Events 2012

Stand Up 2012

November 29, 2012


The STAND UP 2012 rally hosted at The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, was a one-day program. Nearly 5,000 middle and high school students and teachers from across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island came together to take a stand against all forms of bullying. It was the largest anti-bullying rally ever conducted in the United States.

The program was created to educate, motivate and empower young people to actively promote positive social change in their schools and communities.   It was developed in partnership with renowned bullying prevention authorities, District Attorney´s Offices, The Attorney General´s Office, and was spearheaded by The Rendon Group.

"Congratulations" to the Bridgewater Middle School, who was received an "Honorable Mention" in the Ballards vs. Bullying Competition.

***Click Here to see a video of Bridgewater Middle School´s Song***




Annual Senior Luncheon Series

The Conference Center at Massasoit- Brockton
Issac´s on the Waterfront- Plymouth
The Hanover Senior Center- Hanover
Lindsey´s Seafood Restaurant-Wareham


October and November 2012

The Annual Public Safety Luncheon for Seniors is a four part series hosted by District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in various locations throughout Plymouth County.


District Attorney Tim Cruz


The luncheons are held in an effort to educate senior citizens about the recent scams in our area, mail fraud and how to better protect themselves against identity theft.


Sheriff Joe McDonald


At the senior luncheon held in Brockton on October 11, 2012, District Attorney Cruz was joined by Mayor Linda Balzotti, Senator John Keenan, State Representative Geraldine Creedon, Representative Angelo D'Emilia and Sheriff Joseph D. MacDonald, Jr.

Joseph P. Kleinberg, a retired Postal Inspector with the United States Postal Inspection Service was our guest speaker at all four luncheons.  Inspector Kleinberg is an expert in the field of mail fraud, telemarketing scams and Identity Theft.


Inspector Joe Kleinberg



Seniors also heard from an Assistant District Attorney in our Senior Protection Unit.  The Assistant DA informed the seniors about the rampant abuse of over the counter and prescription drugs with our younger generation.   Tips and information were given to safeguard all medications.

Approximately 500 seniors from across Plymouth County attended this annual event.





"Substance Abuse: It's Closer Than You Think"

Thursday, October 18, 2012


The Bridgewater Coalition Against Community Violence sponsored a forum to raise awareness of Substance Abuse.  District Attorney Tim Cruz, Det. Sgt. Ann Schuster of the Bridgewater Police Department, and an individual in long-term recovery made presentations to the attendees.

Forum topics included current drug abuse statistics, current trends, recognizing the symptoms,
legal information, resources and assistance.

The event was held at Bridgewater State University.  It was open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff at the university.



Bridgewater State University
Department of Criminal Justice


Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz made opening remarks at the Bridgewater State University "Surviving Hate" Symposium which was sponsored by their Department of Criminal Justice.

In his remarks District Attorney Cruz spoke about his office´s role in prosecuting civil rights violations, as well as, his commitment to seeking justice for these victims.


Press Conference
Commonwealth v. Luis Guaman


Monday, April 2, 2012



from left to right:
Mayor Linda Balzotti,  District Attorney Timothy Cruz,  Senator Scott Brown
Sheriff Joseph McDonald,  First Assistant District Attorney Frank Middleton,
Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes


Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz was joined by Senator Scott Brown, Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, and State and local police in calling on Ecuador to return Luis Guaman to Massachusetts to stand trial for the murder of Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and her two year-old son, Brian Cuanga.


from left to right:
District Attorney Timothy Cruz,  Mayor Linda Balzotti,
Senator Scott Brown  and Sheriff Joseph McDonald


Guaman fled to Ecuador hours after the badly beaten bodies of Maria and Brian were found in a dumpster behind their house in Brockton on February 13, 2012.    Guaman has been indicted on two counts of first degree murder.


from left to right:
Senator Scott Brown,  District Attorney Timothy Cruz  and Sheriff Joseph McDonald





District Attorney Tim Cruz
addresses members of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


District Attorney Cruz was the featured speaker at the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast.   The topic of business fraud and other issues impacting small business were the focus of his presentation.


South Shore FACTS
Opiates in our Communities

Thursday, March 8, 2012



District Attorney Tim Cruz and Members of the South Shore FACTS coalition
photo courtesy of 95.9 WATD


South Shore FACTS- (South Shore Families, Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substances) hosted 2 informational panels to raise awareness about opiate abuse and the impact it has on our communities.

District Attorney Tim Cruz was joined on the panel by police officers, health professionals, teachers, parents and students.

South Shore Facts is a one-year pilot project that targets the communities of Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell.  The objective of the program is to encourage community based initiatives which provide educational opportunities for the development of healthy recreational activites for teens.

The South Shore FACTS coalition is a community-wide effort against substance abuse.  It was created by South Shore Hospital´s Youth Health Connection and Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz.


Benefit for Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals©
National Pancake Day 2012

Tuesday, February 29, 2012



Alan Wright,  Miss Massachusetts Molly Whalen,  District Attorney Tim Cruz,
Sheriff Joe McDonald and members of the Plymouth IHOP Restaurant staff


Since 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates.   On February 28, 2012, District Attorney Tim Cruz, Sheriff Joe McDonald and Plymouth Police Chief Mike Boteiri were invited to join IHOP General Manager Alan Wright, and Miss Massachusetts Molly Whalen to celebrate National Pancake Day at the IHOP Restaurant in Plymouth, MA.

Customers were treated to a stack of free pancakes.  A donation to the Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals© was encouraged and appreciated.

The Children´s Miracle Network Hospitals© raises funds for 170 children´s hospitals across our nation.  All donations received stay in the community to help local children.


Enterprise News-
District Attorney Tim Cruz meets with Senator Scott Brown in Washington

Tuesday, February 7, 2012











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