Department News


Arrest / criminal charges filed via summons process 3/9

Arrest

51 yr. old female of Tewksbury – Warrant out of Lowell District Court for past charges of Intimidation of a witness & threat to commit a crime.  Also new charges were filed by Tyngsborough; Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license and attaching plates.

Summons

30 yr. old female of Dracut – Annoying Telephone Calls

 

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

changes to the Middlesex @ Tyngsborough bridge intersection

On Friday March 9th the State DOT is scheduled to make changes to the lighting at the intersection of Middlesex @ the  Tyngsborough bridge.  The change will impact the left turn signals on both sides of the intersection on Middlesex Road.  There will no longer be a blinking yellow light, the left turn signals will be a solid green left, yellow then solid red.  The timing of the solid green light will also change with additional time given to traffic taking left turns, the solid green left arrow will activate on average  twice the time it does now allowing more vehicles to pass through the intersection.

The work is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 am tomorrow (3/10) and last 1-2 hours, Tyngsborough officers will be assisting at the intersection during this time.  Officers’ will also be active monitoring this intersection after the changes are made.

Lax & the Law final session

Lax & the Law final session is next Thursday, March 16th

Girls session is 4-5 pm with Pizza party to follow, boys session 5-6pm

The boys session for this Thursday, March 9th is cancelled.

Arrests / criminal charges filed via summons process 3/3 – 3/6

 

Arrest

41 yr. old male of Lowell – Default warrant for past charges of Larceny over $250

45 yr. old male of Lowell – Carrying a firearm without a valid license, impersonating a police officer, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a dangerous weapon (to wit a police baton)

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

 

Summons

37 yr. old male of Nashua – Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

 

 

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

Law enforcement fundraiser phone calls / no affiliation with Tyngsborough

We have been made aware that residents are receiving phone calls regarding a fundraiser for a law enforcement organization, the Tyngsborough Police Department Union’s are not conducting a fundraiser and there are no plans to do so in the immediate future.   Phone calls residents are receiving may be from a state level police organization (MAFOP), however they have no affiliation with our department.

Press release; Armed man, charged with impersonating a police officer, held without bail

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe reports that the Tyngsborough Police Department arrested an armed man Saturday afternoon

KEVIN LESSARD, AGE 45, OF DRACUT was charged with:

• Impersonating a Police Officer (Misdemeanor)

• Carrying a Firearm without a License (Felony)

• Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (Felony)

• Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, to wit, a Police Baton (Felony) 

At 3:26 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the area of Pawtucket Boulevard near the Vesper Country Club for a report of a vehicle with flashing lights pulled over behind another vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers found a red Ford Crown Victoria with New Hampshire plates and white flashing lights in the rear window. The vehicle was pulled off to the road, offset from another vehicle, with its tires turned toward traffic, which is consistent with police tactical procedures when conducting a traffic stop. 

As an officer arrived on scene and exited his cruiser, LESSARD began walking toward him quickly, and the officer ordered him to stop. The officer asked LESSARD if he had any police badges or a firearm in his possession, and the suspect replied that he was carrying a firearm. LESSARD was detained, and a handgun was found in a pants pocket, loaded with seven rounds of ammunition. 

An investigation indicated that a 2016 Dodge Dart had become disabled, and LESSARD pulled behind the vehicle and approached the driver, telling her that he would stay there until a tow truck arrived. 

Officers recovered a loaded 9mm pistol, a retractable police-style baton, and a black holster from the suspect. LESSARD is not licensed to possess firearms. 

“This was a very dangerous situation. In this case, we have a suspect armed with an illegal handgun and a police-style baton, acting like a police officer, with lights on his vehicle,” Chief Howe said. “Thankfully, our officers arrived quickly and ensured that no one was harmed.”

LESSARD was ordered held without bail pending his arraignment Monday in Lowell District Court. 

Tyngsborough Police suspect that there may have been similar incidents involving this individual in the past, and the investigation remains active and ongoing. Police are asking anyone with any information, or who may have had similar interactions in the past with the suspect, to call Tyngsborough Police at 978-649-7504.

 

Pine Knoll apartments being reopened

We have been informed that by 5 pm today the Pine Knoll apartments located at 400 Dunstable Rd. will allow residents to return to their home.

Press release regarding today’s fire

On March 2nd at 12:35 pm Tyngsborough Police officers observed smoke coming from the area behind the Pine Knoll apartment building located at 400 Dunstable Road.  A fire was then located on the property of Constantine Loam which is located next to the apartment building.  Tyngsborough Police officers began an evacuation of the apartment building as the wind was blowing the fire in the direction of the building.  The Tyngsborough Fire Department immediately responded as the fire quickly grew as a result of the high winds.  The Tyngsborough Fire Department requested mutual aid from Chelmsford, Westford, Nashua, Dracut, Lowell & Hudson.   Trinity ambulance and Greater Lowell Paramedics responded as well and provided valuable assistance checking on residents and first responders.  Within a few minutes the fire had spread to the apartment building, officers were still in the building evacuating residents when smoke started to fill the hallways.

Firefighters dealt with thick black smoke and explosions of containers of gasoline while fighting the fire, the Tyngsborough Fire Department declared the fire under control at 1:49pm.  Residents of Pine Knoll apartments, who have been temporarily displaced, are being offered a shelter which has been opened up at the Senior Center on Westford Road, they are also being assisted by the American Red Cross. 

The fire is being investigated by Tyngsborough Police Detectives and the State Fire Marshall Service.  No conclusion has yet to be made regarding the cause of the fire, criminal activity is not suspected.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Tyngsborough Police Department Criminal Investigations unit at (978) 649-7504.

 

Released by; Chief Richard Howe

Fire at Constantine Loam / 400 Dunstable Road

The fire that began this afternoon behind Constantine Loam has been contained,  however it will be several hours before fire crews are done ensuring the fire is completely extinguished.  The fire spread to 400 Dunstable Rd. (Pine Knoll apartments), damaging some of the exterior of  the building, all residents were evacuated.  The fire completely destroyed a garage, equipment and trailers that were located at Constantine Loam.

Westford Road between the Westford & Dunstable Rd. intersection and the Senior center on Westford Rd. will remain closed while emergency apparatus is on scene.

This message is to all residents of 400 Dunstable Road (Pine Knoll Apartments) or anyone else that has been displaced due to the fire that there has been a temporary shelter set up at the Senior Center located on Westford Rd.   Pine Knoll Apartments will not be accessible for at least 4 – 5 hours while fumes from the smoke are removed from the building, residents will be allowed back in when the building is deemed safe by the Tyngsborough Building Inspector.

We will have provide further updates. 

Willowdale Road – Tree down, across road / brush fire


Please avoid Willowdale Rd. in the area of # 95 near the Dracut Line; a large tree has come down across the road taking wires down, the tree struck a residence and has caused a brush fire, power outages are being reported in the area as well.