Rate of Heroin in Opioid-Related Deaths Continues to Decline While Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Increase

In March of 2016, Governor Baker signed a first-in-the-nation law limiting first-time opioid prescriptions to 7 days. The Administration also revamped its prescription monitoring system, requiring prescribers to use the newly created Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) and check the database before writing a prescription for a Schedule 2 or Schedule 3 narcotic. Since its implementation, MassPAT has been searched more than 4 million times to help doctors care for their patients who receive opioids.

Article Written by Attorney Patrick Noonan Published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

“Time to get a public urination statute on the books,” an article written by Massachusetts attorney, Patrick Noonan, was recently published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Vol. 45, Issue No.: 44, October 31, 2016). The article discusses the way in which Massachusetts punishes the act of public urination under its Indecent Exposure statute, why this is a problem, and how Massachusetts should punish the act of public urination.

Attorney Patrick Noonan Helps College Student in High Profile Case Involving Young Girl Being Pushed Off Rooftop

At a clerk’s hearing, Attorney Patrick J. Noonan persuaded the police prosecutor and the clerk-magistrate to hold the case open until his client graduates in the spring. Client does not have any criminal and will continue to have no criminal record, so long as he stays out of trouble until the spring. Client intends to become a wrestling coach.

Audit: Youth ‘felt very safe’ at Casa Isla, days before shutdown amid allegations of abuse

Patrick Noonan, an attorney for Casa Isla supervisor Jalise Andrade, who was also charged, said he has not received documents from the prosecution, so he could not comment on the specific audit. “It’s a little premature for me to comment on any materials, because I haven’t been provided with any,” Noonan said. But Noonan called the audits generally “extremely relevant.”

Prosecutor: Boys hit on naked backsides in ‘orange chicken’ abuse at Massachusetts state-run facility

BOSTON — In ritualized physical abuse that the staff referred to as “orange chicken,” prosecutors say staff members at a state-run facility for adolescent boys would pull down the pants of residents and hit them on their naked backsides with an orange, state-issued sandal.

“Residents would receive ‘orange chicken’ for anything from misbehavior, returning to the program after being discharged, and the night before being discharged from the program as a reminder not to return,” said Gloriann Moroney, a Suffolk County prosecutor.

Jury to begin deliberations in Brockton shooting trial

(1993) BROCKTON – Jury deliberations were scheduled to begin today in Brockton Superior Court in the trial of three men accused of shooting a city man outside a Cour Street market two years ago.

On trial are Dieudel Charles 20, of Dorchester, Monsalvey Charles Charles, 23, and Frantzy E. Therilus Jr., 24, both of Brockton.

They are being tried under the theory of joint venture, meaning that they all knowingly participated in alleged attempted robbery and shooting of the 23-year-old Jean Jusme on May 7, 1993.

Charging drug dealers with OD deaths difficult, not impossible

WAREHAM – Last week, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s office announced they had charged an alleged drug dealer in the heroin overdose death of a 25-year-old Wareham woman.

It was the first time that prosecutors in Plymouth County have aimed to hold such a person accountable for the overdose death of one of his customers.

Because of the difficulty of tying the heroin that killed an overdose victim to the dealer who sold the fatal drug, the charge is rare in such a case.

And it’s not the only obstacle prosecutors face.

East Bridgewater man found not guilty in Bridgewater rape case

BROCKTON – An East Bridgewater man was acquitted of rape charges by a jury in Brockton Superior Court earlier this week.

Bryan Souza, 26, was found not guilty on Wednesday of rape and indecent assault and battery.

In January 2011, a woman Souza was dating alleged that he raped her while inside his Bridgewater apartment, Souza’s attorney Patrick Noonan said.

Noonan and his father, attorney Gerald Noonan, argued that the two had consensual sex.

Jury deliberations begin in Brockton murder case

BROCKTON – A jury was unable to come to a verdict Wednesday in a Brockton murder trial where a man is accused of killing a witness in 2010 who was going to testify in another murder trial.

Joao Fernandes is facing murder and several gun charges after police said he and Michael Goncalves killed Manuel Rodrigues the day before he was set to testify in the murder trial of a Brockton man.The case in being tried in Brockton Superior Court.

State trooper accused in double fatal crash allowed Maine vacation with family

BROCKTON – The state trooper accused of killing a mother and daughter in a 2013 car crash has yet to spend a day in jail, or pay any bail in the case. On Monday, a judge granted suspended trooper John Basler permission to go on vacation with his family next month in Maine, a move which angered the family of the victims.

Basler faces motor vehicle homicide and drunken driving charges after an early morning crash in Plymouth last year that killed Susan Macchi, 64, and her daughter, Juliette Macchi, 22. The two were on their way home from a Red Sox game on Sept. 22.

Plymouth man charged with falsely representing college

BROCKTON – A Plymouth man is facing charges he has been running a scam on local businesses.

Brockton police say Robert McKinnon, 40, of Plymouth has been approaching local businesses like repair shops and specialty stores claiming to be selling advertising space for Massasoit Community College.

“He doesn’t have the consent or the authority to represent Massasoit,” said Detective Santiago Cirino.

Cirino said McKinnon is not affiliated with the college in any way, and Massasoit only found out about the issue after being contacted by victims of the alleged scam.

Medical Marijuana Laws Passed in Massachusetts

In November 2012, Massachusetts voters made the state the seventeenth to legalize medical marijuana for patients with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, AIDS, and other conditions determined by a doctor. However, many communities are concerned about medical dispensaries, or, “pot shops,” conducting business within their city limits, and are working to change local zoning regulations banning or restricting marijuana dispensaries within their towns. The law does not legalize “pot” smoking, but eliminates civil and criminal penalties for the use of marijuana by patients when the drug has been prescribed by a doctor.

Brockton man acquitted of child rape charges

BROCKTON – A jury has acquitted a 52-year-old Brockton man on 11 counts of child rape and other charges in a case dating back to 2006.

The jury made its decision on Tuesday in Brockton Superior Court – six years after Brian Pike was first accused of child rape, his attorney, Patrick Noonan, said Wednesday.

On June 8, 2007, a Plymouth County grand jury indicted Pike on three counts of rape of a child with force, six counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to a minor.

A 12-member jury found Pike, a Marine Corps veteran, not guilty on all 11 counts on Tuesday, according to the clerk’s office at Brockton Superior Court. Judge Robert Cosgrove presided during the three-day trial.

Brockton man found not guilty on charges of child rape, indecent assault

BROCKTON – A jury in Brockton Superior Court deliberated only two hours on Monday before clearing a man of charges that he raped and assaulted a child in 2007.

Robert L. McAvoy, 42, of Brockton, was found not guilty on a charge of rape of a child with force and a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 16.

The allegations, made by a young girl, dated to July 21, 2007, according to McAvoy’s lawyer, Gerald J. Noonan of Brockton. McAvoy was arrested on Sept. 7, 2008, but was free on bail, Noonan said.

Trial begins Monday for East Bridgewater house party suspects

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Six local youths charged with trashing an Elm Street house to the tune of $50,000 are set to go to trial Monday in Brockton Superior Court.

Police say the suspects threw a party at the home of an acquaintance while that young man’s parents were in Paris. The parents returned to find blood and urine smeared on the walls, windows smashed, holes in the walls, doors off the hinges and an antique couch that had been set on fire.

Monday’s trial is set to take place before Superior Court Judge Carol Ball. The defendants waived their right to a jury and will be tried together.

Six East Bridgewater residents indicted in connection with raging house party

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Six East Bridgewater residents have been indicted in connection with an out-of-control February party that caused more than $50,000 in damage to an Elm Street home.

The charges are as follows: Gersham Grossman, 18, is charged with malicious injury to property and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

Michael Edwards and Daniel Peterson, both 18, are charged with malicious injury to property, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.