police blotter

 BANK CAPER Braintree police officers chased down a 37-year-old man who allegedly broke into a local bank early Monday, nabbing the suspect with the help of a canine, authorities said. In a statement, police identified the accused prowler as Stephen Reddy,of Plymouth. He allegedly broke into the Envision Bank branch at 1 Rockdale St. around 2 a.m., setting off the alarm. “The officer and other officers who arrived on scene pursued this person who was eventually apprehended with the assistance of a Braintree Police Canine,” a police statement said. Reddy now faces charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime and breaking into a depository, police said. It wasn’t clear if he had any bank currency on him at the time of his arrest. A judge set bail for Reddy at $15,000 during his arraignment Monday in Quincy District Court, the clerk’s office said. His next hearing is slated for Feb. 6. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf Monday. It wasn’t clear who represented him at arraignment.

 VICTIM IDENTIFIED The victim of a fatal stabbing in Roxbury Saturday was identified as a 70-year-old man, the third homicide in Boston this year, according to police. Edward Mowring was discovered bleeding from multiple stab wounds in the 100 block of Blue Hill Avenue around 9:57 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not identify a motive for the attack, and no arrests have been made. Police asked anyone with information to contact homicide detectives or provide an anonymous tip at CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

 CHEMICAL ODOR Several students from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School were sent to a local hospital as a precautionary measure after they smelled a chemical odor when they arrived for school Monday morning, the state fire marshal’s office said. The school was not evacuated and the students had no symptoms, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the fire marshal’s office. A chemical was left in a chemical hood in the chemistry lab over the weekend and there was a failure with the hood, Mieth said. Students smelled the chemical when they arrived for class, she said. Mieth did not know what type of chemical was under the hood. The room was ventilated and the hood was restarted, with the incident ending before noon, she said. The high school did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


 MURDER ARREST A 23-year-old man is facing a murder charge after the death of a woman in Westfield on Sunday, Hampden County prosecutors said. Blake Scanlon of Westfield has been charged with murder after a 20-year-old woman was found dead with apparent stab wounds at an apartment at 92 White St., the Hampden district attorney’s office said in a statement. Alexis Avery, of Westfield has been identified as the victim. Authorities did not comment on the relationship between the victim and Scanlon. The death is still under investigation by the Westfield Police Department and the district attorney’s office.