Department News


Press release; Damage to vehicles from bullet rounds

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to remind hunters to exercise extreme caution and be mindful of state law, Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife regulations and local town bylaws, when hunting in town after two incidents over the weekend.  

 

On Dec. 9, Tyngsborough Police responded to Cannongate Road for a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle, a shattered car window. On Dec. 11, police returned to that location when the owner of the vehicle and a person she had called to repair the window discovered a shotgun slug lodged inside the frame near the passenger side window. 

 

On Dec. 10, an officer was dispatched to A.S.A.P. Fire and Safety Corporation on Progress Avenue for a report that a company van had been damaged. Upon arrival, the officer observed that both the driver’s side and passenger side rear window’s had been damaged and that it appeared something had entered one window, traveled through the vehicle and exited through the other window. It is believed that the damage was caused by a bullet, however one was not located.

 

There were no injuries as a result of either of the incidents.

 

The incidents remain under investigation, but Tyngsborough Police have reason to believe that the damage in both cases was caused by errant shots from hunters’ firearms. Massachusetts Environmental Police are assisting with the investigation.

 

Tyngsborough Police ask that hunters familiarize themselves with state and local laws regarding hunting. To read the town hunting town bylaw, click here.

 

“These apparent errant hunting shots are completely unacceptable, and it’s extremely fortunate that nobody was hurt in any of these cases,” Chief Howe said. “Our officers are actively investigating each of these incidents, but I want to remind hunters of the critical obligation they have to be considerate of the safety of others while they are hunting.” 

 

Hunters should observe the following safety protocols at all times:
  • Always positively identify your target and never shoot in the direction of sounds or movements
  • Maintain a significant distance from roads, buildings and populated areas, and never fire in the direction of those areas
  • Remain aware of what is beyond your target
  • Wear clothing that will help you remain visible to others
  • Don’t touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot
  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
Anyone who believes they may have information about these incidents is asked to contact Tyngsborough Police at 978-649-7504.

Life Skills Class at Tyngsboro Middle School

The Tyngsboro Police would like to extend a big thank you to Beth Craig, from the Tyngsboro Middle School, for the invite today to attend the Life Skills Class she coordinates for her students to meet members of their community and learn about their professions.

Chief Howe had the opportunity to enjoy a morning with Ms. Craig’s students, and over a light breakfast, tell them what it’s like to be a police officer, the roles and responsibilities of the police department, and what police do to keep everyone safe.

Great job and great idea for your students, Ms. Craig.

Thank you

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 12/1 – 12/10

Arrests

24 yr. old male of Chelmsford – Disorderly conduct, Disturbing the Peace

22 yr. old male of Nashua, NH – Unlawful possession of a firearm, Unlawful possession of ammunition

61 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery on Intimate Partner, Resisting Arrest

35 yr. old male of Quincy, MA – OUI Liquor (2nd Offense)

47 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Warrant for past charges of Break & Entering & Larceny

37 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery on a Family member, Threat to commit a crime

Summons

22 yr. old male of Littleton, MA – Assault, Mayhem

50 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Leaving the Scene of Property Damage

 

 

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

 

November, 2017 activity

  • Arrests/criminal charges filed                               –     16
  • Traffic citations written                                          –     68
  • Incident reports generated;                                   –      84
  • 911 calls received                                                      –      63
  • Total calls numbers generated by dispatch        – 2,343
  • Business line calls direct to dispatch                   –     328
  • Residential & commercial Burglar alarm calls  –       51
  • Motor vehicle accidents investigated                  –        23
  • (investigation occurs only where there is substantial damage or injury)

Criminal charges filed via summons process 11/22 – 11/30

Summons

14 yr. old male of Lowell – Carrying a gun or weapon on Campus, Disrupting a School Assembly

30 yr. old male of Lowell – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

26 yr. old male of Pelham, NH – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

24 yr. old male of Attleboro, MA – Violation of an abuse prevention order

 

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

Arrests / Criminal charges filed via summons process 10/20 – 11/20

Arrests

41 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Possession of Class A drug (Heroin), Default warrant for past charges of possession of Class B

26 yr. old male of Hudson, NH – Possession of large capacity firearm, possession of large capacity feeding device, unlawful possession of ammunition, (4) counts of Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of Class A Drug with intent to distribute (Heroin), (2) counts Possession of Class E drugs

34 yr. old male of Nashua, NH – (2) warrants for past charges of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender & Failing to attend jury duty.

52 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – OUI Liquor

31 yr. old male of Lowell – Warrant for past charges of criminal motor vehicle charges

14 yr. old female of Lowell – Carrying a Dangerous Weapon on School grounds

45 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault of a Family member, Malicious Destruction of Property, Resisting Arrest

Summons

36 yr. old female of Hudson, NH – Leaving the scene of property damage

48 yr. old female of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured

31 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery with injury

52 yr. old male of Roxbury – Operating a motor vehicle uninsured, suspended registration

46 yr. old female of Pepperell – (2) counts of B&E of a building to commit a felony, (2) counts of Larceny over $250

30 yr. old male of Billerica – Default warrant for past charges of Assault & Battery

16 yr. old male of Lowell – Assault & Battery

44 yr. old female of Brighton, MA – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured

45 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration

16 yr. old male of Lowell – Larceny under $250

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

20 yr. old male of Lowell – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

 

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

Press release; Successful drug take back day

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe is pleased to announce that the Tyngsborough Police Department, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected 128 pounds of prescription medications during National Drug Take Back Day last month. 
Residents turned in their unwanted and expired medications to the Tyngsborough Police Department on Oct. 28, which were then turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. The department also has a drop box for prescriptions in the station lobby, where residents can anonymously discard unwanted or potentially harmful drugs and substances.
“We are very pleased with the turnout from our community during National Drug Take Back Day,” Chief Howe said. “This was an important event for residents who needed to safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions, and we are proud that our community recognized the need to rid their homes of potentially harmful substances.”
National Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous event coordinated by the DEA and police departments. The event gives the public an opportunity to prevent substance abuse by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs in their possession. The DEA accepted pills and patches, but does not take liquids, needles, or sharps.
During its 14th Take Back Day on Oct. 28, the DEA, and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal and community law enforcement partners collected 912,305 pounds (about 456 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at more than 5,300 collection sites — nearly six tons more than was collected at last spring’s Take Back Day. Since the program began seven years ago, about 9 million pounds (more than 4,500 tons) of prescription drugs have been collected. 
This initiative addresses a vital public health issue. Easily accessible, unused prescriptions in homes are highly susceptible to abuse and misuse. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Residents are advised to avoid disposing of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage, as these methods have potential safety and health risks.
Residents who were unable to attend the National Drug Take Back Day can also drop off their prescription drugs at the Tyngsborough Police Department’s drug drop-off box in the station lobby, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control website or contact Tyngsborough Police at 978-649-7504.

Department Activity, October 2017

  • Arrests/criminal charges filed                               –      23
  • Traffic citations written                                          –     121
  • Incident reports generated;                                   –      80
  • 911 calls received                                                      –      68
  • Total calls numbers generated by dispatch        – 2,376
  • Business line calls direct to dispatch                   –     390
  • Residential & commercial Burglar alarm calls  –       72
  • Motor vehicle accidents investigated                  –        21
  • (investigation occurs only where there is substantial damage or injury)

Power restoration update

National Grid reports that they have restored service to several hundred additional Tyngsborough homes tonight, they report that as of 7:15pm tonight there are 866 homes still without power.  They are continuing to work through the evening to restore the remainder as soon as possible.  They are reporting that all power should be restored by Friday, with many homes restored before then.  As of 7:36pm they report that the following streets and nearby areas have been restored; BOWERS AVE, WILLOWDALE RD, SEQUOIA DR, ALTHEA AVE, WILLOWDALE AVE, LOUIS AVE, HEMLOCK LN, TROTTING-PARK RD, SNAY CIR, BAY-STATE RD

Power restoration

We were just informed that the following streets and areas near these streets have had power restored as of 4:55pm;

DERBY LN, SHERBURNE AVE, WILLOWDALE RD, BRIDLE-PATH WAY, LYNNE AVE, CORCORAN DR, PAWTUCKET BLVD, AVA LN, DEMAURO DR, LIBERTY LN