ABOUT TOWN: Luxury Living or a Magnet for Crime at the Lodge at Stoughton Apartment Complex?
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LUXURY LIVING?: If you read the brochures, and the website, The Lodge at Stoughton is pure luxury.
It brags: "The Lodge at Stoughton is centrally located with easy access to Boston, and Highways. Your home at the Lodge at Stoughton includes black on black appliances, slate tile flooring, custom color accent walls, and Espresso stained cabinetry."
And continues, "Residents can enjoy our state of the art fitness club, resort style swimming pool, outdoor grilling area, playground and private screening room. Private access entry and available private garages are available as well. Come home to the Lodge at Stoughton today!"
Located at Technology Center Drive off Route 139 in Stoughton (near the Courtyard Marriott), the first occupancy permit at the apartment complex was given in September 2011.
But, below the surface of the glowing brochure which touts its appealing surroundings and amenities is a trail of crime that ABOUT TOWN followed in local police logs since this past summer:
July 16, 2012
- A man was shot in the back and taken to Boston Medical Center, according to Stoughton Police, just after noon. The shooting occurred in front of the Lodge at Stoughton apartment complex at 404 Technology Drive. The man's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
July 16, 2012
- There was a man with a gun at 408 Technology Drive in the same apartment complex, threatening to commit suicide during the evening. Stoughton Police and Fire arrived on scene and diffused the situation. The individual was transported, under police guard, to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton for psychiatric evaluation.
August 1, 2012
- Stoughton Police received a call at 6:28 p.m. for a report of several parties yelling profanities at one another in a parking lot outside an apartment building at the Lodge at Stoughton, 400 Technology Center Drive.
September 5, 2012
- Arrested Grace Ajah of 406 Technology Center Drive, charged with domestic assault and battery.
September 27, 2012
- John Nardone of Quincy, Anthony Frasca of West Roxbury, and Monique Slaybi of West Roxbury were arrested by Stoughton Police on drug charges in the parking lot of the Lodge at Stoughton apartment complex on Technology Center Dr. in Stoughton early this morning.
October 11, 2012
- Randolph Police arrested Darryll Wallace of Randolph, Raquan Baker-Parham of Randolph and Shaqulle Evans of 402 Technology Center Drive in Stoughton (the Lodge at Stoughton) at Randolph High School in the afternoon. All were charged with armed robbery.
October 19, 2012
- Police arrested Lisa Marie Shea of 400 Technology Center Drive, Stoughton, and charged her with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
In fact, this year, the Stoughton Police Department has done 19 incident reports, made 11 arrests and had 4 crashes at the Lodge at Stoughton. That's not the total of calls for the apartment complex, though.
Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, talking in general with About Town, said, "Rental properties, in my experience, have residents who are less attentive than properties that are owned. Some renters are afraid to call the police because of the fear of retribution. They fear their lease could be terminated if they come forward."
Shastany continued, "This is why I am still pursuing a housing liaison officer. We could nip these problems in the bud. Management of these facilities need to be educated to partner with us to eradicate these kinds of problems."
Calls made to both listed lines at the apartment complex went unanswered Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.