Lowell Officers receive new State Identification Cards
LOWELL, MA (March 15, 2012) – Lowell police Officers will now be part of a new state wide police identification program. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs are today unveiling a new credential being carried by the police officers from Lowell and across Massachusetts. The new ID cards are of uniform design and utilize features that thwart tampering and counterfeiting. To our knowledge, Massachusetts is the first state in the U.S. to implement a statewide system of secure police credentials. Massachusetts law requires that every city and town issue identification cards to its full-time police officers, who are required to carry the card and exhibit it upon lawful request. However, there has never before been a standard for the design of the card leaving police departments to come up with their own. Additionally, most Police ID cards had no security elements so counterfeit cards could conceivably be made using off-the-shelf printers and software. The lack of uniform, secure credentials posed several security and public safety problems. It is not uncommon for people to commit crimes by posing as police officers. Lowell Officers are pleased to be part of this program. With the need of heighten security measures at its highest this program enhances public safety not only in Lowell MA but across the country.
Each card is serial numbered so that a lost or stolen card can be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The back of every card attests that the bearer is a law enforcement officer as defined by federal law. Since 2004, law enforcement officers have been empowered to carry firearms outside their own state provided that they carry photo identification issued by their departments. The cost of the first card issued to each police officer is paid using federal homeland security funding. Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said, “Our commonwealth’s police Chiefs have afforded our citizens a reliable means to determine whether a person presenting police identification is authentic. This is in keeping with our mission to keep the public safe.”
Contact Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson
Elderly Residents Targeted
LOWELL, MA (March 14, 2012) – In what has become an ongoing trend the Lowell Police Department again is reaching out to our public for assistance. Over the last several months Lowell Police have received complaints of individuals calling elderly residents and attempting to swindle them out of their money. The caller plays on the nurturing instincts of the victim by identifying him or herself as a relative in need of help. They continue this ruse by telling the victim that they are far away and need money to return home and are reluctant or even afraid to reach out to other relatives. They amplify their request with a tone of dismay to the point of pretending to cry.
Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan stated: “These scams are particularly troubling, they are targeting our senior citizens, not only stealing their saving’s, but causing unnecessary anxiety and concern for their loved ones. These criminals are relying on good people to do good deeds, and then victimizing them for it; it is truly disturbing that there are people out there that would do this”
How victims are being identified and targeted is part of our investigation. Access to information thru search engines and social media are abounding. Residents are asked that if they do receive a call similar to this scenario or any call from someone requesting money or personal info that they tell the caller that they are notifying their local police, then hang up and immediately pick up your phone and dial *57. This will lock in the number that they called from and will help Police identify the call origination point. Documenting the time and date will also help your phone carrier and Police pinpoint the call search.
Contact: Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson Captain Kelly Richardson
Krichardson@lowellma.gov Office: (978) 674-1709
Please see the attached Press Release from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) pertaining to “Bath Salts.” Possessing and selling these chemicals, or the products that contain them, is now illegal in the United States.
LOWELL, MA (March 8, 2012) – The Lowell Police Department has become aware of a potential harmful substance that could affect area children. An investigation by Lowell Police narcotics detectives led by Lieutenant Barry Golner has uncovered a substance that is being sold legally over the counter in area stores. This substance called Bath Salt or MDPV (Methylenedioxpyurovalerone) is being purchased by individuals and it has the same effect on the central nervous system as many of the illegal narcotics that are sold on the streets today. This white or tan powder is mostly sold in glass vials. When an individual enters a store he can ask for a vile of “jump start”. Other names used are “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Sky” and “Bliss”. The substance renders the person that ingest into an altered state. The effects can last up to 3 to 4 hours. Although there is a chance of an overdose we have not been notified of any as of yet. This information is being forwarded because we are concerned about the negative effects this substance could have on an individual’s health and well being. Parents and teachers should watch for signs of possible ingestion by children under their care. Some common signs are agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, and chest pain.
Contact: Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson Captain Kelly Richardson
Krichardson@lowellma.gov Office: (978) 674-1907
Lowell Police Officers have investigated to 2 incidents involving elderly residents being scammed via telephone. On both occasions elderly residents were contacted on their home telephones by someone posing as a lottery agent. The caller begins by telling the receiving person that they have won 1.2 million dollars and a brand new Mercedes automobile. They continue their hoax by informing the person that to be able to collect their winnings they need to wire a cash sum to an address in Jamaica. They pressure the victim by telling them that this needs to be done immediately so they can collect their winnings. In one incident they used the internet to inform a victim of his alleged winning and requested the same of him. The callers have identified themselves as working for Mega Millions International.
Residents are reminded not to provide any personal information over the telephone to people not known to them. If you receive a call such as this please make note of the number on your caller ID, then hang up and notify your local Police Department.
The LPD’s Citizen Academy will begin on March 14th and conclude on May 2nd. The Academy covers a wide range of topics, including Criminal Investigation, Internal Affairs and much more! If you are interested in participating, please complete the attached application. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Callery, Volunteer Coordinator at (978) 937-3210.
LOWELL, MA (February 10, 2012) – Numerous individuals were arrested in the City earlier this morning. At 1:30 a.m. every on-duty Lowell Police Officer was summoned to the Downtown area to assist officer’s who had requested immediate back up. Officers from Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro, Umass Lowell and the Massachusetts State Police responded. This incident started inside Fortunato’s, also known as Club 44, which is located at the corner of Palmer and Middle Streets. Two officers stationed on the corner noticed a large fight occurring inside the bar. Officers observed a large group of people fighting on the dance floor, throwing chairs, tables and beer bottles. Officers called for assistance and entered the establishment to restore order. Once inside, officers realized there was only one point of entry/exit for the establishment, as the other doorways were locked from the inside. As a result, back-up officers who were assisting the initial officers on the scene had difficulty entering the establishment.
Inside, officers observed approximately 170 to 200 people inside the establishment. At this point, some patrons began trying to leave. Officers assisted those who wished to leave. While some officers assisted patrons to leave safely, other officers were focused on ending the fights that were occurring within the establishment. At this time, patrons began throwing bottles at officers who were attempting to affect an arrest inside the bar. Several individuals became violent towards the officers and resisted arrest. At this point, several individuals who had left the bar attempted to get back into the establishment in order to continue fighting. These individuals were subsequently arrested. This incident led to the arrest of 14 individuals and three Lowell Police Officers were injured.
After order was restored a Club employee informed officers that the Club had hired a private promoter named “DJ Money” for the evening, however, he had no additional information on this individual. He also stated that the Club was hosting a private 21st birthday party. He continued to explain to officers that he believed several of the guests were under the age of 21. Those 21 and over were required to wear a yellow wrist ban, while those under 21 had their hands marked with a black marker. Officers noted that of those arrested; only 2 had yellow bands, while the remaining individuals did not have any markings on their hands. The employee also explained to officers that the owner was not at the scene and he had no way of contacting him.
The following individuals were arrested:
Miguel Fernandez, age 25, from Lawrence, MA. He was charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (beer bottle) Affray, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest.
Pierre Pierre Clemat, age 21, from Boston, MA. He was charged with Affray.
Nilsson Devasconcelos, age 33, from Andover, MA. He was charged with Affray and Disturbing the Peace.
Jason Sanon, age 20, from Cambridge, MA. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct.
Aser Honore, age 26, from Lowell, MA. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct.
Ccshron Brown, age 23, from Lowell, MA. He was charged with Affray.
Carlos Feliz, age 20, from Lawrence, MA. He was charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly conduct.
Jovan Siri, age 18, from Lowell, MA. He was charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Affray and Resisting Arrest.
Brousseau Normil, age 19, from Cambridge MA. He was charged with Affray and warrant for possession of class D.
Anthony Decontreras, age 23, from Lowell, MA. He was charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (chair) Affray and Resisting Arrest.
Rolando Fernandes, age 22, from Lawrence, MA. He was charged with Affray.
Richie Hernandez, age 19, from Lawrence, MA. He was charged with Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest.
Joshua Saldarriaga, age 21, from Dracut, MA. He was charged with Affray, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.
Cheury Gomez, age 21, from Cambridge, MA. He was charged with Affray and Resisting Arrest.
On January 27, 2012 a ceremony was held at the Lowell Police Department. Lowell Police Officers John Cullen, Michael Guffrida and Francis Nobrega will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officer Cullen is a 16 year veteran, Officer’s Guffrida a 17 year veteran and Officer Francis Nobrega is an 18 year veteran of the Police Department. All have spent their careers assigned to the uniformed patrol division of the Lowell Police Department where they have received numerous citations and commendations. Officer’s Cullen and Nobrega are also attorneys. Officer Cullen is the son of retired Lowell Police Captain John “Jack” Cullen. Their promotions take effect Sunday January 29, 2012. The newly appointed Sergeants will be assigned to patrol as street supervisors.
Lowell Police along with the FBI and the Tewksbury, MA Police Department have arrested a Lowell man for his alleged connection to two bank robberies in the Lowell area. The Lowell Cooperative Bank, located at 691 Rogers Street, was robbed on January, 17th 2012 at 12:50 p.m. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black mask, blue jeans and a blue sweat shirt. According to tellers, the suspect was brandishing a black handgun. Two days later at 12:07 p.m. the Enterprise Bank located at 910 Andover Street in Tewksbury was also robbed by a male with a similar description. Arrested today was Michael Dexter, 50, of Lowell. He was charged with Armed Robbery while Masked by the Lowell P.D. Additionally, he was charged with Armed Robbery while Masked by the Tewksbury P.D. Also charged by Tewksbury Police with the Enterprise bank robbery was Krystina Gignac, 26, of Lowell. Both defendants were transported to Lowell P.D. for booking and will be arraigned in Lowell District court in the morning.
These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.