MELROSE — A 22-year-old Hartford, Conn. man will be summonsed to court after trying to cash what Northern Bank and Trust personnel felt was a bad check on Thursday, May 21.

Police were called by bank employees around 12:30 p.m. and told that a man was attempting to cash a counterfeit check at the Franklin Street bank. They were given a description of the suspect and an officer working a road detail in the area saw a man matching the description leave the bank and get into a car. The detail officer got the license plate number and make and model of the car and radioed it responding officers.

The suspect, in his haste to leave the bank, had left a license behind, making it easier for police to identify him.

The car he got into was being driven by another resident of Hartford, Conn., who was not licensed to drive.

The driver will face a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The other man will face a charge of larceny by check over $250.


A Medford man dropping a girlfriend off on Meridian Street early Wednesday, May 20, was arrested for a number of offenses, including trying to elude police and possession of what is believed to be heroin.

Around 12:20 a.m., an officer said he saw a parked vehicle that appeared to lack the proper registration. After a woman exited the vehicle, 25-year-old Christopher Sciarra of 139 Park Ave. in Medford drove off. Upon further inspection, the officer noticed the vehicle’s registration sticker had expired.

He pulled Sciarra over and, as both vehicles were stopped, Sciarra reportedly put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to go around the officer’s cruiser. However, another officer responded to the scene at this time and blocked Sciarra from leaving.

He was arrested for failing to stop for police, operating a vehicle after his license had been suspended, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and attaching a license plate on the vehicle that didn’t belong on it.

His vehicle was impounded, and during an inventory search, police said they found a white substance in a bottle cap in the car’s ashtray, as well as three syringes.

Sciarra was also charged with possession of a Class A drug.


A 45 year old Heywood Avenue resident will be summonsed to court for illegally passing vehicles, including a police cruiser, near Hospital Square Monday, May 18.

Police said an officer observed the man driving south on Main Street passing other vehicles on the right as they wound their way through a road construction site around 11:25 a.m. The man was pulled over and police said his license had expired.

He is charged with passing in the same lane and the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The Weekly News does not print the names of people police say they plan to summons to court.


Also on May 18, police were told around 11;10 a.m. that an 11-year-old Winthrop School student left the building and possibly went home.

Police, the school principal and a parent found the child at home.


Police reported getting several complaints about a caller trying to sell people “child safe kits” on May 18. The caller claimed he was working on behalf of the police and he was not.


On Wednesday, May 20, at 8 a.m. a Dell Avenue resident reported the theft of his black 2001 Yamaha motorcycle. The man said he last saw the bike in his driveway the day before.


During a Roosevelt School event on May 20, someone said they received a dollar bill with suspicious handwriting on it.


On Friday, May 22, the driver of a 2012 Lexus reportedly struck a man driving a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle at the corner of Main and Grove streets.

Police said the Lexus driver was taking a left from Grove on Main Street heading south went the collision occurred around 7:10 p.m. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike. He was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for treatment.


Police investigated a past break into a home on Laurel Street May 22 around 9 p.m.


An Allen, Texas man will be summonsed to court for speeding and driving with a revoked license on Howard Street Saturday, May 23, around 9:15 a.m.