Department News


Motor vehicle crash into farm stand

On February 21st at 4:10pm Tyngsborough officers responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle had crashed into a farm stand located on Frost & Lawndale Road.  Officers arrived to find the operator of the vehicle bleeding from the area of his face, the operator told the officers he slid off the roadway, striking the farm stand.  The weather was clear at this time and the roadways were clear and dry.

Extensive damage was done to the farm stand which was unoccupied at the time.  The operator was transported to Lowell General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gerard Ledoux, 34 yrs. old of Hudson, NH was charged via summons process with the following;

  • OUI Liquor
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Destruction of property
  • Marked lanes violation
  • Speeding over reasonable and proper rate

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Tyngsborough Police or leave an anonymous tip at (978) 649-7504, select #9.

Released by; Chief Richard Howe

 

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 2/16 – 2/20

Arrests

45 yr. old female of Dracut – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license.

22 yr. old male of Chelmsford – Assault & Battery (Intimate partner)

31 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault (Intimate partner), Destruction of property over $250

 

Summons

40 yr. old of male Lowell – Distribution of Class C drug (Clonazepam), posession of class B drug (Fetanyl), Possession of class E drug (3 counts), operating an uninsured/motor vehicle, attaching wrong motor vehicle plates, allowing unregistered motor vehicle to be operated.

29 yr. old male of Gardner – Receiving stolen property over $250

52 yr. old male of Jaffrey, NH – Receiving stolen property over $250

49 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license, no inspection sticker

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

26 yr. old male of Dracut – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver license

 

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

 

 

criminal charges filed via summons 2/10 – 2/13

35 yr. old male of Billerica – Possession of class A drug (heroin)

20 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – possession of class B drug (amphetamine)

 

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

 

Public Schools & town offices closed on Monday

Tyngsborough Public Schools & town hall are closed on Monday.  Also, trash pick-up has been moved to Tuesday.  

If you do not have to drive please stay off the roads, road conditions continue to be very poor.

If you have any concerns for family, friends or neighbors who may be at risk or need assistance during this snowstorm please contact the police department at 978-649-7504, an officer will check on them.

 

Please clear the snow off of your vehicle!

A reminder for the few people who leave piles of snow on your roof in the hope that it blows off on the highway, it is your responsibility to clear the snow off your vehicle before you drive it;  you are liable for any damage or injury that occurs to other drivers on the road as a result of the snow & ice blowing off your vehicle.  Please take the few minutes it requires and clear your vehicle off.

National Grid power outage contact numbers

Lax & the Law is cancelled

Lax & the Law scheduled for tonight at the Tyngsborough Sports Center is cancelled, there is no make-up date scheduled.

Public Street parking ban effective at midnight

Effective at midnight tonight and throughout the duration of the expected snowstorm there is no parking on public streets in Tyngsborough, your vehicle is subject to being towed at the owners expense.  Please help us keep the roads clear for our Highway Department to plow our roadways.

Please stay safe!

Safety concerns; Middlesex & Kendall Rd. intersection

I want to share some information with you concerning the intersection of Middlesex & Kendall Road which is at the entrance to the bridge.  I know many people have concerns regarding the safety of the intersection, we share those same concerns, I have had several meetings with the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the past few years regarding safety and traffic flow concerns at the bridge and some changes have been made.  Based on those meetings a change was made to the left turn signal at the Middlesex / Kendall Road intersection, the light previously turned solid green after it had gone through a left green signal, then yellow pattern.  This led to confusion of some drivers who still thought they had the right away, vehicles would continue turning left onto the bridge and this led to motor vehicle accidents involving traffic that was headed Northbound.  The D.O.T. then changed the signal pattern so the left turn signal changed to a blinking yellow.  This change seems to have resulted in a slight decrease in accidents that we have investigated at this intersection, our database indicates that there were 48 in 2015 and 41 in 2016 (these numbers only account for accidents where there is serious damage or injuries). However, this number of accidents is still unacceptable and remains a public safety issue for our community. 

In January I met with the D.O.T., specifically about the ongoing traffic safety issues at the Middlesex Road & Kendall Road intersection.  My viewpoint is that the left turn from Middlesex Road onto the bridge is unusually long, and the left turn light when green and yellow is rather short, allowing only a few cars to take this turn prior to it turning into a yellow blinking light, this allows for little time for vehicles to pass through the intersection, causing many drivers to attempt to rush through the light even when traffic has started to move Northbound.  The fact is that the vast majority of these accidents are caused by operators who disregard the need to yield to oncoming traffic or are driving aggressively because they do not want to wait for the next green light.  Regardless of the reasons these accidents are occurring, this presents a public safety issue for all those who pass through this intersection.

I have recommended that the left turn lights at the bridge no longer turn to a blinking yellow.  The left turn only on both sides of the intersection should have a green, then yellow then turn solid red, legally prohibiting vehicles from turning left at that point.  Our officers are told repeatedly by operators who cause these accidents that they were confused at this intersection and thought they had the right of way.  I realize that there are some things we cannot fix, such as operators who disregard the common rules of safe driving, but I believe the changes I have recommended would be a significant step in the right direction.  I have also requested additional signage in the intersection to reinforce the light change.  To offset the additional buildup of traffic that would result from having a red left turn signal, I requested that additional time is added to the green left turn light signal so more traffic can get through the light.  Our department will also have a significant presence in this area to enforce these changes.

I have received a positive response from the DOT regarding my recommendations and continue to work closely with them on the issue and hope to see these changes made in the near future.

I want to thank the many residents who reached out to me directly on their concerns, I would encourage everyone to reach out directly to me regarding public safety issues or other town officials for issues that concern our community.  I can assure you that there will be quick and effective action taken. 

 

Richard D. Howe

Chief of Police

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 2/3 – 2/5

Arrests

David Balakin, 44 yrs. old of Billerica – Warrant for past charge of operating a motor vehicle after suspension of drivers license, he was also charged with a new offense of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license.

Dana Bankowski, 41 yrs. old of Lowell – Warrant for past charge of operating a motor vehicle after suspension of drivers license.

49 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery of an intimate partner

 

Summons

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

 

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