Canton Coverup Part 320: Sources Claim Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty Hit Elderly Man In Wrentham Cross Walk February 16, Putting Him In Hospital For 3 Weeks


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According to a source close to the situation, Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty hit a man walking with a flashlight and reflective gear on, in a Wrentham crosswalk on February 16 around 6:30 PM, badly injuring the man and hospitalizing him for weeks. The victim’s name is Michael Barry, who our sources tells us is 67 years old, and he spent weeks in a Rhode Island hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation, while undergoing 9 surgeries. Our source also tells us that she may have been driving a department issued car.

*Editor’s Note* We now have an update to this story.

There has been zero publication about this incident anywhere. However, a Twitter account called Metacomet Emergency Communication Center tweeted about a car accident at Creek and South Streets at the exact time and date that our source reported it happened, and said that the victim was being transported to a Rhode Island hospital trauma center.

To confirm this we went to the Wrentham Police Department to inquire about the incident. We told the woman we spoke with about the date and time of the incident, and said that the driver was believed to be Helena Rafferty. She confirmed that there was a report matching up with this description. The woman in charge of the records will be in tomorrow and we will be submitting a request.

We also obtained radio transmissions for the incident, which confirms that the victim had head lacerations and a knee injury. Then shockingly the officer at the scene asks the dispatcher if they can get Wrentham Police Chief Bill McGrath on the phone.

Why would they need to alert the police chief, who apparently wasn’t working at the time, about a car accident with no fatalities? Unless of course the operator of the vehicle who broke the law by not yielding to an elderly pedestrian in a crosswalk, was the police chief of another town in Norfolk County.

We reached out to Chief Rafferty for comment but have not heard back.

At an August Board of Selectmen meeting in which Rafferty first accused this award winning journalist of “witness intimidation,” and baselessly claimed that allegations of a coverup in John O’Keefe’s murder were not backed up by evidence, she also said the following:

“People in positions such as mine and that of elected officials should be held to a higher standard.”

“I know that mistrust for the Canton Police Department is taken root around this case. I acknowledge that it is there and I hear you. I believe the first step in bridging that trust gap is effective and healthy communication.”

Rafferty believes that elected officials should be held to a higher standard. If indeed she was operating a motor vehicle negligently when she struck an elderly man in a crosswalk and put him in the hospital for 3 weeks, is she really behind held to a higher standard?

Rafferty says that she acknowledges mistrust of the Canton Police Department and believes that healthy communication is a way to fix that. Does that include failing to disclose to Canton residents about running over elderly people in crosswalks, if in fact she did such a thing?

Rafferty is a public servant making less than $200K a year. Her ex-husband Michael Findlen is a Captain on the Norfolk Fire Department. Yet they manage to own a nearly 7K square foot house in Norfolk worth $1.8 million.

As part of their divorce agreement Rafferty was given the home, and had 4 years to refinance to get him off the mortgage, but failed to do so. Her ex-husband filed a complaint for contempt.

They also own another home in Norfolk at 112 Main Street, which they’ve given to their oldest son.

Rafferty somehow still milks her ex-husband out of more than $1,200 a month in child support despite the fact that all of her 4 children are legal adults. However, she did finally refinance the home as promised, almost two years after the deadline.


We are awaiting the police report that will confirm this tomorrow. If it’s true that Rafferty did in fact violate the law by hitting an elderly man in a crosswalk, then it’s rather ironic that she would cast judgement on Karen Read, who never hit anyone with her car according to a Quantico trained FBI specialist with 3 PhD’s. It’s also ironic that she was hired by a board that includes a man who once killed a 23 year old Hungarian student while driving drunk. If Rafferty did in fact hit this man I wonder what her excuse will be? All I know is there is no excuse for covering up this incident if it did in fact happen.

If you live in Canton and you’re sick of your well connected leaders having their crimes covered up, then vote for Rita Lombardi and Trish Boyden on Tuesday.


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