Blizzard 2015

Update 1/28/15 7:00 AM – Roads in Town remain snow covered and narrow. Cleanup is expected to take a couple days to complete. Please take it slow and leave yourself extra time to reach your destination.

Update 1/27/15 7:48 PM – Town Hall will open at 10 AM on Wednesday 1/28.  Lowell Superior and District Court will be closed.  Street parking is prohibited until Wednesday at 6 PM.

Update 1/27/15 5:45 PM – Governor Baker has announced that the travel ban will be lifted tonight at midnight. We would like to caution residents that there is still a tremendous amount of snow removal to be done.

All plowing concerns should be directed to the Billerica Highway Division at 978-671-0952.

Please check on elderly neighbors and family members!

Billerica 1/26/15 Noon – A significant storm is expected to hit the Town beginning tonight.  During this time snowfall and winds are expected to be significant.  Travel on the roadways is expected to be extremely hazardous and we are encouraging all residents to stay off the roads.  Here is the most current information we have to share:

  • Parking BanNo street parking will be allowed from 6 PM tonight,1/26/15, until 6 PM on Wednesday 1/28/15.
  • Plowing – All issues with plowing should be directed to the Billerica Highway Division at 978-671-0952. Intersection cleanup is estimated to take some time and will begin once the storm ends
  • Travel – Governor Baker has announced a statewide travel ban at midnight tonight (Mon 1/26) until further notice At no time are Snowmobiles or ATV’s allowed on public ways without the permission of the Chief of Police. 
  • Public Meeting Cancellations and Closures – All public meetings scheduled for tonight, 1/26/15, have been cancelled. Town Hall will close at 4 PM.  Any after school activities scheduled for after 6 PM are cancelled.  Activities scheduled today at the Hallenborg Ice Rink are expected to run as scheduled.
  • Trash Collection There will be no collection on Tuesday January 27 or Wednesday January 28. Tuesday Trash and Recycle collection will be cancelled this week, with collection being postponed to NEXT Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Official overflow bags will not be required for excess trash on Tuesday Feb 3 only. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections this week will be delayed by one day to Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please be sure all carts are away from the curb until Wednesday night.
  • Power Outages – Please be aware that the Town does not provide power to residents. To report an outage call National Grid at 800-465-1212Calling other Town Offices/Departments in addition to National Grid will not expedite power restoration.  Emergency Management will work with National Grid to coordinate restoration once the bulk of the storm has passed. National Grid provides outage information on their website here and offers smartphone apps for IOS and Android as well.
  • Emergency Response – Police, Fire and EMS have made preparations with extra manning. Residents should be aware that responses are often delayed during severe weather events and should take the proper measures to help ensure that an emergency response is not necessary.  However, if you have an emergency please call 911.  Those that feel the need to call business lines for non emergency events please keep in mind that it is often the same people that man both 911 and business lines and 911 and actual emergencies take priority. During the storm many inquiries will be transferred to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The EOC is manned by Emergency Management Personnel. Those personnel will determine the priority of the requests received.
  • Fire Hydrants – Billerica Fire Department requests that residents assist them in keeping hydrants clear of snow.

For more information on the Storm and preparedness please visit the MA Emergency Management website here or on Twitter (feed below).

For running information please follow BPD on Twitter @BillericaPD, Facebook or use the MYPD app for IOS or Android.


2015 Police Officer Exam Announced

header-sealBoston – The Human Resources Division (HRD) has announced the 2015 Police Officer (Municipal and MBTA Transit Police) examination.

This examination is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 with a last filing date of March 13, 2015. A late fee will be applied to applications filed after March 13, 2015, so we ask that candidates be encouraged to apply early. Applications will not be accepted after March 26, 2015.

Visit the HRD website http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/civil-serv-info/exam-info/exam-sched/2015-police-officer-examination.html or www.mass.gov/hrd for more information.

This exam is offered for all Police Departments covered under Civil Service and may also be utilized by some non-civil service departments. Interested candidates should spend some time reviewing the additional information, including a Study Guide on the HRD website. Candidates can also follow Civil Service on Twitter for any exam updates at @MACivilService.

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NE Patriots AFC Championship Game Counterfeit Ticket Arrests in Somerville

Somerville_PDSomerville – On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Somerville Police received a call from Billerica Police relating that a Billerica resident had reported that he had bought counterfeit Patriots tickets (for the AFC championship game on 1/17/15) from a person via Craigslist. This transaction had taken place at the Holiday Inn, Somerville, earlier in the day. He had paid $900 for the four counterfeit tickets.

Somerville Police Detective Sergeant Warren Chaille and Detective Paul Duffy conducted an investigation that led to the arrests of three men and a juvenile from New York, including the seizure of additional counterfeit tickets and thousands of dollars in cash.

The individuals identified below were charged in Somerville District Court with violating MA General Laws Ch. 266 s.30A Larceny Over $250. and Ch. 274 s.6 Attempt to Commit a Crime. They are currently held on bail at the Billerica House of Correction.

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The Somerville Police Department worked in conjunction with the Billerica Police Department, New England Patriots and the National Football League as part of this investigation.

Two Men Sentenced In Connection With Billerica Home Invasion Resulting In Murder

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that two men were sentenced today after being convicted of charges in connection with a home invasion in Billerica on July 7, 2012 during which Quintin Koehler, 22, of Billerica was shot and killed.

Peter Bin, 27, of Peabody, was convicted on December 19 by a jury in Middlesex Superior Court on a charge of first degree felony murder. Bin was sentenced by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman to life in prison without parole.

Gabriel Arias, 22, of Lynn, was convicted on December 19 by a jury in Middlesex Superior Court on a charge of misleading a police investigation. Arias was sentenced by Judge Tuttman to five to seven years in state prison.

“The jury’s verdict confirms what our investigation revealed,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Peter Bin was part of a conspiracy to carry out an armed robbery. When the gunmen forced their way into a Billerica home, carrying pistols and wearing masks, two brothers went to investigate and confronted the home invaders. During the struggle that followed, one of the gunmen shot and killed Quintin Koehler. Gabriel Arias tried to thwart the investigation, repeatedly lying to police about his whereabouts and the whereabouts of others.”

“Today our thoughts remain with the family of the victim,” said Billerica Police Chief Daniel Rosa. “I am grateful for the hard work done by our detectives, the Massachusetts State Police, as well as the District Attorney. Billerica is a safer community today because of their fine work.”

According to authorities, on July 7, 2012, at approximately 3:55 a.m., Billerica Police responded to 795 Boston Road for a report of a shooting. Officers discovered the victim, Quintin Koehler, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Lahey Clinic, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the case are David Solet and Bethany Stevens. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kathleen Keefe. The case was investigated by Billerica Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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Narcotic Arrest

Billerica – This past fall, the East Bridgewater Police Department contacted Billerica PD with intelligence pertaining to the distribution of marijuana by a resident of Billerica. The resident, Glenn Corbett, was alleged to be involved in receiving multi-pound packages of marijuana that were being shipped to various locations in the East Bridgewater area and subsequently returned to Billerica. On December 30, 2014, the East Bridgewater Police arrested Mr. Corbett in their town with a package containing approximately 9 pounds of marijuana. Immediately following his arrest, the East Bridgewater Police Department, with the assistance of the Billerica Police Narcotics Unit, executed a search warrant at Mr. Corbett’s home, located at #53 Baldwin Road, Unit 1502, Billerica, MA. Found in the search was approximately one and half pounds of Marijuana and $140,000 in cash.

Mr. Corbett will be arraigned in Brockton District Court on December 31, 2014 for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and face similar charges in Lowell District Court for possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute for contraband located at his home in Billerica. Of note, these are allegations and Glenn Corbett is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-667-1212 x151

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