Oct 8, 2015
In this Oct. 24, 2013 photo from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office shows service dog Nikita visiting a criminal justice class at Sutton Memorial High School in Sutton, Mass. Nikita, the mutt from a Massachusetts animal shelter who got a new life as a K-9 drug-detection dog, stars in an upcoming episode of a new PBS series called “Shelter Me: Partners for Life.” The Worcester County sheriff’s department in central Massachusetts turned to the shelter for help when there wasn’t enough money in the budget to replace its retiring tracking dogs.
Oct 8, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Inmate Bruce Irene looks on as Officer Dan Joslyn cleans graffiti
off the bandstand with a high pressure solution of crushed walnut shells.
Northborough – Residents of all ages enjoy using the town’s Ellsworth-McAfee Park on South Street (Route 135). So when the small playground located there was recently defaced with graffiti, some of it pornographic, it was particularly distressing. But thanks to Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis’s office, the playground is once again fit for children. And the best part of all? It did not cost taxpayers a dime since the work was done by a minimum security inmate from the Worcester County Jail and House of Corrections.
On Sept. 17 Lt. Steven Hynes of the sheriff’s Community Service Department received a call about the graffiti at the park. After assessing the situation in person, he made the arrangements for the department’s graffiti truck to take care of the problem.
Early the next day, Hynes, Officer Dan Joslyn and inmate Bruce Irene arrived at the park with the truck.
Joslyn explained that the truck has a special tank that is filled with finely crushed walnuts that are then sprayed onto a surface.
“It’s a powerful spray, 120 lbs. per square inch,” he said. “It can blast almost anything off.”
Because it is such a strong force, in some cases other types of cleaning agents may be used instead, so that the paint or another finish is not destroyed, he said. In the case of the Northborough park, the walnut solution was not used on the playground equipment – only on the brick bandstand and concrete sidewalk.
“Each material is different so sometimes it just takes a little trial and error to see what works,” he said.
At the Northborough park, vandals had defaced the bandstand, sidewalk and most of the playground equipment with pornographic images and strange, random phrases.
Inmate Bruce Irene attempts to clean graffiti off a piece of playground equipment.
Noting the pink paint that was used, Hynes said, “This was probably the work of teenagers. This was not a gang at work here.”
The sheriff’s department purchased the graffiti truck last spring, Joslyn said, and since then, it has been used to clean properties once or twice a week. The unit has helped both private businesses and public entities free of charge, he added. One or two inmates work at each job, he said.
“Graffiti is an eyesore no matter where it is,” he said. “It’s in the public’s best interest for it to be removed, whether it’s a private or public place.”
“Using inmates gives them a chance to learn some skills and is a way for them to give back to the community,” he added.
According to the Sheriff’s office, there have never been any problems reported because a walnut solution is used since the department began using it.
For more information on the program, contact Hynes in the Community Service Department of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at 508-854-1938.
Oct 8, 2015
This past December in keeping with the tradition of giving back, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association provided over 3,000 new and lightly used winter jackets to those less fortunate throughout the region for the biggest Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive to date and most recently on August 15th at SAC Park in Shrewsbury, over 1,200 senior citizens from across Worcester County were honored as they enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of food, fun and bingo for the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic.
In order to continue with these important charitable programs, each year the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association holds an “Annual Fall Lobster Fest.” All proceeds from the event will continue to go directly to worthy charitable causes throughout Worcester County.
Today, I am asking for your help by purchasing a ticket & by enjoying a lobster – you will be helping a wonderful cause.
Lewis G. Evangelidis, Sheriff
Oct 8, 2015
Below is a Press Release from the
Office of Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis
Sheriff Issues Community Alert
Beware of Scam Artists Using Sheriff’s Office Name & Number
West Boylston – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis is warning residents about a recent phone scam where scam artists are fraudulently using the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office name and phone number. In recent days, a caller identifying himself as a representative from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has attempted to pressure recipients on behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims into providing payments, credit card & confidential data potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. The calls which use current phone app technology, display a valid Worcester County Sheriff’s Office number and threaten victims with fines and jail time if they do not comply. These phone calls are fraudulent and are not connected with the United States Court of Federal Claims or the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents and demand payments or ask for credit card information on behalf of the Courts and is asking residents to be vigilant against this most recent scam. Federal and State courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call or email. Most contact from federal or state courts is done through the U.S. mail and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information. Persons receiving such a telephone call or email should not provide the requested information. Recent phone scams have also included fraudulent calls regarding IRS non-payment as well as non-compliance with Jury Duty.
“In recent months scam artists have attempted to use the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office name and phone number as a method to harass and fraudulently demand payment from unsuspecting individuals. Our department does not contact residents and demand payment or ask for credit card information. Today’s scam artists are always trying to stay ahead of the curve, residents need to beware of any unsolicited calls that ask for their credit card information.” Said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
For more information please contact the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at 508-854-1800 or visit www.worcestercountysheriff.com