Worcester Police Department

  • Agency: Worcester Police Department
  • Address: 9-11 Lincoln Square, Worcester, 01608 MA
  • Chief: James M Gallagher (Chief of Police)
Phone: 508-799-8466
Fax: (508) 799-8680

Worcester Police Department is located at 9-11 Lincoln Square, Worcester, 01608 MA. The Chief of Police of the department is James M Gallagher. The Worcester Police Department phone number is 508-799-8466.

Worcester Police Department News

3 Arrested after Operations Officers on Routine MV Stop Nets Loaded Gun On November 9, 2018, at approximately 5:10 PM, two Worcester Police officers, working out of the Operations Division, were on routine patrol in the Main South area. At this time the officers decided to drive by the BP Gas Station located at 30 Chandler Street. This location is a known problem area to the officers. At this time the officers observed a Honda Civic idling in the parking lot with the driver as the sole occupant. Shortly thereafter the officers observed a female get into the front passenger seat and a male enter the rear seat. The vehicle exited the gas station parking lot and turned onto Irving Street without using a turn signal. The Honda was also traveling on Irving Street in the wrong direction. Irving Street is a one-way street. Upon seeing these infractions the officers activated their emergency lights and signaled the operator of the Honda to pull to the side of the road. The officers approached the car and asked the driver for his license and registration. The officer noticed that the rear passenger was not wearing his seat belt and asked for his name. The three occupants provided names. The driver ended up providing a false name to the officers and could not produce his license and registration. The rear passenger provided a name that could not be confirmed. The rear passenger was also moving about in a nervous manner and dipping his hands out of sight even after being asked to keep his hands in plain view. While trying to determine the driver’s real identity, the rear passenger began to film the officer with his cellphone. The phone was casting a bright light into the officer’s face which impaired his vision. The officer asked the rear passenger to remove the light from his eyes. The rear passenger continued to film in this manner. Realizing that the driver was being untruthful with his name, along with the actions of the rear passenger, the officers asked all three occupants to exit the vehicle. All three passengers were searched for weapons which provided negative results. The officer now searched the immediate reachable areas within the vehicle. Moments later the officer yelled out that he discovered a gun under the front passenger seat. The weapon was a loaded Sig Sauer P320 9 MM handgun. No one had a license to carry a firearm. The driver was eventually identified as Hai Le, 38-years-old of 15 Lawrence Street. The front passenger was identified as Mariah Murphy, 22-years-old of 70 Hill Road, Charlton and the rear passenger was identified as Fidel Joseph, 38-years-old of 87 Paine Street. All three were placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Carrying a Firearm, Unlawful Carrying a Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Carrying of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of Ammunition of Ammunition without an FID Card and Improper Storage of a Firearm. Mr. Le was also charged with being Armed Career Criminal. All three suspects will be arraigned on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

Chief Sargent joined District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr speaking to West Boylston High School students on the dangers of distracted driving.

Prostitution Demand Sting Results in Nine Arrests On the evening of November 8th, 2018, the Worcester Police Vice Squad conducted an undercover operation targeting demand for prostitution in the Main South area. Undercover officers arrested nine males, listed below, for Paying for Sexual Conduct. Mark Morgan, sixty-two-years-old of 24 Crompton St Chancey Garnett, thirty-eight-years-old of Cherry Valley Andrew Coello, twenty-eight-years-old of 12 Crescent St John McCreery, forty-five-years-old of 216 Vernon St George Bradshaw, forty-five-years-old of 3 Saratoga Dr Nelson DeJesus, forty-two-years-old of 27 Vernon St Wesley Souza, forty-years-old of Natick David Walsh, twenty-four-years-old of 61 Esther St Daniel Gangnon, thirty-five-years-old of Auburn In addition, Andrew Coello is charged with Possession of Cocaine with intent to Distribute and Possession of a Class B Substance and Nelson DeJesus is charged with Possession of a Class Substance with intent to Distribute. They will all be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

Man Arrested for OUI after Crashing into Scaffolding on Grove Street On November 8, 2018, at approximately 12:16 AM, Worcester Police responded to a single car crash located at 102 Grove Street. Upon the officers arrival they observed a 2003 Nissan Xterra under a tangled pile of scaffolding. The scaffolding was positioned in front of the old Northworks building. The building is currently undergoing extensive renovations. In addition, the officers observed a utility light pole that was knocked down and a parking meter that was bent. The officer also noticed that a large piece of equipment, a JLG hydraulic lift, received extensive damage to the control panel, mechanical components and to a tire that was ripped off as a result of the impact. The officer observed that the driver was out of his vehicle and sitting on the ground talking to members of the Worcester Fire Department. The driver was identified as Jose Velez, 23-years-old of 45 Mohave Road. The officer spoke with two witnesses that had just exited The Fix Restaurant. The officer was told that as they were walking under the scaffolding the two noticed the Nissan drive through construction cones that had been set up throughout the construction site and around the JLG lift. The two had to jump out of the way for fear that they’d be hit by the oncoming MV. Once the MV came to a stop the two witnesses ran towards the Nissan and helped the driver out of the car. While speaking to Mr. Velez, the officer observed a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Based on the physical evidence, the presence of the odor of alcohol and the results of some field tests, Mr. Velez was placed under arrest for Failure to Stay within Marked Lanes and Operating a MV Under the Influence of Alcohol. Mr. Velez was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then released back to police custody. The building was not struck in this incident and therefore deemed safe to enter.

Update: Ramp Closure Extended The I-190 SB on ramp at exit 1 ramp closure has been extended to Thursday, November 8 at 5 pm due to weather delays. Also, of note is that the detour route has been shortened to use the Route 12 turn around ramp (located just after the closed ramp) rather than West Boylston Terrace.

The Pink Patch Project During the month of October, the Worcester Police Department in collaboration with the New England Police Benevolent Association Local 911, the International Police Officers Local 504 and the Massachusetts Police Association participated in the Pink Patch Project. The Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject) is an innovative awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The Pink Patch Project is an effort between more than 170 public service agencies from across the nation. These pink patches have been designed by the Worcester Police Department specifically for the Pink Patch Project. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against this disease. The New England Police Benevolent Association Local 911, the International Police Officers Local 504 and the Massachusetts Police Association will be donating funds raise to Pink Revolution Breast Cancer Alliance which ensures 100% of funds raised go directly to fund equipment, research and patient care of those individuals whose lives have been touched by breast cancer - during and after treatment.

WPD Detectives Investigate Stabbing on North Lake Ave On November 5th at about 12:15 PM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the area of 325 North Lake Ave for a report of a possible stabbing. By the time officers arrived, the male had been transported to the hospital by a passerby. Officers interviewed the victim, a twenty-four-year-old Leominster man, who had been stabbed several times. The Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Unit responded and began to investigate. The male is currently in stable condition and his wounds are expected to be non-life-threatening. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident, please send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

A Man Seen with Gun in a Threatening Manner was Placed under Arrest On Friday, November 2, 2018, at approximately 8:00 PM, Worcester Police responded to the rear 490 Lincoln Street for a report of a person with a gun. Responding officers were told that an ex-employee of one the stores were outside and seen to be in possession of a gun, which made employees nervous. Officers were given a description of the vehicle that the suspect was in. Arriving officers quickly located the car and observed a female sitting in the passenger seat. The male was not at the scene. The female was the only occupant. The passenger was identified as Adriana Rodriguez, 40-years-old of 1061 Pleasant Street. As the officer was talking with Ms. Rodriguez, a male came outside of a nearby apartment and approached the officer. Due to the nature of the call, the officer searched the male for weapons. No weapons were located on the male. The male was identified as Luis Irizarry, 25-years-old of Maple Tree Lane. A witness informed the officers that a gun was seen being handed back to the passenger in the car, that passenger being Ms. Rodriguez. Ms. Rodriguez was asked to exit the vehicle. A quick search of the interior produced a handgun located under the front passenger seat. The weapon was identified as a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The weapon was found with a magazine that held 14 rounds of ammunition. At this time Mr. Irizarry was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card. A records check on Ms. Rodriguez indicated that she had an outstanding warrant in effect for her arrest. Ms. Rodriguez was also placed under arrest for the warrants. The two were transported to police headquarters without incident. Ms. Rodriguez and Mr. Irizarry were arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

Officers Arrest Male for Illegal Gun Possession on Millbury St On the morning of November 5th at about 12:45 AM, Worcester Police were on patrol in the area of Harding and Lamartine St. The officers observed a sedan driving on Millbury St that had a brake light out. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his blue lights and siren, and the vehicle drove for a short period of time before stopping. Eventually, the vehicle stopped and the officers approached the operator. The officers approached the driver and a passenger, later identified as Leroy Byron, thirty-three-years-old of 158 Eastern Ave. The passenger was putting his hands under his leg and appeared to be attempting to hide something. The officers became alarmed and ordered him to show his hands and exit the vehicle. The driver got out of the vehicle without incident, but Mr. Byron refused to show his hands or exit the vehicle. Fearing for their safety, but the officers placed their hands on Mr. Byron, who tried to pull away. At this time, one of the officers observed a firearm in Mr. Byron’s waistband. Eventually, they gained control of him and were able to remove the firearm, which was loaded and large-capacity. Mr. Byron did not have a license to carry a firearm. He was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

Guns N’ Hoses Night Thank you to the Worcester Railers for hosting Guns N’ Hoses Night at the DCU Center this past Saturday. The Worcester Police Department vs Worcester Fire Department took to the ice first. The friendly competition resulted in a WFD win… congratulations WFD on your big win! Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque made an appearance and joined both Chiefs at the ceremonial puck drop before the Railers game. The Railers were wearing special Worcester Police Jerseys as the Worcester Police Department won the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive held this past summer. The Railers Worcester Police Jerseys were auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls club of Worcester.

Police Investigate Break to Little League Field Houses at Vernon Park On the morning of Sunday November 4th at about 8:50 AM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched Vernon Park at 198 Providence St for a report of a past break. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the reporter, who showed the officer that someone had forced his way into all 3 field houses surrounding the park. All of the Little League baseball equipment and maintenance supplies were in the field houses. Some type of tool was used to destroy the locks on the field houses, and the suspect trashed the inside of the field houses. The matter is under investigation. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident, please send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Six Arrested after NRT Officers Address a Problem Property Concern On Friday, November 2, 2018, members of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) went to 9 Corinth Drive as a result of numerous complaints received about this property. The NRT members had been informed that this property was subject to “constant transient foot traffic, indications of potential drug activity, disorderly persons”, and that the single family home was being run as an illegal rooming house. As a result of the numerous complaints received for this address, the NRT officers decided to set up surveillance today and monitor the situation. At approximately 9:45 AM, plain clothes NRT officers set up undercover surveillance on the property. Soon after the surveillance began one of the officers observed a male standing outside that he believed that he was familiar with. The male was seen getting picked up by a Livery vehicle and drive off. The officer was fairly certain that he knew this man and that he had an active warrant in effect for his arrest. NRT officers stopped the Livery vehicle a short distance later to verify the passenger’s ID. The male ended up not being the person that the officer thought he was, however he was identified as Marcin Klama, 32-years-old of 9 Corinth Drive. Mr. Klama had his own outstanding warrant in effect and was placed under arrest. Information was later obtained that Natalie Weiss was residing at 9 Corinth Drive. One of the NRT officers had knowledge that Ms. Weiss had an existing warrant in affect for her arrest. It became apparent to the officers that this home was in fact being run as an illegal rooming house so they now contacted members of the city of Worcester Quality of Life Unit to respond to the address. NRT officers observed a male and female exit the home and walk towards a parked vehicle. NRT members decided to meet up with the two and engage them in conversation. During the conversation it began to rain heavy. The officers were allowed to go inside the home and continue the conversation out of the rain. Once inside, officers observed approximately 10 people in the home. The officers immediately sensed a strong odor of marijuana upon entering the home and observed a scale with leafy marijuana on it and plastic sandwich bags on a table. Officers believed that their observations were indicative of illegal distribution of Class D substance. There were two males that appeared to the officers to be acting very nervous upon the officer’s entry into the home. One of the males was sitting in a chair and making a stuffing motion into the cushion of the chair. This male in the chair was identified as Owen Alicea, 22-years-old of 256 Belmont Street. The other male was a 17-year-old juvenile and he was seen kicking his leg in a backward motion in an effort to hide something under the couch that he was sitting on. The officer demanded that Mr. Alicea show him his hands. The officer’s orders were ignored. Fearing that Mr. Alicea was trying to hide or obtain a weapon the officer quickly approached him. As the officer closed the distance Mr. Alicea quickly got up and attempted to walk into the kitchen. There were now several more officers there to greet him. At this time the officer went towards the juvenile male and ordered him up and away from the object that he was trying to kick under the couch. The officer then looked back at the chair that Mr. Alicea was sitting in and examined the area that he was sitting in. As soon as the officer got close he observed the handle of a handgun sticking out of the cushion. The officer yelled out “gun.” At this time all occupants within the dwelling were secured for the officer’s safety. The officer now looked towards the duffle bag that the juvenile was trying to hide. The duffle bag had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. The duffle bag was full of raw marijuana along with plastic baggies and some marijuana that was already bagged up for street level sales. Members of the Crime Scene Unit arrived and took possession of the gun. The weapon was identified as a loaded .40 caliber Glock 23. The weapon had a large capacity feeding device attached to it. Mr. Alicea does not have the proper licenses to carry a firearm. Mr. Alicea was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon, and Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card. NRT officers now conducted records checks on the rest of the occupants. As a result, Natalie Weiss, 39-years-old of 9 Corinth Drive, Jennifer Pierce, 39-years-old of 25 queen Street and Amanda Lareau, 32-years-old of 75 Colekiln Road, Princeton all had outstanding arrest warrants in effect. They were all placed under arrest. In addition to the five mentioned arrests, the 17-year-old male was also placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute. The five adults will be arraigned on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Worcester County District Courthouse. The juvenile will be arraigned at the Worcester County Juvenile Courthouse on a date yet to be determined.

Police Investigate Home Invasion on Everard Street On October 31, 2018 at approximately 11:10 PM a male flagged down a police officer stating that he was suffering from an injury after being hit with a crowbar. The male further stated that two unknown males forced entry into his apartment and stole some items. During the investigation, police went to the apartment and observed that the door had been pried open. There is limited suspect information. The other tenant who also resides in the apartment was uncooperative with the investigation. Both tenants refused medical treatment. Police continue to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting on Hancock Street On Thursday, November 01, 2018 at approximately 5:30 AM Worcester Police were dispatched to an apartment on Hancock Street for a report of a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers located a 24-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was rushed to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is currently in stable condition. There is limited suspect description at this time. Officers interviewed family members on scene who reported that they heard gunshots coming from outside the apartment just before the victim entered the apartment yelling that he had been shot. A canvas of the area was conducted and police collected ballistic evidence on the street. Officers also discovered a vehicle with a bullet hole through the windshield. Police continue to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Large Turnout at 4th Annual Hill-O-Ween Trick or Treat Event Another great success tonight as the 4th annual Hill-O-Ween Trick or Treat event wraps up for the evening. The event tonight took place at the Worcester Academy Field located at 119 Providence Street. The event went from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. It is estimated that approximately 5,000 people showed up for the festivities with most in costumes. There were 30 tables set up with approximately 75 volunteers. The line along the tables was long and lasted throughout the entire event. The volunteers included St. Vincent Hospital personnel, Worcester Public Schools personnel, several elected officials and candidates, numerous personnel from the office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., Canal District Alliance, Shrewsbury Street Merchants Association, Worcester Academy, Worcester Light and Sound, Worcester Railers, Pawtucket Red Sox, Several anonymous sponsors and assistance from City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and members of the Worcester Police Traffic Division and members of the Worcester Police Neighborhood Response Team under the direction of Police Chief Steven M. Sargent. A special thanks goes out to the Oak Hill CDC that worked in partnership with the WPD NRT officers.In addition, this event could not have been the success that it was if it wasn"t for the great effort put forth by Officer Sean Lovely. Officer Lovely organized this event and worked tirelessly to male sure that everyone in attendance had a great time. This fun event was also the result of the hard work and dedication of the community as a whole, a true community policing project that grows larger each year.

Crash Reconstruction Unit Investigates Serious Scooter Crash On October 30th at about 11:10 PM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the corner of Millbury and Harlem St for a report of an accident involving a motorcycle and a car. Upon arrival, the responding officer found a Hyundai sedan and a scooter. The officer reported that the driver and passenger of the scooter appeared to be injured. They were both taken to the hospital by ambulance. Due to the severity of the injuries to the driver of the scooter, the officer called in the Crash Reconstruction Unit and the Crime Scene Unit. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Hyundai was going south on Millbury St, and the operator attempted to turn left onto Harlem St. At the same time, the operator of the scooter was traveling North on Millbury St when the vehicles struck each other, throwing both of the people on the scooter to the ground. The crash is currently under investigation.

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Worcester Man Arrested for Shrewsbury St Commercial Break On Tuesday October 30th at about 2:30 AM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the Cell Phone and Computer Repair shop at 391 Shrewsbury St for a report of a male with a gun. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a witness who saw a male carrying a firearm behaving strangely in front of the store. Officers observed a smashed glass front door. They spoke with witnesses, and were able to view surveillance footage that showed a male, later identified as Jean Cortes, twenty-six-years-old of 9 May St #202, who appeared to smash the front door glass and enter the store. Officers received a second 911 call, stating that the suspect had now broken into a nearby apartment. Officers arrived and placed found Jean Cortes hiding in a vacant apartment. They placed him into custody. They identified him as the same male pictured in the surveillance footage. Mr. Cortes was placed under arrest and is charged with Breaking and Entering and Vandalism. It is currently unknown whether anything was stolen from the business. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

ShotSpotter Activation Results in Arrest for Possession of Stolen Gun On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at about 7:55 PM, Worcester Police officers responded to Preston Street for a Shot Spotter activation/gun shots call. Upon arrival, officers received information that a male, later identified as Bashar Al-Dulimi, twenty-two-years-old of 11 Preston St #2, in a Subaru Legacy had fired a handgun on the street. Officers were familiar with Mr. Al-Dulimi and knew that he did not possess a license to carry firearms. On October 30th at about 6:15 PM, officers located the vehicle in the area of Crystal St and set up surveillance. They located Mr. Al-Dulimi driving the vehicle on Exeter St, and attempted to stop the car by activating their lights and siren. Mr. Al Dulimi refused to stop, and drove through the stop sign at Illinois and Crystal St at a high rate of speed. When he got to Gates St, he got out of the car and ran. Officers chased him, and as they approached, he turned around and ran directly at them. Officers took him to the ground, where a struggled ensued. Mr. Al-Dulimi was placed in handcuffs, and a semi-automatic handgun was located in his vehicle. A check through CJIS revealed that the firearm was stolen. Mr. Al-Dulimi was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of Ammunition without an FID, Failure to Stop for Police, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Receiving Stolen Property, and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

The Oak Hill CDC and the Worcester Police Department will be hosting The 4th annual Hill-O-Ween Trick or Treat event tonight, Wednesday October 31st,from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Worcester Academy Field, 119 Providence Street, Worcester (Old St. Vincent Hospital Site). All are welcome to attend this safe, friendly and fun event. This even was been made possible through generous donations from numerous organizations, schools, business owners and volunteers from the Oak Hill neighborhood and from around the City of Worcester. We hope to see you there!

The Worcester Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the individuals pictured below. They are wanted for questioning about a larceny on Park Ave. If anyone has information about their identity, please send a text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Male Arrested after Breaking into Home, Discovered by Owner on Security Video On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at approximately 11:45 AM, Worcester Police responded to a Brantwood Road home for a reported breaking and entering in progress. Responding officers were told the homeowner had called police after viewing an unknown male inside his house via his home security camera. The homeowner was not on location when he viewed the footage. The first arriving officer went to the rear of the home and began to walk up the rear porch. At this time the officer observed that the rear sliding door was open. The officer then noticed a male about to exit the home while carrying a full medium sized back pack. The officer ordered the male to the ground. The male stopped but refused to get onto the ground. The officer had to physically take the male to the ground. The male was now actively resisting the officer’s efforts to place him in handcuffs. Several officers now arrived at the location and assisted the officer in securing the suspect. The suspect was escorted to the front of the house while a K-9 officer entered the home and conducted a sweep to make sure that there were no other suspect’s hiding in the home. The search produced negative results and deemed safe. The owner of the home arrived at the scene. The owner was able to show the officers the video of the male suspect entering the home. The owner stated that the back pack that the suspect was carrying belonged in the home. Inside the back pack were electronic items that also belonged to the homeowner. Members of the Worcester Police Detective Bureau and crime Scene Unit arrived at the scene. The suspect was identified as Timothy Hammond, 40-years-old of 10 Wrentham Road. Mr. Hammond was charged with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime with the Intent to commit a Felony, Larceny in a Building and Resisting Arrest. Mr. Hammond will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

On Sunday October 28th, Worcester Police Officer Sean Lovely was honored by the St.Thomas More Society of Worcester County. Bishop McManus presented him with the award for “Distinguished Catholic Layperson of the Year, 2018” at the 61st annual Red Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Officer Lovely volunteers to help the homeless and drug dependent at the St. Francis Xavier Center and St. John’s Parish soup kitchen. He also volunteers with various veterans’ organizations, and is a decorated veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield himself. Officer Lovely has been a Worcester Police Officer for twenty-four years. He is pictured below with Chief Sargent and his son, Sean Lovely Jr.

Bomb Squad Clears Suspicious Package on Holden St On October 29th at about 6:15 PM, a Worcester Police officer working a detail was flagged down by a citizen reporting three suspicious packages at the First Presbyterian Church on Holden St. An officer was dispatched to the scene, and found three containers that had been left on the property. These types of containers are often used by the military to store explosives. A perimeter was set up around the church and neighbors were notified of the suspicious packages. The State Police bomb squad was called, and they determined that the packages did not contain anything dangerous. The area was opened up again and the units cleared the scene. There is a drop-off center at the church, and it is believed that someone intended to drop their empty boxes off at this center. The neighbors were notified that the area was safe.