Department News

Bomb Scare at Middle School

On May 30th at 1:40pm The Tyngsborough Police Department received a 911 call from the staff at the Tyngsborough Middle School on Norris Road in Tyngsborough. There was a report of a message about a bomb written on a bathroom stall.
Tyngsborough Fire Department and Police Department responded. The school as evacuated quickly, and
school administrators developed a suspect immediately. Police conducted interviews and discovered who had
written the note and confirmed it was false. The incident will be handled internally by the school.

Deputy Chief Rich Burrows

ADVISORY: Bear Sightings in Town

In the past few weeks there have been daily sightings of Bear in the Scribner Hill area of town.  There is a mother and two cubs that have been around for a few years now.  There has also been a few others seen in the area.  This is the time year that they are moving about more therefore that is why you are seeing them more often.

The Bear have not been any threat so far.

Despite popular belief, black bears are not fierce. Their first response is usually to flee and in woodland areas the bears may disappear long before they are seen.

If a bear is sighted in town, please  leave the animal alone. Remind pet owners to keep their dogs under control. Keep crowds away and avoid following the animal. Pursuit not only stresses the animal but it adds the risk of having a bear chased out into traffic or into a group of bystanders. In most situations, the animal will fade back into the forest.

 Preventing Conflicts With Bears

Do Not Feed Bears!

Keep the “wild” in “wildlife”. Never deliberately feed bears to attract them to your property. Bears which become accustomed to humans and dependent on human-associated foods are likely to cause property damage and become a nuisance. The bear is then placed in jeopardy if you or your neighbors become afraid of it or seek to protect their property. Remove or Secure all Potential Food Sources

Don’t tempt bears by providing foods within easy reach. Take down bird feeders-especially those containing suet or sunflower seed-by April 1 and don’t replace them until December 1. Birds will be fine without supplemental feeding once spring arrives. Clean up spilled seed. Although some feeders can be “bear-proofed”, bears will still be attracted by scent or by spilled seed. You can attract birds for your enjoyment by planting a flower garden, providing a dusting site, and maintaining nesting boxes and a bird bath.

Be sure that all pet foods are consumed at a single feeding and not left in the dish. Do not leave pet food or dirty dishes outside at night.

Store all garbage in closed containers in a secure garage or inside location. Small amounts of garbage may be frozen and then placed in trash cans just before pickup. Bears may still be attracted by the smell even if they can’t get to the garbage. Double bags or sprinkling with ammonia will help reduce odors. Do not leave your garbage cans outside overnight. Put them by the roadside just before pickup. Dogs, coyotes, raccoons, and other animals will tip over and scatter garbage, as well as bears. Wash and rinse cans regularly. Clean greasy barbecues and picnic grills after using them. Do not leave food scraps or spilled grease in your yard.

Do not place meat scraps, fruit remnants, or sweet materials in your compost pile. Bears will be attracted to these items.

Protect Your Bees

Use temporary or permanent electric fences to safeguard your hives. Be sure to keep weeds from shorting out the fence. Regularly maintain the chargers or batteries. Do not place fences next to trees which the bears can climb and then jump down inside the fence.

Keep open, mowed areas on all sides around the hives. Do not locate hives in abandoned areas or close to wooded overgrown areas where bears have pathways to the hives.

Do not place supplemental foods nearby as a distraction. This will attract or habituate bears and will be counterproductive.

Please visit the following site for more details on Black Bear:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at or call 978-649-6569.


Thank you,
Dave Robson

Tyngsborough Animal Control

Click it or Ticket



Tyngsborough Police Department Launches Statewide High-Visibility Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

Massachusetts is Serious about Saving Lives through Seat Belt Use

In our continuing  effort to save lives, the Tyngsborough Police department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and over 120 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility seat belt enforcement mobilization called Click It or Ticket.  The message is simple: Massachusetts drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be prepared to face the consequences.

During the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, which runs from May 14th through June 3rd, thousands of extra state and local police will patrol the state’s streets and highways in a concerted effort to promote and enforce seat belt use with the ultimate goal of saving lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on known usage, 49 percent of the people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2010 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Seat belt use can be the difference between life and death and it is the best defense in a crash.  On behalf of the members of the Tyngsborough Police Department please remember to Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time.

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Released by;  Lt. Richard Howe

Search warrant executed; 2 people arrested on drug and firearm charges

On May 9th members of the Tyngsborough Police Department’s detective and narcotics unit, along with officers from Lowell, Dracut, Westford, Chelmsford and the State Police executed a search warrant at 7 Pleasantview Ave. in Tyngsborough.  This warrant was executed after a lengthy investigation into the distribution of pharmaceutical drugs from that residence.  The Police Agencies assisting in this operation were working under a newly formed Memorandum of Understanding, created to enhance cooperation and improve investigative capabilities between agencies.

Seized in the residence were numerous pharmaceutical drugs, a stolen firearm and over $3,000 in cash.

Arrested were John Brownell, 22 years of age from 7 Pleasantview Ave; he is charged with possession of class B drugs with intent to distribute, possession of class B drugs with intent to distribute in a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlawful possession of a  firearm without proper licensing, unlawful possession of ammunition and receiving stolen property over $250 to wit a firearm.

Also arrested was Courtney Queen, 22 years old of 7 Pleasantview Ave;  She is charged with possession of class B drugs with intent to distribute, possession of class B drugs with intent to distribute in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Supplemental release

As a result of an ongoing investigation John Brownell is also being charged with possession of Class E with intent to distribute, possession of Class E in a school zone with intent to distribute, possession of class C with intent to distribute, possession of class C with intent to distribute in a school zone and possession of a counterfeit note (fake $100 bill).

In addition to the above charges Courtney Queen is being charged with possession of Class E with intent to distribute, possession of Class E in a school zone with intent to distribute, possession of class C with intent to distribute and possession of class C with intent to distribute in a school zone.

The firearm that was recovered was stolen during a residential break and entering in Methuen in 2009.

Investigation to continue


Released by;  Lt. Richard Howe