Press Release

Jan 8, 2016

Local K9’s Shelter Me Premiere on PBS Benefits Local Animal Shelters

“The Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association was pleased to provide donations this past week to our local animal shelters including; Sterling Animal Shelter, Worcester Animal Rescue League , Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, Second Chance Animal Shelter & New England All Breed Rescue. The donations were made possible thanks to our very successful Red Carpet Premiere & Benefit of the PBS series, “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” featuring our own Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Nikita and his remarkable journey from homeless pup to top narcotics detecting K9 at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.” said Evangelidis

“Shelter animals make wonderful pets and incredible law enforcement partners. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have two shelter dogs Nikita and Jaxx, provided by the Sterling Animal Shelter, working hard each day in our narcotics detection unit. In addition, our partnership with the Second Chance Animal Shelter pairs behavioral shelter dogs with our low-risk inmates helping to better prepare those canines for future adoption into loving homes. Both programs involving shelter animals have had a positive impact for all at our correctional facility and we are thrilled to be able to give back to the animal shelter community with the proceeds from our recent benefit.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

Worcester Animal Rescue League
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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents a donation check to the Worcester Animal Rescue League courtesy of the October 20, 2015 Local Premiere & Red Carpet Fundraising Event of “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” which featured Worcester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Thomas Chabot, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis & K-9 Nikita held at the Hanover Theatre.
sterling animal
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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents a donation check to the Sterling Animal Shelter courtesy of the October 20, 2015 Local Premiere & Red Carpet Fundraising Event of “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” which featured
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Thomas Chabot, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis & K-9 Nikita held at the Hanover Theatre.
second chance
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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents a donation check to the Second Chance Animal Shelter courtesy of the October 20, 2015 Local Premiere & Red Carpet Fundraising Event of “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” which featured Worcester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Thomas Chabot, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis & K-9 Nikita held at the Hanover Theatre.
new england all breed
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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents a donation check to New England All Breed Rescue courtesy of the October 20, 2015 Local Premiere & Red Carpet Fundraising Event of “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” which featured
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Thomas Chabot, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis & K-9 Nikita held at the Hanover Theatre.
cocker spaniel rescue
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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents a donation check to Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England courtesy of the October 20, 2015 Local Premiere & Red Carpet Fundraising Event of “Shelter Me – Partners for Life” which featured Worcester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Thomas Chabot, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis & K-9 Nikita held at the Hanover Theatre.

Jan 7, 2016

Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive Spreads Warmth During Holiday Season

By Community Advocate Staff
COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
January 4, 2016

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis spent Dec. 8 and 9 visiting a number of greater Worcester area charities to distribute some much needed warm winter jackets.

The Sheriff’s Coat Drive is an annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Rutland Women’s Knitting Club, Bay Path Vocational Regional High School, Southbridge High School, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley, Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg as well as many other local businesses and community partners.

This year’s coat drive received a huge boost in early November with a special donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 ski jackets. “With the tremendous donation of over 1,500 winter jackets from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area and the Crowley Family, we were able to have a huge head start on our successful coat drive which was able to help so many families in our community. We cannot thank them enough for their overwhelming generosity,” said Evangelidis.

During the distribution week, the sheriff paid a special visit to over a dozen local charitable organizations to personally hand deliver thousands of winter jackets including the Gardner Community Action Center, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center & Our Fathers House of Fitchburg, Spanish American Center of Leominster, Rutland Food Pantry, St. Anne’s Human Services of Shrewsbury, Rhodes House of Recovery in Millbury, TradeWinds Clubhouse, Catholic Charities & Arc of Hope of Southbridge as well as St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, Veterans Inc. & The Friendly House of Worcester.

“During the holiday season, the sheriff’s annual Winter Coat Drive helps to ensure that local families who may be in need are provided with an adequate winter coat. With over 3,500 winter jackets collected during this year’s coat drive, we were able to help more families and children in need than in year’s past,” Evangelidis said. “As the cold weather months approach and especially during this difficult economic time, it is extremely important to do all we can to help those in our community who may be less fortunate.”

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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis with staff of St. Anne’s Human Services of Shrewsbury, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Team and volunteers, during the sheriff’s visit to drop off and distribute winter coats as part of his annual Winter Coat Drive.

Oct 8, 2015

Scam Artists Using Sheriff’s Office Name & Number

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

Oct 8, 2015

Sheriff & D.A. Warn Residents to Beware of Recent Jury Duty Scam

April 27, 2015

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West Boylston – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early are warning residents about a recent phone scam where citizens are being targeted and threatened with prosecution for falling to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

In recent days, a caller identifying himself as an Officer from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has attempted to pressure recipients into providing credit card and confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. These calls, which threaten recipients with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. courts 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 regarding jury duty 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 between a federal or state court and a prospective juror will be 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, and should notify the Clerk of Court’s office of the U.S. District Court in their area. For more on the Massachusetts Court System Jury Information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/courts/jury-info/.