Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Officials stress there is no threat to the public, details still emerging.
Boston Police announced a major new development in the Boston Marathon bombing case Wednesday morning. According to the department, there are three new suspects in custody. Boston Police tweeted the news just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. There were no further details, though the police said they would offer more information soon. There is no additional information being released at the moment. BPD said additional details will be provided when they become available. Police stressed there was no immediate threat to the public. UPDATES BELOW 4:40 p.m. Attorneys for the three suspects all gave brief statements outside of the courtroom. Each stressed that his client cooperated with the investigation. An attorney for Kadyrbayez denied that his …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Westford residents should seek alternate routes for the next few days.
If you're seeing delays on Littleton Road today, it's probably not Minot's Corner again. Westford Police are advising residents to watch out for delays on Route 110 from South Chelmsford Road to Nashoba Valley Technical High School due to parking lot construction work at the high school. This weekend is also the weekend of the Westford 5K and 10K Road Race, which begins next to the Abbot School and heads around the center until finishing in front of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Police are reminding residents to be alert for detours on Main St., Depot St., Hildreth St. Lincoln St., Forge Village Rd., Graniteville Rd., and Concord Rd., as well as some secondary roads nearby between 1:45 and 3:14 p.m. on Sunday.
William O'Neill is charged with threatening the woman who pressed charges against his daughter for theft.
A Westford woman and her father were arrested recently, both facing felony charges. Nashua Police say the daughter was arrested and charged April 10 with a theft, and the father was arrested six days later, for threatening his daughter's alleged victim, demanding she drop the charges. According to police, in January of 2012 a theft was reported from a Nashua residence in excess $1,500. Meghan O’Neill, 30, of 11 Chestnut Road, Westford, Mass., who was known to the victim, was identified as the suspect. An arrest warrant was issued for Meghan O’Neill, who was taken into custody April 10. Six days later William O’Neill, 54, of 400 Dunstable Road, Tyngsborough, Mass., was arrested, charged with tampering with witnesses and informants, a class…
Westford's got not one, but two elections going on today. We'll be out and about throughout town today with updates from the field.
Final Results Hazelton 1859 Peraner-Sweet 1798 Jarvie 1654 Jefferies 1206 UPDATE 8:41 p.m. - Corrected numbers Hazelton - 1560 Peraner-Sweet - 1425 Jarvie - 1397 Jefferies - 965 UPDATE 8:36 p.m. - Hold on, it looks like we may have been given bad numbers. UPDATE 8:32 p.m. Combined totals (5 of 6 precincts reporting, only waiting on Stony Brook School) Hazelton - 1529 Jarvie - 1427 Peraner-Sweet - 1272 Jefferies - 1118 UPDATE 8:25 p.m. Precinct 4 334 Peraner-Sweet 241 Jefferies 290 Hazelton 249 Jarvie Precinct 6 191 Peraner-Sweet 131 Jefferies 235 Hazelton 236 Jarvie UPDATE 8:22 p.m. Precinct 2 - Blanchard School Jefferies 198 Peraner- Sweet 285 Jarvie 315 Hazelton 345 UPDATE - 8:17 p.m. - Precinct 1 Jefferies 182 Peraner-Sweet 283 …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The following are excerpts from the Westford Fire Department from April 15 to 22, 2013
Additional information was provided by officers of the Westford Fire Department.
April 15, 7:43 p.m. - Portions of a hotel were evacuated after a fire alarm went off. Upon further investigation, the source of the alarm stemmed from a guest who overcooked popcorn in a microwave. April 17, 1:47 p.m. - A brush fire on Crocker Drive impacted a 1,500 square foot area. Officials believe that improper disposal of ashes from a wood stove caused the blaze. April 18, 8:54 a.m. - The odor of smoke at St. Catherine's had been caused by a faulty light fixture. Electricians were able to fix the problem. April 18, 1:36 p.m. - Westford firefighters aided in dealing with a condo fire in Tyngsboro, specifically to help with venting the second floor of the contol and overhauling the building once the fire was controlled. April 19, 2:46…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Rafael Beamud Jr. was arrested Tuesday night.
The man called the "Merrimack Valley Bandit," who police say robbed 15 banks and a convenience store in the Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire and Maine, including a bank in Westford, is also the son of a retired Cambridge Police detective who owns a night club in Lawrence. Rafael Beamud Jr. of Lowell, was arrested in Salem, N.H., Tuesday night after a traffic stop in which police identified him with photos of the "Bandit" from the FBI. A former Salem, N.H., resident, Beamud Jr. was arrested in Salem earlier this year on drug charges, as reported by Salem Patch. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled drug (cocaine) and transportation of a controlled drug (cocaine) in a Salem school parking lot. He is also a suspect in…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The suspect was wanted in relation to a bank robbery in Lawrence
Massachusetts State Police released a statement today that a state trooper pursued a suspect from a Lawrence bank robbery through 495, ending in Westford. At approximately 10:15 a.m., Lawrence Police asked other law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for a Ford Explorer operated by George Melendez, 46, of Lowell for alleged bank robbery. The vehicle was spotted heading south on 495 in Lowell and did not stop, leading to a six mile chase. There were no reported injuries and no property damage as a result of the pursuit and arrest. Lawrence Police are continuing investigation into the incident this morning that led to the charges.
Michael Pelgro has been serving as acting district attorney in Middlesex County.
Governor Deval Patrick announced this week he has appointed Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County District Attorney (DA), according to a press release issued by Patrick's office. Ryan, who currently serves as the Middlesex DA's general counsel, will assume the responsibilities for the Middlesex County DA's Office as DA Gerald Leone recently stepped down from his post to join a private law firm. A 30-year veteran of the Middlesex County DA's office, Ryan has served as general counsel and chief of the office's elder and disabled unit, the press release said. She has tried hundreds of cases in both district and superior courts and argued more than 40 cases in the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. “Marian brings a great wealth of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Patch will post up-to-the-minute updates from MIT as Officer Sean Collier is honored by the school community.
Sean Collier will be remembered at an MIT memorial service at noon on Wednesday. Collier, who was killed Thursday, was laid to rest on Tuesday morning. Police believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects shot Collier as he responded to an unrelated robbery. Patch will provide updates throughout the memorial service. We welcome you to add your condolences and memories of Sean in the chat above once the live chat begins.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The suspect was arrested after months of robberies.
After allegedly robbing more than a dozen banks in the Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire and Maine, including the Bank of America in Westford last week, a suspect in the "Merrimack Valley Bandit" case has been apprehended in Salem, N.H. Salem Police Lt. Steve Malisos said that Rafael Beamud Jr. of Lowell was puled over on a traffic stop near Home Depot and then identified as the man federal authorities have been looking for. "One of our detectives was the one who was able to ID him through photos, and we contacted Massachusetts authorities," Malisos said. "He was never brought to station, he was transferred over to the FBI." On the Methuen Police Department Facebook Page Tuesday night, Chief Joseph Solomon posted: "Breaking News The…