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Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or treating is between the hours of 6-8pm today, October 31st.

During Halloween festivities this week, Chief Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department ask that the community put safety first, especially for those who plan on trick-or-treating or who will be out at night.

The Centers for Disease Control provides best practices for Halloween trick-or-treaters by asking that people follow the “Safe Halloween” motto;

Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.

Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent  possible skin and eye irritation.

Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever  possible.

Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Those who are planning on attending a party should remember:

  • Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak traffic hours, so drive slowly!
  • Not to drive a vehicle while wearing any sort of mask. Your visibility could be obscured.
  • To have a designated driver if attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is served.

If there are any concerns on safety please contact the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504.

 

Former Tyngsborough Employee Sentenced in Connection with Theft from Town Finance Department

TYNGSBOROUGH — Police Chief Richard D. Howe, Town Administrator Matthew Hanson, and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announce that a former town employee has plead guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to five counts of felony larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the theft of approximately $250,000 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department.

Nancy Dutton, a former Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town, was sentenced by Judge Bruce Henry to two years in the house of corrections with six months to serve, and the balance suspended for five years. Additionally, Judge Henry sentenced Ms. Dutton to five years probation.

The amount of money Ms. Dutton will be required to pay in restitution will be determined on Nov. 27.

“I am very pleased that Ms. Dutton has been held accountable for her inexcusable actions. Town employees are and should be held to a higher standard,” Chief Howe said. “I want to thank all parties that worked diligently on this complicated and extensive investigation, including police detectives, our town management, finance department and the district attorney’s office. This has been a long and arduous process, but in the end justice has prevailed and the town can continue to move forward as it has been since this crime took place.”

In May of 2017, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall’s financial staff. As a result of that investigation, it was determined that Ms. Dutton was using her position to take tax monies meant for the town and then covering up her actions by falsifying records.

In June of 2017, Ms. Dutton was placed on paid administrative leave and she was indicted by a grand jury in September.

Ms. Dutton plead guilty in connection with thefts that occurred between 2011 and 2017 under the statute of limitations. However, the amount of money believed to have been taken was $492,000 since 2004. As part of her plea she forfeited the funds in her municipal retirement account.

After pleading guilty, the Assistant District Attorney read aloud to the court, the victim impact statement provided by Tyngsborough Town Administrator Matthew Hanson.  The statement can be read here in its entirety. http://jgpr.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Tyngsborough-Impact-Statement.pdf

“The residents of Tyngsborough and the Town’s staff will now finally be able to feel a sense of closure,” Town Administrator Hanson said. “I would like to thank the staff in the finance department and police department who worked diligently to bring forward the necessary evidence on this issue and help see it through to the guilty plea issued today. In addition, I am happy to announce that the Town has received its first $400,000 in reimbursements from the Town’s bonding agency, and an additional $36,000 will be returned to the Town from Ms. Dutton’s municipal retirement account as part of the guilty plea today. We believe the remainder of the missing funds should be required to be turned over as part of a final court hearing next month, which will focus specifically on that matter. Thank you to the town’s residents for supporting our staff as we have worked through this issue, including the implementation of a new policy for no cash payments over $50. The Town’s residents can feel confident that a theft like this will never occur again.”

Kendall Road paving project

Kendall Road paving project

Construction will begin Thursday, October 25th, 2018 and is estimated to be complete by mid-November.  Work will run from the Kendall Road Fire Station to the Tyngsborough Park and Ride. Roadways in the area will remain open however traffic may be re-routed as necessary, expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

Elementary student gets a ride to school in a police cruiser

 

This morning we had the pleasure of driving Caleigh and her brother Liam to the Elementary school (we have never seen someone so excited to get into a police cruiser!)  Caleigh won a raffle and her choice was to get a ride by the police department to school.  School Resource Sgt. Steve Manning drove both of them to school and then read to Caleigh’s class.  Thank you Sgt. Manning and our great public schools for all you do for our kids!  (In Photo’s; Sgt. Steve Manning, Caleigh, Liam, Chief Rich Howe).

 

Picking them up at home

Caleigh looking for the keys

Arrival at Elementary School

Sgt. Manning reading to Caleigh’s class

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process

10/9 – 10/16

Arrests

35 yr. old male of Lawrence – Drug, Possession to Distribute Class B, Subsequent Offense (2 counts), Drug, Possession to Distribute Class E

30 yr. old female of Nashua – OUI Liquor, Operating as to Endanger

55 yr. old female of Derry, NH – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order, (2) Default Warrants for (5) past charges of Violating an Abuse Prevention Order

26 yr. old female of Tyngsborough – Default Warrant for past charge of Assault & Battery on a Family Member.

Summons

29 yr. old female of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

17 yr. old female of Dracut – Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts), Assault & Battery

25 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

37 yr. old female of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured motor vehicle

68 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault

 

All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

 

 

Tyngsborough Police takes part in the Pink Patch Project

is proud to take part in the ! Purchase a pink TPD patch at the police department for $10 to help find a cure.

 

Arrests / Criminal charges filed via summons process 9/8-10/8

Arrests

31 yr. old male of Chelmsford – OUI Liquor, 2nd offense, Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

46 yr. old male of Norton, MA – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order

45 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (knife)

38 yr. old male of Haverhill – OUI Liquor, Reckless Operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle

25 yr. old male of Chelmsford – Warrant for past charges of Possession of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug laws

47 yr. old female of Dracut – OUI Liquor

55 yr. old female of Derry, NH – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order (2 counts)

40 yr. old male of Dracut – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order, Fugitive from Justice out of New Hampshire for (3) counts of simple assault, (2) warrants for past charges of Intimidating a witness, Assault & Battery on a family member, Larceny under $1,200, Failing to stop for police.

39 yr. old male of Dracut – (2) warrants for past charges of Possession of Class B & C drugs

21 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges

 

Summons

39 yr. old female of Ayer, MA – (33) counts of Uttering false checks

55 yr. old male of Derry, NH – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order (4 counts)

18 yr. old female of Dracut – Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

36 yr. old male of Hudson, NH – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

19 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

23 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

57 yr. old male of Nashua, NH – Malicious Destruction of Property

55 yr. old male of Derry, NH – Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order

25 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

40 yr. old female of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

32 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating an uninsured motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle

35 yr. old male of Lowell – Motor vehicle operator refuses to identify self

38 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

27 yr. old male of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

19 yr. old female of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

 

All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law

Department Activity; September

  • Arrests/criminal charges filed                               –        23
  • Incident reports generated;                                   –       103
  • 911 calls received                                                      –       106
  • Total calls numbers generated by dispatch        –    1,936
  • Business line calls direct to dispatch                   –       251
  • Residential & commercial Burglar alarm calls  –         33
  • Motor vehicle accidents investigated                  –          18
  • (investigation occurs only where there is substantial damage or injuries)
  • Traffic citations written                                          –         92

7 South Carolina Officers Shot, one fatally

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and sister officers in Florence, South Carolina.  Yesterday, seven officers were shot while serving a search warrant at a residence.  One officer has died as a result of his wounds, the suspect is in custody.  The officer who has died was a 30 year veteran of the department, Terrence Carraway; RIP Officer Carraway.

National test of the wireless emergency alert system today at 2:18pm

IPAWS National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The National EAS and WEA test will be held on the backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

For further information please visit the link; https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test