Department News


Cement truck removed, Middlesex Road open

The rolled over cement truck has now been removed from Middlesex Road at the Pheasant Lane Mall entrance, the roadway is now open.

Tip A Cop Event

The Tyngsboro Police and Chelmsford Police  join ‘forces’ for a Tip a Cop Event held tonight at Applebee’s in Drum Hill to benefit the Special Olympics.

(from left to right: rear row); Chelmsford Officer Dan Sullivan, Tyngsboro Officers Tim Sullivan and Jason Kushmerek. (front center); Special Olympics, Olympian Lee Barry).

#TPDcares

Chief Howe announces Indictment in town hall larceny case

TYNGSBOROUGH — Tyngsborough Chief of Police Richard Howe and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that a Middlesex County Grand Jury has indicted Nancy Dutton, 56, of Tyngsborough, on five counts of larceny and one count of money laundering in connection with the alleged theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2004 from the Tyngsborough Finance Department while she was employed as an Assistant Tax Collector and Deputy Tax Collector for the town.

 

In May of 2017, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police and the Tyngsborough Police Department began investigating accounting irregularities that were discovered by members of the town hall’s financial staff. As a result of that investigation, it was determined that Ms. Dutton was allegedly using her position to take tax monies meant for the town and then covering up her actions by falsifying records.

 

In June of 2017, Ms. Dutton was placed on paid administrative leave.

 

“The town of Tyngsborough will be seeking all available avenues to recover the stolen funds, including civil, criminal and insurance that may be available,” said Tyngsborough Town Administrator Matthew Hanson.

 

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Tyngsborough police detectives and the investigators assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for their tireless work on this case,” Chief Howe said. “A case like this takes time, effort and resources to determine the scope of funds missing.”

 

The missing funds were discovered shortly after a change in leadership and software at the town’s finance department. The Town has also implemented a number of steps to prevent this kind of incident from occurring in the future, including but not limited to:
  • Upgrading and updating the town’s accounting software
  • Tighter managerial control over all financial transactions
  • The Town of Tyngsborough no longer accepts cash payments in excess of $50, and the Town will phase out all cash payments in the coming years.
No additional information will be released at this time pending Ms. Dutton’s arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court. An arraignment date has not been scheduled, additional information will be available following arraignment.

Phone fraud warning

On Tuesday 9/12 a senior citizen in our community was scammed via a phone call she received a call from someone claiming to work in debt consolidation and the caller promised to provide her with a credit card for 0% interest.  The victim then provided her credit card information for a number of accounts including her date of birth and social security number.  This call came from 1-888-778-5736.  

Please NEVER give out personal financial information over the phone under any circumstances.  If you receive this type of call and give out any information immediately call the police department and freeze your financial accounts. A credit monitoring service is helpful to see if someone is fraudulently using your information.  

Please talk to your neighbors, friends, family, especially our senior citizens, who may be more vulnerable to the scam artists who take advantage of people such as what happened in this case.

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 9/8 – 9/12

Arrests

17 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault of a family member, Destruction of property over $250

23 yr. old male of N. Chelmsford – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

17 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery of a family member, Resisting Arrest

Summons

33 yr. old female of Pelham, NH – Assault & Battery

28 yr. old male of Dracut – OUI Drugs, Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

17 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Threat to commit a crime (Assault & Battery), Destruction of property over $250

 

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

We will never forget

We will never forget

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 8/25 – 9/8

Arrests

53 yr. old female of Tyngsborough – Warrant of Apprehension

27 yr. old female of Manchester, NH – (2) warrants for past charges of leaving the scene of property damage

53 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Assault & Battery on a family member

33 yr. old female of Pelham, NH – Warrant 

Summons

20 yr. old female of Nashua – Operating to endanger

60 yr. old male of N. Reading – Operating to endanger

38 yr. old male of Nashua – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license

19 yr. old male of Lowell – Larceny of a motor vehicle

38 yr. old male female of Lowell – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license, (2) counts of having a child 5-12 yrs. old without a seat belt in a motor vehicle

 

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

 

Department activity, August 2017

  • Arrests/criminal charges filed                               –      19
  • Traffic citations written                                          –    136
  • Incident reports generated;                                   –     115
  • 911 calls received                                                      –      68
  • Total calls numbers generated by dispatch        – 2,357
  • Business line calls direct to dispatch                   –     359
  • Residential & commercial Burglar alarm calls  –        69
  • Motor vehicle accidents investigated                  –        18
  • (investigation occurs only where there is substantial damage or injury)

Funeral procession for Fire Deputy Donald Singleton

For those in the community that wish to pay their respects to Retired Fire Deputy Donald Singleton; when the funeral concludes at Dolan’s funeral home this morning at approximately 11:45am, there will then be a procession carrying Deputy Singleton, the procession will be stopping briefly on Lakeview Avenue in front of the Fire Station to pay tribute to the Deputy.  

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 8/19 – 8/23

Arrests

26 yr. old male of Boston, MA – Assault & Battery (Intimate Partner), Assault (Household member), Possession of Class A drug (Heroin) with intent to distribute,  Possession of Class B drug (Cocaine), with intent to distribute

17 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Warrant for past criminal motor vehicle related charge

Summons

27 yr. old male of Nashua – Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninsured

29 yr. old male of Tyngsborough – Operating  a motor vehicle to endanger, use of mobile device

23 yr. old female of Lowell –  Assault & Battery on a household member

 

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