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chiefts.jpgThe Tewksbury Police Department is committed to provide for the safety and security of our community through the judicious enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Constitution of the United States of America. We are dedicated to provide these services with the highest degree of professionalism, honesty, integrity, and character as humanly possible. Every member of our organization shall be devoted to provide the highest quality of public service with respect, honor, fairness, pride, compassion, and courage. We are committed to treating the public with respect, dignity and fairness and to serve as role models in both our public and private lives by adhering to the highest standards of ethical and moral principles. We are dedicated to the principles of honesty and truthfulness and will strive to do the right thing, the right way, at all times.




Tewksbury's Substance Use Prevention and Education Week

As the Town of Tewksbury continues to face and fight the increasing indiscriminate substance abuse epidemic within our community (50 overdoses and three related deaths since January 1st, 2014), we feel that raising public awareness is a crucial weapon in that battle. Opioid abuse is viewed as the largest and fastest growing drug problem in Massachusetts and we aim to provide our community with a level of education that will afford an ounce of prevention and some promise for a better future.  The Tewksbury Police Department is working collaboratively with various Town departments and local organizations to develop and arrange for programing that will further increase the education and awareness levels. The Tewksbury Police Department, Tewksbury Board of Health, Tewksbury CARES, Tewksbury School Department, Tewksbury Public Library, Lowell Health Department, Greater Lowell Health Alliance Substance Use & Prevention Task Force, Lahey Behavioral Health, and Learn to Cope, have committed to taking a stand together against the substance abuse problem in Tewksbury.

Recently, the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen declared the week of October 19th “Substance Use Prevention and Education Week 2014”. Throughout this week, we will be working with our partners to provide much needed educational programs to our student population as well as our adult and senior populations. The Tewksbury Police Department feels that it is not only important to target the student population during this week but also their parents and all residents of Tewksbury and the surrounding communities.  Additionally, the Police Department, in cooperation with the Tewksbury Education Foundation and the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks, will run contests for all Tewksbury Public School students in grades K-12 to complement the educational programs. The students in grades K-4 will be working on a “Healthy Me” poster contest, grades 5-8 will write an essay about the healthy ways they deal with the pressures they face daily, and the high school students will be asked to do a 90 second public service announcement about teen prescription drug abuse. These contests are part of the Tewksbury Police Departments public awareness initiative in hopes of further educating our students about healthy decisions and to warn teens about the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse.

This is our third year undertaking this endeavor and it is our hope that these events and the declaration “Substance Use Prevention and Education Week 2014” will continue annually until we turn the tides on this modern day plague. We realize we will not arrest our way out of this epidemic and that the answer lies within collaboration and education. We are very fortunate to have been blessed with two grant awards totaling $17,500 (from the Greater Lowell Health Alliance) that will be used to support this year’s programming and some addition speaker series presentations throughout the coming year.

Tewksbury’s 2014 Substance Use Prevention and Education Week (programs open to the public)

October 15, 7:00 PM, Monthly Speaker Series with Nancy Parker, Director at the Tewksbury Treatment Center "Connections Between Mental Health & Addiction". Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This forum is free and open to all.

October 19, 7:00 PM, Candle Light Vigil -Lahey Behavioral Health and Tewksbury Police Department will host a vigil in remembrance of those who’ve died as a result of drug addiction, as well as for those loved ones who are in recovery and mourning. Tewksbury State Hospital, 365 East Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all.

October 20, 6:30 PM, Parenting for Prevention -A program designed for parents and caregivers of children in grades K-12. The program is facilitated by professionals in the field of addiction treatment. The program objectives are to provide information on the effects and consequences of gateway drugs and other drug trends, empower parents with effective communication skills when talking with their children about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, to review the importance of establishing clear rules and consequences at home regarding substance use, and to evaluate resiliency factors that help protect kids from substance use, and local resources should parents require addiction support. John F. Ryan Elementary School Library, 135 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This forum is free and open to all.

October 22, 6:30 PM, Improbable Players -This is an educational theater group with performances that bring authenticity/passion to preventing a serious health issue, alcohol and other drug abuse in our communities. Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments to be served. This event is free and open to all.

October 27, 7:00 PM, DIRT -What began as a therapeutic side project has turned into one of the most popular assemblies for students and family members across the country. Actor/Comedian John Morello considers himself a survivor of a high risk childhood. Having spent most of his life watching friends and family become victims of destructive decisions he responded by writing the one man show “Dirt”. Not a lecture or seminar, “Dirt” is a play of many characters all performed by one actor. Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all.

Hidden in Plain Sight -The exhibit and presentation is a collaboration of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Police Department in educating the community’s parents and adults in order to prevent risky behaviors by young people. The exhibit appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. Visitors will learn, though, that amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk, and personal care products on a vanity are items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous, and even illegal activity. This exhibit will be on display a half hour before the evening presentations on the 20th, 22nd, and 27th. This event is free and open to all.

To learn more about the programs schedule for this week or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, EXT 230.

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Community Safe Halloween

The Tewksbury Police Department, in cooperation with Merrimack Valley Pavilion (MVP), will be hosting the 16th Annual Community Safe Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 10AM to 1PM at MVP, 2087 Main Street.
There will be games for the children to play, face painting, safety demonstrations, as well as arts & craft tables courtesy of the Tewksbury Public Schools, Tewksbury Fire Department, Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury Credit Union, Texas Roadhouse, Donna’s Donuts, Perfecto’s, Blair House, RTN Credit Union, Hannaford, Community Teamwork, Girl Scouts, Lowell General Hospital, and Tewksbury Rail Trails.
In addition to the above activities, there will be a touch a truck courtesy of MetLife, Tewksbury Transit, Tewksbury Department of Public Works, and Tewksbury Country Club, a costume contest, a police K9 dog show, and entertainment thanks to Dance Expressions and DJ Jaryd Palmer.
In case of rain, a smaller version of the event will take place inside MVP.  
For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, Ext 230.

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating
If you're going “Trick or Treating” at Halloween, remember these safety tips, so you can have fun and keep safe at the same time!
Always go trick or treating with an adult
Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents
Don’t knock on doors where there is a sign saying “NO callers” or there are no outside lights on
Stay in areas that are lit with streetlights - take a flashlight with you just in case
Stay with your friends - don’t split into smaller groups unless an adult goes with you
Don’t talk to strangers on the street
Don’t enter any house, stay on the doorstep
Always look carefully before crossing the road, even if you are part of a group
Be visible

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Illegal Medical Marijuana Operation

On September 23, 2014 the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Mark Harrington, 28, and Holly Harrington, 28, both of 54 Patten Road, Tewksbury on several drug charges.  

Detectives began an investigation into these two suspects when it was learned that they were claiming to be running a legal medical marijuana operation out of their home, HTM Gardening, LLC.  Mark Harrington is listed on Facebook as the CEO, co-founder and president of the company. The suspects posted numerous photos on Facebook of plants they were growing and money that they were receiving, claiming to be running a legitimate business with a variety of marijuana types for different ailments.

The following is from their Facebook site; “We provide delivery of~medicinal marijuana to certified patients in Massachusetts. We have a great selection of different strains to fit your medical needs. ~We also offer edibles for consumption~including but not~limited to~hard candies, chocolates, caramels, cupcakes, brownies, rice krispie treats, white chocolate covered oreos~and chocolate chip cookies. We also carry~CBD drops,~THC~oil for vape pens and candy with Tincture. We also offer vaporizers and atomizers to our clients.~~We also carry Blonde Afghan Hash~and Bubble Hash.~~We are open seven days a week and becoming a patient is easy, simply fill out the New Patient Application below and email a copy of your certification, a photo I.D. and a signed Health Care Release Form so we can call to verify your certificate is valid.”

After consulting with experts in the law enforcement field and the Department of Public Health on this complex issue, Detectives confirmed that a person who has been given “caregiver status” can only grow marijuana for one person who has a medical marijuana card and cannot offer the drug for sale.  In addition, the marijuana plants that are being grown cannot be visible or accessible to the public.

An undercover Detective called the number that was listed on Facebook for HTM Gardening, LLC and requested an amount of marijuana.  The suspects, Mark and Holly, met with the undercover Detective and sold him marijuana.  A warrant was immediately sought for both suspects for distribution of marijuana and conspiracy.  

Detectives were able to observe several marijuana plants in the back yard of 54 Patten Road in plain view. A search warrant was obtained for the residence.  The search warrant was executed and numerous amounts of marijuana and prescription pills were recovered, along with several edible marijuana products.      

Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Tewksbury Police Station.  They are due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on September 24, 2014  

Mark was charged with the following;

Conspiracy to violate drug law
Drug, Possess to Distribute Class D (Marijuana)
Unlawful manufacture, cultivation, distribution of (Marijuana)
Drug, Possess to Distribute Class C Subsq. Off. (Promethazine)
Drug, Possess to Distribute Class C Subsq. Off. (Diazepam)
Drug, Possess to Distribute Class E Subsq. Off.(Clonazepam)
Drug, Possess Class A (#7 Codeine)
Drug, Possess Class B (#4 Suboxone)
Drug, Possess Class B (#9 Methadone)
Drug, Possess Class C (#6 Alprazolam)
Drug, Possess Class E (#5 Clonidine)
Drug, Possess Class E (#2 Quetiapine)

Holly was charged with the following;

Drug, Possess to Distribute Class D (Marijuana)
Conspiracy to violate drug law (Mark Harrington)
Unlawful manufacture, cultivation, distribution of (Marijuana)
Drug, Possess Class A (#7 Codeine)
Drug, Possess Class B (#4 Suboxone)
Drug, Possess Class B (#9 Methadone)
Drug, Possess Class C (#6 Alprazolam)
Drug, Possess Class E (#5 Clonidine)
Drug, Possess Class E (#2 Quetiapine)

Additionally, both suspects had an active warrant for distribution of marijuana and conspiracy out of Tewksbury related to this investigation.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                 Mark Harrington


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                 Holly Harrington





Heroin Trafficking Arrests – Seizure of 1.5 Kilograms

On August 26, 2014 the Tewksbury Police Department, along with the Massachusetts State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Wellington Tejeda, 34, of 1 Boston St., Lynn, Harry Marte, 39, of 10 Kempton St. Apt 1, Lawrence, and Bernardino Polanco, 44, of 80 Park St. 1st Fl for trafficking heroin over 200 grams and conspiracy. Tejeda was also charged with resisting arrest.    

Investigators were conducting surveillance at the Home Depot in Tewksbury when they observed all three individuals acting suspiciously in the parking lot.  A stop of Tejeda’s vehicle was made on Main St in Tewksbury.  Tejada became combative with Officer’s and was subdued after a brief struggle.  Located inside of Tejada’s vehicle was 1500 grams of heroin (1.5 kilograms). The estimated street value of the heroin is $300,000.

After all three suspects were processed at the Tewksbury Police Department, it was learned that Tejeda had an active immigration detainer for deportation from the Department of Homeland Security.  

All suspects are due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on August 27, 2014  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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            Bernardino Polanco

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Where's Baby? Child heatstroke in cars
Parents and Caregivers


Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars — Know the Risks
and Consequences


Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting.

Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars.

Risks

  • In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.
Consequences

  • The heat-related death of a child
  • Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states
  • Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
  • Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.
Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke

  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!



Tewksbury Police Department to Conduct a Citizen’s Police Academy

What is the Tewksbury Citizen Police Academy? The Citizen Academy is a series of classes sponsored by the Tewksbury Police Department. It is held to educate citizens about the Tewksbury Police Department, its organization, operations, and role in the Community. Participants are instructed by members of the Department as to the responsibilities of their various units. Citizens gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in today’s world. Students are given the opportunity not only to learn but to offer ideas and solutions. The goal of the academy is to develop a unique partnership between citizens and their police department that benefits both.  Who Can Attend? The Tewksbury Police Department Citizens Police Academy is offered to all RESIDENTS 18 years or older.  Participants MUST have a no criminal history. A background check is conducted on all applicants.  Candidates must be able to commit to the class schedule, only one excused absence will be allowed in order to graduate and receive a Certificate of Completion. When is the next Citizen Academy?  The next Citizen Academy begins April 3rd and continues to the graduation on May 22nd. The academy is held at the Tewksbury Police Department. Classes are held for eight weeks from 7PM-9PM each Thursday night. There will be an optional “Refuse to be a Victim” course held on Thursday, May 29th that will run from 5:30-9PM.
Topics may include: Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Law, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, K9, and more…
Applications can be downloaded on the Tewksbury Police Department website and mailed/hand delivered by March 21st to:
Tewksbury Police Department
Attn: Safety Officer Jennie Welch
918 Main Street Tewksbury, MA 01876
For more information, call 978-851-7373, ext. 230

(Please feel free to copy this application and attend with a friend.)







Drug Arrest at Tewksbury Memorial High School

On December 19, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Joseph Bova, 18, of 15 Crawford Drive, Tewksbury for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and a controlled substance violation in a school zone.  

The arrest came after School Department Officials and the Tewksbury Police Department School Resource Officer conducted an investigation into the use and possession of narcotics on school grounds.    

Bova was placed into custody while at school.   

Bova is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 19, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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               Joseph Bova, 18





Two Drug Trafficking Arrests

December 10, 2013 the Tewksbury Police arrested Ramon Luis Atuna-Laboy, 36, of 107 Garden St. Apt.3, Lawrence for trafficking cocaine, distribution of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.  

Detectives made the arrest after conducting surveillance at Stadium Plaza located at 10 Main Street.  Atuna-Laboy was observed conducting a drug transaction in the parking lot prior to the arrest.  

A total of 32 grams of cocaine was seized along with 20 - 30 milligram oxycodone pills.   

On December 11, 2013 in a separate incident the Tewksbury Police arrested Luis Antonio Herra, 22 of 39 Childs St. Apt. 3, Lynn for trafficking heroin.  

Detectives made the arrest after conducting surveillance on Salem Rd. Herra was observed conducting a transaction on Valley Rd prior to his arrest.

A total of 24 grams of heroin was seized.     

Both suspects have been arraigned at Lowell District Court.    

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    


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       Ramon Luis Atuna-Laboy, 36,


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          Luis Antonio Herra, 22





Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Pedestrian

On November 5, 2013, at approximately 6:00 A.M., Tewksbury Police Officers responded to the area of 940 Main St. for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

Officers arrived on scene, whereupon they located the victim, a 42 year old female, lying in the northbound lane of Main Street (Rt. 38) with serious injuries. The victim received immediate medical attention, and was subsequently transported by MedFlight to a Boston area hospital where she passed away due to her injuries. The male driver of the single motor vehicle involved did not exhibit any apparent injuries. Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction and Crime Scene Services were summoned to the scene of the accident.
  
This accident is currently under investigation. Tewksbury Police is requesting that anyone with information involving the above incident to please call 978-851-7355.  




Press Release
Drug Arrest

On October 21, 2013, Detectives of the Tewksbury Police Department executed a search warrant at 62 Rockvale Road, Tewksbury. Subsequent to the execution of the search warrant residents Kevin Burris and Stacy Matranga were arrested and charged with the offenses listed below.  As a result of the search, Detectives seized an unregistered Glock 23, 40 caliber, semi-automatic firearm with a large capacity magazine that was located inside Mr. Burris and Ms. Matranga’s bedroom. Detectives also seized (9) 30 MG Oxycodone pills, approximately 3 grams of Heroin, and various forms of Steroids. Also seized were two cell phones and over $300 in U.S currency. At the time of the execution of the search warrant for the residence, Detectives also executed a search warrant on the vehicle that Mr. Burris was driving, a 2003 gray Audi  A4 (Ma. Reg. 688FE2). The vehicle was also seized pursuant to the search warrant.   
 
Kevin Burris, 28, 62 Rockvale Road, Tewksbury was arrested for the following violations of the Massachusetts General Law: Chapter 94C/32/A/H: Possess W/Intent to Distribute Class B Drug, (Oxycodone) Subsequent Offense,  Chapter 94C/34/B: Possess Class A Drug (Heroin) Subsequent Offense, Chapter 94C/40: Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law, Chapter 269/10/AA: Possess Large Capacity Firearm, Chapter 94C/34: Possess Class C Drug (Steroids), Chapter 269/10: Possess Firearm without FID Card

Stacy Matranga, 20, 62 Rockvale Road, Tewksbury was arrested for the following violations of Massachusetts General Law: Chapter 94C/32/A/H: Possess W/Intent to Distribute Class B Drug (Oxycodone) Subsequent Offense, Chapter 94C/34/B: Possess Class A Drug, (Heroin) Subsequent Offense, Chapter 94C/40: Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law,
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                Kevin Burris, 28

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            Stacy Matranga, 20

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Stolen Motor Vehicle Suspect Arrested

On October 8, 2013, at approximately 12:45 am, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested a 16 year old juvenile from Lowell, Ma for charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for Police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and speeding.

Tewksbury Officers made the arrest after responding to the area of Fox Run Drive for a suspicious individual possibly breaking into cars. Upon arrival, officers observed a gray Honda Accord speeding away from the area and attempted to stop this vehicle. While attempting to stop this vehicle, Tewksbury Police Department contacted the owner of the vehicle and confirmed that his Honda had just been stolen from his driveway.  Tewksbury Officers continued the pursuit into Lowell where the suspect abandoned the vehicle on Barrington Street.  The suspect then led Officers from Tewksbury, Lowell, and the State Police on a foot chase through the Moore Street area before being apprehended on Carter Street.  He was then transported back to the Tewksbury Police Station where he was booked and advised of his rights before being released to his parents.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov




Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

On October 7, 2013, Tewksbury Police Department sought and was issued a warrant for John Freni, 28, of 33 Broadway St, Malden, Ma for the robbery of the Eastern Bank (1800 Main Street) on October 1, 2013, at approximately 2:30 pm. An investigation revealed that the suspect in Tewksbury’s bank robbery matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar robberies in Billerica, Wilmington, and Dracut.

A cooperative law enforcement investigation involving Detectives from Tewksbury Police Department and from the three other victim communities identified key evidence which led to the arrest warrant being issued by Lowell District Court.  

Freni was located October 7, 2013, by the Everett Police Department after he allegedly committed another bank robbery at the Eastern Bank located at 738 Broadway in Everett.  Tewksbury Police Department assisted Everett Police with affecting the arrest of Freni.  Freni was taken to Everett Police Station where he was held without bail.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                           John Freni




Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week

As the Town of Tewksbury continues to face and fight the increasing drug epidemic within our Community, the Tewksbury Police Department feels that raising public awareness is a crucial weapon in that battle. Opioid abuse is viewed as the largest and fastest growing drug problem in Massachusetts and we aim to provide our Community with a level of education that will provide an ounce of prevention and some promise for a better future.  The Police Department will be working with various Town Departments and local organizations to provide that education to our resident populations during the week of October 20, 2013. These Departments are working together to create collaborative programs that further increase the education and awareness levels. The Tewksbury Police Department, Tewksbury Board of Health, Tewksbury CARES, Tewksbury School Department, Lahey Behavioral Health, Learn to Cope, and Lowell House, Inc. have committed to taking a stand together against the drug problem in Tewksbury.
At the most recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the Board voted unanimously to declare the week of October 20th “Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week”. To start the week, Tewksbury residents are invited to attend an Overdose Vigil on the State Hospital grounds being organized by Lahey Behavioral Health and the Greater Lowell Substance Abuse Task Force. This vigil, being held on Sunday, October 20th at 7PM, is in remembrance of those who’ve died as a result of a drug addiction, as well as those loved ones who are in recovery. This is a regional event, welcoming all communities.
Throughout the week, the Police Department will be working with Tewksbury’s student population and faculty to increase awareness about the important decisions made on a daily basis that affect lives permanently.  The art teachers in grades K-4 will be working on a “Healthy Living and Healthy Choices” art project. The Ryan School will have a motivational presentation from former NFL player Cliff Crosby about making hard decisions, believing in themselves, and asking for help when they need it. The Wynn Middle School will see the performance “Dirt”, a one man show about choices, bullying, and drugs. For the Tewksbury Memorial High School students, they will see the documentary “Overtaken” and have a presentation from individuals in the film. The goal of this documentary is to save lives by educating youth on the truth about addiction and the deadly consequences drugs often have.
The Tewksbury Police Department feels that it is not only important to target the student population during this week but also their parents and all residents of Tewksbury and the surrounding communities. Therefore, the Police Department will be sponsoring a Drug Awareness Night at the Tewksbury Memorial High School on Wednesday, October 23th, at 7PM.  Here we will discuss the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, how students are obtaining drugs, and how to get help. Those in attendance will hear from Jodi Barber, a mother determined to educate as many parents as possible about the dangers of drug addiction.  On Thursday, October 24th, at 7PM, there will be a showing of “The Anonymous People” at the Tewksbury Memorial High School. The movie is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. For more information about the movie, go to http://manyfaces1voice.org.  Also this week, the Board of Health will be providing education to the senior population at the Tewksbury Senior Center. Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week will end with the DEA’s Drug Takeback Program at the Police Department from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, October 26th.  
This education would not be possible without the generosity of the Wynn School PAC, Ryan School PAC, Hannaford, Learn to Cope, WalMart, and private donations. Additional funding for this program is being provided by the Substance Abuse Task Force Environmental Strategies Working Group through SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. To learn more about the programs schedule for this week or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, EXT 230.




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2nd Annual Overdose Vigil

Tewksbury—On Sunday, October 20th, at 6:30 p.m., Transitions Program in collaboration with the Tewksbury Treatment Center, Tewksbury Police Department, Lowell House, and the Substance Use and Prevention Taskforce will host the 2nd Annual Overdose Vigil on the Tewksbury State Hospital Campus.

This vigil is to raise awareness in the community, remember those lost due to drug overdose, and to give hope to those still struggling with addiction. (and those who love them).

We encourage people to join us to try and help shed the stigma around fatal drug overdose and to remember that we have lost friends, family, wives, husbands, sons and daughters.

What: Second Annual Overdose vigil
Why: To raise awareness in the community, remember those lost due to drug overdose, and to give hope to those still struggling with addiction
Where: Tewksbury Hospital Campus
When: October 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m. for the name signing and event begins at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to all communities; Press also welcome
More info: (978)851-7373, EXT 230 or jwelch@tewksbury-ma.gov







“Not me…” “Not my friend…” “Not my child….”
Words we hear all too often when people discover a loved one is struggling with substance abuse.  This is a problem that does not discriminate & affects all types of people from all different backgrounds.
Our Community has a Growing Problem: Drug Abuse
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Drug Awareness Night
Wednesday, October 23rd, 7PM
Tewksbury High School Auditorium

Please join us for a drug awareness presentation which will include a screening of the documentary “Overtaken” and a discussion with individuals in the film.  The agenda will address the drug epidemic and the prevalence of drugs in the Tewksbury area.  We will discuss the signs of drug use in your home, where individuals are getting the drugs, why the drugs are so addictive, and why this addiction can ruin families.
Hear first hand experience from parents who have lost their children to drug abuse and from the Police Department about what this epidemic is doing to the our Community.  Hear from local kids who were good students and good athletes, from good families, whose lives were turned upside down from addiction. There will also be local substance abuse organizations present that can provide advice and information.
Please come learn about this problem now….before it is too late.
(Appropriate for ages 12 & up)





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RECOVERY IS OUT – TO CHANGE THE ADDICTION CONVERSATION FROM – PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.
Tewksbury Police Department
Presents a screening of “The Anonymous People”
October 24th, 2013
In the Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium
320 Pleasant Street
Doors open at 6:30PM- Screening at 7PM

For more information, contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230




Press Release
Kidnapping & Attempted Rape

On September 29, 2013, at approximately 5:30 am, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Frank Harrison, 46, of 249 Ferry Street, Lawrence, Ma for charges of Kidnapping, Assault to Rape Armed (knife), and Indecent Assault & Battery on a person over the age of 14.  

Tewksbury Officers made the arrest after responding to the Extended Stay America at 1910 Andover Street for a report of a male party covered with blood and lacerations to the head.   Upon arrival, officers were approached by a female victim who told them that the injured male (Harrison) had attempted to rape her at knifepoint and would not allow her to leave the room.   The victim stated she was able to fend off her attacker by striking him with a cooking pot, forcing him to run away. Mr. Harrison was immediately arrested and transported back to the Tewksbury Police Station.  Mr. Harrison was denied bail and will be arraigned on the above charges in Lowell District Court.  
 
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                  Frank Harrison




Community Safe Halloween

The Tewksbury Police Department, in cooperation with Merrimack Valley Pavilion, will be hosting the 15th Annual Community Safe Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10AM to 1PM at M.V.P. 2087 Main Street.

There will be games for the children to play, face painting, safety demonstrations, as well as arts & craft tables courtesy of the Tewksbury Public Schools, Tewksbury Fire Department, Tewksbury Public Library, Blair House, Safe Routes to School, Lowell General Hospital, RTN Credit Union, Hannaford, Community Teamwork, Girl Scouts, and Tewksbury Rail Trails.

In addition to the above activities, there will be a touch a truck courtesy of Metlife, Tewksbury Transit, and Tewksbury Country Club, a costume contest, a Police K-9 demonstration, and entertainment thanks to Dance Expressions and Ram Jam Entertainment.

In case of rain, a smaller version of the event will take place inside MVP.  
For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch at (978)851-7373, Ext 230.

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating
If you're going 'Trick or Treating' at Halloween, remember these safety tips, so you can have fun and keep safe at the same time!
  • Always go trick or treating with an adult
  • Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents
  • Don’t knock on doors where there is a sign saying ‘NO callers’ or there are no outside lights on
  • Stay in areas that are lit with streetlights - take a flashlight with you just in case
  • Stay with your friends - don’t split into smaller groups unless an adult goes with you
  • Don’t talk to strangers on the street
  • Don’t enter any house, stay on the doorstep
  • Always look carefully before crossing the road, even if you are part of a group
  • Be visible
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Press Release
Drug Arrest

September 19, 2013 the Tewksbury Police arrested Maximo Pena, 29, of 76 Wyman Street Apt 1, Boston and Fabian Gonzalez, 22, of 17 Wardman Rd Apt 6, Roxbury for distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy.  

Also arrested was Stephen Tabaldi, 33, of 3 Benson Way, Burlington and Danielle Phelan, 25, of 150 2nd Ave Apt. 208, Charlestown for possession of heroin and conspiracy.

Tewksbury Detectives made the arrest after conducting surveillance at the Motel 6.  The four suspects were observed conducting a drug transaction in the parking lot prior to the arrest.   

All of the suspects are due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Friday.    

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Maximo Pena

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              Fabian Gonzalez

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              Stephen Tabaldi

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                Danielle Phelan




Press Release
Drug Arrest

September 18, 2013 the Tewksbury Police arrested Jessie Bionelli, 25, of 1392 Andover Street, Tewksbury and Juan Ramon De La Cruz, 43, of 280 Lawrence Street Apt 1, Lawrence for distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy.  

Tewksbury Detectives observed Bionelli and Da La Cruz selling heroin at 1392 Andover Street and arrested both suspects.  

Both are due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Thursday.    

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                   Jessie Bionelli

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         Juan Ramon De La Cruz





Press Release
Drug Arrest

On September 6, 2013 the Tewksbury Police arrested Jose Gonzalez, 32, of 6 State St. Apt 6J, Leominster for distribution of heroin and distribution of cocaine.  

Gonzalez was arrested after he was observed by Detectives making a drug transaction at Keri Plaza located at Shawsheen and East St.   

Gonzalez is due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                Jose Gonzalez




Press Release
Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Sexual Assault

September 7, 2013 the Tewksbury Police arrested John Ryder, 36, of 1153 Whipple Rd., Tewksbury for aggravated rape (subsequent offense), 3 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (each a subsequent offense) and rape of child with force (subsequent offense).    

Ryder was arrested several hours after the investigation began.  Detectives executed a search warrant at Ryder’s home at 2AM and took him into custody.

Ryder is a registered level 2 sex offender.  

Ryder is due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                    John Ryder




Press Release

On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Lauren Miele, 29 of 94 Pennacook Rd., Tewksbury for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and for creating the risk of serious bodily injury or sexual abuse to a child.  

Miele’s arrest was the result of the Tewksbury Detectives continued investigation after the arrest of Scott Brzezowski, 29 of 94 Pennacook Rd, Tewksbury on August 14, 2013 for 4 counts of rape of a child, 4 counts of aggravated rape, 4 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and disseminating obscene matter to a child.  

Meile is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov

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                   Lauren Miele




Press Release

On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department conducted an undercover prostitution operation which resulted in five arrests at three Tewksbury hotels.   

Rosilde Alves, 38, of 95 Main St., Tewksbury was arrested at the Motel 6.  She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

Jennifer Milisci, 27, of 25 Prince Ave., Lowell was arrested at the Motel 6.  She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  She also had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.  

Jessica Haynes, 40, of 6 Parkwood Dr., Allenstown NH was arrested at the Motel 6.  She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee and possession of heroin.  

Erin Wilson, 35, of 80 Nash Memorial Rd., Abington MA was arrested at the Residence Inn.  She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

Leann Garcia, 26, of 9 Hamilton St., Apt. 3, Chelsea MA was arrested at the Holiday Inn.  She was charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

Each of the suspects are scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                   Rosilde Alves

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                  Jennifer Milisci

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              Jessica Haynes

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                   Erin Wilson

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                    Leann Garcia




Press Release

On September 5, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Shannon, 20, of 33 Devonshire Rd., Billerica for attempted breaking and entering, receiving stolen property over $250.00 and possession of burglarious tools.   

At 2:40PM residents of Oakland Ave called the Police Station believing that someone was breaking into houses. While Officers were en-route, residents were able to give a description of a fleeing vehicle.  The suspect vehicle was stopped at East and Shawsheen St.   

A search of the vehicle revealed that several pieces of jewelry were in the possession of Shannon as well as a bolt cutter.  

Officers on scene investigated the matter and it appeared that the suspect only attempted to gain entry of a residence on Oakland Ave.  A check of all the houses in the area proved to be negative for any signs of a break in.  

It is unknown if the suspect broke into a home in another location or where the jewelry came from.  There may be a victim or victims who do not realize that have had anything stolen.  If you believe you have been a victim, please call the Tewksbury Police.  

Shannon was arrested in connection with a December 11, 2012 break-in where the victims were attending a funeral.  

Shannon is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, September 06, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Michael Shannon

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Press Release

On August 28, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Carlos Cruz-Rosario, 22, of 424 Lowell St., Apt1, Lawrence and Joaldy Jimenez-Gullen, 22, of 73A High St., Apt 3, Lawrence for distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy.  Cruz-Rosario was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

The pair were arrested after they were observed by Detectives making a drug transaction on Cardigan Rd at 2:30 PM.

In a separate incident on August 28, 2013 Sean McGonacle, 24, of 10 Custer Cir., Nashua, NH was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of Xanax.  Also arrested were Andrew Trombly, 26, of 23 Danbury Rd., Nashua, NH and Michael Collins, 26, of 238 E. Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH.  Trombly and Collins were charged with possession of crack cocaine and knowingly being present where heroin is kept.  

The three were arrested after they were observed acting suspiciously in the Fairfield Inn parking lot on Andover St. at 8:50 PM.  When Detectives approached the suspects and conducted an investigation they located narcotics and placed the suspects under arrest.  

All of the suspects are due to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Thursday.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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             Carlos Cruz-Rosario

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          Joaldy Jimenez-Gullen

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               Sean McGonacle


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                Michael Collins





Press Release

On August 26, 2013 the Tewksbury Police responded to the Motel 6 for a report that a person had been stabbed.  The area was immediately locked down and the suspect was captured shortly thereafter.  Cesar Abad, 36, of 95 Main St. Apt. 118 is being charged with attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (serious bodily injury).  More charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.  

The preliminary investigation suggests that Abad knew the victim and that this was not a random act.

More information will be given as it becomes available.  

Abad is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court this morning.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                    Cesar Abad




Press Release
Drug Unit Distribution Arrests

On July 31, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Wallington Garcia, 26, of 46 Pearl St., Apt. 1, Lawrence, MA for distribution of cocaine (16 grams, Class B) and conspiracy.  Also arrested was Oliver Vidal, 35, of 127 Palm St, Nashua, NH for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy (16 grams, Class B).   

The arrests were made on Andover Street in Tewksbury as a result of surveillance conducted by Tewksbury Police Drug Unit.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov 

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              Wallington Garcia

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                    Oliver Vidal
  



Press Release
Police Officer Instructor Certification for Self Defense For Older Adults
Rape Aggression Defense Systems, Inc

Participants may be certified to teach the R.A.D. System of Self Defense for Older Adults. This 2 day, 20 hour Instructor Program is a cost effective way to obtain your own Self-Defense Instructor(s), and offer this consistently structured, proactive program to the older adults in your community.  This is a most comprehensive program and the only one of its kind, and now your agency can utilize its basic, tailored format as an addition to your present crime prevention offering.  This course is taught in a relaxed environment that is conducive to learning tested instructional techniques, proven tactics and unique insights about the problems unique to older adults. Our program also includes physical defense workouts for technique development, and educational components to assist with the development of defensive strategies.  Registration includes a 200+ page Instructor Curriculum with Participant Manual to copy, Instructor Certificate and one year of The Instructor’s Voice Newsletter. Tuition for this program is $300.00. To enroll please complete the registration form below and mail or fax.





Press Release
National Night Out 2013

On Tuesday, August 6th, the Tewksbury Police Department will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.  

One of the goals of NNO is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Tewksbury Senior Center and the Tewksbury Library, will be hosting a FREE “Family Fun Night” starting at 4:30PM. There will be a classic car show and a visit from Snoopy and the Lowell Spinner Canaligator. The Police Department will be giving out child id kits, temporary tattoos, the movie “Cars” on a big screen, and more. If you are planning on coming for the movie portion only, please try to arrive by 6PM so that you can get your refreshments and seats. The movie will start at approximately 6:15PM.

This FREE family night was made possible not only by the people mentioned above, but also by the generous donations of local businesses such as Wal-Mart, Big Top Party Rental, Metlife, and the Lowell Spinners.

For more information or to get involved please contact Officer Jennie Welch, (978) 851-7373 EXT 230.

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Press Release
Prostitution Arrest

On July 18, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Crosby, 40, of 450 Main St, Apt. 220, Tewksbury for sexual conduct for a fee at the Tewksbury Public Library.  

The Tewksbury Police Department set up an undercover operation after receiving information that Crosby was posting an ad on craigslist from the Tewksbury Public Library.  The ad indicated that Crosby would perform sexual acts for a fee and requested possible clients to respond to the Library where they “can play in the private bathroom”.

After Crosby met briefly with an undercover Detective, he was arrested inside the Library.  Crosby is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, July 19, 2013.  
 
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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               Michael Crosby




Press Release
Armed Robbery Shell Gas Station 1975 Main Street
Second Suspect Apprehended
        
On July 17, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested the second suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Gas Station on July 15th.  Patrick McNally, 51, of 418 Main St., Wilmington was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed assault to rob and conspiracy.

With the assistance from the Boston Police Department (C-11), the Tewksbury Police were able to apprehend McNally at 350 Adams Street in Dorchester.

In addition to the Tewksbury robbery, McNally is also the suspected driver for Frank Pendergast in robberies in Woburn, Billerica, and Nashua.

Please see the original press release below:                    

On Monday July 15th, at approximately 12:30 am, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Shell gas station located at 1975 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and spoke with the clerk and a witness at the store. The clerk indicated that a heavy set white male, approximately 5’09” to 6’ and 300 pounds, had entered the store and approached the clerk armed with a knife demanding money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk that he would stab him. The suspect then reached into the register and took approximately $180.00 and then fled the store on foot.  

Officers and Detectives were able to view video surveillance at the Shell station and learned that the suspect had large sunglasses, a long sleeved black shirt, colored pants, and white sneakers. In addition, the suspect appeared to have a black tee shirt wrapped around his head in a “do-rag” fashion. Officers and Detectives then searched the area around the station with the assistance of the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit. A short distance from the station the K-9 Unit located a black shirt on the ground. This shirt matched the description of the shirt the suspect was wearing around his head during the robbery.
       
Through further investigation, Detectives were able to determine that the suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar incidents in the surrounding communities, including a similar robbery in the Town of Billerica on July 14th and a bank robbery in Woburn on July 15th. Tewksbury Detectives were successful in identifying Frank Pendergast, 45, of 4 Elderberry Rd., Apt # 103, Reading, Ma as the individual who perpetrated the Shell station armed robbery and a warrant for his arrest was sought and issued. Mr. Pendergast is charged with Armed Robbery (c265/s17) and Armed Assault with Intent to Rob (c 265/ s18).  

On July 16, 2013, at approximately 3 pm, Mr. Pendergast was tracked to 3 Pinecrest Road in North Reading where he was taken into custody by Tewksbury Police, North Reading Police, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force for the Tewksbury warrant and a Billerica warrant for armed robbery.~He surrendered to police when he realized the home was surrounded and the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit was in route.~Mr. Pendergast is also wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Nashua, NH. Mr. Pendergast is currently being medically evaluated and is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court sometime tomorrow.
        
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                  Patrick McNally





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Press Release
Armed Robbery Shell Gas Station 1975 Main Street

On Monday July 15th, at approximately 12:30 am, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Shell gas station located at 1975 Main Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and spoke with the clerk and a witness at the store. The clerk indicated that a heavy set white male, approximately 5’09” to 6’ and 300 pounds, had entered the store and approached the clerk armed with a knife demanding money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk that he would stab him. The suspect then reached into the register and took approximately $180.00 and then fled the store on foot.

Officers and Detectives were able to view video surveillance at the Shell station and learned that the suspect had large sunglasses, a long sleeved black shirt, colored pants, and white sneakers. In addition, the suspect appeared to have a black tee shirt wrapped around his head in a “do-rag” fashion. Officers and Detectives then searched the area around the station with the assistance of the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit. A short distance from the station the K-9 Unit located a black shirt on the ground. This shirt matched the description of the shirt the suspect was wearing around his head during the robbery.

Through further investigation, Detectives were able to determine that the suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with similar incidents in the surrounding communities, including a similar robbery in the Town of Billerica on July 14th and a bank robbery in Woburn on July 15th. Tewksbury Detectives were successful in identifying Frank Pendergast, 45, of 4 Elderberry Rd., Apt # 103, Reading, Ma as the individual who perpetrated the Shell station armed robbery and a warrant for his arrest was sought and issued. Mr. Pendergast is charged with Armed Robbery (c265/s17) and Armed Assault with Intent to Rob (c 265/ s18). On July 16, 2013, at approximately 3 pm, Mr. Pendergast was tracked to 3 Pinecrest Road in North Reading where he was taken into custody by Tewksbury Police, North Reading Police, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force for the Tewksbury warrant and a Billerica warrant for armed robbery. He surrendered to police when he realized the home was surrounded and the Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit was in route. Mr. Pendergast is also wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Nashua, NH. Mr. Pendergast is currently being medically evaluated and is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court sometime tomorrow.

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              Frank Pendergast

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       The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    





Press Release
Drug Unit Distribution Arrests

On July 14, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Jonathan Clark, 35, of 18A C Street, Apt.18A, Nashua, NH for distribution of heroin and Shawn Dejardins, 33, of 31 Pagehill Road, Goffstown, NH for possession of heroin.  They were both also charged with conspiracy.  

On July 15, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Jeffrey Melo, 33, of 140 Amesbury Street, Lawrence for trafficking heroin (over 18 grams), distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy.  Also arrested was David Palmegiano, 38, of 3 Ledge Road, Atkinson, NH for possession of heroin and conspiracy.  

The arrests were made on Andover Street in Tewksbury as a result of surveillance conducted by Tewksbury Police Department Drug Unit.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                 Jonathan Clark

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                Shawn Dejardins

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                  Jeffrey Melo

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               David Palmegiano




Press Release
Attempted Murder        

On July 12, 2013, at approximately 9 pm, the Tewksbury Police Department received a call about a domestic argument between a male and female taking place in the lobby of the Extended Stay America hotel (1910 Andover Street).  Tewksbury Police Officers arrived shortly thereafter and were told that the parties involved in the argument had gone back to the female’s room.  Officers then responded upstairs to the room.  Upon arrival to the room, Officers heard a female screaming “Stop it. Stop it. Get off of me”.  Officers then made entry into the room and observed a male subject (identified as Keegan Cardin, 20, of 101 Hilldale Ave, South Hampton, N.H.) who was out of breath and sweating profusely. A female then came out of the bathroom screaming “He strangled me”. The female was crying and having a difficult time catching her breath.
The female victim told the Officers that she had just been strangled to near unconsciousness on two occasions by Mr. Cardin and that when he had been strangling her she saw stars and she was in fear for her life. She stated that she struggled physically with Mr. Cardin and was able to break free of him both times. Officers observed injuries to the victim that were consistent with her statements. The victim identified the male as her on again off again boyfriend of 2-3 years. The victim stated she believed Mr. Cardin was under the influence of heroin and that he had forced his way into her room before police arrived. The Officers summonsed medical personnel to treat the injuries of the victim.  

Mr. Cardin was arrested and charged with the following crimes:
Chapter 265 Section 16- Attempted Murder to wit Strangulation
Chapter 265 Section 13A- Assault and Battery (Domestic)
Mr. Cardin was held without bail and was arraigned in Lowell District Court today (Monday July 15, 2013).

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                Keegan Cardin

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 and/or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov .   






Press Release
July 7, 2013
Drug Arrest

On July 7, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Harry Acosta, 38, of 76 Penn St, Apt. FL2, Fitchburg for 2 counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and hashish as well as conspiracy.  Daniel Echevarria, 42, of 88 Mt. Vernon St. Apt. 3, Fitchburg was also arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy.   

Acosta and Echevarria were arrested after Detective’s witness a drug transaction while conducting surveillance at the Mobil on the Run located at 1785 Andover St.    

Over $4000.00 dollars was seized as well as 12 bags of heroin.  

Both Acosta and Echevarria are scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on July 8, 2013.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                  Harry Acosta

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              Daniel Echevarria




Traffic Plans for Tewksbury's Fireworks on July 5th

The traffic from Main Street entering Livingston Street , as well as East Street entering Livingston Street, will be shut down at roughly 9PM (or as soon as the parking lots are full). The estimated start time for the fireworks display will be at 9:30PM (weather permitting). After the display has ended, all traffic from the upper lot (Hazel Field) will be directed towards Main Street. Traffic exiting from the upper lot up towards Main Street will be sent south on Main Street (towards Wilmington). All traffic from the lower lots will be directed toward East Street. Due to anticipated heavy traffic on Main Street from residents parking in the Brooks Plaza, Mahoney's Garden Center, and the Wynn Middle School, all traffic exiting those locations will be sent north on Main Street towards Chandler Street.




Press Release
Tewksbury Man Pleads Guilty To Child Rape and Extortion Charges For
Deceiving Young Victims Into Posing Nude Over the Internet
WOBURN – A Tewksbury man has pleaded guilty to child rape, extortion and numerous additional charges in connection with deceiving young victims into posing nude over the Internet, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today.

Thomas Hutchinson, 21, of Tewksbury, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn in two cases in which he was charged with rape of a child by force, rape, assault with intent to rape a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (2 counts), indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 (2 counts), attempted extortion (4 counts), child enticement, possession of child pornography (17 counts), posing a child in a state of sexual conduct (10 counts), posing a child in a state of nudity (10 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in sexual conduct (3 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in a state of nudity, dissemination of matter harmful to a minor (2 counts), and carrying a dangerous weapon.
 
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Edward Leibensperger sentenced the defendant to 10-15 years in prison with 15 years probation to follow.  While on probation, the defendant is ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with any of the victims, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registry, to undergo sex offender treatment, to refrain from certain use of the internet or any computers or smart phones, and to comply with GPS monitoring.

“This defendant, hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet, gained access to and exploited unwitting young people,” District Attorney Ryan said.  “Not satisfied with only deceiving and manipulating these victims online, he then tried to extort some of them with threats of disclosing their activities online and assaulted others when he forced them to meet with him in person.  This case is a stark reminder of the potential dangers of predators who manipulate the relative freedom of the internet for their own ends.  As adults we have to be mindful and vigilant about the people we interact with online and especially so when it comes to our children.”
The defendant’s activities came to the attention of authorities in early 2011.  Around that time, a then 15-year-old girl using the website MyYearbook.com had online contact with a person, later identified to be the defendant.  The defendant, posing as a girl named “Brittany” offered to introduce the victim online to a person with knowledge of the modeling business.  Shortly thereafter, the defendant contacted her as the modeling representative, now using the screen name Sexybeast5655@aim.com.  Initially, the defendant requested pictures of the victim in a bathing suit and then eventually asked for naked pictures and videos.  Once the victim complied, the defendant threatened to post those images and videos if she didn’t have sex with his “friend.”  He then threatened to rape her if she refused to meet his friend in person or if she told police.  The defendant contacted the victim online posing as the friend, “Tommy,” using the screen name Tommy364587@aim.com and arranged to meet her in person and, again, threatened to harm her if she did not complete a sex act.  On February 28, 2011, the defendant, posing as “Tommy,” drove to the victim’s neighborhood, made her get in his car and forced her to perform a sex act.

When authorities became involved, they immediately launched an investigation and, in May 2011, Medford and Tewksbury Police executed search warrants at the defendant’s home and on his car.  Upon searching his computer, they found numerous photos and videos which were pornographic in nature, depicting dozens of children - mainly female - who appeared to be under the age of 18.  Authorities were able to identify seventeen additional victims who were depicted on those videos.  Investigators also discovered tens of thousands of entries in Skype log files, showing hundreds of chat conversations, incoming and outgoing calls, and file transfers between dozens of potential victims and the defendant.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant contacted the victims online, usually through MyYearbook.com or Facebook.com, and identified himself as a female named “Brittany.” Many victims were approached by “Brittany” to communicate online, through internet chat and over webcam, and encouraged to send “her” naked pictures or to perform sexual acts on camera.  “Brittany” would then introduce victims online to another fictitious person named “steve.modeling,” who also directed the victims to send him naked pictures and perform sexual acts on camera as part of what he claimed was an audition for modeling jobs.  “Brittany” and “Steve” would sometimes offer the girls money to engage in sexual acts with others.  

The defendant also posed as “Sean Mullen” and “Jess Adams” and offered to put the victims in touch with “steve.modeling” and requested naked pictures and asked them to perform sexual acts on camera. He also presented himself as the “friend” “Tom” or “Tommy.”  

In some instances, the defendant would tell the victims that he had recorded their actions on webcam, and threatened to post or publish those videos or pictures publicly if they did not comply with more of his demands.  In several instances, as a result of those threats, victims agreed to meet the defendant and were then sexually assaulted by him.

The defendant was arrested on July 8, 2011 following the initial investigation and was subsequently indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on October 18, 2011.  He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on December 8, 2011 where Judge Leila Kern ordered the defendant held on $5,000 cash bail with the conditions that he remain on GPS monitoring with a curfew, abide by all restraining orders, have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and any witnesses in the case, not use computers or any device which has the ability to connect to the internet, surrender his passport and not leave the Commonwealth, have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18, including online contact, and report to probation once a week.

Following arraignment on charges related to that initial investigation, authorities identified other victims depicted in videos found on the defendant’s computer.  The defendant was subsequently indicted on 46 additional counts on March 29, 2012.

This case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Medford Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, and the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, with assistance from numerous other law enforcement agencies including the Marblehead, Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington, and Millis Police Departments, and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.








Press Release
Tewksbury Police Department Helmet Rewards Program 2013
The Tewksbury Police Department is on the lookout. They are looking to reward young people “caught” wearing their bike helmets with gift certificates. These certificates can be redeemed at the local McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Papa Gino’s, Orange Leaf, Friendly’s, The Pushcart, or a Spinner’s game.  We are really excited to reintroduce this program again this year to raise awareness and hopefully increase helmet use in Town.
Massachusetts law requires children 16 years of age or younger who operate a bicycle, or who ride as a passenger on a bicycle, on a public way or bike path to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles were not wearing a helmet. For more information on the bicycle helmet law and bicycle safety tips, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety .
If you get caught wearing your helmet, you’ll get a gift certificate for either frozen yogurt, a slice of pizza,  french fries, a hamburger, or a ticket to a Spinner’s baseball game, courtesy of the above sponsors. If you don’t have a helmet on, the Police Department will provide you with one.
The Police Department would like to thank the local business for supporting of efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe.  This is only one of many events to come in which the Tewksbury Police Department will be working with local businesses and the Tewksbury Rail Trails organization to help make Tewksbury a safer community.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.




Press Release
Tewksbury Robbery at Payless Shoe - 10 Main Street  

On April 23, 2013 the Payless Shoe store located at 10 Main St (Stadium Plaza – Lowell Line) was robbed.  The suspect walked into the store at approximately 10:10AM (store opened at 10AM) and went to the lone clerk and occupant of the store and demanded money.  No weapon or mention of a weapon.  

The suspect instructed her to walk to the back room where he followed her.  The victim called 911 as the suspect exited the store at 10:13AM.  The victim was unharmed.  

The suspect description from the victim is as follows;

•       Light skinned Black or Hispanic male
•       5’4’ to 5’7”
•       Stocky build
•       Mid to late 30’s
•       No accent – very calm demeanor
•       Black hoodie
•       Black or dark colored jeans
•       Big black sunglasses and a black baseball hat
•       She described the suspect’s skin on his face as “rough”

It appears he fled towards Market Basket.  

Please see the composite that was completed.  Anyone having any information or can provide any possible suspects; please call Tewksbury Detectives @ 978-851-7355.  

The Tewksbury Police Department is asking that anyone with any information regarding the robbery or potential suspects call the Police Department’s Dispatch Center at the number identified below, even if you only saw a man fitting the description in the area. Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to use the Tip Line or email identified below.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373 ext. 0.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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Press Release
Tewksbury Bank Robbery at TD Bank -2345 Main Street
April 12, 2013

Tewksbury experienced a bank robbery at TD Bank, 2345 Main Street, at 1945 hours, involving a male who brandished a firearm (handgun) and demanded money. The male is described as a 5’ 08” light skinned male with a Hispanic accent. The suspect was wearing what has been described as a black jacket with the hood pulled up, a black mask, dark colored pants, and beige work boots. He is believed to be in his late 20’s to early 30’s. The suspect left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash. Currently the perimeter is sealed and Tewksbury and Billerica K-9 Units are searching the area for the suspect who was seen leaving the bank on foot.

Tewksbury Police Detectives, the Mass State Police Crime Scene Unit, and members of the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force are in route or on scene. It is too early to tell with certainty but it appears that this robbery may be linked to seven Merrimack Valley bank robberies (Lawrence, Methuen (multiple), Dracut, and Groveland since February) that have occurred over the last few months. Photos of the suspect have been obtained and have been attached. We ask that all civilians stay clear of the TD Bank and the area that surrounds it until the search is completed and a thorough investigation is accomplished at the crime scene. A CodeRED Emergency Notification message has been sent to area residents describing the incident and asking for their help. Tewksbury Police Department is asking that anyone with any information regarding the robbery or potential suspects call the Police Department’s Dispatch Center at the number identified below. Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to use the Tip Line or email identified below.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373 ext. 0.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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NATIONAL GRID REMINDS NEW ENGLAND CUSTOMERS OF PAYMENT SCAM
Customer Phone Payments Are Accepted, But Never Demanded
National Grid again is reminding its customers of a nationwide utility bill scam. National Grid electric customers have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to work for National Grid. These scammers demand payment, through a pre-paid card, on past due balances for electric accounts and threaten customers that their service will immediately be shut-off for non-payment. In some cases the caller also tells the customer that they may have a faulty meter that is dangerous and in need of replacing for a substantial fee. The electric meter is the property of National Grid. Customers are not responsible for meter replacement costs. Callers are then directed to purchase a pre-paid card to make an immediate payment in order to keep their power on. National Grid does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, but never demands direct payment over the telephone. If customers wish, they can arrange for a payment by check, credit card or debit card if they speak directly to a customer service representative. Payment can also be made by credit card or debit card without a representative’s assistance. Customers who have received calls demanding immediate payment through a pre-paid card or who may have been given fraudulent phone numbers for National Grid should make note of the company’s published customer service number. To verify information and for any billing-related questions in New England, customers should call National Grid’s Customer Contact Center at 1-800-322-3223.

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.
In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com.
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Press Release
April 4, 2013
Drug Arrest

On April 3, 2013, the Tewksbury Police arrested Steven Rich, 23, of 22 Highland Ave., Tewksbury for distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone) and possession with the intent to distribute a class B substance (oxycodone).  

Rich was arrested after Detective’s witness a drug transaction while conducting surveillance at the Mobil Station located at 940 Andover Street.    

Rich is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                  Steven Rich




Press Release
April 1, 2013
Drug Arrest/Stolen Property Recovered

On March 28, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Kayla Freda, 18, of 49 Saville St, Saugus for possession of heroin, possession of suboxone, and receiving stolen property over $250.00.

Freda was arrested at Fresh Express located at 1706 Shawsheen Street after Detective’s witnessed a drug transaction while conducting surveillance.  

After Freda was placed into custody Detective’s continued to investigate and learned that she was in possession of stolen jewelry from a house break in the City of Lynn.  Lynn Police were notified and will be continuing the investigation.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                    Kayla Freda




Press Release
April 1, 2013
Drug Arrest

On March 29, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Isidro Martinez, 43, of 87 Dorchester Ave, Apt, #1, Lawrence for distribution of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and conspiracy.  

Martinez was arrested on James Avenue after Detective’s witness a drug transaction while conducting surveillance.  

With the assistance of the Westford Police K-9 Unit, Detectives were able to locate additional narcotics hidden in the vehicle.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Isidro Martinez

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Tewksbury Police Department teams up with
Tewksbury Rail Trails to Conduct a Bicycle Rodeo

The Tewksbury Police Department and Tewksbury Rail Trails would like to help ensure the safety of local children by hosting a bike rodeo at the Tewksbury Wal-Mart on Saturday, May 4th from 10AM-1PM.

On average, 250 children in the United States under the age of 14 die each year because of a bicycle crash. Another 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if these children were riding safe bikes, wore bicycle helmets, and knew the basics about safe bike riding.

Other local businesses will be joining in the effort by donating time and resources to help educate children about bicycle safety. At the rodeo, members from the Emergency Department at Lowell General Hospital will be educating the public (children, parents, and even adult cyclists) about the need for head protection. Tewksbury Police Department would like to not only encourage children to wear a bike helmet, but to also wear them correctly. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%.  Wearing a bicycle helmet is such a simple way to help ensure your child’s safety. Parents may think their children are safe riding around the neighborhood; however, research tells us that most serious bicycle crashes occur on a quiet neighborhood street.

Ten tips for safe bike riding: (from Consumer Product Safety Commission)

1. Always wear a bike helmet.
2. Stop and check traffic before riding into a street.
3. Don’t ride at night.
4. Obey traffic signs and signals.
5. Ride on the right-hand side of the street.
6. Check your brakes before riding.
7. Give cars and pedestrians the right-of-way.
8. Wear light or bright-colored clothing so that motorists can see you.
9. Be extra careful turning left – motorists don’t expect it.
10. Avoid broken pavement, loose gravel and leaves – which can cause you to lose control of your bike.

For more information about this event or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.





Press Release
March 19, 2013
House Break Arrest

On March 19, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department located and arrested Michael Codner, 26, of 34 Cinnamon Circle, Tewksbury on Rt. 28 in Lawrence.  He was taken into custody on a warrant that was obtained for his involvement in a break in on Van Buren Rd.

Codner is being charged with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and conspiracy.  

In addition, Codner had a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for having a suspended license and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Michael Codner




Press Release
Date: March 19, 2013
Tewksbury Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges


Salvatore Matranga, 45, of Tewksbury plead guilty to drug distribution charges in Woburn Superior Court recently stemming from his arrest by Tewksbury Police Officers on July 12, 2010, for drug trafficking and distribution .

Matranga was sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, to be followed by 5 years of probation, with a condition that he undergo drug screens, on additional charges of possession with intent to distribute a class B substance (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a class C substance, and possession with intent to distribute a class E substance.

During the spring of 2010, authorities conducted surveillance on the defendant’s residence and confirmed that numerous drug transactions had taken place.  Subsequently, in July 2010, authorities executed a search warrant on the defendant’s residence and vehicles.  They found numerous prescription pills for which the defendant did not have a prescription, both in the house and in the car, as well as cash and packaging consistent with that used for drug distribution.

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             Salvatore Matranga




Press Release
March 18, 2013
Housebreak Arrest

On March 16, 2013, The Tewksbury Police Department arrested Ryan Codner, 21, of 34 Cinnamon Circle, Tewksbury and Kayla Freda, 18, of 8 Rose Lane, Stoneham in connection with a housebreak that occurred on March 15th on Van Buren Road.  

Codner is being charged with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and conspiracy. Freda is being charged with receiving stolen property over $250.

The suspects gained entry through an unlocked rear sliding door and stole jewelry and a laptop.    

Detectives were able to locate all of the property stolen from the home at a Lawrence pawn shop and at the Codner residence at 34 Cinnamon Circle.   

A third suspect has been identified as Michael Codner, 26, of 34 Cinnamon Circle.  A warrant for his arrest has been obtained for breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and conspiracy.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    


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                  Michael Codner


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                 Ryan Codner






Press Release
March 8, 2013
Arrests Made in Connection with five Break In’s

On March 7, 2013, The Tewksbury Police Department arrested William Medugno, 23, of 18 Pringle St, Tewksbury, Ryan Codner, 21, of 34 Cinnamon Cir, Tewksbury, and Catherine Bradley, 22, of 260 Pine Street, Tewksbury for their involvement in house breaks located at McNeil Way, 2 on Pike Street, Astle Street, and Catherwood Road.

Medugno is being charged with 4 counts of breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering, 3 counts of larceny over $250, and conspiracy. He also had a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for malicious damage to a motor vehicle.   

Codner is being charged with breaking and entering, larceny over $250, and conspiracy.   

Bradley is being charged with receiving stolen property over $250 and possession of a class B substance (oxycodone).  

The Tewksbury Police Department had been investigating several house breaks when a concerned citizen called the Police Department on March 7th for a suspicious person looking in windows on Catherwood Road.  When Police arrived, they identified the person as Medugno and discovered that he had attempted to break into a home on Catherwood Road.  

Detectives learned that Medugno was staying at the Motel Caswell with Bradley.  When Detectives arrived at the Motel Caswell they found stolen property from several house breaks and drugs.  In addition, it was learned that Codner was in an adjacent room at the Motel and was connected to the rash of breaks.  A search warrant was executed and several stolen items were recovered.  

The investigation is ongoing as they may be connected to other house breaks.  Several stolen items have been recovered at a Salem NH pawn shop.  

All three are scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, March 8, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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Press Release
March 8, 2013
Suspect Arrested by NEMLEC SWAT Team

On March 7, 2013 The Tewksbury Police Department and the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT Team arrested David Robson, 33, of 173 Coburn Street, Lowell at 6 Pinewood Ave, Tewksbury.

Robson was wanted by the Lowell Police Department and had a warrant for threating to commit murder against his former girlfriend.  Information was received that Robson may have been in possession of a firearm and had threatened to point that firearm at a police officer in order to have police kill him.  

Through the investigation, it was learned that Robson was at 6 Pinewood Ave. The NELMEC SWAT Team was called and a search warrant for the home was obtained.  The NEMLEC Negotiator was able to call the home and have the occupants exit safely; however, Robson would not initially exit the home.   After several conversations with Robson, through the negotiator on the phone, he exited the home and was placed into custody without incident.  A firearm was not located.  

Robson is scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, March 8, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                   David Robson








Press Release
March 5, 2013
Hospice Care Theft – Arrest Made

On March 1, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Paloma Stefiny Gomez, 24, of 74 Howard Street, Apt #3, Lawrence, MA for larceny over $250.00 following an investigation.  

Paloma, who was employed by Merrimack Family Hospice located at 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, was caring for a man in Tewksbury.  On February 5, 2013, the family contacted the Police Department when they noticed that jewelry was missing from their home.  The items missing had a total value in excess of $4000.00.

Several attempts to contact Merrimack Family Hospice were unsuccessful as they were initially uncooperative with the investigation.  It wasn’t until March 1, 2013, Detectives were able to make contact with Paloma.

Detectives were able to conclude that Paloma was the person who stole the jewelry and subsequently placed her under arrest.  

It was learned that the jewelry was pawned in Lawrence; however, it was not recovered due to the fact that it had already been destroyed by the Pawn Shop, due to it being beyond the required 30 days to be held.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                 Stefiny Gomez




Press Release
March 4, 2013
Drug Arrests

On March 1, 2013, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Brandon Grue, 27, of 78 Liberty Street, Danvers and Eric McDermott, 28, of 19 Jefferson Road, Tewksbury following a drug investigation.  Grue is being charged with trafficking cocaine over 18 grams, distribution of cocaine and conspiracy.  McDermott is being charged with possession of cocaine and conspiracy.  

Tewksbury Police Detectives made the arrests at the Mobil on the Run located on Andover Street.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                  Brandon Grue

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               Eric McDermott





A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.

All Adults Should:

Model calm and control. Children take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Avoid appearing anxious or frightened.


Reassure children that they are safe and (if true) so are the other important adults in their lives. Depending on the situation, point out factors that help insure their immediate safety and that of their community.


Remind them that trustworthy people are in charge. Explain that the government emergency workers, police, firefighters, doctors, and the military are helping people who are hurt and are working to ensure that no further tragedies occur.


Let children know that it is okay to feel upset. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy like this occurs. Let children talk about their feelings and help put them into perspective. Even anger is okay, but children may need help and patience from adults to assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.


Observe children’s emotional state. Depending on their age, children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of grief, anxiety or discomfort. Children will express their emotions differently. There is no right or wrong way to feel or express grief.


Look for children at greater risk. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Be particularly observant for those who may be at risk of suicide. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.


Tell children the truth. Don’t try to pretend the event has not occurred or that it is not serious. Children are smart. They will be more worried if they think you are too afraid to tell them what is happening.


Stick to the facts. Don’t embellish or speculate about what has happened and what might happen. Don’t dwell on the scale or scope of the tragedy, particularly with young children.


Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate. Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that the daily structures of their lives will not change. Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence and threats to safety in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. They will be more committed to doing something to help the victims and affected community. For all children, encourage them to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. Be a good listener!


Monitor your own stress level. Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety, grief, and anger. Talking to friends, family members, religious leaders, and mental health counselors can help. It is okay to let your children know that you are sad, but that you believe things will get better. You will be better able to support your children if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner. Get appropriate sleep, nutrition, and exercise.


What Parents Can Do:


Focus on your children over the week following the tragedy. Tell them you love them and everything will be okay. Try to help them understand what has happened, keeping in mind their developmental level.


Make time to talk with your children. Remember if you do not talk to your children about this incident someone else will. Take some time and determine what you wish to say.


Stay close to your children. Your physical presence will reassure them and give you the opportunity to monitor their reaction. Many children will want actual physical contact. Give plenty of hugs. Let them sit close to you, and make sure to take extra time at bedtime to cuddle and to reassure them that they are loved and safe.


Limit your child’s television viewing of these events. If they must watch, watch with them for a brief time; then turn the set off. Don’t sit mesmerized re-watching the same events over and over again.


Maintain a “normal” routine. To the extent possible stick to your family’s normal routine for dinner, homework, chores, bedtime, etc., but don’t be inflexible. Children may have a hard time concentrating on schoolwork or falling asleep at night.


Spend extra time reading or playing quiet games with your children before bed. These activities are calming, foster a sense of closeness and security, and reinforce a sense of normalcy. Spend more time tucking them in. Let them sleep with a light on if they ask for it.


Safeguard your children’s physical health. Stress can take a physical toll on children as well as adults. Make sure your children get appropriate sleep, exercise, and nutrition.


Consider praying or thinking hopeful thoughts for the victims and their families. It may be a good time to take your children to your place of worship, write a poem, or draw a picture to help your child express their feelings and feel that they are somehow supporting the victims and their families.


Find out what resources your school has in place to help children cope. Most schools are likely to be open and often are a good place for children to regain a sense of normalcy. Being with their friends and teachers can help. Schools should also have a plan for making counseling available to children and adults who need it.


For information on helping children and youth with this crisis, contact NASP at (301) 657-0270 or visit NASP’s website at www.nasponline.org.





Fraudulent Phone Calls
Targeting the Elders
“Grandma, its me. I need help”

Criminals are currently targeting seniors with a phone scam that often begins with those heart-tugging words. The caller claims to be a person’s grandson or granddaughter.

There are several variations of the scam, but most follow a formula:
- The caller is a grandchild in trouble, often in a foreign country.
- The caller begs the grandparent not to tell his or her parents.
- The caller is being held by law enforcement.
- The caller needs bail money to get back home.
- The money must be wired to a foreign location.

Many seniors have already been victimized by this scam. They have lost tens of thousands of dollars to criminals preying on their emotions. Don’t be the next victim.

What can you do?
- Never wire money to someone you don’t know.
- Check out the story.
- If you suspect you have been the victim of a scam, call the Tewksbury Police Department (978)851-7373 EXT. “0”



*Poster information courtesy of AARP

  





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The Tewksbury Police Department has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides the Tewksbury Police Department the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire Town. High speed notification systems are only as good as the telephone number and email address database supporting them. If your phone number or email address is not in the database, you will not be called or emailed. One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers and email addresses directly into the system's database. This is an extremely important feature. No one should automatically assume his or her phone number or email address is included.  Individuals and business owners are encouraged to log onto the Tewksbury Police Department website and follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page. Those without internet access may call the Tewksbury Police Department at (978)-851-7373 ext. 211 to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers and email addresses can be entered as well. Those individuals who wish to receive text messages should include the name of their carrier (provider) on the on-line form or in the message left on ext. 211. Individuals with unlisted phone number, those who use a cellular phone or VOIP phone as their primary number, or those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year are also encouraged to register. CodeRED allows for geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones as well but associated street address is needed to provide relevant messages. CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes. Frequently asked questions will also be located on the Tewksbury Police Department website. Additional questions should be directed to the Tewksbury Police Department at (978)-851-7373 ext. 213.






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Overnight Parking – Snow/Ice Removal

Town By-Law: 8.24.010

A.      It shall be unlawful for any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency
        to be parked on any street from 12:00 (Midnight) to 6:00 A.M. This shall
        take effect on November 1st of each year and end on March 31st.
        (A fine of $25.00 will be imposed for a violation of this section).

B.      It shall be unlawful for any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency,
        to be parked on any street, day or night, when it is snowing or when icy
        conditions exist.
        (A fine of $25.00 will be imposed for a violation of this section).

C.      Any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, parked, day or night,
        on any street in the Town, so as to interfere with the work if removing or
        plowing snow, removing ice, or sanding the street, may be removed or
        towed away, at the sole expense of the registered owner of said vehicle,
        under the authority and direction of the Superintendent of the Department
        of Public Works to a public garage or any convenient place. The
        Superintendent of the Department of Public Works shall within a
        reasonable time, notify the Chief of Police of the removal of any such
        vehicle and of the place to which it has been removed, and the Chief of
        Police shall give like notice to the registered owner of the vehicle. Vehicles
        so towed away shall be stored in a safe place and restored to the
        registered owner thereof upon proper identification and full payment, to
        the Town or to the Keeper of the place of storage, for the expenses
        incurred in such removal and storage.

        Inquiries, about vehicles so towed away, shall be made at the
        Police Station. (Art. 48, ATM 1991)






Tewksbury’s Finest
9-1-1 Honors Award Ceremony
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Included in picture from left to right Frank Pozniak (Executive Director, State 911 Department), Mona Wallace (Director, State 911 Department), Award Winner Dispatcher Karen Poisson, Mary Elizabeth Heffernan (Secretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security) , Chief Timothy B. Sheehan (Chief of Police, Tewksbury Police Department)

Dispatcher Karen Poisson received high honors from the Massachusetts State 911 Department.  A ceremonial event was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, to recognize those communication professionals from throughout the State who had gone above and beyond the call of duty using the E911 System in 2010.  Dispatcher Poisson was one of the nine public safety dispatchers from throughout the State who were honored and recognized for their outstanding performance.  Dispatcher Poisson was instrumental in the successful resolution of a serious call involving an individual suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She and her coworker, Dispatcher Jason McNamara, were able to stabilize the situation while ensuring that the necessary resources were sent to the scene in a timely fashion.  Dispatcher Poisson repeatedly reassured the victim that he would be okay and that help was on the way, while simultaneously retrieving the necessary information for responding police personnel to safely locate the gentleman and secure the firearm used. The Tewksbury Police Department is very proud of these two individuals and their outstanding performance. The Public Safety Dispatcher is the first line of defense for those officers working the street. Police Officers rely on the professionalism of their dispatchers daily to help send them home safely to their families at the end of their shift.    





Tewksbury Police Department Launches Special Statewide
High-Visibility Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz
Massachusetts is Getting Tough on All Drivers and Passengers in an Effort to
Boost Seat Belt Use and Save Lives

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As part of a nationwide effort to save lives, the Tewksbury Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and nearly 190 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility seat belt enforcement blitz called Click It or Ticket.  The message is simple: Massachusetts drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be ready to face the consequences.  

This special crackdown, beginning May 23 and running through June 5, marks the first seat belt enforcement mobilization across the State this year, designed to increase seat belt use and decrease motor vehicle fatalities and injuries.  Over 180 police departments and the State Police have adopted zero-tolerance policies for seat belt violations, signaling the increasing importance of the issue.

To compliment Tewksbury Police Department’s effort, the Tewksbury School Department has agreed to work cooperatively with them by providing a series of homeroom announcements to the students at the Tewksbury Memorial High School in the weeks prior to the enforcement mobilization prior to the prom and graduation season. These announcements, provided by the EOPSS HSD, are designed to educate student drivers and passengers about the enforcement mobilization and to raise the level of awareness about the necessity of seat belt usage.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on known usage, 52 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2009 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, three percent higher than the national average.

Although we see and hear about many of the risks our nation’s youth population encounters every day, one of the greatest dangers they face is being killed or severely injured in a motor vehicle crash.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved an astonishing 13,000 lives in 2009 alone.  During that same year, 112 young drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts and another 447 young people were the victims of incapacitating injuries.  

That’s why the Tewksbury Police Department applied for a federal grant from EOPSS/HSD along with their national, statewide and local partners to conduct this special Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. Funded by EOPSS/HSD through a federal grant, stepped-up law enforcement activities will be conducted in late May and early June.  So remember, if you are pulled over for violating traffic laws, law enforcement will be checking to make sure drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts. No more excuses. Click It or Ticket.

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety   

* According to NHTSA, all numbers and percentages referencing belted or unbelted fatalities are based on “Known Usage.”




Bad Check Restitution Program


The District Attorney is concerned about the negative impact of bad checks passed to local businesses. Millions of dollars are lost every year by merchants as a result of this ongoing problem. Bad checks affect everyone in terms of higher consumer costs that must be passed on to offset losses, and increased taxes to cover the additional costs for law enforcement and prosecution. In an effort to combat this problem, I have organized the Bad Check Restitution Program to assist local merchants with bad check losses. The primary goal of the program is to obtain full restitution for the victim without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.

First time bad check offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory intervention class, in addition to paying restitution. All of this is accomplished without any cost to the taxpayers.

Your interest and participation in this special program will benefit all law-abiding citizens and help your business improve its bottom line!