stay to the right and park in Lot P10.

·         From the South (from I-495), fans are strongly encouraged to stay to the left and park in Lot P11 or P10.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early at stadium gates to limit wait times. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. and gates to the stadium open at 6:30 p.m.



Security and law enforcement officials are on-site to ensure the safety of all attending the game. If fans have any concerns, we support the security campaign “If you see something, say something,” and dial 9-1-1 or contact the nearest security or law enforcement personnel.



Please note, metal detectors are located at all stadium gate entrances. Please remove phones, cameras and all other metallic items from your pockets prior to reaching the screening locations to expedite the screening process. Unlike procedures you may be familiar with at the airport, stadium security will not be asking fans to remove loose change or keys from their pockets and they won’t need to remove their shoes or belts. Please note, battery-powered heated clothing (i.e. jackets and socks) are prohibited.



Gillette Stadium officials want to remind fans that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect at every game throughout the 2015 season. That policy states that all bags entering the stadium must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12” x 6” x 12.” Fans can use a one-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag. In addition, small clutch bags (not to exceed 7” x 4” x 2”) may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch sacks, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

Stadium parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. Parking is $40 for cars and motorcycles and $150 for buses, RVs and limos. For more parking information, visit www.patriots.com/gillette-stadium/parking-and-directions.html. Want to avoid traffic? The MBTA Commuter Rail will provide special train service from South Station in Boston and from the TF Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. to Gillette Stadium for Monday’s game and all Patriots home games this season. The round trip fare is $15. Fans are reminded that no bags larger than the NFL-mandated size (see NFL’s Clear Bag Policy above) are permitted and no personal items may be left on the trains during the game. For more information, including train schedule, visit www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/patriots.





South Station Train schedule to
Gillette Stadium for Monday, Nov. 23
TF Green Airport Train schedule to
Gillette Stadium for Monday, Nov. 23
South Station:
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:35 PM
TF Green Airport:
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:05 PM
Back Bay:
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:40 PM
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:35 PM
Dedham Corp:
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:55 PM
South Attleboro:
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:45 PM
Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 7:40 PM
Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 6:55 PM
Departs for Gillette Stadium at 7:05 PM
Train arrives at Gillette stadium at 7:40 PM


NOTE: Trains will depart from Gillette Stadium 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.


Around Patriot Place, the property’s 16 dining options can satisfy any hungry football fan with everything from sushi to burgers to fine dining. For a list of restaurants, visit www.patriot-place.com/tags/restaurants#.Ve8g1NJViko. Need to gear up for the game? The Patriots ProShop and Patriots ProShop Collection have the widest selection of authentic Patriots merchandise available anywhere, including a selection of Super Bowl XLIX championship gear. For more information, visit www.patriotsproshop.com.



Gillette Stadium officials are reminding fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets and extra vigilant when purchasing game tickets online in the secondary market. Please note the Patriots can only verify the legitimacy of tickets purchased from the Gillette Stadium ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recognize him ? Please contact us if you do.

If you know the whereabouts or identity of this individual please contact our Criminal Investigations Unit at 617-222-1050. If you would like to assist our investigators but wish to remain anonymous you can always text us your tip to 873873 or use the anonymous feature on our SeeSay app.

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the male subject depicted above fraudulently used a stolen credit card at MBTA Park Street Station, Back Bay Station and Davis Square Station, to purchase $300.00 worth of MBTA monthly passes. This subject has a tattoo on his right calf.

media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com


The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Point of Entry Policing leads to arrest of Weymouth woman

Debra Pittman
On November 3, 2015 at approximately 5:30pm Transit Police officers were conducting Point of Entry Policing at the MBTA's Quincy Center station. While there the officers observed a female, later identified as Debra Pittman, 39, of Weymouth fare evade by "piggybacking" in behind a paying customer. Officers approached Pittman for the purpose of issuing a citation and subsequently discovered there was a warrant in existence for her arrest issued out of Quincy District Court for Shoplifting. Pittman was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. During the booking process Pittman was found to be in possession of a controlled medication
without a prescriptions. Pittman will be additionally charged with Possession of a Class E substance.

media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com


The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weymouth man wanted for Delivering drug to a Prisoner nabbed by TPD

John Mahoney
On October 26, 2015 at approximately 9:30pm Transit Police officers were conducting Point of Entry Policing at the MBTA's Andrew Sq. station in South Boston. While there they observed a male, later identified as John Mahoney, 32, of Weymouth smoking a cigarette under a conspicuously marked "NO SMOKING" SIGN. Officers approached Mahoney for the purpose of issuing a citation and subsequently discovered there was a warrant in existence for Mahoney's arrest issued from Dedham District Court for Delivering Drugs to a Prisoner. Mahoney was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.

 media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com


The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kenneth Green appointed permanent Chief of Police

Kenneth Green named MBTA Transit Police Chief

BOSTON – October 21, 2015 – MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola today announced that he has selected Acting MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green to serve in the position permanently. 
“I am very pleased to make this announcement today,” said DePaola.  “Policing in a public transit environment poses unique challenges, and I strongly believe that Chief Green’s 26 years of MBTA experience will serve him well in this critical leadership role.”   
Governor Charlie Baker commended the selection of Chief Green, and stressed the importance of choosing a respected law enforcement professional with decades of community policing experience. 
“The only thing more important than a reliable public transit system is a safe one,” said Governor Baker.  “As a Deputy Chief and Acting Chief, Ken Green has demonstrated the skills necessary to lead the Transit Police Department, and keep the MBTA safe for both riders and employees.”
General Manager DePaola said the MBTA was fortunate to have a number of good candidates for Police Chief, and that the screening and interview process was very thorough.  “Chief Green’s knowledge of the transit system and strong relationships with the communities we serve made him the clear choice for the job,” said DePaola.
Chief Green joined the 270-person MBTA Transit Police Department as a patrolman in 1991, after serving as a police officer for the town of Winchester for eight years. An original member of the MBTA Transit Police SWAT team, Green was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 and to Lieutenant and Deputy Chief in 2012.  He has been serving as Acting Chief since November 2014, when Chief Paul MacMillan retired.
“I am truly honored to lead the fine men and women of the Transit Police Department and serve the MBTA and the citizens of Massachusetts in this capacity,” said Chief Green. “The votes of confidence from Governor Baker, Secretary Pollack, General Manager DePaola, respected elected officials and community members are humbling. I am committed to ensuring the safest transportation system possible and dedicated to the principles of community policing.”  
"The appointment of Kenneth Green as Chief is a huge victory for all those who value experience, champion diversity and advocate for effective, community conscious policing," said Attorney Michael Curry, President of the Boston NAACP. "It will be with great pride and a sense of permanence that we in the community can now refer to him as Chief Green!"  Curry added: "This announcement comes on the heels of transformational changes happening in the leadership of law-enforcement in pockets across the country, including Boston. The inclusion of people of color and women at all levels helps to make us more effective at protecting and serving."

"There is no better person to take the reins of the MBTA Police Department than Chief Kenneth Green," said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. "Chief Green has nearly 25 years with the Transit Police, and has the knowledge and fortitude to move the department forward. Once again, the Baker Administration has shown great insight in appointing someone with the experience and ability to make necessary changes," concluded Senator Forry.

“We applaud the appointment of Chief Kenneth Green,” said Rev. Miniard Culpepper, a member of Ministers In Action, and Regional Director of the Progressive National Baptist Association. “This appointment speaks volumes about the Baker Administration’s commitment to a diverse state government workforce.  Chief Green has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and we believe he's the most qualified to lead the MBTA Transit Police.”  
“The Baker Administration made a great choice in selecting Chief Green,” said State Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan.  “It shows the Administration’s true commitment to selecting the best candidate for the job and staying true to their commitment of hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the Commonwealth.”  
"I am thrilled to learn that Kenneth Green will transition from acting to permanent MBTA Police Chief," Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley said. "He has earned this appointment after years of dedicated service, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to community. I am especially encouraged by Chief Green's track record when it comes to his willingness to engage the community, even and especially when people are critical. I trust that under his leadership, we will see improvements, particularly in access, safety, and for our young people, because Chief Green shows his pride in the T daily by having the hard conversations and doing the tough work to achieve these reforms."                                       
Deputy Chief Green has been involved with various youth groups and has participated in several community-based collaborations and lectures. He has been recognized as the chief architect of the “THINK ABOUT IT FIRST” concept, an innovative strategy that has been duplicated nationally. The “THINK ABOUT IT FIRST” cards are given to youths who may be considering detrimental conduct. The cards list the consequences that may occur if a person is arrested, and how it would affect his/her life.
Chief Green holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.  Chief Green will be formally sworn in at a later date. 
For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot.