Friday, May 27, 2011
Three other men face charges linked to the extortion of a Newton jewelry store on March 17.
The U.S. Department of Justice indicted a former Watertown Police officer on charges of conspiring with a drug dealer to obstruct an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to documents that federal officials partially unsealed on May 24 charging 18 people with drug, extortion and money laundering offenses. Roberto Velasquez-Johnson, also known as George Diamond, allegedly conspired with Safwan Madarati of Watertown, who was arrested in April on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and collecting debt by extortionate means, along with eight other men, including Robert Johnson, 21, of Stoneham. Velasquez-Johnson currently lives in Arlington, according to Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau. According …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The National Weather Service warned that temperatures, in some places, could drop from the mid-30s into the lower 20s within an hour's time during the earlier evening hours on Wednesday.
Rapidly dropping temperatures this afternoon, combined with the morning mix of snow, sleet and rain will make for a perilous commute on Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned on late Wednesday morning that Stoneham and other areas in eastern Massachusetts that rose above freezing this morning will drop quickly below freezing during the mid-to-late afternoon. "This is likely to happen in Boston and the North Shore between 3 and 4 p.m.," the NWS said in a special statement. "In many locations the temperature may drop from the mid-30s to lower 20s within an hour's time. "This rapid drop in temperature will cause standing water and slush to freeze on untreated road and walking surfaces in time for the evening commute." …
Monday, January 31, 2011
A storm that will start off as snow on Tuesday will develop into a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday. And brace yourself--we’re looking at up to another 14 inches by late Wednesday.
Something wicked this way comes. Another winter storm is expected to hit Stoneham Tuesday morning during the morning commute, and by the time all is said and dumped, we could have a total of 14 or so inches of snow by late Wednesday. Tuesday’s three to six inches of fluffy snow is expected to be followed by a dangerous icy mix of 8-11 inches of snow with sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday. The weight of this mix could damage homes, knock over trees and down power lines. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), which issued a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening, the storm could drop a foot or more of snow north of the Mass Pike. A snowfall map released by the NWS on Monday morning pegs …
Monday, January 24, 2011
With the wind chill index likely dropping to a dangerous minus 22 degrees Sunday night into Monday morning, a wind chill warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday. Check out our safety tips on how to stay warm and prepare for blustery weather.
Bitter cold subzero wind chills will bring dangerously frigid conditions to the region early Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill warning for Stoneham and surrounding areas from midnight Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday. The wind chill index could plunge as low as minus 22 degrees during the morning commute. A wind chill warning is issued when cold air temperatures and wind combine to create conditions that are cold enough to result in frostbite or lead to life-threatening hypothermia (lowering of body temperature) if proper clothing is not worn. "A warning is issued if the wind chill index is likely to fall to (minus)25 degrees or colder for at least (three) hours,” states the warning. “A wind chill index below (…
Saturday, January 22, 2011
After digging out of a couple snowstorms in recent weeks, the townspeople are tired of all the shoveling and headaches created by the storms.
Another snowstorm meant another day off for students and another long day of shoveling for Stoneham residents on Friday. The town has been hit by multiple snowstorms in recent weeks, with the latest dropping several inches of snow. “I think we've had enough snow," said Debra Fitzpatrick, a Stoneham resident. "We have twice the amount that we usually get for January at this rate and we will surpass February’s total in January. "We should all go to Florida for the winter.” When asked about the forecast for next week and potentially more snow fall, she looked on the bright side of things. “At least there is sun and rain between the storms melting snow a little at a time,” Fitzpatrick said. The storm closed all public schools in Stoneham …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Heaviest snow expected to fall during rush hour Friday morning.
After being hit by a couple snowstorms in the past few weeks, another one is expected to drop several more inches of snow Friday morning, according to winter storm warning for Stoneham Since first issuing a winter weather advisory for the area Thursday morning, NWS issued a second update Thursday afternoon with increased snowfall projections. The snow is expected to begin late Thursday night and pick up in intensity after 3 a.m. Friday, according to the NWS's winter storm warning hazardous weather outlook. While 1-3 inches of snow may fall overnight, 3-7 inches is expected to fall during the Friday morning commute. "Heavy snow will have a significant impact on the Friday morning rush hour," the warning reads. "Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Want a chance to win some Patch swag? Add your photos to our "Slippery in Stoneham" photo contest post and we'll announce the winner for best picture on Wednesday.
Hey Stoneham—with this "Slippery in Stoneham" photo contest, we're hoping to create a mosaic that documents what this storm looks like all over town. But we need your help. Grab your camera or cellphone and take some storm photos. Then upload it to this article. You can sign in with your Stoneham Patch account or your Facebook account. It's easy, just click the "Add" link below the photos and follow the directions. Be sure to include a one-sentence caption for your photo that lets others know where the photo was taken. The more specific you are the better, but simply mentioning the roadway in Stoneham is fine too. On Wednesday, we'll pick the best picture and that person will receive some free Patch swag. Let's have some fun with this and…
Monday, December 27, 2010
Some local snapshots of our first snowstorm of the season.
The first blizzard of the winter season packed a wallop Sunday night into Monday morning, dumping several inches of snow in many communities throughout the state, including Stoneham. Check out Stoneham contributor John Correia's photos from around town.