Aug 1, 2016
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis is warning residents about a recent phone scam that has been reported numerous times to his office.
In this scam, the victim is told they have an arrest warrant in their name and in order to avoid going to jail, the caller tells the individual that they need to pay a fine, according to a release from Evangelidis’ office. The caller never informs the victim of what the warrant is for and uses the Sheriff’s Office name or phone number.
The release states that in several cases, the caller identifies himself as “Officer Paul Gibbs of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office” before asking for money to clear up the warrant. The Sheriff’s Office warns this individual is not employed by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and is encouraging people to like this and to never give personal or financial information over the phone on calls like these.
“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 and residents need to beware of any unsolicitated calls that ask for their personal or credit card information,” Evangelidis said. “These callers can sound convincing, will be aggressive and try to intimidate you, and even threaten you with jail time. We encourage anyone who gets a suspicious call to just hang up or call authorites first before giving out any type of personal information or money.
Jul 19, 2016
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Maya to get body armor
West Boylston – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has announced K9 Maya, a two year old single purpose trailing bloodhound, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Maya’s vest is being sponsored by the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2015 “Santa Paws and Grinch” fundraiser hosted by Especially for Pets in Medway, MA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9’s Molly and Adam”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 1,900 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of the Vested Interest in K9s Organization for their generous donation of a bullet and stab protective vest for our K9 Maya. Our K9’s work very hard each day facing challenging situations and keeping us safe, it’s extremely important we do all we can to help keep them safe in the line of duty.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Jul 19, 2016
Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew Paints it Forward at Petersham Center School
Program provides over Six Million Dollars in savings for Worcester County Communities
Petersham – Committed to making a positive difference both inside the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction and in the community, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has been providing inmate work crews to assist budget strapped cities and towns all over Worcester County. The Sheriff’s Inmate Community Service Program provides cost free labor to municipalities and non-profit organizations by non-violent, non-sex offender individuals who have earned a place in the program and under Sheriff Evangelidis the inmate work crews have been very hard at work.
Since taking office in January of 2011, Evangelidis has more than tripled the size of the Inmate Community Service Program providing Worcester County communities with an impressive six million dollars in savings along with over 1,000 work projects completed. Another plus from the Sheriff’s expanded program, inmates benefit as well by learning job skills and a sense of self worth and dignity that comes from a productive days work while the recipients, hundreds of local non-profit organizations and municipalities from throughout the county have had projects completed by the inmate work crews that they could not have afforded otherwise.
Most recently, the Sheriff’s inmate work program spent the week working at the Petersham Center School painting classrooms, hallways and the gymnasium during the school’s summer break. Under Evangelidis, the inmate work program has provided over $20,000 in savings in labor and maintenance costs for Petersham’s Center School.
“This program is a tremendous help to our school, the fresh paint in our classrooms, hallways and gymnasium looks great.” said Petersham Center School Principal Joanne Menard. “Having the inmate labor saves us an extraordinary amount of time, manpower and money to get these projects done and we can not thank the Sheriff enough for helping us out each year. It’s so great to see the inmates paint it forward and benefit from the program as well!” said Menard.
“In addition to our primary responsibility of public safety, our department is also proud to serve as a resource for Worcester County cities and towns. Through our inmate community service program, we not only save millions of dollars for our local communities but promote the idea that the inmates who work in this program, they are people trying to turn their lives around.” Evangelidis continued “These individuals have earned their way into this program, are giving back and the community benefits as well. With thousands of projects already completed county-wide, this week we were happy to help out at Petersham Center School. It’s a true win-win program.” said Sheriff Evangelidis.