Plymouth DA’s drug forfeiture money fuels Kid’s Road Races in Brockton



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Tom Relihan

“It’s people who are selling drugs and poison on our streets, and when we’re able to arrest and convict them, we take those monies every year and we give them back to the community,” Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. Cruz on Friday donated $4,000 to David Gorman’s annual Kids Road Races, which kick off on April 28.

BROCKTON – When you only charge a buck for kids to run, $4,000 can go a long way in helping organize the Brockton Kid’s Road Races, and the Plymouth County district attorney’s office on Friday made sure those funds were in place for the next season.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz presented race organizer David Gorman with a $4,000 donation to go toward hosting the races, which he called a “great cause.”

“It’s something for the kids and for families,” Cruz said. “Busy kids stay out of trouble, and every Saturday, when the races are going on, you see all types of families come together. It’s a really good family bonding thing.”

The donation was drawn from money seized in drug enforcement operations that were forfeited upon a suspect’s conviction, he noted.

“It’s people who are selling drugs and poison on our streets, and when we’re able to arrest and convict them, we take those monies every year and we give them back to the community,” Cruz said.

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April 13, 2018


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Brockton: Authorities Working with Community to Reduce Crime


Lenny Rowe
April 12, 2018

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Authorities in Brockton are working with the community to reduce crime after an uptick in violence.

In response to recent shootings, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says extra resources from the State Police Community Action Team and Drug Task Force have been called in. He said within a few hours of the extra units arriving, an arrest was made and a loaded 9-millimeter pistol was secured.

“Brockton is an urban community. It’s not a bad place. There’s a small group of bad actors, who when you take them out of the equation, you see your numbers go way down,” said Cruz.

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In a Plymouth County first, man convicted of supplying drugs that caused fatal overdose

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In the first conviction of its kind in Plymouth County, a Whitman man was found guilty of supplying drugs that caused the fatal overdose of a 25-year-old woman, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Following an 8-day trial, a jury found Steven D. Foss, 36, guilty of manslaughter, five counts of distribution of a class A substance, heroin, and one count each of possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance, heroin, and intimidation of a witness, according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office said in a statement.

He was found not guilty of one count of assault and battery. Sentencing was scheduled for April 6.

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Battling the opioid crisis in Hingham is a team effort



Substance misuse education is the key to prevention and recovery, those involved in battling the current widespread opioid crisis say.

As part of the ongoing effort to fight opioid addiction in Hingham, other South Shore communities, and beyond, the Hingham Police Department -- along with the 26 others in Plymouth County, participates in the regional “Project Outreach” program.

This is a collaboration of public safety agencies and healthcare providers created to respond to the increasing number of opiate overdoses in constructive ways.

These include follow-up visits within 12 to 24 hours following an overdose to provide support and help not only for those with substance misuse disorder but also for their families.

Honoring law enforcement

The Hingham CARES (Community, Action, Resources, Education, Support) substance misuse prevention coalition recently hosted a meeting to honor law enforcement officials involved in this battle.

“We have a wealth of talent, information, and resources at our fingertips,” said Kristen Arute, who co-chairs CARES with Lori McCarthy.

CARES’s focus is to prevent substance misuse -- both alcohol and drugs -- among young people but includes all ages.


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Plymouth: Trauma Grant Available To Local Schools


Dan McCready
March 23, 2018

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A free program is being made available to help local children dealing with trauma. 

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz tells WATD News that recently there has been a need to give greater focus to trauma caused by the opioid crisis. 

Cruz explains what this training will entail.


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District Attorney Tim Cruz and Lovern J. Gordon, Founder and President of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc., were invited guests on Urban Update with Byron Barnett.

March 11, 2017

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N. Carolina: Arrest Made in 3-Decade-Old Murder of Kingston’s Tracy Gilpin


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Christine James
March 11, 2018

An arrest has been made in the 1986 murder of Tracy Gilpin, of Kingston.

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Michael Hand – Photo courtesy Iredell Co, NC.

61-year-old Michael Hand, of Troutman, North Carolina, was arrested on Saturday night, in North Carolina, by Mass. State Police and local police.

Hand will be brought back to Plymouth County, Massachusetts to face murder charges.

15-year-old Tracy Gilpin was last seen alive leaving a party in Kingston, on October 1, 1986.

Her body was found three weeks later, in the Myles Standish State Forest.

Tracy was the sister of Col. Kerry Gilpin, the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

Click here to listen to a March 2016 WATD interview with Tracy’s family and click hereto listen to a May 2017 interview with Tracy’s family.

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Tracy Gilpin

Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin on Arrest of Michael Hand
March 11, 2018
Arrest of Suspect in Murder of Colonel Kerry Gilpin’s Sister, Tracy Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police Release — 03112018 — Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin on Arrest of Michael Hand
Massachusetts State Police and police in North Carolina have arrested MICHAEL HAND, now 61, of Troutman, N.C., for the October 1986 homicide of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin of Kingston, Mass. HAND is in custody in North Carolina pending an expected court appearance there tomorrow. Authorities have begun rendition proceedings to bring him back to Massachusetts to be prosecuted for Tracy Gilpin’s murder.
Tracy’s sister, Colonel Kerry Gilpin, the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, issues the following statement.
Statement of Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin
My family and I would like to thank Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, the Plymouth County State Police Detective Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, the Kingston and Plymouth Police Departments, police in North Carolina, and all of the investigators who have worked diligently over the last 31 years to solve Tracy’s murder.  We are also extremely grateful to the members of the public who have provided information to investigators.  For the past three decades, we have remained hopeful that Tracy’s murderer would be identified. The much-welcomed news of an arrest in the case leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach. My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. We will continue to work tirelessly to find justice for all murder victims.”
Kerry A. Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police

Plymouth County: DA Tim Cruz Warns of Dangerous Suspect Out on Bail


Amy Leonard
March 1, 2018

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Plymouth County District Attorney, Tim Cruz, is not happy that a suspect with a record of illegally possessing firearms and impersonating a police officer is out on bail and violating parole.

Plymouth District Attorney, Tim Cruz says Barlow was held without bail since February 16th when Superior Court Judge, who ruled he was no longer a threat and released him under the conditions that he wear a GPS monitor and only leave his residence for medical appointments.

Barlow has violated that parole by visiting shopping centers and a school in Plymouth.

Cruz filed a motion to revoke his bail, but a Superior Court Judge denied it, leaving Cruz no legal recourse.

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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