Three arrested on drug charges

Jul 9, 2020 by

Published in the July 9, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Police assisted detectives from the Massachusetts State Police yesterday with the arrest and booking of three New York men after they allegedly picked up a package containing drugs that had been shipped to the UPS Store on Lincoln Street. When the arrests were made shortly after noon, police said, one of the men was holding a package containing 8,000 grams of MDMA, a synthetic designer drug commonly referred to as “ecstacy” or “molly.” Arrested were Wu Xaio Yang, 20, of Brooklyn, NY; Jinhang Liu, 32, of Brooklyn, NY; and Yong Xia Zheng, 33, of Flushing, NY. Following their arrests, the three men were taken to the Wakefield Police Station for booking before being transported to State Police headquarters in Woburn. ———— At about 8 a.m. yesterday, police...

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Big bang theory

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Published in the July 9, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA When is a firecracker just a firecracker? If you were in Wakefield — or anywhere else in the country — on July 4 weekend, you probably noticed a dramatic uptick in the volume of amateur fireworks compared to other years. You were not alone. “Fireworks complaint”  was far and away the dominant entry in the local police log over the weekend. On social media, residents who have never come within a continent of military combat insisted that their neighborhoods were “just like a war zone” once darkness fell on Independence Day. There has been much speculation, and a few conspiracy theories, over the reasons for this year’s nationwide pyrotechnic explosion. One plausible theory holds that people were simply bored after being cooped up for months with...

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Charles M. Rollins, 66

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Published in the July 9, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Charles M. Rollins, 66, of Wakefield, died on Sunday, July 5, 2020 surrounded by his family at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Born in Malden on November 26, 1953, he was the son of the late Charles and Marie (Cassie) Rollins. Charlie was a graduate of Pope John High School in Everett, Salem State College and earned his master’s degree from Suffolk University. He was a retired accountant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Charlie had been a Wakefield resident since 1997. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield. He is survived by his wife Lynn R. (Randolph) Rollins and his daughter Jessica L. Rollins of Wakefield, his two sisters, Susan Rollins, her husband George Canning and their son Joseph Canning...

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