Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrians

Billerica – On Saturday, February 28, 2015, at approximately 7PM, Billerica PD responded to a reported motor vehicle collision involving two pedestrians.  Officers arrived to learn that an elderly male had been attempting to push his disabled motor vehicle off the roadway in the area of #649 Boston Road, Billerica, across from Town Plaza, when he was assisted by a Good Samaritan.  The Good Samaritan began to push the disabled motor vehicle from behind while the elderly male assisted by steering the disabled vehicle from outside the open driver’s side door.  The preliminary investigation shows that due to an electrical problem, the disabled vehicle did not have any lights illuminated during the incident.  A Chevy Trailblazer being operated southbound on Boston Road struck the left rear end of the disabled motor vehicle causing personal injury to both pedestrians. They were subsequently transported to Lahey Clinic Burlington with non-life threatening injuries.  No drugs or alcohol are believed to have played a role in the accident.  The accident is still under investigation by the Billerica Police.

Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653 or by email at rfrost [@] billericapolice.org

 

Residential Roof Collapse

At approximately 6:43PM on February 16, 2015, the Billerica Police Department received a call from a man at 57 Lexington Road in Billerica reporting that his roof had collapsed and that he was trapped in the home. Minimal information was able to be obtained from the caller as to the nature of any injuries or number of occupants.

Police, Fire, and EMS personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene while the dispatcher remained on the phone line with the caller in attempt to keep him calm and obtain additional information. Within minutes police arrived to find the home had a partial roof collapse. The officers were able to make contact with the male occupant through a window and help him evacuate the home prior to additional public safety units arriving. The occupant did not sustain any injuries in the collapse and was home alone at the time of the incident.

The utility companies, Town of Billerica Building Inspector, and the Red Cross also responded to the scene. At this time the home is uninhabitable.

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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