Police Briefs 01-21-2015

ATTEMPTED ARSON CHARGES

A Revere man is facing charges after an argument with his wife where he threatened to burn down the house last Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Police were called to the residence on Sagamore Street around 11:52 p.m. for a domestic incident between a husband and wife.

After the argument, the man threatened to burn down the house and he obtained a juice filled bottle and actually spilled some gasoline on the stairwell and landing.

Anthony Heard, 49, of 65 Sagamore St., was charged with attempted arson of a dwelling house, assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime.

SHOT SPOTTED ON BELLINGHAM

Revere Police responded to a home on Bellingham Avenue last Sunday after the new ShotSpotter System was activated for a report of a single gunshot around 12:07  a.m.

Police responded to the area and were able to locate a vehicle on Bellingham Avenue that had what appeared to be a bullet hole in it.

Nearby, there was a residence holding a party.

Officers went to the residence and spoke with a tenant there and observed about 40 partygoers inside. All were cooperative and identified and one of the men owned the car that had been shot.

The car was towed for further investigation and the incident is under investigation.

IPAD STOLEN

One woman reported to police that a new friend of her son’s had recently stolen his iPad.

Police were called to the residence around 9:48 p.m. on Thursday.

The mother told police her 16-year-old son had invited a new friend over and it was believed the new friend stole the iPad.

The young man didn’t have much information about his friend, but detectives are following up.

KICKED IN HIS DOOR

A man who appeared to be intoxicated broke into his apartment building last Friday night when he found himself outside and couldn’t get inside.

Around 6:30 p.m. the man broke into a back door at 400 Boulevard because he could not gain entry – damaging the glass.

While in the building, the intoxicated man began causing a disturbance and at one point struck another tenant in the arm.

Thomas Constant, 54, of 400 Boulevard, was charged with malicious destruction of property over $250, assault and battery and disturbing the peace.

MAN GETS FOUR YEARS FOR BREAK

Anthony Pasco, 30, has pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court for Unarmed Assault during burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, larceny over $250, and destruction of property.

Pasco was sentenced to serve 4 years and a day in MCI-Cedar Junction, along with four years of probation.

On April 22, 2014, at 11:20 p.m., Revere Police were dispatched to 40 Robert Rd. for a break in progress, with the suspect detained by residents. Units and detectives learned that the homeowner returned from work to find his front door wide open. Upon entering his home, he was immediately confronted by Pasco, who kicked him and assaulted him as he attempted to flee the home. Pasco had broken into the home while the homeowner’s wife was asleep on the living room couch. While she slept, Pasco walked around the house, going through various rooms, ultimately stealing the wife’s cell phone and money from the kitchen. As the homeowner struggled with Pasco, the downstairs tenant overheard the commotion and assisted in subduing Pasco until police arrived.

JUST ENERGY FINED BY AG

A competitive retail electricity supplier based in Chelsea – and barred from going door-to-door in Revere – has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations of deceptive marketing and sales that promised savings but charged significantly higher rates, entered consumers into agreements without their consent, and charged costly termination fees.

The fine was announced Jan. 6 by Attorney General Martha Coakley.

The assurance of discontinuance with Just Energy Group Inc. and its affiliates was filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The AG’s Office alleges that Just Energy, through a third-party telemarketing vendor and door-to-door agents, engaged in deceptive marketing and sales that misled consumers into signing contracts based on attractive introductory pricing, only to later increase their electricity supply costs.

“We allege this competitive supplier engaged in widespread and misleading conduct that lured consumers into costly contracts in the form of high electricity rates and termination fees,” Coakley said. “As residents in Massachusetts face rising electricity bills this winter, our office will continue to protect consumers from deceptive sales practices.”

According to the settlement, Just Energy sales representatives allegedly failed to disclose complete and accurate pricing information to its customers by promising savings or representing that they could help consumers keep their electricity bills low. Instead, consumers were charged rates that were higher than the rates for the electricity supply provided by NSTAR and National Grid. Just Energy also allegedly induced elderly and non-native English speaking consumers by continuing to offer electricity supply services even after it became clear that they did not understand the terms of the proposed contract.

Consumers were allegedly switched from their distribution company to Just Energy without their authorization. Termination fees worth tens of thousands of dollars were allegedly charged to small business owners, even though they were never previously advised of the charges.

The AG’s Office alleges that Just Energy made false representations concerning its electricity products, including that its products would provide “green” or “renewable” energy at prices comparable to basic service, and that its products were offered as part of a state-run program. Just Energy also allegedly misled consumers about their affiliation with the customer’s utility company.

Under the terms of the settlement, Just Energy will pay a total of $4 million, including $3.8 million to an independent trust fund for purposes of making payments of restitution to certain consumers, and $200,000 to the Commonwealth.

Just Energy has also agreed not to enroll low-income customers unless it guarantees savings to those customers, and will engage an independent monitor to ensure compliance and appropriate door-to-door sales operations in Massachusetts.

Just Energy had been barred by Revere Police two years ago after numerous complaints regarding their door-to-door sales practices.

ARREST Report

MONDAY,

 JANUARY 12

Shawn P. Poillucci, 41, listed as homeless, was arrested on a charge of trespassing.

WEDNESDAY,

 JANUARY 14

Anthony Heard, 49, of 65 Sagamore st., was arrested on charges of attempted arson of a dwelling, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and making a threat to commit a crime.

THURSDAY,

JANUARY 15

Shawn A. Nadeau, 28, of 3 Marshview Terrace, was arrested on two counts of assault.

FRIDAY,

 JANUARY 16

Thomas Constant, 54, of 400 Revere Beach Blvd., was arrested on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, assault & battery, and disturbing the peace.

SUNDAY,

JANUARY 18

Anthony M. Wallace, 32, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and on a charge of shoplifting.

Walter A. Ramos-Carranza, 29, of 206 Walnut Ave., was arrested on charges of assault and intimidation of a witness.

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