Department News

Arrest made in case of suspicious devices placed on high power lines

 *Joint Press Release*

Statements from Tyngsborough and Chelmsford Police Chiefs on Arrest of Man Who Placed Devices on Power Lines

Tyngsborough Police Department       

Chief Richard D. Howe                                 

20 Westford Road
Tyngsborough, MA 01879


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James M. Spinney, Chief of Police

2 Olde North Road

Chelmsford, MA 01824


TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and Chelmsford Police Chief James M. Spinney issue the following statement on the arrest of the man who allegedly placed suspicious devices on power lines in Tyngsborough.

“We are grateful to the FBI and our neighbors for their hard and efficient work during this investigation,” Chief Howe said. “Through local, state and federal partnerships we were able to bring a swift resolution to this case.”  I would also like to thank the Tyngsborough Fire Department for their professionalism and fine work in not only combating the brush fire but for their initial observations of the suspicious devices.”

“This is a fine example of collaboration among all levels of law enforcement,” Chief Spinney said. “Our teamwork ensured that the public remained safe at all times.”

The following is a press released from the FBI:

This morning at approximately 7:35 a.m., the FBI, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, Chelmsford Police Department, Tyngsboro Police Department and Army National Guard Civil Support Team, arrested Danny M. Kelly, 61, at his home located at 26 School Street, Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Mr. Kelly was taken into custody without incident, following an investigation into the suspicious devices found on March 30, 2016 in Tyngsboro.

This past Wednesday, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Tyngsboro Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the vicinity of 60 Locust Avenue.

Crews that responded to the scene noticed items that didn’t appear to be part of the transmission system and alerted National Grid. National Grid assessed the situation and alerted law enforcement.

Massachusetts State Police and FBI Special Agent Bomb technicians responded and identified multiple incendiary devices similar in structure to pipe bombs in the area.  The devices were rendered safe.

The Tyngsboro Police and Fire Departments, along with the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and ATF are assisting the FBI, which is leading the investigation.

At this time, the FBI believes there is no threat to public safety.

Due to the ongoing investigation, all further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s office in Massachusetts. No further information will be provided at this time


John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC
8 Prospect St.
Georgetown, MA 01833

Update on earlier information regarding suspicious devices found

On Wednesday March 30th at 3pm the Tyngsborough Fire and Police Department responded to a reported brush fire in the woods behind Locust Ave.  The fire department was able to quickly control and put out the fire in approximately one hour.  It was then reported to the Police Department that it appeared vandalism had caused the fire as there were unknown objects on the high power lines which run over the area of the fire.  National Grid then responded and found several devices on the power lines, one of which had caused the lines to spark, which apparently caused the brush fire below.  A subsequent investigation by the Tyngsborough Police Department, FBI, ATF and State Police has revealed that the devices are incendiary devices which were specifically built to cause burning.  These power lines come from Canada and run through the Northeast part of the United States.  A subsequent search by personnel on the scene and helicopters were used to located any additional devices, none were found.  An investigation is ongoing, if you have any information regarding this crime please call the Tyngsborough Police Department at 978-649-7504, choose #4 or use our anonymous line by choosing #9.  You can also call 1-800-682-9229 to reach the State Fire Marshall’s anonymous Arson Watch reward program, there is a reward of up to $5,000 for any information regarding this crime.


Chief Richard Howe


Suspicious devices found on power lines behind Locust Ave.

Suspicious devices have been found on power lines behind Locust Ave, Tyngsborough Police, Mass. State Police, the FBI & ATF are on scene and are investigating.  There is no apparent danger to the public as the devices have been secured.  We are not commenting on the nature of the devices at this time.  An area search by personnel and helicopters is ongoing to determine if more devices are in the area.  If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact the Tyngsborough Police Detective unit at 978-649-7504 and press #4 or remain anonymous by choosing #9.


Chief Richard Howe


Large Brush fire near Locust Ave.

The Tyngsborough Fire Department is battling a large brush fire in the woods near Locust Ave, the roadway is passable at this time but only one lane is open, please avoid the area.

criminal charges filed via summons process 3/24 – 3/29

Kevin Silva, 31 yrs. old of Nashua – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license, no inspection sticker

George Oakes, 25 yrs. old of Manchester, NH – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Ruth Hernandez, 27 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Joshua Rodriguez, 23 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Bridget McGrade, 35 yrs. old of Chelmsford – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Alysha Lopez, 20 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Malicious destruction of property


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


Arrests 3/25 – 3/29


Charlotte Levasseur, 20 yrs. old of Haverhill – Warrant for a past larceny charge, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Paul Grigorian, 51 yrs. old of Newton, MA – (2) warrants for past drug and criminal motor vehicle charges, operating with suspended drivers license

25 yr. old male of Nashua (name withheld per public records law)- Assault & Battery of an intimate partner, malicious destruction of proper


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

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 3/22-3/24


Leroy Kear, 28 yrs., unknown address – Arrest Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle charges

Tyrell Perryman, 40 yrs. old of Manchester, NH – (3) arrest warrants for past criminal motor vehicle charges



Sophia Khot, 22 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration and uninsured

Kayla Davis, 19 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

Motor vehicle strikes residence

On Thursday 3/24 at 1:30am a vehicle travelling on Pawtucket Blvd. went off the roadway and struck a residence.  The operator of the vehicle suffered minor injuries.  The home suffered extensive damage, however nobody was injured in the residence as it was not occupied at the time of the crash.  An investigation revealed that the operator was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs nor did it appear that speed was a factor; the operator stated that he believed he fell asleep while driving.  The owner of the residence was notified and responded to the scene as did the Tyngsborough building inspector.  The operator was cited for failing to operate a motor vehicle in marked lanes.

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Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 3/15 -3/20


Somchay Xaysana, 26 yrs. old of Lowell – OUI Liquor, Driving to endanger



Shane Velez, 25 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license & no inspection sticker

Derek Daigle, 39 yrs. old of Dracut – Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

Stephanie Durham, 24 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, uninsured motor vehicle, no inspection sticker

Joshua Girard, 26 yrs. old of Clinton, MA – Larceny over $250 by false pretenses (2 counts), Larceny under $250

Swearing in of new police officer Dennis Leach

Congratulations to our newest full-time police officer Dennis Leach.  Officer Leach graduated from the Police Academy on Friday and was sworn in at Tyngsborough town hall this morning by Town Clerk Joanne Shifres.  Officer Leach has been a reserve officer with us for the last two years and is a great addition to our team and community.  We are proud to have him with us, stay safe Dennis!

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