LOWELL, MA (September 13, 2012) – Lowell Police is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspects shown below. On September 1, 2012 at 9:39 p.m. Lowell Police responded to the 7-11 store at645 Princeton Blvd inLowell for report of a past armed robbery. The two suspects entered the store brandishing a knife and demanding that the clerk empty the cash register. The clerk who was alone in the store complied with the order and turned over the money to the suspects. Suspect’s then fled store on foot in an unknown direction without incident or injury to the clerk.
Anyone with information as to the identity of these two suspects is asked to contact Lowell Police. Callers can remain anonymous by calling out Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (978)459-TIPS. We can also be contacted by Text-a-Tip to 847411 (Tip must begin with LPDtip)
You could be eligible for a cash reward of $1,000
The LPD would like to announce the 29th Citizens’ Police Academy. The Academy will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd 2012 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and continue every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks. The Academy is open to all area residents age 18 and older who have clean arrest record. The Academy is also free of charge and requires no testing, just an interest in law enforcement.
The Academy will cover a wide range of topics, including Criminal Investigation, Internal Affairs, Motor Vehicle Law, Identity Theft, Internet Safety and much more! If you are interested in participating, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Callery, Volunteer Coordinator at (978) 674-1969.
We are pleased to announce the 2012 “BACK TO SCHOOL BICYCLE SAFETY RODEO” sponsored by Lowell General Hospital-Emergency Nurses Care Association, The Greater Lowell Kiwanis Club, CARSTAR, TARGET and the Lowell Police Department, September 16th, 2012 from 11am – 2pm at TARGET on Plain Street, in Lowell. This event includes a free bicycle inspection station, a free helmet fitting station and free bicycle safety handouts. Stop by for a chance to win a new bike and receive free bike helmets! 2012 Bicycle Rodeo FLyer
The Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Reentry Partnership (GLERP) will be hosting a Reentry Community Forum on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Middlesex Community College café, located at 33 Kearney Square in Lowell.
The GLERP was co-founded in 2010 by the Lowell Police Department and the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board (GLWIB). The GLERP is a partnership between local and regional organizations who are working together to bridge resources for ex-offenders reentering the community. The goal of the Partnership is to provide ex-offenders with opportunities for success in an effort to reduce recidivism. The Forum is designed for social service agencies, as well as ex-offenders and their families. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be several speakers discussing various reentry topics. There will be speakers from the LPD, Billerica House of Corrections, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the GLWIB and the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) at the Forum. These speakers will cover a wide-range of topics, including what each of the agencies is doing to assist ex-offenders in the reentry process.
During the final hour (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) of the Forum there will be a Resource Fair. Members of the Partnership, such as Lowell House and the Lowell Transitional Living Center, will host tables that will highlight the services they have available for ex-offenders. The members of the GLERP are hopeful that this Forum will increase awareness to the free services that are available to ex-offenders which will assist them to successfully reenter the community and thrive after their incarceration.
LOWELL, MA (August 30, 2012) – Last evening at 10:58 p.m. Lowell Police dispatch received a call for shots fired in the parking lot at Tedeschi’s convenience store at 494 Bridge Street. Upon arrival Officers discovered three shooting victims and a fourth victim who was a victim of a physical assault. One of the shooting victims was flown by med flight to a Boston Hospital. His condition at this time is stable. The two remaining shooting victims were treated atLowell hospitals and have since been released. The victim of the assault was also treated at a Lowell Hospital.
The subsequent investigation by Lowell Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police assigned to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office has led to the arrest of Chanphakdae Thang ofLowellfor his involvement in this shooting. He has been charged with (3) counts of armed assault with intent to murder.
It appears at this time that two groups of individuals met in the parking lot at494 Bridge Street. It is unknown if this was an arranged meeting or a chance encounter; that continues to be part of the investigation. An altercation broke out between two of the individuals. The suspect allegedly pulled a firearm and began firing. Three individuals were struck and fled on foot. They were found by arriving Officers and then transported to area hospitals. The suspect then fled the scene in a motor vehicle. Thang will be arraigned on the charges this morning at Lowell District Court.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Lowell Police Department Receives $950,000 to Revitalize the Centralville Neighborhood and Assist Ex-Offenders
LOWELL, MA (August 22, 2021) – On August 22, 2012, the Lowell Police Department (LPD) was notified by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) that the department would be receiving a $900,000 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, one of six awards made nationwide. The LPD also received a $50,000 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program planning grant from the USDOJ this week.
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant will fund the Centralville Friends for Improvement, Revitalization, and Enforcement (C-FIRE) program. This program will utilize comprehensive, community-based crime prevention strategies that will strive to decrease crime, increase resident safety, provide positive alternatives for at-risk youth and enhance the Centralville neighborhoods revitalization efforts. Through this grant the LPD will work closely with the Centralville Neighborhood Action Group (CNAG) and partner with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board/Career Center, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, the United Teen Equality Center, Coalition for a Better Acre, Community Teamwork, Inc., International Institute of New England and Mill City Grows. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts –Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community will assist the LPD and project partners to implement and evaluate the program.
In addition to the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the LPD also received the Second Chance Planning Grant, which will focus on creating a five-year strategic plan that addresses the needs of ex-offenders returning to the community from incarceration. The LPD along with the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board/Career Center founded the Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Reentry Partnership in 2010. This Partnership includes representatives from a variety of stakeholders, including City and State agencies, as well as local service providers. Through the Second Chance Planning Grant, the group will work together to design a five-year strategic plan that will focus on identifying and addressing the greatest needs of ex-offenders and providing them with comprehensive services both before and after their release from incarceration in an effort to reduce recidivism in the Greater Lowell area.
Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated, “The Lowell Police Department is eager to begin work on both the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation and Second Chance Planning grants. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with CNAG through the C-Fire program and this grant will provide a variety of much needed resources to the Centralville area. We are also excited to strengthen the Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Partnership through the Second Chance grant. Recidivism of ex-offenders has long been a concern in the City and putting together a solid five-year strategic plan will allow the LPD to apply for additional grant funding in the future to benefit ex-offenders and reduce their likelihood of re-offending. The LPD is extremely grateful to the USDOJ, as well as Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Senators Brown and Kerry, who have been instrumental in supporting our efforts to secure grant funding in recent years.”
LOWELL, MA (August 22, 2012) – On the evening of Tuesday, August 21, 2012 a joint effort was conducted by the Lowell Police Department Special Investigations Unit along the F.B.I, Massachusetts State Police, Lawrence Police Department and Methuen Police Department. These officers conducted this operation in the City ofLowell on Middlesex, Westford andGorham Street between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The individuals arrested for solicitation were Shelia Aponte, age 39 of Lowell MA, Stephanie Lohnes, age 23 of Lowell MA, Susan Lyons, age 35 of Lowell MA, and Jessica Shanahan, age 25 of Lowell MA. Also arrested for solicitation were Shawn Dixon, age 36 of Nashua NH, Richard Molinari, age 69 of Westford MA, Anthony Stecchi, age 26 of Lowell MA and James Porter, age 47 of Nashua N.H,
The following individuals arrested for sexual conduct for a fee were Kristen Frost, age 40 of Lowell MA, Nicole Dupras, age 38 of Lowell MA, Ashley Hoisington, age 32 of Harvard MA, Nicole Legare, age 27 of Lowell MA, Janio Gallego, age 51 of Lowell MA, Jose Valdo Gomes, age 35 of Lowell MA, and Raphael Moise, age 18 of Lowell MA. Also, charged with common night walking were Sophia Allison, age 43 ofLowellMA, and Beatrice Pierre Louis, ageNashuaN.H.
Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated; “Street prostitution continues to plague certain neighborhoods in the city of Lowell. Prostitution greatly diminishes the quality of life in those neighborhoods and the Lowell Police Department is committed to eradicating the problem by arresting those involved in the prostitution trade including the prostitute and the client”
Lowell Police will remain vigilant in its efforts to illuminate this activity in our neighborhoods. Individuals who ply such a trade along with their customers should be for warned that future operations such as this will continue throughout the city. All parties found to be involved in this activity will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Please join the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group for a SIDEWALK MEETING with the Lowell Police Department to address RECENT CRIMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Saturday, August 25 at 9:00 AM
Molloy School Parking Lot
125 Smith Street
• Hear from the LPD on criminal activity in the
• Learn what steps are being taken to address the
issues facing this area of the neighborhood.
• Understand what you can do to help.
Sponsored By Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group
For more information, please contact:
Taya Dixon Mullane
Lowell Police Department
Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Lowell Ma. – Lowell Police Department today announced it will join 128 other law enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 15 to September 3 as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).
Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2010, 115 people died in impaired driving related crashes in the Commonwealth. Moreover, there were an additional 2,750 impaired driving related personal injury and property damage crashes and almost 14,635 impaired driving arrests.
On average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during summer holidays.
“There have been too many incidents where innocent law-abiding people driving our roadways suffer tragic consequences. This is a result of a conscious decision made by people to drive impaired and is a careless disregard for human life. We here at the Lowell Police are committed to roadway safety; we will be increasing our enforcement efforts during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl.
Lowell Officers will be aggressively looking for any impaired drivers during the crackdown. Arrest will be the response for anyone found driving our roadways under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
“The message is simple: if we find you driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions, no second chance” said Deputy Friedl. “Even if happen to beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. All told, a first offense can easily cost well over $5000. Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Lowell Police Department is investigating 2 separate incidents of explosives being ignited in the city. The most recent incident happened over this past weekend. On August 12, 2012 at approximately 7; 10 p.m. Officers were on patrol in the area ofWannalancit Street. At which time they heard a loud explosion. They were unable to locate the exact location as the noise echoed throughout the neighborhood. As they drove ontoW.Bowers Streetthey could see a large plume of smoke bellowing into the air from the rear of theBartlettSchool. Officers drove to the field in the rear of the school. Officers then located remnants of what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. The Lowell Fire Department and detectives from the Lowell Police Criminal Bureau were requested to respond. Upon searching the area, remnants of the pipe bomb were found 200-220 feet from the ignition point.
On August 10, 2012 Officers were on patrol in the area ofGorham Street. At approximately 10: 07 p.m. an officer heard a loud explosion come from the area of the South Common. As the officer drove to the location he observed smoke bellowing from the center of the common. Lowell Fire and Lowell Police detectives were requested to respond. In both incidents a thorough search was conducted to ensure that there were no other explosive devices in the area. Evidence has been collected in both of these incidents.
The Lowell Police Department is actively investigating both of these incidents and is requesting the public’s help. If you witness such an incident please contact us immediately at (978) 937-3200. If anyone has any information on past incidents please contact LPD Crime Stoppers at (978) 459-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 847411. (Tip must start with LPDtip) You will remain anonymous and if your information is deemed credible and reliable it could result in a cash reward.
Under Massachusetts Law (GL:266;102A) possession of a infernal machine is a Felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in State Prison and not less than 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.