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Braintree Scanner Tales: Man found with over a pound of marijuana, Homeless man steals car, Braintree karate teacher charged with indecent assault, Woman uses false prescription for pills

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 25, 2013 10:42 AM

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Man found with over a pound of marijuana

A Mattapoisett man was arrested on Tuesday morning after police allegedly found him with over a pound of marijuana.

Police said that drug unit detectives were watching the Smith Beach area and saw the suspect park in the parking lot.

Police approached the vehicle and could smell marijuana. A subsequent search uncovered small amounts of the drug in the suspect’s pants pocket and in the center console.

A backpack found in the rear passenger area contained a large zip lock back with over a pound of marijuana, divided into 11 smaller zip lock bags with two ounces each.

A 12th zip lock bag containing one ounce of marijuana was located in another pocket of the backpack.

William. A. Huggins, 20, from Mattapoisett was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Homeless man flees from police after stealing car

Police arrested a man claiming to be homeless after catching him allegedly driving a stolen car.

According to police, a Braintree officer observed the suspect run a red light at the intersection of Washington and Union Streets on Friday evening, and so stopped the car.

A computer search turned up that the handicap accessible van had been stolen out of Canton.

Officers subsequently took the suspect out of the car, however the suspect broke free and fled from police.

The suspect jumped a fence behind the Saint Francis of Assisi church, but was soon apprehended as he attempted to jump a second fence.

Ariel Cartagena, 22, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Cartagena also had outstanding warrants from Roxbury and Dorchester District Courts.

Braintree karate teacher charged with indecent assault

A Braintree karate teacher was arrested on Saturday after allegedly assaulting a young girl at the class.

According to police, officers learned on Friday that the suspect had allegedly committed an indecent assault on a young girl at the Masters Self Defense Center karate school on Quincy Avenue. The suspect also teaches classes at B.A.S.E. on Pond Street.

Police said the incident allegedly happened at the karate school in the last several months. During the investigation, police asked the suspect to come to the police station and speak with detectives.

Kevin P. Carmichael, 40, of Millis was subsequently arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. He was held on $25,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court.

Police said that there has been no allegation of any inappropriate behavior by Carmichael at B.A.S.E.


Newton woman uses false prescription to get pills

Police arrested a woman from Newton on Saturday after she allegedly used a false prescription at Rite Aid on Pearl Street.

Employees informed responding officers that they believed the suspect had a false prescription, and had passed a total of 12 prescriptions for 30mg of Oxycodone pills in the last several months.

The pharmacy had been looking into the suspect’s prescriptions and found they were stolen from a doctor who was not treating the patient.

Kristen M. Santangelo, 37, from Newton was arrested and charged with 12 counts of passing a false prescription.

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