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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


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



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 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.

Arrest; Domestic Assault – 6/1

18 yr. old male of Dracut (name withheld per public records law) – Assault (intimate partner), malicious destruction of property

Looking for vehicle involved in unarmed robbery

The Tyngsborough Police Department is looking to identify the vehicle and occupants involved in an unarmed robbery on Monday, May 30th at approximately 3pm.  The female victim was panhandling and standing on the median at the off ramp of exit 36 (Off. Rt. 3).  A vehicle pulled up to her and the occupants stated they wanted to give her $30 but only had a $50 bill and needed change; as the female victim approached the vehicle the subjects grabbed her hand and the $20 bill she had in her hand.  The vehicle then pulled forward, dragging the victim who fell and suffered minor injuries to her head and arm.

Witnesses have come forward describing the vehicle involved as either a tan colored BMW, Volvo or Ford with a NH registration.  The two occupants were described as white males in their 20’s, having dark hair and tattoo’s on their arms.

If anyone has information regarding this crime, please contact the police department at 978-649-7504 and ask for Detective Sgt. Shay or remain anonymous by pressing #9 and following the prompts.

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons 5/27 – 5/31


Matthew Leva, 29 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Outstanding arrest warrant on past charge of Assault & Battery of a household member

Joseph Catalano, 26 yrs. old of Nashua – OUI Liquor

Michael Leary, 55 yrs. old of Chelmsford – OUI Liquor, Negligent operation of a motor vehicle.



John Keohane, 19 yrs. old of Malden – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Christina Duggan, 34 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license


Criminal charges filed via summons 5/21 – 5/22

Marie Hoey, 34 yrs. old of Lowell – Operating  a motor vehicle with a revoked registration

Jodi Michaud, 42 yrs. old of Nashua – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

Joshua Laduke, 26 yrs. old of Nashua – Operating a motor vehicle to endanger


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

Arrest / criminal charges filed via summons 5/16 – 5/19


Ashley Obrien, 20 yrs. old of Hudson – Warrant out of Lawrence District Court for past drug related charge



Devon Santos, 19 yrs. old of  Tyngsborough – Vandalizing property, Tagging Property

Joseph Timilty, 50 yrs. old of Canton – Larceny over $250 by false pretense


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

Arrests 5/9 – 5/11


Fenimore Frances, 20 yrs. old of Brookline, MA – Operating to endanger, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

42 yr. old male of Tyngsborough (name withheld per public records law) – Assault & Battery (domestic), Destruction of property over $250, Resisting arrest, intimidation of a witness, (2) outstanding arrest warrant (for past charges of resisting arrest & violation of abuse prevention orders)

42 yr. old female of Tyngsborough (name withheld per public records law) – Assault & Battery (intimate partner), possession class B drug