Braintree man arrested after crime spree
A Braintree man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into four cars, torching two of them, and vandalizing a candy machine.
Police said they saw the suspect walking away from a car fire in the area of Pearl Street and Randall Avenue.
A witness to the fire later gave officers a description of the person he saw in the area of the crime, which matched the suspect.
Police said they additionally found evidence of the suspect at the scene of one of four cars that were broken into. The same suspect was also identified in the alleged vandalism of a candy machine at Shaw’s on Pearl Street the same evening.
“It appeared that he was attempting to break into the coin box,” police said in a release.
The officer investigating the vandalism applied for a warrant to arrest the suspect. The suspect was later arrested for the alleged car breaks.
While at the station, police said, the suspect threatened several officers.
Christian R. Moran, 41, of Braintree was charged with four counts of breaking and entering, four counts of threats to commit a crime, two counts of arson, and one count of resisting arrest.
Moran was held overnight pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court.
Police make four DUI arrests in six hours
Police said they arrested four people in unrelated drunk-driving incidents in Braintree from 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday through 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
Police found the first suspect shortly after 7:30 a.m. after a motorist reported that he was following a box truck on Common Street that was being operated erratically. The witness said the suspect almost hit a car head on and almost struck a telephone pole.
Officers located the vehicle on Granite Street and pulled the car over. Police said they found a small bag containing a white substance in the car, which later tested positive for cocaine.
James M. Horrigan, 37, of Stoneham was arrested and charged with operating under the influence (fourth offense) and possession of Class B substance.
Arrests continued shortly before 11 p.m., when officers saw a vehicle in the area of John Mahar Highway and Peal Street with no headlights on.
Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver continued until ultimately stopping on Plain Street.
Police spoke with the suspect and then placed him under arrest.
Matthew A. Darois, 32, from Weymouth was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer, and failure to display headlights.
An hour later, officers responded to a condo complex at 800 West St. to investigate a report of a man standing outside a Mercedes screaming in the parking lot.
Officers arrived and attempted to approach the vehicle, but the operator drove at the officer. Police said the car eventually stopped.
Police believe the suspect was under the influence of a narcotic.
Dimitrios Chatziliadis, 36, of Braintree was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs and assault with a dangerous weapon.
The final arrest occurred at 1:30 a.m., when police stopped another man suspected of intoxicated driving. Officers said they saw the car driving on Liberty Street with two flat tires.
Police pulled the car over and then placed the driver under arrest.
Kenneth J. Bibo, 54, of Braintree was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.
Malden City Councilor David D’Arcangelo might run for Sen. Katherine Clark’s former state Senate seat, though he said he is also recruiting others to try for the seat and evaluating other options.
“It’s such a short race and then you’ve got to run again,” D’Arcangelo told the News Service, referring to the April 1 special election, followed by another election in November.
He said, “Maybe there’s a November run rather than a run in April. We really need to try to make sure there’s a full marketplace of ideas, instead of just a steady diet of tax and spend.”
After long-time Republican Sen. Richard Tisei gave up the Senate seat to run for lieutenant governor in 2010, Malden City Councilor Craig Spadafora lost to Clark, of Melrose, in the 2010 race to replace Tisei in the Senate.
D'Archangleo said he's encouraged Spadafora to try again in the 5th Middlesex District. After winning a special Congressional election last Tuesday, Clark traded the state Senate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
D’Arcangelo also mentioned as potential GOP candidates Melrose Alderwoman Monica Medeiros and Melrose Republican David Lucas, who lost a bid for Clark’s former House seat in 2010.
“We want somebody who’s going to take it seriously who’s going to have the time to invest,” said D’Arcangelo, who said he is concerned what effect the back-to-back campaigns would have on his Archangel Communications business.
As a former aide to Tisei, who held the seat and the title of minority leader before Clark won it for the Democrats, D’Arcangelo said he would meet with the state party Tuesday to discuss his options. “Our system of government was not designed to work with just one party, and that’s what we have right now, unfortunately,” said D’Arcangelo.
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Voters in Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and parts of Winchester will head to the polls April 1 to choose a successor to former state Sen. Katherine Clark, who resigned this week following her election Tuesday to Congress.
The primary will be held March 4, according to the Associated Press.
The Globe reported earlier this fall that three of Clarks’ legislative colleagues, Paul Brodeur of Melrose; Christopher G. Fallon of Malden; and Jason Lewis of Winchester — said they are weighing runs for the Fifth Middlesex state Senate seat.
Lewis announced this week that he is in the race to fill Clark’s state Senate seat.
Elected to the House in 2008 and representing Stoneham and Winchester, Lewis issued a press release to announce he’s running. “I’ve learned that hard work, independent leadership, and a commitment to the concerns of local families can produce great results, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in the legislature these five years,” Lewis, a South Africa native, said in a statement. “We’ve had great success in Stoneham and Winchester and I’m looking forward to getting to know the families of Malden, Melrose, Reading, and Wakefield as we kick off this campaign for State Senate.”
Lewis is vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health and played a role in helping to create the state’s Prevention and Wellness Trust to fund community-based public health and wellness programs. Lewis and his wife Susan live in Winchester with their daughters, Sophie and Jessie. Clark on Tuesday won a special election and is scheduled to join the U.S. House on Thursday.
The special election to replace Clark in the Legislature is the latest in a long line of special elections held since last January. Additional specials are on the horizon as well, with Rep. Marty Walsh due to step down around the end of the year to be sworn in as the next mayor of Boston.
The House has not yet set a special election date to fill the seat formerly held by Donald Humason, who is now a senator after winning a special election to succeed former Sen. Michael Knapik.
Another special election is already underway in the district south of Boston formerly represented by Dan Winslow, who left the House for a private sector job. The winners of the upcoming special elections will represent their districts during an important stretch of the two-year session - formal sessions in 2014 are scheduled to run until the end of July - before likely ramping up their reelection machines for next November's regularly scheduled elections.
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