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Waltham Police Chief Receives More Freedom During Release

Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix allegedly attacked his wife and her friend.

As he prepares for his upcoming trial, Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix gained a little more freedom during his supervised release, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. 

LaCroix is facing serious charges for allegedly attacking his wife and her friend in June of 2012. Jury selection for his upcoming trial is set to start on Feb. 13, according to Middlesex County District Attorney Spokesman MaryBeth Long.

During a Jan. 4, 2013 hearing at Concord District Court, a judge eased one condition of LaCroix’s supervised release – LaCroix’s curfew now begins at 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., Long told Waltham Patch. During a September hearing, a judge lifted his house arrest for 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. He is still under house arrest between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. He is also required to stay away from the alleged victims. 

LaCroix remains on paid leave from his job. Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson is currently running the police department. 

TheHam January 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM
For being such a fine, upstanding defender of the law. NOT. He should be without pay until found not guilty. This case should be the example of why everyone should not walk, but run from this town.
SCOWE DAVIDC January 17, 2013 at 06:39 AM
I have to agree with Local Boy. You people hear the words "Domestic Violence" and you put the ex on her death bed in Mass General. When you read the reports, which you cant, because its on-going, but you will, after its over, because they will be made public, A lot of you will change your comments. I've been arrested for domestic violence.When the police showed up, all 9 cruisers, and the dog, one of them walked up to me and she said," were here so someones coming with us." I called my son, in Watertown at his girlfriends, and told him to come back and give his story. Even though it was nothing but a loud argument and a nosy neighbor, we flipped a coin, right in the driveway, in front of everyone, to see who was "going with them." I ended up taking the ride, and wasting mine, my kid's, and 3 separate days of the courts time, just to have everything thrown out. From what I have read, theres a chance that the same thing will happen to the Chief. Although, I agree, domestic violence IS a serious issue. When its real. But what you dont know, does more damage than what actually happened. Thats where innocent until proven guilty comes into play. If hes not guilty and walks away, he has the right to ask to be re-instated. He also should be paid. If he cant pay his mortgage and loses his house and then found not guilty, Is the City gonna buy him a house?
Barbara Passero January 18, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Ryan, I worked on my comment for a looong time, then it disappeared when the program asked me to sign in. Can you retrieve it? You need to add on the leave a comment form- to copy your comment before submitting it.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 01:06 PM
@Barbara, I'm sorry to hear that happened. Our system does not allow me to recover a comment in your situation. You would have to sign in and the leave the comment. Sorry!
TheHam January 18, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Sounds like you're a defender of domestic violence. That's all.
Barbara Passero January 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM
OK, so what if Police Chief LaCroix had some anger issues that he took out by attacking his wife and her friend. She probably asked for it by wearing a perfume he didn't like, making chicken on Thursday instead of Monday, or maybe she wanted to go out to a movie with her friend. Sure, she could have done a lot of things that could have set him off. So taking that into consideration, the judge felt that LaCroix was suffering too much of a restriction to his life style, so he extended LaCroix's free time an hour to 11 PM instead of 10 PM. A reward for good behavior? Ha! Meanwhile, who is watching him to be sure that he's not near his wife DURING THE DAY OR DURING THE NIGHT when he could slip out? And who is protecting his wife DURING THE DAY AND NIGHT before and after his seemingly meaningless curfew? What evidence of good behavior or a change in his intent to hurt his wife that convinced the nameless judge to allow LaCroix a later curfew? What does LaCroix need to do after 10 PM that he couldn't do before 10 PM? What's open after 10 PM around here except bars, pubs, and a few restaurants. I can't imagine that he stays at friends' homes until 11 PM. I bet you $1 that In his past home life, he either was out all the time or he fell asleep in his comfy chair in front of the TV. If he is now staying home, he doesn't need an extended curfew. If he was out drugging, drinking, or otherwise carousing, he can still do plenty of that before 10 PM.
Barbara Passero January 19, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Hey, David, You and your wife sound like you have a quiet, pleasant "domestic" home life. It's good for the kids to hear your fights so they know they live in a peaceful, safe environment where love and respect are the mainstays of the relationship. Yep, your kids will know what they're getting into when/if they get married or live with someone. I bet they'll pick partners just like their mom and dad because that's what they're familiar with. That's how families pass on their physical and emotional issues from generation to generation. Until you change your ways and establish a kinder, gentler, more respectful relationship, one night your son will call you to ask you to testify for him.
SCOWE DAVIDC January 24, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Wow Babara, you figured out my whole life and relationship from reading a comment about the way the words "Domestic Violence" can very easily be misinterpreted. Read it again-The loud argument was with my son and the "she" that said "were here so someone has to come with us", was the female cop. We flipped a coin and I lost, so, I went to jail for having an argument with a 28 year old kid about a cell phone battery. Obviously I wasnt going to let my kid go to jail anyway. The coin toss wasnt needed. His time was wasted because he had to show up on 3 different occasions to tell them 3 different times that it was nothing but an argument between the 2 of us and it finally got thrown out. I was there because a neighbor called and said there was a "fight" between him and I so it went under the classification of domestic violence even thought there was no fight. Why did he get an extra hour? If he was that much of a threat whats he even doing out of jail. Any guy that hits a girl is nothing but a lowlife in my eyes. Things can get twisted out of proportion because people dont know whats going on and there listening to other people that dont know whats going on. But then again, you seem to know everything. As far as my kids are concerned, the 28 year old works for a worldwide company, my daughter just made the Deans list at the college shes attending and my son made the honor roll at his high school. There going to turn out just fine. But you already knew that also, didnt you.
Ruth Victoria Gobbi February 05, 2013 at 03:42 AM
david,what led up to it,did she call him at work,told him she wanted a divorce,how was he suppose to feel at that precise time,his emotions must of been flying,he must of bbe mad enraged,how would you feel?i remember when my boyfriend's ex-wife wanted to serve my boyfriendpapers up at his work in wilmington,i said to her,what are you crazy?128 will be on fire,don't you ever have him served where he works,this broad wanted to get him going,provoking him,now his wife went up to the girlfriend's house,but than they went back to the house,knowing he was there,WHY?WHY GO BACK AND KEEP IT GOING,LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE,SHE DID ALOT OF PROVOKING HIM,I LIKE TOMMY,I AGREE,I DON'T LIKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,BUT WHEN YOU KEEP PROVOKING,IT JUST GETS WORSE,
Barbara Passero February 05, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Ruth, It's amazing to me you don't see anything wrong with a man who is out of control; you only see that his wife shouldn't have served him papers at work. Hanging around with a guy with a history of violence against his wife, you're asking for pain--maybe a black eye, maybe a fall down the stairs, or maybe he'll "only" pull your hair or choke you when he's in a "rage." Read my earlier post in which I list some of the things that could have "provoked" the policy chief...I'm trying to use irony here because literally ANYTHING could provoke a man with an anger problem. Be careful where you go, be careful who you talk to; be sure not to "provoke him." You're making excuses for him, and it sounds like you're involved with the ex-girlfriend, the ex-wife, and, who knows, perhaps his next girlfriend is already in line waiting for you to leave. Good luck.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 05, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Little by little the whole story is going to come out. Why are they relaxing his house arrest? Because of what happened. The more another piece of the puzzle is added the more its going to be over and done with. I wouldnt be surprised if this whole thing gets thrown out. And as far as The Ham is concerned, I've read your comments and 90% of the time you dont know what your talking about and the other 10% of the time, you dont know what your talking about.
TheHam February 06, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Yet my lack of knowledge intrigued you, to not waste a minute of your time, but enough to read through all of my comments out of all the other users. Gotcha.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Far from it. Im only talking about the ones where I happen to be commenting. I can only imagine what your saying about all the other stories.
TheHam February 06, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Ok, so 100% of the time you can't do simple math? Gotcha. What an ignorant comment for someone who looks to Patch for truth. Try looking up the 1st ammendment David C, it's why you're allowed to spit nonsense to try and make yourself look smarter but even better, it allows everyone to see how truly inexperienced you are in life.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 07, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Ohh, your one of those. Its on Patch so it has to be true. And Patch just happens to be on the internet. You wouldnt happen to be dating a french model would you?
TheHam February 07, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Wow...just wow, no math OR reading comprehension skills. Exactly what I thought. Try reading that comment I wrote again, if you can. You seem to have the intelligence of a 5 year old. I'm sure that's working out well for you. And no, my wife is not a french model- but way out of your league even in her older age. Goodbye and definately good luck.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 08, 2013 at 04:08 AM
I am a 5 year old, and you started it. If your going to comment about me, you better expect a response. Even though you cant handle it. Right over your head. Talk about no intelligence. Dont worry Ry, I'm done done playing comment tag with this guy. No clue at all.
TheHam February 11, 2013 at 03:55 PM
David C., I started it? Really? That's why you made it a point to attack me in YOUR post first? People (aside from me) can read that you clearly came at me first, but then again, they can read. You have the reading comprehension of a 5 year old, but I'm glad you posted that you are in fact a 5 year old. That makes all the sense in the world. I don't expect to be attacked without warrant and told 100% of my OPINIONS are wrong so YOU are the one who should expect a response back, even though YOU clearly can't handle it. Talk about no itelligence indeed. Common sense seems to be over your head. So quit playing tag like a 5 year old and go read a book. Also, respect your elders, child.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 14, 2013 at 02:28 AM
My elders get respect when the deserve it, which you dont. Obviously you cant read, that or your too old to remember how you accused me of being a defender of domestic violence. So, you still dont know what your talking about.
TheHam February 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
David C, you are a defender of domestic violence.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM
And I'm only 5. Wow old man, I got 48 years to change my view on the matter. Unforunately, you wont be around to see how I turn out.
TheHam March 05, 2013 at 05:39 PM
David C...you have no clue who I am, black, white, young, old, woman, or man. Keep defending men who hit women.
SCOWE DAVIDC March 05, 2013 at 10:53 PM
I know more than you think, which is a lot more than you. I guarantee, we've crossed paths, on more than one occasion. Thats why I can say you dont know what your talking about. I thought your 2 year old attitude was over, but I guess not.
TheHam March 06, 2013 at 02:08 PM
No, no, young man. If you did know me, you would've kept your mouth shut a long time ago. Keep defending men who hit women.....
SCOWE DAVIDC March 06, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Whatever you say. You seem to know it all. Hows life in the fantasy world.
TheHam March 06, 2013 at 07:48 PM
MY life is wonderful, but then again, I don't make excuses for women beaters.
SCOWE DAVIDC March 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Why would anyone want an excuse anyways from someone who doesnt know what there talking about. Your turn.
TheHam March 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Your 100% right, we don't need your excuses for women beaters when you don't know what you're talking about.
SCOWE DAVIDC March 07, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Its about time.
GrampaJoe March 07, 2013 at 05:03 PM
You guys both need a time out...

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