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.
National Night Out in Lowell is being held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
Lowell will join communities nationwide to celebrate “National Night Out Against Crime”. National Night Out brings residents together with first responders and local organizations who share a commitment to living healthy lives in safe neighborhoods. National Night Out consists of crime prevention, safety and health presentations along with fun family activities. Lowell will have two event sites for National Night Out 2012. Each site will have visits from police, fire, sheriff departments,EMS and K-9 units as well as raffles and children’s activities.
The North Common site will have a DJ for entertainment.
TheMoreySchoolsite will show the movie The Lion King at the conclusion of the night. In case of rain, all activities at the Morey school site will be held indoors.
National Night Out celebrates and strengthensLowell’s neighborhoods.
Come out, meet your neighbors and enjoy this special night!
Site 1. North Common Amphitheater,Fletcher StreetatFather Sarantos Way
Neighborhood Block Party with DJ
Site Host: Coalition for a BetterAcre
Site 2. Morey School Grounds,Pine StreetatWalker Street
Hours: 6pm-8pm Neighborhood Block Party
8pm-9:30pm Outdoor Movie, The Lion King
Site Host: Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group
Contact Sharon Callery, Lowell Police Department Community Services for further information. (978) 674-1969 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowell, MA – The Lowell Police Department will receive a $7,500 grant to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. A $100,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was made available through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for competitive grants to police departments. Awards range from $3,000 to $7,500 based on the population size of communities.
According to theMassachusettsTrafficRecordsAnalysisCenter(MassTRAC), from 2006 to 2010, more than 1600 bicyclists and pedestrians were injured in crashes and 360 of those resulted in death. Bicyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable road users because unlike those in vehicles, there is nothing to protect them from the impact. Over 70 percent of bicycle and pedestrian crashes involve an injury, compared to 25 percent for all motor vehicle crashes.
“There are many techniques available to law enforcement agencies for protecting bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. With this funding, the Lowell Police Department will utilize a combination of targeted patrols and crosswalk law enforcement strategies. This will increase the number of accidents that are avoided and help ensure the safety of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in Lowell.” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Arthur Ryan.
TheLowellpolice department, in partnership with EOPSS, recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable, and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries relating to pedestrians and bicyclists inLowell. Any death or injury on our roadways is one too many.
Please follow the LPD on Twitter at @lowellpd and on the departments facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowell-Police-Department-Official/329534741682
The Lowell Community Health Center Teen Coalition is preparing for the 17th annual Dance 4 Peace which will be held on August 1, 2012 Dance 4 Peace planning meetings begin Monday June 11th, 3pm at Middlesex Community College room 101. The group will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays until the event on August 1st! Audition dates for performers and emcees will be on July 10, 12, 17, 19th, 3-6 at MCC in room 101
COOL “In the Acre” Festival
Saturday, June 9th
North Common Amphitheater
A unique festival experience for visitors featuring a variety of different activities and interactive performances! Live art demonstrations, artistic spoken word and dance performances, public displays of art on the steps of the amphitheater, games, arts & crafts, and a variety of food from diverse local restaurants! Summer Program Information available at the Event For more information, contact COOL at 978-674-4260
LOWELL, MA (May 31, 2012) – A friendly reminder from the Lowell Police Department to have residents secure and remove any valuables from your vehicles. During the time period of January 1st until May 13th of 2012 there have been 258 breaks into motor vehicles. Of the 258 car breaks, 132 occurred in cars that were left unlocked. These numbers reflect that 51% of the car breaks in the City ofLowell could have potentially been avoided. The Lowell Police Department is utilizing every available resource to ensure the safety of the citizens and the protection of their property but we need your help. We are increasing uniformed patrols in areas where property crime has increased. These efforts have proven effective, but the best method of preventing crime is to work closely with the citizens ofLowell. Residents need to constantly be aware of their surroundings and to immediately report any activity that appears suspicious. They also need to lock their vehicles and secure any valuables inside from plain view. These small actions will go a long way in our attempts to protect your property. Criminals will usually only use force if there is something of value in plain view. The culprits will only take the risk of detection by smashing a window if the risk of detection is outweighed by the value of the property in plain view such as iPads, laptops, GPS units, etc. It is much easier for a suspect to wander the neighborhood undetected looking for unlocked vehicles that they can enter and rummage through looking for valuables.
The Lowell Police Department can be reached by calling the non-emergency line at (978) 937-3200. If you have any information on these particular crimes or other crimes you can report them to our Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (978) 459-TIPS (8477) and you could be eligible for a cash reward. All callers remain anonymous. You can also Text-a-tip 847411 (tip must begin with ”LPD tip”). We encourage our residents to follow us on our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowell-Police-Department-Official/329534741682 and LPD Twitter account @lowellpd for updates.
This Friday, May 25, 2012 is National Missing Children’s Day. The LPD, in conjunction with the Lowell Senior Center and Heritage Magazine, will be hosting a Child ID Card Event at the Lowell Senior Center from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Parents and Grandparents are invited to take children to the Senior Center to receive Child ID Kits, Child ID Cards and assorted child safety information. The Senior Center will also be providing snacks and pizza to the children at 3:00 pm.
For more information on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, please visit www.take25.org.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is currently looking to hire Summer Staff for their 2012 Summer Programs as well as a Character & Leadership Development Director. The job descriptions and information on where to send your resume can be found by clicking the link below. Good luck to all applicants.