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Tyngsborough Police Remind Residents that Fireworks Are Illegal in Massachusetts

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department would like to remind residents that all use of fireworks is prohibited in the state of Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Citizens are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and then transporting them into the state.

Additionally, while the government cannot prohibit the advertising and sale of fireworks by mail, police can and will confiscate illegal shipments. Many consumers attempting to circumvent the law have lost both their money and their fireworks.

“Residents found in possession of fireworks face a fine up to $100,” Chief Howe said. “Please do not attempt to purchase or use fireworks without licensed professionals present.”

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reports that from 2006-2015, there were 775 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System. These incidents caused 11 civilian injuries, four fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $1.8 million.

This doesn’t mean citizens cannot enjoy fireworks displays this holiday weekend and in the future. However, Chief Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department recommend that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety for all.

Residents should also remember to:

•Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
•Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
•Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
•Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, loss of limbs or extremities, contusions, lacerations and eye injuries.

Fifty-one percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal from 2006-2015 were to children under age 18. More than a quarter of the victims were children under age 10.

“Fire officials across the state urge everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the many public displays supervised by local fire departments,” State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said. “Be sure to set a good example for your children. They will imitate what you do and there are better places to the spend the holiday than the emergency room.”

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons 6/18 – 6/21

Arrest

36 yr. old male of Tyngsborough (name withheld per public records law) – Assault & Battery of domestic household family member & intimidation of a witness

 

Summons

Victoria Austin, 23 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery (2 counts)

Carlos Baez, 36 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

 

 

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

 

Criminal charges filed via summons process

6/14

Kevin Mam, 18 yrs. old of Lowell – Larceny over $250

Bunton Ven, 18 yrs. old of Lowell – Larceny over $250

Shawn Jones-Pereira, 18 yrs. old of Lowell – Receiving a stolen motor vehicle

 

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

Motor vehicle homicide charges filed

James Lovell, 29 yrs. old of Tyngsborough has been charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

These charges are being filed after an extensive investigation involving Tyngsborough Police Detectives and the Massachusetts State Police Accident reconstruction unit regarding a motor vehicle crash that occurred on March 25, 2015.   At 6:19pm on that day the vehicle that Lovell was operating struck and killed Jayprakash Amin, 67 yrs. old of Tyngsborough, who was walking on Middlesex Road.

 

 

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

Arrests for past break & entering into residence

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe reports that the Tyngsborough Police Department arrested two individuals in connection with a break & entering into a residence on Blossom St. on Friday afternoon.

TAMARA REED, AGE 29, OF TYNGSBOROUGH and JOSEPH ANDERSON, AGE 31, OF HAVERHILL, were both charged with receiving stolen property.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Tyngsborough Police responded to a call of two males chasing a male and female on Lakeview Avenue. Upon arrival, police found the victim of Friday’s breaking and entering investigation, who said that the two individuals he was chasing had his stolen property. The suspects had run into the woods.

After a perimeter was established, Tyngsborough Detectives, along with K-9 units from Tyngsborough and Chelmsford, searched the wooded area. Both suspects were found at approximately 1:15 p.m. and taken into custody.

All items from the previous home break, including the victim’s military and personal passports, were recovered.

Charges for REED and ANDERSON;

Tamara Mathewson-Reed, 29 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Receiving stolen property over $250, (2) Fugitive from Justice Warrants (out of New Hampshire for a parole warrant and past charge of receiving stolen property), Warrant out of Lowell District Court and Warrant out of Lawrence District Court for past charges of larceny over $250, credit card fraud and uttering false checks.

Joseph Anderson, 31 yrs. old of Haverhill – Receiving stolen property over $250, charge for arrestee furnishing false name, (3) Fugitive from Justice warrants (out of New Hampshire for charges of Burglary and Theft by unauthorized taking (2 counts),  and a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for past charges of credit card fraud over $250 (2 counts) and credit card fraud under $250.

Both suspects were held over the weekend at the Tyngsborough Police Department on $5,000 cash bail each, they are scheduled to be arraigned this morning at Lowell District Court.

 

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Arrests

6/11

Tamara Mathewson-Reed, 29 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Receiving stolen property over $250, (2) Fugitive from Justice Warrants (out of New Hampshire for a parole warrant and past charge of receiving stolen property), Warrant out of Lowell District Court and Warrant out of Lawrence District Court for past charges of larceny over $250, credit card fraud and uttering false checks.

 

Joseph Anderson, 31 yrs. old of Haverhill – Receiving stolen property over $250, charge for arrestee furnishing false name, (3) Fugitive from Justice warrants (out of New Hampshire for charges of Burglary and Theft by unauthorized taking (2 counts),  and a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for past charges of credit card fraud over $250 (2 counts) and credit card fraud under $250.

 

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

Tyngsborough Police Provide Water safety tips

 

 

TYNGSBOROUGH — As warmer weather approaches, Chief Richard D. Howe would like to remind residents of essential water safety tips while spending time on Lake Mascuppic, Massapoag Pond and the Merrimack River this summer.

Tyngsborough has many places and opportunities to enjoy the summer outdoors, we’re asking the community to please remain safe while doing so. Be alert, be aware and watch over children at all times.  We have had three drowning deaths in recent years, tragedy can strike in a moment, so please use the safety tips offered at all times.

The Merrimack River is a popular boating and kayaking destination during the summer months. Current boating activities on the river include canoeing, kayaking, rowing and power boating. The river provides both quickwater and flatwater experiences for canoeists and kayakers and is one of the largest surface water bodies in the region for power boating.

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

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 wear a life jacket in a public body of water at all times.

• 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 emotional and physical limitations.

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

Lake Mascuppic, located in Tyngsborough with a Massachusetts state boat ramp in Dracut, is fully recreational with heavy boat traffic in the summer months. The developed waterline is open for swimming and boating. Tyngsborough has issued the following regulations for the Town Beach on Lake Mascuppic:

• The Town Beach on Lake Mascuppic will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both weekdays and weekends.

• All persons swimming or bathing at the Town Beach should do so at their own risk. No lifeguards are on duty.

• All children under the age of 17 must be supervised by an adult while on Town Beach.

• Swimming at the beach shall be confined to areas marked by roped buoys designated by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

• No boating vessels of any kind are permitted within 200 feet of the beach.

• Children must be monitored when playing on the beach’s playground equipment.

• Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

 

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons 6/4- 6/10

Arrests

Lisa Pularo-Spazioso, 47 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – OUI Liquor

45 yr. old male of Tyngsborough (name withheld per public records law) – Assault & Battery of an intimate partner

 

Summons

Kaleigh Reiss, 26 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

Matthew Gile, 26 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license, no inspection sticker

 

 

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

 

IRS Phone scams continuing

As we have warned in the past, a common scam used to victimize people continues to be an IRS scam where the caller warns the victim that they owe taxes to the IRS.  Please spread this message to everyone you know, especially the elderly who tend not to be as active on social media.  

The Tyngsborough Police Department strongly urges residents to NEVER purchase pre-paid debit cards to give to a caller, and to NEVER send a wire transfer to someone you do not know.

Other characteristics of this scam include:

• Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

• Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.

• Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.

• Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

• Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

• After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

• If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

• If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

• If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

Tyngsborough Police provide safety tips for graduation

Tyngsborough Police Provide Safety Tips for Graduation Tonight

 

TYNGSBOROUGH – With graduation season in Tyngsborough starting tonight, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department remind students and parents to celebrate responsibly.

 

Tyngsborough High School graduation is today, June 3rd, Notre Dame on June 5th, Lowell Vocational High School June 10th and Innovation Academy on June 11th.
“Congratulations to the class of 2016,” Chief Howe said. “Students should be extremely proud of their accomplishments. Following tonight’s ceremony, festivities should be conducted responsibly to ensure safety for all.”

Students, please remember:

  • To not feel pressured to drink or do drugs. The penalty for person under 21 years old who attempts to purchase alcohol, makes arrangements to buy alcohol, or uses a fake I.D. is a suspended license for 180 days and a $300 fine.
  • Never drink and drive. Do not get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs.
  • Respect yourself and others. Know your boundaries and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.

Parents can help their students celebrate appropriately. Chief Howe recommends that adults:

  • Know their teenagers’ plans. Find out where your student is going, who it’s with and what they’ll be doing. Make sure all parties are supervised and that you and the responsible adults share the same expectations about party behavior. Offer to drive your teenager to and from parties.
  • Set firm guidelines and expectations for post-ceremony celebrations. Establish a reasonable curfew and check-in periodically. Include consequences for breaking the rules in your discussion.
  • If you’re hosting the party, provide non-alcoholic beverages and do not tolerate drugs on your property. Keep alcohol at home in a locked cabinet. Under the Social Host Law, parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes.
  • Keep an eye out for students bringing in backpacks or large purses, which could be used to conceal alcohol. Put guests’ belongings in a room and watch out for those who may be going into their bags to retrieve alcohol or drugs that could have slipped past you at the door.
  • Party crashers should be turned away, as the greater the number of guests at your residence, the harder it will be to maintain a controlled environment.
  • At the same time, if an invited guest arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, be prepared to call the person’s parents. Alert adults to your rules before the celebration so they are aware of the consequences if their teen becomes a problem.