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Press Release
Tewksbury Police Department to Offer Women’s Self Defense Class Targeting High School and College Students

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Resisting aggression is a choice. You are responsible for how you respond to any event in your life. Your decisions contribute to your past, present, and future. Only you can make the choice to transform your life by committing to resist aggression.
By investing your time and effort into this program, you will be presented with educational options to resist aggression. You will be asked to raise your awareness of aggressive behavior, to recognize how aggressive behavior impacts your life, to take steps to avoid aggressive behavior, and to look at how you can be part of reducing aggression and violence. Unfortunately, in a small number of incidents, physical confrontations may be unavoidable.
Resisting aggression with defense is designed to empower women to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior. This is the first step towards reducing aggression and violence for ourselves and the one's we love. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors. The goal of R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed.
The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mind-set.
Every student receives a manual for reference and practice. Once a student has completed a R.A.D. program, their signed manual becomes a ticket for free lifetime return and practice with any R.A.D. instructor in the US and Canada.
The widespread acceptance of the R.A.D. system is due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The R.A.D class is offered at no charge by the Tewksbury Police Department for high school juniors, seniors, and college students. Those who sign up must be a minimum of 16 years of age. The classes are scheduled for June 18th, 20th, 25th, and 27th from 6-9PM. All classes will be held at the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street. While the simulations are voluntary, you must commit to attending all four (4) scheduled classes. Class size is limited to 20 students, so register now and bring a friend!
For questions or to register, contact Officer Jennie Welch, 978-851-7373, EXT 230/ jwelch@tewksbury-ma.gov or Detective Andre Gonzalez, 978-851-7373, EXT 219/ agonzalez@tewksbury-ma.gov .




Tewksbury Police Department to Conduct
2nd Annual Citizen Police Academy

What is the Tewksbury Citizen Police Academy? The Citizen Police Academy is a series of nine classes sponsored by the Tewksbury Police Department. It is held to educate citizens about the Tewksbury Police Department, its organizational structure, operational units, and role in the Community. Participants are instructed by members of the Department as to the responsibilities of their various units. Citizens gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in today’s society. Students are given the opportunity not only to learn but to offer ideas and solutions. The goal of the Academy is to develop a unique partnership between citizens and their Police Department that benefits both.

Who can attend? The Tewksbury Police Department Citizens Police Academy is offered to all residents 18 years or older.  Participants must have no felony convictions on their criminal record. A background check is conducted on all applicants.  Candidates must be able to commit to the class schedule, only one excused absence will be allowed in order to graduate and receive a Certificate of Completion.

When is the next Citizen Police Academy?  The next Citizen Academy begins April 24th and continues to the graduation on June 19th. The academy is held at the Tewksbury Police Department. Classes are held for nine weeks from 7PM-9PM each Wednesday night. June 12th class “Refuse to be a Victim” will run from 5:30-9PM.

Topics include: Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Law, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, K-9 Operations, and more…

Applications can be downloaded on the Tewksbury Police Department website and mailed/emailed/hand delivered by April 23rd to:

Tewksbury Police Department
Attn: Safety Officer Jennie Welch
918 Main Street Tewksbury, MA 01876

For more information, call 978-851-7373, ext. 230


(Please feel free to copy this application and attend with a friend.)





TEWKSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 27TH AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS

On April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tewksbury Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Police Headquarters at 918 Main Street.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. .
Residents are instructed to remove the pills from the prescription bottles and seal them in a plastic “Ziploc” type bag before arriving at Police Headquarters.  The police will not be supplying materials for the disposal of unwanted medications nor do they want residents to be packaging the meds in the lobby.  The pills should be ready for immediate deposit into the kiosk upon arrival to the station lobby.  No liquids or sharps will be allowed to be disposed.  For more information on how or where to dispose of liquid medication or sharps, please contact the Board of Health at (978)640-4473.

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Press Release
March 1, 2013
Two arrested after Motor Vehicle Stop leaving the Motel Caswell

        On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at approximately 11 pm, Tewksbury Police Officers stopped a motor vehicle coming out of the Motel Caswell for a motor vehicle infraction.  After a brief investigation Tewksbury Officers found two large sealed freezer bags full of a green leafy substance which Officers believe to be marijuana.  After an inventory search of the vehicle Officers found an additional four bags of marijuana in a black duffle bag. Officers immediately secured marijuana as evidence and continue to search the vehicle and found no other illegal contraband. Approximately six pounds of marijuana in total was seized during this motor vehicle stop. The operator (Chandy Yern, 33 years old, 36 Grove Street, Lowell) of the vehicle was immediately arrested and charged with the following offenses.

  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Class D substance (marijuana) (MGL 94c § 32a)
  • Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Law (MGL 94c § 40)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License (Chapter 90 § 23)
  • Failure to Signal (Chapter 90 § 14B).    
        Tewksbury Police Department during this investigation obtained information that Ms. Yern had acquired the marijuana from a suspect staying at the Motel Caswell.  Tewksbury Police Detectives obtained a search warrant to search the room identified by Ms. Yern where the exchange occurred at the Motel Caswell.  As a result of the execution of the search warrant and information gathered during the investigation Rith Hov (40 years old, 1332 E 26th Street Oakland, CA) was also arrested and charged with the following offenses.

  • Distributing a Class D  substance (marijuana) (MGL 94c § 32a)
  • Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Law (MGL 94c § 40)
        Tewksbury Police are continuing to investigate this case and urges any citizens who suspect any criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                 Chandy Yern


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                     Rith Hov





Press Release
February 27, 2013
Car Break Suspects Arrested

The Tewksbury Police Department arrested Joseph Arnold, 20, of 125 Salem Street, Wilmington and Howard Hall, 20, of 2020 Main Street, Tewksbury for breaking into several vehicles over the last few weeks.  

Arnold is being charged with 4 counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, 3 counts of larceny over $250, and larceny under $250.  Hall is being charged with 3 counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, 3 counts of larceny over $250, and conspiracy.

The items taken from the vehicles were several GPS units, cell phones, IPODs, and various other items.  Most of the property has been recovered and will be returned to the owners.     

The break in’s occurred at Bob’s Barber Shop located at 2295 Main Street, the Sky Box located at 553 Main Street, Mavericks located 2212 Main Street, Piezano’s located at 2290 Main Street, and the VFW located at 87 Vernon Street.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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              Joseph Arnold

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                  Howard Hall




Press Release
February 15, 2013
Elm Street House Break

The Tewksbury Police Department arrested Michael Shannon, 19, of 33 Devonshire Drive, Billerica and Julia Didonato, 20, of 15 Oakland Ave, Tewksbury in connection with property that was stolen from a house break on December 12, 2012, at 117 Elm Street.  The crime was particularly heinous because the family was attending the wake of their father and husband when the house break occurred.   

Detectives were able to identify property belonging to the victims that was located at a pawn shop in Methuen.  It was learned through the investigation that Shannon and Didonato were in possession of that property.  They were subsequently charged and warrants were issued.   

On February 13, 2013, Tewksbury Detectives arrested Didonato at her home in Tewksbury.  On February 15, 2013 Tewksbury Detectives arrested Shannon at the Motel 6 in Tewksbury.  

Both suspects are being charged with receiving stolen property over $250.00.  The property was recovered and will be returned to the victims.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov   

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                 Julia Didonato

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              Michael Shannon




Press Release
February 15, 2013

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at approximately 9am, the Tewksbury Police Department, in cooperation with the Tewksbury School Department, conducted an unannounced K-9 Unit drug search of the Tewksbury Memorial High School. This search was conducted with Tewksbury’s K-9 Unit and ten other K-9 Units from several other local communities (Billerica PD, Burlington PD, Concord PD, Melrose PD, Wakefield PD, Weymouth PD, and Middlesex Sheriff’s Department).  Tewksbury Police Officers and K-9 Units, working with High School Administrators, conducted searches both inside and outside of the Tewksbury Memorial High School.  As a result of this search, Officers identified four students from the Tewksbury Memorial High School who were in possession of small amounts of a green leafy substance which Officers believed to be marijuana.  Three of the four students identified possessed marijuana inside of their vehicles that were parked in the Tewksbury Memorial High School parking lot. The fourth student identified possessed marijuana inside of their book bag.  The amount of marijuana seized was less than one ounce for all of these individuals. Tewksbury Police Department’s School Resource Officer initiated the strongest action possible by issuing a civil citation for $100 for possession of marijuana less than an ounce (MGL 94C s. 32l).  Tewksbury Police Department continues to take a zero tolerance stand on any illegal drugs found in our Community.  


The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect any criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    




Press Release
January 22, 2013
Second Wanted Suspect Apprehended in Boston

On January 21, 2013, with the assistance from the Boston Police Department, Tayla Spencer, 18, of 16 Fowler St, Dorchester was apprehended in Boston after the Tewksbury Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for her for; Kidnapping, Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Armed Robbery, Carjacking and Conspiracy.

On December 26, 2012, the Tewksbury Police Department responded to the Motel 6 for a report of a person being kidnapped and forced into their vehicle.  The victim escaped in Lowell and reported to the Police that the suspect had stolen his vehicle.  

The victim was held at knife point at the Motel 6 and was threatened to be killed if he did not comply with the suspects demands.  He was also robbed of his personal belongings and punched several times.  

The stolen vehicle was recovered in Roxbury on January 1, 2012
   
Jeffrey Venter was the first suspect arrested and was arraigned at Lowell District Court on January 2, 2013,

Spencer was sought by Police as the second suspect and is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on January 22, 2013.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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            Tayla Spencer




Press Release
January 22, 2013
Breaking and Entering Arrest
Several Car Breaks
 

On January 19th at approximately 7:40 P.M., Tewksbury Police Officers responded to the area of 767 Chandler St., where a caller had reported that their car had just been broken into. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, wearing a light colored sweatshirt and baseball hat, and had just fled the area in a Pontiac Grand Prix with damage to the front driver’s side of the vehicle.

Shortly after Officers arrived at the scene, another Officer located a vehicle which matched the description and in close proximity to the crime, back out of the driveway at 1001 Chandler St and pull into the driveway at 1009 Chandler St. The Officer pulled in behind the vehicle and made contact with the operator. Officers identified the operator as Duran McNeill, 29, of 50 Hildreth St. Apt # 3 Lowell, MA. Through further investigation, it was revealed that Mr. McNeill’s right to operate a motor vehicle was revoked. Officers also observed, through the windows of Mr. McNeill’s vehicle, many items which were suspected to be stolen from the car break, including an IPhone and 6 dollars in change.  Through further investigation, it was revealed that the IPhone was in fact stolen from the car break. Mr. McNeill was placed under arrest. A subsequent search warrant was conducted on Mr. McNeill’s vehicle, which resulted in additional property suspected to be stolen from previous car breaks.  

Mr. McNeill was arrested and faces the following criminal charges:

B&E Motor Vehicle Nighttime
W/Intent to Commit Felony (2counts)      Chapter 266 Section 16
Larceny under $250(2 counts)               Chapter 266 Section 30C
License Revoked, Operating with          Chapter 90 Section 23


The Tewksbury Police encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department.  With an increase in house breaks and motor vehicle breaks we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured.         

If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                  Duran McNeill

Press Release
January 3, 2013
Wanted Suspect Apprehended in Boston

On January 1, 2013, with the assistance from the Boston Police Department, Jeffrey Venter, 23, of Boston (listed as homeless) was apprehended in Roxbury after the Tewksbury Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for him for; Kidnapping, Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery.  

On December 26, 2012, the Tewksbury Police Department responded to the Motel 6 for a report of a person being kidnapped and forced into their vehicle.  The victim escaped in Lowell and reported to the Police that the suspect had stolen his vehicle.  

The victim was held at knife point at the Motel 6 and was threatened to be killed if he did not comply with Venter’s demands.  He was also robbed of his personal belongings and punched several times.  

The stolen vehicle was recovered in Roxbury.  
   
Venter was arraigned at Lowell District Court on January 2, 2013, and is currently being held on $2500.00 bail.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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Press Release
December 28, 2012
Drug Arrest

On Friday, December 28, 2012 Tewksbury Police Detectives while conducting surveillance observed  a narcotics transaction in the Home Depot parking lot (85 Main St, Tewksbury).  A female passenger, later identified as Bianca Figueredo (29 years old), exited a Honda Civic and entered the passenger side of a Mercury Sable which was operated by a male party, later identified as Dana Fecteau (48 years old).  Inside the vehicle the Tewksbury Detectives observed a hand-to-hand transaction between Figueredo and Fecteau. It was learned that Figueredo had just sold an amount of cocaine to Fecteau and both were subsequently placed under arrest.  The operator of the Honda Civic, later identified as Angelica Aviles (30 years old) was also placed under arrest and additional narcotics were discovered in her vehicle. In addition to the cocaine, Figueredo was also charged with possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycontin), and also 2 counts Class E (Neurontin, Hydrochloride).  The three individuals were charged with the following:

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DANA FECTEAU (14 Sandler Terrace Haverhill, MA 01832)
Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine)                             
Conspiracy to Violate Narcotic Laws                                     

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BIANCA FIGUEREDO (51 Corbett St Andover, MA 01810)
Distribution of a Class B Substance (Cocaine)                           
Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Cocaine)      
Conspiracy to Violate Narcotic Laws                                     
Possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycontin)                                                   
Possession of a Class E Substance (Neurontin)
Possession of a Class E Substance (Hydrochloride Tramadel)      

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ANGELICA AVILES (112 Marston St Lawrence, MA 01841)
Distribution of a Class B Substance (Cocaine)                           
Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (Cocaine)


The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.


Press Release
December 13, 2012
Drug Arrest

On December 12, 2012 the Tewksbury Police arrested Stacy Matranga, 19, of 24 Juniper Lane, Tewksbury for distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone) and conspiracy.    

Tewksbury Police Detectives were conducting surveillance and observed a suspicious vehicle on Helvetia Street.  As Detectives continued to investigate, they observed a drug transaction.  When approached by Detectives, it was learned that Matranga had sold oxycodone pills from her motor vehicle.  

On October 5, 2012, Matanga was arrested and charged with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone).  

Matranga will be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 13, 2012.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Stacy Matranga




Press Release
December 13, 2012
Drug Arrest

On December 12, 2012, the Tewksbury Police arrested Benjamin Torres-Ramos, 30, of 247 Salem St, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, Ma for possession with the intent to distribute a class B substance (crack and cocaine) subsequent offense, and possession with the intent to distribute a class A substance (Heroin).

Tewksbury Police Detective’s conducted a motor vehicle stop at approximately 3PM for a motor vehicle violation on South Street.  After speaking to Torres-Ramos, Detectives believed that Torres-Ramos was involved in drug activity.  After the Tewksbury Police K-9 Geox gave an indication that narcotics were present inside the vehicle, Detectives were able to locate several bags of narcotics which included, heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine.  

Upon further investigation and although Torres-Ramos had a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License, he had several alias’s.  Names previously used were Omar Sanchez, Luis Dejesus, Luis Ruiz, Nelson Villaga and Luis Dejesus-Ruiz.  

Torres-Ramos will be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 13, 2012.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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        Benjamin Torres-Ramos





Press Release
December 4, 2012
Drug Arrest

On December 3, 2012, the Tewksbury Police arrested Peter E. Surette IV, 27, of 19 Hancock Circle, Methuen, MA for Distribution of a Class B Substance (Cocaine), Possession of a Class B substance (Cocaine), Possession of a Class A Substance (Heroin) and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.  Also arrested was Jennifer E. LaFreniere, 23, of 183 State West Road, Westminster, MA for Distribution of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.  

The Tewksbury Police were conducting surveillance and observed suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Home Depot when Surette and LaFreniere (same vehicle) were observed conducting a transaction with another individual.  When stopped by Officers, it was learned that Surette and LaFreniere had sold Cocaine from their motor vehicle.  

Additional Cocaine and Heroin were found on Surette after he was taken into custody.  

Surette and LaFreniere will be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 4, 2012.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to

Press Release: Update
December 7, 2012
Breaking and Entering Arrest

On December 6, 2012, the Tewksbury Police Department identified the third suspect in the 666 Whipple Road housebreak as Joseph Gagnon, 33, of 381 Hildreth St, Apt 307, Lowell.  A warrant was obtained for his arrest and with the assistance of the Lowell Police he was apprehended at 3PM the same day.

He is being charged with Breaking and Entering, Larceny over $250, and Conspiracy.  He is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 7, 2012.

The two other suspects, Shawn Keefe and Erica Ruane were apprehended on December 4, 2012.    

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    
    

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               Peter E. Surette

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          Jennifer E. LaFreniere

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               Joseph Gagnon





Press Release
December 4, 2012
Drug Arrest

On December 4, 2012, the Tewksbury Police arrested Joseph Szulewski, 22, of 700 Merrimack St, Apt 2R, Lowell for Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class D Substance (Marijuana).  Szulewski also had an outstanding warrant out of Somerville District Court for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.   

Tewksbury Police Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop at approximately 3AM for speeding.  Upon further investigation, it was learned that Szulewski had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  After conducting a search of Szulewski’s property, approximately 70 grams of Marijuana was discovered.  

Szulewski will be arraigned at Lowell District Court on December 4, 2012.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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             Joseph Szulewski




Press Release
November 30, 2012
Drug Arrest

On November 29, 2012, the Tewksbury Police arrested Joshua Sanchez, 23, of 99 Orleans St., Apt 1, Lowell, Ma for distribution of a Class B substance (oxycodone), conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and possession of an electronic stun gun.  

The Tewksbury Police were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of Wal-Mart (333 Main St., Tewksbury) when Sanchez was observed conducting a drug transaction with another individual occupying a 2011 Honda CRV (MA registration: 9TV640).  When approached by Officers, it was learned that Sanchez had sold six oxycodone pills “Percs” from the motor vehicle (2012 Toyota Venza MA registration 676FF6) he was occupying with his four year old daughter, who was sleeping in a car seat. Sanchez’s wife, who was inside Wal-Mart at the time the drug transaction was completed and the arrest was made, took custody of the four year old girl and the vehicle.

Officers were also able to locate an electronic stun-gun inside of Sanchez’s vehicle which Sanchez and his wife confirmed was his.    

The Department of Children and Families was notified and a 51A was filed.   

Sanchez was arraigned at Lowell District Court on November 30, 2012.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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             Joshua Sanchez




Press Release
Date:    November 9th, 2012
Domestic Assault and Battery, Kidnapping arrest
        
On November 7th, 2012, the Tewksbury Police Department responded to room 238 of the Motel Caswell for a report of a disturbance in progress involving an adult male, later identified as Mark Silvia, 26, of 39 Boylston St, Boston, Ma 02116 and a female victim. Upon arrival to the scene, Officers separated the two parties involved, and discovered that the female victim had been assaulted and was injured. The female victim was transported to the hospital from the scene for treatment. Through further investigation Officers learned that Mr. Silvia had held the female victim against her will in the Motel room for over two and a half hours. During this time, Mr. Silvia proceeded to verbally and physically assault the victim, slapping her in the face. The victim attempted to utilize a cell phone to text message 911 but was unsuccessful. At one point when Mr. Silvia was distracted the victim tried to flee the room. Mr. Silvia grabbed the victim and threw her back into the hotel room against a wall. The victim reported that she bounced off the wall and struck her head on a table while falling. Officers also learned that the victim is four months pregnant.

    Officers placed Mr. Silvia under arrest. Mr. Silvia is charged with the following offenses:

    Assault and Battery (Domestic)                     Chapter 265 Section 13A
    Witness Intimidation                               Chapter 268 Section 13B
    Kidnapping                                         Chapter 265 Section 26
    Assault and Battery on Disabled with Injury        Chapter 265 Section 13K
    Assault and Battery Serious Bodily Injury  Chapter 265 Section 13A (Felony)
                                                

We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department.  

If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                    Mark Silvia




Press Release:
November 9, 2012
Prostitution Arrests

On November 8, 2012 the Tewksbury Police Department conducted an operation which resulted in the arrests of four women for prostitution at the Motel 6 and the Motel Caswell.

Daiane Gabriel 25 of 31 Niagara St Apt 4 Newark NJ was arrested at the Motel 6 and charged with sexual conduct for a fee along with being in possession of pepper spray without a permit.  Gabriel is wanted out of Texas and is due to be deported according to Immigration and Customs.  

Shu Yaun Zhang 46 of 14011 Ash Ave Apt 6 Flushing NY was arrested at the Motel 6 and charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

Natasha Gage 22 of 178 Blake St Apt 2 Lewiston ME was arrested at the Motel 6 and charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

Yudelka Hildago 30 of 133 Woodland St Apt 1 Lawrence MA was arrested at the Motel Caswell and charged with sexual conduct for a fee.  

All four are due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on November 9, 2012.   

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    


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              Daiane Gabriel


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              Shu Yaun Zhang

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               Natasha Gage

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              Yudelka Hildago




Press Release
November 1, 2012
Embezzlement Arrest from the Friends of Special Ed Kids Organization
        

     On October 31st, 2012, members of the Tewksbury Police Department Criminal Bureau affected the arrest of Lashanta Magnusson, 34, of 41 Roper Ln., Tewksbury, Ma. Following a month long investigation into embezzlement of funds from the Friends of Special Ed Kids (FOTEK) non-profit organization. Tewksbury Police Criminal Bureau launched an investigation in mid-September 2012 into improprieties with funding on a bank account owned by FOTEK. It was learned that Ms. Magnusson was a board member of FOTEK and had been assigned as the treasurer to the account.  Ms. Magnusson had access to the account as far back as 2010. Recently a board member became suspicious following an incident where Ms. Magnusson had written a check out to a finance company for $640, which through further investigation revealed that this was a car loan payment for a car owned by Ms. Magnusson. Another occasion was discovered by Detectives whereupon a payment was made to an auto shop in Westford in October of 2012 for $175 by Ms. Magnusson. This payment was allegedly made due to Ms. Magnusson’s car being towed by Westford Police for motor vehicle violations. Investigators were able to reveal over 100 unauthorized withdrawals or electronic purchases from 2010 through 2012 allegedly made by Ms. Magnusson totaling $5,152.77. Investigators were able to compile evidence from many of the transactions, including video surveillance, still photos, and eye witness reports showing Ms. Magnusson conducting the fraudulent activity. Ms. Magnusson was questioned by Detectives from the Tewksbury Police Department, whereupon she was forthcoming and admitted to many of the fraudulent activity in question. Ms. Magnusson admitted to Detectives that she was having financial difficulties in her life.
 
Ms. Magnusson was arrested and charged with the following offense:

Association Officer Embezzlement over $250              Chapter 266 Section 58/A

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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           Lashanta Magnusson



Press Release
November 1st, 2012
Assault with a Knife

On October 13, 2012, at 11:30PM, the Tewksbury Police Department received a call from a cab driver who was reporting that he was assaulted at knife point at 112 Vale Street.  The cab driver indicated that the individual whom he drove from Boston refused to pay the fare.  As the cab driver was calling 911, the suspect showed a knife and told him to get off of the phone.  The suspect fled the area. The investigation revealed that the suspect was Scott J. Peters, 24, of 112 Vale Street, Tewksbury.  An arrest warrant was issued for Peters for Assault with a Dangerous weapon (knife), Witness Intimidation, and Evading a Taxi Fare as he could not be immediately located.  Peters was arraigned on the charges at Lowell District Court on October 30, 2012 while he attended to an unrelated matter.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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                Scott J. Peters




Press Release
October 30, 2012
Breaking and Entering Arrest
Multiple Residential House Breaks
 

On October 27, 2012, members of the Tewksbury Police Department affected the arrest of William A. Medugno, 23, of 18 Pringle Street, Tewksbury, Ma, following an investigation into several area house breaks in the Pringle Street area of Tewksbury.

During the course of this investigation, Tewksbury Police Detectives were able to develop leads which led them to identifying Mr. Medugno as a possible suspect in the house breaks. This information led Detectives to Mr. Medugno’s residence at 18 Pringle Street whereupon they attempted to make contact with him. Mr. Medugno was observed fleeing the residence out a rear door. He was subsequently placed into custody on several outstanding warrants. Once back at Police Headquarters, Mr. Medugno confessed to house breaks at Pace Road, Barbara D. Lane, and two properties on Pringle Street. The property stolen from the four residences is believed to have a value in excess of $13,000.

Several pieces of stolen property were recovered from Mr. Medugno’s residence, including an Xbox with games, coins and two dollar bills, a black duffle bag, and jewelry. These items were positively identified as property stolen from the house breaks in question.  

     Mr. Medugno is charged with the following offenses:

     B&E Daytime for a Felony (4 counts)        Chapter 266 Section 18
    Larceny over $250(4 counts)                      Chapter 266 Section 30
    Warrants (4 outstanding)

We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department.  With an increase in house breaks and motor vehicle breaks we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured.         

If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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            William A. Medugno




OPERATION YELLOW BLITZ

The week of October 22, 2012 thru October 26, 2012, is National School Bus Safety Week.  For a number of years, during National School Bus Safety Week, the Registry of Motor Vehicles has sponsored OPERATION YELLOW BLITZ. OPERATION YELLOW BLITZ encourages law enforcement organizations to make a concerted effort to identify, document, and educate motorists who pass school buses when the red flashing lights are flashing.

The Tewksbury Police Department, working cooperatively with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Tewksbury School Department, has assigned a number of officers to participate in the Operation being held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in the early morning hours.  Officers were assigned to shadow Tewksbury school buses on their morning routes.  

These officers were looking specifically for those motorists who violate the Statute which requires vehicles to come to a complete stop for the flashing red lights on school buses.     This law is Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Section 14 which states that all vehicles must stop for a school bus with flashing red lights and not proceed until flashing lights are deactivated.  The penalty for this is $250 for a first offense, $1000 for a 2nd offense (within 2 years is also a 6 month license suspension), $2000 for a 3rd Offense (within 4 years is also a 1 year license suspension).   

The Tewksbury Police Department will continue with its strong commitment to strictly enforce all laws and regulations to ensure that all residents and our streets are safe.  Please help us keep our children safe by driving responsibly.  

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Press Release
October 16, 2012
Armed Robbery

On October 15, 2012, at approximately 4PM, the Wendy’s restaurant on Andover Street (Rte. 133) was robbed by a suspect who held a knife to the cashier and demanded money.  

The suspect is described as a white male in his early twenties approximately 5’10” wearing a blue baseball hat, black sunglasses, and tan windbreaker.  The suspect fled in a dark colored SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer.  

If anyone was a witness to this crime or has any information you are asked to call the Tewksbury Police Department.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    






“Not me…” “Not my friend…” “Not my child….”  
Words we hear all too often when people discover a loved one is struggling with substance abuse.  This is a problem that does not discriminate & affects all types of people from all different backgrounds.
Our Community has a Growing Problem: Opiate Abuse
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Opiate Awareness Night

Wednesday, October 17th, 7PM

Tewksbury High School Auditorium

Please join the Tewksbury Police Department, Tewksbury Public Schools, Tewksbury CARES, and the Tewksbury Board of Health for a drug awareness presentation that will address the drug epidemic and the prevalence of drugs in the Tewksbury area.  We will discuss the signs of drug use in your home, where they are getting the drugs, why the drugs are so addictive, and why this addiction can ruin families. Hear first hand experience from parents who have lost their children to drug abuse & from the Police Department about what this epidemic is doing to the our Community.  There will also be local substance abuse organizations present that can provide advice & information.
Please come learn about this problem now….before it is too late.
(Appropriate for ages 12 & up)





Press Release
Date October 11th, 2012
Re:     Operating Under the Influence and Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated Arrest
        

     On October 11, 2012, at approximately 2:00 A.M, Officers from the Tewksbury Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop of a speeding motor vehicle (2013 Chevrolet Camaro Ma. Reg. 242RV7) on Salem Road. Officers made contact with the operator and identified him as Charles Waitt, 22, of 3 Butterworth Road, Wilmington, Ma. Officers suspected that Mr. Waitt was operating under the influence of alcohol and he was asked to step from his vehicle. After doing so, Mr. Waitt was asked whether or not he had any weapons on him and he admitted to Officers that he was armed with a firearm. Officers searched Mr. Waitt and discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun (firearm). Through further investigation it was learned that Mr. Waitt possessed a valid Massachusetts License to Carry a Firearm.  

     Mr. Waitt was subsequently placed under arrest. He is charged with the following offenses:

    OUI Liquor                                                       Chapter 90 Section 24
    Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated              Chapter 269Section 10H
    Speeding                                                           Chapter 90 Section 17
    Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle               Chapter 90 Section 24

     
     The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who have information regarding this incident or any criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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            Charles Waitt




Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week

As the Town of Tewksbury continues to face and fight the increasing drug epidemic within our Community, the Tewksbury Police Department feels that raising public awareness is a crucial weapon in that battle. Opioid abuse is viewed as the largest and fastest growing drug problem in Massachusetts and they aim to provide our Community with a level of education that will provide an ounce of prevention and some promise for a better future.  The Police Department will be working with various Town departments and local organizations to provide that education to our resident populations during the week of October 14, 2012. These departments are working together to create collaborative programs that further increase the education and awareness levels. The Tewksbury Police Department, Tewksbury Board of Health, Tewksbury CARES, Tewksbury School Department, Northeast Behavioral Health, Learn to Cope, and Lowell House, Inc. have committed to taking a stand together against the drug problem in Tewksbury.
At the most recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the Board voted unanimously to declare the week of October 14th “Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week”. During this week, the Police Department will be working with the Greater Lowell Health Alliance and the Improbable Players to educate grades 5-8 about tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse. The Police Department will also be working with Tewksbury’s Art Teachers in grades 1-4 on a “Healthy Living and Healthy Choices” art project. For the Tewksbury Memorial High School students, the SADD program has scheduled former NBA player Chris Herren to speak about the perils of drug abuse on October 15th.
The Tewksbury Police Department feels that it is not only important to target the student population during this week but also their parents and all residents of Tewksbury. Therefore, the Police Department will be sponsoring an Opiate Awareness Night at the Tewksbury Memorial High School on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7PM.  Here we will discuss the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, how students are obtaining drugs, and how to get help. Those in attendance will hear from Mellissa Weiksnar, a mother determined to educate as many parents as possible about the dangers of drug addiction.  Also this week, the Board of Health will be providing education to the senior population at the Tewksbury Senior Center. Tewksbury’s Drug Awareness Week will end with an Opiate Overdose Vigil for those that have lost friends or family to this drug epidemic on Friday night, October 19th at 6:30PM. This event will be hosted by the Northeast Behavioral Health Program and will take place on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital.





Press Release

The DPW will begin scheduled Catch Basin Cleaning on or about Monday, October 1st at 7:30 AM through its contractor Road-Way Maintenance Services, Inc. 

Road-Way Maintenance Services, Inc. has been asked to complete a limited number of catch basins in Tewksbury (approximately half of the Town) due to limited funding.  They will most likely be working in Town for a period of 1 month with 2-3 crews per day.  The catch basin cleaning will occur in areas south of Main Street and the northeastern corner of Town (i.e. streets off of East Street, Shawsheen Street, & South Street).  The contractor has been instructed to stay off of main roads, as they will not be working with a police detail.
Please contact William Chandler, Highway/Forestry Division Supervisor at 978-640-4440 with any questions.






Press Release

Date    September 12th, 2012
Re:     Warrant Arrest – Foot Pursuit   
        
     On September 12th, 2012, a member of the Tewksbury Police Department was investigating a person acting suspiciously on Woburn St. The individual was identified as Jason Fidalgo, 25, of 27 Bernier St., Lowell, Ma. After identifying Mr. Fidalgo, It was learned by Officers that Mr. Fidalgo had an active warrant for his arrest. Mr. Fidalgo, upon learning that he had a warrant for his arrest, fled the area on foot across Woburn St. by Pete’s Variety store and into the adjoining neighborhood.

      Officers, including the K-9 Officer and K-9 Geox, pursued on foot down Woburn St. and into the nearby neighborhood. A perimeter was established around the neighborhood where Mr. Fidalgo fled. The K-9 Unit was able to track the suspect to Highland Ave, where the suspect was apprehended.  
     
     The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who have information regarding this incident or any criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov




Press Release
Date: September 12th, 2012
Re:     Armed Assault Arrest
        
    On 9/12/12, at approximately 2:20A.M., the Tewksbury Police Department responded to 55 Blease Dr. for a report of a break in progress involving an adult male, later identified as Eathan Becker 25, of 181 College Farm Rd. Waltham, Ma… The caller informed Dispatch that Mr. Becker had successfully gained entry into the residence through a basement door and that a fight was ongoing.

     Upon arrival to the scene, Officers were lead to the basement door, which they observed to have sustained damage and had appeared to have been forced open. Officers were also advised that Mr. Becker was armed with a knife. Officers entered the residence, and located Mr. Becker in the living room engaged in a fight with two other residents of the home. Officers observed Mr. Becker’s hands were covered in blood.

     Officers proceeded to intervene and shouted orders to Mr. Becker; however, Mr. Becker reacted belligerently toward the Officers and proceeded toward the Officers in an assaultive manner. Officers then deployed a Taser to subdue Mr. Becker. Mr. Becker was then taken into custody.

     Upon further investigation it was learned that Mr. Becker was related to the residents at 55 Blease Drive and was angry over not being bailed out by victims at the residence after an arrest in Waltham earlier in the evening that involved domestic abuse. After being bailed, he proceeded to 55 Blease Drive, forced his way in, and proceeded to assault several victims armed with a knife. The victims involved were able to disarm Mr. Becker as Police arrived.

     Mr. Becker is charged with the following offenses:

     Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a felony        Chapter 266 Section 16/A
    Malicious Destruction of Property over $250                   Chapter 266 Section 127/A
    Assault and Battery (Domestic, 3 counts)                         Chapter 265 Section 15A/B
    Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon (3 counts)          Chapter 265 Section 15B/A
    Armed Assault in a Dwelling                                            Chapter 265 Section 18A
    Assault to Murder                                                              Chapter 265 Section 15/A
    Resisting Arrest                                                                 Chapter 268 Section 32B

    
We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    






Press Release
Date    September 11th, 2012
Re:     Suspicious Activity
        

     On September 8th, 2012, Tewksbury Police took a report from a resident regarding suspicious activity that had occurred the prior evening.

     The resident reported that on September 7th, 2012, between 6:30-7:00 PM, in the vicinity of Green Street, a white male in a motor vehicle, possibly a gold or tan Ford Taurus with Massachusetts plates, pulled into a driveway and engaged a 10 year old female in conversation. The suspect stated that he was looking for a dog and wanted the 10 year old to be on the lookout for it. The male subject then pulled out of the driveway and drove off into the neighborhood.

     The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and heavy set, with short curly gray hair, no facial hair, and wearing an orange shirt. The vehicle in question is a Ford Taurus, possibly tan or gold in color with Massachusetts plates. A canvas was done in the neighborhood which produced some information that led Detectives to discover the identity of the male and the fact that he was, in fact, looking for a dog that a relative of his had lost while dog sitting. The dog was found and the investigation was closed finding no suspicious activity had occurred.
     
     The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who have information regarding this incident or any criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    





Armed Robbery at Stoneham Savings Bank
Date May 29, 2012
        

     On Monday, May 28, 2012, at approximately 4:57 P.M., Tewksbury Police responded to Stoneham Savings Bank located at 2171 Main Street for a report of armed robbery. The caller described the suspect as a white male approximately 5’8 to 6’ with dark hair, dark colored eyes, and thick eyebrows. The victim indicated that the suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a blue bandana, and blue surgical gloves. The victim stated that the suspect approached her vehicle at the drive-up ATM machine and demanded she empty her account while pointing a dark colored handgun at her. After the suspect took her money, he told her to leave. The suspect then fled behind the building with an undisclosed amount of cash.  
 
     Responding Officers set up a perimeter and began an extensive search. The Tewksbury Police K-9 Unit and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing were called out to assist in the search for the perpetrator.  The search went on for a number of hours but the suspect alluded capture. A door to door canvas of the surrounding area was also undertaken.  The incident is currently under investigation.  
     
     The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who observed or have knowledge of this criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    






Tewksbury Police Department to Utilize CodeRED Mobile Alert App for Mass Notification
 
TheTewksbury Police Department through a contract with Emergency Communications Network, LLC, will begin providing public safety alerts through the company’s new public safety app – CodeRED Mobile Alert.

The app, which is a free download for iPhone and Android subscribers, will allow Tewksbury residents, as well as those traveling through the area, to receive community and emergency alerts via notifications to their smartphones. Residents who have enrolled for the CodeRED System will continue to receive voice calls, text messages and emails. However, the app is designed to keep users safe and informed while on the go. “The app is unique because, for example, if we have a Tewksbury resident who is traveling to another state that also uses the CodeRED system, they will receive any community or emergency alerts from that specific area as well. It’s just one extra way to stay safe when you’re away from home.”


Emergency
, community and missing children alerts are always free to app users. The app also provides subscribers a free, 30-day trial of CodeRED Weather Warning, which alerts users if they are in the direct path of a severe thunderstorm, tornado or flash flood. Users have the ability to select the types of weather notifications they want receive, to customize the app based on their unique preferences. “With the weather component, you don’t have to be worried about missing hearing a tornado siren or watching a weather report. The app will alert you immediately after the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning, no matter the time of day.”

Residents with iPhones and Android smartphones are encouraged to download the app to begin receiving notifications from the Tewksbury Police Department  The app is available for a free download on the iTunes store and Google Play. For more information or to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, visit http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html.


Download the app today.
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Public Announcement

The Tewksbury Police Department would like to make the residents of Tewksbury aware of a recent upswing in daytime residential breaking and entering (B&E) throughout the Community. We are asking residents to secure their homes and vehicles when left unattended by locking doors, windows, and activating security systems when possible. We are also asking residents to secure their valuables out of plain view in both their residences and their vehicles. Lastly, we are asking residents to assist us by reporting any type of neighborhood suspicious activity observed, such as suspicious individuals and vehicles, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be. A partnership between the residents of Tewksbury and the Tewksbury Police Department is imperative in our plight to reduce this type of crime. Thank you for your time and cooperation. We are available to the Community 24 hours a day @ 978-851-7373 for non-emergency assistance and @ 911 for emergency assistance.



Press Release
Armed Robbery Tewksbury Convenient Mart
February 8th, 2012

On Tuesday February 7th, 2012 at approximately 8:30 P.M., Tewksbury Police responded to the Tewksbury Convenient Mart located at 160 Shawsheen St. for a report of a masked armed robbery. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’00, medium build, wearing a dark hooded jacket, gloves, red hat, and a bandana over his face. The suspect approached the cashier with a knife and demanded money.  The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.  
 
Officers arrived on scene in minutes, set up a perimeter, and searched the area with the assistance of the K-9 unit. This incident is currently under further investigation.   
     
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizen who recognizes the individual seen in the attached photos and those who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov    

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Public Announcement

Chief Sheehan of the Tewksbury Police Department would like to make the residents of Tewksbury aware of a recent upswing in daytime residential breaking and entering (B&E) throughout the Community. We are asking residents to secure their homes and vehicles when left unattended by locking doors, windows, and activating security systems when possible. We are also asking residents to secure their valuables out of plain view in both their residences and their vehicles. Lastly, we are asking residents to assist us by reporting any type of neighborhood suspicious activity observed, such as suspicious individuals and vehicles, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be. A partnership between the residents of Tewksbury and the Tewksbury Police Department is imperative in our plight to reduce this type of crime. Thank you for your time and cooperation. We are available to the Community 24 hours a day at 978-851-7373 for non-emergency assistance and 911 for emergency assistance.    




Former Tewksbury Recreation Department Business Manager Charged with Larceny

LOWELL – The former business manager for the town of Tewksbury Recreation Department was arraigned on larceny charges in connection with an alleged theft from the town’s recreation center, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Lauren Bibo Morris, 30, of Tewksbury was arraigned in Lowell District Court on two counts of larceny over $250.~ Lowell District Court Judge Elizabeth Cremens released the defendant on personal recognizance with conditions to stay away from and have no contact with witnesses or Tewksbury town employees.

Her next court date is November 6 for a pre-trial conference.

Roy Patterson, 60, of Tewksbury, the former director of the Tewksbury Recreation Department, is also charged in connection with this case.~ Patterson is scheduled to be arraigned on September 20 on charges of larceny under $250 and violating the municipal employees’ conflict-of-interest law.

“This defendant, Lauren Morris, allegedly violated her position of authority within the town of Tewksbury and stole funds intended for the town’s youth who could have benefited from the center,” District Attorney Leone said.~ “We fully intend to hold the defendants accountable for their actions, which showed a disregard for the public service they were hired to do.”

According to authorities, Morris worked as business manager for the Tewksbury recreation center and handled registration and finances for the department. It is alleged that she stole more $52,000 from the center’s bank account in 2009 and 2010.~ An investigation into the alleged theft was launched in 2010 after Patterson reported to the town manager a discrepancy in deposits for the recreation center.~ The investigation revealed that Morris, who handled payments for recreational services and summer youth programs, allegedly stole cash payments made by Tewksbury families for their children’s program registration.~ From May 1 to September 15, 2010, there were no cash deposits into the recreation department’s accounts despite cash payments from parents.~ It is also alleged that Morris stole additional cash from families who made cash payments for daily lunches, field trips, and other fees associated with the summer recreation programs.~ According to authorities Morris allegedly set up a payroll account in the name of a family member, and collected and cashed 11 paychecks without the family member having any knowledge or ever working for the town.~ In total, it is alleged that Morris stole $20,485 in 2009 and $31,457 in 2010 and used the money for her own personal use.~

It is also alleged that Patterson illegally added hours to employee paychecks and took the cash difference to pay other employees, a violation of state ethics laws.

These charges are allegations and the defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.~

The case was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Tewksbury Police Department.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Rachel Perlman.~ The Victim Witness Advocate is Amanda Zacchilli.






Breaking and Entering Arrest
Date: August 20, 2012

 On August 20, 2012, at approximately 10:40 am, a Tewksbury Police Officer travelling west on Shawsheen Street, in a marked unit, was flagged down by a motorist in a van travelling in the opposite direction. The Officer immediately spun his marked unit around and caught up with the van. A passenger in the van informed the Officer that the occupants of the gray Toyota Camry (Ma Reg. 29ZT87), travelling in front of them, had stolen something from his residence. The Officer then continued east on Shawsheen Street until he located the Toyota and pulled it over in the vicinity of 1424 Shawsheen Street. The Officer identified the operator of the Toyota as Amanda A. Miller, 22, of 49 Derby Street, Apt. # 1, Waltham, Ma and the passenger as Jonathan D. Miller, 29, of the same address in Waltham.

 Shortly thereafter, the Officer confirmed arrest warrants on both parties out of Lawrence District Court for being knowingly present where heroin is kept. Both parties were taken into custody, handcuffed, and placed in the rear of separate marked units that had arrived to provide backup. The female was subsequently transported to the Police Department for booking. The remaining Officers conducted a search of the Toyota and spoke with the male passenger of the van that had generated the motor vehicle stop. He further explained that Amanda Miller is related to him and that she and Jonathan Miller were suspected of stealing some jewelry from his residence on Bemis Circle (Tewksbury) approximately a month earlier and that it was not reported to Police at that time because the owner of the residence did not want to get Amanda in trouble. The male passenger reported observing the Toyota occupied by Amanda Miller and Jonathan Miller backing out of a driveway on Shawsheen Street before they began following them.

A search of the vehicle turned up evidence that included a jewelry box that contained a class ring with a female’s name inscribed on it that did not match that of the operator or owner of the Toyota. After securing the evidence located in the Toyota, Officers were alerted from construction workers that were working across the street that the male prisoner had escaped from the back of a marked unit on scene and had taken off running down Shawsheen Street toward Compass Lane while still handcuffed in the rear (approximately 11:20 am). All of the Department’s resources were deployed to the scene. A perimeter was set up which included Tewksbury units and mutual aid units from Andover Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, and the State Police. The Tewksbury Police Department K-9 Unit began searching the area inside the perimeter while K-9 Units from Westford Police Department, the State Police, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department, and other NEMLEC Communities responded to the scene. The State Police Airwing was also requested and responding from Plymouth, Ma. A CodeRED emergency notification was also sent to 2500 residents in the area of the incident providing a description of the suspect and asking for anything suspicious to be reported immediately.

At approximately 12:15 pm, a resident on Compass Lane walked out of his residence escorting Jonathan Miller to Police Officers who were searching the area. The resident had indicated that he found Mr. Miller hiding in his laundry room after he became aware of the police activity in his neighborhood. Mr. Miller had broken into the residence on Compass Lane in an attempt to avoid capture. Jonathan Miller was re-taken into custody and transported to the Tewksbury Police Department for booking.

An investigation into the owner of the class ring recovered uncovered a housebreak that had been perpetrated by Amanda Miller and Jonathan Miller earlier at the residence on Shawsheen Street where the occupants of the van had observed them pulling away from. Jewelry and additional evidence recovered in the Toyota was identified by the homeowners of the residence on Shawsheen Street as their property. After being re-taken into custody, Jonathan Smith indicated that he shouldered open the marked unit rear door that had been left partially open by the Officer who had placed him into the vehicle.
 

In addition to the warrant out of Lawrence District Court, Jonathan Miller is charged with the following offenses:

Resisting Arrest Chapter 268 Section 32B
 B&E Daytime W/Intent to Commit a Misdemeanor Chapter 266 Section 16A
B&E Daytime W/Intent to Commit a Felony Chapter 266 Section 18
Larceny over $250 Chapter 266 Section 30
 Possession of Burglarious Tools Chapter 266 Section 49
Conspiracy to Commit a Crime Chapter 274 Section 7

In addition to the warrant out of Lawrence District Court, Amanda Miller is charged with the following offenses;

B&E Daytime W/Intent to Commit a Felony Chapter 266 Section 18
Larceny over $250 Chapter 266 Section 30
Conspiracy to Commit a Crime Chapter 274 Section 7

Amanda and Jonathan Miller are being held without bail and will be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department. With an increase in housebreaks and motor vehicle breaks we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov  

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Amanda Miller







Press Release
Date: July 1, 2012
Breaking and Entering/Assault and Battery Arrest
 

  On July 1, 2012, at approximately 2:00am, Tewksbury Police Officers responded to 20 Sycamore Drive for a 911 caller reporting a breaking and entering in progress. While in route to the residence, Officers were informed that the suspect had assaulted the male caller at the residence and had fled the scene.

 Upon arrival, it was learned that the suspect was involved in a past dating relationship with one of the victims at the residence. The victims were inside the residence when they heard the doorbell ringing. The victims could also hear someone yelling outside. The suspect, later identified as Brian Driscoll, 37, of 58 Myrtle St, Malden, Ma was outside banging on the front door and looking into the windows with a flashlight. Mr. Driscoll was also observed placing a ladder up to a rear window and trying to knock on a bedroom window. One of the victims was also receiving threatening text messages on a cell phone from Mr. Driscoll during this ordeal. The victims reported that Mr. Driscoll then began striking the front door in an attempt to break it down.

 The male victim proceeded to call 911 while the female victim opened the front door to tell Mr. Driscoll to leave. Mr. Driscoll then opened the storm door and forced his way into the residence, attacking the male victim inside. Mr. Driscoll then fled the residence on foot.

 Officers responding to the scene observed a vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped, at which time Mr. Driscoll was identified as the operator. Mr. Driscoll was subsequently positively identified as the suspect, and placed under arrest. It was learned by Officers that Mr. Driscoll had a suspended license and an active warrant for his arrest.

 Mr. Driscoll is charged with the following offenses;

B+E Nighttime for a Felony Chapter 266 Section 16/A
Assault and Battery Chapter 265 Section 13A
License Suspended, Operate a MV with Chapter 90 Section 23

 We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department. With an increase in house breaks and motor vehicle breaks we ask that residents take precautions and ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured.

 If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov


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 Brian Driscoll, 37







Press Release
June 27, 2012
Drug Arrest

On June 26, 2012, the Tewksbury Police arrested Jean Carlos Ortiz, 19, of 3 Wendell Street, Apartment # 2, Lawrence, MA for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The Tewksbury Police were conducting surveillance and observed a suspicious person operating a motor vehicle in the Kennedy Road area. Subsequent to the vehicle being stopped, the driver Ortiz was identified. Through the Officers investigation, and with the assistance of a drug detection K-9 Unit, cocaine and heroin were located inside the vehicle.

Ortiz was arraigned at Lowell District Court on June 27, 2012.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov 

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 Jean Carlos Ortiz

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Press Release:
House Break Arrest
June 22, 2012

On June 22, 2012, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Christopher Champa, 26, and Holly Falsini, 30, both of 25 Sidney Street, Lowell MA for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, attempt to commit a crime (breaking and entering), and conspiracy. Falsini is also being charged with operating on a suspended license.

At approximately 10AM this morning, an off duty Tewksbury Detective, working an extra paid road detail, observed a suspicious vehicle on Marston Street and followed it until other officers could assist him. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and identify the occupants. A few moments later, a radio transmission came from the Tewksbury Police Communication Center reporting that a resident on Leroy Lane had reported that a white male wearing a dark shirt was just at her back door and that she believes her presence had scared him away.

After a preliminary investigation, it was learned that the occupants of the vehicle had broken into a home on Devonshire Road and attempted to gain entry to the home located on Leroy Lane which is off of Marston Street. Property was located inside the vehicle which belonged to the homeowner located at Devonshire Road.

Both suspects will be arraigned on Monday morning at Lowell District Court.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov 

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 Christopher Champa, 26

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Holly Falsini, 30








Press Release
Date: June 08, 2012
Re: Attempted Murder Arrest (Stabbing)
On June 08, 2012, at 11:53 pm, the Tewksbury Police Department responded to the Motel 6 (95 Main Street), Room 107, for a report of a stabbing that had been reported to the front desk clerk. The clerk placed a call to the Tewksbury Police Department Dispatch Center indicating that a male had just walked into the lobby to report that he was the victim of a stabbing at the hands of a male in Room 107. The victim then left the lobby and the clerk lost sight of him. Upon arrival to Room 107, responding Officers were met by a male subject identified as Kendrick Sanders, 58, of 82 Gorham Street, Lowell, Ma. Mr. Sanders was subsequently taken into custody and a knife was located at the scene.

The stabbing victim, a 49 year old male from Lowell, Ma, was located on Wentworth Ave in Lowell. He was treated at the scene for what appeared to be a stab wound to the chest before he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim is currently listed in stable condition. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and the State Police CPAC Unit are assisting in the investigation.

Mr. Sanders is being charged with the following criminal offenses:
 
 Attempted Murder Chapter 265 Section 16
Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon Chapter 265 Section 13A
 
 The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.~ If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov .

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Kendrick Sanders, 58, of 82 Gorham Street, Lowell, Ma