Holden Police Department - Announcements

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Announcement / Press Release / Event Information
Announcement New Legislation regarding Police Records 08/13/2014
Announcement Wachusett School District Fingerprinting 07/10/2014
Initial Release 3 Vehicle Accident on North Main Street 02/12/2014
Initial Release Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident 12/30/2011
Update Death of Child at Soccer Camp - update 07/18/2011 6:50 PM
Initial Release Death of Child at Soccer Camp - initial 07/18/2011
Initial Release Main Street Holden House & Vehicle Fire 05/06/2011
Initial Release Vandalism Spree 08/03/2010
Update DA's office indentifies victim 04/16/2010
Update DA's office asks assistance from public identifying skull 04/13/2010
Update Update on human skull from DA's office 04/08/2010
Press Release Human skull found in Holden woods 04/06/2010
For older press releases, see our Archives page
New Legislation Restricts Release of Police Records
Initial Release

Legislation signed into law by Governor Patrick earlier this month restricts the public release of any police records pertaining to domestic violence and abuse. This includes incident reports, log entries, and arrest records. See MGL Ch 41 §97D and MGL Ch 41 §98F for more information.

10:00 AM
School District Fingerprinting Cannot be Completed by HPD

This week's issue of The Landmark incorrectly states that school district employees needing to be fingerprinted should call the Holden Police Department to set up an appointment. The state has mandated that local law enforcement cannot perform this service. The state has contracted with a private company to electronically collect the fingerprints. To download an FAQ document issued by the state, click here. To link to the private company contracted by the state, click here.

10:30 AM
3 Vehicle Accident on North Main Street
Initial Release
At 7:15 this morning, February 12, 2014, the Holden Police Department responded to a reported 3 car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Princeton Street and Main Street (Route 122A). The Holden Fire Department transported one injured party to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. The accident is being jointly investigated by the Holden Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team. There will be updates as the investigation continues.
8:15 AM
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
Initial Release

On December 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM the Holden Police and Fire Departments responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Reservoir Street at the Worcester town line. Worcester Fire and Police Departments were also dispatched. On scene they found a vehicle on it's side engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and the lone deceased occupant/operator was later extricated from the vehicle.

The accident is being investigated by Officers Jonathan Bourget and Adam Porcaro of the Holden Police Department. State Police reconstruction also assisted at the scene. The Worcester County District Attorney's Office was also notified.

The operator was later identified as Matthew Chase, age 40, of Worcester. The vehicle was a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. The accident remains under investigation.

DEA 3rd National Prescription Drug Take-Back

The Holden Police Department is participating in the 3rd National Drug Prescription Take-Back on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Residents can turn in their unused or expired medication for disposal from 10 AM unti 2 PM at The Holden Public Safety Facility located at 1370 Main Street. There will be a drop off box in the lobby for medication. All drop-offs are anonymous and no paperwork will be necessary. Needles and Epi-pens will not be accepted. Names and labels may be removed from packaging. All liquid medications should be in sealed containers.

Any questions regarding this event may be directed to the Holden Police Department 508-829-4444. Please ask for Sergeant Timothy Sherblom.

For more information, you can link to the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration website by clicking here.

Rape Aggression Defense Course (R.A.D.)

The Holden Police Department will be offering a Rape Aggression Defense Course (R.A.D.) starting on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The class will run on Wednesday nights from 6PM to 8PM for several weeks. The cost of the entire course is $20.00. The class is open to women only, ages 14 and up. Slots for the course fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested women should contact the Holden Police Department and leave their name and phone number. Any further questions regarding the class may be directed to Sergeant Timothy Sherblom at 508-829-4444.

For information about the R.A.D. Systems organization, click here to visit their website.

Event Update
Dates Set for Civilian Police Academy
The Holden Police Department Civilian Police Academy will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM beginning on January 26, 2012. Classes will be held in the Community Room of the Holden Public Safety Facility, 1370 Main Street. For further information please contact Chief George Sherrill directly by calling our business line at 508.210.5600 (option 2) or email him. To read newspaper articles about the Civilian Academy, click below:
  The Daily Holden  
  The Landmark  
Civilian Police Academy

Plans are currently underway to organize a Civilian Police Academy for area residents, which will tentatively run from January through March of 2012. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Chief George Sherrill directly. You may call the Holden Police business line at 508-210-5600 and ask for the Chief, or e-mail him directly at gsherrill@holdenma.gov. Click here to read Landmark article about the Civilian Police Academy.

6:50 PM
Death of Child at Soccer Camp
Update released by
DA Joseph Early

A 12-year-old boy attending a soccer camp at Wachusett Regional High School, collapsed on the field this morning and later died at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. announced.

Joshua Thibodeau of 50 Highland St., Holden, collapsed during a low-speed drill with about 15 other campers. The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m., soon after camp began. He was transported to UMass by the Holden Emergency Medical Services and was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. at the hospital.

He was attending the Zalgiris Soccer Camp at the high school.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case and an autopsy will be performed. The incident is being investigated by the Holden Police and the State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

A press conference will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 9:30 AM in the Community Room of the Holden Public Safety Building, 1370 Main Street, Holden.

Death of Child at Soccer Camp
Initial Release
On the morning of July 18, 2011, a 12 year old boy attending Zalgiris Soccer Camp at Wachusett Regional High School collapsed shortly after the start of camp. He was transported by Holden EMS to UMass Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His name is not being released pending Holden and State Police investigations.
Prepared by: Holden Police and Fire Departments  
  Wachusett Regional School District Superintendent's Office  
House & Vehicle Fire on South Main Street
Initial Release

Holden Fire Chief Jack Chandler has released the following information:

At 4:12 a.m. the Holden Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a fire involving cars and a building at 308 Main Street. The Holden Fire Department was immediately dispatched to the scene.

Deputy Chief Jack Cross was the first to arrive on the scene and found two cars heavily involved, with fire spreading to a nearby structure. The first pumper to arrive was Engine Company 1 from the Headquarters station. They stretched a hoseline through the front door to extinguish the fire already in the house.

A second hoseline was stretched to protect the house from further involvement from the burning cars.

An aggressive interior attack kept the fire in one room. However, the entire house suffered minor smoke damage.

The occupant of the ranch house was awakened by a concerned friend who called by phone when they heard the address. There were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel.

Rutland Fire provided coverage for the vacant Holden station. West Boylston Fire provided an ambulance to stand by at the Holden station.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Vandalism Spree in Holden Neighborhoods
Initial Release
Holden Police are investigating a rash of vandalism in several neighborhoods. Please click here for details and photos.
DA's Office Releases Identification of Victim
Update from DA

A human skull discovered on the evening of April 3, off of Reservoir Street has been identified as Tyra Wilkerson ( 12-6-73 ) of Norwood according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

The identification was made by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner based upon examination of medical and dental records. Ms. Wilkerson had been reported missing to authorities in Norwood in August of 2006.

“We hope the identification will bring some measure of closure to Ms. Wilkerson’s family. We will now move forward in attempting to determine the circumstances surrounding her death.”

The investigation is being conducted by State Police Detectives assigned to the Office of the District Attorney and the Holden Police Department. They are being assisted by the Norwood Police Department.

DA's Office Asks Assistance from Public
Update from DA

Investigators working on the case of a human skull found in the woods near Holden Reservoir are appealing to the public for help, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said today. The skull was discovered by a jogger in the woods off Reservoir Road in the early evening of April 3. The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been studying the skull.

“It appears the skull belonged to a black female between 25 and 45 years old,” Mr. Early said. “The person we are trying to identify appears to have suffered a brain aneurism. A subsequent craniotomy was performed to treat the aneurism. A bone flap is removed from the skull during this type of surgery.”

The investigation, headed by the State Police Detectives assigned to Mr. Early’s office, has determined the surgery was performed between 2003 and 2010.

“Anyone who has knowledge of a missing person who would have had similar characteristics, should contact the Massachusetts State Police Detectives, Sergeant James S. Nanof or Trooper Gerard A. O’Malley at 508-832-9124,” Mr. Early said. Click here to link to the Press Release page of the DA's website.

Holden Search Update
Update from DA
After searching the woods in Holden where a human skull was found on Saturday, State Police Detectives today sent several items to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and to the State Police Crime Lab. "At this point in the investigation we don't want to get too specific about what was found," said District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. "But it was a productive search." The investigation is continuing. Click here to link to the Press Release page of the DA's website.
03:30 PM
Human Skull Found in Holden Woods
Original Press Release
On April 3, 2010 at approximately 7:00 PM, officers from the Holden Police Department responded to a report of a hiker finding a human skull in the woods. Detectives assigned to District Attorney Joseph D. Early's office also responded to the scene.

The skull has been identified as human by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

At this time we have not identified the sex, age or race. The skull is being examined at the Medical Examiner's Office in Boston.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Carey, Officer Adam Porcaro and Officer Jonathan Santimore of the Holden Police Department have been assigned to this investigation.


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