The week in crime

On October 1, 2008, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By George P. Hassett

Arrest made in Mystic Ave. shooting


Somerville police arrested two Somerville males, 19 and 15 years old, today in connection with last week’s shooting on Mystic Avenue. Jose Lizama, 19, of 40 River Rd., and a 15-year-old juvenile, were arrested in connection with the shooting of a 23-year-old Malden man at the corner of Mystic Avenue and Wheatland Street on Sept. 24, police said.

The man was hit with one bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. Police found the gun used in the bushes on Grant Street, Deputy Chief Paul Upton said.


Robbery outside high school


A Somerville High student was robbed of a small amount of cash outside the school on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The student was pushed up against a fence outside the school and robbed for a small amount of cash at 2:44 p.m., Deputy Chief Paul Upton said. The thief ran down Walnut Street. No arrest has been made.



Suspect passed fake money for lottery tickets


Steven Nighelli got greedy. He had already paid for his groceries with a fake $20 bill, according to police, but then he went back and tried to buy lottery tickets.

And that’s how Nighelli was arrested Sunday for passing counterfeit $20 bills at Johnny’s Foodmaster, according to police.

Nighelli, 47, of 1366 Broadway, tried to pay for lottery tickets and groceries with fake bills, police said. After he was caught passing the fake $20 for lotto tickets, the store manager checked the register and found another counterfeit $20 Nighelli allegedly used to pay for his food.

Nighelli allegedly told police he didn’t know how the bills came to be in his possession. He was arrested and charged with uttering a counterfeit coin.


Girl hospitalized after Rt. 16 accident


A 16-year-old Medford girl suffered life-threatening injuries Friday when she was struck by a car on Rt. 16 near Dilboy Stadium.

The girl was crossing the street to watch Friday’s football game between Somerville and Malden Catholic at approximately 6:55 p.m. when she was hit, according to witnesses. State Trooper Thomas Murphy said the accident is under investigation.

The girl was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital that night and is still hospitalized.


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