Department News


A message from Chief Howe, and Chief Russell regarding deaths at Mascuppic Trail residence

A message from Police Chief Howe and Fire Chief Russell concerning the deaths of two women on Mascuppic Trail:
 
There have been some concerns raised regarding the origin and overall threat posed by the high levels of Carbon monoxide found in the home by responding Firefighters. We want to assure the community that during the investigation it was determined that the high levels of CO were isolated to the affected residence only. Out of an abundance of caution National Grid was requested to respond to the scene by us to ensure that there was not a larger threat, and they continue to assist us in the investigation today.
 
The focus of the investigation at this point is to find the specific source of the high CO found in the home, and experts and investigators will continue their efforts until a definitive answer is found. With that said, we urge all residents to be diligent and check their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on a regular basis.  We recommend checking both every six months, when you change your clocks for daylight savings.
 
 

Two women who died in Mascuppic Trail residence are identified

Tyngsborough Police Identify Women Found Dead in Home on Mascuppic Trail
 
TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe reports that the Tyngsborough Police Department is releasing the identities of the two women found dead inside a home on Mascuppic Trail yesterday.
The deceased have been identified as Doris Gariepy, age 91, of Tyngsborough, and her caretaker Tonya McKinney, age 38, of St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica.
 
“On behalf of the department and the town of Tyngsborough, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased,” Chief Howe said. “This is an absolute tragedy and we will continue to work diligently to determine how this occurred.”
Tyngsborough Police and Fire, along with Massachusetts State Police, responded to a home on Mascuppic Trail yesterday at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a report of two unresponsive individuals inside the home. Upon their arrival, first responders located Gariepy and McKinney deceased in the home.
 
Shortly after their arrival, specialized devices worn by Tyngsborough firefighters during calls indicated dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the building. The home was subsequently ventilated by firefighters.
Tyngsborough Police, Fire and National Grid remain on scene today looking to identify the cause of the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
 
The incident remains under investigation by Tyngsborough Police Detectives.
 

Tyngsborough Police Launch “Tyngsborough Home Safe Project”

Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard Howe is pleased to announce that the Tyngsborough Police Department has collaborated with the Tyngsborough/Dunstable Rotary in an initiative to bring the SafetyNet Program to Tyngsborough. SafetyNet is a radio frequency tracking system designed to help police officers locate residents with cognitive impairments such as autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s, or dementia. Individuals with these impairments wear a transponder that connects to the SafetyNet system in an officer’s vehicle. If a resident is missing, police can locate them and assist the individual to ensure their safety. Officers will undergo training to become comfortable and capable users of the SafetyNet System before implementation. In addition to the use of the equipment, officers will be able to access helpful and important user information that can be critical in search and rescue operations.

The Tyngsborough/Dunstable Rotary has raised approximately $6000 to support this initiative. They will be donating this money to the Police Department donation account to be used solely for this program. The Department has also applied for a grant through the Department of Justice to support this program. That grant announcement would be made sometime this fall.

Additionally, Chief Howe announced the Tyngsborough Home Safe Registry. The registry will include any information that the families or caregivers of these individuals wish to provide. Eligible residents for this program include the residents eligible for SafetyNet as well as members of our aging population. This may include pertinent medical information, a recent photo, emergency contact information, useful phrases or names, and much more. When the Tyngsborough Police or Fire Departments are called to assist a resident on the registry, they will have this information at the ready to provide the best emergency response they can.

While these two programs are part of the same initiative, residents may chose to be a part of one program or both. If signing up for the SafetyNet program, eligible residents will receive a free loaner bracelet for as long as they wish to be in the program. Information added to the Home Safe Registry can be updated by the family or caregiver as needed.

Residents or caregivers of eligible participants can sign up for the program using the link below. The information provided will only be accessed by the Tyngsborough Police Department and the Tyngsborough Fire Department as needed and is completely confidential.

APPLY FOR SAFETYNET AND/OR THE HOME SAFE REGISTRY

Operation Dry Water

Massachusetts Environmental Police to Participate in Annual Operation Dry Water Campaign

Nationwide Campaign Targets BUIs Over Fourth of July Weekend to Raise Public Safety Awareness

 

BOSTON – Ahead of the upcoming Independence Day Weekend, the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) today announced that the agency will once again participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign that seeks to reduce the number of individuals boating while under the influence (BUI). Due to the busy nature of the holiday weekend when there are larger numbers of recreational boaters on the water, MEP and other public safety agencies respond to an increase in BUI related incidents. To raise awareness of the issue, state and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard, recreational boating safety advocates, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) participate in the annual campaign to prevent tragedies related to boating while under the influence.

 

“The Fourth of July offers an excellent time for us all to get outside, enjoy the water with friends and family, and celebrate the holiday; however, we all must remain responsible while boating to ensure the operator, passengers, and those around us enjoy a safe experience,” said Massachusetts Environmental Police Colonel Shaun Santos. “Importantly, the Massachusetts Environmental Police and other public safety entities will be strongly enforcing the Commonwealth’s BUI law in an effort to reduce tragic incidents from occurring.”

 

The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that approximately 5,265 recreational boating accidents took place in 2020, which led to the unfortunate death of 767 individuals, 3,191 injuries, and cost approximately $62.5 million of property damage. Of the 767 fatalities, 75% were caused due to drowning. Furthermore, of those who drowned, 86% were not wearing a lifejacket.

 

Massachusetts state law prohibits the operation of any vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boaters are reminded that they are required to operate at headway speed within 150 feet of a swimmer, shore or moored vessel. Operators of boats are urged to operate their vessels at reasonable speeds based on existing conditions, including traffic density, weather, and visibility.

 

It’s important to remember that boating safety starts onshore with the development of a float plan to be shared with a friend or family member not participating in the water excursion prior to getting underway. Massachusetts law also requires all boats must contain personal floatation devices for all passengers and all passengers less than 12 years of age must be wearing a lifejacket whenever above deck.

 

To foster a more safe environment for boating within areas with a significant recreational presence, the Massachusetts Environmental Police and several local and federal law enforcement agencies have convened the Merrimack River Task Force, the Connecticut River Task Force, and the Lake Quinsigamond Task Force. The participating organizations work collaboratively to enforce boating and watercraft violations, ensure the legal and safe operation of watercrafts, and prevent trespassing and littering on islands and beaches. The task forces also enforce parking rules and regulations, and deter general criminal activity, with a focus on boat ramps.

 

These unique task forces will also play an active role in Operation Dry Water this weekend. The Merrimack River Task Force is composed of law enforcement and vessels from Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tyngsboro and Andover; the Connecticut River Task Force is composed of law enforcement and vessels from Easthampton, Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley and Chicopee, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office; and the Lake Quinsigamond Task Force is composed of law enforcement and vessels from Shrewsbury and Worcester. The Massachusetts Environmental Police, United States Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation also serve on each task force.

 

On Thursday, July 1, 2021 Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation to increase public safety and awareness at state parks and beaches by increasing fines for swimming outside designated waterfronts across the Commonwealth. The legislation, “An Act Relative to Enhanced Enforcement of Swimming Limitations,” would increase the maximum fine to $500 for entering or swimming in any waters on DCR property that are not designated for swimming.

 

The Massachusetts Environmental Police is the primary agency responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth’s fish and game, boating, and off-highway vehicle laws. MEP officers, while authorized to enforce all general laws, focus on laws and regulations related to the protection of natural resources and public parks and land; boat and off-highway vehicle use; and hazardous waste disposal. MEP officers serve as stewards of the state’s natural resources, patrolling forests, parks, inland waterways, and coastal waters throughout the Commonwealth. Notably, all boating accidents must be reported to the Massachusetts Environmental Police at (800) 632-8075.

Tips for Safely Celebrating the 4th of July

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to share a reminder of several important safety tips as residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day.
According to Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, fires started by fireworks increased by 180% in 2020 and complaints to local police departments increased significantly as well. This year, State and local law enforcement agencies will be ramping up their efforts to stop illegal firework use and sales in Massachusetts.
The possession, use and sale of fireworks without a professional license is against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation, fine or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.
“We wish all of our residents a very happy Fourth of July,” said Chief Howe. “While we hope that they enjoy the holiday, we urge them to do so safely and not use illegal fireworks. The misuse of fireworks can not only cause physical harm, but it can cause legal repercussions too.”
In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will conduct targeted patrols along state lines to enforce fireworks laws.
According to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, between 2011 and 2020, there were over 900 reported major fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks. During that time span, 32 people were treated at Massachusetts emergency rooms for severe burns or other injuries from fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in their community to the Tyngsborough Police Department call 978-649-7504. In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.
Additionally, the Tyngsborough Police Department reminds residents to be aware of these key safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Be mindful of pedestrians
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only
  • Remember, alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix
  • Keep pets indoors
The Tyngsborough Police Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation or a ride-share service to get home safely
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911
For more information on fireworks, click here. For more on general summer safety tips, click here.
The Tyngsborough Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Officers’ Donnelly & Sullivan stop woman from jumping from Tyngsborough bridge

On Saturday, 4/24 at 9:24 pm Tyngsborough Police Officers responded to the Tyngsborough bridge for a person reportedly preparing to jump from the bridge. Officer’s Donnelly & Sullivan arrived within 45 seconds of the call and found traffic stopped on the bridge, and a female standing on the North side of the bridge, on the opposite side of the railing, facing the water. The officers immediately physically restrained the female, pulling her away from the edge and lifting her over the railing, at which time she resisted, screaming at the officers that she just wanted to die. The officers were able to restrain her without injury to her or themselves. She was subsequently transported to Lowell General Hospital for evaluation, and a clinician through our Frontline initiative was contacted to respond and follow-up with the woman. Please join me in thanking Officers Donnelly & Sullivan for a job well done, their quick response and professional actions saved this woman’s life. They also applied their training to use the appropriate amount of force necessary to keep this woman and themselves safe. This is yet another example of our departments police officers and dispatchers providing outstanding police service to our community.
Chief Richard Howe

Tyngsborough Police Department offers water safety tips

Tyngsborough Police Department Offers Water Safety Tips
TYNGSBOROUGH — As spring weather brings sunnier days and warmer temperatures, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to remind residents to act safely and responsibly when visiting lakes, ponds and other bodies of water.

 

“As warmer weather arrives people will be excited to be boating, kayaking, and canoeing, or to begin opening their pools for the season,” Chief Howe said. “But bodies of water can be extremely dangerous if you aren’t acting responsibly, and we urge all residents to follow these safety tips.”

 

The Town of Tyngsboro is home to three large bodies of water:

·  The Merrimack River is a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and power boating. The river provides quickwater and flatwater for canoeists and kayakers and is one of the largest surface water bodies in the region for power boating.

·  Lake Mascuppic, located in Tyngsborough with a Massachusetts state boat ramp in Dracut, sees heavy boat traffic in the summer. The Town Beach at Lake Mascuppic is popular for swimming and boating.

·  Massapoag Pond, located off Massapoag Road, is heavily utilized for boating, fishing, and swimming.

Under Massachusetts law, operating any vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited. Boaters also are prohibited from operating within 150 feet of public or private swimming areas.

 

Boaters are urged to operate their vessels at reasonable speeds based upon existing conditions, including traffic density, weather, and visibility. For inland waters, a speed greater than 45 mph is considered excessive.

 

Under Massachusetts law, boaters under 12 may not operate a motorboat unless accompanied and supervised by an adult. Children under 16 may not operate a personal watercraft. Children ages 12-15 must complete an approved boating safety course to operate a motorboat; children ages 16 and 17 must do so to operate a personal watercraft.

 

The American Canoe Association offers the following safety tips to kayakers, paddlers, and recreational boaters:

·  Always wear a life jacket.

·  Children under the age of 12 must always wear a life jacket in a public body of water.

·  Be a competent swimmer with the ability to handle oneself underwater, moving water, surf or current. Keep the craft under control. Do not enter a rapid unless you are reasonably sure you can navigate it or swim the entire rapid in case you capsize.

·  Keep a lookout for hazards and avoid them. Watch for fog, especially on coastal waters.

·  Know your physical limitations.

·  Group members need to constantly assess the behavior of others in their group.

For those with their own pools, the Tyngsborough Police Department offers the following safety tips outlined by the American Red Cross:

·  Per Massachusetts law, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool and an access gate that self-closes, locks, and opens outward from the swimming area (even if you do not have children).

·  Fasten a safety cover over the pool when it is not in use. Remove ladders to further prevent access. For added safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.

·  Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a pool, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.

·  Make sure children stay away from pool drains, pipes, or any other openings to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.

·  Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else who is near or uses the pool. Advise children to stay away from pool deep ends, and to always walk, never run, near the pool.

·  Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency occurs. Update skills regularly.

Body recovered from Merrimack River

Press release:
 
Body recovered from Merrimack River
 
The Tyngsborough Police Department and Middlesex District Attorney’s office have confirmed that yesterday, March 21st, at approximately 4:30pm, the Tyngsborough Police and Fire Department responded to the area of the Larson Avenue boat ramp for a report of a body found floating in the Merrimack River. The body was first reported by boaters in the area.
 
A rescue boat was launched, Tyngsborough Fire and Police personnel on the boat recovered the body. The Massachusetts State Police, assigned to the District Attorney’s office, along with the Tyngsborough Police Department are investigating. We will not be releasing further details at this time, pending the determination of the cause of the death, and a positive identification from the Office of the Medical Examiner.
 
Chief Richard D. Howe
 

Covid-19 vaccinations for Tyngsborough residents who are homebound

A message from the Tyngsborough Board of Health concerning Covid-19 vaccinations for Tyngsborough residents who are homebound:
 
Residents who are homebound and unable to leave the home because they are:
“Bedbound”
Have significant cognitive or behavioral needs (dementia, panic disorder)
Frail individual who can barely leave home and requires significant support to do so
Individual with significant, ongoing mobility issues who has trouble getting to the doctor
 
To qualify for in home vaccination, you must meet the following definition:
Individuals who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site without significant assistance
These individuals either:
Require ambulance or two person assist to leave the home
Not able to leave the home for medical appointments under normal circumstances
Have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave the home for medical appointments
 
The following individuals do NOT qualify for in-home vaccination program:
Individuals who can access a vaccination site with transportation support, even if they prefer in-home vaccination
Individuals who are short-term/ temporarily homebound
Individuals who reside in a Long Term Care facility
 
If you are interested in a home Covid-19 vaccination, please contact the Board of Health by phone or email:
978-649-2300 x 118 or health@tyngsboroughma.gov
 
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Regards,
Kerri C. Oun
Tyngsborough Board of Health
Health Agent
978 649 2300 xt 118
koun@TyngsboroughMa.gov

Arrests / criminal charges via summons 1/4 – 2/23

Arrests 

28 yr. old male of Lowell – OUI Drugs, Posession of Heroin, Negligent Operation of a Motor vehicle, Impeded Operation, Child Endangerment while OUI, Reckless Endangerment of a Child, Drug Possession, Class E.

31 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

38 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery of Intimate Partner, Assault & Battery on Child with injury

18 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery

26 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Intimidation of a Witness, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery on a Family member, Threat to commit a crime (Murder)

21 yr. old male of Chelmsford – Assault & Battery on a family member

42 yr. old male of Hudson, NH – (2) warrants for past criminal motor vehicle charges

34 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery on a disabled person with injury, Intimidation of a witness, Assault & Battery on a family member

58 yr. old female of West Barnstable – OUI Liquor (2nd offense),  Alcohol in Motor vehicle

Summons

26 yr. old male of Manchester, NH – Malicious  Damage to a Motor Vehicle

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

61 yr. old male of Westford – Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

37 yr. old male of Dracut – Trespass, Destruction of Property over $1,200

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

22 yr. old male of Pelham, NH – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninsured motor vehicle

49 yr. old female of Littleton, MA – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

36 yr. old male of New York – Threat to commit crime

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

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

27 yr. old male of Pepperell – Negligent Operation of a motor vehicle, Littering

27 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Number plate violation (to conceal ID)