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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

2 Responses to “The week in crime”

  1. Call for help says:

    Let’s take a good look at our community. On one hand Somerville is more affluent and prospering more than ever. The nick name Slumerville is fading. The days of Howie Winter and the gang are gone. Davis sq is one of the top 15 most “hip” places to live in the county. People want to move to our community for its proximity to Boston, and diverse culture. Coming are hotels, IKEA, luxury condos, a new Union sq, and Somerville ave, Somerville almost made top 10 All American cities. I’m proud of the progress out community had made in such a short time, and the facts that we live in a safer Somerville now, or do we?
    Cars being set in flames, Gang stabbing in parks, Drive by shootings, 16 year olds being shot, 15 year olds with sawed off Rifles, Multiple shootings, Robberies on the bike path, Prostitutes busted in local hotels, Cocaine, crack, and Heroin found in all neighborhoods, Machete attacks, Purse snatching of old women, Robbery’s of kids going home from school . All of these incidences have been in the past 6 months in our fair city. I name more, or go back further, but you get the point. The divided between rich and poor is higher than it has ever been in Somerville, and with the economy the way it is I pray things get better. What this makes me think of is how is our community is doing better when crimes seems to be worse?
    I grew up here in the 70’s, witnessed the white flight, of the early late 70’s early 80’s .The racial tensions of the late 80’s early 90’s, but for some reason things are worse today. I don’t want to hear the garbage that it’s the immigrants fault; I come from Italian immigrant parents myself, and have immigrant neighbors who care more about our community then most of my the people I know who grew up here. What I’m trying to figure out is what’s going on here? Why if Somerville is prospering so much are things getting worse? What can we do, and how can we do it? The community needs to come together on this one, and not post blame rather come up with a way to fix it.

  2. Call for help says:

    Let’s take a good look at our community. On one hand Somerville is more affluent and prospering more than ever. The nick name Slumerville is fading. The days of Howie Winter and the gang are gone. Davis sq is one of the top 15 most “hip” places to live in the county. People want to move to our community for its proximity to Boston, and diverse culture. Coming are hotels, IKEA, luxury condos, a new Union sq, and Somerville ave, Somerville almost made top 10 All American cities. I’m proud of the progress out community had made in such a short time, and the facts that we live in a safer Somerville now, or do we?
    Cars being set in flames, Gang stabbing in parks, Drive by shootings, 16 year olds being shot, 15 year olds with sawed off Rifles, Multiple shootings, Robberies on the bike path, Prostitutes busted in local hotels, Cocaine, crack, and Heroin found in all neighborhoods, Machete attacks, Purse snatching of old women, Robbery’s of kids going home from school . All of these incidences have been in the past 6 months in our fair city. I name more, or go back further, but you get the point. The divided between rich and poor is higher than it has ever been in Somerville, and with the economy the way it is I pray things get better. What this makes me think of is how is our community is doing better when crimes seems to be worse?
    I grew up here in the 70’s, witnessed the white flight, of the early late 70’s early 80’s .The racial tensions of the late 80’s early 90’s, but for some reason things are worse today. I don’t want to hear the garbage that it’s the immigrants fault; I come from Italian immigrant parents myself, and have immigrant neighbors who care more about our community then most of my the people I know who grew up here. What I’m trying to figure out is what’s going on here? Why if Somerville is prospering so much are things getting worse? What can we do, and how can we do it? The community needs to come together on this one, and not post blame rather come up with a way to fix it.

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