Department News

Several schools, including Tyngsborough, received robo bomb threat calls today

Message from Tyngsborough Public Schools;

Good morning,
Please be advised that Tyngsborough High School received an automated bomb threat phone call this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m.. THS is one of several schools in the area to receive this call within the past week. The Tyngsborough Fire Department and Police Department were immediately notified and responded.
The THS administration conducted a threat assessment as outlined by the Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guide. Though we deemed it to be a non credible / non specific threat which we would not evacuate for, we decided to move up our spring evacuation drill from THS to TMS. THS staff performed a sweep of the building and nothing was found. Students and staff reported to the middle school for approximately twenty minutes before being brought back to THS to resume class.
Please know that student safety is our top priority and we take any threat seriously. Thank you to the students and staff of both the middle school and high school for their cooperation and flexibility.  We also would like to thank the TFD and TPD for their support and professionalism.
Michael Flanagan, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
Tyngsborough Public Schools

Motor vehicle crash, driver med-flighted

At 5 am this morning a vehicle travelling Northbound on Pawtucket Blvd. veered off the roadway and struck a tree head on near the Stonehedge Inn.  The operator was transported to Lowell General Hospital and then medflighted to Boston.  The driver suffered serious leg injuries, the cause of the crash is under investigation.  We are not releasing the name of the operator at this time.

Arrests & criminal charges filed via summons 3/31 – 4/9


Samantha Galvin, 25 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – (5) outstanding arrest warrants for past charges of shoplifting and larceny.

Pedro Sousa, 27 yrs. old of Lowell – Arrest warrant for past charge of operating a motor vehicle under suspension & new charge of operating under suspension

Mario Roman, 25 yrs. old of Lowell – Arrest warrant for past charge of operating a motor vehicle under suspension & new charge of operating under suspension

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



Duarte Melo, 21 yrs. old of Billerica – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Sean Som, 40 yrs. old of Lowell – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Lima Dasilva, 21 yrs. odl of Maynard – unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

Robert Busby, 47 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery

Ryan Maldonado, 28 yrs. old of Lowell – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

Jacob Hanson, 24 yrs. old of Tyngsborough – Operating a motor vehicle unregistered, uninsured and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

Shanelle Mejia, 18 yrs. old of Lowell – (3) counts of Assault & Battery

Courtney Queen, 26 yrs. old of Chelmsford – operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license


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




U Drive. U Text. U pay. traffic enforcement mobilization begins April 8th


Chief Richard D. Howe


Tyngsborough Police Department Joins Statewide Distracted Driving Effort To Increase Public Safety


The Tyngsborough Police Department will partner with the 202 eligible local Massachusetts law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police in the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. mobilization to crack down on texting while driving.  The campaign, which combines traditional and innovative enforcement strategies, is funded by a grant administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The mobilization begins on April 8th, 2016 and continues through April 29th, 2016.

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible.  People who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and fined.  Distracted Driving is a major problem in Massachusetts, and we’re trying to keep the public safe by fining violators.  If you drive and text, you will pay,” said Chief Howe.

Texting while driving was outlawed in Massachusetts in 2010.  Adult drivers who write, send, or read electronic messages or browse the Internet while driving face a $100 fine for a first offense – even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.  Teen drivers under 18 are entirely prohibited from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving, including to make phone calls.  The fine for a juvenile first offense is $100, a 60 day license suspension, and required completion of a driver attitudinal course. 

These costly violations underscore the danger inherent in the use of electronic devices while driving.  In 2014, across the United States, 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

A 2013 study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that any activity that diverts a driver’s eyes from the road for two seconds or more, such as texting or using a mobile device, increases crash risk by a factor of three.  This level of impairment is similar to driving drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

“Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.  It creates the proverbial ‘perfect storm’ for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that,” said Chief Howe.

“It’s not that complicated: if you text and drive, we will see you, pull you over, and fine you.  We’re serious about enforcing texting laws.”

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


Chelmsford Police Departmentcpd

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