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Five people indicted in EMT investigation

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Published April 29, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B2

A Suffolk grand jury indicted five people yesterday after dozens of false training records were found in the third leg of an investigation into fraudulent emergency medical technician recertifications, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced yesterday.

EMT instructor Thomas Codair, 49, of Cambridge, is accused of allowing police officers, firefighters, and other EMTs to sign rosters for refresher classes required by the state, even though they did not attend the courses, Coakley said.

Codair is charged with four counts of Office of Emergency Medical Services violations and three counts of conspiracy to commit such violations.

Four top executives of LifeLine Ambulance in Woburn were indicted on charges of participating in the scheme, all of whom signed attendance rosters for a 2007 class and submitted them to the Office of Emergency Medical Services to renew their EMT status, Coakley said.

Indicted were Brian Connor, 49, of Arlington; Jonathan Kulis, 37, of Wilmington; Michael McPherson, 38, of Billerica; and Brian O’Connor, 39, of Woburn, Coakley said.

The five are to be arraigned at a later time in Suffolk Superior Court.

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April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

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Shoveling sparks dispute; one arrested

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Published on February 3, 2011 in The Boston Globe, Page B3

While this week’s storm was followed last night by a deep freeze, tempers are starting to heat up from the seemingly endless winter.

On Tuesday, two people shoveling on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay began arguing over throwing the snow, leading to the arrest of one of the men, according to Boston police.

William Plaza, 38, of Hyde Park, was arrested and charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon after a verbal argument broke out while both parties removed the snow. Police say Plaza threatened the other shoveler with knives. No one was physically injured, police said.

The person who was threatened, who was identified only as “the victim” in a police report, was removing snow from 175 Commonwealth Ave., while Plaza was shoveling at 173. Plaza threw snow onto the victim’s side, and after several occasions the victim reacted, beginning the verbal dispute, police said.

When the arguing ended, the victim resumed shoveling and Plaza went inside 173 Commonwealth. Soon after, police said, Plaza returned, brandishing two knives to confront the victim.

Plaza then stated, “It’s four on one, you guys throw the first punch and someone’s going to get stabbed,” police said.

Police said they could not explain what the phrase “four on one” might have meant.

At that time, another person called the police, causing Plaza to return inside 173 Commonwealth.

When officers responded around 6:40 p.m., the victim was behind the building and Plaza was in his car. He was then arrested, according to police.

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February 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Girl, 13, keeps cool as home is ransacked

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Published on January 20, 2011 in The Boston Globe, Page B2

A 13-year-old girl was praised by police after she hid under her bed as a man broke into and ransacked her Billerica home at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The girl sent a text message to her father, said Detective Sergeant Roy Frost, and then called the police as she hid under her bed while the unidentified man stole three laptops, a large amount of change estimated at about $500, an iPod, and possibly some jewelry.

“The little girl did a fantastic job staying calm and calling us, letting us know what was going on,” said Frost. “We had direct communication with her.”

The man had gained entry by kicking the side door of the two-story home off its hinges, and by the time they responded, the suspect had fled, police said. The intruder never knew the girl, who was not injured, was under the bed, police believe.

The intruder was described by police as a man in his late 20s to early 30s with facial hair. At the time of the break-in, he was wearing a blue winter hat with red and white stripes. He is also believed to have been wearing boots, police said.

No further information was immediately available.

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January 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

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