Sep 6, 2016
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis is warning residents about a recent phone scam in which the caller tells victims that they have an arrest warrant in their name. The caller tells the individual that in order to avoid going to jail that they need to pay a fine. Unlike previous scams which involved claims of missed jury duty, the current scam does not exactly say what the warrant is for but the caller fraudulently uses the Sheriff ’s Office name and/ or number.
The sheriff ’s office has now received numerous reports of this type of phone scam. In some cases, the scammer identifies himself as Officer Paul Gibbs of the Worcester County Sheriff ’s Office and then asks for money to clear up the warrant. This individual is not employed by the Worcester County Sheriff ’s Department. The Worcester County Sheriff ’s Office encourages people to be aware of calls like this and to never give personal or financial information over the phone to anyone whom you didn’t call yourself.
“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 personal or credit card information,” said the Sheriff. “These callers can sound convincing, will be aggressive and try to intimidate you, even threaten you with jail time. We encourage anyone who gets a suspicious call to just hang up or call authorities first before giving out any type of personal information or money.”
Sep 6, 2016
The Community Advocate
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
By: The Community Advocate Staff
Shrewsbury – After attending the annual senior citizens picnic hosted by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis on Aug.15, Shrewsbury resident Ruth Cohen wrote this poem as a way to say “thank you.”
The Sheriff’s Annual Citizen Picnic
By Ruth Cohen
Thank you Sheriff Evangelidis. Once again you found a way
To provide for us seniors a fun filled day.
August fifteenth, 2015,
SAC Park in Shrewsbury was the scene.
It was fun for the members of my family.
My son Steve, his wife Bela, her mother Riva and me.
We started with watermelon, luscious and sweet.
Then sandwiches and chips to continue the treat.
After we ate, Bingo cards were given to all.
We listened and entered numbers they did call.
At one point we heard Bela’s voice very loud.
As she struggled to be heard above the crowd.
“Bingo!” she screamed. They checked to see
If she marked the card accurately.
She was one of three players to win that pot.
Thirty four dollars was what each got.
After the Bingo playing was done,
There were lottery prizes that people won.
Now the day was over, so off we went
With big smiles on our faces for the delightful day we spent.
Now, Sheriff Evangelidis, we are so pleased to say,
Thanks once again for a fun filled day.
Sep 5, 2016
On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office brought the Sutton Senior Center loads of fresh vegetables. The veggies were from the garden that the inmates grow each year. “I hope the inmates know what joy it brings to our seniors and the Food Pantry to receive these veggies,” Senior Center Director Michelle Edelstein posted on Facebook.
Sep 5, 2016
Thursday, September 01, 2016
GoLocalWorcester News Team
Worcester residents officers Richard Kalldian, Officer Anne Millott and Officer Dylan Rainey were part of Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis’ newest academy graduates.
Overall, Evangelidis welcomed 11 new correction officers to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office during a graduation ceremony that was held on June 3 at Anna Maria College.
“As we continue to build a strong department dedicated to serving our community, our new officers have met the highest hiring standards in corrections today and have completed the finest training academy in Massachusetts. With almost 90% of our inmate population incarcerated due to addiction issues, the field of corrections can be a very challenging one. Our primary responsibility is to serve and protect the citizens of Worcester County and to do that effectively we must work daily with these individuals so they are less likely to reoffend upon their release. It is our job to truly be a “House of Correction” and I am proud to welcome all of our new officers who will join us in that mission.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis.
Also during the formal graduation ceremony, among the traditions that were observed was as a badge-pinning, where the new officers were “pinned” into their new profession by a family member.
During his time, Evangelidis has made significant changes to the hiring standards in order to professionalize the department.
All correctional officer applicants must have, at minimum, an associates degree or at least two years of military service. They must also take and pass a written exam, physical fitness test, background check and psychological screening test. United States military applicants are given priority status in the hiring process.