Police Roundup: Logs, warning, appreciation, and throwbacks

It’s time for another look at what Southborough Police have been up to since I last posted logs. I’m also rounding up the SPD’s social media posts since mid-February that I haven’t already shared.

Police logs cover from February 19 through April 1st. Over those seven weeks, vehicle stops led to six arrests (including three for Drunk Driving) and five additional Criminal charges pressed.

Two other arrests were made based on warrants. Plus, as I shared in March, the SPD arrested juveniles for alleged crimes related to two of the three burglaries and one larceny listed in the logs. (Those were car break-ins, not home B&Es.)

The one other burglary listed was the March 23rd smash & grab at Cumberland Farms.

Logs also included five other reported cases of larceny, forgery, and/or fraud, plus two harassment complaints. Thirteen car accidents were listed.

The seven weeks of logs are far too long to include in the post. You can read the pdf here.

On a more positive note, the SPD posted their well wishes to the community last week, promising they are still here for us:

View from PSB (from SPD Facebook)This morning’s view of the Pilgrim Church and “Old Glory” from the second floor of the Public Safety Building. We’re hoping that you and your families are all safe and healthy at home with one another. Our department members are here and working hard to keep the members of our community, safe and healthy during the Covid-19 health crisis.

Stay strong; stay healthy; and know that we’re here for you if you need us.

A few weeks prior, the SPD warned the public about scammers taking advantage of pandemic fears: 

malware covid-19 map warningWe just wanted to share the most current Coronavirus scam that’s going on right now. This “Live Map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases” website is a FAKE- and actually delivers serious Malware to your computer.

Please read the following for more information, and please “Share” this post with family and friends. Thank you.

Since mid-February, the SPD shared its appreciation for support received and remembrances of former colleagues. Those included some “throwbacks”. 

In March:

Blue Mass 2020 (from SPD Facebook)We would like to thank Father Flynn and St. Matthews church for holding another Blue Mass for members of the Southborough Police Department yesterday. We truly appreciate the support and prayers that we have received from members of the Southborough community, and we are extremely lucky to have Father Flynn as our Police Chaplain!

In February:

Retiring Ashland K9 (from SPD Facebook)CONGRATULATIONS to Ashland Police Department’s K9 ‘Dax’ on his retirement! All of us at the Southborough Police Department wish him a very happy and healthy retirement- and a big”Thank You” for his 11 years of service! 🐾

On a more somber note, the SPD acknowledged the passing of a former colleague:

Please keep the family of Leslie Boardman in your thoughts and prayers. Les recently passed away after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Les was the Animal Control Officer for the Town of Southborough, for many years.

R.I.P. ACO Boardman

Lighter remembrances were shared through a series of Throw-Back-Thursday posts:

Feb 27:

TBT Sgt Widdiss (from SPD Facebook)Do you recognize this 23 year Veteran of the Southborough Police Department?

*Sergeant Heath Widdiss in 1997; shortly after transferring to the Southborough Police Department from Martha’s Vineyard. We just wanted to use this TBT to recognize Sgt. Widdiss and thank him for his service to the Southborough community.

March 12

TBT Mattioli brothers (from SPD Facebook)The Mattioli Brothers have served, or been associated with, the Southborough Police Department for over 40+ years. They have dedicated many years and countless hours to the SPD. This Throwback Thursday honors them both for their many years of service and commitment to the SPD.

March 26

TBT Off Hagen and Chief Webber (from SPD Facebook)Here is Retired Southborough Police Officer David Hagen with Chief William H. Colleary, sometime in the mid 1980’s, at the old Southborough Police Station.
Officer Hagen worked for the SPD for over 30+ years; is a retired Captain from the United States Navy; is a staff member at Northeastern University; and is currently a Reserve Officer with the Southborough Police Department.

April 2

TBT Chief Mattioli (from SPD Facebook)the 1950’s or early 1960’s (?). Pictured here is Southborough Police Chief Frank Mattioli (far Right) and three others (possibly William Onthank next to him).
Chief Frank J. Mattioli, the town’s first full time and longest-serving police chief, served the town from 1953 until his retirement in 1979. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 93.

To our long-time residents of Southborough- can you help identify the others from this photograph? It’s time to take a TBT trip down Southborough’s memory lane…

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