LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 14, 2020
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City Meetings scheduled for today (Tuesday, July 14, 2020):
City Council Subcommittees: 4:15pm
City Council Meeting (FY2021 Budget): 5pm
Conservation Commission: 6PM
Lynn Zoning Board of Appeals: 7PM
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Reopening Schools Family Survey for Lynn Public School families, deadline is Friday
From the Lynn Public Schools: The district is committed to reopening schools the safest way possible for students and staff. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released initial guidance on reopening.
The guidance featured required safety protocols such as wearing a face covering for all staff and students in grades 2-12 (recommended for younger students) and physical distancing of a minimum of 3 feet (6 feet is recommended).
The Lynn Public Schools plan for reopening must comply with the state and local health guidelines. We are actively working to develop a plan. Toward that end, your input is critical.
Please take a moment to complete the survey by Friday July 17th.
Arrests made in July 4th Lynn shooting
One man was arraigned for murder today while two others are in custody in connection with the July 4th shooting death of a Lynn man, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary.
Tyrell Berberena (dob: 3/15/95), address unknown, was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a gas station on the Cambridge/Somerville line. He was arraigned in Lynn District Court today for murder, 4 counts of armed assault with intent to murder, 4 counts of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious injury and carrying a firearm without a license. Judge Jean Curran ordered him held without bail.
Another suspect, Marcus Carlisle (dob: 11/12/97) of Lynn, was taken into custody in Long Beach, California yesterday, with the assistance of the US Marshals Service. He faces the same charges. The timing of his return to Massachusetts is yet to be determined due to the travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A third suspect, Josue Cespedes (dob: 4.18.03) address unknown, was taken into custody without incident this morning in Salem a result of a joint effort by the Essex State Police Detective Unit, Lynn Police Department, and Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS). He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Lynn District Court on the same charges.
Investigators are seeking a warrant for a fourth suspect.
On July 4th around 10:00 pm, Lynn Police responded to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 134 Fayette Street. Five people were shot. One man, Noe Hernandez, 35, of Lynn, was transported to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another man was med-flighted to a Boston hospital with life threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition. Three other people were shot and are expected to survive.
All of the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Updates from state government
- As of Monday night, DPH reported a total of 105,783 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 8,115 deaths from the virus.
- The debate that started Monday and closed in the early morning hours on Tuesday ended with a 30-7 vote in the Senate in favor of a sweeping police reform bill that would see Massachusetts join the vast majority of states around the country that license police officers. The bill would also ban the use of chokeholds and require training and recertification for police every three years.After days of delays forced by Sen. Ryan Fattman to give legislators more time to review the bill, senators engaged in lengthy debates over new limits to qualified immunity from civil lawsuits for public officials and due process for police who want to appeal disciplinary decisions handed down by the new Police Officer Standards and Accreditation Committee, which would be created under the bill. The legislation now moves to the House, and Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he hopes to have a public hearing on the Senate bill this week.
- The House plans to open a modified public hearing process on a controversial policing reform bill currently under debate in the Senate, House leaders said Monday, knocking senators for the process they used to bring the proposal to the floor. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and three of his top deputies said in a statement they would solicit public feedback before the House formally takes up its version of the Senate bill (S 2800), which was advancing through the Senate Monday after delays in recent days and criticism inside and outside the Senate over a lack of input before the bill was unveiled. The four representatives, Speaker DeLeo, Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Judiciary Committee Co-chair Rep. Claire Cronin and Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Carlos Gonzalez criticized the Senate in their joint statement as they hinted at next steps in the House.
- The Senate also agreed to a House-amended version of a $1.14 billion COVID-19 spending bill, much of which the Baker administration has said will be eligible for federal reimbursement. The Senate will meet again on Thursday for a formal session where it is expected to take up the transportation bond bill. The House on Monday approved a new text (H 4853) for a nearly $1.1 billion time-sensitive COVID-19 supplemental budget, agreeing to the Senate’s recommended election expenditures but adding some finer points that differ from the version the Senate passed in early July.
- A relief package of more than $16 million will help more than 30 special education residential schools pay for things like personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning services and more, the Baker administration announced on Monday. Governor Baker made the announcement after touring the New England Center for Children in Southborough, which teaches, houses and supports more than 120 students with special needs. Baker said the center will receive about $2 million The administration made $139 million available for residential and congregate care service providers earlier in the pandemic, but Governor Baker said many of the residential schools that serve students with disabilities did not qualify for that round of assistance.
- On Monday, Governor Baker announced ways that everyday citizens can involve themselves in the enforcement of health and safety guidelines by reporting businesses they think are not adhering to the state’s rules. Reports can be filed by going to www.mass.gov/compliance and following directions to send information to a local board of health or to the Department of Labor Standards via a hotline at (508) 616-0461 ext. 9488 or by email to email@example.com. Callers to the state’s 211 COVID-19 hotline can also report non-compliance, Baker said. If a report warrants an investigation, the Department of Labor Standards will contact the complainant within 72 hours and then work with the local board of health to investigate, the administration said.
- Reusable bags have been cleared to return to checkout lines in Massachusetts, with a previous ban now removed in the latest round of Baker administration guidance affecting grocery stores. The newer retail safety standards mirror many of the original supermarket requirements, salad bars and seating areas must remain closed, hand sanitizer should be made available to customers, social distancing must be maintained among both workers and customers, and grocery stores and pharmacies must continue to set aside at least one morning hour each day for shoppers aged 60 and over.
- Uncertainty around whether the federal government will provide additional assistance to states and municipalities dealing with pandemic-related budget stress has been holding up progress on Beacon Hill, but Governor Baker is optimistic that a relief package will emerge this month. With the new fiscal year already underway, state budget managers still do not have a grasp on how much tax revenue the state will collect in fiscal 2021 or how much aid might be coming from Washington, and the uncertainty is contributing to an unusually delayed budget and a hesitation to take up state-level relief proposals on Beacon Hill.
- The U.S. House passed a $3 trillion relief bill in May that included nearly $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments, but the U.S. Senate have not taken any action. The White House has since resumed negotiations with Capitol Hill on a more narrow relief package that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently said could be done by the end of July. Governor Baker said the conversations he’s had with people in Washington, D.C., make him optimistic that the next round of coronavirus relief will be on its way in the next three weeks.
- Wednesday is the deadline for Massachusetts residents to file both federal and state 2019 income tax returns, postponed from the normal April 15 deadline because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 521 with 11 new cases today. 3,131 Lynn residents have recovered and 104 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 3,756. Please visit the new City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.
Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn through August 14th as part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” Initiative.