DA warns police chiefs about Duxbury man freed on bail

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February 28, 2018

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BROCKTON — Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz is warning local police chiefs to be aware of a Duxbury man who he says visited a Plymouth school while awaiting trial on multiple weapons charges.

Cruz issued the alert Tuesday evening after a superior court judge denied prosecutors’ request to revoke bail for Christoper Barlow, 21, who police say falsely claimed to be a Homeland Security agent and amassed a collection of guns, ammunition, explosives and stolen medical equipment at his family’s Duxbury home. Cruz said at a press conference Wednesday that he issued the alert because he wanted police chiefs to be aware of Barlow’s release, not because Barlow had made a “specific threat.”

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Heslam: Testimony tells of truly demon acts

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February 8, 2018

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Plymouth County: D.A. Tim Cruz Committed to Prosecuting Child Abusers

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Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says his office has a commitment to helping abused children and prosecuting the abusers.

D.A. Cruz spoke to Christine James about this in light of several recent disturbing cases that involved children and possible voodoo practices.

DA Speaks After Brockton Mother Charged with Son's Murder

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New England Unsolved: Putting a digital face on crime

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BOSTON -- A new advance in DNA technology called Phenotyping is giving law enforcement a new tool.

Phenotyping allows investigators to produce a life-like image of a suspect, based solely on a DNA sample.

Since the late 1980's, DNA technology has revolutionized the field of forensic science. DNA, found in biological evidence at crime scenes, has helped police break countless cases in a way that was unimaginable a few decades ago by providing a match from a sample to a suspect.

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Plymouth County: Year in Review with District Attorney Tim Cruz


Christine James
January 5, ,2018

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WATD’s Christine James sat down with Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz to go over some of what his office was involved in during 2017.

Timothy Cruz: All evidence justified acquittal of guards in Bridgewater Hospital death


 December 15, 2017

On Dec. 11, Judge Jeffrey Locke acquitted three former corrections officers at Bridgewater State Hospital who each faced a manslaughter and civil rights charge in connection with the death of Joshua Messier. (“Judge clears three former guards in death of patient at Bridgewater State Hospital”) The verdict surprised some in the courtroom, but after years of investigating this case, I expected Judge Locke’s verdict would follow the letter of the law.

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Marshfield: Fundraiser for Kids with Cancer a Huge Hit


Lenny Rowe
November 10, 2017

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It was standing-room only at Mama Mia’s in Marshfield, as hundreds of people came out to support the Cops for Kids with Cancer fundraiser.

With food, music, and raffle prizes, people were all donating to the cause. The funds go directly to families, a $5,000 check for those in need, to spend however they want.

“They can use it for a vacation, they can use it for bills, they can use it for a swing set,” said State Police Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Grenham. “There’s no strings attached. This is given to them to whatever they think will benefit their family most and their child most.”

The cause means a lot to Grenham, as his now 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three.

“The community that shows up and comes to the event, I couldn’t speak higher about our community here in Marshfield, absolutely outstanding,” said Grenham.

The parking lot was filled with cars, and throughout the restaurant, it was wall-to-wall with people supporting the cause.

“This is so amazing, to see the whole community come together,” said April Oliveira, the Marketing Director for Mama Mia’s. “Even different restaurants donating, and just everybody participating. It’s amazing to see everyone come together for such a great cause.”

Even outside of Marshfield, other Mama Mia’s restaurants were getting involved. Oliveira said the six resturants and Carmela’s each donated 10% of food sales last night to Cops for Kids with Cancer.

“They do a tremendous job making sure they can help all the kids in need,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz.

“It’s always a lot of fun, although you can’t find a place to park around here,” he said with a laugh.

There was a clear sense of unity in the crowd.

“All you have to do is tell the citizens of Marshfield you need help, and they’re there with their generosity, and their checks,” said Town Administrator Michael Maresco.

For more information, visit copsforkidswithcancer.org/donation-mamma-mias/.

14 Arrested in Brockton Drug Raid


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Massachusetts drug laws omit deadly opioid carfentanil





ATTEMPT TO CHARGE: Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz is speaking out after an attempt to file criminal charges against a suspect caught with carfentanil was denied.



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